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NYC Beer Week Kicks Off This Friday

It is February in New York, once again, and the sixth-annual New York City Beer Week kicks off this Friday, February 21, and will run through Monday, March 3rd. The event is being put on by the New York City Brewers Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting beer culture and awareness in...

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Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival This Weekend

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Beer Events, Drinks, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 31-03-2014

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It is once again Spring in the New York City metropolitan area, and that means that it is time for the Atlantic City Music Festival 2014. We all know that Atlantic City is a prime vacation spot for North-Easterners wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, and for this reason the Atlantic City Music Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy good suds and good tunes over a weekend by the Jersey shore.

The 9th annual festival, which will take place over April 4th and 5th, 2014 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, will include over 100 breweries offering up their best concoctions for the eager drinking public. The list of participating breweries is a sight to behold, including such luminaries as Abita, Brooklyn, Clown Shoes, Dogfish Head, Full Sail, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Terrapin, and more. For a full listing and more information on the festival’s participating brewing companies, please click here.

You can also expect plenty of great live music from artists of the likes of Saves The Day, Less Than Jake, Dirty Heads, and so many more. For a full list of musical artists to be performing at the festival, please check out the official music site for 2014.

No beer and music festival would be complete without plenty of good grub to soak up the brews, and the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will definitely come through in that department, with top area food purveyors offering up their best dishes for the hungry patrons on hand. For a full listing of participating restaurants (which include such major players as  Phillips Seafood, Toney Baloney’s, and Spanky’s BBQ Catering), please click here.

If you want the skinny on yearly events in the NYC metro area, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Events page.

Next Week’s Top NYC Concert Picks

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 16-03-2014

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Tuesday, March 18th

Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon

The Allman Brothers Band have been playing the Beacon Theatre in New York City for 25 years now, and it has become a bit of a tradition for the Georgia psychedelic-blues-rockers. The band, still going strong after all this time, will play the 2,800 seat venue once more this Tuesday, March 18th as part of a 14-night residency which started on March 7th.

Volcan at the Blue Note

Jazz-heads in New York City have reason to celebrate as renowned pianist Gonzalbo Rubalcaba will be bringing his electrifying Latin-jazz quartet, Volcan, to the Blue Note on Tuesday, March 18th. You can expect to hear all of the fiery intensity of traditional Latin music in addition to the transcendental jazz chops to be displayed by Rubalcaba and company.

Wednesday, March 19th

the xx at Park Avenue Armory

Indie darlings the xx will be performing an unusual residency at Park Avenue Armory starting on Wednesday, March 19th and ending on March 29th at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. They will play a set at 8 PM and at 10 PM each night, and only 40 participants will be admitted at any given time. This unique performance concept has been put into place in an attempt to maintain an intimate concert environment in accordance with the group’s unique sound which lends itself better to bedrooms than ballrooms.

Friday, March 21st

Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden

It doesn’t get much bigger than legendary piano man Billy Joel performing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and that is just what is about to go down on Friday, March 21st. If you love great piano-based pop-rock music, it doesn’t get much better than seeing Joel perform at the grandest venue in the Big Apple.

Saturday, March 22nd

Talib Kweli at Rough Trade

On Saturday, March 22nd, underground and conscious rap veteran Talib Kweli will be performing a free set at Rough Trade at 2 PM. Kweli, of legendary rap group Black Star, is known for hits such as the Kanye West-produced ‘Get By’ in addition to a slew of popular true-school underground classics.

Snarky Puppy at Irving Plaza

Snarky Puppy has been taking the world by storm with their unique jazz-funk-world-more sound for some time now, and the group returns to their current home-base, NYC, to perform at Irving Plaza on Saturday, March 22nd. The jazz-schooled collective is known for their well-rounded sound which will get your feet moving, your emotions swelling, and your brain thinking in equal parts.

 

 

 

 

 

Schoolboy Q at the Best Buy Theater

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 03-03-2014

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You would have to be living under a rock not to be aware of Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s rapid rise to stardom, including seven 2014 Grammy nominations and a notable televised Grammy performance alongside Imagine Dragons. Kendrick Lamar is not the only member of West Coast hip-hop collective Black Hippy making waves; fellow Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q looks like he may be set to follow in Kendrick’s footsteps to super-stardom, fresh off the release of his debut major label full-length, Oxymoron.

