SummerStage Gala To Feature The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage Gala To Feature The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

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.

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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.

About SummerStage

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 Information

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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.

Shawn Colvin
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Contemporary folk artist Shawn Colvin's songs have been referred to as "slow-release works of craft and catharsis." Becoming involved in the folk scene upon moving to New York City in 1980, Colvin's breakthrough came with the release of her album A Few Small Repairs. That album's hit single "Sunny Came Home" earned her Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. She had previously won the Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy for "Steady On."

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Coming from a musical family, Alejandro Escovedo began his career performing with a punk rock band in San Francisco, but cites a wide array of genres and musicians as his influences. He then adapted a more alternative country/roots/rock style after relocating to Texas and released his first solo album shortly thereafter. Since then, his rise has been steady and gradual garnering him a strong underground following. His tenth studio album, "Street Songs of Love," will be released this June.

Joan Osborne
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Singer/songwriter Joan Osborne performs an eclectic mix of rock, folk, country, blues and soul and has toured and collaborated with a myriad of well-known artists representing each of those genres. Of her 10 albums, Relish earned the most acclaim, including six Grammy nominations, in large part due to the popular single "One of Us" which was more pop-oriented than the rest of the album. In addition to writing and performing, Osborne started her own record label, Womanly Hips.

Loudon Wainwright III
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The forty year career of singer/songwriter and actor Loudon Wainwright III has given birth to 22 studio albums, his most recent High Wide & Handsome, won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. He had two prior album nominations for I'm Alright and More Love Songs. His witty, self-mocking style is on display in the song "Dead Skunk," considered by some to be his most famous.

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A member of the musically accomplished Wainwright and Roche families, singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche only recently decided to pursue a music career. Since then she has put out three EP's and toured with such greats as the Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, father Loudon Wainwright III and brother Rufus Wainwright. In 2009, her single "Snare Drum" won an Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. Her first full-length project "LUCY" will be released this fall.

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John Forté began his professional music career when he was introduced to the groundbreaking hip hop group, The Fugees by member Lauryn Hill in the early 1990s. He co-wrote and produced two songs on their multi-platinum and Grammy-winning album, The Score. Afterwards, Forté released his debut solo album, Poly Sci and followed up with I, John. This year, he has plans to release a new album building on his hip hop foundation with water, light, sound.

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Folk and alternative country singer/songwriter Dar Williams has been described as writing "insightful melodic story-songs." Composing songs she truly believes in, Williams often uses themes of religion, anti-commercialism, family, loss, humor and gender to create meaningful, touching pieces. Since releasing her first album under her own label, Burning Field Records, she has earned rave reviews for numerous additional records and has toured and collaborated with such folk standouts as Joan Baez, Alison Krauss and Béla Fleck.

Ricky Skaggs
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By the age of 21, Ricky Skaggs was already considered a "master" of bluegrass music, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in mainstream country music. However, it was clear that his passion for bluegrass puts him in the position to bring this lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. With a career that has now spanned almost 40 years and garnered him14 Grammy awards in both country and bluegrass music, Skaggs is known affectionately today as bluegrass music's official ambassador.