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.