Summer is almost here and New York music lovers just can’t wait for Central Park Summerstage concerts to begin!
Here are a few quick facts:
Concerts are generally free (except for a few benefit ones), so seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. Which we all know means: get there early! Gates open 90 minutes before showtime on weekends and an hour on weekdays. If it’s a popular show, I’d arrive at least an hour before the gates open. Bring a picnic blanket, snacks, water, a good book–and good company. (But no glasses, cans or coolers.) Beer, wine and food can be purchased inside.
Concerts go on rain or shine. (Unless there’s lightening because, you know, there’s lightening and we’re not that crazy.)
Highlights this year include a benefit on June 11th for New York city parks: a Sinatra tribute with John Pizzarelli, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Osborne, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright III. (Tickets start at $65.)
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Rehearsal Series, a weekly event in which favorite opera arias and duets are performed by rising Metropolitan Opera stars such as Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), and Stephen Costello (tenor), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore.
The Martha Graham Dance Company performs on July 23rd.
Hip-hop artists Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth are featured on July 28th.
Gospel is also represented with Shirley Caesar on 8/3.
And remember Bobby McFerrin? He’ll be there on 8/20.
You get the picture…just like the city, a little something for every one. And–hey–if by chance the line’s too long and you don’t get in, hang outside on the grass–you can still hear the music.