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2015 Free Summer Concerts

The 2015 season of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, brings over 200 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs every June through August. To celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2015, SummerStage has extended the season from May to October, and added more than 20 free shows in Central Park and 14 neighborhood parks across the city.

With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater, SummerStage brings a huge summer arts festival to New York City’s landscape. 

2015 Central Park SummerStage NYC Schedule

Central Park SummerStage NYC
Central Park SummerStage NYC

May 18 – October, 2015.

The 2015 30th anniversary season, presented by Capital One Bank, will open on May 18 with a free concert in Central Park featuring the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Other incredible talents featured throughout the season include: Angelique Kidjo, the iconic African singer-songwriter; London’s soul-funk collective Jungle; Canadian folktronica artist, Caribou; Franco-Norwegian circus duo, Magmanus; and a special celebration of dance and music from the legendary Broadway musical The Wiz.

Additionally, Brazil’s pioneering mangue-beat superstars, Nação Zumbi, will return to SummerStage 20 years after their historic and epic U.S. debut. The Oliver Lake Big Band will premiere a commissioned piece during the expanded Charlie Parker Jazz Festival weekend, and a 30th Anniversary DJ commission with Quantic, Gilles Peterson and Afrika Bambaataa, will take audiences through three decades of SummerStage.

The annual City Parks Foundation Gala will take place on Monday, June 22, 2015 with performances from Debbie Harry, Dionne Warwick, Angelique Kidjo and Michael Bolton, who will perform renditions of their favorite songs from the ‘80s, including a performance of the #1 song from 1986!.

The remainder of the performances are mostly free, except for a few requiring tickets.

Select Performances Requiring Tickets:

  • May 19 – Mastodon / Clutch with guest Graveyard
  • June 17 – Lindsey Stirling: The Music Box Tour with guest Karmin
  • June 24 – The Kooks / Atlas Genius with guest Joywave
  • June 29 – Ingrid Michaelson / Jukebox the Ghost / Secret Someones
  • July 28 – Rise Against

Central Park Summerstage Tickets

Full SummerStage Schedule: www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Enter park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue
East side: 6 train to 68th or 77th Streets; N, R or W trains to 5th Avenue; F train to 63rd and Lexington
West side: 1, 2, 3, 9, B or C trains to 72nd Street

Central Park NY and New York City Passes

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The New York Pass

Offers Central Park Movie & TV Sites Tour ($25 Value) and choice of Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals ($50 value).

New York Explorer Pass

Offers Bike and Roll Central Park Tour ($40 value), Central Park Zoo admission and discounts to Central Park Movie & TV Sites Tour as choices.

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