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Epistrophy: A Restaurant Where The Owner Plays Jazz For You

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SoHo is a neighborhood with some of the most amazing businesses and stories! We found Epistrophy, a charming restaurant, where the owner plays Jazz music to his clients! How awesome is that!?

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Luca and Georgia came to NY many years ago for a quick 3 months experience. They worked in a few bars and coffee shops before moving back to Sardinia. On the side, Luca also played Jazz music for some extra cash – he plays the trumpet!

After a while, they couldn’t get New York City out of their heads, decided to come back and in 2005 opened Epistrophy – a restaurant with Sardinian-inspired recipes.

A huge portion of the restaurant was actually built by Luca and his former boss and friend, Leo. Luca explained that:

“Every year we revamp the place without losing its soul. This way, our customers won’t be upset and we maintain our essence.”

The dishes we tried were:

  • Quinoa Salad with kale, beet, squash, chickpea, avocado and radish
  • Avocado Toast
  • Vegan pasta with vegetables
  • For dessert, a banana muffin with fruits

We can’t forget about the beautiful rustic décor! Just like we enjoy it, with beautiful metal and wooden tables, a gorgeous full bar, and a cute waiting area that reminds us of a home.

For the lovers of the traditional 20’s-30’s Jazz, every Sunday night they offer live music!

And the coolest things is: every 1st Sunday, Luca himself plays too! I mean: How cool is it to have the owner himself play music to his guests!? We love it! By the way, he has a few records already if you want to check these out!

We’re sure you’ll love this place and we can’t wait to go back!

If you’re going to explore Brooklyn, be sure to visit their sister restaurant in Greenpoint called Le Fanfare! And take a look at the YouTube video we’ve done there as well!

Do you live in New York, or will you be in town to celebrate an important date? Well, if you’re looking for a great place to host your event, contact our experts to understand how our Concierge Services works!

Are you a company looking for location for your upcoming event or to host clients? Our team behind our Corporate Services can help you out!

Hours:
Happy Hour Weekdays: 4pm – 7pm
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 12am

Location: 200 Mott Street

http://epistrophynyc.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

An Exclusive Brooklyn Rooftop BTSNYC Experience

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Our second private BTSNYC Experience in partnership with WeWork happened at one of their coolest Brooklyn rooftops! We had a perfect mix: a pocket show with tasting by a local spirit!

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This is exactly the type of exclusive, small, private event we love to organize! There is nothing better than having a private pocket show paired with a delicious tasting by a Harlem-born brand!

So, we hosted another fantastic summer time event at the trendiest WeWork location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

All the guests explored the best of what New York has to offer on the coolest rooftop today and with a flawless sunset.

To start, the night began with a unique tasting experience with the all natural, small batch Doc Hersons’ absinthes. They are a true Harlem-born brand that is recreating and teaching people that absinthe is a perfect spirit to drink with friends.

Plus, WeWork offered a variation of delicious empanadas not only for the meat eaters, but also for the vegetarians! What we can say about them? Well, they were simply divine!

Finally, all guests sat down and enjoyed the very talented duo, Connor and Lu, perform a private pocket show exclusively for them!

We had a great night, lots of fun and valuable networking between guests!


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About Conner and Lu:

Luisa Justus, know as Lu is a sci-fi-loving Brazilian film geek turned “mad woman” in the New York advertising industry.

Connor is a long-haired grunge musician turned tech business guy (hence the inevitable haircut).

Even though they have secret identities – some may call them ‘day jobs’. Connor and Lu‘s true obsession lies in writing and playing music together.

 


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About Doc Hersons:

Born in Harlem. Raised in Brooklyn. All natural. Small batch.

Founded in a Harlem basement in 2012, Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits is the 1st Absinthe Distillery in New York City.

With their impeccable taste and retro sensibilities, husband and wife team Kevin Herson and Stacey Luckow epitomize the creative era of pre ban Absinthe’s lusty atmosphere.

Transporting those whom imbibe on a journey back to the days of bohemian artistry and ambience.

 


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What WeWork is all about:

In the hippest location in New York, WeWork Williamsburg is a beautifully designed space for creative minds to merge and have fun.

WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

The mission? “To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living!”

So, come meet people that “do what they love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.”


BTSNYC experience details:

Date: August 24th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $12 + Drinks and Food free!!! (LIMITED TICKETS!)

You can also see our first event, featuring Aline Muniz, with WeWork where we had her perform a pocket show, paired with tastings with Cachaça Yaguara!

For upcoming events, go check out our BTSNYC ExperienceEvents will show you other New York City happenings!

If you are interested in organizing your own BTSNYC experience private event, or for any type of Corporate event, contact our experts and see how they can assist you!


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The Coolest Summer Rooftop Event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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BEHIND THE SCENES NYC AND WEWORK PRESENTS:

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Another fantastic summer time event at the trendiest WeWork location in Brooklyn: Williamsburg! Come for an amazing Summer rooftop event!

Be prepared to explore the best of what New York has to offer on the coolest rooftop around!

Start the night with a unique tasting experience with the all natural, small batch Doc Hersons’ absinthes. Plus, meet the Founders!

Hungry? We have a variation of delicious empanadas for you!

Then, sit down and enjoy the talented duo Connor and Lu perform a private pocket show exclusively for us!

(RSVP BELOW!)


DATE: August 24th, 2017
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $12 + Drinks and Food free!!! (TICKETS ARE LIMITED!)


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Connor and Lu

Lu is a sci-fi-loving Brazilian film geek turned “mad woman” in the New York advertising industry. Connor is a long-haired grunge musician turned tech business guy (hence the inevitable haircut). Even though they have secret identities – some may call them ‘day jobs’ – their true obsession lies in writing and playing music together.


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Doc Hersons

Born in Harlem. Raised in Brooklyn. All natural. Small batch.

Founded in a Harlem basement in 2012, Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits is the 1st Absinthe Distillery in New York City.

With their impeccable taste and retro sensibilities, husband and wife team Kevin Herson and Stacey Luckow epitomize the creative era of pre ban Absinthe’s lusty atmosphere.

Transporting those whom imbibe on a journey back to the days of bohemian artistry and ambience. Kevin Herson, the Founder, will be there! So, come and meet him.

In addition, take a look at the interview we did with Kevin from Doc Heresons!


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WeWork Williamsburg Rooftop

In the hippest location in New York, WeWork Williamsburg is a beautifully designed space for creative minds to merge and have fun.

WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

The mission? To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living!

Come meet people that “do what they love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.”


TWO QUICK STEPS TO SIGN UP:

1. Fill the FORM below to have your name on the list:

2. Click the RSVP BUTTON BELOW, for quick payment!


SEE YOU ALL THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH AT 6PM!

LOCATION: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn


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Rock’n’Roll with The Velvicks at the Famous Irving Plaza

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How about going to a real rock’n’roll show at one of the 50 top venues in the planet? The Velvicks is one of our favorite Brooklyn-based rock bands will perform at the famous Irving Plaza.

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We are always eager in sharing the talent of incredible upcoming NY bands with the world! And, the Velvicks is one of our favorite Brooklyn-based rock bands.

We’ve been to countless shows where they’ve performed, and they’ve played at a few Sofar Sounds that we’ve personally curated in New York City.

Victor Nader, the leading vocal team up with extremely talented names and brought to life this kick ass, rock’n’roll band in October of 2016.

The band: Vick Nader (Vocals), Vinny da Silva (Lead Guitar), Apoena Frota (Bass) and Ed Marson (Drums).

See below all information on the event:


DATE: Friday, August 11th, 2017
TIME: 10:30pm
LOCATION: Irving Plaza – 17 Irving Plaza, NYC
TICKETS: $12 now | $15 at door


TWO QUICK STEPS TO SIGN UP:

1. Fill the FORM below to guarantee your name on the list!

2. Click the “PAY NOW” BUTTON BELOW, for quick payment!

 

More about The Velvicks:

Recorded and produced in 2011 by Roy Cicala (John Lennon, Hendrix, Elvis, Sinatra, Springsteen…) and in 2016, produced and recorded by Steve Remote (Beck, The Beach Boys, The Black Crowes, Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Buckley…), Vick Nader lived his childhood in the U.S..

