Bryant Park Picnics: Carnegie Hall Citywide Night
Friday, August 10, 2018
5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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Carnegie Hall Citywide Night is a sensational celebration of music from around the globe and across the country. From foot-stomping sounds of Quebec to the effervescent song and dance of Guinea, the music is free and fun all night.
- Les Grands Hurleurs present the traditional music of their Québécois homeland, with traces of classical, gypsy music, and electronica. Their newest album, 3/4 Fort, showcases spectacular vocals and virtuoso fiddle, guitar, and mandolin playing.
- Jordan Officer, a virtuoso jazz guitarist, composer, and singer who has wowed audiences in his native Montreal and throughout Canada, brings his unique jazz, blues, rock, and country music to the United States. Three Rivers, his recent album inspired by a road trip to the American South, is an irresistible blend of warm and witty songwriting and crisp guitar playing.
- Born to a family of griots (West African poet-musicians), Ismael Kouyaté‘s high-flying vocals and dancing catapulted an international career that led to a stirring appearance in the Broadway musical Fela!, a performance that caught the attention of Beyoncé who enlisted him as a featured vocalist on her hit song “Grown Woman.” Kouyaté now fronts his own band, which blends the effervescent West African sound with the gritty funk of New York.
- Tribu Baharú‘s exuberant performances of champeta music—a fusion of Colombian, African, and Afro-Caribbean styles—are driven by lively vocals, sparkling Congolese guitar, and high-energy bass, and drums. A Tribu Baharú performance recreates the joyous, impromptu spirit of the verbena dances that are popular in Colombian neighborhoods during holidays.
- The Campbell Brothers’ brand of electrified, ecstatic music sets pulses racing and hands clapping. Led by the “sacred steel” guitar riffs of brothers Chuck (pedal steel) and Darick (lap steel), buoyed by a rhythm section that pumps out irresistible beats, and featuring the soaring vocals of Denise Brown, it’s gospel music with a rock and blues heart.
This event is part of the Bryant Park Picnics series. Each Picnics evening is free to the public with no dress code, no tickets, and no lines. Over 200 blankets are free to borrow so audience members can spread out and relax while enjoying the performance. Beer and wine are available for purchase, along with food from Hester Street Fair.
Photo credit: Ryan Muir