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Portuguese Sounds at SummerStage in Central Park

The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute

June 24 @ 5:00 pm10:00 pm

FREE

An exploration of Portuguese sounds, from fado to the contemporary universe of indie rock, pop & jazz

The Gift

Portuguese DIY indie band The Gift is truly a generous offering, as they bestow a bountifully rich medley of pop, rock, electronica, ambient, alternative, trip hop, neo-classical and soulful Lisboa folk to the world. With a crop of #1 hits in their native land of Portugal, this impassioned ensemble is beloved all over the world, with singles sung in Portuguese and English (with hints and echoes of their initial inspiration from British trip hop threaded throughout). Lead vocalist Sonia Tavares’ sultry tone can take you to uplifting highs, down to dark cavernous places, and back again in a single phrase (as heard on the smirking, satisfyingly deep “Fácil De Entender” and the peppy dance floor gem “Clinic Hope”). Known for their heartfelt stage shows, The Gift has been taking live audiences on breathtaking emotional rollercoasters since they formed in 1994. With six full-length studio albums, a multitude of honors (their initial output Vinyl received Album of the Year by Diário de Notícias, 2004’s AM/FM went gold, MTV Europe declared them Best Portuguese Act), and tours all over the globe (South By South West in the USA, and the biggest stages in Brazil and Spain, where they have a fervent fan base), The Gift is true to their name. Their 2016 single “Love Without Violins” is a matchless confluence of their sundry forms and sonically engaging style.

Dead Combo
with special guest Marc Ribot

The passing of famed Portuguese guitarist Carlos Paredes prompted a sizable group of musicians to coalesce and produce the tribute album Movimentos Perpétuos. It was for this noble event that Dead Combo was formed, as they contributed the track “Paredes Ambience.” The two individuals that comprised this makeshift unit, Tó Trips and Pedro V. Gonçalves, soon realized that they had an instant knack for fashioning ambient folk-rock (the Portugal-specific “fado”) and preterit film scores together. Dead Combo has subsequently been quite prodigious, releasing six studio albums since they formed in 2003. The first record they put out, Vol. 1, introduced the world to their phenomenally distinct sound, a concoction of fado, jazz, alternative, world music and spaghetti western-themed soundtrack motifs. Their music is oft described as “visual,” as it vividly, lyrically depicts the underground art scene of Lisbon in days gone by, and that too of classic cinema. Their latest album,A Bunch of Meninos, reached #1 on the Portuguese charts, and the tracks “Rumbero” and “Lisboa Mulata” found their way onto the soundtrack of the major motion picture Focus; a clear indication that Dead Combo’s dynamic, vibrant sound is rapidly spreading all over the world.

Sofia Ribeiro

The tender tones of Sofia Ribeiro’s pristinely lucid voice recall the classic, true talents of days gone by. With a vocal range that is nothing shy of astounding, this effervescent Portuguese singer/composer prodigy fuses classical with contemporary jazz, sprinkled with traditional ear-pleasing fado. A testament to her pleasantly striking sound, Sofia (a New York transplant) has taken home sundry international vocal awards, such as “Voicingers” (Poland, 2008), “Crest Jazz Vocal” (France, 2010) and “Young Jazz Singers” (Belgium, 2005). Over her career, she has put out eight albums, including 2012’s Ar, which received the aptly-named “Révélation” prize from one of the industry’s premier publications, Jazzman/Jazz Magazine (Paris). Her latest, 2016’s Mar Sonoro, features a title track that is both formidable and subtle, a poignant and crisp proliferation of modern jazz. The album showcases instrumental performances by other leading artists living in New York. Currently an artist in residence at Carnegie Hall, she teaches workshops all over the world, edifying others on the art of the voice and the enthralling, amorous nature of Portuguese, Brazilian and international jazz music.

Details

Date:
June 24
Time:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
Cost:
Free

Venue

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

Mavis Staples at SummerStage in Central Park

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely

June 3 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

City Parks Foundation kicked off the 2017 SummerStage season with amazing performances by soul & gospel icon Mavis Staples and musician and soul artist Toshi Reagon laast Saturday, June 3rd at Central Park.

Ms. Staples delivered an electrifying performance to the packed crowd at Central Park, showcasing her impressive vocal range. She performed the classic hit “Respect Yourself” and ended the evening with her legendary hit, “I’ll Take You There”. Ms. Staples is currently touring in support of her latest record, Livin’ On A High Note.  In addition, musician, producer and rock-folk soul artist Toshi Reagon with her band BigLovely brought her hold-nothing-back approach to SummerStage performing her fusion of rock, blues, R&B, country, funk, spirituals and folk music.

City Parks SummerStage showcases over 100 free and benefit shows across all five New York boroughs.

 

2016 New York City Marathon

ing-new-york-city-marathon-route-mapWhere to Watch the Marathon in Central Park

TCS New York City Marathon Sunday is a citywide thrill for more than a million fans who line the course to cheer on the 50,000 runners throughout the five boroughs. Like the runners, spectators need to prepare, plan, pace themselves, and be ready for anything.

