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Randy Jones Live: Sunday Night Fever Closing Night

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By Maria Esteves – June 14, 2012   The Sunday Night Fever Closing Night Disco extravaganza hosted by American Music Award recipient pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy) commenced Sunday, June 10, 2012, 8:00 PM at SPLASH nightclub, New York. Dance patrons at this extraordinary evening enjoyed live telecast of the 2012 Tony Awards with Splash’s new ultra high-tech multimedia system on the lower level and 80s Disco hits with renowned resident DJ Max Rodriguez on th...

Fleet Week Celebration 2012 with Randy Jones

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By Maria Esteves – May 29, 2012   The Sunday Night Fever Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Fleet Week Celebration with host Award-winning pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy commenced Sunday, May 27, 8:30 PM at SPLASH nightclub, New York. Renowned resident DJ Max Rodriguez spun the best 70s and 80s Disco classics. A special live performance with Randy Jones in honor of “Fleet Week in America service people” was profound and memorable. Florida Navy officers PA 3rd class...

Live Music at ÉCU

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If you are a fan of Rock, Jazz, Folk, Americana, or Pop music – or even a mixture of all five – then you are in for a dance-inducing, awesome weekend with ÉCU. Brought to you by our partner, Access Film Music, six incredible and diverse musical acts from four countries have been confirmed to perform at this year’s festival. Bringing with them the coolest and most unique new tunes from their respective cities in a buffet of styles, these artists personify true creative innovati...

THUNDER SOUL, a review

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THUNDER SOUL screened at the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival last week at the Olympian Theater to an international audience. Winner of the Pan-African Film festival of Los Angeles 2011, is the documentary film THUNDER SOUL (USA, 2010) about inspiration, heroism, music, the vibrant 70’s and last but not least Thunder Soul… This is the story about a funk/soul band in the 1970s (my favorite decade) that began in the all-American Kashmere highschool, Houston, Texas. This was a tim...

THUNDER SOUL, a review

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THUNDER SOUL screened at the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival last week at the Olympian Theater to an international audience. Winner of the Pan-African Film festival of Los Angeles 2011, is the documentary film THUNDER SOUL (USA, 2010) about inspiration, heroism, music, the vibrant 70’s and last but not least Thunder Soul… This is the story about a funk/soul band in the 1970s (my favorite decade) that began in the all-American Kashmere highschool, Houston, Texas. This was a time...

Sundance Raps with Lil Jon and Snoop Dogg

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What do Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon and The Sundance Film Festival have in common?  The World Famous HarryO’s!    It’s Thursday, the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival.  Main Street is a breeze to drive down and the public parking lots are free - as opposed to the harsh $20 they’ll charge starting Friday.  Now I know why a local store clerk at the nearby outlet mall told my friend everyone in Park City hates us festival folk.  At $20 for parking, I’d be bitter too.  ...

Artists selected for 2010 TVIFF Music Fest!!!

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The artists for 2010 TVIFF Music Fest have been selected: 2010 MUSICFEST FINALISTS JESSICA ERIN, country / pop singer and writer Originally from Illinois, Jessica currently resides in Los Angeles, working hard to hone her craft as a singer/songwriter. She has opened for Grammy Award winning duo Montgomery Gentry, Country star Darryl Worley, & others. Her song "Girls Night Out", was aired on NBC TV's hit show "Friday Night Lights". Her song, "...

The Doors, When You’re Strange, exhibition 9th July - 5th Sept

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To coincide with the theatrical release of “When You’re Strange”, Idea Generation Gallery will have an intimate look into the controversial band, The Doors. Alongside the first feature documentary on The Doors, When You’re Strange, Idea Generation tells the story of one of America’s most ‘‘dark and dangerous bands’’. This exhibition will offer an intimate account of the life of The Doors, from their rise to fame to their breakthrough on the music scene in 1965. Revealing intima...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

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As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did the idea of maki...

Tips for next SXSW

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  Welcome to the SXSW January Update featuring timely tips about our 2010 Music, Film & Interactive events. First Headliner Announced The one-and-only Cheap Trick will perform at the SXSW Music Festival. Since the '70s the band has been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is catchy and instantly recognizable. More SXSW Welco...

Atlanta Jewish Fest brings film scores to life

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In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010. The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of Jewish-themed film scores...

