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Nile Rodgers & Chic w/ Chuck D / Janelle Monae / Chaka Khan
The night got off to a bang as Chic took the stage around 7 p.m. and never stopped playing. Performing one hit after another from "Dance, Dance, Dance" to "I Want Your Love," Rodgers commanded the stage as a performer and Master of Ceremonies. He led the band through a slew of his songs with other artists including "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out," both enormous hits he penned for Diana Ross.Nile Rodgers' two-day FOLD Festival happened August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Long Island, bringing in a host of talent and promising nothing but the hits. Like on the first night, Wednesday had Rodgers as MC and his group Chic serving as backing band, allowing for basically non-stop performances from Chic, Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan, and Grandmaster Melle Mel. Chuck D, who couldn't make his scheduled slot on the first night, ended up playing on Wednesday. There was a break before Duran Duran's full-set headlining performance where Monae returned to sing on their new single "Pressure Off." (DD had just come off two nights at The Cap.) Pictures from the whole day are in this post.
The show seamlessly introduced Janelle Monae, who performed a number with Chic, before singing some of her own hits like "Electric Lady" and "Tightrope." Her session included a rousing version of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," that was a huge hit with the crowd.
From there the one and only Chaka Khan commandeered the stage, opening with her 1980s tune "I Feel for You." Khan was upbeat and clearly enjoyed flirting with the crowd as she belted out several of her other hits, including "I'm Every Woman."
After Khan, Chic reclaimed the stage and Rodgers got personal as he discussed being diagnosed with cancer 4 1/2 years ago.
"The doctor told me to go home and get my affairs in order, well I'm a musician and getting my affairs in order means going out and playing more music and writing more songs, because we cannot determine the future," he said. Rodgers wrapped it up by saying he was now cancer free to rousing cheers and applause from the audience. - [Northforker]
Day one of FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance" if you were wondering) featured Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban and more. It's midweek dates may have been a factor in lower attendance than expected (around 3,300 the first night; 2,500 the second) but Rodgers promised FOLD will return in 2016...and on a weekend. More pics from the second night of FOLD Fest 2015 are below.
Duran Duran will release their 14th album, Paper Gods, in September. The long-running UK band made the album with a bevy of producers, including old pal Nile Rodgers, modern-day hitmaker Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Kanye collaborator Mr Hudson, and it features a number of guests, including Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza, and, why not, Lindsay Lohan. Bassist John Taylor says "It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side." First single "Pressure Off" is set to pop later this week.
In other news, Nile Rodgers is throwing another festival in Riverhead, NY this summer and Duran Duran will be there. Now named FOLD ("Freak Out, Let's Dance), it will happen August 4 & 5 at Martha Clara Vineyard. In addition to Duran Duran and Rodgers' group Chic, the two day festival will feature a variety of performers:
AUGUST 4: Beck, Pharrell Williams, Keith Urban, Chuck D, Eric B, GTA, Paloma Faith, The Martinez Brothers, Thomas Gold, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
AUGUST 5: Duran Duran, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Q-Tip (DJ Set), Slander, Snoh Aalegra, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers
Says the press release, "Over two nights, Rodgers will create the ultimate mash-up between each artist's distinctive sound and his own groundbreaking style." Rodgers will also take advantage of the occasion to do some collaborative recording sessions at his studio. Tickets ($137.00 - $999) are on sale now. FOLD Fest poster is below.
Duran Duran are touring as well, though not much in North America for the time being. All dates are listed below.
You may remember that Bjork made a video for her song "Stonemilker" that used Virtual Reality technology/headgear and was shown here in NYC at MoMA PS1 and Rough Trade. She's now put the video on YouTube and some of that VR tech is still works for those just watching on a computer, as you can drag the POV around to follow Bjork, or you can just stare at the sea as you wonder what she's doing behind you. Watch it below.
Having DJ'd at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint last weekend and stopped by Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn!'s kickoff show with Chaka Khan (instagram video/pics from both, below), Bjork brings her Vulnicura show to NYC's Governors Ball on Saturday (6/5) on the main stage. How her projection-heavy show will translate to a pre-sunset 7 PM set time, we'll just have to wait and see.
photo: Chaka Khan at Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The kickoff show for the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park series has been announced. The legendary Chaka Khan will play the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 3, and as always, opening night is free (with a suggested donation of $3). Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8.
Stay tuned for the rest of the schedule. Check out the video for Chaka's classic "Tell Me Something Good" below...
The 13th annual "Great Night in Harlem" takes place at The Apollo on October 24 with Herbie Hancock receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones, with special guest Bruce Willis. "Herbie himself will make an all-star tribute to our beloved trumpeter Clark Terry." Chaka Khan will pay homage to Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire. Al Jarreau, Jimmy Heath, Steve Jordan, Charles Bradley and more will be there as well. Tickets are on sale now.
The late H.R. Giger will be celebrated on October 15 at Spectacle Theatre with shows at 7:30 PM and 10 PM where "rarely seen documentaries, experimental films and music videos made by HR Giger," will be screened. More info here.
