NYC FREE: AUGUST 11 - 15, 2021

All events are free!
Free tickets are required for all performances in The Amph
Timed Entry Reservations are required for park entry after 12:00 PM


Tariq Al-Sabir: Little Island Facts & Sounds


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11

John Cage's 4’ 33”
Adam Tendler & Third Street Music School Settlement Students
11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM Music in The Glade

Beth Gill: Heart Shaped Rock
in collaboration with Maya Lee-Parritz, Jordan Lloyd & Jessie Young
1:00 PM Dance in Motion

Tariq Al-Sabir: PROCEDURES
6:30 PM Music in The Glade


Moving Currents - FULLY BOOKED
featuring Jean Butler, James “Cricket” Colter with MariAnna Pintada Koytsan, Shayla-Vie Jenkins with Juliette Jones, Kyle Marshall, Maile Okamura with Colin Jacobsen, Taylor Stanley & Ned Sturgis
7:30 PM Dance in The Amph

NYC FREE’s first night dance program is a bright constellation of six distinct projects, inviting audiences to reconnect with the transportive power of live performance. Both expansive and intimate, the amphitheater stage provides an urban oasis that will showcase a broad range of contemporary dance forms against the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson River.

Rain Date: Monday, August 16 at 7:30 PM


Mathis Picard
8:30 PM Late Night Music in The Glade

Eli Escobar
8:30 PM Late Night DJ in The Play Ground


Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad - FULLY BOOKED
9:30 PM Music in The Amph

Ready to electrify spirits in her native NYC, the dashing jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin reunites with her Soul Squad for a night of music mixing jazz, hip-hop, soul, and funk. Expect high energy, some new tunes, and an irresistibly danceable vibe when she and her band hit the stage.

Rain Date: Monday, August 16 at 9:30 PM


THURSDAY, AUGUST 12

Creative Break: Latin Dance
with Teaching Artist Stephanie Peña
11:00 AM in The Play Ground

Jonathan Gonzalez: (r-black)2 + z2-LIFE = 1STILL
1:00 PM Dance in The Glade Lawn

Creative Break: Discover the Island
3:00 PM in The Play Ground

Tariq Al-Sabir: PROCEDURES
6:30 PM Music in The Glade


CANNABIS!
Soul Inscribed featuring Baba Israel & Grace Galu
7:30 PM Music in The Amph

Cannabis! A Viper Vaudeville is a theatrical concert exploring the history of cannabis using music, dance, and spoken word. This performance weaves the histories of icons such as Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley, and grassroots activists such as Dennis Perron and Brownie Mary, with personal narrative. Join us for a time-traveling tale of jubilation, injustice, and transformation. This work is commissioned by HERE Arts Center and presented in collaboration with Little Island. ASL accessible performance.


Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats
8:15 PM Music in The Glade


Ali Stroker in Concert
9:15 PM Music in The Amph

An unstoppable star, Ali Stroker made history as the first Broadway actress to use a wheelchair when she re-conceived the role of Anna in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Her Broadway follow-up was even more groundbreaking: Stroker won instant acclaim and a devoted following for her stunning turn as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Oklahoma! The high-spirited, vocally glorious performance earned her the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Whether the New Jersey native is wowing the judges of The Glee Project or captivating crowds at the Kennedy Center or Town Hall, Stroker is a force to be reckoned with. With her unbridled spirit and powerhouse pop soprano, she now makes her Little Island Debut, sharing the stories and songs that have shaped her journey! ASL accessible performance.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 13

Poets Tour: ray ferreira, new phone who ru?dys? topia
10:00 AM Poetry in Motion

Creative Break: Watercolor Painting
with Teaching Artist Georgie Flores
11:00 AM in The Glade

Poets Tour: ray ferreira, new phone who ru?dys? topia
11:30 AM Poetry in Motion

Poets Tour: ray ferreira, new phone who ru?dys? topia
1:00 PM Poetry in Motion

Jonathan Gonzalez: (r-black)2 + z2-LIFE = 1STILL
1:00 PM Dance in The Glade Lawn

Ty Defoe: HOOP OF LIFE
6:30 PM Dance & Storytelling in The Glade


JULIUS EASTMAN & DEVONTÉ HYNES - FULLY BOOKED
String Orchestra of Brooklyn with Adam Tendler
7:30 PM Music in The Amph

Members of the critically acclaimed String Orchestra of Brooklyn, conductor Eli Spindel, and pianist Adam Tendler join forces to perform Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla and a new Little Island commission, composed by multi-instrumentalist Grammy Award winner Devonté Hynes.

Rain Date: Monday, August 23 at 7:30 PM


Jenny Lin & Adam Tendler: Philip Glass Mixtape - FULLY BOOKED
9:15 PM Music in The Amph

Two of classical and contemporary music’s most fascinating and fearless pianists, Jenny Lin and Adam Tendler, perform a ‘mixtape’ program of the beloved and powerful piano works by maverick composer and New York City icon, Philip Glass.


