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Carnegie Hall Citywide: Cha Wa

Friday, July 26, 2019 6 PM Bryant Park
Cha Wa by Erika Goldring
Cha Wa’s high-voltage music fuses fat, funky beats with New Orleans–style brass and Mardi Gras Indian spectacle. Lead singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s gritty vocals are steeped in the Crescent City’s legendary Mardi Gras tradition, where African American men march in Native American dress, inspiring a vibrant street music. While Cha Wa honors the tradition with pulse-quickening and foot-stomping rhythms, it also adds a socially conscious element with songs that address injustice. Move to the band’s intoxicating groove and imagine yourself as part of a jubilant New Orleans second-line parade.

Part of: Carnegie Hall Citywide


Cha Wa
·· Joe Gelini, Drums and Band Leader
·· J'Wan Boudreaux, Lead Vocals
·· Joseph Boudreaux, Vocals
·· Aurelien Barnes, Trumpet
·· Joseph Maize Jr., Trombone
·· Isaac Eady, Bass
·· Ari Teitel, Guitar
·· Andriu Yanovski, Keyboards

Venue Information

Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues | Manhattan
bryantpark.org | 212-768-4242

Bryant Park Picnic Performances are presented by Bank of America.

Public support for this concert is provided by New York City Council Member Keith Powers.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Lead support for Carnegie Hall Citywide is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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