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Published: 2008/04/17

CSN, Sonny Rollins, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones and Los Lobos to Visit Central Park

New Yorks Central Park SummerStage once again present an eclectic mix of free music, film, comedy and poetry performances at Rumsey Playfield. The summer-long series will kick off with an action packed opening weekend, featuring appearances by soul singers Mavis Staples and Stephanie McKay (6/13), indie-sensation Vampire Weekend and Latin music royal Victor Manuelle (6/15). Other choice performances include comedian Stephen Lynch (6/21), Israeli folk singer Yael Naim (6/22), Malian singer Vieux Farka Tour6/28), afro-beat star Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 and hip-hop architect Afrika Bambaataa (7/6), Philadelphia-based DJ Diplo, reggae-icons the Skatalites and blues-legend Taj Mahal (7/27), experimental singer Jamie Lidell (8/3), electro-pop band Kinky (8/9), Latin-influenced jam-rockers Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos (8/14) and indie-rockers Battles (8/16). Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will close out the series with an afternoon performance on August 17.

In addition, a number of groups will play benefit shows at SummerStage, including Dire Straits Mark Knopfler (7/23), Crosby, Stills & Nash (7/29) and Sonny Rollins (8/6). All benefit performances will be ticketed events. On April 20, Rumsey Playfield will also host free performances by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Bacon Brothers, Vusi Mahlasela and Vienna Teng as part of the Green Apple Festival.

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