Dear Friends,

It has been an exciting day for me! The finale of Accordions Around the World was listed in The Times, The Metro, and Time Out New York.

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I hope I’ll get to see and meet a bunch of you later today. The Festival is from 4:30 – 10pm. Six hours of music from around the world where the common denominator is accordion.

 

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Experience music from Louisiana (Krewe de la Rue), Argentina (Los Chantas), Ireland (Niall O’Leary Irish Band), France (Avalon Jazz Band), Colombia (Foncho Castellar y Los Alegres de Colombia), Eastern Europe (Slavic Soul Party) with rock, gypsy jazz, zydeco, and Brazilian forro interludes. While the solo accordion gives a good taste of music from each of these countries, the band will show it in its truest form.

Here’s the Bryant Park website for all the information you need

It’s a sweet way to say goodbye to summer. Join me.

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Aight, here’s what I got for Friday, August 28 – Monday, September 6:

 

Friday, August 28

 

***World: Accordions Around the World Culmination. For the past two months, you’ve been able to hear ten accordionists play in different pockets of Bryant Park each week. For the end of the series, come listen to an evening of accordion bands, playing music from around the globe.  Check out what I wrote earlier in this post! Full disclosure: I produce this. (NYC) >>

Krewe de la Rue (Louisiana Cajun) 

 

Avalon Jazz Band (French Gypsy Jazz)

Slavic Soul Party (Eastern European blended with gospel, techno, funk, and jazz)

Film: Raging Bull. This week, the Central Park Conservancy gives us a film from 1980 (the year they were founded) every day of the week. Who knew such good films came out that year! (Uptown) >>

Film: The Wiz. The African Film Festival always shares good flicks. Tonight they end their summer season with this classic. It’s been a Wiz-kind-of-summer! (Brooklyn) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight (opening night), it’s West Side Story (set in the neighborhood where Lincoln Center now stands with the score by Leonard Bernstein, former music director of the NY Philharmonic. Also one of my favorite movies of all time. Fact: I was cast as Anita in my 6th grade production.) (Uptown) >>

 

Saturday, August 29

 

Jazz: Queens Jazz Heritage Concert. Queens musician Dennis Lichtman and his Queensboro Six celebrate the jazz pioneers who resided in Queens. It seems to make sense that this will be at the Louis Armstrong home! (Queens) >>

Classical: Every Saturday afternoon, Bargemusic, a great presenter of classical music (and also a cool location: an old floating barge on the East River with amazing views of the city) has free concerts, including a Q&A with the musicians. (Brooklyn) >>

***World/Art: Oye Corona! The Queens Museum activates a public space in Corona every month with dance classes, community activities, and art. This time, Colombian group Bulla en el Barrio shares the traditions, experiences, and lives of the cantadoras from different regions of the country, a tool for women to express themselves. (Queens) >>

Dancing: Silent Disco. Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this quiet clubbing event featuring two live DJs spinning tunes of different genres. (Uptown) >>

***Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Carmen, my favorite opera of all time and this production is AMAZING. (Uptown) >>

 

Sunday, August 30

 

***World: Garifuna International. An afternoon of music of the Garifuna tradition. The Garifuna population are mainly from Central America, but have roots in Africa and the Caribbean. Harlem Meer has wonderful, intimate concerts, that are frequented by members of the neighborhood. (Uptown) >>

Motown: Motor City Revue. I’m a huge fan of Motown. Sounds like a nice early evening activity! (Queens) >>

Salsa/Dancing: Cemetery-cum-open air dance floor? I’ll take it. Lincoln Center sponsors a silent salsa disco in the most seemingly un-danceable of locations: Woodlawn Cemetery. (Bronx) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Verdi’s Macbeth. (Uptown) >>

 

Monday, August 31

 

Brass: Funkrust Brass Band at One Penn Plaza. “A sordid stew of punk, disco, EDM, metal and funk with Balkan and New Orleans influences and megaphone vocals.” Yes, you must come out. The 12 piece brass band featuring uniforms designed by the House of Yes, songwriting by Phil Andrews (Gay Panic, Apocalypse Five & Dime) and Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster, Sweet Soubrette) and inventive choreography. This is going to be fun. I produce this series. (Midtown) >>

Dancing: The incredible Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company teaches an all-levels dance class steeped in African and contemporary dance. (Brooklyn) >>

Film: Lagaan. Perhaps my favorite Bollywood film of all time (though warning: it’s four hours long.) It has a killer soundtrack! (Queens) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera continues its HD series, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Les Contes D’Hoffman. (Uptown) >>

 

Tuesday, September 1

 

Klezmer: Isle Of Klezbos. An all-women klezmer ensemble!  Better yet, it takes place in an East Village community garden. Go support this great group. (Downtown) >>

Film: Goodfellas. It’s crazy that this movie is 25 years old. Still a good one. (Brooklyn) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle.  (Uptown) >>

 

Wednesday, September 2

 

Funk: The Clubs at One Penn Plaza. This 10 piece funk band blends infectious grooves of original music with funky interpretations of classic hits, highlighted by a throbbing 4 piece horn section. (Midtown) >>

Indie/Country: Lake Street Dive. In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine called them “the year’s best new band,” and the group showed off their chops with stunning performances on multiple late night television shows including, Late Show With David Letterman, Ellen, and even The Colbert Report. They’re great. And Summerstage has extended their season! (Uptown) >>

 

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte with Levine conducting.  (Uptown) >>

 

Thursday, September 3

 

Middle Eastern: Zikrayat. One of the Middle Eastern bands in the city. (Queens) >>

Hip Hop: Ghostface & GZA. I really have no idea how this works exactly but my advice would be to get there EARLY. Get some Wutang back in your life! (Brooklyn) >>

Jazz: Jazz for Young People on Tour – “Let Freedom Swing”. Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off its celebrated American History-themed concert series—performed by outstanding jazz artists in 100 metro area schools—with this interactive concert. Based on Wynton Marsalis and Sandra Day O’Connor’s “Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy” curriculum, Jazz for Young People on Tour illustrates the ideals of American democracy through the lens of America’s greatest and most democratic art form: jazz. Unclear: are the teachers performing or their students? Regardless, this sounds really interesting. (Uptown) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Puccini’s Il Trittico.  (Uptown) >>

 

Friday, September 4

 

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Romeo et Juliette.  (Uptown) >>

Saturday, September 5

 

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s La Traviata.  (Uptown) >>

Sunday, September 6

 

Dance/Film: An American in Paris + Workshop. Enjoy a dance-themed summer movie night series,  preceded by a fun workshop (4—6:30pm), led by Cora Dance and based of one of the company’s works. Each workshop culminates in a brief performance. I love the idea of this. (Brooklyn) >>

Gospel: Dee Dee LeVant Gospel Ensemble. Gospel music for your Sunday afternoon. Harlem Meer has wonderful, intimate concerts, that are frequented by members of the neighborhood. (Uptown) >>

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Don Giovanni.  (Uptown) >>

Monday, September 7

 

Opera/Film: The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Verdi’s Aida. They bring animals on stage for this one! (Uptown) >>

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Aight, that’s what I got. And that’s the end of the summer. Have a good week everyone!

All good things,

Ariana