Emerging Music Festival: Gemma, Odetta Hartman, Mikaela Davis, Acid Dad, EMEFE

August 19, 2016 | 5:00 pm | W 41st St and 6th Ave | New York, NY | All Ages | FREE!  
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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)

8pm – Acid 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)

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, photo ops, and interactive art 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.

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