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J & R Music Fest and Tech Expo: Free Concerts and the Latest Tech

j R festThe 18th annual J&R Music Fest and Tech Expo (August 23 – 26, 2012) at J&R Music World (23 Park Row, NY) brings together great free musical acts along with demos new audio and video technology. Artists performing include:

  • DMX (Pre-order the new DMX CD Undisputed in-store and receive a wristband, while supplies last, to an exclusive meet and greet with DMX after the show)
  • Miguel
  • Talib Kweli
  • Deon Young
  • Diggy (with special autograph signing on August 25)
  • Leah LaBelle
  • Jillette Johnson
  • Marcus Canty
  • Bari Koral
  • Ryan Leslie
  • Jitterbugs
  • Hot Peas N' Butter

J & R will have special discounts only during the Music Fest and Tech Expo. On Saturday, August 25, guests to the festival will be able to pre-order ZZ Top’s new album and receive a wristband to meet ZZ Top on 11th of September, 2012. Space for performances is limited to first come first serve for performances, so be sure to show up early.

As part of the Tech Expo, there will be demonstrations of the latest products coming to J & R, along with special Q&A panels such as The Rennaisance of Vinyl in the Digital Age and Digital Core, Analog Roots.

So come to see some of the newest AV technology coming out as well as see some great free concerts.

To learn more, go to

J & R Music Fest and Tech Expo
August 23 – 26, 2012

J & R Music World
23 Park Row
New York, NY 10038

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Brings Free Art and Music

polyglot webNow, I have certainly been talking a lot about film festivals or film series, and a common element with these is that they involve being in a hermetically sealed and well air-conditioned box so you can get lost in whatever world is being projected onto the screen. Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a need for that in the summer months, sometimes it’s just too damn hot and you want to watch a movie in a cool room. But it’s summer. You got to get out and enjoy the weather and the atmosphere while you can.

That’s why Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza) has the Out of Doors festival (July 25 – August 12, 2012).

The Lincoln Center Out of Doors fest (which also includes the Damrosch Park Bandshell, the New York  Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Hearst Plaza) features an eclectic mix of musicians, art installations, performances, and even apps for smart-phones as part of the festival, and all of it is free.

Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine is a free app for iPhone and Android that is free. The app uses the GPS in your device to play certain stories depending on where in Lincoln Center you are currently standing.

The Polyglot Theater makes the US premiere of their art installation Tangle, which combines an art installation and dance.

Post-punk/electronic group !!! will be performing on August 9 at Damrosch Park Bandshell.

On August 11,as part of Songs of Soulful Activism in conjunction with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, The Stoned Soul Symposium at the Bruno Walter Auditorium will celebrate the role of soul music in the American cultural and musical landscape. As part of the symposium, author Michele Kort leads a discussion on Laura Nyro with panelists Felix Cavaliere, Herb Bernstein, and Shelia Weller. This is followed by Professor Gayle Wald presenting a talk on the Soul at the Center festival (1972-1973).

Dr. L Subramaniam, a former medical doctor, performs a fusion of classical Indian and European music alongside Bollywood playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthi Suramaniam, his wife; Ambi Subramaniam, his violin-prodigy son; jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell; and Corky Siegel, a blues-fusion harmonica player.

This is only a small portion of the large selection of free performances at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. Now go outside and get some fresh air and fresh music!

To learn more, go to

Lincoln Center Out of Doors
July 25 – August 12, 2012

Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, 10023


Brasil Summerfest 2012: Brings Hip Brazilian Music to New York

brasil summerfestFrom July 21 to the 28 2012, the second annual Brasil Summerfest will be blaring across venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The festival opens on Saturday July 21 at the Central Park Summerstage (entrance at 72nd St. at 5th ave) with a free concert featuring four young up and coming Brazilian hip hop artists:

  • Bebel Gilberto (Grammy nominated)
  • Criolo (MTV Brazil, Best New Artist of 2011)
  • Flávio Renegado
  • DJ Béco Dranoff 

Following the opening will be performances at venues across the city featuring great new acts from Brazil, like:

  • Phillybloco
  • Samba Rockestra
  • Mallu
  • Quarteto Olinda
  • Pedro Morales
  • Mauricio Pessoa
  • Os Mutantes
  • Karina Zeviani
  • Liliana Araujo
  • Luisa Mita

And more.

