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

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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.

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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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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

Fun Things To Do In NYC This Fall

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New York, New York is a fabled city of dreams. Considered the epicenter of American multiculturalism, New York City brings together the best of tourism, scenery, and choice. Today we will share with you some pretty fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

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Unfortunately, since New York City has taken a considerable hit since COVID-19 infiltrated its borders, most of its iconic spots and activities have been suspended through the summer. However, it’s still possible to plan a fall trip for this year that blends the timelessness of tourist spots with the eclectic spirit of its hidden gems. We’re gonna show you some fun things to do in NYC this Fall!

Formerly known as New Amsterdam, the city we now know as New York was initially settled on the Hudson River by the Dutch in 1624. Forty years later, the English took over and gave the city the name we know and love today: New York.

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It is perhaps most famously known as the “gateway to America,” as the city saw a massive influx of immigrants between 1892 and 1954.

Because of this fact, it’s estimated that up to 40% of Americans can trace their lineage back to this group of immigrants who entered the country via Ellis Island, which could arguably be America’s most famous border stop.

New York’s rich cultural history has cemented its status as one of America’s must-see cities.

But for those unfamiliar with its geographical and social landscape, it might be overwhelming to dive in and navigate.

Fortunately, we’re here today to provide you with a list of sites you’ll visit during your time in ‘The Big Apple.’

These might look like pretty touristy spots to go, far from a “behind the scenes” experience at first glance, but we always tweak the experience into a memorable and unique one!

So, keep on reading and check out a few fun things to do in NYC this fall, with our “behind the scenes NYC juice” to top it off:


Taking Broadway to another level with a Meet & Greet experience!

There’s no business, like show business, baby!

Any American who can carry a tune has heard of Broadway; its world-class theater productions draw millions of international visitors each year.

Many of its iconic shows and songs have woven their way into the cultural fabric and lexicon. Broadway itself is the name of the street where most of those theater companies made their home in the early 1900’s, a time when the height of the Industrial Revolution ushered in massive public transportation shifts.

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New York’s new subway system made getting around the city far easier, and with it came the popularization of live theater entertainment.

Nowadays, Broadway’s definition has expanded to include all streets between 42nd Street and 53rd Street in Midtown and is appropriately named the Theater District.

While there was a downturn in demand for theater productions during the Great Depression, Broadway would soon rise again.

There’s several acclaimed Broadway shows in production this fall, and anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of the city would be wise to buy a ticket to see one of these shows.

If you’re new to the theater world, consider The Lion King.

Not only is the story familiar thanks to Disney’s hit 1994 animated film, but it’s also the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, raking in over $2 million every week.

That’s $1.4 billion in total since the beginning of its run! If you’re looking for a brief account of American history with a modern-day twist, then we recommend Hamilton, one of the most popular shows to hit Broadway in years.

If you’d like to see this show but aren’t too keen on shelling out $150 for a ticket, you can enter a digital lottery to win one for $10.

Now, for our “behind the scenes NYC juice”! Watching a Broadway show is definitely an amazing experience, but we can make it priceless with a pre-dinner with the stars and a backstage meet & greet after the show!

How about that for a memorable experience, huh?! Definitely one of the highlights of fun thing to do in NYC next Fall!


Central Park and all its secrets!

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If New York is America’s most famous city, then Central Park is America’s most famous park.

The New York State Legislature set aside 750 acres of central land on Manhattan Island for park development on July 21, 1853. Central Park would become America’s first and largest public park and kicked off the urban park movement that would continue to spread throughout the country in the coming decades.

Those lobbying for the construction of the park argued that a big public park would contribute to the collective benefit of both society and public health. Their reasoning struck a chord, as nowadays America boasts over 53 national parks and 6600 state parks. Smaller public parks are estimated to double or triple the last number.

If you think all there is to do in Central Park is walk around, think again. You can fish for bass, explore Belvedere Castle, take in the floral scenery at the Conservatory Garden, and catch some Shakespearean theater if you’re so inclined.

What makes Central Park so amazing is that there’s something for everyone here.

Want to spread a blanket out on the Big Lawn and bask in the sun? You can do that–just don’t forget your prescription sunglasses (it gets pretty bright out there!).

Would you rather experience all the romance of a gondola ride without making a trip to Venice, Italy? Well, you can do that too on Central Park’s lake. If you’re new to the city, you have to make your way to America’s most beautiful and most memorable park before you go.

And still, let us organize a beautiful full picnic for you and your friend’s or loved ones! We’ll take care of everything from setting it up, to cleaning it all, when you’re done! It’s one of the fun outdoor activities you never thought about doing in New York.

Last, but not least, you can also sign up and experience the Secret of Central Park Walking Tour! So fun and you’ll learn even more, and explore a couple more off-the-beaten-path areas.


The Secret NYC Underground!

