Enjoy live musical performances from a wide variety of artists as you sample food from some of Times Square’s best restaurants.
See the list of 2015 performers below as you get ready for this year’s Taste of Times Square, and check back soon for a list of the 2016 performers closer to the time of the event.
New York City's Best Street Performers
Baby Soda Jazz Band - Baby Soda is on the forefront of a new movement loosely known as street jazz; with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel. The ensemble doesn't desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group made up of New York's finest musicians; featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and the unique one string box bass. The band has performed at some of New York's finest venues such as The Village Vanguard, Barbes, The Knitting Factory and the Jalopy Theater. In addition to their busy schedule of club dates, Baby Soda loves performing on the street and in the subway. This allows them to hone their skills and bring the music directly to the people. Both Pediatrics and Geriatrics agree, Baby Soda is the sure cure for the aches and pains of the modern world!
Don Witter Jr - This year marks the 19th year that Mr. Witter has been a performing member of The Music Under New York program, sponsored by the MTA. He has spent his life introducing the general public to the magic of the Classical Guitar and its repertoire through many concerts in the New York Public Library System.
The Ebony Hillbillies - The Ebony Hillbillies are not only one of the last black string bands in America, they are the only string band based in NYC. Consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle, they have successfully created a following that has crossed over to audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaining their grassroots credibility. Their 19th century string band sound was popular in the 1920's and 1930's; and was a key element in the genesis of jazz and virtually everything after (blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock & roll, etc...). The Ebony Hillbillies' own extant CDs, 'Sabrina's Holiday', 'EH Sessions Vol.1 & 2', and 'I Thought You Knew' provide a great introduction to a largely forgotten cultural legacy.
Mariachi Citlalli - Mariachi Citlalli is an authentic mariachi band, based in New York, New York. Their mission is to provide their customers with excellent music and great customer service, all while helping you achieve what you have in mind. Their goal is to be able to deliver happiness with their music, to everybody!
Paul Mueller (Hammered Dulcimer) - Paul Mueller is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Choral Studies at Hunter College. A distinguished and versatile musician, he has excelled in choral, orchestral and operatic repertoire. Recent performances include Mozart's Vesperae de Solennes de Confessore in Italy, Vivaldi's Beatus Vir in France, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Spain and Mozart’s Requiem in Hungary. He has also appeared as guest conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Professor Mueller is the Music Director of the Greenwich Choral Society and past Music Director of the New Haven Chorale. In addition to conducting, he remains active as an organist/harpsichordist and is involved with research projects which embrace French choral and vocal repertoire of the nineteenth century.
Sean Grissom - Sean Grissom "Cajun Cello®" - One might ask, "what do you call a Texas-born, classically-trained cellist who just happens to be one of the hottest street, and subway entertainers?" The answer is Sean Grissom and his stripped-down, homemade electric cello. When Sean steps into the spotlight, the audience can expect a memorable new entertainment experience.
An international attraction with his hit one-man show O'Cello, Sean has travelled and performed before enthusiastic crowds in Japan, Canada, and throughout Europe. A proud member of MUNY, he has been the emcee for the annual MUNY auditions and has hosted and performed in a holiday vaudeville show at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Audiences love Sean's superhot, jazzy style of country, swing, rock, and cajun sounds, all delivered in his offbeat, vaudeville manner. Sean has produced and released seven recordings.
StreetMule - Marc Mueller is an imaginative Music Under New York (MUNY) subway musician performing for the past 19 years with the highly acclaimed percussive group Mecca Bodega. Co-founded with his brother Paul, the group’s unique hypnotic sound has been heard throughout the subway system with over 2000 performances to date in a majority of the MUNY locations. The group has touched audiences nationally and internationally including showcases in prominent venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall with Simon 7 (Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion), Merkin Concert Hall, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and the Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival. Mecca Bodega has been featured in award winning films, soundtracks, TV programs, commercials, dance scores, NPR broadcasts of New Sounds on WNYC Radio, a PBS street performance documentary and has composed music for directors including Jonathan Demme for the HBO movie Subway Stories; as well as appearing in the film. Marc has also been performing solo for the last 3 years, expanding his polyrhythmic craft as ‘StreetMule'. He has just released his new solo recording: Talkin’ True Da Tube. As “one of the best subway performers of 2013” (The Gothamist), StreetMule harnesses the New York City’s vibrant energy in a tribal soundscape that features Australian didgeridoo, Peruvian cajon (rhythm box), African shakers and Indian bells with voice effects played all at once!
Swing 46 Presents “George Gee Swing Orchestra”
with professional dance instruction provided by Arturo Perez (Dancing Turo)
The set list is as follows:
5:00 to 5:30 SWING46 DJ
5:30 to 6:15 Live Band First Set
6:15 to 6:30 SWING46 DJ
6:30 to 7:00 Dance Lesson
7:00 to 7:45 Live Band Second Set
7:45 to 8:00 SWING46 DJ
8:00 to 8:45 Live Band Third Set
8:45 to 9:00 SWING46 DJ
Drum Cafe - Drum Cafe is one of the world's leading interactive Team Building and Events Companies. It's interactive drumming is a powerful way to make any event unforgettable! Each person gets a drum. By connecting to the music and each other, they'll learn to work in harmony and experience the power of the group. Drum Cafe's success is proven in more than 20 countries and over 20,000 events. Come join Drum Cafe at Duffy Square to see what the excitement is all about!
Irving Louis Lattin - Native Chicagoan Irving Louis Lattin has been living in New York since 1982. He began playing at the age of 13. He grew up with the Blues & Gospel music of Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, BB King , Motown, Memphis/Stax and the British Invasion. He began writing songs when he was 17 and started playing the piano at 25. Now, at a ripe old age, he is still making the music he loves which is a blend of Rhythm & Blues, Pop & Funk. For the past nine years Irving has been actively writing songs for the Songs of Love Foundation", whose motto is "Music is Medicine". He writes personal (one time only) songs for sick children in hospitals all over the United States. He considers it a blessing to do this work. He has also sung and played in a string of local and national commercials.Irving has also done the usual touring of stages in Europe, Asia, Jamaica and Puerto Rico many times.Powerful as a live solo act on vocals and guitar, he has a surprising range in his song choices.As a bandleader Irving often plays with some of the best musicians in New York City. As a songwriter/artist he displays a strong and unique originality. Musically prolific, he often writes several songs at a time. His work in the R&B and pop music genre shows his amazing individuality.
Top Image Photo Credit (clockwise from top left): Ebony Hillbillies (Courtesy of Ebony Hillbillies); Duffy Square (Amy Hart for Times Square Alliance); Drum Cafe (Courtesy of Drum Cafe); Don Witter Jr. (Courtesy of Don Witter Jr.); Drummer (Amy Hart for Times Squrae Alliance)