LIVE: The New Music Festival @ Empire State Plaza, 9/713
Photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by Richard Brody
Granted, the name “New Music Festival” sounds more than a bit generic, but it’s certainly a better moniker for the end-of-summer bash than the previous “Local Legends Live.” Especially considering that this year only two of the five bands on the bill – twang-timin’ guitarslinger Graham Tichy and the garage-rockin’ Mysteios – hail from the Local 518.
The LA-based Superhumanoids grabbed the middle-slot on the fest, and neo-soul-stirrer Mayer Hawthorne closed out the day as the headliner in fine fashion. But it was the scorching penultimate set by pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph & the Family Band that undeniably stole the show, tearing through old funk ‘n’ soul favorites and rip-snorting selections from his rollickin’ new album Lickety Split.