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Starting Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 22th the annual CMJ Festival is breaking out new music all over Brooklyn, NY. Up and coming bands from all over the country get the chance to show there stuff and a part of this incredible event. One of my personal favorites, These Animals, will be opening for The Black Shades Saturday at midnight. These Animals have a sound that is both familiar and innovative: underlying beats and bass lines that make you move make way for ethereal guitar tones and catchy lyrics.

And did I mention there is free beer? That’s right. I said: FREE. BEER. So now there’s absolutely NO EXCUSE! Come see the show, come party with a couple of amazing bands that are trying to make it. Show your support and come out to the CMJ 2011 Music Festival!

This Thursday offers a unique and completely free event that offers a music lover the chance to meet New York City Opera baritone Raymond Diaz, violinist Nicole Sharlow Diaz, and pianist Mory Ortman after what is sure to be a stunning performance supported by Downtown Music at Grace program Music from Quisisana, which celebrates a summer residency at the Quisisana Resort on Lake Kezar in Maine.


Raymond Diaz is a Long Island native and graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, whose performances have earned him many accolades, including winner of the Heinz Rehfuss Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, and the Anna Maria Saritelli Di-Panni Belcanto Competition, among others.

Nicole Sharlow Diaz is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with honors and earned her masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music in violin performance. Mrs. Diaz is a celebrated concert violinist who has been spending her summers at the Quisisana Resort in Maine since 2001, performing chamber music. She is currently principal second violin of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Harrisburg, PA and she has been concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany and principal second violin of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra.

Mory Ortman received his masters from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Arizona State University. Ortman directs the classical and musical theater summer programs at the Quisiana resort in Main and is also involved in Career Bridges, a non-profit which helps to promote young opera singers in the greater New York City Area.

This performance is sure to be a delight! The event starts at 6:00pm this Thursday, and as always, it’s free!


Jess HartleyEvery now and then, when I’m thinking about my own artwork and recalling certain lessons I learned in painting class, I think about the other students and wonder if they’re still at it. I got an answer from one of them through a Facebook invitation to a solo exhibition by Jess Hartley, a fellow student at Houghton College, my alma mater. While she didn’t finish her studies there (she graduated from Gordon College in Boston) her work is enough to make me proud to have studied with her. Her current show, titled “Confluence”, features abstract paintings that capture a movement reminiscent of oil in water. The layers of vibrant color seem to float on top of one another, gliding across the canvas and inciting the imagination.

This Friday starting at 8pm, the Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, New York will feature works from “Confluence” as well as live performances and DJ. This is a great way to get to know the talented young artists in the New York City area and best of all, it’s completely free.

I’ve come back from touring with my husband’s band, These Animals, and life is in full swing. I’m especially excited to be painting again (yay!) and you can see updates about that here.

I’ll also be sticking to a very strict posting schedule: to two per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, which should give me a chance to talk about one weekday event and one weekend event.

Today’s post is about Apexart, an amazing gallery in Tribeca on Church Street that will be featuring a free mini-concert series at 3pm on Saturday afternoons in September and October. The next one is this Saturday, September 24th and it features Vadim Neselovskyi, a brilliant and talented pianist and composer. I love that they’re putting these right in the middle of a lazy Saturday. It will allow people the chance to wrap themselves up in a gem of a performance and carry it with them all day long. I think it’ll also give people a chance to do something a little geekier than they are allowed to do on a Saturday night, and not feel like they have to only like it insofar as they’re friends do. My friends would rather go to a hipster bar than watch me while I geek out to an innovative and mind-blowing jazz performance. So I say forget them and let this be a spa day for your lyrical senses. And guess what? It’s free, my friend. So enjoy!

For the next two weeks I will be traveling with my husband’s band, These Animals, while they are on tour. You can check updates on our adventures here. My next post for local and free arts in the greater New York City area will be on August 16th. See you then!

Today’s post is a bit of new territory for us: we’re featuring a music event! Twist of Fate will be playing at Flint Park in Larchmont, New York this Thursday night, July 14th at 7:15pm. The sounds of reggae and ska played by this Caribbean inspired rock and roll band are a perfect remedy for the heat this summer in Fairfield County. We’re excited to bring you a bit of sonic art in a relaxed atmosphere so come down to this week’s session of the Summer Concert Series in Flint Park for some free summer fun!


This week’s post is for all my music lovers who love going around the city checking out the ‘new young sound’. So mark your calendars for this week’s free live music offerings! (You just have to be 21+ sorry kids!!)

Tuesday, April 5, 9pm: Live at the Coco 66
Ras Moshe Trio

Tuesday, April 5, 8pm: Live at Pete’s Candy Store
Keith Haman, Ian Bjornstad, Cherokee, 7 Orange ABC

Wednesday, April 6, 10pm: Live at Pete’s Candy Store
Nehadar, Aaron Cohen, Drew Victor

Sunday, April 10, 8pm: Live at Bruar Falls
The Newton Gang, The Buddy Hollers, Ernie Vega