Harlem Meer Festival

Check out the Harlem Meer Performance Festival for an international and cultural experience spanning the globe right! Held at the Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer, the festival occurs during the summer months and features a different type of international musical and/or dance performance every Sunday during the summer.


2017 Harlem Meer Performance Festival Schedule

Sundays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The 24th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent in music and dance to Central Park! Enjoy jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome.

July 16, 2017 

Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing 
Latin Jazz

Sumbaswing is a Latin Jazz sextet, led by saxophonist Elliot Pineiro. Active in the tri-state area for more than 20 years, Sumbaswing will have you grooving and dancing to its Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz harmonies. Get Details

July 23, 2017 
Ola Fresca 
Tropical Latin Salsa

Ola Fresca brings a Latin sound directly from Brooklyn. The band weaves musical bridges connecting Cuban son, salsa, timba, and funk. Get Details

July 30, 2017 
The Chris Black Experience 

The Chris Black Experience combines instrumental and vocal soul, jazz, and funk. They’ve worked with industry greats in every genre of music, from Regina Belle to Les McCann. Get Details


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August 6, 2017 
Reuben Wilson Combo Quartet 

Reuben Wilson was one of few soul-jazz organists to emerge in the late 1960s. His records have been sampled by artists in the newly emerging acid jazz and jazz-rap genres. Get Details

August 13, 2017 
Chico Alvarez & The Palomonte Orchestra 

Ernest “Chico” Alvarez Peraza is a Cuban-American vocalist and bandleader. Chico has actively been performing Afro-Cuban and Latin American music for the past 50 years, and has been awarded for his contributions to the musical art-form known as Latin Jazz. Get Details

August 20, 2017 
Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble 
African Cuban Caribbean Jazz

Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble is a Caribbean jazz band with an international mindset. Expect to hear African-Caribbean jazz music featuring rhythms from around the world. Get Details

August 27, 2017 
Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble 

Led by the former lead singer of the internationally known Harlem Gospel Choir, the Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble presents music that transcends and transforms the human spirit. Get Details

September 3, 2017 
Boricua Legends 
Salsa Dura/Bailable

Boricua Legends, created by world-renowned percussionist and producer, Pedro “Pocholo” Segundo, is comprised of world-class musicians and singers that cater to an audience that enjoys dancing to the rhythms of salsa dura. Get Details



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