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Castle Clinton 2008: Ted Leo, Mirah, Long Winters….

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Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Mirah, The Long Winters, Akron/Family, St Vincent and a few more people are playing free shows at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in NYC this Summer……

Thursday, May 29, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
ABIGAIL WASHBURN AND THE SPARROW QUARTET FEATURING BÉLA FLECK/MIRAH AND SPECTRATONE INTERNATIONAL
This all-star acoustic quartet led by Abigail Washburn (Uncle Earl) and partner Béla Fleck explores intricate, thoughtful arrangements of old songs and gripping instrumental tunes, all with the underlying influence of the Far East. Along with co-members Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee, the Sparrow Quartet has visited China and Tibet as musical ambassadors, doing what mass media cannot in representing contemporary American culture.

Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been at the heart of the vibrant independent music scene since her debut album and has been pushing the boundaries of indie-rock ever since. Her striking lyrical poise and emotional honesty prove quite evocative. Her latest collaboration with Spectratone International is a layered, insect-inspired song cycle delivered with beautiful lyrics, epic scale and intimate tone.
*Two free tickets per person will be distributed at the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show.
RAIN LOCATION: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Spruce Street entrance.
FREE. .

Thursday, May 29, 9:00pm
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
SHE WOLVES FROM THE TIBER TO THE HUDSON
The second of three immersive events whose fusion of water, sound and light will bring the mythic She-Wolf to life and transform outdoor river spaces with site-specific animations and music.
FREE. .

Thursday, July 10, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
ST. VINCENT
Named 2008’s ‘Female Artist of the Year’ by the PLUG Independent Music Awards, Annie Clark performs under the moniker St. Vincent. A multi-instrumental artist performing energetic and melodious pop tunes.
*Tickets will be distributed two per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show.
FREE. .

Thursday, July 17, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
Since the turn of the century, Ted Leo has been fusing the spirit of British punk’s “Class of ’77” with the sensibilities of 21st-century independent rock in America’s northeast corridor. Along the way, he and his band the Pharmacists have become one of the most beloved live acts in the United States, bringing an earnest intensity to their craft.
*Tickets will be distributed two per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show.
FREE. .

Thursday, July 24, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
AKRON/FAMILY
Akron/Family is known for expertly mixing smooth harmonies with a variety of percussive and unpredictable sounds. The Castle will offer the optimal setting for their combination of experimental, folk and psychedelic music styles.
*Tickets will be distributed two per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show.
FREE. .

Thursday, July 31, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
THE LONG WINTERS
Hailing from Seattle, renowned singer/songwriter John Roderick fronts this creative and insightful band. The Long Winters are known for its personal and powerful lyrics, as well as its diverse, vibrant and sophisticated melodies.
*Tickets will be distributed two per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show.
FREE. .

Thursday, August 7, 7:00pm*
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park
TERENCE BLANCHARD
Blanchard is an exceptionally creative composer and trumpeter who works with world music, fusion, and hard bop. He has written a variety of orchestral music and in 2006 won a Grammy® award for A Tale of Gods Will, a very personal piece he wrote for Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke.
*Tickets will be distributed two per person, outside Castle Clinton on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00pm on the day of the show. FREE. .

Ted Leo is also playing some shows with Pearl Jam.

Shows were also announed for the South Street Seaport and July 4th in Battery Park.

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