Happy Hanukkah (Chappy Chanukah) all, Just back from Monterrey Mexico, where the GlobeSonic Sound System brought our largest showMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 4 1:28 PMView SourceHappy Hanukkah (Chappy Chanukah) all,Just back from Monterrey Mexico, where the GlobeSonic Sound System brought our largest show yet to the Monterrey Forum 2007, including me, Derek Beres and Fabian Alsultany selecting, Amon and Jodan drumming, Parashakti, Akim Funk Buddha (who will play Joe's Pub on December 29) and Colin Carew dancing, Casey Meade mixing the visuals, and Joshua Jacobs helping make it all happen. We played two nights in a spectacular all white kaleidoscopic venue as part of a 22-site old factory complex, Saturday night picking up after a monstrous live set at the stage next door by El Gran Silencio. Thanks to our Mexican "companion" Daniel Perez for making it all so smooth once we made it to Monterrey.We are re-starting a monthly GlobeSonic Sound System party, with djs, and a live band set each time, kicking off on Friday December 21 with me and Derek (Fabian will be out of town for this one), and a band set by the super-funky Mocean Worker at Drom, a new spot on Avenue A where Opaline used to be, headed up by Serdar Ilhan of Maia Maheyne, the NY Gypsy Music Festival, Jazz Made in Turkey etc. December 21 will be my last day working at Joe's Pub, before I start at Lincoln Center as Director of Public Programming in early January, so you better believe we'll be making this a special party - come celebrate the new transitions with us. And save the date for Sat January 12 for the next party, during the Arts Presenters conference.GlobeSonic Sound System w/Mocean Worker (band set at 11 pm)
Brand new world music venue in the east village
FRI 12.21.07Drom | 85 Ave A (5th-6th St) | NYC | 10pm-4 am | $10Speaking of the Arts Presenters conference, one of the highlights of the annual conference has become globalFEST - the three-stage, pay one price festival of world music of all shapes and sizes. We've announced the full line-up on our website www.globalfest-ny.org which also has music samples from most of the bands. You probably won't know most of their names - some of them were new to us when we programmed hem - but we expect you'll discover some favorite new revelations, whether it's ska-rock from Hungary, funky Senegalese mbalax, guitar-wielding Tuareg rockers from the deserts of Niger, Korean drummers, spectacular French polyphony and drumming, old-school Dominican son and bachata, or Italy's answer to Tom Waits, and more. Tickets are onsale now via Ticketmaster, and we've sold out each year, so don't wait until the press comes out to get your tickets.As I get toward my final weeks at Joe's Pub, Shanta Thake (most deservedly named as the new acting director of Joe's Pub) and I have been on a booking frenzy, adding a ton of new show to the calendar, including Ryan Shaw on a bill with Nina Simone's daughter, Simone, a new Urban Tap collaboration between Tamango and guitarist Charlie Hunter, Varla Jean Merman, two special projects with Theo Bleckmann, including the vocal supergroup MOSS, and a very special New Year's Eve afterparty with an artist we can't announce until 2 weeks before, but you should just trust us and get your tix - for now, she's calling her self Larry Jew and her Motley Crew....Finally, a sad note...our friend Tom Terrell ended his battle with cancer last week. He made his transition as he lived his life - surrounded by friends and loved ones, sharing music and positive energy. There have been a number of tributes already appearing online, including this one on NPR, with a link to one of Tom's radio essays, so you can hear him speak for himself, read his blog at http://tomterrell.shoutpost.com/, check out some photos at http://tomterrellphotoblog.blogspot.com/as well as see tributes at Jazztimes, black rock blog Bold as Love, Washington's City Paper (which includes details about his memorial service in Washington DC this coming weekend), and Vivien Goldman's tribute on Moli. Tom's passion, joy, and unparalleled storytelling touched so many people, and many friends join me this week mourning his loss. May his memory be for a blessing.Don't leave your New Year's plans till the last minute;join us this New Year's Weekend for Noche Flamenca and
our exclusive New Year's Eve afterparty (with artists TBA shortly).Don't miss globalFEST on January 13 at Webster Hall;
featuring Chango Spasiuk (Argentina), Crooked Still (USA),
Dulsori (Korea), Fallou Dieng & DLC (Senegal),
Lo Cor de la Plana (France), Little Cow (Hungary),
Nation Beat (USA/Brazil), Pistolera (NYC/Mexico),
Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic/USA), Samarabalouf (France), Toumast (Niger/France) and Vinicio Capossela (Italy).Look below for more information on the artists and the festival.Don't Forget To Check Out Our 'Just Booked'
Section at the Bottom of the Page to catch just-added sure-to-be-sold-out-soon shows from Akim Funk Buddha,
Tamango and Charlie Hunter,a family matinee with Elizabeth Mitchell of Ida,
Jenni Muldaur, Mike Viola, Varla Jean Merman,
The Red Stick Ramblers and many more!----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Presented with Fundacion Cisneros and New York University
Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 PM, $15
"The closest the jazz world is likely to ever come to a female Bobby McFerrin, the Brazilian-born genius with the blistering five-octave range is expertly skilled at working without a net."
- Jazz Times
"Remarkable, beautiful, towering voice"
- The New York Times
Claudia Villela is recognized as one of the top Brazilian singers/ composers living in the United States and for this rare New York appearance she will present new songs commissioned by the Fundación Cisneros and inspired by texts from Latin American poets active during the late 1960s and 1970s. Her CD Inverse Universe, recorded with the virtuoso Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Peixoto, prompted Jazz Times to call them arguably the most interesting postmillennial interpreters of Brazilian jazz." Named a thrilling improvisor by Down Beat, Villela will be accompanied by Peixoto and a ensemble of world-class musicians.
