Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CHVRCHES To Play Terminal 5, 10/16

Sunday, October 16
610 W 56th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Doors: 8PM
All Ages

CHURCHES released Every Open Eye in September 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Upcoming: Sharkmuffin at Rough Trade, 9/25

Photo credit: Alex Citrin

Sunday, September 25
64 N 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 7:30PM

Sharkmuffin released Chartreuse in August 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Highasakite To Play Rough Trade, 9/6

Photo credit: Tonje Thilesen

 Phoebe Starr
 Tuesday, September 6
64 N 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Highasakite released Camp Echo in May 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Upcoming: Tender Glue at The City Reliquary, 8/26

Friday, August 26
370 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 9PM

The show is in celebration of his new album Steady Light which will be released that day.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

TOMORROW: Jazz In The Valley, Sunday, August 21

Randy Weston

Haven't made plans for tomorrow yet? Jazz In The Valley is happening up in Poughkeepsie at Waryas Park where you can enjoy your music with a view of the Hudson River.

Artists scheduled to perform, Randy Weston & the African Rhythms Trio, Craig Harris, Chico Alvarez & the Palomonte Afro-Cuban Big Band, Charenee Wade and Jazz By 5 led by the festival's Artistic Director Javon Jackson.

Sunday, August 21
Waryas Park
Poughkeepsie, NY
Gates: 11AM / Music: 12PM
Tickets: $60 / $20 for students w/valid ID
(845) 384-6350 / www.jazzinthevalleyny.org

Jazz in the Valley takes place on two stages at Waryas Park, a nine-acre, green oasis in the middle of downtown Poughkeepsie on two stages, starting at Noon (gates open at 11:00 am). Festivalgoers with tickets have access to the Main Stage while a free concert is set on the Pavilion stage just outside of the gates.

Looking Back: Newport Jazz Festival

Robert Glasper - Robert Glasper Experiment

Today, we're looking back to my brief visit to the Newport Jazz Festival a couple of weeks ago.

Sadly, I only got to attend one day of the festival this year. But hey, one is better than none!

For six decades, the Newport Jazz Festival has been a showcase of jazz music’s brightest stars. It’s also been a nexus point where the full extent of the music’s continuum; the inventions, dimensions, styles, syncopations, and sonorities, have crossed stylistic musical barriers. Stefon Harris, Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington exemplify the very essence of that continuum. In the words of Duke Ellington, they are “Beyond Category.”

I dig a lot of different music but the majority of my collection is rock 'n' roll. The beauty of the Newport Jazz Festival is you get turned on to the various different styles of jazz. You get a mix of legends and future legends. And, some artists don't even necessarily fit into a nice tidy little jazz box. This is perfect for those of us that just dip our toes in jazz, having a few go-to faves that are listened to. Perfect for those of us with childhood memories of mom's impressive collection wafting through the house as it snuck into my sub-conscience leaving its mark. So, when folks like the Robert Glasper Experiment (whom I've seen a few times) and Kamasi Washington (my first time seeing him) come along, you get curious about the buzz and want to see what it's all about. Yes, I go to shows of artists I'm curious about, but it's generally not anything that's considered jazz. The Newport Jazz Festival gives one the opportunity to explore, discover and sate ones jazz curiosity and it does so with a view. 

The Robert Glasper Experiment…the first time I saw them, I called them weird, trippy, weird and fun. This time out it didn't seem as weird or trippy but it was still fun.

Robert Glasper - Robert Glasper Experiment
Casey Benjamin - Robert Glasper Experiment

Kamasi Washington has been getting a lot of buzz for his epic three hour debut album called, well, what else, The Epic. I confess, I wasn't all that into the album even though the majority of my music loving friends rave about it.  But, live, I found he and his band rather enjoyable. 

Kamasi Washington
Ryan Porter - Kamasi Washington's Band
Kamasi Washington
The Newport Jazz Festival is one of those festivals you have to go to at least once in your life if you're a music fan. I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout-out to all those good folks, seen and unseen, that make it happen; the Newport Festivals Foundation, those that sponsor and support this iconic festival...hats off to you. 

In addition to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, Natixis Global Asset Management, support comes from Alex and Ani, North Coast Brewing Co., Toyota, D'Angelico, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Rhode Island Foundation, Ticketmaster and travel partner, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Preferred Hotels of the Festival are Hotel Viking, Newport Marriott, Hyatt Regency Newport and The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Media supporters are DownBeat, JazzTimes, WRIU and WICN.

Mark your calendars for next year's fest. The Newport Jazz Festival is scheduled for August 4-6, 2017. See you there?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

KOLARS - "One More Thrill" + Upcoming Show

Today we have for you "One More Thrill" from KOLARS. Check out the Mike Bruce directed video below.

KOLARS are also on the road. They'll be in New York at Irving Plaza on November 12 supporting Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. See below for more details.

Saturday, November 12
17 Irving Place
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Through My Lens: Newport Jazz Festival 2016

Angélique Kidjo 

My camera and I spent some time out at the Newport Jazz Festival which took place July 29 - 31. As with the previous week of festival festivities, the weather and music were hot, it thankfully wasn't as dusty as the previous weekend but, I did once again have fun with my pals in the pit. This is what it looked like through my lens.  

Sunday highlights: Lizz Wright, Kamasi Washington and Angélique Kidjo.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Jose James

Kamasi Washington

Lizz Wright

Lionel Loueke of Potter, Holland, Loueke and Harland

Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment

Click HERE for more photos or the slide shows below.

NJF 2016

NJF 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Through My Lens: Newport Folk Festival 2016

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

Last weekend, July 22 - 24, I was out at Fort Adams in scenic Newport, RI to catch the annual Newport Folk Festival.  It was hot…weather wise and music wish, I came home visually filthy at the end of each day and had lots of fun with my pals in the pit.  This is what it looked like through my lens.

Friday highlights: The Staves, Raury, Matthew Logan Vasquez and Violent Femmes

Saturday highlights: Banditos, Ruby Amanfu, Margo Price, Kris Kristofferson doing "Bobby McGee" with Texas Gentlemen & joined by Margo Price, Del & Dawg and Patti Smith.

Sunday highlights: Ian Fitzgerald, Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Son Little, Middle Brother, Phil Cook who was joined by The Blind Boys of Alabama and Alabama Shakes.

k.d. lang

Matthew Logan Vasquez


Dan Auerbach of The Arcs

The Staves

Violent Femmes

Ruby Amanfu

Amy Helm


Graham Nash

Margo Price

Patti Smith

Father John Misty
Del & Dawg

Elvis Costello

Ian Fitzgerald

Son Little

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Click HERE for more photos or the slide shows below.
2016 NFF
2016 NFF