Mad. Sq. Music: Suzanne Vega

Mad. Sq. Music hosts its FREE outdoor concert series Mad. Sq. Music: The Oval Lawn Series on Wednesday evenings from June 19 to August 7. Just the excuse we need to visit Madison Square Park and enjoy great music, great food, great art!

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Suzanne Vega kicks off the series. Vega is an American singer-songwriter of rare poetic genius and emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. Vega’s musical influences and favorites include Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Laura Nyro and The Smiths.

Her profound insight into the basics of human existence has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life. Vega was a staple at Lilith Fair since she performed as the very first artist and continued to frequent the festival throughout her career. Suzanne’s neo-folk style has speared the female, acoustic, folk-pop singer-songwriter movement that would include the likes of Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, and the Indigo Girls. Vega has continued to top the Billboard charts and won a Grammy Award for best album package including album cover, graphic arts and photography in 1990 for Days of Open Hand. Vega is “widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation,” (Biography Magazine).

Please RSVP here if you want to meet up for this event. The performance runs from 7:00 - 10:30p, but let's meet up at 6:30p. There is so much to do in Madison Square Park -- grab food at the Shake Shack or Fatty Cue, have a picnic, climb the magnificent ORLY GENGER: RED, YELLOW AND BLUE art exhibit ( Bring a blanket or towel to sit on.

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  • Eddie C

    Vega played a good set, which yes, included "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." Good company to share it with and nice conversation at Rickshaw Dumpling. Thanks, Holly!

    June 19, 2013

  • Holly

    A great evening in New York -- Suzanne Vega singing in the park, cool clear summer night, dumplings/ green tea milkshakes, and a nice group to hang with. What more can you ask for?

    June 19, 2013

  • Stephen A.

    Despite the forgotten lyrics and tinny speakers, it was a great time. Concert, Shackago dogs, and later dumplings! Raise the green tea milkshake roof! Woot! :-D

    June 19, 2013

  • Stephen A.

    How's Fatty Cue an option for Madison Square Park? Will they be having a food truck nearby?

    Anywho, I just love Shake Shack and already plan on ordering two Shackcago dogs and maybe a shake. Yum!

    June 19, 2013

    • Stephen A.

      Just arrived and entered the Shake Shack liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii­iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.­...

      June 19, 2013

  • linda

    After an earlier klutz incident, my bruised knees are rendering me immobile (or should I say I'd never make it off the lawn...). Hope to make it next time

    June 19, 2013

  • John J. C.

    Sorries. Working late today

    June 19, 2013

  • Holly

    Hi all, Just emailed out my cell number. I will be wearing a hideously bright orange sweater tomorrow and be over by the bandstand area, but if you can't find me, just call or text me. See ya tomorrow!

    June 18, 2013

  • linda

    I'm certainly planning/hoping to make this. How will we find each other? Looking forward!

    June 12, 2013

    • Holly

      Linda, Not sure what I will be wearing yet, but I will find something that will stand out. Also I email out my cell to all RSVPers after RSVP close, so you can give me a call if you can't find me.

      June 13, 2013

  • Stephen A.

    I really adore Suzanne Vega. Seen her in concert before.

    May 28, 2013

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