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555 THE SWAY MACHINERY - Chanukah Show
Tuesday, December 4 at 9:30 PM, $12
THE SWAY MACHINERY
Lockwood's arrangements of Jewish cantorial songs whip up a frenzy wherein all the world's music can do that which music does best: celebrate. Such joyful synthesis is what music is all about, not to mention what New York is all about."
- Buzz Poole, The Village Voice
Veteran subway-performing Blues singer Jeremiah Lockwood teams up with an all-star cast of NY underground greats (musicians who have graced the records of Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Antibalas, to name a few) to summon voices from beneath the concrete streets. Calling upon the sounds of Malian guitars, Saharan beats, Afro-pop horns and the B-L-U-E-S, The Sway Machinery goes knocking at the gates of prayer with muscles swollen and eyes clenched.
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555 JUSTIN CURRIE of Del Amitri with guest LESLIE MENDELSON
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 PM, SOLD OUT
What Is Love For is an achingly eloquent hymnal of love and loss, written and performed with sublime purity by Justin Currie, ex-lead singer-songwriter of Del Amitri. There isn't a false note or a word that's even slightly wrong in these 11 masterpieces.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Justin Currie, founder and voice of Del Amitri returns with stunning new solo album. As lead singer and main songwriter of Scottish rock/popsters Del Amitri, Currie established an enviable reputation for sterling melodic craftsmanship and pithy, forthright lyrics. What Is Love For maintains those qualities, while achieving impressive new levels of musical and emotional immediacy.
When signing to the legendary Rykodisc Leslie Mendelson found a perfect partner for whom to record and release her Label debut which is due out in Spring 2008. Her trademark sound is inspired by the classic songwriting style of the 1960's Brill Building but is distinctly her own and modern.
SOLD OUT JOY HARJO and THE ARROW DYNAMICS BAND
Presented in association with
The Public Theater's Native Theater Festival
Wednesday, December 5 at 9:30 PM, $12
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555 MILTON with guest CARSIE BLANTON
Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM, SOLD OUT
More than anything, Miltons unique voice separates itself from anything else in the current music scene. His smoky, whiskey-cured croon has a touch of frailty to it that makes it addictively inviting.
- The Oxford Eagle
An Excellent Band
- Time Out New York
Milton first came to the attention of New York audiences when In The City, the exuberant song from his debut album Scenes From The Interior, became a college radio hit. Since then, this singer/songwriter with an unforgettable voice and elegant charm has gained widespread acclaim playing consistently sold-out shows in the New York area with his virtuoso NYC-based band.
Carsie Blanton is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Virginia and landed in Philadelphia last fall. Since then, her soulful, playful, intelligent music has prompted WXPN's Gene Shay to call her "One of the best singer-songwriters in the business". Most recently, Carsie has shared the stage with nationally hailed acts Amos Lee, Nellie McKay, Leon Redbone and Joan Armatrading.
SOLD OUT THE LOSERS LOUNGE Tribute to
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY
Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 PM, $25
Friday, 12/7 at 7:00PM and 9:30PM, $25
Saturday, 12/8 at 7:00PM + 9:30PM, SOLD OUT
THE LOSERS LOUNGE Tribute to
December 8 SOLD OUT
Tickets Available Now for December 6 + 7 - Call 212-967-7555
CHEYENNE -The Whale CD Release
Saturday, December 8 at 11:30 PM, $10
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555
Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 PM, $23
"Easily one of Ireland's most important rock artists of the last twenty years"
- Tony Clayton-lea, The Irish Times
Whether as a singer or songwriter or performer, Pierce Turner has a penchant for the unexpected and the unorthodox, re-writing the rules for all three endeavours. Sometimes he performs from behind his trusty keyboard backed by a solo instrument (sax, maybe, or violin or trombone!). Or he can be out front-of-house clambering over tables and ordering drinks from the bar. In the middle of a song! His albums to are equally mercurial, showing influences ranging from his Catholic Irish upbringing to the decadence of Lou Reed's New York, merging the upfront rock of The Byrds, The Beach Boys and The Who to deft touches of Irish trad, folk, jazz, techno, classical and choral harmonies.
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555 DIVAHN / SMADAR
Presented with The Sephardic Music Festival
Sunday, December 9 at 9:30 PM, $15 advance $18 at door
Front-woman, lead singer, and anthropologist Galeet Dardashti follows a family tradition of distinguished musicianship dating back to 19th-century Persia. But it was down in Austin, Texas, where Divahn's bold all-woman Mizrahi/Sephardi ensemble began dazzling audiences with its Middle Eastern grooves. Today, the NYC-based group has engendered an international following, infusing traditional and original Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations, and funky arrangements.
An exciting new voice emerging from the NYC world music scene, Smadar is an Israeli-Moroccan singer whose craft is best described as pan-Mediterranean music peppered with a gypsy sound. Smadar sings original and creative renditions of traditional tunes in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino. The Epoch Times International recently dubbed Smadar"a euphonious and haunting voice" for peace and unity, while the internationally-renowned nonprofit organization Seeds of Peace honored her with an award for "uniting cultures to achieve peace through music."
Tickets Available Now - Call 212-967-7555 MARIE ZAMORA - Suite Française
Monday, December 10 at 7:30 PM, $20
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