Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage.
The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.
Other artists performing at the festival include Brand Nubian, Marley Marl, J. Holiday, Eric Benét, Alabama Shakes, Inner Circle, Hezekiah Walker, Hector "El Torito" Acosta and Joey Arias.
Among the dance groups taking the stage are Koresh Dance Company, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company and Decadancetheatre, which will premiere a new work set to Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" violin concertos.
This summer's program also includes a world premiere of a play about Ethiopia’s last monarch called "The Power of Trinity," a new take on the classic "Jason and the Argonauts - Tales from the Argonautica" by the Faux-Real Theatre Company, and the New York City premiere of "Paige in Full," which is a coming of age story told through the lens of hip-hop.
SummerStage kicks off on June 6 with a concert featuring reggae artist Midnite and DJ Carter Van Pelt. For a SummerStage schedule, click here.
Get ready for the Big Daddy Kane show on July 18 by checking him out getting the job done on the "Arsenio Hall Show" in 1989:
Bobby Womack performs at SummerStage on June 7. Here's his video for "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much":
The comedy improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade will perform at SummerStage in July and in August. Here's a trailer for the UCB movie Freak Dance:
WNYC is a media sponsor for SummerStage 2012.