The picnic during Accordions Around the World last week was so nice! For those of you who missed it, the gathering involved good music, many blankets, delicious food, merging friend groups, perfect weather, and creating rainbows in the sky (I kid you not: we had access to controlling the colors of the One Bryant Park building spire.) Glad to see and meet so many of you! And come out again for the Accordion Band Festival finale on 8/31! I hope to see you there!
The summer is coming to a close. Even though I’m long out of school, I still get stomach jitters around this time of year. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because I’m passionately in love with parks, beaches, public spaces, and adventures, and this is the best time of year to enjoy all of them. I don’t like when it ends.
The end of summer means the end of my writing season. I know you’re all crying right now but don’t worry – you still have two more weeks of me. But I’m beginning to wind down.
Something I’ve done regularly for the past few years but have never shared is that I keep a list of trends that I see throughout the summer. Which artists and bands are working it in the free NYC summer concert world? What are venues doing to keep themselves fresh?
Now seems like an opportune time to share these observations. These observations can mean a lot or very little. As long as there’s a budget for the artists, I heavily advocate for musicians to play shows that are free and open to the public because it’s an opportunity to grow a fan base while getting paid for the art. So personally, I think it’s a great thing when artists tap into the free summer concert market. But many major venues have radius clauses which make it so that bands can’t play in the vicinity for a few weeks before and after their show. So some artists may have been shut out of playing more than one gig. Also sometimes budgets are ridiculously small for a larger band and they must decline a gig because it isn’t financially feasible.
All of this is to say, that the following bands and trends are observations only. Make of it as you wish. Note that I’ve only included artists that were booked by unique venues (not the same artist booked more than once in the same series.) Here are the bands that have played over and over this summer.
The Hottest Bands of the NYC Free Summer (based on reappearances on multiple NYC stages)
Los Hacheros (7 free summer shows.) The band that evokes the heyday of Fania with their incredible original son/salsa released a new album and did a NPR Tiny Desk Concert this summer. In addition, they played everywhere, including Bryant Park, the High Line, the Atrium at Lincoln Center, Live at the Archway in DUMBO, Penn Plaza, La Marqueta, and Riis Bazaar.
Bulla en el Barrio (7 free summer shows.) Barranquilla native Carolina Oliveros leads this band that pays homage to many of Colombia’s less familiar cantadoras from the Caribbean coast. Carolina has a beautiful voice and she is accompanied by members of one of my favorite NYC bands, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem. This summer they played at Corona Plaza in Queens, as a guest to Gregorio Uribe at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Square, the Colombian Consulate, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, FolkColombia at the Queens Museum, and the Mi Gente! Bronx Latinx Fest.
The Knights (3 free summer shows.) A Naumburg Bandshell favorite, these (classically-trained) guys are dedicated to to transforming the concert experience and played two nights there as well as with Dr. Dog at Celebrate Brooklyn.
Orlando Marin (3 free summer shows.) The Bronx-born, “Last Mambo King” celebrated his 80th birthday last year and he still is making the rounds. He played with his band at the High Line, Brooklyn Central Library, and Harlem Meer in Central Park.
The Westerlies (2 free summer shows.) This brass quartet that gets its name from the West-to-East prevailing winds explores jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Because of this, they can play any type of venue “with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.” They played in Bryant Park and part of the Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program.
Kamasi Washington (2 free summer shows.) There is so much buzz going around this jazz saxophonist. He has recorded and performed with the greats of jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop (from McCoy Tyner to Chaka Khan to Lauryn Hill and Mos Def) and most recently, he worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” He played at Central Park SummerStage at an NJPAC in Newark.
Brianna Thomas (2 free summer shows.) I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about young jazz vocalist, Brianna Thomas, including “she may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.” (Wall Street Journal). This summer she played on a bill with Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade at the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech and as part of SummerStage in Queensbridge Park.
Catherine Russell (2 free summer shows.) “Honey-rich vocals, charismatic energy, and a royal swing lineage” (Lincoln Center.) Jazz vocalist Russell played at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center and with Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade at the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech.
Theo Croker (2 free summer shows.) This trumpeter, vocalist, composer, and bandleader has a powerful and eclectic take on modern jazz whiling paying respect to the tradition of the music (he’s the grandson of the late great jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham) while moving the genre forward with a neo-soul bent. He played on a mixed neo-soul/jazz bill as part of SummerStage in Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn and alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater at the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech.
Fleur Seule (2 free summer shows.) I had never heard of this band until this summer. Apparently, they’ve been infusing 21st-century New York nightlife with the style and spirit of the 1940s, “channeling the romance of European jazz and the moxie of the all-American USO style.” They played Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center and Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.
