Coney Island’s free concert series revived by local effort

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced the revival of a free summer concert series in Coney Island just weeks after a pair of free concerts were cancelled.

The Coney Island Concert Series, which was driven in part by a new organizer — the City Parks Foundation — will be held at the Ford Ampitheater in early September, Eric Adams announced. No specific date has been set and it is not year clear who will be performing, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted. According to Adams, City Council Mark Treyger helped secure additional funding to make the event a reality.

Organizers for the previously-planned Seaside Summer Concert and Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series announced on Facebook in June that they were scrapping plans for this year’s concert. Another free concert series, the Wingate Concert Series in East Flatbush, will begin on August 7.

“In response to the significant interest we all share in maintaining and expanding the range of free summer entertainment opportunities in our borough, I have been working aggressively to identify and secure new organizers that can deliver great performances at Ford Amphitheater and Wingate Park this season, as well as do even better in the years ahead,” Adams said. “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. I’m proud to serve as a host for these exciting evenings of entertainment.”

A wide variety of sponsors ranging from radio stations to NYC Health + Hospitals to newspapers are also pitching in to help fuel the concerts.

Read more about the Wingate series here.


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