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Andre Vasconcelos: NYC’s Top Shelf Guitarist And His Studio Ghidrah Music

Curiosities Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos Ghidrah Music Studio Pronoun

We’re excited to share another exclusive interview with Andre Vasconcelos. He’s one of NYC’s top shelf guitarist and now founded his studio Ghidrah Music. His journey is brilliant and his skills in working both roles, are undeniably amazing.

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Back in June of 2017, we featured an exclusive interview with the guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, where we talked about how we was shaking up New York with his music. Today, we’re going to talk about his thriving studio Ghidrah Music.

The word, love and appreciation for his talent and skills have spread through out New York, and certainly to other parts of the globe.

Since then, we’ve been to countless shows where he’s performed with his own band, RANN, and we’ve followed his steps when performing beside other great musicians.

It’s been an amazing journey to see Andre thrive from (still) being one of New York City’s top shelf guitarists to now additionally starting his new business, a music studio: Ghidrah Music.

Check out the inspiring interview below and learn more about Ghidrah Music:


1. After our 1st interview a while back, so much has happened, and we’re curious to have an update on what you’ve been up to in NYC.

I’m glad to be back here on this amazing platform of yours Fernanda! I meet lots of people on a regular basis and your platform has made a big name for itself. People constant refer to it and one can easily spot the success it’s been garnering! I’m happy for you both on a professional and on a personal level! Congrats!

Life has been very busy, challenging and productive on the creative world for me. Me and the RANN boys instituted a plan for 2020 “A Song a Month” and we’ve been at it since last December really. With 6 songs out now, a 7th to come on June 26th and a lot of added Spotify traction (we got placed in 2 editorial playlists and increased our fanbase to everywhere in the world, places like Stockholm, Lithuania, Korea are jamming to RANN now!) we’re happy to have made that plan as it proves itself quite the fun challenge. We’re excited to feed both our old and new fans more music every month!

I’ve also been performing a lot as a sideman with some really cool pop artists. Last year I was invited to perform at Zara Larrson’s (Massive Europop star) intimate set at Billboard and Buzzfeed, toured North America with EZI (opening for Top 40 artists MAX, Bryce Vine and Nina Nesbitt), played a bunch of festival dates in both the US and Europe and was supposed to be going on another North America run with Kat Cunning and Allie X before the whole world got shutdown over COVID. So life’s busy and chaotic as usual over here in my camp.

A lot of what I’ve been doing lately as well is more on the songwriting side of the art as well.

Me and my music house-mates of Ghidrah Music, are writing tons and tons of music for/with a bunch of different artists all over the world like Loren Allred, Marcus Paul James, Marta Galuszewska, Maria Mathea, Tom Martin, Cathy Richardson (from Jefferson Starship) and many more.

We’ve written theme songs for TV shows, movies, trailers, video games and many many more.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos Ghidrah Music Studio RANN
Andre Vasconcelos with RANN Band – Photo Credit: Courtesy

2. So, what is Ghidrah Music? What type of services are you offering and lastly, how are you guys distancing ourselves from others in the same industry?

Ghidrah Music is the production outfit of RANN. Composed by the same team as the indie rock band, Ghidrah is a Studio Team that meets over at the wonderful production room that we have at Studio G, in Williamsburg.

Our work is mostly dedicated to writing music and placing songs via sync licensing. We are partnered up with vocalists and writers from everywhere on the planet that are interested in doing the same thing. We write these songs, produce, mix and master them, then we send them out to the various pipelines. Finally, we have in the hopes to sell these licenses to tv shows, movies, video games and such.

Some songs that made their way into big productions are RANN’s “Childish Ways” that was featured in the mega movie “Tudo por um Pop Star” in Brasil and “Cellophane” also placed in a Brazilian blockbuster movie named “Entrando Numa Roubada”.

Other examples are MR VVOLF’s “Never Look Back” that got placed on the movie “All For Nikki” and a parody song we did in for Axe’s North American Campaign “Don’t Overthink It”.

We are currently working with at least 20 different artists trying to diversify and populate our song catalog for placement and we are truly excited about it.

As far as social distancing and pandemic rules go, our Studio got shut down when the Governor gave the order. We split our gear into 3, creating individual “home stations” for each of us and we tackled the work that could be done from home.

It was a challenging time but we adapted correctly and we made the best we could with what we had. This is truly a historic and defining time in all our lives and the main choice here is to not lose focus of what’s important, our health. Being responsible and considerate is paramount. So for now, we’re minimizing our in person sessions very close to 0%. And, we’ll loosen the grip on that restriction as the weeks of successful reopening go by.

3. How was this transition from being on stage, to going behind the scenes and starting Ghidrah Music?

Honestly, you can hardly say it’s been a transition. This is just the natural growth of both paths of my life that were always present. I’ve been on the road and on stage for a long time, but those activities typically happen later during the day.

The production and writing stuff is often occurring during morning of weekdays so, between these two roles you can imagine my schedule gets pretty hectic. A good example of how this works can be be illustrated by last December.

In the morning the Ghidrah boys and I finalized an instrumental cue that we sold the publishing off to NBC, for the show “Making It” with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler. Right after that I had to get to a rehearsal, so I left the studio, did the rehearsal and made my way to the Bowery Ballroom, where we played a sold-out show with Pop Star songstress Kat Cunning.

Typically my days work like that, mornings and early evenings for Ghidrah, the rest of the evening and nights for side man or RANN live performances.

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Andre Vasconcelos with Apoena Frota, RANN Band – Photo Credit: Courtesy

4. I’ve seen that in a super short time, you’ve worked with major brands in Brazil and other corners of the globe. Can you share a bit about some of these great projects?

Having discovered that what we truly wanted to do was also our strongest asset was incredibly lucky and fortunate.

