Hello again…

It’s nice to see you internet! It’s only been two days and we missed you already! So we gave you an update of our two days at Jazz fest so far, here’s the next two! 

Saturday morning we started with our first stop in the Gospel tent, and all of us were absolutely blown away! Amazing music/talent/power on that stage. I don’t think any of us expected to be moved like that right when we woke up, so that was a bit of a treat. Later on a group of the Brazilian players were at the  jazz & Heritage stage for a performance. It was all drumming and rythmic work with vocals. BUt the main focuz was the dancing, or fighting as we later learned it was. As slaves the Brazilians needed a way to train to fight, but their masters would never allow it, so they created this music and incorporated a form of no touch fighting to help them stay sharp. Later on a group of us went to catch the end of Anders Osborne set which was a rockin blues gem for sure. After that was Phish, RObert Plant, and Robin Thicke. Tonight was so hard to choose! I know a few people went to Robin and danced the res tof the night away for sure. Always a fun show and not worth missing. Robert Plant put on an interesting show with different takes on some old classics, and definitely a new side to the man we all know and love. Phish was playing for what seemed like all night, which was just fine with how they were playing! They had two sets worth of great music. Both the old tunes thatpeople love to see, as well as some of the new stuff off of their new forthcoming album. After the fest we went out to Shaggy’s for some crawfish! I don’t think any of us knew how cool this experience would truly be! All you could eat crawfish, and a great live band right their in Shaggy’s backyard! The guy playing guitar was Billy Iuso, a guy who’s played with everyone at least once, and just a great guy. After that we went to Rock n Bowl for another good late night show. The owner John, who we all came to love, introduced us all to Eric Lindell for the very first time, and it was great. Tons of fun. A big backing band, all great musicians, and it made for a good show. Wow. That was a lot now that’s it’s all out in front of my eyes again! On to Sunday... 

Up bright and early as always for some coffee, then we’re off! We started the day with some New Orleans country with the F-Holes at a stage I honestly didn’t know existed.  From then on for a while it was a whole lot of wandering around. It was nice to have a good block of time where we didn’t know who was playing. It let us feel free to move from stage to stage, and get a feel for everything, stopping at a different food place each time of course. Eventually we all found our way to Irma Thomas to watch the Queen do what she does best. I personally had a grin from ear to ear and goosebumps the whole time. She just knew how to command the stage and fill the air. After that was a stop at Bonerama’s show before Galactic started. Galactic… one of the best shows of the festival for sure. Amazing presence from them, and Maggie whow as seeing with them for half the show. More than anything just watching Stanton Moore play is an experience on its own. So much talent, it’s enough to make you drop the drums for ever, or pick them up for the first time! After them was Vampire Weekend and Clapton, which was a tough choice. We went to Clapton which was absolutely surreal and such a gift to witness, but So many of us had their favorite shows at Vampire Weekend, so I think we all lucked out! After was an an incredible experience at Snug Harbor where we sat in awe of Alan Toussaint for a few hours. Not only was he phenomonal in both musicianship and performance, but his backing group was amazing. They followed his every move. It only took a nod for gaze from Alan, and they were off. It left us all in a daze walking back thinking what we now think of as good music.

Okay that’s enough reminiscing for now. We’ll be back one more time for the last update so stick around!

-Vito & Ryan 

Posted by BCRC Admin on 04/28 at 03:21 PM

Hi :)

Hello there world! Or friends and family! Or who ever the heck might be listening. It’s great to put this all out somewhere. We (Dan, Tess, TT, Jenny, Rhea, Hannah,Vito, Jonathan, Michael,, and Ryan) have been waiting for this trip for a looong time, and it’s finally here! New orleans, and it feels good. 

For our first day, which was a long one, we all got up at 3 and zombied our way to the airport. But eventually we got here and that’s all that matters! We all did a little exploring and eventually found our way to Johnny’s Po-Boys.  Everyone got something different, but I think we all agreed that from the first bite it felt likeka guilty pleasure. Later on we visited Louis Armstrong park for some music as the sun was going down. Next was a trip to the Ogden museum for lots of cool artwork, in a ton of styles, ranging from paintings, to sculptures, to glasswork and more, not to mention the live music in the lobby! Finally we all went to Cochon for dinner which was fabulous. We were all in awe. Somehow I don’t think just going to Jack’s for a hot dog is going to cut it anymore.

