Thursdays at 6pm: June 5th and June 12th
Each year when the weather is warm, the Friends of Washington Market Park produces a series of concerts on Thursdays. The bands 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 summer sky in Washington Market Park at Greenwich and Duane streets.
June 5th – Astrograss – www.astrograssmusic.com
June 12th – Dirty Socks Funtime Band – www.dirtysockfuntimeband.com
See you at 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.
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.