Opening a restaurant is tough, opening a restaurant in New York is even tougher, but opening a restaurant that caters to New York's elite is impossible. Yet, the Koch brothers seem to have made their living out of doing the impossible, and then doing it agan. The identical twins Daniel and Derek, with their GQ good looks, charm, and relentless work ethic, have vaulted themselves into the creme de la creme of New York's restaurant and entertainment industry. Hailing from a small town in Ohio with dreams of making it big in the city that never sleeps, the twins had an unsuccessful stint as models before turning to waiting tables to pay the bills. They learned everything there was to know about food and wine, and thanks to the partnership with New York restauranteur Frederick Lesort and investor Michael Wainstein, opened the brunch club Jour Et Nuit (night and day) in 2008 in the West Village. The day club for brunching jetsetters ballooned into a huge success, and attracted attention of major networks to make their story into reality TV. In March, the first season of Playing With Fire aired on E!, cementing the twins' reputation as a household name.
Fig & Olive celebrated the launch of their new music collection Tuesday night (December 3) in their famous Meatpacking district restaurant. Joined by music tastemakers, style trendsetters, along with many others from various walks of life, the event was a classy affair set to the backdrop of the fresh new collection of music. The collection, out now, features music from Rhye, Poolside, and many others, is a smooth collection of music that captures the feeling of the high-class French Riviera. Be sure to check out the collection, and capture the feeling of Fig & Olive for yourself. ‘Fig & Olive: The Music Collection’ is out now on Legacy Recordings.
Any New York City club venue that lasts for 8 years and is still going strong calls for a celebration. The dance floors of Pacha nightclubs worldwide are famous for bringing all the hottest DJs to spin for the night and now Pacha New York is celebrating their 8 year mark by featuring a December line up that is so packed with renowned DJs, you need to check out this repertoire.
Friday, December 6th
Who wants to see the reunited Backstreet Boys play live?! Well, they will be headlining 101.9 The Mix's holiday concert event: Miracle On State Street. Plain White T's and Colbie Caillat will also be performing at the event. Tickets can be purchased here!
For so many musicians in this past half-century, genesis came from the electricity of picking up an instrument and plucking out the melody of a Beatles tune. Now, 50 years later, a hand-picked group of young artists pay homage to the batch of songs that introduced us all to four lads out of Liverpool. Last week marked the release of Beatles Reimagined, a landmark compilation of Beatles tracks covered by a slew of indie artists. Joonbug was there, dear reader, mimosa in hand.
First, a little background: Beatles Reimagined is a joint effort created by The Adage Group and Round Hill Music, executive-produced by Owen Husney and a twenty-something piece production team including Tim Anderson (ImaRobot, Solange) and Kevin Carvel (Atlantic Records, A&M/Octone, NBC’s “The Voice”). With the North American rights in hand, the team reached out to indie greats across the country in search of the most powerful covers for this fantastic venture. The release party took place at North Hollywood staple The Federal Bar. The establishment is a vision in brick-and-mortar, more reminiscent of an NYC studio than a Valley bar. For this event, part of The Federal's Mimosa Music Series, the upstairs lounge was decked out with Beatles paraphernalia, none more exciting than The Beatles cartoons looping across the monitors. The crowd was nothing if not eclectic. There were rockers, industry types, fans and family alike. This all-ages show offered something for everyone, and that extends far beyond bagels and champagne. It was the faces of the Beatle babies in the audience that intrigued this reporter most, illustrating that the melodies of Lennon and McCartney have a timeless quality that we will only understand more as we dance merrily on into the future. Host Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes ushered us into this special event with kind words for his collaborators. His hobo-chic look screamed indie rock star as his quiet, intelligent demeanor introduced the days' bands. First on the stage were Cali-native duo Doom & Gloom. Their take on "And I Love Her" is a haunting midnight-drive version of the original. "We didn't need to do much," frontman Nate Cole told Joonbug. "We brought out the piano and reworked the tune." Perhaps an understatement, their earnest take stood out as something young McCartney might be proud of. Austin favorite Mobley followed thereafter. Though without his usual band, the guitar-toting Texan in frontman Anthony Watkins II seemed more than comfortable on stage. The highlight of the day came as he plugged in the rest of the band via cassette player (you read that right) for the staccato-funk offering of "From Me to You." Not since his days with Teddy Ruxpin has this reporter seen someone nail that kind of duet. Color me impressed. The Well Pennies. Don't know them? GET TO KNOW THEM. This folksy couple brought a down-home legitimacy to the days' events. The release itself opens with their heartbreaking cover of "All My Loving," just one of the treats they offered up on stage. Their oaky harmonies were an excellent choice for the album and the day.
