Bryant Park Picnic Performances
Greenwich House Music School:
First-Come, First-Served Entry
All Bryant Park Picnic Performances Are FREE
Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America continues on August 5 with Mireya and Alea, both alumni of Uncharted, Greenwich House Music School‘s ongoing performance series devoted to emerging New York City-based artists. Mireya is a Latin Grammy-winner and founder of the renowned all-women mariachi group Flor de Toloache; Colombian singer-songwriter Alea impressed fans and critics alike with her 2021 album Alborotá, shortlisted by Rolling Stone and NPR on their end-of-year Latin Music lists.
Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating line-up of local NYC vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not currently required but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the summer as necessary.
The 2022 Picnic Performances season is possible due to the generous support of Bank of America. “Bank of America is a long-standing supporter of the arts because we believe that a thriving arts and cultural community benefits both society and the economy,” said José Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City. “So we are thrilled to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together we’re helping New York City’s iconic cultural scene to thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York City music, dance and theater.”
Greenwich House Music School:
Mireya and Alea
Mireya is a New York-based, Latin Grammy-winning vocalist, violinist, composer, arranger and founder of Flor de Toloache – NYC’s first and only all-women mariachi. Born in California to proud Dominican and Mexican parents, Mireya was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico until moving to NYC in her teens to pursue her musical career. Her aura embodies a wide variety of musical influences: from mariachi, salsa to merengue, hip-hop, she weaves a unique and refreshing musical blend. Classically trained by Suzuki method, and having had orchestral experience at University, her passion is strongest for folklore as well as other alternative genres. Mireya believes in sharing her skills, encouraging and inspiring the next generation to successfully pursue their dreams through educational workshops and school performances all around the country.
With a welcoming sound that embraces cumbia, vallenato, rancheras, jazz and American pop, the singer-songwriter Maria Alejandra Jiménez aka Alea moves her audiences with messages of the spirit, calls for social change and free-flowing love. Originally from La Guajira, Colombia, Alea’s performance encompasses an entire generation of ethno-futuristic and folkloric music accentuated by buttery vocals, deep-rooted grooves and uplifting guitar. Alea’s in-person performances are powerful encounters of the spirit, passionate travelogues that link downtown New York to a tropical Colombian cantina. They are celebrations of Latin America and new definitions of what “Latin Alternative” can be. Her most recent album, 2021’s Alborotá, was shortlisted as among the Best Latin Music of the year by both Rolling Stoneand NPR.
Since 2014, Greenwich House Music School’s Uncharted series has emerged as one of New York’s most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. Every Uncharted performance features New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting new collaborators on stage.
Complete Bryant Park Picnic Performances
July 15: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers
July 22: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta
July 23: Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
July 28: Ailey II Performance and Ailey Extension Dance Class
July 29: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines Featuring Nellie McKay
August 5: Greenwich House Music School: Mireya and Alea
August 12: New York City Opera: La traviata
August 19: Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang
August 26: Habibi Festival: Esraa Warda & The Châab Lab, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO
August 29: The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage
September 2: New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
September 8: Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans
September 9: Classical Theatre of Harlem
September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and More
September 17: American Symphony Orchestra
About Bryant Park Corporation
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions, and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies. In addition to providing security, sanitation, and horticultural services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year. The Midtown Manhattan park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC’s website, bryantpark.org, offers more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.
Follow Bryant Park
Location and Subway Directions:
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or, take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.