Before The Wall: A Benefit to Support Immigrant Communities, Shilpa Ray

Before The Wall: A Benefit to Support Immigrant Communities

Shilpa Ray

The Kominas, Hearing Things, In benefit of SAPNA and Women for Afghan Women

Fri, January 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $50.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

*** All proceeds to benefit SAPNA and Women for Afghan Women. ***

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Before The Wall: A Benefit to Support Immigrant Communities
Before The Wall: A Benefit to Support Immigrant Communities
*** In Benefit of Community Voices Heard and Arab American Association of New York ***

ABOUT Arab American Association of NYC:
Our mission is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity and stability.

You can learn more about the Arab American Association of NY here: http://www.arabamericanny.org/

ABOUT Community Voices Heard:
Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all. We accomplish this through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy.

You can learn more about CVH here: http://www.cvhaction.org/
Shilpa Ray
Shilpa Ray
Nobody grows up wanting to be an artist's artist. Appreciated by the sub sect of the sub sect is like being the beauty queen at the leper colony. Hell, anybody who claims they grew up wanting to even be an artist rather than an astronaut or a Cthulhu is probably lying or was a corny kid. Art is hard and degrading and generally bullshit. Your friends will find you irritating and your parents will certainly not throw you a parade. But if you're an artist you're an artist; the soul will fuck you every time, what can you do?

Shilpa Ray is, through no fault of her own, one of our unsung great artists. Having made her bones with the gothic Sturm und Drang of Beat The Devil and moving forward to the blues erosion of "…and The Happy Hookers" Shilpa Ray has been, armed only with an incomparable voice and harmonium haunted by the ghosts of dead lovers, perpetually crying in the wind, hoisting both middle fingers in the general direction of god. It's not a life a wise man would choose. Shilpa Ray kicks against the pricks but the pricks keep coming. But, again, what can you do?

Well, that's been the narrative until now. With Last Year's Savage (maybe a nod to Leonard Cohen maybe a nod to Barrence Whitfield) Shilpa Ray has taken the pain and dark funk of earlier sounds and made explicit the sublimity that was always there just below the surface. The conversation has become less a break up with doors ripped from their hinges and more the last pained pillow talk before parting. The obsessions with sex, death, bodily functions, and betrayal (not necessarily in that order) remain but Shilpa has expanded the palate to convey the resignation, the simmering discontent of an artist disenfranchised and held down. This is a quieter rage than the music Shilpa Ray has made before, more plaintive and considered, even if it's the quiet of a hand gripped tight on the axe handle. The music remains gorgeous and stirring in its directness while Shilpa herself remains, thankfully, entirely and inappropriately threatening.

Shilpa Ray has, up till this, point, yes, been an "artist's artist." Just about every musician in New York City, who doesn't hate her, loves her. Nick Cave sings her praises to all with the ears to listen (he brought her along a European tour as an opener and as a backup singer in the States). Obviously there are some who will always prefer lesser versions of the Shilpa Rays of the world (as if there could be more than one), preferably with blue eyes and On Brand Waifishness, but the truth will, eventually out. Talent this big can only be kept down for so long before the sky cracks and we all drown in the blood of angels. Either way, this is Shilpa Ray's year.
The Kominas
The Kominas
The Kominas are a situationalist punk band, a la Sex Pistols, modeling themselves after punk bands in 1977 who made careers out of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Much like the Pistols' Anarchy in the UK or God Save the Queen, The Kominas wrote songs like "Sharia Law in the USA" or "No one's gonna honor kill my baby but me."

Having released four albums to date, The Kominas have received praise from notable thought leaders like Rolling Stone, VICE, FADER, NPR, and The Guardian. They regularly perform at festivals and colleges throughout the United States and Europe, having shared stages with notable artists across borders and genres, including Jello Biafra, DJ Rekha, Black Lips, Heems, King Khan, Bobby Friction, and Discharge. The band was featured in an award-winning documentary entitled "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam" bringing the story of their creative missions to audiences worldwide as they attempted to forge a punk music scene in Pakistan.

The band launched their latest album "Stereotype" to much critical acclaim in 2015, and premiered a thought-provoking music video tackling xenophobia for the single "See Something, Say Something" in conjunction with NPR Music. They also reworked a classic Pakistani burlesque tune by Noor Jehan into the theme song for the upcoming documentary Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan.

The Kominas kicked off 2016 by being thrown out of a Donald Trump Rally. They are set to record a new album, launch several videos, and are looking to tour heavily throughout this year.
Hearing Things
Hearing Things
"Matt Bauder is a dyed-in-the-wool jazz musician, but he's long made virtue of his versatility. He's not only worked as a sideman in rock bands like Iron & Wine and Arcade Fire, but also played in the house band for the musical Fela! Hearing Things is a trio that features fellow jazz Musicians J.P. Schlegelmilch - a keyboardist who lays down raunchy and distorted organ here - and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Together the trio play a kind of Middle Eastern flavored surf rock with old-school R&B honking and striptease-worthy themes. It's a blast of fun, the craftsmanship of the players never getting in the way of the grooves and hybrid melodies." -Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader
In benefit of SAPNA and Women for Afghan Women
SAPNA
sapnanyc.org

Sapna NYC transforms the lives of South Asian immigrant women by improving physical and mental health, expanding economic opportunities and building a collective voice for change.

Women for Afghan Women
http://www.womenforafghanwomen.org/

Women for Afghan Women is a grassroots, human rights organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic.