Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sounds of Crown Heights

The technical side of blogging is not I Love Franklin Ave's strong suit, but after a full week of trying, this incredibly low-quality cell-phone movie of kids playing in the hydrant to the rhythms of the drummers outside The Pana Store last Sunday is here! Hooray for that, I suppose.

If you're looking for something a little more polished, there are three great performances in the area to check out today:

Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat, a program of Heart of Brooklyn, kicks off its month-long celebration of the art form in Brooklyn with Samba with Sea Lions at noon in the Prospect Park Zoo. If you read this the moment I post it, you've got plenty of time to get down there! Check the calendar (linked above) for great events throughout June.

Later in the evening, you can head up Washington from the Zoo to the Brooklyn Museum for another Target First Saturday for more Brooklyn jazz from the J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band from 5-7pm. DJ Moni closes out the night there with a mix of house and soul from 9-11pm.

If you like your jazz even closer to home, LaunchPad hosts a Jazz Extravaganza tonight featuring modern jazz quartet RockFace and Stem Trio, both from the borough of Kings.

Finally, a salute to a pair of Crown Heights-based bands who have good things going on:

Trashed on Fiction have a new EP, Simple Sun, out now and available for download on their website. They bring their expansive, alt-rock-folk sound to a pair of local shows this month, at the Charleston on the 16th and Sullivan Hall on the 17th.

The House Floor, with at least one member based in the area, continue to offer their fantastic full-length album, Warship, for free on their site as well. The album was one of's Top 5 Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now back in April, and it continues to satisfy after several listenings.

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