“Monster Riffs & Tritonic Tintinnabulations”
New York’s Village Halloween Parade is an annual holiday parade and street pageant presented on the night of every Halloween in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Stretching more than a mile, this cultural event draws two million in-person spectators, more than sixty thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers, dozens of floats bearing live bands and other musical and performing acts, and a world-wide television audience of one hundred million. The Village Halloween Parade, initiated in 1974 by Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee, is the world’s largest Halloween parade and the only major nighttime parade in the United States.
Among the parade’s signature features are its pageant sized puppets — giant rod puppets “articulated” by teams of puppeteers — and its open participation to anyone in a costume who wishes to march. It has been called “New York’s Carnival.” Although the parade is currently not as informal and wild as it was in its earliest years, it is in effect still an alternative festival.
The parade has been featured in many national magazines and travel guides, and has been a subject of study by leading cultural anthropologists. According to The New York Times, “the Halloween Parade is the best entertainment the people of this City ever give the people of this City.” “Absolutely anything goes,” says USA Today. “Be prepared to drop your jaw.”
More iNFO to come at: https://www.halloween-nyc.com/
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TILTED AXES: SÃO PAULO – Now it’s official and can be announced: The 3rd Música Estranha – International Exploratory Music Festival, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 25th to 29th of November 2015, has invited Tilted Axes to create a series of events for their city. Exactly how it will manifest itself is still in development (there’s much work to do) but, it’s very exciting to think of how things will sound with Brazilian musicians added to the post-progressive mix. Very.
More iNFO TBA
Various locations in Midtown, Detroit
Saturday & Sunday Afternoon
The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. It is produced by the Arab American National Museum with partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The goal of this five-day festival is uniting metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 23-year history, the festival has become a artistic highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.
World music, including the indigenous music of the Motor City, is the major focus of the Concert of Colors, but not the only focus. The festival also offers ethnic food and merchandise vendors and an annual Forum on Community, Culture and Race, which examines the role of arts and culture in overcoming racial and ethnic barriers.
The Concert of Colors was established by Ismael Ahmed – then head of the Dearborn, Michigan-based human services organization ACCESS – and New Detroit in 1993 as a one-day event at Chene Park on Detroit’s riverfront. The inaugural event drew a modest crowd to Chene Park, but by 1999, some 10,000 music lovers were coming out each year. The festival expanded to three days in 2001, when it was part of the official festivities for Detroit’s 300th birthday, drawing an audience of 100,000. In recent years, annual attendance at the Concert of Colors has been about 80,000.
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TILTED AXES DETROIT members Eric Iverson, Patrick Grant, Jude Closson, & Dean Western reform the original WALK THRU WALLS new wave band as part of the DON WAS DETROIT ALL-STAR REVUE 2015 CONCERT on July 12th.
This year’s revue honors 80s Detroit radio personality THE ELECTRIFYING MOJO whose on-air journey of musical and social development shaped a generation of music-lovers in Detroit and throughout southeastern Michigan and Canada and was of importance to the development of Detroit techno.
The Concert of Colors
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.
WALK THRU WALLS was a new wave band on the Detroit scene from 1981-1984. The nucleus of the group was songwriters Patrick Grant (synthesizers & vocals) and Eric Iverson (guitar & vocals). Grant is a composer and performer living in NYC since 1985 and is the creator of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. His work history includes John Cage, the Philip Glass studio, Billy Joel & Quincy Jones, avant-garde theatre visionaries Robert Wilson, The Living Theatre, and he is currently an active member in The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists lead by Robert Fripp. Iverson is an artist, musician, and programmer from Detroit. His other musical collaborations over the years include creating techno music with Ex Machina, making effects pedals with Red Panda, and he is also a founding member and regular performer with the Detroit branch of Tilted Axes. Dean Western (electric bass) has been playing in Detroit bands for over thirty years. He has had the pleasure of working with many creative and dedicated people during this time and is pleased to be a part of this event. Jude Closson (percussion) has played drums and guitar with rock/alternative bands in the Detroit area since the 80s. He started out on drums with new wave group Walk Thru Walls and moved on to many other punk/rock groups and into the present day with Celtic Rock group Bill Grogan’s Goat. WTW thanks everybody involved.
