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Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Serving up originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes, the band deviously infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of jazz, funk, and more. A party with Tipsy Oxcart is guaranteed to shake the dance floor all night long!
E. Samson, & Stan Michael combine Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop to bring your favorite throwbacks, current hits and original songs to the stage! With an eccentric live band who produce magic through instruments to the gifted and always charasmatic vocalists, these young artists guarantee to entertain! Follow them at @mattsaxon1 @music_product @thestanmichael
Soprano Anna Veleva has received international acclaim as one of today's most gifted and versatile opera stars.
She has been recognized internationally for her opera and concert performances.
Highlights include the lead soprano roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville produced by Columbia Artists Management.
Mrs. Veleva has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall- Stern Auditorium, J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sofia National Opera House and Plovdiv Opera in Bulgaria.
The media has hailed her as "The New Opera Hope".
“we are cooking audio gumbo…our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions spiced up with African and other world rhythms… MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE!"
Underground Horns is a Brooklyn based brass band playing Afro Funk New Orleans Latin grooves and beyond. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record FUNK MONK "kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice."
Their second album BIG BEAT (2010) was reviewed by Ken Waxman in The New York Jazz Record calling them "an unapologetic party band with brains...with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states" and on their third record ALMOST BLUE (2014) they were "expanding the sonic range while never leaving the groove behind." (Sam Spokony, The Villager)
Underground Horns performed internationally in Brazil, Egypt and Germany, stateside at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Dizzy's (Jazz at Lincoln Center) and various Jam Band Festivals, sharing the bill with Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation and B.B. King.
In the big city they make people dance in subway stations, parks and at their club dates at nublu, the Blue Note and Brooklyn Bowl, among others. They also have been playing as a marching band, namely at the spectacular NYC Village Halloween Parade. www.UndergroundHorns.com
BLIND BOY PAXTON
Although only in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast.
This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling.
He's a world class talent and a uniquely colorful character who has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton's sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is "virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s." www.BlindBoyPaxton.com
is an Indie Rock/Seagaze band from Nyack, NY. They have been writing music and playing shows extensively since late 2013 from NY, CT, RI, NJ, DE, PA, NC, VA, MD, and NYC sharing the stage with acts such as Sparks the Rescue, Rookie of the Year, Hawthorne Heights, Pentimento, Have Mercy, This Good Robot (with former Patent Pending frontman, Michael Ragosta), Former Misfits lead vocalist Michale Graves, as well as hundreds of others. March 16th 2016 saw their debut on Mainstream radio on 107.1 The Peak in New York and New Jersey. About a month later in April of 2016, The Foxfires made their way to 92.7 and 96.9 WRRV radio in the Hudson Valley NY. And in May, into a rotation on WLOY radio in Maryland and 99.3 WXRY in South Carolina and Black Diamond Radio in Scotland. After almost three years, two EPs, and one double single, they are in the studio recording their first full length album with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Ted Young-responsible for records such as Blonde Redhead’s “23”, Taking Back Sunday’s “Where You Want To Be”, Hawthorne Heights’ “If Only You Were Lonely”, Sonic Youth’s “The Eternal”, and Kurt Vile’s “Smoke Ring for My Halo” and “Walkin on a Pretty Daze” and his work re-mastering The Rolling Stone’s seminal albums. Their music is likened to artists such as Wilco, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Built To Spill, and Milo Green. Visit: www.thefoxfires.com and on Instagram: TheFoxfires
THREE PINTS SHY
Founded in 2003, THREE PINTS SHY has become a raucous pub band, updating and reinvigorating the Celtic music so beloved all around the world. Stemming from the traditions of Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers, THREE PINTS SHY first
appeared at the New York Renaissance Festival in Tuxedo, NY. Our group members are David Anthony, Jonathan Siregar, Robbie Taylor and David Mikofsky.
