OH MAN! It's the last weekend in August. Welcome to all of you checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world. It really is so cool that the world is becoming such a small campus. But if you're here in New York City checking in to see if I'm gonna be standing barefoot by The Lake with my guitar on my shoulder this Saturday...
The answer is "Sorry guys." I won't be in Central Park this weekend.
Once again, the Permit Office at The Parks Department declined to issue the permit for which I applied. So I will NOT be in Central Park this weekend. (I know. I know. I'm really disappointed, too.) But y'know what?
I DID get the paperwork for September and I've got some really good news. We are scheduled, weather permitting, to hang together on September 5th,12th and 19th.
(I actually asked that they not waste a permit on the 26th, because we had a permit last year while that event was taking place and it was so loud we couldn't hang. Hell, we couldn't have a conversation in the park north of 68th Street!)
I say that's really good news because one of the new policies among many at The Parks Department is that they are not issuing Special Events Permits on 3-day holiday weekends. But I asked specifically for the permit on Labor Day Weekend because I have a little funky tradition I like to do for all the "holiday weekend refugees" who stay in town like me on those long weekends. So we got it and... we're a "GO" on September 5! If you're gonna be in town, I hope I see you out there with me. It truly is such a wonderful thing that has flown so under-the-radar for an entire generation right in the middle of the most amazing city on the planet. Here are a few shots from David Hayase and Sean Friedman from last weekend.
Three wedding couples spontaneously happened by and agreed to share their first dance with "The People on the Hill". Thousands of sweet people from all across the country and around the world singing the same songs. Just so very cool.
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Sincerely. From the bottom of my heart.
If you were out there in the park with me on Saturday... THANKS! I'm gonna be back all week with photos from the day. But I just hafta say a sincere thank you to each of you for being such an amazing part of what I get to do for a living. I mean, there would be no "Guitar Man from Central Park"
with out you guys.
As a playwright I'm actually sitting on 2 plays that I would really like to see produced here in town. At the same time we're still showing the new musical "Possibility Junkie" to some people. But at the core of the whole gig has been this ridiculously wonderful, under-the-radar phenomenon that I've been a part of for a generation in the most amazing city on the planet. Still, as far as this new musical is concerned, I think we've really got something wonderful on our hands. Here's a little taste.
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Listen, most of you live in or around New York City but I know a lot of you are new around here. And a lot of you are checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world. A lot of you guys showed up after the newest video from the December concert hit YouTube and Twitter. Well, I update this page almost everyday. Still, you can hit the ARCHIVE here at the site. And all around the internet you can find stuff if you Google "David Ippolito" or "That Guitar Man" or...
OR on YouTube:thatguitarman
OR on Twitter:@thatguitarman
There's always a lot cool stuff goin' on someplace. Keep checking back.
Gotta keep focusing on the beauty in this world. The ugliness will always be there. Let's all keep trying to move a little closer to the Light every day. I have work to do. The tools of my work are music and the written word. We all have different ways of feeding the beauty and starving the ugly. I hope we all get use them during our next lap around the Sun. I hope we all feel a part of One world in 2015.
Oh listen... nobody is more disappointed or heart-broken than me that there will be no video this year from "The Something'th Annual Year End Concert". But trust me, we had a blast... again. Actually we had people travel from Maryland and Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, just so they could be in town for this gig. (A couple from Europe actually told they scheduled their trip to the Big Apple around this concert!)
So very cool.
Here are the first photos from this year's gig.
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Like I always say... I know a lot of you are checking in from different parts of the country and different parts of the world. For the newcomers who have NO idea what it is we do in the Central Park...
Check out the brand new Photo Gallery for this year.
All outdoor events are weather permitting! Stop by the website before you go if it is questionable.
Central Park Schedule
Saturdays Starts around 12:30 and ends when the sun goes over the Hudson.
Please check the website to insure that David is playing!
David is available for private parties and events. Please call (646) 504-7275 for fees and availability.
A note from filmmaker Dean Love...
As you may know I am producing a documentary about "That Guitar Man from Central Park". I would like to ask all David's fans out there to write me and tell me any stories you may have about David and his playing in Central Park and how it has affected you or what it has meant to you. I've already heard some great stories, but I know there are more that I haven't heard. So if you got a story to tell about David and his music, please briefly write it out and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be contacting people from the stories submitted to interview them for possible inclusion in the film. Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone on the hill this summer. - Dean