The Shrine Bar Restaurant is all kinds of fun. Literally, with its World Music Venue in Harlem you can expect to hear a wide variety of different music every week. I was there recently with friends just passing through (not for a particular event), and was happy to meet Francois Maheux, the man responsible for Bookings and Promotions. We were discussing Harlem, Apollo Theater and just music in general and how vital live music is to Harlem and the history of Harlem. There are many great spots to hear music in Harlem and Shrine is no exception. It is the perfect size venue, roomy but not too big with a comfortable, inviting and festive interior. I especially enjoy that you can hear jazz, hip hop, funk, world, reggae, Latin, rap, blues rock on any given night as they keep it interesting, current and on the pulse. Here is a list of upcoming events you can see at Shrine Bar Restaurant/World Music Venue. Recently friend to our blog, Harlem born and raised “John O” of Tha Gecko Brothas, perfromed there and I’m sure that they will return over the summer months. It is worth passing through if you have not been there yet to check out their food and drinks MENU. Every once in a while there is a cover for special events like an AIDS benefit, or a fundraiser where customers are more than happy to contribute. The Shrine has great drinks if you like margaritas and pina coladas. My friend recommended the pina colada (with a splash of grand marnier on top) which was very good especially with a side order of wings. You cannot go wrong with that combo. Next time I would like to sit in their outdoor seating and try their Fela Burger and also their Afro Chicken which both looked good. But then definitely come back inside to enjoy some great live music!
(Make sure you check out The Shrine Sunday Jazz Jam Session which is each and every Sunday)
*Stay tuned as HarlemCondoLife will continue to keep you posted with events at the Shrine.
Classic album covers cover the ceiling of Shrine
Shrine Bar Restaurant
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY 10030
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World music takes center stage this Thursday and Friday in Harlem. Amkoullel, the Malian hip hop artist will be performing for the first time in Harlem (and in the USA) this Thursday and Friday (April 7-8).
On April 7th, see Amkoullel perform at the Shrine, located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. The show starts at 8 PM. At Shrine, there is no cover charge. The next day (April 8), see the Afro-beat artist perform at Farafina Cafe, located at 1813 Amsterdam Avenue. This show starts at 11 PM on Friday.
Aside from his music, Amkoullel is known for “harmoniously combining traditional and contemporary global cultures to promote social responsibility.”
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HIP HOP SOUL JAM – A Celebration of Emerging Artists Performing For a Cause
Next Thursday May 6th, 2010 at The Shrine Bar in Harlem, marks the launch of Hip-Hop Soul Jam, a quarterly performance series showcasing emerging hip hop soul artists making music for a purpose. The event, conceived and produced by Hip Hop Saves Lives Founder Chad Harper, aims to expose new and positive talent in the hip hop soul community, while using the power of genre of vital causes.
The event format will feature live performances by select local and international acts, highlight and benefit a chosen charity, and conclude with a DJ led dance party celebrating music genres of the Black Diaspora and bringing together actors in the entertainment community.
“We want to give a spotlight to quality hip hop soul artists, those with a focus on saying something and creating music with artistic integrity, while showing the power of hip hop soul to effect change on a global level. We’ll place emphasis on acts who follow their words with actions, personifying Hip Hop Saves Lives’ motto, ‘We don’t just talk about it, we be about it,’” Harper said. To this end he has teamed up with co-producer Jake Bright, a DJ and Director of African focused Cocody Productions, twice recognized by award winning radio program Afropop Worldwide and having produced events for The Touch Foundation and Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive.
The inaugural event will feature performances by local artists including Gene Pritsker´s Sound Liberation, the concert will also feature Nahdi, Squala Orphan, Clarisa Rose, R-Kitech and Chanda Rule, as well Babaluku of Uganda and Makhtar from Senegal. The evening’s donations will benefit Charity Water (charitywater.org), which is currently working on providing earthquake survivors of Haiti with clean drinking water. Evening will also include a special photographic exhibit on Haiti by Bennett Raglin. AOC Fine Wines is sponsoring the red carpet reception.
Hip Hop Saves Lives, founded by Chad Harper is a charitable/entertainment organization dedicated to using the powerof hip hop for global change. Its primary focus is clean water wells for Africa and educating the hip hop community on living green. Coming ventures include an on-line radio and TV show, news letter, and magazine www.hiphopsaveslives.org
Shrine Bar, themed after the legendary artist Fela Kuti’s bar of the same name, is one of New York’s pre-eminent live music venues (www.shrinenyc.com).
See you all there! HH
(red carpet interviews and wine reception 8:00pm – 8:45)
Cocody Productions (pronounced Cocoa Dee), formed in New York by Directors Tunde Agboke, Jake Bright, and Ken Oriwa, produces upscale events showcasing art, music, film, non-profit activities, business, and fashion of Africa and the African Diaspora. CONTACT: Jake Bright 347-204-7576 // Jake@Cocodyproductions.net
*To read the full artile on this event click on the link below
HIP HOP SOUL JAM – Thursday May 6th
from 9pm – 1am at The Shrine Bar
2271 Adam Clayron Powell Jr. Blvd,
bet. 133rd & 134th St. New York, NY
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For more information about Hip Hop Soul Jam, Hip Hop Saves Lives and Cocody Productions please contact Chad Harper at Chadharper@hiphopsaveslives.org or Jake Bright at Jake@cocodyproductions.net
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