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URB Alt Festival 2010 Declares That 5 is the Magic Number During NYC Summer with Muthawit, Faith, Jneiro Jarel, Twin Shadow, Leila Adu and More!


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Popular URB ALT Festival celebrates 5th Anniversary with a 2001: A Space Odyssey tribute featuring Jneiro Jarel at The Harlem School of the Arts; outdoors in Saint Nicholas Park with Faith, Twin Shadow and others; a Galapagos Artspace Miles Davis “Bitches Brew" tribute featuring URB ALT Orchestra; and a night of movies and music at 92Y Tribeca with Leila Adu and MuthaWit Orchestra

“URB ALT Festival features artists that are exemplars of boundary crossing, synthesis and unification." - The Village Voice

New York, NY (June 2, 2010) - 5. That prime number leads and follows us to now. URB ALT Festival 2010 proudly announces the 5th year of programming alternative arts of all mediums from June 18-26 to the global audience that is New York City. Showcasing 5 dates at 5 separate venues featuring 5 unique artists per event, URB ALT Festival 2010 is audaciously expanding during this period of economic uncertainty. The offering of free to very low-cost multi-cultural live music, theatre, literature and film premiere events in Harlem, Tribeca and Dumbo is part of the earnest mission to feature cutting-edge underground and internationally established artists.

In the past URB ALT has programmed highly eclectic bills with artists such as Funkadelic, Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Kaki King and writer/activist Farai Chideya. 2010 is no different. “When the URB ALT Fest was launched in Harlem back in 2006 it was one of my humble goals to get us to the 5th year while also maintaining programming autonomy," says festival founder, Boston Fielder. “Happy to say that our 5th anniversary celebration is our most diverse ever. Vampire movies, musical tributes to Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew,' New Zealand avant garde chanteuse Leila Adu, sci-fi animated short films, rare performances by electronica/hip hop innovators such as Jneiro Jarel, global experimental music/pop/visual artists riffing on 2001: A Space all makes sense and converges at URB ALT Festival 2010."

The URB ALT Festival brand is staked on unearthing unknown or sorely unrecognized creators. June 18-26 will showcase why it is an international festival that artists and audiences alike attend with anticipation of a community oriented high quality and revelatory artistic experience. Whether a happening Uptown at historic The Harlem School of the Arts, Brooklyn's hip Galapagos Artspace, Downtown Manhattan's elegant 92Y Tribeca or Harlem's beautiful Saint Nicholas Park URB ALT Festival 2010 is a uniquely New York event with its eyes and ears focused on the world.


June 18-URB ALT Launch. ATribute to 2001: A Space Odyssey
The Harlem School of the Arts
645 St. Nicholas Avenue Harlem, NY
$10 Cover - 7:30pm

Live performances in order of performance:
1)MiLO - LA Art Rock Band that pinches a darkly elegant mood out of minimalist sound.

2)Dearling Physique - Minneapolis electro/rockers toy with pop, dissonance and musical theatre.

3)Jneiro Jarel - Dr. Who Dat? transports in from Viberia with his Low End Electro/Hip Hop musical innovations.

4)MuthaWit - Cosmic improv, dirty classical strings and ethereal rock tonalties mosh up the African Diaspora.

June 19-Saint Nicholas Park
St.Nicholas Avenue @ 135th Street Harlem, NY
FREE SHOW - 2pm-7pm

Live performances in order of performance:

1)Stoni Taylor & Miles of Stone - Atlanta soulSANGER and co-hort of Indigo Girls brings his own rock thang from the Peach to the Apple

2)Ben Tyree - Avante Garde guitar virtuosity with a punk edge

3)Uninterrupted ft. Moon - Washington, DC's RAWKINGest rock band featuring Moon

4)Twin Shadow - Former Madman Films frontman leads his new electro dance rock band signed to Grizzly Bear Chris Taylor's Terrible Records.

5)Faith - New York LES reggae/alternative rock legends featuring force of nature Felice Rosser.

June 24-Miles Davis' “Bitches Brew" 40th Anniversary Tribute Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street Dumbo(Brooklyn), NY $10 Cover night of show or $5 in advance with the special code “Bitches Brew", Tickets online - 7:30PM

Live performances in order of performance:
1)Art Terry - London multi-instrumentalist legend who twisted pop/soul/baroque songs are layered with pathos and humour like his former bandmate Stew(of Passing Strange). 2)Oh My Goodness - Wiggy lyricist mashed into a potato of dadaist beat-smithery pushes pop music boundaries.

3)Urb Alt Orchestra - Specially organized group of some of NYC's finest improvisers pay homage to Miles Davis' classic “Bitches Brew"
Hosted by Monique “The Original Gata" Dupree

June 25-92nd Street Y 200 Hudson @ Canal Street Downtown New York, NY $10 Cover, Tickets online - 7:00PM - Wear White!

Film Screenings:
1)Matty's Rocket(animated sci fi short) - Adventure of space-facing heroine that fuses the post WWI jazz age(prohibition, gangsters, blues, Pan-Africanism and baseball) with extraterrestrials and, of course, rocketships.

2)Phlo(live action feature film) - Love and horror meld as the Jiminez family flirts with immortality and a primeval blood lust.

Live performances in order of performance:

1)Leila Adu - New Zealand's Ghanaian/Brit singer of electronic, jazz, pop, blues, avant garde music kickstarts the piano with rock songs from her current Steve Albini produced album Dark Joan

2)MuthaWit Orchestra - MuthaWit expands to 15+ musicians with hulking guitar riffs, soul induced goose bumpery, classical strings, free jazz skronk and bonker electronics.

Attend 3 out of 5 events and be entered into a drawing for giveaway of 3 Daisy Rock Guitars, a drum kit, free subscriptions to alternative magazines AND the opportunity for a performance by MuthaWit or other participating artists in your home (or other private venue).

URB ALT Festival 2010 is proudly sponsored by URB ALT Media, Odd Endeavors, BigHead Scientists, Daisy Rock Guitars, 4961 Polemics, Sweatshop Recording & Rehearsal Studios, Ed Marshall Photography, Purple Magazine and Grungecake Magazine.

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