Emerging Music Festival

Saturday, August 19, 4:00pm–10:00pm

Emerging Music Festival returns for its third year with rising New York-based bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their young careers. Thousands of music lovers pack the Bryant Park lawn for the city’s best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and more.

In weeks leading up to the event, media partner Paste Magazine brings many of the bands into their studios for live video sessions. Between sets attendees can play giant lawn games, learn to juggle, make colorful friendship bracelets with CraftJam, and purchase food and beverages from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair.

Breanna Barbara — Blues singer with striking vocal strength and rock that’s “undeniably the product of steamy Southern summers” (Consequence of Sound)

Super Yamba Band — classic Afro-funk, Afrobeat and psychedlic dance music

Cassandra Jenkins singer-songwriter’s laid-back yet “confident folk” (The Fader) mixes hushed, mellifluous vocals and wistful instrumentals

RIPS —70’s NYC rock and shoegaze inspired band “making a name for themselves” (Brooklyn Vegan) with energetic rock

Space Captain—seven-piece future soul ensemble creates “a planetary collision between otherworldly flights and earthly crawls… beautiful” (The Wire)

Maybird—Expansive and evocative rockers channel “fleeting youth and chasing dreams” (NPR)

Part of the Emerging Music Festival program.