Posted in music | tour dates on April 5, 2007

Castle Clinton
Castle Clinton

I've been unofficially compiling a list of NYC summer concerts right here. Today River to River made their first official announcement. This post has some of the shows I didn't have on my list.

Castle Clinton seems to be doing a lot more shows this year than usual, and they're all awesome. In additon to Shearwater, Drive By Truckers, The Flatlanders, and Ron Sexsmith, we've also got these two amazing free shows....

Castle Clinton
Sat 06/02 - Roky Erikson & The Explosives (playing 2 sold out NYC shows in April)
Thu 07/26 - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (just plain awesome)

The big Battery Park show is July 4th with New Pornographers and Midlake, but then check these out:

Battery Park
Wed 06/13 - Booker T. & the MGs with guest Sharon Jones (more awesome + SJ)
Wed 07/11 - Spoon (maybe why they're not playing NYC in April)
Wed 07/18 - Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra (African awesomeness)

World Financial Center
Tue 06/26 - The Living Room – A Songwriters' Night starring Martha Wainwright, Chris Thile, Ari Hest, Jim Campilongo and more

The Seaport team is always in tune with our indie needs. This year I'm even a little involved...

South Street Seaport
Fri 06/01 - Animal Collective & Danielson
Sat 06/16 - Target Children's Day & Fireworks w/ Brooklyn Philharmonic
Fri 07/06 - Fujiya & Miyagi
Fri 07/13 - Menomena (in conjunction w/ Brooklyn Vegan & Citysol)
Fri 07/20 - Rock Plaza Central
Fri 08/03 - A Night of Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined
Fri 08/31 - Battles

More shows to be announced soon, and the full press release below.....

RIVER TO RIVER® FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS ANNOUNCES 2007 LINE-UP

THE NATION’S LARGEST, FREE SUMMER-LONG ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS WORLD-CLASS MUSIC, DANCE AND CULTURAL EVENTS DOWNTOWN
JUNE – SEPTEMBER

(New York, NY— April 5, 2007) The River to River® Festival presented by American Express, the nation's largest free summer-long arts festival, announces its sixth anniversary season opening June 1st. World-class music, dance and visual arts events will take place June through September, at a variety of beautiful and historic Lower Manhattan venues, including the World Financial Center, South Street Seaport, Battery Park, Rockefeller Park and Wagner Park, among others.
Highlights of the summer include the ever-eclectic Bang on a Can Marathon; pioneering singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading; the cheerfully curious indie rock “super group” The New Pornographers; engaging young marimbist Makoto Nakura; the unmistakably powerful Martha Graham Dance Company and “the greatest house band of all time” Booker T. & the MGs.
All of the following events are FREE, though tickets are required in some instances. For more information and a complete schedule of River to River® Festival programming, please visit www.RiverToRiverNYC.com. Please note the website will be live and up-to-date on May 18. Additional Festival events will be announced and added to the website as they are confirmed.
2007 River to River Festival Events (as of 4/2/2007)

Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3
LMCC SITELINES: Steps In the Street and Prelude To Action (from Chronicle, 1936) by Martha Graham Dance Company
Intersection of Wall and Broad Streets, 12:30pm
From devastation, homelessness and exile to hope and solidarity, LMCC’s Sitelines site-specific performance series launches the summer with 22 thundering feet performing two excerpts from Martha Graham’s 1936 work Chronicle. They first evoke the devastation of spirit that war leaves in its wake, before a rallying call to action that suggests a powerful answer. The work was created by Graham in response to the menace of fascism in Europe and is one of the very few dances from her repertoire that can be said to express explicitly political ideas. An all-female cast performs the stark, geometric choreography – percussive, angular, and always visceral – in which the shock of early Graham movement discoveries is still present. The event takes place on June 1, 2 and 3 at the same time and runs for about 18 mins. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, June 1
Animal Collective
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
Kick off another amazing summer at the Seaport with Animal Collective. From beautifully skewed pop ballads to fiercely ruptured noise-squalls and tribal rhythmic work-outs to simple folk songs, this eclectic group of artists, otherwise known as Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deaken, is sure to create one of the most thrilling nights of the season. With very special guests Danielson. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3
Bang on a Can Marathon
20th Anniversary
World Financial Center Winter Garden, Saturday, June 2, 2 pm - Sunday June 3, 10pm
Twenty years ago, the first Bang on a Can Marathon blew into New York City with an eclectic super-mix of genre defying music. This year, Bang on a Can celebrates 20 years with the biggest Marathon ever, 26-HOURS of uninterrupted live ear-bending border-crossing music from around the corner and around the globe. Hundreds of musicians and composers from all over the world will descend on the Winter Garden for the biggest greatest marathon concert in Bang on a Can history. Bring your ears and come prepared to have a blast! For a detailed schedule, visit www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

