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Celebrate the 4th of July with Stew and Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes.

Stew, of The Negro Problem and Passing Strange, has a lot on his plate these days, what with a new Shakespeare score being performed in Connecticut right now, a couple of musicals in the pipeline and some concert appearances. All of that is in the news section on the left side of Stew’s homepage.

Heidi Rodewald and Stew. (Copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

For all the Stew completists who read Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?, tomorrow is the most important upcoming date. Stew is one of the “special guests” at the FREE Dan Zanes Jam & Jubilee, The Battery 4th of July Concert and Family Festival, presented by River To River in Battery Park.

Gates open at 1 p.m., with festivities kicking off an hour later. You can spend the day in Battery Park, dancing to the rhythms of La Cumbiamba eNeYe and singing along to Dan’s brand of Broadway classics! In addition to Stew, guests include spoken word poet Caridad De La Luz (La Bruja) and Joan Osborn.

You can even participate in the fun, as musicians of all ages are invited to perform 76 Trombones in a spectacular 4th of July Parade! You can download the sheet music and get detailed information on the festival website.

It should be a blast!

Victor Williams is Othello in the Shakespeare on the Sound production, with songs and music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t been to Connecticut to see Othello, directed by Joanna Settle with songs and music by Stew and his longtime partner Heidi Rodewald, there’s still time.

Shakespeare on the Sound‘s Othello is performed outdoors at 7:30 nightly (except Monday) through July 11 at Baldwin Park, 100 Arch St., in Greenwich, Conn. While Stew and Heidi don’t perform live, you’ll get the full impact of their work on the recorded backing tracks and live singing by the actors. Last year Stew scored A Midsummer Night’s Dream for SotS, and is was fantastic.

Seating is on the ground around the stage, so be sure to bring blankets or low chairs (nothing that would block the view of people seated behind you) for comfort. Or if you want to go first class, you can fork over a $50 donation for a reserved seat in on of SotS’s chairs.

And why not arrive early and turn it into dinner theater! It’s a great spot for a picnic before the show. There is a concession stand selling decent food and beverages, including wine and beer.

Admission is by donation. You could walk through the gate without paying a dime, but that just wouldn’t be right. Show your support for Stew and Heidi by dropping a donation at the gate. $20 per person is suggested, but more or less is just fine.

nically free, but donations are expected at the gae.

The park is right on the Long Island Sound and within walking distance of the Metro-North station. It’s a beautiful setting, easily accessible from NYC. Click here for transit info.

If it’s a national holiday, it must be time for The Feelies

The Feelies spent last Fourth of July in Battery Park in NYC, opening for Sonic Youth. That's Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan in the lower right corner, just to the right of North Jersey singer-songwriter Ed Seifert in the white T-Shirt. (Copyright 2008, Steven P. Marsh)

The Feelies spent last Fourth of July in Battery Park in NYC, opening for Sonic Youth. That's Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan in the lower right corner, just to the right of North Jersey singer-songwriter Ed Seifert in the white T-Shirt. (Copyright 2008, Steven P. Marsh)

The legend is that The Feelies only played on national holidays. While that’s not quite true — the reunited band has been playing more often than just holidays, even doing an acoustic show at The Whitney Museum last week — the band does like its holiday shows.

The Feelies' Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman talk to a fan in Battery Park.

The Feelies' Glenn Mercer and Dave Weckerman talk to a fan in Battery Park.

This year is no exception. The Feelies start at three-night celebration of the Fourth of July at Maxwell’s at 8:30 tonight, followed by 9:30 shows tomorrow and Saturday. They’re promising two sets each night, so it should be a good party.

Tickets are still available here, and presumably at the door for tonight’s show. Friday and Saturday appear to be sold out, but there’s always a chance of an extra ticket at the door.

Maxwell’s is at 1039 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. (201) 653-1703.

The Feelies open for Yo La Tengo at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J., on New Year's Eve 2008.

The Feelies open for Yo La Tengo at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J., on New Year's Eve 2008.