Battle of the Boroughs 2014: The Ultimate Battle

WNYC & The Greene Space’s Battle of the Boroughs has come to be one of my favorite events to attend. A blend of great original music and borough pride, it’s a show you’ve got to see. The Ultimate Battle is best of all because of the prizes at stake and the healthy competitive air to see which borough is voted the best. Sadly, Manhattan won again this year, but I am happy to report that all of the musicians that performed were all worthy of winning the ultimate battle.

As mentioned in my post on the Bronx battle , Royal Khaoz, an AMAZING reggae fusion band represented the Bronx with a suave and energetic performance. They perform in various locations throughout the city and trust me when I tell you it’s well worth it to travel downtown to see them.

5J Barrow represented Manhattan and had such strong chemistry between its band members. You could tell they were genuinely having fun and could communicate just by looking at each other. Their performance was high energy and a great way to start the show off.

From Staten Island, Leila Hegazy gave us a soulful performance as she masterfully tapped away at the keys of the piano. She also happens to be a close friend of one of my coworkers, so that was cool, too.

Out of Queens came Annika, a talented singer-songwriter who just finished up her junior year of high school. She made me regret the many (MANY) hours I spent sleeping when I was that age.

From Brooklyn, came the funky Hey Lady. Another high energy group with great chemistry, Hey Lady’s music had audience members swaying in their seats and clapping their hands.

Check out the slideshow below for photos of the performers.


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Bronx Battle of the Boroughs 2014

So I know this post is WAY overdue, but it’s because I moved! Of course, I’m still in the Bronx, but I’ll be sure to give more info in a later post.  Now, onto the good stuff.

Two weeks ago some of the Bronx’s most talented musicians graced the stage of The Greene Space to compete for the winning title to go against the top musician from each borough in the Ultimate Battle in June. This year’s contestants were:  August Hill,Flowfreequan ,Park After Dark,Nando Griffiths and Pure Fyah ,Stef Lebaux ,Bob Gaulke ,Angels in the Chamber ,Tatiana Scott ,Royal Khaoz ,Bryan Durieux Project , and Yurby.

If you read last year’s post, you’ll remember that Flowfreequan and Yurby both competed in last year’s battle.  I think they came back even better this year. And of course, if you missed last month’s Spotlight on Stef Lebaux, you can catch it here. You can watch videos of the show by visiting the Green Space’s website.

A clear fan favorite was Royal Khaoz ( as evidenced, of course by the fact that they won the most votes and will be representing the Bronx in June). As someone who doesn’t really listen to much reggae at all, I was definitely impressed by their charisma, ability to involve the crowd, and of course, their catchy music. I was singing their song way after the show was finished.

Another band that stood out to me was the Bryan Durieux Project. Their song “The Disappearing Act” was soulful and the kind of song that makes you unconsciously sway along. They had a likability factor that the judges picked up on as well.

I could go on and on about every musician, but we’d be here forever! Check out the photos of the show below:

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