In case the opposite boroughs had been jealous of the star-studded live performance introduced for Central Park in August, town is giving each a present to name their very own.
Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced on Thursday that the lead-up to the reopening bash on the Great Lawn on Aug. 21 — that includes Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Paul Simon and others — will embrace free concert events in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. The live performance sequence, a part of what town is looking “homecoming week,” is being offered as a celebration of New York’s emergence out of the darkish days of the pandemic and an enticement for vacationers to return.
If attendees are required to be vaccinated to attend the concert events, which isn’t but clear, it would even be yet one more carrot that town authorities is waving in entrance of the unvaccinated.
“Unless you want to spend the rest of your life saying, ‘Oh my God, I missed it,’” de Blasio stated on the information convention, “you should get to New York City in the month of August where amazing things will be happening.”
“I’ve talked to people who missed Woodstock,” he added. “Don’t let that F.O.M.O. thing happen to you.” (He was referring to the concern of lacking out.)
The outer-borough concert events are being produced by the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx. Rocky Bucano, the president of the museum, stated on the information convention that the acts will embrace hip-hop, Latin, freestyle, dance, R&B, techno and funk.
He stated he imagined that the concert events could be “reminiscent of the days when the Bronx park jams brought people, young and old, together to have a good time in the spirit of peace, love and unity.”
New York’s weeklong celebration will even function film screenings, public artwork, cultural actions and town’s Restaurant Week, in accordance to town’s web site promoting the programming.
A spokesman for the mayor, Bill Neidhardt, stated town deliberate to announce live performance lineups and details about tickets subsequent week. The concert events and the extra police presence they may require will little doubt be costly; Neidhardt stated there are sponsorships that can assist assist the associated fee however the workplace shouldn’t be but prepared to launch these particulars.
The concert events will happen on Aug. 16 at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Aug. 17 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, Aug. 19 at Brooklyn Army Terminal and Aug. 20 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens.
The live performance on Central Park’s Great Lawn is being produced by the veteran music producer Clive Davis. He has lengthy been related to headliners at that occasion, together with Springsteen, who is anticipated to carry out a duet with Patti Smith, in accordance to a individual briefed on the plans. (Our wager: a rendition of “Because the Night.”)
Ben Sisario contributed reporting.