We are a group of originally 3 producers. Our company was even called 3P, for 3 Productions. We did the entire debut record by the Brazilian artist Rachell Luz under that alias. We eventually decided to change the name to Ghidrah Music, to honor our ridiculous tendencies. With the name change also came a change of focus, we wanted to use our time and our talents to write music together instead of working as producers for artists. We still do that, but it isn’t the main focus of the company anymore.

What started happening was, the people that knew us as producers and now as songwriters started using us to write songs for their business campaigns. Sometimes it would be a big advertisement campaign, such as the Claro “Novo” campaign we did last year for South America’s biggest phone and internet company.

Sometimes it’d be for an intro for a podcast, or for Call of Duty professional e-sports team Twitter teaser trailer. The point being is that we took our one stop approach for audio solutions from before and we added something even more rare and hard to come across: the ability to write good songs.

That expanded the horizon for us and let us work with a ton of different companies and entities everywhere in the world.

5. A question, maybe hard to answer at this time, but with the global situation of Covid-19, have you been able to identify any new trend or opportunities in the music industry? How severely did the Pandemic affect the industry?

The pandemic has been extremely harsh to the music industry. With shows and events cancelled for the foreseeable future, a lot of my music professional peers are suffering greatly.

I know so many people that have been living exclusively on the road, whether they are side man like me, or road crew, lighting tech, tour managers, day-to-day managers, FoH engineers, etc. Every single one of these guys have had their futures cancelled for an undetermined amount of time. And, that is a very scary thought.

Hopefully the world will arrive at a solution for this horrible virus problem and we’ll be able to return to some form of normalcy soon. Personally, I’ve lost so many concerts, rehearsals and recordings, frankly too many to count.

From a main stage festival slot at Central Park to two mini tours in Mexico and Japan, to a RANN + Jefferson Starship throw down at the Westhampton Theatre, the losses are actually incalculable.

But, what isn’t is the fact that I am alive, well and healthy. We can always regain opportunities and earn back money lost, but we can’t always recover people from the damage caused by this brutal virus.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pronoun

6. Do you have any upcoming projects that you can share with us? We’d love a sneak peek!

Too many upcoming projects!

We’re working on a songwriting competition with the awesome Marcus Paul James, that’ll be happening on Friday. We wrote a song together for it and we’re super excited to support our amazing friend belting his beautiful voice in favor of positive change.

We are also expecting to receive Cathy Richardson’s vocals on a song we wrote for a big feature film to be produced in Los Angeles once production re-opens.

And, last but not least, RANN is releasing our newest and most exciting song to date named “When I’m Lucky”. We are so thrilled to share the song with the world, we did an amazing quarantine collaboration video with Brad Wagner and it’ll reach all streaming platforms and Youtube on June 26th, so stay tuned for it!


Thank you, Andre, for this amazing and inspiring interview.

It’s been an amazing journey to see you thrive from (still) being one of New York City’s top shelf guitarists to now additionally starting your new business venture, your studio Ghidrah Music! It’s truly inspirational and amazing to see all you’ve achieved.

No doubt your career in New York City, and across the globe, only continues to skyrocket!

Good luck and keep up posted!


Photo Credits: Courtesy Andre Vasconcelos / Ghidrah and Pronoun

One World: Together At Home by Global Citizen [Largest Online Music Event]

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Let’s meet up?! This Saturday, April 18th, LIVE: One World: Together At Home, the most important and largest online music event of our time! Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the event will celebrate health workers globally.

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to force people apart, Global Citizen is using the power of music and advocacy to bring people together with One World: Together At Home.

Announced on April 6th, One World: Together At Home is a global special curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, premiering Saturday, April 18th, in celebration and support of health care workers and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO).

It will include appearances and performances by today’s most notable entertainers — and on Tuesday, the organization released a new list of participants, including Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Céline Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Usher, Victoria Beckham, and more.

The special event will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Stephen Colbert of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Friends from Sesame Street will also add to the incredible lineup.

“We are grateful to the private sector who have listened to the public’s call for action and come together to support the global response to COVID19. This pandemic is too large for governments to tackle alone,” said Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen.

We’re calling on individuals and philanthropists to join and support COVID-19 response initiatives. Changemakers, investors, and foundation leaders are being urged to support global health efforts by investing in building stronger health systems and funding vaccine development.

Music One World Together At Home Global Citizen Billie Eilish“We are also incredibly grateful for the continued support from the artist community to make One World: Together At Home a moment of global unity,” Evans said.

“Our hope for the special is that everyone will come away believing that we, as a shared humanity, can emerge from this moment forever grateful for the work of doctors, nurses, teachers, grocery store workers, and all those who are the backbone of our communities.”

One World: Together At Home will be broadcast on Saturday at 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT, appearing on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, The CW, iHeartMedia, and Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada. Internationally, BBC One will run the program in the UK on Sunday, April 19th, from 7pm to 9pm BST. Additional international broadcasters include AXS TV, beIN Media Group, IMDb, MultiChoice Group, and RTE.

The broadcast will include appearances by:

Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkwafina, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Céline Dion, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, Lizzo, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and Usher.

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There will also be a globally curated digital show beginning at 11am PDT/ 2pm EDT/ 6pm GMT. Streaming partners include Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo, and YouTube.

The digital livestream will include appearances by:

Adam Lambert, Andra Day, Angèle, Anitta, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Ben Platt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Black Coffee, Bridget Moynahan, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest, Charlie Puth, Christine and the Queens, Common, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Delta Goodrem, Don Cheadle, Eason Chan, Ellie Goulding, Erin Richards, FINNEAS, Heidi Klum, Hozier, Hussain Al Jasmi, Jack Black, Jacky Cheung, Jack Johnson, Jameela Jamil, James McAvoy, Jason Segel, Jennifer Hudson, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Jessie Reyez, John Legend, Juanes, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lang Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Liam Payne, Lili Reinhart, Lilly Singh, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Mishra, Lola Lennox, Luis Fonsi, Maren Morris, Matt Bomer, Megan Rapinoe, Michael Bublé, Milky Chance, Naomi Osaka, Natti Natasha, Niall Horan, Nomzamo Mbatha, P.K. Subban, Picture This, Rita Ora, Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sebastián Yatra, Sheryl Crow, Sho Madjozi, SOFI TUKKER, SuperM, The Killers, Tim Gunn, Vishal Mishra, and Zucchero.

