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Hits From The Pong
Saturday 5th April 2014
Bounce, 121 Holborn, London, London
17 ping pong tables, UV light, a fully licensed cocktail bar and smashing tunes right through the night. Hits From The Pong delivers an eclectic mix of sounds and stunning visuals. No where in London will you have a night out with this much fun.

What's more? It's free! Bounce always reserves a few walk-in tables, so if you fancy having a game and a boogie, join us every Saturday for the funkiest night in town.

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Grown and Sexy
Friday 2nd May 2014
Rise Nightclub, 1 Leicester square, London, WC2H 7NA, United Kingdom
This is a personal invitation for YOU to come have a drink and shake a leg at London's FINEST nightclub. GROWN and SEXY is more than a rave! It is a gathering of London's SEXIEST people who love to party to GREAT music, sip QUALITY alcohol and experience UNFORGETTABLE vibes. Party connoisseurs see you there!

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Your DJs giving you a GROWN and SEXY vibe playing the best in; Sexy RandB, Hip-Hop, House, Dancehall, Vocal Garage, Afrobeats, Soca, 80/90s Walkman Classics and Slow Jams will be

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ADMISSION and DRESS CODEStandard tickets £10: More on the door: Valid government I.D essential: Last entry 2am with or without ticket

Absolutely no Denim, Hats, Hoods, Sportswear, Designer Trainers, Pradas, Guccis, Vans, Converse

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It's said we have the best party packages in London so if you're celebrating anything between the 27th April, 10th May then look no further!

Celebrate in STYLE with our exclusive packages which include? V.I.P Table: Booth: Personalised Cake: Champagne: Wine: Spirits: Nibbles: Sweets: Chocolates: Professional Photography: Disposable Cameras: Personal Hosts: Helium: Balloons: Decorations: Card: Poppers: Sparklers

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Wild Life
Saturday 3rd May 2014
Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London
On the ground floor expect pure party jams from the likes of: Biggie, Prince, Michael Jackson, M.I.A., Salt N Pepa, Fleetwood Mac, Metronomy, SBTRKT, Azealia Banks, LCD Soundsystem, Jay Z and much more! In the basement things get a little darker: house, disco, electro, techno past, present and future. Plus themed events, giveaways, photobooth, disco balls, visuals, party poppers, lasers, babes and ballers!

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Temwa Presents Monsterpiece at Big Chill Bar Brist
Saturday 12th April 2014
Big Chill Bar, 15 Small Street, Bristol, United Kingdo
Two floors of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Rare-Groove and Disco featuring ?

Bedmo DiscoThe Disco TwoBashmoneyPlus many more special guests.

£3 suggested donation on the door 100% of the profits from the night will go towards Temwas community development projects in northern Maiawi.

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Philly 360° Playlist: Khari Mateen Releases "Full Moon" Recorded Live At Chris' Jazz Cafe
21st June 2014

This week?s playlist comes from a familiar face in the Philly music scene?songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Khari Mateen. Most recently, Mateen released a live performance video of his song ?Full Moon,? recorded during a performance at popular Center City music spotChris? Jazz Caf.

Not only is the track a great listen but catching one of Khari's one-man shows is definitely a sight to see. Khari not only sings and incorporates innovative electronics into his live set, the versatile performer even breaks into a cello solo mid-song.

The original ?Full Moon? track features Philly based emcee Sugar Tongue Slim?more simply known as STS. The smooth track easily gets your head nodding and STS? southern drawl and bounce is the perfect addition. It?s sultry without dragging and makes you want to listen back a couple times to hear all the nuances of the production and lyrics.

As a producer Mateen has worked alongside of popular Philly artists includingThe Roots,and has even collaborated with Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser and more. Getting an early start lending his talent to former groupNouveau Richealongside Philly-based singer/songwriterNikki Jean andThe Roots' rap prodigyDice Raw,Mateen now captivates audiences all on his own. He has performed his latest solo music on the road with acts like fellow Philly musician and producer, RJD2 and Cody Simpson.

