First off I want to just say, what is going on with the British Invasion?! Some of you probably know of JUST JACK, but damn! This is taking me back to English Beat and The Pet Shop Boys. Finally some decent pop music, the US better wake up…Speaking of music from abroad, I also had a chance to see my favorite Venezuelans, Los Amigos Invisibles, give a non-stop body-rockin’ performance on the water at 14th street in Manhattan. Zap Mama took over the stage at Central Park for a global eclectic musically satisfying Sunday afternoon. And, Benji B hopped across the pond from London for a DJ set hosted by Giant Step.
StoneBrown Studio backyard BBQ - Sat, August 4
Nothing like a backyard BBQ in BK (a.k.a. Brooklyn). This one, hosted at StoneBrown‘s Brownstone, included intimate live performances for a crowd of about 75. Grammy winner Gordon Chambers sang a couple songs from his latest album, and everyone agreed there was an R&B/pop star in the making on site, Plushus…
Metaphysical Arts Conference at the United Nations – Thurs, August 16
200 guests, including myself, attended the Conference on BIO-ENERGETIC WELLNESS, put on by the UN Staff Recreation Council, Society of Enlightenment and Transformation. Housed in the largest conference room on sight, where many a global intellectual battle has gone down, I’m proud to say, I participated in marking the space with some peaceful vibrations through meditation and prayer. Specialists and leaders in cutting edge technology from bio-energetic healing, energy healing and new realms of thought engaged the crowd on topics from feng shui and astrology to crystals and nutri-ceuticals. Now I know folks are probably saying, “what the hell is that?” All, that scientific, metaphysical, cosmic, spiritual thought/energy that is behind Star Wars, The Matrix, P-Funk and George Clinton…it’s that minus the Hollywood….
Si*se on the island - Sat, August 18
Si*se did not perform on the isle of Manhattan, the show was on Governor’s Island, only a 7 minute ferry ride away, but lightyears away in terms of relaxation. The day was a perfect 70 degree blue sky sunburst. The stage stood at the end of a long meadow of grass hugged by trees on either side. On top of all the natural beauty and latin electronica grooves, the food vendor selection was scrumptous! Jamaican delicacies, including jerk chicken, fried fish and rice and peas totally meshed with the laid back vibe. Some brothas from Teaneck, New Jersey blessed the crowd with to die for fruit salads and smoothies (Get Fruity) that will soon be available in their new Harlem location on 127th street. To top it off…chocolate cake…..pure heaven.
West Indian Day Parade, Brooklyn - Monday, September 3
Somewhere between Kingston Avenue and Troy Avenue on Eastern Pkwy, where it all went down….!