Entries tagged with: Blue Man Group
Jason Mackenroth, who was a drummer for Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004, as well as a member of Mother Superior and Blue Man Group's Las Vegas production, has passed away. Marcus Blake, his bandmate in both Rollins Band and Mother Superior, posted the following:
Today, I lost a great friend, Jason Mackenroth to prostate cancer. He was an incredible drummer and had the most incredible sense of humor you could ever know. I am in shock. I find it hard right now to put into words my love for him and his friendship. We traveled the world together making music, talking about his favorite band, Kiss, and laughing until our guts hurt.If you'd like to donate, you can do so here. Rest in peace Jason. You'll be missed.
He was not only an amazing drummer but he was an excellent father and husband. Life is too short. Be like Jason. Make someone you know smile like he made me smile. A simple thing like that means so much. I miss you, Jason.
Please donate to Jason's wife, Jaye Mackenroth and her kids on the surviving family's Gofundme page. Jason's family needs financial assistance with living expenses so they can remain in Las Vegas until the youngest son, Joren, graduates from high school in June 2016. With the loss of Jason's income, this is a real challenge.
You can watch a video of Jason playing with Rollins Band at Irving Plaza in 2001, below...
Young Marble Giants only made two 7"s and an album, 1980's Colossal Youth, but the minimalist post-punk trio's music has had a lasting impact. Kurt Cobain ranked it as one of his 50 favorite albums ever, his wife Courtney Love covered "Credit in the Straight World" on Hole's Live Through This, and the band's spare sound remains an influence. (You can stream Colossal Youth below.) The band broke up in 1981 but got back together in 2007 for shows around the Domino reissue Colossal Youth, and they've continued to play live here and there, mostly when asked by festivals. They'll be playing the David Byrne-curated Meltdown Festival in London on August 27. "Colossal Youth was quite a phenomenon," says Byrne. "It's the archetype of bedroom-made music. But because it has that lack of slickness it really draws you in."
Maybe someone will lure Young Marble Giants to North America (NYC Popfest I'm looking at you) but for those who don't want to fly to Europe, there will be a NYC Tribute to Colossal Youth happening at Hi-Fi Bar (8/27) the same night Young Marble Giants play Meltdown. Organized by Blue Man Group's Tom Shad and Elk City's Renée LoBue and hosted by Tim Sommer, performers will include Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Richard Baluyut (Versus), Toni and John Baumgartner (Speed the Plough), Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Gramercy Arms), Lysa Opfer (Overlake), and many more. The show is free but donations are encouraged and will go to the performers. Flyer for the show and full list of announced performers is below.
UPDATE: We found even MORE
As mentioned, Thursday (9/5) is Fashion's Night Out. Basically another excuse to throw a party (in the name of bringing money and attention to fashion), the evening has become music-oriented in the last few years with bands playing stores all over New York City. There's a lot of stuff going on, including the Azealia Banks / DJ Cosmo performance at M.A.C. Soho we already told you about; plus Icona Pop and Maria Minerva at Urban Outfitters; Matchbox Twenty (!?!) at Bloomingdales; Haim at Topshop; La Sera at Helmut Lang; We Were Promised Jetpacks at Rockefeller Center; and Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, just to name a few.
Below is a list of all the shows we could find with basic details and links where applicable/helpful. All shows are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Many have free food and booze as well. For more into visit the Fashion's Night Out website. Let us know what we missed, in the comments.
"There is a surprisingly high ratio of Vermonters employed at Blue Man Group, particularly in the cast of Blue Men (three in NYC). When news of Tropical Storm Irene's devastating effect on our homestate, we wanted to rally together and see what we could do to help. We called our sympathetic and wildly talented friends and with the wonderful support of the Brooklyn Bowl put together a night of music, art and, deliciously, maple syrup.Tickets for tonight's event, 10/10, at Brooklyn Bowl are still on sale. Amanda confirms this show in her tour dates which also include fall shows in LA, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The night will include live music by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, long-time friend and artistic collaborator of Zea Barker. Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, in addition to being a Blue Man, is also a published cartoonist for the New Yorker. He got Ed Koren of New Yorker andf Vermont fame on board to create a special poster for the event. The silent auction will include loads of original art, photo prints and a variety of Vermont crafts and services.
Music. Art. Dancing. And to send it all right over the top, there will be a farmers market style stand selling a variety of Vermont maple products right in the club.
All proceeds from the night go to Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund."
"Today, on Earth Day's 40th Anniversary, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Earth Day New York will be joined by environmental leaders, business leaders and local and international performers at Times Square, the Crossroads of the World.Grace Potter supposedly goes on at 11:21 [update, as of 11:26, she's still not on - also the stream sucks.... 11:35 - she's on]. There's also vendors set up in honor of Earth Day in Times Square until 4pm. " The event will take place in the newly created pedestrian plazas in Times Square on Broadway between 45th and 46th streets. As part of the celebration, the public plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets will host information booths on a variety of environmental issues."
The celebration will run from 11am - 2pm. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to make his Earth Day speech at 1:15pm. A special performance by United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and musician Salaman Ahmad and his band Junoon will close the celebration.
Featured speakers and performers include: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, speaker Christine Quinn, Earth Day Network Honorary Chair and one of the founders of the Earth Day 1960 Denis Hayes, President and Executive Director of Earth Day New York Pamela Lippe and actor and founder of Bicycle for a Day Everyday Matthew Modine.
Business leaders, environmental leaders and performers who will also take the stage include: Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance, Ajamu Brown of The Center of Development of Human Services, Kate Sinding of Natural Resources Defense Council, Alex Matthiessen of Riverkeeper, artist Maya Lin,Gail Cunningham of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Miss America Caressa Cameron, KAB president and CEO Matt McKenna, KABchairman Barry Caldwell, Lisa Young of the Department of Interior, United Religions Initiative's Global Council Chair Yoland Trevino, and the Environmental Defense Fund's Andy Darrell.
Vice President Al Gore and Wangari Maathai will both share their Earth Day messages virtually on the screens in Times Square. Entertainment will be provided by the cast from the Broadway show Hair, Mandy Gonzalez, Elphaba from Wicked, J. Xavier,Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Blue Man Group and comedian Aisha Tyler."
You can watch the performances at EarthCam's Times Square Cam, and maybe on TV (or in person if you hurry).