Mateen epitomizes a generation that does it all?and does it well. From being a classically trained cellist to a mastermind producer and vocalists, Khari is well respected on the Philly music scene as an artists who approaches his crafts with precision and excellence.

There is definitely something soulful and classic, yet still fresh, pop and new in each and every one of his tracks. Take a listen to ?Full Moon? below and make certain to check out his latest body of workQualia: Fall.

Check out Khari Mateen performing "Full Moon" live at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Center City.



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Comic Book Convention in Wilmington on 05/23/14
23rd May 2014


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Darkstar
1st May 2014
1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St.,
Warp records sensational band, DARKSTAR, make way to SF for a special live performance. Since their latest release, ?News From Nowhere,? they've been heralded as an instant classic across the board! "Every place warrants a story. No matter where it is, how quiet, remote or disconnected. There are moments in people?s everyday lives, no matter how subtle, that can be documented and talked about in great detail. The instances spiral and ascend and take on their own course, altering the perception of how even the slightest change in a day can be felt deeply." ? Darkstar Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London?s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000?s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12? singles on Kode 9?s fledgling Hyperdub label. These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time. What followed was a fitful and productive period culminating in a discarded album?s worth of tracks, the crucial introduction of vocalist James Buttery to the fold and, finally - the release of their debut full-length North, to wide acclaim.

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Waldo Fabian is a bassist, composer, singer and producer who has worked with many outstanding pop, Latin and jazz bands
3rd May 2014
Foundry616 Jazz Club, 616 Harris Street Sydney NSW 2007

Foundry616 welcomes back pianist Chris Cody, who after living in Paris for over 20 years, recently returned tolive in Sydney. Already performing widely,Chris and his group will beplaying his latest compositions.

While in France Chris worked extensively in clubs and festivals around Europe with a wide range of musicians including Rick Margitza, Herb Geller, Sunny Murray, Marcel Azzola, Glenn Ferris, Annie Whitehead, Barry Altschul, Carla Bruni, and Michel Jonasz. Aside from appearing on numerous CDs as both leader and sideman, he has also written and produced music for theatre, television and film in Europe, North America and Australia.

Cody€™s music reveals not only his deep love of the jazz and classical traditions, but also the influence of contemporary French and African musicians he has encountered in Paris, and its warmth, sense of space and humour touch a wide and diverse public around the world while receiving rave reviews from the critics.

We are pleased to have him back here and urge you to come and check out his music.

The pianist€™s compositions reflect the diversity of his tone: a touch both firm and singing, a deliberately rapid phrasing, but that never loses sight of the melody, a taste for full fleshed harmonies sometimes close to gospel € it unfolds tenderly and majestically, seduces you to the charm of an inspired interpretation of which the atmosphere will haunt you a long time. Magical".Piano Magazine , France

Some of the best musicians of the moment €a feast of melody€an inspiration never at fault€a facility for improvisation that leaves you stunned € an absolute mastery€everyone expresses himself marvellously on the compositions of Cody who is an excellent pianist€another example of a jazz that knows the evolution towards the avant garde but stays anchored on lasting values, and privileges feeling, beauty and melody.JazzHot, France

"The sound of midnight in Paris"John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, ****



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‘WALK ON THE WiLDSIDE’: The music of Lou Reed, Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop,feat
14th June 2014
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204

Variously described as Garage Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, and Gangster Jazz, Waiting for Guinness has been playing the Sydney pub/club scene for years. They may be one of the best dressed too. The band features up to seven pieces including banjo, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitaron (Mexican bass), flute, guitars and drums.

In the tradition of artists such as Tom Waits, Calexico and The Pogues, Waiting for Guinness take their nourishment from €˜old music€™ and hot-wire the styles of Berlin Cabaret, Mariachi, Vaudeville, Spaghetti Western and Swing-Jazz into their own surreal vision.

