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Kyary Pamyu Live at San Fran J-Pop Summit

Do you like pop music, but wish there were more colors and sense assaulting costumes? Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be appearing at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit Festival (July 27 – 28, 2013). Kyary, who’s single PonPonPon has over 50 million views on Youtube, will be putting on a free concert, as part of the festival’s theme of “Making Kawaii Universal.” Kyary will also appear with designer Sebastion Masuda, founder of the 6%DOKIDOKI fashion brand. Along with the concert there will also be a special Harajuku Kawaii!! Pop-Up Shop where you can buy some of the latest clothes from out of Tokyo from labels like  6%DOKIDOKI, MILK, MILK BOY, SPINS, INNOCENT WORLD, GLAD NEWS, ON THE COUCH, Candies, Hell Cat Punks, Omocha-Party, and NADIA.

While not the first time Japanese pop and fashion had attempted to court major audiences (Pizzicato 5, the darlings of Shibuya, used to be on heavy rotation on MTV), but the release of Gwen Stefani’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004 coupled with the anime boom of the early oughts, caused Harajuku fashion to go from an obscure oddity tucked away on the other side of the globe to an international phenomenon.  The J-Pop Summit of San Francisco, and its sister festival, The Japan Film Festival, brings this unique facet of Japanese culture to the states.

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J-Pop Summit Festival
July 27 – 28, 2013

San Francisco

Firefly Fest 2013 Lights Up Delaware

firefly posterAfter it’s breakout premiere in 2012, the Firefly Music Festival (June 21 – 23, 2013) returns to the Dover International Speedway (1131 N Dupont Hwy Dover, DE). Firefly is a music fest with a down-home, friendly camping atmosphere and none of the horrible irony that happens when you try to do the same thing while invoking Woodstock (I’m looking at you, 1994 and 1999).

The lineup features over 40 bands, including:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Japandroids
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Foster the People
  • MGMT
  • The Lumineers
  • Kishi Bashi
  • A Silent Film
  • Foxygen
  • The Avett Brothers

Along with the musical festivities, Firefly also has a number of attractions for when you wana take a break.  There's a free-to-play vintage arcade in case you feel like playing some Street Fighter instead of listening to Otherside for the one millionth time. Egalitarian footwear provider, Toms, will be on site selling shoes that you can then have customized by their team of “expert artists.” When you need a little quiet time, there’s the Hammock Hangout, which provides, well, hammocks. And lastly, The Pathway is a forest clearing full of light and video displays and provide something bright and shiny to look at when your buddies get baked out of their minds.

So invest in some Birkenstocks, grab some bug spray, and come to Firefly to enjoy the great outdoors with some outstanding bands.

To learn more, go to:

Firefly Music Festival
June 21 – 23, 2013

Dover International Speedway
1131 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901

White Light Festival Brings Global Dance and Music to Lincoln Center

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Touted as “a concert-hall sanctuary from the storm and stress of urban life,” The White Light Festival (October 18 – November 18, 2012) at Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC) brings together unique examples of dance from the U.K., Ireland, China, France, India and more.

White Light features concerts and musical performers as well, mixing Chinese harps with seductive Indian-Punjabi vocals, while theatrical productions mix the works of Kafka and Becket with German dance troupes.

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BAM Next Wave Combines Art, Theater, Opera and Cinema

glassEstablished in 1981, The BAM Next Wave Festival (September 5, 2012 - January 19, 2013, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn) combines dance, theater, music, and cinema.

Next Wave features a special presentation of Ernst Lubitsch's lost 1922 classic, The Loves of Pharaoh. Originally considered lost to time, Pharaoh is being shown with a new restoration and an original score by Joseph C. Phillips Jr. and performed by his a18-piece new music ensemble, Numinous.  The screening will be followed by an after-show talk with Phillips and Thomas Bakels.

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