Brooklyn's 651 Arts presents three dynamic performers More info on the artists and where to get tickets here.
Two powerful women tore up Santos back in March. Yeah, Tamar-kali and Jean Grae. After seeing their individual sets, I couldn't help but wonder why these two aren't better known. Both are really engaging performers. One of the things I would've liked to have seen was more collaboration between the two. They did one number [...]
First, I want to thank everyone who submitted music for consideration. There’s so much good music being made out there, but at the end of the day, so tough decisions had to be made. That said, I tried to pack as much music onto one compilation as Amazon.com would allow. Their limit is 74 minutes [...]
Looks like Santos is the place to be on Saturday night. It'll be good to see these two women: The much slept-on MC Jean Grae and the extraordinary vocal talents of singer/songwriter/bandleader Tamar-kali. "Extraordinary" is not too strong a word here: She can go from a soft and melodic to a furious roar. Now, when [...]
Tonight, the BRC Orchestra takes over the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. For those of you who have tix, it'll be a great experience: 18 performers, all female, under the musical direction of Tamar-Kali. It's part of the Schomburg's Annual Women's Jazz Festival. In addition to Tamar-kali, some of the other performers [...]
Better late than never, right? For those that missed Afropunk, here are some of the moments I captured at Fort Greene Park. Enjoy!
Shawn Peters, who manages soul rocker Martin Luther, hipped me to a series he’s producing over at the Weeksville Historical Society in Brooklyn. It kicked off last week with Game Rebellion and follows up this weekend with Sparlha Swa, who I’ve heard great things about but, unfortunately, have had several near misses when it came [...]
It’s July, so it must be time for the Afropunk Festival. My hat’s off to James Spooner and Matthew Morgan for the 10 days of music, film and skating that they’re about to present from July 4 thru July 13. It’s pretty massive: Nearly 40 bands 15 films a skate park featuring 30 pro BMX [...]
OK, so the weekend’s already upon us. But, if you’re still keeping your options open for Saturday night, here’s one much-buzzed about event that you should consider. This show is a power-packed tribute to the original all-girl, Black rock group, Labelle. Saturday May 10th The Manhattan Center & Ubiquita NYC Proudly Present:The Queen’s Daughters Tribute [...]
I sometimes say that Brooklyn is Black rock, and a weekend like this one coming up just proves my point. Saturday afternoon, the place to be is going to be Restoration Plaza for the Restoration Rocks Festival, a celebration of the community development center’s 40th anniversary. Organizing the festival is Brian Tate who is, among [...]