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The Battle Over Outdoor Summer Concerts

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Friday, July 23, 2010

An outdoor concert series in Coney Island kicked off last week with a concert by Neil Sedaka, despite opposition from local synagogues and community groups over noise. Today, New York Times reporter Ben Sisario joins us to look at the tug-of-war over neighborhood summer concerts. Also: cellist Maya Beiser is an intrepid fixture on New York's Downtown music scene. She's here to share some of her latest album, which features modern works inspired by the music of Spain.

 

Sour Notes over Outdoor Concerts

For over three decades, Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn's borough president, has sponsored a pair of concert series that are among the most popular in the city. The concerts at Wingate Field in East Flatbush and the Seaside series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Coney Island regularly attract more than 10,000 fans a show, "significantly more than the capacity of either Central Park SummerStage or the Celebrate Brooklyn! band shell in Prospect Park," wrote New York Times reporter Ben Sisario in a recent article.

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Picks of the Week

This week’s picks bring us tangos from South America and guitar blues from West Africa. 

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Maya Beiser Live

Cellist Maya Beiser commissioned works by contemporary composers from Armenia, Kurdish Iran, Israel and the U.S. for her latest album, Provenance. She also tackled Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” We hear some of the results, as Beiser joins us for an in-studio performance.

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Summer In The City

For much of my adult life, I’ve lived in spitting distance of Prospect Park.  That’s assuming I can spit the length of two city blocks, which, since I’ve never attempted it, has never been disproved.  The point is, living near an open space in New York City means that occasionally, you will be treated to the sounds of an outdoor summer concert – whether you want it or not. 

 

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Gig Alerts: Geri Allen and Timeline

The veteran pianist celebrates the release of her new live album this weekend with multiple shows at the Iridium. Download her exuberant track "LWB'S House."

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Dawes

Gig Alerts: Dawes

This L.A. band is reigniting the Laurel Canyon sound with their warm folk rock. Download their sepia-toned track "When My Time Comes," then check them out Friday at Maxwell's.

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MIA

Gig Alerts: M.I.A.

The inventive and political MC headlines the Hard NYC show Saturday at the South Island Field at Governors Island. Download her industrialized track "Steppin' Up."

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