City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the SummerStage Gala,- The Music of Simon and Garfunkel, a special fundraising event held at Rumsey Playfield on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SummerStage (Raindate: Wednesday, June 9, 2010).
For this special anniversary season, the SummerStage Gala will feature the timeless music of Simon & Garfunkel --two musicians closely associated with Central Park -- as performed by an eclectic group of well established musical legends and up and coming stars. 30 artists will pair up to perform 15 classic duets from Simon & Garfunkel's beloved archive of songs. The performance component of the gala is produced by Michael Dorf , who has successfully produced a series of similar tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall over the past decade.
For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: http://www.summerstage.org/gala
Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, St. Vincent, Joan Osborne, Paula Cole, David Hinds (Steel Pulse), Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Alejandro Escovedo, John Forte, Dar Williams, Ricky Skaggs, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Cory Chisel, Stephen Kellogg, The Holmes Brothers, Dean & Britta, Valerie June, John Roderick, Marc Cohn, Kristina Train, Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Cambell, plus Ollabelle who will support the event as the house band. More artists will be confirmed in coming weeks.
A cocktail party for table purchasers will begin at 7:00 pm. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner. Bleacher seats for the concert are also available for purchase. Concert will begin at 8:00pm. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid-park). There will be a post-performance reception with artists.
In June, 1986, Central Park SummerStage was launched with a free performance from Sun Ra and the Omniverse Jet Set Arkestra. In 1990, City Parks Foundation began programming free concerts in neighborhood parks under the name CityParks Concerts. In 2006, City Parks Foundation began CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater. Today, City Parks Foundation is combining all of these initiatives under the banner of SummerStage, a city-wide festival of over 100 music, dance and theater events in 16 parks in all five boroughs. It will be one of the largest, most geographical diverse and thematically broad festivals in the nation. The SummerStage Gala raises funds to support City Parks Foundation's free year round arts programming in parks citywide.
SummerStage showcases world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and from New York City's own backyard. This summer, as part of the 25th anniversary season, City Parks Foundation launched a major re-branding of the festival to include music, dance, film and theater performances in all five boroughs of NYC, allowing more New Yorkers than ever before to enjoy the quality free programming that SummerStage provides.
About City Winery
City Winery is the innovative 20,000 sq ft mixed-use winery, music venue and event space founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf. The winery will be creating a special commemorative wine for the SummerStage gala, in addition City Winery will be the EXCLUSIVE wine sponsor for the 2010 season of SummerStage events at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. The award winning wines produced at City Winery are handcrafted in Soho at the only commercial custom-crush facility in New York City.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
Artist Website: http://www.aimeemann.com
A former member of 80's new wave band ‘Til Tuesday, Aimee Mann's 20-year solo career has been defined by heartfelt lyrics and soaring, infectious melodies. The folk-rock vocalist, bassist and guitarist garnered a great deal of recognition for the Grammy and Academy Award nominated song "Save Me" from the soundtrack for the film Magnolia. Mann's most recent studio album, @#%&*! Smilers, debuted on the Billboard 200 at Number 32 and on the Top Independent Albums chart at Number 2.