The Art of TATS CRU Opening This Week at BronxArtSpace

Internationally renowned graffiti artists, TATS CRU, will be the subject of a new exhibit at  BronxArtSpace. It’ll kick off with a block party this Saturday, June 3rd and an artist talk and documentary screening on June 22nd.

From BXNYCreative:

The Art of TATS CRU will show a representation of past projects through photographs and videos produced by Miguel Teck Arteaga. There will be works on canvas by NICER, BIO, and BG183, and a new mural collaboration reproduced as a poster to commemorate the exhibition. “We are looking at a unique rise to art world success. It’s inspirational in that it illustrates that every artist doesn’t need to follow the standard, art school, gallery system, connection-based path,” says co-curator Eileen Walsh.

The Block Party will feature homegrown, Bronx entertainment. DJ Pusha will keep the party going, with additional dance performances by BBoy & Emcee Chief69, and Hip-Hop legend Rokafella’s Full Circle Souljah‘s dance troupe.

Live music performances by up and coming Bronx MINDIE artists Statik Vision, and alternative music group, The Nobodies, and a presentation by spoken word artist and rapper, Safiel Vonay.

The exhibition for this event is sponsored by JCAL Development Group. Neighborhood businesses participating in the block party include ID Studio TheatreZaro’s Bakery, La Grata Italian RestaurantFiltered Coffee, and Bronx Native. We are also happy to have the support of Port Morris Distillery and The Bronx BreweryThe Bronx Children Museum will host creative activities for children and families, and will have their museum on the Go Bus parked on the street outside the gallery. The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

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Photo Courtesy of BXNYCreative

Bronx Summerstage Calendar — Fat Joe Performs Tonight!

Annual NYC summer staple Summerstage is back this year. Featuring acts including Fat Joe (“Lean Back” is part of the soundtrack to my high school life) , DJ Kool Herc, and even the Metropolitan Opera, the series brings music, film, and dance to Crotona Park and St. Mary’s Park this year.

Check out the full schedule below:

Day

Date

Time

Artist

Park

Boro

Genre

Tuesday

Jul 5

7:00 PM

George Lamond / DJ Lucho

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 6

7:00 PM

Fat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist Lounge

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Thursday

Jul 7

7:00 PM

Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Friday

Jul 8

7:00 PM

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee”

Crotona Park

BX

Theater

Saturday

Jul 9

7:00 PM

Acrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s Showtime NYC

Crotona Park

BX

Circus

Sunday

Jul 10

7:00 PM

DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings

Crotona Park

BX

Music & Film

Tuesday

Jul 12

7:00 PM

Johnny Rivera / Joan Català

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 13

7:00 PM

Joe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan Català

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 13

7:00 PM

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Thursday

Jul 14

7:00 PM

Tito Rojas

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Friday

Jul 15

7:00 PM

Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: We Like It Like That

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music & Film

Saturday

Jul 16

7:00 PM

Full Circle Souljahs Presents: From The Streets To The Stage/Behind the Groove / Master Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Dance

Sunday

Jul 17

4:00 PM

Legacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double Dutch Dreamz

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Family

Highbridge Voices to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Distinguished Concerts International New York invited twenty members of Highbridge Voices, a Bronx organization that provides after school music education, have been chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall. Between Heaven and Earth will take place this Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7 pm. Tickets start at $20.

October 15, 2014: Highbridge Voices in the Bronx, NY.

October 15, 2014: Highbridge Voices in the Bronx, NY.

New Blog Feature – EVERY* Single Place Ever Featured on The Bronx Socialite All on One Map!

To be entirely honest, I have been trying my best to remain a hermit this entire month. I don’t mind the cold but I hate frigid weather and sought solace in Netflix and my couch for the most part. My bad.

But, I figured I didn’t have to leave the house necessarily to be productive, so I started to get to work on a map I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while now. It’s a map of every single place that’s been featured on the blog since I started it back in April 2011. Well, almost every place. See, some places have closed (R.I.P. Z’novia & PeaceLove!) and thus, are not featured on the map.

I’ve also broken it down into categories so you can browse a bit easier -art and music, food and drink, shopping, etc.

It was really helpful in showing me where I’ve been ( a lot of places!) and where I still need to venture. I haven’t shown Hunts Point much love and Wakefield hasn’t gotten any either. (Not that I haven’t ventured to these neighborhoods, I for some reason haven’t posted about my adventures there!)

So let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook, where I should visit!

Did You Catch Our Bronx Hip Hop Legends in Macklemore’s New Music Video?

After a brief hiatus, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back with their latest single “Downtown.” The best part about this news is that it features Bronx hip hop legends Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz.

Read more about the collaboration from Windows of Hip Hop below:

Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz have been active board members of Windows of Hip Hop since it’s inception in 2012. Windows of Hip Hop (WoHH) is a non profit, Bronx based economic development project promoting the educational, communal, and historical perspective of Hip Hop. The ultimate goal is to create a state of the art, fully interactive, educational institution dedicated to Hip Hop in the Bronx. Melle Mel is excited to see the progress of the organization’s mission.  “The people of the Bronx thought that Windows of Hip Hop and us [the pioneers] opening up an academic center in the Bronx was important. It’s befitting that the people of the Bronx benefit from it the most and spearhead it- that’s why I’m 100% behind it and it’s what we are going to do.”
The organizations founder, Melissa Libran, is ecstatic that Macklemore has acknowledged the history of hip hopand chosen to bridge the gap between the pioneers of the genre and mainstream music. “These past three years have been an amazing experience building the Windows of Hip Hop (WoHH) brand and programs alongside the great architects of Hip Hop and the WOHH team.  We are very excited about the project and we will be revealing soon our newest initiative with Grand Master Melle Mel and Grand Master Caz along side other great hip hoplegends. Congrats to Macklemore and the pioneers featured on this track.”

Check out the video below!

Silent Disco Comes to the Bronx August 30th

I can’t event tell you how many full choreographed dances I have done in the privacy of my home throughout my life. There’s just something about jamming out with the music on full blast in your headphones. Maybe you’ll break out some of your awesome moves at Lincoln Center Local’s upcoming Silent Disco in Woodlawn Cemetery. Now, if your first thought was ‘Um, literally dancing on people’s graves, though?’ don’t fret. Woodlawn Cemetery has lots of beautiful green space that’s not over anyone’s dead body. I promise.

For those who are unfamiliar, a silent disco is a dance party, but instead of music blaring out of stereos, it’s blaring out of individual headphones and partygoers have the option to listen to different stations. So everyone is literally dancing to the beat of a different drummer.

Here are the details:

Where:  Woodlawn Cemetery (Fairview Lawn)  Jerome Avenue Entrance, Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue

Closest subway: 4 at Woodlawn

When: Sunday, August 30, 2015; Doors open at 4 pm

Cost: FREE

Other Things to Note: No bags are allowed on the dance floor, so leave them at home.

No alcohol is allowed, so keep your flasks and to go bottles at home.

While headphones are free to borrow, you need an ID or credit card to borrow them.

BronxNoise Festival Showcases Independent Music

This Saturday, the BronxNoise Music Festival was held at the Andrew Freedman Home. Featuring singers and musicians from all over, the space was filled with support and appreciation for everyone’s (AMAZING!) talents. It was such a beautiful sight to see and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night right here in the Bronx. Shout out to Yurby for putting it together!

Below are just a few pictures I took during the show:

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