Autumn’s cool air is steadily rolling into New York, but BMI heated things up with two smoldering nights of music. Teaming with Spin magazine and the CMJ Music Marathon Festival, BMI showcased 14 bands in two New York boroughs, introducing a wider audience to a bevy of rising troubadours.
On October 19 along with Spin, BMI showcased seven eclectic performers at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. Indie and mainstream music purists flocked to the showcase to see rousing performances by Fences, Hank and Cupcakes, Body Language, Bad Rabbits, Neon Hitch, The Golden Filter and Dan Black, the convergence of which supplied a night of indie, funk-charged sounds.
BMI invaded Brooklyn on October 20 with its CMJ showcase at Bar Matchless. The line-up included seven auspicious acts: progressive pop amalgamators Debutaunts; indie upstarts Lesands; raucous rockers White Belt Yellow Tag; Tennessee natives Heypenny; pop-rock-soul infusers Whale Tooth; experimental rock quintet Vanaprasta; and electro punk alchemists Deluka. The enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowd at the showcase re-affirmed BMI’s continued support of CMJ’s 30-year history of celebrating new music first.