o Kids Can Too!
Battery Park City, Esplanade Plaza near North Cove Harbor, Saturday, June 2, 2pm
Bring your kids, hang out along the river and hear an awesome set of fun and unusual music featuring Bang on a Can electric guitarist and instrument inventor Mark Stewart, the central Asian sound wizards Mashriq from Uzbekistan, Talujon Percussion Quartet and instruments you’ve never seen or heard before!
o The Bang on a Can Marathon
World Financial Center Winter Garden, Saturday, June 2, 8pm through Sunday, June 3, 10pm
COMPOSERS: John Luther Adams, Louis Andriessen, Chris Adler, Derek Bermel, Jeffrey Brooks, Don Byron, Mary Ellen Childs, Mark Dancigers, Franco Donatoni, Brian Eno, John Fitz Rogers, David R. Gordon, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, John King, Phil Kline, David Lang, David Longstreth, Alvin Lucier, Missy Mazzoli, Thurston Moore, Steve Reich, James Tenney, Matt Tierney, JG Thirlwell, Galina Ustvolskaya, Edgar Varese, Lois V Vierk, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn and more.

PERFORMERS: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Iva Bittová, Bagpipe Orchestra, Robert Black, The Books, Don Byron, The Clogs, Dälek, David Cossin, Dirty Projectors, Eighth Blackbird, Ethel, Dominic Frasca, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Michael Harrison, Hartt Bass Band, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Manorexia, Mashriq, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Patti Monson, Now Ensemble, Odd Appetite, Milind Raikar, Real Quiet, red fish blue fish, Steven Schick, Mark Stewart, Mike Svoboda , TACTUS, Talujon Percussion Quartet, World Saxophone Quartet, and more.

FILMS: Bill Morrison and Matt Mullican

Saturday, June 2
Roky Erickson & The Explosives
Castle Clinton National Monument / Battery Park, 7pm.
As a founding member of The 13th Floor Elevators, one of America’s first psychedelic bands, Erickson is a legendary rock ‘n’ roll figure. He and his band will help to launch this year’s River to River Festival presented by American Express with his unique brand of heavy, hard-rocking electric blues that’s sure to please. Two free tickets per person will be distributed at the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm on the day of the show. RAIN LOCATION: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Spruce Street entrance. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, June 6
Puerto Rican Power
Battery Park City, Wagner Park, 7pm
Formed in the 1970s, Puerto Rican Power has been turning out irresistible Latin hits like the hugely successful albums Salsa Another Day and Men in Salsa. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, June 12
Joan Armatrading
World Financial Center Plaza, 7pm
Skillfully crafted and emotionally raw lyrics coupled with passionate music is the hallmark of critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Joan Armatrading, who has been singing out universal truths for over 35 years. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, June 13
Booker T. & the MGs with guest Sharon Jones
Battery Park City, Rockefeller Park, 7pm
This 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2007 GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement award winner is responsible for creating the spare and punchy “Memphis sound” – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The group will perform a soulful show with guest vocalist “Queen of Funk” Sharon Jones. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Saturday, June 16
Target Children's Day & Fireworks
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 11am
The 15th annual Children's Day, once again sponsored by Target in association with Thirteen/WNET, features special perfomances from John Lithgow, Robbie Schaeffer and so much more! Gordon from Sesame Street hosts. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Sunday, June 17
Target Children's Day presents the Jonas Brothers
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 6pm
The encore finish to an amazing weekend at the Seaport features Hollywood Records artists the Jonas Brothers in a rare and exciting performance for the entire family! www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, June 18, noon
Tuesday, June 19, noon
Wednesday, June 20, 6pm
Thursday, June 21, noon
Friday, June 22, noon
Saturday, June 23, 6pm
Monday, June 25, noon
Tuesday, June 26, noon
Wednesday, June 27, 6pm
Thursday, June 28, noon
Friday, June 29, noon
Saturday, June 30, 6pm

