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Get Lost NYC

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Damian Lazarus works tirelessly to transform the modern party with Get Lost and Day Zero, fine tuning the medium to craft alternate realities that push the boundaries of celebration. Today we reveal the details and lineup for Get Lost’s NYC debut, a marathon two day event at Knockdown Center October 11-12, welcoming live acts and selectors at the forefront of underground electronic music.

Fostered as an intimate after-hours alternative amongst the growing commercialism of US dance music, the annually sold out Get Lost Miami has become one of the can’t miss moments of the year, with its global reach extending to sessions in Los Angeles, London, Mexico City as well as stage takeovers at festivals like Tomorrowland. Now the brand sets its sights on this long-awaited and highly anticipated New York edition to offer a unique experience in one of  electronic music’s capitals.

Friday October 11 will see the debut of the Get Lost Live concept, an audio-visual experience aimed to redesign the way a live show is experienced. Presented in association with The Bowery Presents, attendees can expect the immersive theatrics that Lazarus’ events have become known for coupled with forward-thinking live performances by emotive Lebanese indie electronic group Mashrou Leila and the exceptional modern pop icon Kelsey Lu, alongside DJ sets from one of the most talked about duos of the moment: Beautiful Swimmers, and NYC’s alternative selector, Whitney Fierce.

The party continues on October 12 with a sixteen hour multi-environment journey soundtracked by friends and family of the Crosstown Rebels movement. Get Lost’s signature outdoor celebration will open its doors at 2pm before another four areas open from 10pm for this not to be missed experience.

Bronx’s own Martinez Brothers will represent their city alongside Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, minimal German producer Robag Whrume, the illustrious Felix Da Housecat and Belgrade’s of the moment star Tijana T.

Crosstown and Rebellion’s diverse label roster will be on full display with performances from Ae:ther (Live), Brina Knauss, Davi, Denney, Francesca Lombardo, Joeski, Magit Cacoon, Serge Devant, Tibi Dado and others. Of course it remains the party’s scion who’s sets remain the most celebrated within the Get Lost saga, with Lazarus’ enchanting sonics and revered catalogue acting as a guiding beacon of underground curation.

The unexpected has always been the true flagship of leading event, offering a sense of immersion that seems to bend time and alter realities. Through sunset and sunrise, Get Lost NYC will continue the series’ journey towards crafting the remarkable and evolving all definitions of rave.

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James Murphy b2b The Black Madonna

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Knockdown Center and MeanRed Productions present…

James Murphy b2b The Black Madonna

[DJ Sets]

Tickets on sale Wednesday, July 10 at 1pm EST
Eventbrite: https://bmjm.eventbrite.com/
RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1284369

After James’ groundbreaking collaboration show with Nina Kraviz in April, he returns for another special event, this time with one of the most renowned DJs in the world, The Black Madonna! Tickets sold out last time, grab yours now.

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Halloween Haunted Hop 2019

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Celebrate another Night Of The Vampire at the 14th edition of the world’s best Halloween party! Mark your calendars! Thursday, October 31 at the 14th edition of Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train Haunted Hop Halloween Spooktacular at Knockdown Center!

This NYC Halloween tradition this year will feature live performances by an unlikely combination of rock’n’roll legends:

– THE MAKE-UP (Washington, DC) Thee explosive sound verite is back and better than ever! Ian Svenonius, James Canty, Michelle Mae, and Mark Cisneros! Together again for a rare appearance! This is gospel ye ye legends’ first NYC gig since 2000 revelers had their minds blown at South Street Seaport more than two years ago! They live by night!

– QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT (New Orleans, LA) This world-famous duo remains one of the most consistently wild and unique live experiences in contemporary music/art! Featuring Drum Buddy/Weather Warlock inventor/Hammond B-3 wiz Quintron and the puppeteer/fine artiste who brought her art form back into rock’n’roll counterculture! Expect both the puppet show and a wild dance party set!

