Posted on August 20, 2009
Like getting up at 5:00 am? Can’t get enough of standing in line? Now you can combine both these fun things--if you’d like to try to attend one of the final free summer concerts in New York offered by either the "Today” Show or “Good Morning, America.” Each free summer concert series features top artists--but they’re also both held primarily on Friday mornings at 7:00 am. (This is not a venture for the faint of heart: It's recommended that you get there by 6:00 am.) And don’t think about going to both, because even if you ran at top speed across the park, you wouldn’t make it. (Part of their plan, of course; you must choose where you'd like to get your final hour of sleep.) The last 2009 "Today Show Summer Concert Series" event (taking place tomorrow, August 21), features Brit pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, she of the hits “Unwritten,” “Soulmate,” and "Say it Again.” The series takes place on the plaza at Rockefeller Center (between 49th and 50th Streets near Fifth Avenue.) Lines, as you may guess, form quickly and early. This summer’s artists have also included Fall Out Boy, The Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, and Jason Mraz. Over on the east side, the "2009 Good Morning America Summer Concert Series" is also vying for your attention, with a lineup that has included Green Day, John Legend, and teenybopper darlings The Jonas Brothers. The series finishes off (also tomorrow) with country legend Reba McEntire, and takes place at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (the entrance is at Fifth Avenue and East 69th Street.) Both concerts are free, but bring sensible shoes--and stamina.