Bryant Park

Bryant Park Presents

Emerging Music Festival Presents Up-And-Comers

Ten young bands take the Bryant Park Stage for a two-day festival on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19.

Ryan Muir

Bryant Park Presents Emerging Music Festival returns for the third year in a row next week with a new two-day format featuring ten on-the-rise NYC bands. Music-lovers are invited to come to Bryant Park Lawn for a thorough sampling of the city’s best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and more.

Between sets, attendees can play giant lawn games, learn to juggle, and purchase food and drink from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase, and you can borrow a blanket from the Park Shop & Info tent to enjoy it all on, while supplies last.

The Festival kicks off on Friday, August 18 with a four-hour session and continues with six full hours of music the following day:

Friday, August 18:

  • 6pm: Landlady  “brainy indie rock, offbeat rhythms, jazzy interludes and hooky choruses” (Washington Post)
  • 7pm: Mail the Horse – “sun-baked indie rock” (Pop Matters) influenced by The Rolling Stones at their easiest and twang-iest
  • 8pm: Luke Elliot – “a force to be reckoned with” (No Depression), Elliot’s music is regularly compared with the dark ballads of crooners Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits
  • 9pm: 79.5 – “honeyed vocalists, street flautists, and psych guitarists” (The New Yorker) make up this infectious seven-piece 21st century disco band

Saturday, August 19:  

  • 4pm: Breanna Barbara - Blues singer with striking vocal strength and rock that’s “undeniably the product of steamy Southern summers” (Consequence of Sound)
  • 5pm: Super Yamba Band - classic Afro-funk, Afro-beat and psychedelic dance music
  • 6pm: Cassandra Jenkins - singer-songwriter’s laid-back yet “confident folk” (The Fader) mixes hushed, mellifluous vocals and wistful instrumentals
  • 7pm: RIPS - 70’s NYC rock and shoegaze inspired band “making a name for themselves” (Brooklyn Vegan) with energetic rock
  • 8pm: Space Captain - seven-piece future soul ensemble creates “a planetary collision between otherworldly flights and earthly crawls… beautiful” (The Wire)
  • 9pm: Maybird - Expansive and evocative rockers channel “fleeting youth and chasing dreams” (NPR)  


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