Weds night began the summer season for me as I sauntered (walkwise) / sautéed (heatwise) down to Rockefeller park for my first outdoor concert of the season , the Philip Glass Ensemble. Here’s the review; ist piece, 1985-ish, fab; 2d, drab, 1968?; Kundon piece, eh; Truman score piece verynice, paving the way for a thousand filmic imitators; Photographer 3d movement a grand surprise; with a nice short encore, the Spaceship from Einstein. The crowd was one of the largest I’ve ever seen for a River to River event –talkie on the lawn and attentive in the chairs – oh, and the whitest.
Now for more Blond on Blond action try Swedish Midsummer down at Wagner Park this Friday. Flower wreaths on every head, fiddles on the lawn and Blond food for all.
Here’s a few other things to do, taken from my summer calendar. Look, you have to do some work, so not many links, just hints and encouragement to go hear some great, free, live music in NY. Hey, that’s why you’re not in Cleveland, right?
Thursday – June 21 – Eddie Palmieri – Rockefeller Park 7ish. Summer officially begins so it’s Fete de Musique in Paris, and Make Music NY, so its hot and someone’s playing everywhere.
Friday – June 22 – Swedish Midsummer – Wagner park – 5ish
Friday – June 22 – Keb’ Mo’ / Natalia Zukerman – Prospect Park Bandshell
Tues – June 28 – Arieb Azhar +Raya Brass Band – LMCC’s LentSpace, Hudson Square. 1PM
Weds – June 27 – Third World – Rock Park – 7pm
Weds – June 27 - D O N ‘ T (Aaron, my 2d cousin’s band) w/ The Netherlands and bbigpigg - 8:00 pm til 3 am – Union Pool – 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn
Thurs – June 28 – The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie with DJ – ARC’s very own Freddie Patterson – Midsummer Nigh Swing – LinCent-7:30
Friday – June 29 – Rob Schwimmer (piano and theremin) Bargemusic (OK, ya gotta pay) 8:00 pm Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn
Friday – June 29 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / The Brooklyn Steppers / Dayna Kurtz – Celebrate Brooklyn – Prospect Park Bandshell
Tues – July 3 – johnny colon boogaloo – LinCent-7:30
Thurs – July 5 – DC5 Bhangra LinCent 7:30
Fri – July 6 – Geno Delafose – Lincoln Center – 7:30
Sat – July 7 – Souad Massi / Simon Shaheen – Prospect Park Bandshell
Thurs – July 12 – George Clinton /Parliament Funkadelic – Rock Park 7pm – a MUST
Fri – July 13 – Mestres do Forró – Midsummer Nigh Swing – LinCent-7:30
Sat – July 21 - My friend Beco + Bebel Gilberto / Criolo / Flávio Renegado / Béco Dranoff (DJ) 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park
Sun – July 21 – Orchestre Poly-Rythmo / SMOD / Bibi Tanga & The Selenites / Chief Boima| 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Central Park
Weds – Jul 25 7:00 Nile Rodgers & The CHIC - Damrosch Park Bandshell
Thu – Jul 26 7:30 – G.R.U.B.B. (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats) (U.S. debut) The Stooges Brass Band Damrosch Park Bandshell
Wed – Aug 1 – 7:00 – Yemen Blues / Khaira Arby / UkanDanZ (New York debut) Damrosch Park Bandshell
Fri Aug 3 – 8:30 – Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: / Accordion Wrestling (U.S. premiere) Damrosch Park Bandshell -
Fri – Aug 3, 7:00 – Wild Flag / Mission of Burma / Ted Leo – Prospect Park Bandshell
Sat – Aug 4, 6:30 The Del McCoury Band / Cahalen Morrison & Eli West / Spirit Family Reunion – Prospect Park Bandshell
Sat, August 11, 7:30 - Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group / Aoife O’Donovan – Prospect Park Bandshell
Tues, August 7, 7:00 M. Ward / Yo La Tengo – Prospect Park Bandshell
AND – due to circumstances BEYOND our UNDERSTANDING, ARC is sorely in need of a few Apple computers. Now don’t deny it, you’re all getting the new retina display Powerbook Pros, so please consider donating your ol’ Apple or two to the ARC. We need laptops or desktops that can handle OS 10.6 or better. Of course you could always donate the scratch for a few new ones, eh? Give us a call @ 212-226-6967 or e-me, firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks…B.