NYC’s LARGEST FREE CITYWIDE PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL IN NYC PARKS KICKS OFF ON JULY 2
New York, New York — City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the kick-off of its summer season of free performing arts in New York City parks on Thursday, July 2. The trio of performing arts festivals – CityParks Concerts, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner provides top music, dance and theater acts in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City free of charge. With over 75 free performances, and a great diversity of talent in the summer lineup, there is something for every New Yorker to enjoy.
WHO: A music concert by Sheryl “Coko” Clemens – Known for her work with the R&B group Sisters With Voices (or SWV) and silky smooth vocals, Coko is set to ignite the stage with her inspirational mix of traditional gospel sounds and upbeat, contemporary R&B music.
Under the direction of JJ Hairston, the powerful voices of Youthful Praise, an award-winning gospel choir comprised of young men and women, has been uplifting audiences for over sixteen years.
Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson & The Spritual Voices echoes the spirit of old favorites and was founded by his father Phil Johnson. The group adds a modern flavor that has transformed the quartet music genre and is determined to keep the quartet style vibrant and relevant today.
WHAT: CityParks Concerts Kick-Off Concert
Citywide FREE Performing Arts Festival in NYC Parks
WHEN: July 2 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Von King Park, Brooklyn
670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, Green Street at Marcy Avenue
Directions – G Train to Bedford and Nostrand Avenue
CityParks Concerts summer festival includes an impressive line-up of top musical acts including Grammy award-winning R&B singer Chrisette Michele, salsa sensation Frankie Negron, popular “experimental” band Man Man, and gospel music sensation and Grammy Award-winning pastor of Brooklyn’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle, Hezekiah Walker. City Parks Foundation is also welcoming back the fan favorites hip-hop groups: Naughty By Nature, KRS-One, and Slick Rick.
CityParks Dance has an impressive season line-up including an interactive program and performance by the highly acclaimed ballet company Morphoses/The Wheedon Company. The festival also presents African American troupe Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, break dancing experts Illstyle & Peace Productions, and nathantrice/RITUALS abstract expressionists. Dance master classes will be featured before all performances, and will be taught by dance professionals and choreographers.
CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner includes the City Parks Foundation’s first ever commissioned play, Dirt Rich by Chisa Hutchinson. The festival will also feature modern adaptations of Shakespeare, called Theater in a Box: Essential Shakespeare / Dream A Little Dream performed by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Continuum Company, and will also welcome acclaimed poet, jessica Care moore, as she fuses music and spoken word in her celebrated one-woman show, God is Not an American. Three-time New York Innovative Theater Award winning production, Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment, will round out the festival with a genre-defying piece performed by the company Witness Relocation.
The full schedule (75 performances in total) is available online: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org.