River L. Ramirez: GhostFolk
10:15 PM Late Night Comedy in The Glade

OUT.OF.OFFICE
11:00 PM Late Night DJ in The Play Ground


SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

On Site Opera: The Perfect Pig
11:00 AM Music in The Glade
11:35 AM Music in The Glade
12:10 PM Music in The Glade

Tap Encounters: The Foreman Brothers
12:30 PM Dance in The Play Ground
1:40 PM Dance in The Play Ground
2:25 PM Dance in The Play Ground

On Site Opera: Tapestry of New York
1:15 PM Music in The Glade
2:00 PM Music in The Glade

Tap Duets: DeWitt Fleming Jr. & Jennie Harney
6:30 PM Dance in The Glade


Samora Pinderhughes: GRIEF
7:30 PM Music in The Amph

Grief is a collection of revolutionary songs that speak truth to power, call out the sufferings caused by racial capitalism, policing and prison systems, and oppressive ideologies. These are freedom songs, abolitionist songs, and songs that unpack what so many have experienced this past year, while also suggesting pathways for collective response and resistance.


I Don’t Think So, Honey! - FULLY BOOKED
with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
9:15 PM Comedy in The Amph

LAS CULTURISTAS is a weekly podcast hosted by comedians Matt Rogers (HAUTE DOG, GAYME SHOW) and Bowen Yang (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS), featuring guests like Phoebe Robinson, Margaret Cho, Rachel Bloom, and John Early. It has been listed as a top comedy podcast by The New York Times, Vulture, The A.V. Club, Esquire, Time Out New York, and Time Magazine. Their live format, “I DON’T THINK SO, HONEY” – featuring many comedians doing one-minute rants on any pop culture topic of their choosing – has been featured at the New York Comedy Festival, the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, Just For Laughs in Montreal, and Just For Laughs 42 in Toronto. ASL accessible performance.


A Black Trans Pride: The Premiere
with LINDALA, Asanni Armon, and more!
10:15 PM in The Glade

SONI withanEYE
11:00 PM Late Night DJ in The Play Ground


SUNDAY, AUGUST 15

On Site Opera: The Perfect Pig
11:00 AM Music in The Glade
11:35 AM Music in The Glade
12:10 PM Music in The Glade

Tap Encounters: Joshua Johnson
12:30 PM Dance in The Play Ground
1:40 PM Dance in The Play Ground
2:25 PM Dance in The Play Ground

On Site Opera: Tapestry of New York
1:15 PM Music in The Glade
2:00 PM Music in The Glade

Amir ElSaffar: Fanfare
5:00 PM Music in The Glade, Overlooks, and The Play Ground

Amir ElSaffar: Fanfare
6:00 PM Music in The Glade, Overlooks, and The Play Ground

Amir ElSaffar: Fanfare
7:20 PM Music in The Glade, Overlooks, and The Play Ground


Amir ElSaffar: Two Rivers Ensemble
featuring Tareq Abboushi, Carlo DeRosa, Amir ElSaffar, Ole Mathisen, Zaafir Tawil, Nasheet Waits
7:30 PM Music in The Amph

Under the direction of trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar, the six-member Two Rivers Ensemble performs a unique blend of jazz and music from Iraq and the greater Middle East. Musical languages and instruments of these traditions meld together seamlessly in compositions and improvisations ranging from deeply meditative to ecstatic. Prior to the performance, at 7 PM, ElSaffar will lead the world premiere of his Fanfare, a new work commissioned by Little Island for eight brass players performing antiphonally from different locations around the park.


Flor de Toloache - FULLY BOOKED
9:15 PM Music in The Amph

The female quartet’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds transcends culture and gender by forging new paths. This high-energy show will be the group’s return to live performance in NYC and promises gritos as well as connection through a fusion of language, musical genres, original songs, and beloved Mariachi classics.




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MONDAY, AUGUST 16

Moving Currents - FULLY BOOKED (RAIN DATE)
featuring Jean Butler, James “Cricket” Colter with MariAnna Pintada Koytsan, Shayla-Vie Jenkins with Juliette Jones, Kyle Marshall, Maile Okamura with Colin Jacobsen, Taylor Stanley & Ned Sturgis
7:30 PM Dance in The Amph

NYC FREE’s first night dance program is a bright constellation of six distinct projects, inviting audiences to reconnect with the transportive power of live performance. Both expansive and intimate, the amphitheater stage provides an urban oasis that will showcase a broad range of contemporary dance forms against the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson River.

Eli Escobar
8:30 PM Late Night DJ in The Play Ground


Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad - FULLY BOOKED (RAIN DATE)
9:30 PM Music in The Amph

Ready to electrify spirits in her native NYC, the dashing jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin reunites with her Soul Squad for a night of music mixing jazz, hip-hop, soul, and funk. Expect high energy, some new tunes, and an irresistibly danceable vibe when she and her band hit the stage.