For those of you not in New York, an update: it’s going to be 100 degrees outside later today. 100 sticky, sweaty degrees. Hot town! Summer in the city! The back of my neck is getting dirty and gritty! And New Yorkers, we know. We’re dealing with it too. For you lucky souls sitting at home, basking in the AC and watching TV, getting you out of the house and into the heat is going to be a tall order.
If you can be convinced, though, I have a proposition for you. The 2012 Make Music New York festival is today, which means there are over 1,000 free concerts happening all over the city. That’s a lot of free concerts!
The cerebrally inclined among you might head down to Wall Street, where Erik Satie’s Vexations, a notoriously, uh, vexing composition that has performers playing the same musical phrase 840 times over for about 18 hours, will be performed. Rap fiends can check out the awesomely named Swagga Gurlz at the Bronx’s Francis Martin Library, while rockers are encouraged to head to 68 N. 8th St. in Williamsburg for the “groove-heavy punk rock” stylings of Black Black. If I wasn’t at work, I’d be at the 54th St. block party going down a few blocks away from my place in Sunset Park.
The concerts are happening just about everywhere, so if you can make it off the couch, there’s probably some music not too far away. Do it! We’ll be here when you get back.
(Photo: Ed Yourdon/Flickr)