This is Day One: the first installment of Link TV's World Music Blog coming to you from Link's New York City office.
I just got a hand-me-down Flip camera and I'm loving it. Sure, the zoom stinks, and it has a nervous breakdown in a dark rock club, but really, it's a valiant little thing, and it's also great to be able to just take it out of my purse and capture the moment. And NYC is full of amazing musicians I've been wanting to interview or to talk to about their music, so WATCH THIS SPACE. I'm also inviting y'all to write in and make this a two way conversation. Hey, I don't want to have to float the whole boat!
I went to the "preview" of the NY Gypsy Festival and caught the first few hours - take a look.
It went on till 4 AM, but hey, I've got a day job, so I just couldn't stay for the whole thing. You can catch an insightful evaluation of the total event on the Lucid Culture blog.
And my co-worker Deepak Unnikrishnan had this summation:
"Call me clichéd but I fell hard for the dark ambience, the palm readers and certain over-the-top touches of the event. But frankly, none of the props would have meant a thing if the musicians weren’t anything but outstanding. At one point it wouldn’t have surprised me if I looked at my shoes, saw smoke, and smelled burnt rubber from all the dancing." He stayed till they were putting the chairs on the tables.
Like I said, this was a preview of a series of Gypsy festivals to come, so there will be more!