It comes as no surprise as more and more Asian artists are bridging the gap between their home counties and the United States. Vivi Hu is one of those emerging artists who have been working hard to plant her own creative flag here in America. At first Vivi never thought she would consider singing as a career but something changed for her while singing in a choir. She found solace in the gospel music of the choir and realized then that music was her destiny.
A fifth year now the Harlem Arts Festival has come to Marcus Garvey park in Central Park. And another year it has been a shining example of the local arts scene and a fantastic community event.
The festival brought together over 43 musicians, dancers, singers and entertainers over the 2 day event. Also represented in the park were over 30 local businesses, artists and restaurants.
Ask for a restaurant recommendation in New York and get ready to start Google mapping locations. People in the city love to tell you their favorite haunts from brunch to borough for specific cultural dishes. They will tell you what to order, what to expect and what time to go. It’s quite impressive. My trip down south had many similarities to this NYC approach.
Late night music in a small venue has always appealed to me. The intimate atmosphere and energy that moves through the crowd when a solo artist or group is deep into their set is electrifying. This led me to look for music spots around the city and one I had long heard about was Bill’s Place on 133rd street in Harlem. When I had family come into town one weekend I made my move and got us tickets.
By Nick Christophers The saying goes you can take a New Yorker out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of a New Yorker. This is evident with recording artist Marlena who was raised in Queens, New York only to later move to the sunny […]
By Seth Fera-Schanes Ottomanelli’s Wine and Burger Bar, located on 111th street and 5th avenue in Harlem offers live jazz on Saturday and Sunday, featuring the talented Stephanie Jones (who also brings her Jazz knowledge to Full Access as a contributing editor.) The Ottomanelli in the name of the […]
By Stephanie Jones. Follow her on Twitter @MissJonesJazz At the corner of 106th and Broadway, among the bodegas, bars and beauty supplies, a narrow doorway beneath iconic copper letters unlocks the hippest kept secret of the Upper Westside. Inside, the smoldering sound of a tenor saxophone blowing on […]