Degraw Fest kicks off for second consecutive year
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Degraw Sound, a Brooklyn-based recording studio located on the Park Slope/Gowanus border, is kicking off its second annual Degraw Fest, a daylong music festival featuring the best in new Brooklyn music.

The festival, which is being held on Saturday, August 4 at the Littlefield Performance and Art Space, will feature artists produced by Degraw Sound such as Queue, Eighty Ninety, Elliot & the Ghost, Kevin Daniel, Common Jack and more.

When Brooklynite, producer and owner of Degraw Sound Ben Rice dreamt up Degraw Fest, he set out to create an event where musicians and music lovers could come together to enjoy the music from up and coming local bands who record at his studio.

“At its best, Brooklyn has been a home for art and culture and as a creator, I’d like to see that tradition continue,” Rice said. “I think of Degraw Fest as a way for the studio to do its part in bringing together local musicians and continuing to foster the city’s music scene.”

The festival will feature music from genres like indie, pop, rock, folk and Americana. Many of these artists are breaking ground both locally and globally. In addition to touring nationally and locally, they are finding themselves included in curated, exclusive playlists with international reach thanks to streaming services like Spotify.

Attendees can also look forward to an exhibit from music photographer Drew Reynolds, beer specials from Sixpoint Brewery and a pop-up from Howlin’ Taco, which will be serving authentic Austin-style tacos all day long.

Degraw Fest aims to pay homage to the creative and artistic fabric that Brooklyn is known for. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at in advance. Littlefield Performance and Art Space is located at 635 Sackett Street. The festival will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Eighty Ninety

Eighty Ninety is comprised of brothers Abner (vocals, production) and Harper James (guitar, production). Their music fuses intimate storytelling, sticky melodies, and minimalist pop productions built on acoustic instruments and electronic sounds in a style they call “808s and telecasters.”


Queue’s debut single "Falling Into Skies" landed on Spotify’s tastemaking Fresh Finds playlist and was quickly lauded for its lush, moody vocals and chiming guitars by publications ranging from Drunken Werewolf to Pause Musicale.

Ben Rice

Ben Rice is a Brooklyn based producer and musician. He is best known for producing The Candles, Elliot & the Ghost, The Skins and Queue. As a performer, he has shared stages with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Band of Skulls and Brendan Benson.

Elliot & the Ghost

Elliot & The Ghost came together in 2014 in New York City. The band’s very first performances were held in old Brooklyn loft spaces and scuzzy dives, but within a year’s time the group was headlining shows around New York at Bowery Ballroom, Rough Trade, Mercury Lounge and have played high profile shows as direct support for Weezer, Gary Clark Jr., as well as performing at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, Great South Bay Music Fest, and SXSW.


Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2017, GRITS is a rock and roll band with heavy soul and R&B influences. Founded on the love of loudly belting out late night sing-alongs way past closing time, their sound is bold and nostalgic, lean, deep and soaked in beer.

Kevin Daniel

Kevin Daniel is a Brooklyn-based Americana singer-songwriter. He recently finished his second EP, Myself Through You featuring sounds as diverse as pedal steel guitar, flugelhorn, and bluegrass banjo, the songs on the five-song EP deliver sublime lamentations of the country-tinged Americana Daniel has created over the last few years.

Common Jack

Singer-songwriter John Gardner formed Brooklyn based folk-rock band Common Jack during a two and a half year world tour with the Broadway show, Once. Citing a wide range of influences from Bob Dylan to Feist, Gardner operates within the fluid genre of Americana; employing folk song structures while blending elements of rock and pop to create fresh arrangements while retaining the familiarity all Americana music has.

Bell the Band

Bell the Band is a New York City-based band, distilled in the Appalachian South and aged in an oak barrel of American blues, roots and folk music.

Sophie Colette

Sophie Colette is a Brooklyn based indie-pop artist. Her single “Pattern” finds Colette delicately reflecting on the vulnerability and healing process after a fallen romance. The track builds around Colette’s ethereal vocals and poignant lyrics with the vintage tones of a soulful guitar riff, Hammond organ and Mellotron juxtaposed by modern groove.


AMFM is synth and guitar driven indie rock with a touch of garage-rock and glam. Singles from the AMFM EP were featured on Banana Republic and Abercrombie & Fitch's in store playlists and additionally featured on Spotify's "Fresh Finds 6 Strings" playlist.

Drew Reynolds

Brooklyn based photographer Drew Reynolds has photographed for Rolling Stone, Interscope, Red Bull, Captured Tracks, and 4AD. Drew has photographed a wide range of artists from Smashing Pumpkins to Jason Aldean to Courtney Barnett to Grandmaster Flash to Slowdive.

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