In concert, Waiting for Guinness€™ spontaneous and anarchic performances are truly engaging. The theatrical element is as strong as ever, harking back to their busking origins. A fan once said €œWFG make old music sound new somehow,€ and they may have a point. The band are not traditionalists trying to re-create the past, but write contemporary and original music influenced by the styles they love.

Tix are $20 +bf presale and $25 on the door.

Doors €“ 7.30pm, show 9.00pm

Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only €“ email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked€

Delicious food (including pizza!) available.

Fully licensed €“ NO BYO

Please book carefully - as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!

All ages welcome (but under 18€s must be accompanied by an adult)



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"It’s not often you get the whole package in one artist, but Jo comes gift wr
20th May 2014
Foundry616 Jazz Club, 616 Harris Street Sydney NSW 2007

Jazzgroove presents ......

8pm

Casey Golden Trio

With their new album due for release in June, the fantastic Casey Golden Trio returns to Jazzgroove, bringing with them their unique trio concept and ever-growing repertoire of original music. This will be their last Sydney gig before embarking on an album launch tour at the end of June.

€A very promising young contemporary jazz acoustic piano trio from Sydney that are in the rhapsodic EST mould, but with a clear personal vision in their mix of trancey melodies and live musical jump cuts.€ Jazzwise (UK)

Casey Golden (piano)

Bill Williams (bass)

Ed Rodrigues (drums)

9.30pm

Jeremy Rose Quartet

Jeremy Rose (saxophones)

Jackson Harrison (piano)

Alex Boneham (bass)

James Waples (drums)

An energised Jeremy Rose returns to Jazzgroove with exciting new music for his outstanding and prodigious Quartet ahead of a new recording. Featuring a stellar lineup of locals, the performance of Roses's suite documents a reaching and exploratory artist who is destined for truly great things.

What is Jazzgroove?

Jazzgroove is a not for profit organisation presenting high-quality original and improvised music from various jazz related cannons. Our focus is on musicians who are in the early stages of forming a national and international career. Jazzgroove's purpose is to nurture upcoming musicians by allowing a platform and performance opportunity to an established audience through our weekly Tuesday double bill events, marketing/ promotion support while also providing a dialogue and mentorship between past Jazzgroove performers and more experienced musicians.

Jazzgroove at Foundry616

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Apr 19th 14 - SATURDAY APRIL 19TH: GLITTERATI STARRIN
19th April 2014
Saturday APRIL 19TH: GLITTERATI Starring DJ METRO!

RSVP DEAL: Ladies FREE All Night | Men 10pm - 11:30pm Reduced After

There's a place where only the fashionable party. The trendsetters. The who's who of nightlife. This is the GLITTERATI, and they all come to play at NIKKI! Join the nightlife elite and mingle with the city's beautiful crowd while dancing to the sexy sounds of DJ METRO! Get your hottest outfit ready. It's going to be a night you'll never forget ;)

2 Floors of Music! LIVE Video-Mixing!
Starring: DJ METROPlus Residents: WRECK | DJ TRAKO & IVANMAIN ROOM: Progressive House | Electro | Top 40 | Trap | Hip-HopVIP SUITE: Top 40 | Global, Tropical Beats

PROPER ATTIRE IS A MUST | DRESS CODE STRICTLY ENFORCED
(Gym shoes, work boots, baseball caps, plain t-shirts or polo shirts, shorts, flats, flip-flops or baggy attire will not be permitted).
Dress code restrictions are at the discretion of the Door Manager and pertain not merely to articles of clothing: but more importantly to style and execution. Dress code subject to change without prior notification.


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Jim Conway’s Big Wheel boasts an all-star line up of musicians who share a passion for Blues, Jump an
25th May 2014
Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road Marrickville NSW 2204
CAMELOT LOUNGE - Marrickville - Sunday 25-May-2014 6:30 PM

David Bridie has hit the road again and is coming to Camelot Lounge with performances that mix up the old and new €“ songs from his 2013 release WAKE as well as some gems from his extensive back catalogue in film and music.

