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Francerocks Summerfest Brings the Sounds of France to NYC


New York City music lovers get to experience a wonderful array of French music this summer when a new music festival -- Francerocks Summerfest -- launches June 3 to July 23, 2016.  

The seven-week series will showcase the expansive wealth of diverse musical talent coming out of Paris and France at large, with over 30 artists spanning genres from indie pop, rock and electronica to jazz, swing and world music.

They will be either performing for free or in ticketed shows at over 25 venues ranging from Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn to the most intimate performance spaces throughout New York City.  

Presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Bureau Export (a global network of specialists that assist French artists and label for over 20 years. www.french-music.orgwith the support from the Institut Français and la Ville de Paris (City of Paris), Francerocks Summerfest will bring together a mix of acclaimed established artists -- such as Avashai Cohen -- with emerging bands such as Her, Beau and Club Cheval.  

Standout shows include:

  • The blues-hip hop quartet Scarecrow at Drom on June 17
  • An excellent Fete de la Musique lineup featuring Yael Naim
  • The infectious grooves of General Elektriks
  • The French touch of La Femme and not-to-be-missed French legend Charlelie Couture at Central Park SummerStage on June 21
  • Soulful r&b/jazz/pop singer-songwriter Ayo at Lincoln Center Atrium on June 23
  • Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone, performing at Herbert Von King Park as part of SummerStage on June 28
  • The stunning young jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée at Joe’s Pub on July 6

The festival was created as part of Tandem Paris-New York 2016, a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York.

From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines including music, dance, cinema, literature, theatre, the visual arts, language, gastronomy, and digital innovation from the partner city. 

Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.

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Francerocks Summerfest
June 3 - July 23, 2016

Various Locations
New York City

HonkNYC Street Music Fest Brings Funk to Fall


October is that last fleeting month in New York when you can enjoy weather that doesn’t make your extremities fall off. The autumn foliage frames the buildings and skyscrapers in a way that make you want to stroll about while you still can. The HonkNYC festival is looking to make these last weeks of a walk-friendly NYC palatable with a city-wide music festival of street performers from October 12 to 18, 2015. Shows are either free or less than $20 and include performances at the High Line, the Littlefield performance and art space in Brooklyn, and NYU’s Labowitz Theatre.

An offshoot of Boston's HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, HonkNYC explores the tradition of folks musicians and street bands, from Klezmer to Carnivale.

Featured HONK NYC! artists include:

  • Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars
  • Sxip Shirey and his JANK Band
  • Marcus Santos
  • The Himalayas led by Kenny Wollesen
  • Hungry March Band,
  • Environmental Encroachment
  • Les Villains Chicot
  • New Creations Brass Band
  • Brooklyn United Drumline
  • Raya Brass Band, Gato Loco
  • Drumadics
  • Batala NYC
  • Spanglish Fly
  • DjaRARA
  • The Lower East Side Girls Club's Seriously Noisy Marching Band,
  • King County Pipers
  • Underground Horns

There will also be a special performance by avante garde artist Pat Oleszko with jazz performer Ken Field.

When the leaves start to drop, so does the beat.  

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October 12 - 18, 2015

Various Locations

Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party Sees Spoon Slay

Spirits were high in Capitol Hill this weekend, as was the ratio of space bar music to instrumental bands.

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The Clearwater Festival Lives On

Founded by the late folk music legend Pete Seeger 49 years ago, Clearwater Festival 2014, which takes place on June 21 and 22, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. The festival has been declared by Outside Magazine, "One of the Top four Festivals in the US." 

As the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, The Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June.

90.7FM WFUV Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival this year.

Over 100 artists will perform over seven bio-diesel or solar powered stages including:

  • Lucinda Williams
  • The Mavericks
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Norah Jones' new project Puss N Boots (featuring Norah, Sasha Dobson & Catherine Popper)
  • moe.Acoustic
  • Richard Thompson
  • Martin Sexton,
  • Josh Ritter
  • David Bromberg Big Band
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • The Klezmatics, Nicole Atkins Band
  • Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely
  • Laurie Berkner
  • Dan Bern
  • Dar Williams
  • Garland Jeffreys  

There is a Metro-North Festival Package which features a discounted rail fare from any Metro-North Station, plus a discounted Festival Pass. 

Get off at Croton-Harmon Station and jump on a free shuttle bus which takes you right to the festival entrance. Shuttle bus service runs all day. 

Be sure to get tickets before they go up in price over festival weekend. To purchase tickets, call 877-435-9849 or go to the website. Kids 12 & under get in for free.

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival)
June 21st - 22nd, 2014

Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

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