Despite what it says in the calendar, summer continues in New York City. Restaurants are still serving meals on the sidewalks, rooftop bars are open and pouring drinks, and amazing concerts are being performed outdoors all over the city.
SummerStage is NYC’s largest free performing arts festival, with shows in 16 parks across all 5 boroughs. In addition to the 100+ free performances, there are also several SummerStage Benefit Concerts whose funds are used to support the free events.
SummerStage features many different genres of music, with performances by world-renown names, smaller bands, local artists and everyone in between.
The best part, in my opinion, is that many once lesser-known artists performed at SummerStage before becoming famous. Some of my favorites, like Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Jack Johnson and Florence & the Machine used SummerStage to launch their music. So who knows, the band you see at SummerStage may soon become the next big thing!
Anton and I were lucky enough to catch WALK THE MOON in Central Park on Thursday. You know them, they’re the band that sings Shut Up and Dance (which is now stuck in my head as I write this!).
WALK THE MOON is amazing live. The show was fabulous, and had a crazy amount of energy that the crowd loved!
So don’t worry that it’s no longer technically summer. You can still catch a few outdoor shows to make the season last! The remaining SummerStage events are listed here, and you can stay updated on next summer’s events here.
And if you’re in the mood to dance, you can listen to WALK THE MOON songs here (I recommend Shiver Shiver, Fixin’ and Different Colors).
Now shut up and dance with me!