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MUSIC/Festivals – #NYC Central Park Summerstage is STILL GREAT! *Summer *nyc

City Parks Foundation Announces SUMMERSTAGE 2017 SEASON 

Presented by Capital One Bank 

Opening Night on June 3rd Featuring Mavis Staples 

Season Highlights Include Digable Planets, BalletX, Khalid, Bob Moses, Slick Rick the Ruler, KRS-One, La India, Frankie Negrón, Valerie June, and many more 

Benefit Concerts Featuring Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Gov’t Mule, and more 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary this Season 

Season runs May 17 to September 28
More than 100 FREE and benefit shows across all 5 boroughs of NYC 

City Parks Foundation hosts the 2017 season of SummerStage , New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One Bank, showcases over 150 unique artists performing shows from a plethora of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, bhangra, poetry, opera, contemporary dance, and theater. 

SummerStage kicked off its first free show of the season with performances from the legendary Mavis Staples and contemporary blues artist Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music in Central Park on June 3rd. Staples lead a powerful vocal showcase of rock, blues, gospel and R&B. Digable Planets reunited to open the citywide SummerStage run with a rare performance in Coffey Park in Brooklyn on June 21st. New York rap icon KRS-One and DJ Chuck Chillout  also performed in Coffey Park on June 25th and dynamic emcee Jadakiss will take the mic at Tremont Park on August 6th. Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA “The Genius” will drop knowledge in South Beach in Staten Island on July 23rd. Brasil Summerfest returns featuring iconic samba singer Elza Soares and rising star Liniker e os Carmelows on August 5th in Central Park. Jazz veteran Joshua Redman Quartet will pay tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27th in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park. 

This season will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free programs for all New Yorkers . American r ock band Gov’t Mule, the Grammy award-winning Elvis Costello & The Imposters, progressive rock multi-stylists Umphrey’s McGee, avant-rocker PJ Harvey, indie pop singer Regina Spektor,energetic rockers All Time Low, anthemic artists The Revivalists, and 

 

indie rock trailblazers Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids have been confirmed with many more to be announced. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents. 

Other highlights included: 

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic along with Main Source, Chloe x Halle, DJ Marley Marl and host Roxanne Shante brought the funk to Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of the Only In Queens Summer Festival on June 11
  • Indie-folk pop singer and indie-folk singer rising star Margaret Glaspy performed on June 22nd in Coffey Park
  • C lassic hip-hop innovators Slick Rick the Ruler and GrandWizzard Theodore  teamed up in Queens’ Springfield Park on July 7th
  • Timeless architect of alternative-rock PJ Harve y will host a benefit show in Central Park on July 19th
  • Contemporary ballet company BalletX will perform their acclaimed piece “Big Ones” set to the music of Amy Winehouse in Central Park on July 26th
  • Latin Grammy Award-winning princess of salsa La India will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 28th
  • Salsa’s next definitive voice Frankie Negrón will perform in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on July 29th
  • Rock Steady Crew will celebrate the 40t h anniversary of their Bronx-conceived b-boy crew in Central Park with a who’s who of classic hip-hop performances including the legendary MC Lyte on July 30th
  • Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band , two generations of blues giants, will take over Central Park on Aug 13th
  • A performance from the cast of Broadway’s new hit musical A Bronx Tale , based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the classic film, will make its way to Crotona Park in the Bronx on Aug 3rd
  • Alternative rock band, and one of Rolling Stone ’s “10 Bands You Need to Know,” The Revivalists will perform a benefit concert in Central Park on Aug 10th
  • SummerStage Family Day, featuring performances from They Might Be Giants and Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio, comes to Central Park on Aug 12th
  • The Russell Simmons / Mos Def-backed series Def Poetry Jam will host a reunion in Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Aug 20th
    This year, SummerStage will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved 
    Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist. The festival, which each year coincides with Charlie Parker’s birthday, takes place uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment Parker called home. This year, the festival has been extended to four days and will include Emmy Award-winning tap dance virtuoso Jason Samuels Smith, world-renowned A nat Cohen Tentet, jazz master Lee Konitz Quartet, slow-funk Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, reverend drummer Louis Hayes, young American vocalist Charenee Wade, Grammy nominated Joshua Redman Quartet, modern jazz creative voice Lou Donaldson, saxophonist Tia Fuller of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé , vocalist Alicia Olatuja, and more. 

SummerStage will also expand its family-friendly pre-show workshop offerings this season to include dance classes, beatboxing lessons, and introductions to DJing and Latin percussion. These interactive workshops will take place prior to select SummerStage shows throughout the season, and all ages are encouraged to come out to the park early to participate. To kick off the season, SummerStage will host a DJ lesson from Scratch DJ Academy and a beatboxing tutorial with renowned beatboxer Exacto before the Digable Planets performance in Coffey Park. Other workshops will include salsa dance lessons in St. Mary’s Park and a poetry class in Marcus Garvey Park. 

“City Parks Foundation is dedicated to providing every New Yorker with access to excellent, culturally relevant performing arts experiences in their home communities. Our SummerStage festival brings outstanding artists from genres across the globe directly to city parks across the five boroughs, all free of charge, making those parks community and cultural centers,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“This year’s line-up brings together a widely diverse mix that is representative of the cultural mosaic that is New York City, a line-up that pays homage to both the cultural legacy of the city and its communities while celebrating what’s next,” said Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director of City Parks Foundation. 

“Capital One is proud to continue our long-standing support for SummerStage, as the festival once again brings New York’s rich artistic diversity to our local community,” said Michael Slocum, President, Commercial Banking and Northeast Regional President, Capital One. 

The complete SummerStage schedule follows below. For the most up-to-date scheduling and lineup for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the social media handles below and visit www.SummerStage.org for all festival information. 

