The Go-Go’s last appearance in NYC took place August 13th at Central Park’s SummerStage – the site of their historic 2001 comeback performance.
“After a 38 year run, we are gearing up for one last blast of a summer tour,” says the band about the farewell trek. “We feel so lucky and so grateful to have had the incredible support of our fans for so long. We can’t wait to get out on the road and give the people what they want: some loud fast music and a great party!” And the Go-Go’s did just that with a performance that rocked a sell-out crowd. Fans enjoyed a strong set of favorites highlighted by a rendition of the classic “Cool Jerk” that featured a colorful array of lucky fans that bounced around onstage. The band looked and sounded great, heating up an already sweltering Central Park night!
The legendary rock group made history as the first, and to date only, all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to ever top the Billboard charts. The Go-Go’s rose to fame during the early 1980s after the release of their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, which was #1 on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, selling three million copies, and making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. In 1982, The Go-Go’s were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” and the group also released their sophomore album, Vacation, that same year, which was certified Gold in the US and spawned another top 10 US hit with the title track. In 2011, the trailblazing band was honored with a Star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
August 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – $47.50
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Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes
This ground-breaking orchestral program – curated by the Garcia Family – features Garcia’s original compositions, as well as classic interpretations of his timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows. Collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) lends his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.
“I’m very excited about doing these shows. We’ve chosen a very diverse list of songs from the extensive Jerry Garcia related catalog and in the true spirit of the original music we’ll be leaving room for improvisation and approaching the symphonic arrangements from a non-traditional direction. We are also going to vary the setlists to some extent for fans that want to attend multiple shows,” says Haynes, who brings an intimate knowledge of the material, having performed extensively with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.
Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC who has released a veritable onslaught of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums since 2000. Among the most recent of these was September 2014’s Ryan Adams. Written, recorded and produced by Adams, the album led off with “Gimme Something Good,” the first vinyl single to go #1 at the Amazon.com music store, and entered the Billboard chart at career high #4. The album earned two nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Song for “Gimme Something Good” and Best Rock Album. In Fall 2015, Adams commemorated the release of his full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 by appearing as the first music guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, then opening Jimmy Kimmel Live’s week of shows airing from New York, playing (of course) “Welcome To New York” from 1989.