On top of releasing a new list of participating artists, we also just announced corporate partnerships that intend to support the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, and regional organizations working to tackle local issues, too.

Music One World Together At Home Global Citizen Elton JohnAs part of the One World: Together At Home campaign, Global Citizen has partnered with Analog Devices, Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, GSK, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, State Farm, Target, Teneo, Verizon, Vodafone, and WW International.

Commitments from partners will go toward resources for frontline health workers. As well as local organizations working to provide food, shelter, and health care to people in need during this pandemic.

One World: Together At Home is part of our campaign launched in March in support of the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Global Citizens from more than 130 countries have taken tens of thousands of actions in support of the response fund, calling on world leaders and corporations to do their part and pledge commitments.

www.globalcitizen.org


Are you looking for other online cultural activities to do during the Covid-19? Check out the MET Opera On Demand & Nightly Met Opera Streams, or try Exploring New York Through Google Arts & Culture.

And for the cinephiles,  enjoy our list of 45 Films Set In New York City [Covid Movie Marathon].

Have fun!


Photo Credit & Text: Courtesy of Global Citizen

MET Opera on Demand & Nightly Met Opera Streams

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Take a look at the MET Opera on Demand & Nightly Met Opera Streams! From free streaming options, to over 700 on demand performances you’ll have it all directly in your home!

Culture Music MET Opera Streams and MET Opera On Demand

We are very passionate about cultural activities in New York City and the MET Opera has incredible online content as well.

These are great opportunities for you to experience the MET Opera’s FREE Live Streams!

There are over 700 breathtaking on demand performances that you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of you home!

Take a look below to learn a little more about each of these options!


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Nightly Met Opera Streams

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark.

Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.

In addition, to access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

Support the Met and Protect its Future

Hundreds of thousands of people have been tuning in daily to our free performance streams. Many of them have kindly been asking how they can help the Met during this economically perilous time.

In response, we have added a “Donate Now” link! We thank you for your help.


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MET Opera on Demand

From old-school legends to today’s great stars, experience more than 700 full-length Met performances with our online streaming service. Free apps available for Amazon Fire TV and Tablet, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Roku, and Samsung Smart TV.

Engaging and helpful user features

Multi-language subtitles, track listings with aria names and artists, your personal list of Favorites, and Resume Watching feature to pick up right where you left off (even on a different device).

Moreover, if you’re not sure, you can do a 7-day trial and see if you enjoy it, before committing! But, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this opportunity!

So, check out the different On Demand options!

www.metopera.org


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera

Halsey: Manic World Tour [VIP Access]

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Halsey Manic World Tour starts in February and we’re excited to share this with you! So, if you’re fan, pick your city and contact us!

BTSNYC Experiences Halsey Manic World Tour 2020

Halsey’s new album ‘Manic’ out, and to launch it, she’s starting her world tour in February!

This is the artist’s 3rd album! Halsey starts touring on February 2nd through Europe and the UK and on June 2nd, will finally land the US.

Her first show in North American soil will be at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle. From there, she moves across the country!

Not to mention, for the New Yorkers, she’ll have 2 shows at Forest Hills Stadium on July 15th and 16th, so get your tickets.

Important: Halsey is NOT officially and publicly offering Meet & Greets on this tour, so the process is different from other M&G’s experiences.  In addition, all M&G’s are always subject to availability and approval by Halsey’s team. (More on disclaimer below!)

So, let us help you figuring out the best tickets to any of the shows, contact us!

Contact us through the Form below.


Here are the list of cities and dates:

  • 06 Feb 20 – Madrid
  • 07 Feb 20 – Barcelona
  • 09 Feb 20 – Frankfurt Am Main
  • 13 Feb 20 – Milan
  • 15 Feb 20 – Amsterdam
  • 17 Feb 20 – Paris
  • 21 Feb 20 – Oslo
  • 22 Feb 20 – København
  • 24 Feb 20 – Stockholm
  • 26 Feb 20 – Helsinki
  • 28 Feb 20 – Berlin
  • 29 Feb 20 – Munich
  • 02 Mar 20 – Zürich
  • 04 Mar 20 – Esch-sur-alzette
  • 05 Mar 20 – Antwerpen
  • 07 Mar 20 – Glasgow
  • 08 Mar 20 – London
  • 10 Mar 20 – Dublin
  • 12 Mar 20 – Manchester
  • 07 May 20 – Tokyo Garden Theater – Tokyo
  • 09 May 20 – Olympic Park – Seoul
  • 02 Jun 20 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle
  • 04 Jun 20 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater – Portland
  • 06 Jun 20 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View
  • 07 Jun 20 – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento
  • 10 Jun 20 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles
  • 13 Jun 20 – AK Chin Pavilion – Phoenix
  • 15 Jun 20 – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas
  • 16 Jun 20 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston
  • 18 Jun 20 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte
  • 21 Jun 20 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland
  • 24 Jun 20 – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta
  • 26 Jun 20 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit
  • 27 Jun 20 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
  • 30 Jun 20 – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul
  • 01 Jul 20 – Sprint Center – Kansas City
  • 03 Jul 20 – Summerfest – Milwaukee
  • 05 Jul 20 – Xfinity Center – Boston
  • 12 Jul 20 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto
  • 15 Jul 20 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York City
  • 16 Jul 20 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York City
  • 18 Jul 20 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel
  • 19 Jul 20 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia
  • 22 Jul 20 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa
  • 24 Jul 20 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville
  • 25 Jul 20 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
  • 27 Jul 20 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver
  • 28 Jul 20 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver
  • 30 Jul 20 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City
  • 01 Aug 20 – FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine

In addition, get tickets to #ManicWorldTour! And, each ticket purchase comes with a physical copy of ‘Manic’.

