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The Iridium Entertainment Tent

Best known as the The Home of Les Paul, The Iridium has been dubbed a "guitar shrine" by the NY Times and "the city's--if not the country's--new home of the guitar" by Guitar World, and has recently hosted everyone from Jeff Beck and Joe Walsh to Robert Randolph and Mick Taylor for performances and live recordings. The club celebrates its patron saint Les Paul, who performed there weekly for more than a decade until his passing in 2009, every Monday night by inviting special guest guitarists to sit in with his Trio, The Les Paul Trio.

Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, the home to Broadway theaters and the biggest New Years Eve party in the world is also home to this retro 1950's theme restaurant located at 1650 Broadway. The diner is regarded as one of the best themed restaurants in New York City owing to its own singing waitstaff and some of the best Diner food in the country. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for tour groups and locals alike since 1987.

5PM - 5:30PM - The Les Paul Trio
The Les Paul Trio is comprised of award winning Lou Pallo on guitar, John Coliani on piano and Nicki Parrott on bass. The Trio continues to keep Les Paul's music and memory alive by performing every Monday night with featured special guests.

5:30 - 7PM - ScoBar Entertainment presents Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band
Terese Genecco(bandleader/vocals), Barry Levitt(piano),Tom Hubbard(bass),Ray Marchica(drums), Sean Harkness(guitar), Cliff Lyons(sax), Mark Miller(trombone).

The multi-award winning, multi-talented vocalist, bandleader Terese Genecco(pronounced "The-Reece Jeh Neck-ph) is currently the longest running nightclub act on Broadway, appearing as a headliner at Iridium NYC every month for more than 72 performances since her opening in March 2009. Genecco is the recipient of 2 MAC awards and named one of the Top Ten Best Cabaret shows or the year by Time Out New York Magazine. Ms. Genecco's music is deeply rooted in the 1950's -60's the colorful last gasp of the of era of swinging' lovers, and as such, draws equally from Louis Prima, Sammy Davis, Ray Charles and Elvis.

7:00PM - 7:45PM - ScoBar Entertainment presents The Copa Boys featuring Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Von Murray with special guests The Stardusters and Musical Director Barry Levitt.
Deemed the fresh new rat pack these talented vocalists of the 21st Century are taking American Standards and making them fresh. Joined on stage by our very own talented Ellen's Stardusters who have appeared on and off Broadway, American Idol and much much more.

7:45PM - 9PM - ScoBar Entertainment presents Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

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Coca Cola Open Happiness

The Coca-Cola Open Happiness Cafe

Enjoy refreshing beverages and relax in the Coca-Cola Open Happiness Cafe.

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New York City's Best Street Performers
Presented By Hard Rock Cafe

The Jazz Collective - Rasheed Richard Howard has been playing trumpet for over 38 years. Throughout his career, he has toured with many jazz artists and groups such as 'The Sun Ra Arkestra' and Cecil Taylor. Rasheed's smooth jazz band, 'New Hype Jazz', has studied with Dave Burns, Richard Williams, Donald Byrd, Cecil Bridgewater, Woody Shaw, Al King (aka Hassan Hakim), Gilly Coggins, Justin Lees, and Kasa Allah. Additionally, he has been mentored by Rodney Kendrick, Denton Darrion, Charles Carrington, and Wally Gator Watson. Rasheed Howard has played and has been featured in most major jazz clubs around the world. He is well-known as "the man with two trumpets" to jazz enthusiasts who have had the unique opportunity to watch him perform live. His current vision is to put together the best unknown talent in jazz, known as the 'Jazz Collective.' Rasheed works continuously to keep the art of jazz alive, and makes the Jazz Collective's music accessible to everyone by playing in outdoor public spaces around New York City.

Paul Mueller - Paul Mueller is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Choral Studies at Hunter College. A distinguished and versatile musician, he has excelled in choral, orchestral and operatic repertoire. Recent performances include Mozart's Vesperae de Solennes de Confessore in Italy, Vivaldi's Beatus Vir in France, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Spain and Mozart’s Requiem in Hungary. He has also appeared as guest conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Professor Mueller is the Music Director of the Greenwich Choral Society and past Music Director of the New Haven Chorale. In addition to conducting, he remains active as an organist/harpsichordist and is involved with research projects which embrace French choral and vocal repertoire of the nineteenth century.

