Wyclef Jean

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce the SummerStage Gala, an annual fundraising event that supports CPF’s free year-round arts programming. The SummerStage Gala will take place held at Rumsey Playfield on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. This special event will pay tribute to The Music of Jimi Hendrix, featuring the legendary guitarist and musician’s songs as performed by an eclectic group of well established musical legends and up and coming stars.

Featuring an intriguing mix of soul, funk, bossa nova, jazz and folk singers, this unique night of performances is sure to thrill with unique interpretations of numerous classics from Jimi Hendrix’s famed catalogue of songs.

The performance component of the gala is produced by Michael Dorf, who has successfully produced a series of similar tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall over the past decade.


Bebel Gilberto • G. Love & Special Sauce •Amel Larrieux Living Colour • The Roots • John Scofield • Keller Williams • Wyclef

Plus other special guests

Featuring Soulive as house band

Seated Concert Tickets Available Starting at $50

For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: www.summerstage.org or contact Shahna Sherwood at 212-360-8170, or by email at SSherwood@CityParksFoundation.org.

A cocktail party for table purchasers will begin at 6:00 PM in the pergola area. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner starting at 7:00 PM. Concert will begin at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:00pm for bleacher ticket purchasers. Bleacher seats for the concert are available for purchase for $50. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid-park).

About SummerStage

Produced by City Parks Foundation, SummerStage is New York’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing over 100 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. Every year we reach more than 300,000 New Yorkers and since its inception in 1986, more than six million people have enjoyed SummerStage. This year, our 27th, we kick off a major awareness campaign about the vital role City Parks Foundation plays in offering free programming in NYC parks and the important niche that SummerStage plays in the summer landscape. Please join us for a psychedelic celebration of the music of Jimi Hendrix and to raise funds for this necessary summer institution. 

About City Parks Foundation

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

About City Winery and Michael Dorf Presents

City Winery and Michael Dorf Presents are back to produce the 2012 SummerStage Gala. They produced the 25th annual Gala in 2010 with “The Music of Simon and Garfunkel”. City Winery is the innovative 20,000 sq ft mixed-use winery, music venue and event space founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf. The winery will be creating a special commemorative wine for the SummerStage Gala; in addition City Winery will be the EXCLUSIVE wine sponsor for the 2012 season of SummerStage events at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. The award winning wines produced at City Winery are handcrafted in Soho at the only commercial custom-crush facility in New York City.