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Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park

Amazing night with Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith honoring Fred Sonic Smith on September 14, 2017.

Patti Smith and their two children, Jackson and Jesse Paris, rocked the house with her band (Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan and Jesse’s friend Rebecca Foon) in honor of the late Fred “Sonic” Smith’s memory.

Smith also paid tribute to Grant Hart of Husker Dü (“Peaceable Kingdom”) and playwright Sam Shepard (“Pissing in the River”). It was a thrilling late summer night’s performance that finished with an appearance by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve,Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses.  She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the spoken word recording of her latest book M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.  Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, Collected Lyrics, and the 2015 publication of M Train.

Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, Camera Solo, and most recently “18 Stations”.  Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of  “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago.  Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress.  On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers. On November 1, 2014 Patti accepted the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

September 2016 Patti Smith delivered the keynote address at Yale’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize ceremony, in which she delivered a lecture titled “Devotion” which will be published by Yale University Press in 2017 as part of the prize’s “Why Write” series.  In November 2016 she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin.

2017 Events feature: February 8–June 4, 2017 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery featuring Patti Smith Photographs in Vanessa Bell 1879-1961 exhibit.  May 5thexhibit Higher Learning in Parma, Italy, where Patti Smith will receive the prestigious Laurea Honoris Causa.  April 2017 Australian tour with her band.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. Current tour dates and other information is posted on pattismith.net

Valerie June at SummerStage in Central Park

Sunday, August 27, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Singularly unique voice that blurs the lines between genres and eras, resulting in an eclectic blend of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues

VALERIE JUNE

It’s rare to encounter someone whose voice is as universally extolled as Valerie June’s. The colossally talented, Tennessee-raised singer-songwriter took the music realm by soulful storm with her 2013 bombshell hit album Pushin’ Against a Stone. Heralded as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” by The New York Times, and ruled “Unstoppable” by Rolling Stone (along with countless other accolades from esteemed music publications), June had truly arrived. Not one to rush things (she has a remarkable affinity for, and appreciation of, ‘time,’ and the transient nature of being), she spent the following years cultivating and developing her sophomore release, The Order of Time. The unadulterated success of her first album gave June the confidence and freedom to experiment with forms and genre, evidenced on this swirling blues, soul, country, R&B and folk masterpiece of a follow-up. Listen for her inventive use of banjos on multiple tracks, for a glimpse into her brilliant musical psyche.

All Time Low / SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks at SummerStage in Central Park

July 31 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

$39.50 – $45

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All Time Low

Heralded as one of the best pop-punk bands of the modern era, a precocious All Time Low crew began their journey in 2003 when they formed just outside of Baltimore, while still in high school. Now seemingly always on tour, this hard working quartet was first invited on the Vans Warped Tour in 2007. Soon after, their 2nd album was released, So Wrong, It’s Right, which skyrocketed to #62 on the Billboard 200, catapulting them into the limelight of not just the punk scene but of the world stage. Since then, they’ve sold well over 1.2 million albums, chocked up over 100 million YouTube views and have appeared on all the biggest late night shows. This past year, fans across the globe have been doting over their live album Straight to DVD II: Past, Present, and Future Hearts, and the brand new single “Dirty Laundry,” a surprisingly poignant relationship ballad.

SWMRS 

Harkening back to the punk glory days of yore, SWMRS is a hyper-politically energized band with something to say. As evidenced by their distinct influences, from the apparent (The Clash, The Ramones) to the less obvious (Public Enemy, Kurt Cobain, The Beach Boys), this electrifying quartet is all about staying true to oneself and freeing your inner voice. Initially named Emily’s Army, brothers Cole and Max Becker teamed up with Joey Armstrong (son of punk legend Billy Joel Armstrong) as tiny tykes. They would eventually add Seb Mueller and be re-christened as SWMRS, the raucous, much adored Oakland-bred crew they are today. Their debut album Drive North (which was rereleased under their current label Fueled by Ramen in 2016) is a joyously adrenaline-powered tour de force, featuring the single “Miley,” an homage to Miley Cyrus and her intrinsic embodiment of punk rock values.

Waterparks 

Hot off the release of their debut album Double Dare, Waterparks transcend the pop-punk distinction with a vivacious sound that is layered with components of jazz, hip-hop, indie rock and electronica. Spawned in Houston, Texas, these guys have been making tunes together since 2011. Their new album is admittedly more “honest” than their past endeavors (three solid EPs), according to the crystal-clear voiced front-man Awsten Knight. Fans have certainly responded, as Double Dare charted for eight consecutive weeks. Their ebullient vitality on full display, the Waterparks trio has been touring relentlessly, sharing the stage with Good Charlotte, All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens and many other commandingly fun ensembles.

The Wrecks 

Recently formed and rarin’ to go, The Wrecks are an LA-based five-piece that was reared in Thousand Oaks, CA, that brings with them hard-driving melodic alterna-pop sensibilities. They count The Pixies, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and Weezer among their heaviest influences, and their sound jubilantly rings with the quirkily ironic fervor of guys who actually don’t take themselves too seriously. They put out their first single in March of 2016 (after a 3-day cram-jam studio session, frenetically fostered on borrowed time), “Favorite Liar,” which Infectious Magazine lauded as “nostalgic, punchy…hits all the right builds.” This smirking, sardonic track, along with the devilishly enjoyable “I Don’t Like You,” force you to bop your head along and happily tap your toes.

Details

Date:
July 31
Time:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
Cost:
$39.50 – $45

Venue

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY
Map:

Regina Spektor at SummerStage in Central Park

July 27

Regina Spektor

The dulcet, oft spectral tones of Regina Ilyinichna Spektor’s voice are immediately recognizable as hers and hers alone. Born in Moscow, she immediately displayed a proclivity for music, studying classical piano at age six. Her family left Russia for New York City, and Spektor continued her training, focusing on composition. By her later teen years she had released 11:11, a bluesy, jazzy effort, with standouts like the sensually staccato “Love Affair.” She continued to refine her sound with 2002’s Songs, which displayed her piano prowess and vocal dexterity on tracks like “Lacrimosa,” and then 2004’s Soviet Kitsch, featuring the gut-wrenchingly soulful “Carbon Monoxide.” During this time her popularity in the East Village anti-folk scene blossomed. When she released Begin to Hope in 2006, she fully crossed over into the mainstream. Gold-certified, this record dominated the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the vocally tantalizing tracks “On the Radio,” “Better” and “Fidelity.” Her followups, 2009’s Far (featuring the escalating, melodic gift “Eet”) and 2012’s What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (with the perkily Parisian, horn-tinged “Don’t Leave Me”) both debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her latest, 2016’s Remember Us To Life, has garnered critical laudation from virtually every music publication and outlet imaginable. Her music is routinely featured in TV & film, including Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, and The Leftovers (with the unforgettably poignant “Laughing With”). An official “Steinway Artist,” she also plays the guitar with finesse and contributes to numerous humanitarian and philanthropic causes.

 


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