Red Bull Music Academy Festival Returns To New York In April
Springtime in New York, man, there’s nothing like it. The weather is finally on the up-and-up, people are wearing less and music is blaring from every corner. All of this makes for fertile ground when the Red Bull Music Academy Festival returns for another year of illustrious programming.
As you can see in the calendar above, the RBMA Festival will be bringing more critically acclaimed original events that not only celebrates New York’s rich musical legacy, but spotlights legends that helped shape the sounds and styles of culture. From April 29 to May 21, 2017 — the Red Bull Music Academy Festival will feature joints ranging from parties (“A Bed-Stuy Function,” “New Jack Swing: The Hype Dance”) to impactful conversations (“A Conversation With Teddy Riley,” “Alvin Lucier”) to once-in-a-lifetime performances (“Moodymann Plays Prince,” “Sacred Bones 10”).
Taking place in some of New York City’s most unique venues (the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art) — this year’s RBMA Festival will make believers out of dreamers who want to get the inside scoop on anything and everything music related. We here are particularly looking forward to the conversation with Teddy Riley, as he talks about his influential career, working with Michael Jackson and pioneering the New Jack Swing sound.
Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m., so get yours before its too late and sign up for the #RBMANYC newsletter to stay in the loop with what’s going on.
Below is a brief rundown of everything that’s going on during RBMA Festival:
April 29: Fluxo: Funk Proibidão with MC Bin Laden, MC Carol, DJ Assault, Sicko Mobb, Venus X & Asmara (Putaria Maxima), Leo Justi, Tom DJ- Brazil’s vital and explicit bass music movement comes to New York.
April 30: Beyond The Clouds: Ambient Excursions with Laraaji, Malcolm Cecil, Julianna Barwick, Chino Amobi & Johnny Utterback, Mary Lattimore, Huerco S., Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dorit Chrysler & Rob Schwimmer, Visible Cloaks (DJ Set) @ Bogart House – A ten-hour ambient and transcendent music experience with Laraaji, Malcolm Cecil and more.
May 1: A Conversation with Alvin Lucier @ Red Bull Arts New York – An in-depth discussion with a pioneering 20th century composer.
May 5: New Jack Swing: A Conversation with Teddy Riley @ Red Bull Arts New York – The genre’s mastermind talks about his prolific career
May 5: New Jack Swing: The Hype Dance with Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Brucie B @ Louie and Chan – Reliving an iconic era with legendary DJs and throwback dance moves.
May 6: Moodymann Plays Prince @ 637 W 50th St – House music hero Moodymann pays tribute to Prince.
May 7: A Bed-Stuy Function with Juliana Huxtable, Tygapaw, Bearcat, Papi Juice, FXWRK and stud1nt (KUNQ) @ Sugarhill – We celebrate NYC club culture at its most inclusive with Juliana Huxtable and more.
May 9: A Conversation about Music in Film with Werner Herzog Presented By Red Bull Music Academy and MetLiveArts @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art – One of cinema’s great directors talks music.
May 11: The Music of Patrick Adams @ Alhambra Ballroomwith Todd Simon, Patrick Adams, Leroy Burgess, Donna McGhee, Christine Wiltshire, Fonda Rae, James Calloway & more @ Alhambra Ballroom – An all-star band celebrates a living legend of disco, soul and boogie.
May 12: GQOM: Durban → NYC with DJ Lag, Rudeboyz, DJ Twitty @ Tender Trap – South Africa’s most exciting dance music scene comes to NYC May 13: Trade Show USA @ 99 Scottwith Honey Soundsystem (SF), Wrecked (NYC), Honcho (PGH), Spotlight (LA), NeedlExchange (DC), Men’s Room (CHI), The Carry Nation (NYC), DJ Holographic @ 99 Scott – America’s gay dance music underground comes together.
May 16: Piano Nights: Gucci Mane and Zaytoven – A throwback piano bar show from two of hip-hop’s leading lights.
May 18: Solange: An Ode To Presented by Red Bull Music Academy and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum @ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum- A multimedia dance performance from the galvanizing artist at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
May 19: Elza Soares Presented by Red Bull Music Academy, in Partnership with Brasil Summerfest and SummerStage @ The Town Hall – An iconic Brazilian singer makes her triumphant return to New York.
May 20: Sacred Bones 10 Year Anniversary with Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Rose McDowall, Blanck Mass, The Men, Moon Duo with Jim Jarmusch, Marissa Nadler, Psychic Ills, Uniform @ Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse – A celebration of the eclectic New York label with Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus and more.
May 21: The Ecstatic World of Alice Coltrane with Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Surya Botofasina, Reggie Workman, Joe Blaxx, Radha Botofasina, Shyam Reyes, Isabel Belloso, Sathya Womack, Lakshmi Myers, Mike Thompson, Arianna Gouveia and more @ Knockdown Center- Celebrating the music and spirit of a true original