Governors Island Garden Party, 1910 (Library of Congress)
New York, New York - The Highline Ballroom is proud to announce the creation of The Governors Island Concert Series, the inaugural edition of a rain-or-shine, all-ages music series scheduled for summer 2008 on beautiful Governors Island, located only 800 yards off of Lower Manhattan. The Governors Island Concert Series (hereafter referred to as The GICS) is a groundbreaking event: one of the first-ever large-scale performance events to take place on historic Governors Island. Tickets to all shows will be available to the general public as of Friday, April 4 via Ticketweb.com.
Programming for The GICS comes through Highline Presents and reflects the excellence and diversity of booking that has become the signature of The Highline Ballroom. Currently announced shows for The GICS include a Sunday, June 15 performance with jam band superstars moe.; a Friday, July 11 evening with Grateful Dead aficionados Dark Star Orchestra (with special guests TBA) and a Saturday, August 23 show with Irish folk-rockers The Saw Doctors.
Access to the island is available as of 4:00pm; moe. and The Saw Doctors are scheduled to start at 7:00pm; Dark Star Orchestra is scheduled for 6:00pm. Beer, liquor, non-alcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase on Governors Island. Ticket price to all shows will include round-trip ferry passage from Battery Park Terminal to the island, making this an excellent opportunity for an afternoon outing to explore the underappreciated Governors Island followed by an evening of great music. For more information about the ferry schedule, visit The GICS website at www.govislandconcerts.com (active as of April 4).
"We're very excited to take part in this series," says The Highline Ballroom president Steven Bensusan. "It says a lot about us as a young venue that we're able to tackle a project of this size on top of everything else that we currently have going on at The Highline. It's a great opportunity to expand our programming to a larger audience. I can't imagine a better place to do it than at Governors Island."
In an effort to maintain the natural beauty of Governors Island, Highline Presents is taking numerous steps to reduce our impact on the environment. Beer will be served in biodegradable cups. All glass and plastic produced at the festival will be recycled. A water bottle exchange will allow patrons to redeem empty bottles for full ones. Most importantly, all shows will be accessible (both to the public and crew) only by mass transit, drastically decreasing emissions and pollution for the entire series.
For more information about the series, artists and performances; general restrictions and rules and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit The GICS website at www.govislandconcerts.com (active as of April 4).