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Buffalo: ArmCandy presents Groove Salad No..4: Fresh Guac Funk

April 30, 2016 at Epic RestaurantandLounge in Buffalo.


Armcandy Presents GrooveSalad Issue No.4: Fresh Guac Funk


Saturday April 30th 8pm-4am

– with DJ Optimus Prime & Cove providing live fresh guac funk beats

– featuring the artwork of the Armcandy collective with Jessica Saddleson, Cove, Mic Excel, Magdalena Fernandez, Jeff Kress, Cindy Bardo & Jay Gugino

– all night – mixologist Richie (Epic GM)

– 8pm-11pm – culinary artist & Chef Told Riemers

– 11pm-4am Late Night: afterparty with DJ Josh YourMoms & DJ Miguel

-in conjunction with Shuteyes Buphvlo “Opium” album release 11-1am at Sato on Elmwood – After party @ Epic Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 431 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
ArmCandy presents Groove Salad No..4: Fresh Guac Funk

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Wellsville: Appleseed Collective at Wellsville Creative Art Center

May 14, 2016 at Wellsville Creative Arts Center in Wellsville.


The Appleseed Collective performs live at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center promoting their new mission statement EP “The Tour Tapes.”

“Recorded live, with no overdubs, during the quartet’s “best moments of 2015…,” these five songs capture that characteristically breathless theatricality inherent to each Appleseed set.”
—Jeff Milo, Current Magazine

The Appleseed Collective is poised to become the new sound of string music. Riding the wave of the bluegrass revival beyond newgrass and into a strange new genre-bending territory, they explore the full range of dark and light, old and new, composition and improvisation in a deeply theatrical stage show that transports audiences through time.

“This is music best served alongside a roaring campfire, but that also has the ability to challenge the rafters of any grand arena.”
—Joshua Pickard, Beats Per Minute

The sounds of The Appleseed Collective are as diverse as the personalities that create them. Violinist/Mandolinist Brandon Worder-Smith grew up steeped in a rich rural Bluegrass and Irish fiddle culture. Driven to explore beyond the boundaries of tradition, he set off on foot to hitchhike around America searching for his musical kin. After a year and a half of wandering he stumbled across Guitarist Andrew Brown back in Ann Arbor MI, where the band now hangs their collective hats when not on the road. Downtown Andrew Brown, fast-talking vintage garb peddler and son of a Motown session musician had just returned from New Orleans with a piece of that dixieland sound. He gifted long-time friend and funk/rock drummer Vince Russo with a washboard, whose penchant for ripping percussion solos and untamed showmanship were only further enhanced, and the first incarnation of the band was born. Later the boys would join forces with bassist Eric O’Daly, whose passion for Indian Classical music and introspective yet fiery Irish nature would complete the Genre-Bending sound of The Appleseed Collective.

Address: 124 N Main St, Wellsville
Appleseed Collective at Wellsville Creative Art Center

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Syracuse: Dan Tedesco at Funk ‘n Waffles

April 21, 2016 at Funk ‘n Waffles in Syracuse.


My story is…..that I have no story, per se. I come from a solid family. It’s a point of pride. I grew up in the far west suburbs of Chicago. My folks weren’t rich, but there wasn’t much that I was left wanting. I’ve never been arrested. Always got good grades. I never developed any major drug addictions (at least, not yet). The only serious addiction in my life, if you’d like to call it that, has been with music. Let me bring you up to speed.

Piano at age 5.
Violin at age 9.
Guitar at age 11 after hearing Eddie Van Halen. And that, as they say, is all she wrote. I’ve been madly in love with it ever since.

Growing up my ears were fortunate enough to be treated to a fairly eclectic musical mix: The Beatles, Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Band, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, CCR, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. Even a healthy dose of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. A friend in my neighborhood used to make cassette mixes for me: The Who, They Might Be Giants, The Police, The Clash. I missed the grunge period, and it wouldn’t be until nearly a decade later that I’d discover the power of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Once I found the guitar, things focused in a touch. It wasn’t unusual for me to fall asleep at night to the sounds of guitar wizards like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. And the random Van Halen record was never far away.

Then there was the jazz period. Wes Montgomery. Joe Pass. George Benson. Charlie Christian. John Coltrane. Elvin Jones. McCoy Tyner. The things I learned from those guys. Man. It’s everything really. The spirit of jazz. The freedom of it. That’s been it’s great influence on me.

But I was always a rock ’n roll kid. Pete Townsend more than Pat Metheny. And, ultimately, I craved power chords over the complex harmonies of jazz.

High school was a weird time. I straddled the jock world, playing baseball, and the music world, as a member of the high school jazz band. Most mornings, after being dropped off by the bus, everyone would hang out in the lunchroom before first period. Not me. I’d head straight to a room adjacent to the school’s band rehearsal hall, writing music on the computer. Like I said, it was an addiction. Outside of school, I jammed in a duo with one of my best friend’s, who happened to be a fantastic drummer. We wrote all kinds of stuff. Lots of instrumental music (queue the Satriani). Recorded various demos. But neither of us sang. That made it hard to play out. And most of the other kids were interested in the classics: Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Stones. They weren’t interested in what we had going on.

