Upcoming Events

Free Children’s Tennis Clinics!

Our 2014 tennis clinics will be held Tuesday afternoons in May and June, from 3-5pm.

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NOTICE: The NYC Parks Department will be renovating the park lawn this spring until the end of May. While the playgrounds and gazebo are expected to be accessible during this period, the lawn will likely not be. We appreciate your understanding, and we all look forward to seeing to a greener, healthier lawn come June!

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SPECIAL THANKS: We now have free wi-fi in the park thanks to the BMCC and to the NYC Parks Department! Thank you to BMCC Vice President Scott Anderson, BMCC IT Director Amish Batra, and to Ralph Musolino of Parks for providing this service to our community.

We would like to thank the talented Jaime Viñas of Vinas Design for designing our Halloween posters and others for the last several years. Thank you to Rietdesign for designing our new, fabulous posters!

We are grateful to New York Cares for providing dozens of volunteers for our Halloween Parade and Party, and to the incredible LGBAC Marching Band for leading our Halloween parade and party!

Thank you also to Bloomingdale’s SoHo and HRPMamas for hosting a store events for us last Fall.
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2014 Concerts

Each year when the weather is warm, the Friends of Washington Market Park produces a series of concerts.  The acts are family friendly – some write for kids, some write for kids of all ages, and some ARE kids! Bring a blanket, a picnic and enjoy music under the spring sky in Washington Market Park at Greenwich and Duane streets. 

Thursday, June 5th at 6pm…. Astrograss – www.astrograssmusic.com
Thursday, June 12th at 6pm… Dirty Socks Funtime Band – www.dirtysockfuntimeband.com
Wednesday, June 18th at 5pm… DJ Kai Song – www.facebook.com/DJKaiSong

See you in the park!

Meet the Bands

Formed in 2003, ASTROGRASS has continually stayed at the forefront of New York’s lively acoustic music and bluegrass scene. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in 2005, showcases its unique sound: earthy, bluegrass-inspired yet decidedly un-twangy. Astrograss is equally passionate in its vocal harmonies and surging improvisations. In concert, Astrograss wows audiences with an eclectic yet solidly rooted mix of original material, choice covers ranging from Jimmy Webb to Guns n’ Roses, and foot-stompin’, “yee-haw”-inspiring fiddle hoedowns.

Astrograss has performed in prestigious New York venues such as Joe’s Pub, BAM Harvey Theatre, BB King’s Blues Club, Symphony Space, The Mercury Lounge, The Living Room and the Rodeo Bar, in addition to regular appearances at city sponsered events, such as Madison Sq. Park, Washington Market Park, River to River Festival and others. In early 2008, Astrograss released a full-length family album, featuring original songs and traditional folk music. Since 2007, the band has performed their family set at the legendary Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York each summer. In March 2009, the band made its way down to Austin, TX to perform in the famous South by Southwest Festival. Starting in winter of 2012, the band has begun to work on new family music album, to be released in early fall 2012.

When Astrograss is not performing in theatres, clubs or parks around the Northeast, the band can be found entertaining crowds at private events with their unique take on popular music. Whether it’s a wedding, pig roast, kid’s birthday party or school fundraiser, Astrograss can keep the party going for hours with its wide repertoire and diverse talents.

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The DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND is a wild, technicolor musical adventure where anything can happen! “Beloved by millions of families for their high-energy music videos on the NICK JR. CHANNEL’S JACK’S BIG MUSIC SHOW” (Thrifty Nifty Mommy), they can also be seen in CHUCK E. CHEESE venues across the country (and even in an episode of WORKAHOLICS in 2012). The Dirty Socks have become a favorite that are sure to “inspire dancing in the aisles — by children and parents alike” (New York Family). Their 2010 album SOCK-A-DELIC was highly praised as “high-energy music for your kids that you will love too” (A Nation of Moms) and the DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND SHOW DVD was called “a well-paced, charming and visually appealing program for all eyes – young and old, cynical and innocent” (OutWithTheKids). Their newest album THE DIRTY SOCK COME CLEAN is was released to fans around the world in 2013 who have seen the band play on TV and live from New York City to Chicago to L.A. to US Navy bases in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Dirty Socks will be touring their new album this Spring and Summer. You can also check them out at Kids Creative, their rock n roll peace education nonprofit for NYC kids.

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It’s rare to define a child as a prodigy, but with the skills of those 3 times his age and a father who is a professional in the field, who taught him since the age of 3, DJ Kai Song has all the attributes of one. DJing is literally in his blood and he’s not afraid to show it. With numerous performances across country, ranging from clubs such as the legendary Cielo and Pacha (NY), PH-D at the Dream Hotel (NY), Writers Room (Hollywood) and events such as the NY International Auto Show and MLS games at Red Bull Arena (NJ) to releasing his first mix album on Ultra Music, this 9 year old DJ prodigy has accomplished more in 5 years than many DJs have dreamed of in their lifetime.

Since before Kai could pronounce full sentences, his father allowed him to play the music he loved on the Pioneer CDJ-1000 CD Decks in their home. As a professional representative for Pioneer, his father tests & develops new products and teaches clients how to use their DJ products, so with a professional DJ booth in their living room, it was only natural to teach his son how everything worked. This is why Kai has been so comfortable behind the decks for as long as he can remember, resulting in his first gig at age 3 (at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in NY).

Kai’s musical taste evolved, alongside his pre-school maturation, from classic rock to pop to dance. He has found inspiration by listening to Sirius XM’s BPM and encounters with industry icons such as Skrillex, Kaskade and Nadia Ali. Both Tiësto and Tommie Sunshine called him “#thefuture” in recent tweets. Kai has his own unique taste in music and every week he hands his dad a list of new songs to buy and then prepares his DJ-sets by beat-gridding the tracks and setting his own Cue points.

In the end, Kai is transparently passionate about music in all forms. He loves singing as much as he loves DJing and recently performed at Carnegie Hall with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Kai has also been playing the piano since age 5 and is taking music production classes at Manhattan DJ school Dubspot. He now regulary puts his Ableton skills to use by creating Mash-Ups for his DJ-set and has started to work on original material as well.

For further info please contact bookings@djkaisong.com .
www.facebook.com/DJKaiSong – twitter.com/DJKaiSong – www.youtube.com/user/DJKaiSong
http://vimeo.com/djkaisong – soundcloud.com/dj-kai-song – instagram.com/djkaisong/

Special Thanks

The Friends of Washington Market Park would like to thank HRP Mamas, Tribeca Citizen and Tribeca Tribune for helping us spread the word!

Last Year’s Fun

Summer Concerts 2013