About This Event
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:7:00 PM
Join us on February 12th for NYC’s most authentic Fat Tuesday celebration and to party with our King and Queen of Mardi Gras: ?uestlove and Cyndi Lauper!
$25 General Admission
$125 VIP (open bar till 10pm, dinner and reserved seating)
With performances by PitchBlak, EMEFE, This Ambitious Orchestra, DJs Roxy Cottontail and Beverly Bond, The Liza Colby Sound and the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir with guest singer Isabel Celeste.
Entertainment will also include stiltwalkers from Lady Circus, body painting by Free Art Society, and hat making by Wendy Brackman.
This is a general admission event in The Gallery at LPR.
Hip Hop music has always been unafraid to push boundaries. Perhaps because it simultaneously came from nothing yet came from everything, the genre stands alone in how creatively outside influences can be incorporated into its musical mix.
PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum.
-Manny Faces, Birthplace Magazine
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Piyali Banerjie is a muralist, artist and facepainter, who uses face and body paint for healing and tribal art shows. She paints a person according to the colors of their spirit, and adorns the paint with gems and feathers. She is also a muralist, and has founded a nonprofit called Conscious Culture, which is a community mural organization that promotes social awareness through city beautification.
Wendy Brackman is an improvisational comic entertainer by nature, a sculptor by training, and a paper wizard by craft. Dubbed, “Wacky Wendy,” she has long dazzled thousands of audiences with her ‘instant’ party hats that she deftly cuts from paper disks in just seconds. Her one-of-a-kind talent is in turning fine art into fun-art, by transforming paper into intricate, clever, personalized, and funny hats, masks, costumes, accessories, displays and anything else.
Roxy Summers, better known as Roxy Cottontail, has traveled the world perfecting her signature Cottontail style, while collaborating and breaking eclectic indie talent that might otherwise be overlooked by commercial pop culture. Coming to New York in 1997 with dreams, drive and a tube of lip-gloss, Roxy incorporates her deep roots in punk, dance, electro, house, hip-hop, reggae and rock to make people come together, dance and have a good time. Using her unique flair and style, this budding icon made her national debut hosting dates on Rock the Bells Summer Tour in 2008, followed up with a feature on the cover of URB Magazine and additional features in i-D, The New Yorker, worldwide issues of Time Out, Mix Mag, Warp, BPM, and Spin Magazine that featured Ms. Cottontail in their Top 25 Must-Hear Artists at the 2010 Bamboozle Music Festival in New Jersey alongside bands like Weezer and Paramore. In 2009, Pepsi added Roxy as the first female DJ in the Pepsi DJ Collective, gaining the attention of additional corporate sponsors and clients such as Ray Ban, Calvin Klein, Heineken, and more, leading to event collaborations with industry heavy weights Steve Aoki, DJ AM, Iggy Pop, Benny Benassi, Afrika Bambaataa, Far East Movement and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. In July 2011, she will became Sin City’s first imported resident female DJ at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. This is adding to the excitement of the recent launch of her Lifestyle Enhancement & Marketing Agency – “Hey Girl Hey” and independent music label, “Bunnyjawn”.
The Middle Church Choir, conducted by Director of Music Jonathan Dudley, sings every Sunday morning at Middle Church in the East Village. A group of highly skilled professionals, our singers have credits that include Broadway and touring companies, operas, and concerts in venues around New York and the globe. Members of the Middle Church Choir are composers, conductors, and musical coaches. The Middle Church choir sings classical music, sacred music, jazz, spirituals, anthems, show tunes, and popular music that bring joy and diversity to the worship celebration at Middle Church.
Started by the unstoppable compulsion of two best friends Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke, and fueled by an urge to create not just beautiful, quality entertainment, but potent, and powerful productions Lady Circus combines elements of circus and burlesque to continuously create bigger and better spectacles then before, and has allowed LC to flourish into a force that New York City nightlife simply cannot live without. The creators of LC never forget that circus and performance is not just about the show but also about the family and community that make it possible. They hold very dear that event production and entertainment is first and foremost about human celebration.
