October 22, 2012, New York
Introducing Big Road in Chelsea, an affordable and conveniently located music performance space/coffeehouse where the global diversity of cultures in the New York area will be shared and celebrated: The 1st Show is November 10, 2012, at 7 PM.
Easily accessible, located at 235 West 23rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC (between 7th & 8th Avenues, across from the Chelsea Hotel), Big Road in Chelsea will present monthly multicultural “world music mini-festivals”
“Big Road in Chelsea” is a performance space that will celebrate world music as reflected in the culturally diverse communities of the New York area. The venue will showcase traditional, popular, art and theatrical genres, incorporating musical roots from every corner of the globe (including the U.S.). Each program will encompass a variety of musical styles, providing an opportunity for participants (both performers and audience) to share their respective musical backgrounds--
The opening show, on November 10th, 2012 will feature:
SOLOMON’S BAND OF BROTHERS is a hot trio led by award-winning jazz, blues, R&B and gospel guitarist Solomon Hicks, who is regularly featured at the Cotton Club, and is an Audelco “RISING STAR” Honoree. Only 17 years of age, he began performing professionally at age 13. He has since performed in the Apollo Theater’s “Stars of Tomorrow” and the South Carolina Gullah Festival. He is a member of the Harlem Arts Alliance and has accompanied the Dance Theater of Harlem.
BERNARDO PALOMBO is the Founder of El Taller Latino- Americano Cultural Center and a singer/songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, Conjunto Libre, Lucecita Benitez, used in the film Powaqqatsi and heard on Sesame Street. In recognition of his unique contribution to education and the arts, Bernardo received the Independent Educator's Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.
APOCALYPSE FIVE AND DIME: With roots in Brooklyn’s unconventional brass band scene, Apocalypse Five and Dime delivers both sweet harmonies and wild, foot-stomping numbers, with fiery rhythms, tight songs and a dance beat. The six-piece lineup includes banjo, fiddle, sax, ukulele, bass drum and tuba, with three members contributing vocals. The songs draw on the sounds of Balkan brass bands, old time folk, hardcore punk and metal, early ragtime and jazz, and modern dance pop.
BIG ROAD BLUES is an acoustic sextet that features guitars (slide, 6 and 12-string), mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and percussion to accompany vibrant solo and call & response vocals. It applies the contrasting qualities of structural uniformity and stylistic individuality that are inherent in pre-war blues to fashion new arrangements by combining musical ideas from the recordings of various pre-war blues greats. Members of Big Road Blues have appeared on Broadway and in film, founded and produced the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn Cajun/Zydeco Festival, accompanied the New York City Labor Chorus, and hosted “A Taste of the Blues” on WBAI.
The program will also include a Cajun band (featuring fiddler Deborah Monlux, founder and producer of the Bayou ‘n Brooklyn Festival), as well as accordion, guitar and bass. The band will be teaching Cajun dance during their set.
MC’d by Katie Halper, Comedian/Raconteur/
Big Road in Chelsea is produced by a collective of New York City based musicians from various bands. Artists from all acoustic and low-to-moderately amplified musical genres are encouraged to contact Big Road in Chelsea about appearing.
Media Contact Information:
Big Road in Chelsea
627 Avenue Y
Brooklyn, NY 11235