Arts Brookfield’s annual summer music festival, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest, returns to the heart of downtown New York for its seventh summer on July 18 and 19. Bringing fun, lively, world-class musical talent to the picturesque Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, this year’s festival will be headlined by rapper and producer Common on Tuesday and quirky veteran rockers OK GO on Wednesday. Both shows are free to attend and open to the public. In keeping with the summer festival vibe, shows are standing room only and will feature a festival bar.
Previous headliners have included legends The Roots, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Neko Case, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.
Tuesday, July 18:
The festival begins on Tuesday, July 18 with American electro-soul duo, Lion Babe, opening for Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer Common. Common’s illustrious career began in 1992 with the release of Can I Borrow a Dollar? and he is now one of the most well-known voices in modern rap and R&B. In 2003, Common won his first Grammy Award: Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life” with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005’s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside (featuring Kanye West)” in 2007. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.
Wednesday, July 19:
Detroit-based artist Flint Eastwood will open the final show with a powerful indie-pop sound filled with urban percussion and orchestral instrumentation, followed by quirky veteran rockers OK GO. Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 before relocating to Los Angeles, OK GO (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation. On their most recent EP, the band worked with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in veteran Tony Hoffer, (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People) to create their most comfortable and far-reaching songs yet.