The Sound of Silence (June 17 – 26)



Dear Friends,

I’m looking forward to seeing a handful of you tonight, on a Brooklyn cultural adventure. If you’re free and would like to join, there’s still space. Let me know!



I’ve written about this before but I’m pretty sure that the social aspect, the opportunity to hang with friends and loved ones, might be the MOST important aspect in attending a performance/concert/exhibition…perhaps even more than the art itself. This was confirmed by the report, Motivations Matter: the primary motivation for 60 percent of those attending music performances and 68 percent who went to plays was to socialize with friends and family.

I’m all about more organizations taking this data and running with it. How can programs be tweaked and/or incentivized in order to make them more friend-friendly in order to grow audiences?

But…this week, I have a BUT:

What happens when that social element interrupts the art itself, so much so, that the art is sacrificed?

This happened to me a few weeks ago at a jazz performance in a public space. I was SO excited for the program. One of the best and most important line-ups I had ever seen. I arrived early to claim seats. I got my food and drinks beforehand so that I wouldn’t have to get up during the set. I read all the materials I was handed thoroughly. I was looking forward to the prospect of listening to jazz in open air. I was prepared, ready, and excited.

With the possibility of rain, the covered space I was in, filled up. People huddled under the structure, close together. And since we were enclosed and there were so many of us, the noise level increased. I figured once the music began, the talking would subside. But it didn’t. I couldn’t hear anything. It felt like a gymnasium where sounds are magnified to extreme levels. I was inclined to become the crotchety old lady who tells everyone to “SHHHHHHH.” But then I would have been the crotchety old lady who tells everyone to shut up. I tweeted at the organization to turn up the sound. I’m not sure if anything was done, but it was impossible to hear anything.

I admit, I am often the one talking during the shows. Working in music, concerts often become networking time or opportunities for catching up with friends in the field. But in retrospect, I realized that usually the sound is so loud in the concerts I attend, that voices are drowned out and chatter masked. So it doesn’t matter that I’m talking.

But with jazz and a weak soundsystem, this was not the case…and it was NOT flying with me. I wanted to hear the sound of silence.

Well, I wanted the sound of silence at least around me, so I could hear the music on the stage.

I am a firm believer that arts are social. Going to a concert? It’s better when you have a friend. You feel more comfortable, you can discuss it, you can catch up. But this experience made me slightly sour. So what is the solution?

I have read about the innovation of “tweet seats” at some venues across the country. This section of an audience is reserved for people who would like to use social media during a performance. It’s a form of marketing for the institution and in many ways, a form of interactive program notes. Tweet-seated audience members can take note of their ideas, observations, etc. electronically.

So an idea, to start: for quieter concerts like classical, jazz, or sacred music, should we institute “silent seats”? Kind of like the silent car on Amtrak? Where the people who sit in these seats commit to not speaking throughout the concert? Would this work? Does this exist?

An idea, to start. Does anyone else have any others? Please share your ideas and experiences.


Thanks, friends. Aight, enough talk. Let’s get thee to a concert!




Aight, here’s what I got for the week:


Friday, June 17


👍 Dance: Dance Heginbotham. This contemporary, NY-based dance company has created a three-part, site-inspired performance inspired by the interior of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. This performance will repeat on 6/18 and 6/19. Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, NYC, 7pm-8pm >>

😀👍Music: New York Philharmonic. See 6/16 listing. The NY Phil comes to Brooklyn! The Long Meadow of Prospect Park (enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West/9th St. or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at Prospect Park West/15th St.), Brooklyn, 8pm >>

Saturday, June 18



Parade/Festival: Fish Parade. The Fish Parade is a mile-long procession through the streets of the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, featuring a caravan of marchers and colorful “floats” created by visual and performance artists, incorporating issues of environmental awareness and community advocacy. The parade ends in Barretto Point Park with music, more art, and local businesses at the Hunts Point Summer Festival. Parade begins at Hunts Point Riverside Park (Lafayette Ave.) and ends at Barretto Point Park, Tiffany St./Viele Ave., Bronx. Parade: 11:30 – 12pm; Festival, 12-5pm >>

