It’s that time of year again- time for The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs. I had such a great time last year (you can read about my experiences here and here) and I know you will, too! The Manhattan battle was last week, but you can catch videos of the performances online. Make sure you buy your tickets early because they sell out FAST!
The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR Announces the Fifth Annual
“BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS”
Top Prize in Annual City-Wide Competition to Discover NYC’s Best Emerging Musical Talent Includes Guest Artist Appearance at Amateur Night at The Apollo
Series Kicks Off with the MANHATTAN BATTLE
on Friday, February 7 at 7pm
This year’s contestants drew from over 400 submissions that yielded a broad range of top performers from Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Manhattan. From Arabian-influenced metal and gypsy/cabaret to rock-reggae and an all-woman drum circle, the 60 musical acts that have been chosen as finalists span all genres and capture the energy of New York City’s music scene. These musicians represent their boroughs, their neighborhoods, and the distinctive cultures that make New York City what it is.
Beginning with the Manhattan Battle on Friday, February 7, followed by other borough-specific battles throughout the spring, these musicians will compete in Borough Battles at The Greene Space, WNYC and WQXR’s intimate and acoustically-superior street-level performance venue. The borough winners will go on to the final showdown, The Ultimate Battle, on Friday, June 27. The winners will be selected through votes from both the live studio audience and the online audience watching via live webcast. Voting will be available online at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace and via mobile phone by texting vote codes to 69866. Every Battle will be emceed by award-winning WQXR hostTERRANCE MCKNIGHT.
“It’s exciting that after five years, The Greene Space’s “Battle of the Boroughs” continues to attract such a high caliber of artists,” said McKnight. “In no other city is there such a high volume and range of undiscovered talent making great music in bars and basements, on the streets and in small clubs. Public radio has always been an avenue to finding new music. The Greene Space is thrilled to open its doors and showcase the best of the best live – in the space and online – giving these hardworking musicians a broader audience than they’ve often ever known.”
This year, insightful commentary will be provided by musicians, singers, industry executives, and WNYC and WQXR staffers, including:
- Helga Davis, Q2 Music contributing host, singer and featured performer in Philip Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach”
- Alicia Olatuja, Soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, and has performed often with artists such as Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans.
- Nick Sansano, Producer who has worked with Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and more
- Bob Power, Producer who has worked with Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Miles Davis, and more
- Tamar-Kali, Hardcore-Soul Queen
- Eren Cannata, Producer, Singer/Songwriter
- LaRonda Davis, President of The Black Rock Coalition
- Lindsay Cook, A&R Executive at RCA Records
The last act standing at the final battle will win an exclusive concert at The Greene Space with live video webcast, a four-hour professional, multi-track recording session, a gift certificate to Tekserve for $2,500, a professional photo shoot, a produced music video and a guest artist appearance at Amateur Night at The Apollo.
Audiences can support their borough and hear an eclectic mix of innovative talent from all across NYC during the following Battles in The Greene Space:
Friday, February 7: MANHATTAN
Matt Panayides Group—Jazz
Preachermann and The Revival—Atomic Soul
Léla Sophia—Indie /Pop
5j Barrow – Folk/Indie Rock
Sun Looks Down—Dream-Pop and Psychedelic Indie Rock
Julie Hill and Element Ensemble – Chamber Pop
Friday, March 7: QUEENS
Tati Ana–Electronic Rock
Born of Scars—Hard Rock
Nick Moran—Funky Blues
Jeneen Terrana—Folk Rock
Jim Wilson’s Ticket—Rock
Hypocrite and Slanderer—Rock
Friday, April 4: THE BRONX
August Hill—Hip Hop
Park After Dark—Rock
Nando Griffiths and Pure Fyah—Reggae
Stef Lebaux—Electronic/Trip hop
Gary Novikoff & Angels in the Chamber—Folk Pop
The Brian Durieux Project—R&B/Soul
Yurby– Alternative folk Rock/blues
Friday, May 2: STATEN ISLAND
Tom Cintula & The Buffalo 24—Acoustic Pop/Rock
Aerial Marie—Alternative Pop-Rock
Mike Fuego—Hip Hop
Canvas Radio—Acoustic Folk Rock
Frank Schiazza—Soul Pop
Rising Sun All Stars—Soul/Hip Hop
Friday, June 6: BROOKLYN
The Debutante Hour—New Soul/Pop
The Hue-man Ethnic Movement—Hip Hop
Dear Comrade—Indie Rock
Batala NYC—Drum Circle
Roberto De Parana—Bossa Nova
The Harmonica Lewinskies*–Blues Rock/Funk/Dad Rock
Friday, June 27: THE ULTIMATE BATTLE
Winners from Each Borough Compete for the Grand Prize
Where: The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR
44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
New York, NY 10014
Tickets: Tickets for all events are on sale now at www.thegreenespace.org/battle2014
One Borough: $15 ticket; $30 ticket includes open wine and beer bar.
All Borough Badges: $125 for VIP admission to all six battles with open bar.
Official Website: www.thegreenespace.org/battle2014
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