– PROTEX (Belfast, Ireland) Maybe the best 1970s punk band on the live circuit at this point? The good vibrations of Protex go far beyond their canonical 1978 smash “Don’t Ring Me Up” and you will hear everything from o.g. essentials and to their current killer dillers! A band we don’t see every day and definitely not to be missed!

– THREE BRAINED ROBOT (New Orleans, LA) The main stage entertainment kicks off with the NYC debut of one of the Crescent City’s most compelling live experiences, the multi-media/performance/music/madness of this North Carolina transplant that’s taken the Big Easy by storm! First-ever NYC appearance!

followed by dancing with

– the witchy wax of JONATHAN TOUBIN and his NY NIGHT TRAIN MUMMY DANCERS accompanied by SPENCER BEWLEY visuals!

and

– the 1AM COSTUME CONTEST

Plus over a dozen more bands and plenty of DJs to be announced plus the usual labyrinth of cob-webbed rooms chock full o’live music, dancing, horror cinema, performance, art, food, drinks, and more! Also get excited for new rooms and added diversions this year! Once again we’re upping the ante on what is already the best NY Night Train Party ever!

Come early and stay late! We got everything you need! A night you will definitely never forget!

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Fool’s Gold Day Off NY 2019

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Fool’s Gold Day Off has marked every New York summer this decade with unforgettable, star-making events. This is THE place to discover all the artists you’ll be bumping in heavy rotation for the coming year, with alumni like ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott, French Montana, Migos, and so many more. Before we announce this year’s guests (and surprise twists!) grab your Early Bird tickets now while they’re cheap, and party with the entire creative community at Knockdown Center on August 10th. See you there!

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Pigeonhole: The Life and Work of Bobby Alam

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Performance Schedule

June 29, 7:30 pm – 9:00pm | DJ Black Helmet Performance
July 7, 6:00pm | Zaid Islam Performance
August 18 | The Modern School Jazz Trio Performance
See below for performance info 

About the Exhibition

Knockdown Center is pleased to present Pigeonhole: The Life and Work of Bobby Alam, a new exhibition by Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall. Pigeonhole is a multidisciplinary portrait of Bahauddin “Bobby” Alam, a Bengali peddler and sailor and who arrived in the United States in 1918 and lived as a Black jazz musician in New York and New Orleans. The exhibition memorializes Alam’s career and explores his personal navigation of an especially precarious period in American history, prompting a reflection on the complexities of racial passing as a means for marginalized people to circumvent violence.

Alam is a composite of historical realities and imagined truths. His identity is inspired by the history of Bengalis passing as black in the United States, settling into communities of color in order to circumvent anti-Asian immigration laws, as recorded in Vivek Bald’s book Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America. The artists deploy these histories to bring to light the ways in which passing can function as a strategy for survival.

The installation portrays Alam’s dressing room, rehearsal space, and performance stage in the kind of juke joint where he would have spent his evenings constructing and performing his adopted identity. Objects within the installation highlight Alam’s life and career as a musician: a zoot suit embellished with Indian kantha style embroidery, old handbills and concert posters, musical compositions, video documentation from Alam’s rehearsals, and private recordings. Clues within each of these objects reveal, upon close reading, the staged and dual nature of Alam’s identity, which subtly trespasses the lines between reality and fiction.

Over the course of the exhibition, contemporary musicians inspired by Alam will take the stage and perform live, enabling the past evoked by the installation to live once again, while resonating with Knockdown Center’s function as a music venue. Additional elements of the exhibition will extend into Knockdown Center’s outdoor spaces, restrooms, and bar.