The 2017 SummerStage festival is presented by Capital One Bank. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company , Austin Eastciders, Disney, Sprint, Boost Mobile, New York Presbyterian, Electric Sky Wine, Hint Water and Deep River Snacks, are all official SummerStage sponsors. Generous private support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Horace Silver Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Shubert Organization, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. 

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Council. 

Presenting Radio Sponsor: iHeart Media featuring Lite FM, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, and Z100. Media partners include: Big Screen Plaza, Brooklyn Magazine, doNYC, Time Out New York, WBGO, WFUV, WNYC, and Zoom Media & Marketing. 

In all of its programming and activities, City Parks Foundation partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to improve neighborhood parks and the communities they serve. 

Twitter: @SummerStage Snapchat: summerstagenyc Instagram: @SummerStage Official Hashtag: #SummerStage Facebook: SummerStage NYC 

About City Parks Foundation 

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At CPF, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, 

 

 

 

 

 

community development and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities. 

About SummerStage
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 32 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. SummerStage is presented by Capital One Bank. 

About Capital One 

CapitalOneFinancialCorporation( www.capitalone.com) isafinancialholdingcompanywhose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $236.8 billion in deposits and $357.0 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2016. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. Visit the Capital One newsroom for more Capital One news . 

SummerStage 2017 Schedule 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Saturday 

6/3/17 

7:00 PM 

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely Good Music 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/11/17 

5:00 PM 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / Chloe x Halle / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante 

Flushing Meadows Corona Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

6/12/17 

8:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 

Yiddish Soul: Klezmatics / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

PM 

Zusha / Maccabeats / Cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer with host Nachum Segal 

Park 

Wednesday 

6/14/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Brooklyn Bridge Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/16/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Clove Lakes Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/17/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

7:00 PM 

Digable Planets / DJ Natasha Diggs 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/22/17 

7:00 PM 

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

Just Blaze in association with 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Meanred 

Friday 

6/23/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Jackie Robinson Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

5:00 PM 

Denzel Curry / Kemba / Powers Pleasant in association with Move Forward Music 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

6:00 PM 

The Gift / Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

6/24/17 

7:00 PM 

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 

Socrates Sculpture Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

3:00 PM 

The Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

6/25/17 

5:00 PM 

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout 

Coffey Park 

BK 

Music 

Monday 

6/26/17 

6:00 PM 

Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

7:00 PM 

Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

6/28/17 

6:00 PM 

Freedom Party® NYC 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Friday 

6/30/17 

7:00 PM 

Ginuwine / Boogie Blind hosted by Torae 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

7:00 PM 

Everyday People with special guests Kamau & Teedra Moses 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Saturday 

7/1/17 

6:00 PM 

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses / Natalie Dessay & Ensemble Matheus lead by Jean-Christophe Spinosi presented by the French Embassy in association with New York Hot Jazz Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Bob Moses / Poolside in association with Meanred 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/2/17 

5:00 PM 

DJ Premier and Friends in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

Betsy Head Park 

BK 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/5/17 

8:00 PM 

Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company / Pretty BIG Movement 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Dance 

Thursday 

7/6/17 

7:00 PM 

Mobile Mondays! Funkin with Jamaica w. Tom Browne 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

7:00 PM 

Slick Rick The Ruler / GrandWizzard Theodore hosted by Torae 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

7:00 PM 

Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache / Prince of Queens 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/8/17 

5:00 PM 

The Jimmy Heath Big Band 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/9/17 

5:00 PM 

Ohio Players / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Springfield Park 

QN 

Music 

Monday 

7/10/17 

8:00 PM 

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata 

Central Park 

MN 

Comedy 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

8:00 PM 

Ladies of Hip Hop Festival with special guest Amirah Sackett 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/12/17 

6:00 PM 

Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/13/17 

7:00 PM 

Judy Torres / Cynthia 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

 

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Friday 

7/14/17 

7:00 PM 

Mr. Cheeks / Large Professor 

Queensbridge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

5:00 PM 

The Legendary Ladies of SKYY / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Queensbri dge Park 

QN 

Music 

Saturday 

7/15/17 

3:00 PM 

Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/16/17 

3:00 PM 

Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step and with the Paris New York Heritage Festival 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

6:00 PM 

TKA 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Thursday 

7/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Lisette Melendez 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Friday 

7/21/17 

6:00 PM 

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Saturday 

7/22/17 

5:00 PM 

Evelyn “Champagne” King / Joey Carvello 

Corporal Thompson Park 

SI 

Music 

Sunday 

7/23/17 

5:00 PM 

GZA in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series 

South Beach 

SI 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

8:00 PM 

BalletX / YY Dance Company 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

7/26/17 

7:00 PM 

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados) 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music/Sp oken Word 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

8:00 PM 

Made in the Bronx presented by BAAD! 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Dance 

Friday 

7/28/17 

7:00 PM 

La India 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

5:00 PM 

Frankie Negrn 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

7/29/17 

7:00 PM 

Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

5:00 PM 

Lisa Lisa / Marlon B 

St. Mary’s Park 

BX 

Music 

Sunday 

7/30/17 

3:00 PM 

Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

8:00 PM 

Rennie Harris Puremovement / Philadanco! 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance 

Wednesday 

8/2/17 

7:00 PM 

Ultimate Break and Beats Anniversary / BreakBeat Lou / SPECIAL ED / Camp Lo / hosted by Lord Finesse 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

7:00 PM 

A Bronx Tale 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Theater 

Friday 

8/4/17 

7:00 PM 

Stevie B / Ted Smooth 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

5:00 PM 

Kid Capri’s Block Party Live 

Crotona Park 

BX 

Music 

Saturday 

8/5/17 

7:00 PM 

Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen DJ Set in association with Brasil Summerfest 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

3:00 PM 

Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/6/17 

5:00 PM 

Jadakiss 

Tremont Park 

BX 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

8:00 PM 

Malposo Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Music 

Wednesday 

8/9/17 

7:00 PM 

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Staceyann Chin / Ntozake Shange / Sarah Kay 

