When Gloria Gaynor belts out “I Will Survive” at Capital One Metropolis Parks Basis SummerStage on the Coney Island Amphitheater on July 17, the 1978 anthem will tackle a complete new that means after the world got here to a pause — and stay music stopped — in 2020.
As a result of it should symbolize that, as soon as once more, New York has endured.
“It’s a very huge second,” stated Erika Elliott, Govt Inventive Director, noting that SummerStage — whose largest exhibits happen at Central Park — had a collection of digital occasions to maintain musicians working and to maintain annoyed concertgoers joyful in the course of the pandemic. “For me, the method of curating this season has actually been about utilizing our platform . . . to raise what’s distinctive and particular and vibrant about New York Metropolis on this second put up this loopy, traumatic, troublesome 12 months on so many ranges, simply to rejoice the enjoyment of tradition.”
Stay occasions kick off June 17, with a free live performance that includes the Jazz at Lincoln Heart Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. On June 27, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will carry the beat to Central Park, which Machine Gun Kelly will rock on Sept. 13.
However little question — it should appear and feel totally different: Six-feet social distancing measures — with your individual pod — might be enforced, and masks might be required for all company no matter vaccination standing. At the very least for now, because the state of affairs stays fluid.
“We’re all perpetually modified,” stated Elliott. “Everyone has a really totally different sense of consolation with mass gatherings. So we’re doing every thing that we have now to . . . by way of tips. And for us that implies that you’ll be a sure social distance, simply because we’re discovering folks nonetheless actually are inching their manner again into this second and nonetheless wish to be masked for essentially the most half.”
Nonetheless, whereas some venues might be requiring vaccination for entry, SummerStage gained’t. “As a result of there are lots of fairness and accessibility points and varied totally different philosophical points round vaccination,” she stated.
And it’s not simply the concertgoers however the artists themselves who’re able to rock.
“Folks wish to get again to doing what they love and artists need not less than to have stay audiences . . . and to provide again to New York, which was hit so laborious on this final 12 months,” she stated. “Central Park is the guts of New York Metropolis, and to have the ability to play right here this summer time, I’ve heard from many artists, is simply notably significant.”