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Lunchtime Performances at
Richard Tucker Park
Wednesdays, July 6 to August 31,
Noon — 2 p.m.
Music Under New York at Richard Tucker Park, at 66th
Street and Broadway on the 1 line, is presented by the
Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and MTA Arts
for Transit. Through these live performances, we celebrate
New York’s diversity of music and cultures and remember
the great opera star, tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975), who
worked as a cantor before joining the Metropolitan Opera
for a long and distinguished thirty-year career.
AMERICANA-Steamboat to the Street
July 6
Noon-1 p.m.
Imagine yourself relaxing on a steamboat as it floats lazily
down the Mississippi River all the way to the Big Easy.
Suddenly, the band strikes up a tune, music fills the air and
everyone is on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing
along. Welcome to the world of Roosevelt Dime, a five-piece
Brooklyn-based band that blends elements of acoustic jugband blues, classic Motown soul, and modern alternativecountry to create an original sound best described as King’s
County Steamboat Soul. The band’s nontraditional lineup –
consisting of banjo, bass, drums/percussion, trumpet/cornet
and woodwinds—and seamless mixture of musical genres
has already caught the eye of many publications, including
the New York Times. Now, the group is poised for a
break-through with its new album, Steamboat Soul.
1-2 p.m.
From the secret sound that emerges from a hidden city’s
corner comes the soundtrack of the speakeasy, reflecting on
dancing into the night and waking up to start again. Using
instruments from the Mississippi Delta string-band tradition
and the style of a New Orleans street party, Tin Pan presents
acoustic roots music boiled down to the heart of Americana.
Performing over two hundred times a year and
entertaining tens of thousands from all over the
world, the band’s singer, Jesse Selengut, has
this to say, “I’m so happy to see
the music I love getting such a
great response. When I see little
kids dancing with their
grandparents and we get all the
couples smiling and
moving...that’s when I know the
music is working.” They’ve
just returned from another
tour in Barcelona.
July 13
Noon-1 p.m.
Rhythmists and brothers, Marc and Paul Mueller form the
foundation of this percussion-driven ensemble – including
hammered dulcimer, African drums, Middle Eastern
percussion and found objects – that creates a dynamic,
refreshing, hypnotic sound. In addition to their seven CD
releases, Mecca Bodega continues to reach audiences at live
performances such as Lollapalooza, Woodstock (reunion),
Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival, Merkin Concert Hall,
and Lincoln Center as well as touring the US and Australia.
Composing for directors including Jonathan Demme and
Spike Lee, the music of Mecca Bodega is featured in awardwinning films, soundtracks, TV programs, commercials, and
dance scores. Whether it is the acclaimed soundtrack for
HBO’s Subway Stories, a PBS documentary, or their high
energy, dance-inducing festival shows, their imaginative
music has been heard around the world.
1-2 p.m.
Underground Horns is a six piece brass band that plays Afro
funk bhangra salsa grooves and beyond. “We are cooking
audio gumbo, our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip
hop mixed with brass band traditions spiced up with African
and other world rhythms – music for the people!”
Underground Horns, led by saxophonist Welf Dorr, played at
the 2011 NYC Winter Jazz Fest and many other venues in the
city, including BAM Cafe and Nublu, and has travelled for
performances in Egypt and Germany. All-About-Jazz NY
magazine says- “kick-ass dance music…that brushes up
against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice.”
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Lunchtime Performances at Richard Tucker Park
Wednesdays, July 6 to August 31, noon — 2 p.m.
July 20
Noon-1 p.m.
One of New York City's premier young ensembles, the
Hopkins Entertainment Group was founded on the goal of
bringing classical music to as many people as possible. The
group believes that classical music can be fun, entertaining,
and appealing to diverse audiences. Founded in 2009 at the
Juilliard School, the group is dedicated to performing pieces
from the early repertoire through commissioned works by
living composers. Both broadening the horizon of classical
music and incorporating works of different genres in
performances are at the forefront of the group's mission.
July 27
noon-1 p.m.
Agua Clara is an instrumental group that specializes in music
from the Andes Mountain region of South America. With most
of its members from Peru, Ecuador, and Chile, this New Yorkbased quintet adopts a progressive and lively approach to
Andean folk music, which results in an, energetic and
infectious energy. The unique sound of Agua Clara stems
from its ability to give traditional folk music a modern twist
while using instruments indigenous to the Andean region, like
pan flutes, quenas, and the charango. Led by Ecuadorian
guitar player Angel Marin, Agua Clara has been creating and
evolving for more than 15 years. During this time, they have
made thousands of appearances around the U.S. and have
recorded nine CDs.
1-2 p.m.
The name Raices means roots and the group was created in
1992 by Andean flute player Patricio Paucar. Pulling together
musicians from South American, especially Peru, Bolivia, and
Ecuador with the desire to play their traditional music, Raices
expresses their nostalgia and longing for their homelands.
This music tradition reaches back before the time of the
Incas, delivers a healing message of who we are as human
beings, and encourages listening to our Mother Earth. Mixing
native rhythms with later cultural influences, the music
flourishes and serves as a timekeeper at numerous festivals
as well as at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher
Hall, Town Hall, and the National Museum of the American
Indian. Their music calls on the ancestral spirit, honoring
1-2 p.m.
Founded in 2005, the Opera Collective was formed to create
performance opportunities and a support structure for singers
and pianists to share ideas and constructive criticism. Their
mission is to make opera accessible and affordable to the
general public by presenting engaging evenings of vocal
music, including opera, art song, operetta, and musical
theater. The Collective consists of 10 core members with
rotating singers and pianists on its roster, who individually
have performed with New York City Opera, Opera Colorado,
Sarasota Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Connecticut Opera,
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Dicapo Opera, Opera
Hispànica, and New Jersey Verismo Opera, and in venues
such as Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and Avery
Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. As active members of the
MUNY program, they do educational outreach in New York
and Connecticut, teaching students about opera and the
vocal arts. Opera Collective has also been featured several
times on NHK's documentary series "New York Streets."
them and giving them voice. They are back this year by
popular demand.
Music Under New York is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by MTA Arts for Transit – a
division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For over 25 years, MUNY has provided customers in the transit
system with daily music performances. At present, more than 350 soloists and groups participate in MUNY with over
7,500 annual performances at 25 locations throughout the transit system. For more information, please call 212-878-7250
or visit
The Lincoln Square BID is a not-for-profit tax exempt organization whose mission is to make Lincoln Square cleaner,
safer and more beautiful, and to undertake various Improvement projects. Efforts are focused on supplemental
sanitation and security services; the beautification of public spaces, malls, and parks; and the promotion and marketing
of the area’s diverse business and cultural offerings. The Lincoln Square BID acts as a catalyst working with business,
community and city partners to promote positive change in Lincoln Square. For more information, please call 212-5613774 or visit