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Music listings – 6/4 through 6/10

1. Jimmy Cliff

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. and Prospect Park West entrance)
Ticket: free, but $3 donation
Genre: reggae/pops

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, the 40th of the iconic film The Harder They Come, and 34 years of free shows at Celebrate Brooklyn!, reggae legend JIMMY CLIFF kicks off our season with a concert for the ages. Cliff’s musical legacy includes such classics as You Can Get It if You Really Want and Many Rivers to Cross, and his voice, true as ever, remains one of the wonders of popular music.

2. Martin Bisi with Emanuel And The Fear & Spaces 

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Is Rock Dead? 6 Acts That Could Save Rock?

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Miles Davis declared Jazz is dead (it’s) the music of a museum. Frank Zappa said Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny. How about rock music?

The Guardian (UK) said in January: “It is a claim made before by, among others, Lenny Kravitz and the Swedish garage band the Hellacopters. But today, after years of struggle, came evidence to support the fearsome claim: rock’n’roll is dead.” Read more.

Anyway I don’t care whether certain music styles are dead. On the contrary, I only care about bands which play emotional and passionate music. I mean, music that really feels alive and speaks to me.

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Music listings – 2/7 through 2/13

1. Hillard Greene IN & OUT ENSEMBLE

Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

A night of challanging Jazz: Robert Picket – piano, Newman Taylor Baker – drums, Hilliard “Hill” Greene – bass who is the bassist and music director for Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions; and former bassist and concert master for Cecil Taylor.

2. Gregory Porter: Grammy Celebration Performance

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Have you heard of the E SE Festival 2010? What if…?

Date: Decemeber 12th & 13th, 2010
Venue: Epistrophy Cafe (NY)

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

I had no idea about the E SE Festival. This year was the 6th time?! The last two years since coming to NY I haven’t heard anything about this festival. Every week when I work on the DooBeeDoo music listings I’m kind of informed about what’s happening in this city. When I found out about it I decided to check out this festival because I felt nobody was interested in covering this event.

Martin Bisi was the first person to mention this festival because the drummer he used in Germany in November, Sven Kacirek, was invited by the festival to play their two shows. I contacted him and he emailed me the dates and the contact address of the festival. Surprisingly I knew one of the organizers: Jason Candler. What a surprise?! I just met him before at a show introduced to him by Billy Ficca of Television. Both are members of the Gary Lucas band. So another reason to cover this festival.

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