The NYC SummerStage Concert Series Begins Thursday in Staten Island: Here’s the Full Weekend Schedule
STATEN ISLAND, NY – After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Free Concert Series returns to Staten Island, beginning Thursday night and continuing through the weekend. end at Corporal Thompson Park at West Brighton.
The SummerStage program is New York City’s beloved outdoor performing arts festival, featuring nearly 90 free and beneficial performances in Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs.
Thursday’s live performances on Staten Island will run from 5-8 p.m. The Budos Band, Rogê and DJ Vernon Reid will take the stage. The show is hosted by Tom Ferrie of Maker Park Radio.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring our SummerStage performances back to Staten Island,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. “We’ve always been thrilled to bring a wide array of live music and dance events to borough parks, and this year’s lineup at Corporal Thompson Park will celebrate Staten Island’s incredible musical roots and cultural communities. “
Born and raised on Staten Island, the Budos group formed from a New York jam session hosted by the Brooklyn-based afro-beat band Antibalas. Inspired by 70s rock and late 60s R&B, the Budos Band channels the essence of psychedelic soul into an instrumental afro-funk sound. The band’s latest album is 2020’s Long in the Tooth.
Roge is a decorated Brazilian guitarist who has graced the stage with big stars such as Seu Jorge and Arlindo Cruz. With his guitar, Rogê oscillates harmoniously between reggae, samba and bossa nova. African jongo, samba, afoxé and maculelê inspire Rogê’s music. The artist earned a Latin Grammy nomination for his collaborative project Na Veia with Arlindo Cruz. Tom Ferrie of the Staten Island-based streaming radio station Maker Park Radio will be the host of the show.
The weekend schedule is as follows:
— Friday, August 5, the Maimouna Keita African Dance Company will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. and lead a dance workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. Based in Brooklyn Maimouna Keita African Dance Company was named after the famous Bambara singer and dancer Maimouna Keita and led by her granddaughter, artistic director Marie Basse Wiles. The company shares Africa’s rich art and heritage through classes and performances.
— Saturday, August 6, music by Ana Tijoux, Meridian Brothers and DJ Bembona will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ana Tijoux was born in France to Chilean parents in political exile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. After returning to Chile in the 90s, Tijoux joined Mazika, a politically aware rap group. Tijoux then joined Control Machete as a featured artist. As a talented musician, Tijoux worked with funk bands Las Tetas, Aluzinati and pop singer Juliette Venegas. Tijoux is a Latin Grammy award-winning artist for her work on “Paralelos Universes”, a duet with Jorge Drexler. In the United States, she is best known for her rap album 1977which was featured in the FIFA 11 video game and the “Breaking Bad” TV show.
The Meridian Brothers are a Colombian electric rock band inspired by Latin American rhythms and styles.
Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ.
— On Sunday, August 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., residents of Staten Island will be able to celebrate Jessie Lee Daniels with Force MDs, DJ S1 and Fred “Bugsy” Buggs.
In the late 80s and early 90s, a Staten Island-based R&B group Force DMs created hits such as “Tender Love,” which was featured in the classic hip-hop movie “Krush Groove,” and “Love is a House,” which reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. Unfortunately, the group suffered the loss of four of its original members. This year, the band’s three surviving members, Rodney “Khalil” Lundy, Stevie D. and Zieme, will celebrate founding member Jesse Lee Daniels, who passed away earlier this year.
The Force M.Ds will help celebrate the band’s musical influence with DJs S-1 and Bugsy Buggs from 107.5 FM WBLS.
All concerts are free. Corporal Thompson Park is located at 166 Broadway. Visit the City Parks Foundation website for a full list of shows.