Music for the masses
Music is an integral piece of this spirited event, with buzz-worthy bands performing continuously Saturday & Sunday on the main stage in Madison Square Park, adjacent to the Beer & Wine Garden and just across from Shake Shack . Live performances are free and open to all guests.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016
With a shared passion for country roots, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass and mountain music, singer/songwriter Elena Skye and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners front the NYC-based Demolition String Band. Their paths first crossed at an independent bookstore in Hoboken, N.J. co-owned and managed by Elena, and their after-hour jams led them to eventually form a band. With a truly memorable collection of songs, the Demolition String Band loves to thrill with their dangerous rhythm section, or pick and sing old-school around a single microphone while juggling banjo, mandolin and guitars. The duo is known for weaving rustic, taut harmony vocals with tall tales of truth, joy, heartbreak, and redemption.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Bernie Williams discovered his love for baseball and music at roughly the same time, when at the age of eight he fell in love with the sounds of a flamenco guitar his merchant-marine father brought home from Spain. Throughout Williams’ 16 years with the Yankees, his passion for music never waned, and the sound of his guitar would often be heard emanating from the clubhouse or during team flights. Whether acoustic or electric, a guitar was a constant presence in the star’s locker or equipment bag, and it was no surprise when he demonstrated how serious his musical pursuit was with the release of his first album, The Journey Within in 2003. The record featured fusions of jazz, rock and the tropical rhythms of Williams’ Latin heritage and was met with both strong critical praise and instant chart success- reaching #3 on Billboard’s “Contemporary Jazz Chart.”His second album, Moving Forward debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album in the country, and spawned two consecutive Billboard #1 singles, Go For It, and Ritmo de Otono. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album in 2009. In May 2015, the Yankees retired Bernie’s uniform number 51, cementing his legacy as an all-time Yankee great. Williams also just graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
In the summer of 2013, Josiah Leming had just completed a grueling tour of the United States. He relocated to Las Vegas where he began teaching himself to fingerpick on a small Martin guitar he’d received as a gift from a fan, and eventually found himself writing songs that fused the plainspoken poetry of American roots music with the emotional drama of Brit-pop. Josiah began performing the new songs live with guitarist Stephen Johnson and bassist/percussionist Josh Nyback. Under the name Josiah & The Bonnevilles, they landed a residency in LA that quickly garnered a devoted fanbase. The power of the live shows and the audience reactions inspired Leming to bring his new bandmates into the studio in LA with co-producer/mixer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Paul McCartney) to flesh out several tracks and finally complete work on the album Cold Blood.
Singer/songwriter David Ryan Harris has been performing since the 1980s, when he fronted the Atlanta-based rock group Follow for Nows. The band drew its inspiration from a wide stylistic palette – everything from Stevie Wonder-style soul to Bad Brains thrash to bluebeat bounce. Harris then produced and played guitar on ex-Arrested Development vocalist Dionne Farris’s 1995 debut, Wild Seed – Wild Flower. Harris also served as musical director of Farris’ live band before starting his own solo career in 1997. Harris then joined forces with former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and drummer Kenny Cresswell to form the Brand New Immortals, a power trio that generated substantial buzz over their full-length debut, Tragic Show, before returning to solo work. He has since released three albums – Soulstice, The Bittersweet and Lightyears.