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Air Guitar Championships, Evening on the Ganges, Always Happy Comedy Bop — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (6/26-7/2)

WEDNESDAY 6/26

♫ Brooklyn Air Guitar Championships @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, $15, New York’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent Brooklyn in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show, Buy Tix
♫ Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party @ Syndicated Bar (40 Bogart St), 8pm, FREE, the top-20 current candidates (by poll + individual donor numbers) split up into two nights of debates, More Info
♫ Stone Series: Simon Hanes @National Sawdust (80 N 6 St), 7pm, $25, a world premiere of an entirely new composition, Buy Tix
♦ Brooklyn Short Film Festival: 2019 @ Wythe Hotel, (80 Wythe Ave), 730pm, FREE, screening of short films for the 2019 edition, complimentary beverages and snacks, RSVP

THURSDAY 6/27

# World Pride Fundraiser “Infused” Dinner @ Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 630pm, $125, the Dru Project’s World Pride fundraiser featuring a “taste the rainbow” themed menu, featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables to tantalize the eye and the tongue, Buy Tix
♫ The chill | rooftop session @ The Lightning Society (245 Varet St), 7pm, $25, restorative/yin yoga, live sound meditation, breathwork with essential oils, reiki, and hands-on therapeutic adjustments, Buy Tix
☺♫ HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke @ Baby Grand (Greenpoint 55 McGuinness Blvd), 8pm, FREE, NYC’s hottest comedians followed by karaoke, RSVP
☺ No Suggestion Weekly Open Mic @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 630pm, FREE, a mic geared towards improvisers & sketch comedians who want to work on their standup & characters, More Info

FRIDAY 6/28

♦☺ Always Happy Comedy Bop @ Brooklyn Bazaar
(150 Greenpoint Ave), 730pm, $5, night of never-before-seen comedy videos and shorts, submitted each month by NYC’s top comedians and filmmakers, More Info
♦ Mustang | Films on the Green @ Transmitter Park (2 Greenpoint Ave), 830pm, FREE, five sisters, driven by the same desire for independence, fight back against the limits imposed on them; in Turkish with English subtitles, More Info
♫ Evening on the Ganges: Indian Classical Music @ Sacred Arts Research Foundation (107 Green St), 7pm, $20 (suggested), a sarod-flute-tabla concertBuy Tix
♫ The Vocal Kalimba – Circle Songs @ Golden Drum (97 Green St), 730pm, $20 (suggested), a community music healing experience inspired by the circular music and rhythms of the Kalimba, More Info

 SATURDAY 6/29

♫ This Party Is Killing You: A Very Special Robyn Pride Party @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 1145pm, $15, expect your favorite Swedish chanteuse plus bumping beats plus tracks by queer icons keeping you grooving all night long, Buy Tix
♫ PRIDE 
@ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave), 3pm, FREE, Starchild & The New Romanic (DJ), Lauren Flax, and Debit will provide a colorful soundtrack to accompany YAKI TIKI tropical refreshments, RSVP
♫ MAMITA PEYOTE + ESCARIOKA @ Kingsland Bar (269 Norman Ave), 9pm, $10, Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska-Jazz, Cumbia, Swing, Funk, Rock, Gypsy Punk and Latin Pop, Buy Tix
 Al-Kimiya rhythmic meditation @ Horti Play (70 Eckford St), 4pm, $75, extended kundalini breathwork and guided sound meditation, Buy Tix
^ Well-Read Black Girl Book Discussion: Sister Love @ WORD (632 Manhattan Ave), 3pm, FREE discussion on the book “Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989,” More Info Continue reading

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Japanese Backyard Grill “Yaki Tiki” Launches at A/D/O

Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.

The outdoor grill

Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).

