Photo: Courtesy La Plaza Cultural

Last May, Vic Murdaca moved from Melbourne to New York with nothing but a suitcase and a reference. The musician picked up some shifts at the now shuttered Sunburnt Cow, and now he’s truly weaving himself into the fabric of Alphabet City, by organizing a concert series in La Plaza Cultural community garden.

The park and the surrounding businesses suffered a big blow when superstorm Sandy hit New York’s shores. “There’s been a lot of suffering here, and we want to try to bring something back to this area with Sounds on C,” Vic says. “I want to draw attention to the area, because the people here are awesome. If I had my choice out of any park in the world, I truly assure you that [La Plaza] would be my pick every time. It’s got so much character.”



Sounds on C, running from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, will kick off with a Brazilian BBQ from the folks across the street at Esperanto. The chicken skewers, empanadas, carne asada, and sangria will cost ya, but everything else throughout the day is free. Among the bands and DJs who’ve volunteered their time and talent are City of the Sun (who opened for Matisyahu last night), funky DJ Boy Beagle, R&B musician Clay Charles, and Vic himself, who plays modern blues and rock with a knock-out set of pipes.

Donations are suggested, but aren’t mandatory; all proceeds go to help maintain La Plaza Cultural. Who says New York’s got no heart?

The line-up:

2:30 – 2:45 DJ

2:50 – 3:30 City of the Sun

3:30 – 3:45 DJ

3:50 – 4:30 Vic and The People

4:30 – 4:45 DJ

4:50 – 5:30 Clay Charles

5:30 – 6:30 DJ