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From New York City to the world...

I have been riding the New York City subways since the mid-1960s (remember tokens?) and to be honest, I cannot recall seeing any musicians or singers performing in the system at that time. Perhaps I did not visit the city enough back then (I lived in New Jersey as I do now) or the performers were simply not there when I was on the various platforms and stations. I do recall, however, seeing many, singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, and mimers in the late 1970s and many left an impression on me.

They reminded me of my days in elementary and high school when it seemed every neighborhood street corner had a group singing under the evening sun and later, under the streetlights. My friends and I tried to do the same but, well, let's just say we weren't good enough. But more than a few of the really good groups went on to make records.

Much later, when I began to commute to New York City on a daily basis and lived there for a number of years, I became aware of the many artists and the range and quality of their talents, which I discovered to be far above average.

By the mid-1980's the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) Arts for Transit created the Music Under New York (MUNY) program. Inclusive of many musical genres, MUNY performers can be found at sixteen locations across the city's transit system (see the scroll to the right on each page). Today there are more than 100 artists who pass the rigorous evaluation and audition process.

Many of the artists who perform in the subway system also perform at various night clubs. They have also played at places and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wembley Stadium in England, symphony orchestras, and have been featured on television and radio programs. Some have had record deals, some have not, and many of those who once had deals prefer to sell their self-made cds themselves. But all love the subway system because besides the commuter traffic, the acoustics are the equal of many concert halls and there is an energy the artists get from the nearness of the audience (the commuters) that they do not get from a concert hall or theater.

For years I and many other city dwellers, along with many commuters and tourists, would stop and listen to the singers and musicians, often missing our trains in the process. So, one day I thought "Why should only the subway riders on the New York City Transit system be the only people to see and hear these artists? Why shouldn't the world see them and the many musical genres they represent?" 

The result is the concert that this website is promoting.

We'll see you there, you'll hear us then.


Charles Williams, producer

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