New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has big plans to help welcome back the arts in the Big Apple with a massive “homecoming” concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park produced by Brooklyn-bred music industry giant Clive Davis.
de Blasio sees the Central Park blowout as the focal point of a weeklong celebration. “We decided to do something classic, iconic, a massive concert in Central Park to celebrate the rebirth of New York City. … It will emphatically make the point that there is no stopping New York.”
Per The New York Times, “The show, tentatively set for Aug. 21, is still coming together, with no artists confirmed, though Mr. Davis — whose five-decade career highlights have included working with Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, and Whitney Houston — said he is aiming for eight ‘iconic’ stars to perform a three-hour show for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience.”
The Times also noted that Live Nation was involved in the show’s production and that the majority of the tickets will be free, with some VIP seating available for purchase.
Concerts on the Great Lawn at Central Park have frequently ballooned into iconic events in the past, from Carole King playing to 70,000 in 1973 to Simon & Garfunkel reuniting in 1981 in front of an estimated crowd of 400,000. In 2003, Dave Matthews Band‘s performance on the Great Lawn was recorded for an acclaimed live album. In recent years, it has hosted a slew of A-list stars as the home of the Global Citizen Festival.
As de Blasio explained of the NYC Homecoming Week concept in a press conference on Monday, “We have a big announcement about a citywide celebration of New York City. A citywide moment to declare New York is back, a homecoming for New York City, where New Yorkers come out together and celebrate and support our city. Where folks from all over the metropolitan region come back to their roots in the city. … This is going to be an amazing, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime week in New York City,” the Mayor predicted.
Watch the clip from the press conference below.
Get ready, New York City, because #NYCHomecoming is on the way!
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 7, 2021