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Upper West Side Tree Lighting Ceremony: Arlo Guthrie Returns to Winter’s Eve


Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York’s largest holiday festival, will kick off at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street).

Making his return to the Winter’s Eve stage is legendary folk artist Arlo Guthrie. Arlo will be joined at the tree by Rosie’s Theater Kids, Michael Bacon and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side.

Our tree has once again been installed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The tree, lights and decorations will be provided by PJ Clarke’s and will include old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading.

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

Arlo Guthrie’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant,” whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant,” directed by Arthur Penn.

With songs like “Alice’s Restaurant,” too long for radio airplay; “Coming into Los Angeles,” banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Guthrie was no One-Hit-Wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a ‘hit’ in the usual sense. He has usually preferred to walk to his own beat rather than march in step to the drum of popular culture.

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. www.arlo.net

Location: Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Time: 5:30pm

November 29, 2013


YANKS“The Yanks are the next Irish American dream team when it comes to Irish Traditional Music. Four of the most talented, accomplished, and virtuosic musicians of their generation playing a brand of Irish Music that’s both new and yet familiar at the same time. As individuals these four lads are special; as a group, The Yanks are special, too.” - Kein Crawford of the Irish supergroup Lúnasa

The Yanks are a 4-piece traditional Irish band comprised of Dylan Foley, a 3-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion; Dan Gurney, an accordion player who has won nine medals at various Fleadh Cheoil music competitions; Isaac Alderson, the only American to win the All-Ireland Senior Championships on three instruments; and acoustic guitarist & bouzouki player Sean Earnest, one of the most in-demand Celtic traditional music accompanists today.

Location: Winter’s Eve Main Stage at Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Time: 7:00pm

Location: Richard Tucker Park – Broadway between 65th and 66th Streets
Time: 8:30pm

October 25, 2013

Rosie’s Theater Kids

RTK-Logo-MEDRosie’s Theater Kids is a non-profit arts education organization founded in 2003 by Rosie O’Donnell. RTKids aims to change the trajectory of children’s lives, providing ethnically-diverse, underserved New York City public school students with a comprehensive musical theater experience in the city where Broadway was born, as well as academic and mentoring services.

Rosie’s Theater Kids operates several in-school and after-school programs that reach nearly 2,000 at-risk students in grades 5-12 annually. Over 80% of students in the RTKids programs are from families living at or below the poverty level, and all services are provided free of charge.

Location:  Winter’s Eve Main Stage at Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Time: 5:30pm

October 21, 2013

Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars

Frank London Klezmer Brass All Stars

Frank London is a New York City-based trumpeter, bandleader, and composer active in klezmer and world music. He also plays various other wind instruments and keyboards, and occasionally sings backup vocals. With The Klezmatics, he won a Grammy award in Contemporary World Music for “Wonder Wheel (lyrics by Woody Guthrie)”.  London received a B.A. in Afro-American music from the New England Conservatory in 1980. He is on the music faculty of SUNY Purchase.

London is best known for his role as trumpeter in the New York City-based klezmer band The Klezmatics. He is also a member of Hasidic New Wave and leads Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars. He was a co-founder of both Les Misérables Brass Band and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.  In addition to his work in klezmer music, he is in demand as a sideman, and has performed or recorded with such diverse artists and groups as John Zorn, John Cale, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Ginsberg, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, David Murray, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, La Monte Young, Natalie Merchant, They Might Be Giants, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds Five, Marc Ribot, Reggie Workman, Chava Alberstein, Anne LeBaron, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Luna, Maurice El Medioni, Gal Costa, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin), Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh, Avraham Fried, Iggy Pop, and countless others.

He played at Carnegie Hall with Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Omara Portuando. He played the trumpet solo on LL Cool J’s “Goin’ Back to Cali.” He served as conductor and music director for David Byrne and Robert Wilson’s The Knee Plays, and has collaborated with the Palestinian American violinist Simon Shaheen.

Location:  Winter’s Eve Main Stage at Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Time: 6:00pm | 8:00pm

October 9, 2013

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