Influenced by “60’s, 70’s” music, he shaped his work towards “Art Rock”. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he teamed up in October, 2016 with Vinicius Martins (guitar), Ed Marson (Drums) and Apoena Frota (bass) to perform as Vick & The Velvicks. Since then, they’ve been performing in NY area and gathering new supporters on their way.

The songwriting is being compared to Roger Waters, Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe and Bob Dylan. Definitely an authentic up and coming original act worth your time and attention.

https://thevelvicks.com

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The Big Takeover Band Is Literally Taking Over New York City!

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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, recently went to a Sofar Sounds event, hosted at a super cool spot in Bushwick, called Honey’s. There, she saw a fantastic show by The Big Takeover Band and understood “why” they are taking over New York City!

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If you’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds, they host the most exclusive, secret and intimate music gigs in over 300 cites all over the Globe!

“Bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”

This event is BYOB (bring.your.own.bottle), so you can bring your own Booze! So feel free to bring Wine, Beer, or whatever makes you happy!

During the night at Honey’s, three bands performed for around 25 minutes each. The place is amazing, with an additional space containing a tasting room with wine barrels by Enlightenment Wines. That’s where the event was hosted. Super cool!

At this last event that Fê went, the last band was The Big Takeover Band! She fell completely in love with their music, the style, the vibe and decided to interview them!

The Band:

Nee Nee Rushie – Vocals | Rob Kissner – Bass | Kerry Shaw – Guitar | Andy Vogt – Trombone | Chas Montrose – Sax | Batu Attila – Drums.

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Sofar Sounds NYC event, hosted at Honey’s, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

So, take a look below to see what they are all about:

1) Let’s start with how the band started. Being from the Hudson Valley, how did the band come about?

When I moved to New York from Jamaica to go to college, I met Rob Kissner (bass) and Sam Tritto  (original drummer) in New Paltz. We became friendly and realized we had a common love for Jamaican music.

We eventually formed a reggae band with the best guitar player in town (Jonny Monster) and Sam’s cousin, Andrew Vogt (trombone). Andrew soon brought Chas Montrose (sax) on board. They were old buddies who grew up together.

We started playing out and writing songs and people really enjoyed them. We have had some line-up changes along the way, but we have never stopped. That was back in 2007.

2) Was there any local inspiration when you guys started?

New Paltz, where we met and started playing gigs, has a very rich music scene. There is always something interesting music-wise happening there.

When we started out, there were many bands that played to very excited people. So we were inspired not only by our peers that were creating independent and good music, but by the people who were so open and excited to hear and see independent artists.

3) The music is very unique, mixing a quite a few different genres. Which bands are the ones you most enjoy and also gather inspiration from?

We gather inspiration from most styles of Jamaican music. We look up to bands and artists from the 60’s and 70’s. And some current artists with the old soul: The Skatalites, The Specials, The Slackers, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Phyllis Dillon, Gregory Isaacs. Too many to mention, really.

4) Before writing a song, is there any ritual or maybe a place you go to be in silence? What are some things that people don’t really know about this creative process and how much work is put in it that you could share?

We always have something conceptualized before we meet and flush it out. It starts with a chord progression or a bass line. I put a vocal melody and lyrics on top of it and the rest of the band works their magic. No special place, no rituals. It comes to us and we play it.

5) You’ve played in over 700 show, throughout the past 10 years, which is simply amazing! I don’t believe that there is only 1 highlight in that timeline, so what were the most memorable moments or experiences that you guys had? Which show (or shows), would you love going back in time and experiencing again?

We love playing festivals in the summer time. That’s our favorite. This year we played Mountain Jam and we loved it. We enjoyed every festival that we have played!

Whenever we get the opportunity to open for a band that we look up to, we enjoy the hell out of it and always wish we can do it again.

We have shared the stage with many people we look up to like: Beres Hammond, Culture, The Wailers, The Skatalites, The Slackers, Eek-a-Mouse…

6) What’s the most exciting part of a show and of performing? The very beginning before going on stage? The middle when you see the crowd vibing with your song? The end, when you have massive applauses? Or another pivotal moment?

I personally don’t enjoy the time before going on stage. Anytime that is spent not on stage or waiting to be on stage, is not fun for me.

The best part is the entire experience of being on stage from beginning to end. I love to sing, so if I’m singing, I’m happy. When I look out and see happy people, it makes it even better.

7) You are going on a new tour now to promote the “Silly Girl” album! What is the itinerary? What are you most looking forward too and what are some cool things you want to take from this tour?

We are going to VA, NC, LA, TX, CO, CA and WA and we’re really look forward to it all! It will be amazing since we are going to get to see a lot of the country! We want to see the Grand Canyon, the desert and some wild horses.

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A few other fun questions regarding the Hudson Valley region:

8) What are your top 5 picks in the area of places to go and activities to do? In other words, here would you take your friends and family to explore away from the touristy scene?

We are so lucky to live in such a unique area of the country and love it here! We would recommend walking over the Hudson River (Walkway Over The Hudson), swimming in a water hole (so many all over!), hiking (countless hiking trails), visiting a farm for picking fruits or veggies, visiting a distillery, brewery or cidery.

9) Which are the best spots in New York (5 boroughs) to listen to the best music and upcoming bands?

We don’t get the time to listen to upcoming bands, unless we catch them before or after our set. Manhattan and Brooklyn never fails to have an eye catching act. We’ve seen some great bands at Rockwood Music Hall and The Shrine in Harlem.


Thank you Nee Nee (and band!) for participating in this interview! We are happy to show the world a bit of your story and fantastic work!

Here are 3 video clips of musics we love:

You can purchase their albums, if you enjoyed the videos!

And, if you want to check them out or go to a show, take a look at their website to follow where they’ll be live next! As we mentioned, they are literally taking over New York City.

www.bigtakeoverband.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Big Takeover Band, Matthew Conde and Arius Photography
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A BTSNYC Experience At WeWork, in Williamsburg

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We organized a great private event at the coolest WeWork location, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! A famous Brazilian singer did a pocket show and a renowned Brazilian spirit offered exclusive tastings!

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We organized an awesome Brazilian-inspired night at the trendiest WeWork location in Brooklyn: Williamsburg!

All the guests were able to explore the best of what the Brazilian culture has to offer!

The night started with a fantastic tasting experience with the artisanal Cachaça Yaguara. Thiago Camargo, the Founder himself, came in to tell us the story behind the brand. He talked to each guest individually and served the cachaça spirit.

We also had some of the most delicious empanadas in the world. We catered not only to the meat eaters, but also to the vegetarian crowd, with a to-die-for cheese flavored option!

Then, everyone sat around to listed to the very talented singer, Aline Muniz, perform a private pocket show exclusively for our group!

After the show, she talked to everyone and took pictures!

In sum, we all had a great time!


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About Aline Muniz:

Singer and songwriter Aline Muniz is definitely a complete artist.

She one of the leading exponents of the new and exciting Brazilian music scene.

Currently gearing up to launch her international career Aline is setting up base in New York City and working with respected A&R/Producer Béco Dranoff, to release a digital compilation.

Her international project will include music selected from her three previous releases plus several new and unreleased recordings.

 


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About Cachaça Yaguara:

People tend to know about Wine and Beer, but why not about Distilled Spirits? Keeping History alive, Cachaça is the oldest distilled spirit in the Americas.

Yaguara Cachaça is an artisanal, organic, blended, white cachaça. Produced in small batches from the south of Brazil, the result of five generations of family passion.

Made from hand-cut organic sugar cane and distilled in small batches, Yaguara Cachaça is born of the latest distilling technology and five generations of artisanal know-how. It is a blend of the finest white cachaça and the traditional Meneghel family recipe.

 


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What WeWork is all about:

In the hippest location in New York, WeWork Williamsburg is a beautifully designed space for creative minds to merge and have fun.

WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

The mission? “To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living!”

Come meet people that “do what they love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.”


BTSNYC experience details:

Date: July 6th, 2017
Time: 6PM
Location: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $10 + Drinks are free!!! (LIMITED TICKETS!)

For upcoming events, be sure to see our BTSNYC Experience and our Events pages.

If you are interested in organizing your own BTSNYC experience private event, or if you are looking for companies to assist you on a Corporate event, contact our experts!


