Turnout NYC!: Bob Wright Band, The Johnson Girls, eGALitarian Brass Band

Alice Austen House is happy to bring the Bob Wright Band back to the lawn!

This year, we welcome The Johnson Girls and the eGALitarian Brass Band to the stage.


Bob Wright Band: A native of Staten Island, New York Bob has been playing music since childhood. He is a multi-instrumentalist steeped in the American musical roots traditions often referred to as Americana. A long-time member of the Risky Business Bluegrass Band and his own group, Harbortown, Bob often branches out to perform solo or in diverse, acoustic, musical settings following a restless creative urge.

eGALitarian Brass Band: eGALitarian Brass is a classical quintet by day and a brass band by night consisting of Kate Amrine and Melissa Muñoz on Trumpet, Blair Hamrick on french horn, Julie Dombroski on trombone, and Heather Ewer on tuba. eGALitarian Brass is dedicated to performing and commissioning new works by diverse composers and breaking boundaries of chamber music today as a classical quintet. They prioritize performing music by diverse composers and commissioning new repertoire with an emphasis on music by women composers, who have often been historically underrepresented in brass repertoire.

The Johnson Girls: Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, The Johnson Girls have performed at major festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, and more across the United States, Canada, and beyond!

The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called “exciting,” “haunting,” and “uplifting,” the Johnson Girls give powerhouse performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.

Alice Austen Education: Identify and Craft with Wild Medicinal Invasive Plants with Aly Stoffo of Glam Gardener NYC

Explore The Meadow: Identify and Craft with Wild Medicinal Invasive Plants with Aly Stoffo of Glam Gardener NYC

Explore the meadows of the Alice Austen House on this outdoor tour. You’ll be guided through the house’s surrounding green space by local forager and environmental educator, Aly Stoffo of Glam Gardener NYC. You’ll learn about 5-10 plants that grow locally and have been used for food and medicine for thousands of years. This tour focuses on the uses of common invasive plants.

This tour is interactive. Attendees are encouraged to harvest invasive wild plants on this tour, and you’ll learn to craft with them during this event. This event is family-friendly. Both adults and families are encouraged to attend.

This is a great workshop for people that love the outdoors, local history, and want to connect with nature using the skill of plant identification and foraging. Other subject areas discussed are herbalism, ecosystems, and sustainability.   Alice Austen is the founder of the Staten Island Garden Club, a club that still runs today. She was a landscape designer and lover of natural spaces. This tour pays homage to Alice Austen’s connection to green spaces.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to this event and picnic on the lawn after this event is over.

Wear: Long socks and shoes suitable for walking in green spaces.

Optional to bring: Bring: a small tote bag for wild plant collection, snippers or scissors, gardening gloves.

What will be provided: Natural and non-natural bug repellent, some scissors, and bags will be available first come first served.

Price: FREE



Sponsorship for this event provided by Con Edison.