Mad. Sq. Music

Mad. Sq. Music is the Conservancy’s outdoor concert series and one of the best ways to enjoy free world class performances in New York City. For information about the series please contact us at (212) 325-2101.

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series runs on Wednesday evenings in the summer months featuring nationally touring acts with an eclectic mix of genres. The 2014 Oval Lawn Series will be held from June 18 to August 6. Full lineup details can be found below and on our and on our press release.

Mad. Sq. Music: The Studio Series is devoted to folk, blues and Americana and pairs established and upcoming artists each fall during our intimate Saturday afternoon shows. Lineup details to be announced in August 2014.

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series is sponsored by Kew Management, Zwicker Electric Co, Inc., NYSCA, NYCulture, WFUV 90.7FM, Ace Hotel New York, Calexico, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, Motion Laboratories, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Jul 23 – 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mad. Sq. Music: Jon Cleary

Photo Courtesy of Danielle Moir

Jon Cleary is a seasoned funk and R&B pianist, vocalist and songwriter based in New Orleans. Born in London, Cleary fell in love with the music of Louisiana when he was only seventeen years old, evident in his songs that intertwine uniquely New Orleans-infused compositions with jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, R&B and ’70s funk. The LA Times states: “… over the past three decades he’s become a keeper of the city’s traditions and its unique musical history, traveling the world, conveying New Orleans’ elusive character in song.” He has performed with music greats from across all genres such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Cleary’s impressive discography includes three solo albums and two albums with his band Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. This engagement will premiere Jon’s exciting new band and give the Madison Square Park audience a sneak preview of the music from his forthcoming release entitled, Pump It Up.

Upcoming Events

Jul 23 – 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mad. Sq. Music: Jon Cleary

Jul 30 – 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Mad. Sq. Music: Forro in the Dark & Debo Band

Aug 6 – 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mad. Sq. Music: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds