The countdown continues as we give you our Top 10 New York Country Swag Moments of 2017.
With two full years under our belt, New York Country Swag spent 2017 expanding our brand and working towards bringing more country music to New York City fans. This brings us to favorite moment #9: “New York Country Swag Presents:”, a series of unique live events we coordinated throughout the year, showcasing country music’s hottest new rising stars in different settings.
After ringing in the new year, we kicked off our “New York Country Swag Presents:” Series with a suite experience for Eric Church‘s “Holdin’ My Own” Tour. The show hit Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in late January where New York Country Swag hosted 36 fans in a private suite for an unforgettable concert experience.
Next our “New York Country Swag Presents: Country Brunch” returned, where we hosted rising star, Russell Dickerson at New York City’s, Printers Alley. Dickerson performed songs from his debut EP and fans were able to see him in an intimate setting before he opened for Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour across the country.
Following Brunch, New York Country Swag hosted Brandon Ray at Printers Alley for a”New York Country Swag Presents: Country Night.” “The thing about country music fans is they’re loyal, whenever you go back to a city the same people sort of latch on to you and tell their friends about it.” Ray introduced the audience to “Ends of the Earth” which he later released as a single and even a cover of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous”. Check out a full recap video including an interview with Brandon below.
Once summer hit, we brought the events to the beach as “New York Country Swag Presents: Country Night on the Water” returned. Jackie Lee, the “Getting Over You” singer headlined the first night, playing to a sold-out crowd at Rockaway Beach’s, Bungalow Bar, in late June. “It blows my mind, I’m from a small town in East Tennessee, to be able to come up to New York and see all of the country music fans, all of the rednecks, as I like to say, it blows my mind every time I come up here, it’s very refreshing, it’s awesome,” he said before playing his set. Check out the full recap video above.
As summer came to a close, we returned to Rockaway Beach to host one more “New York Country Swag Presents: Country Night on the Water” featuring The Swon Brothers. The deck was packed with fans not ready to let go of the warm weather. The Voice alums took the stage to sing singles off their latest EP, Pretty Cool Scars including their current single “Don’t Call Me” and “Dwight Trashed” which they told us was an ode to 90’s country music. It was the perfect ending to a summer filled with country shows.
Marking the start of Fall, our events came back to the big city as we returned to Printers Alley for a “New York Country Swag Presents: Country Night“. The event featured Mo Pitney for a stripped down acoustic set. He played songs off his latest album “Behind This Guitar” including the title track, “Country” and “Boy and a Girl Thing”. His traditional twang filled the country-themed bar. After his set, he told New York Country Swag about his debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry where he received a standing ovation from the crowd. The hour-long set concluded with Pitney taking pictures and signing autographs for the crowd.
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– Team NYCountry Swag