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Classes resume at Harlem School of the Arts
May 5, 2010
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. 

More at the NY Times' City Room blog

SociaLybrium new album out TODAY
January 19, 2010
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.

SociaLybrium Live CMJ Show
October 23, 2009
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.

On Ka'a Davis plays the Red Hook Jazz Festival and Nublu, all in one day!
June 12, 2011
On Ka'a Davis with The Famous Original Djuke Music Players

Red Hook Jazz Festival 2011
Sunday, June 12, 1pm 
Urban Meadow Brooklyn
corner of President  and Van Brunt St.
Adults $5, kids FREE!


Sunday, June 12, 9pm
62 Ave C
New York

More info at the Urban Meadow website
and Nublu website
Burnt Sugar plays GhettoMetal at SOB's
May 17, 2011
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber 
Tuesday, May 17, 9pm
200 Varick Street, Basement 
New York, NY
$7 adv/$12 show

With a live vibe that might just blow out your speakers, The Ghetto Metal event is back at S.O.B.’s with their hip-hop metal fusion featuring artists Mr. Cheeks, who is a Grammy award winner as part of his work with the Lost Boyz, Bazaar Royale, Game Rebellion and Burnt Sugar.

More info on the SOBS website
On Ka'a Davis at the Shrine in Harlem
March 22, 2011
On Ka'a Davis with The Famous Original Djuke Music Players
Tuesday, March 22, 10pm 
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard,
New York

Djuke Music!!....the name comes from the Wolof language of Senegal, West Africa and it means to 'get up!' This new styled music fuses exploding voodoo blues and cosmic freedom jazzes put upon pulse beat rhythms that move in and out of trance states and eliptic grooves while delivering cool chant downs of sensualities and edged comments.
Earlier sets by: Quentin Angus Quartet, Blue Cloud, Golosa and Leni Stern
More info at the Shrine website

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