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Sofar Sounds NYC #5, This Time In Bushwick

Our Experts Recaps Sofar Sounds Bushwick Ze Luis Oliveira

This is already the 5th Sofar Sounds NYC we’ve co-hosted and curated in New York City! For this night, we put together a pretty eclectic list of musicians!!! Take a look below to see how the night went!

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I can’t believe we’ve already co-hosted and curated 5 amazing Sofar Sounds event in New York! I truly love they guys and everything they do!

This one was at a super cool spot in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn that I adore exploring!

Wait! You’ve never heard of Sofar Sounds?

Well, they are “bringing the magic back to live music. Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Please, arrive on time, stay to the end. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it.”

In New York City alone, they host over 100 events per month and they are present in over 300 cities worldwide!

It’s a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) type of event, so you can bring your own Booze! So feel free to bring Wine, Beer, or whatever makes you happy!

You can read more about how Sofar Sounds started!

Oh! And we have a special Promo-Code that allows you to skip the line and guarantees you instant access when purchasing tickets! The code is: BEHINDTHESCENES. (Code might change every now and then, so reach out if it doesn’t work!) You can use it at any Sofar show you’d like to go, not only the ones we host!

Now, let us tell you about the last show we did! We had 3 fantastic bands performing and an amazing, off the beaten path spot! See below:


Zé Luis Oliveira

Our Experts Recaps Sofar Sounds Bushwick Ze Luis Oliveira

Zé Luis Oliveira is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.

He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.

In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.

And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.

We wrote a great post about his musical journey!

http://www.zeluis.com


Natalie Hart

Our Experts Recaps Sofar Sounds Bushwick Natalie Hart

Natalie Hart is another friend of mine – yes, I have awesome friends, lol – that I’ve had the honor to have perform at a Sofar Sounds curated by us! Her energy and her style, just drove the crowd wide and crazy in love with her!

Natalie was born in Dallas Texas and her contact with music started even before being born.

She told 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.”

And still, that her inspirations come from big names like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan.

She is days from debuting an album called “Curtains”, that was literally 5-yeas in the making, we’re pretty excited for that!

In addition, if you want to go to her launch party, be sure to guarantee your ticket(s), before it gets sold out!

https://nataliehart.bandzoogle.com


Frank Bell

Our Experts Recaps Sofar Sounds Bushwick Frank Bell

Last, but certainly not least, Frank Bell really got the crowd going with his folky, neo-soul acoustic rock!

He’s a Sofar Sounds veteran, a singer, a songwriter and, according to him, a foodie and a picture taker!

Originally a classically-trained cellist, Frank later expanded his instrumental arsenal as a way to further express himself as an artist.

He’s been featured everywhere from MTV and the Sundance Film Festival, to Times Square NYE Concert. In addition, he’s an official Music Brand Ambassador for Skype which since has led to his participation on a panel at TED 2014!

Take a look at his website, or follow him on social media, to know where he’ll be performing next!

https://www.frankbell.net


Venue: Moto Spirits Distillery

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Moto Spirits Distillery not only was an amazing place to host our Sofar Sounds curated night, but they really engaged with the guests!

They briefly talked about their whiskey and actually gave a small sample for everyone that night, with a great group toast!

“Small batch, rice-based whiskeys and specialty spirits discovered during motorcycle trips around the world. Handcrafted in America’s first rice whiskey distillery, adventurous spirits inspired by travel and made in Brooklyn, New York.”

Take a look at their website below to see where you can find and purchase their whiskeys!

Location: 93 Forrest Street, Brooklyn

http://motospirits.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Zé Luis Oliveira: A Grammy Nominated Multi-Talented Musician

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Zé Luis Oliveira is a Grammy nominated multi-talented musician that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and becoming friends with! His journey is amazing and we’re now working on some pretty awesome projects together!

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A while back, I was invited by Zé Luis Oliveira to visit the Atelier Music Studio in LIC (Long Island City) – his music studio!

What!?!? You’ve never heard of Zé Luis? Well, you should! Let us help you out!

Zé is a renowned Brazilian composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. His career is fantastic for he’s performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the Brazilian music scene known worldwide like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Cazuza, Bebel Gilberto and Tania Maria.

I recently told him that I participated in a super cool tour with Siemens, showing how they helped build our NYC and that I had gone on stage at the Carnegie Hall (empty, of course), he said, “Super cool, Fê! I’ve actually played there around 5 times!” Hahaha! How cool is that!?

