Things to do on a budget in NYC the Week of: Aug 7August 7, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
New York City is full of great things to do, and many are free. Outdoor activities all over the city are free and open to the public, and many NYC museums and cultural institutions offer free events. While visiting New York City, visit the Metropolitan Museum (only suggested donations get you in the door there), or explore the city?s vast network of parks! Here are some of our favorite things to do for free in New York today. Get out of the house without breaking your budget!
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Schubertiade Remix - David Rubenstein Atrium
In the spirit of Schubert's famous musical soirées, artists from New York's eclectic music scene present an evening of radical responses to Schubert's songs, plus interactive games (and prizes!). Emcees Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy join the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for this tribute to one of history's greatest composers and partyers.
Keri Wirth - Jones Beach 'Live at the Shell' Bandshell Concert Series
Spanish Harlem Orchestra & Edmar Castañeda - Damrosch Park
Led by the "supremely gifted" pianist and bandleader Oscar Hernández (Relix), the two-time Grammy Award–winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra lights up the night with a set of full-throttled salsa dura. Having played alongside Latin royalty, including Rubén Blades, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz, the 13 SHO musicians represent a veritable New York salsa supergroup. Colombian jazz harpist and "musical marvel" Edmar Castañeda (NPR) opens the show with the signature blend of jazz and South American folk music that has earned him avid fans across the globe.
Mark Newman - Jones Beach 'Live at the Shell' Bandshell Concert Series
OkayAfrica's Riddim & Beats - Damrosch Park
For this invigorating triple-bill, OkayAfrica—the digital hub of the African New Wave—fills Damrosch Park with the funk of West African beats and the rhythms of Caribbean carnival. Nigerian dancehall king Timaya and Jamaican-born reggae star of the '80s Sister Nancy join forces to summon the essential elements of carnival culture—music, costume, and dance— alongside eclectic London Afrobeats band The Compozers. Live dancers turn the stage into a vivid, colorful mash-up of African and Caribbean cultures in the heart of New York City.
Kendra Foster - Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center
An integral 21st-century voice of the P-Funk legacy and longtime mentee of George Clinton, Kendra Foster co-wrote eight songs on D'Angelo's Grammy Award–winning album Black Messiah. In the past few years she's stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist of magnetic power. With smoky vocals, jazz-cut melodies, and high-end, neo-soul production, Foster wields a vast musical vocabulary, spanning jazz, funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and electronica, with singular sophistication. LOCATION Hearst Plaza "
Natalia Lafourcade & Vagabon - Damrosch Park
Natalia Lafourcade is an unconventional Mexican pop star—a pixie-voiced presence with expansive musical roots that run through her new album, Musas, an homage to the legends of Latin music. Vagabon, the project of Cameroon-born New Yorker Lætitia Tamko, is "an indie rock game changer" (Pitchfork). Each is a fearless triple-threat singer/instrumentalist/songwriter whose popular appeal matches her critical acclaim. While they come from different worlds, they both create lucid magic, with disarmingly candid lyrics folded into expertly crafted cadences that know exactly when to build and recede.