Catalpa NYC Music Festival Looking To Make Its Mark

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Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images

Catalpa New York City Music Festival is a brand spankin’ new festival striving to make it’s own unique mark on the NYC music scene.

Catalpa is working to set itself apart from other music festivals by presenting a wide array of musicians and genres. You can expect anything from Blues to Electronica to Reggae from 40 plus artists.

The headliners for the festival’s debut is The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg. Joining them are artists like Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, TV On The Radio, and Matisyahu.

Don’t like the band that’s playing? Well, you’re in luck because there’s plenty of other things going on!

Arcadia Spectacular – A sculpture based organization that takes old military metal scraps and turns them into works of art. Their piece “Afterburner” will be making it’s North American debut with 30ft flames and DJs playing from inside the sculpture.

Frisky’s Church of Sham Marriages – Don’t be fooled by the name, real marriages can take place here, too! You can walk down the aisle in this 60ft inflatable cathedral, complete with a pimp pastor, candy rings, and just married sashes for the newlyweds. Gay, straight, three-way, group, and even individual marriages are accepted. Creativity is encouraged as well.

Silent Disco Tent – Basically, it’s like a normal club except everyone has on wireless headphones dancing around.

The High Times Magazine Reggae Stage – Features The High Times Cannabis Cup Band along with guest artists, DJs, Nyabinghi drumming sessions, and, of course, Bob Marley tributes.

Art Installations – Includes art contributed by New York artists, European festivals, Burning Man, and Yoko Ono in order to achieve the goal of taking the audience out of their ordinary environment to something extraordinary.

Taste of New York at Catalpa – a variety of the best and most unique eateries in New York.

The festival runs July 28 & 29 at Randall’s Island Park, located between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. All ages are welcome into the festival.

Tickets range from $140 to $180 for both days. You can buy your tickets at the Randall Island Park box office or on the Catalpa website.


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