To mark the tour Bridie has released a new music video for single Shortest Day of The Year. The Shortest Day of The Year was shot in LA by director Catriona McKenzie of Satellite Boy (starring David Gulpilil, and for which David did the music score). The LA based editor Sara Mineo of Game of Thrones fame leant her magic touch in the editing suite, and the clip stars Haskell Vaughn Anderson III, side kick to Jean-Claude Van Damme in his 1989 film Kickboxer. With a veritable who€™s who of the film world getting involved in the music videos for WAKE it seems Julianne Moore will not be the only new high profile fan to jump on the Bridie bandwagon.

This is the third clip in a series of filmic music video€™s produced for WAKE, which included the award winning video for Delegate (winner of the Nevada International Film Festival award for best music video and nominated for an Australian Screen Editors Guild Award) which saw underbelly actor Ian McKenzie trigger the self-emollition of a business man turned dreamer. The Clip for Shortest Day of The Year ponders the last day of a life, the day you die, the sweet in the bitter, memories from the gamut of a life€™s experience.

Watch the new video for single Shortest Day of The Year

Watch the video for singleDelegate

Watch the video for single You're No Flower


Doors6.30pm - Show 7.30pm

Table bookings for groups of 8 or more only €“ email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked€
Bookings close at 6pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability.
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed €“ NO BYO
Please book carefully - as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!All ages welcome (but under 18€s must be accompanied by an adult)



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Pop Said.... Again
19th April 2014
Borderline, London, United Kingdom
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PEP @ Buffalo's
2014-04-12
PEP (Proctor Entertainment Project) Playing Country, Country Rock, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Pop, Today€™s Top 40 and more ! CNY MOST VERSATILE BAND- Featuring Bear (Kent Proctor) Formally of Decree & F5 Bass & Keys- Joe Goss Guitars- Jeremy Clark Guitars- Hakon Moller Drums- Tim Bressee PEP specializes in Private Events & Weddings via Proctor Entertainment. We love to do public shows ! Come and put some PEP In Your Step! 04.12.2014 from 09:00 PM - 01:00 AM


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Tori Amos debuts new single “Trouble’s Lament”
13th May 2014
Finally we have our very first taste of (my goddess) Tori Amos? highly-anticipated upcoming 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, due out May 13th via Mercury Classics. The lead single is ?Trouble?s Lament,? which upon a couple of repeat listens is definitely growing on me a lot. It for sure has (Americana / folk) shades ofMORE


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April 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Women Pop Artists: Yayoi Kusama and Marisol Escobar through Primary Sources
2014-04-16
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019