Schoolboy Q will be performing in support of the new and acclaimed record at New York City’s Best Buy Theater this Tuesday, March 4th, and it promises to be a show that New York City hip-hop fans will not want to miss. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 8:00, and it is a 16 and up affair. Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples will open up before Schoolboy Q hits the stage, so be sure to get there on time to catch all the music.

For more information on the New York nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Nightlife page.

 

 

NYC Beer Week Kicks Off This Friday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Beer Events, Drinks, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 19-02-2014

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It is February in New York, once again, and the sixth-annual New York City Beer Week kicks off this Friday, February 21, and will run through Monday, March 3rd. The event is being put on by the New York City Brewers Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting beer culture and awareness in and around the Big Apple. New York City Beer Week is the biggest event put on by the Guild each year, and an event which NYC beer lovers should be sure to check out.

The opening-night bash this year will take place at the historic Vanderbilt Hall on Friday, February 21, and over 150 other locations throughout NYC will host New York City Beer Week events over the course of the extended week. There will be 15 top New York City craft breweries participating, as well as many other national and international breweries. There will also be plenty of food-related events, including some of NYC’s top restaurants and celebrity chefs.

For more information on the event and related Brewer’s Guild happenins, please check out the official website for the New York City Brewers Guild. Don’t forget where you heard about NYC Beer Week first, and be sure to drink responsibly!

If you want the skinny on the New York City nightlife, be sure to check out our Party Travel Hotspots NYC Nightlife page.

New York Winter Wine Fest This Saturday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Festivals, Food Events, Wine Events | Posted on 06-02-2014

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That familiar February nip is in the air once more, and that can only means it is time for the fifth annual New York Winter Wine Fest, going down this Saturday, February 8th at the Best Buy Theater in NYC. There will be over 250 fine wines carefully curated by Vintry Fine Wines available for tasting, scrumptious small bites for pairing,  live contemporary jazz music, and optional wine classes, making the New York Winter Wine Fest a consummate NYC epicurean experience.

You can expect fine whites and reds from around the world, accompanied by a free program/reference guide to guide you through the tasting. Hors d’oeuvres, pasta, breads, cheeses and other tasty treats will be available from one of NYC’s best caterers, and a carefully chosen selection of specialty food companies will also be sampling their cuisine at this year’s festival. There will also be live music from 2013 American Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award winner Brian Simpson and company, providing a sultry backdrop to the proceedings.

Not only is the festival a great opportunity to enjoy great wine, food, and music, but you will also be able to expand your wine knowledge with optional wine classes taught by top experts. There is an additional $25 charge to attend a class, but it is well worth it for both the education and the opportunity to try additional fine wines.

Showtime is at 3 PM, doors open at 2, and the event is of course a 21+ affair. Standard tickets are currently available for $89, with the option to add $25 for a wine class. For more information and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website for the event. We hope to see you there, as this will undoubtedly be one of the top wine events of the year in NYC.

If you want the skinny on the New York City culinary scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Dining page.

 

 

Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and Faulty DL at Output

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 26-01-2014

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Lovers of the headier side of electronic music and instrumental hip-hop in NYC have reason to rejoice this coming Thursday, January 30th, as Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, and Faulty DL will be performing at Output.

Prefuse 73, government name Guillermo Scott Herren, is basically a legend in the underground hip-hop/electronic beat scene, having spearheaded the genre during the days when it was not yet so all-pervasive as it is now. He has been based out of Atlanta, Barcelona, and New York, and has recorded under many aliases such as Ahmad Szabo and Delarosa & Asora. Herren has also worked with labels such as Warp and Chocolate Industries, and collaborated with artists of the likes of  Zach Hill from Death Grips and Sunn O))).

Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung) got his start in the modern instrumental beat scene associated with artists such as Flying Lotus and Daedelus, but has since become a go-to producer for some of the top names in rap music such as Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Busdriver, and Kid Cudi.

Rounding out the show is New York’s own Drew Lustman, known as FaltyDL as a producer. He has released music through the famous Ninja Tune imprint, opened for Radiohead at the Roseland Ballroom in 2011, and produced many notable remixes for artists such as Photek and The xx.

Tickets run from $15 to $20, and doors open at 10:00 PM, for more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

For more helpful New York nightlife tips, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Nightlife page.

