25 Musical Acts Win Spots to Play Underground

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache was one of 25 musical acts chosen to join the MTA's Music Under New York program. The female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache was one of 25 musical acts chosen to join the MTA's Music Under New York program. (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

A Latin-ska-reggae fusion band, a female mariachi group and a wind quintet were among the 25 new musical acts selected to be part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Music Under New York program. They join some 370 groups allowed to play with amplification in the subway's busiest spots.

Sixty four acts auditioned for spots in the program in front of a panel of judges in Grand Central Terminal on May 16. (See the video below.)

Here's the full list of musicians chosen:

  • Acapella Soul - Male acapella
  • Afrikumba Utibe Drummers - Drum ensemble
  • Aria - Eclectic vocal and guitar duo
  • Petula Beckles - Gospel and jazz singer-songwriter
  • R. M. Bridgewell - Guitar, Mozart to Metallica
  • Allan Chapman - Guitar and vocals, originals & covers
  • Chicken Barn Heros - Bluegrass trio 
  • Jason Cordero - Piano, romantic classical
  • Keith Dorgan - Vibraphone and bass duo
  • Melissa Elledge - Accordion, classics to originals
  • Holliewood Ft. Venor - Alternative hip-hop duo
  • Emily Hopkins - Harp, classical to pop
  • Atsumi Ishibashi & Robin’s Egg Blue - Guitar and duo, pop and folk
  • Richie Kaye Music - Jazz duo
  • Karikatura - Latin, Roma, ska, reggae fusion band
  • Leah Laurenti - R&B and jazz singer
  • Buster Marengo - Piano, classical
  • Mariachi Flor de Toloache - Female mariachi band
  • Jeff Masin - One man band
  • Caesar Passée - Steel drums
  • Matt Pless - Singer-songwriter
  • Ryutaro Shibuya - Guitar, contemporary jazz
  • Nadine Simmons - Pop and gospel singer
  • Charles Tighe - Handpan player
  • Washington Square Winds - Wind quintet

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.

Here's a video of the auditions:


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [2]

lawrence from nyc


Jun. 05 2012 10:42 PM
Michelle from nyc

Looking forward to seeing them in the subway, along side my subway favorites: cellist Ming Jun, violinist James Grassec and the 'Saw Lady'. (This is the 'Saw Lady' if you don't know who I'm talking about).

May. 31 2012 06:50 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.



Supported by