Central Park SummerStage may be one of my favorite local to-dos during the summer months. Granted, I may be a bit bias considering they’re my former employer, but I have no problem saying it like it is. The 5,000-person venue in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield hosted some amazing shows last summer under the setting sun and shadows of the trees. It’s an outdoor experience that you just cannot get at any other venue in the city, and really does make you feel like your at the kind of concert that can only take place in a community like NYC. Last year saw amazing moments like Chromeo turning Central Park into their own disco nightclub, Ingrid Michaelson bringing Taylor Swift out to dance with her, Mick Jagger hanging out backstage to catch Chronixx on his birthday, and Beck bringing Sean Lennon out for some great rock and roll teamwork.

Yes, summer in NYC is an amazing time, and only Central Park SummerStage can bring you moments like that. Going into its 30th year, the gang over at CPF has made sure to put together a pretty damn good lineup for summer 2015. Expanding their season to start a little earlier in the year and end a little later, so there’ll be a bit more excitement than usual for the 30th summer of amazing music and entertainment in the park. I’ll be there for as many shows as usual to drink as much City Winery wine as possible, but while you’re looking at which shows you’d like to attend yourself, take a look at my list of shows to catch! Hopefully I’ll be seeing you all out there this summer!


Tedeschi Trucks Band (May 18)


The Felice Brothers/The Barr Brothers (June 4)


Blue Note Jazz Festival: Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, Gabriel Garzon-Montno (June 6)


Unlocking The Truth (Red Hook Park, June 7)


Lindsey Stirling (June 17)


The Kooks/Atlas Genius (June 24)


Ingrid Michaelson/Jukebox The Ghost/Secret Someones (June 29)


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Queensbridge Park, July 15)


Milky Chance/X Ambassadors (July 22)


Smorgasburg (July 31)


Beautiful – The Carol King Musical Songs in Concert (August 3)


Father John Misty (August 5)


Ratking (East River Park, August 5)


Caribou (August 6)


Glass Animals (August 9)


Lake Street Dive (September 2)


Walk the Moon (September 24)


Article by: Tom Shackleford


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