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  • Lucky Jukebox Brigade Set To Play Arlene's Grocery On March 5th!

    Indie rock 5-piece Lucky Jukebox Brigade are set to play Arlene's Grocery on March 5th in New York, NY! The band is also gearing up to release their new EP, Savage Fantastic, on February 26, 2016.
     
    Saturday, March 5th - EP Release Show w/ Citris & The Royal Wigs
     
    Arlene’s Grocery
    Tickets - $10
    Doors - 10PM
    Show - 10:30PM
     

    Building buzz towards the official release of Savage Fantastic, Lucky Jukebox Brigade just recently teamed up with idobi Radio to exclusively premiere their new single "Bertyl"! Listen to "Bertyl", here: http://bit.ly/1nfBFq1. The band also exclusively premiered their first single "Little Fangs" with BUST Magazine, here: http://bit.ly/1NtOhST.On the heels of two successful self-released albums, Lucky Jukebox Brigade turned to Mike Watts to produce their upcoming EP, known for his work with The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions, Gates, Glassjaw, and more. Reminiscent of Rubblebucket and Arcade Fire, Lucky Jukebox Brigade has created a unique style of their own.

     
    Lucky Jukebox Brigade was born in 2010 when lead singer Deanna DeLuke was couchsurfing across the country with a backpack and a ukulele. Looking to start a band, she posted ads in every town she liked and planned on moving wherever she found the right people. That turned out to be her hometown of Albany, NY. In its early days, the band ballooned into an 11 piece that included two tubas and a musical saw. After two self-released albums and a national tour, the Brigade has shapeshifted into a 5-piece party made up of DeLuke, Geppi Iaia(bass), Michael DeMarco (drums), Jimmy Affatigato (guitar/saxophone/clarinet), and Chris Weatherly(trumpet/euphonium/synth/keys/flute).
     
    Lucky Jukebox Brigade is set to play Arlene's Grocery on March 5th in New York, NY! For more information, please visit: www.luckyjukeboxbrigade.com/
     
     
     
    Check out more on Lucky Jukebox Brigade here: 
     
     
    Upcoming Shows
    Feb 27 - Albany, NY @ The Hollow
    Mar 5 - New York, NY @ Arlene's Grocery
     

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  • 9th Annual 'Choice Eats' Tasting Event

     The Village Voice announces its third round of participants for the ninth annual Choice Eats Presented by Stella Artois, taking place on Friday, March 11th! The 24 new restaurants announced today include: Bara, The Black Ant, Black Tree, BOOMWICH, Breads Bakery, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Flinders Lane, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Irvington Bar + Restaurant, Kailash Parbat, Loi Estiatorio, Luzzo's La Pizza Napoletana, Maima's Liberian Bistro, Mexico Lindo, Obica Mozzarella Bar, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Osteria Cotta, Papa's Kitchen, Quality Eats, Schaller Stube, Sigmund's Pretzels, Spicy Bampa, Sweet Generation, and Thai Rock.
     
    These restaurants will join the previously announced 29 participants:Ample Hills Creamery, Awadh, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Calle Dao, Doughnut Plant, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Emmy Squared, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Genuine Superette, The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Restaurant, Kuma Inn, Le Fond, Luke's Lobster, Mable's Smokehouse, The Meatball Shop, Meat Hook Sandwich Shop, No. 7 Veggie, Queens Comfort, Raclette, Robicelli's, Socarrat Paella Bar, StreetsBK, Swine, Veselka Restaurant, Victory Garden, Xe May Sandwich Shopand more to be announced.
     
    The event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00PM - 10:00PMat the Metropolitan Pavilion.
     
    This year's Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options - General Admission tickets ($70), Early Entry tickets ($85 - SOLD OUT!) andVIP tickets ($99- SOLD OUT!). All guests will sample the best dishes from restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Voice along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages, while enjoying music all night from DJ Delphine Blue of Little Water Radio. The Early Entry ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping. The VIPticket will allow guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP Lounge that will feature a private bar, restrooms, snacks, and an exclusive VIP gift bag per person. For more details on this year's three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/ChoiceEats.  
     
    Resident food critics have scoured New York's culinary landscape and combined their tastiest picks from their several years of unearthing the five boroughs' best-kept secrets. Choice Eats attracts a very diverse group of New Yorkers who come to feast on cuisines from over 35 nations, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek and Cajun/Creole among many others. Choice Eats stands out as a food event that highlights the hidden gems of New York City's diverse culinary landscape.
     
