Start Your Engines for 54/10 Music Marathon at Ars Nova

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive.

The third annual 54/10 Music Marathon at Ars Nova continues its mission to excavate “the best music you haven’t heard yet.”


The Hell’s Kitchen hotspot may be best known as a midtown theatrical venue, but it also supports emerging performers in the worlds of comedy and music. In typical fashion for the eclectic yet fun locale, the 2012 festival promises everything from bawdy punk rock to danceable indie-pop to bluegrass, enhanced by aerial choreography.


Based on its track record, the artists featured won’t likely be a secret for long. Past acts have included Clydesdale Erotic, Justin Levine, Langhorne Slim, Semi Precious Weapons and The Spring Standards. The first-ever 54/10 Music Marathon (named for the cross streets at which the venue resides) included performances by Jay Brannan, The Woes, The Defibulators and Cynthia Hopkins.


With an emphasis on artistic risk-taking and collaboration, Ars Nova fosters community among a new generation of emerging artists while bringing high-quality affordable live entertainment to young audiences who frequent the venue. The tickets are cheap ($5 in advance, $10 online and $15 at the door and the bar serves happy hour specials from 7:30 – 8:30 (Two Boots Pizza, Brooklyn Brewery, and Buffalo Trace Whiskey are the sponsors).


54/10 has rapidly turned out to be one of the city’s can’t miss summer musical events. Check out the list of artists scheduled for the fest – which runs from August 1 to 11 – below:


Wednesday, August 1

Jake Winstrom

The Lobbyists

Julia Nunes


Thursday, August 2

Sean Richey featuring Vita Trio

Roof Access

Curtis & Reinhard


Friday, August 3

Hawk and Dove

kate kilbane & the cellar doors

The Bengsons


Saturday, August 4

Alice Lee

The Henry Millers


Tuesday, August 7

Alastair Ottensen

Lisa Jaeggi and the Heir Jordans

Molly Coogan and the Class Acts


Wednesday, August 8

Adam Rhodes

Lady Moon

The Dirty Gems


Thursday, August 9

Sam McTavey

Heather Christian


Friday, August 10

Mike Brun’s Caravan

Shaina Taub

Miko and the Musket


Saturday, August 11

The Weight Boys Band

PigPen Theatre Co.

Die Roten Punkte


Tickets and band information can be found at For more on Ars Nova’s programs, visit

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