WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands
WBAI 99.5FM-NYC and Arlene's Grocery bring a new kind of battle to the Lower East Side with the WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands hosted by radio personalities Spencer Howard and Jack Dourakos of The Artsy Fartsy Show (airs Tuesdays at 2pm on WBAI 99.5FM and www.stream.wbai.org).
WBAI ARTSY FARTSY BATTLE OF THE BANDS
WHEN: Sunday, April 10TH, 2011
LOCATION: Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton Street
The first hip hop group to save the world. Our hearts are intent on not only redefining genres and the social constructs that pervade the audiophile's fancy, but to challenge the listener to awaken their spirits and outlooks on the world.
Cosmos Says Hello
The band was driven by the cosmic energy from the onset. Which afterwards spawned its name Cosmos Says Hello. After recording the first batch of demo songs, heavy practicing and some lineup turbulence, intermittent small shows, the current members eventually bumped into each other somewhere in the end of 2010. More rehearsals ensued, as the band found themselves facing a rather daunting (=heavy) gigging schedule with shows lined up and played all over the New York metropolitan area.
Gandhi is studio formed Alternative-Avant-garde Rock improvisationally reproduced live through the strong individual touches of top International Rock-Jazz Musicians.
Blending elements of classic rock, world, alien, funk, zydeco, gypsy, improvisation, live-looping and other music, Will Hanza is unapologetically on the constant search for the profound. Based in Brooklyn, NY.
The Pendulum Swings
The Pendulum Swings are currently reinventing the future. We are a full-on nerd/jazz swing big band with big vocals and a sassy front man. All original songs, that you might not believe that we wrote ourselves, are put to a backdrop of real music, real comedy, and real social and political upheaval.
We might not have invented the wheel, but that doesn't mean we can't reinvent it. Our influences range from Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra to Liza Minelli (big stretch, we know.) We represent 3 of the 5 bouroughs and would welcome new members from the Bx or S.I. The Pendulum Swings have been featured in Time Out New York and A.M New York. The Pendulum Swings feature singer/composer Jason Trachtenburg (formerlly and currently of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
Seemingly frozen in a time capsule since 1966, garage rockers Stately Ghosts have possessed the NYC indie scene with their paranormal brand of retro sounds. British-born vocalist Abigail Carson learned to sing the blues the hard way, as street musician living off the gratuities she earned in Australia. Now teamed up with several NYC veteran musicians she crafts tunes influenced by the 60's Chicago blues and garage rock sound.
Bronx-native TreZure Empire is the new nobility of Hip Hop & Soul Music. With a mindfully original approach to song, her voice stirs the spirit and her lyrics help to expand the mind. She is ready to take the world by storm through transcending traditional and modern styles of music.
Witness A Downfall
Witness A Downfall... Through their music, the band tries to deliver an awareness of life. After all, you live, you love, you hurt... when you... Witness A Downfall. "
ABOUT ARLENE'S GROCERY
Arlene's Grocery (yes, it was a grocery) opened it's doors in 1995 - breaking ground in the then treacherous Lower East Side. Upcoming bands flocked to the seedy neighborhood to experience the sonic beauty of the smaller 150-capacity room which played host to garage rock, punk, and bohemian newcomers, such as Jeff Buckley.
In the late 1990's the club branched into the butcher shop next door and became two rooms under one roof. As the neighborhood gentrified around them, the Lower East Side became the hub of NYC rock. The club hired a Live Rock N Roll Karaoke band who became an instant hit in the city, attracting New Yorkers and tourists from all over the globe to catch a glimpse of celebrities, such as Moby, belting out AC/DC. Shortly after, Arlene's garnered more attention - becoming home to The Strokes, and then booking a residency by The Bravery, which would land the band a deal, and propel them to fame.
As a handful of live music clubs pop up (and down) around the area, Arlene's holds fast to its intention of nurturing unsigned bands; its attention to the highest quality sound; and remaining an institution in the NYC rock scene.
THE WBAI ARTSY FARTSY BATTLE OF THE BANDS SPONSORS ALSO INCLUDE:
Boogie Island Productions LLC
ABOUT THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW
Artsy Fartsy Show is WBAI 99.5FM's new hip arts magazine airing weekly, Tuesdays at 2pm EST, and streams live on www.wbai.org. The Artsy Fartsy Show covers all that is new and relevant in the performing, visual and culinary art worlds. Hosted by Executive Producer, Barika Taheer Edwards and Spencer Howard, the radio program also features segments regarding art politics, artists' rights and highlights the cultures that make up New York City. Contributors on the show include, Hollis Witherspoon (Spot of Culture), Peter Gleason (Politico Art), Jon Braman (Resident Songwriter), Melissa Silver (Visual Art), Nikki Dinki (Food), Jack Dourakos (Music) and Philip Seidman (Theatre). You can follow the Artsy Fartsy Show on twitter.com/artsyfartsyshow and the program's website is www.artsyfartsyshow.com
ABOUT WBAI 99.5 FM
For more than 50 years, WBAI 99.5FM has been the legendary leader in listener-sponsored, non-commercial community radio, serving the New York tri-state area. The station is home to Democracy Now! and radio luminaries such as Polk Award winner, Robert Knight, host of Five O'clock Shadow; Hugh Hamilton (Talkback!) and Earl Caldwell (The Caldwell Chronicles). WBAI was the first radio station to air Bob Dylan and with an eclectic legacy of arts programs such as Bob Fass' Radio Unameable, Cat Radio Cafe, and The Artsy Fartsy Show. WBAI is the only carrier of Al Jazeera-English in the tri-State area. Operating from its 50,000-watt broadcast tower atop the Empire State Building and studios at 120 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, WBAI 99.5FM delivers an eclectic range of cutting-edge programming to audiences across the five boroughs and into parts of upstate New York, as well as neighboring Connecticut, New Jersey and as far south as Delaware. In addition, WBAI streams and archives on www.wbai.org. Follow us on twitter.com/wbai_radio and facebook.com/WBAIRadio.
95 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|