Have fun!


We can’t wait to see Halsey during her Manic World Tour!!

If you enjoy Meet & Greet and VIP experiences, you will probably enjoy our BTSNYC Experiences! Plus, we have a very exclusive Meet & Greet dinner with Broadway stars you should check out!

So, let our team of experts organize it all for you or for your NHW clients.

Lastly, you might also enjoy exploring a Meet & Greet with the gorgeous Camila Cabello!

www.manicthealbum.com


Disclaimer: We work with different concierge companies and partners, responsible for sourcing many of our Experiences across the globe. All Meet & Greet access are always subject to availability and approval by the artist’s team.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Halsey Manic Tour

Meet & Greet With Camila Cabello: Romance Tour

BTSNYC Experiences Camilla Cabello Romance Tour

She’s on tour again! Camila Cabello Romance Tour starts next week and we have VIP Packages and Meet & Greet access! So, if you’re fan, pick your city!


CONTACT US FOR TICKETS, BELOW!

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Want to Meet & Greet Camila Cabello during her new US and Europe Tour: “Romance”!?⁠

The 1997-born Cuban-American singer, songwriter, and actress was discovered back in 2012 and today is one of the most prominent young talents.

The tour kicks off on December 3rd, 2019 from Fort Worth, TX and ends on September 26, 2020, in Miami, FL! She’ll go through 30+ cities across the US and Europe, so you have time to pick the best one for you!!!⁠

Plus, she’ll pass TWICE through NYC – next week, on December 13th, 2019 at the Madison Square Garden and on September 18th, 2020!!!

Important: We have access to any of the cities, not only New York!⁠ All M&G’s are always subject to availability and approval by Camila Cabello’s team.

Contact us through the Form below to let us know which tickets you’re looking for and let’s get this Meet & Greet arranged for you and your family/friends!


Here are the list of cities and dates:

  • 12.03.2019 – FORT WORTH, TX – DICKIES ARENA
  • 12.06.2019 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE FORUM
  • 12.07.2019 – ROSEMONT, IL – B96 JINGLE BASH
  • 12.09.2019 – ST PAUL, MN – XCEL ENERGY CENTER
  • 12.13.2019 – NEW YORK, NY – MADISON SQUARE GARDE
  • 05.26.2020 – OSLO, NORWAY
  • 05.28.2020 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
  • 05.30.2020 – BERLIN, GERMANY
  • 06.01.2020 – BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
  • 06.02.2020 – LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
  • 06.04.2020 – MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
  • 06.08.2020 – DUBLIN, IRELAND
  • 06.09.2020 – GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
  • 06.11.2020 – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
  • 06.14.2020 – ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
  • 06.15.2020 – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
  • 06.17.2020 – PARIS, FRANCE
  • 06.18.2020 – COLOGNE, GERMANY
  • 06.23.2020 – ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
  • 06.24.2020 – MILAN, ITALY
  • 06.30.2020 – BARCELONA, SPAIN
  • 07.01.2020 – MADRID, SPAIN
  • 07.29.2020 – VANCOUVER, CANADA
  • 07.31.2020 – EVERETT, WA
  • 08.01.2020 – PORTLAND, OR
  • 08.04.2020 – SACRAMENTO, CA
  • 08.05.2020 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
  • 08.07.2020 – LOS ANGELES, CA
  • 08.11.2020 – SAN DIEGO, CA
  • 08.12.2020 – GLENDALE, AZ
  • 08.14.2020 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
  • 08.16.2020 – DENVER, CO
  • 08.18.2020 – FORT WORTH, TX
  • 08.19.2020 – HOUSTON, TX
  • 08.21.2020 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
  • 09.04.2020 – TORONTO, CANADA
  • 09.05.2020 – DETROIT, MI
  • 09.08.2020 – ST PAUL, MN
  • 09.09.2020 – ROSEMONT, IL
  • 09.11.2020 – BOSTON, MA
  • 09.12.2020 – LAVAL, CANADA
  • 09.15.2020 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
  • 09.16.2020 – WASHINGTON, DC
  • 09.18.2020 – NEW YORK, NY
  • 09.22.2020 – NASHVILLE, TN
  • 09.23.2020 – DULUTH, GA
  • 09.25.2020 – ORLANDO, FL
  • 09.26.2020 – MIAMI, FL

We can’t wait to Meet & Greet Camila Cabello during her Romance Tour!!

If you enjoy all types of Meet & Greet VIP experiences, you will probably enjoy our BTSNYC Experiences! Plus, we have very exclusive Meet & Greet Dinner with Broadway Stars!

Let our team of experts organize it all for you or for your NHW clients.

https://romance.camilacabello.com


Disclaimer: We work with different concierge companies and partners, responsible for sourcing many of our Experiences across the globe. All Meet & Greet accesses are always subject to availability and approval by the artist’s team.



Photo Credit: Courtesy from Camila Cabello

The Water Tower Bar: Hidden NYC Cocktail Bar High Up In The Sky

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There are so many speakeasy bars in New York, but today we came to talk about a NYC Cocktail Bar called The Water Tower Bar. These guys are hidden high up in the sky!

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New Yorkers are all about creativity and searching for unique things to do in the city. We all know that summertime in New York is the best time of the year where businesses get creative to attract you into their “homes”.

In addition, we also know how quick summer can pass by, so you should definitely take advantage of everything that’s going on: from unique experiences like jet skiing in the Hudson River, the best rooftop screenings and open door helicopter tours to get pictures of NY from above!

All of that is truly amazing, but today we want to talk about New York’s nightlife! We aren’t the biggest party peeps around, I have to confess, but we do enjoy exploring some of the best hidden cocktail bars in New York.

You’ll find great bars in so many different parts of New York but, have you ever been to a hidden cocktail bar high up in the sky? Yup, that’s exactly what you read!

