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Happy 67th Birthday Bob Marley! We Miss You.

Today, on what would have been his 67th birthday, we pay tribute to the great Bob Marley. Marley, sadly passed away in 1981 at the much-too-young age of thirty-six, but he still manages to have an impact and cultural presence today, thirty-one years after his death.

Marley’s ever-present message of unity and perseverance in the face of oppression has inspired indigenous communities worldwide. The Australian Aboriginals burn a flame in his honor in Sydney’s Victoria Park, Native American tribes revere his work and tributes to Marley take place all over the world from South America to India. There’s even a statue of Marley in Banatski Sokolac, Serbia! The United Nations recognized Marley’s inspirational message for the downtrodden and awarded him the Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. For a musician to receive this honor demonstrates that there was more to Marley than a great voice and a captivating stage presence.

“Marley wasn’t singing about how peace could come easily to the World but rather how hell on Earth comes too easily to too many. His songs were his memories; he had lived with the wretched, he had seen the downpressers and those whom they pressed down.” – Mikal Gilmore, Rolling Stone

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Music, Seasonal

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Here are this week’s Hot Tickets in the New York area. Check back every Friday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 I Zlatne Uste Golden Festival  The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind, celebrates 27 years of live Balkan, Roma (“Gypsy”) music and more. Over 50 live bands playing on FOUR stages.  Dance along or just listen–simple line and circle dance instruction is included on Friday. All profits are donated to charities. “I heard some beautiful Bulgarian type singing from a trio called Black Sea Hotel…Back down in the Grand Ballroom the act that pulled this whole festival togetherthe Zlatne Uste Brass Band was playing in the middle of the floor, as the dancers circled around them, like a massive swarm of bees.” — David Byrne. “Gorgeously funky festival” “…nothing less than a grassroots folk rave. …who wouldn’t want to dance?” — Richard Gehr (Village Voice and eMusic). Online sales for the Golden Festival have concluded, but you can buy tickets at the door! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT to Saturday, October 22 – The Exquisite Corpse Festival  Exquisite Corpse is a game where three collaborators create a single composition through a game of secrets and consequences. Three dance companies will share the stage to dance to a song by three musicians. The dance companies will be choreographed by Rachel Klein, Jessica Park, and Tracy Berlsey and will never have worked together before the dress rehearsal. The three choreographers will fully choreograph each of their parts, but opening night will be the first time they have ever danced together! The directors will share a cast to produce a play written by three playwrights. Award winning playwrights including John Patrick Bray, Stacy Davidowitz, and Anton Dudley have each written a third of a play without seeing each others’ work. The first time they will see the entire play for the first time is with you in the audience! Three tattoo artists will share one person’s body to create a tattoo without sharing their work. Sacred Tattoo is sending three of their best tattoo artists on opening night to give our volunteer a tattoo from their imagination (rather than the receiver’s request). You have to be there opening night to see it live, but we’ll have a photo exhibition of the work by Nick Pauly for the rest of the nights! Three taxidermists share parts of three animals to create a single corpse! What do you get when you mix a duck, rook, and a rabbit? You’ll have to show up to find out!

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Posted by on October 14, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! AZTEC TWO-STEP 40th Anniversary Tour ~ CD Release Party! Aztec Two-Step’s debut album was named one of the top five classic folk albums by Real Simple magazine in ’07, joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs; also “…surpassing Simon and Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship and emotion.” Their music was a staple of progressive FM and college radio, helping to bring the music of the 1960s into the ’70s. Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with their shimmering, intricately textured twin guitar sound, as well as their intelligent songwriting ~vintage & brand new~ and their inspiring harmonies. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets will post upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Saturday, August 6 ArtCrawl Harlem Gallery Tour: ArtCrawl Harlem will host a six-gallery tour focusing on Romare Bearden‘s life and work in Harlem. The four-hour guided bus tour will visit some of Harlem’s most diverse and well known galleries and museums, followed by dinner, wine and live jazz.

Monday, August 8 THE PIT’S SECOND ANNUAL SPELLING BEE: Watch as your favorite PITizens compete for a $20 gift certificate to Chipotle and bragging rights to be the best spelling champion of 2011! Hosted by Oscar Montoya. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Do the Ska – Coast to Coast!

Ska music a blend of Caribbean mento and calypso with the American r&b and jazz that Jamaicans were hearing from New Orleans radio stations, emerged in the late 50s and is considered to be the grandfather of reggae music. It established the walking bass line and accented upbeat that would become the foundation of the reggae beat but unlike the laid-back vibe of reggae, ska was high energy dance music. This was indicative of the celebratory feeling pulsing through the Jamaican populous. Jamaica received its independence from the UK in 1962 and the upbeat ska sound became the soundtrack for independent Jamaica.

Many of reggae’s stars got their start in ska. Bob Marley & the Wailers started out as a ska group. Jimmy Cliff, one of the first Jamaican singers to reach an international audience was a popular ska singer, even showcasing the music at the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York City. But, there’s one group that provided the music to many of the best known ska hits: The Skatalites. The original lineup of the band broke up in 1965 but they reformed in 1983 due to renewed interest in ska music and have been touring ever since. Only two of the original Skatalites are still playing with the band, vocalist Doreen Shaffer and saxophonist Lester Sterling. Sadly, original drummer Lloyd Knibb just passed away on May 12, 2011 but the new band keeps the spirit of the original ska sound alive. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Music

 

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