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July 4,2003 - Happy Fourth of July!  Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin performed in New York City's Battery Park as part of the free Downtown River to River Festival 2003. On a beautiful sunny summer day a huge crowd came and had a great time. Jesse opened the show with his band and then Ryan hit the stage with his group, the Pinkhearts.

 

Jesse warms up before the show

Before going on, Jesse shares a beer with his manager Diane Gentile

Jesse starts his show and talks to the crowd

 

Jesse looks like he's enjoying himself

Between sets, Ryan and Jesse relax in the air-conditioned van

Ryan shows he knows it's the Fourth of July and Jesse tips his hat to that

 

Wearing a New York T-shirt, Ryan steps up to the mike

 

Ryan gets into his singing. His set included his hit song, "New York, New York" as well as "Answering Bell" and one of my favorites, "Come Pick Me Up"

Ryan's band for this show,the Pinkhearts, included two Motown style horn players for a great rockin' sound

Jesse joined Ryan on-stage for the finale singing an uplifting version of Keith Richards' song "Happy"

Ryan gets a bottle of champagne and celebrates with Jesse on the Coast Guard Statue in the park   (Large View)

All day heavily armed police kept a watchful eye out for any sign of trouble. It was disturbing to see such force around the peaceful crowd.

Ryan's manager, Ryan Gentile, let us visit his roof to watch the grand fireworks show

Then Jesse was waiting to greet us at his East Village bar, Niagara

My wife Elizabeth took a picture of Jesse and me showing my patriotic outfit

Lucinda Williams got back to town late and came to share some laughs with Jesse

 
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