Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage’s SummerStage Anywhere digital series is excited to present two special performances for SummerStage Anywhere this week with pop artist MAX on June 24and global star Angélique Kidjo on June 26, both premiering on the SummerStage YouTube channel.
Native New Yorker and pop phenom MAX will deliver a special performance to SummerStage audiences this Wednesday, 6/24 at 7:00PM EST. Called a “Young Pop God” by GQ, MAX was named a “top popstar to watch” by Billboard and was nominated for “Best New Pop Artist” at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The Billboard top-pop star’s double platinum hit single “Lights Down Low” earned half a billion streams globally. The performance will premiere on the SummerStage YouTube channel.
Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter and SummerStage alumna, Angélique Kidjo will provide an electrifying performance on Friday, 6/26 at 7:00PM EST via the SummerStage YouTube channel. A past SummerStage performer since 1993, Kidjo will bring her Afropop world fusion sound to audiences worldwide with this exclusive digital performance.
SummerStage Anywhere recently launched “The People Speak,” a new crowdsourcing campaign to continue the conversation that started during its inaugural performance, “The People Speak,” a collaboration with VOICES, a nonprofit arts, education and social justice organization. SummerStage invites audiences to share their own voices, offering its social media channels as a platform for expression. To take part in the conversation, audiences may use #PeopleSpeakSundays and #SummerStageAnywhere when posting. SummerStage Anywhere will feature a selection of those posts each Sunday throughout the summer, highlighted as part of the “The People Speak” campaign.
Throughout the month of June, SummerStage Anywhere has debuted performances that are now archived on the SummerStage YouTube channel. Videos include “The People Speak“, a VOICES collaboration featuring historic excerpts from our nation’s history performed by Megalyn Echikunwoke, accompanied by Ben Harper, Michael Ealy and more; and a “Juneteenth Day of Dance” celebration, honoring the the national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States with a panel discussionled by Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by a tribute performance of “HANGING TREE,” featuring Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, vocalist Marcelle Davies-Lashley, and poet Carl Hancock Rux.
Beginning in July, SummerStage Anywhere will be home to a one-of-a-kind digital festival highlighting genres that were born in or deeply represent New York — hip hop, salsa, jazz, global, indie, contemporary dance. The summer series will include weekly content segments including interviews with and performances by iconic artists, neighborhood tours with artists, and arts engagement for youth. For a full schedule of upcoming programming, please visit summerstageanywhere.org.
For ongoing updates on SummerStage Anywhere, please continue to visit summerstageanywhere.org.