 

The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace Exhibit

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Adult Events, Museum Events | Posted on 12-01-2014

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The Museum of Sex in NYC is having yet another interesting event with their “The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace” exhibit going down every day starting at 10:00 AM through July 1st. Whether you are a big fan of porn, classic porn, or just sex culture in general; particularly in the early days of American pop culture, this is an exhibit you will definitely want to check out.

If you need to know who Linda Lovelace is, she was the star of possibly the most seminal break-through movie in adult cinema, Deep Throat, released in 1972. The movie brought adult cinema to the masses in a manner that no adult film had prior, making Lovelace a bit of an adult cult-superstar. This exhibit will be based on a never before exhibited photo shoot with Lovelace by photographer Milton H. Greene, of Marilyn Monroe’s famous “Black Sitting ” photo shoot fame. The shoot was of more of an artistic than pornographic sort, but you can also expect pornographic photos taken with her then husband and manager, Chuck Traynor, and various historical Lovelace artifacts from the era.

The schedule will be as follows: Sunday – Thursday from 10:00am – 8:00pm, with the last ticket sold at 7:15pm, and Friday & Saturday from 10:00am – 9:00pm, with the last ticket sold at 8:15pm. It is $15-$18 to get in. Hit up the Museum of Sex official website for more details.

For more info on NYC events, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots NYC Events page.

Billy Joel and Ben Folds Five NYE Performance

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 30-12-2013

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Two of the top titans of piano-based rock are coming together on New Year’s Eve in NYC this year to rock Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Joel, a consummate legend in music, has been on the down low during recent years and this will be his first NYC arena-headlining show since 2006, making this a special event you will not want to miss.

There couldn’t be a much more fitting opening act for this performance than Ben Folds Five, as Ben Folds is perhaps the number one torch carrier for the piano-pop sound Joel helped to popularize. Folds, a successful solo artist in his own right, will be with his classic three-piece outfit Ben Folds Five, a tight band known for its high-energy live performances which recently re-banded to record a new album and tour after a long hiatus.

For more information on this event and to buy tickets please check out the Barclays Center official web page for the concert. This is a great opportunity to ring in the new year right, piano-man style, and not a concert you will want to miss if you love great pop and rock music.

If you want the skinny on the NYC nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Nightlife page.

Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O at Jazz Standard

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 14-12-2013

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o christmasWhat better way to celebrate the Christmas season in New York City than with some good old straight-ahead classic jazz from some of New York’s best jazz musicians at one of New York’s top jazz venues, the Jazz Standard. That is just what you are welcomed to do this Wednesday and Thursday, December 18th and 19th, as jazz drummer Matt Wilson brings his cleverly named Christmas Tree-O to the jazz standard for two nights of holiday tunes performed with a jazz edge.

The Tree-O, which currently features acclaimed jazz musician Jason Moran on keys, will perform two sets both nights, one at 7:30 PM and one at 9:30 PM, and it’s only $20 for admission. To give you an idea of the kind of top-notch holiday entertainment you will be seeing for a mere 20 beans, Matt Wilson has performed with such jazz luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Scofield, and Joe Lovano, among many others. Jason Moran has performed with cats of the likes of Greg Osby, Lee Konitz, Christian McBride, and, well.. you get the idea; these guys are top-notch jazz players and this is not a show you will want to miss if you love Christmas tunes and classic jazz music. Hit up the official website for the Jazz Standard for tickets and further info on the venue and event.

For the inside scoop on the New York nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Nightlife page.

5th Annual Latke Festival on Monday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 30-11-2013

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What better place to celebrate and enjoy the scrumptious invention which is the latke than in New York City during Hanukkah time? That is just what latke-loving New Yorkers will be doing on Monday, December 2, at the fifth annual latke festival will be going down at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC.

Top NYC restaurants will be competing for various titles, bringing the best in delicious latke delights they have to offer. New Yorkers know their latkes, so you can expect this to be some serious business.

Participating restaurants will include such heavy hitters as The Vanderbilt, The Butterfly,  La Vara, and Dough. Drinks will be provided by Cliffton Dry Hard Cider, GuS (Grown Up Soda), Brooklyn Roasting Company, and, fittingly for a latke festival, Shmaltz Brewing Company. There will also be wine and vodka available.

To purchase tickets and for more details on the event, please click here.

For the skinny (or should we say the fat!) on the New York City culinary scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New York Dining page.