LMCC SITELINES: Fall Forward by Rising Phoenix Repertory
John Street United Methodist Church and its adjacent open-air courtyards at 44 John Street between Nassau and Dutch Streets, noon
Rising Pheonix Repertory performs a newly commissioned play by Daniel Reitz, directed by Daniel Talbott . The audience follows the action in three intimate vignettes as they move around the evocative courtyards of Manhattan’s oldest Methodist church. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, June 19
John Sayles presents The Honeydripper Allstar Band
World Financial Center Plaza, 7pm
Iconoclastic indie film director John Sayles hosts this show by the “house band” from his upcoming film Honeydripper, which revolves around the pivotal moment blues transitioned to rock ‘n’ roll. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, June 20
Poets House Celebration with guest Taylor McFerrin
Battery Park City, Rockefeller Park, 7pm
Poets House presents a collaborative event of recitation and song, where noted poets read works interspersed with McFerrin’s acrobatic beat-boxing skills fused with broken drums and melodic keys. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RiverToRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, June 26
The Living Room – A Songwriters' Night starring Martha Wainwright, Chris Thile, Ari Hest, Jim Campilongo and more.
World Financial Center Plaza, 7pm
This unique concert brings together alums from The Living Room’s venerable stage. As one of NYC’s musical landmarks, the club has become a venue for the best and brightest singer/songwriters. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, June 27
John Pizzarelli and Paula West
Battery Park City, Rockefeller Park, 7pm
Pushing the boundaries of jazz music, the soulful chanteuse Paula West warms the stage with her lusciously sophisticated vocals for the late-night balladeering, radio hosting, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, July 4
The New Pornographers
Battery Park, 3:30pm
Celebrate Independence Day with indie rock “super group” The New Pornographers featuring A.C. (Carl) Newman, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Blaine Thurier, Todd Fancey, John Collins and Kathryn Calder. The band has been playing to sold-out crowds across the globe since 1996 with tunes from their critically-acclaimed debut album Mass Romantic, the pop-powered Electric Version and their latest album Twin Cinema. Bring a blanket and come downtown to enjoy their heartfelt sounds which have earned them a dedicated following. Harmony-rich, soft rock quintet Midlake opens. Tickets required, space limited. For information, call 212.835.2789 or visit www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, July 5
Shearwater
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 7pm
Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg joined forces to create some of the most truth-seeking and contemporary indie-rock you’ll likely hear. Tickets to this performance under the open sky at Castle Clinton will be distributed two per person outside the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5pm the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, July 6
Fujiya & Miyagi
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
Heavily influenced by 1970s Krautrock bands such as Can and Neu! as well as early-1990s electronica bands like Aphex Twin, this contemporary disco-punk band from the United Kingdom are practitioners of a sound that swings and compels you to dance. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, July 9
Summer Stars
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
This award-winning, multi-cultural ensemble, made up of singers ranging in age from 8-18, performs close to 100 concerts worldwide every year. This performance will feature works composed especially for them over the past decade. Tickets required and are available at the box office after 4pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 15
LMCC SITELINES: Security Zone by TRYST and System Units
Location TBA, noon – 6pm
Dance from TRYST and System of Units bring playful and spontaneous interactivity with sly alterations of everyday life, outlandish costumes and other surprises. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, July 10
SambaSunda
World Financial Center Plaza, 7pm
This 17-piece ensemble fuses a dazzling array of instruments and influences that redefines the Gamelan orchestra to create the most exciting musical voice out of the Indonesian archipelago today. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, July 11
Spoon
Battery Park City, Rockefeller Park, 7pm
On the heels of its latest release, one of the most acclaimed bands in indie music brings a rocking concert that’s sure to deliver their latest and greatest material. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, July 12
Ron Sexsmith
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 7pm
Hailing from Canada, melancholic pop-folk singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith has released several critically-acclaimed albums which have also been touted by fellow performers and the artists who originally inspired him. Tickets will be distributed two-per-person outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, July 13
Menomena
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
An experimental rock band from Portland, Oregon, Menomena is made up of Brent Knopf on guitar, keyboards and glockenspiel; Justin Harris on bass, guitar, baritone sax and alto sax; and Danny Seim on percussion. With all members sharing singing duties, the group makes experimental rock that challenges the ears and moves the feet. Other acts to be announced. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, July 16
Summer Stars
Makoto Nakura, Marimbist
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
“A dynamo of energy and virtuosity,” this exciting marimbist has toured extensively throughout the USA and Japan. His concert will feature the New York premiere of “The Story of Aoyagi,” written specifically for Mr. Nakura. Tickets required and are available at the box office after 4pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, July 17
Marc Ribot’s Riot
World Financial Center Plaza, 7pm
Marc Ribot, NYC’s ubiquitous guitar sensation whose musical knowledge and skill are limitless, presents a fascinating show featuring three sides of his artistic breadth with two ensembles and a solo. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, July 18 – Friday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 25 – Friday, July 27
LMCC SITELINES: Whose Broads Stripes by Lawrence Goldhuber/BIGMANARTS
Steps of the Federal Hall Memorial on Wall Street, noon and 12:30pm
Showgirls in sequined gowns will tantalize a businessman at Federal Hall Memorial to the live guitar sounds of Hendrix’ Star Spangled Banner. Las Vegas meets and beats Wall Street. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, July 18
Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra
Battery Park City, Rockefeller Park, 7pm
Descended from an illustrious line of griots (West African ceremonial singer/musicians), this GRAMMY®-winning virtuoso of the 21-stringed kora updates an ancient tradition through modern arrangements for the 21st century. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, July 19
Drive-By Truckers
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 7pm
The Drive-By Truckers are best known for their Southern rock and the success of their two-act rock opera The Southern Rock Opera, which is loosely based on the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tickets will be distributed 2 per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, July 20
