The “Rock the Bronx” summer music series kicks off Saturday, June 25, with additional concerts July 23 and August 21 in the plaza outside the Bronx Music Hall, presented in partnership with The Fox and King inc. and the underground FLC.
BMHC is operated by the non-profit Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). The 14,000 square foot music hall will be the first newly constructed music venue to open in the Bronx in more than half a century. It will offer a variety of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for concerts, films, dance, live theater and spoken word events, as well as music and dance classes, serving 20,000 spectators and students in person every year at full capacity after the pandemic. .
The series features emerging artists from the borough and surrounding areas who span various genres bringing a variety of new sounds to the South Bronx throughout the summer. The series will be hosted by Marco Soccoli, a stalwart of New York music who played drums for the band The Roxx and ran the drum departments of Sam Ash Music and Manny’s Music on the legendary 48th Street Music Row. . The schedule for the show is shown below.
Blackfort & Black Lotus Band – June 25, 3:00 p.m.
Top of the line is Blackfort, a duo of artists from the Bronx influenced by soul, rock, hip-hop, blues and Afro-punk.
R&B and soul music group Black Lotus Band will follow. The band consists of vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Duo Greene from Manhattan, keyboardist Sean from the Bronx, bassist and guitarist K$tuss from Brooklyn and drummer V from Long Island.
Francesca Lamantia Savoy & Left in the Attic – July 23, 3:00 p.m.
Francesca Lamantia Savoy from A Multitude of Drops will start the show. Francesca and her band play both electric and acoustic music and formed in the Bronx in 2019.
Next, Left in the Attic, another Bronx-based trio will perform their style of garage band rock. They feature Jacks on guitar, Crissy on bass and Murphy on drums. The band members met in high school and have been performing together since 2008.
Duriex – August 21, 3:00 p.m.
Singer-songwriter and performer Duriex will close the series. They will be joined by other artists to be announced later this summer.
The Bronx used to be the hub of major music scenes, from the birthplace of hip hop to the center of salsa music. The young musicians in this series carry that banner into the 21st century by playing rock and R&B in their own unique way, revitalizing the Bronx music scene.
– Elena Martinez (co-artistic director of BMHC)
As seating in the square is limited, participants are invited to bring garden chairs. In the event of inclement weather, performances will move inside the Bronx Music Heritage Center, located at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, at 4:30 p.m.
Events at the Bronx Music Hall plaza are free. BMHC also provides a livestream on their Facebook page.