SummerStage: Bobby McFerrin

Bobby_McFerrinTuesday, August 20,  2013 7:00 PM

Central Park, New York, NY


For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea and the Vienna Philharmonic, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo vocal performances. The spirityouall project embraces Bobby McFerrin’s folk, rock, and blues influences without abandoning his fearless improvisational approach or his never-ending exploration of the human voice. He moves seamlessly between lyrics and wordless lines, trading phrases with his band, inviting the audience to sing along. Bobby loves to sing this music, and it shows: spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.

Bobby McFerrin, Vocals
Gil Goldstein: Piano, Electric Piano, Accordion, Arranger
David Mansfield, Violin, Mandolin, National Resonator Guitar, and Lap Steel
Armand Hirsch, Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Jeff Carney, Acoustic Bass
Louis Cato, Drums, Guitar, Bass Ukelele, Vocals
with special guest: Madison McFerrin, Vocals