Bronx Music Heritage Center announced the latest “Rock the Bronx” summer concert slate in the plaza outside the Bronx Music Hall (438 East 163rd Street). 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. Soccoli is a New York music stalwart who played drums for the band The Roxx and managed the drum departments of Sam Ash Music and Manny’s Music on the legendary 48th Street Music Row. Soccolli also has deep roots in the music industry as he has worked as a representative for Vic Firth Drumsticks, D’Addario Strings, Regal Tip Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads, supplying material to many musicians in the jazz scenes. , rock and Latin music.
On Saturday June 25, at 3 p.m., the series kicks off with two performances. The beginning of the series is Fort-Black, a duo of artists from the Bronx influenced by soul, rock, hip-hop, blues and afro-punk. Tracking is Black Lotus Ring known for its mix of soul, jazz, rock and R&B. 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.
On Saturday July 23, at 3:00 p.m., two female artists will fill the place. Francesca Lamantia Savoy 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. Then, 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.
Sunday, August 21 at 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 has a history of being the nexus between important music scenes – from the birthplace of hip hop to the center of salsa music,” said Elena Martinez, co-artistic director of the BMHC. “The young musicians in this series carry that banner into the 21st century by rocking and R&B in their own unique way, revitalizing the Bronx music scene.
Each show is presented in partnership with The underground FLC and The fox and the king. 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. For those unable to attend in person, a live stream will be available on the BMHC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bxmusic/. For more information, call (917) 557-2354.
These events are just three of the many cultural events organized by the BMHC. BMHC’s Bronx Rising! The series is a multi-disciplinary series that brings the cultural riches of the Bronx, past and present, to life through music, comedy, Q&A film screenings, poetry readings and spoken word events. The Bronx Living Legends series commemorates contributors to the borough’s unparalleled musical heritage throughout the decades, from doo-wop to hip-hop to Latin jazz. The BMHC also offers classes and exhibits throughout the year illuminating the borough’s rich and diverse cultural heritages that are known the world over.
The BMHC is managed by the non-profit association Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). Earlier this year, WHEDco received a $2.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to complete construction of Bronx Music Hall, which will be the future home of all BMHC programs when it opens later this year. 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. .
For the past decade, BMHC programming has taken place primarily at BMHC Lab, a showcase space for WHEDco’s Intervale Green affordable housing development.