DOM are playing Mercury Lounge on December 27. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale beginning Friday (10/3) at noon.
Riff Raff is playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (10/2) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.
This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).
Full lineup below...
As mentioned, Chaka Khan is playing the Apollo Spring Gala 2013 is happening on June 10 with performances "in salute to Chaka" by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle and Alexandra Burke. Tickets for that gala go on sale today at 10 AM.
Avail frontman Tim Barry, Cory Branan and Des Ark are playing Knitting Factory on July 20. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Winnipeg hardcore band Comeback Kid are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut full length, Turn It Around, on a tour this year where they'll be playing songs from that album and its followup, Wake the Dead. That tour hits NYC on June 13 at Santos Party House with Bitter End and Suburban Scum. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle and Alexandra Burke are playing the Apollo Spring Gala 2013 at The Apollo Theatre on June 10. Tickets for that show go on Apollo Alist presale today at 10 AM.
Tickets to see Paul Weller at Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Bleeding Rainbow and Fat Creeps are playing Mercury Lounge on July 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Big Black Delta play Mercury Lounge on June 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon. Regular on-sale happens Friday (4/19) at noon.
New Kingston is playing Mercury Lounge on July 25. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Bombino is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Individual night tickets to see Black Hippy, Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Palma Violets, Trash Talk, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy, Inc., Ducktails, Royal Teeth, and Black Dave play the Downtown Music Festival at Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom are on sale now.
Nick Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson helped set the gold standard for R&B duets, both as songwriters and performers, died of throat cancer Monday in a New York hospital. He was 69.RIP Ashford!
Ashford & Simpson -- you can't think of one without the other -- penned and produced almost all of the '60s hits for Motown's Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, You're All I Need to Get By, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing and Your Precious Love. They also wrote hits for Chuck Jackson, The Shirelles, Maxine Brown and the Fifth Dimension.
Ray Charles' 1966 No. 1 R&B hit Let's Go Get Stoned was their breakthrough record. They would later write and produce Diana Ross' biggest solo hits, including her signature Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand). They also wrote Chaka Khan's I'm Every Woman, which was later recorded by Whitney Houston. [USA Today]
Brian Wilson played the Highline Ballroom [Sunday] night as part of its sister club's month-long Blue Note Jazz Festival, and though the two-set show featured his entire current Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album of Gershwin standards, it wasn't jazz, really, but no less demanding--and rewarding.As mentioned in that review, Brian Wilson's three shows at Highline Ballroom this week are part of the ongoing and inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of Blue Note's 30th Anniversary. The fest includes a ton of shows including the recent Aloe Blacc, Idle Warship, and Larry Graham gigs. Brian finished his run Tuesday night, while, Dave Brubeck (who just turned 90) and George Wein & the Newport All-Stars each began their own three-night run at Blue Note Jazz Club. Advanced tickets to the Dave Brubeck shows are sold out, but you can line up to sit be at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+). Tickets are still on sale for George Wein.
The Beach Boys' beloved creative genius brought a 12-piece band of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists--and a local female string section--and all lived up to his contention that it's one of his best bands ever.
The Gershwin album, which was conceived under the aegis of his hero George Gershwin's estate, led off the second set--the first being a breathtaking recreation of Beach Boys classics ranging from the ultra-romantic 1963 ballad "Surfer Girl," his first composition, to the symphonic "Heroes And Villains" of 1967. While Wilson's ability to sing his signature falsetto vocal leads and harmonies is long gone, guitarist Jeff Foskett was downright spooky in mimicking it on hits like "Don't Worry Baby" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice." [Examiner]
The recently mentioned Bjorkestra show at Highline Ballroom on June 14 is also part of the festival. As discussed, tickets are on sale and can be purchased with a 50% discount by using the access code "BIGBAND."
Bootsy Collins, who just played Bonnaroo, brings his previously announced Blue Note festival show to BB King's on June 26....
"Bootsy Collins was just one more band on our to-do list -- we didn't expect him to nearly steal the whole festival. After an annoying hour-plus wait that had the crowd chanting "bullshit," Collins instantly won the fans back in his favor by bringing THA FUNK. Everything was on the one after that. Lead guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight melted minds, while original P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell provided the ballast. A special mid-set run found the band tackling classics by P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly and The Family Stone." [American Songwriter]Tickets are still available for the NYC show.
Questlove is presenting Mo' Meta Blues I at The Blue Note on June 20 and 21. Both days consist of an early show and a late show. Mo' Meta Blues I features Questlove on drums/electronics, Booker T on organ/keyboards/vocals, Eric Krasno on guitar, and Christian McBridge on bass. Tickets are on sale.
The following night (6/23), The Roots will present Mo' Meta Blues II - Paid In Full 25th Anniversary featuring Black Thought and Rakim at The Blue Note. There will also be an early and a late show. Advance tickets for table reservations are sold out, but you can still get in at the bar on a first come, first served basis (if you're 21+).
