Arts Brookfield
Ryan Muir

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

NEW YORK, NYArts 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 Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place.

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 Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 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 of 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 Felu 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, and soul. Closing out the festival is headliner Drive-By Truckers the Southern alt-rock band 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.

What:            Lowdown Hudson Music Fest

Where:         Brookfield Place – Waterfront Plaza
230 Vesey St., New York

Date:             July 12, 13, 2016

Time:            Doors 5:00 p.m. 

Presenter:    Arts Brookfield


Cost:             FREE, no tickets or reservations needed
For more information about the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest at Brookfield Place New York, visit

ABOUT Arts Brookfield

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.

ABOUT 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:

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