The Madison Square Park Concert Series in New York City kicked of to a soggy start on Wednesday, June 18, but the passing thunderstorm didn’t deter eager folk enthusiasts from coming out (umbrellas and all) to the park’s lush Oval Lawn listen to the quirky, bohemian musical talents of Pete and Maura Kennedy, known on-stage as the Massachusetts-based acoustic duo The Kennedys. The band took the weather in stride, joking about performing during several rainy dates while on a recent European tour with fellow Americana songbird Nanci Griffith. Armed with two acoustic guitars and their beautiful harmonies, the high-energy duo didn’t disappoint, playing several tracks from their upcoming release Better Dreams as well as those featured on Seasons of the Witch from their 7-piece Celtic folk band The Stranglings. Overall, the show was a great sign of things to come for the (free!) series, which promises a fantastic summer lineup of shows, every week at 7 p.m. through August 6 including Nashville-based bluegrass outfit Cherryholmes, R&B artist Ryan Shaw and legendary singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, or NYC for that matter, it’s definitely worth checking out. Bring a blanket and an umbrella (just in case). For the full concert schedule visit www.madisonsquarepark.org and be sure to look for more reviews from the series right here on Twangville. For more on the Kennedys, visit www.kennedysmusic.com. They also host Dharma’s Café, a weekly SIRIUS Satellite Radio program.
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