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Nas, Wiz Khalifa, More to Play SummerStage

Every year, SummerStage, a sprawling festival set in New York City’s idyllic park spaces, pays tribute to hip-hop new and old with a series of free and ticketed shows. 2011 is no different as the lineup features a Central Park headlining performance by Nas and Damian Marley on August 11 and a subsequent roster as vast as the cityscape itself.

Other performers this summer include: Wiz Khalifa, Rakim, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, The Sugarhill Gang, Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Special Ed, Nice and Smooth, The Cold Crush Brothers, and a series of Funkmaster Flex-led shows that promise many special guests.

Locations span hot spots in each borough, including Betsey Head, Von King and Red Hook Park in Brooklyn, St. Mary’s, Crotona and Soundview Park in the Bronx, Queensbridge Park in Queens, Tappen Park in Staten Island, and East River, Marcus Garvey and Central Park in Manhattan. [See a full schedule below]

All shows start at 7 p.m. except those noted. All shows are free except for Wiz Khalifa and the Nas and Damian Marley “Distant Relatives” concert. For that, tickets go on-sale this Friday, May 20, at noon. —Carter Maness


6/7 – Funkmaster Flex and EPMD salute hip-hop – Betsy Head Park

6/8 – Special Ed – Betsy Head Park

6/15 – Nice and Smooth and The Awesome 2 – Von King Park

6/21 – Talib Kweli – Red Hook Park

6/28 – Funkmaster Flex salutes hip-hop with special guests – Soundview Park


7/2 – Roy Ayers and The Jazz Mafia Symphony – Central Park

7/12 – Slick Rick and DJ Brucie B – Crotona Park

7/19 – Kool Moe Dee – Queensbridge Park

7/21 – Funkmaster Flex salutes hip-hop with special guests – Queensbridge Park

7/25 – Wiz Khalifa – Central Park (7:30 p.m., Tickets on-sale now)


8/2 – The Sugarhill Gang – Tappen Park

8/9 – Funkmaster Flex salutes hip-hop with Rob Base – Marcus Garvey Park

8/11 – Nas and Damian Marley – Central Park (Tickets on-sale 5/20)

8/21 – Funkmaster Flex salutes hip-hop with Rakim and EPMD – Central Park (3 p.m.)

8/24 – The Cold Crush Brothers – East River Park

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