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Photograph: Piper Ferguson

The best remaining SummerStage shows

Even as the days get shorter, there’s still plenty of fun to be had this summer at these standout SummerStage shows

By Andrew Frisicano

It’s hard to believe that summer 2016 is winding down—but don’t put your cutoff shorts and sunscreen-encrusted tank top away yet. Outdoor summer concerts in NYC are still going strong, with SummerStage, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and other summer music festivals hosting great shows through September. Here are our highlights for which SummerStage shows to see at Central Park and other NYC parks.

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Best remaining SummerStage shows

Terence Blanchard
Photograph: Vincent Isola

1. Terence Blanchard E-Collective

Music Jazz

Terence Blanchard, a trumpet ace known for scoring Spike Lee films such as Do the Right Thing and working alongside legends like Art Blakey, heads E-Collective, his a funky, super-polished fusion quintet.

Neon Indian
Photograph: Ben Rayner

2. Neon Indian

Music Pop

Texas expat Alan Palomo broke out as a chillwave artist in 2011, but has since demonstrated staying power that transcends the defunct microgenre’s limitations. At this free show, he’ll play from last year’s VEGA INTL Night School, which presented newly fluorescent, loose-limbed electrofunk.

The Go-Go's
Photograph: Courtesy Direct Management Group

4. The Go-Go's + Best Coast

Music Rock and indie

In 2011 the Go-Go's, those spunky Californians of the early MTV era, announced that they were packing it in after a final victory lap. Five years and a couple tours later, the claims turned out false—no complaints here—so it's up in the air if Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy and Gina will stick to their goodbyes on this "Farewell Tour" (we hope not). Tonight the band plays SummerStage in the company of Bethany Cosentino’s sun-soaked, ’90s-era-alt-rock-harkening outfit, Best Coast.

Mbongwana Star
Photograph: Courtesy photo credit: Renaud Barret

5. Mbongwana Star + Batida + Young Paris

Music Latin and world

Heavily tipped by the press after the release of its 2015 debut album, From Kinshasa, Mbongwana Star is a seven-piece band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo featuring former members of folk heros Staff Benda Bilili. Its sound mixes up traditional Congolese rumba with electronic elements for a sensational live show.


7. Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Music Jazz

Once again, the city becomes a movable ode to Bird for a weekend in August. While this fest may be named for the legendary Charlie Parker, SummerStage’s jazz program isn’t stuck in the past. This year’s boundary-pushing talent, presented over three days, includes composer Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Sextet, keyboardist Jason Lindner’s Breeding Ground and piano powerhouse Jason Moran.

Photograph: Courtesy the artist

8. GoldLink + Sango

Music Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Last year, young Virginia-bred MC GoldLink received the all-important imprimatur of producer-guru Rick Rubin who proceeded to assist on the rapper's debut album, And After That, We Didn't Talk. Like his mixtape, The God Complex, the record demonstrates a promising knack for innovative hip-hop—he calls his style "future bounce"—which still manages to sound timeless.

Band of Horses
Photograph: Christopher Wilson

9. Band of Horses + White Denim

Music Rock and indie

Seattle's rousing, blues- and country-tinged band of furry-faced men plays SummerStage behind its latest disc, this year's Why Are You OK.

Photograph: Piper Ferguson

10. Lucius + JD McPherson + Big Thief

Music Rock and indie

Led by the euphoric harmonies of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius is an indie-pop revelation. Tonight the group plays behind its excellent sophomore LP, Good Grief.

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