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Discovering the City’s Best Undergound Music

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Matt Dallow auditioned for the MTA's Music Under New York program in 2011. Matt Dallow auditioned for the MTA's Music Under New York program in 2011. (Marlon Bishop/WNYC)

From drumming on plastic buckets to string quartets, New York City has a grand and varied tradition of people performing in the subway system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is helping keep this city ritual alive by looking for the best of the buskers to play.

On Wednesday, musicians will play their best songs in front of a panel of judges in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall in the hopes of being selected to be part of the MTA's Music Under New York program.

The program currently features some 370 musical groups that play in the MTA’s busiest spots. Aside from getting prime performing real estate, selected acts also get to use amplification to ensure that they are heard.

This year's Music Under New York auditions will be held on Wednesday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. The MTA will announce approximately 20 winners after Memorial Day.

Help WNYC discover the city's best underground music by snapping a shot or sending us a video clip of your favorite subway performance. Upload it below.

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