Seaport Music Festival
Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

Featuring performances by:

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
The Make-Up
Martin Rev
James Chance & the Contortions
The Wolfmanhattan Project
Jean Grae
Azar Swan
Big Huge
The Dance Cartel
and more!


September 7 – 10, 2017

Presented in Partnership with The Village Voice and South Street Seaport Museum

Festival to Feature Live Music, Comedy, Film and More!

New York, NY – August 8, 2017 – The Seaport Music Festival is proud to announce its 15th anniversary celebration in partnership with The Village Voice and South Street Seaport Museum! The Seaport Music Festival has been gathering New Yorkers and tourists alike with authentic programming in a unique setting for the past 15 years. The festival will continue that legacy with an eye on the future, while also celebrating the rich history of this awe-inspiring venue in Lower Manhattan. With the 50th anniversary of the museum together with the 15th anniversary of the festival, it is an amazing time and opportunity to tell this story. 

Reflecting on the festival’s history, founder Stephen Dima explains, “The Seaport Music Festival is a NY institution. It was a scruffy little festival that could, and that on many occasions, DID. It became a place where you could see bands that nobody else was going to take a chance on in a unique and relatively undiscovered part of Lower Manhattan.”

In addition to live music, the 2017 Seaport Music Festival, sponsored by Extell Development’s One Manhattan Square a new 800-foot condominium tower located at 252 South Street, will feature film screenings, comedy and dance. This year’s lineup includes performances by:

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, who’s self releasing his first album since 2010 called The Hanged Man, and who incidentally has a long, infamous history with the Seaport Music Festival, having performed at the inaugural fest in 2002 plus 5 other subsequent years. At this year’s festival, Ted curated a special lineup which includes: comedic, musical and visual artist Jean Grae, heavy-beat minded electronic duo Azar Swan and NYC DIY rock’n’rollers Big Huge. Hosted by Dap.

New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin has also been invited to curate a line-up, which features The Make-Up, a seminal post-punk band from DC led by Ian Svenonius who announced highly anticipated reunion shows this year. The line-up also includes Martin Rev (The surviving half of one of the most important bands of all time, Suicide), James Chance & The Contortions, The Wolfmanhattan Project, Death Valley Girls, Surfbort and Warm Drag. The acts here are not bonded together through genre but through social relationships and the kind of subterranean aesthetic that built the downtown music culture that changed the world, and became globally ubiquitous, but is rapidly disappearing without a trace from its Manhattan incubator. Seaport Music Festival and New York Night Train combine in their shared mission to keep downtown’s underground music heritage alive and in its hometown.

The Dance Cartel: Premiere of Wet Clutch, an immersive drive-in dance experience that reinterprets and remixes movie heroines from the last four decades of American film, made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  

“The Village Voice has covered and been a part of some of the most iconic cultural moments in New York City's history,” said Kerrie Gillis, Chief Revenue Officer of The Village Voice. "Our partnership with the Seaport Music Festival continues that tradition, granting thousands of Voice readers and music fans access to the best the city has to offer at one of NYC's most historic venues.”

Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum, cited the long connection between the Museum and music over its fifty year history. “In the earliest years of the Seaport Museum, artists like Pete Seeger and others sang on the pier for lunchtime crowds. For years Pier 16 on the East River has been a place to hear music and to connect through that music to the origins of New York itself.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, South Street Seaport Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The Museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences.

The festival will also feature locally sourced foods from the Fulton Stall Market and oysters from Empire Oyster.

Attracting thousands of attendees each year, Seaport Music Festival has previously showcased performers such as Animal Collective, Suicide, Angelique Kidjo, Hot Chip and many more. 


About Stephen Dima
Stephen Dima has created and produced some of the largest music, comedy and film festivals in New York City. From the Seaport Music Festival to the NY Comedy Festival, Stephen has worked with some of the biggest artists in the country and has produced hundreds of major events in venues from Central Park to Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. As the mind behind the Seaport Music Festival, as well as the producer of many other live music events, Stephen Dima has been a progressive leader in the curatorial sphere, often times championing young artists far before they are able to have grand mainstream impact.


About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer, The Village Voice was created in 1955 as a platform for the downtown New York creative community. As the nation’s first alternative newsweekly, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse.

The recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award and the George Polk Award, The Village Voice remains a go-to source for coverage of New York's politics and vast cultural landscape. Known for its unique mix of in-depth reporting and incisive arts, culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews, The Village Voice provides readers with an indispensable perspective on the world's most vibrant city.

Winner of the National Press Foundation's Online Journalism Award and the Editor & Publisher EPPY Award for Best Overall U.S. Weekly Newspaper Online, The Village Voice is undergoing a full-scale relaunch in 2017.


About South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”


About One Manhattan Square
One Manhattan Square is a modern glass tower located on the edge of the New York Harbor in the Lower East Side. With unobstructed river and skyline views, beautifully appointed interiors by Meyer Davis, exterior gardens by West 8 Landscape Architects and over 100,000 square feet of every conceivable indoor and outdoor amenity, One Manhattan Square is a true vertical village. Ownership starts at $1.17 million with low monthly carrying costs and an anticipated 20-year tax abatement. For more information, visit or call 212-252-1560 to schedule an appointment at the sales gallery located at 220 South Street. One Manhattan Square is under development by Extell Development Company.


About Fulton Stall Market
The Fulton Stall Market is a marketplace for local foods connecting farmers and producers with the growing Lower Manhattan community. Located in the historic district where the City's markets began in the 1700's, it's a first step toward development of a year-round indoor public market for NYC featuring local products and educational programming celebrating the Seaport District's vibrant market history.


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