wordstimesthree:

The Sunday morning of Figment NYC, I got a text from Bill Bragin asking where to find our piece. I was still on the ferry (I was rushing around that morning because in the evening I was going to the Tony awards!). Bill arrived on the island very early to watch a building get imploded in order to make more green space for a park.

But shortly after I arrived, Bill, his wife Lisa and their friend, Michael put down their mini golf clubs, sat on the blanket and started writing and designing postcards. This is one of Bill’s. 

I hope the stranger who received Bill’s postcard started following him on twitter. I hope you will now too. Because Bill curates some of the best events to hear music (and often go dancing!) in the city. We met when he was the Director of Joe’s Pub - now he’s the Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center which includes Midsummer Night Swing (ended in July-hope you went/go next year!) and the still running through August 11th, change/make plans and go TONIGHT plus it’s FREE: Lincoln Center Out of Doors

One of Bill’s many outside projects, (including dj’ing), is GlobalFest - keep that on your radar for January - it sells out every year. 

Bill does great things for this city, for the music world and especially for artists and audiences.

photographybykeena:

Tammy Faye Starlite with The Mike Hunt Band at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey

This Thursday at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, Miss Tammy takes on Marianne Faithfull’s legendary “Broken English.”  But it looks like she’s already been broken.

photographybykeena:

Tammy Faye Starlite with The Mike Hunt Band at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey

This Thursday at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, Miss Tammy takes on Marianne Faithfull’s legendary “Broken English.” But it looks like she’s already been broken.

seanhowe:

Do You Believe In Funk After Death?

seanhowe:

Do You Believe In Funk After Death?

(via joespub)

New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band play The Specials’ Ghost Town, set in the 9th Ward post-Katrina. Chilling genius.

Getting ready for #SXSW this week. Celebrating the release of our first compilation, globalFEST Selector with a showcase on Friday at Speakeasy featuring Lo’Jo (also on the album) and their fellow Festival in the Desert artists Imarhan Timbuktu, and Tinariwen, and then turning into a dance party with Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, Hot 8 Brass Band, and KiT (Kuenta I Tambú).

Just added Lo’Jo’s Riquesa from our @globalFEST_NYC Selector comp to our @SXSW playlist. Getting ready for next Friday night @ Speakeasy Austin.

(Source: Spotify)

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Out of Doors: Mark Dendy talks about his new project

lincolncenter:

Choreographer Mark Dendy is creating a new site specific dance set to classic recordings by Kronos Quartet, called Ritual Cyclical, for this summer’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. The premiere will featured 80 dancers in Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza (see photo of rehearsal). Check out this interview with Time Out New York to learn more about this exciting new project.

 

Vey excited about Mark Dendy’s piece for 80 dancers at @LCOutofDoors. The Time Out interview is terrific online (the editing in the print edition was a bit odd.)

lincolncenter:

Swing it!Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center and Midusmmer Night Swing, dances with Lana Turner at this summer’s Festival.You, too, can make a flipbook at tomorrow night’s event. Click here for more information.
 

I’ve been GIF’d! (Even though I still don’t k ow how to pronounce it, despite what the inventor dude says.) Lana Turner and I take a spin at #LCSwing

lincolncenter:

Swing it!

Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center and Midusmmer Night Swing, dances with Lana Turner at this summer’s Festival.

You, too, can make a flipbook at tomorrow night’s event. Click here for more information.

 

I’ve been GIF’d! (Even though I still don’t k ow how to pronounce it, despite what the inventor dude says.) Lana Turner and I take a spin at #LCSwing

After spending the past few days copy-editing, this was the perfect piece to come back to tumblr for.

(Source: nprmusic)

www.MidsummerNightSwing.org is now live with this summer’s line-up.

djryanswift:

Oh by the way, I’m DJing the finale of Midsummer Night Swing, featuring the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and the 5th Annual Ambassador Prize Dance Contest!

lincolncenter:

New York’s most fabulous outdoor dance party – Midsummer Night Swing ― marks its 25th Anniversary season this summer by inviting New York’s iconic dance bands to bring live music to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13.

This summer’s celebration kicks off with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, playing big band classics by Duke Ellington and others, ideal for swinging the night away.
Tickets and passes go on sale May 22. Visit the more website for more details.

