Category: Concerts

08 Mar 2016
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Game Of Thrones Fans Should Be At Union Square On March 15th

“Spring may be coming to New York, but winter is coming to Union Square.

HBO is planning a stunt in Union Square on March 15 to promote the April start of the highly anticipated sixth season of “Game of Thrones,” and it could involve dragons landing in in the park, according to a calendar item for the Community Board 5 parks committee.

A spokeswoman for HBO confirmed the network has something planned, but declined to go into specifics.

A Parks Department spokeswoman said the department has issued a permit for HBO to hold an event in Union Square Park on March 15, but deferred to the network for details.

“Game of Thrones,” the wildly popular drama about the political intrigues and epic battles between good, not so good, pretty bad, and evil in the fictional land of Westeros, is set to return on April 24.

Not much is known about the content of the coming season, but fans hope to get some answers about the fates of Jon Snow, the rest of the surviving Starks, and many more of the show’s seemingly infinite plotlines

Dragons landing in Union Square would not be the first time the show has popped up in New York streets. After the final episode of season five left the beloved Jon Snow mortally wounded (or is he?!), a memorial to the possibly slain Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch appeared in Williamsburg, to the chagrin of some viewers who had fallen behind.” written by Noah Hurowitz for DNAinfo

05 Mar 2016
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Jack Danie’s House Siete

Did you miss the Jack Daniel’s Motel No. 7 event that everyone in New York City was talking about? Don’t worry, we got something special you. Join us at yet another amazing production from the team at Jack Daniel’s as we get lost in Brooklyn for a fun night of music, JD, art, and more. Rock the night out with legendary rock en español and Jack at Jack Daniel’s House N° Siete.

To receive your inviation, visit: JackDanielsHouseSiete.com. Hurry and register before the music and the party leaves you behind.

 

01 Mar 2016
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Panorama announces lineup (Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Sufjan, more)

“NYC’s new Panorama festival was said to be happening July 22-24 at Randall’s Island, and now the lineup has been announced. It includes headliners Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem, plus The National, Sufjan Stevens, A$AP Rocky, Kurt Vile, Broken Social Scene, Run the Jewels, The Front Bottoms, Daughter, Alabama Shakes, Blood Orange, FKA wigs, The Julie Ruin, Ex Hex, AlunaGeorge, White Lung, Madlib and many more.
Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.

Panorama — 2016 Lineup
FRIDAY, JULY 22
Arcade Fire
Alabama Shakes
Major Lazer
FKA twigs
Silversun Pickups
Schoolboy Q
Broken Social Scene
DJ Khaled
Mike D
Lindsey Stirling
Netsky
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
DJ Harvey
Madlib
De Lux
Here We Go Magic
White Lung
Algiers
Little Scream
Justin Strauss
SATURDAY, JULY 23
Kendrick Lamar
The National
Sufjan Stevens
Flosstradamus
Blood Orange
Foals
Daughter
Anderson Paak
AlunaGeorge
Jai Wolf
Kaytranada
TOKiMONSTA
The Julie Ruin
Oh Wonder
Melanie Martinez
Ex Hex
AURORA
Horse Meat Disco
Museum of Love
Caveman
JDH and Dave P
SUNDAY, JULY 24
LCD Soundsystem
Sia
ASAP Rocky
Kurt Vile
Run the Jewels
Grace Potter
RUFUS DU SOL
Flatbush Zombies
The Front Bottoms
SZA
Nathaniel Rateliff
Holy Ghost!
Tourist
Tensnake
Classixx
Cassy
Show Me the Body
Prinze George
The Black Madonna
Lloydski”
Read More at BrooklynVegan

18 Feb 2016
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New 5000 Capacity Coney Island Amphitheater Will Finally Open In July

“After years of planning, stalling, and controversy, the 5,000-seat Coney Island Amphitheater is finally set to open this July, just in time for the boardwalk’s summer season. The semi-outdoor amphitheater is a joint project of the city and developer iStar, and comes at a cost of $60 million to the city.
The amphitheater has been in the works since 2006, but has faced its share of setbacks. In its early stages of development, the project faced pushback from Coney Island locals, who called it an “atrocity” of an “expensive plastic potato chip” and feared that it would disrupt services at nearby synagogues. The project was greenlit in 2013 when the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to rehabilitate the Childs Restaurant structure, which has long stood vacant on the boardwalk. Work stalled once more when a group of locals sued the city, arguing that it was illegally razing their community garden, but picked back up again last June and now seems well on its way to completion.

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That lawsuit, however, is ongoing.
“After Hurricane Sandy came and dropped all that sand on that garden, those people worked feverishly, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow, to take that sand out and rebuild that garden. So what Sandy couldn’t destroy, iStar did,” New York City Community Garden Coalition director Aziz Dehkan told the New York Times recently.
The amphitheater’s stage will be inside the former Childs Restaurant, which opened in 1923 but has been long neglected. The stage can be raised or lowered depending on the weather: in the summer, the theater’s 50-foot-tall side doors will be open and the stage lowered for open-air performances, while in colder seasons, the doors will shut and the stage will be raised to line up with a restaurant that is also planned for the space.
Curbed reports that the amphitheater will be leased for the forseeable future by Live Nation, an entertainment company that plans to put on live concerts and comedy shows, as well as family entertainment. In a statement, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called the amphitheater Coney Island’s “greatest attraction yet,” and said that it “will be a must-visit destination for fun-seekers in search of top-flight entertainment from near and far.” No word yet on who’s lined up for the summer concert series.” –  MIRANDA KATZ  via Gothamist

16 Feb 2016
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NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY 2016! (FREE PANCAKES AT IHOP)

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Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised almost $16 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 8, 2016, guests from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes*. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© ** or other designated local charities.

In what has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for meaningful local charities.

Last year alone, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes—which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high—and raised $3.5 million for children’s charities.

In 2016, IHOP aims to raise another $3.5 million. All donations collected will remain in the local communities where they are raised and will be used to fund life-saving equipment, research, community outreach events, educational tools, and much more.

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15 Feb 2016
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SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK ANNOUNCES 2016 SHOWS

Continuing the work of its visionary founder, Joseph Papp, The Public Theater is dedicated to developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today The Public engages audiences in a variety of venues – beginning with Free Shakespeare in the Park.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
May 24 – June 26
All performances begin at 8pm

The New York Times called Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Henry IV “a celebration of the metamorphic wonder of live stage acting.” This summer, the Tony nominated director turns Shakespeare’s zany comedy of the sexes The Taming the Shrew on its head, with an all-female cast and a bold new take.

Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, played by Olivier Nominee Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The River), who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House, Mary Stuart) plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Featuring Cush Jumbo & Janet McTeer

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
July 19 – August 14
All performances begin at 8pm

Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.

In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve – debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

 

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

FREE FOR ALL. ALL SUMMER. EVERY SUMMER.
Free tickets are available for every public performance, with seating locations in every section of the theater. Free tickets are available in the following ways:

11 Feb 2016
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Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Might Happen

“Plans are being made for a 50th anniversary Woodstock concert, according to Ulster County resident Michael Lang, the driving force behind the famous festival that attracted hundreds of thousands to Sullivan County in August 1969.

Lang told the Journal that discussions are under way with potential partners and different locations are being explored. An overseas event, in addition to one being planned for the U.S., is possible. Details on potential locations and possible performers were not available.

Lang said he foresees an annual festival, staged with the Woodstock name, continuing on beyond the 50th anniversary.

Woodstock, Lang said, “is the original and most famous festival brand.” He continued, “With the prevalence of festivals out there, and all the excitement about them, maybe it’s time for that,” he said, referring to an annual concert driven by the Woodstock name.

From Mountain Jam and Taste of Country at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills, to Bonnaroo in Tennessee, music festivals have become major draws for large audiences. At the same time, the annual Clearwater Festival in Westchester and Gathering of the Vibes in Connecticut have been canceled for 2016, after drawing crowds for decades.

The Woodstock festival was seen by many as the crowning achievement of the 1960s counter-culture. The festival featured Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sha-Na-Na, The Who and many others, along with massive crowds.

Woodstock anniversary concerts were held in 1994 in Saugerties and in 1999 in upstate Rome. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a performing arts pavilion, sits on the original Woodstock site in Bethel, Sullivan County.”

– John W. Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal

05 Feb 2016
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Kanye West Needs 1,200 Paid Extras for His YEEZY Season 3 Fashion Show

“Who hasn’t dreamt of collaborating with musical genius and fashion icon Kanye West? If you’re one of the many, you may have your chance, as Yeezy needs 1,200 extras for his sold-out YEEZY Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

The news broke this morning via an email blast sent out to select fans, expressing the need for paid extras.

“Yeezy Season 3 is launching a casting for up to 1,200 paid extras to participate in the exclusive YEEZY Season 3 fashion show, and premiere of Kanye West’s upcoming album at Madison Square Garden on February 11.”

Those chosen will receive a payment of $50 to $80 USD for participating.

Those interested in applying to be a paid extra, follow here for the details.

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02 Feb 2016
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PEPSI will build a Pepsi-Fused Restaurant in New York City

“Behind black doors, what used to be a trendy restaurant in New York had been stripped to its concrete bones. Wires and cables snaked along the floor. Ceiling lights twinkled in the gloom.

There was no sign of the brand behind the renovation: Pepsi.

Known for its beverages, Pepsi is now moving into the restaurant business. The 5,000-square-foot space — on the same block as Milk Studios in Chelsea (Pepsi insists it resides in the ultrahip meatpacking district) — will become Kola House, a restaurant-bar-event space that the company hopes will be both social hub and testing ground for new products.

“This isn’t a pop-up,” said Seth Kaufman, PepsiCo’s chief marketing officer for beverages in North America. “This is something much bigger than that.”

Mr. Kaufman said he wanted Kola House to offer visitors “a premium experience,” and to that end, it will not be plastered with the Pepsi logo or filled with Pepsi products. Everything at Kola House will be centered on the kola nut, a bitter fruit that contains caffeine and gives cola beverages their name. Essentially, Pepsi is trying to market its product without marketing its product.

