We celebrated the first day of summer this past Saturday June 21 with the eighth annual Make Music New York festival. With more than 1,300 concerts in parks, plazas, gardens, and on sidewalks across the five boroughs, it was quite the event. I was once again humbled by the talent, creativity, and artistic generosity of my fellow New Yorkers — it was an amazing day!
My second year at the helm, I spent the day bopping around Brooklyn, catching as many concerts as possible. Here are my favorite shots from the day!
Main Drag Music in Williamsburg
And jazz at William Sheridan Playground, also in Williamsburg
The incredible Mexican folk-pop Jarana Beat – the third stop on the ‘Sail the Seas’ world tour – at East River State Park.
BrownstoneJazz at Putnam Triangle in Bed-Stuy
Violin Femmes on a Prospect Heights sidewalk
Stompcat playing the Play Diem showcase in McCarren Park
And the most epic part of our day-long journey: the premiere of 100+ BPM, written by Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, by hundreds of musicians on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.