The Roots and Drive-By Truckers to Headline Lowdown Hudson Music Fest July 12 & 13

The Roots and Drive-By Truckers to Headline Lowdown Hudson Music Fest July 12 & 13

The Roots and Drive-By Truckers to Headline Lowdown Hudson Music Fest July 12 & 13

Arts Brookfield‘s annual Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returns for the sixth consecutive year to Lower Manhattan’s Hudson River waterfront this July 12 and July 13, 2016. Headlined by the legendary hip-hop band The Roots on Tuesday and Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers on Wednesday, the free summer festival is set at the picturesque Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza.

Launched in 2011 as the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, the two-day music lineup is a summer staple in New York, drawing more than 15,000 attendees annually. Previous headliners have included legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Neko Case, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, O.A.R., and the Robert Cray Band.

“Set on the stunning Brookfield Place Waterfront, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest is a highlight of New York City’s free summer concert offerings. We are thrilled to present an urban music festival in the heart of downtown each year,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director, Arts Brookfield. “This year’s stellar lineup joins the cadre of world-class blues, rock and roots musicians that have graced the Lowdown stage over the past 5 years.”

Opening Tuesday, July 12 is Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas, whose music is inspired by the funky diasporic protest sounds of Fela Kuti and Eddie Palmieri. Headliner The Roots formed in 1987 in Philadelphia by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, are known for their jazzy approach to hip-hop. Jimmy Fallon’s house band since 2009, The Roots have released 10 studio albums and two EPs, collaborating with many artists across musical genres, all to critical claim.

On Wednesday, July 13, Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter brings his storytelling acoustics to the Lowdown stage, followed by self-taught multi-instrumentalist and country blues singer-songwriter Valerie June‘s mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, soul, country and blues. Closing out the festival is headliner Drive-By Truckers, the Southern alt-rock band that fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that weave through history, politics and real life stories. DBT has become one of the most respected rock ‘n’ roll acts over the course of their 20 years.

For more information about the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest at Brookfield Place New York, visit

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Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit for a complete schedule of events.



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Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place NY is the apotheosis of luxury shopping, dining and cultural arts in downtown Manhattan. The complex is uniquely positioned just south of Tribeca along the Hudson River waterfront. International fashion houses including Hermès, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Omega, Ermenegildo Zegna, and contemporary fashion brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Michael Kors, Vince, Paul Smith, and Lululemon make Brookfield Place Downtown Manhattan’s most sought-after shopping destination. An 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open in 2016, revolutionizing the luxury shopping experience in the area. Best-in-class dining options include Hudson Eats, a curated collection of 14 chef-driven fast-casual eateries; Le District, a 30,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace and eight signature restaurants including Amada, and Parm. Complemented by the renowned cultural programming of Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Place is leading the transformation of the area as the premier destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information, please visit:





Lowdown Hudson Music Fest


Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza

230 Vesey St., New York


July 12, 13, 2016


Doors 5:00 p.m.


Arts Brookfield



FREE, no tickets or reservations required


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