Irwin Chusid - Everybody's ol' pal of the radio will be hitting the left coast (Seattle, specifically) on September 22nd for the opening reception of a Jim Flora exhibit. As the man behind two books detailing the life, times, and talents of Flora, Irwin's no doubt the best guy on Earth to approach with your Flora-related inquiries. He's also desperately in need of a vinyl copy of the Status Quo's "Face Without a Soul", so if you feel like hookin' a brother up... Follow this link for more info on the exhibit.
Dave Mandl - The World of Echo host will be co-curating Conflux, an annual festival devoted to "psychogeography" and public-space-based art. It takes place at several venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from September 13th through the 16th. There'll be music, talks, experimental street-based projects, and more. Details here.
John Allen - The Axeman cometh... to London. And he'll have his band, Maxi Geil & Playcolt in tow for a live date on September 29th at the Bloomberg Space, 39-45 Finsbury Square, London. They're in the process of booking more dates for their jaunt across the puddle, so keep an eye on their MySpace page to find out if they'll be appearing in Dorchesterberrie on Haverfordinghamtonshireville, or whatever part of England you happen to hang around most often.
Rob Weisberg - The Transpacific Sound Paradise host will broadcast his show live from Brooklyn's Barbes on September 8th at 6 PM! The live lineup will feature Chejere, a jarocho band from Mexico in town for the annual Celebrate Mexico Now festival, the gifted young Colombian singer Lucia Pulido, and the Cuban-rooted multi-faceted Jose Conde y Ola Fresca!
Based in Mexico, Chejere mixes traditional Son Jarocho with Latin
rhythms and other contemporary elements. Son Jarocho is a traditional
style from Veracruz with Spanish and African roots. The harp is a
defining instrument of the genre, and the most famous jarocho song
worldwide is certainly "La Bamba", which
Ritchie Valens turned into a rock & roll classic.
Lucia Pulido is locally known for her brilliant interpretations of
Colombian traditional vocal styles. Lately, she's also begun
exploring mournful Latin American love songs made popular from the
thirties to the sixties: boleros, tangos and waltzes. Lucia breathes
new life to this repertoire of grief, pain, deception and heartbreak with a richly nuanced dramaticism.
Jose Conde y Ola Fresca are a wildly eclectic Cuban-rooted band, incorporating genres like son, changui, songo-funk, mambo, and timba as well as rock and soul in their sound. And that sound along with Conde's resplendent vocals are getting international attention: Last year they were signed by the prestigious
UK label Mr Bongo which has released the band's new CD Revolucion.