City Parks Foundation is delighted to present the 2017 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to 18 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. With performances ranging from indie, Afrobeat, rocksteady, and soul to contemporary dance, comedy, and R&B, SummerStage brings celebrated performers from around the globe to your local neighborhood. Since its inception in 1986, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
On 7 November 1997, the group performed "Spice Up Your Life" in the 1997 MTV Europe Music Awards .  After this performance, the Spice Girls made the decision to take over the running of the group themselves, and fired their manager Simon Fuller.  The firing was front page news around the world. Many commentators speculated that Fuller had been the true mastermind behind the group, and that this was the moment when the band lost their impetus and direction.  Later that month, the Spice Girls became the first pop group to host ITV 's An Audience with... ;  their show was watched by million viewers in the UK, one fifth of the population.  :148 In December 1997, the second single from Spiceworld , " Too Much ", was released, becoming the group's second Christmas number-one and their sixth consecutive number-one single in the UK. The group ended 1997 as the year's most played artist on American radio.  At the 1998 American Music Awards on 26 January, the Spice Girls won the awards for Favorite Pop Album, Favorite New Artist, and Favorite Pop Group.  In February 1998, they won a special award for overseas success at the 1998 Brit Awards , with combined sales of albums and singles for over of 45 million records worldwide.   That night, the group performed their next single, " Stop ", their first track not to reach number one in Britain (it entered at number two).