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Macklemore and Geoffrey Dicker
The hottest rapper/DJ duo (literally and figuratively) on the music scene are Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis (real name Ryan Lewis). Their songs “Thrift Shop” and the gay friendly anthem “Same Love” are virtually unbeatable on the charts. It’s nice to know a quick burst of fame has not gone to their heads and I hope it stays that way.
Ryan Lewis and Geoffrey Dicker
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have just set a new record for having their first 2 singles become #1 on the charts. Keep it up dudes and please stay nice!
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Here’s a name you need to know: Laura Mvula. The British singer played her first headlining show in New York on May 20, 2013 at Bowery Ballroom and obviously, it was sold out. She had to move the show from the originally scheduled (and much smaller venue) Mercury Lounge date to accommodate overwhelming demand for tickets. Makes perfect sense to me. After a great set by Irish singer Foy Vance, whose voice has an a quality not unlike the voice of Ray LaMontagne, Laura Mvula (pronounced “M. Voola”) hit the stage at 9:30 PM.
This was my second time seeing Foy Vance and just like the first time I saw him, before the end of the show, he got the entire crowd singing along. He mentioned that he has a new album coming out eminently, so you should definitely check out his music if you are looking to hear the music of a singer/songwriter who has an insanely great voice.
Laura Mvula’s music, if you aren’t already familiar with it, has elements of soul and jazz and the internet rightly has mentioned a Nina Simone/Amy Winehouse -esque quality to her voice. In between songs, she told stories about what she was going to play for us and had mentioned that earlier in the day, one of her heroes, Jill Scott, tweeted her seal of approval to Laura. Several hours later, she received the seal of approval from New York as she received thunderous applause after each song.
Like some of the “new school” of amazingly talented singers such as Adele, Emeli Sande, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware, Laura Mvula has quite a few slow songs that showcase her amazing voice and then when the pace picks up on the faster songs, the performance space turns into an impromptu dance party (see the upbeat “Green Garden” for example). We thought the encore would be final song of the night – a stripped down version of “Human Nature,” (yes, the Michael Jackson song!) but the crowd was not having any part of letting Laura Mvula end the show. Overwhelming applause brought Laura back for a second encore and performed a reprise of “She.” Her debut album “Sing to the Moon” is out now and if you liked any of the descriptions mentioned above, you’d be foolish not to get it.
See the setlist after the jump.
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Photo by Enrique Iglesias’ friend.
Enrique Iglesias and Geoffrey Dicker
Let me first say that I will probably never wash my shoulder again! Ha. I’ve always thought Enrique Iglesias was really handsome, but in person, I will not lie when I say that my knees got weak! I met Enrique recently as he performed a secret show in Manhattan. Despite lots of girls (and a few gays) wanting a piece of the man, he did his best to accommodate everyone and we love when that happens. Thanks Enrique for being so nice and so ffffing good looking! x
Photos by G. Art by Ellsworth Kelly.
Artist Ellsworth Kelly is a few days shy of turning 90 years old! To celebrate, Matthew Marks Galleries in New York are hosting 3 exhibitions of Kelly’s work. The exhibition includes fourteen paintings and two sculptures made in the past two years.
A closer look
The galleries are located at 502 and 522 West 22nd Street and 523 West 24th Street. “Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety” runs through June 29, 2013. Ellsworth Kelly turns 90 on May 31, 2013.
Ellsworth Kelly (at eighty nine) and Geoffrey Dicker
I was fortunate enough to meet Ellsworth Kelly at the opening night reception and he was extremely nice! Thanks again Ellsworth. It was great meeting you. Congratulations on 3 great exhibits and happy birthday in advance!
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Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker
Like him or hate him, there’s no denying that Dan Brown is a master of suspense. I LOVE his books. I discovered his work slightly before “The Da Vinci Code” became a well-deserved mega blockbuster. His books “Deception Point” and “Digital Fortress,” were my gateway drug into his writing and as soon as you pick up one of his books, be prepared to not be able to put it down. Plot twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat throughout all of his novels. Then of course, there are the Robert Langdon books. To craft a character as revered as a ‘modern day Indiana Jones’ is quite a feat and after reading “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code,” audiences worldwide are always excited for a new Langdon story. Good news! The wait is over! “Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is on shelves now and I am very excited to read it. It will be hard to repeat the greatness of “Da Vinci Code,” but even his last book “The Lost Symbol,” which was my least favorite of his books, was still impossible to put down! Being such a big fan, naturally, I was delighted to meet Dan Brown and he was super cool! Love when that happens. Thanks Dan! It was a pleasure meeting the man that has kept me on the edge of my seat more times that I can count!
“Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is out now!