Preferring the enjoyment of music and drinking, the group is influenced by all Irish drinking songs. THREE PINTS SHY performs with a high-energy style, creating an appeal to a younger audience, creating a fanatical audience reaction that grows with every song. But they are not beyond the touching ballads of the Emerald Isle, enamoring their fans with their gentle harmonies. www.ThreePintsShy.com
Is a New York-based singer-songwriter known for ramshackle, critical-darling, genre-bending antifolk music.
In 1996, Block self-released Lead Me Not Into Penn Station which, according to the Alternative Press, “practices the alchemy of melodious discord: pretty enough to draw you in, rough enough to keep you listening.” Block then opened for The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bob Mould, and They Might Be Giants.
In 1998, Glen Ballard (who’d just produced Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill) signed Block as the first artist to his Capitol imprint Java Records, and released Block’s next album, Timing is Everything, that year.
His return to recording came a few years later, when WFUV deejay Claudia Marshall began regularly spinning his music and demanding on-air that the folksinger-in-pinstripes phone home. This plea led to The Last Single Guy, released in 2006. Allmusic.com described it this way: “like a bedside book, this album can be played in one sitting, but so much better to dip in and out of it over time, letting one’s mood determine one’s favorites for the day.” It also appeared on Ms. Marshall’s “Best of the Year” list.
Block’s latest release, 2013’s Whitecaps On The Hudson, presents deranged Byronic songs in loose, even organic attire. Call it antifolk or steamfolk or folkcore: pure-of-heart love songs run into unabashed pop melodies and collide with haunting spoken-word invocations. JamieBlock.com
PABLO MAYOR URBANO QUINTET
Pablo Mayor revisits the genre of Latin jazz (after his initial CD Aviso with Andy Gonzalez on bass) with a new intimate version of his renowned Folklore Urbano Orchestra. The Quintet presents a similar rhythm section that drives his powerhouse orchestra--- David Hertzberg, bass, Nestor Gómez and Jonathan Gómez, percussion, Franco Pinna, drums, and Pablo Mayor on piano. The group sheds new light on Pablo’s original compositions and arrangements of Colombian standards with more space for extended improvisations allowed by this jazz format. It is not, however, what one might expect from a typical Latin Jazz ensemble. In the signature style of Pablo Mayor, the folkloric aspect---the inherent groove---is the utmost priority, propelled by New York City’s (and Colombia’s) best-kept secret---virtuoso percussionists Nestor Gómez from Barranquilla, Colombia, and Jonathan Gómez from Bogotá, Colombia, with Franco Pinna’s mastery of applying Colombian rhythms to the drum set and Dave swinging on the bass. Pablo himself presents a fresh approach to the piano with his original Colombian method of piano playing which combines an in-depth study of Colombian rhythms with a long history of playing swinging Colombian salsa and charanga with maestro Eddy Zervigon and Orquesta Broadway.
is the next generation of the New-Funk movement. Known for their hard hitting, booty shakin' sound, the soulful crew from Nyack, NY released their latest EP, The Purple Bag, in 2014. Mr. Breakdown brings a different flavor to each track - paying homage to some of the all-time great funk-a-teers with nods to James Brown, Prince & The Meters to name a few.
Born and raised in Rockland County, Mike Kemmlein (guitar/vocals), Joe "Mamma” Carpentieri (drums/vocals) and Dave Reiss (bass/vocals) are the rhythm section and main songwriters of Mr. Breakdown. After over ten years of playing together in other incarnations, the childhood friends formed the band in 2008. Matt Wayne (sax/vocals) and Yan Falmagne (keyboards) complete the picture and fill in the funky sound with color and creativity.
Since it's formation, the band has been a staple of the NYC music scene. Upon releasing its debut album Shake Daddy Jupiter in 2012, Breakdown has regularly brought its high-energy show throughout the Northeast. In 2014, they embarked on a tour supporting The Purple Bag from North Carolina to Vermont. This summer, Mr. Breakdown is throwing funky dance parties in and around NYC.
