River To River Festival & Dan Zanes Invite New Yorkers to Join 4th of July Marching Band in Battery Park
Musicians of all ages invited to perform “76 Trombones” in spectacular holiday parade; free show to include La Cumbiamba eNeYé, jugglers, stilt walkers, and more
New York, NY (June 16, 2010) – Grammy® Award-winning artist Dan Zanes and The River To River Festival are inviting musicians of all ages to dust off their trombones, tubas, and trumpets and be a part of one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the city. Named “one of the city’s most compelling summer series” by the New York Times, the River To River Festival is New York’s largest free summer arts festival.
For the first time this year, the River To River Festival is expanding its annual 4th of July concert in Battery Park to offer a day of free music for all ages. The show’s grand finale will feature Zanes leading a marching band made up of members of the public playing “76 Trombones” on their own brass instruments. Participants will be able to practice beforehand using sheet music and audio clips posted on the River to River Festival website at RiverToRiverNYC.com.
Presented by the Alliance for Downtown New York, the Dan Zanes Jam and Jubilee will also feature Dan Zanes and Friends performing Broadway classics from their new album “76 Trombones,” as well as performances by Stew, creator of the Tony Award-winning musical “Passing Strange,” acclaimed Colombian band La Cumbiamba eNeYé!, jugglers, stilt walkers, and a walk-around cast of larger than life characters.
“The Dan Zanes Jam and Jubilee offers New York families a great opportunity to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday right here in the city and forgo the hassle of leaving town,” said Robin Schatell, Executive Director of The River To River Festival. “We’re proud to celebrate the summer’s biggest holiday with one of the most talented family-friendly artists in the country.”
Named “one of the city’s most compelling summer series” by the New York Times, the River To River Festival is New York’s largest free summer arts festival. Founded in 2002 with funding by American Express to help revitalize Lower Manhattan after September 11th, the festival draws hundreds of thousands of people each year to Downtown’s spectacular waterfront. The events span venues from the World Financial Center and Rockefeller Park on the Hudson River to Castle Clinton National Monument, Wagner Park, and Battery Park at Manhattan’s tip to The Elevated Acre and The Seaport on the East River.