City Life Org – Emerging Music Festival hosted by AdHoc featuring 95 Bulls, Benét, Dougie Poole, Talia Goddess and more – FREE June 24-25 at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Photo: Fadi Kheir

Picnic shows at Bryant Park

Emerging Music Festival

Organized by AdHoc

First come, first served

All Bryant Park Picnic Performances are FREE

Picnic shows at Bryant Park presented by Bank of America, the season of free live performances this summer continues with the Ad hoc-preserved Emerging Music Festival, featuring six up-and-coming bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their careers. The festival returns for the first time since 2019 on June 24-25 with thousands of music lovers filling the lawn of Bryant Park for the best new music in New York. Opening night on June 24 features the singer-songwriter Benetquirky country of Dougie Pooleand DIY pop songs with Daneshevskaya. Closing Party June 25 Features High-Octane Rock 95 bullsmulti-caesura creator and musician Goddess Taliaand the Afro-Mexican tropicalia with Queen Tropical.

Attendees can bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and drink vendors near the lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating list of local New York vendors organized by Hester Street Fair. Vaccinations and COVID-19 masks are not currently required, but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the year. was so necessary.

Performance details

Friday June 24, 7-10 p.m.

Benet, Dougie Poole and Daneshevskaya

Benet (Benét Nutall) is a singer-songwriter based in Richmond, Virginia. Raised in a family with musical accents, Benét’s melodic ear is finely tuned. “My mother always said ‘Don’t sing my part'”, says Benét. “I had to find another line while singing together.” Vocally challenged, Benét’s writing formed out of necessity an incredible sense of harmony. Beyond the obvious vocal talent, Benét’s vulnerable lyrics continue to haunt audiences long after the first piece. From an early age, Benét was drawn to creative mediums, immersing themselves in their local scene and dipping their toes into all mediums. Fast forward to the age of 21, Benét is acutely aware of how his upbringing, both in Virginia and on the internet, has impacted his music. Social media has not only informed how they create, but also who they create with. Connecting with artists online has allowed them to expand their musical boundaries and make friends along the way. Benét’s previous releases include “Stan Account”, a double single released last year with Richmond-imprint, Citrus City.

from Brooklyn Dougie Poole puts its quirky stamp on country music, mixing weird bedroom pop textures with a love for classic honky tonk and lonely, earthy songwriting. Her self-released, home-recorded debut album, wide highwaylanded him a contract with Wharf Cat Records, which released his more extensive follow-up, The blues of freelancing, in 2020. Originally based in Providence, Rhode Island, Poole moved to Brooklyn and immersed himself in New York’s indie underground, blending his old-school country influences with synth pop and experimental music. . Crooning in a low baritone over drum machines, steel guitar and ambient synths, he created a kind of bedroom country vibe with his 2016 Olneyville System Special EP, then dubbed the atmospheric approach for its 2017 debut, wide highway. Earning plaudits for creating modern country music for a gender-averse young urban crowd, Poole shared shows with eclectic artists like Jerry Paper, Bong Wish and Drugdealer, a guest on the latter’s 2019 album. raw honey. After signing with New York indie Wharf Cat, he recorded his second album in 2020, The blues of freelancingwhich featured a full band and leaned more towards the organic side of country music.

Under his nickname Daneshevskaya, Anna Beckerman writes tough and tender songs about loving goodbyes. These are not necessarily break-up anthems. Some may be addressed to a lover, but most relate to friends and acquaintances, those people whose lives briefly cross paths with yours before following their own path elsewhere. Bury your horses, her debut EP, finds meaning in those absences and finds hard-earned contentment with dwindling memories. “Thank you for leaving, you have no idea how much fun it was,” she sings on “Right About It,” her mournful but powerful voice like an acoustic guitar subtly mimics the rhythm of a racing heart.

Saturday June 25, 7-10 p.m.