Brasil Summerfest was founded in 2011 and curated by Petrit Pula, currently the head of Nublu Records, and co-curated by Erika Elliott, the Artistic Director at Central Park Summerstage. Summerfest 2011 was extremely successful and has had multiple sold out shows. This year it looks like the festival is still growing and become greater.

To learn more, go to

Brasil Summerfest
July 21 – 28 2012

Central Park Summerstage
72nd St. at 5th ave

The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival 2012

Popular weekly newspaper, The Village Voice, will be hosting this year’s 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday, July 14 2012. Various music artists such as Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse, Delicate Steve, Team Spirit, Devin and Doldrums are all scheduled to perform at the free, daytime event for all ages from 1pm-8pm. The Main Stage and Second Skippers stage are both located at South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17.

The time schedule for 4Knots is listed below:

Main Stage                                                      Skippers Stage

1:30PM: Nick Waterhouse                              1:00PM: Doldrums

2:30PM: Bleached                                           2:00PM: Devin

3:30PM: Hospitality                                        3:00PM: Team Spirit

4:30PM: Crocodiles                                         4:00PM: Delicate Steve

5:30PM: The Drums

6:30PM: Archers of Loaf


Opening sets on the main stage will begin at 12:15 with The Smiling Lies and at 12:30 with the Fast Years. For more information on the event, including a festival map & full band information, the official 4Knots Guide will be available in all copies of the Village Voice hitting newsstands’ on Saturday.


The Official 4Knots Music Festival After Party featuring the Black Lips with Kid Congo Powers + The Pink Monkey Birds will be held soon after the main event. The show will be hosted by DJ Jonathan Toubin, America’s most popular rock and soul DJ / conductor of the NY Night Train parties. Toubin will spin his Soul Clap classics, wild early rock and roll shakers and rare 1960s French fuzz during this special Bastille Day inspired multi-media dance party, featuring special performances from guest DJ April March, go go dancer Anna Copa Cabanna, 4Knots Seaport limbo contest and much more!


The show will be held right near Pier 17 at the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club on South Street.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at: and will be available at the door. Doors open at 7pm and the show will begin right after the festival ends.


Bud Light returns to the Village Voice’s 4Knots Music Festival as the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors for this year include Landshark Lager, Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, Metro PCS, Pisco Porton, Samsung, PopChips, Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, Dr. Martens, Harley-Davidson of NYC, Lucky Strike, Laser Cosmetica, MexiBBQ, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Urban Ears, Nelson Blue, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Open Road Films’ “Hit and Run”, Tune Up Media, Lucky Strike, Red Bull Soundstage, Mexicue, Juice Press, Teany, Reach Media Inc., Audio Exciter powered by Aphex, Zico, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, smartwater, Seaport Music Festival and the South Street Seaport Museum.


About The Village Voice:  
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in October 1955, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation's first and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing over fifty years ago.  The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, among others, the Voice has earned a reputation for its groundbreaking investigations of New York City politics, and as the premier expert on New York's cultural scene. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, with opinionated arts, culture, music, dance, film and theater reviews, daily web dispatches, comprehensive entertainment listings, and unrivaled classifieds, the Voice is the authoritative source on all that is New York.
The Village Voice has also created such celebrated events as the Obies Awards, Brooklyn Pour, Choice Eats, Web Awards, Choice Streets, 4Knots Music Festival as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides, the Voice is New York's most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online at where the site averages 2 million unique users each month.


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The Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival

July 14, 2012

@South Street Seaport, NYC

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