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Lowdown Hudson Music Fest
Common
OK Go
July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

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.

TUESDAY, JULY 18:
COMMON

Grammy and Academy Award winning rapper, actor, producer and poet Common opens the festival on Tuesday, July 18. 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:
OK GO

On Wednesday, July 19, high-energy pop-rock pioneers OK GO take the stage. 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.

Previous headliners have included legends The Roots, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Neko Case, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.

Free to attend, no tickets required.

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with the summer concert vibe, this year’s festival will be standing room only on a first come, first served basis.

Event is rain or shine, except for extreme weather conditions.

Summer on the Plaza
May 31, 2017 - July 26, 2017
One New York Plaza, New York

Soak up the sun and enjoy a lunchtime concert every Wednesday at One New York Plaza! Curated by New Song Music, Summer on the Plaza features music by the next wave of up and coming singer-songwriters.

 

GENERAL SCHEDULE

11:00 AM | Morning games

12:30 PM | Performance

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

MAY 31: Brad Cole, quartet

JUNE 7: Blair Bodine

JUNE 14: JBird Shogren, duo

JUNE 21: Max Hatt & Edda Glass

JUNE 28: Queen Esther

JULY 5: Andy Palmer, solo

JULY 12: Wilder Adkins

JULY 19: Amy Fairchild

JULY 26: Stay tuned for updates on the final performance!

New York Guitar Festival
Raga Marathon
May 19, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Visit the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for a daylong Raga Marathon on May 19! Celebrate the vibrant sounds of South Asia with free performances as part of the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, the annual festival that explores virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality!

In Sanskrit, the word “raga” literally means color, or musical tone. In traditional Indian and Southeast Asian music, it refers to a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation. “One of the unique characteristics of Indian and South Asian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies,” explains New York Guitar Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director David Spelman. “It is believed that at certain hours in the spinning of the Earth, the Raga approaches the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor. There are some Ragas that are very attractive in the early hours of the mornings; others that enchant more toward dusk; and yet others reveal their fragrance only near the midnight hour. That’s how we’ve programmed this Marathon.”

Paying respect to tradition, ragas will flow in the Winter Garden from morning until night. An 8:30PM screening of the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India will be shown with live musical accompaniment of a world-premiere score, and DJ Rekha will cap off the night with a not-to-be-missed dance party from 10:00PM until midnight.

Rest, relax, and reflect in our meditation lounge under the shelter of The Roof on May 17-18, 10am-6pm and May 19, 8am-6pm.

Le District will have late night drink specials for the Raga Marathon: $7 house rosé and $5 Kronenbourg beers from 10pm to close!

 

MAY 19 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

8:00 AM      Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee

 Bhattacharya, one of the world’s preeminent slide guitarists, performs a morning raga with Chatterjee on tabla.


NOON          Anupam Shobhakar

Anupam Shobhakar performs a noon raga with a sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries.

 

5:00 PM      Gyan Riley, Krishna Bhatt, Dan Weiss

Guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and jazz drummer Dan Weiss join forces for an early evening performance.

 

7:00 PM      Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee

Bhattacharya and Chatterjee return in the evening with more melodious sounds.

8:30 PM      Silent Film: A Throw of Dice with New Score by Rez Abbasi

Performance by Rez Abbasi Quartet
Rez Abbasi: electric & acoustic guitars, sitar-guitar
Pawan Benjamin:  tenor & soprano saxophones, basuri flutes
Jennifer Vincent: acoustic bass, cello
Rohan Krishnamurthy: ghatam, mridangam, drumset

Silent cinema returns to Brookfield Place with a screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score performed by guitarist Rez Abbasi’s quartet. Based on a story found within the Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata, and filmed on location in Rajasthan, the movie stars Seeta Devi as the ravishing beauty Sunita. The composer Nitin Sawhney describes A Throw of Dice as a cross between Cecil B. DeMille, Chaplin, and early Bollywood.


10:oo PM   DJ Rekha and Special Guests (to be announced!) 

DJ Rekha and special guests spin an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop until midnight.

