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. Thank you for a wonderful 2014 season! Details on our 2015 lineup will be announced in May 2015.

Mad. Sq. Music: The Studio Series is devoted to folk, blues and Americana and pairs established and up-and-coming artists each fall during our intimate Saturday afternoon shows at 3pm, starting September 13 through October 4. Full lineup details below!

Listen to a playlist of the 2014 Studio Series lineup here:

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Mad. Sq. Music: The Studio Series is sponsored by Kew Management, Zwicker Electric Co, Inc., NYCulture, NYSCA, WFUV 90.7FM, Ace Hotel New York, Motion Laboratories, No. 7 Sub, 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.


Sep 20 – 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Aoife O’Donovan • Morrison and West

Aoife O’Donovan

Aoife O’Donovan is a versatile singer who has lent her voice to a range of genres from progressive neo-bluegrass to folk rock. Her work with the band Crooked Still “brings to traditional bluegrass a diversity of talent that is simply spectacular… Familiar tunes are suddenly brand-new, engaging, infused with intensity… ” (Bluegrass Unlimited). She is also a member of the female folk group Sometymes Why who are known for their vocal intensity, sparse arrangements, and passionate lyricism. In June of 2013, O’Donovan released her first solo album Fossils, an album that, according to O’Donovan, was a long time coming. Fossils is considered time well spent, for she’s crafted a beautiful, timeless record, the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter.


Cahalen Morrison and Eli West


Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are considered two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today… and [their music] draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. While paying homage to classic folk, country, and bluegrass, Morrison and West put a modern spin on their compositions, making it accessible to old and new fans alike. Bluegrass Today calls their music, “an interesting mix of bluegrass and old time influences with Morrison primarily on clawhammer banjo and West playing guitar in a grassy style. The two share a passion for both musical forms, especially the sort of quirky syncopation they have in common.”


Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – Fleeting Like The Days from Live & Breathing on Vimeo.

Upcoming Events

Oct 4 – 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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