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Doyers Street, Chinatown. Photo Credit: Noel Y. Calingasan (@NYCLovesNYC)

Perhaps, though, these tourist destinations aren’t your cup of tea – even though we added our unique twist. So here are some secret and fun things to do in NYC this Fall.

If this is the case, rest assured you’re in the right place to explore and discover a trove of establishments that generally fly under the radar.

New York City is teeming with cocktail bars and live music hubs that can give you a taste of the undercurrent of the city’s culture.

Peachy’s Cocktail Bar has an impressive set of house rules that accosts every visitor before entry: NO FIGHTING, NO PHOTOS. Indeed, in today’s picture-perfect world, a bar like Peachy’s is an excellent place to relax with a drink and unplug. Located at 5 Doyers Street in Chinatown, this chic speakeasy-like lounge is under Chinese Tuxedo – a restaurant we love!!

But the phone-free element is not the only part of its unique vibe. Peachy’s cocktail bar dons some seriously fresh tiger-print wallpaper, intricate floral arrangements, and myriad flickering candles that all work together to create a funky yet beautifully understated mood.

Its most famous drink comes with complementary blue algae, but don’t worry. Not only are these algae safe for consumption, but it’s flavored with pineapple to conjure up childhood memories of blue Fun Dip. Talk about a sweet spot!

Are you looking for a laugh? Then, check out Live @ The Apt.

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What began as a three-person venture out of a 5th floor apartment has evolved into a comedy club with multiple locations across the city. Known as one of the hottest modern comedy clubs, Live @ The Apt has featured some of today’s most prominent, up-and-coming comedians, including Hannibal Buress, Hasan Minhaj, and Phoebe Robinson.

Live @ The Apt also partners with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Above Average Network to bring you the best on comedy production. They’ve also expanded their shows to national tours and branded content campaigns.

You won’t be disappointed if you make a trip to Live at The Apt. Just remember to bring your funny bone with you.


The list of things to do in NYC this Fall doesn’t stop here. But, we’d be here all day if we wanted to dig into all the uniquely incredible activities you could do in New York City.

However, know that it’s always good to keep your street smarts about you while you’re navigating the city.

We also have some travel recommendations for out-of-towners, and you can see the 16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC.

Some additional tips include:

  • never getting into an unmarked cab (all yellow NYC cabs feature their driver’s medallion number on their taxi light),
  • sticking to well-lit, populated streets,
  • offering to panhandlers valuables like subway cards or food instead of money,
  • and keeping your wallet on you and within reach at all times (gotta watch out for those pickpockets).

So, we hope you’ve learned a little bit about our beautiful city today. We hope that you’ll get the chance to see it for yourself someday.


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and courtesy of Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash

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!

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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

NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival

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NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival has started and is creating a hug buzz around town! Be sure to guarantee your tickets and get ready for a gorgeous light spectacle!

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New York City is known for its beautiful night lights year round and, of course, for its abundant Christmas decorations! People travel from all over the globe to visit NYC during this time of the year, as well as New Yorkers also have a great time!

NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival will happen through January 6, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island!


What to expect?

To start, you’ll see around 40 LED installations that can be as tall at 30 feet up, spread throughout 7 acres of land and over 30,000 Chinese lanterns.

It’s a fantastic experience for all ages that shows the beauty of the Chinese culture, with art works, dances and so much more!

The thematic lanterns installations have curious names: Light Tunnel, Wonderland, Sea World, Animal Kingdom, Chinese lights, Panda Paradise (ha! cute!) and Holiday Zone!

Oh! There is also a huge dragon!

“In Chinese culture, dragons are used to symbolize power and strength. They are often depicted in the colors red and gold, which represent good fortune and neutrality.”

In addition, entertainments are varied! Face changing, martial arts shows and lion dance. The water sleeve dances can be traced all the way back to 221 B.C., when dancers used clothing and other techniques to elongate their arms, creating an eye-catching performance. Plus, there is still sugar painting and a fun zone!

Oh! And the process of creating these lanterns is crazy! Take a look at the video below!

So, be sure to purchase your ticket and get your phone ready for we’re sure you’ll be able to get some pretty awesome pictures to share on social media.

If you need any type of assistance for your upcoming NYC trip, or you have a corporate request, contact our experts!


Tickets: $15 – $23
Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm

https://nycwinterlanternfestival.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Winter Lantern Festival

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

Shop Specialties Vinyl Record Stores NYC A-1 Record Shop
Photo Credit: Courtesy of venue

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

Entertainment Culture Music Learning Some Beats With Stomp NYC

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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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stomp

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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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, trying out a few moves! Check out the video to see how well she did – or not! LOL!

Videography & Photography: Renata Meirelles 
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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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Blood Manor

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 McKittrick Hotel

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 House of Yes Credit Kenny Rodriguez

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Babel

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Titanic Masquerade Yacht

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Green Wood Cemetery

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

Events Up Coming NYC Halloween Parties 2018 Dance of Vice

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

Sofar Sounds: A Secret NY Music Gig at Hell Phone Curated by Us!

