Public Programming Archive: Music

2016 Summer Festival Music Program



8:30-10 pm, Spanglish Fly @ THE LANTERN


12-1 pm, Lea Chiara @ GRIDLEY LAWN
1-2 pm, Cole Quest & the City Pickers @ GRIDLEY LAWN
2-3 pm, Lady Moon & Eclipse @ GRIDLEY LAWN
3-4 pm, Mail the Horse @ GRIDLEY LAWN
6-7 pm, Breastfist@ LUTHER BARN STAGE
7-8 pm, 79.5 @ LUTHER BARN STAGE
8-9 pm, PitchBlak Brass Band @ LUTHER BARN STAGE
9-10 pm, People’s Champs @ LUTHER BARN STAGE
10-11 pm, Phony Ppl @ LUTHER BARN STAGE
11 pm – 12 am, Scott + Tim DJ Set @ THE LANTERN


12-1 pm, Otto’s Djam Gong Gamelan @ GRIDLEY LAWN
1-2 pm, Dan Zanes@ GRIDLEY LAWN





79.5 drips silky, raw-honeyed R&B emotion and radiates luxurious triple-female vocal harmonies. Their voices erupt into soulful solos riding over the sonic fabric of slick, heavy-hitting beats & bass silhouetted by organ, percussive funk guitar, and lavish tenor sax & flute. 79.5 blends future sounds and tones with elements of 90s R&B, psych rock, and soul, creating a sound entirely their own. In April 2016, 79.5 signed with Big Crown Records, and recorded their first LP, produced by Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs).



Blue Breastfist

This funky gang of freaks hails from Brooklyn, NY. Since 2007 they have been carefully honing their sexy grooves, infectious hooks, and creamy vocal spreads to create a strangely original sound. Breastfist has built an international cult-like following due to their catharsis-inducing live shows and their much heralded 2012 debut album, Tickly Shimmers.


Cole Quest and City Pickers

Cole Quest and the City Pickers performing Roots Music in the Music Room at Caramoor in Katonah New York on October 17, 2015. (photo by Gabe Palacio)

Cole Quest and the City Pickers performing Roots Music in the Music Room at Caramoor in Katonah New York on October 17, 2015.
(photo by Gabe Palacio)

Cole Quest and The City Pickers are a group of New York City musicians connected by friendship and a love of bluegrass. Cole Quest, grandson of the folk icon Woody Guthrie, has brought together a collection of eclectic pickers who have gained recognition on the local scene. Performing both Quest’s original tunes as well as traditional favorites, The City Pickers bring their special brand of high-spirited talent to the stage, with up-beat, knee slapping energy and a high lonesome sound that’ll leave you wanting more.

After recording their debut album at NYC’s renowned Magic Shop studio, they’re ramping up for a July 2016 release. Having shared bills with acts such as Lucinda Williams, Parker Millsap, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Sierra Hull, The Brothers Comatose, and Michael Daves, you can catch them playing all over the northeast region.


Dan Zanes

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Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes entertains all-ages audiences with his soulful, handmade family music. He creates the sound of modern-day America with deep roots and a fresh spirit that inspires audiences to sing and dance with wild abandon. In the song Gusto Hour, Dan performs a mix of traditional and original songs in a style New York Magazine described as “…the happiest concert vibe since Woodstock. With a lot less mud.”



Lady Moon & The Eclipse


Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural six-piece collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, their music sheds light on social issues. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explores relevant topics through a unique tapestry of cultural perspectives.


Mail the Horse

Mail the Horse

Mail the Horse is a country clunker of a five-piece careening down a highway laid to waste with Stones psychedelia and heartbroken hymnals, the tailpipe stuffed with marigolds. Recorded with Hunter Davidsohn (Porches, Frankie Cosmos) at Business District Recording in Western New York, their new EP, Magnolia channels the vibes of mid to late 70s Stones and elements of Springsteen.

The album’s sonic resonance with the rock Gods of the past should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen Mail the Horse live. Their songs simmer with a sincerity and twang that has blown the doors off of basements in Brooklyn and captivated crowds at festivals across the country. Their pedal steel player slinks through the tunes while the band’s two crooners belt out anthems and spellbinding harmonies with a casual gaze.

Born in a basement apartment known affectionately as the Gates Motel on Gates Avenue in Bushwick, Mail the Horse has been playing the kind of rock and roll that makes lady-mullets stand on end since 2010 and are set to explode into the summer of 2016. Magnolia is the strike-anywhere match brushing seductively along the dusty edges of the powder keg.


Phony Ppl


Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can’t decide. Since throwing warehouse shows around New York in 2011, the six Brooklyn natives have tossed together vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop which evokes a newfound genre-less form of music originating in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home studio where the band begin making music together in high school. Co-founded by lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, whose brother Bari is the bassist, the band self-released hits like “Why iii Love the Moon” which is featured in EA Sports’ NBA Live 16 and “End of the Night,” and was praised by none other than Tyler the Creator as one of his favorite songs of 2016. The dynamic sextet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and drummer Matthew Byas with raps provided by Sheriff PJ. Together they have been direct support on tours with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots. Their most recent effort, 2015’s “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” gained rotation on BBC1 and Odd Future Radio, and the L.A. Times applauded it’s “meteoric rise” via social media, with the album peaking at #6 on the iTunes R&B chart. The band is currently recording and will be releasing a new, and as of now untitled, follow up LP in 2016.


PitchBlak Brass Band

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PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture.


People’s Champs


People’s Champs combines the hottest dance rhythms from West Africa and South America with retro-futurist synth tones, crafting them into indie songs with Stevie Wonder-esque lyrics. With their “crazy ass genre mash ups” (Blakbook), People’s Champs’ truly original sound is equal parts Sharon Jones, tUnE-yArDs, Os Mutantes, William Onyeabor, and Prince. Critics are calling People’s Champs a “New York supergroup!” (Lucid Culture) and “Well on their way to becoming NYC’s de facto Funk and Afrobeat experience” (Deli Magazine).


Lea Chiara and The Paper City Picture Show


Lea Chiara is a singer/songwriter who grew up in the rich music scene of western Massachusetts. She spins soulful story-songs about her travels across the Americas, Asia & Europe. She also studies the wing patterns of rare birds of prey, loves flying with sea turtles in the Caribbean and following the constellations. She plays with a revolving cast of characters called the Paper City Picture Show.


Spanglish Fly


SPANGLISH FLY “single-handedly reviving sixties bugalú in NYC” (NBC New York), the mix of Latin and soul/R&B music that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, a/k/a “El Barrio”–an irresistible hybrid that blends traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the harmonics of 60s-era soul. Spanglish Fly “roars through covers, originals, and transformations of previously untouched soul hits” (Village Voice), paying homage to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation, adding a contemporary perspective to the music while maintaining its timeless groove.

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