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Boy George
28th April 2014
The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.,
Boy George Put on the spot on a TV show and asked the title of his next album, Boy George blurted out This Is What I Do. It wasn't as random as this story suggests, the title was one of a few being mulled over, but the decision was instant and it has stuck. The simple statement of fact -- This Is What I Do -- is telling and significant because so much has gone on over the years to actually obscure what George does and who he is. "It's about re-establishing myself musically to say this is what I do. I was at the Brits a couple of years ago and some unexpected people were giving me name checks, like Cee Lo Green and Arcade Fire. It made me think, a lot of people know who I am and have this affection for me but they don't really know why they like me. I had to ask myself, well who and what are you?" George is famous enough for all of us to have an opinion and think we know who he is. On This Is What I Do we are likely to be confounded. Close your eyes, empty your mind, and as another '80s pop star once said, listen without prejudice. This may be the best record he's ever made. It's the record he's always had the promise to make but only now through life experience has been able to find a direct line to his muse. In the process he freed his spirit to explore not just his own psyche but the diverse influences that have inspired him over the years -- from dub to rap, Woolwich to Jamaica, glam rock to country, mean streets to sunny uplands. "I went back to the soul, the essence of what I do. That's been important for me. There have been a few periods over the years where I didn't listen to music. It was almost like the birds stopped singing. I can measure my own wellness by how much I listen to music. "With this record we were playing lots of stuff in the studio, random things that weren't anything to do with what we were doing, but to get a feeling. We were listening to lots of what I call baggy music, music that is not programmed, slightly out of time, a bit loose, has its own footprint. I do a lot of dance stuff as a DJ and in collaboration with other people and I wanted to step away from that and do something more organic. I know that's clichd, but that's what I was after." The list of listening ranged from early Bowie and the Stones to Cockney Rebel, Nico and Lou Reed. "The album was easy to make. There's a lot of love on it, a lot of love, and people I've worked with over the years came and contributed." Just that statement, to those who knew George in his Culture Club days is shocking in itself. Recording sessions were always filled with drama and George hated the studio environment virtually being dragged in to do his vocals and running out as fast as he could. "Making albums has always been a drama for me, but this was just beautiful and if I do another Culture Club record it has to be fun. It doesn't have to be a headache. We get paid to do what we love. It's such a pleasure to do what we do. "The album started off with reggae as the template but then it branched out into other things. We didn't want to restrict ourselves because you've got to honour the song, so if a song has a certain type of energy you can't force it into a genre. "We went back to the '70s, which was the time that shaped me as a musician and a person. The '70s was such a bonkers decade, everything from the Sex Pistols to The Goombay Dance Band. Even though Culture Club were associated so much with the '80s, our roots were in the '70s -- reggae, glam rock, punk rock, disco, electro. I think this record is very '70s." George has stretched his musical repertoire while retaining his soulfulness and pop sensibility. He's found his inner rock god on "My God," explored country swing on "It's Easy," entered a dream-like altered state on "Any Road," gone sultry and wistful on "Death Of Samantha," and reminded us, and maybe himself, of his playful side on "Nice And Slow." The exploration of his musical roots mirrors the personal journey of self-discovery he has embarked on since becoming sober in 2008. Another milestone was turning 50 two years ago. "It was a huge turning point for me. I thought I've got to get my s~~t together, I've got to focus, this is important. I just felt I'd wasted a lot of time. I looked at myself and thought, God, I've done nothing. I know I've done a lot, I've always worked, I've grafted and always made money, but a lot of it was pointless because no one knew what I was doing." He changed management, got a new DJ agent and set out on the path to show the world the real Boy George, the one who had been obscured in a haze, some of it his own doing, some of it simply the myths that had built up around him. There is a growing acknowledgement that George is one of those artists whose reputation needs to be reappraised. There has been a steady stream of these over the years. Antony Hegarty paid his tribute to George when they duetted on "You Are My Sister" in 2005. In 2010, Mark Ronson invited George to sing on "Somebody To Love Me." Earlier this year George was a guest of Yoko Ono at the Meltdown festival. This Is What I Do is set to further enhance that reappraisal and show the world that George is not only back, he's an important artist with an irrepressible zest for life. When you connect your ears will quiver, your soul will shiver and you'll want to dance like Saint Vitus.