East River Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

7:00 PM 

Company SBB with Burnt Sugar Arkestra 

East River Park 

MN 

Dance 

Friday 

8/11/17 

7:00 PM 

Andy Monta  ez 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

5:00 PM 

Khalid 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/12/17 

3:00 PM 

Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Funkbox in the Park: Tony 

East River Park 

MN 

Music 

Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train / honoring Evelyn Santos 

Sunday 

8/13/17 

5:00 PM 

Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis / Dante Ross 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Tuesday 

8/15/17 

7:00 PM 

Stew and The Negro Problem 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Theater 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

8:00 PM 

Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association 

Central Park 

MN 

Dance / Film 

Wednesday 

8/16/17 

7:00 PM 

Bilal / DJ Reborn in association with Jill Newman Productions 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Step Afrika! 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Dance 

Saturday 

8/19/17 

5:00 PM 

Jim Jones 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

5:00 PM 

Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Spoken Word 

hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto 

Sunday 

8/20/17 

6:00 PM 

Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed Featuring: Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edward s and Derick K. Grant 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia 

Tompkins Square Park 

MN 

Music 

Olatuja 

Sunday 

8/27/17 

6:00 PM 

Valerie June / Aloysius 3 / Jalen N’Gonda / DJ Boogie Blind 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

SummerStage 2017 Benefit Show Schedule 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Artist 

Park 

Boro 

Genre 

Wednesday 

5/17/17 

7:00 PM 

Gov’t Mule / Chris Robinson Brotherhood produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

6/15/17 

7:30 PM 

Elvis Costello & The Imposters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Friday 

7/7/17 

6:00 PM 

Umphrey’s McGee / Aqueous produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

7/19/17 

8:30 PM 

PJ Harvey produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

7/27/17 

7:00 PM 

Regina Spektor produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Monday 

7/31/17 

6:00 PM 

All Time Low / 

Central 

MN 

Music 

SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks produced by The Bowery Presents 

Park 

Thursday 

8/3/17 

6:00 PM 

Dashboard Confessional / The All-American Rejects / The Maine produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

8/10/17 

6:00 PM 

The Revivalists / White Denim produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

8/30/17 

6:00 PM 

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Wednesday 

9/13/17 

6:00 PM 

Young the Giant with special guest Cold War Kids and Joywave produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/14/17 

7:30PM 

Patti Smith with her Band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith Honoring Fred Sonic Smith produced by The Bowery Presents 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Thursday 

9/21/17 

6:00PM 

The Head and the Heart / The 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Lone Bellow / The Shelters produced by The Bowery Presents 

Friday 

9/22/17 

7:00 PM 

The War on Drugs 

Central Park 

MN 

Music 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule 

Thursday 

8/24/17 

7:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music / Dance 

Friday 

8/25/17 

6:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Anat Cohen Tentet 

Marcus Garvey Park 

MN 

Music 

Saturday 

8/26/17 

3:00 PM 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade 

Marcus Garvey Park 

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July 15, 2017 Posted by | CULTURE, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, LIFESTYLES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Concert of the Summer! MUSIC /Festivals – FELA TRIBUTE w/ Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti and EGYPT ’80 Sunday, 7/16 – 2pm Central Park #Summerstage *nyc

WE RECOMMEND this MUST-SEE CONCERT!

Come Early! Prepare to Move your Feet in joy!

FELA was the subject of a fabulous Broadway musical directed by Bill T Jones.

Fela was a constant critic of the Nigerian government of his time and many of his songs were protest songs with an infectious beat.

Two of his sons took up the mantle of their father’s musical legacy: Femi and Seun. Seun is backed by one of his father’s original bands – Egypt ’80.

Come hear the music for yourself and understand why FELA is so revered by people who love music.

 

For the first time, Fela Kuti collaborator Roy Ayers will join with Fela’s son in an homage to the iconic pioneer of Afrobeat. Roy had collaborated with Fela while Fela was still pioneering new African music and creating classic beats.

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers gives new meaning to the word “longevity.” Born into a thriving musical family in 1940, Ayers immediately dove headfirst into the scene, eventually emerging as one of the most well-respected funk, soul and jazz composers living today. He also plays the vibraphone with unflinching panache. His early career saw him experimenting mostly with post-bop jazz, as he was signed to a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records. When he transitioned over to Polydor Records in the ‘70s, his sound evolved as well. Ayers became one of the grand designers of the irrepressibly ear-pleasing mashup genre of jazz-funk. Taking style hybridization one step further, Ayers became a key participant in the acid jazz revolution, which masterfully mixed jazz with hip-hop and funk, garnering him the longstanding moniker “The Godfather of Neo-Soul.” Some of his most beloved hits include “Everybody Love the Sunshine,” “Searchin’,””You Send Me”, and “Running Away”, while he played with his band Ubiquity, He has been sampled constantly.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

 

Seun, the sprightly offspring of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, has had a passion for music since he was a little boy. He petitioned his father to let him sing at his side, and his dream was soon realized, as the two joyfully harmonized. When his dad sadly passed away, Seun was asked to lead his band, Egypt 80. Seun, only 14 at the time, rose to the opportunity, adding his own viewpoint to the group. He has continued to imbue the sound with sophisticated strata, channeling the deep and varied cultural, African origins of the genre. The band plays new music, along with the classics that Fela shepherded, such as ‘Shuffering and Shmiling,” “Colonial Mentality” and “Army Arrangement.” Seun and Egypt 80 have remained vital, political and true to their historically imperative roots.

Underground System

The glorious grab bag of internationally-grown members of Underground System (who take their name from a Fela Kuti song) reads like a roll call of musical and cultural diversity. Conceived in Brooklyn, this unstoppable female-fronted corps of neo-afrobeat-deconstructionists has cultivated a sound as inimitable as its members. Hinged on a tight, seamlessly executed stage show, this group astonishes wherever they go, compelling crowds to dance with unbridled vim. To provide a sliver of a glimpse of insight into their unfathomably varied roots, their original dance floor track “Bella Ciao” received worldwide fanfare, as several DJs and producers cut and remixed it. The song is a “retro-futuristic” reimagining of an anti-fascist WWII ballad from Italy, sung by the African American-Italian lead singer (Domenica Fossati) who was born in Miami and raised in Venezuela. Citing influences from the South Bronx girl group ESG to the Brit-new wave cult crew XTC, this subterranean organization of deliciously scrambled afrobeat re-inventors continues to soar across broadening musical horizons. Promoting their soon-to-come debut album, Underground System is touring with irresistible vitality, acquiring praise as they spread majestically modified, delectable African beats to dance halls around the country.

Rich Medina

For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ. Outside the club, he’s a father, educator, platinum-selling record producer, poet, designer, public speaker and journalist. From his humble beginnings at TK Nightclub in Philadelphia to his current status manning the decks at four of New York City’s most popular recurring parties, Rich Medina has taken crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another and adhering to a singular, uplifting creed: Love Afro Life. Medina is also an advisory board member of (his alma mater) Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection where he is a guest lecturer and panel moderator for their music and Africana departments.  His writing has been featured in many esteemed publications including The FaderWax Poetics and Complex Magazine.

Please note, City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage will be recording/filming this show for future use. Guests at this show and Rumsey Playfield visitors on this day may be included in the recording and film footage. A designated area may be made available onsite for individuals who do not wish to be filmed.  By attending this show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, you are indicating your willingness and consent to participate and appear in the recording and film footage created by City Parks Foundation and its partners.

Details

Date:
July 16 
Time:
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Time(s):
Doors 2pm / Show 3pm
Cost:
Free

BE THERE for the Concert of the Summer,

July 14, 2017 Posted by | avant-garde, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC- We Recommend: John Cale #BAM #NextWave2017 Nov 2017 *Bklyn

John Cale
John Cale:The Velvet Underground & Nico (Program B)
SAT, NOV 18, 2017
8PM
MUSIC

Program B: John Cale’s 75th Birthday Celebration
Music by John Cale
Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus

Presented in association with Wordless Music

The inveterate experimentalist who melded rock with the avant-garde, John Cale (Paris 1919 and A Tribute to Nico, 2012 Next Wave) has exerted an incalculable influence on the last half-century of popular music, from punk to noise to chamber pop. He returns to BAM for a three-night celebration of his life and art.

For the first two nights, Cale is accompanied by members of the Wordless Music Orchestra and special guests to perform the album that charted the course of underground music for decades to come. Fifty years after its release, The Velvet Underground & Nico remains a raw, bracing transmission from the downtown demimonde of 1960s New York City, combining Lou Reed’s streetwise lyrics, Nico’s husky contralto, and Cale’s Fluxus-inspired electric viola. In the final evening of this engagement, Cale celebrates 75 years, backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus. They perform selections from his legendary, impossible-to-pin-down career, including his landmark work with the Velvet Underground, the baroque pop perfection of Paris 1919, pioneering forays into drone minimalism, and beyond.

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June 1, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance/ Music/ Film/ Events — We Recommend BAM Dance Africa May 2017 *bklyn May 20-29, 2017

Make sure you attend the FREE outdoor Bazaar on the weekend!

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar

Dance Africa 2017, Bazaar

Rain or Shine!
May 27—May 29, 2017
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:

Ashland Pl / Lafayette Ave

Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.
Free
Saturday May 27, 2017

12pm

BACK

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.

Bazaar Hours

Sat, May 27, 12—10pm
Sun, May 28, 12—8pm
Mon, May 29, 12—8pm

(Hours subject to change. Rain or shine.)

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May 26—May 29, 2017

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BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
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Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam is the executive artistic director and choreographer of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. The company led the historic procession for Nelson and Winnie Mandela on their visit to New York in 1990 and, along with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, received the 41st annual Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater Award as the 2013 Dance Company of the Year.

Salaam has directed and choreographed for theater and television to critical acclaim and has been active in the world of the performing and visual arts since 1955. He has served on the faculties of Lehman College, the American Dance Festival in the US and Korea, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and the Chuck Davis Dance Academy. He is currently a director at the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy of Dance and Wellness at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. He has received many awards, including the Monarch Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance from the National Council for Arts & Culture (1993), the Silver Anniversary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Teaching and Performance from Lehman College (1994), and Better Family Life Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts (2000). Salaam is a 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and was an artist in residence at the Tennessee Performing Art Center from 2003 to 2007.

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Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble comprises 17 master drummers, dancers, and instrumentalists, all from their native country of Guinea. They bring with them the vast knowledge of the traditional music and dance from each region and represent more than 15 different Guinean ethnicities. Wula Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura, who has played the djembe drum since childhood, has traveled the world as a performer and teacher and is acclaimed for his high level of mastery of the drum. At age 21, he was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the national company of Guinea. Since moving to the US in 1992, Bangoura has become an integral part of the drum and dance scene, teaching hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. Additionally, Bangoura has choreographed his own works and developed repertory for many dance companies worldwide.

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Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Yao Ababio. With a diversity of artistic skill, this company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists creates unique productions that mine the richness of the African diaspora. The company has appeared in VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Awards; Sing Your Song, a documentary about Harry Belafonte at the Apollo Theater; DanceAfrica; Kente Arts Alliance in Pittsburgh; and the first annual dance festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In January 2013 Asase Yaa opened its own multi-cultural performing arts facility in Brooklyn.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

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Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company was founded by Executive Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, Executive Managing Director Olabamidele Husbands, and company member Dyane Harvey in 1981. The group has produced ballet and concert pieces and offered dance classes and educational programs in New York and throughout the world for over 36 years.

Forces of Nature performs a unique blend of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African and neo-African dance, contemporary ballet, house and hip-hop forms, and martial arts. The company has performed and toured widely throughout the US and abroad. In addition to annual appearances at Aaron Davis Hall, the Apollo Theater, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the ensemble has also performed at the Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) among others.

Forces of Nature was part of the 12th Annual Festival for Peace in Moscow, the only African-American dance company to engage with members of the Bolshoi Ballet, and had the honor to dance and lead the historical procession for Nelson Mandela during his first appearance in the US in 1990. The company was featured in the three-part PBS series Free to Dance, as part of Great Performances, on the history of black dance in the 20th-century. Forces of Nature was also the featured dance company in the film and Smithsonian exhibition When the Spirit Moves, on the influence of African-American dance in Western culture. And most recently, the company was honored with the 41st annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Best Dance Company of 2013

In addition to performing and touring, Forces of Nature has gained national and international recognition for its work with youth of all ages through workshops, master classes, and training seminars. The company has developed ongoing programs offered to schools, community service organizations, and cultural art institutions, believing that the arts, coupled with informative, stimulating academic presentations and creative participation, are among the best educational tools for redirecting youth on a positive, progressive, alternative path.

 

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Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

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Le Balon d'or

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Co-presented by the New York African Film Festival

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.

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Fri, May 26, 2017

A young artist is torn between following his father’s path and living his own life.

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Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017
Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red In It
Fri, May 26, 2017

This homage to Purple Rain, the first narrative feature in the Tuareg language is the universal story of one musician’s struggle to make it against all odds.

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Martha & Niki
Sat, May 27, 2017
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Sat, May 27, 2017

This documentary chronicles the incredible story of the first-ever female champions of the largest hip-hop street-dance competition in the world.

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Sat, May 27, 2017

An immigrant on an important trip finds difficulties and solidarity in France, in this film which was awarded the Human Rights Award by the United Nations.

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Guinean Independence Documentaries
Sun, May 28, 2017
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Sun, May 28, 2017

One of the first African nations to win its independence, this program of rare documentaries gives an intimate first-hand account of life in Guinea in the first years of independence.

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Sun, May 28, 2017

A spirited young boy pursues his dream of becoming a professional soccer player in this vivid, joyous portrait of growing up in West Africa.

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Mon, May 29, 2017

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Mon, May 29, 2017
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Mon, May 29, 2017

A group of contemporary stories on love and connection in the French-African diaspora.

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DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
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DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
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DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
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Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

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May 26—May 29, 2017

Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs with intermission
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $17.50
TICKETS START AT  $25

Buy Tickets

See all on-sale dates
Part of 2017 Winter/Spring Season and DanceAfrica Festival 2017

The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis
Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.
Members of Philadelphia’s hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopie Lyn Burrows
Read the BAM program notes for Danceafrica 2017

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Artists
Abdel R. Salaam

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

MORE
Artists
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

MORE
Artists
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

MORE
Artists
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

MORE
Artists
Illstyle & Peace Productions

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

MORE
Artists
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

MORE

Related EVENTS

Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20, 2017

This traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony for the ancestors conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
MORE

Free

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

DanceAfrica Community Day at RestorationART
Sat, May 20, 2017

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the artists, featuring performances by students from RestorationART who have participated in BAM Education’s DanceAfrica program.
MORE

Free

Visual Art
Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

Maeva Kounta: Modernism and Tradition
May 22—Jun 30, 2017

BAM Visual Art presents a new work by Guinean painter and illustrator Maeva Kounta.
MORE

Free

Film Series
FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

FilmAfrica 2017
May 26—May 29, 2017

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea.
MORE

Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar
May 27—May 29, 2017
Rain or Shine!

DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.
MORE

Free

Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Master Class
Mon, May 29, 2017

Participants are introduced to West African rhythmic traditions and learn the fundamentals of Guinean movement styles in this immersive workshop.
MORE

Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Mon, May 29, 2017

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music.
MORE

Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, and one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
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Music/Dance – CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! 2017

Celebrate Brooklyn!

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Wednesday June 7

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Lake Street Dive

June 7, 2017 · 8:15PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · Free

A modern day quartet known for their unique, rollicking mix of R&B, jazz, soul, and 60s-era rock.

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Saturday June 10

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Alice Smith / Bilal / Kris Bowers

June 10, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Alice Smith’s voice is a rare and deeply expressive instrument, anchoring her R&B-meets-jazz songwriting with a treasure trove of memorable, personal lyrics

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Thursday June 15

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Benefit Concert: The Shins / Tennis

June 15, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · $40

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Saturday June 17

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Lisa Loeb with The Knights

June 17, 2017 · 3:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

In our annual children’s concert, Lisa Loeb will bring us an afternoon of fun-loving, sing-along-able numbers, joined by the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights.

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Thursday June 22

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Yeasayer / Poliça / Cymbals Eat Guitars

June 22, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

The illustrious experimental rock trio Yeasayer makes their bandshell debut, alongside Poliça and Cymbals Eat Guitars.

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Friday June 23

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

Pharoah Sanders / Brooklyn Raga Massive: Coltrane Tribute

June 23, 2017 · 7:30PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

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Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders takes to the bandshell, after Brooklyn Raga Massive tips their cap to Sanders with a tribute to the music of Coltrane.

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Saturday June 24

BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL

The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Kirk Knight / Goapele / Natasha Diggs

June 24, 2017 · 7:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

BUD LIGHT MUSIC SERIES
New Orleans’ most beloved brass ensemble The Soul Rebels brings the spirit of the bayou to the bandshell for an evening, joined by special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Kirk Knight.

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Thursday June 29

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Lila Downs / Orkesta Mendoza

June 29, 2017 · 7:30PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Lila Downs is one of today’s great ambassadors of Mexican folk music, while Orkesta Mendoza specializes in cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic prism.

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Friday June 30

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Garth Fagan Dance

June 30, 2017 · 8:00PM@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Garth Fagan Dance celebrates its 45th season at the bandshell, having changed the landscape of movement with its innovative blend of modern dance, ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance.

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ONE OF NEW YORK CITY’S LONGEST RUNNING, FREE, OUTDOOR PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVALS.

Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization and has become one of the city’s foremost summer cultural attractions.

All BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free! The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.

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May 18, 2017 Posted by | #dance, avant-garde, BUSINESS, Dance, ENTREPRENEURS, FOOD AND WINE, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

DANCE! This Weekend!Periapsis Open Series *Bklyn 4/28,29 & 30!

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The Periapsis Open Series is this Sunday!

5:00 pm and 8:00 pm at GK ArtsCenter (29 Jay Street, Brooklyn)
Part of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance FestivalTICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR

A fascinating program that you won’t want to miss:

From Julia Bengtsson’s shadow play to Logos Dance Collective’s study of bats; from a solo by Belinda McGuire to Alison Cook Beatty’s ensemble of 22 dancers and 6 musicians, there promises to be some new discoveries for everybody!

See these artists in action below:

Alison Cook Beatty Dance in rehearsal for MAHAWAY: SPRING ETERNAL, photo by Russell Haydn.

Belinda McGuire, photo by Gothamfotografia.

What Grows on Trees, by Julia Bengtsson and Charlotte Mundy

Logos Dance Collective (Barbara Gail Montero)
P.S. —

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival!  There are some amazing artists on Friday and Saturday night, too, like:

Ariel Rivka Dance, Asya Zlatina and Dancers, Benjamin Briones Ballet, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, Christopher Caines Dance, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC), metaphors&similesDANCE, New Chamber Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and Trainor Dance

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

including the Periapsis Open Series

GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance

GK ArtsCenter presents the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival! Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, artistic director of Periapsis Music and Dance, the festival brings together choreographers from New York City and beyond who have each found their own unique artistic voice.

The third day of the festival is reserved for the Periapsis Open Series, which specifically presents choreographers engaged in musical collaborations.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 pm:
– Ariel Rivka Dance
– Benjamin Briones Ballet
– ChristinaNoel & the Creature
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
– Thomas/Ortiz Dance

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm:
– Asya Zlatina
– Christopher Caines Dance
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– metaphors&similesDANCE
– New Chamber Ballet
– Trainor Dance

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm AND 8:00 pm
Periapsis Open Series
– Alison Cook Beatty Dance with composer Dorian Wallace
– Belinda McGuire Dance Projects
– Julia Bengtsson with composer Charlotte Mundy
– Logos Dance Collective with composer Dmitri Tymoczko 

The Periapsis Open Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

ticket link: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11423 Thank you!

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WE Recommend : DANCE 4/28th,29th, &30th BKLYN BRIDGE DANCE FESTIVAL

We Highly Recommend attending ALL THREE DAYS!

Ballet! Modern! Interpretive! Alternative!

Jonathan Howard Katz is extremely creative and organized, as befits a composer-pianist-founder-curator, whose own compositions will be showcased during the month of June.

He is wildly excited about the programming at the Fist Annual Brooklyn Bridge Dance,Festival, And so are We.

 

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WHO: GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance, Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, Artistic Director of Periapsis Music and Dance

WHAT: The FIRST annual Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival including Periapsis Open Series

WHEN: Friday, April 28 at 8:00pm, Saturday, April 29 at 8:00pm, Sunday April 30 at 5:00pm and 8:00pm

WHERE: GK ArtsCenter (aka Gelsey Kirkland Academy), 29 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY, Accessible by the A,C, and F trains

Please see below for a complete lineup.

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival

including the Periapsis Open Series

GK ArtsCenter and Periapsis Music and Dance

GK ArtsCenter presents the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival! Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, artistic director of Periapsis Music and Dance, the festival brings together choreographers from New York City and beyond who have each found their own unique artistic voice.

The third day of the festival is reserved for the Periapsis Open Series, which specifically presents choreographers engaged in musical collaborations.

Friday, April 28, 8:00 pm:
– Ariel Rivka Dance
– Benjamin Briones Ballet
– ChristinaNoel & the Creature
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC)
– Thomas/Ortiz Dance

Saturday, April 29, 8:00 pm:
– Asya Zlatina
– Christopher Caines Dance
– Gelsey Kirkland Ballet
– metaphors&similesDANCE
– New Chamber Ballet
– Trainor Dance

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm AND 8:00 pm
Periapsis Open Series
– Alison Cook Beatty Dance with composer Dorian Wallace
– Belinda McGuire Dance Projects
– Julia Bengtsson with composer Charlotte Mundy
– Logos Dance Collective with composer Dmitri Tymoczko 

 

 

 

April 24, 2017 Posted by | ART, BUSINESS, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, GUIDES, HOLIDAY GUIDES, Music, Uncategorized, We Recommend | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC – Upcoming Events › SummerStage *NYC #Summer

Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon

June 3 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

American soul & gospel icon with hold-nothing-back, post-modern R&B sensations

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Free

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante

June 11 @ 5:00 pm  8:00 pm
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. 
Queens, NY

P-Funk architect & funk innovator with a host of Queen’s own classic hip-hop pioneers as part of The Only In Queens Summer Festival

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 12 @ 7:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, and tenor Stephen Costello, joined by pianist Dan Saunders….

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Free

Yiddish Soul featuring The Klezmatics / Zusha / The Maccabeats / Special Guest Cantors: Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer / Emcee: Nachum Segal presented in association with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

June 14 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Cantorial classics and new Yiddish music from contemporary Chassidic artists

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 14 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Furman St.,Water St. and John St. bet. Atlantic Ave.,Old Fulton St.,Main St.,Adams St., & Jay St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works…

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$55

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

June 15 @ 6:30 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Internationally celebrated & Grammy award-winning musician Elvis Costello, on the “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour…

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 16 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Clove Lakes Park 

Forest Ave., Victory Blvd., bet. Clove Rd. and Brookside Ave., Royal Oak Rd. 
Staten Island, NY 10301

Rising star singers perform favorite arias & duets in a program presented by the Met Opera …

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Free

Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore / Blue Lab Beats in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival

June 17 @ 6:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Pioneering British vocalist, composer of contemporary orchestral funk and two new projects of groundbreaking futuristic jazz, soul and hip-hop

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 17 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Crotona Park 

Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Av to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East 
Bronx, NY

An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars….

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City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner

June 19 @ 6:30 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

GALA CONCERT & DINNER HONORING MICHAEL L. REINERT, ESQ. AND CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE. Held under the stars at SummerStage in Central Park, the City Parks Foundation Gala honors Michael L. Reinert, Esq., a partner at Fox Rothchild, LLP., with the ‘People and Parks Award’ and celebrates the music of David Bowie with performances by “Sound and Vision: The Music of David Bowie” and surprise guests….

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Free

Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni

June 21 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

An evening of French contemporary talent and genres ranging from hip-hop to soul and pop

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Free

Digable Planets

June 21 @ 6:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The poetic hip-hop trio are still cool like dat

Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy…

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Free

Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F

June 22 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Indie-folk singer/songwriter focuses her talent on guitar-driven pop songs…

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Free

Just Blaze in association with Meanred

June 23 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

World renowned hip-hop DJ/producer and Jay Z, Kanye West collaborator…

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 23 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Socrates Sculpture Park 

2-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City 
Queens, NY 11106

Metropolitan Opera stars perform an evening of arias & duets from some of opera’s most beloved works featuring soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun, joined by pianist Dan Saunders….

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Free

Denzel Curry in association with Move Forward Music

June 24 @ 5:00 pm  7:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

High energy Florida rapper with versatile range from Rick Ross to Little Dragon, delivers electric live show…

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Free

The Gift / Dead Combo / Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute

June 24 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

An exploration of Portuguese sounds, from fado to the contemporary universe of indie rock, pop & jazz

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Free

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 24 @ 7:00 pm  8:30 pm
Jackie Robinson Park 

West 150th Street and Edgecombe Avenue 
New York, NY 10039 United States

Rising star singers perform favorite arias & duets in a program presented by the Met Opera …

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Free

Robert Glasper / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival

June 25 @ 2:00 pm  7:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Grammy winning jazz and R&B icon meets rising Brooklyn soul collective and NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concerts winner

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Free

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

June 25 @ 4:00 pm  7:00 pm
Coffey Park 

Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Teacher showcases his signature lyrical skill & messages that have made him a legend

Featuring 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep…

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Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York

June 26 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

Korea GAYOJE (‘music festival’) blending traditional Korean sounds with glam rock, contemporary world music & hip-hop

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Free

Freedom Party® NYC

June 28 @ 5:00 pm  10:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park 

Rumsey Playfield 
New York, NY

NYC’s legendary old-school dance party comes to Central Park

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Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rythm Revue

June 28 @ 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park 

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

Patriarchs of Go-go music move crowds with the help of DC’s own Let Me Clear My Throat MC…

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Free

Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore

June 29 @ 6:00 pm  9:00 pm
Betsy Head Park 

Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., 
Brooklyn, NY

R&B chanteuse and balladeer delivers feel good upbeat music, with DJ pioneer & inventor of the scratch
Featuring 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy. …

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We Recommend AFROPUNK The Takeover- Harlem Co-Produced by Harlem Stage February 21- 25, 2017

AFROPUNK

The Takeover- Harlem

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage

February 21- 25, 2017

Co-Produced by Harlem Stage, The Apollo Theater and a host of legendary Harlem venues, AFROPUNK commemorates Black History Month by celebrating African-American culture and engaging with contemporary thought and issues, in the New York neighborhood that’s been central to the black American experience for well over a century. AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem will present a week-long series of events featuring live musical performances, film screenings, comedy shows, jam sessions and frank discussions on identity, art and protest.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

BLACK JOY AS AN EXPRESSION OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION

OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION

7:00PM, FREE (Suggested donation $10)

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY 10035

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The kickoff event of  AFROPUNK The Takeover – Harlem confronts this historic political moment with a conversation about the diverse expression and cultural significance of Black Joy!  With stereotypical images and tropes of “Blackness” inundating today’s media, it is imperative to explore the creative resistance, expression and liberation housed in our joy — on our own terms, in our own words. This panel discussion will explore the ways our various institutions and movements continue to tell our stories and introduce counter-narratives that genuinely celebrate who we are as a people. It will shine a light on  the tools that have helped heal, activate and keep the cultural expressions of our communities unapologetic and liberated.

Participating in the panel will be

Zoe Kravitz, actress/musician

Larry Ossei-Mensah, co-founder of ARTNOIR

Sade Lythcott, CEO of National Black Theatre

Matthew Morgan, Founder of AFROPUNK

Moderated by André D. Singleton, Co-Founder of The Very Black Project

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

HARLEM STAGE

TAMAR-KALI: DEMON FRUIT BLUES – A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWING

7:30PM, $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Connecting the dots between modern day rock, gospel, blues and original African rhythms, Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues is a multidisciplinary work that explores and deconstructs interrogates gender binaries, patriarchy and womanhood by examining the origins of misogyny. Through the use of music and movement by Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDemon Fruit Blues interrogates the ‘curse of womanhood’ in Judeo-Christian ideology and how this perception of the female body reverberates in modern day western society, in an effort to heal a culture of “unspoken” influences that psychically severs the ties between history and culture. This work-in-progress showing will be preceded by the screening of a short film and followed by a panel discussion with the Tamar-kaliAdia Whitaker,  Ashley Brockington, Feminista Jones and more.

