Bryant Park | Emerging Music Festival

Bryant Park Presents
Emerging Music Festival

"Bryant Park opens its lawn to five of New York City's most promising up-and-coming bands" - Village Voice

Emerging Music Festival returns for its second year with five on-the-rise New York-based bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their young careers. Thousands of music lovers pack the beautiful Bryant Park lawn for the city's best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and funk. Between sets attendees can play a variety of giant lawn games, learn to juggle, and purchase food and beverages from celebrated local vendors.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bryant Park Presents Emerging Music Festival returns for its second year, bringing you five of NYC's best up-and-coming bands for FREE! Grab a blanket and some friends, and come for a beautiful music-filled summer night on the Lawn.


Perhaps you've seen these rising talents covered in major music outlets or at venues around the city, but they're all coming together at Bryant Park. We've got an eclectic blend of funk, folk, indie rock, R&B, and more for your listening pleasure. Schedule below:

5pm - Gemma
The New York Times describes R&B/electronic duo Gemma as “a silky, poppy new project with plenty of open space, mid-'80s R&B hooks and gently skittering beats.” Their vibe pairs perfectly with a sun-soaked chill session on the Bryant Park Lawn.

6pm - Odetta Hartman
Indie songwriter Odetta Hartman delivers a “mix of ethereal folk, rootsy rock, and glitchy electronics, all anchored by her powerful voice” (Brooklyn Vegan)

7pm - Mikaela Davis
A harpist and songwriter who turns out “tuneful pop songs that showcase not only her highly proficient harp technique, but also attractive vocals that sound both vulnerable and assured” (Boston Globe)

8pmAcid Dad
After the sun goes down, we turn it up with psych-punk band Acid Dad, who deliver a “blistering live set that’s not easy to forget” (Consequence of Sound

9pm - EMEFE
Get ready to dance out the end of the festival with Afrobeat inspired funk band EMEFE, who the Village Voice described as a blend of “Fela Kuti–inspired Afrobeat with dashes of Prince- and David Byrne–channeling pop orchestration.” 


Music festivals aren't just about the music! Expect cornhole, juggling lessons, giant games, photo ops, and free flash tattoos to keep yourself occupied between sets.

We'll also have beer, wine, and amazing local food vendors to keep you energized to dance all night.

Emerging Music Festival is free and open to all ages. No tickets are required. Outside food and drink are welcome. Must be 21+ to purchase beer and wine.

Bryant Park Presents

Bryant Park Presents

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