If you wake up very early in the morning, before the sun rises or the city's coffee carts are out, you can see some pretty big names in mainstream music. For free. In the most beautiful park in the universe! IN SUMMERTIME. That's kind of nice.
This summer's Central Park lineup from Good Morning America was announced today, and includes early morning performances from the likes of Sia, Blink 182, and Demi Lovato (who my colleague Rebecca Fishbein typed to me, "IS REALLY GREAT I DON’T CARE WHO JUDGES ME"). Something for everyone.
You may be cringing at the early hour or at network television or at my colleague's music preferences, but these early morning concerts are kind of surreal and fun—we attended one at Rockefeller Plaza for the TODAY Show, because Fleetwood Mac, and would recommend it if you like the artist enough.
To attend the GMA shows, you just have to show up around 6 a.m. unless the event is ticketed. The series starts on May 20th in Rumsey Playfield, and here's the full lineup (hashtags theirs):
May 20 - Ariana Grande (#ArianaOnGMA) — Free but ticketed
May 27 - Flo Rida (#FloRidaOnGMA)
June 3 - Pitbull (#PitbullOnGMA)
June 10 - Iggy Azalea (#IggyOnGMA)
June 17 - Demi Lovato (#DemiOnGMA) — Free but ticketed
June 24 - Brad Paisley (#PaisleyOnGMA)
July 1 - Blink 182 (#Blink182onGMA)
July 8 - Kenny Chesney (#ChesneyOnGMA)
July 15 - TBD
July 22 - Sia (#SiaOnGMA)
July 29 - TBD
August 5 - X Ambassadors (#XAmbassadorsOnGMA)
August 12 - Keith Urban (#KeithUrbanOnGMA)
August 19 - TBD
August 26 - Jason Aldean (#AldeanOnGMA)
September 2 - Jason Derulo (#DeruloOnGMA)
Your move, TODAY Show (please bring Stevie back).