Rock Plaza Central
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
Spirits will rise and hearts will soar with the quirky, big folk sounds of this new Canadian band of joy and inspiration. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, July 23
Summer Stars
Timothy Conner, Trombonist
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
Principal trombonist for 18 years with the Florida Philharmonic and an acclaimed proponent of music for solo trombone, Conner offers a fascinating program of works ranging from the baroque era through works of the early 21st century. Tickets required and are available at the box office after 4pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, July 25
Riders in the Sky with The Carolina Chocolate Drops
Battery Park City,Rockefeller Park, 7pm
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American fiddle and banjo band in the Carolinas’ piedmont tradition, open for the legendary Riders, a multi-GRAMMY®-winning troubadour band playing Western cowboy music. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, July 26
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 7pm
With Southern roots going back to her gospel-singing days in a church choir, the “queen of funk” lived as a teen in Brooklyn immersed in 1970's disco and funk. In the 1980s, she worked as a corrections officer at Riker's Island before teaming up with the Dap-Kings to bring life back to funk and soul. Tickets will be distributed two- per-person outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, July 30
Summer Stars
Elizabeth Keusch, Soprano
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
Accclaimed as a “complete artist,” Keusch is celebrated worldwide for her musicianship and commitment to contemporary music. She will offer River to River Festival audiences the New York premiere of Judith Weir’s “King Harald’s Saga.” Tickets required and are available at the box office after 4pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, August 2
The Flatlanders
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 7pm
Coming from a small college town in Lubbock, this trio has become one of the most respected bands in Texas and across the nation, bringing audiences its unique take on traditional country music. Tickets will be distributed two- per-person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, August 3
A Night of Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
Presented by Turntables on the Hudson, this exciting evening will feature star DJs Nickodemus, Jazzy Nice and Nappy G on percussion, Jay Rodriguez, of the world-famous Groove Collective, on saxophone and flute, and much more. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Saturday, August 4, 11, 18, 25
In The Pocket
Music Lands on Governors Island
Governors Island, 10 South Street, Slip 7, 1pm
LMCC presents a four-weekend concert series featuring sounds from South America, Africa, Asia and Europe, along with some of New York’s own homegrown stars. For more information, visit www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, August 6
Summer Stars
Amstel Quartet, Saxophones
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 7:30pm
Over the past ten years, these four Dutch musicians have built an international reputation for original and inventive programming. Their performances around the world have consistently been described as “riveting,” “infectious” and “dynamic.” Tickets required and are available at the box office after 4pm on the day of the show. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, August 7
Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre: The Fountainhead (114 minutes, 1949)
Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, Sunset (typically 8-9pm)
King Vidor directs Gary Cooper in this brilliant adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel about an idealistic young architect confronting the establishment. The story captures the power of the press and politicians to mold a city in their own conservative image and the futility of a visionary trapped by his own idealistic principles. A conversation with filmmaker Caspar Stracke and a screening of his short No Damage (12 minutes, 2002), created from fragments of over 80 different feature and documentary films showing the architecture of New York City, precedes the film. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, August 14
Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (120 minutes, 1960)
Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, Sunset (typically 8-9pm)
In Blake Edwards’ adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel, George Peppard stars as a struggling writer, Paul Varjak, and Audrey Hepburn as the iconic, quirky neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly's lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul: in public she flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but when they're alone she changes into a sweetly vulnerable bundle of neuroses. A conversation with filmmaker Jim Jennings and a screening of two of his shorts – Elements (6 minutes, 2003), where Manhattan cityscapes are viewed through the physical and emotional blurring of a rainstorm, and the stunning Silk Ties (7 minutes, 2006), where a symphony of stark black-and-white images from New York’s Garment District seem to have been stolen from some slightly more magical reality – precede the film. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, August 16
8 y Más
Wagner Park, 7pm
Despite being one of the newest salsa ensembles on the Latin scene, all members of 8 y Más are seasoned players who have been making music since they were kids. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, August 21
Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre: On the Waterfront (108 minutes, 1954)
Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, Sunset (typically 8-9pm)
Elia Kazan’s landmark movie stars Marlon Brando as a washed-up ex-prizefighter working on the docks for the local gang boss. The death of a childhood friend, ordered by this gangster, fills him with guilt because he is unwittingly involved in the murder. This hardscrabble tale of treachery and deceit also features Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger. A conversation with filmmaker Jacob Burckhardt, a screening of his short Marten's Bar (5 minutes, 1976) – a poetic tribute to a solitary life shot in Manhattan and Red Hook, Brooklyn and based on a poem by Edwin Denby – and a screening of his father Rudy Burckhardt’s Up and Down the Waterfront (8 minutes, 1946) – an elegy to the city’s waterfront with its crates and boxes unloading in the morning, lonely men sitting on half-broken docks in the afternoon, and sailor bars at night – precede the film. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Wednesday, August 22 – Saturday, August 25
LMCC SITELINES: Accounting for Customs by Reggie Wilson with Andreya Ouamba
Steps of the US Custom House / National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
In the African diaspora, remembered and stolen pasts and troubled and hopeful presents are mediated by invention, as explored by Ouamba and Wilson, and danced by the Fist and Heel Performance Group. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, August 23
The Jimmy Bosch Band
Battery Park City, Wagner Park, 7pm
One of New York City’s most sought-after trombonists, Bosch has reinvigorated the Latin music scene as the leading exponent of the salsa dura (hard salsa) movement. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, August 27, 7pm
Tuesday, August 28, 7pm
Wednesday, August 29, 12:30pm
Tuesday, September 4, 7pm
Wednesday, September 5, 12:30pm
Thursday, September 6, 12:30pm

