Central Park Summerstage 2009 Unofficial Schedule

Stellastarr* at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (09/10/08)
Stellastarr at Summerstage
Photo: Tim Griffin

UPDATE: Bookmark this page for the most up to date Summerstage 2009 listings.

As you may or may not have noticed, I have been quietly updating my 2009 Summerstage listings over here for the last little while, but in case you weren’t following along, I figured I’d make a big splashy blog post about it today. While I’ve listed some shows that I think are “speculative” (and denoted them as such), the rest seem more or less legitimate as far as I can tell. Despite that ambiguous disclaimer, this listing is still completely unofficial and please feel free to tell me if I’m missing something. (According to a recent press release, Summerstage will host at least 32 free and six benefit shows this year, I’ll keep posting 2009 events as I become aware of them.)

Central Park Naumberg Bandshell
04/11/09 Goldenchild Hope Halo Benefit Concert

Central Park Summerstage and Rumsey Playfield 2009 Unofficial Schedule
05/31/09 Reality Shock, Yaakov Chesed + more TBA (Salute To Israel)
06/05/09 TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors (Buy Tickets/Sold Out)
06/12/09 The New York Pops, with Josh Ritter
06/13/09 Tye Tribbett & G.A. (Speculative/Can’t confirm)
06/16/09 Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson (Buy Tickets 03/27 @ noon)
06/17/09 Wally Lamb (Reading from “The Hour I First Believed”)
06/20/09 The Sound Physician, SXNDRGS (Speculative/Can’t confirm)
06/21/09 FĂȘte de la Musique, (World Music Day) with Yannick Noah
06/25/09 311, Ziggy Marley (Presale: 04/14, Public Sale: 04/17)
06/28/09 Ledisi
06/30/09 Explosions In The Sky (Buy Tickets)
07/05/09 Oumou Sangare, Les Nubians
07/08/09 Juana Molina
07/09/09 Matisyahu, Umphrey’s McGee (Presale: April 15-17, Password = LIGHT, Public Sale: April 17 – noon EST)
07/18/09 Dobet Gnahore
07/24/09 Bettye Lavette
08/01/09 M. Ward FREE
08/14/09 Morphoses (Dance)
08/15/09 Morphoses (Dance)
08/16/09 Dinosaur Jr, The Walkmen
08/29/09 Paul Van Dyk (Buy Tickets) #
09/25/09 Phoenix, Passion Pit (Buy Tickets) #
09/26/09 Phoenix, Passion Pit (Buy Tickets) #

# While these shows will take place at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (aka Summerstage), they not part of the official “Summerstage” concert series.


  1. Nick says:

    Thanks for compiling! (The Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh, DJ Bitman (LAMC/MTV Tr3s) show was 7/12/2008.)

    1. bumpershine says:

      Fixed now. Thanks.

  2. Wise says:

    No Hip Hop shows this year?? Damn!

  3. lisa says:

    that very special guest on June 12 is josh ritter!

  4. jeana hancock says:

    i’m from tampa, fl and visit manhattan 2-3 times per year. i will be there on october 1st for 5 days and am trying to find out if anything is going on in central park (concerts, etc.) while there. i thought that oprah was going to be there live every friday, but maybe it’s just next friday. tell, tell. does anyone have any suggestions?


  5. bumpershine says:

    Whatever the time of year, there is always something going in New York. Having said that, the official Summerstage programming usually ends before Labor Day. Rental shows and other events can and usually do take place at the Rumsey Playfield after that though.

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