Music/Dance/Poetry: Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos. A cycle of musical, dance and spoken word poetry performances that evoke “black joy,” invoking the history of Harlem, the legacy of hip-hop, the Great Migration, New Orleans ‘second line’ parades and contemporary racial politics. Marc Bamuthi Joseph has composed a participatory performance to activate and engage the public. We are invited to congregate regularly under a parachute-turned-revival-tent for moments of intimate performance and celebration. On the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., NYC, 12-5PM >>

Festival/Music/Dance: Inti Raymi. Inti Raymi, or the “Festival of the Sun,” is a celebration of the winter solstice throughout many Andean cultures in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. The shortest day of the year in the Andes Mountains, this event welcomes the sun, longer days, plantings and harvests to follow. This will be led by members of the Ecuadorean Kichwa Nation and will also include performers from Ayazamana and Kaylla. American Indian Museum Heye Center, Diker Pavilion, 1 Bowling Green, NYC, 1pm  >>

😀👍Parade: Mermaid Parade. An only-in-NYC experience. Check out the creativity and fun that is the Mermaid Parade and go for a swim at the beach to cool off after. One of my favorites (admittedly, I am a member), Batala NYC will be marching with our Afro-Brazilian samba reggae grooves. Parade begins on W. 21st St./Surf Ave, continues down Surf, and then turns onto the boardwalk at W. 10th St. Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1pm >>

Dance: When I Return Who Will Receive Me. Dancer/choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili merges performance art, theater, dance and music in when I return who will receive me, inspired by protest practices of Nigerian women in the 1920’s, forgotten narratives of resistance, speculative fiction and the Nollywood cinema industry of Nigeria. Audiences are welcome to go from room to room to experience different parts of this installation. Fort Jay Magazine, Governors Island, 1:30-3:30pm >>

Dance:  An Afternoon of Dances from India: Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Bollywood. Sadhanalya School of Dance provides a glimpse into the rich dance heritage of India. Queens Public Library, Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Queens, 2pm >>

👍 Music: Sun Ra Arkestra. Marshall Allen was a pupil of Sun Ra and joined his Arkestra in 1958, leading its reed section. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings, and has collaborated with Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Medeski, Martin & Wood. He has launched the Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere “ghost” band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra’s music, as well as composing new music and arrangement. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, 2pm >>

Music: Underground System. “An 11-piece juggernaut, with a strong Argentinean frontwoman, who update and Brooklyn-ify Fela Kuti’s revolutionary sound.” They’re very good. Plus, it’s a venue super close to the beach. Riis Park Beach Bazaar, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens, 2-6pm >>



👍 Dance: Dance Heginbotham. See 6/17 listing. Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, NYC, 5pm-6pm >>

😀👍 Music: Kamasi Washington. There is so much buzz going around the jazz saxophonist and I am curious! He has recorded and performed with the greats of jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop (from McCoy Tyner to Chaka Khan to Lauryn Hill and Mos Def) and most recently, he worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” Summerstage, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, NYC, 5pm-10pm >>

Music/Dance: Indian Music and Dance by Taalim Raga. The ragas of Hindustani music through the sitar playing of Indro Roy-Chowdury, the rhythmic taals of the tabla by Mike Lukshis, and the dynamic dance (nritya) of Kathak by Jin Won. Tennis Lawn overlooking the Hudson River at 97th Street, NYC, 7pm >>


Sunday, June 19



Dance: When I Return Who Will Receive Me. See 6/18 listing. Fort Jay Magazine, Governors Island, 1:30-3:30pm >>

👍 Music: The Scandia String Orchestra. I saw this group last week and they were amazing! It’s also the most beautiful little cove, with an amazing view of the Hudson River. Highly recommended! This Scandinavian music festival features the works of Scandinavian composers  in New York and has been taking place for the past 12 years. Who knew? Bring a blanket. Fort Tryon Park, Riverside Drive, NYC, 2pm >>

