Roseanne Cash, Dianne Reeves, and Asphalt Orceshtra will be among the headliners in a series of free concerts on
Kicking off the free concerts on the Green on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. will be
Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, and Lizz Wright performing "Sing the Truth!": "songs honoring the music and spirit of great women in jazz, folk, R&B, gospel, and the blues. "
Kidjo, Reeves, and Wright -- three of today’s most acclaimed female
range of women who influenced and were influenced by them, from
Kidjo received six Grammy Award nominations, winning in 2007. Her music blends the
Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. She was awarded the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy Award four times—three of them for consecutive recordings, a Grammy first in any vocal category.
"Wright received non-stop critical acclaim since her 2003 debut, Salt, and
continues her genry-defying musical journey that combines jazz, gospel, and a host of
The next free concert woill be Asphalt Orchestra on Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m
Asphalt Orchestra is described: "a one-of-a-kind street marching band that brings ambitious music
to the masses in an exciting, take-over-the-crowd performance. An off-shoot of Festival
favorite Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra will fill the New Haven Green with
newly commissioned music for marching band from the like of
all staged in a tightly choreographed performance created by Susan Marshall (whose
own dance company was featured in last year’s Festival). "
Flash performances by Asphalt Orchestra will occur in surprise locations throughout
Next up will be Carolina Chocolate Drops on Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. The Grammy Award-nominated group is the newest in a long line of black string bands. Rolling Stone magazine says, “The Carolina
Chocolate Drops are revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black sting-band and jug-band
music of the 20s and 30s—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers.” All three of the Carolina Chocolate Drops can switch instruments, playing banjo and fiddle, trading leads and playing along with a stock of other instruments.
On Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m,. Red Baraat & Noori perform in a double bill. Red Baraat, a Bhangra funk, dohl ’n’ brass band hailing from Brooklyn by way of
Noori, from Lahore,