Antibalas (2 free summer shows). The band that resurrected Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat sound and brought it west, was all over the city this summer, including opening for The Roots at the Lowdown Hudson Music Festival and sharing a bill with Davido at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
Will Calhoun (2 free summer shows). The Bronx native drummer played at Jazzmobile in Marcus Garvey Park and also had a late-night free gig with Living Colour at the Blue Note early in the summer.
Dr. John (2 free summer shows.) The New Orleans’ genius played at the Louis Armstrong Wonderful World Festival in Queens and on an all-star bill at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
In terms of trends, I’ve noticed a few things:
- Silent discos seem to be very popular (Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center Local in Queens, Penn Plaza, Summer on the Hudson at Riverside Park)
- Salsa seems to be the most popular dance form, with more nights given to this style of music/dance than others (Bryant Park Dance Parties, Midsummer Night Swing)
- Based on many of the artists listed above, 2016 seems to have been a summer of jazz.
Who am I missing? What other trends have you seen in the NYC free summer concert market? Please share your observations!
Key to the recommendations
: an Ariana’s List-produced event (because, obviously, I’m biased and, you should know that.);
: a recommendation of the day;
: where I’ll most likely be. Let’s hang.
Anyway…here’s what I got:
Saturday, August 20
👍Music: Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx. A community collaboration aimed at highlighting the traditional and contemporary music rhythms of Latin America, particularly in the borough of the Bronx home to the majority of New York City’s Latin American residents. The line-up has still not been released. RSVP to obtain your free tickets. The Point CDC, 1399 Lafayette Ave., Hunts Point, Bronx, 12pm >>
Music: 1st Annual Coney Island Busker Fest. Street performers, marching bands, comedy, juggling, acrobatics, and live music, including favorites Hungry March Band and Sunnyside Social Club amongst many others. Coney Island, Brooklyn, 12:30 – 7pm >>
Music: Blues BBQ. Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival pairs Blues and Roots musicians with New York City’s favorite BBQ restaurants. The line-up includes: Gaye and the Wild Rutz, Cash Box Kings, Bernard Allison Group, Sugaray Rayford Band, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Pier 97, Hudson River Greenway, NYC, 2 – 8pm >>
Music: Estonian Independence Concert with the Youth Choir of Tallinn Music High School. We don’t have much access to Estonian culture so here’s an opportunity to consume some! The Youth Choir of Tallinn Music High School encourages students from ages 13 to 20 to learn about and participate in choir performance in addition to their primary instrument studies. The choir has performed all around the world. RSVP required – follow the link. Scandinavia House, 58 park Avenue, NYC, 7pm >>
👍Dance/Circus: Kalabanté Circus / Iron Skulls / Sxip’s Hour of Charm. This looks like a very unique event, with diverse acts around circus and dance. You have an opportunity to catch it twice. Members of Kalabanté Circus have performed with some of the best circus companies around the world including Circus Baobab and Cirque Eloize. Since its 2007 inception, Yamoussa Bangoura brought artists and acrobats from Guinea for a multimedia production of circus, dance, acrobatics, storytelling, acting and singing. The collective, which turns all profits over to the building and operation of a circus school in Guinea, is building the next generation of African circus artists and continues to inspire. Iron Skulls is a experimental dance company from Barcelona, inspired by martial arts, contemporary dance, urban dance, hip-hop, musical production, design, and fashion. Sxip Shirey is a producer/composer based out of New York City who began his relationship with the circus as the touring band and composer for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in the late 90s. It looks like Hour of Charm is his next project. Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, NYC, 7pm-9pm >>
Poetry/Music: Women in Salsa. All-women Los Mas Valientes perform. Opening: La Madrina of Nuyorican Poetry, Sandra Maris Esteves, who will read selections from her work that emphasize rhythm, mambo and la clave. Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, 7-9pm >>
Music: MoCADA’s 7th annual Soul of BK Festival. The block party goes on all day but, Chop and Quench, the Afrobeat band that was once the house band for the musical FELA performs in Brooklyn with Sahr Ngaujah (original Fela on Broadway) on lead vocals. They go on at 7pm. Fort Greene Park, 1-8pm >>
Sunday, August 21
Parade: 35th Annual India Day Parade. The largest in the country with Bollywood stars. Madison Ave. from 38th to 28th Sts., 12-6pm >>
Music: Harlem Meer Series: Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band. This Afro/Venezuelan band is super unique with jazz and Afro-Venezuelan intonations. Check out those rhythms. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. btw Fifth/Lenox Aves, NYC, 2-4pm >>
Monday, August 22