 

ABOUT NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL
Exploring virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality, the New York Guitar Festival, since 1999, has presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 92nd Street Y, Brookfield Place, and other iconic venues, large and small. From multi Grammy-winners to emerging artists, NYGF performers have included masters of the classical repertoire as well as blues & jazz, pop & indie rock, folk & Americana, sounds of Central & South America and genre-defying innovators.

The Beaches in Concert
May 11, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

When the four young women of The Beaches play live, the rock n’ roll band’s playful on-stage chemistry makes it obvious that this is no manufactured “girl band.” Their friendship is for real and, in fact, two of the crew have been playing together since they were in elementary school.

Jordan Miller, the band’s vocalist and bassist, picked up the guitar when she was six years old. “I wanted to start playing music because I was obsessed with Sheryl Crow,” she has said. A year later, her sister Kylie–now lead guitarist–started taking lessons as well. Then, when the two were in their early teens, best friends Eliza Enman-McDaniel and Leandra Earl joined as drummer and keyboardist/guitarist and The Beaches was complete. As any Torontonian can guess, the band’s name is a tribute to the east side neighbourhood where they all grew up.

In the last two years, The Beaches have made huge waves. After two successful self-released EPs, the band was picked up by Island Records, have toured the U.K., and played Canadian festivals like Osheaga and Wayhome. Their most recent single – “Give It Up” -displays well their powerful, driving sound, calling to mind influences Nirvana and The Strokes.

In a still male-dominated rock landscape, media outlets often highlight their all-female status, but that’s something the band brushes off in true rock n’ roll style. “It makes us unique, yeah, but we shouldn’t have to define ourselves as a female rock band,” says Eliza. “We’re a rock band.”

Virginia to Vegas Concert
February 16, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Those who love unforgettable indie pop anthems are likely already familiar with Virginia to Vegas – especially his 2016 smash hit “Lights Out”. What they may not know, is the man behind that moniker – 26-year-old Derik Baker – lives right here in Toronto, and has recently released a debut album with a title that reflects the optimistic feeling of his songs: Utopian.

 

ABOUT DERIK BAKER
Derik Baker, who was born in Virginia, has reason to be optimistic. He found success only a year after being discovered on YouTube by indie label Wax Records. In 2014, his first single – “We Are Stars” – stormed the radio charts and earned a platinum certification. That hit led to an invitation to tour with Hedley and singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid. Reid, who is featured on “We Are Stars”, has since become a long time friend and collaborator.

“Don’t Fight the Music” and “Our Story” are other favorites that fans will find on Utopian, along with a number of new tunes that are sure to continue Baker’s rise – especially if the pop star follows his own advice from “We Are Stars” to “keep dreaming, keep on dreaming.”

Heartstreets in Concert
Heartstreets
December 1, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Heartstreets – the Montreal duo whose sound blends hip hop, R&B, and soul – go way back. Meeting first at nine years old, Gab Godon and Emma Beko immediately bonded over music. “We used to do hip-hop choreography together for shows in elementary school,” Beko has said. “Then in high school, we would sing on the bus and stuff like that.”

Fast forward fifteen years and Godon and Beko have released their debut EP, You and I, to much acclaim. In “Crawling South,” the first single released from the EP, Godon’s sultry voice comes together perfectly with Beko’s rap-style storytelling to reflect on a relationship that came apart. The heartbreaker, which charted at number six on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart, was released with a video showing the heartbroken sifting through a “break-up box” of memorabilia. Complex said of the song that it “mirrors that gut-wrenching feeling of blowing the dust off the top of that box, and digging into a trove of memories, good and bad, like some kind of wistful relationship archaeologist.”

 

Lucas DiPasquale in Concert
Lucas DiPasquale
November 17, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

When Toronto’s Lucas DiPasquale recorded himself playing an acoustic mashup of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan in his Ryerson University dorm room, he had little idea how far it would take him. But when Popcaan himself endorsed the YouTube videos on social media, DiPasquale went viral and started down the path of becoming a name in his own right.

