LAVENDER LIGHT: The Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir, premieres its annual Gay Pride Concert on June 14 at Symphony Space. Lavender Light’s program for the evening features an eclectic roster of traditional spirituals, classic gospel and contemporary favorites. At the concert, Lavender Light will once again present its Warriors of Faith award, which acknowledges the work of LGBT pioneers who are, against tremendous pressure, taking a courageous stand within their communities—and have been doing so since long before it became fashionable.
Lincoln Center kicks off the summer Midsummer Night Swing, the annual series of dazzling nights of dancing under the stars, now in its 20th Anniversary season. Midsummer Night Swing gets underway with the debut performance of Nellie McKay & The Aristocrats Swing Band. Other nights’ performances include Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go from Washington, DC; a night of Afro-soul, electro Afro-funk, and throbbing dance music; and a special Kids Day! with Father Goose celebration to close out the event on the 19th.
The 8th Annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival hits Coney Island’s beach on July 19. This free festival is an alternative-minded music event that showcases renowned and emerging bands and DJs on two outdoor stages. This year’s scheduled bands include Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Broken Social Scene, The Helio Sequence, Beach House, Jaguar Love, The Dodos and more. Now in its 8th year, this free, all-day, all-ages event has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 fans by showcasing indie rock veterans and emerging artists.
Melissa Etheridge returns to the Big Apple with her Revival Tour, July 9-10 at Madison Square Garden’s Wamu Theatre. Etheridge will perform old favorites and hits from her recent hit album, The Awakening, in what’s already shaping up to be a jam-packed show. Grab your tickets now before some other die-hard fan does.