From River to River Festival with shows right here at Pace to free Friday morning NYC concerts to the Pleasantville Music Festival featuring Marc Cohn, Augustana, and more, it’s time to get in tune with your Fourth of July plans!
River to River Festival: through July 16
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the River to River Festival brings a ton of FREE events, ranging from music to movies to theater to art to dance, to Lower Manhattan including some right here on campus this month and next.
Coming up at Schimmel:
Theo Bleckmann with Future Quest and Fula Flute—June 25
Theo Bleckmann will perform with Future Quest, a quintet devoted to “re-imaginings” of Meredith Monk’s music. Future Quest is Bleckmann on vocals, saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, pianist Gary Versace, and John Hollenbeck on percussion. They will be joined by Guinean music group Fula Flute.
Terry Riley and Ronu Majumdar—July 5
Renowned composer Terry Riley returns to NYC to celebrate his post-75th Birthday. Pace is proud to present minimalism pioneer Terry Riley as he performs Indian ragas with arrangements played by progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Indian bansuri flute maestro Ronu Majumdar.
Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki—July 12
Brooklyn Rider, the resident string quartet of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, are masters of new music that draws inspiration from various cultures and disparate artistic traditions. Brooklyn Rider will be joined by Japanese bamboo flute master Kojiro Umezaki, also a member of the Silk Road project.
7th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival: July 9
More than 20 acts including headliner Marc Cohn, Sonny Landreth, Augustana, Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, Scars on 45, Geoff Hartwell, Patti Rothberg, Reignjah, If But When, Remember September, Milton, Lisa Brigantino, and many more will perform on three stages. One of Westchester’s favorite “Save-the-Date” events brought to you by the Village of Pleasantville, WXPK 107.1 the PEAK, and Westchester Medical Center.
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Fridays through September 2.
You may have missed Gaga and some others, but you still have a chance to catch Florence & the Machine, Beyonce, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, the Goo Goo Dolls, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, Nicki Minaj, the American Idol Top 11, Taio Cruz, and Mary J. Blige FREE at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.
NBC’s Today Show Toyota Summer Concert Series: through September 2.
Next up in this free series at Rockefeller Center is Bruno Mars on June 24. Future performers include Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Ne-Yo, Blake Shelton, Chris Brown, Michael Bolton, Cee-Lo Green, David Cook, Journey, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Enrique Iglesias, Train, and Lenny Kravitz.
City Parks Foundation 2011 Season including Central Park SummerStage: all summer long
There’s something for you every day this summer as our more than 750 parks in all five boroughs host concerts and events this summer. Central Park SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival which has attracted more than 6 million people from around the world, brings more than 100 performances to 18 parks throughout the boroughs.
Seaport Music Festival: July 10-August 14
Right in our NYC Campus’ backyard, the Seaport Music Festival brings free indie rock shows to the waterfront on Sunday afternoons.
The Village Voice 4Knots Summer Music Festival: July 16
Right at the South Street Seaport, a free indie-rock music festival showcasing renowned and emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene including The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, and more! A kickoff show will be held on July 9 with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
Washington Square Music Festival: free concerts in Washington Square, Tuesdays through August 2.
Celebrate Brooklyn!: through August 11
Catch some free concerts under the stars and celebrate the neighboring borough as Prospect Park Bandshell opens up its stage to more than 50 acts all summer long!
Mad. Sq. Music: Wednesdays all summer long
From bluegrass to folk to jazz to soul, Mad. Sq. Music: The Oval Lawn Series runs on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and presents nationally touring acts. Mad. Sq. Kids Concerts will also be held all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
International Latino Music Festival at Playland: June 26
Celebrate Latino heritage and musica at Westchester’s Playland Park with Mega 97.9’s Moon Shadow, J’Martin, Jose Alberto, Grupo Aguakate, and much more!
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