Celebration: National Park Service turns 100! Bill Nye the Science Guy (who remembers him?) will be present along with Questlove (8pm), a surprise musical performance (5:45pm), as well as a lot of other non-arts-related activities. Plus FREE ICE CREAM. Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, 1-10pm >>
👍💁😀Music: Live at Penn Plaza presents: Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band.U-N-I-T-Y conjures up images of a young Queen Latifah to me. But this band incites us to think fellowship and camaraderie through their live performances with sound rife with elements of J Dilla, St. Germain and The Headhunters. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., NYC, 6pm-7:30pm >>
Tuesday, August 23
👍💁Music: Live at Penn Plaza Lunchtime presents: The Bees Knees. The Bees Knees are a unique showcase of musical talent formed by accordionist, singer, and band leader Erica Marie Mancini. Drawing on inspiration from authentic Argentine Tango, Italian Ballads, Doo Wop and the Great American Songbook, the band belts out songs both old and new with a salty and sultry “hard trad” kick. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., NYC, 12:30pm-1:30pm >>
Dance/Theater: Woman of Leisure and Panic. “You could talk all day about the pressures that come with being a modern woman and not say it half as well as Charlotte Bydwell shows and tells it in forty-five minutes.”— NYTheatre.com. A young artist’s quest to find balance in a life where every achievement seems to bring further uncertainty. Repeats on 8/24 and 8/25. Anita’s Way, 137 W. 42nd St. (the through-block connecting 42nd/ 43rd Sts., btw. Broadway/ 6th Ave.), NYC, 4:30 and 6:30pm >>
👍💁😀Music: Live at Penn Plaza presents: Kumbakín. Kumbakín is an actualized Cuban son inspired, danceable music band, lead buy Puertorrican singer/sonero Jainardo Batista, or now also known as Yemal Melódico. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., NYC, 6pm-7:30pm >>
Wednesday, August 24
Dance/Theater: Woman of Leisure and Panic. See 8/23. Repeats on 8/25. Anita’s Way, 137 W. 42nd St. (the through-block connecting 42nd/ 43rd Sts., btw. Broadway/ 6th Ave.), NYC, 4:30 and 6:30pm >>
👍💁😀Music: Accordions Around the World. Accordions Around the World is a weekly series that regularly features six accordionists as well as bandoneon/bayan/concertina/harmonium-players of different musical genres performing in various locations around Bryant Park. It offers audiences the chance to experience the often overlooked or little-known instrument. See what I wrote about my series a few weeks ago. Six stations around the Park, six different cultures/musical genres represented. This week we have Colombian, French, Irish, Jazz, and Klezmer musics. Featuring Alma Mia, Christina Crowder, Gregory Grene, Yuri Lemeshev, Erica Mancini, and Mario Tacca. The series, represents many cultures and genres, offering audiences the chance to experience the often overlooked or little-known instrument. Bryant Park (btw. 40 – 42nd Sts. & 5th/6th Aves.), NYC, 6 – 8pm >>
Dancing: African Dance. The New York Restoration Project presents arts in community gardens around the city. Target Brooklyn Community Garden, 931 Bedford Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, 6:30-7:30pm >>
👍😀 Film/Music: Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), directed by Ciro Guerra; 2015, 125 mins. I’ve heard amazing things about this Oscar-nominated film that tells the story of a shaman encountering two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this most remote and lush of South American jungles. Based on the diaries of two Westerners who travelled in the region, one in 1909, the other 30 years later. Music from Afro-Colombian group BullA en el Barrio to start. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens. Music at 7pm, film at sundown >>
👍 Music: Chubby Checker. This is a big deal. The Bronx gets the twisting legend. Seton Park, Independence Ave. btw. 232rd-235th Sts., (Rain location: Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, MS/HS 141, 660 W. 237th St.) Riverdale, Bronx, 7pm >>
Dancing: Salsa. Plaza33 is open again and it hosts a weekly salsa party. It’s a really wonderful space in a central location. Plaza 33, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., NYC, Lesson 7:30-8pm, dance party 8-9:30pm >>
Thursday, August 25
👍💁Music: Live at Penn Plaza Lunchtime presents: The Four Bags. Combining the vibrancy of modern jazz and popular music with the sophistication of a classical chamber group, The Four Bags features a captivating blend of Trombone (Brian Drye), Accordion (Jacob Garchik), Guitar (Sean Moran) and Woodwinds (Mike McGinnis). Each member brings a distinct compositional voice to the ensemble, creating a body of work with an astonishing array of tonal colors. In addition to mind-bending improvisations and fresh originals, The Four Bags draw from a diverse collection of music from Arnold Schoenberg to the Beastie Boys in a way that is “wonderfully difficult to define, easy to enjoy.” (David Garland, WNYC.) Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., NYC, 12:30pm-1:30pm >>
Dance/Theater: Woman of Leisure and Panic. See 8/23. Anita’s Way, 137 W. 42nd St. (the through-block connecting 42nd/ 43rd Sts., btw. Broadway/ 6th Ave.), NYC, 4:30 and 6:30pm >>
👍 Music: Jazzmobile Block Party. An evening of music in front of Louis Armstrong’s Queens home. Latin Grammy Nominated Merengue Band Fulanito begins at 5pm, followed by percussionist Steve Kroon at 7pm. Especially interested in this given the venue. In front of Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, Queens >>
