Summerstage Returns to East River Park August 9

Summerstage 2015.

Summerstage 2015.

Coming up next week, Summerstage heads down to the Lower East Side for several concerts at the East River Park Bandshell.

The downtown portion of the annual series kicks next Tuesday evening, August 9, with a performance by Alan Palomo’s Neon Indian. The Brooklyn-based electronic producer debuted Vega Intl. Night School last year. The next evening, local venue, Nublu presents the Nublu Orchestra and a collaboration between Wadada Leo Smith and DarkMatterHalo. Puerto Rican singer Tony Vega is featured Thursday, August 11. One night later, award-winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith brings his solo show, Rodney King, to Summerstage. Carolyn Dorfman Dance is on stage August 13, followed by DJ Spinna celebrating Earth, Wind & Fire the next evening.

Check out the Summerstage website for more details.

Carnegie Hall Concert Series Brings Modern Japanese Folk Music to Abrons

A special free concert (one that feels especially poignant right now with the current crisis in Japan) comes to Abrons Arts Center next weekend.  The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series will present two of Japan’s best known Tsugaru shamisen performers, Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta as part of their ongoing citywide JapanNYC festival. Abrons notes: The Tsugaru shamisen is a banjo-like instrument from the Tsugaru region in Aomori Prefecture in the northernmost part of Japan’s central island of Honshu. Both Oyama and Nitta are known for using the instrument to bring a modern sensibility to an ancient, highly percussive folk music, which is sometimes referred to as “Japanese bluegrass.” Watch a fantastic video of them performing after the jump.