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  • BANDITS at Bowery Electric on 2/26!

    2/26 - Manhattan, NY @ Bowery Electric Tickets are $8
    Opening for Tall Days and The Kickback


    BANDITS recently premiered their new song “Wheels” with Diffuser.fm! This highly anticipated release was mastered by Brian Gardner, the Grammy award-winning engineer who has worked with iconic artists such as Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Listen to “Wheels” on Diffuser.fm, here: http://bit.ly/1PMiGtA.

    The psychedelic and explosive trio, BANDITS, are gearing up to hit the road on February 17th in Lawrence, KS. They will be stopping in 8 cities across the US. For more information on BANDITS, please visit: http://www.banditsmusic.com/.

    Check out more on BANDITS here:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandedBandits/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bandits_r_us
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bandits_r_us/
    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/banditsband

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  • Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Fashion Group International  had a special evening for its members with Josie Maran at Space 530 in NYC on September 28th.  Josie Maran is a former supermodel and the founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics, a luxury beauty brand made with Argan Oil.  Their company motto is 'Luxury with a Conscience'. 

     After seeing a Maybelline commercial with Christy Turlington when she was a child, Josie Maran prayed daily to become a Maybelline model.  She started modeling at the young age of 12 and her prayer became reality when she got a 10 year contract to be a Maybelline model at age 21.  Josie started Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007, with 100% fair trade Argan oil as the signature ingredient.  Josie Maran products have gained a lot of fans and Josie was recently awarded the Eco-Award  from the United Nations and Fashion for Development Group.   Josie Maran Cosmetics is changing the world by making healthy beauty products that are eco-friendly.

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  • Kyndall - "Still Down" Streaming Now!

    Yesterday, 19-year-old Houston native – Kyndall – released her 6-track debut EP Still Down via Atlantic Records. The EP is streaming in its entirety via Kyndall’s soundcloud now: https://soundcloud.com/officialkyndall/sets/still-down-ep.

    On her debut EP, Kyndall’s called upon the talents of Boi 1da (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar), Chef Tone (Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx), Maejor Ali (Justin Bieber, Drake, Kelly Rowland) & DJ Dahi (Drake, Lily Allen, Big Sean) to hole up in Houston and Atlanta to work on new material, giving birth to Still Down. It’s a heap of gritty, bass heavy R&B that she tackles with stunning lilt and passionate lyrics detailing her first love.
    To celebrate the release of her EP, Kyndall also dropped the official music video for “Playing Games.” Check it out below:
     
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    STILL DOWN TRACKLISTING
    1. Call Away - Produced by DJ Dahi
    2. All Mine – Produced by Boi 1da
    3. Playing Games – Produced by Flip & Jameel
    4. Still Down – Produced by Maejor Ali
    5. Close To me – Produced by DJ Dahi
    6. Bullet – Produced by Adonis
     
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  • Michael Rooney, the choreographer on the Muppets by Aleksi


    Exclusive Interview with Michael Rooney- Disney Muppets by Aleksi of Style Music TV

    Questions

    How did you get hooked up with Disney and the Muppets?  
    The director James Bobin was pretty familiar with my work and he liked my choreography in the movie “500 Days of Summers”. And he called me into his office and we had an interview and hit it off and I was hired in the next couple of days.  But it was James Bobin that pretty much brought me in.

    How was working on the Muppet Set?
    I was so excited because again this was going to be human dancers, also working with the Muppets and the puppeteers.  I was very excited. I had a couple of weeks of prep that they gave me at Universal Studios and I had to work out the logistics of making the Muppets hands move in time with the dancers. Keeping in mind that most of the movements of the Muppets had to be from their waist and up and lots or arms and dealing with their limitations.  So that was challenging and fun. I think the best thing about working with the Muppets was making them come alive.  Just not making them dance but come alive with their facial expressions and making them feel like one of the living human bunch. So it was fun!  

