NYC: Brasil Summerfest – July 21-28

 

Brasil Summerfest will be presenting its second year after a smashing debut last summer. July 21-28 will serve as a platform for some of Brazil’s most moving talent, spanning the breadth of the country’s gorgeous musical landscape.

Truly, be prepared for a healthy range that will traverse “traditional styles of samba, forro, bossanova, MPB as well as new emerging ones such as manguebeat, hip hop, indie rock, baile-funk, among others.” Yep!

Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto and two fast rising hip-hop artists, Criolo and Flávio Renegado, will together kick off the festival. And Os Mutantes will be closing everything out!

The festival will take place across several popular NYC venues, including Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, MoMA, Joe’s Pub, Nublu, Drom, SOBs, Dekalb Market, and The Standard East Village.

Stay tuned to the Brasil Summerfest website for more details!

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APAP 2012 Reflections: Global Synergy, Local Parts and Sums Adding Up


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Words by Evangeline Kim

APAP’s 55th Annual Conference:
New York’s cosmopolitan nature becomes charged with fresh new energies, both local and global, each January, as more than 3400 national and international performing arts leaders and special guests of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) descend upon the city for their annual conference with more than 350 exhibitors in the expo halls at the Hilton (January, 6-10, 2012). The world’s entrepreneurial presenters and agents gear up for the event months in advance to organize close to 1300 showcases in the performing arts. These relatively brief, live performance experiences spark tremendous anticipation for the coming year’s prospects.

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Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Raphael Saadiq Covers The Spinners + MP3

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps rolling out more recreations of classic hits, this time with Giant Step favorite Raphael Saadiq covering “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners, the legendary Detroit ensemble. When Tony! Toni! Toné!’s Raphael Saadiq went solo, his goal was to modernize R&B without cutting ties with its past, creating complex tunes that honored Motown while addressing issues of the day. You can get your copy of Raphael’s cover of “It’s a Shame” here.

Don’t forget about our Central Park SummerStage show on July 17th, where Raphael Saadiq will be performing along with Aloe Blacc and special guests!

And while you’re at it, check out behind-the-scenes footage of Raphael talking about his recreation of “It’s a Shame” below.