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The Best of Midwest Music Expo: Music Know-How Streamed Online


The Midwest Music Expo (or MMX) was formed in 2019 out of Illinois with the goal of fostering talent and establishing connections in the world of midwest music. This has included many online and recorded panels and discussions with musicians, music attorneys, activists, and entrepreneurs. Now on May 15th 2PM CST The Best of Midwest Music Expo, a special presentation, will be made of past panels and discussions in anticipation of the upcoming fifth installment of MMX. Panels will be streamed live but can also be viewed on demand and features speakers including Martin Atkins, Wendy Day, Darryl Hurs, Gaelynn Lea, and more.

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The Best of Midwest Music Expo
May 15, 2021


Jazzmobile Puts 2020 Summerfest Performances Online


Jazzmobile’s Summerfest 2020 performance season is now available online and on demand for your viewing pleasure. During the summer of 2020, Jazzmobile presented weekly premieres of performances and live acts online, and now they’re available online on YouTube .

Performances include:

  • Wycliffe Gordon
  • The Alan Harris Quartet
  • T.K. Blue
  • Jimmy Owens
  • Lynette Washington

And more!

Founded in 1964, Jazzmobile is a nonprofit organization that has fostered jazz performances and artists in New York for decades. Jazzmobile has used workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, and arts enrichment programs to train the next generation of Jazz vocalists and musicians.

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Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST: Music From Around the World Online


Created in the wake of 9/11, The globalFEST music festival has an ideology of anti-war and anti-racism and celebrates global music.  Now facing dual challenges of the pandemic, along with hardening of international borders, globalFEST will, for the first time, team with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concerts for Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST, running January 11 to the 14th, 2021.

The festival will present exclusive video performances by 16 artists via NPR Music’s digital platforms, featuring 12 new artists, as well as 4 globalFEST Alums, the four-night series will be hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo, who performed at the inaugural edition of globalFEST in 2004.

Bands and artists performing are:

  • Hit La Rosa
  • Nora Brown
  • Sofia Rei 
  • Emel
  • Martha Redbone
  • Vox Sambou
  • Rokia Traoré 
  • Minyo Crusaders 
  • Dedicated Men of Zion
  • Aditya Prakash Ensemble
  • Elisapie 
  • Edwin Perez
  • Labess
  • Natu Camara
  • Rachele Andrioli 
  • DakhaBrakha 

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Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST
January 11 - 14, 20201

Together Until We Gather: A Virtual Spirit of Ireland Gala 2020

Elvis Costello performs at 2019 Spirit of Ireland Gala. (Photo: Erin Baiano)

Together Until We Gather: A Virtual Spirit of Ireland Gala 2020
Irish Arts Center (IAC)
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Based in NYC and renowned for its eclectic and collaborative program in Irish and Irish-American arts and culture for people of all backgrounds, The Irish Arts Center (IAC) presents Together Until We Gather: A Virtual Spirit of Ireland Gala 2020, bringing the celebratory spirit and riveting performances of Irish Arts Center galas and programming to an online audience on Thursday, December 10.

Together Until We Gather will feature performances from an eclectic range of groundbreaking artists who have appeared or performed with Irish Arts Center throughout its history, including Celtic music supergroup Cherish the Ladies; Grammy-winning music legend Elvis Costello; genre-bending “ArtSoul” singer and musician Loah; six-time Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and founder of Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Arturo O’Farrill; critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and 2018 RTÉ Radio One Folk Award winner Declan O’RourkeCamille O’Sullivan, “one of the most gifted interpreters of narrative songs” (The Irish Times); and 17-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sting.

The event will also include appearances by Golden Globe winner and two-time Emmy nominee Gabriel Byrne; two-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Roma Downey; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; National Book Award Winner Colum McCann; Oscar and three-time Golden Globe nominee Liam Neeson; and other surprise special guests.

The gala honors Joe Moglia, former CEO & Chairman of TD Ameritrade, and former head football coach and current Chair of Athletics for the undefeated Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers. The event is chaired by IAC board member and previous Gala honoree Bob McCann, Chairman of UBS Americas. The virtual gala begins at 6:30pm with a Zoom VIP reception, followed by the virtual show at 7pm.

The Gala supports annual operating and programming expenses for Irish Arts Center, as well as capacity-building efforts as the Center prepares to open and operate the landmark new facility on 11th Avenue once the pandemic has receded. While the COVID-19 crisis led to a three-month shutdown of construction, as well as an indefinite suspension of live events, construction of the new facility has continued since mid-June, and the Center is on track for completion and will be ready in time for the resumption of live events when the public health environment allows. In the meantime, Irish Arts Center has continued to present hundreds of online performances and events free of charge, and has offered three terms on online classes reaching more than 28 U.S. states.

VIP packages can be purchased by emailing Amanda Talarico at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and tickets to the virtual show are available at

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