95 Bulls, Goddess Talia, Reyna Tropical

During the summer of 2020 in quarantine, 95 bulls was formed by five friends from different bands (Ashjesus, The Mystery Lights, Smock, Bipolar and Jelly Kelly) somewhat by accident. They all wanted to make music for fun while their bandmates were scattered, but with two pennies to their names, they fell in love and decided it was best to write a record and get married. The rock and roll band turned accidental and determined have shared bills with Wavves, Sheer Mag, Dirty Fences and Sunflower Bean to name a few and are eagerly awaiting the release of their first record in June 2022.

19 years old Tayahna Walcott (Goddess Talia) is a multifaceted artist and designer from Brooklyn, New York, with Guyanese and British roots. She fuses her many talents as a self-taught singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, producer, DJ, model, multi-instrumentalist, creative entrepreneur and community leader to galvanize the next generation of creatives and drive culture forward. Since the age of six, she has been engaged in the arts, using her talents to express herself and bring people together from all walks of life. Recently, Talia graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, launched her record label and creative agency TRANCE, and has collaborated with several world-renowned publications and brands such as vogueWonderland, Refinery29, Nike, Dazed, Tommy Hilfiger, MCM, iD, Converse, AWAKE NY and MCM.

Queen Tropical are made up of Mexican expats Fabiola Reyna and Sumohair. The duo met as part of Red Bull Music Academy’s Bass Camp at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2017, chosen as two of 20 up-and-coming producers and musicians nationwide. It was there that they bonded over their love for the tropical diaspora and began experimenting with their unique songwriting process: a process of pure improvisation consisting of a four-hour session per song aimed at capturing the moment and the environment. Today, Reyna Tropical merges her passion for social justice and community organizing with the space and opportunity she can create through her music. Like the band’s slogan, “Queer Love & Afro-Mexico” is dedicated to raising awareness and fundraising on issues related to the environment, including indigenous rights, Afro-Mexican rights, women missing and murdered indigenous people, and the many injustices that live within and between the spectrum of Queer Love & Afro-Mexico. With the continued support of artists such as Bomba Estéreo, Lido Pimienta, Portugal The Man and Y La Bamba, Reyna Tropical has also been recognized by Remezcla (Reyna Tropical: A Queer Love Revolution), Grimy Goods (Reyna Tropical Pay Tribute To The World’s Bodies Of Water And Life On Sublime New Ep Sol Y Lluvia), and NPR’s 2022 artists to watch.

Complete the Bryant Park Picnic Performance Line lists

May June

May 27: New York Opera: The Barber of Seville

June 3: Contemporary dance: AThomasProject and Ephrat Asherie Dance

June 4: Contemporary Dance: Ariel Rivka Dance and The missing element

June 10: Contemporary dance: EMERGE125 and Ayodele Casel

June 11: Contemporary Dance: Ballet Hispánico Social Latin Dance Class, Music of the Sole and Heginbotham Dance

June 17: New York Opera: Pride in the Park

June 24: Emerging Music Festival organized by AdHoc – Benét, Dougie Poole and Daneshevskaya

June 25: Emerging Music Festival organized by AdHoc – 95 Bulls, Talia Goddess and Reyna Tropical


July 1: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

July 8: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project

July 15: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers

July 22: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta

July 23: Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band

July 28: artists to be determined

July 29: Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay


August 5: Performers to be determined

August 12: New York Opera: The traviata

August 19: Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang

August 26: Habibi Festival: Esraa Warda & The Châab Lab, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO

August 29: The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage


September 2: New York Opera: Lucia of Lammermoor

September 8: Steinway artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans

September 9: Harlem Classic Theater

September 16: Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and more

September 17: American Symphony Orchestra

About Bryant Park Corporation

Bryant Park Corporation (CPC), a private, non-profit corporation, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by revenue from events, concessions and sponsorships, as well as an appraisal of neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security, sanitation and horticulture services, BPC offers restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms and a wide range of free events throughout the year. Midtown Manhattan Park is visited by more than 12 million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. the BPC website, bryantpark.orgoffers more detailed information and a calendar of upcoming events.

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Subway location and directions:

Bryant Park is located behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.

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