RBMA Presents ‘A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets’ – May 14th

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Join an amazing cast of musicians for A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets with Red Bull Music Academy on May 14 at Town Hall in NYC!

The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours.

The music will span electronic, soul, jazz, rock, and everything in between! It’s gonna be a night to remember, for sure.

Event Details
RBMA Presents A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets

Wednesday, May 14
8PM

Advance Tickets: $30
Purchase tickets

Town Hall
123 W. 43rd St.
New York NY

M.I.A. Brings the Noise to a Warehouse in Queens

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by Chelsea Whitaker

Since her debut album back in 2005, M.I.A has made a career out of being the bad girl rockstar. Her creative mix of street fashion and high couture combine with her genre bending rap-pop songs to make her a trendsetter in the best sense of the word. She brought this compelling energy to the brand new Knockdown Center, located deep into Queens. The converted glass factory-turned-venue is in a wholly industrial district, nestled among autobody shops and Chinese importing warehouses.  There was no alcohol available at the venue due to a permitting issue, but this did not stop the raving dance party that M.I.A. inspires.

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The Foreign Exchange Ignite Brooklyn with Flying Colors

Photos by Eddie Pearson | Words by Korby Benoit

The Foreign Exchange brought their Love in Flying Colors world tour to Brooklyn this Monday. Together with their live band, Phonte and Nicolay provided an evening of good music and energetic showmanship.

Phonte’s voice was rich, clear and very true to his recordings. He’s an engaging singer who manages to seize his audience with his singing ability combined with his playful wit and humor. Phonte was also very committed to his performance as he delivered an extremely lively set. Nicolay, along with the band also appeared to be in high spirits as they delivered their tunes.  The group’s camaraderie is apparent in their performance.

The Music Hall of Willamsburg was a filled with loyal fans who weren’t shy about expressing their fondness for the group. It was hard to spot a fan who wasn’t singing along. It’s clear The Foreign Exchange have successfully grown their audience since their 2004 debut Connected.

There are still several dates ahead on this tour and I recommend this show to anyone who appreciates good live music. The Foreign Exchange offer a show where people can simply kick back and have a good time.

Photo: Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ the303, NYC – May 5

Photos by Eddie Pearson

Last night a packed house celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Ali Shaheed Muhammad for a special night of dinner and dancing at the303 in NYC! Get the visual recap above!

Ali had everyone singing along to every song, not skipping one beat. And you know if the DJ has a smile on his face all night long, something is going right!

Photo: Art of Cool Festival in Durham – April 25 & 26

Photos by Jen Diaz

Coming straight from Bull City after a two-day live music binge is a must. If you haven’t already enjoyed that type of adventure, start planning for next year. The Art of Cool Festival made its debut this past weekend taking over Durham, North Carolina and inviting a city to enjoy the sounds of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B with a world-class lineup. A few artists on the bill were Maceo Parker, The Foreign Exchange, Amel Larrieux, Hubert Laws, Kneebody, KING, Thundercat and Cody ChestnuTT, just to name a few. Venues were filled across town and the streets were packed with music-lovers navigating their way through the performances. Be sure to support this tremendous effort to highlight Jazz and all of its influences by donating to the Art of Cool Project.

Keep Jazz Alive!