    What was the difference between working with human dancers and and puppets dancers? What were the challenging and exciting parts?
    To expand on my last question and to answer your next question- if you visualize your hand, like a sock puppet, like your fingers tapping, hitting your thumb back and forth- that is what most of the puppeteers do- they have their hand inside the puppet- so I had to at some point, go ahead and choreograph my fingers and my thumbs, clacking together and going left and right and around especially for the chicken number that we did, for the clucking number.  So that was the first time I did “Hand Choreography” like that.  It was a bunch of “Hand Choreography”.

    Where do you get your creative inspiration?
    Well, what I do is listen to the piece of music over and over again, as long as I can, and I try to think in big, broad strokes. So, as oppose to doing syncopated small movements, which I think confuses the viewer-I work in really broad, broad strokes. I try to stay more on the solid counts and the less syncopated counts and that seemed to help with the puppeteers as well.  

    --Industry Questions--:

    Advise for aspiring dancers- that are just starting in their careers?
    Don’t ever be disappointed by the word “No”- because no just means not at this time or maybe it wasn’t your turn to get the job.  Take nothing personally.  Don’t ever, ever let “No” discourage you. Always, always have tenacity, move forward and see where your luck and chances lie. But never be disappointed by the word “No”.



    MICHAEL ROONEY (Choreographer) is one of the most innovative choreographers of our time.  Always on the cutting edge, Rooney takes each project and twirls it into the best of the best. Rooney approaches each job like a tailor, designing the choreography to suit the project. He is a contemporary visionary with the creative genius to transcend time, moving from one era to another with ease and perfection, giving each project award-winning style. Rooney is currently working on ABC Family’s upcoming movie “Elixir” (working title).

    Lauded by critics and viewers alike, Rooney's work with directors has been turning heads and moving feet over the past decade. He is the only choreographer in history to have won five MTV Awards for Best Choreography. Rooney has assembled some of the most original staging and conceptualization for the entertainment industry and its major celebrities. Rooney’s “come to life” dance sequence in the smash hit film “500 Days of Summer” kept the film fresh and alive; his hard work behind the scenes with the animators of “Shrek 4” helped bring the film to greater heights.

    Rooney continues to be successful because he has the artistic ability to see the script and design the choreography bringing the story alive, as seen in his most memorable videos for "Fatboy Slim" (starring Christopher Walken), Gnarls Barkley’s “Run” (for which he won his 5th MTV Award for Best Choreography) and Kylie Minogue's sexy and controversial piece "Can’t Get You Out of My Head",

    Rooney worked with Spike Jonze on numerous MTV award-winning music videos that have been seen by millions of viewers. Rooney/Jonze have also worked together for the funny dance sequence in the feature film “Jackass 2.” Rooney and Jonze first teamed up for the now infamous Bjork video “It's Oh So Quiet.”

    In addition to his film and video work, Rooney has acquired a long list of commercial credits, including his work with Queen Latifah and Taylor Swift for CoverGirl, Target commercials featuring John Legend and a huge campaign for Nike featuring Charles Barkley. Other commercial work includes GE, Ford, Old Navy and McDonalds.
     
    The son of Mickey Rooney, Rooney inherited his father's genius for musical comedy.
     
    ABOUT THE MOVIE
    On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With signature celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.




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  • Apollo Announces Host and Talent for 2011 Spring Gala Honoring Stevie Wonder

    STEVIE WONDER TO BE HONORED AT THE APOLLO THEATER’S 2011 ANNUAL SPRING GALA BENEFIT

    CONCERT AND AWARDS CEREMONY

    MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

     

    SINBAD TO HOST; SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY WYCLEF JEAN,

    YOLANDA ADAMS, MELANIE FIONA AND RAPHAEL SAADIQ

     

    BENEFIT SUPPORTS THE LEGENDARY NON-PROFIT THEATER’S

    EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


    HARLEM, NY – June 6, 2011 – The Apollo Theater today announced the complete lineup for its sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert honoring cultural icon Stevie Wonder, who will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. The Benefit supports the preservation of the non-profit Theater’s unparalleled legacy, its current initiatives for emerging artists, and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.

