With dozens of bands performing at the MidPoint Music Festival this weekend, even the musical cognoscenti have to be scratching their head as they look over the list and saying, “Who are all these bands?” I don’t know them all either, but one group that I have heard and that sticks out out for me is the band Steelism, who play Mr. Pitiful’s at 10:30pm on the opening night of the festival (Thursday, September 25). Their all-instrumental music has a colorful, big screen sound that calls to mind the Midnight Cowboy theme and soundtracks by Ennio Morricone; there’s also some film noir strangeness, psychedelia, and Duane Eddy twang in there. Something different – yet very accessible. Here’s a video from the Naxhville band Steelism that climaxes with the James Bond Theme:
Gaslight Property is a proud sponsor of Cliftonfest this year. The event starts this Friday, September 26, kicking off with “Jazz and Wine” from 6pm to 10m (Wade Baker will be performing at the Clifton Plaza, and wine will be provided by Ludlow Wines). Overlapping that event will be, from 7pm to 9pm, an artists reception at Om Eco Cafe. The weekend will also feature “art carpets,” with chalk art on streets and sidewalks; dozens of artisans booths; a pet parade; a 5K run; a story hour for children; and a screening of Mary Poppins at the Esquire. Details on times and locations for all the events discussed in this blog entry can be found on the Facebook page for the event.
And there will be music – lots of it. And festive music at that, with artists including Baoku Afro Beat and Robin Lacey and DeZydeco. Saturday’s show will end with the perennial favorites The Cliftones, and Sunday will kick off with Ron Esposito’s Singing Bowls, who I wrote about in this blog entry. They play some very heavy music; it’s great to hear on CD, and it’s also great to experience live.
And don’t miss the mural that artists have been working on for weeks, on the wall beside Om Eco Cafe. Here’s my blog entry on the early stages of that:
Cliftonfest has a long history, and my blog chronicled part of that history in the last few years. Here are links with photos to some earlier Cliftonfests:
The colorful and hypnotic band Mayan Ruins will also be performing, and here’s a clip of a recent performance by them:
Taste of Ludlow takes place this Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5pm to 8pm. Basically it’s an opportunity for the business district to show off a little, with people wandering in and out of stores and restaurants offering free wine, food samples, and a chance to fraternize and get know the neighborhood – and your neighbors – better. The weather’s going to be great, and one of the things worth celebrating will be the new changes in the neighborhood, including the new Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill and Clifton Natural Foods. This monthly event runs the span of the Ludlow Avenue Business District, and it takes place the third Thursday of every month. Come join us, visit some stores and restaurants you’ve never been to before, and make some new friends this Thursday – and tell your friends!
Did you really think Myra’s Dionysus was going to go gently into that good night? Well, it ain’t, and for starters it’s going to be open Tuesday thru Sunday this week from 5pm to 10pm. They’ve been packed the past few weeks and they’ll be continue to be packed this week IF you pass the word on to your neighbors and go there yourself and see what can done to help keep this fabulous restaurant with a rich history going.
I received the following press release in the middle of the night recently and am passing it along as well:
Help Save Myra’s Dionysus!
A potential buyer has encouraged Myra’s to stay open one more week–with our help the business could remain in place permanently.
The buyers are looking for experienced restaurant workers, preferably with Dionysus experience, and hope to convert the business toa worker-owned venture within the next 3-5 years.
The restaurant is open dinner hours only (5-10 pm) this week, from Tuesday thru Sunday, Sept 2-7.
For more information on how to help with the new venture, email LKLK@aol.com with the subject line “Myra’s”.