The Folk Singer - A tale of Men, Music & America

Director: M.A. Littler.
The Folk Singer – A Tale of Men, Music & America is a journey into the souls of men, maverick roots music and the dying old America. The film follows folk blues singer Jon Konrad a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James on tour from Texas to Louisiana in attempt to make enough money to supply for his unborn child. On his journey his crosses paths with musical peers, honky tonk propietors and religious mavericks. Together they explore their struggles, doubts, hopes and demons or as Jon's friend Scott Biram puts it: „We can rejoice in one another's sharing of pain!“ The Folk Singer juxtaposes raw human emotion, slapstick humour and wild American roots Music. The film features today's acclaimed fringe roots artists Possessed by Paul James, Scott Biram, Reverend Deadeye, Tom VandenAvond, Drew Landry and Ghostwriter.

“BODY & SOUL NYC” Spreading Love All Around The World

By Maria Esteves - June 8, 2008  The phenomenal "Body & Soul" Memorial Day Weekend dance celebration presented by John Davis with world renown DJs Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, Francois "K" Kevorkian (MAESTRO documentary film), and Danny Krivit (MAESTRO, and featured in Mel Cheren's The Godfather of Disco documentary films), was held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Sunday, May 25, 6:00 PM. The outstanding Sunday tea dance included producers, remi...

Interview with Maestro director Josell Ramos

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MAESTRO is a historical documentary film based on the underground dance music scene in New York City during the late 1960's through the 1980's. It was a precursor to the disco phenomenon which resulted into movie blockbusters such as "Saturday Night Fever" in 1977, and "54" in 1998. The documentary begins with the history of same sex dancing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Same sex dancing gave a whole new meaning to freedom of expression through the art of dancing. A freedom that was unaffec...

NewFest 2007 Official Selection NY Premiere of THE GODFATHER OF DISCO

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By Maria Esteves - May 23, 2007 THE GODFATHER OF DISCO, directed by Gene Graham will have its N.Y. Premiere at NewFest 2007: The 19th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival on Friday, June 1, 5:45 p.m., and Saturday, June 2, 1:30 p.m. at the AMC Loews 34th St Theater. Winner of the 2007 Emerging Filmmakers Award, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, THE GODFATHER OF DISCO will also screen at the 20th Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Saturday, June 2, 2007, 4:00...

The Many Colors of Black Music

Hip Hop Artist Kazi Performs Saturday, October 21---As the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival, an event devoted to the relationship between film and music, moves into its final stanza, one of the relevatory aspects of the event has been the remarkably vibrant rainbow of contemporary black music. While rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues (or a mix of all of the above) is clearly the dominant trend, black artists continue to expand the form of jazz, reggae, singer-songwriter and rock musi...

Herbie Hancock, Beastie Boys Among Musicians at SXSW Film Festival

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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock and hip-hop icons the Beastie Boys are among the musicians attending the 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival for documentaries screening during the event (March 10-18) in Austin, TX.Hancock will be at SXSW on Friday, March 17, for the world premiere of Doug Biro and Jon Fine’s documentary, Possibilities, which follows the recording of Hancock’s album of the same name. The Beastie Boys will be in attendance for a Wednesday, March 15 regional premiere of the...

Rock N Roll Film Festival goes Hip-Hop!

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The Backseat Film Festival’s 5th installment of our monthly screening series is on Wednesday, March 31st 2004 at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre (155 East 3rd street at Ave A) in New York City. NYC PREMIERE OF Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids www.wegotyourkids.com Hip hop Immortals: We Got Your Kids answers the call of hip hop lifers everywhere by capturing a unique and honest portrayal of hip hop not as a target market, but as a heartbeat. Recognizing that the energy goes beyond music, beyo...

72 hour shoot in NY for a 5 minute long short

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SKYY SHORT FILM PROJECT WINNERS New York City Is Destination For 72 Hour ShootThe finalists of SKYY Vodka’s first-ever SKYY SHORT FILM PROJECT: One Script, Three Different Filmmakers, Three Very Different Films, was announced today at an Eyes on SKYY event at the SKYY View Lounge in Park City, Utah. An innovative program supporting aspiring filmmakers in the short film format, the SKYY VODKA SHORT FILM PROJECT was launched in Park City in 2003 with call to entries ending June 30, 2003. Hundr...

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