LMCC SITELINES: States & Resemblances by Dean Moss and Ryotaro Mishima
Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, 7pm
Actor/photographer/video artist Mishima, Indonesian traditional dance and Mask artist Restu Imasari Kusumaningrum, and choreographer/director/video artist Dean Moss combine shadow play, text and dance all set in a field of dots. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Tuesday, August 28
Movie Nights on The Elevated Acre: The Apartment (120 minutes, 1960)
Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, Sunset (typically 8-9pm)
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this comedy about a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He's discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder – by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left with a major problem to solve. Preceding the feature will be a conversation with filmmaker Lili White and screening of her short NY (see) (10 minute excerpt, 2005), a digital montage that’s part home-movie, part city-symphony reflecting what New York stands for: America's cradle of immigration; the site of the 9/11 disaster; the platform of a genuine international city. The film features three immigrant artists Mara Wave, John Spinks and Kim Su Theiler. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, August 30
Charansalsa
Battery Park City, Wagner Park, 7pm
Charansalsa’s swinging sound is a highly danceable new concept in Latin music combining the best of charanga and salsa, but always rooted in tradition. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, August 31
Battles
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7pm
Fusing free-form jazz with mind-bending electronica, this schizophrenic rock band – composed of well-known musicians, including ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier, ex-Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams, ex-Lynx guitarist Dave Konopka, and Tyondai Braxton (son of avant-garde jazz musician Anthony Braxton), who also plays guitar and keyboard – will take your brain to places it's never been before. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, September 6
Evening Stars –Palladium Nights
Battery Park, 7:30 pm
New York City’s largest free outdoor dance series returns to Battery Park with world class dance companies, co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Joyce Theater. This performance features Ballet Hispanico and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Thursday, September 6
Frankie Morales Mambo of the Times Orchestra
Battery Park City, Wagner Park, 7pm
Enjoying the distinction of being the last singer of the Tito Puente Orchestra, Frankie Morales delivers a high-energy concert that showcases his vocal talents and dexterity. RAIN LOCATION: Stuyvesant High School Auditorium, Chambers and West Streets. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Friday, September 7
Evening Stars – American Dance Masterpieces
Battery Park, 7:30pm
New York City’s largest free outdoor dance series returns to Battery Park with world class dance companies, co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Joyce Theater. Featured dance companies celebrate the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States:
• Hōkūlani Holt / Pā`ū O Hi`iaka (Hawai`i), Kahekili (excerpt)
• Limón Dance Company, The Traitor
• David Gordon, Pick Up Performance Company in Trying Times (excerpt)
• Philadanco, Southern Landscapes
www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Saturday, September 8
The Big Draw
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian; Battery Park City, Teardrop Park, World Financial Center Plaz;, and more, 11am
The Big Draw is a day long drawing event for all ages at various Lower Manhattan cultural venues. Pick up a free sketchbook and join in one of our amazing artist-led projects guaranteed to change the way you think about drawing! www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Saturday, September 8
Evening Stars – Paul Taylor Dance Company
Battery Park, 7:30pm
New York City’s largest free outdoor dance series returns to Battery Park with world class dance companies, co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Joyce Theater. This performance features the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Works to be announced, including a New York premiere. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Sunday, September 9
Evening Stars – Celebration of Tap
Battery Park, 7:30pm
New York City’s largest free outdoor dance series returns to Battery Park with world class dance companies, co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Joyce Theater. Daytime activities to be announced. Evening performance will feature a variety of tap groups and a live music trio (electric piano, drums, string bass) on stage. Co-produced by Tony Waag at American Tap Dance Foundation. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com