👍 Music/Dancing: Live at the Archway: Tango with Stratos y el Trio de Arrabal. This tango band accompanies a class and a milonga, the venue for tango dancing. Tango! Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 6pm >>
Dancing: Everybody Tango. More tango! The evening begins with a class and then you can dance into the evening. 125th/Marginal St. at the Hudson River, 6:30 – 9:30pm. >>
Music:Burnt Sugar Arkestra: Under the Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF). The Burnt Sugar Arkestra celebrates the Parade album, which contained the score for Prince’s self-directed 1986 film Under The Cherry Moon, a kitschy cult classic filled with slapstick hijinks and sublime orchestral arrangements by the legendary Clare Fischer. Burnt Sugar will also throw in some surprise nods to other songs from Prince’s post-Purple Rain canon of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Founded by Village Voice icon Greg “Ionman” Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris’s “Conduction” system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde spectrums. Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’s On the Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’s moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.” David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Manhattan, 7:30pm >>
Cabaret: OUT OF LINE: Carmelita Tropicana. A veteran of New York’s downtown performing arts scene, Carmelita Tropicana creates hilarious, political shows where history and fantasy raucously collide. The High Line’s Out of Line series is a tribute to the Renegade Cabaret shows, that took place in a resident’s window sill when the High Line first opened. On the High Line at W. 22nd St., NYC, 9-10pm >>
Friday, August 26
👍 Music: In/TER/Sect. I really enjoy this summer monthly jazz and classical music series (all in one bill!) On this final night, the line-up is: classical cellist Inbal Segev, harpist Bridget Kibbey with violinist Kristen Lee and percussionist John Hadfield, composer Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, brass chamber ensemble Kenari Quartet and jazz pianist Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet. Bryant Park, 40 – 42nd Sts./5th-6th Aves., NYC, 5 – 10pm >>
Talk: Mark Morris in conversation with Ara Guzelimian. Choreographer Mark Morris sits down with the dean of the Juilliard School, to talk about the creation of his masterpiece, Mozart Dances. Commissioned by Lincoln Center ten years ago, the work is being revived for the 50th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St, NYC, 6:15pm >>
Dancing: Silent Disco. An all-ages dance party where DJs broadcast disco, salsa, and dance hits directly to your headphones. Bring your best moves—they’ll provide the rest (including headphones). Note: Bags are not permitted on the dance floor. Hunter’s Point South Park, Center Boulevard btw. 50th/54th Aves, Long Island City, Queens, Silent Dance Lesson, 7–7:30pm, Party 7:30–10pm >>
👍 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / Antoinette Montague and Jazzmobile Friends / DJ Greg Caz. Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground combines the two most successful projects of New York-bred pianist Jason Lindner: Now Vs. Now, his propulsive groove trio with bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Mark Guiliana; and his big band, which started at the Greenwich Village basement club Smalls twenty years ago. “Electro-acoustic, poly-rhythmic, cross-pollinated, dirty and mixed up, improvised and composed, multi-formatted and ever shifting, Breeding Ground is the epitome of liquid modernity.” Their debut full-length album will be released in 2016. Mentored by vocalists Etta Jones and Carrie Smith, Antoinette Montague grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. You can hear all this in her music. Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, NYC, 7 – 9pm >>
Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Amadeus. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings (9/10 being opera) on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Their HD series gives close up views of the operas as well as interviews with the cast during intermission. It’s a glimpse of the opera most of us never sees. Opening night gives us the 1985 film on the life of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 7:45pm >>
Saturday, August 27
👍 Music: Rite of Summer: Inuksuit. Led by percussionist and Music Director Amy Garapic, more than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit,” an epic “ultimate environmental” (NY Times) outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. The Inuksuit Band will feature drummers Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), as well as members of many of NYCs top percussion groups and schools including: TIGUE, Mantra Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Ensemble et al, Sandbox Percussion, Loop 2.4.3, Palladium Percussion and students from: Stony Brook, Queens College, NYU, and Mantra Youth Percussion. This sounds pretty epic! Also, this is your last opportunity this summer to catch this contemporary classical series. Governors Island at The Hills, 1 & 3pm. (Note: if it rains, the performance will be on Sunday, August 28th at 2pm in the same location.) >>
