Since the NY State of Mind Amoeblog #29, in which I previewed a bunch of the concerts and events (mostly outdoor and mostly free) over the coming months in New York City, was posted a couple of weeks ago, several more concerts and events have been announced for the fun summer season ahead. These include the lineup for the concerts in Prospect Park and the Rooftop Films series, which just kicked off last weekend and runs through August with a non-stop program of great movies screened on rooftops round the city. The mission statement of the oft-lauded non-profit who present the Rooftop Film series is "to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations" and this they do each weekend to everyone's enjoyment. This weekend, for example, they'll screen the New York premiere of the Reuben Atlas-directed documentary Brothers Hypnotic about the collective lives of the eight members of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble who will perform a live set following the 9pm screening. This free event happens Friday night (May 17th) at Outdoors at MetroTech Commons, Bridge Street & Johnson Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The following night (also in Brooklyn but only two subway stops from Manhattan) will be New York Mayhem - a series of short underground films by local filmmakers about their city. Unlike the previous night however there is a charge for this one of $13 general admission. Saturday, May 18th between 8pm and 1am at The rooftops of Industry City, 220 36th Street at 3rd Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11232. For more information, visit the Rooftop Films website.
Meanwhile, the Prospect Park concerts will include such outdoor shows as Big Boi, Phony Ppl, and D-Nice on June 20th, The Tiger Lillies on July 18th, and The Waterboys on July 19th. Most are 7pm shows and free or charge a minimal (few bucks) entrance fee. More info here. In Prospect Park this weekend, but not part of the aforementioned concert series, is the music, food, and drink weekend festival known as the Great GoogaMooga. The outdoor weekend-long event includes performances from hometown funk/soul heroes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Flaming Lips, De La Soul, The Darkness, Jovanotti, Matt & Kim, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more acts who will provide musical entertainment between all the food and drink (beer and wine primarily, but they have whiskey and some other hard liquor too) being served up from the likes of such participating restaurants as Brooklyn's Pork Slope and Manhattan's Pig and Khao. For full eatery information, concert schedules, and tickets click here.
As advertised in the above poster at the West 4th Street Subway Station, the big 2013 Red Bull Music Academy conference is happening this year in New York City. Taking place all this month (and a few days of April too), it happens at various venues around NYC. Some, but not all, of the events are invite-only affairs. Ones open to the public include legendary musician / producer Giorgio Moroder (produced such dance masterpieces as Donna Summer's classic "I Feel Love") who will be doing his first-ever DJ set when he spins at Cielo this coming Monday, May 20th, as part of Francois K's Deep Space party. For info on that and all the other Red Bull shows, visit the Red Bull Music Academy site.
A plus D (aka Adrian plus Mysterious D, the San Francisco DJs/promoters and founding members of the globally popular mash-up party Bootie) will be back in New York City this weekend to present their popular, multi-city, all-mashup dance party. Happening Saturday, May 18th, at (Le) Poisson Rouge in the Village, the theme of the bi-monthly Bootie is a mashed-up tribute to the '90s covering everything from mashups of grunge, boy bands, candy rave, gangsta rap, and more. In addition to A plus D will be a DJ set from Andre Pipipi who spins at Bootie Rio de Janeiro, Austin act More Cowbell at 11:30pm, and a Midnight Mashup Show from Alejandro and Adrian. $10 - $15. Free CDs to first 100. Tix and more info here.
Sunday, May 19th, is the big New York City Community AIDS Walk that begins and ends in Central Park. There's still time to register and participate in this worthwhile event by visiting AIDSwalk.net
Now in its third year, the five-day Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers an official excuse to go on a extended booze-fueled bender in the city that never sleeps but, as its adverts rightly state, "might just need a nap" after this cocktail extravaganza (100,000 cocktails, 100 events) that culminates with a big "epic cocktail party" at the New York Public Library on Fifth Ave @ 42nd Street. Decribed as part festival, part fête, part trade conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is the annual booze driven "celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture" as seen in the video above. The Manhattan Cocktail Classic happens this weekend - well a very long extended weekend that begins on Friday and ends on Tuesday next (I suggest you make no plans for Wednesday, allowing time to sleep it off) - from May 17th to May 21st. For tickets and further information, visit the Manhattan Cocktail Classic website.
What's new pussycat? Tom Jones is playing the Bowery Ballroom in downtown Manhattan this Saturday. That's new (or news) since it is a relatively small venue normally reserved for more alternative rock or hip-hop acts, but the perennially popular Welsh-born singer who, for his almost five-decade long career has managed to transcend categorization (who else can be found in Amoeba under both "easy listening" and "electronic dance"?), will be playing there this Saturday night. No doubt the 72-years-young Jones’ set will include such hits as "What’s New Pussycat," "It’s Not Unusual," "Delilah," and his great cover of Prince's "Kiss" along with songs off his very recently released (domestically) Spirit In The Room on Rounder. 21+ $65. 8pm doors for the 9pm show May 18th. More info here.
Ben Affleck will host and Kanye West will be the musical guest on the season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday May 18th. It will also be the last show for cast funnyman Bill Hader who is leaving the show after eight seasons. As usual, there will be a limited number of standby tickets available to be given out early Saturday morning for those willing to stand in line at 7am outside 30 Rock (include me here). More info. When SNL returns in September it will be in its 38th season.
And finally, I leave you with a funny Buzz Feed New York City-themed viral video on "How to Piss Off Every New Yorker in 36 Seconds," which has racked up almost five million YouTube views since it was published a few days ago. The contents of the clip apply to New Yorkers but could just as easily apply to the residents of any big city, anywhere.