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 DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System

NOVEMBER 15th -7pm

DJ’s Just E & Beto, of the A/V Sound System, will be tag teaming it on the turn tables as the tumble 4 ya through their personal collections of music. Everything from the avant-garde to pop will be spun on the platter, filling the sound waves with golden moments of pure (h)ear candy and toe tapping fun as the evening is filled with conversations on pop culture, artistic creation and great instrumental performances.

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WAX BUILDUP!   Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5  (Free for Members)
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

WAX BUILDUP! Richmond's All Vinyl Dance Party $5 (Free for Members)

Please join us for the second ever Wax Buildup all-vinyl dance party! We are taking over Black Iris Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) for a night of hip hop classics, funk, disco, breaks and any other records we can find that will make you move. Expect a laid-back vibe with no egos or drama - just friends, drinks, dancing and lots of great music. 

Hosted by Hip Hop Henry (WRIR, Booze and Grooves, The Cheats Movement, RVA Mag), Billy Crystal Fingers, DEV, and B-Rice (WRIR, Mid Atlantic Jams) and Big Rich (Booze and Grooves, WRIR).

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First Friday Gallery Opening with Lydia Marek December 7Th
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Gallery Opening with Lydia Marek December 7Th

Artist Statement and Bio

 “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?  Can one really explain this? No.  Just as one can never learn how to paint.” – Pablo Picasso

Lydia Marek works with acrylics to develop multi-textured vibrantly colored paintings.  She has shown her work in several successful solo and group shows in Richmond over the past two years including, West Elm Richmond, West Elm Virginia Beach, Crossroads Art Center, Gallery 23, Innovista Law, Bimmer Rescue, and Black Iris Social Club. Lydia is inspired by nature, colors, and texture to create and paint on a daily basis as well as her commissioned individual paintings where she works with clients to co-design unique pieces for their home.

Lydia was born in New York but has lived in Virginia for over 40 years.  She retired from Virginia Tech as a Research Scientist and moved to Richmond four years ago. Growing up in New York and traveling extensively has provided many opportunities for her to see, experience and fall deeply in love with the visual arts. She has always been attracted to color, texture and movement, which she incorporates into her paintings. She works in acrylics and is always searching for new colors!

“I typically approach my painting with an idea of a color palette and sometimes include textured mediums and then the paintings develop in an organic way.  I pull colors, layer and layer, and sometimes pour paint and spray while watching the paints puddle and move. Layering paint and using different mediums and strokes ends up with a lot of texture and movement.  I hope others get a sense of color, play, and dynamism when they look at my work.”  

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Diane Cluck &  Devon Sproule
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Diane Cluck & Devon Sproule

December 1st 2018

7:30-10:30

Diane Cluck

Diane Cluck is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk who employs singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described by NPR as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell--unaffected yet unusual”.

She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. Time Out New York cited her as a “one of the most refined and elegant songwriters in all of neo-folkdom...a brilliant idiosyncratic guitarist”.

Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s. Since then, singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane’s work as influential. In 2017 Grizzly Bear released their cover of Diane's song "Easy to Be Around". 

Devon Sproule

“Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images. The music is correspondingly complex, but has a centripetal stillness about it, as if suspended for a moment out of time.”  (Financial Times).  In 2017, Devon released “The Gold String,” a collection of songs revolving about love and connection, recorded in her birth-country, Canada.  Sproule was raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. She has been married to producer Paul Curreri for 13 years and the two live with their daughter, Ray, in Charlottesville, VA.  

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Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (since 2014), Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary (since 2016), and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary (since 2018). Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor’s present main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, “one- man-band” where Victor extemporaneously creates intricate, interactive soundscapes derived from a combination of various existing artistic traditions from around the world, and his own deeply personal improvisational language. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay.

Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ performance career thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept--Melodic Improvisation--as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on that concept, called ImproviStory (which later evolved into his current project, Moving Sound Pictures). He released his debut album of all original compositions-- "The Truth"--on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. Victor has been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor's activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Victor Haskins has worked directly with a diverse cross-section of masters of improvised music, including (but not limited to) Marc Cary, Craig Handy, Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Lonnie Liston-Smith, Jason Moran, and Phil Wiggins.

Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat).

Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces.

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Lonesome Leash  (public Event)
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Lonesome Leash (public Event)

(public Event) 7:30pm-10-pm

Lonesome Leash is LA-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Walt McClements. For over a decade, Walt has quietly made a name for himself as a well-respected collaborator, contributing to records (and touring across the country) with the likes of Weyes Blood, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Dark Dark Dark, among others.

November 2nd, Lonesome Leash released 'Delicate Art' via Cruisin' Records, a new queer independent label founded by Nana Grizol's Theo Hilton and Your Heart Breaks' Clyde Petersen (pre-order it here). LA Record shared the first track, Driving deeming it "a wild and piercing echo of Henry Flynt, Bruce Haack and/or Arthur Russell that gathers power as it moves along"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VX0_VtzWL0&feature=youtu.be

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Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Cigar Mystique

Cigar Mystique is back in November, and once again at the exclusive Black Iris Social Club. All the familiar elements will be present as per usual: electric atmosphere, lit visuals, sublime sounds. 

This is a VIP Only Event $20:

Live DJ

Live Entertainment

Heavy Hors' Devours

Select premium cigar courtesy of Griffin Cigar

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Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty (public event)
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Sam Moss and Julianna Daugherty (public event)

Sam Moss

BIO

Sam Moss is a musician living in Boston. His discography ranges from early recordings of instrumental folk guitar to more recent lyrically centered efforts, including 2018’s Neon, which has been acclaimed by NPR and The Boston Globe. Since 2014 he has been regularly on tour, performing in all manner of venues: pubs, galleries, abandoned silos, living rooms, and the Newport Folk Festival. Moss is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Marble House Project.

LINKS

http://www.sammoss.net/

https://www.facebook.com/sammossmusic

https://www.instagram.com/sssammmosss/

https://twitter.com/sssammmosss

Juliana Daugherty

BIO

Juliana Daugherty wields her songcraft like a sword, not a diary to be buried in a drawer. Daugherty grew up playing multiple instruments, even attending a conservatory before stepping away from classical music entirely. She went on to acquire an MFA in poetry-- a fact not lost on her debut full-length Light. NPR writes Light is "not an attempt at coining a new, fake genre, but a functional image. Daugherty sings quiet and contemplative poetry with gentle, but aching lilt." Stereogum describes Light as"a collection of stark, intimate folk-rock tunes that accompany Daugherty’s lyrics with only a few carefully selected flourishes. The results are magnificent, as fervent but understated electric chords carry along Daugherty’s haunting narration. There is no shortage of artists making music of this ilk today, but few are doing it so captivatingly.”

LINKS

http://westernvinyl.com/artists/juliana-daugherty.php

https://www.facebook.com/juliana.daugherty.music/

https://www.instagram.com/juliana.daugherty/

https://twitter.com/xouley

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NATHAN BOWLES LIVE (public event)
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

NATHAN BOWLES LIVE (public event)

Public Event 7pm-9pm

On his playfully subversive fourth solo album, Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Pelt, Black Twig Pickers) extends his acclaimed banjo and percussion practice into the full-band realm for the first time, showcasing both delicate solo meditations and smoldering, swinging ensemble explorations featuring Casey Toll (Jake Xerxes Fussell, Mt. Moriah) on double bass and Rex McMurry (CAVE) on drums. As he considers the cycles of deceit and self-deception that shape both our personal and political lives, a mixed mood of melancholy and merriment permeates Bowles’s own compositions as well as the interpretive material, which draws from traditional Appalachian repertoires and the diverse songbooks of Julie Tippetts, Cousin Emmy, and Silver Apples.

“Nathan is brainy and bookish and likes whiskey. He has that intense air that can fall away to mirth. His approach to music appears curious, knowledgeable, playful, intuitive, still. He knows he has a thing going on, and that he can apply that thing to things! To many different things. Maybe that thing is the grand blankness of seeing everything at once. Or maybe it is a pinhole vision that soothes and subjects in its narrowness.