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Theater visionary Judith Malina has died. A mentor, collaborator, and friend. R.I.P.
The Zero Method by Hanon Reznikov (1991) based on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Peformed by Judith Malina & Hanon Reznikov. Directed by Judith Malina. Original score & live soundscapes by Patrick Grant.
Get Ready to Rock at ‘Bestest’ Concert
The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
by Diana Wing, Guest Columnist
This year’s fourth annual “Bestest Concert Ever” at the Royal Oak Farmers Market is sure to be the “bestest” by far. Royal Oaker Paula Messner, guitarist and songwriter for Candy Band, has a great eclectic lineup of live music, plus kids’ activities, and food and beverages for this family-friendly event that runs, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
“It’s going to be so fun this year,” she said.
Rockin’ the Red Carpet photos, a Crazy Hair Salon, Zany Face Painting and a haute couture dress-up station will get the fun started. Kids can make a wax replica of their hand with Creative Arts Studio, try out a range of instruments at the McCourts Musical Petting Zoo, go gem mining with the Miners Den, and play games with the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and the Band Boosters.
Messner has planned an eclectic lineup of performances for the night. Of course, the Candy Band moms will be playing children’s favorites, along with original songs. Their music is a blast for adults, too. The intensity will grow with Horse Cave Trio, known for their high energy roots rock, also characterized as high-octane roadhouse blues or outlaw country rock ‘n roll. Motor Honey is a five-piece band fronted by Sara Covatta whom Messner describes as having a “beautiful voice.” The group performs a mix of rock, soul and funky grooves – American Soul.
Messner also invited Evenin’ Gentlemen who have a collective 100-plus years as active members of the International Barber Shop Harmony Society. They currently sing with the Detroit Oakland Gentlemen songsters and provide “wholesome and pleasing entertainment across a range of genres in the barbershop style.”
No doubt the headliner for this year’s “Bestest Concert Ever” will be Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Founded in 2011 by composer/performer and Detroit native Patrick Grant, Tilted Axes is an electric guitar procession of upwards of 30 performers who wear portable amps strapped on their sides or backs. It has the energy of rock and it’s part street theater as guitarists walk through the downtown New York City art scene and other communities.
“We have a bit of a guerrilla esthetic,” said Grant in a highly entertaining promotional video. “We’re able to go where the public is. That is the beauty of being mobile.”
Messner invited Grant to perform at the “Bestest Concert Ever” because she had taken part in a Tilted Axes procession last summer in Detroit.
“We started outside the Detroit Historical Museum and we did a song. We marched up Woodward. We went outside of the library and the DIA and around the Wayne State campus,” she described. “We went into a restaurant where people were having lunch and drinking a beer … and we just filled the place. We all stood there and played a song and everybody (at the restaurant) their jaw hit the floor, and then we left. They never knew what hit them!”
One bass player and a snare drum player usually perform with the group. Grant writes the original music for guitar. There are four-six parts, so not everyone plays the same thing.
“One guitar might be playing chords, one might be playing notes. They all go together,” Messner said. “There are certain songs where I break out in a lead and it will be my solo, and I can do whatever I want and everybody backs me up. Then somebody else will come out and do a solo.
“Some of the songs are complex and everybody’s got notes taped to their guitar and clipped on, so it’s a little crazy. But it’s a lot of fun and I was really glad to be a part of it last year.”
Messner expects about 15 performers in the Tilted Axes Detroit crew will play at the “Bestest Concert Ever.” She and fellow guitarists will rehearse the week before when Grant come into town. If the weather is permitting the mobile electric guitarists might wander around downtown Royal Oak the night before the concert, Messner said. Spring, and possibly an equinox procession, is just around the corner.
Admission to the “Bestest Concert Ever” is only $5 (children 3 and younger are free), with 100 percent of profits going to the Royal Oak Optimist Club which organizes and helps to support numerous youth activities. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile. Call 248-246-3276. Visit http://www.tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html to watch a video of Titled Axes in action.