Photo Credit: Aline Velter, courtesy images and ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Guitarist Andre Vasconcelos Is Shaking Up New York City

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Today we are here with one of New York City’s best guitarists Andre Vasconcelos. Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Andre has been living in the United States for quite some time now, playing with several different bands in stages throughout the world.

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We’ve written in the past about The Brazilian Johnsons, a band Andre played in, so we’ve been hearing about guitarist Andre Vasconcelos’ amazing musical talent for some time. Since we hear and see his name constantly showing up on band’s concerts line ups and posters around NYC, we decided to attend a show this past June 3rd, at Rough Trade. There, we were able to witness his performance first-hand. Our immediate reaction? We were in awe, and speechless!

Andre was performing as the lead guitarist for the band “The Velvicks”, who were interestingly acting as the openers for Andre’s main band, the RANN. We were blown away by the performances. Victor’s songs are catchy and energetic and the band that backs him up are made with some of the most incredibly players we have seen live.

Andre took some time to answer a couple of questions for Behind the Scenes NYC. We are thrilled to hear a little about his journey as a musician.

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1. When did you start playing music? And what was the moment you decided that this would be your professional path in life?

“I started playing music when I was around 13 years old. My brother was having guitar lessons so, when my mom offered me to start doing those too, I accepted just so I could be better than him (laughs).

Having done that, I moved on to developing a true relationship of love and devotion to the instrument. I started on nylon string guitar, but quickly changed to electric after coming back from the massive Rock in Rio Festival, in Brazil, where I witnessed Guns n’ Roses melt my face.

I don’t think I have ever decided that this would be my path, but also never really saw myself doing anything else. Then, I attended Business School for a while, just to find myself skipping classes to practice and/or learn new material.”

2. When did you move to New York City? What is the day-to-day life of such an in-demand musician living here?

“I moved to New York City around a year after I graduated from the renowned Berklee College of Music, in Boston. Many of my peers and collaborators were making the move to the big apple so the timing felt right. I had been playing in New York City for many years before I moved here, which is how it eventually works anyway.

The city requires you to be smart about your planning, scheduling and all of the logistic aspects of the profession. You need to understand immediately how big the city is, how long it takes to get from one place to the other and how costly it is to do so.

My day-to-day varies immensely as I have a Music House (Ghidrah Music) in my home studio, in Bushwick. There, I am a writer and producer for my own original rock band, called RANN, where we are always working on new materials. My jazz/rock band, called Racha Fora, does yearly tours in Japan, several other projects and side gigs that keeps our schedule very busy and diverse.

To answer your question, it is basically a combination of studio production sessions in the morning, followed by pretty intense rehearsals or performances at night.”

3. Talking a bit about RANN, how did this amazing project come to life? You guys went on 3 tours, what were they like? Plus, when can we expect new material?

“RANN is the main project I work with. There are four of us: Apoena Frota is the lead singer and also my partner at Ghidrah Music. We have our drummer, Joe Ullmer and Rafael Russi is our secret weapon playing guitars, synths and bass. I play guitar and sing harmonies.

We all met in Boston, but we only formed the band around January of 2015 when we rented a cabin upstate NY and wrote our entire full length record “Yellowgun” during that trip.

Quickly after finishing the album and seeing our shows get more and more hype, we went on our first US Tour. The, we won the Deli Magazine award of “Best Indie Pop Band of 2015”, had our song placed in a massive movie in Brazil and performed extensively.

In 2016 we crossed the country twice playing shows in over 45 different cities, driving from Cape Cod to Seattle and back.

New material should be released soon! We are very excited about it.”

4. After seeing your show with Vic, at Rough Trade, we decided to invite him to be part of the Sofar Sounds event we organized at the Greenpoint Gallery a few days ago. The show was a tremendous success and we were sold out! I heard you’ve played at several of these Sofar events with countless different artists. Can you tell us a bit about the event and what it feels like to see it from different artists’ perspectives?

“Absolutely! Sofar is always a fun experience. The name stands for “Songs from a Room”, which is a great concept. I’ve played Sofar shows with Brazilian artists singing in Portuguese, with Brazilian artists singing in English, with RANN, with heavy rock bands, but also with very soft and subtle singers…and pretty much everything in between.

