Summer On the Hudson

"Summer On the Hudson", which takes place in Riverside Park South (W 59th St to W 72nd St at the Hudson River), is in its 10th year. Their events include Acoustic Sundays on Sunday nights (July 11-August 15) and Movies Under the Stars (July 7-August 11). Bands include the indie-pop Xylos, reggae-funk Meta and The Cornerstones and Slavic Soul Party. Put em on your almost-full-and-still-growing calendar of free NYC summer shows.

More details and the schedule below...

MUSIC & DANCE Every Sunday
from July 11 - August 15, 7:00pm
Pier I at 70th St
Acoustic Sundays
Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Hudson as you listen to some of New York's best jazz, R&B, and world music.

July 11 - Liony Parra Y La Mega Mafia Tipico
"The big hit of the 2009 SOH Main Squeeze Festival was Liony Parra y la Mega Mafia Tipica , who absolutely slayed with a wildly danceable set of merengue: a lightning-fast button accordion, harmony singer, congas, cajon and bass drum along with a five-string bassist " - Lucid

July 18 - Meta and the Cornerstones
Meta and the Cornerstones fuse Afropop, Hip-Hop, Rock and Soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals. The band consists of six members who bring their musical background from the coast of Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

July 25- Michael Powers Frequency with opening act Angel Rose / Blues
Grammy-nominated "Singer-guitarist Michael Powers behaves like he's got a Delta hellhound on his trail. We're not so sure that's the case, but the gritty soul on his record Prodigal Son is befitting a cat who apprenticed with James Cotton." Time Out New York

Aug 1- Xylos / charming NYC indie-pop
Xylos is a co-ed, aurally adventurous five-piece orgy of pop from New York, their music characterized by four-part vocal harmonies, complex orchestration, and a large variety of instruments and electronics. The music of Xylos has been compared to that of the Shins, Paul Simon, and Fleetwood Mac

Aug 8 - Slavic Soul Party /Fiery Balkan brass, hip-grinding grooves & ecstatic anthems
Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC's official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk.

Aug 15 - Los Soneros de Oriente / Cuban Son
Taking their name from the region of Cuba that is most famous for Son Montuno, Los Soneros de Oriente represent a huge history and lifelong commitment to traditional Cuban music.

MOVIES Every Wednesday evening
from July 7 - August 11 dusk (8:30pm)
Pier I
Movies Under the Stars
Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier Hollywood movies.

Tall Tales
Movies for those who believe in escaping into a good book. Appropriate for 'tweens and teens as well as adults.

July 7: Neverending Story
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen - 1984, NR. A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!

July 14: Pan's Labyrinth
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, 2007. Rated R for graphic violence and some language. What happens when make-believe believes it's real? In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

July 21: Inkheart
Directed by Iain Softley, 2009, PG. With Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Bennett. A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

July 28: The Fall
Directed by Tarsem Singh, 2008, Rated R. In a hospital, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.

August 4: Big Fish
Directed by Tim Burton, 2004: PG13. With Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter A story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself.

Aug 11: Stranger Than Fiction
Directed by Marc Forster, 2006; PG. With Will Ferrell,, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson. An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.