The J&R Music Fest

J&R is a large electronics store located in lower Manhattan, directly across from City Hall. Founded more than 30 years ago as a record shop (“Mommy, what’s a record?”), music remains an important part of the store’s business and, for more than a decade, it has sponsored a small annual music festival in City Hall Park.

This evening’s program featured three performers: Javier, a new singer/songwriter with his roots in R&B music, J. Holiday, a sleepy-eyed heartthrob with a hip-hop edge and Suzanne Vega, who writes and sings of city life and is best known for “Luka,” her 1987 hit about a battered child.

Each singer attracted such a different audience that the park emptied out — and was refilled by a new crowd, ready for the next artist — at the end of each set. And, of course, each performance was followed by an autograph-signing session at the J&R store.

J. Holiday onstage

J. Holiday singing a Stevie Wonder song

Javier with his guitar

Javier singing

Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega sings Tom’s Diner

J&R Music Fest
MySpace: J. Holiday
The Official Community of Suzanne Vega

5 Responses to The J&R Music Fest

  1. moi says:

    this is i think the first time i am seeing black and white images on your blog and i love them ..


  2. Olivier says:

    tu as de la chance, j’adore Suzanne Vega et je suis content de son retour. Son dernier album est vraiment tres bon

    you have chance, I adore Suzanne Vega and I am content with his return. Its last album is really very good


  3. photowannabe says:

    My ignorance is showing all over the place. I’m afraid I have never heard of any of the performers. You captured excellent pictures of them and black and white was the right choice.


  4. Hi An BlatherBrookyn,

    Hey I like this individual close-ups photo’s from singers, Don’t know them all (who’s Javier?) I like Susan Vega’s music and YOU? Which one do you like most?

    Greetings JoAnn 🙂


  5. z says:

    Ms. Vega is looking very good! I have the first three albums from her, maybe it’s time to check out her new works.

    Aside (apropos comments): Isn’t it interesting what happens to the genders of pronouns upon translation to English from French? *intrigued*


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