“I think these new songs nurture their dialectic opposites, and that is their appeal—the drone has the aspect of melody, the melody has the aspect of drone. I don’t think Nathan has ever ridden a dolphin, but I think if faced with the task he would cotton quick. That’s how I see his approach to his music.”

– Bill Callahan

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Xander Naylor November 3rd (public event)
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Xander Naylor November 3rd (public event)

"Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century." - New York Music Daily

"[Naylor] creates a language all his own...[and] comes across as a mix between a guitar-slinging Colin Stetson and a guitar-slinging Fred Frith, with the result (and main takeaway) being that he’s a pretty competent guitar slinger, no matter what style he’s tackling." - The Critical Masses

This Sound Machine, built of guitar, sax, bass, and drum, employs modern technique in revolutionizing post-rock grooves and confronts you while you head-bang your way across the dance floor.  Guitarist Xander Naylor’s work, which has been recognized by New York Music Daily as "Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century,” uses myriad rhythmic influences to solidly bond the machine’s language of sound. Executed by an all-star group of musicians who perform all over the world, XNSM supplies a power surge of cohesive sound that stops just short of overwhelming your brain, allowing you to live fully in the moment and embrace what is possible. 

Naylor's latest album, Transmission, out October 26, 2018 on the Chhandayan label, features drummer Dan Weiss, tabla master Samir Chatterjee, and a slew of other innovators from New York City.

Links:

https://xandernaylor.bandcamp.com/ (album coming out Oct. 26!)

https://youtu.be/YUUAqt6L1iw  (live video)

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Underground Kitchen Presents Gospel Brunch 11am and 1pm servings
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Underground Kitchen Presents Gospel Brunch 11am and 1pm servings

Gospel Brunch $95.00 Tickets are limited! Price includes 4 courses, unlimited mimosas, taxes and gratuity. Tickets Here

Join us every second and fourth Sunday of the month from October to December for our Gospel Brunch! We will bring you all the joy of a live Gospel Choir mixed with the elegance of our UGK events. While enjoying beautiful and soulful singing, you will dine on a variety of deliciously prepared brunch cuisines. Our local chef will create an evolving menu each event so no two Sundays are the same, and with unlimited mimosas and a cash bar, your sure to have a great time. Come celebrate all of God’s great bounty with UGK fans from all over Virginia and enjoy a brunch truly unique to this area.

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Spooky Reading/Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures/Halloween Party
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spooky Reading/Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures/Halloween Party

SOUNDING THE SPOOKY SEASON 

October 27th 8pm sharp!

Come and get lit.  In this evening of songs and storytelling, four acclaimed writers converge on Tiny Bar to read poems, stories, ghost stories- their own and others- as live music plays.  Against the backdrop of our Poe-inflected speakeasy, celebrated poets Tess Taylor and Kiki Petrosino will read poems of haunts and hauntings;  fiction writer Jon Pineda will offer up some twisted tales, and Richmond’s own Kristen Green will share her stories of local ghosts.  The writers will be paired with the band from 8-9:30.  Afterwards, Black Iris will get the Halloween party started.  Costumes encouraged!!!

About the Artists:

Kristen Green has worked for two decades as a journalist at newspapers including The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Boston Globe. Kristen has a bachelor of arts from University of Mary Washington and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is her first book. It was a New York Times bestseller in race and civil rights and in education, and it was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Washington Post recognized it among notable nonfiction for 2015. Kristen and her husband, Jason Hamilton, and their two young daughters live in Richmond, Va.

Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur, which Terrance Hayes awarded the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in The New RepublicThe RumpusKenyon ReviewNew England ReviewThe American Poetry ReviewThe Yale ReviewAGNI, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Wrenn is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University. He is currently at work on Reef, an eco-memoir about his time at a remote reef in New Guinea, and The Minotaurs, his second poetry collection. 


Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Let's No One Get Hurt (FSG). His other books include the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and Library Journal "Best Books of 2010" pick; the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize; and the poetry collections Little Anodynes, winner of the 2016 Library of Virginia Literary Award; The Translator's Diary, winner of the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose; and Birthmark, selected by Ralph Burns as winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.  A core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, he teaches at the College of William & Mary.