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On April 28th, we curated another Sofar Sounds NYC! This time, it happened at a super trendy speakeasy called Hell Phone, in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn! And, we KICKED ASS that night! Check it out!

We love New York’s music scene. The city is the home of an infinite number of amazing musicians and artists! Every 3 months or so, we curate a spectacular live music event in partnership with the team at Sofar Sounds NYC.

We choose the 3 bands that are performing during the night….and honestly? WE KICK ASS, believe us!

On Saturday, April 28th, we had a fantastic night with a mix of different style musicians. The event was hosted at a pretty awesome speakeasy bar in East Williamsburg, called Hell Phone. It’s in the back of a restaurant and coffee shop called Ange Noir Café.

Way in the back of the coffee shop, you’ll see a beautiful red phone cabinet…open the door and walk in to explore! Be ready for a great night!

For this show, we brought in to perform:

  • Jair Oliveira: a famous Brazilian singer, composer and producer. He is a former student at the renowned Berklee College of Music, in Boston and plays MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). In other words, traditional Brazilian Pop Music;
  • Olivia Chindamo: a beautiful Australian vocalist! She’s best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. As the 2016 Bell Award winner for “Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year”;
  • Kenny John: a very special and talented musician our Founder, Fê Paronetto, met one day passing through Union Square subway station in NYC. He was playing the trumpet and she was in awe! Kenny learned to play the trumpet and an early age and today brightens up the day of thousands of commuters in NYC, playing Jazz and Soul music!

And…we had a surprise! We had a special guest joining in for a song! Aline Muniz is good friends with Fê and was invited by Jair Oliveira to sing one song on stage with him!

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What’s Sofar Sounds?

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!

The secret location is disclosed only on the day of the show. Plus, they don’t tell you which 3 bands are performing, so expect a night full of surprises!

Once you sign up, you get into a line and hope to be luck enough to be part of these events that actually sell out very quickly! (We have the promo code to skip line, below!)

“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.”

In addition, this event is BYOB, so you can bring your own Booze! So, feel free to bring wine, beer, or whatever makes you happy!

Read about how it all started, back in London!


Finally,  skip with line and immediately purchase the ticket, with out special PROMO CODE!

Code: BEHINDTHESCENES – type this at check-out. Let us know if you have any issues, the code might eventually be updated!

www.sofarsounds.com


Videography & Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles
*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Natalie Hart: A Singer, Songwriter And Step-Toucher At Sofar Sounds

Events Up Coming Natalie Hart Sofar Sounds NYC

When we heard that Natalie Hart would be performing at an upcoming Sofar Sounds, we were completely thrilled! We love her music, her voice, and most certainly her style! We don’t hesitate to say that she’s definitely one of the stylish girls in all of New York!

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Natalie Hart’s show will be at a secret location in the East Village on Friday, November 17th. In addition, stay tuned since she’ll soon debute her newest album “Hang the Moon”!

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, so you can bring your own Booze! So feel free to bring Wine, Beer, or whatever makes you happy!

Where: A secret location in the East Village
Closest station: Astor Place Station (4, 6) and Broadway – Lafayette (B, D, F, M)
Date: Friday, November 17th
Arrival time: 8:00pm – 8:25pm

Exclusive Promo-Code: BEHINDTHESCENES (you’ll automatically skip the line and immediately purchase tickets for the show!!!)

Tickets are $15/each.

Also, check out our exclusive BTSNYC Tours & Experiences in New York!


A little bit about Natalie:

Events Up Coming Natalie Hart Sofar Sounds NYC StyleNatalie was born in Dallas Texas and her contact with music started even before being born. She was beautifully named after Natalie Cole by her father – the son of a retired Air Force pilot and music minister.

She tell us that: “My musical influences stem back to my love for the dramatique and the singular, unmistakable voices of the classic female vocalists of the 1940s.”

Belmont University in Nashville, TN was where she studied Music Business and started to refine and create her own identity. Her inspirations come from big names like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Not only was she passionate about the art of singing, but songwriting quickly grew in her and her love for lyricism emerged.

“Natalie always knew her theatrical jazz-pop would find a home in New York, and she began saving up to move to the city where she knew her musicality would unfold. “Hang The Moon” took shape in her last year of school and her last year in Nashville, diving into and deconstructing youthful infatuation and playing with cinematic themes.

The album was recorded in Smoakstack Studios and mixed in LA by Greg Wells, famed producer of Adele, Katy Perry, and more top-selling artists. She left for New York with the record in hand, and has spent the last two years building a fan base in New York, London, Nashville, and more.

Natalie aims to find her voice and to preserve people’s moments through her music.”


“Hang The Moon” will be released in 2018.

Listen and purchase her current album “Natalie Hart: The EP“.

https://nataliehart.bandzoogle.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Natalie Hart

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