The MTA Is Adding To Its Rhythm Underground

By Monica Miller, WBGO News
New York City. May 13, 2013

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Guitarist James Metalarc at the 26th Annual MTA Music Under New York auditions

New York City is where many dreams are made, even underground. The MTA’S 26th annual auditions were held today to see who will make the cut to perform in the subway system.

From a string trio to psychedelic vintage blues guitar, roughly 70 acts have shown what they’re made of for a panel of judges who will decide who gets to join the MTA’s Music Under New York program.

Latin singer and dancer Jose Fernando from Inwood says getting to perform in front of millions of subway riders would be a thrill. He’s already figured out how not to get drowned out by the rumble of a subway train.

 “Between Eighth Avenue to Seventh Avenue, the big hole? When you’re singing, you don’t need to any microphone because it’s like the sound like when you’re in the bathroom, like it sounds amazing. It sounds the same way.”

The program presents roughly 7,500 performances each year at 30 different stops throughout the system An MTA spokeswoman says they’ll choose up to 25 performance acts. The winners will be announced in the next couple of weeks.


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