Performances by Lyle Lovett, El Gran Combo, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Living Colour, and Bebel Gilberto highlight the 16th season of New York's Central Park SummerStage concert series. This year's p

Performances by Lyle Lovett, El Gran Combo, Basement Jaxx, Craig David, Living Colour, and Bebel Gilberto highlight the 16th season of New York's Central Park SummerStage concert series. This year's program will kick off June 15 with the North American debut of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company, and an exploration of Puerto Ricans in New York by the Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre.

More than 75 performers from 29 countries will entertain with music, dance, spoken word, and opera performances as well as educational workshops at the rain-or-shine events at the sprawling park's Ramsey Playfield. Among the music events scheduled during the Heineken-sponsored free arts series are the Cowboy Junkies and Sarah Harmer, Lyricist Lounge, Susan Tedeschi, Shadow, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Ricky Skaggs, BJ Thomas, a spoken word appearance by Steve Earle, and a July 4 hip-hop celebration featuring Biz Markie, Whodini, Full Force, and DJ Kook Herc in a show hosted by Doug E Fresh.

While the majority of the SummerStage shows are free affairs with donations encouraged, a number of events will be staged as benefit concerts for the organization. Headlining those shows are Ani DiFranco (June 17), String Cheese Incident (July 20), moe. (July 12), Erykah Badu (Aug. 6), Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Keb' Mo' (Aug. 10), and Lovett and his Large Band (Aug. 20).

For more information on full 2001 line-up of Central Park SummerStage, visit the organization's official Web site.