We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:

Maitake w sansho lime; shishito w nori, lemon; potato salad

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The McGolrick Park Roam: GOS Self-Guided Tour

Bisected by the rumbling BQE and hugged by Newton Creek, the southeastern parcel of Greenpoint is a hot spot for a self-guided Greenpoint Open Studios walking tour. Are you up for an adventure off the beaten path? Ready to see some fabulous art and get to know Greenpoint’s industrial southeastern edge?
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Indie Rockers The Vaughns Play Gold Sounds April 26th

The Vaughns are currently enjoying a nationwide tour
The Vaughns, a band of New Jersey indie rockers, is crossing the Hudson and East Rivers to jam out at Gold Sounds (44 Wilson Avenue) this Friday night. Take the L train (while you still can) to the Morgan Avenue stop for this 7 PM concert on April 26.
The band’s latest music video, “Bring Your Kids to Work Day,” is now available and has already amassed thousands of views. At this Friday’s gig, fans will also have a chance to hear singles including “Santa Cruz,” “Coffee Sundae,” and more. For a full list of dates, please see below or visit the band’s tour page.
When introduced by mutual friends in 2014, David Cacciatore, Anna Lies, Ryan Kenter, and Tom Losito embarked on what would become a friendship, a family, and The Vaughns. Their 2015 EP, tomfoolery, was nominated for three Asbury Park Music Awards and featured on MTV Web series: The Brothers Green. Since 2016, NJ.com has consecutively listed them as an “NJ Band You Need To Hear,” noting that their “dynamic and addictively fun sound is too good to leave out.” With the 2017-2018 release of singles including “Santa Cruz” and “Coffee Sundae” the band received national attention from publications, such as Consequence of SoundNew Noise Magazine, and Atwood Magazine, and have since opened for artists like Japanese Breakfast, Tor Miller, Laura Stevenson, Aaron Carter, and Bad Bad Hats.
Tickets for Friday night are just $10, and more information can be found here.
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Groove With St. Amour and Emma Swingle at Greenpointers Flower Power Spring Market (4/7)

St. Amour Jazz Collective

Tune in! St. Amour Jazz Collective and Emma Swingle will be rocking and rolling at our April 7, Flower Power Spring Market. The market runs from 1 PM to 7 PM next Sunday, with Emma Swingle grooving at 2 PM and St. Amour continuing the set at 5 PM.

The St. Amour Jazz Collective is a jazz-funk band consisting of vibraphone, bass, and drums. Their music is made up of neo-soul and funk-inspired compositions, plus hip-hop and dance cover songs from the 1990s and 2000s. The band has performed at The Shrine in Harlem; TROOST in Greenpoint, and most recently at the lively and popular FourFiveSix in Williamsburg.

Emma Swingle creates original music, and her newest songs and performances can be found online at Reverbnation or on YouTube.

Family-friendly activities will be abundant come April 7th, including rooftop yoga with Hosh Yoga, pictures at our flower power photo booth, dreamcatcher making, and more.

In between shopping local and yummy eating, dust off your dance shoes and come jam with these neighborhood bands!

Emma Swingle
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Rocksteady-influenced Supergoup Love Always Performs Sunday at Polar Vortex Holiday Market

Love Always

The Brooklyn-based band Love Always is only a year old, but its seasoned members are a supergroup of sorts, crafting musical vibes with Jamaican/roots, rocksteady, reggae and lovers rock influences.

Patricia Verdolino (vocals), Michael O’Connor (guitar), and Andy Shaw (bass) are original members of 90s Ska band Metro Stylee. Shaw also plays bass in the popular Brooklyn band Bikini Carwash, while drummer Ron Salvo plays with .357 Lover and keyboardist Jeannie Oliver played in Si Se.

Love Always is currently in the studio recording an EP and is testing out their new songs live. What better way is there to warm up this weekend than with live music from Love Always? The band will perform two sets this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market at 67 West St., we hope to see you there.

