Rain Rain Go Away



I have good news and I have bad news. Good news first—the Central Park SummerStage concert season kicks off tomorrow with TV on The Radio and Dirty Projectors. Bad news—this is the weather forecast for tomorrow:

Friday: Rain. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Friday Night: Rain likely. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

This does not look good. Unfortunately the SummerStage policy is the following:

All SummerStage shows go on RAIN OR SHINE and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance.

And believe me, they are not kidding. The show DOES go on, as I witnessed at the soggy Vampire Weekend show last summer.

As for Celebrate Brooklyn, which kicks off on Monday with David Byrne’s performance, the current weather forecast for Monday night is “mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.” And the policy at the Prospect Park Bandshell is:

Performances are RAIN OR SHINE except where indicated, there are no rain dates. All best efforts will be made to present performances regardless of weather.

I must say that lately I feel like a “chance” of rain is thrown into the forecast every day. And “scattered showers” really are scattered. So, what I’m saying is it is always hit-or-miss. Just pack an umbrella or bright yellow poncho with Mickey Mouse on the back, just in case. And I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the rain holds off…until September.

In the past, some of the River To River shows have been moved inside when rain threatens to cancel the show. So check their website for updates on the day of the concert. Or sign up for their email or text alerts.


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