Street Rockers: City of the Sun at TEDxNYIT by TEDx Talks   6 years ago


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City of the Sun was created in 2010, in the subways, streets, and local bars
of New York City. They began as "buskers," or street performers, and their
driving rhythms and fluid melodies immediately caught the attention of locals.
The band began playing small shows at bars and cafés, where they had the
opportunity to collaborate with the likes of Steve Kazee, Lucas Papaelias, and
Oscar Isaac.

Today, City of the Sun is made up of lead guitarist John Pita and rhythm guitarist
Avi Snow. Describing City's sound can be a bit of a challenge—words never
seem to give it justice. It is distinctly eclectic—a mélange of flamenco, blues,
and indie/folk rock. The band's influences include Rodrigo y Gabriela, Led Zeppelin,
Al di Meola, Dave Matthews Band, David Broza, Pink Floyd, John Mayer,
Paco de Lucia, John Butler Trio, Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, and Bon Iver. Their
smooth tones are accompanied by technical flourishes that enhance the musical
experience. Audiences are amazed by the skill the young self-taught guitarists
have cultivated—fans have described them as "tremendous", "powerful", "mesmerizing",
and "a re-invention of acoustic music."

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