Sean Paul recently hosted a preview party for his upcoming album Tomahawk Technique at The Darby Downstairs. Party-goers enjoyed Voli Vodka cocktails while they rocked out to both classic Sean Paul tunes like "Temperature" and "Get Busy," as well as songs from his soon-to-be-released album. The first single off his album, "Got 2 Luv U," features Alexis Jordan and has already become a Top Ten hit in eight countries. The Jamaican dancehall and reggae star is working with a handful of talented producers, including Benny Blanco, Rico Love, and Stargate, and he even makes his own debut as a producer on his track titled "Roll wid di Don."
Artistic expression manifests in myriad forms. Music, in particular, is an amorphous beast at best—ranging from shuddering dub-step bass drops, to stripped-down acoustic folk numbers—variety is inherently enmeshed within the medium. With a surplus of musical diversity comes an equally ravenous following of enthusiasts. While some may confine themselves to one genre, there are the pioneers out there—those who thrive in the poly-rhythmic chaos of aural variety.
For those desirous of venues with a multiplicity of musical options, look no further: here are 5 spots that range the spectrum—providing the panacean sounds of your choice!
'Summer time', Vybz Kartel
In a neighborhood where warehouses and car repair shops dominate, new venue, Viva, has emerged
to bring the parties of Carnival to you. Pulling up, there is a valet ready to park your car and a door man ready to open the velvet rope for you and your entourage.
When you walk in, the space is-in a word my fellow New Yorkers- ENORMOUS! Several VIP booths have been scooped out along the walls and adequate tables and couch space around the building's support beams. Since it is Carnival weekend you know that the dj will play the hottest & most recently released reggae, soca, and dancehall tunes.
Rebelution is a California based Reggae band who reached critical and commercial acclaim with their 2007 album, Courage to Grow. They are currently headlining the Winter Greens Tour, along with other musical acts including: Iration, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Orgone, and The Green.
The Winter Greens Tour will be coming the House of Blues Dallas on March 25, 2011. Tickets are still available at http://wintergreenstour.com/. If you purchase your ticket online, you will also receive a download of the “Winter Greens Tour Sampler.” The sample includes songs from all the artists who are currently on this year’s tour.
Next Saturday, March 26th, The Dirty Heads will be performing at the Stone Pony, located in Asbury Park, NJ. The Southern California reggae rock band has toured with popular bands such as Sublime, Pepper, and even Matisyahu.
The Dirty Heads are one of today's most popular reggae rock bands, having toured many times across the United States.
They will also be performing with New Politics, Ballyhoo, and Echo Movement.
Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors will open at 7pm. To purchse tickets in advance, click here.
If you're a regular at places like Transit Lounge and Jazid in Miami, then you've definitely come across Suenalo (otherwise known as Suenalo Sound System). And if so, then you know you've danced, you've grooved, you've appreciated - and you've ultimately had a good time.
The nonet that originated in Little Havana in 2002 is a melting pot of their own in the diverse city of Miami, with members from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and the U.S. Suenalo has implemented these cultures through their own music and, in turn, amplified the true sound of Miami.
"Great music + inspired creativity equals a happy crowd." That's the motto behind DJ Mick Boogie, a New York-based artist that is climbing the ladder and has become one of the most sought-after deejays in the world, playing in dozens of different countries. On top of being a mixtape artists, Mick has also performed for events hosted by people and companies from Jay-Z to to Nike. Check out the exclusive interview below.
Aruba Hotel and Spa
1215 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89104
At some point, while cruising North down Las Vegas Boulevard, the flashy neon cainos transform into a dark collage of seemingly abandoned hotels, seedy sex shops and Elvis Presley wedding chapels. But, hidden amongst this disheveled Vegas backdrop is the Aruba Hotel and Spa.
Genre: Electronica, Experimental, Pop
“It's somewhat of a departure from the ‘cool.’ I think we all felt [our earlier work] was a bit too cool, although it wasn't too cool for the time. This third album is just a different time in our lives. We felt like it was time to open up and maybe be more mature and show vulnerability.” - Sabina Sciubba
Although pegged for southern success, The Brazilian Girls are making a splash throughout America and Europe. Made up of vocalist Sabina Sciubba, keyboardist Didi Gutman, bassist Jesse Murphy, and drummer Aaron Johnston, the Girls are breaking new ground with their combination of reggae, electronica, jazz and bossa nova. Adding to their eclectic sound, lead singer Sciubba had previously recorded two jazz albums on an English audiophile label Naim. Sciubba was born in Rome but grew up in Nice, France, and Munich, Germany before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She can also sing in more than 5 languages and incorporates her multilingual status into her song lyrics. The band got its start through a club on the lower east side of Manhattan called Nublu. The band began to gather a fan base and the critical acclaim followed. The Verve company became interested in the Brazilian Girls around 2003 when Murphy and Johnston made appearance on John Zorn’s 2003 album Voices in the Wilderness. The Brazilian Girls have released three albums with Verve Forecast including their self-titled debut Brazilian Girls and Talk to La Bomb.
Brazilian Girls (2005)
Talk to La Bomb (2006)
New York City (2008)