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Washington Square Park has long been associated with music. Here are some older and current albums acknowledging that.

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There is almost always music somewhere in the park. Jazz bands often perform near the Holley Statue, and pickup groups and soloists are found all around the fountain circle on the concrete corners day and night. Come down with your guitar, accordion, balalaika, bongos, recorder, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, sax, whatever! Play along or start your own group. There's always something going on in the Park.

Many nights, the musical performers number into the teens, with guest singers and large crowds. There's noplace else in the world like it. Don't miss it!

The next picture was taken in 1957. It was submitted by Elvira Black and was taken by her father. Click here to go to her blog.

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The next three pictures were taken back in 1972, just after the last redesign. Things haven't changed much.... let's keep it that way!

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Live Videos of Music in the Park from YouTube.


Here's a video of a typical weekend jam in the Park...

a Jazz group in the Park...

a Doowop Group at the Arch...

and some of the Park's legendary guitarists, singers, and even a few colorful people in the crowd on a Sunday afternoon

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UMO is an organization that supports local musicians with promotion and bookings. Founder Joe Budnick is usually in the park on weekends playing guitar and singing with friends and visitors. The UMO site is updated weekly with the latest pictures (many of which are taken by Sandy Hechtman, who supplied many of this site's photos.) Take a look and see if you're on there!

Over the cooler months, UMO also supports local musicians by hosting a weekly Open Mic for original singer-songwriters, and releases a CD each year of the best performances. Click the logo above to go to the UMO site pictures.

Tic and Tac are regular performers in the park. Dancing, flying, jumping, whatever, they're always drawing big crowds at the fountain or one of the many performance corners. Click here for an interview with them.

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