2011 River To River NYC Schedule Announced

Pow Wow! at Cake Shop (10/22/09)

Photo: Jon Klemm

The summer concert announcements are coming at a fast and furious pace these days, tomorrow should bring us the full 2011 Summerstage schedule, but in the mean time, we’ve got the music highlights from River To River NYC today.

The Seaport showcases the world’s top indie music stars with Sean Lennon’s new band, Ghost of the Sabre-Tooth Tiger (June 24), Lower Dens and Dirty Beaches (July 1), The Wake and Weekend (July 8), and The Radio Dept. and Asobi Seksu (July 15). Additionally, The Seaport will host Sunday matinee shows with My Teenage Stride (June 26), The Hairs (July 3), and Pow Wow! (July 10)

Rufus Wainwright teams up with the New York City Opera and pianist Kevin Murphy at the WFC Winter Garden to perform excerpts from his opera Prima Donna, which will premiere at New York City Opera in spring 2012, as well as some of his favorite arias (June 28)

Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park welcomes Vijay Iyer (June 23), Laurie Anderson with Bill Laswell (June 30), My Brightest Diamond (July 7), and rock legend Patti Smith (July 14)

Rockefeller Park will feature Rosanne Cash, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III and Marshall Crenshaw leading a star-studded celebration of The Bottom Line (June 22), R&B singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele (June 29), R&B rising star Jose James and with flutist Bobbi Humphrey (July 6), and a tribute to WNYC’s Jonathan Schwartz led by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey (July 13)

The festival kicks off at the World Financial Center Winter Garden with the annual Bang on a Can Marathon, a 12-hour extravaganza featuring performances by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with Philip Glass and the Asphalt Orchestra playing music by David Byrne/Annie Clark, as well as Glenn Branca, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Jack Quartet, and Sun Ra Arkestra. (June 19)

Conspicuously absent from this year’s RtoR announcement is the annual 4th of July shin-dig at Battery Park; perhaps we’ll see that news in a later press release. The full prelimary River To River NYC 2011 schedule is over here.

More “long lost” pictures of Pow Wow! (who are playing the seaport in July and have a new album coming this summer) from CMJ 2009 after the jump.

Pow Wow! at CMJ 2009 by Jon Klemm