If you live in New York, then you might want to consider putting your headphones around your neck when you get to your subway station. Otherwise, you will miss some pretty awesome live music. Two dozen carefully handpicked artists will be providing your morning routine the proper soundtrack, so that your day gets the amazing start it deserves.
We’ve all been there, making our way to work and all of a sudden this fantastic band starts playing and we stop for a few moments, for a few minutes, whatever we can spare in the rush of the AM. Most of the time, it’s unbelievable how good some bands are and there they are, playing in a subway station.
If you think about it, the exposure that bands get by playing in a crowded subway station is enormous. Especially in a city like New York, where thousands and thousands of people get to hear them in a mere half an hour. That is publicity that only being famous on YouTube could provide.
This is why the competition for playing in New York subway stations has just gotten fiercer. Over 300 bands have sent in audition tapes for the Music Under New York program conducted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
While it is illegal to play in subway stations without a permit, the MTA decided to see for themselves what the options were, so that they could issue permits to the best of the best only.
Out of these 300 amazing musicians, only 70 were asked to come in and audition live for the committee at the Grand Central Terminal. These 70 bands played everything from reggae, to classical music an blues. One band even played famous cartoon songs.
The committee was comprised of transportation officials, musicians and others and they carefully assessed all the participant in terms of skills, charm and suitability. In the end, about two dozen out of the 70 bands have managed to get the subway gig and they are all exited to start as soon as possible.
“The world needs more good food and good music. When you have those two, everyone’s happy,” said jazz band Sunnyside Social Club drummer, Gregory Morgan.
The MTA says the average number of people who ride the New York subway every single day is somewhere along the lines of 5,6 million. This is why the main thing that these bands stand to gain is exposure and popularity.
Secondly, this is also a chance to make some money, but as the experienced subway musicians say, that should never be something that they focus on. The most important thing is to have fun with it.
So next you know you’re getting on the subway, leave 5 minutes early so you have a bit more time to enjoy the New York subway show. Try to eye a spot where you can stop a bit and get your morning exercise by dancing a bit. That is bound to make the perfect start of a beautiful day.
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