Monday, September 10 – Friday, September 14
LMCC SITELINES: Window by Bill Shannon
A Window at 115 Broadway, 1pm
Experience “unexpected encounters” rooted in hip-hop and skateboard tradition of street improvisation, featuring Bill Shannon, The Step Fienz, DJ Excess and J Self Control. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com.
The River to River Festival, presented by American Express, is a collaboration of the Lower Manhattan’s major cultural event producers including the Alliance for Downtown New York, arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and South Street Seaport. These partners are firmly committed to using the arts as a tool for revitalization and the development of new audiences.

Free admission to River to River® events is underwritten by a wide range of funders, led by the Festival's Founding Title Sponsor, American Express Company. River to River's Presenting Sponsor is WNBC. Major support is provided by the Festival's Producing Sponsors, including CB Richard Ellis, GMC, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Pontiac, Telemundo 47, Verizon and WNYC New York Public Radio.

Vital support comes from our Supporting Sponsors, including Century 21 Department Stores, JetBlue Airways, New York Stock Exchange Foundation, The Village Voice and WFUV-FM. Participating Sponsors are Con Edison, Marriott New York Financial Center, National Architectural Trust, and TKTS-Seaport. Philanthropic support comes from Goldman Sachs Foundation, The Moody’s Foundation, HIP Health Plan of New York, and The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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Comments (33)

Arg, not great. Other than Spoon (and maybe Booker T), don't think there's much here I'll be going to.

Posted by Steve | April 5, 2007 3:27 PM

um wow...that seaport lineup is awesome

Posted by jason | April 5, 2007 3:28 PM

Wow, Booker T. & the MGs AND Sharon Jones? What a lineup. Are Cropper and Dunn still with the MGs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2007 3:29 PM

It just occurred to me -- NO TED LEO?!?!?!

Posted by Steve | April 5, 2007 3:31 PM

rightious

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2007 3:35 PM

This is only initial. I'm sure Jersey Theodore will show.

In the meantime, I'll be in the basement preparing the drug cocktail for Manimal Collection.

Posted by davep | April 5, 2007 3:45 PM

oh....there will be TL&Rx...you just wait 'n see.

And if there is "the R word" during that AC show, like there was last year for SFA, mother nature and I are gonna have words...

Don't forget to ask the beer vendor for the jumbo buckets on Friday nights. You can thank me for that tip later.

