With the official start of summer last week and the end of the year's first half, it's a special time here in New York City.....free outdoor concert season!
The options start to trickle in during June, with the beginning of the Prospect Park Celebrate Brooklyn! shows and those at the South Street Seaport - although the latter didn't start so well - but July is where things really start to heat up.
To get in the mood, I caught the latter half of English singer-songwriter Beth Orton's set here in Rockefeller Park tonight. It was everything a good outdoor NYC show should be; sun setting over the Hudson, contemplative and appreciative crowd gathered in a great park space, and of course utterly gratis. Orton's wistful lyrics and fragile melodies were possibly at odds with the light, breezy summer evening but her voice and easy-going demeanour between songs brought out the contrast nicely.
So keep an eye on these pages over the coming weeks for previews and reviews of the H-T-A friendly acts appearing live over the summer. If you've got no cash but love music, it's a great time to be in the city!
Picture courtesy of Steffe