SummerStage Kickoff 2012: Wyclef, the Roots, Bebel Gilberto at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield (SLIDE SHOW)

Wyclef, the Roots, Bebel Gilberto and more open the 2012 SummerStage season with tributes to Jimi Hendrix.

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    G. Love

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    G. Love

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    G. Love

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    G. Love

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    G. Love

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    G. Love

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    John Scofield

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    John Scofield

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    John Scofield

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    John Scofield

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    John Scofield

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    John Scofield

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    Keller Williams

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    Keller Williams

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Living Colour

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    Soulive

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    The Roots

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    The Roots

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    The Roots

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    The Roots

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    The Roots

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    The Roots

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    Wyclef

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    Wyclef

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    Amel Larrieux

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    Amel Larrieux

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    Amel Larrieux

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    Amel Larrieux

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    Amel Larrieux

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    Bebel Gilberto

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    Bebel Gilberto

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    Bebel Gilberto

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Wyclef, Living Colour, Amel Larrieux and G. Love were among the artists picked to perform renditions of their favorite Jimi Hendrix songs at SummerStage's gala night, kicking off its 27th season. Besides the hip-hop, soul and blues twists on Hendrix classics offered by the likes of the Roots, Bebel Gilberto added a hybrid combination of electronica and bossa nova to her favorite Jimi jam, where concertgoers packed together like sardines under the tents to pay tribute to the wild-haired rock legend. Photographer Bill Kelly got a chance to capture this eclectic bill.