😀👍Music: Breakdown Brass. Breakdown Brass is comprised of young veterans of Brooklyn’s soul and funk scene — its members tour and record with Antibalas, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Monophonics, Ikebe Shakedown, Slavic Soul Party & many others. I’ve booked them before and they’re amazing. Plus, it’s a venue super close to the beach. Can’t lose! Riis Park Beach Bazaar, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens, 2-6pm >>


👍Dance: Eiko. A Body in Places is the title of Eiko’s solo project which involves going to a place of her choice, studying it and performing at the site without lighting, sound, and other theatrical conventions. During the performance, Eiko will make eye contact with audiences and passersbys, striving to tear down walls of alienation. Nolan Park at Governors Island, 4:30-5:30 >>



👍 Dance: Dance Heginbotham. See 6/17 listing.  Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St, NYC, 5pm-6pm >>

Music/Opera: Black Wall Street. Created and performed by Alicia Hall Moran, Black Wall Street depicts a history of Black American finance in New York City and beyond, where the themes of complex relationships in the workplace, the contemporary politics of money, and the nature of ambition emerge. Jazz, rock, classical, and Indian Carnatic musicians join Moran to explore commonalities and intersections of the streams of narrative. Performed again on 6/20. Federal Hall, 26 Wall St, NYC, 7-8:15pm >>


Monday, June 20


😀👍💁Music: The Rooks. Indie soul/R&B or “a blurry portrait of Frank Ocean, J Dilla, and the Talking Heads getting drunk at a dive bar in the year 2023, while Justin Vernon waits in the car to drive everyone home.” One Penn Plaza, btw 33rd/34th Sts and 7th/8th Aves, NYC, 6pm >>

Performing Arts: Black Wall Street. See 6/19 listing. Federal Hall, 26 Wall St, NYC, 7-8:15pm >>

👍 Music: New York Philharmonic. Our beloved symphony takes their five borough tour to Queens. Cunningham Park (enter at 193rd St. near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike), Queens, 8pm >>


Tuesday, June 21


😀👍 Music: Make Music New York. This is one of the best days of the year, where all types of music sprout up in even the tiniest pockets of the city. From major presenters to local musicians (The NYChillharmonic at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx and Epyllion at the Morris-Jumel Mansion stand out to me), from punk rock to classical, there’s pretty much something for everyone. Some highlights for me include Mass Appeal Accordions (what did you expect from someone who programs an accordion series?), Glass on Water (a grand piano placed out on the pier with Philip Glass music, in part, played by Philip Glass himself), the opportunity to learn to play guitar lessons in Times Square, a preview to HONK! 2016 (street band music from around the world), and Concerto for Buildings (eight buildings with cast-iron facades are “played” with compositions from local composers.) Scan the Make Music NY website thoroughly, find what’s right for you, and report back on what you heard! (All five boroughs) >>

Art: Night at the Museum. Free admission to 16 museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan. There will be music events at various sites as well. Various locations around Lower Manhattan, NYC, 4-8pm >>

👍 Dance: Eiko. A Body on Wall Street. See 6/19. This time, the piece takes place in Lower Manhattan, symbolic for a body relating to the larger capitalistic world. “The body is fragile, unrecoverable, and irreplaceable – all of which is a stark contrast to the world of money and investment.” Part of the River to River Festival. Wall St. at Broad St., NYC, 5pm >>

😀👍💁Music: Pepito Gomez. José “Pepito” Gómez emerged from his hometown of Camagüey, Cuba to lead many salsa and son bands. He toured with the late Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club, and was a lead singer of Cuban mega-band Pupy y Los Que Son Son before moving to the U.S. Backed by a powerhouse ensemble of NYC Cuban all-stars, he moves from romantic ballads to high-octane timba arrangements. One Penn Plaza, btw 33rd/34th Sts and 7th/8th Aves, NYC, 6-7:30pm >>

