If other boroughs were jealous of the star-studded concert it announced for Central Park in August, the city is giving each one a show to call their own.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that to lead Reopening Bash on the Great Lawn On August 21 – featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Paul Simon and others – there will be free concerts in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. The concert series, which the city is calling “Homecoming Week”, is being presented as a highlight for New York’s emergence from the dark days of the pandemic and returning tourists.
If attendees are required to be vaccinated to attend concerts, which is not yet clear, that would also be another carrot that the city government is waving in front of without vaccinations.
“Unless you want to spend the rest of your life saying, ‘Oh my god, I missed it,'” de Blasio told the news conference, “you should arrive in New York City in the month of August where amazing things are happening. “
“I’ve talked to people who missed Woodstock,” he said. “Don’t let that FOMO get to you.” (He was referring to the fear of missing out.)
The out-of-town concert is being produced by the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx. Museum president Rocky Bucano said at a news conference that these acts would include hip-hop, Latin, freestyle, dance, R&B, techno and funk.
He said he envisioned that the concerts would be “reminiscent of the days when the Bronx Park Jam brought people, young and old, together to have a great time in the spirit of peace, love and unity.”
New York’s week-long celebration will also feature movie screenings, public art, cultural activities, and the city’s Restaurant Week. city website Advertising programming.
A spokesman for the mayor, Bill Neidhardt, said the city plans to announce information about the concert lineup and tickets next week. The music and additional police presence they would need would undoubtedly be costly; Neidhardt said there are sponsorships that will help support the cost but the office is not yet ready to release those details.
Concerts will take place at Orchard Beach in the Bronx on August 16, at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island on August 17, Brooklyn Army Terminal on August 19, and Forest Hills Stadium in Queens on August 20.
The concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park is being produced by veteran music producer Clive Davis. According to a person briefed on the plans, he has long been associated with headliners on the show, including Springsteen, who is expected to perform a duet with Patti Smith. (Our condition: a rendering of “because the Night.”)
Ben Sisario contributed reporting.