It is such a pleasure to be back in Amsterdam for more than just the obvious reasons. I had the opportunity to play here several times last year, all due to the amazing people behind Fatform, an independent festival of art and music.
There are no corporate sponsors for Fatform. Almost all the artist that participate have been more or less living on site for the past few weeks, creating site specific pieces and installations and generally converting a 3,000 cubic meter parking garage and office space into one of the biggest exhibition spaces in all of Holland, for the duration of the show.
This year there are 55 contemporary Dutch and international artists participating from as far away as Japan and South Africa, making this installment of Fatform quite possibly the biggest art expo to take place in the Netherlands this year. In addition to the visual arts, an entire lineup of live music and dj sets is programmed for the opening party tomorrow, of which I am lucky enough to receive the closing time slot. It should be epic!
I attended my first Fatform fest last year (their second festival all together) and really appreciated the community vibe that permeates this show. It was important for me to come early again this year to meet the artists and lend a hand in the creation of the project. The vibe of the site is one of a highly dynamic artist commune, with volunteers preparing meals each day for the entire crew and days of hard work being celebrated in the evenings with cold beers, music and friendly conversation on the roof top, all while enjoying the sunset over the skyline of Amsterdam's Bijlmer neighborhood. Since I arrived here Tuesday, the transformation I have witnessed is stunning. Everything is about in place for tomorrow's opening party, Present Forever. Doors open at mid-day and I'm due to go on around 8PM on the roof deck of the structure. There will be an after-hours I'll be playing as well to keep the good vibes going into the night. If you happen to be in Amsterdam, come out and see what's going on in the Bijlmer!
Fatform Facebook Page
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Botafogo Social Club and cult carioca bass crew, Brazilian Wax, are hyped to bring you their sonic love child, BRAZA, tonight at Catrin in Lapa. Expect to hear sounds running the gamut from soul and rare grooves to hip hop, boogie, house, booty and disco. The folks at TimeOut Rio have a nice little write up here you can read. Asses will SHAKE!
Your top shelf selectors for the evening are as follows:
...and of course, last but not least, Mike Frugaletti and myself will be representing for the BOTAFOGO SOCIAL CLUB
Here's a little mini mix that Mr. Frugaletti and myself cooked up to help wet your appetite...
I am supremely happy to announce that tomorrow night, I have the ultimate pleasure of playing at my favorite venue in the entire city of Rio de Janeiro, Circo Voador! Not only this but I will be opening for one of my favorite bands and one of Rio's favorite bands, Orquestra Voadora, just back in town from their Europen tour dates. This should be an amazing show; as Paris, France brass band heros, Dumb & Brass and Fines Polettes will be on the bill as well. If you made it out to my gig at Teatro Odesseia last week, you know how fun these guys are! The 'Flying Circus' will be rocking and Lapa will be on fire tomorrow night! Do what you go to do but make sure you are there early and are ready to get down!
As some of you may know, I had a serious issue with my brazilan visa come up this week and may have to leave the country MONDAY! So, please, come out tomorrow, welcome Orquestra Voadora back to Brazil and help me make this one muthafunkin' despidia to remember! Spread the word, spread the love, spread the funk!
Man, I'm so hyped for tonights show! It's not often I get to share the bill with live acts and to have the honor to open the show, play in between and then again after the sets of two amazing brass bands from Paris, France has got me bouncing around the room.
As an amateur musicologist, I love connecting dots and tracing paths of migration of different sounds and styles. These two bands have taken a style born on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, evolved from the French military marching bands of the time, and repatriated it back to Paris, adding their own certain je ne sais quoi along the way. Now they bring this sound to Rio, a city not unfamiliar brass band arrangements, most notably typified by acts such as Orquestra Voadora as well as many other brass-fueled carnaval groups. In short, tonights sounds will be quite unique but at the same time not completely unfamiliar to Carioca ears. In shorter....shit's going to be HOT!
In reverence to the birthplace of this sound, I'll be playing a set laden with down and dirty New Orleans funk as well as a mix of other global grooves. Come early, stay late and get down!
R$ 15 (until 00pm), R$ 20 (from 00 to 1 hour) R$ 25 (after 1am)
Teatro Odisséia. Rua Mem de Sa, 66, Lapa. (map)
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