Dear Friends,

Good gracious, ass bodacious… With the weather forecast for the weekend, it is surely getting hot in herre (or “here,” since that’s more accepted English).

Last weekend, it was hot too. And some of my favorite artists were in town. My love of them surpassed the weekend heat advisories.

I biked to the venue around 2pm for a 3pm show and was a puddle by the time I arrived. The venue didn’t help much in getting me back into human-shaped form. There were zero water fountains. There was zero shade. In fact, the ground was primarily astroturf which I think was emitting even more heat.

I was so happy to see the artists I love. But I had a dehydration headache. And I couldn’t concentrate.

I will continue to come to concerts for the sake of the artists and to see my colleagues. But for anyone who came to this venue for the first time, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they decided that they were never coming back again. Even with spectacular artists on the stage, it was just too uncomfortable.

I have written about this type of thing a few times. I have argued that a security guard telling a child to step away from a painting might scar them for life and they may never step foot in a museum ever again. This is just another example on the importance of customer service. People must feel comfortable and welcome in our arts spaces, both literally and in this case, physically. Otherwise, they will forget about us and/or tarnish our reputations to others (Gurrrrrrl, remember that concert? It was so hot I don’t even remember who performed. Never going back there again!) Once you piss most people off once, they wont come back.

In this specific situation, the concert should have taken place once the sun went down. In general, there doesn’t seem to be many reasons to have a July performance at peak sun hours (although with venues that are union houses, perhaps it has something to do with the timing and amount of scheduled hours one can work?) Presenters/promoters: Just say no to daytime, outdoor summer concerts (unless you’re in a heavily shaded, comfortable space.) Also, make sure your audiences can easily hydrate.

Producers need to be place-makers too. We need to think beyond the talent on the stage and the factors that will make a performance great for the audience. No water fountains at the venue? Strike up a water sponsorship or work with the city to have portable water fountains delivered. Can we organize the chairs in a different format so that the audience can have a better view of the stage? Or if the artist is so famous that people stand in front of the seated guests who arrived early to get prime seats, how do we anticipate this type of situation and situate the audience in a different way? (I saw this happen this week.) It’s no easy task but a perfect concert scenario goes well beyond the artist.

Thoughts? Please comment below or on Facebook.

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Before we get started, here’s a key to the recommendations:

  • 💁: an Ariana’s List-produced event (because, obviously, I’m biased and, you should know that. See more below);
  • 👍: my recommendation of the day;
  • 😀: where I’ll most likely be. Let’s hang.

 

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Anyway…here’s what I got:

 

Friday, July 22

 

Art-Making: Hike and Draw. Climb a hill, sketch a tree. Ramble in the woods, draw a squirrel. I love the idea of this event. Led by the Art Students League. Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, enter at Broadway/246th St., Bronx, 6:30pm >>

Music: Danny Mixon: Happy Birthday Billy Taylor. Join pianist Danny Mixon and his Quartet as they celebrate the founder of Jazzmobile, legendary pianist, composer, educator and NEA Jazz Master, Billy Taylor. everyone is invited to wear Black & White on July 22! Jazzmobile, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West, NYC, 7-8:30pm >>

👍Music: Jon Batiste and Stay Human & Friends. Currently known as Stephen Colbert’s bandleader, New Orleans-bred Batiste is an incredible performer. Known for his signature impromptu “love riot” street parades, he can go on for hours and hours. His concert was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

Saturday, July 23

Day

👍Music/Tour: The Ramones. “The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each.” —Tommy Ramone, first press release. The day will start with a tour of the Queens Museum exhibition of “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” and culminate in a concert at the Low Tide Bar at the Beach 97th concession in Rockaway Beach with hardcorepunk band/art conceptualist band, Sick Feeling and art-punk rock explosion, Unstoppable Death Machines. These are both free. In between, there is a tour exploring the sites of The Ramones with stops in Forest Hills and Rockaway Beach to explore the neighborhoods that started it all and hear firsthand accounts of the group’s upbringing and years on the road from Ramones accomplice and tour manager Monte Melnick. This bus tour costs $10 and transports you to the concerts. A day to celebrate how Queens shaped the Ramones and how the Ramones shaped Queens. I love this multi-disciplinary program. Looks amazing. Exhibition tour at the Queens Museum (New York City Building, Meridian Rd, Queens) is 2-3pm; $10 ticketed tour through Forest Hills and Rockaway is 4-6pm, leaving from the Queens Museum, and Rockaway beach concerts are at Low Tide Bar (Beach 97th St. at the Ocean),  6-9pm  >>

