May 25: James Murphy DJs the DFA 12 Year Anniversary party presented by Red Bull Music Academy at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, NY
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Last May, Red Bull Music Academy took over New York City with a month of innovative workshops, live performances, and lectures that showcased both established and emerging artists. Almost a year later, RBMA is back with the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy Festival, another month-long series of 15 events featuring artists like D'Angelo, Panda Bear, Hudson Mohawke, and David Byrne that will kick off May 1.
Set to become an annual event, the Festival will examine the contemporary sonic landscape while paying homage to New York City's rich musical heritage. Events include Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, a two-night series of events celebrating the elusive Nigerian musician with performances from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, among others; the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair; and the first U.S. performance of dark, elusive U.K. musician the Haxan Cloak, who will perform backed by a laser light show.
This is the first time that RBMA has curated an events series in New York City for two years in a row. In the fall, the Academy will take place in Tokyo. See the full list of Red Bull Music Academy Festival events, artists, and locations below, or visit RBMA's official website.
Red Bull Music Academy Festival Schedule
May 1 - Bounce Ballroom @ Brooklyn Bazaar featuring Voguing with MikeQ, Housing with Todd Terry, Jersey Club with DJ Sliink and Mike Gip, and Bruk Up with Bobby Konders May 2 & 3 - Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House featuring the musical direction of Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and Money Mark and artists David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Luke Jenner (formerly of The Rapture), Pat Mahoney (ex-LCD Soundsystem), Joshua Redman and the Lijadu Sisters May 9 - The Four Corners of the Clash @ Baby's All Right featuring Trouble & Bass, Que Bajo, Max Glazer and Kenny Meez from Federation Sound. May 10 - Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg featuring DJ sets by Autre Ne Veut, Sandra Electronics (Regis and Silent Servant), Optimo, Jesse Cohen from Tanlines, and more. May 10 - Robert Henke’s Lumière and the Haxan Cloak @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple May 11 - Larry Levan Street Party @ King Street (between Varick and Hudson) featuring sets from David Depino, Francois Kevorkian, Joey Llanos and several special guests. May 14 - A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets @ Town Hall May 16 - Hardcore Activity In Progress @ the Knockdown Center featuring performances by Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay, The Thing, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Bastard Noise, Lubomyr Melnyk, Skullflower, Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano, Okkyung Lee, Clipping, Yoshiko Ohara, Reg Bloor and Gnaw. May 17 - Running Back: Gerd Janson All Night Long @ TBA Brooklyn May 18 - Panda Bear @ Warsaw May 21 - A Conversation With D'Angelo @ Brooklyn Museum Cantor Auditorium May 24 - Mister Saturday Night House Party @ TBD May 28 - Hudson Mohawke & Friends Live @ Webster Hall May 30 - Lit City Trax @ The Westway. May 31 - A Class of Its Own: RBMA Closing Night @ Abrons Arts Center featuring Nightwave, Anenon, Robot Koch, Yosi Horikawa, DJ NiRE, and 10 more TBD.