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Over 50 years, WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City has launch the music careers of many musical legends. Bob Dylan, Pattie Smith, Gil Scott Heron, and the Ramones, to name a few, were all heard on WBAI first. Continuing th tradition of bringing new music artists to the airwaves through live performance, The Artsy Fartsy Show is becoming a tour de force in New York City with its new monthly AF Sessions.
In the imperssion age of digital music. The deeper meanings, the story behind the songs, and the songwriter is lost in the simplicity of downloads. AF Sessions is about connecting the artist with the listener again.” – Jack Dourakos, AF Sessions Curator
Not everything about the AF Sessions is New York centric. The next AF Sessions will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2011at 1:15pm with a band from Chicago. AF Sessions will be the official tour stop for the multi-disciplined band, Milano.
The Lisps, a New York-based co-ed assemblage of 21st century theater prone indie rockers will perform on September 27, 2011. Their songs border the literary and borrow liberally from vaudeville, Anti-Folk, science fiction, and Americana. Their hyper-active performances typically involve bloody tambourines, wrestling, lipstick smeared melodicas, old filing cabinets, and film reels suspended by rusty chains. The Lisps are set for a 2011 release of their 3rd album Are We at the Movies? and their Civil War sci-fi musical FUTURITY, which has had 15 workshop performances, will have its World Premiere in February of 2012 at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachuttes.
AF Sessions is like the BBC 1 Peel Sessions but its very New York and very much in the spirit of the Artsy Fartsy Show program. We want to connect with our listeners and we want to connect with the artists,” states Executive Producer, Barika Taheer Edwards