Day two, Jazz Fest! Before that though we stopped at Cafe Du Monde for some breakfast and coffee, and I’m sure we’ll be stopping there a whole lot more this weekend. Next we headed over to the festival, it felt great! We all got our bearings and did our best to make the grounds feel like home. Some favorites for the day were Public Enemy, the Avett Brothers, Santana, Brassaholics, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Also anytime you see Stanton Moore drumming for a Klezmer band it’s a good day! After the shows we all stopped by Mat & Naddie’s for another night of amazing food. And to end the night we visited the Blue Nile to see the Soul Rebels rip it till midnight!

That’s just two days, we’ve got three left!! So please stick around the here the dramatic conclusion of, North Adams goes to New Orleans.

-Vito & Ryan 

Posted by BCRC Admin on 04/26 at 08:37 AM

The Last Day

The last day of our stay at the APAP conference was, comparably, relatively laid back and calm. We were, first and foremost, able to sleep in, which was incredibly nice. After days of having to be up and ready by eight in the morning, it was lovely to not have to meet until quarter of ten in the morning, especially when it was not to go to any sessions, but was in order to go to the Here Performing Arts Center, which was my personal favorite venue for artistic work on our trip.

            Here Performing Arts Center is a unique place that hosts artists in residence, and they host an event called the Hybrid Brunch, where the artists in residence perform a showcase of their works either in three-minute pitches or in fifteen-minute excerpt. We saw six of the artists’ showcases and there were three that really stood out to me in particular. The first was a piece by these two artists, who happen to also be a same-sex married couple. They were creating a piece for each state, based on a same-sex couple from that particular state. There was a proposed performance aspect in their work, but the part that really hit me was the portrait work they had been doing. They would take a map of the state and then cut out a portrait of the couple, leaving the rivers and waterways intact, creating a vein-like look. For some reason, this piece had me on the verge of tears, and the maps themselves were beautiful as well. This piece was a part of a greater series of work that the artists had been cultivating at Here for the past few years. The next piece, and my personal favorite, was entitled “Science Fair”, a piece by mezzo-soprano Hei-Ting Chinn, who performed two excerpts of her work. Accompanied only by a pianist, she had slides of various mammals from the Americas projected on the screen, while she sang random facts about them. This humorous piece was followed by an equally entertaining piece in which she sang the ingredients of a Twinkie, again utilizing slides. The last piece, which was simply hilarious, was entitled The Pigeoning, which featured a two-part presentation. The first part was a comical “Safety in the Office” video, filmed to parody the awful 80’s workplace videos on office protocol. Following the video, two puppeteers manipulated the figure of a man sitting at a desk in said office. The piece was a comical look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and utilized really innovative puppetry. Following this section, the puppet moved to a bench, and began to interact with a pigeon puppet. I feel like I should mention that the pigeon was wearing a diving helmet, by the way. This piece was the crowd pleaser of the Hybrid Brunch showcases, and it really was a great experience.

            Following the Hybrid Brunch, we made our way to the Expo Hall for the last time. Immediately, Mary Marcil and I, in our true team style, made a very quick dash to our tables of interest, a large portion of which were the groups that had performed at GlobalFest the night before. Once we got pricing, we decided to split up. She had to gather footage of the Expo Hall for the trip, and I needed to plan out prospective seasons. I headed up to the fourth floor, which had showcase rooms and a very nice, secluded, lounge area. I spent the remainder of our time up here, as it was a nice place to think and hammer out different ideas for seasons, as that was our final project. While the last day was a shorter Expo Hall time for me, it was still a very productive one, and it also allowed me the opportunity to see the agents and representatives at their highest level of urgency, as it was the last day and they were all attempting to sell. This, in and of itself, was incredibly eye opening.

            After the Expo Hall, we cleaned up and went to the family style Italian restaurant Carmine’s, which I must say, was the largest amount of food I have ever seen. Not only was it amazing, but we were joined by two MCLA alum as well as two members of the Advancement Office. This made the entire dinner into a much more community based event. Following Carmine’s we headed over to Here again, to see a performance of Sumeida’s Song, an hour and a half long opera, written in English, performed as part of the Prototype festival. The set, pictured below, was amazing, and that, combined with the sheer power and spectacle of the material made quite the impact. A member of our group was reduced to tears by the beauty of the event. Following this, we all took a photo outside of Here and headed back to pack, get ready, and leave in the morning.

            The drive was successful! We arrived in North Adams in time for people to make their 11 AM classes. Here is where I sign off as blogger for the 2013 APAP trip. Thank you so much to Jonathan Secor, Lisa Donovan, and the entire group of students who went on the trip. This was a truly changing experience. Goodbye!



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