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Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives Playing CMJ

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Local Natives are Bowery Ballroom’s “secret headliner” while Van Etten will play a day set on Friday.

Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives Playing CMJ

UPDATE: Sharon Van Etten will not be playing at the Ace Hotel on Thursday.

The CMJ Music Marathon unofficially kicked off last night and gets into full swing today with a string of shows all over New York City.  Plenty of surprises were kept under wraps, with promises of "secret headliners" and "unknown act" popping up on show listings.  But some have just been revealed, and they are big ones.  Sharon Van Etten will play at the Ace Hotel on Thursday for the Converse and Search Party, while Local Natives is Bowery Ballroom's secret headliner for tomorrow night's Champion Showcase.  Via Brooklyn Vegan:

Sharon Van Etten is about to kick off her North American tour which hits NYC on November 15 at Town Hall, but you can catch her in NYC even sooner than that, in a smaller venue, and for free. Sharon will play the free, all ages Converse and Search Party CMJ day party at Ace Hotel on Thursday (10/18) with Choir of Young Believers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Hey Marseilles, and Brainstorm. That party runs from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

And via press release:

Champion Athleticwear has just announced Local Natives as the surprise guest headline act at their highlight showcase at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. The band has been busy recording their sophomore album, and the Champion showcase marks their first public performance since 2011.

Champion's event will take place at premier New York City venue, Bowery Ballroom, tomorrow evening, October 17, where a night of fresh up-and-coming talent awaits attendees. Previously announced artists include Solid Gold, Pacific Air, San Cisco and SKATERS.

These are two very pleasant surprises for CMJ attendees.  Local Natives and Sharon Van Etten join other talented acts like The Walkmen, Chromeo, The Mountain Goats, GZA, Asher Roth, Q-Tip, Theophilus London, DIIV, and many more.  Not all of the surprises have been revealed yet, either, so be on the look out for those announcements.  Check out the full schedule of performances taking place all over New York here at CMJ's website.

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