    Choice Eats is accepting volunteer applications until February 22nd to assist the Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to the next Village Voice food event. To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here:http://bit.ly/CEvolunteer16.
     
    2016 marks the Voice's 8th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with.
     
    Stella Artois is the presenting sponsor of Choice Eats. Additional sponsors include: Tequila Herradura, Union Beer Distributors, Whole Foods Market, Asahi Beer, Tsingtao, Wines of Germany, Nissan, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, John Macy Cheese Sticks, Blue Point Brewing Company, Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Downeast Cider House, Fentimans, Flying Dog Brewery, Kronenbourg Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Porterhouse Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Polar Beverages and Green Mountain Energy.
     
    EVENT DETAILS:
    The Village Voice's 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event
    DATE: Friday, March 11th 2016
    VENUE: Metropolitan Pavilion
       125 W. 18th St, Manhattan, NY
    TICKETS: ON SALE: http://bit.ly/ChoiceEats16Tix
    General Admission Ticket - $70 | Early Entry Preview Ticket (SOLD OUT) - $85 | VIP Ticket (SOLD OUT) - $99
    TIME: VIP Hour : 6:00PM - 7:00PM
    Early Entry: 6:30PM - 7:00PM
    General Admission: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
     
    For the latest on "Choice Eats" please have a taste here:
     

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  • PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo by Alice Chin

    I recently attended the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center. It's the largest photography and imaging show in North America with over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes.  The educational seminars were a great way to advance skills and knowledge on anything related to photography or improving your photography business.

      I attended a copyright seminar where I learned the step by step process on how to copyright photos online.  I also attended a Master Class on lighting where a fashion photographer showed us how to use just one softbox and light stand to create various types of lighting effects.  Another Master Class I attended was a street photography class with photographers Danny Weiss, Sally Davies, Ken Shles and Jeffrey Hensen Scales.  It was really fascinating to learn about the thought process behind their street shots.  I also attended an excellent Master Class by Eduardo Angel which was fundamental video for photographers.   I received a lot of essentials tips on making video and learned about the basic differences and similarities between shooting video and photography.  With over 225 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services, there was plenty to see on the expo floor. I got to check out some of the exhibitors including big name established brands like Canon and Nikon, but also discovered some new brands.  A lot of booths were doing demos on the latest products and also provided camera cleaning and repair services.  The PhotoPlus expo is a must-attend event for photography lovers.

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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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  • Jack N' For Beats Rap Competition at the Roc N Sole Store!


    The Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey sponsored rap competition Jack N' For Beats went down at the Roc N Sole store on Atlantic Avenue where competitors battled for a chance to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled and A&R Director AJ Ahmed. The store was packed full of aspiring MC's looking to take the #1 spot. The competition, separated into several rounds where rappers chose a beat and spit 16 bars of their best rhymes, drew talent from all over NYC, New Jersey, and upstate New York hoping to make it to the last round where they would then be put up against other winners from across the nation.

    Winner, Jadon Woodard, killed the competition hands down. With the audience in a roar after his final line; "stop acting dumb hard" it was very clear who the winner was. His ability to freestyle on command, tactfully approach his competitors weaknesses, yet overall laid back demeanor made him shine in the last round.

    After the competition, Style Music TV had the opportunity to sit down with the Director of A&R for Jack N' For Beats; AJ Ahmed:

    "I'm happy we had a decent turn out and the cool thing was everybody respected each other, everybody was chill even though [the winner] murdered the competition. It was a cool setting and a good look for everybody."

    "The cool thing is for Jack Honey to do this is a big look for the community."

    When asked how would AJ compare the NYC edition with the other tour stops:

    "I think the energy was cool.. I love that fact that heavyweights like Envy, Suss One, Ty Ty, and Emory were all in the house. Like you don't get that opportunity to be that close to them to be like 'yo you heard me?' That's the type of stuff that we offer that no body else does... New York had the heavy hitters for sure."

    When asked about what artists need in order to really blow up:

    "I think consistency. There's so many rappers, everybody is a rapper nowadays. So if you don't have the consistency or the drive to make it, you could see thousands of other people."

    When discussing what made the winner, Jadon Woodard, stand out:

    "He stood out cause he had better flow, better delivery; he was able to captivate the crowd. A lot of them that came up to the mic were nervous and also didn't really project their voice. When you don't project your voice you also show a sign that you're nervous to talk in front of a crowd. Some of them said the same bars four, five times and that's how they got disqualified."

    Overall, the NYC stop for the Jack N' For Beats competition was an exciting evening and a great opportunity for everyone involved.

    -MEGA


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