Tess Taylor’s first book, The Forage House, was called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her second book, Work & Days, was called “our moment’s Georgic” by critic Stephanie Burt and was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times.  Taylor’s poetry and nonfiction appear widely.  She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle, and is on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.  She was a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was most recently Anne Spencer Writer in Residence at Randolph College.

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.

Victor brings a one-of-a-kind spirit and perspective to all that he does. His worldly, empathetic, culturally astute approach to living is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings in Asia and Africa and traveling extensively (which continues through the present day). Through music, Haskins is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (since 2014), Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary (since 2016), and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary (since 2018). Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.

Victor’s present main performing projects are Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures and Victor Haskins’ Skein. Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, “one- man-band” where Victor extemporaneously creates intricate, interactive soundscapes derived from a combination of various existing artistic traditions from around the world, and his own deeply personal improvisational language. In Victor Haskins’ Skein, Victor is joined by a live bassist and drummer to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation through the forum of compositions and arrangements he has crafted for the ensemble, delighting and intriguing audiences with intense auditory interplay.

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John Mark Nelson
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

John Mark Nelson

Doors at 7, music at 8.

$20 at the door 

$5 for BISC members 

John Mark Nelson is a songwriter & producer living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At a young age, he received national attention for his self-produced works, Still Here (2011) and Waiting and Waiting (2012), which were followed by extensive national and international touring. In recent years, Nelson has continued to generate a high volume of recorded works - Sings The Moon (2014)I'm Not Afraid (2015), and Four Days Away (2017) - as well as producing for many acclaimed singer-songwriters.

https://youtu.be/1wwxmSK7NuU

www.johnmarknelson.com

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Watson Twins Duo October 22nd!
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Watson Twins Duo October 22nd!

The Watson Twins

DUO

The Watson Twins announce DUO, their latest full length and 6th Studio Album. This batch of songs comes with a new approach finding the sisters co-writing all the material for the first time and singing all parts together, creating one singular voice. Working with their longtime collaborator and producer Russ Pollard (Everest/Sebadoh), the album feels like a dynamic new chapter for the twins.

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk that does more than nod to alt-country influences” (NPR). The twins released 4 albums – and spent a lot of time on the road – during their time in LA. But it was when they relocated to Nashville 5 years ago that they began to focus on the power of their signature harmonies.

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Sarah Kate Walston & Tara Stafford-Spyres * Saturday, Oct. 6th
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah Kate Walston & Tara Stafford-Spyres * Saturday, Oct. 6th

Welcome all this Saturday to the Tiny Bar at Black Iris for an evening of rad music from Rossini to Rorem, presented in an intimate, casual setting.  You read that right- this is classical opera in the best sounding room in Richmond.  Joining the duo is Daniel Stipe.  See you there!

8pm | $10 General | $5 Members

Sarah Kate Walston has been seen performing in Germany and throughout the United States.  She has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.  She is on the Voice Faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. A Richmond, VA native, she received her Bachelor of Music degree at Lee University and her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory.

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Eric Bachmann
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Eric Bachmann

September 30th - Eric Bachmann
7PM Doors - 8PM Performance
$30

Another living legend, I grew up with Eric Bachmann's gruff voice on my stereo when he fronted indie pioneers Archers of Loaf.  His subsequent band, Crooked Fingers, toned down its fuzzy guitars and found a new voice in its Americana charm.  Eric is a fantastic guy, and perennially an impressive songwriter.  We're excited to have him return to Richmond.

Tickets: https://undertowshows.com/collections/eric-bachmann

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Karaoke
Sep
27
9:00 PM21:00

Karaoke

We're moving karaoke to the 4th Thursday this month to compliment an earlier Happy Hour hosted by Richmond Ad Club.  (Keep in mind that we typically do karaoke on 3rd Thursdays every month now.)

