Each year, Taste of Times Square visitors can enjoy live musical performances from a wide variety of artists as they sample food from some of Times Square’s best restaurants. See below for a list of the 2017 Taste of Times Square performers.
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!
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 the lead musician and song writer, producer, and audio engineer for the successful percussive driven group from New York City, Mecca Bodega. He’s led the group through amazing live performances at venues such as Lincoln Center, Woodstock, Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, and tours of the US and Australia as well as the completion of eight internationally acclaimed CD recordings. Whether it’s the soundtrack for HBO’s Subway Stories, compositions for directors Jonathan Demme and Spike Lee, or PBS documentary scores, Paul’s truly original songs and unique playing style have been heard around the world. As a studio musician, he’s featured on over 40 CDs/DVDs including sessions with Public Enemy, Stephen Stills, Branford Marsalis, Bill Laswell and Mike Doughty. Paul’s new solo CD release is “Floating On Land” and has been heard nationwide on over 120 National Public Radio Stations.
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!
Yut and the Hot Four - Yut and The Hot Four is a modern instrumentalist group that cover the greatest hit songs on their instruments. “Real Musicians. Real Music.” Yut and The Hot Four aims to successfully fuse popular music with classical techniques. They recognize music as a language without barriers and hope to spread their message throughout the world. They’ve opened shows for Cyndi Lauper, Robert De Niro, Kevin Spacey, Emmy Winning Violinist Damien Escobar, and others. On top of that they’ve been featured in The NYTimes, Daily News, aol.com, and many more. Yut and The Hot Four is the go to band of The New York Times and is a very sought out band in NYC. They are a very spirited group and give off a lot of raw energy in their performances.
Swing 46 - Located in the Entertainment Tent, Swing 46 presents a live jazz band with professional dance instruction from You Should Be Dancing Studios.
5:00 to 5:30pm Swing 46 DJ
5:30 to 6:15pm Live band
6:15 to 6:30pm Swing 46 DJ
6:30 to 7:10pm Dance Lesson
7:15 to 8:15pm Live band
8:15 to 9:00pm Swing 46 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 on 46th Street to see what the excitement is all about!
5:15 to 5:30pm
6 to 6:15pm
6:45 to 7pm
7:30 to 7:45pm
8:15 to 8:30pm
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)