Thursday, January 29, 2015

By the Horns

The Red Bull Music Academy returns to New York


It was 80 degrees this week. Well, at least for a whole 24 hours.

But that's still a reliable indicator that music festival season is upon us, and there's no better way to kick it off than with the Red Bull Music Academy.

Even though it doesn't start until the end of the month, ?uestlove and Rahzel gave New York a taste of this year's offerings at an impromptu street performance in Soho on Monday.

It was but a prelude to the 37 shows and more than 200 artists on the Academy lineup, including Afrika Bambaataa, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Four Tet, and James Murphy.

And then there's the constantly evolving sound and music-scape by Brian Eno, and the Deep Space dance party DJ'd in part by electronic music maestro Giorgio Moroder.

Another night, three of David Bowie's producers descend on the New Museum to talk about his Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, and Let's Dance. And the gender-bending hip-hop of Mykki Blanco, Le1f, and Big Freedia make an appearance, too.

But tickets, of course, are thinning out. Better to enroll in class at the Academy sooner than later.

Red Bull Music Academy
Sunday, April 28-Friday, May 31

Tickets and schedule: Various times and prices here

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