Sofar Sounds shows are usually ‘stripped down’ versions of the original musics. So, adapting some music to that setting is both challenging and really fun. The show I did with “Victor & the Peculiars” was a particularly interesting one. The band is usually a full blast rock band, taking no prisoners. For our Sofar show last weekend, we managed to rock out, keep the energy up there, but still play the room. It was awesome!

I usually have around 10 guitar pedals with me, but for this show I only had 4. After the show I saw so many posts and comments from people complimenting the guitar sounds. It is always very rewarding. I have the Strymon pedals to thank for that – they are truly incredible pieces of gear.

One of my favorite Sofar concerts I did was with Racha Fora, the powerful and fiery jazz/rock ensemble, led by Hiroaki Honshuku. The music composed and performed by Hiro, myself (guitar), Rika Ikeda (violin) and Sebastian Chiriboga (percussion), pushed the envelope so much that the crowd’s reaction was stunning. Everybody really loved the concert. Being able to share our international touring experiences was another highlight.”

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Andre, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, at Behind the Scenes NYC! We are very excited to share this inspiring feature on you and continue rockin’!

“Thank YOU so much! This has been so much fun. Hope to catch you at our show soon!”


If you want to learn more about RANN, take a look at their website: www.rannpage.com. To listen to their music, enjoy their You Tube Page with countless clips!

We’ve chosen two, to share below. One was filmed at a place we love, with some of the coolest people in town, called Pianos.

Lastly, if you’re dying to see the guitarist Andre Vasconcelos play, his next show with “The Velvicks” will be for the July 4th celebration at El Derty’s rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

See you all there, for we are definitely going!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Andrea Vodickova, Rescalla Cury and Alyss Tyler
*Last Update on March/2020.*

A Night In Brooklyn With Live Music And A Tasting Experience

BTSNYC Experiences Up Coming WeWork Yaguara Cachaca Night In Brooklyn

BEHIND THE SCENES NYC AND WEWORK PRESENTS:

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Brazilian-inspired night at the trendiest We Work location in Brooklyn: Williamsburg!

Be prepared to explore the best of what the Brazilian culture has to offer!

Start this special night in Brooklyn with a fantastic tasting experience with the artisanal Yaguara Cachaça mixing the best typical cocktail drinks.

So, what to expect? The famous Capirinha! And, meet the Founder himself!

Then, sit down and enjoy live music with the famous and talented Aline Muniz singing a private pocket show exclusively for us!

(RSVP BELOW!)


DATE: July 6th, 2017
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $12 + Drinks are free!!! (TICKETS ARE LIMITED!)


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Aline Muniz

Singer and songwriter Aline Muniz is definitely a complete artist and one of the leading exponents of the new and exciting Brazilian music scene.

Plus, she’s currently gearing up to launch her international career Aline is setting up base in New York City and working with respected A&R/Producer Béco Dranoff, to release a digital compilation.

In addition, her international project will include music selected from her three previous releases plus several new and unreleased recordings.

And, we’ve also written about Aline. So, if you’re curious, check it out.


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Cachaça Yaguara

People tend to know about Wine and Beer, but why not about Distilled Spirits? Keeping History alive, Cachaça is the oldest distilled spirit in the Americas.

To start, Yaguara Cachaça is an artisanal, organic, blended, white cachaça. Produced in small batches from the south of Brazil, the result of five generations of family passion.

Made from hand-cut organic sugar cane and distilled in small batches, Yaguara Cachaça is born of the latest distilling technology and five generations of artisanal know-how. Moreover, it’s a blend of the finest white cachaça and the traditional Meneghel family recipe.


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WeWork Williamsburg

In the hippest location in New York, WeWork Williamsburg is a beautifully designed space for creative minds to merge and have fun.

Moreover, WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

The mission? To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living!

So, come meet people that “do what they love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.”


TWO QUICK STEPS TO SIGN UP:

1. Fill the FORM below to have your name on the list

2. Click the RSVP BUTTON BELOW, for quick payment!


SEE YOU ALL THIS THURSDAY, JULY 6TH AT 6PM!

