Sunday, September 19, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021
Please note: In response to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, SummerStage now requires all guests to show proof of full vaccination, along with government issued ID, in order to gain entry to our shows.
In order to attend Patti Smith, guests are required to have had their final dosage of the vaccine by September 5.
In addition, masks are required upon entry to the venue and strongly encouraged for all guests for the duration of the performance, as is physical distance. More information on acceptable documentation, mask guidelines, and other safety protocols can be found here.
5 PM – Doors
7 PM – Performance
An icon of downtown New York City art and culture, Patti Smith’s legacy is tightly woven into the fabric of its history. One of the first acts to break out of the CBGB scene in the early 70s, her brand of hard-nosed rock and roll was infused with the spirit of experimentation and free expression that made downtown Manhattan so exciting. Horses, her debut LP for Arista, remains a classic of the form, inspiring such groups as R.E.M., the Smiths, and Hole that would become legendary in their own right. Later in her career, she would establish herself as a crucial voice of activism, using her platform to speak out against unjust wars and oppression, and her songs, like the anthemic “People Have the Power,” have resonated with people around the globe. Immune to trends and waves of popularity, Smith continues to record and perform well into her 70s. Her latest projects include a trilogy of albums with the Soundwalk Collective, an exploration into the travels of three French writers comprising field recordings from waypoints along their journeys, imagining a future through conversations with the past.