Art/Dance/Music: The Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project. Bangladeshi artist Shurmmi will be live painting with performances by The Feringhees, Zarrin Maisha and a special performance by the Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project’s jatra troupe. Cooking lessons too by Jhal NYC, a social entrepreneurship venture built to empower Bangladeshi stay at home mothers through the art of Bengali cuisine. The Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project is an interactive visual and narrative based digital archive & political theater project documenting the history & resilience of Bangladeshi people. Diversity Plaza, 37th Rd. btw.73rd/74th Sts., Jackson Heights, Queens, 12-5pm >>

 

 

👍😀 Music: Femi Kuti / Bombino. A night of music from West Africa. Femi Kuti is amazing in concert, emanating his father, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. His musicality is also matched by his activism–he has championed AIDS awareness and fighting disease through various projects, often in collaboration with other musicians, and has been outspoken on issues of poverty and corruption in Nigeria. Tuareg guitar wizard Bombino opens with his desert blues. Afrobeat and desert blues are two of my favorite genres of music. Check them out! Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

Femi Kuti:

Bombino:

 

Sunday, July 24th

 

👍Music/Dance/Dancing: FolkColombia: Colombian Independence Day. FolkCOLOMBIA is a collective of Colombian musicians living in New York. They will be celebrating Colombian Independence Day with dancers, musicians, and workshops, highlighting traditional Cumbia from the Atlantic coast and Bambuco from the highland Andean regions of Colombia. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Meridian Rd, Queens, 12-3pm >>

👍Music: Global Beat of The Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats featuring Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Bombazo Dance Company, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, and Full Circle Souljahs. A celebration of the culture of the many different immigrant communities in the Bronx. The Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble brings West African traditions to the stage in this high-octane program, alongside the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of Bombazo Dance Company and the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company representing the Garifuna community. The afternoon will be rounded out by legendary hip-hop crew Full Circle Souljahs. Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Hearst Plaza, W. 64th St btw. Amsterdam/Columbus Aves, NYC, 1pm >>

Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble:

Bombazo Dance Company:

Full Circle Souljahs:

Music: Harlem Meer Series: Orlando Marin and Mambo. More Orlando and mambo! A really nice, community-based series. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th St. btw Fifth/Lenox Aves.), NYC, 2-4pm >>

Monday, July 25

 

💁😀👍  Music: Lady Moon & the Eclipse at Live at Penn Plaza. Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural six-piece collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, their music sheds light on social issues. The series is moving down the street to a more prominent stage! Join us! Plaza 33, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 6-7:30pm >>

 

Tuesday, July 26

Day

Music: Aly Tadros. Take Norah Jones’ tone,  + Fiona Apple’s growl + Ani Difranco’s honesty  = Aly Tadros. I’ve never seen her live but like her sound. Zuccotti Park, Broadway/Liberty St., NYC, 12:30pm-1:30pm >>

💁😀👍 Music: Live at Penn Plaza Lunchtime presents: Rob Curto and Scott Kettner. Rob Curto (Accordion) and Scott Kettner (Drums) are long time musical friends and collaborators, sharing common influences from the Northeast of Brazil, and roots music from the Americas. Scott is a recent recipient of a prestigious NEA (National Endowment for The Arts) award for his project entitled “A Tale of Two Nations” which brought together his group Nation Beat and the traditional maracatu group from Recife, Brazil Estrela Brilhante. Rob’s group Matuto which mixes Forró with Bluegrass just completed a five-week tour of Asia, sponsored by the US State Department. Come on out to the first few performances of my new lunchtime series, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., 12:30pm–1:30pm >>

Eve

Film: Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). Celebrating 39 years! Answering a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American life, and independent cinema, AAIFF is the first festival in the U.S. to showcase the film and video work by artists of the Asian Diaspora. Through the 28th. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, 6pm-11pm >>

💁😀👍 Music: Pangari and The Socialites at Live at Penn Plaza. Pangari and the Socialites are old school ska and rocksteady. Fronted by a rock solid rhythm section, with the soaring horns, the guitar and piano keep it all together. They create music with rhythm and soul that one can dance, drink and love to. The series is moving down the street to a more prominent stage! Join us! Plaza33, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 6-7:30pm >>

