Oh boy oh boy oh muh garsh gleeeee! Delirious and sleep deprived, we just tumbled off a plane and into a cab headed straight for the heart of NYC. We’re hitting the ground running with yet more prep work for Sunday’s fundraising event. Gah! Crazypants! But comrades, SO MUCH AMAZING STUFF is still coming together. Astonishing silent auction items (to be revealed shortly), an influx of ticket pre-sales thanks to extensive promotion and listing work that Gemini & Scorpio, Shanghai Mermaid, Dances of Vice, Shaw Promotion, and our international network of friends have all undertaken on our behalf. (*sob*) And! Last but not least, this spectacular last-minute confirmation to our live music roster:
The Fishtank Ensemble! Holy balls! These cats are, hands down, one of the most dynamic and unique live acts currently based out of California. Coincidentally, they’re in NYC the same weekend we are! And they’re gonna come party down and play a 30 minute set at the Ball! BIG thanks to the beautiful Kim Boekbinder (who will also be performing on Sunday, hurrah) for facilitating this connection. We are SO STOKED. Check ’em out:
LA Weekly has referred to the Fishtank Ensemble as “cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet.” Formed in 2005, these folks have played “everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street. The band includes two explosive violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz […] vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers.” (That entire paragraph was cribbed shamelessly from a Coastal Grooves review, because we haz teh DERPZ.)
In addition to playing at the Ball on the 21st, The Fishtank Ensemble has two more shows in town: they will also perform tomorrow, Friday the 19th, at Union Hall in Brooklyn at 8pm… with Franz Nicolay, another one of our cherished live acts on Sunday! YAY! Also, if you’d like to wine and dine and listen to them play a set of songs at the fabulous Drom Bar & Restaurant in Manhattan on Saturday (perhaps before heading over to the Enchantment Under the Sea event?), they’ll be on at 8pm there as well..
Okay. That’s it for now. Imminently, we’ll be posting a HUGE announcement about Sunday night’s International Silent Auction. (That’s right, folks… although the items are all gathered in NYC, absolutely ANYONE in the world with internet will be able to bid. Technology, huzzah!) Please stand by.