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Broadway Cabaret Festival Returns

Broadway’s landmark concert venue, The Town Hall, presents its fifth annual Broadway Cabaret Festival this Fall, on October 16th – 18th, 2009. The festival showcases the talents of award-winning Broadway veterans and rising stars in a celebration of the Great White Way.

The Festival kicks off on Friday, October 16th at 8 pm with A Tribute to David Merrick featuring an all-star cast including Tony Award nominees Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Stephen Bogardus (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street) and MAC Award winner Jim Caruso (Liza’s at the Palace) and more. The evening celebrates the fabled showman whose prolific, six-decade career gave Broadway the original productions of Gypsy, Oliver!, Hello Dolly!, 42nd Street, Mack & Mabel and I Do! I Do!, yielding a songbook of popular standards by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Harold Rome, John Kander and Fred Ebb.

On Saturday, October 17th at 8 pm, Linda Eder returns to The Town Hall with her new show Linda Eder: All of Me.  One of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time, Eder will be backed by a seven-piece orchestra led by Billy Stein

In addition to new arrangements to her signature songs like Vienna and Someone Like You, Eder’s eclectic program will treat audiences to unique covers of popular classics, as well as performances of original material from her new CD, Soundtrack, covering classic movie songs.

On Sunday, October 18th at 3 pm, Broadway Originals features Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan—the five original Broadway stars of William Finn’s Falsettos—in a special tribute to that famous show. The show-stopping Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, Wicked) and Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Miserables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) join the original cast of Falsettos and previously announced stars Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), Kerry O’Malley (Iriving Berlin’s White Christmas, Into the Woods) and Sharon McNight (Tony nominee for Starmites) where they will revisit the songs they made famous on the Broadway stage. A must-see for any Broadway aficionado, the program features favorites by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and more of the theater’s greatest songwriters.

Tickets are $55 and $50
Subscriptions are available now by mail order.
Single tickets are available at, 212-307-4100 or The Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6 pm (except Sundays), 212-840-2824.

For more information visit:

The Fifth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival
October 16th – 18th, 2009
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York

CF Fest NY Offers Jazz and Food

Jazz music and food come together in a special fest on Friday Sept 18th, 2009. Clean Feed Records presents the CF Fest NY IV at Cornelia Connelly Center in the Lower East Side. People will find music and  Portuguese specialties as cheese, green wine, olies and olive oil all made in this small country from where Clean Feed operates one of the world'Avram Fefers top jazz labels.

Local jazz musician Avram Fefer trio's headlines the event. The charge is $15 for night of three bands.

10:30 pm--Avram Fefer Trio "Ritual"
Avram Fefer--tenor and alto saxophones, clarinet
Eric Revis--double bass
Chad Taylor--drums

9:30 pm--Jorrit Dijkstra Solo
Jorrit Djikstra--alto saxophone, lyricon, electronics

8:00 pm--Julio Resende Group
Julio Resende--piano
Dave Ambrosio--double bass
Joel Silva--drums  

Cornelia Connelly Center
220 East 4th street
(212) 982-2287
[bet. Av. A and B take the F Train to Second Av.]

One Million Celebrate Brazil Day NYC

Under a canopy of blue skies and humidity-free SprIng-like weather, nearly a million people crowded in an area between 5th Avenue to 7th Avenue east to west and from 47th Street to 42nd north to south to celebrate Brazil Independence Day in Manhattan.

Into its 25th year the annual Brazil Day Street Fair and outdoor concert took place in Manhattan on Sunday, September 6th, 2009.

Joining the event on the main stage was such esteemed Brazilian musicians as Carlinhos Brown, Elba Ramalho and Alicone. Tough music filled the air lots of great Brazilian and Latin American food filled the belly.

Of the many summer street fairs, this one--like the Bastille Day celebration--have food, drink, dance, costumes and music authentically tied to the event it is celebrating.

Electric Daisy Carnival returned for its 13th year with phenomenal turnout

Never underestimate the power and popularity of electronic dance music in America, or the reputation of a successful annual event. On Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th, 2009, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Exposition Park, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), returned for its 13th year with a truly phenomenal turnout. 

On Saturday, such world-renowned artists as Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Groove Armada, Kaskade and James Zabiela performed to the largest audiences they ever had in America. A combination of stellar musical sets from these talents along with other top-tier electronic musicians from around the globe, spectacular art installments by Gerard Minakawa, Dan Das Mann, Patrick Shearn and Jason Krugman (all of whose works have also shown at Coachella and/or Burning Man) and an intensely surreal assortment of performers created a carnival for the eyes and ears unparalleled by any other music festival.

In its first year as a two-day event, Southern California’s leading electronic music festival drew over 135,000 attendees: 45,000 on Friday and a whopping 90,000 on Saturday. The latter figure ranks Electric Daisy Carnival as one of the largest single day attended music festivals in the U.S.

The event was marked by spectacular staging and production, with massive lighting displays throughout the Coliseum and beyond, plus non-stop firework displays each night and not to mention free carnival rides on the field in the stadium itself as well as throughout Exposition Park.  The Olympic Cauldron was also ignited several times throughout the festival, an honor reserved only during USC football games and other special occasions (i.e., when the Olympics are being held in another city).
Founded by Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events in 1996, Electric Daisy Carnival has become a staple of West Coast electronic music culture.  For the last 12 years, many major icons of the genre have performed at the event including Moby, Above & Beyond, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Pendulum, Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, VHS or BETA, Armand Van Helden, Z-Trip, Rabbit In The Moon, BT and many more.  Over the years, there have been many unique venues in Southern California that have played host to EDC including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow and Hansen Dam in Los Angeles. Insomniac Events have also brought the festival to other states including Colorado and Texas.  On Friday, August 14 the festival will travel to Puerto Rico.

The complete talent line up can be found at: 

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