Founded in 1964 by concert soprano Dorothy Maynor, the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts narrowly missed shutting its doors for good early last month, but thanks to a last-minute influx of $1 million in grants from the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Starr Foundation and more, the school recently re-opened with five new board members and a commitment to more focused and active fundraising. With such high-profile New Yorkers as Mary J. Blige leading the charge, it’s clear that the power of the arts really can make a difference in mobilizing whole communities.
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P-Funk alums Bernie Worrell and Blackbyrd McKnight join forces with Melvin Gibbs and J.T. Lewis to release their debut album as SociaLybrium — a whole ’nother breed of funk-rock supergroup.
For You • For Us • For All
in stores January 19
Recorded during a week-long burst of creative jamming in an intimate Brooklyn studio with minimal overdubs, For You • For Us • For All documents a communal trip into the unknown where four high-caliber musicians can play together on equal footing, but also where the listener is encouraged to join the fray. The result is a raw, wide-open statement that invites comparisons to post-psychedelic funk acts like Chairmen of the Board, Fantastic Four or McKinley Jackson and the Politicians (whose 1972 Hot Wax classic “Free Your Mind” gets updated here). Call it freestyle Afro-fusion, electric church music or gutbucket street funk—however you slice it, SociaLybrium can get down in any style, at any given moment.
Featuring Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd McKnight, Melvin Gibbs and J.T. Lewis. 10pm Friday October 23 at Sullivan Hall (214 Sullivan St. between Bleecker and W. 3st.). Set starts at 9:30pm (opening for Bonerama).
Tickets $20 adv, $25 door. Limited number of CMJ badges accepted.