The Purple Bag EP is available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/1gZYirR
For more information, please visit: www.MrBreakdown.com
MARIO THE MAGICIAN
His live performance (for ages 4-10 and their families) is uplifting, inventive, highly interactive, and ridiculously funny. Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and his clever and refreshing integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance, without ever sacrificing comedy and that old-school slapstick vibe. It's "vintage meets the future." Mario's old world vibe and physical comedy style are reminiscent of heroes like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does.
Mario has appeared at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Sesame Street (the episode airs again July 23, 2015!), World Maker Faire New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and FAO Schwarz, among many other wonderful locations.
Brien McVernon has been at the top of the Australian Rockabilly Scene for many years. His band The Retro Rockets recorded 5 studio albums, 1 live album and played every major festival and stage in Australia and New Zealand. However, Brien was looking to spread his music further afield. Having played with The Stray Cats star Slim Jim Phantom in Australia, New Zealand and Africa, Brien was asked to join Slim Jim in the USA to play at the Union County Musicfest, New Jersey in 2010. This was followed with an invitation to play 2 more shows with Mike Peters and the Alarm in New York City. Brien instantly found a place that he wanted to make his new home.
After several follow up trips back to NYC Brien was playing a set on Long Island when he met Mark Pohl and Bill Morey, the rhythm section with The Renegade Kings. Brien kept returning to NYC every 3 months and started playing regularly with Mark and Bill on every return trip. Brien and the Blackouts were born. The guys have played all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island. 2014 has landed Brien permanently in the USA living in New Jersey on an arts visa, so Brien and the Blackouts have been in the rehearsal room getting set to take on the US scene with full force. www.blackoutsnyc.com
Cocomama is an international group of musicians based in New York City. “A virtual United Nations of women”, they come from such diverse places as Cuba, Israel, France, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Australia, Oregon and Wisconsin. Inspired by their various musical and cultural backgrounds, their music draws upon Jazz, World, Afro-Cuban, and South American traditions. They play “hard-hitting”, original Latin music deeply rooted in Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Members of the band have played with such legendary artists as Machito, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Sheila E., Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, and Tito Puente.
Formed in 2008, Cocomama has performed at the Iridium Jazz Club, the United Nations, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, the New York City Marathon, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The group is now attracting a national audience following performances at the Spoleto Music Festival in South Carolina and the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. www.cocomamamusic.com
When a band’s name is inspired by Star Wars you just don’t expect the group behind it to be The Tontons – they’re far too ‘cool’ for that. The Houston, TX rising kings (and queen) of indie rock are out to prove they can be both – creators of music that both pop fans and hipsters adore, and also loyal friends who truly love making music together and never shy away from experiences and vulnerabilities that shaped their beginnings. A culmination of years on the road, The Tontons are proud to release their forthcoming LP, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love on February 18th. The new album was produced and mixed by Dave Boyle (Black Joe Lewis, Okkervil River, Robert Plant) at Austin’s ChurchHouse Studios and features 11-tracks of Asli Omar’s old-soul vocals that heave the band’s lyrics forward with empowering, sultry and emotional force. Flanking her is bassist Tom Nguyen, armed with a nimble rumble that forms the sturdy dermis of the band. Brothers Adam and Justin Martinez’s titanic guitar-and-drum attack are the dance-ready glue. Omar’s voice seems to melt like butter into the cracks of the Earth that the foursome create. www.thetontons.com
TreNovo is a jazz-funk trio which includes drummer Bobby Deitch, guitarist Russ DeFilippis and organist/keyboardist Eddy Bishai. Follow them on Facebook.
Fran Roesemann, known as Miss Fran throughout New York and New Jersey, has been singing with children for many years. Her interactive classes and concerts fully engage both children and their parents/caregivers who join in the fun with shakers, instrument, scarves, and other unique props. While she is playing the guitar everyone is up jumping, clapping, laughing and singing. Lessons about movement, counting, the seasons, animals, colors and the world around them are seamlessly integrated and become part of the fun. There is nothing like a Miss Fran concert! Musicandmovementwithmissfran@gmail.com