The River to River Festival features about 500 concerts and events runs from May 28 Sept. 30. Here are some of the highlights:
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL PRESENTS
JOSHUA BELL- Sponsored by American Express, June 3rd, Battery Park Lawn, 7p.m. www.RivertoRiverNYC.com
LYLE LOVETT Sponsored by American Express, presented by Downtown Alliance. July 4th, Battery Park Lawn, 4 p.m., to be followed by the Macys Fireworks Spectacular.
SUMMER STARS 212-346-1715. In collaboration with Pace University and Classical Action, the series presents classical music at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts of Pace University at One Pace Plaza. All events are free but tickets are required, advance tickets available at the Schimmel Center box office. Featuring Kit Armstrong, Imani Winds, Demarre McGill with Hugh Sung, Natasha Paremski, and more.
HUDSON RIVER FESTIVAL:
Battery Park City Authority, World Financial Center Arts & Events Program. 212-528-2733. Free, no tickets required.
The world Premier of the Grand Step Project by Stephan Koplowitz takes place at the Winter Garden June 15.
ROCKEFELLER PARK hosts some of the festivals headliners, including the Neville Brothers, Roy Hargrove and RH Factor, Chris Thomas King, Old 97S, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, and the Ohio Players,
WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER PLAZA, This year performing: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Black Keys, The Fountains of Wayne, Luciana Souza and Lila Downs, and many more to be announced.
WAGNER PARK will host several well-known Latin musicians and singers, including Hector Tricoche and Bahia, Ray Sepulveda, Larry Harlow & the Latin Legends Band, and Oro Solido.
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT: Pier 17, 212-SEAPORT
Target Childrens Day and Fireworks at the South Street Seaport June 19. www.childrensdayNYC.com Noon-10 p.m..
Seaport Music Festival, on Pier 17, 212- SEAPORT. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This summer featuring Erin McKeown, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, w/Sons & Daughters, Jose El Canario Alberto, Sufjan Stevens w/The Silent League, The Frames w/The Kennedys, Nellie McKay, Black 47, Donna the Buffalo, Goldrush and more.
Bloomberg Blues Jam, the popular long-running series at 1 p.m. This year featuring Chris Whitley Bobby Blue Bland, The Bad Plus w/The Mosquitos, Sonny Landreth, and more.
MUSIC at CASTLE CLINTON:
Presented by Downtown Alliance
212-835-2789. Free; tickets will be distributed, two per person, outside Castle Clinton in Battery Park on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm on the day of the show. 7p.m.
presented by L.M.C.C. and The Joyce Theater 212-219-9401, ext. 304.
An array of modern dance companies performs under the stars on the Lawn at Battery Park. Performing over the summer are Battleworks, Doug Varone and Dancers, Momix and Philadanco, Savion Glover, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Chinese Folk Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and Sean Curran Companys I Folk Dance for the Future.
SITELINES; presented by L.M.C.C.
Performance art and installations, 212-219-9401, ext. 304. At varying locations throughout Downtown.