Cabaret: Out of Line: Narcissister. Part woman, part mannequin, Narcissister creates a video and performance spectacle that explores gender, racial identity, and sexuality. This performer, whose identity is a mystery, uses humor, pop songs, elaborate costumes, contemporary dance, and her trademark mask in order to deconstruct stereotypical representations. Part of Out of Line, The High Line’s summer-long tribute to the Renegade Cabaret shows that took place out of a window that overlooked the High Line when it first opened to the public. 14th Street Passage, on the High Line, W. 14th St., NYC, 9-10pm >>

 

Wednesday, July 27

Film: 39th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). See 7/26 Listing. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, 6pm-11pm >>

💁😀👍 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 music from the Balkans, Colombia, Germany, Louisiana, and Russia. Featuring Barry Adler, Gregorio Uribe, Dan Gurney, Melinda Fields, Ivan Filipchyk, and Julie Winterbottom. Bryant Park (btw. 40 – 42nd Sts. and 5th/6th Aves.), NYC, 6-8pm >>

Gregorio Uribe:

The Yanks:

Music: Sinkane. A hybrid soul/indie/global music, “stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.” Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza, 230 Vesey St., NYC, 6:30pm >>

😀👍 Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Founded in 1994, Complexions “foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them.” This means not limiting tradition to a single style, period, venue, or culture. They will perform several pieces, including “STRUM” – a work paired with music from infamous metal band Metallica. Carolyn Dorfman Dance is very athletic, “high-energy and technically demanding dance.” They will perform “WAVES,” a sensation-based exploration of music and dance with commissioned score by musicians and dancers who push the boundaries of their art forms: cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, multi-instrumentalist and human beat boxer Pete List and recorder player Daphna Mor. Summerstage, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, enter around 72nd Street, NYC, 7pm-10pm >>

Complexions Contemporary Ballet:

Carolyn Dorfman Dance:

Music: AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot: Alice Smith / SATE / The VeeVees. Known as a movement celebrating the creativity and freedom in alternative black culture, AFROPUNK presents a concert full of powerful women. On this bill, I’m a fan of singer-songwriter Alice Smith, “known as much for her high-octane vocals as for her stunning stage presence.” Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St, NYC, 7pm >>

👍 Music: Dianne Reeves. One of my favorite jazz vocalists. She puts on an amazing concert. Not to be missed. Summerstage, Queensbridge Park, 41st Rd./40th Ave. btw. The East River/Vernon Blvd. and 21 St., Queens, 7pm >>

 

Thursday, July 28

Day

👍 Music: Ladies Sing The Blues featuring Catherine Russell, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas. These three ladies pay tribute to the great female blues singers of the 1920s: Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters, all while backed by a seven-piece band. MetroTech Commons, 1 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, 12pm-1:30pm >>

Catherine Russell:

Charenee Wade:

Brianna Thomas:

 

💁😀👍 Music: Live at Penn Plaza Lunchtime presents: Sunnyside Social Club. “Sunnyside Social Club captures the NOLA sound so well that they recently made a NOLA native living in New York so nostalgic for home that she cried.” Classic blues like Saint James Infirmary, reworked modern pop songs, and originals about everything from drinking too much to being rejected by a burlesque dancer to having a love/hate relationship with Xmas are all in their repertoire. Come on out to the start of my new lunchtime series, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. btw. 7th/8th Aves., 12:30 – 1:30 >>

Eve

😀👍 Music: Kamasi Washington. Kamasi is all of the rage this summer. He’s been making the rounds and I’ve heard nothing but good things. This is in Newark, which is a super quick PATH train ride away. Good stuff happening in Dirty Jerz! 1 Center St, Newark, NJ, 5pm >>

Film: 39th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). See 7/26 Listing. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, 6pm-11pm >>

Music/Dancing: Salsa Lessons & Dance Party with Rodney Lopez ft. Funky Guajiros. The new Four Freedoms Park is beginning their programming and throwing weekly salsa dance parties. Learn how to dance Salsa from Mad Hot Ballroom’s Rodney Lopez then dance to Funky Guajiro, a great NYC salsa band. Class is 6:15pm – 7:15pm, live music 7:15pm – 9pm. Four Freedoms Park, 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, 6pm-9pm >>

Music/Puppets: Live at the Archway: Tigue and Great Small Works. “An imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, postrock and drone music. — New York Music Daily.” One half new music ensemble, one half art-rock band, Brooklyn-based trio TIGUE has conservatory precision that spans contemporary, pop and avant grade multi-disciplinary work. They commission and perform works by living composers, and generate their own material. Preceded by puppet company, Great Small Works, who draw on folk, avant-garde, and popular theater traditions to address contemporary issues. Live at the Archway series, under the Manhattan Bridge, Water St. btw. Adams St./Anchorage Pl., DUMBO, Brooklyn, 6pm >>

