We’ll be taking a break from blogging during August. For many of AIAC’s contributors, summer’s finally here so you’ll find us outside. The editors asked the collective to let readers know what they were up to: which shows, exhibitions, happenings they think we shouldn’t miss out on, which books they’ll be reading, or what music they’ll be pumping at their garden parties, and share it in the form of a list. Here’s my pick of upcoming shows and parties in New York City.
AIAC doesn’t always claim a city or even a continent. But we do claim New York as one home among many for live music in the late summer. Below is a short list of recommended shows and parties. Some we’ve discussed on AIAC; some we haven’t. Please feel free to add your own show and party recommendations in the comments section.
Shabazz Palaces’ short film for Black Up is contemporary visual poetry at its best. Butterfly (is it ok to still call him that?) brings his critically-acclaimed fever-dream rap project to Ft. Green Park tonight.
7.24 | Ft. Greene Park
Venus X and $hanye’s legendary (at least around these parts at AIAC) NYC party returns to Manhattan with some of the artists that were there in the beginning when this party first developed its trend-setting tendencies in 2010.
GHET20G0TH1K ft. Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu, Slink, $hayne and Venus X
7.25 | 200 Varick St.
Check out Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto’s classic Smithsonian Folkways release and you’ll hear the high lonesome and not-so-secretly African sound of America (the continents). It’s gaita music from Colombia and it’s definitely the realest shit happening on Bleeker Street in late July.
Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto w/ Geko Jones (Que Bajo?!)
7.26 | Le Poisson Rouge
It’s hard to believe Turkish psych folk goddess, Selda Bağcan, is coming to NYC for the first time.
7.28 | Lincoln Center
DJ Spoko, an underground South Africa house music genius behind DJ Mujava’s transcendent “Township Funk,” arrives in the US for the first time straight from Pretoria where he’s a local legend for making “Bacardi House.”
DJ Spoko, MJ Cole, Micachu & the Shapes
7.28 | PS1 Summer Warmup
WizKid is massively popular throughout the continent and the Diaspora. People often call him the African Justin Bieber.
WizKid, Banky W, Skales, Rotimi
7.28 | Grand Ballroom
Following on the success of their opening exhibition which focused on gothic futurism of multimedia sculptor and art-rap genius Ramellzee, Susanne Geiss has put together a superb series of concerts this summer in their intimate SoHo space. This one looks particularly good:
James Ferraro, Tim DeWit, Wu Tsang, Shayne Oliver
7.28 | Susanne Geiss Gallery
Timbuktu diva extraordinaire Khaira Arby is back yet again in NYC with her indomitable band.
8.1 | Lincoln Center
Sidi Touré, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Wouter Kellerman
8.6 | Marcus Garvey Park
And 2Face is a really good reason to love Naija pop right now, as he has been for years:
2Face, M.I., Brym
8.8 | Irving Plaza