Originally built for military purposes in 1812, Castle Clinton in Battery Park has an incredible history in which it has served as a fort, an opera house, an immigration center, and even as the New York City Aquarium. Currently, Castle Clinton acts as the gateway and ticketing office for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
During the summer, the oldest performance venue in New York City hosts a series of concerts presented as part of the River to River Festival. Tonight, Brooklyn’s experimental folk rockers Akron/Family will be performing. The serene environment created by this great space should act as the perfect home for Akron/Family’s feel good sing-a-longs.
The concert is free but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm. Akron/Family is scheduled to take the stage at 7pm.
Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch the lovely St. Vincent perform with a full band at Castle Clinton. With perfect weather, and trees swaying behind them, it was one of those perfect summer nights in NYC. Unlike many of the city’s outdoor venues, the sound was perfect, and Annie Clark charmed us all with her perfectly lush, quirky pop songs and silly between songs banter.
St. Vincent performing at Castle Clinton
Photo of St Vincent by Jonny-Leather