Friday, August 24, 2012

Free local music during DNC

While the DNC means big name national acts and celebrity sightings, local artists and musicians are getting in on the action too. Musicians will perform at a series of free concerts under the label "The Third Party" as part of the Quasimodo Project's arts initiative, which aims to draw attention to local visual and performance art during the DNC. 

Sunday and Monday's events take place at Snug Harbor in Plaza-Midwood. Sunday's lineup includes soul throwback the O-Getters, Fat Face Band, Stranger Day with Elevator Jay, DJ That Guy Smitty, experimental jazz trio Great Architect, electronic artist Miami Dice, and drag performer Bethanne Phetamine. 

Monday's Snug bill includes psych-blues garage throwback Modern Primitives, rockers Scowl Brow (fresh from its Snug residency), shoegazers Cement Stars, and Leron Simeon. The event's music curator Hope Nicholls describes the latter, who is originally from Detroit, as a cross between Kid Cudi and TV on the Radio. Music starts at 8 p.m. both nights. 

For those bound to uptown The Third Party features free live music during what Nicholls calls "cocktail hour" at 7th Street Market Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Tuesday its Brazilian transplant Reinaldo Brahn with famed percussionist Jim Brock and purveyors of futuristic funk-soul Super Ape. Wednesday features singer-songwriter Erika Blatnik and eclectic multi-instrumentalist and band leader Bo White. Thursday singer-songwriters Bart Lattimore and Alex Kastanas and Jennyanykind's Mark Holland (pictured above) share the spotlight.