Mad. Sq. Music

Mad. Sq. Music is the Conservancy’s outdoor concert series and one of the best ways to enjoy free world class performances in New York City. For information about the series please contact us at (212) 325-2101.

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series runs on Wednesday evenings in the summer months featuring nationally touring acts with an eclectic mix of genres. The 2014 Oval Lawn Series will be held from June 18 to August 6. Full lineup details can be found below and on our and on our press release.

Mad. Sq. Music: The Studio Series is devoted to folk, blues and Americana and pairs established and upcoming artists each fall during our intimate Saturday afternoon shows. Lineup details to be announced in August 2014.

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series is sponsored by Kew Management, Zwicker Electric Co, Inc., NYSCA, NYCulture, WFUV 90.7FM, Ace Hotel New York, Calexico, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, Motion Laboratories, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Jul 30 – 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Forro in the Dark & Debo Band

(Debo Band) Photo Courtesy of Pete Lee

Forro in the Dark, as their name implies, is a band made of Brazilian ex-pats who play fun, upbeat, forro music in both English and their native Portuguese. Forro is described by the band as “hip-swiveling, dancefloor-filling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states.” Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals), Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals) use their intrinsic talent and creativity to bring the genre of forro into the present while respecting and paying homage to its roots. As said by record label Nublu: “Give them half an ear, and your hips will take over and start rolling to their Brazilian roots rock. They’re a little afro-beat, a little country western swing, a little dub, and all rock and roll, fueled by the insistent rhythm of forro.”

Debo Band is a group that has cultivated the musical marriage of Ethiopian pop with American and Ethiopian funk and soul. While their take on the hybrid pop-funk genre is attention grabbing, critics have also said that it flows very organically and is “effortlessly joyful.” Debo Band features eleven members in their impressive roster: Bruck Tesfaye (vocals), Danny Mekonnen (saxophones), Gabriel Birnbaum (tenor saxophone), Danilo Henriquez (trumpet and percussion), Jonah Rapino (electric violin), Kaethe Hostetter (5-string violin), Marié Abe (accordion), Brendon Wood (guitar), Arik Grier (sousaphone), PJ Goodwin (bass), and Adam Clark (drums).The New York Times said of their style, “…, a Boston group devoted to the Ethiopian funk of the late 1960s and ’70s: fierce, jagged, complex and galvanizing music. With a beefy horn section, biting violins and a lead singer with a convincing Ethiopian quaver, the group brought back a live version of a style that was never recorded as vividly.”

FORRO IN THE DARK – Bloco 02 from Juliana Borges on Vimeo.

Upcoming Events

Jul 30 – 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Forro in the Dark & Debo Band

Aug 6 – 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mad. Sq. Music: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds