4Knots Music Festival Rocked South Street Seaport in NYC on July 9, 2016 [Zumic Concert Review + Photos]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published July 11, 2016

This past Saturday, Village Voice held its annual 4Knots Music Festival showcasing some of today's up-and-coming artists with already established bands. Featuring two music stages and one DJ stage, thousands gathered at the South Street Seaport under a cloudy, but comfortable, sky to soak in styles ranging from indie rock to funk, hip hop, and electronic.

As far as free concerts in New York City go, 4Knots Music Festival is usually one of the best options to catch great bands, discover new music, and soak in the summer atmosphere. Last year, 4Knots actually wasn't free to attend and took place in a different location, which may have resulted in a smaller turnout than years past. For 2016, the fest returned to old form and appeared by all accounts to be a good time.

Below you can find pictures of all the artists who performed, as well as a quick review of each set.

Promised Land Sound

Nashville's Promised Land Sound kicked off the afternoon with a brand of Southern tinged guitar rock that mixed perfectly with the crowd's relaxed vibes.


Jamil Rashad, the driving force behind Boulevards, excited the growing crowd with a blend of soul and funk that was energetic and danceable.

Kirk Knight

Pro Era producer and up-and-coming hip hop artist Kirk Knight pumped the crowd up with strong beats and flowing rhymes.


Texas electronic musician Roger Sellers, aka Bayonne, kept the crowd dancing at the Fulton Stage with a mixture of dance beats colored with electronic tones.


By the time Georgia band Mothers took to the Pier 16 Stage, there was a large crowd assembled to hear them deliver progressive indie rock.

Q104.3 On Air Radio Personality Jonathan Clarke

As the crowd shuffled between stages, there was a smaller DJ stage set up with various special guests spinning tunes. Jonathan Clark from New York's classic rock station Q104.3 and host of Out of the Box entertained those with music that could be heard on his radio show.

Diane Coffee

Diane Coffee, perhaps best known as the drummer of Foxygen, is also an accomplished solo artist as a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He kept the afternoon's festivities flowing with high spirited rock tunes and unpredictable stage presence.

Car Seat Headrest

Going by the moniker Car Seat Headrest, Will Toledo and his band performed an exciting set of new and old tunes for the large crowd that had gathered to see the young musician. Fans were treated to older songs and tracks from 2015's Teens of Style and this year's Teens of Denial.

Mild High Club

Los Angeles musician Alex Brettin and his band, Mild High Club, emitted mellow indie rock vibes.


Protomartyr, hailing from Detroit, injected a shot of postpunk energy into the afternoon with upbeat songs and determined vocals that recalled the likes of Hüsker Dü.


Girlpool, led by guitarist Cleo Tucket and bassist Harmony Tividad, impressed those who stopped to check them out with raw, indie rock and punk flavorings combined with lush harmonies.

The Strumbellas

Ontario group The Strumbellas, who just released their third studio album, Hope under Glassnote Records, led the crowd into the evening hours with songs that ranged from folk rock to alternative country.

Guided By Voices

Ohio indie rock band Guided By Voices capped off an exciting day of music with an impressive 27 song setlist that drew young and old fans alike. The band excited the crowd with songs from vocalist Robert Pollard's other music projects, Boston Spaceships and Ricked Wicky, and multiple songs from their albums Please Be Honest, Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Isolation Drills, and Under the Bushes Under the Stars.

All photos by Francesco Marano Ⓒ Zumic, 2016

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