Late last year, the 21-year-old released his debut EP, appropriately titled Post-Secondary. The album landed him on Spotify Canada’s Spotlight Artists for 2016. To record the album, DiPasquale made the trip to the island that inspired him, recording his songs at Jamaica’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios. “It’s not shocking, given Toronto’s Caribbean – specifically Jamaican – population, that a native of ‘the 6′ can nail the patois,” wrote reggae critic Erin MacLeod in The Guardian. “But it is a nice surprise that Lucas’ music is darned good.”

Ria Mae in Concert
Ria Mae
October 13, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Ria Mae has been making moves – from Halifax to Montreal, from folk to pop. But one thing that’s remained consistent is her ability to move people with her catchy, playful songs.

“Clothes Off,” Mae’s breakout song from last year, was inspired by an early visit to her adopted hometown. “I was in Montreal and very inspired by how beautiful the city is and how forward people are there,” she had said, explaining that she wrote the sexy hit over one hour in the middle of night to the rhythm of a clothes dryer. “Clothes Off” went on to be nominated for “Single Of The Year” at the 2016 Juno Awards alongside hits by Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber.

Following that success, Mae has released a self-titled album this summer that includes another synth pop hit–“Gold”–that confirms the status conferred on her by the CBC this year, when they called her pop music’s “Next Big Thing.” And although that song is about a love affair on the wane, the driving beats will no doubt bring enthusiastic Mae fans together on the dance floor.

Alx Veliz in Concert
Alx Veliz
September 29, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Free lunchtime concert. Alx Veliz and his music are products of the multicultural fabric of Toronto, a blend of histories, renewals, and currents. His emergence comes at a great time in music – a time when dancing rules, where cultures embrace, and when optimism rides high. Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with Latin rhythm through his chart-topping hit Dancing Kizomba. The song has been lighting up the charts this summer and marks the thrilling tease of much more to come from this unique artist.

Sydney Fringe Silent Disco
September 22, 2016
World Square, Sydney

Come alive at the Square with the Sydney Fringe Silent Disco. Drop your bags, grab a feed and dance up a storm under our starry lights! Late night shopping has never been more exciting.

 

Mystery Artist In Concert

July 21, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

This mystery artist has emerged as one of Canada’s most innovative songwriters, fusing electronic music with organic instrumentation to create songs that are perfect for the summer season.

His first single quickly surpassed 65 million streams globally on Spotify, and is nearly 3 times Platinum in Canada. Highly-billed on the festival circuit last summer, this mystery artist is generating much buzz as he gears up for another season on the road.

Come for the concert, stay for a chance to WIN an Osheaga VIP Festival Experience in Montreal including round-trip tickets from WestJet and accommodations at ALT Hotels Montreal.

 

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See you IN THE PARK.

 

Coleman Hell performed at First Republic Plaza on July 21st, 2016. For full concert and draw details, please visit: goo.gl/rKGRvw

River Town Saints: In Concert
River Town Saints: Chris Labelle, Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo
July 14, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

The River Town Saints, five friends from the Ottawa River Valley, have started out with a bang. Last November, the country rock group released their first single, “A Little Bit Goes a Long Way,” which landed them on a number of Artists to Watch lists for 2016 and on tour with country star Tim Hicks.

The impeccable harmonies created by Chris Labelle, Chris McComb, Jeremy Bortot, Jordan Potvin and Daniel DiGiacomo are matched with upbeat rhythms that create a feel-good concert atmosphere. It’s an energy complemented well by the lifelong friends’ humorous banter. The crew’s outlandish sensibility is on full display in “Burgundiaries,” a series of videos that they’ve been shooting from inside the 1988 Chevy G20 tour van they’ve named after Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy. Why? Because, as they put it on the first episode, “It’s burgundy.”

 

Come for concert, stay for a chance to WIN a Boots & Hearts Music Festival Premium Experience for two.

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See you IN THE PARK.

Jonathan Roy: In Concert
May 5, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Guitar or hockey stick? Thankfully, goalie-turned-singer-songwriter Jonathan Roy chose well.