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Emo Legends Stick to New Songs, Not Crowd Pleasers

 

Saves The Day playing in front of a packed Warsaw crowd in Greenpoint on Wednesday, Nov. 14th. Photo by Peter Kirchhausen

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a nostalgia-soaked night of music, and on Wednesday night at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.), Saves the Day was exactly that. But although it pains me to write, the nostalgia seems to be wearing thin.

It was an early 2000’s North East emo basement scene recreated nearly 20 years later in North Brooklyn, in front of all those 17-year-olds who are now nearing their 40s. Although the band on stage at Warsaw still features emo-rock legend vocalist Chris Conley, most of the other members- a literal revolving door with over 20 different people over the years- are mostly all new. The previous dozen plus band members chose to bow out years ago when it just stopped being fun, countless years before the creation of the newly released ninth studio album which dropped earlier this November.

Conley wearing a dark tinted sunglass inside Warsaw on Wednesday night. Photo by Peter Kirchhausen

Three or four times during the 90 minute set, there were sparks from the fan favorites that put the band on the national map, such as the opener “At Your Funeral,”  “Freakish,” or “Holly Hox.” For the remainder of the setlist, the audience was starved of what they paid to hear- the early catalog- and for a Wednesday night, the packed crowd was not willing to fake it. Conley has every right to create a set list which he prefers, relying on either newer or older songs, but musicians can read audiences very quickly and Conley knows what is going on. The audience stood idle in for large chunks of time while newer songs were performed and it appeared tough for the other bandmates to fake the energy on stage. Conley was often stationary in the center and putting out low energy all night, something I previously have not seen out of him during more recent live performances. Continue reading

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Rock Band Mae Comes to The Knitting Factory on Sunday

Virginia-based rock band Mae comes to The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) this Sunday for a concert during their nationwide tour. Doors open at 7 for the concert, and tickets are just $25 when purchased in advance. Mae, an acronym for Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience, recently released a new EP entitled 3.0 that will be highlighted on their current tour. 3.0 is a preview to the band’s self-titled full-length album, due out October 28.

The vision for this album cycle was born when Mae played at the Forbes 30 Under 30 EMEA Summit in the Tower of David in Jerusalem in 2016. They concluded the evening with the first-ever large-scale live musical performance, synced to virtual reality. As Forbes described it, “Revelers dropped their mobile phones into specially-designed headsets that allowed them to view a brand-new animation meant to represent the creation of the universe while the band played in time.” Mae has also done this “LIGHT” performance, as they call it, at the 72nd UN General Assembly and the Future of StoryTelling Festival.
MAE‘s previous album Singularity came in at #40 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard US Rock Chart, #13 on the Billboard US Alternative Chart, and #40 on the Billboard US Digital Chart. For more info, visit the band’s Instagram.
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Music/Tech Conference Mondo.NYC Returns October 2–5

Mondo.NYC returns to New York City October 2-5 with a new Brooklyn home. The global emerging music and frontier technology conference moves to North Brooklyn — the daytime conference HQ is at the Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Ave) with evening live music in Brooklyn and Manhattan venues including Brooklyn Bowl, Pianos, The Delancey, DROM, Coney Island Baby, Berlin, and Arlene’s Grocery, among others. Tickets are on sale now, with special 50% pre-registration pricing and student discounts.

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Classical Piano Concert at The Mission This Thursday (8/30)

solo piano
via The Lot Radio

The San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street) has the past few years not only been a church with some cool-as-heck Friars, but also they’ve been the home for a popup BBQ joint, been a community gathering spot, and they’ve hosting concerts of all genres of music in collaboration with The Lot Radio across the street. And if you don’t know The Lot by now, they’re an everyone-feels-welcome outdoor cafe/bar/DJ booth and hang spot.

On Thursday, August 30th, the Lot and The Mission are collaborating to bring talented pianist Hans H. Suh to the Mission for a classical concert. He’ll be playing Schumann – Arabesque; Liszt – Sonata in B minor; and Ravel – La Valse. Tix are $15 and you can get them here.

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