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John Vandersclice
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

John Vandersclice

September 23rd - John Vanderslice
7PM Doors - 8PM Performance
$20

Vanderslice needs no introduction.  We can reel off a list of artists who have passed through his hands; St Vincent, Death Cab For Cutie, The Mountain Goats, Sufjan Stevens.  Listening to their work, it's apparent that his influence has shaped each of them to a degree.  

Tickets: https://undertowshows.com/collections/john-vanderslice

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DINA ELWEDIDI & FRIENDS Wednesday, Sept 19th 7pm | FREE
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

DINA ELWEDIDI & FRIENDS Wednesday, Sept 19th 7pm | FREE

Black Iris, UR’s Modlin Center for the Arts, and The Nile Cafe are pleased to host Dina Elwedidi for a very special evening of music and conversation.  This free event- a precursor to her stage performance at The Modlin Center- will feature her band performing unique renditions of her original works, invitations to drop in and improvise with the band, and food exquisitely prepared by The Nile Cafe.  Our mission is to seamlessly integrate various World cultures into one harmonious event.  We invite you all to join us in celebration, and we hope to see you here!

For info about the following evening’s stage performance with her full band, and to learn about the organizations backing these community initiatives, click HERE.

 ABOUT THE ARTIST

With her powerful, nuanced voice and sophisticated style, Egyptian singer and composer Dina Elwedidi has carved herself a critical place in the global music scene, creating music that she describes as New Egyptian Folk and Arab Fusion. A protégé of the great Brazilian music icon Gilberto Gil, Elwedidi’s original songs draw on folklore, rituals, and early twentieth-century popular music, as well as global ideas and explorations.

 

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Movie Screening! The Labyrinth & The Long Road
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Movie Screening! The Labyrinth & The Long Road

Friday, August 17th - The Labyrinth & The Long Road
8PM Advance Screening - Free Admission
Written and Directed by Daniel Oh

A student radical goes on trial for bombing a Manhattan hotel, leading a group of her peers to kidnap a notable economist and demand her release. A woman retreats to the beach house of a friend to ponder the disappearance of her husband, a once esteemed writer of radical literature. A young artist struggles to reconcile a budding social conscience with the realities of a burgeoning career. A middle-aged debt collector is confronted by the events of his checkered past.  

As a side note, Daniel Oh went to school at the esteemed Cooper Union and got his start interning for Spike Lee.

Runtime: 1 Hr 55 Min
Watch the trailer here.

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Karaoke
Aug
16
9:00 PM21:00

Karaoke

 Thursday, August 16th - Karaoke

Get your set lists ready and come join in on the fun.  Karaoke nights are a blast at Black Iris.  This event is open to the public, so bring your friends to critique your performance and/or be your fanbase.

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Oldermost (Solo) and Rosali Middleman
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Oldermost (Solo) and Rosali Middleman

Come by Black Iris after your First Friday walkabout to enjoy an intimate performance in the Tiny Bar.  We'll be featuring two acoustic sets from Philadelphia-based musicians, Oldermost (Bradford Bucknum) & Rosali Middleman.  It's open to the public, and guests are invited to stick around after the performance for good conversation and additional activities, so bring your friends.  We hope to see you there!


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Trio Viola Da Samba
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Trio Viola Da Samba

Viola da Samba is a project creating a bridge between Renaissance and Brazilian popular music. The pure, light sounds of early music instruments blend with the vivacious rhythms and rich harmonies of samba and bossa nova. The subtle timbres and the versatile sounds of the clavichord together with the viola da gamba match perfectly with the spirit of Brazilian music, revealing the connection between the elements (scales, rhythms and temperaments) of popular and early music. The natural gut strings of the viol create a pure and organic sound. This offers a new experience for the world of jazz and bossa. Altogether, Nadine's Balbeisi's delicate and refined voice, Jean Kleeb's mastery of playing bossa chords on the clavichord and Fernando Marin's skillful bowing of the viola da gamba create a perfect musical symbiosis. 

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Radio Slomski
Jul
6
9:00 PM21:00

Radio Slomski

RADIO SLOMSKI

Join us on First Friday, July 6th, for an evening with Radio Slomski!

