The Very Best Of Music (June 12-August 7)

Good Asian Drivers, Central Park Summerstage and more!


Join the nationally-acclaimed spoken word/folk-rock band Good Asian Drivers at
the Stonewall Inn June 25 for the release of its new album, Drive Away Home. Serving as an unofficial "pre-pride" party, the event also marks the beginning of GAD’s nationwide summer tour, which includes dates on the main stage of both the San Francisco and Toronto Pride Festivals. Tackling race and gender with candor, eloquence and humor, Kit Yan’s spoken word blends seamlessly with singer/songwriter Melissa Li’s catchy folk-rock and pop stylings and Ashley Baier’s big league drumming.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009 season schedule of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage, beginning June 12. Be sure to catch the Indigo Girls and Matt Nathanson in a special benefit performance for Summerstage on June 16.

The suit-and-tie-wearing, multi-award-winning powerhouse vocalist, bandleader and comedian Terese Genecco has relocated to New York City where she appears the last Tuesday of every month at the world-famous Iridium Jazz Club (June 30, July 28 and Aug 25) with her swingin’ seven-piece “little big band” and an array of hot gay and lesbian guest stars.

Stonewall: The 40th Anniversary Commemorative Concert, June 27 at the Nokia Theatre, features a star-studded line up of New York’s finest recording artists. Its mandate is to bring the entire LGBT community together in a night of festive recognition of this special milestone. Immediately following Stonewall Concert will be the LOVE BALL Dance Party/Ballroom Competition. Hosted by Murray Hill, the concert features a star-studded line-up of New York’s best LGBT artists including Billy Porter, Deepa Soul, The Maine Attraction, Ari Gold, Jasper James & She Dick, Lori Michaels and more.

Celebrate Gay Pride at Joe’s Pub June 28 with award-winning independent recording artist Ari Gold and a line-up of special guests (TBA). Ari Gold is turning the music scene on its head, rewriting the rules and trailblazing a storm of political pop. With music that is as catchy as it is controversial, Ari Gold has not only been out from the beginning of his career, he has also never shied away from creating songs that come from his unique perspective as an openly gay man—something that is unprecedented in R&B/pop music

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