Wednesday 11 July 2012 — Thursday 12 July 2012
World Financial Center Plaza
New York, NY, United States
The festival is free to the public and is presented by Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the World Financial Center. The concerts will run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on both days.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Buddy Guy - At age 74, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound. He has been awarded 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and 6 Grammy Awards, including "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for his 2010 album Living Proof. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Quinn Sullivan - Quinn Sullivan is a 12-year-old blues guitar prodigy who has toured with Buddy Guy and been featured on several national television shows, including Ellen, Oprah, The Today Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
John Mayall - John Mayall is often referred to as the "Father of the British blues." Founded in the 1950s, his band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, has served as a launching pad for such legendary artists as Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, and many more.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Neko Case -Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Neko Case has developed a sound all her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop, and her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees.
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires - 63-year-old Charles Bradley released his debut album No Time For Dreaming in 2011 and has since gone on to win accolades for his haunting, soulful voice, and is one of the leading lights on the esteemed label, Daptone Records.
He's My Brother She's My Sister - Led by brother and sister Rob and Rachel Kolar, He's My Brother She's My Sister also includes tap dancer Lauren Brown and cellist Satya Bhabha. Together, they create a mix of folk, glam and western swing, and their live performances are full of dancing, humor, nostalgia, and great vibes.