By now you’ve probably already heard of Fela!, the Broadway musical celebrating the life and work of Nigerian musical pioneer Fela Kuti. While the show was racking up Tony awards and Grammy nominations, members of the cast were forming a band of their own. On January 3rd, Chop & Quench, “The Fela! Band”, will be bringing the upbeat, polyrhythmic jazz fusion known as Afrobeat from Broadway to Brooklyn for #targetfirstsaturday.

Also on the lineup is Snarky Puppy, which is what happens when Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League puts a bunch of ultra-talented musicians on stage together. Musicians who also play with folks like #SnoopDogg, #ErykahBadu, #Timbaland, and #TalibKweli. What?! That’s the level of talent we’re talking here. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes—the statues are the only ones we expect to stay still for these two acts!

We are also super excited about a rare musical performance that’s going to break the big museum rule of “Don’t touch the art.” We’ve invited percussion boss Ches Smith to not just touch but play #davidhorvitz’s installation of suspended bells in #crossingbrooklyn. He’s created a special score just for the piece—perfect for ringing in the New Year in avant-garde style.

Posted by Sam Kelly
Photo: Chop and Quench, Fela! Band © Jacob Blickenstaff

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albums of twenty fourteen
hella explanatory. here’s some albums i enjoyed this year. nothing earth shattering. nothing that hasn’t been mentioned in someone else’s top something list.

counterclockwise: lykke li – i never learn, karen o – crush songs, alvvays – self-titled, tennis – ritual in repeat, marisaa nadler – july, the pains of being pure at heart – days of abandon, spoon – they want my soul, ex hex – rips, fka twigs – lp1, angel olsen – burn your fire for no witness.

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STORIES BEHIND MUSICIANS

Austin Carlile from Of Mice and Men Lost his mother

Jenna McDougall from Toniht Alive was bullied

Kellin Quinn from Sleeping with Sirens comes from broken family/home

Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon was bullied and suicidal 

Mitchell Lucker from Suicide Silence was an alcoholic and he died in hospital after motorcycle accident

Danny Worsnop from Asking Alexandria had depression, drug addiction and is/was an alcoholic

 Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low had anxiety

 Hayley Williams from Paramore was bullied

Vic Fuentes from Pierce The Veil Self-harmed