The Water Tower Bar, located on the very top of The Williamsburg Hotel has one of the coolest bars you can visit. Why? Well, they literally built an intimate space inside a water tower with probably one of the most amazing skylines views of Manhattan!

Just to start off, it’s a pretty interesting walk up! You have to climb quite a few steps…up and up and up, until you get there.

The bar is not a big, making every night an opportunity to actually meet new people and interact with everyone there. The super high ceiling gives us air to breath, combined with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows offering the priceless view I spoke about!

Rael Petit, the expert mixologist of the house, has done some serious work on these cocktails. And, we can say, he really knows what he’s doing! So, lucky us to have found this spot! Actually, lucky everyone!

We decided to try 3 of their most famous drinks to share with you our thoughts! And, bottom line, they were all AMAZING! Plus, the names are all pretty cool too!

This is what we had:

  • Message in the Bottle: Bacardi 4yr, Clarified Milk Punch, Chinese Cinnamon Cordial, Blue Majik Pineapple Juice and Lemon
  • Big Poppa: Hendricks, St. Germain, Thyme Corial, Egg White, Lemon Juice and Angostura Bitters
  • Blue Jeans: Empress Gin, Salers, Velvet Falernum and Dolin Blanc

And, if we could, we’d just continue on tasting the entire cocktail menu!

We just ordered a small dish with mozzarella cheese to eat before. They do have a few options if you get a bit hungry.

The night we visited was on a Thursday. We had the pleasure of listening to a great reggae Brooklyn-based band that got everyone on the dance floor. The band is called Sundub and the singer is called Joanna Teters. Her voice is really fantastic!! Other nights, they have some of the top DJs in town doing some serious music too!

So, now it your turn to go there, try their cocktails and dance a bit! Don’t forget to get some priceless pictures of Manhattan’s skyline!

If you enjoy these posts and finding the next best NYC Cocktail Bar, take a look at some speakeasies we love.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 96 Wythe Avenue

https://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com/bars-restaurants


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Vinyl Is Back: The Top Record Stores in New York

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Vinyl is back, so come explore with me and with the famous musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, the top record stores in New York! We explored Manhattan and Brooklyn and we’ll tell you everything about these hidden music gems!

Today we have, once again, the super talented musician and composer, Zé Luis Oliveira, with me! Our last video was about the must-see Jazz spots in Harlem – just thought you should know, lol!

I’ve seen that in the last couple of years, vinyl has come back to the lives of people and the desire to collect unique disks, is growing.

So, since Zé Luis is a true expert, I asked him to take me to some of his favorite and top vinyl stores in New York.

We had a great time exploring some of the top record stores in New York, located in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But there are, of course, many other fantastic options!

And before you start reading, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and help us spread the love for this secret New York!


A1 Records

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Located in a very calm street in the East Village, A1 Records is a place you can go and just explore for hours. I love the neighborhood and it always amazing to explore it.

At this store, you’ll be able to buy, sell, or trade vintage vinyl records and just have fun exploring their entire collection. New stuff comes in practically every day!

The store was founded in 1996 and their vinyl curation is fantastic. There are endless options if you’re into Jazz, Soul and Funk. Plus, they have a very reasonable pricing and you can find countless disks for less than $10.

The store isn’t that small, but there is just so much in it, that you’ll probably have an interesting time moving around.

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm

Location: 439 East 6th Street

www.facebook.com/A1-Records


Rough Trade

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Rough Trade is one of the best places best places to go in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, if you’re into great music, a fantastic selection of books and magazines, delicious coffee and even live music shows.

And, of course, it’s a great place to shop for vinyl. Amazingly, they opened much more recently than the other stores, in November of 2013, but the team behind it really knows how to surprise music lovers with an outstanding variety and selection of products.

I’m always there and this time, we found some pretty unique disks from renowned Brazilian artists, like Gilberto Gil.

OMG, and did you know you can also find cassette tapes there? Such a nostalgic experience! As we’ve said before, Rough Trade is a music haven, and we do recommend you go explore!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg

www.roughtrade.com/us


Superior Elevation Records

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Our last stop was in the super cool neighborhood of Bushwick! I love exploring everything there, since it’s known for the being the home to very creative folks.

Superior Elevation Records is tucked away in a remote street, but in a spacious store, a few steps below the ground.

The smell of the place immediately takes you to a journey into the vinyl world and you can stay there for hours listening to all the disks you want to purchase.

They also buy records every day and also have an online store, if you can’t make it to Bushwick all the time!

Hours: Daily, from 12pm – 7pm

Location: 100 White Street, Bushwick

www.superiorelevation.com


Finally, if you enjoyed exploring these top record stores in New York with us, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel! Let spread the love for music and for New York together!

Do you know any other super cool record store? Please, share with us in the comments below so we can check it out too!


Videographer: Black3 Agency and courtesy of the venues
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Learning Some Beats With STOMP

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If you haven’t heard about Stomp, it’s about time! Founded in the UK, back in 1991, today they are world famous, creating the most impressive percussion acts with unexpected objects and body parts! Get ready to feel your bones shake!

I absolutely L-O-V-E Stomp!

If you haven’t heard about them, they are an Off Broadway show, that was founded in the Brighton, United Kingdom in 1991 by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Today they are world famous and attract audiences that come from all over the globe.

Their show takes place in a great spot in the trendy East Village and are always super full, when not, totally sold out!

In short, they are “a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy”. And, their comedy acts are truly hilarious!

The most amazing thing is that there is absolutely no dialogue throughout the entire show, but these guys are experts in getting you crackin’ in your seat!

They literally create some of the most astounding and impressive percussion acts, using countless unexpected objects and body parts.

“Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.”

We spoke to, and learned some beats with 3 of their NYC performers: Desmond Howard, Jasmine Joyner and Simeon Weedall.

Plus, I couldn’t forget to thank our dear friend, Marivaldo dos Santos, that was the one that set this video shooting up for us! Marivaldo is also part of the super talented NYC performers, since the early days, when it all started! You guys HAVE to see him in action!

