New Power Generation Interviewed About Upcoming Show at Paisley Park on October 5, 2013 [VIDEO]

New Power Generation Interviewed About Upcoming Show at Paisley Park on October 5, 2013 [VIDEO]

Check out this super cool interview from local Minneapolis Fox affiliate, which features Liv Warfield and The New Power Generation, both of who performed at the recent Prince gig at NYC’s City Winery.  This show looks like it is going to be the spot to be for sure.  Don’t be surprised if you see us sleeping over with the hordes that have likely begun to form outside of Paisley Park since the announcement of the show this weekend.

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Downtown 81 featuring Jean-Michel Basquiat FULL MOVIE

Our main man in DC and  new soulhead contributor Adrian Loving, who brought this groundbreaking film to our attention.  This film along with several others, were featured in The Downtown Scene NY, a series of films discussing NYC’s street art scene in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Enjoy!

Title: Downtown 81
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Studio: New Video Group
Genres: Arts and Culture
Description: Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol.

Synopsis and Production Notes from Downtown81.com:

Synopsis: 

DOWNTOWN 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988.) Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81. Basquiat was an important figure on that scene. He had yet to have his first exhibition. But his paintings and words were part of the city landscape. Today, his paintings hang in museums and important collections around the world and he is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century.

The film is a day in the life of a young artist who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he’s paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.

Basquiat is a natural actor – witty, radiant, the epitome of coolness and artistic exuberance. The cast includes Deborah Harry, and leading bands of the era including Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, and Walter Steding and the Dragon People. Also heard on the soundtrack are rap legend Melle Mel, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Vincent Gallo, Kenny Burrell and Basquiat’s own band, Gray.

Downtown 81 not only captures one of the most interesting and lively artists of the twentieth century as he is poised for fame, but it is a slice of life from one of the most exciting periods in American culture, with the emergence of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti.

Production Notes: 

Downtown 81 was shot in 1980-81. Originally titled ” New York Beat,” it was written and co-produced by the well known writer Glenn O’Brien, produced by Maripol, the art director and stylist, and directed by photographer Edo Bertoglio, all of whom were deeply involved in the art, music and fashion scenes of the time. The Director of photography was John McNulty, one of New York’s top lighting men, shooting his first feature.

The film is not a documentary, but presents a slightly exaggerated, romantic and magical version of the reality of the time. The entire cast is composed of the movers and shakers on the downtown scene. In 1981, business problems interrupted the completion of post-production, and parts of the film were lost in Europe. Finally after much searching, the missing materials were located in 1998. Post production was begun in 1999 and finished in 2000, supervised by Maripol and Glenn O’Brien and edited by director/editor Pamela French. Executive producer of the film is Michael Zilkha, whose Ze Records released recordings by severals of the bands in the film.

 THE SOUNDTRACK includes music by: Gray, Jean Michel Basquiat with Andy Hernandez, John Lurie, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, Marvin Pontiac, Kenny Burrell, the Specials, Chris Stein, Melle Mel with Blondie, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, Vincent Gallo, Lydia Lunch, Steve French and Suicide.

 DNA was recorded live at Vanguard Studios. TuxedoMoon was recorded live at Blank Tapes Studios. The live club performances were recorded on location using the RCA 24 track mobile unit.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child FULL MOVIE

Big Up to new soulhead contributor Adrian Loving, who brought this and several other groundbreaking films to our attention. This film along with several others, were featured in The Downtown Scene NY, a series of films discussing NYC’s street art scene in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Enjoy!

Title: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
Studio: New Video Group
Genres: Arts and Culture
Description: Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200 and became best friends with Andy Warhol.

Love Peace and Soul Train: Black History Month Celebration with DJ Spinna at Free Candy in Brooklyn, NY on February 18, 2012

This weekend, it looks like all the cool kids will be in Brooklyn…again!  DJ Spinna is adding his spin on the recent departures of soul music legends, Don Cornelius and Whitney Houston.  Check out the details of this event, which looks to be the bomb.

Here is more information:

Description:

In Celebration Of Black History Month
Don Cornelius & Homage To The SOUL TRAIN Legacy (35+ Years of SOUL Music on TV)
*Along with A Tribute Segment In Loving Memory Of WHITNEY HOUSTON -R.I.P.*

Location:  Free Candy, 905 Atlantic Avenue (Bet St. James Place and Grand) Clinton Hill – BKNY

Directions: C Train to Clinton & Washington or Any Train to Atlantic Avenue (about 6/8 blocks away from Atlantic Ave Mall station)

Produced by: KeiStar Productions

Music by:  DJ Spinna
Doors:  10pm / Admission $10 (w) RSVP / 21+

The Prince and Michael Experience at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, New York February 10, 2012


All the real soulheads know that this party will be more than a party.   It will be one of the most anticipated EVENTS in recent memory.  The Prince and Michael Experience, brought to you by Dave Paul, San Francisco Bay Area music legend and proprietor of hip hop label Bomb Records.
Here is a quote from Dave:

“Hoping you can put that 9 to 5 upon the shelf and enjoy yourself at Brooklyn Bowl! Join me and my special guests Maine Anders (as Michael) and Dame Cuchi Frita (as Prince) go-go dancing as we celebrate the music of Prince and associated artists and Michael and the Jackson family.”