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Gizmo at The New Parish, Thu, May 1 9:00p
1st May 2014
The New Parish, 579 18th St.,
Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it's safe to say that 21-year-old bassist Kenneth "Gizmo" Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now. With a wealth of experience that belies his years touting a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, Gizmo is set to unveil his debut sonic masterpiece Red Balloon. Produced by bassist Derrick Hodge (Robert Glasper Experiment, Kanye West, Common) with glints of spoken word and soul, Red Balloon is a wondrous 13-track odyssey through the multi-faceted human experience. "When you see a little kid let a balloon go at a carnival, everybody kind of looks up at it as it floats away," explains Gizmo of the project's captivating central theme. "The balloon seems to float around, trying to find its way. I feel like that's how most people are. We're all trying to figure out who we are, what we want to do, and what we stand for. All striving to be special, loved, or valued in some kind of way. And everybody's kind of watching you as you float around this life. But if the pressure gets too high, it pops at some point." A labor of love recorded over the course of three years in Boston between gigs and classes at Berklee College of Music, the deeply personal album features an impressive cast of thousands including Casey Benjamin of the Robert Glasper Experiment, accomplished pianist/ Berklee professor George Russell, Jr, Downbeat magazine Rising Star drummer Jamire Williams and more. Reared in Philadelphia in a household brimming with the influences of his Puerto Rican and African-American heritage, Gizmo was introduced to the sounds of salsa and soul at an early age. Though his spectacular bass facility evokes the promise and the prowess of legends such as Jaco Pastorious and Stanley Clarke, the instrument was actually the Philadelphia native's second choice. "When I was in elementary, I wanted to play drums," says Gizmo. "But they said I had big hands, so I started playing bass. I just went from there." Yet it wasn't until being accepted into the highly competitive statewide Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts program at the age of 16 that Gizmo began to seriously contemplate music as a fulfilling career. Instructed by professors from Berklee and Julliard at the 5-week program, Gizmo was inspired to hone his talent and stretch out in the fertile musical environment. "I had five weeks where I practiced, played, and did music everyday. I was studying seriously. Compared to my peers, I always felt like I was behind because I started late. So I worked extra hard to get where I needed to be. From that point, all I did was play in jazz groups and hip-hop cover groups in Philly." While at the program, Gizmo was instructed by pianists Russell and George Burton (Ornette Coleman, Christian McBride, and Wayne Shorter). Burton recommended that the young jazz hopeful get in touch with his close friend Hodge for further tutorship. The two hit it off immediately. "I went over to Derrick's house for a lesson and was there for like three hours. We just had a really good connection. He's been like a big brother to me since that point." While his iPod playlist consisted of the illustrious catalog of jazz giants such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he was also introduced to the music of recording artist and fellow bassist Meshell Ndegeocello during this formative period. "That blew my mind. Her music helped me to start paying attention to lyrics. On a deeper level, her music helped me to be a more open human being. It helped to break down the stigmas that I had in my mind in terms of what type of music you're supposed to play if you're black." After a semester spent in the jazz program at the University of Miami, Gizmo set sail for the more expansive halls of higher learning at the Berklee College of Music. During his first semester at Berklee, Gizmo developed a rapport with Ndegeocello who came to the school for a musician's clinic. The two solidified a friendship while performing at a subsequent concert in Los Angeles with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble. By his second semester, Gizmo had assumed the role of music director of Berklee's Neo Soul Ensemble, began gigging across the globe as a music director, and became an in-demand musician at venues such as the world famous Blue Note. During his travels, he performed and developed bonds with such accomplished musicians as Benjamin, Marcus Strickland, Dana Hawkins, and Marc De Clive-Lowe. In addition, Gizmo managed to secure endorsements from an impressive list of bass equipment and accessories companies such as Aguilar Amplifications, Mono Case, Dean Markely Strings, and Levy Leathers. By the end of his first year at Berklee, Gizmo had broadened both his resume and his musical horizons exponentially. "Everything started picking up," he says. "It became more than just about playing bass at that point. It was about learning how to write parts for horns, strings, and harmonies for background vocals." As music director for the Neo Soul Ensemble, he'd successfully music directed shows by Bilal and Lalah Hathaway. Being surrounded by such an awe-inspiring group of successful artists and musicians, Gizmo was inspired to begin putting his experience and education to use by sketching out sonic ideas of his own. Three years and countless ideas later, Red Balloon is the grand result. "When I first started, it wasn't about me making a record. I was just recording stuff. I was just trying to write music for myself." Beginning his journey with the funky spoken word-influenced "Sleepblah," Gizmo eventually amassed an impressive collection of tunes culled from demos recorded in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Red Balloon also includes a little help from Berklee friends such as Nick Hakim, Darien Jovan, Derrick Cobbs, and BET's 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesdays featured artist Gwen Bunn. The album's expansive and mesmerizing title track will serve as the lead single. "That was one of the last songs I ended up recording," reveals Gizmo. "It's about shedding the anxieties and judgements we have about each other. It's about overcoming obstacles and accepting that seasons change. And above all that, continuing to try and fly." Hip-hop artist/ Berklee professor Brian "Raydar" Ellis drops rapid-fire verses on the funky head nod excursion "Invalid." Singer-songwriter Nick Hakim is featured on the album's brilliant second single "Lift Me Up." Penned by Hakim and co-produced by Gizmo, "Lift Me Up" exemplifies Gizmo's ability to condense his disparate influences into a soulful marvel of a gem. "The song is reflective of a place where most of us have been, in terms of questioning what decision to make and where we're going to end up," he explains. In addition to his own bass prowess, Red Balloon finds Gizmo contributing percussion, keyboards, and stepping behind the microphone for the first time as a singer. "My concept at first was to write these songs and have other people sing them," he admits. "But because of Meshell and Derrick saying, 'Nobody's going to have the same amount of emotional connection to the song as you will,' I just let myself go and recorded it." Following the advice of his mentors, Gizmo is featured singing lead vocals and reciting spoken word on cuts such as "Dancing," "Insane," and his enthralling rendition of the 2008 Kings Of Leon hit song "Use Somebody." Red Balloon will be released in association with progressive jazz boutique brand Revive Music. At the helm of the album's artwork is Roland Nichol, graphic designer of jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding's 2011 Grammy-winning album Chamber Music Society. Buttressed by the contributions of a vibrant collective of mentors, colleagues, and classmates, Red Balloon stands firmly as a dynamic undertaking by a promising young artist. Coalesced by Gizmo's own unique talent, it is a brazen statement from a new cadre of artists seeking to meld their formal jazz training with new sounds and modalities. It's clear that Gizmo and Red Balloon are representative of this group of artists in a chapter of change with an allegiance to the groove. "I definitely see it as a movement," says Gizmo. "It all stems from the idea of going with the moment. I've been struggling what to call my music, and I really don't know what to say. To me, in my heart, I feel like it's jazz - although we're not swinging. Some people might say it's alternative because I have some pop and some dubstep influences on there as well. But I feel like I'm just trying to make honest music, not doing something just because it's in style. I just let me influences fly free. It wasn't a conscious thought; it's just naturally what's inside me. There's just so much music in the world. But underneath all that, there's a solid groove."

