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April 22, 2012

The 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of The Bands is set for Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at the Arlene’s Grocery. Eight bands were selected to battle it out to become king of the hill.  The winning band will win a concert at Arlene’s Grocery, gift certificates from Sam Ash for all their band needs, an AF Session and their music played on WBAI 99.5FM.

Tickets are now on sale for only $15 and you will not want to miss this awesome concert. Not only will you get the chance to hear eight bands in one night, it is also a fundraiser for WBAI 99.5FM and The Artsy Fartsy Show.  In addition to prizes, we have Artsy Acts and door prizes from our sponsors.

Visit the Official Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands Website


A Do

A Do

A Do is a rock band from Boston. Derek, Adrienne, Greg and Sam. They like to keep in it in the family. Derek, Adrienne and Greg used to play in a cover band and they all lived downstairs from the band space. Sam and Adrienne work together during the day. Rich Stratton from Red Tuxedo Mastering in Atlanta mixed and produced their first album. He’s also Adrienne’s brother-in-law. A Do just released a music video for “No” that can be seen at

website: http://www.adomenow.com

Blue Meadow

Blue Meadow

Blue Meadow the band from the Bronx that challenges the idea of bands starting in garages tucked away in the suburbs but that bands can also form in 800 square foot apartments in the middle of the urban theater we call NYC. They will take you on a musical journey that stretches from blazing guitars and banging drums to a serene acapella song to drift you away. The diversity of a band to model the big melting pot in which they were conceived.

Website: www.reverbnation.com/bluemeadow

Traum Diggs

Traum Diggs

Traum Diggs expands the boundaries of hip-hop’s sound while continuing the tradition of substantive and innovative lyricism – which makes him a card carrying artist. Traum Diggs is a self-proclaimed “truth seeker” which makes for constant growth in his songwriting and subject matter.  Musically, he is just as influenced by Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye as KRS-ONE, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. The result of those influences is a marriage of Traum’s distinct voice and potent lyricism with elements of funk, acid jazz, psychedelic rock, and world music.

Website: http://www.traumdiggs.com

Kristin Errett

Kristin Errett

She’s been called the next Norah Jones or Sara Bareilles. But with her rich, soulful vocals and effortless piano playing, Kristin Errett’s sound is undeniably unique. Recently featured in College News Magazine, her music has been recognized for having a 70s inspired sound, echoing artists like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King. The Radio Cafe has called her “One of the best independent artists around…” and I Am Entertainment Magazine has claimed she’s “On her way to a Grammy… bottom line!”

Website http://www.kristinerrett.com



People say Gladshot sound like “a fine blast of power pop” and “a sonic synthesis of epic proportions” that’s “quietly setting the world on fire”.. Pop Matters said that they were “one of the nicest surprises we’ve had all year”.  Their latest CD “Burn Up and Shine” was called “pretty near the top of this year’s best indie releases” and their upcoming CD will feature songs from Barcode, a rock musical they’re working on with Jim Rado, creator of “Hair”.. Barcode is about Uni Corporate Global Rule

WEBSITE http://www.gladshot.com

Late Nite Catfight

Late Nite Catfight

Late Nite Catfight are a Brooklyn hot mess of rockabilly/pop/roots. Embracing the cultural explosion of the 50’s with the global implosion of 2008 onwards. In other words WATCH OUT! We may not be able to afford health insurance but can buy lipstick and gold suits from Halloween sites (post vaca BTW) and make it hillbilly.

Website: http://www.latenitecatfight.com/fr_home.cfm

Paradigm 23

Paradigm 23

Paradigm 23, a post punk rock group of three long-time friends that believe in the power of music to inspire social change. They are self-taught musicians and are ready and eager to begin their journey into the world of live performance.

Band Website: http://paradigm23.bandcamp.com



Keithroy Mason, AKA Respect is a poet, lyricist, songwriter and singer who has arrived thirteen years ago.  His genre of music is reality reggae.  He writes songs that bring awareness to social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, education and the list goes on. A gifted and talented artist, Respect has sang and performed worldwide.  London loves his style.  Germany craves more, and Ireland begs for encores.  He has been exposed to many different ethnicities of people and is a master in his art.

Website: http://www.muggidon.com



Members of Starless have been playing and practicing music their whole lives. Starless has opened Peter Frampton, Yes, Grand Funk Railroad, The Blues Traveler and even play with Leslie West (Mountain). With a passion for music, Starless has worked meticulously to sculpt their own exciting, and unique sound to share with other music lovers young and old.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/Starlessband

Meet the Artsy Acts

The WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands is non-stop entertainment. Here are a few of this years artsy acts.

The Amazing Amy Returns to the WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands!

The Amazing Amy performs as an Artsy Act at the 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Battle of the Bands


Andy Lange – Comedian

Here is Andy Lange on the Artsy Fartsy Show (2011)

Jon Braman – Artsy Fartsy Show  Resident Songwriter

Jon Braman

Website: http://jonbraman.com

Rev Jen – Art Star Extraordinaire

Rev Jen

Website: http://revjen.com

Faceboy  – Master of the Pen


Harrison Greenbaum – Magician/Comedian

Website: http://harrisongreenbaum.com

Sasha the Fire Gypsy – Performance

Website: http://firegypsy.com

Our Sponsors

Returning sponsors Arlene’s Grocery and Sam Ash. Arlene’s Grocery is hosting the 2nd Annual WBAI Artsy Fartsy Show Battle of the Bands. The concert starts at 5pm rocking hard till 9pm at Arlene’s Grocery 95 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side.




The Village Voice

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books

Pair of Tickets will be given away for..
Post-Classical Ensemble, ETHEL album release concert at Joe's Pub. Tuesday, April 24 @9:30PM
(Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York City)


Pair of Tickets will be given away for..
Legendary Jazz drummer, Chico Hamilton in concert at DROM. Sunday, May 20 @ 7:15PM
(DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York City)






Meet the Judges

Kimberly Massengill – Thump and Growl

Tuesdays 10 – noon on WBAI 99.5FM


Jocelyn Florence – Ars Nova


Reggie Johnson –   From the Soundboard

Wednesdays 3:30am – 6am on WBAI 99.5FM

 David Warren – 311 Sound