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CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009 will hit New York City from October 20-24, 2009. For five days and nights, over 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans will take over more than 75 of the city's greatest nightclubs and theaters. Headquartered once again at New York University's Greenwich Village campus, participate in New York City's largest music festival.

CMJ '09 will feature exclusive nighttime parties, daytime exhibit areas, registrant lounges, a technology fair, artist and press lounges, meet and greets, panels, seminars, mentoring sessions, community initiatives, networking events, Q&As and special events.

The CMJ Marathon 2009 initial lineup includes:

  • Broadcast
  • School of Seven Bells (at Webster Hall)
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Múm (at Le Poisson Rouge with Iceland's Sin Fang Bous)
  • Atlas Sound
  • Japandroids
  • Margaret Cho
  • The Budos Band
  • Pitbull
  • The Very Best
  • The Temper Trap
  • Crystal Antlers
  • Portugal The Man (at Bowery Ballroom)
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars
  • Malajube,
  • Local Natives
  • Wild Light
  • The Antlers
  • Das Racist
  • Suckers
  • Pissed Jeans
  • Screaming Females
  • Atlas Sound,
  • Broadcast
  • The Selmanaires
  • The Drums at Santos

 CMJ Music Marathon General badges are $475 and student badges are $285 until midnight Tuesday, September 22 2009. Don't miss the chance for group discounts.

In conjunction with the CMJ Music Marathon, the 2009 CMJ Film Festival, runs from Tuesday, October 20 through Saturday, October 24 at various locations in New York City.

Newly invigorated, the 15th year of the film festival marks the first under the aegis of Artistic Director Alex Steyermark and Festival Manager Frances Wallace. Over the years, the festival has appealed to hordes of music industry folk and Marathon registrants, but this year Steyermark and Wallace aim at diversify their selections and expand the outreach to the film industry and the general movie-going public.

This refocusing includes an expanded program of 31 films, with screenings split between the Norwood Club on 14th St. and Clearview Cinemas on Chelsea's W. 23rd St.

Selections range from larger-scale productions like The Men Who Stare At Goats, and the festival's closing film, director Oren Moverman's The Messenger, to first-time features such as the Terror Twins' dark comedy The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch and hard-hitting docs like the controversial exposé of Dole Food's farming practices, Bananas!

This is the first year the festival has attempted to bridge the gap between music and film festival attendees through the Music Doc showcase. All films in the series -- including Searching for Elliott Smith (a post-mortem biopic), and Mellodrama, (a history of the mellotron) -- will screen in five-hour blocks during the daytime at the Norwood (where the festival's opening and closing parties - RSVP only - will also be held).

Friday night, the Clearview will hold a "Downtown Doc Double-Bill" featuring Pardon Us for Living But the Graveyard is Full (about the prolific if under-recognized band The Fleshtones) and Kid Creole and My Coconuts (a memoir of collected footage shot by Adriana Kaegi, the lead Coconut in an '80s world-fusion band that was ahead of its time).

The music-to-film connection is also reflected in the film festival's two panel contributions. The first, on "Breaking into Film Scoring," features Nathan Larson, music supervisor for Moverman's closing-night film, The Messenger, as well as Sue Devine, senior director of Film and Television Music at ASCAP, and will be moderated by Steyermark, an impressive music supervisor in his own right (Malcolm X, The Ice Storm).

The second panel, entitled "Déjà Vu All Over Again," explores the reality of the new film distribution model as it relates to changes already observed in the music industry. The panel, moderated by The New Yorker's John Seabrook, will showcase authorities from both the film and music industries, including Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures, Matt Dentler of Cinetic Rights Management and music industry attorney Nick Gordon.

To access the full schedule of festival films or purchase advance tickets or passes, visit the CMJ Film Festival website:

Broadway Cabaret Festival Returns

Broadway’s landmark concert venue, The Town Hall, presents its fifth annual Broadway Cabaret Festival this Fall, on October 16th – 18th, 2009. The festival showcases the talents of award-winning Broadway veterans and rising stars in a celebration of the Great White Way.

The Festival kicks off on Friday, October 16th at 8 pm with A Tribute to David Merrick featuring an all-star cast including Tony Award nominees Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Stephen Bogardus (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street) and MAC Award winner Jim Caruso (Liza’s at the Palace) and more. The evening celebrates the fabled showman whose prolific, six-decade career gave Broadway the original productions of Gypsy, Oliver!, Hello Dolly!, 42nd Street, Mack & Mabel and I Do! I Do!, yielding a songbook of popular standards by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Harold Rome, John Kander and Fred Ebb.

On Saturday, October 17th at 8 pm, Linda Eder returns to The Town Hall with her new show Linda Eder: All of Me.  One of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time, Eder will be backed by a seven-piece orchestra led by Billy Stein

In addition to new arrangements to her signature songs like Vienna and Someone Like You, Eder’s eclectic program will treat audiences to unique covers of popular classics, as well as performances of original material from her new CD, Soundtrack, covering classic movie songs.

On Sunday, October 18th at 3 pm, Broadway Originals features Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan—the five original Broadway stars of William Finn’s Falsettos—in a special tribute to that famous show. The show-stopping Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, Wicked) and Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Miserables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) join the original cast of Falsettos and previously announced stars Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), Kerry O’Malley (Iriving Berlin’s White Christmas, Into the Woods) and Sharon McNight (Tony nominee for Starmites) where they will revisit the songs they made famous on the Broadway stage. A must-see for any Broadway aficionado, the program features favorites by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and more of the theater’s greatest songwriters.

Tickets are $55 and $50
Subscriptions are available now by mail order.
Single tickets are available at, 212-307-4100 or The Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6 pm (except Sundays), 212-840-2824.

For more information visit:

The Fifth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival
October 16th – 18th, 2009
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York

CF Fest NY Offers Jazz and Food

Jazz music and food come together in a special fest on Friday Sept 18th, 2009. Clean Feed Records presents the CF Fest NY IV at Cornelia Connelly Center in the Lower East Side. People will find music and  Portuguese specialties as cheese, green wine, olies and olive oil all made in this small country from where Clean Feed operates one of the world'Avram Fefers top jazz labels.

Local jazz musician Avram Fefer trio's headlines the event. The charge is $15 for night of three bands.

10:30 pm--Avram Fefer Trio "Ritual"
Avram Fefer--tenor and alto saxophones, clarinet
Eric Revis--double bass
Chad Taylor--drums

9:30 pm--Jorrit Dijkstra Solo
Jorrit Djikstra--alto saxophone, lyricon, electronics

8:00 pm--Julio Resende Group
Julio Resende--piano
Dave Ambrosio--double bass
Joel Silva--drums  

Cornelia Connelly Center
220 East 4th street
(212) 982-2287
[bet. Av. A and B take the F Train to Second Av.]

One Million Celebrate Brazil Day NYC

Under a canopy of blue skies and humidity-free SprIng-like weather, nearly a million people crowded in an area between 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue east to west and from 47th Street to 42nd north to south to celebrate Brazil Independence Day in Manhattan.

Into its 25th year the annual Brazil Day Street Fair and outdoor concert took place in Manhattan on Sunday, September 6th, 2009.

Joining the event on the main stage was such esteemed Brazilian musicians as Carlinhos Brown, Elba Ramalho and Alicone. Tough music filled the air lots of great Brazilian and Latin American food filled the belly.

Of the many summer street fairs, this one--like the Bastille Day celebration--have food, drink, dance, costumes and music authentically tied to the event it is celebrating.

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