So, like many of my heroes, I was a bit of a social outcast. That, if anything, was and has always been my struggle. Everyone has at least one. And I found my comfort, security and confidence in the world out on the fringe, populated by the misfits. The world of rock ’n roll.

Let Me Play My Old Guitar, and sing for you my song
Let Me Play My Old Guitar, and sing for you my song
I promise you my friend
I Will Not Do You Wrong

– DT

Address: 727 S Crouse Ave, Ste 8, Syracuse
Dan Tedesco at Funk

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New York: Avram Fefer’s Big Picture Holiday

April 21, 2016 at PIANOS in New York.


Our residency continues this Thursday Night @ Piano’s @ 8pm. This time you get to hear the funky 21st century compositions of Big Picture Holiday.

Here’s how one journalist described the music:

“Big Picture Holiday merges not just jazz and rock, but the Afrobeat music of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Morocco, James Brown’s funk, blues, and the electricity of New Orleans… This is infectious stuff. Deep funk abounds…” —AllAboutJazz.com

No Cover. Hope you can join us!!

Kenny Wessel– guitar
Dave Phelps — guitar
Alexis Marcelo — keyboards
Jason DiMatteo — bass
Chris Eddleton / Greg Gonzalez — drums
Avram Fefer — saxes, compositions


Address: 158 Ludlow St, New York
Avram Fefer

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New York: Open Call for May 22nd Performance!

April 24, 2016 at Nola Rehearsal Studios in New York.


MachineHDance (machinehdance.com), a contemporary modern dance company under the artistic/executive direction of Stephanie Deere, is seeking dance artists for an upcoming performance on Sunday May 22nd from 4-6pm.

Artists should be proficient in modern/contemporary/jazz dance forms and experience with partnering, jazz funk, hip hop, or acrobatics will be a plus. Improvisation in any dance genre will be a portion of the audition, therefore, dancers who excel in forms outside of the modern/contemporary style are very much encouraged to apply.

The audition will take place on Sunday April 24th from 2:30-4:30 pm at Nola Studios – 250 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 in Studio 5. This performance is unpaid, however a great resume building/networking opportunity!

Please RSVP to reserve your spot by sending a resume and headshot to Stephanie Deere at info@machinehdance.com. Cost to audition is $10 cash.

Address: 250 W 54th St, New York
Open Call for May 22nd Performance!

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New York: Saturday Brunch Vibes: Tschaka Tonge

May 14, 2016 at The Cecil in New York.


Join us for the latest in our weekend brunch event series at The Cecil, featuring live music by Tschaka Tonge.

Enjoy the performance while savoring brunch dishes like gingerbread pancakes and thick cut brisket and eggs.

Tschaka Tonge is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician; raised in the world famous community of Harlem, New York. He began his musical study during his childhood; listening to records and top 40 radio. At an early age Tschaka was interested in singing, writing poetry and playing the drums. The New York City Public Schools and The Minisink Town House located in Harlem provided him with music lessons.

During High School he was a member of the award winning teenage band, “The Sentimental Souls.” There he blossomed as one of the groups lead singers and percussionist. “The Sentimental Souls” later became the first group to record for the legendary producer, Peter Brown.

Tschaka’s musical taste is an eclectic mix of the best of Black music traditions. His voice is soulful, as a composer, his original music is tempered with the elements Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Afro- Latin, Rock, Soul and Pop; the musical stew he calls the “Jahz Sound.”He has had the pleasure to independently release “Life is a Festival”-1980, “Solidarity”- 1987 and “Kwanzaa Oh Kwanzaa” in 2009.

Tschaka’s versatility has given him the opportunity to record or perform with many notable artists, such as, Chaka Khan, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Paul Shaffer, Oscar Brown, Jr., Third World, and Monyaka and with his bands Azmari Jahz and The Tschaka Tonge Experience.

The Tschaka Tonge Experience is: Tschaka Tonge – Lead vocals and percussion, John F. Adams-Keyboards and vocals, David Burnett- Bass, Larry Peoples, Jr. – Drums and Clifford “Moonie” Pussey-Guitar.

Address: 210 W 118th St, New York
Saturday Brunch Vibes: Tschaka Tonge

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Brooklyn: HYPE LIFE MUSIC FEST Celebrating the Spectrum of BDM (Black/Brown Dance Music) at C’mon Everybody

May 28, 2016 at C’mon Everybody in Brooklyn.


Hype Life Music and C’mon Everybody present:
Hype Life Music Festival ’16
*Celebrating Brown & Black People In Electronic & Dance Music!!

Rich Medina Fan Page
Ian Friday
Mo Djmoma
Natasha Diggs
Zuzuka Poderosa & Pablo77
The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack+ Monstah Black)

Tix: $15 adv/$20 doors
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**Sponsored by Sneakers Agency**

About Hype Life Music Festival:
In a recent article for Thump.Vice.Com, writer Josh Baines asks “Why is Every Single Dance Music Festival Line Up Pretty Much the Same?” The piece goes on to question why bookers continue to recycle the same handful of DJs, often making the festivals themselves interchangeable. Memorial Day Weekend of 2016, will bring about the first installment of an event that will honor a segment of Dance and Electronic Music Culture that is seldom included.

