Sons of Kemet / Makaya McCraven / L'Rain / DJ Lindsey / Danielle Ponder - City Parks Foundation


  • Manhattan
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Sons of Kemet / Makaya McCraven / L'Rain / DJ Lindsey / Danielle Ponder

Sunday, July 31, 2022

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Tickets or RSVPs are not required to attend this FREE performance and admission is first come first serve.

Purchase a Member for a Day pass to skip the line, get complimentary beverages, enjoy great views and more!

Sons of Kemet and Makaya McCraven’s performance will be livestreamed for one-time only at on 7/31

This dual-headliner bill showcases two pillars of modern jazz, bolstering communities fostering the next generation of jazz greats. Shabaka Hutchings is one of the brightest stars in a London jazz scene that’s stretching the boundaries of the genre. Sons of Kemet is his project with Tom Skinner, Theon Cross, and Eddie Hick; the lineup features two drummers, a tuba, and SummerStage Anywhere alum Hutchings on saxophone and clarinet. Their latest LP Black to the Future unites the African diaspora on both sides of the Atlantic, working with vocalists and rappers from the UK and US, making jazz that encourages political dialogue as much as individual expression.

Drummer, bandleader and recent SummerStage Anywhere alum Makaya McCraven’s take on jazz is viewed through the lens of hip-hop production, deconstructing and reassembling jazz and soul standards with the ear of a crate-digger. His 2020 LP We’re New Again reimagined Gil Scott-Heron’s final album through his own POV. On his latest, this year’s Deciphering the Message, he pilfers the Blue Note catalog for samples like a kid in a candy store, creating a virtual band of jazz legends from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and rising contemporary stars like Junius Paul and Marquis Hill. They’re joined by L’Rain, a Brooklyn-based songwriter and sound artist with a jazz lineage at the forefront of New York’s experimental community, and DJ Lindsey on the decks.

There will also be a side stage performance by Danielle Ponder, a NY-based R&B/Soul artist.

Enter to WIN the best seats on us to Sons of Kemet and Makaya McCraven at SummerStage!*

* Contestants must be 21+. Winners will be notified via email 24 hours in advance of the show.

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