Taste MusicThe Ebony Hillbillies - The Ebony Hillbillies are not only one of the last black string bands in America, they are the only string band based in NYC. Consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle, they have successfully created a following that has crossed over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaining their grassroots credibility. Their 19th century string band sound was popular in the 1920's and 1930's; and was a key element in the genesis of jazz and virtually everything after (blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock & roll, etc...). The Ebony Hillbillies' own extant CDs, 'Sabrina's Holiday', 'EH Sessions Vol.1 & 2', and 'I Thought You Knew' provide a great introduction to a largely forgotten cultural legacy.

Baby Soda Jazz Band - Baby Soda is on the forefront of a new movement loosely known as street jazz; with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel. The ensemble doesn't desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group made up of New York's finest musicians; featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and the unique one string box bass. The band has performed at some of New York's finest venues such as The Village Vanguard, Barbes, The Knitting Factory and the Jalopy Theater. In addition to their busy schedule of club dates, Baby Soda loves performing on the street and in the subway. This allows them to hone their skills and bring the music directly to the people. Both Pediatrics and Geriatrics agree, Baby Soda is the sure cure for the aches and pains of the modern world!

Mariachi Real De Mexico - was founded in 1991 by Ramon Ponce and his son Ramon Ponce Jr. This year Mariachi Real De Mexico is proudly celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Mariachi Real De Mexico is considered to be an ambassador of Mariachi music in the North East of the United States. Since the beginning Mariachi Real de Mexico has had great acceptance by the general public. They have done countless of public and private events such as: Weddings, Corporate Events, Festivals, Concerts, Fundraisers, Birthdays and all types of social events.

Maestro Moses Josiah - Moses Josiah plays the guitar. From time to time, he plays the piano. But his favorite instrument is a little less commonplace. Josiah, 80, is one of a small crowd of musical saw players in New York. Josiah started playing in Guyana, where he was born. He has played on television and before Queen Elizabeth II. He's also the subject of a documentary that's set to be released in May. Today, a retired orthopedic technician, Josiah plays at Union Square, Times Square, Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue. For him, it's not really a way to make money. It's mostly a way to keep busy. "I do this to keep my mind intact," he said, laughing. "You know?"

Don Witter, Jr. - For a couple of decades Don Ritter Jr. has given Classical Guitar lessons in all five boroughs of New York City through the New York Public Library System. He has performed several times in Germany and Portland, Oregon and he takes pleasure in writing reviews. Some of his reviews have been published in the English publication, Classical Guitar Magazine. In addition he reviews jazz concerts, clinics, albums, and the most prominent Classical Guitar Forum on the internet. He can be seen and heard at some NYC farmers markets and around NYC’s various subway stations as part of Music Under New York. He is a regular at Times Square’s illustrious events and looks forward to entertaining the crowd at Taste of Times Square this year.

Josh JohnsonJoshua Johnson - Joshua is a Junior at Penn State University and tap dances on the trains of New York City to pay for his university tuition. Last year, he was tap dancing and a New York Times reporter saw him tapping, was inspired and wrote about him. The rest...is history. Since that story Joshua has shared his story of passion, persistence, inspiration and entertainment with audiences all over the world. Throughout the United States, in South Africa and in Japan (through Japanese TV) and beyond. Joshua will not only entertain your audience with his amazing foot work - through tap dancing - but he'll also inspire your audience, both young and old. Your audience will laugh, they'll cry and overall they'll join Joshua in an experience of triumph over incredible odds and joy in the midst of challenges.As Joshua has shared many times ( http://www.tapping2college.com ), being homeless (including his mother) and struggling to make ends meet, has never kept this "Harlem USA" native down, it's only made him stronger.

Drum Cafe at Taste of Times SquareDrum Cafe - Drum Cafe is one of the world's leading interactive Team Building and Events Companies. It's interactive drumming is a powerful way to make any event unforgettable! Each person gets a drum. By connecting to the music and each other, they'll learn to work in harmony and experience the power of the group. Drum Cafe's success is proven in more than 20 countries and over 20,000 events. Come join Drum Cafe at Duffy Square to see what the excitement is all about!


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