The 19th century British writer and critic Walter Pater famously said: “All art continuously aspire to the condition of music.” Music alone can be very powerful… add a well written lyric to the mix and the fireworks will light you up.
I LOVE live music! I love playing for people, watching their faces and feeling their energy. I love experiencing live music too. So, when I was invited a few years ago to help develop and curate musical shows at Schimmel Center here in NYC I jumped at the chance. I worked on several memorable events but none more personally satisfying than If These Wall Could Talk: Celebrating the Life and Times of The Bottom Line, which we staged over two nights in October of 2017.
Now, I’m thrilled to tell you about The Crossing Bridges Music Festival happening on May 10 and 11. I developed this festival with Schimmel’s Executive Director Martin Kagan and Marketing Director Kerry Tucei. My idea was to kick off the festival season by presenting an eclectic mix of songwriters that are generationally and culturally diverse. As each artist brings their fan-base to the fest, their fans will discover other artists whom they may not have heard about. As WFUV one of our presenting partners likes to say “music discovery starts here!”
On Friday night May 10 we present:
On Saturday night May 11 we present:
On Saturday afternoon May 11 we’ll be having a song writers circle hosted by WFUV’s John Platt featuring:
- Dom Flemons
- The Kennedy’s
- Janie Barnett
- Abbie Gardner
I’ll be hosting the main stage shows on Friday and Saturday. Leading up to the show, I’ll be blogging about these artists and more. Hope to see you there!