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The Refuge Project II: Advocacy against Domestic Violence through Music, Yoga and Art

The Refuge Project II: Advocacy against Domestic Violence through Music, Yoga and Art

Sunday August 8, 2010 with The Citizens, Optimus Tribe, Carl Hancock Rux, Matt Kanelos and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.

Undead JazzFest

Undead JazzFest

On June 12th and 13th 2010 boomBOOM Presents and Search & Restore unleash the Undead Jazz Festival on New York City.  Hot off the success of Winter Jazzfest,  these like-minded, ambitious concert presenters have revived the same two-day, many-artist, multi-venue formula.  For two Summer nights, one ticket will give jazz fans access to Le Poisson […]

"Serralves em Festa” in Oporto Portugal

“Serralves em Festa” in Oporto Portugal

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber will be making our first trip Portugal performing on the closing night of the 2010 edition of “Serralves em Festa” in Oporto. The festival directors expect around 10,000 people to gather around the main stage in the park and the Sugar will hit them with JB’s FUNKY DIVAS VERSUS THE […]


Ah… the Sweetback gift  keeps on giving!   We’d like to welcome Aman-Re Jack (congas), the husband of Tracy Jack (choreographer for the Sweet Sweetback production ), to the Sugar tribe. Speaking of Sweetback we’ve just heard from Mr. Melvin Van Peebles that a 52-minute documentary shot by Mr. Samuel Thiebaut and containing cast interviews, BRIC […]

The Rites of Thang. With Apollo Heights and Smoota!

The Rites of Thang. With Apollo Heights and Smoota!

8:30 Smoota 9:30 Apollo Heights 10:30 Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber $10 in advance at Ticket Web or $12 at the door SMOOTA: “Each song is so sexy (instrumentals), yet weird (lyrics) at the same time…you almost feel wrong for digging it so much.” (DOWNTOWN DIARIES) http://www.myspace.com/smoota APOLLO HEIGHTS: “The best live band in New […]

Funk You - Funky Soul Disco Dance Party

Funk You – Funky Soul Disco Dance Party

8:30pm : Dan Saks and The Funkdadeli All-Stars (feat Burnt Sugar’s Jared Nickerson on bass & ‘Moist’ Paula Henderson on bari-sax) 9:15pm: DeLEON (J-Dub Records) “From the same cultural blender that gave us Gogol Bordello and Dengue Fever comes the Spanish/Jewish/Brooklyn mash that is Daniel Saks’ visionary band DeLeon. At times rocking the Casbah (“La […]

"Medicine Music" by Dowoti Désir

“Medicine Music” by Dowoti Désir

“Every soci­ety has their med­i­cine men and women whose bag of juju is music. The uni­ver­sal­ity of music in part defines our human­ity. ‘Mizik Pou Dwa Moun’ (Music for Human Rights) cov­ers the gamut of alter­na­tive sounds pro­duced in the global North. The com­pi­la­tion of songs and instru­men­tals on this two CD set was designed to repair the spir­its of the liv­ing and re-member the 300,000 dead as a result of the great­est sin­gle calamity nature has bestowed on human­ity in mod­ern times, the first epic dis­as­ter of the 21st Cen­tury: the 7.6 rec­tor scale earth­quake that dev­as­tated Cen­tral Haiti.

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadaass Song — Recorded Live in Paris!!

Thanks to the efforts of our amazing French hosts at Sons D’Hiver & Arte Live Web – we’re happy to share the performance of the second night of “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadaass Song: A Hood Opera”

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (the Hood Opera)

The unforgettable Melvin Van Peebles’ movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) is an iconic work of Afro-American cinema and the beginnings of Blaxploitation. It was one the biggest successes in the independent film-making and still has a huge influence over the hip-hop culture. Melvin Van Peebles’ own compositions really determine the action by inventing something […]