Sunset on the Hudson has long been a staple of Hudson River Park’s Summer of Fun. Since 2006, Friday evenings on Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 have brought music lovers together to enjoy live, riverfront concerts, fostering community and a beloved HRPK tradition.
In the almost decade-and-a-half since, the series has expanded and broadened its range. With a focus on local talent reflecting diverse and dynamic musical influences and stylings, Sunset on the Hudson has become one of our favorite ways to celebrate summer together along the Hudson River.
Though this year’s series is presented virtually, the chance to explore New York City through music won’t stop!
Sunset on the Hudson’s virtual line-up welcomes many new artists to HRPK. Our series kicked off with Hudson Valley’s own, The Big Takeover (July 9). Led by their powerful front-woman, Nee Nee Rushie, this seven-piece band combines traditional reggae, rocksteady and ska roots with retro soul and pop fusion. Their music is full and complex, with big hooks. Missed this performance? Catch it in full!
Other artists new to Hudson River Park programming are Yasser Tejeda & Palotré (July 16), Alsarah & the Nubatones (August 13), and Zach Comtois (September 3). Yasser Tejeda & Palotré are a fusion group that celebrates their roots and explore the nuanced musical landscapes of the Dominican Republic through rock and jazz. Alsarah & the Nubatones’ namesake and singer is a Sudanese-American musician; the group’s collective love for Nubian music brought the performers together. They play a selection of original and traditional cultural music. Zach Comtois is a Boston-born brilliant guitarist and songwriter, who has toured with the likes of Britney Spears and Kate Copeland.
We’re excited to have Coco & Breezy return to HRPK on August 27. These twin DJ entrepreneurs, designers and creatives first joined us in the Park in November at Pumpkin Smash. The sisters spin tunes from across the globe, bringing eclecticism, daring and inclusivity to their sets as much as every other area.
Returning musicians for this virtual Sunset on the Hudson music series include favorites Manhattan Samba (July 23), High & Mighty Brass Band (July 30), Koku Gonza (August 6) and Resistance Revival Chorus (August 20).
Manhattan Samba’s first Sunset on the Hudson performance in 2018 brought high-energy Samba to the lawn; they’ve been back every year since, and this year NYC’s longest-standing Brazilian bateria will deliver their music right to your home! From drums to brass, High & Mighty Brass Band brings the energy every year and this one’s no different – the group will perform a mix of originals and classics, all imbued with the New Orleans Funk and R&B styling that is a staple of the band.
Internationally acclaimed musician Koku Gonza returns fresh off the release of her new single, Zanzibar, and brings her eclectic style of neo-soul world music to the (virtual) stage. Finally, we welcome back Resistance Revival Chorus! This collective of women and non-binary artists and activists deliver resistance and joy in the form of songs of change.
We’re thrilled to present this line-up of talented artists with diverse points of view. Join us every Thursday through September 3 at 7:30 PM live on Facebook and Instagram for performances you don’t want to miss!