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This year, Big Road in Chelsea is again participating in Make Music New York with a free all day street festival of diverse, multicultural entertainment
Now in its eighth year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York),
is a unique festival of 1,350+ free concerts in public spaces
throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the
first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar
festivities in more than 726 cities around the world — a global
celebration of music making.
Come on over to Big Road in Chelsea for a festival of world music from:
Japan, Mexico, South America, southern India, Africa, the Turkish community of the southern Balkans, Scotland, Ireland, and the southeastern U.S., as well as two acoustic blues bands and a poet accompanied by jazz and electronic sounds.
It all takes place on Saturday, June 21st, from 10 am to 9 pm, on the street in front of our venue at 235 W. 23rd St., between 7th and 8th Avenues, Manhattan, directly across the street from the Chelsea Hotel.
Best of all, it's totally free and informal. Come and go as you please. Dance if you feel the spirit--and sing along! Hungry? Take a break from the music and go to the amazingly diverse and high quality restaurants "just down the block." This is NY, after all! Then, come back for more music. Checkout our performers (be sure to scroll all the way down!):
Dominic Cammarota--Classical & Modern Japanese music played on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute). A great way to start off, with the mellow and ethereal sounds of this ancient instrument.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Big Road Blues Band--Acoustic band consisting of guitars (6, 12, slide), mandolin and harmonicas, playing blues and ragtime-influenced music of the pre-World War II period.
Piedmont Bluz--An acoustic guitar/washboard duo dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues, and the Piedmont style in particular.
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Leni Stern--The Leni Stern African Trio plays original compositions inspired by the span of cultures connecting Africa to American blues and jazz. They find the path of jazz and blues, and "ride its groove to the source" in Africa.
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
New York Scottish Pipes and Drums--Bagpipes playing Scottish/Irish & other tunes.
3:00 pm - 3:45
POEZ--Poet/Performer with keyboard accompaniment.
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
New York African Chorus Ensemble-- The group performs traditional, popular and high art music, and stages musicals and operas with African cultural themes. The chorus is accompanied by keyboard and traditional African instruments. Their performances present the stories of the struggles, beauty and strength of Africa.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Dolunay--Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) plays the songs of the people of Turkish descent who lived across Rumeli, the southern Balkan region of the Ottoman Empire. Dolunay brings new life to the timeless songs and melodies of this region, known for its rich cultural diversity. Based in Brooklyn, the group features top-notch musicians from the NY music scene.
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Ana Cifuentes--A Colombian singer who has been living in New York City for the past 14 years. Her repertoire includes a wide range of music from Latin American folklore to current tunes from Latin American songwriters.
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Roopa Mahadevan--Combines her highly-trained Carnatic (South Indian Classical) voice with a uniquely American diasporic identity and soul. She is accompanied by traditional Indian musicians.
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm