Philharmonic in the Park
Conducted by Alan Gilbert
Band shell on the Great Lawn
Enter 86th St and 5th Ave
Head to the park and take advantage of this chance to listen to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for free this summer. The orchestra is playing at different locations around the five boroughs, but we recommend hitting the performance in Central Park. If you want to get front row seats, it is suggested you arrive two hours early to find a good spot. Under the leadership of Alan Gilbert, lead violinist Joshua Bell and the orchestra will perform songs by Nielsen, Bruch, Grieg, and Liszt.
Live Music Under the Brooklyn Bridge
Watermark Summer Concert Series
$20 – $40
Pier 15 @ 78 South St
June 26 – August 21
Head downtown and take part in the Watermark Summer Concert Series, where you can listen to great live music and see one of the best views you can find in Manhattan. Right under the Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 15 works as a 900-person venue with a beautiful panoramic view of New York Harbor. This year’s lineup features artists like George Clinton & Parliament – Funkadelic, Rebirth Brass Band, and Escort. You can also catch the 5th Annual Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest on August 14th. Visit their website at www.watermarkny.com to view the entire list of scheduled concerts.
Travel to the Jazz Age
The 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party
$35 – $300 (children under 12 are free)
7 Old Slip @ Water St
June 14th – 15th, August 16th – 17th
11AM – 5PM
Play dress up for Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra this summer on Governor’s Island to picnic in 1920s attire and listen to amazing jazz musicians. You can choose from a range of ticket offerings from general admission to “The Gatsby” package which gives you access to all the musical venues, four mini carafes of St. Germain cocktails, food prepared by private chefs, backstage access, a private vintage photo shoot, and a Dreamland tote bag stocked with hand fans, a parasol and a blanket. This event has become more popular every summer because of its upscale picnicking, themed cocktails, and world-class music. You will feel like you are mingling inside of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
Dance in Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Dizzy Feet Foundation
Josie Robertson Plaza @ Lincoln Center
As part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors event series, join hundreds of other dancers in a pre-choreographed mob dance to celebrate National Dance Day. Dancers of all abilities are invited to join in two routines, which can be learned in advance by watching videos posted online on the Dizzy Feet Foundation Facebook page. If you aren’t able to learn the dance ahead of time, we still suggest going to this event to watch this impressive mob dance take place. You can even join in throughout the day and celebrate the joy of dancing.
109-Year-Old Music Festival
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
The Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
Enter at East 72nd St
June 24 – August 12
Name after its founder, the 19th century philanthropist Elkan Naumburg, this concert series has brought free, and classical music to the historical Central Park bandshell for over 100 years. Naumburg replaced the acoustically outdated cast iron bandstand with the marble bandshell that still stands today, hoping the laid-back park environment would encourage more people to enjoy classical music. Unlike most outdoor music performances, this venue offers seating on a first come – first serve basis.
June 24 – The Knights Opening Concert
July 15 – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
July 22 – The Knights
August 5 – Christina & Michelle Naughton
August 12 – The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Enjoy a Broadway Show Outdoors
Broadway in Bryant Park
July 10 – August 14
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Rather than spending an afternoon stuck inside a theater, go see the most popular shows on and off Broadway outside in Bryant Park this summer. Although they won’t be performing the entire show, the cast sings and dances to their show’s biggest hits. The official schedule will be posted on their website this month, but make sure to check it out. You can grab some milkshakes at Shake Shack or lunch at Eataly, both a few blocks away, before the performance.
Free Music Fridays
Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave @ 66th St
5:30PM – 7:30PM
(212) 595 9533
Visit the Folk Art Museum this summer during one of their weekly Free Music Friday events, where you can listen to live music and explore the galleries free of charge. There is a cash bar available, allowing you to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the exhibition “Self-Taught Genius” on view through August 17th. Performances scheduled for this summer include folk singers Shannon Pelcher, Alec Gross, and Lucas Rotman.
Brunch with the Beatles
Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields
$40 Advanced $42.50 Day of Show
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
243 West 42nd St btwn 7th Ave & 8th Ave
11AM – 2PM
Enjoy an afternoon all you can eat brunch buffet while listening to the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields. Taking you on their own self-proclaimed “Magical Mystery Tour,” the band starts with music from the first Beatles album and finishes with songs from the White Album and Abbey Road. Many of the band members performed in the hit Broadway musical “Beatlemania.” This is a fun way to liven up your Sunday brunch routine and listen to some of your favorite Beatles hits.
Sundays with the Alwin Jazz Quartet
131 Christopher St @ Hudson St
3:30PM – 5PM
The Path Café is a great downtown coffee shop with lots of great live music. Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon listening to the Alwin Jazz Quartet, free of charge. This downtown café offers a cozy environment with friendly service and comfortable seating to listen to any of their scheduled musical performers. For a full list of upcoming performances, visit their website at www.pathcafe.com
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