So, before you watch, be sure to subscribe to our channel, turn on the notifications and come explore New York with me!

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Buy your tickets:

  • Online
  • By Phone: (800) 982-2787
  • In Person: At address below

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be at least 4 years old to attend STOMP and everyone must have a ticket. The age minimum is enforced and no child under the age of 4 will be admitted.

Box Office Hours:

Monday: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Friday: 1pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5:30pm

Performance Schedule:

Monday: Dark
Tuesday: 8pm
Wednesday: 8pm
Thursday: 8pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Sunday: 2pm & 5:30pm

Location: Orpheum Theatre Box Office – 126 Second Avenue

https://stomponline.com

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Top Halloween Parties 2018 In New York City

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I can’t believe that Halloween is just around the corner, again! How crazy fast did this year go by, right? Take a look at the top Halloween parties 2018 in New York City!

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I can’t believe that Halloween is just around the corner, again! How crazy fast did this year go by, right?

We ALL know that Halloween is the best time of the year with some of the most amazing parties spread throughout the entire city, or country! People travel from all over the globe and come to New York to enjoy this special weekend and go home with endless stories to tell!

Well, like last year, we decided to share with you which will be some of the top parties in the city.

Where am I going? I’m also still not sure for one simple reason: the type of music I enjoy is totally different from the music my friends enjoy! I love psychedelic trans (minus the drugs, lol) and my friends just h-a-t-e it! Ha! The past 2 years, I went to Circo Loco, that is also listed below and loved it!

Tickets are running out and getting super expensive, so be sure to figure out where you’re going and guarantee your ticket(s)!

Oh! And besides the parties, I listed a few costume and make up stores to get you ready for the party!


McKittrick Hotel

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You’ve probably heard of Sleep No More, right? If not, it’s the city’s top theatrical experience inside the McKittrick Hotel, where they recreated a non-chronological show portraying the famous Macbeth, written by Shakespeare. Everyone’s face has a mask, preserving all identities and making everyone anonymous.

This is one of the top parties in Manhattan for one simple reason: these guys know how to put a party together!

As they say: “Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive dressed in expressive creations that give regard to the residences tradition of deviant witchcraft – be it a witch, sorcerer, enchanter, vampire, beast, or monster. Alternatively, you could come in dress inspired by the occult, in all black.”

Location: 530 West 27th Street

Buy your ticket!


Circo Loco

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Circo Loco

Ah!! This is the party I told you in the intro that I love and I’ve been to the past two years! If you’re into electronic music – the type that makes your bones shake – then, this is certainly the place for you!

They always organize it in one of those huge Brooklyn warehouses far from everything! The organization is great, the DJ’s lineup is always fantastic with international names and the costumes are truly creative.

Party starts pretty late, but I usually arrive early because lines get crazy. But, if you’re a night owl, you’ll love it!

Buy your ticket!


House of Yes

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The team behind the House of Yes are also experts in: party! They are known for throwing some of the best events in the entire New York and their creativity sure amazes everyone!

Do you like neon make up, colorful costumes, live artistic presentations, beautiful circus acts, community vibe, great music, DJs, and feeling like you’re part of something bigger? Then this is for you!

You’ll be able to enjoy 4 different parties they’ve organized for Halloween, so see which one if your favorite!

Location: 2 Wyckoff Avenue 

Buy your ticket!


Babël

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The party this year is called “Garden of Eden with Black Coffee” and the team behind the party said that it will be a dream journey leading us back to our lost paradise.

“This year’s celebration is dedicated to our beautiful and beloved planet, Gaia. We may come together to protect it so we can retrieve our lost paradise.”

And, the party will happened at a beautiful place called Duggal Greenhouse, in Brooklyn. 

Location: 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 268

Buy your ticket!


Titanic Masquerade – Pier Pressure NYC Halloween Yacht Party

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Do you like boats? Ok…let me rephrase. Do you like beautiful yachts, with gorgeous people, good music and a priceless view of Manhattan’s skyline?

Well, if your answer was yes, then continue reading! The Titanic Masquerade party will take place in a yacht that will float down the famous Hudson River for 3 unforgettable hours!

You’ll be able to see not only the breathtaking Freedom Tower at the One World and our Lady Liberty, but also other memorable sights.

Plus, everything paired with the music of some of the top DJs!

Buy your ticket!


Twilight Tour no Green-Wood Cemetery

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Last Halloween, I attended another party that also happened inside the renowned Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn. And, I literally loved it!

The party I went to was later at night, but this year they are doing a pre-event from 5pm – 7pm, when the sun starts setting. We all know that this is the time where cemeteries start getting fun, right? Lol!

If you are like me, you will LOVE this experience! I really thought it was unforgettable and still, you’ll be able to head to another party after it!

Oh! And just thought you’d like to know: the experience ends in a place completely off bounds to the common public: inside one of their catacombs.

Location: 500 25th Street

Buy your ticket!


Blood Manor

In general, haunted houses usually corny and not really scary, but I can guarantee that after you walk inside Blook Manor, you’ll have quite a hard time going to bed at night.

This is one of the most famous haunted houses in New York and surely, the bloodiest one you’ll ever see. The production behind it all is surreal and will get your bones shaking!

Take a look at the video below and let’s see if you’ll have the courage to enter it.

Good luck!

Location: 359 Broadway

Buy your ticket!


Village Halloween Parade

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Village Halloween Parade

Like every single year, on October 31st, the famous Village Halloween Parade takes over the streets of the West Village.

The parade starts at 7pm and will finish around 10:30pm. The costumes are truly amazing, the dancers and artists are extremely talented and the union of this all makes it one of the most iconic moments of the year in New York.

If you’d like to be part of it, check out their website to see how it works!

http://halloween-nyc.com


Cipriani 42nd Street

If you’re looking for a super high-end party, with some of the most gorgeous gals and guys in town, Cipriani 42nd Street is known of hosting this type of party!

Party starts at 10pm and even though this 31st will be on a Wednesday, do expect a full house!

