Blue Man Group Announces Semi-Finalists for First-Ever New York Drum-Off
Blue Man Group has selected seven drummers to compete in the semi-final round of the first-ever Blue Man New York Drum-Off as part of the Astor Alive! Festival. The semi-final competition is closed to the public and will take place on Sept. 13 at Astor Place Theatre, where Blue Man Group performs nightly. Each semi-finalist will have the opportunity to perform a live three-minute drum session in front of a panel of judges, made up of Blue Man Group musicians and performers.
The semi-finalists were chosen based upon their creativity, technical ability, unique style and killer drumming skills.
- Murphy Aucamp - Miami, FL
- Dylan DePice - Warwick, NY
- Doug Hedge - Saddle Brook, NJ
- Kwesi Robinson - Lawrenceville, NJ
- Eugene Seow - Queens, NY
- Alex Simpson - Brooklyn, NY
- Campbell Youngblood-Petersen - Brooklyn, NY
From the seven drummers, three finalists will be selected to compete live on Astor Alive! Festival's main stage in the Astor Place Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
The Astor Alive! Festival returns for the second year to celebrate Astor Place as a vibrant cultural district of over two dozen theater, dance, music, art, architecture and historic landmarks, including Astor Place Theatre where Blue Man Group performs. The festival will showcase twelve Astor Place and East Village cultural powerhouses across two stages with performances ranging from music and dance to poetry and theater. The event is free and open to the public.
The winner of the Blue Man New York Drum-Off will receive a prize package valued at over $5,000 including prizes from DW Drums, Vic Firth, Sabian, VOX, KORG and Blue Man Group. The Blue Man New York Drum-Off is just the latest in a series of Blue Man Group Drum-Offs throughout the country, most recently the Blue Man Group Orlando's Drum-Off held on April 22 as part of Florida Music Festival.
More information regarding the Blue Man New York Drum-Off can be found at https://www.blueman.com/newyorkdrumoff.
About Blue Man Group New York
International entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group performs at their original home, the Astor Place Theatre. With their ever-evolving, multi-sensory show, Blue Man Group has led one of the longest running off-Broadway productions in New York City.
Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show's euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.
This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like "The Tonight Show," "Arrested Development," "Ellen," "Schlag den Raab" (Germany), "WOWOW" (Japan), and "CaldeiraÞo do Huck" (Brasil).
Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE. Their "Megastar World Tour" rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group's recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.