Carnegie Hall Citywide
Five free concerts that tap into the pulse of the city
Carnegie Hall offers five free concerts featuring outstanding classical, blues, Latin, gospel, and world music artists.
July 18: Brave Combo
July 25: Decoda
August 1: Locos por Juana
August 8: Sinkane
August 10: Carnegie Hall Citywide Night
Grammy-winning Brave Combo‘s performances are eclectic and exuberant journeys to the worlds of salsa, merengue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, blues, and more.
The sensational musicians of Decoda, alumni of the acclaimed Ensemble Connect, surprise and delight with the melodic splendor of Ennio Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso film score, a colorful arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Libertango, Piazzolla’s groundbreaking foray into a new and expressive tango style.
Locos por Juana
This Grammy-nominated, bilingual, Latin jam-band draws on the diverse backgrounds of its members, riffing on traditional Colombian rhythms and tapping into reggae, ragga, dub, hip-hop, rock, and funk traditions to deliver what they call “island swing.”
London-born Ahmed Gallab, who makes music as Sinkane, lived in Sudan until he was five years old. In these early years, he absorbed North African musical culture that inspires his rapturous hybrid sound, laced with percussion-heavy Sudanese pop, electronica, funk, and free jazz.
Carnegie Hall Citywide Night
Carnegie Hall Citywide Night is a sensational celebration of music from around the globe and across the country. From foot-stomping sounds of Quebec to the effervescent song and dance of Guinea, the music is free and fun all night.
- Les Grands Hurleurs present the traditional music of their Québécois homeland, with traces of classical, gypsy music, and electronica. Their newest album, 3/4 Fort, showcases spectacular vocals and virtuoso fiddle, guitar, and mandolin playing
- Jordan Officer, a virtuoso jazz guitarist, composer, and singer who has wowed audiences in his native Montreal and throughout Canada, brings his unique jazz, blues, rock, and country music to the U.S. Three Rivers, his recent album inspired by a road trip to the American South, is an irresistible blend of warm and witty songwriting and crisp guitar playing.
- Born to a family of griots (West African poet-musicians), Ismael Kouyaté‘s high-flying vocals and dancing catapulted an international career that led to a stirring appearance in the Broadway musical Fela!, a performance that caught the attention of Beyoncé, who enlisted him as a featured vocalist on her hit song “Grown Woman.” Kouyaté now fronts his own band, which blends the effervescent West African sound with the gritty funk of New York.
- Tribu Baharú‘s exuberant performances of champeta music—a fusion of Colombian, African, and Afro-Caribbean styles—are driven by lively vocals, sparkling Congolese guitar, and high-energy bass and drums. A Tribu Baharú performance recreates the joyous, impromptu spirit of the verbena dances that are popular in Colombian neighborhoods during holidays.
- The Campbell Brothers’ brand of electrified, ecstatic music sets pulses racing and hands clapping. Led by the “sacred steel” guitar riffs of brothers Chuck (pedal steel) and Darick (lap steel), buoyed by a rhythm section that pumps out irresistible beats, and featuring the soaring vocals of Denise Brown, it’s gospel music with a rock and blues heart.