Dear Friends,

I just wanted to get this out since the week has started with a vengeance.

 

This is what I got:

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 22

 

The second to last week to catch Accordions Around the World. This week we have the Colombian cumbia and pan-Latin sounds of Cumbiagra (NYC)

A film on Brazil’s Passinho: a dance creation of the kids in Rio’s favelas: a hybrid of pop, break-dancing and traditional samba, pagode, and frevo (NYC)

The Knights play at a favorite venue: the Naumburg Bandshell (NYC)

NYC b-boys and girls say hey to Brazil’s Passinho dancers: a dance party! (NYC)

 

Wednesday, July 23

 

Jazz, folk, soul with deep grooves and conscious lyrics: Morley (NYC)

New Orleans based, Funk and R&B pianist Jon Cleary plays to a New York crowd (NYC)

My elementary school clarinet teacher who is an amazing musician performs with his family against a backdrop of the East River (NYC)

Shakespeare (in this case, Cymbeline) out-of-doors, in an outer-borough (Queens)

Back in the 70s, Larry Harlow premiered a Spanish-language opera about a deaf and blind percussion wizard at Carnegie Hall with Celia Cruz, partially sparking the salsa craze in NYC. The magnum opus returns after 40 years. This is exciting (NYC)

 

Thursday, July 24

 

Check out one of the original (and unfiltered) R&B musicians, Bobby Rush (Brooklyn)

Barefoot dancing is back. This time its Tahitian with Lei Pasifika (Bronx)

Free food! A super interesting cross-cultural culinary, art and architectural collaboration about Cuba (Queens)

The off-the-radar Battery Park City Parks Conservancy concert series presents the Heritage Blues Quintet (NYC)

Free animated shorts as a part of an Animation Block Party (NYC)

It’s been seven years since bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek last performed together. Check them out in this reunion show (Brooklyn)

A pairing of some of the best in professional hip hop dance (Rennie Harris) and the introduction of Passinho to the US (NYC)

 

Friday, July 25

 

“80 leading contemporary musicians are guided by the pace of their own breaths, blending composition and sonic environment into an expansive and immersive listening experience” (NYC)

A night of immigrant stories of those to came to the Bronx and Lower East Side (Bronx)

A night of NY short films (NYC)

A pairing of modern dance (Pam Tanowitz Dance) and contemporary classical music (eighth blackbird) (NYC)

Celebrate 20 years since apartheid ended with film, music, and art (Brooklyn)

The French film festival around town continues (Brooklyn)

 

Saturday, July 26

 

Day 1: A celebration of poetry in New York (Governors Island)

I’m a fan of the Queens Museum and community-centricity of their work. A day of art, dance, community, and wonderful music – some of my faves, the Afr0-Colombian, high energy band, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (Queens)

Fascinated by Brazil’s Passinho dance? Take a dance class and show your moves (NYC)

A program of “deep roots of rock and roll,” directed by Toshi Reagon, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and special guests like Nona Hendryx (NYC)

Like reggae? Today is your day, with the likes of Chronixx and Junior Reid (NYC)

Repeat: “80 leading contemporary musicians are guided by the pace of their own breaths, blending composition and sonic environment into an expansive and immersive listening experience” (NYC)

Local artists use beat poetry, break-dancing, spoken word, and music to tell their stories in this hip hop-flavored series curated by my faves Circa ’95 (Bronx)

Rooftop Films presents The Case of the Three Sided Dream, about blind jazz musician, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and his innate virtuosity that completely altered the way jazz was perceived. Preceded by a performance by the Akua Dixon Quartette (NYC)

“Killing Me Softly” singer Roberta Flack and prince of New Orleans piano, Davell Crawford perform (NYC)

 

Sunday, July 27

 

Day 2: A celebration of poetry in New York (Governors Island)

An afternoon of films from around the world that relate to music (NYC)

Sublime strings in the woods (Bronx)

Two of my favorites, Mexican brassters Banda de los Muertos and Afro-Colombian punk group M.A.K.U. Soundsystem perform in this family-friendly concert  (NYC)

A great, unassuming music/dance series exists in the northern-most part of Central Park. This week Max Pollak RumbaTap performs. Pollak uses his whole body to produce Afro-Cuban beats with tap, body percussion, and vocals as the rhythmic base for his one man “band” (NYC)

Hip Hop head? Celebrate the 37th anniversary of b-boys, Rock Steady Crew, including an appearance by Slick Rick (NYC)

globalFEST usually takes place in January. There’s now a summer version, this time featuring Northeastern Brazil’s BaianaSystem, Bhangra Funksters Red Baraat, Haitian queen Emeline Michel, and Sephardic and Judeo-Andalusian tune-carrying, Emil Zrihan (NYC)

Also part of globalFEST is a more electronic line-up with the Indian electronic musician Charanjit Singh, global bass DJ Ushka, psycho-dub bass of Baiana Play Som, and global street sounds of DJ Ripley (NYC)

Into swing? The ultimate swingsters, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play while you dance or enjoy the music along the river (NYC)

Take 2; the adult version: two of my favorites, Mexican brassters Banda de los Muertos and Afro-Colombian punk group M.A.K.U. Soundsystem perform, this time with Debauche, who share “devil-may-care Russian songs told gritty underworld tales of shady characters and mafia glory” (NYC)

 

 

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Aight, that’s what I got. Have a great week, everyone!

 

All good things,

 

Ariana