"The Music of Stax Records" featuring Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Eddie Floyd and Lester Snell is happening on June 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
Last but not least, we want to highlight the Dances of Vice presentred Powerhouse Stomp II: a musical tribute to the classic cartoons of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s on June 29 at Highline Ballroom featuring Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra. Sounds fun and tickets are on sale.
Check the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website for the full schedule. A selection of related videos below..
The cover art of Derobert & The Half Truths' 2010 LP
Nashville 60's throwbacks De Robert & The Half-Truths will play their first funkin' NYC show ever at the Dig Deeper event at Southpaw on April 30th with Magic in Threes. Tickets are on sale. Though the band did not exist in the soul/funk heyday, it definitely mirrors the styles of that era much like popular retro-leaning acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Lee Fields & The Expressions. Check out a few samples of the band below.
Speaking of Lee Fields, he has some shows coming up too.
In other funky news, funk-jazz vibraphone great Roy Ayers will team with producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock for a show at Highline Ballroom on June 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show takes place less than two weeks before Ayers celebrates his 70th birthday at the Mainstage at Central Park on July 2nd. The FREE show features a "collective of jazz virtuosos, top MCs, singers, arrangers, and composers called The Jazz Mafia" who have "re-envisioned Ayers' classic works for this special show" which is one of many free Summerstage events that were recently announced.
BT Express will do it til you're satisfied, or at least until the endo of their set at Betsey Head Park on June 9th. They'll be joined by Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue and the FREE show kicks off at 7PM. The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue will also support Harold Melvin's Blue Notes on July 29th in Queensbridge Park (also FREE, 7PM).
Jazz/funk/afrobeat trumpeter Hugh Masekela will play the Mainstage at Central Park on June 26th, teaming with Freshlyground and Somi for a FREE show. Doors open at 2PM with the show kicking off at 3.
George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars will hit BB King's on May 31st. Tickets are still available. Meanwhile, his former Parliament/Funkadelic bandmate Bootsy Collins will hit the same venue on June 26th as part of the month long Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are still available. Collins released his new LP Tha Funk Capital Of The World on Tuesday (4/25) and will also appear at Bonnaroo 2011.
BB King's will also host dual-show evenings with Chaka Khan (June 18th, tickets), Morris Day & The Time (July 29th, tickets), and Roberta Flack (June 24th, tickets). Flack will also make a pair of private appearances in NYC in the coming months. She'll play a show as part of the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1st and the Apollo on May 19th as part of a fundraiser with Lou Reed and many others.
In semi-related news, Morris Day's former bandmate Prince is currently in the midst of a 21-night show stint at The Forum in Los Angeles with "roughly 85 percent" of the shows being only $25 with service fees. One of Prince's influences will also play NYC this summer. Larry Graham appears at BB King's on June 3rd with Funky Nights. Tickets are still available. Last time Larry played there, Prince showed up. Last time Prince played NYC, Larry opened up.
Tour dates and videos below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Not to be negative - overall a great night, but besides the hour+ wait to get a single drink, the biggest disappointment of Saturday night's free Diesel party was Hot Chip's extremely short set which was slightly made up for by the fact that Hot Chip immediately turned into Chakha Khan's backing band for some more songs - not an amazing feat, but out-of-the-ordinary enough to make it exciting. The entire night was live mashups with M.I.A. and child first coming out to sing with T.I. who then finished his set with Franz Ferdinand as his backing band. M.I.A. later performed with N.E.R.D. More Chaka Chip pictures below...
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MIA @ McCarren Pool (more by Bao Nguyen)
New York, NY - Diesel will unleash the biggest international party the world has ever seen on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Diesel xXx (titled triple x) will explode with a worldwide spectacular party taking place in 18 cities around the globe beginning in Tokyo. The party will successively move to Beijing, Dubai, Athens, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Helsinki, London and Sao Paulo.. The grand finale will take place in New York City with a never before seen "Rock and Roll Circus" themed party for 5,000 of Diesel's closest friends and coolest trendsetters. The legendary event will take place on Pier 3 at the Brooklyn waterfront overlooking the Manhattan skyline.PR continued below....
Feist @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC (more by Bao Nguyen)
Cadence Weapon & Final Fantasy are on tour together. They play Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (Nov 10, 2007), and Bowery Ballroom in NYC tomorrow (Nov 11, 2007).
Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) is also part of Out Magazine's 2007 list of the most "100 Most Influential People in Gay Culture". Too bad he had to play Philly last night (Nov 9) because that means he had to miss the party (partly in) his honor at Cipriani Wall Street. According to a press release, Tori Spelling and Tim Gunn were the hosts, and there was a performance by Chaka Kahn.
J&R’s Downtown Musicfest 2007 features a series of free concerts in City Hall Park in NYC from August 23-25. The lineup includes Israel and the New Breed, Lyfe Jennings, Chaka Khan, J. Holiday, Suzanne Vega, Kevin Michael, Deemi, Eldar, Deborah Cox, Bruce Hornsby Trio featuring Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette, and more. More info HERE, and below...