Afropop Worldwide is offering a free pass the Music Frees All Festival taking place July 19th-21st at venues across NYC! If you want to see three days of New York’s funkiest afrobeat, groove, and latin bands, write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Music Frees All” in the subject, for your chance to win!
According to festival founder Miles Arntzen “Afrobeat music brings relief from everyday worries and fears…released through our bodies by dancing. This was the starting inspiration behind my band EMEFE, and it also pushed me to create the Music Frees All Festival in 2011.”
Natually, this year’s festival features three of NYC’s hottest afrobeat bands: the original revivalists Antibalas (The Bell House 7/20), Arntzen’s own EMEFE (Rockwood Music Hall 7/19) and Zongo Junction (Hostelling International NY 7/21). Other Afropop-noteworthy bands include: Chicha Libre, La Mecanica Popular (Bowery Electric 7/19) Xenia Rubinos, Super Hi-Fi and Karikatura (Hostelling International NY 7/21).
All proceeds of the festival go to benefit the Scotty Hard Trust which supports Brooklyn producer Scott Harding who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2008.
FESTIVAL TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
Chicha Libre – Mokaad – La Mecanica Popular – Smoota – BAM – Nikhil P Yerawadekar + Low Mentality – Peoples Champs – The Bailen Brothers
Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
EMEFE – Cuddle Magic
The Bell House
149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Antibalas – The Stepkids – DJ Prince Paul – Pegasus Warning
Hostelling International NY
891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
No Mirrors Orchestra (20-piece afro-rock exploration) – Zongo Junction – Xenia Rubinos – Super Hi-Fi – Karikatura – Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Nickel and Dime OPS – The EMEFE Horns
+ BBQ, Beer Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, Live Art, Tap Dancing, Tabla, Circus Performers and much much more!