👍😀 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman. I always look forward to the Charlie Park Jazz Festival. It may not be apparent but the reason this original two-day (now more) jazz festival took place in Harlem and the East Village is because that’s where Bird lived. I like the place-based association. Randy Weston is the maestro – he recently celebrated his 90th birthday! His An African Nubian Suite, a major new work for jazz orchestra, is based on his lifelong research on and interest in the culture, heritage and music of Africa, “to help them know and feel proud of this heritage.” I’m also really looking forward to checking out Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. Cory Henry has worked with so many important musicians across genres and is a member of the Grammy Award-winning collective Snarky Puppy. This project showcases Henry’s musical roots in “the celebratory aspects of neon-lit Saturday nights with reverent praise-filled Sunday mornings” (i.e., gospel, jazz and soul.) On the Hammond B-3 organ, the musician is joined by drummer James Williams and his godfather, Bishop Jeffrey White. Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn is a name to follow. The First Winner of the Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City, hosted by Mercedes Ellington, 27 year old Charles Turner has taken the jazz scene by storm. Samuel Coleman is an Alvin Ailey School trained dancer and teacher, with a focus on lindy hop (swing) dancing, and performs with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and the Rhythm Stompers. This festival is always one of my favorites of the summer. Such amazing talent. Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, NYC, 2 – 7pm >>
Dancing: Silent Disco. It’s the summer of the silent disco! This time in Upper Manhattan. An all-ages dance party where DJs broadcast disco, salsa, and dance hits directly to your headphones. Shift DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends or to your own tune. Pier I in Riverside Park South, W. 70th St./Hudson River, NYC, 5-10pm >>
👍 Dance: Beach Sessions Dance Series featuring Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener/Netta Yerushalmy. Mitchell & Riener’s piece, Horizon Event No. 4 is “a seance to the elements set against the backdrop of Rockaway Beach. A series of excerpted dances culled from previous choreographies will be reimagined and intertwined with new material. We look back to move forward.” Netta Yerushalmy presents an excerpt (re-configured for Beach Sessions) from PARAMODERNITIES #3 Black Modernism, which considers and de/re-creates Alvin Ailey’s iconic work from 1960 Revelations. On the sand at Beach 86th St., Rockaway Beach, Queens, 6:30pm >>
Dance/Art-Making/Music/Poetry: Ladies of the Bronx: Boogie on the Bruckner. This event celebrates women’s role in hip hop. From graffiti on display, to creating your own masterpiece, to the musical stylings of prominent women. Art Activities to include: Painting on tee-shirts, participating in a traveling community mural, artist discussion, poetry by Denise Garcia, percussion by “Puertominicana” I-Shea and Julissa, Yejide the Night Queen, Beat boxing by Beasty, Hosted by Cindy Sugar Rush with DJ KS360/Behind the Groove. Rhodebeck Community Garden, 927 Faile St., Longwood, Bronx, 6:30-8pm >>
Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Le Nozze di Figaro. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. The second night is James Levine-conducted The Marriage of Figaro. I saw this rendition a few years back and it was wonderful. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 7:30pm >>
Sunday, August 28
👍😀 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: DeJohnette – Holland – Moran / Allan Harris / Donny McCaslin / Grace Kelly. I love the Charlie Parker Festival. I particularly like the Sunday because it takes place in my home-park. This is a spectacular line-up. In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz (think Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, +), NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner drummer Jack DeJohnette plays with Grammy Award winning bassist Dave Holland and pianist Jason Moran. Preceded by vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris with drummer Jake Goldbas, bassist Leon Boykins, and pianist/keyboardist Pascal Le Boeuf; with special guests, percussionist Samuel Torres and guitarist Yotam Silberstein. Then acclaimed tenor saxophonist known “for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica-inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock power” Donny McCaslin takes the stage with keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. Twenty-three year-old sax-player/vocalist Grace Kelly has been voted seven- times to the Downbeat Critics Poll, five-time winner of ASCAP Composers Award, and headlined more than 700 shows in over 30 countries. Summerstage, Tompkins Square Park, 7th St. btw. Ave. A/B), 3-7pm >>
Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Il Trovatore. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 3: Anna Netrebko stars as Leonora in Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production of Verdi’s tragedy. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>
Aight friends, that’s what I got. Have a great week!
All good things,