👍 Dancing/Music: Catherine Russell Septet. Honey-rich vocals, charismatic energy, and a royal swing lineage. Catherine Russell is amazing. See for yourself in the video below! This is opening night of Midsummer Night Swing, a few week’s-worth of live music on a ballroom dance floor. Great people-watching. While you have to pay to enter the formal dance floor (and you should if you can afford it!), there’s usually dancing that usually happens on the outskirts of the Lincoln Center Plaza. Damrosch Park, W. 62 St. off Amsterdam Ave., NYC, 6:30pm >>

👍 Music: Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth. One of the most important groups in hip hop history: Public Enemy. They have spent over 25 years delivering socio-political messages that give voice to those who have long been ignored, are unafraid to question institutional injustices and challenge both leaders and laymen alike to work for change. Betsy Head Park, Dumont Ave., Brooklyn, 7pm-9pm >>


Wednesday, June 22


😀👍Dance: Eiko – A Body on Wall Street. See 6/21. Wall St. at Broad St, NYC, 2-3pm >>



😀👍 Music/Dancing: Finale of Bryant Park’s Dance Parties: A Latin Festival. In May and June, there has been the opportunity to explore many different dance forms in one of the most idyllic spots in NYC. The final night lasts for five hours and includes mambo and salsa with the musicians Grupo Arcano, Pete Nater & Associates, and The New Swing Sextet. The night starts with a lesson and continues with live music. Dress up! Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, 41st St./6th Ave, NYC, 5pm-10pm >>

Music/Dancing: Grand Street Stompers. Led by Gordon Au, the octet, Grand St. Stompers are a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, June 23. Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 6:30pm >>

Music and Dance: Ismael Miranda. Feel the full force of classic salsa with one of the genre’s most celebrated icons. Part of Midsummer Night Swing. Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St, NYC, 6:30pm >>

Opera: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series. This beloved institution makes the rounds around the boroughs this week. They begin in Central Park. These performances are something you should knock off your NYC summer bucket list. Always beautiful and special. Central Park Rumsey Playfield (enter around 72nd St), NYC, 7pm-10pm >>

Music/Film: Krai. “Krai is a forty-minute journey across the Eurasian landmass.” Vocalists singing in Russian + an electro-acoustic chamber ensemble + film. 28 Liberty Street, NYC, 8-8:45pm >>


Thursday, June 23



Music: The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. Helmed by Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats is an all-star youth orchestra comprised of gifted young musicians from across the five boroughs. Works by Tito Puente, Machito, and Chico O’Farrill. I’m an Arturo fan. MetroTech Commons (1 MetroTech Center), Brooklyn, 12pm-1:30pm >>



👍 Music: Kendra Foster. She caught my eye when she was the back-up singer for D’Angelo when he was on Saturday Night Live last year (see below). She even caught the eye of the New Yorker.  In her solo work, “her soul-based fusion is peppered with jazz, funk, hip hop, rock, classical, world, electronica and gospel.”She plays B-Side, BRIC TV’s live in-studio music series that features performances from emerging and established musicians. The in-studio seating is very limited and is first come, first served. BRIC, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn,  7pm >>

😀👍 Cabaret: Out of Line: Illustrious Blacks. Once upon a time, when the High Line first opened to the public. Patty Heffley, who had enjoyed decades of privacy in her apartment, suddenly found herself staring face to face with park visitors. She responded by rounding up talented friends and creating an ad-hoc performance series on her fire escape that included music, comedy, burlesque and even a science lecture. The Renegade Cabaret was born and soon became a four-story-high “underground” hit that was written up in the The New York Times and The New Yorker. In this edition, Manchildblack and Monstah Black who make up Illustrious Blacks “are descending upon our planet to bring you an experimental fusion of ‘intergelectrodiscosoul’ music, technicolored fashions, and social commentary to create a wild and groovy, interplanetary party from the future. I love the concept of this series; taking a member of the public’s response to the new High Line and creating institutional programming around it. Performance location provided via email following RSVP, 9pm >>

