This is part of the Make Music New York coverage from our time walking around during MMNY, a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts. These are the reviews of the bands we saw, as part of our overall coverage this summer of the music fest that kicks off the summer every year in New York.
During MMNY, bands bring their own equipment and many play from generators.
It’s great! It’s like being back in high school in the back yard parties where so many bands actually get their start. But with MMNY, bands set up with generators on the streets of NYC. Some play acoustic with no mics, and the punk r0ckers took over Staten Island.
One of the bands we saw was Center City Duo, and you can hear a live song by Center City Duo that we captured with our zoom mic.
We didn’t catch the name of the song, but the singer dedicated the song to a girl in the crowd. Right in the beginning of the song you can hear a city bus stop to pick up passengers. Listen for the “beep, beep, beep,” as it lowers to let a handicapped individual on the bus.
Center City Duo, is a blues/rock band that consists of guitar and drums. The members met at Berklee College of Music in July, 2007, where they learned to play guitar and drums, and ever since the duo has been playing and performing music together. They are now Jazz Performance majors at University of the Arts, and Raw Thoughts caught their performance live in the middle of Lincoln Center.
Hearing the sounds of the city mixed in with music is a great thing, because the city sounds are like a cacophony playing a continuous song, and on June 21, every year the longest day of the year, MMNY takes over the sounds of NYC.
Maybe next year you’ll find yourself wandering around NYC on June 21 and wonder where all the music is coming from?
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