25 Bands Win Approval to Perform in NY Subways

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Members of the Mariachi Flor de Toloache, prior to performing (photo by Kate Hinds)

(New York, NY -- Abbie Fentress Swanson, WNYC Culture) A 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.

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, gypsy, 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

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