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Photo from Mermaid Day Parade
One of the most fun New York events of the year is the Mermaid Day Parade which commences on the Saturday of the first weekend of summer in Coney Island. Due to rising costs, it’s in danger of being canceled so they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s the full message, so please help if you can!
Dear Friends of the Mermaid Parade:I have two important announcements for you today:
1) Registration for this year’s Mermaid Parade is now open. Click here to register.
2) We do not know whether there will be a Mermaid Parade this year.
Don’t panic just yet-we have a plan. But first I want you to understand where we are and what we’re up against.
Our first parade back in 1983 had more participants than onlookers. It is because of you-whether you’ve been marching for years or are joining us for your maiden voyage-that the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest arts parade in the country.
A Free Parade is Expensive
This year we face unprecedented challenges. As the crowds have grown over the past years, the city has begun imposing new regulations and restrictions that have sharply increased the cost of the event. On top of that, Hurricane Sandy, that malevolent sorceress, wreaked havoc on the Coney Island community. We as an organization, like many others, are still recovering from the damage. What this all means is that the Mermaid Parade now has a budget shortfall of $100,000. This is an impossible gap for a tiny non-profit arts organization like ours.
On May 7th , we’ll be launching a “Save the Mermaid Parade” Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the Parade. We’ll be actively updating our website and sending out news and information as the campaign to “Save the Mermaid Parade” progresses.
Next week you will receive a link to our Kickstarter campaign. Once you have it, please spread the word. If we don’t meet our funding goal, there’ll be no parade.
Registration this year is more important than ever before, but we also need to ask for even more from you to preserve our beloved cultural institution. Be advocates. This is your parade – get on your bullhorns!
Founder & Artistic Director
Coney Island USA
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Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys
Making this one of the best music news days in years for me (Fleetwood Mac also released an EP today), Pet Shop Boys have announced the details of their new album “Electric,” as well as US tour dates.
The Electric Tour hits America:
9/12 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theatre
9/13 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theatre
9/14 Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
9/16 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
9/17 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
9/19 Bethesda, MD – Music Centre at Strathmore
9/21 Boston, MA – House of Blues
9/22 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts
9/24 Montreal, QC – Olympia Theatre
9/25 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
9/27 Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum
9/28 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
10/2 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
10/3 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/4 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/5 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
10/8 San Diego, CA – Copley Symphony Hall
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
10/12 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
Tickets are on sale to the general public on May 3, 2013.
The tracklist of “Electric,” which will be released July 15, 2013 is:
‘Love Is A Bourgeois Construct’
‘Inside A Dream’
‘The Last To Die’
‘Shouting In The Evening’
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Fleetwood Mac performing in front of a larger than life Lindsey Buckingham
Finally! After a 10 year wait, Fleetwood Mac have released 4 new songs on the EP “Extended Play.” You can grab the set on iTunes. The tracklist is:
It Takes Time
Without You (cover of the unreleased Buckingham Nicks song)
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Sad news in the music world. First we learned that Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls passed on this morning and in the evening, we learned that folk singer Richie Havens has died. I saw Richie perform once as part of a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, which is where the above photo was taken. I hoped when they announced his name that he would perform “Freedom,” which was one of my favorite performances from Woodstock. I got my wish and as Richie tore into the song, I was so overcome with emotion, I literally burst into tears. It was a very powerful moment and one that I will not be forgetting. It’s such a great song, and such a great anthem! Thanks for the great music Richie. Rest in peace.
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In case you missed Adam Ant last year in his first tour in nearly 20 years, never fear – he has announced a 2013 US tour. Here are the dates:
July 17: Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA
July 19: City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
July 20: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
July 23: The Grand, Salt Lake City, UT
July 24: Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
July 26: Belmont, Austin, TX
July 27: Warehouse, Houston, TX
July 28: Granada Theatre, Dallas, TX
July 30: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Aug. 1: Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
Aug. 5: The Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
Aug. 6: Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
Aug. 8: Grand Central, Miami, FL
Aug. 9: Palladium Theatre, Tampa, FL
Aug. 10: Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
Aug. 13: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 15: Keswick Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 16: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 17: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 19: Royale Boston, Boston, MA
Aug. 20: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
Aug. 24: Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26: The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Aug. 27: Cathedral Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28: The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
Aug. 30: Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 31: Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 1: Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 6: Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Sept. 7: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Sept. 8: Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
Sept. 10: Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Reno, NV
Sept. 12: The Regency Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Sept. 14: The Repiblik, Hawaii, HI
Sept. 17: Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA
Sept. 18: Golden State Theatre, Monterey, CA
Sept. 20: Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, Las Vegas, NV