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Mighty Real Presents "the Godfather - Part 1" a Tribute to Frankie Knuckles
10th May 2014
Mighty, 119 Utah St., San Francisco
Saturday, May 10TH, 2014 Mighty Real Presents "The Godfather - Part 1" A tribute to Frankie Knuckles (Defmix) HECTOR Romero (Def Mix / NYC) w/ Mighty Real Resident David Harness (Harlum Muziq) As many of you probably know by now, Frankie Knuckles passed from us on Monday, March 31st, 2014. While he was booked on Saturday, May 10th to play Mighty Real, we have decided to pay homage to this musical giant by dedicating this night to his memory. We'll have special visuals, a shrine where people can write and dedicate their thoughts and prayers, and Hector Romero (Def Mix/NYC) with David Harness will be laying down the tunes "Knuckles style" all night long. A portion of the proceeds will be going to a diabetes charity TBD. The man many call the godfather of house, Frankie Knuckles began DJing in New York in the early '70s while still a teenager, years before the disco boom which proved to be the first flowering of modern dance music. Ten years later he was in Chicago, putting together megamixes of old disco hits with new drum-machine percussion for an appreciative audience at crucial clubs like the Music Box and the Warehouse. Another decade on from those first formative steps for house music, Knuckles was back in his New York home, working as a producer and remixer for the biggest pop stars in the business. His career spans more time than any dance producer and without him, the landscape would be immeasurably different.

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