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Jamaican reggae band Third World singer, William Rugs Clark, performs at the Gurten Festival in Bern Switzerland on Friday, July 13, 2001.
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Council Member Mark Treyger and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday joined City Parks Foundation in returning free summer concerts to Coney Island.

The announced the SummerStage 2018 lineup, a series of five shows at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Treyger and Adams said they worked in partnership with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and City Parks Foundation in securing resources to sponsor the free concerts.

SummerStage 2018 runs from June to October, featuring “a diverse, multi-cultural lineup of world-famous stars, and represents a variety of musical genres,” Adams said.

He said pioneering MC and Brooklyn native Big Daddy Kane kicks off SummerStage on Wednesday, with a 30th anniversary tribute to his debut album.

Legendary dancehall and reggae acts bring the sound of Jamaica to the shores of the People’s Playground on July 8, with performances from Barrington Levy, Third World, Kabaka Pyramid, DJ Gravy and Federation Sound.

On July 13, Adams said Coney Island heats up with iconic Puerto Rican salsa performers Tito Rojas and Andy Montañez.

The LOX, Young M.A and special guest DJ Funk Flex bring their famed rhymes to SummerStage on July 29. Adams said.

The Coney Island series concludes on Aug. 12 with up-and-coming female rapper and lyricist Dej Loaf, jazz musician Iamdbb and electronic-pop singer Quiñ.

“SummerStage gives local residents access to fun, free recreational activities that celebrate the music, culture and heritage that makes our community, our borough, and our city so unique,” Treyger said.

“I am so proud to again partner with Borough President Adams and City Parks Foundation in bringing back the beloved tradition of free summer concerts, and I thank Council Speaker Johnson for his partnership in helping make this series possible this year,” he added.

“Coney Island is, has, and always will be the place to be for culture and fun that is accessible to all. SummerStage 2018 is sure to be a hit!”

Adams said SummerStage in Coney Island is “raising the bar for one of our favorite traditions in America’s Playground: free seaside entertainment!

“In partnership with City Parks Foundation and Council Member Treyger, I am proud to present a series of shows that will offer a diverse array of musical talent, from dancehall and hip-hop to salsa and pop,” he said.

“We invite people from Brooklyn and beyond to enjoy these great performances, the Borough President said.”

Heather Lubov, executive director of City Parks Foundation, said her organization is also “thrilled to bring SummerStage back to the Coney Island community for a second year of live music, free of charge.

“SummerStage brings New Yorkers the best music from around the world right in their own neighborho­ods,” Lubov added.

– “We are proud to bring the Coney Island community together for a season filled with legendary performers and the newest up-and-coming musicians.”

Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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