This event has been making its way across the country for the past 8 years and we are so excited to finally have it arrive in our backyard.  Replete with lookalike go-go dancers and some of the best music of any generation, The Prince and Michael Experience is sure to deliver!  We are super excited to reunite with our West Coast potna Dave!  Well done sir!

Here is a writeup of the event from the SF Weekly:

Prince and Michael Jackson fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor as dj’s mix album cuts, remixes, rare tracks and hits from the two artists as well as cuts by such ancillary acts as Sheila E., The Jackson 5, The Time and Janet Jackson. The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there’s theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on, dance your ass off and have the time of your life.

Collectively, Prince and Michael Jackson helped define the early-’80s era of MTV, revolutionized both R&B and popular music, and influenced thousands of musicians worldwide. The Prince and Michael Experience is meant to celebrate the music of two of the biggest pop cultural icons of our generation. It is done with love and mutual respect for both artists. The experience is presented by bombhiphop.com who have successfully produced over 100 of these events in San Francisco as well as Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, Bend, Vancouver and Honolulu.

“For EIGHT years now, Dave Paul (proprietor of hip-hop label Bomb Records) has hosted and DJ’ed at the brilliant “Prince vs. Michael Jackson” parties. As selections of hits, rarities, and remixes from both artists are presented over the course of the evening, audience members square off in funky battle, holding signs bearing the mug of their favored entertainer to judge which one is the true king of pop. This sure ain’t the place for cynics, but Darling Nikki’s and Dirty Diana’s are all welcome to participate.” – SF WEEKLY

Here is more information:

A DJ/Dance Party Tribute To The Purple One & The King of Pop:

THE PRINCE AND MICHAEL EXPERIENCE

Featuring go-go dancing by The Maine Attraction as MICHAEL & Dame Cuchi Frita as PRINCE

FRI, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

DOORS: 11:00 PM / SHOW: 11:30 PM

$10.00

LOCATION:

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718)963-3369

Directions

ADVANCE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT. THERE WILL BE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF ADMISSIONS RELEASED ON THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW STARTING AT 11:00 PM. ALL ADMISSIONS WILL BE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, $10 AT THE DOOR, CASH ONLY.

Soul Train Flash Mob Recap – Don Cornelius tribute in New York’s Times Square February 4, 2012 [VIDEO]


What a fitting tribute it was to see hoards of afro wearing, bell bottom sporting lovers of soul music and the legacy of Don Cornelius.  As planned, at 4:00pm, the theme to Soul Train began playing and 2 long lines of revelers began the funky procession.  The crowd was a who’s who of New York’s music and cultural communities including Nelson George and dream hampton among many others. It was truly a site to see.  Over the weekend, more and more love has been shown to the music and cultural icon who died recently.  Congrats to DJ Jon Quick and all of the organizers who pulled this together! We are once again reminded of the incredible power of the internet and community when used for the right purposes.  Kudos fellow soulheads!

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Check out these photos from MSNBC:




We are so excited and happy to see such a show of support and love for this great man, whose contributions changed not on the music landscape but the social one as well.

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

Wishing you everlasting Love, Peace, and SOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUL!!!

Don Cornelius Flash Mob Tribute – “NYC Soul Train Line Flash Mob: Hippest Trip in America” February 4, 2012 TKTS Booth, Times Square, New York NYC

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We just got wind of an amazing tribute event to be scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the TKTS Booth in Times Square in New York City. A group of fellow soulheads is making this happen in tribute to the life of Don Cornelius, who died earlier this week of self inflicted gunshot wounds. Let’s all come out to support this effort and get ourselves into the Guinness Book of World Records. Well done Chicago for being on top of it!

Here is more information:

LOCATION:
TKTS Steps – Bway between 46th and 47th

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) When the Soul Train Theme starts playing at 4pm, It’s time to line up!!

Watch this if you don’t know it:

2) We are doing a DOUBLE SOUL TRAIN LINE – Two rows next to each other

3) Take your turns dancing TWO PEOPLE at a time….PER LINE!!

4) NO jumping in….please be patient for everyone to have their chance.

5) SMILE….Have a Grae-t time…get your dance on…..and meet some fun-loving people.

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For More Information pls TEXT the organizers:

DJ Flashback – (347) 722-1724

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1482195029

DJ Jon Quick – (917) 603-1001

http://www.facebook.com/jonquick.supehero.dj

DJ Jason Grae – (347) 596-0403

http://www.facebook.com/mrhealinghands

NuNu Fairville – (917) 821-4698

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515162811

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