The first Modern Sky Festival extends outdoor music in Central Park

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Andrew Frisicano

NYC's summer concert season is winding down (sad face), but there's still outdoor music to be had well into the fall. Beijing's Modern Sky Festival recently announced plans to host its first U.S. edition at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on October 4 and 5. The fest presents an eclectic lineup of indie-rock bands while showcasing a handful of intriguing Chinese groups. Headliners for night one include reunited noise punks the Blood Brothers, art-rock faves Liars and a tribute to Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor starring saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, Sinkane and others. Night two features indie crooner Cat Power, Canadian pop band Stars and songwriter supergroup The Both, comprised of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Tickets are on sale now.

The fest joins the dance-music-focused Escape Music Festival, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Oct 11 and 12, in bringing open-air tunes to the five boroughs well past the typical summer-music expiration date. We have say: When it comes to anything that attempts to delay the snowy onslaught of winter, we're on board.

Modern Sky Festival Line up:

Saturday October 4, 5–10pm
Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor
Re-TROS (Rebuilding The Rights of Statues)
The Blood Brothers
Zhang Xuan

Sunday October 5, 2–8:30pm
Cat Power
The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)
Second Hand Rose
Queen Sea Big Shark
Omnipotent Youth Society

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