He moved to NYC in 1990 and never moved back to Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. Furthermore, Zé received his Masters in Composition and Arranging from the super famous Juilliard School, in NYC.

Then, in 2013, Zé Luis started producing and recording an amazing project called Trade Winds. It’s a series of music collaborations with NYC bassist and composer Matt Geraghty, that travel along the historic triangle trade route, exploring the history and evolution of music through improvised compositions. In addition, Trade Winds builds collectives of premier musicians in coastal cities looking to reveal a common footprint of music, rhythm and culture.

In 2015, he launched The Atelier Music Studio, in Long Island City, a highly effective multipurpose workspace.

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Plus, Zé wrote and produced music featured in the Cannes Film Festival, TriBeCa Film Festival and in films like Rio, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda and A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan.

And still, he holds 4 Grammy nominations: 3 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and 1 for Best Latin Pop Album.

Phiuf!!! What a journey right? But, believe it or not, that’s not even 10% of what he’s actually done! You can take a look at his website below to know more!

In addition, he’s partnered up with us at Behind the Scenes NYC, so stay tuned to see how we’ll be shaking the streets of NY with him! Oh! He is also the creative mind behind the music featured on our YouTube intro video!!!! It was an honor, since he produced it exclusively for us!!!

And, if you haven’t SUBSCRIBED to our channel yet, what are ou waiting for!? So, come explore New York off the beaten path with me!

Plus, take a look to see a few pictures of secret music gig curated by us, called Sofar Sounds, where Zé Luis performed! By the end of his shows, guests were going crazy and clapping loudly!!!

Culture Music Ze Luis Oliveira The Atelier Music Studio

Studio’s Location: 27-28 Thomson Av. Suite WS2

Follow him on:

Facebook: /TheAtelierMusicStudio
Instagram: @ZeLuisMusic
Search his Hashtag: #TheAtelierMusicStudio

www.zeluis.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Michelson for Sofar Sounds NYC and The Atelier Music Studio
*Last update on Feb/2020.*

Six Impossible Things: Interactive Magic Experience with Joshua Jay

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Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of magic in their lives? I certainly do! I got a behind the scenes peek into Six Impossible Things, a magic show that defies all Laws of Nature! Uncover with me the world of Joshua Jay!

When we walk around New York, we find a little bit a magic spread throughout every corner of the city!

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And I mean, who in this world does not like a bit of magic? I do!

Joshua Jay is one of the most renowned names today in the world of magic!

He’s performed in over 100 countries, he’s won several prizes, he’s been live in countless TV shows and he even holds a Guinness World of Records for card tricks, which is pretty awesome!

He still holds the title up to this date!

How I met Josh? Well, I met him back in 2011 in Brazil where my brother and I participated in a small shooting he was doing at a friend’s photography studio!

I really thought that we would not fall for his tricks, but…to my surprise, it was truly a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Now, Josh lives in NY (hum…actually he’s been here for over 10 years!) and started a special show called Six Impossible Things.

I went behind the scenes before his show started, to check out what’s going on, before he goes on stage!

And the magic happens, right behind a blue door…

Get your ticket!


My experience at the show!

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After the shooting with Josh, I actually came back to witness the show and I was in awe all through this interactive experience.

There were only 20 people there, keeping it quite intimate. Every single person was able to participate in one or another magic and engage with Josh during the show.

Plus, each one had a one-on-one with him!

At each magic trick it just kept getting more and more amazing and it truly blew my mind (and everyone that was there). I paid close attention to see if there was any way to figure out how it was done, but some tricks were pretty complex to even try…

What can I say? For one, I don’t want to do any spoiler alerts, but you’ll be sure to see some of the most spectacular magic tricks ever, that even defy all Laws of Nature! Oh, and the art work by Serge Bloch is breathtaking and pretty special!

I LOVED IT and recommend it to every one out there, at every age!


More about the show:

“Six Impossible Things is an interactive magic experience in which you will experience astounding magic inches from your face, in the dark and even alone.”

The show is approximately 75 minutes and includes an unusual refreshment and a hard-backed volume not otherwise for sale.

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Six Impossible Things has been built into Wildrence, an acclaimed event space on the Lower East Side.

In each room, a new mystery unfolds to reveal an impossible ‘thing’.

You will see six astounding magic effects, all original compositions by master magician Joshua Jay.

The show is strictly limited to twenty persons per show, and reservations are limited to groups of eight or less.

Tickets are $106—136.

Doors open fifteen minutes before showtime and the show begins promptly at the designated hour. Absolutely no late admittance or refunds offered.

Due to the nature of the show, guests are admitted JUST ONCE to Six Impossible Things. So pay attention, enjoy, and don’t blink.

Get your ticket!

 

Date: Show will be live up through December/2018!
Location: Wildrence – the unmarked Blue Door at 59 Canal Street between Allen and Orchard Street

NOTE: This show is strictly for attendees 14 and up. No children, please.

https://siximpossiblethingsshow.com


Are you really into magic?

Josh has two amazing books for adults and aspiring magicians for you to check out!

And, he also has a book for the littles ones that dream in bringing to the world, a bit more of magic moments!

The books are: MAGIC: The Complete Course, The Amazing Book of Cards and one for children, Big Magic for Little Hands.

Have fun!


For other on going and up coming events in New York, you might want to see our selection!

And, if you’re coming to New York and you’re still looking for a hotel to stay, see some of the hotels, break & breakfasts and other options we adore!


VideographyBlack 3 Agency
Photo Credits
: Black 3 Agency and courtesy of Joshua Jay

Why Your Train is F*cked at the Caveat

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New York City is the home of the most talented people on Earth, as we know! Caveat presents a fantastic show named “Why Your Train is F*cked: A love/hate show about the history of the MTA”.

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Yes! Every day there is something new happening in New York City, and it pretty hard to keep track of it all! We always enjoy what Caveat has going on and they’ve got a pretty loyal audience coming back for more and more!

But, who are these guys? As they explain:

“CAVEAT is New York’s newest speakeasy stage for playful, intelligent nightlife. Join us for drinks and go home smarter.”

“Our core creative team includes a recovering theoretical physicist, a renegade museum tour guide, and a one-time Moth StorySlam champion. That love for science and unconventional storytelling is at the heart of Caveat’s booking philosophy: we regularly host comedy, science talks, storytelling, concerts, trivia competitions, live recorded podcasts, and special events that defy description… you’ll have to come experience them for yourself!”

The tickets for their shows range from $10 – $20, and you’ll be sure to go home with a huge bunch of new knowledge to share!

Their cabaret-style tables are pretty awesome and they sit up to 120 guests, and be ready for a full house!

The best explanation they give for what to expect, décor-wise, is “Harvard Club meets CBGB“!

OBS: CBGB is a former rock club in the East Village, that all famous bands played back in the 70’s and 80’s. Today the place is the home for John Varvatos’ store. But, lucky us, they still preserved the original walls with stickers,  flyers, pictures with autographs…


Events Up Coming Caveat NYC Why Your Train Is Fucked

You know when your train is f*cked – this is the show that tells you WHY.

Get on board for a deep dive into the history of the MTA. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – they’ve got you covered.

Your hosts Meg Pierson (TEDx, Alchemy Comedy) and Justin Williams (City College, SirusXM), along with a mysterious anonymous ghostwriter, will conduct the show through the twists and turns of history.

PURCHASE NOW!

They’ll reveal unbelievable stories, subway life-hacks, and truly upsetting details about our subway system.


Episode 1: Bedlam on Wheels – MTA Origins

For their first show, they’re going WAY back, to the dirty 1830’s.

They’ll track the shady sh*t going down in NYC politics that kept a 19th century Elon Musk from making a subway happen. Also, get real about the pros and cons of horse-drawn mass transit. And, learn all about the mysterious Subway Microbe that New Yorkers worried would kill them all.

Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Age: 21+

Note: This is a mixed seated and standing venue. Arrive early for the best seats in the house!

PURCHASE NOW!

If you need help booking for groups, contact our experts to help you out!


If you’re wondering where to eat before the show, you might want to enjoy another “behind the scenes” spot just a few blocks from Caveat.

Kuma Inn is hidden behind a weird, tiny door on Ludlow Street and serves a super traditional Thai menu!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Caveat

10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

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There is just so much we want to do and explore when we come to New York, right? Check out these 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

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These 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC will help you better navigate the city and make your visit memorable!

Check them out below and keep them in mind when you get here!


#1 Drop your luggage off, so you can focus on having fun

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Photo Credit: Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel, Vogue 1999.

For only $6/day you can drop off your bags at over 50+ locations in the city so you can free your arms and not worry about dragging your luggage around during the day.

Book here for a 10% discount or use code “BEHINDTHESCENES”.

https://usebounce.com


#2 Screenshot the subway map before you get onto the subway

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joshua Newton

Some subway cars aren’t yet updated to show the next upcoming stops/transfers so use your phone to navigate where to get off.

You can catch a cellphone signal in between some stops, but play it safe with having it already on your phone. This way, you don’t get lost or have to hover over someone to check the subway car map.

And still, if you’re more into tech-hacks, just download an APP called “New York Subway MTA MAP”. It’s works with no wifi too!


#3 Bring a selfie stick

Curiosities Our Bucket List 10 Life Saving Hacks To Travel Around NYC DJI Osmo Mobile

It may seem like such a tourist thing to do, but if you don’t want to bother a busy New Yorker to take your picture, then this is the best way to snap a quick pic!

Which one we recommend? Try the one from DJI, named Osmo Mobile 2.

Also, for inspiration, follow Fomofeed to find all the cool free NYC instagram-worthy shots.


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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With so many great walking spots in NYC, you will need a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a few miles.

Some favorite (and free) walking spots include Fort Tyron Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the gorgeous pink Williamsburg Bridge, that has been featured in countless movies!

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of an upstate New York day trip or our NYC’s Maritime History Tour. So scary and curious!


#5 Use travel APPs to make your life easier and save some cash

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Barbalis

Here’s a list that may come in handy when traveling around NYC.

  1. Check out Yelp for check in discounts to restaurants around the city and Open Table to make a quick reservation.
  2. Use Lyft or Uber to share rides and get around the city, or the Citibike APP if you prefer biking around.
  3. Download Splitwise to make it easier to track and split expenses amongst your travel party.
  4. Check out the HotelTonight APP for exclusive hotel deals.

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

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This is crucial, especially because with pictures and social media, your battery will drain in no time. You’ll be out and about all day in New York, so be sure you buy a phone charger so you stay plugged in all day – most will be under $30 and well worth it!

But we love the Mophie products, even though they are a bit more expensive. They have a (RED) Collection where “a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa”.


#7 Beware of street food

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NYC is well-known for their delicious hot dog stands and roasted peanuts, but be careful with where you choose to eat! You might have a bad time during your trip if you pick the wrong one!

Find a food cart that has a long line or keep an eye out for the most trusted food cart, like the traditional “The Halal Guys”. We love them, and so does every other New Yorker in town.

You can find them at West 53rd Street corner with 6th Avenue, and a few other spots in the city!


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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If you have time to spare, you can find steeply discounted Broadway show tickets the day of at the big red TKTS booth in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn. Check their website for queue hours.

Want another secret to the currently most coveted show on Broadway: Hamilton!? They have an APP called “Hamilton – The Official App” where, twice a day, they have a lottery giving out tickets for $10/each and you can buy up to 2! Note: Tickets for the show starts at $199, and skyrocket to over $800 for the premium seats.

Oh! And if you want the true “behind the scenes experience”, you might want to have dinner with 2 cast members from Hamilton before the show, watch the show from the best seats, then go back stage to meet the entire cast! How? Contact us!

Not a fan of Hamilton? Don’t worry! We have this experience for all Broadway show!


#9 – Don’t fall for street scammers/hustlers

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NYC will always have people hustling outside on the streets so beware of the scam! You may wind up with fake tickets, blank DVDS or something else counterfeit that you just paid for.

Just go straight to the official website or authorized resellers to purchase and be safe.


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

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Some of the major museums in NYC have donation based nights that can save you some serious cash!

The 9/11 Museum, Bronx Zoo, New Museum, and the Frick Collection all have weekly donation based entrance fee hours to name a few.

Plus, many have specific days/hours with FREE entrance.


The list can go on, but these are probably the top 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

If you are looking for any type of help during your travel, let us help you out. But, if you’re a company looking for assistance for your team or your valuable clients, contact our experts.

Have fun and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


Text Credit: In collaboration with UseBounce
Photo Credit
: Courtesy of Joan Marcus, © flickr user Gorbould. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Pexels, Joshua Newton, Chris Barbalis and Matteo Catanese.

*Last Update on March/2020.*

Natalie Hart: Single Release Show At House of Collection

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Natalie Hart celebrates the release of debut single off upcoming record, “CURTAINS”. Where? Inside the famous, yet secret, House of Collection, in Brooklyn!

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Our dear friend, and suuuuper talented singer, Natalie Hart, is releasing her single “CURTAINS” in New York City and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of this special day!

Catch her acoustic set in Brooklyn’s quirkiest venue, House Of Collection, a one-of-a-kind loft space that was converted from a bookbinding factory in 1989.

Finish the night off by listening to the debut track and enjoying some NY wine courtesy of Macari Vineyards.

So, come celebrate with us the debut single from Natalie’s album, 3 years in the making, “CURTAINS”!

Date: Friday, March 23rd
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Location: House of Collection – 315 Berry Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $20/person

Guarantee your tickets! They’re selling out quick!


About Natalie Hart:

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Natalie was born in Dallas Texas and her contact with music started even before being born.

She was named after Natalie Cole by her father – the son of a retired Air Force pilot and music minister.

She told 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.”

Moreover, 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. read more!

https://nataliehart.bandzoogle.com


About House of Collection:

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Located in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, the House of Collection is owned by Paige Stevenson. The place is a 2,000 sqft apartment “loft” they actually live in, since 1989.

The place is also the home of a huge variety of pretty eccentric objects that Paige collected throughout her life.

As a young girl, and living a “nomadic life”, she spent every couple of years in different places. From goat farms to tepees, and collected a quite interesting collection of objects.

She chose every object carefully and picked the ones that called her attention the most, even if, for most people, it all just seamed like garbage.

The creatively built and decorated loft, gives visitors an urban vibe, with a nature twist. What do we mean? Paige has built in a beautiful garden kinda integrated to the living room, right beside the kitchen – that is also a highlight! Well, it’s hard to know what “not” to highlight there.

They host intimate gatherings, live music nights and other special, carefully curated events for a niche crowd. Definitely up our alley!

https://houseofcollection.wordpress.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Natalie Hart and House of Collection

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

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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

Alexia Bomtempo: Chasing Storms And Stars

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Brazilian-American singer and songwriter Alexia Bomtempo recently released her 3rd album and has been part of New York’s music scene. Come read about her arrival in NYC, the challenges, the new album, some of her top NYC secret spots and more!

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The Brazilian singer and song writer, Alexia Bomtempo, just released her 3rd album and has been part of the best of New York’s music scene.

The new album, calling “Chasing Storms and Stars”, reflects a self-exploration of her identity and experiments with her surroundings over the past years.

After growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now calls New York City her “home”. Lucky us!

Moreover, she performs in some of the best venues around the city, so be sure to check out her website to see where you can find her and have a taste of her fantastic music.

The upcoming show will be this Thursday – November 9th, at 8pm, at Symphony Space, one of the best sounding rooms in Manhattan.

www.alexiabomtempo.com


1) Tell us a bit about how you started your career, when/where was your first contact with music and when this gift came to life?

I had quite the distinctive childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My dad used to be a concert promoter and I grew up going to shows and experiencing that magical atmosphere behind the scenes.

So, while my friends were busy doing the normal things that kids do, I was going out to see legends like Baden Powell and Gilberto Gil.

Being exposed to music on this level as a child was very powerful and I knew then that I wanted to follow an artistic path. Later on, after studying classical voice in the U.S., I decided to move back to Rio and pursue a career in music.

I was very lucky to work with Brazilian music icon Dadi, who produced my first album (and became a great friend).

2) Why did you decide to leave Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and move to NYC?

After releasing my sophomore album “I Just Happen to Be Here”, a collection of English songs written by Caetano Veloso during his 1969-71 exile in London, I was invited to perform at “Brasil Summerfest” in NYC.

I was looking for a change of scenery and the borderless approach to music that New York has to offer really motivated me.

So, I moved here with a one-way ticket and one big suitcase – within a few weeks, I knew that the city would be my home.

3) Upon arrival, which were the biggest challenges you faced? Did something happen differently than what you had expected?

I arrived excited about exploring and open to new possibilities. Furthermore, I was looking forward to experimenting with my music and was fortunate to quickly fall into the East Village Nublu scene, which offered me the chance be exposed to many different genres and that significantly affected the way that I view and make my own music today.

Maybe, the biggest challenge was understanding that, if you’re going to be here as an artist, you have to commit to the pace of the city. Everyday life can be challenging and finding a routine that works for you is key.

4) How would you describe NYC’s music scene when talking about emerging bands that dream in spreading their music?

Being a musician in NYC forces you to go deeper into the meaning behind the art you make. The city has certainly driven me to be more resilient and focused – and that pressure is a beautiful thing.

And, the level of talent all around is inspiring and requires that you find what makes you stand out as an artist.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Alexia Bomtempo Standing

5) I’m sure there are many, but which are some of the bands that you’re most inspired by?

Mutantes, Radiohead, Caetano Veloso, Dinah Washington, Jon Brion, Blossom Dearie, Gal Costa… and the list goes on.

