New York, July 20, 2017
The Verdi Square Festival kicks off its 12th Season on Sunday, September 10, 5:00 pm with the most unusual, fun-generating music yet presented at the foot of Giuseppe Verdi’s statue: The Flying Fingers Jug Band will dazzle with its virtuosity affording audience members the chance to sing along with favorite tunes. Best to come early as this will definitely be an SRO show. The Flying Fingers Jug Band came together in 2015: a group of Hudson Valley friends with widely divergent backgrounds: a former Punk Rock/Folk musician, a lawyer who had worked as a Bible salesman; a manufacturer of industrial machinery, a financial magazine production manager, a retired banker, and the Prop Coordinator for Sesame Street. They perform throughout the Hudson Valley, have appeared in some of New York’s coolest taverns, and in July made their national TV debut on the Food Network’s “The Kitchen.” They’re cooking up something very special for Verdi Square.
On Sunday, September 17, 5:00 pm we’re delighted to welcome back Mike Davis and The New Wonders. Verdi Square Festival fans will remember their terrific Jazz program in September 2015 that had the audience dancing in the aisles. Unlike the NY Phil and NYC Ballet, we do not frown on dancing in the aisles, but our insurance carrier asks you to note that it’s at your own risk.
On Sunday, September 24, 5:00 pm Verdi’s statue will have an extra wide smile as we present music familiar to him. The Manhattan School of Music, our closest artistic partner since the Festival’s outset, sends some of its star young artists to Verdi Square to close the 2017 Festival with hit Opera tunes. It’s glorious music and it’s free.
For a sample of our 2016 Season, please watch our Verdi Square Festival 2016 Highlights.