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Military Park played host to live music, children, young professionals, and creatives as the Guard d’Avant Progressive Music Festival showcased a line up of alternative singers and DJs that set the mood for Tuesday’s warm summer night. The crowds came with blankets and chairs in tow to spread out on the park’s great lawn to enjoy the performances of Nickel and Dime Ops, Nick Hakim, and Salt Cathedral and then danced to the sounds of DJ Khari.
Nick Hakim, an old soul based in Brooklyn, moved the crowd with his raw acoustic performance. Nick changed up the tempo of each song from flowing and earthy to dramatic and bittersweet.
Salt Cathedral (Nicolas Losada and Juliana Ronderos) originally from Colombia but settled in Brooklyn, work exclusively in synths, samples, and keyboard patches joined by guitar and other aviary noises. This duo also performed mixes of reggae and Latin sounds that really energized the crowds.
DJ Khari wrapped up Guard d’Avant with his set and had the audience voguing, twerking and doing the Molly rock. But the festivities didn’t end there. The after party was at BURG’s new outdoor BURG-garden where the DJ continued spinning to the sounds of old school hip hop and other crowd favorites.