👍 Dance: The Set Up: Kapila Venu. The Set Up: Kapila Venu is the 7th installment in a series of 7 full-length dances that invests in “unknowing”. Initiated in 2012, each installment launches with “American contemporary” artists meeting a “master” of an existent dance form. This installment began in Kerala, India with Kapila Venu, a Kutiyattam dance practitioner. The master taught choreographer Wally Cardona what he deemed “most important” about the form to which they have dedicated their lives. During this immersive training, Jennifer Lacey invests herself as an outsider, not learning the form directly, but participating in subcultures surrounding the form. The initial encounter is immediately followed by a response period with dancers/musicians based in New York City. The master artist, whose guidance has been ever-present, is now absent and Cardona, Lacey, and Jonathan Bepler all work to recognize and work through their own self-developed and culturally-developed borders. Sounds super interesting. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 12 Fulton St., NYC, 9-10:30pm >>


Friday, June 24


Festival: Swedish Midsummer Festival. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York, while making midsummer wreaths, decorating the midsummer pole,  parading, and eating Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and Fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Robert F. Wagner Park and Pier A Plaza, Battery Park City, NYC, 5-8pm >>

Dance: Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance. “Making dance part of a broader public conversation and providing an ideal picnic backdrop to boot” – The New York Times. Three up-and-coming dance companies perform on the Bryant Park stage. 277 Dance Project, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, and Amy Marshall Dance Company. Bryant Park, 41st St./6th Ave, NYC, 6pm-8pm >>

Dancing/Music: Mint Julep Jazz Band  (New York City debut). This North Carolina–based “little” big band specializes in the great swing tunes of the ’30s. Part of Midsummer Night Swing. Great people-watching, especially their swing nights. While you have to pay to enter the formal dance floor (and you should if you can afford it!), there’s usually dancing that usually happens on the outskirts of the Lincoln Center Plaza. Damrosch Park (Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St), NYC, 6:30pm >>

Opera: Metropolitan Opera. This beloved institution continues making the rounds around the boroughs this week, this time in Brooklyn. These performances are something you should knock off your NYC summer bucket list. Always beautiful and special. Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St), NYC, 7pm-9pm >>

😀👍 Music: ¡Cubanismo! / Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca. Trumpeter Jesús Alémañy returned to Havana in 1996 to organize an all-star jam session; the result was the self-titled debut, an extraordinary album known as “a modern, younger Buena Vista Social Club.” (AllMusic) Opening is Ricardo Lemvo. Born in Congo of Angolan descent, he plays a concoction of soukous, kizomba, samba, and salsa “a blend of Cuban and Central African traditions that is seamless and organic—and infectious.” (LA Times). Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, 7:30pm >>

😀👍 Dance: The Set Up: Kapila Venu. See 6/23. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 12 Fulton St., NYC, 9-10:30pm >>


Saturday, June 25



Festival: Flower Festival/ Festival de las Flores. Aside from the billing of “internationally and locally known artists, Colombian silleteros and floral Silletas, Carnaval de Barranquilla, street theater, DJs playing Latin and American hits,” I don’t know much about this event. I do know that NYC has the largest Colombian community outside of Colombia (with Queens as the main hub) and I’m thinking this will be amazing. Flushing Meadows Corona Park by Unisphere, Queens, 10am-6pm >>

Art: The Ramones. The Queens Museum gets taken over by hordes of punks for a full day of Ramones events. Think punk flea market, screenings of Ramones-related films (followed by a Q&A with Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick); and a performance by all-female Ramones tribute band, Rockaway B*tch. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, 12-6pm >>

Music: Rite of Summer. As part of the now-annual, Rite of Summer Music Festival that celebrates contemporary classical music, former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs with percussionist/marimba-player Ian David Rosenbaum. Governors Island, 1 & 3pm >>

