Downtown’s Own Music Festival: Lowdown Hudson

by | Jul 17, 2017 | Culture, Music

Did you know Downtown has its own summer music festival?

The seventh annual Lowdown Hudson Music Fest comes to the heart of Downtown this week. Grammy-award winning rapper Common, along with wacky rock band OK GO, will headline the festival. The best part: it’s free for all to attend!

The festival, which occurs tomorrow and Wednesday evenings, happens at the scenic Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. The doors and bar open both nights at 5 p.m.

Arts Brookfield, whose mission is to bring premier, free events to Brookfield properties in cities around the world, is presenting the festival for the seventh year. Past headliners include The Roots, Neko Case and B.B. King.

On Tuesday Lion Babe, an electro soul duo from here in NYC, will open for Common. Indie pop group Flint Eastwood will open for OK GO on Wednesday. Both evenings’ performances are free standing and first come first serve. The festival bars, located on the Terrace and Waterfront Plaza, will also be open both nights. The event is rain or shine.

Food will be available to purchase at Brookfield Place restaurant spots Le District and Hudson Eats.

Common shares with John Legend two wins for their song “Glory” from the 2014 film “Selma“: a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. He has also won two Grammy awards. A multifaceted artist, Common also has an acting career. You probably know him for his roles in “Now You See Me,” “Wanted” and “Date Night.”

As for OK GO, you probably remember them for their 2000s rock hits like “Here it Goes Again.” They gained fame for their creatively choreographed music video which featured treadmills and channel an All-American Rejects vibe with their angsty yet alternative sounds. “Hungry Ghosts” is their album from 2014.

For more information about the festival, visit

Photos courtesy of Arts Brookfield

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