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Sizzling Summer Sounds Come to Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival


Now in its 14th year, the Pitchfork Music Festival, held in Chicago’s Union Park, will feature over 40 acts from July 19 to the 21st. An independently run music festival organized by the music site of the same name, Pitchfork emphasizes new and emerging bands.

Acts include:

  • HAIM
  • Mavis Staples
  • Grapetooth
  • MIKE
  • Great Black Music Ensemble
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Jay Som
  • Lala Lala
  • Tirzah
  • Snail Mail
  • Clairo

And more! Check the site for full listing and schedule.

Taking place on the festival grounds, Pitchfork Radio will be streaming live all three days of the festival and will feature a variety of artist interviews, DJ sets, and live performances. Keep your eyes peeled for the full schedule and artist lineup in the upcoming weeks.

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Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19 - 21

Union Park
Chicago, Il.

Light of Day Winterfest Heals with Music


With over 150 musical acts in New York, New Jersey, and Philly, the Light of Day Winterfest has been fighting ALS with music. The festival, now in it’s 19th year, was formed by The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., which raises money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases. On Wednesday, January 16, the LOD WinterFest ‘19 NYC at The Cutting Room (44 east 32nd Street)  will showcase John Eddie & His Dirty Ol' Band, Steve Forbert & The Renditions, The Weeklings, and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan.

LOD First Note takes place at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ with Sahara Moon, Rob Connolly (from The Double Negatives), and Brother Andrew. Friday January 18 brings The Ventures, The Weeklings, Black Flamingoes, Billy Walton Band, Milly, and Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son to Asbury Park’s Stone Pony. And this is only a sampling of the acts performing as part of the LOD Winterfest!

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Light of Day Winterfest

Various Locations

Art Meets Fashion at the Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week
, with events across America, combines art and fashion.  Each year Style Fashion Week presents the season's exclusive installations, with this year’s installment at the Manhattan Center (311 W. 34th Street), running September 6 - 8, will feature Romeo + Juliet Couture,  David Tupaz, Ydamys Simo, Father Akki, Emma Altman, Shay Kawaii, Adriana Sahar, Fynnton Gray, Richard Hallmarq, Smock Me, Marco Marco, Raul Penaranda, Hirun Bangkok, Love Baby J / BBTC, Janelle Funari.

Musical acts include Australian recording artist, Chloe Maggs, and other surprise music performances. The Style Week marketplace features local and international artwork, top cosmetic brands brands, pop-up shops and more. The week will open with a live presentation by Pol Kurucz and Derek Gores at the Lumas Gallery Meatpacking (875 Washington St.).

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Style Fashion Week
September 6 - 8, 2018

Manhattan Center
311 W. 34th Street
New York, NY, 10001

LUMAS Gallery Meatpacking
875 Washington St.
New York, NY 10014, USA

Experience the Project Allure Festival in Jersey City Heights: Experiments in Art and Technology


Now in its third year, The Vault Allure 2018 festival teams up with Nokia Bell Labs – the folks who invented the transistor, now on a mission to “humanize technology”. The Vault Allure fest this year will meld modern multi-media with classic Spanish flamenco, early '70s Miles Davis electric jazz, African percussion, runway fashion models and an Italian folk singer. The Vault Allure billed as an "Experience Festival" takes place over three dates: Saturdays August 4th, August 25th, and September 15th in the Riverview Arts District neighborhood of Jersey City Heights in Jersey City. For each event the historic cobbled Holland Street, one of the few cobbled streets remaining in Jersey City, and an abandoned Belgian-Block promenade built in the late 19th century will be transformed to become the undercover venue for The Vault Allure experience festival.

On the face of it art and technology may seem to make odd bed follows. Art appeals to our heart and soul while technology appeals to our brain. However, Nokia Bell Labs sees the relationship between technology and art very differently. This renowned scientific industrial research lab headquartered in New Jersey has a strong history of pioneering collaborations with the creative community by fusing art and technology. It’s collaborations with the artistic community go all the way back to the 1930s with the first transmission of stereo sound, first simultaneous recording of visual and sound for early cinema and then in the 1950s and 1960s the first computer music and first computer graphics and animation technology was developed at Bell Labs. In 1966 engineers at Bell Labs led a seminal bringing together of art and technology in collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg and with artists such as Cage, Whitman, Tudor, Childs, Rainer, Hay and many others leading to the production of the 9 Evenings of Theatre and Engineering held in the Armory in New York.

Following on from these earlier collaborations the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) organization was founded providing a match making service between engineers and artists. Today, at Nokia Bell Labs, the E.A.T. program collaborates with the creative community all over the world to solve one of the world’s greatest human need challenges –to break down the barriers that exist between people, religion, culture, and race. The E.A.T. program seeks to develop this solution by creating new ways for humans to communicate by sharing emotions, sentiment, cognition and empathy.

More recently Nokia Bell Labs has started to produce public performances involving its collaborating artists. Its involvement in The Vault Allure experience festival is one example of them taking the E.A.T. program out into public view. Now in its third season The Vault Allure experience festival is staged each year by the local Riverview Neighborhood Association in collaboration with The Statuary a group of self described “neopioneers” who live in Jersey City Heights who produce shows featuring an eclectic collaboration of jazz, classical, and world music musicians and performance artists. Each event will feature local artists performing on two stages, a main stage and a smaller stage under the bridge spanning the historic Holland Street venue. As well as performing on the two stages, there will be art installations featuring artists from the Nokia Bell Labs experiments in Arts and Technology program. Over the three events there will be artists from the Nokia Bells Labs collaboration with Stevens University in Hoboken. The series of events will culminate with the third date featuring the world renowned International Contemporary Ensemble. During each event Nokia Bell Labs will demonstrate how technology can be successfully incorporated into arts and music performances to increase their expressiveness and bring a human and emotional touch to technology that can be so often be missing or under appreciated.

Local musician Walter Parks, one of the “neopioneers“ producing The Vault Allure experience festival, says  “At essence I’m bored with the one dimensional model of concerts as a preacher-congregation relationship. I would hope that a Vault Allure audience will come with wide-open expectations. The only consistent aspect from show to show is that one can expect an inspiring and interesting experience. I want to carry forward the passion that created certain classic elements of the past – beauty in architecture, dance and sound for instance, and meld these elements with modern presentation.”

All of the Vault Allure events start at 6pm and end at 10pm. The series of events and roster of events forming this year’s The Value Allure experience festival are:

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