Although our MusicFest 2009 is centered an amazing three day schedule of brilliant artists performing for free outdoors in City Hall Park, Manhattan, if you add in this week’s schedule of free, live performances in J&R Music World across the street on Park Row, it is five days of live music.
This week’s music starts Tuesday, August 25th at 12:30 pm with two simultaneous performances: Jazz wunderkinder pianist, Eldar, upstairs in J&R’s Jazz Store (23 Park Row, 2nd Floor) and the dancehall-tinged, four-part harmonies of T.O.K. downstairs in the Pop Music Store (23 Park Row, 1st Floor). In both cases, the performances will be followed by autograph signings.
Then Wednesday, August 26th at 6 pm, Air Supply brings their romantic, soft-rock stylings in a rare in-store performance and autograph signing that will be sure to delight their many Tri-State fans.
Thursday, Aug. 27th at 2 pm in J&R’s Musical Instruments Store (33 Park Row), legendary guitarist, Dick Dale and his teenage son, Jimmy Dale will greet fans and sign autographs. At 5 pm the action starts in City Hall Park with young, piano playing singer-songwriter, Diane Birch. At 6 pm, the even younger, rough and rowdy, post-punk rocker, Jemina Pearl, will cause commotion. At 7 pm, veteran power rockers, The Smithereens, will make Downtown ring.
Friday, August, 28th at 5 pm, City Hall Park will be blessed with the award-winning gospel of Melinda Watts, quickly followed at 5:30 pm by gospel master, J Moss. At 6 pm, the dynamic hip-hop duo, Clipse, will bring their catchy, yet substantial lyricism. The evening concert closes out with pop star, self-described old-soul, Mario, taking the stage at 7 pm.
Saturday, August, 29th, the City Hall Park show starts early at 1 pm with legendary MCs, KRS-One and Buckshot performing their new collaboration album, “Survival Skills”. Meanwhile, across the street in J&R’s Musical Instruments Store (33 Park Row), Randy Jackson, guitarist from hard rock band, Zebra, will greet fans and sign autographs. Back in the park, 2 pm, Grammy® winning song writer, lovely Letoya will smooth out all struggles, followed at 2 pm by 15 year-old Montreal International Jazz Festival sensation, Nikki Yanofsky. At 4 pm, the relative veteran, but still upcoming, jazz vocalist, Roberta Gambarini will swing until 5 pm when hard-bop trumpeter, Roy Hargrove, will take it out.
See the complete Music Fest 2009 Schedule.