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The Village Voice launches the first 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at South Street Seaport Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The festival is free, open to all ages, and held rain or shine.
Running between every borough of New York City and culminating near the South Street Seaport, the East River runs at a speed of 4 knots. Historically, the lower portion of the East River has been one of the busiest and most important channels in the world.
The Seaport and Pier 17 have a rich and diverse history as profound to New York City as Wall Street, Central Park or even Times Square. Now this summer, there will be a new reason for people to flock to the area, which was once also known as the banks of the Sound River.
Read more: 4Knots Music Festival
SummerStage 2011 runs from June 7 - September 2, 2011 at the MainStage in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, with additional performances and attractions at East River Park, Marcus Garvey Park, Tompkins Square Park, and 12 other parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Summer in the City is not all air-conditioned offices and sizzling sidewalks. Thanks to SummerStage, performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and family programs fill a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape.
Read more: SummerStage 2011 in Central Park
The 45th Annual Montreux Jazz Festival runs July 1 - 16, 2011 at the Auditorium Stravinski and Miles Davis Hall at Montreux Music and Convention Center (2M2C) in Montreux, Switzerland.
The Montreux Jazz Festival was founded by Claude Nobs in 1967. Since then, the Festival "has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince."
While "Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm. Having made its reputation with its ambitious programming choices, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting for the duration of its two weeks."
The Festival kicks off with:
Headliners include music legends BB King, Liza Minnelli, George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Rubén Blades, Chaka Khan, Ricky Martin, Diana Krall, David Sanborn, among others.
Some of the Events are:
The History of Hip Hop – Tommy Boy 30th Anniversary ConcertAn evening of musical performances, art, and dance, showcasing the 4 pillars of Hip Hop: MC'ing, Turntablism, Break Dancing, and Graffiti. Featuring performances by Afrika Bambaataa, Coolio, Digital Underground, House of Pain, Naughty by Nature, Prince Paul
Quincy Jones Presents: A Night of Global Gumbowith Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Emily Bear, Esperanza Spalding, Nikki Yanofsky, M Plex, Diana Karazon
Tribute to Miles – Produced by Marcus Millerwith Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller
Celebrating 30 Years of Andreas Vollenweider & FriendsThe Duwala Malambo Project featuring Richard Bona, Raul Midon, Andreas Vollenweider & Friends
Sting – Symphonicity Sting performs his greatest hits with orchestra and band, conducted by Sarah Hicks
Boats and TrainsAttendees can enjoy music on the move with
The Festival has a full line-up of free events in local parks and nightclubs. Every day for two weeks, festival goers have a wide choice of free concerts, which make up two thirds of the Festival’s complete line-up and account for more than 17 hours of live music every day.
Afternoons and evenings are centered on the Music in the Park program. Some of the artists performing are:
At night, more free concerts take place in the Montreux Jazz Café, while clubbers can also enjoy the programming at Studio 41.
Workshops include both informative sessions and conversations with guest performers.Panelists include:
The Montreux Jazz 2 Foundation for Creative and Cultural Exchange was established to:
For more information, go to www.montreuxjazz.com.
Montreux Jazz Festival July 1 - 16, 2011
Auditorium Stravinski Miles Davis Hall Montreux Music and Convention CenterGrand-Rue 95CH - 1820 MontreuxSwitzerland41-21-966 44 44
The Django Reinhardt Festival‛s Django in June is running June 28 - July 3, 2011 at Birdland in Manhattan, New York City.
No, it‛s not November yet. But this year something new is being added which may become an annual event: a summer week of hot jazz.
Producers Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta have been behind the Festival which is going into its 12th successful year. "There is a thirst for Django's style of music, as he was one of the greatest and most original guitarists the world has known."
Samson Schmitt, son of Dorado Schmitt, the legendary gypsy guitarist from France, steps out on his own. Born in Forbach-France, the small town near Strasbourg, Samson grew up steeped in gypsy culture. He actually lives on Rue Stephane Grappelli.
"Grappelli and Django's partnership was one of the greatest musical partnerships in European history. It brought the world this very original style of music based on special guitar fingering and their take on the America's book of standards and Django's own compositions... to become known as Hot Jazz!!" Also performing are:
Each night a top Jazz musician is a Special Guest, bringing a new dimension and adventure to the music. They are:
For more information, go to www.djangobirdland.com.
Django Reinhardt Festival's Django in JuneJune 28 - July 3, 2011
Birdland315 W. 44th StreetNew York City 212-581-3080www.birdlandjazz.com
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