The 10 best shows at SummerStage 2015

We sift through the fest's jumbo-size 30th-anniversary lineup and offer our picks for the choicest warm-weather gigs
Photograph: David Gettens

SummerStage is one of the great bounties of summer in New York. The full 2015 SummerStage concert lineup, which runs from May through September in honor of the fest's 30th anniversary, offers a killer spread of worthwhile shows, featuring everyone from New York hip-hop legends like Big Daddy Kane to electropop party starters such as Caribou and jazz trailblazers like Rudresh Mahanthappa. The complete schedule can be a bit daunting, which is why we narrowed down the list to 10 gigs you definitely won't want to miss this summer.

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10 best shows at SummerStage

T.I. and Troy Ave
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Troy Ave + Phony Ppl

Rising Brooklyn MC Troy Ave, a trash-talk–prone young talent with a decidedly old-school approach, headlines this SummerStage gig. Opening up, young, playful BK hip-hop crew Phony Ppl mixes smooth soul singing with fresh beats and funky bass licks. Get ready for some seriously fun crowd action.