It’s time to come out and enjoy some live music and performances in Harlem as City Parks Foundation’s 2016 season of SummerStage concerts at Richard Rogers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park through August will feature reggae singer Alpha Blondy, a night of powerful words and song with renowned poet and performer Saul Williams, and more. All concerts are FREE!
Harlem SummerStage Concert schedule in Marcus Garvey Park:
Tuesday, Aug 16. 7:00 p.m.: Alpha Blondy
Wednesday, Aug 17, 7:00 p.m.: Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole
Thursday, Aug 18, 7:00 p.m.: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Friday, Aug 19, 7:00 p.m.: Nathan Trice Rituals / HAS Dance Ensemble / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Saturday and Sunday, Aug 20-21, 7:00 p.m.: Kalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour of Charm
Friday, Aug 26, 7:00 p.m.: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / Antoinette Montague and Jazzmobile Friends / DJ Greg Caz
Saturday, Aug 27, 3:00 p.m.: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
Having highlighted hip-hop music and culture in 2013 and salsa and Latin music in 2014, the festival is thrilled this year to honor another distinctly New York musical form: Jazz. The 2016 season of SummerStage will both showcase exceptional performing artists from around the globe, and will also feature more jazz performances than ever before, with nearly half a dozen planned for Central Park and many more in neighborhood parks across the city. The focus on jazz this season coincides with the upcoming centennial of the musical dawning of the term “jazz,” as well as what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.
“Capital One is proud to once again support SummerStage as it celebrates New York’s artistic energy and creativity,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. “The artsbuild communities and enrich lives, and this remarkable festival embodies our commitment to investing for good in the diverse communities where our associates live and work.”
UPDATE: Due to expected rainy weather, this event will take place on SUNDAY, August 7th!
The Sweet Spot Festival is back this Saturday, August 6th, from 2PM-9PM at West Harlem Pier/ 125th St + West Side Highway. Presented with Large UP, the 4th Annual JAMAICAN INDEPEN-DANCE! A celebration of all things Caribbean with a Reggae & Dancehall Bashment! -With music by Father German NYC Champion Sound RICE + PEAS Deejay Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez, Micro Don & more surprise guests. This will be the place to be for great vibes under the sun Saturday so pack a picnic and come have some fun.
The event also includes:
FREE dancehall workshop by international choreographer
BLACKA DI DANCA
Selecting, Dancing, Art for the little ones,
Good Food, Vintage & Artisan Vendors
HARLEM WEEK 2016 is about to begin a month long schedule filled with a series of events for all age groups uptown. To start things off, the HarlemMusicFest Gospel Caravan Celebrates “A Great Day in Harlem” this Sunday (7/31) from 3:00pm-4:30pm with performances by Grammy Award winning gospel performer, Donnie McClurkin featuring McDonalds Gospel SuperChoir, Harlem Heritage United Choir (Korea) and Bishop Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. Sunday evening, get ready for “Concert Under The Stars,” with performances by Eddie Levert from The O’Jays and bandleader Ray Chew. This event will take place at US Grant National Memorial Park on West 120th Street to 124th Street on Riverside Drive.
Twelve finalists have been selected for the Uptown Battle of the Bars 2016: The Art of the Mix, and organizer Harlem Park to Park has announced details for the SHOWDOWN FINALE EVENT, which will take place MONDAY, JULY 18TH at MIST HARLEM -46 W. 116TH ST from 6 PM – 10 PM. There will also be a DJ Battle with guest Judge DJ Red Alert. If you would like to join the festivities RSVP Now!
This summer, The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth in association with SummerStage from July 8-31, 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. Put this FREE, non-ticketed event on your schedule! Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays, 8:00pm, (Fridays at 8:30pm) No tickets required, just arrive at the Amphitheater and select your seats. (enter the park at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue, and walk south to the venue)
Pre-Curtain Performances at 7pm include:
Friday, July 8 – Jazzmobile
Wednesday, July13 – Chamber Music Center of NYC
Thursday, July 14 – Young People’s Chorus
Friday, July 15 – Jazzmobile
Saturday, July 30 – CTH’s Project Classics Shakespeare Intensive Presentation
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Uptown Battle of the Bars 2016: The Art of the Mix starts today in Harlem! Sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin, Belvedere Vodka and Little Bamboo, this event features top Bartenders representing thirty Uptown bars and restaurants who will create original cocktails to compete for the title of Best Uptown Bartender.
You can participate by sampling cocktails from the list of participating bars and voting for your top pick on Instagram from Mon, Jun 27th to Sun, July 10th. The Showdown Finale is set to take place on Monday, July 18th.
This Saturday June 25th, come out and enjoy Harlem Pride 2016 Celebration Day at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem! The Annual Harlem Pride Celebrations feature entertainment, a variety of food vendors and more, so bring family and friends.
The event organizers will also disseminate important information and provide services including referrals for health, legal and financial services, and on-the-spot testing for communicable diseases, while also welcoming and educating the community-at-large about the SGL/LGBT community.
Hosts: Tammy Peay & David Bridgeforth (Harlem Pride Board Member and Owner/Editor of DBQ Magazine)
Jackie Robinson Park
(Entrance at Bradhurst Avenue at 148th Street)
12 noon – 6 pm
This weekend marks the fifth year anniversary of the Harlem Arts Festival, which will return to Marcus Garvey Park Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th with a schedule filled with 43 talented musicians, dancers, singers, theatrical and visual artists as well as vendor space for more than 30 retailers and local small businesses.
The main stage in Marcus Garvey Park is at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, while additional performances will take place at the Second Stage near the northwest entrance of the park. There’s no better place to spend the weekend under the sun with family and friends than at the FREE Harlem Arts Festival!
You can also come out and party on Friday, June 24 from 8:30pm-12:00am at the 2016 Harlem Arts Festival Opening Night Party at National Black Theatre. Tickets for this event are priced at $20 online, $25 at the door.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
#HAF2016 DAY 1
3:00pm-8:30pm Harlem Arts Festival Day 1 @ Marcus Garvey Park- FREE!
10:00pm-2:00am #HAFterparty @ Gin Fizz
Sunday, June 26, 2016
#HAF2016 DAY 2
12:00pm-3:00pm #HAF2016 Brunch @ Urban Garden Center
3:00pm-8:30pm Harlem Arts Festival Day 2 @ Marcus Garvey Park – FREE!