Since this is not a normal year, NYC SummerStage goes virtual in 2020, available to anybody anywhere, not just in NYC, with FREE streaming concerts and performances by both local and national entertainers,
The first SummerStage Anywhere concert is Saturday, June 6, with an original performance by native New Yorker and pop phenom MAX, performing a love letter to New York. He has been called a “Young Pop God” by GQ,.
Throughout the month of June, SummerStage Anywhere features performances each weekend, on the SummerStage Anywhere website and streamed exclusively on the SummerStage YouTube channel at 7pm.
SummersStage is sponsored by the City Parks Foundation and funded by Capital One, as is the 2020 virtual version.
MAX was named a “top popstar to watch” by Billboard and was nominated for Best New Pop Artist at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The Billboard top-pop star’s double platinum hit single “Lights Down Low” earned half a billion streams globally
On June 13, the Latin Alternative Music Conference brings its annual showcase digitally to SummerStage Anywhere.
Hosted by Los Angeles’ KCRW radio DJ Raul Campos, LAMC at SummerStage Anywhere will feature an exclusive showcase from key voices in the Latino LGBTQ community including pop singer Kany Garcia, hip-hop artist Mabiland, indie electro pop musician Javiera Mena and rock band Circo.
These artists from Colombia, Chile and Puerto Rico will come together with original performances on LAMC’s Twitch channel. SummerStage
Anywhere will also host the official afterparty with a DJ Takeover featuring sets from RaulCampos and Latin Grammy winning artist Cheo, formerly of Los Amigos Invisibles.
On June 19, SummerStage Anywhere will celebrate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, with a digital day of dance.
Tribute performances will be presented on SummerStage’s Instagram channel culminating in a performance on SummerStage’s YouTube channel, featuring Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theatre and poet Carl Hancock Rux, and a panel discussion led by Executive Artistic Director of The Billie Holiday Theatre, Dr. Indira Etwaroo.
Closing out the June programming on June 26 is Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist Angélique Kidjo. SummerStage alumna Kidjo will bring her Afropop world fusion sound to an exclusive performance on SummerStage Anywhere’s YouTube channel, followed by a live Q&A session.