Carnegie Hall Citywide Night

Friday, August 9, 6:00pm–10:00pm

The Lawn

This four-hour finale to the Carnegie Citywide concert series features Matuto, Eileen Ivers, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas.

Matuto, “country boy” in Brazilian slang, has been described as “weird and wonderful … unorthodox and delightful” by JazzTimes magazine. You’ll hear why when this lively quartet takes Brazilian folk music and shakes it up with the flatpicking guitars and fiery fiddles of American bluegrass to create a musical experience Matuto likens to “Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains.” Anchored by the guitar of Clay Ross and accordion of Rob Curto, Matuto’s joyous explorations of every folk, world, and jazz style are invigorating.

Consider every possibility for what’s exciting and daring in Irish fiddle playing and Eileen Ivers surpasses them. This Grammy Award winner, Emmy nominated, and nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion has played with major orchestras around the globe as well as such luminaries as Sting, the Chieftains, Patti Smith, and countless others. Called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” (The New York Times), she is deeply rooted in tradition while remaining dedicated to exploring new possibilities for the instrument.

Zydeco, that intoxicating accordion-driven South Louisiana-rooted blend of Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American popular music, burns brightly when Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas perform. Nathan Williams’s accordion playing sets the boisterous tone while his brother Dennis’s jazz-tinged guitar brings a unique flavor to the music. Bass, drums, and rubboard add extra spice to this Louisiana-styled musical gumbo for a performance that will get your feet moving, fingers snapping, and heart pounding.

Check out the Picnic Performances page to see the full summer lineup and plan your visit!

Part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide program.

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