Experience everything the five boroughs have to offer while you’re in town for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon! Visit nycgo.com for official information about the restaurants, shops, and attractions that can be found in the neighborhoods along the course.

The best way to catch your runner two or three times—at different spots along the course—is to take the subway; just buy a MetroCard in advance because the lines will be long on November 6; use the MTA Trip Planner for up-to-date schedules.

Best Spots to Watch on the Course

Catch all the action, and your favorite runners, by standing and cheering along the course. Here are some super locations where you can get a great view and enjoy the local scene in and around Central Park:

First Avenue, Manhattan (Miles 16-18): First Avenue is known for being packed with spectators who line the sidewalks and shout encouragement at deafening levels. The avenue’s many bars and restaurants contribute to the festive atmosphere. Fans can run in and out of establishments without missing a beat. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R

East Harlem (Miles 18-20): Also known as Spanish Harlem, this neighborhood is home to a vibrant Latino community and provides fantastic music on race day. Runners fear hitting the dreaded “wall” here and in the coming hilly miles, so this is a perfect location to cheer your heart out to help keep the motivation high. Subway: 5

Fifth Avenue, East 90th Street-East 105th Street (Miles 23-24): Along the east side of Central Park, this stretch of Fifth Avenue includes the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of the City of New York. It’s a cultural hub as well as a crucial spot to catch your runners before they enter Central Park. Subway: 4, 5, 6

Team for Kids Manhattan Cheer Post: Fifth Avenue at East 106th Street. Subway: 4, 5, 6

United Stage: Columbus Circle. Subway: A, C, B, D, 1

Finish

The final miles take runners through Central Park and to the famous finish at 67th Street on West Drive. To see the final yards of the race, you’ll need to buy a Grandstand Seating ticket in advance.

Post-Finish/Family Reunion

Central Park West, south of West 66th Street

The post-finish area in and near Central Park (north of the finish line) is a runners-only zone that’s off-limits to spectators. Runners can reunite with friends and family to begin their celebration in the Family Reunion area. It’ll be open from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Select a letter (in advance) to help you reunite with your family and friends; we suggest the first letter of the runner’s last name. Enter the Family Reunion from Broadway at the cross-street that correlates with the letter you’ve chosen. Please note that everyone entering Family Reunion will be subject to bag inspection and screening.

Alternatively, you can choose a local restaurant, bar, or hotel to be your meeting spot. A finish map will be available on the TCS New York City Marathon website, in the race packet that runners receive at the expo, and in the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services.

On race day, use the app to check your runner’s progress. If you are unsure whether your runner has finished, call the Runner Information Hotline at 800.496.6193 and key in your runner’s race number when prompted. Be aware that cellular saturation may prevent you from using your phone in the post-finish area, so plan a time and location to meet up with your runner and don’t assume you will be able to reach him/her by phone.

Spectator Guidelines and Tips

From mile 3 to mile 26, the majority of the course is open to spectators. Yell yourself hoarse and have a blast—here’s how:

Before the Race

Get the app. If you’re planning to cheer for your runner from multiple locations, track their progress using the TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App Powered by Tata Consultancy Services.

Tell your runner where on the course you’ll be, so they know when to expect your support!

Along the Course

Don’t stop cheering. All runners—not just yours—need and appreciate encouragement. Make sure they can hear you! Look at their shirts and race bibs and greet them by name, number, or country.

Stay behind the blue tape or barricades and leave the roadway open for runners.

Make signs, bring flags, and cheer on runners. But leave the amp at home. Unofficial use of speakers is not permitted in New York City.

Stick to the streets. Spectators aren’t allowed on any of the bridges on the course.

Be respectful of private property. Don’t obstruct access to buildings or leave trash or signs behind.

Portable toilets are for registered runners only.

At the Finish

The race finishes at 67th Street on West Drive. Spectators can access the final approach to the finish in two ways:

Grandstand Seating: Tickets are required and are available for $75 at the Expo, Pavilion, and tcsnycmarathon.org prior to race day. On race day, purchase tickets at the West 63rd Street entrance to Central Park.

Standing Spectator Area: Located inside Central Park from Columbus Circle to the south end of the grandstands, approximately 500 feet before the finish. NYPD, NYRR, and the NYC Parks Department may limit access at times, based on capacity. No chairs or seats are provided or allowed. There is no spectator access north of the grandstands in Central Park.

Entertainment and Cheer Zones

Race partners create designated entertainment and cheer zones to help the crowd encourage runners. Many are equipped with sign-making supplies, noisemakers, and pompons, so you can have fun while you watch for your runners. You may find giveaways, video screens, bands, or DJs at these zones to keep you pumped up.

Central Park Up for “Best Free Attraction” in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards

Southwest_corner_of_Central_Park,_looking_east,_NYCCENTRAL PARK, NY — New Yorkers have nine days to vote for Central Park as the “Best Free Attraction” in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2016.

Twenty free, iconic U.S. attractions were chosen by USA Today travel experts and the public will decide the best. The list includes places like The Alamo in San Antonio, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Millennium Park in Chicago, the National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C., and many more legendary spots.

Since we all know New York is the best city in the U.S., it only makes sense that the best free attraction would be found in our beloved city borders.

Vote – here!


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