It was a day of exploring in New York City and it’s fair to say that you are never that far from music in this city. Whether that be a busker in Central Park playing his saxophone, live music coming from the open door of a bar or the music blasting from the headphones of the person next to you on the subway.
I headed to Central Park on a beautifully sunny day to walk around and see what and who I would come across. Amongst the tourists and the joggers (so many joggers!) were the street performers and buskers. Some had huge crowds and some had a select few who really appreciated their talent. I definitely noticed that New York buskers are always incredibly talented musicians, I have yet to hear a not so good one.
In Central Park particularly I stopped to watch and speak to a couple of musicians, namely one soulful saxophone player. After I tipped him and we got chatting he asked, “hey now, do you like musicals?” to which I replied, “Of course, I love musicals!” He then started to play music from My Fair Lady with flair. He clearly loved playing that instrument. After exchanging hand shakes and smiles I moved on to see what else I found. I heard singers, saxophones, dance crews and more. It’s a vibrant place!
In the evening we went to Parkside Lounge Bar, which as I was told on numerous occasions, is a dive bar. When we got there it wasn’t much different to bars in the UK, it was full of people drinking, chatting and playing pool. A woman was having a drunken breakdown on the phone to someone just outside the bar. The bouncer and I exchanged amused looks and in we went. The bar had a separate room at the back for the music venue.
The small stage and slightly tacky decor added to the vibe of the room, it was intimate enough that the audience were interacting with all the musicians that took the stage. Harrison was playing her set and went down a storm with the crowd and I have to say that I would definitely head back to that venue. Sometimes the dive bars have the best atmosphere!
The next day I had been invited along to the Bowery Ballroom to watch a band called The Kin perform. The band are fresh off tour supporting P!NK and were clearly enjoying their headline shows. After meeting with my contact and failing to make the bouncers smile, we went onto the band’s tour bus to do the interview. The trio of two brothers and New York hand-drummer busker are definitely characters and made the interview hilarious and at times very random! Keep your eyes open for the interview which will be on the blog soon.
Next up is more interviews, more exploring and some meet ups with industry people! Don’t forget that you can follow me on Instagram to see more pictures from the trip.