Pigeonhole: The Life and Work of Bobby Alam is realized through collaborations with Elias Meister and Hammarsing Kharhmar, celebrated through performances by Azikiwe Mohammed, Zaid Islam, Christopher Hall, Michael Howell and Leroy Willams and additional musicians. The exhibition supported in part by Knockdown Center, Smack Mellon, Materials for the Arts, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

About the Performances

DJ Black Helmet Performance
Saturday, June 29 | 7:30 – 9:00pm

Artist Azikiwe Mohammed will perform as DJ Black Helmet at the opening reception to kick off a series of performances over the course of the exhibition inspired by Alam’s musical career. DJ Black Helmet will play a DJ set infused with Alam’s influences, including the sounds of New Orleans Dixieland jazz, blues, and Baul music from West Bengal and Bangladesh. The set is inspired by Alam’s roots as well as his musical career in the United States in the 1920s through the 1950s, and also includes original compositions by contemporary musicians whose journeys and influences resonate with Alam’s complex history and hybrid identity.

Zaid Islam Performance
Sunday, July 7 | 6:00pm

Zaid Islam will perform selection of Bengali Baul songs on the performance stage, transporting the audience to these mystic sounds from the east that were an early influence on Bobby’s life and music, and which he carried with him through his time in the United States.  Zaid is a Bangladeshi artist based in New York, who has spent considerable amount of time and has strong bonds with Bauls and Fakirs from Kushtia (Lalon Fakir’s home) and other regions of Bangladesh, and India. Zaid is not a musician or an expert on the subject, but someone whose views and lifestyle have been greatly influenced by the philosophy and music of these mystic people.

The Modern School Performance
Sunday August 18

For the closing of Pigeonhole: The Life and Work of Bobby Alam, the jazz trio “The Modern School” will perform a selection of music on the performance stage in the installation, comprised of Dixieland Jazz and Dixieland inspired compositions, drawing on Alam’s career as a Jazz musician.

“The Modern School” is comprised of Christopher Hall (bass), Michael Howell (guitar), and a drummer to be announ ced.  “The Modern School” is named after the elementary school that inspired bassist Christopher Hall’s initial interest in jazz. Hall has been performing on the stage of the New Amsterdam Musical Association in New York City since 2003, and has been a fixture in the Harlem Jazz scene for over a decade. He has also performed on contrabass with the New Beginnings and Westchester Brassmen Drum, and Bugle Corps. Committed to teaching through music, Hall has worked with myriad cultural organizations including the National Council of Negro Women, the American Museum of Natural History, Concrete Timbre Performance Collective, and the 1st Stage Theatre.

An innovative and skillful guitarist from Kansas City, Michael Howell was inspired and taught by his father, noted guitarist, Herley Dennis. Howell has recorded three solo albums: “Alone” on Catalyst Records, and “Looking Glass” and “In The Silence” on Mile Stone Records. He also performed with musicians including Bobby Hutchenson, Hampton Hawes, Art Blakey, George Duke, Gene Ammons and Woody Shaw. Howell has also worked closely, and toured with one of the great bebop inventors – the music genius and master entertainer – Dizzy Gillespie.

About the Artists

Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall began collaborating in 2015. Their work is located in the gaps between history and story-telling, and draws from archival texts, sociological conventions, oral histories, postmodern theory and postcolonial studies, to examine power and privilege in the United States, and its relationship with image, and appearance. Exhibitions of their collaborative work include Pigeonhole, Dodd Galleries, University of Georgia (2019), Sunroom Project Space: Paradise, at Wave Hill, New York (2018), How to see in the dark, at Cuchifritos Gallery, New York (2018), Not an edge but a hinge, at Abrons Arts Center, New York (2018), In Practice: Another Echo at Sculpture Center, New York (2018), Loving Blackness and A More Perfect Union at the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia (2017), Ornate Activate at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee (2017) and Shirin Gallery, New York (2015). Residencies include the Artist Studio Program at Smack Mellon (2018) and AIRspace at Abrons Arts Center (2018).

This exhibition is organized by Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

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La Luna

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La Luna is a sultry summer dance affair.

Independently minded, we promote the elevated dance music we love.

Purposeful in our production, we care about spirit, romance, and sustainability.

This is a celebration of summer.

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