Starbucks acoustic series creates ‘Buzz’


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“The Acoustic Buzz” at the Astor Place Starbucks Coffee will showcase various artists.

Emily Harris, Staff Writer

The Starbucks on Astor Place, a meeting spot for NYU students, is offering the opportunity to enjoy a latte while experiencing live acoustic music as a part of “The Acoustic Buzz” series. The coffee shop, in conjunction with Effective Immediately PR, will host an afternoon of caffeinated acoustic vibes on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Featured performers include Nick Deutsch, Roses & Revolutions, the Henry Millers and Howard.

Nick Deutsch, a New York City singer-songwriter and NYU alumnus, is slated to perform first. During his time at NYU, Deutsch studied songwriting, predominantly inspired by his passion for jazz arranging and harmony. After years of networking while still in college, Deutsch has won several awards for his lyricism and has performed at venues such as The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall.

This duo, which has been featured on HGTV and Oxygen, mixes jazz and indie-pop into a unique musical blend, fusing together sonic creations similar to Haim and Jackson Browne. Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt make up Roses & Revolutions, but both have achieved individual success. The former made it to the Hollywood round of “American Idol” during the show’s seventh season, while the latter attended SUNY Purchase for jazz guitar performance.

Another duo, the Henry Millers, hails from New York, and their saccharine pop-rock fully embodies the eccentric diversity of their hometown. The duo, John MacCallum and Katie Schecter, have played have played in a wide-range of hometown venues, including the Brooklyn Bowl and The Studio at Webster Hall.

In contrast with hometown acts like Roses & Revolutions, piano-pop songstress Jillette Johnson will also perform. The singer-songwriter moved to New York City at 18 years old. After six years honing her talent and releasing music, she has become a full-fledged musician in the same vein as Adele and Fiona Apple. The Astor Place Starbucks provides an intimate venue perfect for Johnson to showcase her emotional and lovely voice.

The band Howard will finish off the night, performing their Folktronica influenced music. Founded in 2009, this Brooklynite band has merged the opposing forces indie-folk and electronica into a danceable and overall fantastic set of tunes. For the Starbucks showcase, Howard will have to strip down their sound to its folk roots.

“The Acoustic Buzz” series intends to bring music to the people, in a very accessible manner. Future showcase dates are scheduled for March 26 and April 16.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Feb. 19 print edition. Email Emily Harris at [email protected].