Silent Disco Comes to the Bronx August 30th

I can’t event tell you how many full choreographed dances I have done in the privacy of my home throughout my life. There’s just something about jamming out with the music on full blast in your headphones. Maybe you’ll break out some of your awesome moves at Lincoln Center Local’s upcoming Silent Disco in Woodlawn Cemetery. Now, if your first thought was ‘Um, literally dancing on people’s graves, though?’ don’t fret. Woodlawn Cemetery has lots of beautiful green space that’s not over anyone’s dead body. I promise.

For those who are unfamiliar, a silent disco is a dance party, but instead of music blaring out of stereos, it’s blaring out of individual headphones and partygoers have the option to listen to different stations. So everyone is literally dancing to the beat of a different drummer.

Here are the details:

Where:  Woodlawn Cemetery (Fairview Lawn)  Jerome Avenue Entrance, Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue

Closest subway: 4 at Woodlawn

When: Sunday, August 30, 2015; Doors open at 4 pm

Cost: FREE

Other Things to Note: No bags are allowed on the dance floor, so leave them at home.

No alcohol is allowed, so keep your flasks and to go bottles at home.

While headphones are free to borrow, you need an ID or credit card to borrow them.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis at Woodlawn Cemetery

 

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I love jazz. I don’t have a favorite song or artist, I just love the sound. I have literally spent hours just listening to my jazz station on Pandora. It just puts me in a good mood. So, when I saw that Lincoln Center’s jazz orchestra was performing right here in the Bronx at Woodlawn Cemetery, I knew I had to attend. As a  well-known  final resting place for many famous musicians, the venue was the perfect venue for the show.

Led by the cool, calm, collected (and clever!) Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra kicked off the show with “The Dippermouth Blues.” The instruments were so crisp and clear, it almost sounded like a recording! The orchestra also covered songs from the likes of W.C. Handy, Duke Ellington (who is buried at the cemetery), Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, and Florence Mills. One of my favorite parts of the show was when Ali Jackson covered a Max Roach song. The rhythm of the drums captivated the crowd as it toyed with a steady, rumbling beat and switched to a low, rain-like pitter patter.

This was my first time visiting Woodlawn Cemetery and when I told some of my friends they all pause like “Oh…a cemetery…okay…” but just from the small glimpse I got walking in from the gate to the concert site, was enough to let me know I need to return ASAP. Though the concert was in honor of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary, I hope they consider hosting more live shows, because it’s such a great outdoor space.