For VIP table, email them through the link below.

Location: 110 East 42nd Street

Buy your ticket!


Dances of Vice

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This is another party that sells out super quickly, so be sure to guarantee your ticket asap, if you’d like to attend it.

This year, the name of the party is “Cabaret de L’Enfer: Heaven & Hell Halloween Ball”. As they explain: “This year’s legendary Halloween stomp sin-spired by the notorious Heaven and Hell nightclubs of 1890s Paris.

Experience supernatural visions of paradise and the underworld at the iconic Capitale, a majestic multi-level, multi-room 19th century vault, to the sordid sounds of angel horns and devil trombones—you are invited!” 

Location: 428 Broadway

Buy your ticket!


And, if you’re also not sure what you’ll be wearing and where to find all the amazing make up people use, I listed a few spots for you to check out!

Have fun in these top Halloween parties 2018 in New York City!



Photo Credit: Courtesy of all the parties and Kenny Rodriguez for the House of Yes

Day 1: Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour

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We had two priceless days with Siemens USA. We visited some of New York City’s major attractions to understand how Siemens actually helped build the city! So, tag along with me to see what “Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour” was all about!

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It’s even hard to start writing about the amazing 2-day experience I had with Siemens a few weeks ago on their “Siemens NYC’s Hidden Technology – A Behind the Scenes Tour“.

A couple of weeks back I was invited to participate in a priceless experience they had put together. I was immediately exited and curious, especially considering the name they chose for the project, ha!

We have millions of people visiting New York City during the year, over 60million to be more exact. Actually, in 2017 the number surpassed 62 million curious travelers and it keeps growing.

Most of you know about my indescribable passion for New York that I’ve clearly spoken about thousands of times before. And, the more I live here, the more I see the infinite stories and historical facts that together have built this tireless and sleepless city.

What people – not only travelers but also locals – don’t actually stop to think about, is “what is the real power that makes this perfect engine function throughout the city?” And, in obvious ways, enhances our experiences through the world-famous landmarks and historical attractions that symbolize the Big Apple.

Siemens’ technology is literally scattered everywhere you can possibly think about. From the Statue of Liberty, the subway system, the Amtrak and the respected World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, to the ceilings at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the acoustics of Carnegie Hall and even, hidden within the top breweries that make your days eternally memorable experiences.

After all, in a digital area like the one we are living, people are craving these unforgettable moments to share with friends and family. Aren’t you?

So, let me start telling you what where we went and what I saw!


11am – Kickoff Brunch at The Trading Post

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We meet the entire group at a great spot I have never been to: The Trading Post.

It was great to meet the group, we all introduced ourselves, learned a bit more about Siemens and had a glimpse of what was about to happen during the day!

The itinerary sounded extremely exciting and up my alley, since I’m all about explore the “behind the scenes” spots and facts about New York!

Oh, and the food was fantastic!

I had the asparagus risotto with fava beans, English peas, goat cheese and soft poached hen’s egg, a refreshing salad and a trio of ice creams!

A great way to start the day!


12:30pm – World Trade Center Memorial Fountains

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Ok, so this place is quite special. We all know about the 9/11 event, how it impacted not only the lives of so many families out there that lost their loved ones, but also of an entire Nation.

It took years of very hard physical and emotional work to reconstruct that part of the city. And, World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, came out to be a beautiful homage to the lives that were lost.

Obviously the hardest part of it all, was not the physical exhaustion. It was being able to think and put together a project so beautifully and carefully thought for, that was able to truly and respectfully honor ever single life that was lost that day – from people in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the Stonycreek Township in Pennsylvania, to all passengers in the planes, the brave firefighters that fought through the smoke and law enforcement officers.

The project was led by Delta Fountains, experts in designing and manufacturing the most renowned fountains in the world. All the motorized pumps and totally integrated automation technology is Siemens.

Joe Petry, President of Delta Fountains, talked to us about this monumental project.

Did you know that The World Trade Center Memorial Fountains are the largest man-made waterfalls and reflecting pool in the entire world?

The fountains sit exactly where the towers were originally located. They had phenomenal planning for it to be as perfect and precise as it is – mechanically and visually.

Here is the list of the most relevant and even curious facts that you should know about it:

  • Idea of the project was to reflect the absence of the lost souls
  • Fountains run 24h / day at a constant flow what is automated to monitor itself in an energy efficient way regardless of the weather
  • The recirculation systems are able to pump as much as 18,000 gallons of water at peak performance, every minute of every season
  • It’s intelligent enough to know the environmental conditions and understand if, for example, it needs to adjust the water in the system, not to over flow the pumps, in case it’s raining
  • The fall is 29-feet tall and had to be precisely planned to allow water to flow constantly, despite the weather conditions
  • The total drop – including the waterfall and the void in the center – add to 49-feet
  • The void is 40ft x 40ft
  • But, the water pool you can see, is only 1,5-foot deep
  • You can touch the sterilized water beneath the engraved names around the fountains
  • The stainless steel weir structure, designed by Delta Fountains was the most challenging. Through numerous testing, they found out that the weir structure needed to be exactly at 1/16th inch from each other, with an even water flow, over the entire 1,400 linear feet structure, to have the desired results
  • Water rises up peacefully, looks very still and fall perfectly into the fountain because of gaps in the stones
  • Sandy flowed in from the Hudson River, around the fountains, into the structure, causing over U$100 million in damages and flooding all the 9/11 artifacts in the Museum

Siemens cutting-edge automation technologies:

  • It offered high tech engineering, automation control and pump flow precision
  • 16 motorized pumps – controlled through Siemens VFD’s (Variable Frequency Drives) – regulates water passing through weirs. Their biggest challenge during the project was to figure out how to keep 600,000 gallons of water in each pool constantly flowing and crystal clear
  • The solution was the comprehensive Siemens SIMATIC S7-300 programmable controller solution, a first generation technology, that dramatically reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions
  • It’s controlled daily and remotely from Jacksonville, Florida, through the WinCC Flexible, an engineering software
  • The weather station, with PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers) monitors the wind temperature, velocity and pressure to control and even shut down the system, in case of extreme necessity
  • Its fully integrated diagnostic system monitored with HMI (Human Machine Interface), with touch-screens make advanced graphics to detail and oversee all details with precision and operating cost-savings
  • The sensors on it and the ability to have preventative maintenance make it electronically sustainable
  • Siemens has the greatest equipment in the market to integrate with the computer system, with 3-year warranty, sustainable practices and was a company clearly not focused only on making money, hence the success!

