Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn Throwdown

Friday, March 5, 2010

7:00 PM

Perform. Spectate. Party. Vote. Be there! New York has talent and WNYC’s new street-level performance space is the place to find it this year.

Join us on First Fridays in The Greene Space for a showdown series designed to bring out the best undiscovered bands and ensembles of all genres: instrumentalists, singers, DJs, spoken word artists and performance artists in the five boroughs.

Did we mention it’s also a party?

First Fridays in The Greene Space, MC’d by radio host Terrance McKnight, are a great way to start your weekend. Come out to discover new performers, support your local favorites — and enjoy beer, wine and snacks on the house.

Voting: The first round of voting will take place exclusively with our Greene Space in-house audience to determine the top five artists of the night.  At 9am on Saturday, March 6, the top five artist’s performances will be put online at and open voting will begin.  Only one vote will be permitted per person.  Voting will be closed at 11:59pm on Sunday, March 7. The winner of the Brooklyn “Battle of the Boroughs” will be announced Monday, March 8 at 4pm on Twitter, The Greene Space Facebook page, and on the official Greene Space website.


SoundHouse Band performing Molly’s Ghost with artists Jesse Nathaniel Reed, David Ciolinio-Volano, Gabriel Luce, Patrick Deeney, Wayne Tucker

neoLIT ensemble performing Café Music Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano composed by Paul Schoenfield with artists Amelia Lukas, flute; Erin Svoboda, Clarinet; Masha Lankovsky, Violin; Aminda Asher, Cello; Katya Mihailova, Piano

Jean Rohe Band performing Lead Me Home with artists Jean Rohe-vocals, percussion; Ilusha Tsinadze, guitar; Liam Robinson, accordin; Benjy Fox-Rosen, bass; Aaron Shafer-Haiss, percussion

Francis Jocky performing Tell Me Why vocalist on piano

Kagero Band performing My Little Bonita with artists Kaz Fujimoto, J. Whitney, Rob Simpson

Flutronix performing Stacked with artist Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull

My Cousin, the Emporer Band performing A Long Way from Home with Jason Reischel, Terry Quire, Chris Gogan and Alex Wyat

Mara Levi performing Hey Mister, vocalist

Shelley Nicole’s blaKbushe Band performing Out of my Mind with Shelley Nicole, lead vox; Jerome Jordan, guitar; Ganessa James, bass; Jeff Jeudy, guitar; Shawn Banks, percussion, Achuziam Maha, backing vox; KiKi Hawkins, backing vox; Matsu, drums; V. Jeffrey Smith, horns

Sky White Tiger Band performing Sitting on Top of the World with artists Louis Schwadron, Lead Vocal; Casio Previa, Taylor Acoustic Guitar; Kevin Garcia, Drums; Kyle Sanna, Electric guitar, backing vocals; Rob Lundberg, Electric Bass; Michael Cassedy, Nord Lead synth, Novation synth

Under the Rasta Influence Band performing Don’t Underestimate my Love with Donovan Ernest, lead vocals; Russ Mitkowski, drums; Tim Shipman, guitar; Sean Lewis, bass; Mike DeRosa, keyboard; Taylor Cannizzaro, cello / backup vocals; Whitney Brown, backup vocals

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The Battle of Boroughs continues as follows:

Manhattan: April 2 (lineup announced March 22)
The Bronx: April 30 (lineup announced April 19)
Staten Island: May 7 (lineup announced April 19)
Queens: June 4 (lineup announced May 24)

Ultimate Battle: June 18 (lineup announced June 7)

In partnership with

Asian American Arts Alliance Bronx Council for the Arts Brooklyn Arts Council Brooklyn Museum Bronx Indie Artists Council of the Arts and Humanities Staten Island Harlem Arts Alliance LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Queens Art Express Queens Council on the Arts Queens Museum

Hosted by:

Terrance McKnight