Music 2022

Global Jazz Sampler: Thabisa

Presented with support from Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Soul has never sounded as jubilant as it does with singer-songwriter Thabisa, which is no surprise given that her name quite literally means, “to bring joy.” Watch her kick off her 2022 tour here!

Global Jazz Sampler: The Guy Mintus Trio: A Gershwin Playground

Presented with support from Ruby Melton & Gail McAvay

Enjoy a romp through Gershwin and original compositions by Israeli pianist Guy Mintus and his trio.

Sun Ra Tribute Concert

In partnership with Best Video Film & Cultural Center

FREE. Travel through space on a ship flown by acolytes of Sun Ra's Arkestra in this outdoor tribute concert hosted by Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

Sirius Coyote Music and Sounds of the Americas Music

with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Travel across North America with Sirius Coyote, whose traditional, contemporary world music is renowned for its upbeat rhythm featuring guitar, sax, clarinet, flutes, kalimbas, drums, keyboards, ocarinas and a variety of other eclectic instruments made from materials found in nature.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell, Albert R. Lee, & Brian Stokes Mitchell

FREE. Kick off the 2022 in-person Festival in style with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra!

The Split Coils & Carrie Ashton

FREE. Enjoy an evening of rocking Americana on the Green.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Project

In partnership with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

See the next generation of composers fill the stage with their works.

Orquesta Afinke & Alex Cuba

FREE. An evening of Latin dance on the Green


FREE. Experience the allure of catchy electro-pop music that carries a message with Israeli-Persian singer, songwriter, actress, and cultural activist Liraz.

¡Cuba Vive! Nachito Herrera & His Havana Jazz Club

FREE. Nachito Herrera is “explosive, crowd-pleasing. rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Karim Nagi has spent the last 30 years teaching Arab music and folk dance to audiences throughout the world.

Juneteenth: Full Circle

FREE. Celebrate Liberation Day with the Festival in this concert highlighting jazz and the internationally recognized Jesse "Cheese" Hameen.

SHOW OFF YOUR SPREAD: Banquet on a Blanket Contest

FREE. Show off your spread at the Banquet on a Blanket contest!

Gospel on the Green

FREE. Get in the spirit Sunday, June 19 at the second annual Gospel on the Green.

Gregory Porter

FREE. Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter injects his passion for jazz, gospel, and blues into live performances with soul-drenched lyrics.

The Symphony Goes to the Zoo

Presented in Association with New Haven Symphony Orchestra

FREE. Meet some animals from the Beardsley Zoo and heard songs like "Flight of the Bumblebee" from the NHSO Brass Quintet.

K. Dub & Okaidja

FREE. An evening of globe-spanning beats and flow.

MAP Entertainment Presents: Cool Breeze on the Green, an Old School Dance Party with Evelyn "Champagne" King, Manny James, DJ Diamond D, & DJ Juan Coon

FREE. Cool Breeze creates a hypnotic meld of sound in a lineup featuring a variety of soul, pop, and R&B performances. Get down and boogie!

Proyecto Cimarron & Las Cafeteras

FREE. ¡Baila! Fusing passion, energy, and dance, Las Cafeteras celebrates their Chicano heritage and showcases traditional Son Jarocho sonic stylings in their “urgent, relevant music.” (BBC)