CONEY ISLAND – Coney Island is a must stop destination for Brooklynites, New Yorkers and tourists alike during the summer, boasting everything from boardwalk games and swimming to events ranging from the wild Mermaid Parade to Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Now, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-47) have announced the return of another great summer tradition: free concerts!
The SummerStage music event series, sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, will bring a series of concerts to the Ford Amphitheatre on the Coney Island Boardwalk, ranging from rap to salsa to dancehall and back again.
Kicking off the summer series tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 20, will be legendary Brooklyn-born MC Big Daddy Kane, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of his debut.
“SummerStage gives local residents access to fun, free recreational activities that celebrate the music, culture and heritage that makes our community, our borough, and our city so unique,” said Councilmember Treyger.
Check out the full lineup of this summer’s Coney Island shows below:
|Wednesday, June 20||Big Daddy Kane|
|Sunday, July 8||Barrington Levy, Third World, Kabaka Pyramid, DJ Gravy and Federation Sound|
|Friday, July 13||Tito Rojas and Andy Montañez|
|Sunday, July 29||The LOX, Young M.A. and DJ Funk Flex|
|Sunday, August 12||Dej Loaf, lamdbb., and Quiñ|
All the concerts will take place at the Ford Amphitheatre on the Coney Island Boardwalk, which is entering its third season, after opening in June 2016.
“SummerStage in Coney Island is raising the bar for one of our favorite traditions in America’s Playground: free seaside entertainment!” said Brooklyn Borough President Adams. “In partnership with City Parks Foundation and Council Member Treyger, I am proud to present a series of shows that will offer a diverse and exciting array of musical talent, from dancehall and hip-hop to salsa and pop. We invite people from Brooklyn and beyond to enjoy these great performances in this premier destination for summer recreation.”
Another series of SummerStage events in Brooklyn will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO and at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville.
Coney Island is set to start the summer season in full with fireworks on Friday, June 29, visible from the newly-protected wooden slats of the famed Reigelmann Boardwalk.
With summer days heating up, heading to the beach is on most people’s minds—now, there’s evening music to tempt Brooklyn residents to the sea as well!