Checked out legendary drone sound installation art space The Dream House in TriBeCa (pictured above) last weekend and it was amazing. Luckily I got to check it out when I did since the long running space is about to temporarily close again this Sunday (May 18th) before taking a break until its next (22nd season) in mid September. A long running collaborative "Sound and Light Environment" piece, that dates back to 1993, by sound artist/composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela the Dream House is presented by the MELA Foundation. There at 275 Church Street there is a non descript door with no sign but just a buzzer that will get you inside and up the long steep flight of stairs to the third floor exhibit - a floor below where the minimalist exhibits' creators live. Luckily too since any other tenant would surely not wish to live above such a wall (floor?) of sound which is one long continuous hypnotic humming single frequency drone care of giant speaker stacks in the long purple light fused room that overlooks Church Street looking up towards Canal. The shaggy carpeted floor is strewn with pillows to lay down and relax on and get the best effects of the drone. The guy at the door suggested moving your head around to get alternate soothing effects of the loud (but not deafening) throbbing drone. For some attendees the experience is a religious like one that transcends visitors beyond this lower Manhattan space.
What is nice about it is that there is no time limit placed on visitors so that they can stay long enough for the drone to reach its potential and transport their minds to some other place. Dream House is open Thursday through Sunday (May 18th) from 2:00pm to midnight (get there by 11:30pm at latest) on the third floor of 275 Church Street where $7 is the suggested contribution to drop in the big glass on the way in. After it closes at the end of this week, it will reopen again in September. More info
The ongoing month long Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, which over the past weekend threw the big Larry Levan Street Party on King Street in the vicinity of the legendary influential Paradise Garage in honor of the late great resident DJ whose name was synonymous with the club, continues this weekend with another great show at the Warsaw in Brooklyn with (Noah Lennox's) Panda Bear, DâM-Funk, and Torn Hawk. 8pm show. 18+ Tix $25. Warsaw located at 261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222. Price: $25. 18+ For an overview of all Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York events, as well as info on ticketing visit here.
Typically music industry seminars cost money but ironically the one happening in Brooklyn this weekend called the CASH Music Summit is free. Run by Maggie Vail (ex-Kill Rock Stars after 17 years) the non-profit CASH Music is focused on "helping artists become more sustainable in the digital age" and to further accomplish this goal are holding a series of summits across the US like the two-day one in NYC this weekend which will take place at the Bell House from noon to 5pm on Saturday and from 7pm to 10pm on Sunday. "The idea is simple: pull together a room full of technologists and artists, as many perspectives as possible, and start talking. On stage we'll have five one on one conversations with time between to keep ideas flowing," is how Vail sums up this weekend's event where Saturday's (May 17) discussions and presentations day will include such speakers as JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), Dapwell (Das Racist), Amaechi Uziogwe (manager of Run the Jewels and El-P) while Sundays will include John Resig (creator of java script library jQuery), and musician/web developer Travis Morrison (The Dismemberment Plan, Shoutabl). It is free but an invitation-only event. To get invited add your email here to request an invite.
There is no shortage of hip-hop events happening in the week ahead in New York City including the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show ("as seen on BET in the 1990's") on Monday (May 19th) at Stage 48 that will include awards, tributes, inductions, performances, and surprise appearances. Scheduled performances will include Brand Nubian, Talib Kweli, and Nine. Note early times of this two hour event (6pm to 8pm). Tickets $35. 21+ Stage 48 is located at 605 West 48th Street. More info and tix here. Meanwhile on Saturday (May 17th) will be the DMC New York City Regional DJ Battle Part II with host Lord Finesse, DJ Jazzy Jay, and a special guest performance by former DMC champ DJ Swamp. Swamp, known for his guitar rock star like performances on turntables that can include pouring lighter fluid and setting fire to his Technics, will also be among the DJ battle judges along with DJ Cheese, DJ Slyce, IXL, Johnny Juice, Spictakular, and J-Smoke. The battle takes place on Saturday from 6pm to 10pm at Webster Hall located at 125 E. 11st. NYC Tix $15-$20. More detailed info. Later that same (Saturday) night after midnight at the Blue Note Jazz Club hometown emcee Rabbi Darkside, who for the past few months has been hella busy between teaching, rocking the mic, DJing, and being in an Off-Broadway theater production, will take to the stage along with his full band on a lineup that will also feature his longtime friend MC/beatboxer Baba Israel who will be unveiling his newest project, Soul Inscribed, comprised of Baba, Yako 440, and Duv. The night will be part of the budget priced Late Night Groove Series. 21+ Doors midnight. Showtime 1230am. Tix $10 - $15. More info.
On May 1st the NYC borough of Queens kicked off a month long celebration of hip-hop at Queens Library’s central branch with hip-hop godfather Kool Herc and Queensbridge native legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl entertaining and schooling folks. The 31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop continues at various Queens libraries all month long including Poetry Live at the Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica on Thursday May 15th at 4 pm. All events are all ages and free. Full listings and details.
And finally also happening in the borough of Queens will be the World's Fair Anniversary Festival at Flushing Meadows in Corona Park on Sunday May 18th from 1pm to 830pm. The all ages, kid friendly event will celebrate both the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair (1939 and 1964 Fairs) with a full day of free activities for all and where they will be displaying exhibits of memorabilia. Free event. More info.