Photos by G. Art by David Byrne.
Partial View of "Tight Spot" by David Byrne. On display at the Pace Gallery in NYC through October 1, 2011
To celebrate the expansion of The Pace Gallery in New York, musician and artist David Byrne is displaying a 2-week only site specific installation called “Tight Spot.” A 48 by 20 foot inflatable globe is underneath the High Line at 508 West 25th Street. The statement that David Byrne is making is so important for the times we are living in as the world is under massive constraints and is also expanding so fast – who knows what is going to happen?! A planet and the people contained within it can only take so much pressure before a massive change happens. The possibilities for good and bad are equally as likely. Inside the globe are low frequency vibrations created by David Byrne (and made with his voice instead of instruments). I found “Tight Spot” to be very inspirational serving as yet another wake up call to the people on this planet. David was in attendance for the opening night reception and he was extremely nice when I spoke with him. Below is a picture of David Byrne with some friends at the opening of “Tight Spot.” This exhibit is only on display until October 1, 2011 so you need to act fast to make sure you see it.
David Byrne (center) in front of "Tight Spot"
Photo by G.
I don’t know what the chances are that I could run into former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne on the streets of New York with a bicycle (looking fantastic, by the way) and then get an email from Exit Art several hours later with information on how to win a bicycle stylized by David Byrne! Whoa!
As I mentioned above, you can win a bike stylized by David Byrne in a raffle from Exit Art. You can purchase tickets here at this link. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the programs of Exit Art Gallery. Tickets are $20 each or six (6) for $100. All raffle ticket buyers will be invited to an exclusive Terrace Party in New York City on July 14, 2011, and the drawing will be held live at the party. You don’t have to be present to win.
Find out more and purchase tickets on their official website.
Photos by G.
At the stroke of 11 pm on May 25, 2011 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, British singer Anna Calvi emerged from a cloud of fog, strapped on her guitar and started rocking. She started off with a guitar solo that would have made Jimi Hendrix smile. Vocally, the indie rock singer has a voice that at times is reminiscent of Siouxsie Sioux but then would be smooth and mellow like a crooner out of the 1950s. Her stage presence is sexually charged and she really knows how to keep an audience entertained. She covered Elvis Presley’s “Surrender” as well as “Jezebel,” a song made famous by Edith Piaf during her 40 minute set. Her voice is a power house and on the mellow moments, you could hear a pin drop in the Bowery Ballroom because obviously, nobody wanted to miss a note. You shouldn’t miss a note either. Anna Calvi rocks!
Spotted in the crowd: David Byrne (former lead singer of Talking Heads). See a spy photo of him, the set list as well as a photo of my encounter with Anna Calvi after the jump.
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Photo by G.
Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Geoffrey Dicker
Picture it: I’m back stage after the Big Audio Dynamite concert and just seconds ago, I chatted with BAD’s lead singer Mick Jones (also a member of Carbon/Silicon and The Clash). I am internally freaking out because I’ve shared such a great moment with a living legend. I turn to my right and standing at the bar are Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club (and formerly of Talking Heads)! I pull myself together and asked for a photo. Both Chris and Tina were super nice and said yes. I was able to pull off taking a photo of the 3 of us with my infamous “take it with your hand” shot! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers paused to review the photo and complimented the photo. Whoa! Moments later, Clem Burke – the drummer from Blondie – joined them at the bar and the next thing you know, I took a soon to be legendary photo of 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers! Do you think I’ll get over that any time soon? Not a chance. Thanks again to Tina and Chris both for the great music and for being so cool.
Photos by G. Art by Eric White.
For Members Only by Eric White
At Freight + Volume in New York, there is a really cool group show on display called “Haymaker.” The exhibit features 5 artists showing very diverse work. Obviously, since I am a huge lover of music, the art that resonated with me the most is the work of Eric White, who painted mock album covers. Perhaps you’ll recognize these covers from your music collections?
Songs In The Key Of Life by Eric White
Fear of Music by Eric White
The Koln Concert by Eric White
“Haymaker” featuring the works of Tatiana Berg, Doug Fishbone, Kristen Schiele, Damian Stamer and Eric White is now on display at Freight + Volume in New York. Freight + Volume is located at 530 + 542 W. 24th St. “Haymaker” runs until February 12, 2011.