Posted by Chris | April 5, 2007 3:48 PM

toumani diabate is awesome live. seriously, give it a chance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2007 3:52 PM

Yeah! Roky Erikson, Spoon, Animal Collective and Danielson. I'm happy.

Posted by Katie | April 5, 2007 4:01 PM

Yeah! Roky Erikson, Spoon, Animal Collective and Danielson. I'm happy.

Posted by Katie | April 5, 2007 4:02 PM

I am personally psyched for this. Battles, Drive By, and Rock Plaza Central especially

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2007 4:03 PM

Wow I'm shocked the Roky sold out the bowery ballroom. That is awesome I didn't realize that he would have a following.

Posted by HT | April 5, 2007 4:17 PM

Rock Plaza Central is fucking horrible. I don't understand what people are listening to.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2007 4:26 PM

all the summer reporting almost warms things up.

Posted by Lester | April 5, 2007 5:00 PM

Booker T. & the MGs is by far the one I'm most looking forward to.

Posted by Brian | April 5, 2007 5:13 PM

Is it just me or is that picture of castle clinton backwards?

Posted by Rand McNally | April 5, 2007 5:37 PM

I'm gonna consider camping at the Seaport.

Posted by Eduardo | April 5, 2007 6:42 PM

Is anyone else really pissed off at how much cock Summerstage ate last year, and according to initial reports, will eat this year?

Remember the halycon days when Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, The Killers, etc. played Summerstage?

They better give me some Flaming Lips outdoor loving this summer, because last summer (and so far) Summerstage is a joke.

Posted by MARLOW | April 5, 2007 8:15 PM

spoon are gonna play secret show(s) in ny apparently... but it's still unknown where and when!!

Posted by sarah | April 6, 2007 2:00 AM

Summerstage had many great shows last year: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Maldita Vecindad, Konono n.1, flamenco (forgot the name), etc...

If you are stuck listening to Pitchfork approved indie rock, Summerstage will never be great. Just stay in Williamsburg and drink some PBR while some bartender from the midwest plays with their iPod.

Nothing will ever top Rocket From The Crypt at Summerstage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2007 10:11 AM

Is Spoon free?

Posted by Gustavo | April 6, 2007 10:55 AM

belle and sebastian were the best things to happen last year at battery park. arent new pornos playing 4th of july? ehh

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2007 10:56 AM

I love it.... its so funny how people who grew up in the midwest come here and act like they've been in the city forever..

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2007 12:04 PM

I love it... its so funny how people who happened to be born in New York give two shits about how people who weren't act.

Posted by Brian | April 6, 2007 12:14 PM

www.capitolhillblockparty.com in seattle this year
should be pretty wild...

Posted by graig markel | April 6, 2007 12:49 PM

Cropper and Duunn are indeed still MGs

Posted by hn | April 6, 2007 2:07 PM

living in a loft in williamsburg that your rich parents pay for does not make you a true new yorker.
unless you're a rich jew, his wife and 10 kids. SHALOM!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2007 3:45 PM

The real New Yorker vs. New New Yorker thing kills me. I admit it does piss me off when someone who has lived here for six months says "I'm from Brooklyn". (Someone said that to me at Studio B two weeks ago.) My mom has lived in New York for 30 years and still says she is from Kansas.

An anecdote: I talked to a NYPD detective recently about something that was stolen from my job. When he left our office he said, "Welcome to New York City" and I said, "But I'm from Queens!" He must have thought that was pretty much the same thing as being from Iowa.

Anyways, I think Spoon, Booker T. & the MG's, Fujiya & Miyagi and Battles will all be shows worth going to. Unfortunately, all of them are on weekday nights. (At least Battles and Fujiya & Miyagi fall on fridays.) But remember, this is just a sneak peek, the full lineup won't be out for almost another month.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2007 2:49 PM

Rock Plaza Central does rock (or at least thats my opinion)

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2007 2:43 PM

wow. with a list of artists like that, you might get 10 or 20 people to show up.

Posted by aj | April 9, 2007 12:33 AM

i simply cannot wait to see joan armatrading again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2007 12:45 PM

How can you folks not be stoked for The New Pornographers & Drive ByTruckers?!!? C'mon!! lol

:)

Posted by Sharyn | May 1, 2007 9:50 AM

Hey, Alejandro Escovedo has a listing that he is performing at the the River to River Festival on 6/2. Anyone know where?

Posted by Adam | May 5, 2007 9:44 AM

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