Suzanne Vega, "Tom's Diner"
Gabriel Kahane, "Charming Disease"
Playing on Tuesday at the River to River Festival (Rockefeller Park, River Terrace and Warren Street, Battery Park City)
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Since emerging in the 1980s, the singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has earned a reputation for using New York City as her muse on songs like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” and in her recent play “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.”
The pop icon is joined by Gabriel Kahane at the River to River Festival on Tuesday night. Kahane, a singer, pianist and composer from California, released his self-titled debut album in 2008. Since then, he has become known for his catholic interests and prowess, and wide-ranging compositions that include concert works, musicals and indie-pop, folk and rock songs.
Vega and Kahane share a stage with Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier at Poetic City 2012 at River to River Festival in Rockefeller Park. The event unites wordsmiths of song and prose to celebrate the “power of well-crafted word.”
Ahead of the fete, download Suzanne Vega’s 1984 hit “Tom’s Diner” from her LP, Close-Up, Vol. 2: People & Places, and watch her recent Soundcheck performance of “Gypsy” in this video:
Also, download Gabriel Kahane’s “Charming Disease” from last year’s release Where are the Arms, and watch Kahane perform the song on Studio 360: