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In New York City (NYC) you don't have to spend a dime to listen to good music, as free concerts abound in New York whether it is Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall. Just take a look at the concert schedule below.

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The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor &amp; Boody Organ Builders.
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Concerts, May 24, 2015, 05/24/2015, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation
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With Lisa Joy Sitjar, piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 24, 2015, 05/24/2015, Piano Works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel

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Concerts, May 24, 2015, 05/24/2015, Samba, bossa nova, jazz and soul
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Lead by Carlos Ortiz, this high-energy 10-piece salsa/jazz band is made up of some of the best musicians in the Northeast. Orquesta Fuerza Gigante House Party! Dancing on the Hudson. With Master of Ceremonies, master spinner DJ Sherwin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 25, 2015, 05/25/2015, Memorial Day Music Marathon
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Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America. Performers TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 25, 2015, 05/25/2015, New Music in in the Park

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Concerts, May 25, 2015, 05/25/2015, Choral works at one of the most important concert halls of NYC
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Program: Beethoven’s Egmont Overture Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the 24th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert, a tradition begun in 1992 as a gift to the people of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 25, 2015, 05/25/2015, NY Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert: Works by Beethoven and Shostakovich
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 26, 2015, 05/26/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Corey-James Crawford, countertenor; Claudia Dumschat, piano and organ.
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Concerts, May 26, 2015, 05/26/2015, Great Organ Recital: Midday Monday

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Concerts, May 26, 2015, 05/26/2015, World known pianist and a choir perform Chopin, Britten and more

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Concerts, May 26, 2015, 05/26/2015, Blues with a Twist
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Glee star Darren Criss is hosting this year’s FREE Stars in the Alley concert in New York City, which features free performances from over 20 new and long-running Broadway shows. Criss, who starred in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2012, is currently playing the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 27, 2015, 05/27/2015, Broadway Stars in the Alley Concert featuring Glee's Darren Criss
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A jazz concert for the midtown community. These popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists. The programming is overseen by jazz pianist Ronny Whyte.
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Concerts, May 27, 2015, 05/27/2015, Midday Jazz
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Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Concerts, May 27, 2015, 05/27/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist

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Concerts, May 27, 2015, 05/27/2015, Works of Brahms, Debussy and more
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Vocal activist Melanie Demore weaves the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals and her own original music.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 28, 2015, 05/28/2015, Melanie Demore, African American Folk Vocalist
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An accomplished student of the bass, guitar, and mandolin, David Mayfield grew up on the road with his family’s bluegrass band and has performed of late with The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and Jessica Lea Mayfield. His album Good Man Down was funded by the popular crowdsourcing site Kickstarter and raised more than double its initial goal. Hear this up-and-coming Americana singer/songwriter in all his “acoustic, beardy goodness” (American Songwriter) as he performs songs from his latest LP Strangers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2015, 05/28/2015, The David Mayfield Parade performs from the CD Strangers
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This performance concludes an ongoing series co-presented by the ACFNY and the Talea Ensemble. This concert explores Clemens Gadenstaetter's large ensemble works in North American premiere performances, and features the world premiere of a new work for large ensemble commissioned by the ACFNY specifically for this occasion.
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Concerts, May 28, 2015, 05/28/2015, American Immersion: Clemens Gadenstaetter
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A native New Yorker, Liz Childs started singing early in school and in her father’s church, and her jazz education began with the flute, at Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she studied with a member of the Cecil Taylor Jazz Ensemble, in residence at Antioch. Her interest in further exploring jazz and improvised singing was sparked when she was invited to participate in a workshop with avant guard Polish theatre director, Jerzy Grotowski’s theatre group. The group drew parallels between jazz vocal performance and the powerful theatre pieces they created out of improvised ritual and movement, and inspired Liz to embark on a search for her own voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2015, 05/28/2015, Liz Childs Jazz
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Guitar World Magazine calls her music "an energetic acoustic guitar assault by this skilled, funky speed demon." Zullo approaches the ‘one man band set’ with a focused frenzy on the acoustic guitar technique and songs they are centered around. A standout from many one-individual shows, Zullo slaps and picks her acoustic at lightning speeds, weaving in and out of the loops on live drums she played just moments earlier. Her feet simultaneously play the bass via midi foot pedals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Friday Freshen Up Concert: Kelly Zullo
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Faculty member Renee Heitmann performs in concert. Heitmann compares different settings of Mignon text/lieder in this lecture recital. A reception will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Faculty Recital: Renee Heitmann, soprano

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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Orchestral works of Schuman, Copland and more
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Hosted by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and exploring genres from traditional and contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock, and neo soul. Great music, great vibes, and a great time.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, The Lab Sessions: Experimental Jazz Party and Jam Session

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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Flute works of Debussy, Borne and more
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Acclaimed saxophonist Jay Rodriguez joins Grammy-nominated jazz legends Groove Collective and special guests to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the touchstone album and documentary, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. Named 1994’s record of the year by TIME Magazine, the album, along with an accompanying film, was a watershed work in exploring the impact of AIDS on the African-American community, bringing together jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd with hip-hop artists like The Roots and The Pharcyde. This special, two-night celebration revisits a landmark piece of cultural history with many of the musicians who made it immortal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Red Hot and Cool: 20 Years Revisited
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Founded shortly after the September 11 tragedies, the all-volunteer Peace of Heart Choir is committed to promoting healing, diversity, community bonding, and mutual understanding through music. Join the choir for an uplifting afternoon of songs from many cultures, including works from the Library's collections.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Peace of Heart Choir
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The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Concert on Water
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Julia Bullock has spun the high, pure solo lines in Baroque opera and melted hearts singing “Somewhere” from Bernstein’s West Side Story; as a recitalist, she has performed everything from Messiaen and Berio to arrangements of Josephine Baker songs. A winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, The New York Times has called her an “impressive, fast-rising soprano.” Renate Rohlfing is one of the most versatile and accomplished collaborative pianists of her generation. She has played with leading performers, including soprano Anna Netrebko, and under the direction of conductors John Adams, Alan Gilbert, Robert Spano, and others. This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Julia Bullock, Award-Winning Soprano
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A What a Neighborhood! concert with music for violin, piano, and bassoon by Elizabeth Adams, Jean-Luc Bouchard, Gregory C. Brown, Peter Homans, Stephen Siegel, and poetry by Naomi Replansky and others. Vita Wallace, violin; Ishmael Wallace, piano; bassoon TBA
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Into the Body of the Light: The Two Worlds Are One

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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, jazz, blues, funk and R&amp;B
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The New York Piano Society is proud to announce its 2015 Season Finale Concert to take place. Young virtuoso and international concert violinist, guest artist Filip Pogády, will be returning to the stage alongside NYPS pianists. One of the most promising violinists of his generation and praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”. Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and more performed by NYPS pianists, who are professionals in fields other than music.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, The New York Piano Society performs Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchiakovsky
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Program: MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen - Alex Boyd, Baritone MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 - Olga Gurevich, Piano BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, New York Session Symphony's Debut Performance: Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven
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Competition and concert featuring The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Generations V Music Competition with Composers Concordance
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MARCUS GOLDHABER has been called “wonderfully imaginative” (JazzTimes) and “exciting and fresh” (Jazziz) as he quickly gains a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting and intimate approach to straight-ahead jazz. His first two albums garnered tremendous critical acclaim, with PEOPLE Magazine, in a four-star review of his most recent, saying the New Yorker “will have you giddy one moment and melancholy the next and loving every note.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Marcus Goldhaber, 'Exciting and Fresh' Jazzer
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Acclaimed saxophonist Jay Rodriguez joins Grammy-nominated jazz legends Groove Collective and special guests to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the touchstone album and documentary, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. Named 1994’s record of the year by TIME Magazine, the album, along with an accompanying film, was a watershed work in exploring the impact of AIDS on the African-American community, bringing together jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd with hip-hop artists like The Roots and The Pharcyde. This special, two-night celebration revisits a landmark piece of cultural history with many of the musicians who made it immortal.
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Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Red Hot and Cool: 20 Years Revisited

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Concerts, May 31, 2015, 05/31/2015, Samba, bossa nova, jazz and soul
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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Concerts, June 02, 2015, 06/02/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Program: Timo Andres Clear and Cold (2013) for solo piano, New York premiere Andres Piano Quintet (2012) Andres Thrive on Routine (2010) for string quartet The American Contemporary Music Ensemble presents works from fast-rising star Timo Andres, whose music “achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene” (The New Yorker). Performers: Caroline Shaw, violin Ben Russell, violin Caleb Burhans, viola Clarice Jensen, cello and artistic director Timo Andres piano
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Concerts, June 02, 2015, 06/02/2015, The American Contemporary Music Ensemble
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Program: OLIVER CAPLAN Lunastella Fugue EMMA LOU DIEMER Lament ADA GENTILE Improvviso EUGENE MARLOW Undiminished PATRICIA MOREHEAD Come Dance With Me The Dance of Life MARGARITA ZELENAIA Foxtrot With: William Meredith, oboe; Gilbert Dejean, bassoon; Max Lifchitz, conductor, The North/South Chamber Orchestra
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Concerts, June 02, 2015, 06/02/2015, The Dance of Life: Music by Composers from Canada, Italy and the US

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Concerts, June 02, 2015, 06/02/2015, Blues with a Twist
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Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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Program: John Zorn The Aristos (2014) ten metaphysical ambiguities for violin, cello, and piano Zorn Hexentarot (2013) twelve simple canons for the witches' Sabbath for violin, cello, and piano Zorn Amour Fou (1999) New-music maverick John Zorn created this program of three works for violin, piano, and cello that run the gamut between heaven and hell. Performers: Vicky Chow, piano Jennifer Choi, violin Michael Nicolas, cello
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Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Trios by Zorn
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A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) and Jonathan Singer (tabla).
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Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music

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Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Soul, funk and rock cover band
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Program: MOZART Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 407 JANÁCEK Mládí SCHUMANN Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
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Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Ensemble ACJW performs works by Mozart, Schumann, Janacek
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Aula Harmoniae explores Renaissance and Baroque music from the Iberian Peninsula written for flauto travesrso, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Composers presented will be Diego Ortiz (c.1510-c.1570), Antonio Correa Braga (fl. 17th Century), José Herrando (c.1720-1763), and Luis Misón (1727-1766). Performers: Sang Joon Park, flauto traverso Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba Arthur Haas, harpsichord
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Concerts, June 04, 2015, 06/04/2015, Renaissance and Baroque Music from the Iberian Peninsula

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Concerts, June 05, 2015, 06/05/2015, Baroque opera
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Featuring: Meshell Ndgeocello - Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&amp;B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness. Roy Hargrove - At 36, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he has recorded an album with a hand-picked collection of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists (With the Tenors of Our Time), an album of standards with strings (Moment to Moment) and, in 2003, introduced his own hip hop/jazz collective The RH Factor with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength). Gabriel Garzón-Montano - Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid. A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City’s unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch’s famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry’s home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 06, 2015, 06/06/2015, The Blue Note Jazz Festival
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Concerts, June 06, 2015, 06/06/2015, Concert on Water
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Angelique Kidjo - In an expansive career marked as much by extraordinary musical achievement as passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, Angelique Kidjo has found many ways to celebrate the rich, enlightening truth about the continent’s women beyond the media spotlight. On Eve, her highly anticipated Savoy Records debut named for her own mother as well as the mythical “mother of all living,” the Benin-born singer/songwriter builds on this ever-evolving legacy with a 13-track, three interlude set of melodically rich, rhythmically powerful expressions of female empowerment. Emmanuel Jal (Paul) was born into the life of a child soldier in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences. Jal’s fifth studio album, The Key, was released in September 2014 and included collaborations with Nile Rodgers and Nelly Furtado. The album blends traditional African music with contemporary urban, hip hop and global pop music rhythms, while incorporating EDM, reggae/dub, soul and Afro beat elements. Rich Medina - For over two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as a world class 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 Fader, Wax Poetics and Complex Magazine.
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Concerts, June 07, 2015, 06/07/2015, Socially Conscious Music: Angelique Kidjo / Emmanuel Jal / Rich Medina

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Concerts, June 07, 2015, 06/07/2015, Choral works by Fauré,  Duruflé and more

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Concerts, June 07, 2015, 06/07/2015, Afro-Cuban Latin jazz and soul
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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Concerts, June 09, 2015, 06/09/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Concerts, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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From Appleton East High School (Appleton, Wisconsin). Choral works and arrangements by Viadana, Gjeilo, Gawthrop, Johnson, Victoria, Betinis, David, Holmes and Hogan.
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Concerts, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Easterners Singers
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Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thoms on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and more, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his vast experience with Latin percussion instruments and musical styles to audiences in a way that is both engaging and educational.
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Concerts, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Renato Thoms, Percussionist and Vocalist
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A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Jiaju Shen (pipa) and Yuda Deng (guitar).
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Concerts, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
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Experience the dazzling acrobatics of the baroque courts in music for oboes, bassoon and bass. Kleine Kammermusik presents a program that travels through Paris and Dresden, featuring works by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Louis-Antoine Dornel, and Johann Friedrich Fasch. Performers: Geoffrey Burgess, oboe Meg Owens, oboe Stephanie Corwin, bassoon Rebecca Humphrey Diederich, cello Leon Schelhase, harpsichord
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Concerts, June 11, 2015, 06/11/2015, Baroque Virtuosity: Music by Zelenka, Dornel and Fasch
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Cady Finlayson offers a spirited fiddle show with a global twist, blending traditional Irish tunes with world rhythms and American folk music. She has performed in 33 states at venues including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland's State Theatre, Town Hall, and the Great Irish Fair. Her latest CD, "Irish Coffee" received a nomination for "Best Celtic CD of 2007" by the NAR lifestyle Awards. Cady performs both with her full band and as a duo with French guitarist Vita Tanga.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 11, 2015, 06/11/2015, Cady Finlayson: Spirited Irish Music
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Transcending genre boundaries, Lukas Ligeti has developed his own multifaceted approach to music making that draws upon the experimentalism of the New York downtown scene, electronic musics, and the rich traditions of African music.
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Concerts, June 11, 2015, 06/11/2015, Composer-Performer Lukas Ligeti's Focus
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Lettuce - After celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce is not showing any signs of slowing. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in San Francisco to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bonnaroo to Pemberton and all points in-between, Lettuce is poised to continue their rapid growth for years to come. The Soul Rebels - The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass band tradition they grew up with. They took that tradition and blended funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. Together with a group of young, like-minded musicians from all over New Orleans, they formed The Soul Rebels and set out to make their mark on the music they love. The band has settled on an eight-piece lineup that can be heard on their international debut release Unlock Your Mind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 13, 2015, 06/13/2015, Old-School Funk: Lettuce / The Soul Rebels
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Join percussionist/vocalist Renato Thoms on an interactive journey through the Caribbean and Latin America with the rhythms of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil and more. A veteran musician who has performed with such luminaries of Latin music as Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and more, this extraordinary and charismatic musician brings his vast experience with Latin percussion instruments and musical styles to audiences in a way that is both engaging and educational.
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Concerts, June 13, 2015, 06/13/2015, Renato Thoms, Percussionist and Vocalist
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The chamber music ensemble Vista Lirica performs music by Debussy, Berg, Brahms, and others. The name 'Vista Lirica' is taken from Italian and means 'lyric perspective.' Inspired by 19th century, nature-centric luminaries, such as Beethoven, Schiller, and Brahms, Vista Lirica regularly presents events in tandem with environmental organizations, in addition to traditional concerts. Join an afternoon of music celebrating the beauty of nature.
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Concerts, June 13, 2015, 06/13/2015, Vista Lirica performs Debussy, Brahms, Berg
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Cady Finlayson offers a spirited fiddle show with a global twist, blending traditional Irish tunes with world rhythms and American folk music. She has performed in 33 states at venues including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland's State Theatre, Town Hall, and the Great Irish Fair. Her latest CD, "Irish Coffee" received a nomination for "Best Celtic CD of 2007" by the NAR lifestyle Awards. Cady performs both with her full band and as a duo with French guitarist Vita Tanga.
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Concerts, June 13, 2015, 06/13/2015, Cady Finlayson: Spirited Irish Music
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Concerts, June 13, 2015, 06/13/2015, Concert on Water
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An all-ages performance by Socalled. Socalled, born Josh Dolgin, is a Montreal-based musician, known for mixing hip hop and klezmer into a unique blend of acoustic and electronic music. A pianist and accordion player as well as a rapper and producer, Socalled has collaborated with artists as varied as Fred Wesley, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Matisyahu, Theodore Bikel, and Derrick Carter. The subject of The Socalled Movie, a feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada, he has been making records and touring the world for over a decade.
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Concerts, June 14, 2015, 06/14/2015, Family Concert with Socalled

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Concerts, June 14, 2015, 06/14/2015, Disney songs performed by youth choirs
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“This fine, imaginative ensemble is well worth keeping an eye on” (The Washington Post). The Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet has risen to the top ranks of string ensembles by masterfully performing repertoire classics, championing lesser-known works, commissioning new music, and playing its own transcriptions. Winners of top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild and Banff International String Quartet competitions, the Ensō String Quartet recently recorded a new album of quartets by great operatic composers.
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Concerts, June 14, 2015, 06/14/2015, Enso String Quartet, 'Fine, Imaginative,' Grammy Nominees

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Concerts, June 14, 2015, 06/14/2015, Afro-Cuban Latin jazz and soul
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Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker. An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son. Ol' Blue Eyes on Screen 120 minutes
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Concerts, June 15, 2015, 06/15/2015, Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959): Widower's World
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars. Janai Brugger is a soprano hailing from Chicago, Illinois. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 as Liù in Turandot and also starred as Helena in The Enchanted Island. Nathan Gunn is a baritone hailing from South Bend, Indiana. He has sung in more than 100 Metropolitan Opera performances consisting of 14 roles, including the title role of Billy Budd, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Clyde Griffiths in the world premiere of Picker’s An American Tragedy, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and in the ensemble of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (debut, 1995). Isabel Leonard is a New York based mezzo-soprano. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette. Other Met appearances include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Miranda in The Tempest, Rosina, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Dan Saunders is a pianist hailing from Perry, New York. His career highlights include performances in recital with singers including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Tatiana Troyanos, Samuel Ramey, and Thomas Allen; and with instrumentalists including violinists Eugen Fodor and Tomoko Kato.
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Concerts, June 15, 2015, 06/15/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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Concerts, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Featuring Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yankv Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, Zusha. Music Director: Avremi Gourarie. Music Supervisor: Zalmen Mlotek. Yiddish Soul features five of the leading cantorial singers from the modern Chassidic music scene. Incorporating contemporary musical styles and sensibilities, while keeping the message and the poetry pure and true to the ethical tenets of Judaism, modern orthodox music has swept up a generation of young Jewish music fans. The liturgical music of the Cantor has for centuries been the spiritual gateway for Jewish worshippers and communities in synagogues around the world. The virtuosity and deeply emotional artistry of the world’s great cantors has been a passion of music aficionados from the earliest days of the recording and film media, when cantors like the legendary Yosele Rosenblatt became models of vocal virtuosity. Today, this sound has crossed over into mainstream jazz and world music festivals and performing arts centers worldwide.
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Concerts, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music

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Concerts, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Works of Debussy, Liszt, Ravel, Schubert and more
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Program: Leopold Mozart: Concerto for alphorn and chamber orchestra Frederico Busoni: Concertino for clarinet and small orchestra op. 48 Jean Francaix: L’Horloge de Flore for oboe and chamber Orchestra Maurice Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess With: Alphorn, Clarinet, Oboe, and Orchestra Stanley Drucker, clarinet Joseph Anderer, alphorn
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Concerts, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Works for Alphorn, Oboe and Clarinet by Ravel, Busoni, and Leopold Mozart
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Concerts, June 17, 2015, 06/17/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) and Moto Fukushima (bass).
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Concerts, June 17, 2015, 06/17/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars. Janai Brugger is a soprano hailing from Chicago, Illinois. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 as Liù in Turandot and also starred as Helena in The Enchanted Island. Nathan Gunn is a baritone hailing from South Bend, Indiana. He has sung in more than 100 Metropolitan Opera performances consisting of 14 roles, including the title role of Billy Budd, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Clyde Griffiths in the world premiere of Picker’s An American Tragedy, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and in the ensemble of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (debut, 1995). Isabel Leonard is a New York based mezzo-soprano. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette. Other Met appearances include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Miranda in The Tempest, Rosina, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Dan Saunders is a pianist hailing from Perry, New York. His career highlights include performances in recital with singers including Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Tatiana Troyanos, Samuel Ramey, and Thomas Allen; and with instrumentalists including violinists Eugen Fodor and Tomoko Kato.
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Concerts, June 17, 2015, 06/17/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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Susan Kagan, piano, and Eric Grossman, violin, will play works by Beethoven and Schubert.
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Concerts, June 18, 2015, 06/18/2015, Colleagues in Concert: Beethoven, Schubert
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Program: Leo Sowerby: Toccata J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971 arranged by Christopher Houlihan Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, WoO 9 Johannes Brahms: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, Op. 122, No. 11 Louis Vierne: Menuet, Romance and Final, from Symphony No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 32 J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 With: Christopher Houlihan, organist.
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Concerts, June 18, 2015, 06/18/2015, Organ Works by Bach, Brahms, Vierne, Sowerby
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Musicians immersed in the city’s diverse avant-garde pop, jazz, dub, and Brazilian scenes join together in an eclectic 10-piece set. With its genre-spanning mix of afro-beat, Guinean malinké, Brazilian candomblé, samba, and cumbia, Bixiga 70 is a welcome addition to any party. Taking Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70 band as a launchpad both in name and spirit, this 10-piece band and its fusion of African and South American rhythms cause havoc in any dance.
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Concerts, June 18, 2015, 06/18/2015, Bixiga 70, Genre-Spanning Band
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Choral works and arrangements by Eggleston, Bach, Hogan, Barrett, Mozart, Raney, Thornhill-Nix, Duren, Hawkins, Pachelbel, Hayes, and Lee.
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Concerts, June 19, 2015, 06/19/2015, Chapel Choir of the First Baptist Church of Pensacola
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New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.
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Concerts, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, The New York Opera Forum presents Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
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With pianist Charles Jones.
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Concerts, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, Piano Works by Beethoven, Scriabin, Ginastera, Chopin
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Concerts, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, Concert on Water
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Jungle - Jungle hail from London and released their debut self-titled album in July 2014 on XL Recordings. The group’s buzz began to rise earlier in the year: the BBC Sound of 2014 nomination, the 4 million plus plays of the ‘Platoon’ video, the US tour that sold out on the back of their SXSW appearance – before Jungle even had an official record out in America – it’s a DIY story. Working from their home studio in Shepherd’s Bush, the core Jungle duo known only as J and T set out their store long before they came on any label’s radar with a brace of handmade mini-classics. Ibeyi - Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba. Yoruba traveled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
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Concerts, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, New Sounds: Jungle / Ibeyi

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Concerts, June 22, 2015, 06/22/2015, Mambo music
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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Concerts, June 23, 2015, 06/23/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Some of the finest young pianists from around the world will travel to New York City to compete in the week-long competition. See the extraordinary winners perform at this Winners Showcase Concert.
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Concerts, June 23, 2015, 06/23/2015, International Youth Piano Competition Winners Showcase Concert
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Program: André Caplet: Conte Fantastique for harp and string quartet, and speaker - from E.A. Poe’s “The Mask of Red Death” Sofia Gubaidulina: Five Etudes for harp, double bass, and percussion Bela Bartok: Music for strings, celeste, and percussion Performers: TBA
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Concerts, June 23, 2015, 06/23/2015, Works for Harp, Celeste and Spoken Word by Bartok, Gubaidulina, Caplet
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Eric Fraser (bansuri) and Ehren Hanson (tabla).
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders.
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders.
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders.
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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7:30 – Conversation moderated by RoseLee Goldberg 8:00 pm – Screening of selected animations by Robin Rhode After the screening – Music performance by Val Jeanty The award-winning, post-apartheid South African artist Robin Rhode uses visual languages that range from photography and performance to drawing and sculpture. Here, he presents his work alongside Haitian electronic music composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val Jeanty. A conversation about the alliance of visual art and music moderated by RoseLee Goldberg, art curator and founder of PERFORMA, opens the evening, followed by a viewing of selected animations by Rhode and a culminating live performance by Jeanty.
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Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, Artist Robin Rhode and Musician Val Jeanty in Conversation
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Sleepless Nights is a collection of collaborations between a single composer and some of the most accomplished and varied contemporary author. The Nouveau Classical Project, known for “bringing a refreshing edge” to classical music (VICE) will be joined by conductor Whitney George, singers Ariadne Greif and Marcy Richardson, violinist Amanda Lo, and cellist Caleigh Drane. Rick Moody will read from his novel The Diviners. Taking from Rick Moody’s novel The Diviners, Felsenfeld fashioned The Light; the elegiac words of Elizabeth Hardwick are used in From Sleepless Nights; Robert Coover’s overtly ribald filth makes the text of Raw Footage; and Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Fiona Maazel and Stephen Elliott all provided unpublished texts for the cycle A Genuine Willingness to Help. Musicians: The Nouveau Classical Project: Amanda Gregory, soprano; Laura Cocks, flute; Isabel Kim, clarinet; Sugar Vendil, piano Whitney George, conductor Ariadne Greif, soprano Marcy Richardson, soprano Amanda Lo, violin, Caleigh Drane, cello
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Concerts, June 25, 2015, 06/25/2015, Sleepless Nights: The Music of Daniel Felsenfeld
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From Our Lady of Good Counsel (Plymouth, Michigan). Choral works by Mawby, Tallis, Batten, Stainer, Barnett, Hogan, Lauridsen, Duruflé, Clausen and Hawley.
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Concerts, June 26, 2015, 06/26/2015, Parish Choir of Our Lady of Good Counsel
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Leo Liebeskind is a twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from New York City. Liebeskind relies on his rich, textured vocals, poised, precise guitar playing, and imaginative, poetic lyrics to create a blend of soulful blues, folk, country, and rock music, drawing on the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, the Band, and many other artists for inspiration.
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Concerts, June 26, 2015, 06/26/2015, Friday Freshen Up Concert: Leo Liebeskind
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An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders.
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Concerts, June 26, 2015, 06/26/2015, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Favorite Arias and Duets
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Choro Down Neck performs a variety of Brazilian popular styles, including choro, choro-samba, samba, bossa nova, and forro. Never heard of choro? Well, once you hear it, you'll never go back. The Brazilian choro has something for everyone; poignant, delicious, 19th-century harmonies combined with Afrocentric, syncopated rhythms reminiscent of ragtime and early American jazz; exquisite, exciting, and often virtuosic melodies, and the interlocking rhythms of the classical guitar and pandeiro. The members of Choro Down Neck represent the best performers in Latin music, flamenco, jazz, and Brazilian music, bringing the right ingredients for the perfect recipe of Brazilian sizzle. With Rick Faulkner, trombone; Ivan Max, 6-string classical guitar; and Peter Abazia, pandeiro, cajon and other percussion.
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Concerts, June 27, 2015, 06/27/2015, Brazilian Sounds: Choro Down Neck
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Concerts, June 27, 2015, 06/27/2015, The New York Opera Forum presents Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
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Maxi Priest - With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and Top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”), Maxi Priest continues to hit the road throughout 2015 in support of his first studio album in almost a decade, Easy To Love. Gyptian - Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian broke into the reggae scene in 2005 with his string of hits like “Serious Times” “Beautiful Lady” and “Mama, Don’t Cry.” He hit international stardom in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed album Hold You and its title track, which featured a Nicki Minaj remix, and earned him a 2010 MOBO and Soul Train award. Bunji Garlin - Born Ian Alvarez, the Trinidadian ragga soca star Bunji Garlin is known for blending of soca with dancehall. Hailed recently by Rolling Stone as “America’s first soca star,” Garlin has clearly taken his native country’s genre to new heights. His single “Differentology (Ready For The Road),” which was remixed by Major Lazer &amp; Busta Rhymes, was a massive hit in North America more than a year after its release in the Caribbean. Fay Ann Lyons - Fay Ann Lyons is already a superstar in her native country of Trinidad and across the Caribbean. During Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival season’s annual competitions, Fay Ann has set the record as the only female artist to score the Carnival Road March title three times, taking the crown in 2003, 2008 and 2009. Massive B - Massive B was formed over 10 years ago with DJ Bobby Konders’ vision of starting his own sound system. At its start, the voice behind Massive B was none other than Jabba. There have been many additions to Massive B as it continues to grow. New members include Big Dawg, Chudney Shotta, D-Life and X-Man, among others.
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Concerts, June 27, 2015, 06/27/2015, VP Records 35th Anniversary Concert: Maxi Priest / Gyptian / Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons / Massive B
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Concerts, June 27, 2015, 06/27/2015, Concert on Water
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Oques Grasses - Oques Grasses kick off their “Living in the hol•les” 2015 tour. At the end of last year, having sold out all tickets to Barcelona’s Sala Razzmatazz where the Oques celebrated “Sheep Spirit Day,” the Catalan band will tour around Catalonia, València, Alicante, Castelló, as well as Europe and America where they will be making their debut. La iaia - Folkie, friendly La iaia transfigures into the first power trio in the history of Catalan rock offering a daring blend of dreamlike and, thus, less explicit tracks. Imbued in a novel electronic, international, highly compact sound, they strive for transcendence through premeditated risk, artistic criterion, freedom of interpretation and a significant lack of concessions to the audience. Sílvia Pérez Cruz - Singer and songwriter Sílvia Pérez Cruz is becoming one of Spain’s brightest stars. Gold Award-winner for her two latest works and Goya winner (Spanish Cinema Academy Award) for the Best Original Song in the film ‘Blancanieves’, walks comfortably through languages like fado, jazz, flamenco, folk songs or classical music. DJ Guillamino - Guillamino walks on the human side of electronica. Handwriting beats. Mixing dub, funk, hip hop, bass and house in a pop pan, adding some spices from all around the world. And singing with a voice full of soul!
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Concerts, June 28, 2015, 06/28/2015, Catalan Sounds: Oques Grasses / La iaia / Sílvia Pérez Cruz / DJ Guillamino
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Presented by Harwood Management Vocal Artists.
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Concerts, June 29, 2015, 06/29/2015, Hats Off to Broadway
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The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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Concerts, June 30, 2015, 06/30/2015, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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Program: Max Bruch: Septet for winds and strings (1849) Alexander von Zemlinsky: Maiblumen blühten überall for soprano and string sextet (text by Richard Dehmel) Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet Performers: TBA
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Concerts, June 30, 2015, 06/30/2015, Works for Winds, Strings and Voice by Beethoven, von Zemlinsky, Bruch
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Concerts, July 01, 2015, 07/01/2015, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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Shine and the Moonbeams exploded on to the family music scene in 2011, bringing a brand new R&amp;B sound to the genre and introducing the sounds of classic funk, soul, blues, and jazz music to enthusiastic children. They are singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist John Heagle, two New York musicians who have performed in varied genres from Musical Theatre to the circus. The Red Trouser Show, David Graham and Tobin Renwick, are a high-energy acrobatic, fire juggling, and comedy duo. They have been performing in circuses, theaters, and busking all over America and internationally since 2000. After starting out in Circus Smirkus, an internationally acclaimed youth circus that gave them an in-depth training in multiple disciplines from world-renowned coaches, they are now sought after worldwide. Júlio T. Leitão is a dancer, choreographer, and the Artistic Director of Batoto Yetu. Born in Angola, from which he was forced to flee when civil war erupted in 1975, Mr. Leitão grew up in Portugal and received his initial dance training at Conservatório Nacional de Dança de Lisboa. Julio has worked extensively as a choreographer in the US and overseas. The Five of Us is a collaborative of world-class New York City artists who have come together under Ziporah Roney to create a new work titled “Echoing Ipseity.” Celebrating a time of choice, confidence, love, ourselves, other selves, and life that surrounds us, “Echoing Ipseity” is a connective and welcoming experience that looks to speak to our most pure selves.
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Concerts, July 05, 2015, 07/05/2015, Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams
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The New York Jazzharmonic is planning to present a cutting edge, burning, professional 17 piece jazz orchestra playing original music by a variety of world-class composers, with special guest superstar soloists from the jazz, classical, and world music spheres.
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Concerts, July 07, 2015, 07/07/2015, New York Jazzharmonic, a Cutting-Edge 17-Piece Band
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Compass - Together, Camilo Lara and Toy Selectah are known as Compass. Camilo Lara is the founder of Mexican Institute of Sound and has released 4 albums since its formation in early 2000. His music is a visionary mixture that flirts with electronic, hip-hop, dub, cumbia and punk. M.I.S. has performed at such major music festivals as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Roskilde. Systema Solar - Colombian audio-visual collective Systema Solar salvages stories and sounds from the country’s rich cultural history and jacks them up with space-aged beats, colorful videos, and power-to-the-people stands. The seven members live in four different cities, doing much of their work over the internet – not an easy feat in Colombia – and improvising most of their lives performances due to a lack of rehearsal time. Helado Negro - A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Helado Negro aka Roberto Carlos Lange’s upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual – English and Spanish – lyrics. While citing the influence of the electro and Miami-bass he heard on the radio in his youth, his diverse work as Helado Negro points to shades of kraut rock bathed in his mesmerizing rhythms, loops, and hair-raising melodies.
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Concerts, July 08, 2015, 07/08/2015, Latin Sounds: Compass / Systema Solar / Helado Negro
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Vicentico - Vicentico has long been a crucial figure in the history of rock music in Latin America. On top of a significant career as the lead vocalist of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, he has also developed a successful solo career. Vicentico boasts six solo albums under his belt (all certified Platinum), successful international tours, and MTV, Gardel, and Latin GRAMMY awards. Ximena Sariñana - Ximena Sariñana Rivera is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. Sariñana has starred in and composed music for numerous films, including 2007’s Dos abrazos, for which she won ‘Best Female Actress’ at the 38th Diosas de Plata of Pecime awards. In 2009, she received critical acclaim, a GRAMMY nomination, and two Latin GRAMMY nominations for her debut album, Mediocre. No Te Va Gustar - NO TE VA GUSTAR (translated in English to “you won’t like it”), was formed in 1994 in Montevideo, Uruguay. To date, the band has recorded and released 8 studio albums and 3 live DVDs, with every album going certified Gold or Platinum in Uruguay and Argentina.
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Concerts, July 11, 2015, 07/11/2015, Latin American Sounds: Vicentico / Ximena Sariñana / No Te Va Gustar
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Cesária Évora Orchestra - After the passing of Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora in 2011, thousands flocked to pay their respects to the great artist at a series of memorable concerts, including some of the greatest singers in world music joined the musicians who had regularly accompanied Cesaria, lending their voices to this ultimate tribute to the woman known as The Barefoot Diva. Once the musical events were over, Cesaria’s musicians were more determined than ever to keep alive her repertoire, which had enchanted audiences all over the world. So Khaly (piano), Totinho (saxophone), Miroca (percussion), Zé Paris (bass) and a few others formed the Cesaria Evora Orchestra, playing a first concert at the 2014 Gamboa Festival in Praia as a tribute to the iconic singer and her tremendous achievements – especially as the international Ambassador of Cape Verdean music. Mayra Andrade - Mayra Andrade is lovely – adorable, generous and radiant. Her firmly-rooted, distinctive, poetic, topical voice was immediately described a few years ago as “the other Cape Verde” – the sound of a Cesaria Evora freed of the twists of fate and patina of tradition. Lovely Difficult is the fourth album by this singer, who makes it plain that her life and aims are not as straightforward as you might think. Dino D’Santiago - Claudino de Jesus Borges Pereira was born in Portugal 30 years ago, where lived his parents of Cape Verdean origins. Dino joined the group Jaguar in 2004 and released (under the name of Dino SoulMotion) his first solo album untitled Me and my Beloved in 2008 on which features Tito Paris among others. Along with Virgul (DaWeasel), he founded Nu Soul Family the following year.
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Concerts, July 12, 2015, 07/12/2015, Cape Verdean Sounds: Cesária Évora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago
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Enjoy vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River. Ilusha Tsinadze, already a household name in his native Republic of Georgia, is charting new territory by weaving together his two worlds — the traditional music of Georgia and Brooklyn.
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Concerts, July 12, 2015, 07/12/2015, Amplified Sundays: Ilusha Tsinadze
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Jorge Drexler - Uruguayan Madrid-based musician Jorge Drexler won wide acclaim after becoming the first composer ever to win an Academy Award with a song in Spanish: “Al Otro Lado del Río” from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. In the last few years he has received nominations in three consecutive Grammy Awards and four consecutive Latin Grammy Awards, and has won two Spanish Music Awards. Diego Garcia - Diego Garcia knows how to mine romantic yearning in his work. His acclaimed 2011 solo debut Laura was the ultimate bedroom recording, an intensely focused and utterly entrancing chamber-pop song cycle about unrequited love, his own. The titular Laura was a woman he fell for in college but lost during a hectic period a decade ago when he was fronting Elefant, a New York City-based rock band that toured the world with artists like Interpol, The National and Morrissey. Danay Suárez - Danay Suárez, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1984. Whereas her application to Cuba’s musical conservatory was denied, she never gave up on her dream. Danay joined “Opera de la Calle” in 2003 which allowed her to train and further expand her sound spectrum. She later went on to become one of the principal figures in Cuba’s underground Rap movement.
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Concerts, July 19, 2015, 07/19/2015, Latin Sounds: Jorge Drexler / Diego Garcia / Danay Suárez
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Delsonido provides vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River. The band’s unique “Progressive Afro-Caribbean” style perfectly captures the zeitgeist of multicultural Brooklyn of today. Elkin Pautt, producer and composer, is the musical director of Delsonido. From Barranquilla, Colombia, and currently resides in Brooklyn. He is dedicated to discovering new sounds from the marriage of traditional Colombian music and other modern genres.
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Concerts, July 19, 2015, 07/19/2015, Amplified Sundays: Delsonido
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Bombino - Born and raised in Niger, Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, which for centuries has fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule. During his lifetime, the Tuareg people have fought the Niger government to secure their rights on numerous occasions, causing Bombino and his family to flee several times. In exile, Bombino picked up the guitar and studied videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler in an effort to master their licks. Young Fathers - Young Fathers is ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole. The three men are each named after their fathers – a unifying bond for a band that pushes against the binds of definition. They are rock and pop, hip hop and punk, and anything else you want to label them as. But really, they are none and all of these. Fantastic Negrito - Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a true story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. Negrito’s music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano.
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Concerts, July 25, 2015, 07/25/2015, Eclectic Sounds: Bombino / Young Fathers / Fantastic Negrito
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Jose Virgilio Peña Suazo, better known as Banda Gorda, was born in city of Cotui, Dominican Republic. He formed part of Cuco Valoy’s merengue band as a first trumpet player, where he became a composer, arranger and started making a name for himself throughout the Dominican Republic. After years of performing with various famous merengue groups including La Rokabanda, Pochy Familia y la Coco Band, he fulfilled his dream to start his own musical project and La Banda Gorda was formed.
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Concerts, July 25, 2015, 07/25/2015, Merengue Stars: Jose Virgilio Peña Suazo y la Banda Gorda
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Brooklyn-based R&amp;B/Rap group Whodini has been a mandatory staple in the Hip Hop scene since 1982 when they went on-air with Mr. Magic’s “Rap Attack” on WHBI radio. Their second album, 1984’s Escape, was certified platinum. The duo (Jalil Hutchins and John “Ecstasy” Fletcher) went on to tour with fellow hip hop icons including Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC, and collaborated with Public Enemy. Known by many monikers including Dark Gable, Black Caesar and King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, Big Daddy Kane has long been one of hip hop’s most lyrical, diverse, innovative, trendsetting M.C.’s. The baritone-voiced, Bed-Stuy native is known for his rapid fire, metaphoric battle rap style, and has several certified gold albums to his name.
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Concerts, July 26, 2015, 07/26/2015, Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert with Whodini and Big Daddy Kane
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Enjoy vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River. River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations with a sound full of lush harmonies, wide sweeping arrangements driven by dark percussion, and metaphors built of firewood and sap.
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Concerts, July 26, 2015, 07/26/2015, Amplified Sundays: River Whyless
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The duo of Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter Jr. play Americana, folk and soul. They call their fans "lovewalkers."
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Concerts, July 31, 2015, 07/31/2015, Friday Freshen Up Concert: The War and Treaty
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The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His latest album “Locked Down”, released in 2012 with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Opener Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions.
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Concerts, August 01, 2015, 08/01/2015, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, 6-Time Grammy-Winning Rockers
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Twenty years ago, one of the most important groups in Brazil launched its first record, Da Lama ao Caos. The debut album by Chico Science &amp; Nação Zumbi was a milestone for a group of friends, that by creating a scene, started a movement that ultimately destabilized the axis of musical production in Brazil. Their second album, Afrociberdelia, was launched in June 1996, but in less than a year, the band – and the world – would lose their front man Chico Science. Despite the huge blow, it wasn’t the end. Nação Zumbi reestablished itself and ever since has reinvented themselves year after year, and album after album. Having released six studio albums, Nação Zumbi brings manguebeat to life, and continues to be one of the most influential and respected Brazilian music bands today. Carnival Caravan is a new collaborative touring concept featuring Brazilan-American group Nation Beat and New Orleans band Cha Wa. The goal? To incorporate Brazilian, New Orleans and related music, dance and art into a show that explores the cultural exchange between North and South America. Nation Beat’s Scott Kettner and Cha Wa’s Joe Gelini met in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day in front of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux’s house awaiting the Golden Eagle Tribe. As Scott and Joe paraded with the Golden Eagles to the legendary corner of Second &amp; Dryades they began a musical dialogue that became the inspiration for this musical collaboration. Its no surprise that even though they were playing instruments and rhythms from separate continents, the message was the same. It became clear there was a musical and cultural connection that was understood without words.
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Concerts, August 02, 2015, 08/02/2015, Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa
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Long before she was Carole King, music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and a dream. From the back rooms of music factories to the stage of Carnegie Hall, BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to the rock &amp; roll hall of fame. The unforgettable music of top 10 hits, including Some Kind of Wonderful, The Loco-motion, You’ve Got A Friend, One Fine Day, Natural Woman, and many more. During the musical explosion that was the 1960’s in America, one woman wrote the songs that made a nation sing. Opener Scott Shea is a honed singer-songwriter currently living on the west coast of Canada. The son of legendary guitarist Red Shea, known for his distinctive pick work and memorable leads for Gordon Lightfoot, Scott Shea was immersed in music from the earliest of ages.
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Concerts, August 03, 2015, 08/03/2015, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Songs in Concert
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With more than three decades of musical history behind him, Humberto “Tito” Nieves is still going strong. In 2011, the Puerto Rican-born, NYC-raised star launched his very own record label, Tito Nieves Music Corp. with the release of his 30th studio album, Mi ultima grabacion. Lead single, “Eres Linda” roared onto the Latin Billboard Tropical Airplay chart in its first week and became his 26th chart entry.
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Concerts, August 04, 2015, 08/04/2015, Tito Nieves, the 'Pavarotti' of Salsa
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In 2014, Harlem underground Hip Hop crew RATKING dropped So It Goes, their acclaimed debut release on Thom Yorke’s XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity. Described as “an exhilarating and reckless lyrical portrait of a maybe-vanishing city; part Vonnegut, part Dipset, part Suicide,” the album was featured on COMPLEX Magazine’s list as among the best new albums of 2014. After wrapping a year on the road and their first Australian tour, the group is back with their latest effort 700 Fill. Bishop Nehru is a multi-talented renaissance teen from Spring Valley, NY. Bishop is known for his talents as a self-taught hip-hop artist/producer/musician/ director/actor. Over the past year, Bishop has released 2 critically acclaimed projects, toured with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, collaborated with UK super group Disclosure and landed a global Converse Ambassador campaign. Bishop just released his project with the reclusive underground hip-hop legend – MF DOOM titled “NehruvianDOOM” and is prepping his upcoming record that will be executive produced by Nas to come out on Mass Appeal.
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Concerts, August 05, 2015, 08/05/2015, Hip-Hop: RATKING / Bishop Nehru
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Having followed up his Polaris Prize-winning 2007 record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010, Dan Snaith has spent the intervening five years touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ with epic 7½-hour-long sets. In 2012, Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road while Dan released his first album under the guise of his dancefloor-loving pseudonym Daphni to widespread critical acclaim. Sinkane - It’s soul music! And truly universal; uniting rhythm and styles from our world over to help you move, relate and be, Sinkane’s latest album, Mean Love, rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Co-produced with long-time Sinkane collaborator and childhood friend Greg Lofaro, Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.
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Concerts, August 06, 2015, 08/06/2015, Dance and Soul: Caribou / Sinkane
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Quantic, aka Will Holland is a British born musician, producer and DJ making soul, electronic &amp; Latin music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Caribbean. Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality. When all is said and done, whichever role Gilles Peterson is performing – DJ, broadcaster, producer, compiler, label boss, or plain old record collector – the music is always the bottom line. His passion and enthusiasm is unfailing and deeply infectious. Starting off life as a club DJ, Peterson continues to spin passionately in venues around the world. As for the radio, his new 3-hour Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music has seen him take his unique musical mix to a new and growing audience of music lovers whilst the syndicated Worldwide radio show continues to spread his musical gospel. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three main originators of break-beat deejaying, and is respectfully known as the “Grandfather,” “Godfather,” and “The Amen Ra,” of Hip Hop Culture as well as The Father of The Electro Funk Sound. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and Hip-Hop culture throughout the world.
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Concerts, August 08, 2015, 08/08/2015, 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa
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Glass Animals vocalist and songwriter David Bayley draws influence for both music and artwork from his involvement in the world of medicine and neuroscience (at just 22 years old, he has studied both) creating a sound with it’s roots spread between the electronic and live instrumentation. The result is the warm, narcotic space between a downbeat, slow-burning groove and electro-pop catchiness. Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live musician Taylor McFerrin released his first full length LP, Early Riser, in June 2014 on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Taylor’s musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60s/70s Soul, the kings of the Modern Beat Generation, Golden Era hip hop, free form jazz and electronic music. By playing all of the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on sampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that seamlessly bridges myriad musical worlds and draws the listener into a constantly shifting audio soundscape. Brooklyn’s own extreme dance league, BattleFest, brings its best dancers out for a live performance. “Flex” dancing as it’s known, involves dance battle competitions that are at once flights of fancy as well as poetic evocations of the streets.
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Concerts, August 09, 2015, 08/09/2015, Pop and Soul: Glass Animals / Taylor McFerrin / BattleFest League Dancers
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Invincible is a live multi-media spectacular with performances of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits including, “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Man In the Mirror” and many more. The show features talented artists who can sing live while also executing the intense dancing that the King of Pop was so famous for. This show captures the spirit and essence of watching and listening to Michael Jackson perform live onstage like no other! Don’t miss the “Dance Like Michael” workshop prior to the performance. Also: Bottom Heavy instantly established itself as a strong new sound; flowing freely between funky instrumentals, dreamy lullabies in soul and blues inflected songs. Marika Hughes fronts the band with such ease and so naturally it makes one wonder why cellos haven’t always fronted bands. Her stylings are reminiscent of her classical upbringing yet defy expectation as she moves us with her supple vocals through jazz, funk, soul, rock, and back again. The band can tip its hat to some of our greatest artists as influences; Gil-Scott Heron, Roberta Flack, Don Pullen, Charles Mingus and Cassandra Wilson, The Staple Singers, to name only a few. As you are charmed by her cello, her voice, and her band, you will be charmed by Marika herself: fiercely authentic, her audience an old friend invited along for the fabulous ride.
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Concerts, August 09, 2015, 08/09/2015, Invincible: Michael Jackson Tribute
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In 1983, Felix Hernandez began a two-year project traveling the U.S. collecting hundreds of hours of interviews with R&amp;B artists. The material was used for a 13-part radio documentary called Harlem Hit Parade, which was syndicated to 70 NPR stations in the mid-80’s. In 1986, Felix introduced Rhythm Revue, New York’s first radio show devoted exclusively to classic soul and R&amp;B. It premiered on WBGO and is now in its 29th year. In 1989, Felix was awarded the first of many production grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, to develop and produce a weekly radio presentation of live blues and R&amp;B. In 1991, Felix did his first Rhythm Revue Dance Party at Tramps in New York City. The party outgrew Tramps and moved to the Roseland Ballroom in 1992, where it was held for over two decades. Felix’s unique mix of classic soul, disco and funk consistently draws a crowd of 2,500 to 3,500 dancers per event. Also: Anchored on the Fania All Stars’ historic performance at the Cheetah Club on the evening of August 26, 1971, Our Latin Thing captures the New York salsa explosion of the ‘70s in all its power and passion. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Leon Gast, the movie features performances from Cheo Feliciano, Héctor Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago and Pete ‘El Conde’ Rodríguez. Gast also takes to the streets of Spanish Harlem where the Salsa phenomenon was born, and brings viewers behind the scenes and into the recording studio for a peek into the creative process with producer/keyboardist Larry Harlow.
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Concerts, August 09, 2015, 08/09/2015, The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue
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Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&amp;B artists on the music scene today. Now in his fifth decade in the music business. Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the ’60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&amp;B bandleader in the ’70s/’80s. Mobile Mondays! is a NYC Music Movement founded by Operator Emz &amp; take place every Monday at The Bowery Electric. The MM Mission is to keep real music alive, preserve and celebrate DJ culture and bring back the vibe and soul of NYC. Operator Emz is a DJ, music producer &amp; hop hop expert. He is a noted collector &amp; curator based in New York and Mobile Mondays! Founder. In the 90’s Greene went from college radio to co-host one of the first commercial hip hop radio shows in LA. The Joint on KBET, Emz combined his encyclopedic knowledge of music with sardonic humor earning fans and making “King Emz”. For well over a decade Natasha Diggs has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for events across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles and Berlin. As resident of New York City’s premiere all-vinyl 45 party, Mobile Mondays!, Diggs has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the 45 game.
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Concerts, August 12, 2015, 08/12/2015, Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers
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During the 1990s, Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, Fat Joe, and the Fugees through their eponymous radio show. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their show exceeds 300 million. Stretch and Bobbito created a platform that changed music forever, but their musical merits are only half the story. Their show had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population. All would loyally tune in for the offbeat humor just as much as for the exclusive music. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and inspired a movement. Their impact is still felt today, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert featuring DJ sets and guest artist appearances along with a film screening of the documentary Stretch and Bobbito which explores the social impact of what the Source Magazine voted “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show Of All-Time.”
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Concerts, August 16, 2015, 08/16/2015, Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary Concert
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Oliver Lake’s Big Band - For the past decade, Oliver Lake’s Big Band has served as one of his greatest achievements and most sophisticated compositional outlets. He is currently celebrating the second recorded release of his Big Band, entitled Wheels, which has been met with widespread critical acclaim. King Solomon Hicks - Teenage guitarist/singer Solomon Hicks – known by fans in Harlem as “King Solomon,” ‘lil B.B.” or “East Montgomery” – has been playing guitar for 13 years. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, R&amp;B, Funk and Classic Rock. He studied Jazz, Classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts and the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and has attended Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops. ,br&gt; Michela Marino Lerman - Michela Marino Lerman is a star in the tap dance community. Born and raised in NYC and mentored by Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers and Marion Coles, Lerman performs regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Minton’s, Smalls (where she also runs the first and only acclaimed weekly tap jam) and countless other NYC jazz venues. Lerman has danced with musical greats such as Barry Harris, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Harry Whitaker, Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Revive the Live Big Band, Jon Batiste, Johnny O’Neal, Jennifer Holliday, and many more.
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Concerts, August 21, 2015, 08/21/2015, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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Dr. Lonnie Smith - Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&amp;B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Andy Bey - Andy Bey’s silky baritone has become one of the finest instruments in jazz, resonating through decades of American standards. A lyrical storyteller, he possesses “a film noir voice: languid, mysterious, and surpassingly beautiful” (The New York Times). Bay’s four-octave range starts at a low C and he is virtually alone today in his ability to summon the deep, manly burnish of some of the great band baritones, like Billy Eckstine. Jeff Watts - Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention. he joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble for Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time – Volume 1. Camille Thurman - Camille Thurman, multi-talented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator is a young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich and warm sound on the tenor saxophone has eluded others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon and Lester Young to name a few. Norma Miller - Norma Miller is one of the creators of the acrobatic style of swing dancing known as the Lindy Hop. As a child, she watched the dancers at the legendary Savoy Ballroom perched on the fire escape outside her mother’s Harlem apartment. When she was 12, she was “discovered” dancing outside the Savoy, and in 1934 was invited to join Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, soon to make an extended tour of Europe. Samuel Coleman - Samuel Coleman is an Alvin Ailey School trained dancer and teacher, with a focus on lindy hop (swing) dancing. Coleman teaches in Harlem and Albany, and performs with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and the Rhythm Stompers. Coleman was a 2011 Frankie Manning Ambassador scholarship recipient.
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Concerts, August 22, 2015, 08/22/2015, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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Joe Lovano - Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano stands alone at the vanguard of large and small group jazz. In 2015 alone, two major ensembles will be on display: Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band – a natural extension of the tenor giant’s evolving body of work where West African influences and party atmospheres connect New York City and Lagos, and the acclaimed Wayne Shorter-influenced Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints. Rudresh Mahanthappa - Few musicians share the ability of alto saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. What has materialized is a sound that hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form that reflects Mahanthappa’s own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. The current manifestations of that trajectory include his latest project Bird Calls, which issued its first release in February 2015. Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous commissions. Myra Melford - Pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford draws inspiration from a vast spectrum of cultural and spiritual traditions and artistic disciplines. In 2013, she released her first solo recording, Life Carries Me This Way and premiered Language of Dreams, her most ambitious project to date, combining narration, dance, and video with music for her quintet, Snowy Egret, which has a new release out in March 2015 (Enja/Yellowbird). Michael Mwenso - Jazz vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso is a fixture of the Uptown jazz scene but is making his way downtown with his signature style and vocal chops. From a young age, the Sierra Leone-born singer has held his own with artists like James Brown in addition to playing and leading his own bands around the world.
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Concerts, August 23, 2015, 08/23/2015, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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Jazmine Sullivan - After a short hiatus from music, eight-time GRAMMY Award nominee Jazmine Sullivan tells her story in all its unfiltered, unabridged, and unrestrained glory on her third full-length album, Reality Show. The Philly native served as the primary writer on each of the album’s twelve tracks, and for the first time, she also assumed the role of executive producer. As a result, Reality Show encompasses everything from R&amp;B and Soul to Hip Hop, Funk, and even a little Disco. Jordan Bratton - You’ve got to understand music’s traditions in order to reinvent them. Jordan Bratton certainly does. The 18-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer possesses a prodigious grasp on all aspects of music. His critically applauded 2014 mixtape, The Grey Area, and debut single “Danger 3” are wholly the products of his personal production and songwriting vision. Armed with a multitude of talents, he stands poised to truly break ground.
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Concerts, August 23, 2015, 08/23/2015, RCA Summer Concert Celebration
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NU Revolution Entertainment is the always-professional, ever-expanding, worldwide movement created by the CEO-hiphop artist Wordsmith. His mission is to entertain and educate through a Message of Purpose, and always by example relate that message through clean, quality, and marketable music for the masses.
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Concerts, August 28, 2015, 08/28/2015, Friday Freshen Up Concert: Wordsmith
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Lake Street Dive - After a jaw-dropping performance at a concert event in late 2013 that celebrated the music of Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, Lake Street Dive burst onto the music scene with the release of their critically-acclaimed album Bad Self Portraits (2014). An incredible year followed: Rolling Stone magazine called them “the year’s best new band,” and the group showed off their chops with stunning performances on multiple late night television shows including, Late Show With David Letterman, Ellen, and even The Colbert Report. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - London siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis Durham are talented songwriters/musicians whose background is rooted in the tradition where songs are handed down and sung at family gatherings, playing any instrument they lay their hands on. Their songs are an eclectic mix up of Pop, R’n’B &amp; Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Country, Jazz and Ska.
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Concerts, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Critically Acclaimed Bands: Lake Street Dive / Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
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