Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series: Michael Napolitano

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

Michael Napolitano from  Michael & the Rockness Monsters, a band whose electrifying performances and heartfelt music have earned them acclaim nationwide. Michael Napolitano is the founder, and director of Rockness Music. He performs, composes, produces, and engineers all of the music for Rockness Music and Michael & the Rockness Monsters. They deliver dynamic live shows filled with infectious energy and soul-stirring melodies. From coast to coast, the music is a blend of humor, heart, and high-octane performance that leaves audiences mesmerized, creating unforgettable experiences that transcend mere entertainment.

 

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

Mil’s Trills is a Brooklyn-based children’s music project dedicated to creating positive inclusive music-making experiences that strive to empower and embrace young audiences and families. Through joyful collaborative live shows engaging albums, and the interactive songwriting web series, they work to find new creative ways of bringing people together towards a peaceful global community.  Mils Trills is led by Amelia Robinson who writes and performs original lively tunes on her electric ukulele with the help of a rotating cast of musical guests.

 

For up-to-date information about the performances follow:

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

Joanie Leeds is a Grammy-award winning musician best known for her work as children’s musical artist. Over the past decade, Joanie has won 1st place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a GOLD Parent’s Choice Award, NAPPA GOLD Award, Family Choice Award and is a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist and International Songwriting Competition Finalist.

 

For up-to-date information about the performances follow:

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

CARA SAMANTHA  is a Grammy award winning background vocalist and American Idol alum who infuses jazzy soul into her unique pop stylings. She is a prominent voiceover artist who was featured as the singing voices of Adele, Elsa, Ellie Goulding, Madonna and more in The Key of Awesome’s viral music parodies on YouTube with several million views and voiced the co-lead character in Audible’s original story, Jukebox Joyride by The Pop Ups. Howard Stern loved one of Cara’s vocals so much that he personally gave her a shoutout live, on-air, during his morning show.

 

For up-to-date information about the performances follow:

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

Hopalong Andrew is NYC-based singer-songwriter, Andrew Vladeck, a folk and western music artist who performs original and traditional cowboy-themed music. He’s collaborated with many renowned musicians and won various songwriting awards, including 1st Place in International Songwriting Competition, and nods from Billboard, IMAs, GASC, UKSC. He’s shared bills with The National, Andrew Bird, Norah Jones, Soulive, Beth Orton, Moe, Jeff Buckley, Ani DiFranco and many more.

 

For up-to-date information about the performances follow:

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

The Hippo Playground Project Presents: Hippo Playground Summer Concert Series!

Esther Crow is a NYC award-winning singer, songwriter, kids’ entertainer, puppeteer and member of the Recording Academy. She has been writing and performing music for many years (including with her rock band, The Electric Mess), but after her son’s birth, she became inspired to write music for children.

 

For up-to-date information about the performances follow:

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The Summer Concert Series is fully funded by proceeds from the Hippo Spring Fair.

Bring your favorite art supplies to this observational drawing event led by artist and illustrator Ishita Jain. No registration required, some basic supplies provided.

 

RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series 2024!!

August 10 – The Bells 2.0

Lorenzo Bell and his band, The Bells 2.0, is the band that plays all your favorite Soul & R&B songs that you remember and love.  The band take you through a music time machine, starting from 1970 into 2010.  The Men of Soul perform hits from iconic eras like the Men of Motown (Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie. Marvin Gaye, etc.) The Sound of Philadelphia AKA Philly Soul, (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays) 80’s Soul (Luther Vandross, Micheal Jackson, Frankie Beverly & Maze, etc.) 90’s R&B (New Edition, Babyface, Brian McKnight, etc), Blue-eyed Soul (Hall & Oates, Micheal Mcdonald & the Doobie Brothers, etc.) and The Minneapolis Sound (Prince, the Time). 

The FREE concert evenings are highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts as listed below. The Sunset Concert Series is a prime example of how the RCTA aims to provide community engagement experiences for all. All shows start at 7 pm. Please call 212 – 978 – 0277 in advance if there are any questions about the weather. See you at The River as the Sun Goes Down!

 

 

RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series 2024!!

August 3 – Paul DeCoster

Paul DeCoster combins his mastery of the guitar with poignant soul searching lyrics that speak to audiences the world over, his performances have been met with critical acclaim and have led him to play with other well known artists such as Deni Bonet (Carnegie Hall concert Violinist), Grammy Winning drummer/percussionist Rich Kulsar (Lucy Kalantari and The Jazz Cats) and singer/songwriter/producer Fleza Doza (Brooklyn Native Studios), among others. His introduction to music at a very early age deepened his passion to find out the intricacies and possibilities of the spoken and unspoken word through musical expression. “I was always drawn to rhythm and melody. Its power is so magical that it can transport you from the daily grind of life to a hopeful place” DECOSTER relates.

The FREE concert evenings are highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts as listed below. The Sunset Concert Series is a prime example of how the RCTA aims to provide community engagement experiences for all. All shows start at 7 pm. Please call 212 – 978 – 0277 in advance if there are any questions about the weather. See you at The River as the Sun Goes Down!

 

 

RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series 2024!!

June 29 – The Dusty Wright Quartet

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, singer-songwriter Dusty Wright (born Mark J. Petracca) was given his first record player at three and was hooked on music forever. His youth was a soundtrack provided by both AM and FM radio and his influences include Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, Todd Rundgren, Dylan, Roxy Music, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Elton John, CSN&Y, Warren Zevon, and so much more. As a teenager, he flung himself into the local music scene that featured DEVO, Tin Huey, Chi-Pig, Hammer Damage, 15-60-75 aka The Numbers Band, Pere Ubu, et al. Moreover, it was the music of New York bands like Television, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, etc, that made him forgo law school and move to the Big Apple. Soon after, he would start writing and sharing his songs with the world.

The FREE concert evenings are highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts as listed below. The Sunset Concert Series is a prime example of how the RCTA aims to provide community engagement experiences for all. All shows start at 7 pm. Please call 212 – 978 – 0277 in advance if there are any questions about the weather. See you at The River as the Sun Goes Down!

 

 

RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series 2024!

July 20 – Cynthia Sayer & Her Joyride Quartet

Multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today. Praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by The New York Times, Cynthia tours extensively with her bands and as a guest artist across four continents.

The FREE concert evenings are highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts. The Sunset Concert Series is a prime example of how the RCTA aims to provide community engagement experiences for all. All shows start at 7 pm. Please call 212 – 978 – 0277 in advance if there are any questions about the weather. See you at The River as the Sun Goes Down!

 

 

RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series 2024!!

July 13 – Debbie Deane

Debbie Deane hails from a musical world without boundaries, where singer-songwriters and top-tier jazz musicians breathe the same creative air. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Debbie grew up listening to Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Steely Dan. As a teenager she explored the fertile ground of the Great American Songbook. Introduced to folk, funk and fusion by her older brother, she studied the great divas of the jazz and pop worlds developing an intense interest in jazz harmony. Music was the ultimate refuge.

The FREE concert evenings are highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts as listed below. The Sunset Concert Series is a prime example of how the RCTA aims to provide community engagement experiences for all. All shows start at 7 pm. Please call 212 – 978 – 0277 in advance if there are any questions about the weather. See you at The River as the Sun Goes Down!