Dancing/Dance: Barefoot Dancing: Quenia Ribeiro & Grupo Ribeiro Dance Company. This series provides a lesson as well as a performance of dance forms from around the world. Then you can dance barefoot in the grass! Tonight’s dance form Brazilian Samba. Van Cortlandt Park, Van Cortlandt House Museum, Enter park at Broadway & 246th St, Bronx, 6:30pm-8:30pm >>

👍 Music: Gregory Porter / Marcus Strickland & Twi-Life. Gregory Porter’s voice is gold. It’s so, so rich (i.e., “a voice to die for” (Jazz Wise). Multi-reedist Marcus Strickland and his band Twi-Life’s album was released byBlue Note/Revive and produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. It’s an “array of styles, harmonic textures, and dynamics, and reveal his preoccupation with hip-hop beatmaking.” (AllMusic) Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St./Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

Music: Daby Touré. Think a fusion of African folk melodies, desert blues, jazz, reggae, +. Born in Mauritania, raised in Senegal, and a longtime resident of Paris, Touré is a citizen of the world. A musical and linguistic polyglot, Touré creates a sonic mixture that merges the linguistic inflections of the six languages he speaks, building bridges between cultures, crossing borders and giving life to a poetic language and a universal sound. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St, NYC, 7:30pm >>

Film: Rooftop Films: Animation Block Party. Experience some of the year’s best animated short films. I am a fan of both Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield – both produce high-quality programming. Live music at 7:30, film at 8:30pm.  Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza 230 Vesey Street, NYC, 7:30pm >>

 

Friday, July 29

 

Art-Making: Hike and Draw. Go for a hike. Sketch things you see along the way. I love the idea of this event. Van Cortlandt Park is also one of NY’s more rugged parks with hiking trails. Led by the Art Students League.  Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, enter at Broadway/246th St., Bronx, 6:30pm >>

Music: Angelique Kidjo’s Celia Cruz Tribute with Pedrito Martinez / Yosvany Terry Quintet. The Brooklyn-based superstar from Benin dives into the music of the Queen of Salsa featuring the outstanding Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez. Cuban jazz saxophonist, percussionist, and composer Yosvany Terry opens with his quintet. Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St./Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

Music: Davido / Antibalas. This doubleheader bridges the funk-infused Afrobeat popularized in 1970s-era Nigeria to the next wave of African club music. Sounds pretty neat. Antibalas has been around the scene for awhile and they’re always fun. They evoke the pure Afrobeat spirit of the legendary musician and activist Fela Kuti. Then 23-year-old Nigerian artist-producer Davido, who Fader hailed as “the future of African pop,” takes over the stage, injecting his signature electronic “Afrobeats” into an exhilarating blend of traditional African music, hip-hop, funk, and pop. Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St, NYC, 7:30pm >>

Davido:

Antibalas:

Music: Svetlana and the Delancey Five. A night of swing/ and hot jazz at one of NYC’s newest free music venues Live at Seaglass, Seaglass Carousel at the Battery, State St./Water St., NYC, 8pm-10pm >>

Film: Rooftop Films: The Best of New York Nonfiction. Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield continue their collaboration for the weekend. Live music at 7:30, film at 8:30pm.  Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza 230 Vesey Street, NYC, 7:30pm >>

 

Saturday, July 30

Day

Music: The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed. Lou Reed worked in poetry, pop music, experimental composition, and this day will reflect this and commemorate the maestro. Curated by two of Reed’s closest collaborators, musician and wife Laurie Anderson and friend and producer Hal Willner. The day begins as Reed would have, with an open class led by Reed’s tai chi instructor, Master Ren Guangyi, followed by live performances of Reed’s music by notable bands, an immersive installation of his six-guitar drone music, and readings of his lyrics by noted authors and actors. To close out the evening, grab a pair of headphones for a late-night screening of Julian Schnabel’s Berlin, a critically acclaimed film documenting Reed’s 2006 performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St, NYC, All Day, beginning at 10:30am >>

👍 Music: La Casita at Teatro Pregones. Lincoln Center partners with Pregones Theater in the Bronx to present local artist-activists from the five boroughs who are the brink of something big. “Wordsmiths share the stage with musicians to uncover how poetry, song, and storytelling can unleash personal truths, construct identity, and fundamentally alter historic narratives.” For poetry, they have: Tusiata Avia, Toni Blackman, Moe Clark, Natalie Diaz, Baba Israel, Noel Quiñones, Terisa Siagatonu, Elisabet Velasquez, Tanaya Winder, G Yamazawa, and Gustavo Zapoteco. For music, they have: Fernando A. Ferrer Cruz, Grupo Rebolu, Harana Kings, Jomion & The Uklos, and William Prince