On Saturday, May 28th, recording artist/DJ Manchildblack joins forces with music impresario and nightclub owner Eric Sosa to present a unique dance event that will be dedicated to celebrating and showcasing black and brown people in dance and electronic music, the Hype Life Music Fest.

From 12pm to 4am, the walls of Brooklyn music venue C’mon Everybody will reverberate with the eclectic beats spanning the genres of House, Global Soul, Brazilian, Funk, Future Dancehall, Disco, Afrobeat, Electronica and more! The day will include mind blowing sets from: Rich Medina (Jump N Funk/Rock Steady Crew), Ian Friday (Libation/Global Soul Music), DJ Moma (Everyday People/Dance Dance Dance), Natasha Diggs (Soul in the Horn), Adam Rhodes & Oscar Nñ (Papi Juice), DJ Mursi Layne (F’EM DJ Mag), DJ Beto & Ushka (iBomba) and Pablo77 & Zuzuka Poderosa (Brasilian Soul Sundays)! Plus, a special live performance by notorious electronic music duo The Illustrious Blacks.

The Hype Life Music Fest will kick off NYC’s Summer of 2016 in a major way, with the 1st installment giving birth to a movement that launches the rise of BDM (black/brown dance music).

Hype Life Music Festival 2016 is sponsored by Sneakers.

About Sneakers: Sneakers is a dope mobile first digital agency. Combining years of industry experience, technical acumen, and production quality, we make ideas mobile for our clients and their customers who demand world class mobile experiences on their phones, tablets, and browsers. We’re incredibly proud to be sponsoring the first ever Hype Life Music Festival. You can find us at: http://www.sneakersagency.com


Address: 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
HYPE LIFE MUSIC FEST Celebrating the Spectrum of BDM (Black/Brown Dance Music) at C

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New York: Saturday Brunch Vibes: King Solomon Hicks

May 07, 2016 at The Cecil in New York.


Join us for our weekend brunch event series at The Cecil, featuring live music by King Solomon Hicks.

Enjoy the performance while savoring brunch dishes like gingerbread pancakes and thick cut brisket and eggs.

Solomon Hicks has been called ‘Lil” B.B. King, East Montgomery, and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and now internationally.

He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.
Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area. From October 30 – November 3, 2015, Solomon opened for the band KISS on the KISS Kruise V from Miami to Jamaica.

He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, “Jukin’ at the Cotton Club”.

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon’s extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News.
His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3.
Solomon and his mentor Melvin Sparks played at the Blue Note. Solomon has worked with and played with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Russell Malone, Stanley Banks, the B.B. King Blues Band (with Junior Mack, led by Jerry Dugger), Lonnie Youngblood, Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Antoinette Montague, Roger Anderson, Elvin Bishop, the Cotton Club All Stars, JC Hopkins Big Band, Alex Blake, and more. Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children’s Aid Society.

Address: 210 W 118th St, New York
Saturday Brunch Vibes: King Solomon Hicks

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April 19, 2016 at Bed-Vyne Cocktail Bar in Brooklyn.


Tuesday – 7pm – UNTIL
LIVE JAZZ BAND from 8:30PM – 11:30PM

“King Klave and Friends”

Amaury Acosta (aka King Klave) is a Cuban American Drummer, Producer, Composer, & Educator. He Authentically blends his Afro-Cuban roots, with the various Musical influences he experienced growing up in Hell’s Kitchen NYC! Like Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Blues, Soul, Funk, Have you heard his band (U)nity?

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Brooklyn, NY
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Bed-Vyne Cocktail
305 Halsey Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Address: 305 Halsey St, Brooklyn

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Beacon: Dance Jam

May 19, 2016 at Towne Crier in Beacon.


Admission $10; free to members
Dinner reservations 5-8 p.m.

Monthly “Dance Jams” in Beacon were started nearly three years ago at the Howland Center by organizer and DJ, Rhoda Averbach. This change in venue to the iconic Towne Crier‘s performance room – with its restaurant, full bar service, separate music/club room, state of the art sound system and capacity of 100 – gives the community an awesome place for dancing. The setting is friendly and informal, and all are welcome: singles, couples, friends and newcomers.

Kick off the weekend dancing to a rich mix of familiar, much loved songs in a wide variety of styles, rhythms and moods, along with lesser known, but equally thrilling music by the masters. Dance Jam feature derivatives of many African and Latin genres from the ‘60s to present – R&B, soul, funk, blues, gospel, reggae and jazz, along with the gorgeous Latin rhythms of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, bachata, cumbia, guajira, samba and others. Rock, disco, swing and zydeco are also part of the mix. Occasionally, we feature guest artists, one of whom is the wonderful vocalist, Efrain ‘La Voz’ Colon.

People are also invited to join the Town Crier Dance Jam free Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/Towne-Crier-Dance-Jam. The site provides up to the minute notices, future events and much more.

Address: 379 Main St, Beacon
Dance Jam

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