Closing the show was twosome Gypsy Death Star. An unusual fit to end the show, the collected wailings of Cesar Augusto and Wyatt Hull sounded more like Captain Kirk than it did Sgt. Pepper, but nevertheless, they brought new flavor to the Fab Four, mission directive #1. Whether the creators knew it upon conception or not, Beatles Reimagined is far beyond a gift to listeners. The real treat belongs to the musicians involved. As an artist, to be given the keys to the kingdom that Ringo built is something far beyond ordinary. Consider kids in a candy shop, or perhaps another of your favorite metaphors for sheer bliss. In the eyes of the beholder, the release was a complete success, for artist and audience alike.
Polish-born surrealist painter Rafal Oblinski is an accomplished artist in his own right, drawing his inspiration and inflience from the Belgian surrealist painter Magritte. Ever since arriving in the United States over thirty years ago, Oblinski established himself early on the A-list circuit of artists in New York and has remained their ever since. His commitment to his own vision as well as the accessible themes in his have made him both stand out and fit in the artistic community. Next Wednesday, December 11th, Oblinsky is launching his show The Virtue of Ambiguitiy, hosted by Antonio "Nino" Vendome, chair of the Vendome Group,
What: Reception for surrealist painter Rafal Oblinksi
Where: 330 Spring Street, New York, New York 10013 (between Washington and Greenwich Streets)
When: Wednesday, December 11th, 6-9pm
There's a bar on the north side of town just right off the red line stop that’s a nice low key spot. It's a spot the locals know as The Glenwood.
The Glenwood gets its name from the avenue it's built on--an old brick road a relic from times long since past. The bar itself has an old brick facade, giving the impression that it maybe from the days of bootleggers.
The joint is divided into two rooms: the entrance is where you'll find the bar. The long hard wood alcohol trove runs along the right side of the room, along a wall painted as yellow as the sun. The other side of the room is painted a contrasting purple. It's a bit reminiscent of one of Bill Cosby's sweaters.
Friday, November 29
Eric Prydz is coming to Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday for his Epic 2.0 Tour. Tickets are selling fast so get them here while you can! Doors open at 7 pm.
1106 W Lawrence Chicago, Illinois 60640
If a rap head could have his/her dreams come true it would’ve looked like the Fool’s Gold Anniversary party over the past weekend. The party was thrown to celebrate the brooklyn-based record label’s 6-year tenure establishing itself as a prominent connection between hip-hop and electronic music. Fool’s Gold is responsible for releasing artists like Danny Brown, Kid Cudi and Duck Sauce while staking their claim as “indie innovators” by Billboard, and“tastemakers” by the New York Times.
Karaoke 4 a Kause is proud to sponsor an evening of tunes, drinks, and snacks to benefit the communities most affected by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Founded by a group of New Yorkers moved by the needs of the less fortunate, Karaoke 4 a Kause has partnered with UNICEF to ensure funds are prioritized in the neediest areas. A general admission ticket gets you four hours of karaoke, refreshments, and access to a cash bar. Get your tickets here. See you there!
What: Karaoke 4 a Kause Fundraising Event
Where: The Ugly Kitchen, 103 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003
When: Saturday, November 23, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Get rid of the stress of the week by partying at Rosewood. Admission is open and if it's your birthday, you can get down for free.
What: Partying like a rock star
Where: 5 East 19th Street, New York, New York 10003
When: Friday, November 22nd, 10:00pm-4:00am
Bring all your friends!