I’m familiar with Grupo Rebolu and adore them. Go support these emerging artists. Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx, 2:30pm >>

Eve

Dance/Dancing: Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay. Stefanie Batten Bland creates contemporary dance theater rooted in community, “constructing futuristic environments with installations ripe in poetic theatrical flavors that are emotionally driven.”  In a collaboration with futuristic jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, the company will perform “PATIENTE(CE)”- a physical requiem, an evening-length, interdisciplinary work inspired by the structure of jazz with its formal emphasis on the eternal present. Karisma Jay provides a master class beforehand. Summerstage, Queensbridge Park, 21st St, Long Island City, Queens, 7pm-9pm >>

😀👍 Music: Digable Planets / Camp Lo. Prospect Park. Throwing it back! The band is reuniting! Along with A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets connected hip-hop with jazz and “put forward a positive, cerebral form of the genre — more than any other group.” Bronx duo Camp Lo opens. Comprised of Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, the group formed in 1995 and have produced a steady stream of critically acclaimed (if publicly underappreciated) music ever since, collaborating along the way with the likes of De La Soul, Aesop Rock, Will Smith, and Pete Rock along the way. Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St./Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

Film: Rooftop Films: In Pursuit of Silence. The sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts. I always trust Rooftop’s film programming. I’ve never been disappointed. Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield continue their collaboration for the weekend. Live music at 7:30, film at 8:30pm.  Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza 230 Vesey Street, NYC, 7:30pm >>

 

Sunday, July 31

Day

👍 Music: La Casita. See 7/30 listing. Saturday’s program moves to Lincoln Center today. Hearst Plaza,  Lincoln Center Plaza (off Columbus near 64th St.), NYC, 12pm >>

👍 Music: Queens International. A day of events at the Queens Museum. Highlights include, Las Reinas. Jesus Benavente and Felipe Castelblanco collaborated with two Mariachi bands, one in Queens (Mariachi Real de Mexico) and the other based in Bogotá, Colombia, to write a new song in real-time, via online video chat. Working across cultural, social, and economic borders, the collaborating bands and artists will reveal the pervasiveness of the Mariachi genre, a Mexican musical tradition that is steeped in poverty, pride, protest, and community, but has been widely adapted to the needs of a globalized tourist economy. This culminates in this live performance of a new song, Las Reinas, passed from band to band across North and South America, as a means of examining the phenomena of cultural (re)appropriation and (mis) translation. This sounds really interesting, 1-2pm. Later in the day, the Museum highlights recent short films made in or about Queens, 3-5pm. For more details on the program of six short films, click here. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 1pm-5pm >>

Dance/Music: Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia / Doug E. Fresh and more. Rock Steady Crew were the original B-Boys. They’re on a bill with a bunch of original hip hop artists including the East Coast hip hop duo, Nice & Smooth and the first human beatbox, Doug E. Fresh. Summerstage, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, Enter around 72nd St, NYC, 2pm-7pm >>

Rock Steady Crew:

Nice & Smooth:

Doug E Fresh:

Music: Joaquin Pozo. An amazing Cuban percussionist. I love this community-based series in the northern-most border of Central Park. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. btw Fifth/Lenox Aves, NYC, 2pm-4pm >>

Festival: A Great Day in Harlem. A day long event with music, a fashion show, food, etc. Highlights include Harlem Swing Dance Society, IMPACT Repertory, Uptown Dance Academy perform from 1-3 and the Gospel Caravan featuring Mama Foundation Gospel Choir, Harlem Heritage United Choir and Bishop Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir from 3-4pm and a Salute to The O’Jays with Ray Chew & the HMF All Star Band and special guests from 6-8pm. All take place at Grant’s Tomb, W. 122nd St./Riverside Drive, 12pm-8pm >>

👍 Music/Dance: Marc Cary: The Harlem Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz featuring Brianna Thomas and The Jazz Travelers. A day of jazz. The highlight for me is keyboardist Marc Cary. He is amazing. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Brianna Thomas as well. Summerstage, Queensbridge Park, 21st St, Long Island City, Queens, 4pm-7pm >>

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Aight friends, that’s what I got. Stay cool and have a great week!

All good things,

Ariana