3:30pm – Carnegie Hall

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The Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s most famous concert venue and in the words of many experts “It’s the #1.” It was founded back in April of 1891 – built by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and designed by the architect William Burnet Tuthill.

How did the idea to build the Hall come to life? Andrew Carnegie’s wife, Louise Whitfield, sang at the Oratorio Society and during their honeymoon, she asked Mr. Carnegie to build her a music hall as a wedding gift. And, voilá! In no time, it was up and running beautifully!

Here, we were hosted by Richard Malenka, the Chief Administrative Officer and an “unofficial historian.” He is known for having super valuable and curious stories of Carnegie Hall and a priceless knowledge too.

Oh! One of the highlights was actually being able to go on stage at the Isaac Stern Auditorium, also known as the Main Hall. It’s considered the most prestigious concert stage in the US. Why? Because of the mix of acoustical quality/warmth and visual experience. The totality of the experience makes it one of the best.

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Now, here are the top curiosities about the place that called my attention:

  • The fluke!!! Andrew Carnegie hired the architect William B. Tuthill to travel world and build a totally different music hall, from what he’d seen. It ended up being more an Opera house than concert hall. The Fluke: Tuthill never actually built a concert hall!
  • Carnegie Hall boasts its fantastic 165,000 square feet, 3 auditoriums and over 3,600 seats
  • They host up to 700 concerts and 700,000 visitors a year. WOW, right!?
  • Names like Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, The Beatles, Igor Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Caetano Veloso, Luciano Pavarotti and others have been on stage
  • The building was fully redesigned thinking about technology mixed with sustainability
  • The unique acoustics is a driving force and it’s important to maintain it and to keep the high levels and quality

Siemens was part of the project to modernize the building. Their technological partner, responsible for implementing fire safety, electronic security and building automation. The project not only modernized this historical landmark, but also make it more energy efficient.

Plus, Richard said something super important: “Tech is serving the institution well when it is invisible.” And this is exactly what Siemens has done!

Because of this brilliant partnership, Carnegie Hall has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, 1 point from Gold.

Siemens cutting-edge automation technologies at work here:

  • They’ve installed sensors outside to have a more responsive and immediate response and had to learn how to problem solve the reality of working on a landmark structure and implement a contemporary technology
  • The security system (Siemens SiPass access control), ensures the highest security for guests, staff and talent inside the building
  • The Fire and Life Safety System’s precision and velocity guarantee the emergency control system to immediately activate the fire door closure, elevator management and air handlers
  • The Centralized Control manages the ventilation, air conditioning and heating in one platform, permitting even being remotely controlled, if desired. The system keeps track and analyzes any necessary electrical repair and maintenance
  • The challenges revolved around working on a landmarked building, that restricts countless interventions
  • Now, the 125+ year old landmark is utilizing the next-gen tech found in brand new buildings throughout NYC!

Siemens was able to bring Carnegie Hall into the 21st Century!


7pm – Bateaux New York Dining Cruise

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To end this fantastic day, with some of the most amazing experiences and priceless knowledge, we headed to Chelsea Piers for a boat-dinner!

The Bateaux New York Dining Cruise was a great experience and way to end the day. But, the interesting information about it, is that the route passes very close to Lady Liberty! To be very honest, I always thought it was a bit too touristy, and it still is, but it’s worth experiencing it once in your life!

And, this is where Siemens comes into play again! They told us that back in 2012, Siemens technology was chosen as the perfect solution to be part of the Life Safety Upgrade Program, led by the U.S. National Park Service, for the Statue of Liberty.

The purpose was to upgrade not only the Statue of Liberty’s emergency rescue elevator, but also the engineering framework called Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal software. In addition, they also used Siemens safety PLC’s – safety modules and comfort panels to ensure redundancy or operations!

As said above, the best type of tech, is the invisible one. And, once again, Siemens showed us how they are part of New York City’s engine!

Here is more on the TIA Portal, in case you’re still curious: 

The TIA Portal allows automation processes to be designed optimally and efficiently from a single computer screen. This ground-breaking innovation shortens the engineering cycle, saves commissioning time, and reduces maintenance costs and TCO (total cost of ownership).

The Life Safety project included the need to upgrade both the safety and function of the 30-year old obsolete rescue elevator which had reached the end of its useful life. The new rescue elevator is a special purpose personnel machine that uses innovative technology to enhance safety and reliability making the system more user friendly. The TIA portal brings efficiency and reliability to the project by allowing and integrated work platform to manage the world class Siemens Safety PLC and Comfort Panel hardware, which make up the heart of the safety rated elevator controller.

The elevator is designed and intended for emergency personnel, not public use, giving EMTs, firefighters, and other service personnel access to the Statue when someone in distress needs to be reached and retrieved. The system includes the Siemens Fail Safe Safety CPU, various digital inputs and outputs, and the Siemens’ HMI comfort panel, all of which were designed and commissioned using TIA Portal. The project also uses PROFIBUS communication protocols and PROFINET industrial Ethernet.


As I mentioned, this was a 2-day experience, so take a look what Day 2 looked like!

We started at the Arthur Ashe Stadium where the US Open is currently happening. Then, we headed for tasting and lunch at the Other Half Brewery in Brooklyn. Finally, we finished our day at LO3. They are a young NY company working on the Brooklyn Microgrid project with a blockchain enabled transactive energy platform!


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