6) How would you describe your music style?

Cinematic dream pop with a tropical indie rock twist.

7) Tell us about your new album “Chasing Storms and Stars”? What’s the main theme around it? How was the process and challenges of creating, writing and composing it?

This is the third album of my career, but my first American release. It’s inspired by the massive changes in my life that have taken place in the 5 years since my last album came out.

Shortly after I relocated from Rio de Janeiro to New York I was offered a performance residency in Tokyo. So, I completely immersed myself in Japanese culture. I spent much time alone, reflecting on memories and experimenting with new melodies.

This lonesome state of mind inspired me to write and, for the first time, I felt the freedom and independence as an artist to make my own voice more prominent in what I was creating. I had always been a bit self-conscious about writing, especially having started out in Rio as a singer of Brazilian Popular Music, where historically, female vocalists didn’t write most of their material.

This album made me explore my identity and experiment with my surroundings. The collaboration with Jake Owen (my partner in music and in life) is an essential element to the album.

From the writing process to the final product, he challenged me to work hard and believe in my potential to create.

8) Do you already have a favorite song?

I go through phases where there is always one song that sticks out the most. Recently it has been “Mexico”.

Jake and I wrote this song during a road trip through West Texas. I had never seen that part of the country and was very moved by the desert, the sky, the open roads…

The landscape had a serious affect on how the song came about. The “murder ballad” tradition of the place we were in led us to explore different themes.

Curiosities Insider Interviews Alexia Bomtempo

9) This is your 3rd album. What’s new and different about it, in relation to the first two? How have you grown from the first albums?

My first two Brazilian releases were heavily influenced by Bossa Nova and Brazilian Popular Music.

For “Chasing Storms and Stars”, I have written or co-written all the songs, except for one cover. Jake is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based producer and heavily influenced by music of the southern United States.

With our contrasting backgrounds we managed to piece together a mixture of sounds incorporating cinematic strings, Brazilian percussion, electric guitars, and psychedelic keyboards.

We took the work we started in Brooklyn and finished it in Austin, with veteran producer and engineer David Boyle.

10) Where can people find your album to buy? Any upcoming shows that we can share so people have a chance to see you Live?

The new album is available on all digital platforms and the vinyl record can be purchased on my website, along with some cool merchandise: www.alexiabomtempo.com.

My next New York performance is part of the “LatiNew” concert series. It celebrates the synergy between the Latin and Brazilian music communities. The show is on Thursday, November 9, at 8pm, at Symphony Space, one of the best sounding rooms in Manhattan.

11) What are some of your favorite, off-the-beaten-track spots in New York?

Restaurant: Gennaro
“A hidden gem on the Upper West Side. The best Italian food I’ve had in the city. A local favorite!”
Location: 665 Amsterdam Avenue
www.gennaronyc.com

Bar: Bell Book & Candle
“The bar at Bell Book & Candle feels like a friend’s living room. Sunday nights are particularly special where talented singer/songwriter Alfonso Velez holds down his weekly residency.”
Location: 141 West 10th Street
http://bbandcnyc.com

Live Music Venue: Berlin
“Berlin is my favorite hangout for local musicians. It’s an easy going and seems to recapture the old spirit of the East Village.”
Location: 25 Avenue A
www.berlinundera.com

Park: Riverside Park
“I love biking through the park and taking in the river views.”
www.nycgovparks.org

Museum: Whitney Museum
“There is always a new piece that absolutely blows my mind.”
Location: 99 Gansevoort Street
https://whitney.org


Thank you, Alexia, for being part of our Insider Interviews and for sharing with us these exciting stories about your journey, career and favorite NY spots! Plus, we are exited to see your show on November 9th!

In addition, if you want to see more interviews with NY-based Brazilian singers and musicians, take a look at Aline Muniz and Andre Vasconcelos.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alexia Bomtempo
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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

Events Up Coming Vick And The Velvicks Irving Plaza by Steve Remote

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.

Events Up Coming Vick And The Velvicks Irving Plaza by Steve Remote
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve Remote

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

Events Up Coming Vick And The Velvicks Irving Plaza Gialina Morten
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gialina Morten

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve Remote and Gialina Morten

Guitarist Andre Vasconcelos Is Shaking Up New York City

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos Guitar

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.

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos Guitar
Photo Credit: Andrea Vodickova

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.

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos RANN on Stage
Photo Credit: Rescalla Cury

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.”

Insider Interviews Andre Vasconcelos RANN
Photo Credit: Alyss Tyler

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.*

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