     

    Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Schaffer, and Chick Corea, as well as other surprise guests, will perform during this special evening dedicated to Mr. Wonder’s legacy as an artist and philanthropist. The program will be hosted by celebrated comedian and former host of Showtime at the Apollo, Sinbad.

     

    “I am proud to be hosting this outstanding evening honoring two ‘Wonders of the World’: the great Stevie Wonder and the legendary Apollo Theater,” said Sinbad.  “In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn’t a person in my time up to now that didn’t want to be Stevie Wonder. Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the years—as well as hosting Showtime at the Apollo for two years—were milestones in my life.” 

     

    Stevie Wonder joins other iconic performers in the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame—musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo—including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.  Each Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street in Harlem.

     

    Additionally, The Apollo will present cosmetics giant Revlon with its Corporate Award, accepted by Chairman, Ronald O. Perelman, in recognition of Revlon’s support  of the Apollo. Philanthropist and arts supporter Reginald Van Lee will receive The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award, named in honor of one of New York City’s legendary leaders and a champion of Harlem and its cultural institutions.

     

    Produced by Ron Weisner for Ron Weisner Entertainment with events management services provided by JKS Events, the benefit concert will be under the musical direction of Ray Chew, whose credits include Musical Director for American Idol, NBC’s The Singing Bee, Showtime at the Apollo as well as the Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night show.  Following the performance, the event will conclude with the Apollo Supper Club—a stylish lounge atmosphere created by David Monn featuring spectacular gourmet creations prepared by Great Performances.  The world renowned DJ D-Nice will provide music for late-night dancing.

     

    About Stevie Wonder

    Celebrated American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist Stevie Wonder has had a long association with the Apollo Theater, appearing for the first time in 1962 when he was 12 years old. At that time, he was called “Little Stevie Wonder,” and was already touring as a professional act (and was the only “child act”) as part of Berry Gordy’s “Motown Revue,” a road show featuring top acts from the Motown Label.  Stevie played a major role in the show since he could sing, play harmonica, organ, congas and drums, which led to him being called a “wonder child.”  Other notable Apollo appearances include the “Save the Apollo Concert” in the 1980s and sold out solo concerts in 2005. 

     

    The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award is named for Percy E. Sutton, a distinguished community leader, entrepreneur, and long-time advocate for Harlem, and is a testament to his longstanding relationship and devotion to the Apollo and the City of New York. Mr. Sutton was Manhattan borough president for three terms, and at the time, was New York State’s highest ranking African-American elected official. After retiring from politics, he built a media empire, founding the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation in 1971, which became the second largest black owned radio broadcasting company in the United States. In 1981, Mr. Sutton purchased the world famous Apollo Theater and made pivotal contributions toward the efforts to revitalize and restore the Apollo. Percy E. Sutton graduated from Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee Institute, and Hampton Institute. After serving as an intelligence officer in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen, he earned a law degree from Brooklyn College and became one of America’s best-known lawyers, fighting for civil rights and representing many African-American activists, including Malcolm X. Mr. Sutton has received many honors, including the renaming of the 125th Street Manhattanville Post Office and Fifth Avenue from 124th to 142nd Street in his name.

     

    About the Apollo Theater

    The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions.  The Apollo was one of the first theaters in New York, and the country, to fully integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations in the audience, as well as headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues of similar size and resources.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

     

    The Apollo's annual season is made possible by lead support from The Coca-Cola Company, the Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Reggie Van Lee, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.  Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council; with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State funding from Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council for the Arts. Visit www.apollotheater.orgto learn more.

     Apollo Theater - 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY10027

    Tickets for the 2011 Spring Gala and after-party are on sale now. To purchase benefit tickets to the event or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., email ApolloSpringGala@jksevents.com  or call 212-380-8946.






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