Film: The Evolution Of SteelPan. The premiere of this documentary on the SteelPan drum with a Q&A session with filmmaker Charysse Tia Harper following. ARTs East New York, 534 Livonia Ave., Brooklyn, 2-4:30pm >>

Music: Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars. In association with the New York Hot Jazz Festival. Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 is a collaboration between the great New Orleans pianist/singer and the retro-futurist trumpeter. I’ve heard this project before and it is GOOD! And I always love the charm of The Hot Sardines. Central Park Rumsey Playfield (enter around 72nd St), NYC, 2pm-7pm >>

Multidisciplinary: Harlem Arts Festival. There’s music, comedy, dance, theater, spoken word, and art in Harlem in the fifth year of this annual festival. Day 1 of 2 of free events. Marcus Garvey Park and the neighborhood (120-124th Sts. btw. Madison and Morris Park West), 3-8:30pm. >>



👍 Music: The Allen Toussaint Band with guest vocalists Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, and Deacon John. A tribute to late music icon Allen Toussaint, “one of the master craftsmen of 20th-century American pop” (New York Times). Irma Thomas is “The Soul Queen of New Orleans” and I try to catch her every time I’m down there. Damrosch Park (Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St), NYC, 6:30pm >>

👍 Dance: The Set Up: Kapila Venu. See 6/23. South Street Seaport Museum, Melville Gallery, 12 Fulton St., NYC, 8-9:30pm >>

😀👍 Dance: Philadanco. Since 1970, choreographer/founder Joan Myers Brown has been engaged in shattering barriers for African Americans in contemporary dance with this dance company. Apparently, the program is custom-made for this night. Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, 8pm >>


Sunday, June 26



Tour: Freshkills Park.Seven hundred acres and eight miles of trails in the otherwise closed site will be open, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project. Free bikes, kayak tours, and guided walks. Freshkills Park, Staten Island, 11am-4pm >>

Festival: Taste of Jewish Culture. Food, comedy, trivia, and klezmer musicians Howard Leshaw Music and the Klezmer Swing Orchestra. Most importantly, take advantage of the Yiddish lessons. (Fact: I went to Yiddish school growing up.) 6th Ave. btw. 48th/49 Sts., NYC, 11am-6pm  >>

👍 Parade: NYC Pride. Last year, we had so much to celebrate. This year, we have a lot to think about and commemorate. Most importantly, we need to show our solidarity. This is one of my favorite NYC parades.  Begins on 36th St., goes down Fifth Avenue, turns on Eighth St., and ends at Christopher/Greenwich. NYC, 11am-6pm >>

Music: Music in the Garden. Musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra present their version of an “Open Studio,” performing great classical and jazz music on the back porch of a historic home, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway at W 204th St, NYC, 1pm-6pm >>

👍 Music: Scandia Brass. See 6/19. Your last opportunity to catch these guys this summer! Fort Tryon Park, Riverside Drive, NYC, 2pm >>

Multidisciplinary: Harlem Arts Festival. See 6/25. Day 2 of 2 of free events. Marcus Garvey Park and the neighborhood (120-124th Sts. btw. Madison and Morris Park West), 3-8:30pm. >>

Music: Wo Famatou. Guinean dance and percussion. Harlem Meer has wonderful, intimate concerts, that are frequented by members of the neighborhood.  Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. btw Fifth/Lenox Aves., NYC, 2-4pm >>

Music: Dahlia Dumont and The Blue Dahlia. Dahlia is the sweetest and plays a vibrant mix of many things from French chanson to reggae to klezmer, influenced by the group’s backgrounds in NYC, France, Senegal, Japan, Argentina and Mexico. As part of the France Rocks Summerfest, the Bureau Export, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy gives NYC cutting edge French electro, jazz, world, contemporary, pop and rock artists. Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 4pm >>

😀👍 Music: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble with Phil Cohran. I remember hearing these seven (blood) brothers play in Union Square 10+ years ago. I loved them then and love them now. Their father, Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind, & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra) joins them for this special show, produced by the Blue Note. Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, 5pm >>




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

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