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TechCrunch Disrupt NY hosted their first private concert at the Webster Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 17. Megastar Jidenna and Local Natives performed from 8 p.m. to 11pm. This concert was the last event of their three-day Disrupt NY Conference. Celebrities such as Derek Jeter; Pharrell Williams’ Michael Einziger (Incubus); Emily Weiss, Glossier Founder and CEO; and  Kevin Weil, Instagram, were panelists and conference speakers. The conference was located at Pier 36 in Manhattan. 

TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the nation’s leading technology organizations. It was founded in June 2005, and has had more than 12 million visitors on its social media platforms. Not only does TechCrunch host conferences and events, but also they host their own awards event, the Crunchies Awards, and have various meet-ups worldwide with well-known entrepreneurs, investors and hackers. 

Local Natives is an American indie rock band based in Los Angles, Calif. Over the past decade, the band has been producing and performing all over the West Coast. Disrupt NY encouraged the band to expand their fan base by visiting New York. 

 Jidenna, “The Classic Man” who wants “Bambi,” was energetic and engaging. The Jonelle Monae protege was so into his performance that he had a wardrobe malfunction. He ripped his pants! He laughed and the crowd laughed!

“I enjoyed seeing Jidenna and Local Natives!” said audience member Oluwatobi Olusanya. “They were so full with energy and so was the audience. The people were so diverse and interesting to meet.” 

Jidenna is the Nigerian American artist  best known for his song “Classic Man,” which debuted in 2013. He is originally from  Silicon Valley, but he currently resides in Brooklyn. Recently he debuted his new album, “The Chief,” which he dedicated to his father. He is also the founder of the Fear & Fancy collective, which empowers entrepreneurship, education, science, art and activism. 

 For more information about this organization, please go to https://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-ny-2017/.

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