EAST FLATBUSH — The show goes on!
Two popular free summer concert series in Wingate Park and Coney Island are back on with new organizers who agreed to rescue the series after the former producers abruptly canceled the events in early July.
Borough President Eric Adams announced Tuesday the Wingate Park Series will kick off Monday in East Flatbush thanks to Globe Star Media-N-Entertainment and funding from the city and corporate sponsors. The City Parks Foundation will sponsor and put on the Coney Island concert series; dates for those shows will be announced in early September, according to the borough president’s office.
Adams said he has been “working aggressively” with Coney Island Councilman Mark Treyger to find a replacement for the events since the concerts’ longtime organizers suddenly pulled out of the series a month ago following financial trouble.
“As one of the millions of New Yorkers who grew up on free summer concerts in the city, I join our communities in expressing true appreciation to City Parks Foundation and Globe Star Media-N-Entertainment, as well as our partners that are exhibiting true corporate citizenship, for carrying the torch on these summer staples,” Adams said in a statement.
The Wingate Park Series will begin Aug. 7 with a gospel-themed evening, including performances by Anthony Brown, Erica and Tina Campbell, Ricky Dillard, Anita Wilson and Canarsie’s own Christian Cultural Center Choir.
The series will include three other concert nights. On Aug. 14, the park will host a “Legend of Hip-Hop” event featuring Big Daddy Kane and C+C Music Factory among others. On Aug. 21, Kelly Price, MC Lyte and Fred Hammond are among the performers for a “Soul of R+B” concert. The next day, on Aug. 22, Denroy Morgan, Rayvon, Tanto Metro and Devonte and others will perform.
Each concert will begin at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. The events are free and open to the public.