LOCATION: WeWork Williamsburg – 134 North 4th Street, Brooklyn


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Your Next Go-To Music Spot: Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg

Culture Music Brooklyn Steel Entrance Box Office

We are so excited with this new music venue that opens tonight in Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg debuts tonight and is the newest venue, part of Bowery Presents’ amazing portfolio!

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For tonight, Brooklyn Stell hand picked, of course, a local band called LCD Soundsystem – and tickets sold out in a few minutes for all the nights they perform! Wow! What they play? They explain their music to have a ‘new romantic with an industrial edge’.

Tonight’s show is completely sold out, but don’t hesitate to check their website. There are other amazing upcoming events you can still attend!

When the founders of Bowery Presents, John Moore and Jim Glancy, found this former steel manufacturing factory, their excitement was evident.

After getting the approval to start construction, their baby was born, literally 9 months later – definitely a record for a space like this!

Their new home can host up to 1,800 lively, animated guests and is certainly a unique project.

From bars created out of repurposed steel, super high ceiling, very simple gorgeous rustic decor… to a movable stage and large gorgeous bathrooms (which is definitely a plus to support a place this size), they will certainly offer priceless experiences and will be the new paradise for NYC concertgoers.

If you want to be part of the local Brooklyn scene, this is certainly your next go-to spot!


More about them:

The Bowery Presents is the leading New York City-based independent concert promoter. Its business is built around great music and its mission is to bring the best bands to the NYC metropolitan area and the rest of the Northeast, while providing the best concert experience for both fans and artists at reasonable ticket prices. 

Bowery has established itself as a dynamic entertainment experience and is the ultimate music tastemaker. The Bowery has been on music’s cutting edge since its inception, and it produced more concerts in 2010 than any other organization in New York.

The Brooklyn Steel in East Williamsburg is definitely bringing a new life to our hood!

If you want to have an early dinner or if you’re hungry after the show, we’d recommend going to Concord Hill. It’s just a 8-10 minute walk from there. For drinks, try Beco Bar or Night of Joy!

The area is fantastic, so we also recommend you exploring the neighbor neighborhood called Greenpoint. Another spot where the cool Brooklyn kids hang. We created a fantastic Greenpoint Guide of what to do there, plus a surprise at the end!

Location: 319 Frost Street

www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel


Photo Credit and Text Excerpts: Courtesy of Brooklyn Steel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Creative & Cultural Trendsetters Meet at the Northside Festival in Williamsburg

Culture Music Northside Festival Bedford Street

We love the Northside Festival in Williamsburg that happens every month of June! These guys really know how to curate an outstanding cultural and creative event.

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I think that by this point you all know how we love Brooklyn and all the super cool neighborhoods that are part of this Borough.

Williamsburg has changed tremendously in the past few years and is still in constant change. They are pioneers in bringing some of the coolest events in town related to music, art, food and new ideas!

The Northside Music Festival happens once a year, during the month of June, for 5 days. The event bring in some of the best, upcoming and established bands, great food, a beautiful crowd and a fantastic vibe!

Furthermore, not only their line up is great, but you should plan on attending the Block Parties too. On June 10th and 11th, you’ll find beautiful installations, sculptures, are works and countless other activities.

More about them and their upcoming show with the R&B superstar Miguel:

For one week every June, over 100,000 creative and cultural trendsetters meet in Brooklyn to uncover the future of music, innovation and content. With over 300 bands, 100 speakers and 100 content creators, attendees venture to Northside to say – I saw it here first. We’re excited to present Miguel + special guests for Northside Festival on Saturday, June 10th at 5pm, in McCarren Park! This is a benefit show for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), a nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger North Brooklyn by improving 45 parks and playgrounds and getting neighbors involved in their community parks.

We’re sure you will enjoy the Northside Festival in Williamsburg!

In addition, if you’d like to explore more of what Brooklyn is about, take a look at our unique experiences like the Bushwick Graffiti, Bites & Drinks Photo Tour, or contact our experts to for any personal request or corporate requests.

Date: June 7th – 11th,

Location: McCarren Park – Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street

Purchase tickets!


Photo and Text Credits: Northside Festival and Brooklyn Vegan
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

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