Radio Slomski is a collaborative project helmed by Mark Slomski, a veteran vaudeville and Americana performer in Richmond.  This new endeavor builds on his past performance experience and channels it into an immersive variety show.  Expect the unexpected, as you may see a strongman, some card tricks, or hula dancing on any given evening.  Ever heard of performance yoga?  Well, welcome all and bring your rowdy side to enjoy the show that tips its hat to circus-style fun.  (You may also leave a tip in the hat, thankyouverymuch.)  We are pleased to announce that Radio Slomski is set to happen monthly at Black Iris!

The Who:  RADIO SLOMSKI

The What:  INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE

The Where:  BLACK IRIS SOCIAL CLUB

The When:  FRIDAY, JULY 6th @ 9PM

The Why:  BECAUSE WHY NOT?

This performance is FREE & open to the general public.  We hope to see you there!

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Scott Clark (solo) | Jeremiah Cymerman (solo) | Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Scott Clark (solo) | Jeremiah Cymerman (solo) | Jeb Bishop & Dan Ruccia

For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman’s work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as well as solo clarinet and ensemble performance practices. As a composer, he has received commissions from the Jerome Foundation and Roulette Intermedium.  As a performer, he has worked closely with many of contemporary music’s most important artists, including John Zorn, Toby Driver, Mario Diaz de Leon, Brian Chase, Christopher Hoffman, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley, Joshua Rubin, Anthony Coleman, Matthew Welch and others.  

Trombonist Jeb Bishop and violist Dan Ruccia begin a five city tour of the East Coast in support of their new album Scratch Slice Jag (Out & Gone Music) on June 26. Bishop and Ruccia will bring their brand of adventurous and rigorous free improvisation to audiences from Washington DC to South Carolina. For all but one performance Bishop and Ruccia will be joined by a series of special guests, making each night a unique and unforgettable experience. 

Drummer and composer, Scott Clark keeps time in the balance. His performances behind the kit are generous and empathetic, establishing his voice immediately upon striking the surface. It is rare to find art that is both formally rigorous and aesthetically vital, but Clark thrives in this project, engineering frameworks for lucid, active songs, drawing on the performances of his collaborators and the weight of his subject matter. A series of jazz suites have emerged from the study of his own Native ancestry, beginning with ury My Heart (2016) written in response to Dee Brown’s book of the same title, and continuing with oNo (2018) written as a contribution to the Standing Rock protests and the unlawful construction of an oil pipeline across Native land. By centering jazz in this historic and ongoing injustice, Clark pulls together a deeply American artform and a deeply American tragedy, yet his project never feels weighed down by its sense of purpose. Protest music that is lucid and nourishing, a rhythmic shape of restless assurance.

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Extended Trio | David Moré w/ Alex Halsted
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Extended Trio | David Moré w/ Alex Halsted

What makes EXTENDED so exciting to the jazz community in New Orleans grows out of the way, together, they create, each with an awareness of each other, including plenty of space for improvisation and interpretation. EXTENDED is Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano. All of them compose for the group, and with the particular musical personalities of the group foremost in mind — an approach that has thrilled locals and will likely soon reach audiences both nationally and internationally. 

Their debut LP from the spring of 2017, released on Breakfast-4-Dinner records, has received praise for its distinctive compositions and dynamic group interplay. As stated by Geraldine Wycliffe from Offbeat Magazine, "these three musicians sound as if they were destined to play with each other. Their interactions, improvisations and the seamless way their compositions flow from cut to cut feel instinctive. Extended exemplifies creativity." Anthony Dean-Harris of NextBop writes, "it's not an overcomplicated album because it's composed together as a group with a harmonious sense to it. It's nice having a piano trio album of original compositions from young pros who are of their time who found a configuration that fits." 

Following the album's release, Extended has toured within the country and continues to play shows that leave audiences invigorated and fulfilled. As the whole world knows, the city of New Orleans knows no shortage of the highest caliber of players in the world, but in the last year locals have been thrilled to see the development of a new collective - EXTENDED - that has quickly come to find a place among our brightest stars.

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