“Rock the Bronx” summer music series kicks off on Saturday, June 25th, with additional concerts on July 23rd and August 21st on the plaza outside the Bronx Music Hall, presented in partnership with The Fox and King inc. and the Underground FLC.
The BMHC is run by the nonprofit Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). The 14,000 sq. ft. music hall will be the first newly constructed music performance venue to open in the Bronx in more than a half century. It will offer a variety of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces for concerts, film, dance, live theater, and spoken word events, as well as music and dance classes, serving 20,000 in-person audience members and students annually at full capacity post-pandemic.
The series features emerging artists from the borough and the surrounding area that span various genres bringing a variety of new sounds to the South Bronx throughout the summer. The series will be emceed by Marco Soccoli, a New York City music mainstay who played drums for the band the Roxx, and managed the drum departments at Sam Ash Music and Manny’s Music on 48th street’s legendary music row. Show lineup is showed below.
Blackfort & Black Lotus Band – June 25th, 3:00pm
Leading off the series is Blackfort, a duo of artists hailing from the Bronx influenced by soul, rock, hip-hop, blues and Afro-Punk.
Following up is the R&B and soul music band Black Lotus Band. The band is comprised 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 23rd, 3:00pm
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.
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 the drums. The band members met in high school and have been performing together since 2008.
Duriex – August 21st, 3:00pm
Singer-songwriter and performer Duriex will close the series. They will be joined by other performers to be announced later in the summer.
The Bronx has a history of being the nexus of important music scenes—from being the cradle of hip hop to the center of salsa music. The young musicians in this series are carrying that banner into the 21st century playing rock and R&B on their own terms, revitalizing the music scene of the Bronx.– Elena Martinez (co-artistic director of the BMHC)
Seating in the plaza is limited, so attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the performances will move inside the Bronx Music Heritage Center, located at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, at 4:30pm.
Events on the Bronx Music Hall plaza are free. BMHC also provides a livestream on their Facebook page.