"It's been way too long since my last show", I thought last night while attending Aloe Blacc's performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge. A buddy from middle school (that's right, middle school!), Te'Amir Sweeney, plays drums in his band, The Grand Scheme. They've been on tour for a piece, coming through Europe and now, the US. Coming on after a set by The StepKids (another Stones Throw Records band) and Aloe's wife, this 21st century soul chieftain rocked a packed house to delightful heights.
Adding to the personal throwbacks for the evening, I ran into another ghost of my LA past - Marco Bollinger runs a photography studio here in NYC, and just so happened to have coached me in water polo back when I was a turbulent youth. Ok, so now I'm a turbulent young adult.
Witness the song that made it happen for this act, "I Need a Dollar":
Fashion week is about to begin. The designers are stressed, a hurricane is coming, and Fashion's Night Out has yet to cause hysteria. Fashion week is a really exciting time not only in New York City, but around the world. It's where art and commerce meet and different worlds are brought together under a common denominator, clothing. The move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center is the beginning of changes in Fashion week, but we think only good changes. Stay tuned next week for coverage of Fashion's night out.
New York is truly the city that never sleeps, and the Whitney Museum of American Art has just added another reason to the list. Starting 12:01 a.m. on Friday, The Whitney will be open 24 hours a day on a pay-what-you-will basis. This is an experiment in conceptual art, artistic appetite and staffing from the brains of Michael Asher. Asher is not only a biennial artist, but the force behind this experiment. This is something we look forward to experiencing.
It's no doubt Parsons School of Design produces insane talent, and now there is another alum on the rise. Rachel Evans graduated from Parsons with a concentration in Fashion Design, but now finds herself producing mad prints. She uses a combination of Japanese Ink and Water color to create these prints, which she puts on clothes, bags, canvas etc..Watch out for her in galleries around New York City.
(Guy on the Keytar!)
Saturday Night I met up with some friends at Canal Room to see Rubix, a tribute to everything 80s. I had low expectations coming in, but off the bat I was very pleased. The band's introduction consisted of an 80's reel chalked full of iconic Ferris Bueller moments, and sick Michael Jackson moves. Towards the end of the 4 min reel the band took the stage and transitioned into ‘Jump’ by Van Halen! As soon as the dude with the keytar took center stage I was sold on the whole experience... I must say, their performance rocked my spandex off!
The Yurman Family had great reason to celebrate last Thursday night, as they opened up their new Flagship on Madison Avenue. It sounded to be quite the night as the party included guests such as Emmy Rossum and Michelle Trachtenberg. Congratulations to David Yurman and the whole Yurman family on this exciting opening!