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The 10 best performances to see at Make Music New York 2015

With 1,200 free performances, this awesome citywide outdoor event can get overwhelming—use our timed guide to make sense of the proceedings

By Andrew Frisicano

Tons of great outdoor summer concerts happen in NYC every year, sure, but the schedule is never more packed then when Make Music New York rolls around. The annual event, happening Sunday, June 21, presents more than 1,200 musical performances all over the city, at venues from Central Park to the Marine Park Vitamin Shoppe. Our guide highlights some of the best ones at each point in the day.

What to see at Make Music New York 2015

Saidy Lopez

10am–9pm Punk Island at Coast Guard Plaza and Pier, Staten Island

Expect St. Marks to be suspiciously empty today, as more than 100 punk bands—of the gutter-punk, hardcore-punk and ska-punk varieties—take over seven stages on Staten Island.

Newsies- SKB Recording Session
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

11am–2pm Street Studio at Trans-Pecos, 9-15 Wyckoff Ave, Queens

Stop by this mobile recording studio in Ridgewood, one of 12 around the city, to contribute a vocal or instrumental snippet to the music being created on the spot.


Noon–1pm Mass Appeal Gongs at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

One of MMNY’s single-instrument Mass Appeal get-togethers, this improvised performance, led by Loop 2.4.3., features gongs galore, including a four-octave set of tuned Thai nipple gongs.

1–5pm Porch Stomp at Governors Island

Bluegrass, old-timey folk, and Americana acts such as Homesick Hound Dogs and Gypsy George gather for an afternoon hootenanny.

Make Music New York
Photograph: Rick Levy

1:30–4:30pm Concerto for Buildings, Greene Street at Broome Street

The structures aren’t just the setting here—they’re the instruments, as 24 percussionists and an orchestra resonate through the cast-iron facades of eight buildings.

Matana Roberts
Photograph: Evan Hunter McKnight

2–4pm Exquisite Corpse hosted by Matana Roberts at Abe Lebewohl Park, E 10th St at Second Ave

The local avant-jazz saxist leads an interactive improvisation: Bring your own horn or ax and join in.


3–3:45pm Mass Appeal Klezmer Violins at Joe’s Pub Block Party, Astor Place at Lafayette Place

A horde of fiddlers converges outside Joe’s Pub to perform horas and freylekhs and other klezmer tunes.

Sing for Hope Pianos
Photograph: Lori Leverknight

4:30–5:15pm Clavinova Piano Bar at Carnegie Club, 156 W 56 St

Pianist Nate Buccieri does Sinatra from the back of a pickup truck, playing five 45-minute sets around town. Sidle up and he’ll even toss you the mic.


5–7pm Percussia: Echoing Drums at 40th Street MTA parking lot, Queens

Queens ensemble Percussia sets up drums under the 7 train in Sunnyside for a series of booming duets.

Daryl Roth Theatre

6pm Pop-up musicals at Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E 15th St

Catch the last stop of this roving Broadway revue, in which performers sing tunes from musicals such as Hair, Avenue Q and The Last Five Years.


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