Read the full press release to read about this summer’s swinging 25th Anniversary.

 

vulgarweed:

sandandglass:

Total respect. 

Not only was she the first female writer to make the Forbes billionaires list, she then became one of the very few people to take herself off that list by giving so much to charity that it actually made a dent in her fortune.

And she gets it. There aren’t enough generous billionaires in the world who remember where they came from, therefore private charity isn’t the ultimate (only) answer to poverty like some politicians would have us believe. We are all interconnected, we all need each other, in democratic countries we are part of the government, and so keeping needy people from falling into complete destitution and despair is an important and worthy role for government to take. It benefits all of us in the long run. And nobody who feels comfortable and secure now (fewer and fewer of those people around these days) has any guarantee they won’t need help themselves someday.

(via beingliberal)

Thank you generous supporters! globalFEST has exceeded its goal and funding is now guaranteed. BUT, we’ve got 1 day left so LET’S KEEP GOING! All funds raised will go towards building globalFEST’s services and programs as we move from being a singular catalyzing event to a year-round non-profit service organization for the world music community and beyond. Remember, $60 includes a ticket for globalFEST 2013 on January 13. Last year’s show sold-out well in advance—guarantee your spot for globalFEST’s 10th anniversary edition with your contribution!

globalFEST (gF) began as a creatively curated bright spot for global music lovers in the dark days of early January in NYC. Over its first decade, gF’s groundbreaking annual 3‐stage, 12‐band world music showcase/festival has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America and the premier gateway event for emerging and established artists from around the world. 

globalFEST is also a party, turning winter doldrums into a multi-continent romp at one of downtown New York’s most historic venues, spotlighting artists who represent diverse global styles, ranging from traditional and folk to hybrid acts that incorporate classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music and hip‐hop. Since 2003, gF has provided more than one hundred groups from around the world access to stages across North America. globalFEST is committed to keeping ticket prices low – with no increase in the past decade – to encourage festival-goers to explore new and unfamiliar sounds and discover new favorites.

The last six months have marked milestones in both organizational and programmatic development for globalFEST. Now an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, gF has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a year‐round resource for cultural curators, global music artists, and the live music industry as a whole.

The launch of globalFEST’s Touring Fund (gFTF) offers competitive grant opportunities to all tour‐ready gF alumni artists. gFTF is an innovative program designed to encourage cultural exchange by offsetting the high cost of touring in the U.S., and to encourage performances in new, underserved markets.

globalFEST has also expanded its presentations outside of NY. In Spring 2012, globalFEST brought its curatorial vision to stages at SXSW, the country’s most influential independent music conference and festival and atBonnaroo, one of the country’s most beloved festivals. gF artists performed alongside Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun, Questlove, Bon Iver, and St. Vincent. Through these events, gF and the participating artists garnered national coverage in such media as SPIN magazine, The New York Times and the Austin‐Statesman.

This September, globalFEST presents events on two continents: including a day-long showcase of eight New York-based diaspora artists at Paris’Festival d’île de France, and collaboration between Debo Band and Forro in the Dark with the legendary Joshua Light Show at NYU’s Skirball Center

gF is now planning for its next phase of development providing expanded service for the performing arts field in general and the world music field in particular. It is uniquely positioned to have impact on the entire live music industry—in NYC and beyond.

The festival directors, Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures, Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater- along with a dedicated cadre of volunteers - produce this highly anticipated event on an entirely unpaid basis.

We rely on the generosity of our Kickstarter supporters to help make all these ambitious programs possible, and we thank you! Please give as much as you can, and help spread the word!


geminiandscorpio:

So this is happening all over the east village right now.

geminiandscorpio:

So this is happening all over the east village right now.

nprmusic:

brendancodey:

David Byrne’s office/studio - the idea is to make people walk across this so that each person changes what’s coming out of the amp depending what pedals they step on. Byrne’s the best. 

Pedal Walk With Me.

nprmusic:

brendancodey:

David Byrne’s office/studio - the idea is to make people walk across this so that each person changes what’s coming out of the amp depending what pedals they step on. Byrne’s the best. 

Pedal Walk With Me.