Mayor announces free summer concert series ‘Rise Up NYC’

Mayor Adam's announces summer concert series
Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced the kickoff of ‘Rise Up NYC,’ a free summer concert series he hopes will get New Yorkers back out in the community.
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Summer fun isn’t over just yet!

Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday announced the launch of “Rise Up NYC” — a free summer concert series hitting the five boroughs through September.

There will be a total of 10 concerts held across the city, featuring artists from various genres, including gospel, hip-hop, reggae and more. Some headliners will be local artists while others will include well-known talents like gospel duo Mary Mary and the Caribbean hitmaker Mr. Vegas.

“The concert series will also amplify local artists, encourage New Yorkers to support local small businesses near the concert venues, and provide the opportunity for New Yorkers, especially young New Yorkers, to come together to support non-violent solutions to conflicts across the city,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

Adams hopes the slate of concerts will encourage New Yorkers to explore their own backyard and reconnect with one another as the Big Apple continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are inviting all New Yorkers to come together to celebrate culture, music, and unity as New York City rebounds from the pandemic. Our city overcame many challenges over the past few years, but ‘Rise Up NYC’ will allow New Yorkers to enjoy one another and the city we call home once more,” Adams said. “Music and the arts were a lifeline for us all during the last two years, and I am here to say that New York City supports its local artists and communities. We are going to hit the right notes and turn the dial up to 11 this summer. We invite all New Yorkers to join us for world-class entertainment in the city that never sleeps beginning tonight.”

All of the concerts will be at neighborhood parks and beaches, with Brooklyn’s taking place at Wingate Park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The series will conclude with one final show at Times Square on Monday, Sept. 12.

For a full list of performances, click here.