EMEFE has been making people dance and scream uncontrollably since 2009. They released a self-titled album in May 2015. The album is about breaking through the undefinable noise and clutter of everyday life. EMEFE’s beats are a cross between Fela Kuti and Prince, with vocals reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ candor and the Beach Boys’ lushness… all with a unique pop sensibility.
The musicians in EMEFE have shared the stage or studio with The Roots, Chic, Arcade Fire, Tuneyards, My Morning Jacket, and more. As a band, EMEFE has collaborated with artists such as Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Antibalas, Hoodie Allen, Lafa Taylor, Baloji, Chico Mann, Superhuman Happiness, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Magic City Hippies, Grace Weber, and more. Taking the drum chair with afrobeat pioneers Antibalas and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, bandleader Miles Arntzen also established himself as a go‐to New York City musician by the time he turned 23, playing with artists such as Mark Ronson, Allen Toussaint, Action Bronson, Angelique Kidjo, Tony Allen and more.
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Liza was looking to put a band together and she was looking for tough players. She had done time singing hooks on rap trax but what she really wanted was a band. She knew that live, no one could touch her. She found Alec Morton and the Roth boys, three guys who had been around and played with them all. Between the three of them they had played with Ozzy, The del Fuegos, Bessid Union of Souls, Jim Carroll, and Raging Slab. Liza needed a band that could stand next to her and match her hundred watt voice. The chemistry was immediate. Her first meeting with Adam produced two songs. Once they got together with Alec and Charly and played, the deal was sealed. To really experience this lower east side group you have to see them live. They are the best live band out there. As one person put it: “The Liza Colby Sound is the bastard child of Led Zeppelin and Tina Turner.” Go see them and you will be converted, perverted and subverted to the Liza Colby Sound!
Born and raised in Queens, Cyndi Lauper needs little introduction after her 20-year career, 9 albums, 40 singles, and awards including both a Grammy and an Emmy. Hits like “True Colors,” “She Bop,” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” are identifiable classics and Cyndi’s signature style and personality have garnered her places on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and more recently her own reality television show, on WeTV “Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.” Locally Cyndi is an advocate for LBGT rights and is currently working on the Broadway premiere of the musical “Kinky Boots,” co-written with Harvey Fierstein. We are thrilled to royally welcome Cyndi as this year’s Mardi Gras Queen.
?uestlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of The Roots, Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop band. Beyond that, this Grammy award-winning musician’s undisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He boasts production credits for Al Green, Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Justin Timberlake and D’Angelo, among many others. His uncanny ear for picking the perfect song for the perfect moment landed him the position of musical director of The Dave Chapelle Show. His beloved Roots crew serves as house band for the all-newTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And now, ?uestlove is an author. His memoir, “Mo Meta Blues” hit bookshelves in June 2013 with his follow-up publication “Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation” debuting in October 2013.
?uestlove’s insatiable love of music has led him on a worldwide crate-digging journey. He has amassed a vinyl collection of more than 100,000 records that are shelved in a floor to ceiling, climate controlled library room in his personal studio. What to do with all those records? DJ, of course. ?uestlove has rocked parties to sold out crowds worldwide. With such a diverse collection, he is able to deliver an eclectic variety of sets. Whether it’s hip-hop, house, 80’s, rare grooves or a mix of everything in between, he commands people to the dance floor to get loose and get down. Previous DJ appearances include Direct TV Super Bowl Party, Nike Grammy Awards Event, Target Winter X Games Aspen, Fashion Week in NYC and Los Angeles, NBA All-Star Parties, Sundance Film Festival After parties, worldwide Red Bull Music Academy events, club and festival gigs all over America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Japan and a residency at Williamsburg Brooklyn Bowl, as well as Las Vegas MGM Grand Ling Ling Room in Hakkasan. And oh, he’s also Justin Tmberlake’s go-to DJ for everything from his wedding reception to his MySpace Launch events.
?uestlove is the modern day mayor of soul music. No matter what the style, when ?uestlove gets behind the decks, people dance until the lights come on. And even then, they don’t want to go home.
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