In NYC that means an amazing array of free music and events, from SummerStage to The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Harlem Week and more. SummerStage events will feature LED screens, a new sound system, and a higher, larger, and stronger stage canopy will complement the bigger stage. The price tag for this renovation project was $5.5 million, but the price for the public to enjoy it is still free with the exception of specific fundraising events.
Tap legend and maestro Savion Glover’s latest original work, ”Lady 5” at Savion Glover’s “BaRoQUE’BLaK TaP Café,” will have its world premiere at the Joyce Theater from July 2 through July 6. The premiere celebrates Savion’s 35th year in show business this year.
Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre has set four plays for the June 2019 edition of its annual Ntozake Shange Readings Series. The series will run four Tuesdays during June 2019, with all readings at Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd Street, Manhattan. Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted. Box office is www.castillo.org; the box office number is 212-941-1234. For complete information, visit www.newfederaltheatre.org.
“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, choreography by 2019 Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. It’s Motown come to life at The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com.
“Much Ado About Nothing” the Shakespearean classic comedy features an all Black cast with award winning director Kenny Leon bringing his own directorial twist to the production at the Public Theatre’s Free Shakespeare in the Park series, Delacorte Theatre. Now through June 23. Visit: www.publictheater.org/Delacorte-Theater/. Come hear these transformative voices.
“Choir Boy.” The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Music filled work on Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar-winning screenwriter of ”Moonlight” and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Trip Cullman directs (Murder Ballad).
“Oo-Bla-Dee” follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, all-Black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. Written by Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor (“Crowns,” “I’ll Fly Away”), featuring original songs by Taylor and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (“Running Man,” “Eli’s Comin”), directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Now through June 30, at Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701.
The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC featuring the best music from around the world. Capitol One City Parks SummerStage presents: Young Ma 7, Funk Flex, Friday June 28 at 7 p.m., Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn./ Mighty Sparrow / CASYM Steel Orchestra Springfield Park Queens. Friday July 5 at 7 p.m. Ralph McDaniel’s and Friends Soul Jam with Blue Magic & DJ Hollywood, Springfield Park, Queens Saturday July 6 at 6 p.m. (FREE) For full schedule-location info, visit: cityparksfoundation.org/ calendar/
The Hall of Fame winning Isley Bros announce their “You Make Me Want To Shout” 60th anniversary tour. For more information, visit: www.theisleybrothersofficial.com.
Five time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will be at the Theatre at Westbury, 560 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. 11590 Thursday, June 27. Warwick will be performing all her greatest hits with special guest Darlene Love! Call 516-334-0800 or visit: Thetheatreatwestbury.com/index.
Earth, Wind and Fire performing all their greatest hits live in concert Tuesday, July 9, at The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan. Get your tickets now call 212-595-5841 or visit: bit.ly/2u5jl8z
“The Black Godfather.” The story of the legendary Clarence Avant, ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. On Netflix (check listings)
“When They See Us.” The gripping Ava DuVernay series on The Central Park Five. On Netflix (check listings)
“Chasing The Dream, A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of New York City Public Housing.” This five-part digital docuseries offers an intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents who are fighting for better conditions and accountability for themselves and their neighbors. New episodes stream every Tuesday through July 16. Stream new episodes every Tuesday at 1 p.m. on WNET-Channel 13. (Check listings)
The “Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour” comes to Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, 1027 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, on Saturday July 13 with performances by Adele Givens, Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley. Hosted by Nene Leakes with special guest Loni Love. Visit: www.kingstheatre.com
Pastor A.R Bernard’s Christian Cultural Center presents “SummerFest” Saturday June 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Music, games, basketball, trampolines and much more! Frogbridge Resort, 7 Yellow Meetinghouse Road, Millstone, NJ 08510. For info on trans-costs etc., visit: www.cccinfo.org/events/2019/6/29/summerfest.
The 48th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) hosts its 48th annual event over four days, Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7. The Festival also hosts the 30th annual Symposium on Culture, Community and Struggle, Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium will be held across the street from the IAAFestival grounds at PS 287, 50 Navy Street in Brooklyn, NY, 11205 (between Park and Flushing Aves, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn.) For admission information, a special pre-registration discount and further details regarding the symposium, 718-789-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com, WLIB.com and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 p.m. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere, email@example.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or