Mr. Kaufman’s ambitions may seem outsize for a space still under construction. But his vision reflects how brands are trying to connect with consumers in ways beyond TV commercials and online ads.

Kola House is designed for the social media age. However grandiose, Pepsi’s goal is that visitors — particularly influential ones — will talk about Kola House on Facebook and Twitter and post pictures on Instagram.

PepsiCo, the parent company of the Pepsi brand, reported that its sales dropped 5 percent in the third quarter, to $16.3 billion, though it said its North American beverage business was performing well. Still, Americans are turning away from sugary sodas and drinks, and brands like Pepsi are trying to come up with new ways to bolster their image and attract consumers.

“People consume content with a speed that we’ve never experienced before,” said Mauro Porcini, head of design for PepsiCo. “That’s why, to be relevant online in these conversations, these companies need to activate offline in the best possible way.”

With Kola House, Pepsi is following in the footsteps of other consumer brands that have opened upscale spaces in fashionable neighborhoods. The yogurt company Chobani, for example, opened a flagship cafe in SoHo in 2012, where customers can snack on sweet and savory yogurt combinations. In 2015, Nike opened a showroom and fitness studio, also in SoHo, called 45 Grand. And of course, Apple is perhaps the king of turning stores around the world into sleek spaces where consumers go to hang out, not just buy products.

Consumer companies that set up shop in hip areas are trying to seem more on the edge and exclusive, said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and the former chairman for North America at Landor Associates, a global brand company.

The danger for a big, mainstream brand like Pepsi, however, is that it will look more like a dad at a high school party than a member of the cool kids club.

“They could be in the right place, but just because they’re hanging out with the right brands doesn’t mean they’re going to attract the right buzz,” Mr. Adamson said. “While they can buy Super Bowl spots, they can’t buy edge, they can’t buy panache, they can’t buy sizzle.”

Pepsi is still working out the final details of Kola House. It has not yet named an executive chef, and the menu is undecided. The company is aiming for a spring opening, but it does not have a firm date. There are no plans at the moment to open permanent Kola Houses in other cities. (There are, however, plans to have temporary Kola Houses at big events like Lollapalooza.)
“This will continue to be something we learn from,” he said. “A year after it launches, there will be components of it that look different than when it launched because that’s what marketers need to do these days.”

Since Pepsi is new to the hospitality business, it has teamed up with Lenny Kravitz’s design firm, Kravitz Design, and The Metric, the group behind Gilded Lily, a club below the Kola House space. Alex Ott, a well-known bartender (“We call him ‘alchemist,’ not ‘mixologist.’ Don’t call Alex a mixologist,” Mr. Porcini said), will create the cocktails.

Pepsi declined to say how much Kola House would cost to operate or for how long the company had rented the space. But Mr. Kaufman said it was a “significant undertaking” that was being run by the marketing department.

Pepsi is expected to introduce the Kola House concept in San Francisco in the days leading up to Super Bowl 50. Pepsi will also sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and run a television commercial during the game that will focus on music and well-known songs.

Before the game, Pepsi will set up what it is calling a modular Kola House (“rather than a pop-up,” Mr. Kaufman said). There it plans to serve kola sliders, made with wagyu beef and caramelized onions, and beef tartare with caviar and kola truffle aioli. On the beverage menu is a drink called East Meets West, a pearlescent, vodka-based cocktail with kola bitters.

The permanent Kola House in New York will include space for live entertainment.

Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Porcini both emphasized that the Pepsi branding would be subtle — a logo here or there, but nothing too obvious.

“Consumers will love your brand because your brand enables you to have the experience, but they don’t want to have the brand in their face,” Mr. Porcini said. “It needs to be very subtle, elegant, sophisticated.”

To that end, he said, there will be a small Pepsi logo on the sculpturelike bar fixture, but there will not be bottles of Pepsi and bags of Fritos lying around.

“We are in a time where we have to transform how we connect with and engage consumers,” Mr. Kaufman said. “If brands don’t do that today, they will be irrelevant tomorrow, whatever tomorrow is.””

Written by Sydney Ember via cnbc

01 Feb 2016
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Nintendo World is Having a Giant Party!

We’re hard at work powering-up the Nintendo World store with a new design (including a 15-foot gaming screen!) and lots of fun and surprises.

Join us starting Feb. 19 to celebrate the grand reopening of Nintendo NY, where everyone comes to play! A gaming paradise in the center of New York City. Located in Rockefeller Center, Nintendo World offers over 10000 square feet of hands on entertainment. When the store re-opens on Feb. 19, that will serve as the kickoff of a weekend-long celebration. Nintendo is promising a big party, including giveaways and appearances by a couple of familiar faces, specifically Mario and Luigi. Visitors can also expect special souvenirs, such as a Mario or Link t-shirt, that will only be available during this renovation celebration.

 

Nintendo of America Executive VP of Sales and Marketing Scott Moffitt explained in a press release that the renovations will turn Nintendo NY into a destination all games fans will want to visit.

“Nintendo is constantly evolving its experience for fans. The new Nintendo NY store is a must-see location for anyone that has a memory of Nintendo, or who wants to see what Nintendo has in store for the future.”