The City Parks Foundation is bringing back SummerStage for its 30th anniversary, featuring a variety of artists in Queens such as Large Professor, Marley Marl and George Clinton.
At the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival, the former James Brown impersonator Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires will be performing at Flushing Meadows Corona Park along with Jamaica-native and Emmy award winning violinist Damien Escobar. The show goes from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 7.
The Chi-Lites are bringing the 1907s R&B Chicago scene to Queens on July 14 at Queensbridge Park at Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street in Long Island City from 7 to 9 p.m. to hear some of their top ten singles that earned them a place in the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
The Godfather of Funk, George Clinton, who revolutionized R&B during the 1970s by twisting soul music into funk, is taking his talents to Queensbridge along with Parliament Funkadelic. On July 15, if you “gotta have that funk,” take a trip down to Queensbridge Park from 7 to 9 p.m.
On July 16, the Lyricist Lounge “Live at the BBQ” event will feature the hip hop songwriter, producer and DJ from Flushing, Large Professor and Queensbridge native Marley Marl, the co-founder of the Juice Crew. The show goes from 7 to 9 p.m. at Queensbridge Park
On July 19, Pete Rock is also coming to Queensbridge for a performance that will be followed by a screening of “Nas: Time is Illmatic,” the documentary about Nas’ stories of his upbringing, his influences and the obstacles he faced before he signed his major label contract. The show is from 7 to 9 p.m.
All SummerStage performances are free events. For the full list of shows, visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage.