George Clinton & Metropolitan Opera to play at Queens parks as part of ‘SummerStage’ concerts

Photos by Zerline Alvarez

It’s almost time to break out the sun screen and the dancing shoes because Queens parks will play host to tons of concerts this summer as part of the Only in Queens festival.

Hosted by SummerStage, New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, Queens residents will be treated to music and performances of all genres from June to July.

The festival will kick off on June 11 with a performance at Flushing Meadows Corona Park by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame frontman and his group will perform with a host of hip-hop artists including Main Source and Long Island City native DJ Marley Marl from 5 to 8 p.m.

On June 23, Metropolitan Opera stars will perform pieces from opera’s most beloved works at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. The free event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In the mood to watch some talented dancers? On July 5 at Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens, Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company will perform after giving a free hip-hop dance workshop at 7 p.m. Pretty BIG Movement, a dance company specializing in several genres such as hip-hop, jazz, African and modern dance will also perform.

The next day, Jamaica native and trumpeter Tom “Jamaica Funk” Browne will perform at Springfield Park after the Mobile Mondays! DJ-led dance party. The event will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Springfield Park will welcome several artists that week with Slick Rick the Ruler, GrandWizzard Theodore, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Ohio Players and Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue all performing at the park.

Queensbridge Park in Long Island City will honor the women in music and dance with a number of performances ranging from a dance workshop and performance from Ladies of Hip-Hop, a female-fronted dance crew on July 12, a performance from dance-club hit maker Judy Torres on July 13 and a concert featuring hip-hop staples Mr. Cheeks and Large Professor on July 14.

On July 15, SKYY will perform their soulful hits at Queensbridge Park after a workshop with Scratch Academy. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.

To close out the festival, Capone-n-Noreaga (also known as CNN) will perform their hits. Growing up in the Queensbridge Houses and LeFrak City, the Queens natives will come back to their hometown to perform from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 16.

For a full list of shows, visit the SummerStage website.

More from Around New York