 

THE SHED: OPEN JAM SESSION – AFROPUNK EDITION

GIN FIZZ HARLEM

9pm-12am, FREE

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Ranked as one of New York City’s “Top 5 Jam Sessions,” #TheShed is a bi-weekly gathering that takes place at Gin Fizz Harlem. It is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer, AnuSun, and provides a taste of the New Renaissance happening in Harlem, and a launch-pad for emerging musical talent. Join us for the special AFROPUNK Edition of The Shed, you never know who might come through!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

BEARING WITNESS AS PROTEST

THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

6PM-8:30PM, $7 GA/ $3 Students

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

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Explore current and historical expressions of dissent in contemporary art at The Window and The Breaking of the Window and Circa 1970, two current exhibitions at The Studio Museum. The evening will begin with a guided walk-through the exhibitions, followed by a public dialogue on bearing witness as an act of protest, and on the actions needed to create the path ahead.

The discussion will be a public dialogue about bearing witness as an act of protest with members of Harlem CopwatchOasa DuVerney (Featured artist in The Window and the Breaking of the Window) and moderated by Chaédria LaBouvier (creator of Basquiat’s Defacement).

AFROPUNK & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS present A Night Of Comedy Featuring Gina Yashere Doors: 9:00PM; Show: 9:30PM, $20 ADV/$25 DOS GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB at Red Rooster  310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Purchase Tickets Now

AFROPUNK and Jill Newman Productions are collaborating to present – AFROPUNK Comedy featuring Nigerian-UK comic Gina Yashere. Gina Yashere is a stand up Comedian and TV star from the UK that broke onto the American scene in NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Def Comedy Jam. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and in her 1 hour Stand Up Special on Showtime, Skinny B*tch.  Kevin Avery is a comedian and Emmy award-winning writer. His writing credits include HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, VH1′s Best Week Ever and the critically acclaimed FX original series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on which he had the distinction of serving as head writer.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017

AFROPUNK  & THE CINEMA AT THE MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER present a screening of

THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA

6:30PM; $10 Donation

THE CINEMA AT MAYSLES DOCUMENTARY CENTER

343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

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The Talk – Race in America – a documentary about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. The film profiles, Dr. Christi GriffinSamaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, who was a 12-year-old boy killed by the Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun in a local park;Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York police officer, Kenya Barris, creator/executive producer of Peabody Award-winning ABC series black-ishNas, musician/activist, John Singleton, director/screenwriter/producer; and Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist.

MAD FREE & AFROPUNK present The Hair Tales:  An Appropriation Conversation

Harlem Stage

7:30pm; $15

150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

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Cultural critic and image activist Michaela Angela Davis teams up with Franchesca Ramsey, actress/comedian/provocateur and creator of the YouTube sensation Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls, to engage in a candid and kinky communal conversation about Black Girl hair culture in the age of  #BlackGirlMagic & #BlackLivesMatter. Designed as a Pan-African Parisian Salon, the evening will feature improvisational braiding by Ancestral Strands, exclusive set pieces by Enitan Vintage, cocktails and YOU.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

THE APOLLO THEATER

AFROPUNK: “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK” THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SONGBOOK REMIXED, A CELEBRATION OF BLACK PROTEST MUSIC

7:30PM, Tickets start at $33.50

253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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Creative & Musical Direction by Robert Glasper

With Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band

Featuring Special Guests

Bilal,  Toshi Reagon, Staceyann Chin, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV ON THE RADIO) and more

AFROPUNK pays homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black.

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Harlem Arts Festival -Updates *NYC

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#HAFARTIST TALKS:

SAMORA PINDERHUGHES ON ART AND ACTIVISM

As a Harlem transplant, Pinderhughes recognizes that his presence in the historic neighborhood is “a complicated reality.” He recognizes that the same struggle with gentrification in Harlem is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Pinderhughes was raised.
We sat down with Samora to learn more about his most recent acclaimed album, The Transformations Suite, and his thoughts on art and activism.

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HAF ARTIST NEWS + UPCOMING GREAT EVENTS!

NEW ARTIST TRACK: LI’L LIZA JANE

In anticipation of their forthcoming mixtape, #HAF2015 Artist Sammy Miller and the Congregation released the 1st track of the mixtape! Listen to it on Spotify by clicking the image above or here — it’ll get the party started! Be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates on their website as they’ll be touring around the country. For everyone in New York, the release party will be next Sunday, February 26th at The Woods, 8 PM. It’ll be quite a party.!

EDDIE PALMIERI: CELEBRATING 80 YEARS

March 3-4 @ 8pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater

Eddie Palmieri is an incomparable performer and bandleader of some of the most energetic concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history. This season, the NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award-winner continues his fast-paced career in Rose Theater for an 80th birthday blowout. One of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger, and composer known for skillfully fusing complex jazz harmonies with the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage and of various Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean fusions.

Purchase Tickets and Find Out More here! >

UPTOWN ARTS STROLL: CALLING ARTISTS AND VENDORS!

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance has announced a call for artists and all kinds of participants for the 15th Uptown Arts Stroll, in Washington Heights-Inwood and West Harlem, from West 135th to 220th Street, in June. The stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 31 to June 30, 2017, with $1,000 goes to this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest winner, exclusive graphic representation on all publications throughout the month-long arts fest, and more!
The deadline is this Friday, February 24th, so check out the links below to find out more!

How To Participate >
Submit a Booking >
List Your Studio >
Submit Your Venue >

Contact artstroll@nomaanyc.org with any questions.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | ART, avant-garde, CULTURE, ENTREPRENEURS, HOLIDAY GUIDES, opportunity, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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