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Wagner Park blues series starts this Thursday

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The Battery Park City Authority will host four weeks of its 20th annual River and Blues series at Wagner Park on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, with the concerts starting at 7p. All shows are free and open to the public. Prior to each performance, from 6 to 7p, DJ Susan Z. Anthony will spin an eclectic mix. Here’s the lineup:

THURSDAY, JULY 11 – SON LITTLE
Son Little captivates audiences with a magical mix of acoustic and electric guitar that crosses genres yet remains deeply rooted in the blues. Drawing from collaborations with artists such as RJD2, The Roots, and Mavis Staples, Son Little’s own inspirational sound shines through on his second full length release, 2018’s New Magic. Whether a long-time fan or new to experience his music, don’t miss this tender, gritty, always genuine and powerful performance by one of today’s most exciting live artists.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 – LOW CUT CONNIE
The contagious joy of a Low Cut Connie show starts onstage and quickly spreads throughout the crowd. The rootsy, soulful sounds explode into high-octane, red-blooded, American rock-and-roll driven by the pounding piano of front man Adam Weiner. They will be performing songs from five studio albums, including their latest release Dirty Pictures (Part 2), which Rolling Stone describes as “a stand-alone triumph of missionary zeal.”

THURSDAY, JULY 25 – THE WAR & TREATY
Tanya and Michael Trotter, the powerhouse duo better known as The War and Treaty, are one of the most intriguing rising acts on the Americana and roots music scene. Healing Tide, their latest album, showcases the depth of their musical and personal pasts. Their passionate, vulnerable and unrestrained live performances are not to be missed!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 – AMYTHYST KIAH
Rising star Amythyst Kiah’s Tennessee-influenced Americana roots music showcases her deliciously fluid and powerful voice reminiscent of greats such as Odetta and Tracy Chapman. Her adept banjo and guitar picking skills create unique takes on classics while exhibiting a style all her own. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this hypnotizing emerging talent.



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