We are very happy to know that our friends from Outernational shared the stage with larger than life film director and lead singer of The No Smoking Orchestra : Emir Kusturica and that created a circus that made everybody dance.
Big Shout out to DJ Disko Balkan: Blacky for the hard work managing the Emir Kusturica & TNSO appearance at the ViVe Latino. According to DJ PoodleCannon ( who was among the VIP DJ guests ), ” the performance was an enormous Serbian 3-ring circus!”
Burdel Dali this week is a rather special event… we’re saying goodbye to one of our key members! Krystal is leaving us for New Zealand before setting down in Austin, so we’re having a last hoo-rah in her honor. Come buy her shots and watch her do the Elmo dance!
Burdel Dali is a weekly party at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar in NYC’s LES, orchestrated by DJs Mishto & Raphlex, hosted by Mishka. No cover charge, no dress code, just vodka, rakia, and trans-global music all night! OPA!!
Special thanks to our Mehanata family, to all the crazy mofos who come to dance every Thursday night, to the Escarioka Crew, to Kandake Dance, to Sasho & Tania, to the musicians and performers we’ve collaborated with this year… We love you guys!!
In other news, LAST NIGHTS PARTY WAS INSANE!! Chico Selektah, Raphlex, and Mishto together on the decks, people dancing themselves unconscious! We do it again tomorrow night, so rest your livers………… ..
Our close comrades and partners-in-throwing-NYC’s-most-insane-dance-parties (not to mention massively talented musicians with flavor you just don’t come across often) ESCARIOKA released their debut album, FACTOR SABOR. You can listen to the whole thing at Soundcloud.
“ESCARIOKA is a multicultural collective that started late 2002 in Elizabeth NJ. Since the start, an explosion of energy that mixes ROCK N’ ROLL and HARD-CORE DUB TROPICAL RAGGAMUFFIN with flavors from around the world. ESCARIOKA is lead by Exequiel & Pablo D’ambrosio, Cristobal Miranda Hidalgo and Fernando Alvarez.
The meaning of ESCARIOKA is to keep sharing the party with positive messages against false truth in society, keeping hope alive, and combatting one’s ego to stay true. The bottom line is to enjoy ”EL BAILONGO” (the party).
ESCARIOKA has earned themselves a top spot in NYC’s world music scene, opening for bands like SKA-P,LOS DESTELLOS, CHICO TRUJILLO, FIDEL NADAL, MIMI MAURA, SERGIO ROTMAN (Fabulosos Cadillacs) and more.
The band will release its first album ”FACTOR SABOR” under the independent label of MEHANATA RECORDS. ESCARIOKA will keep promoting flavor, energy, happiness, identity, density, capacity, party, etc! This collective of artists are more than just a Rock n’ Roll band — they’re a group of close friends that consider one another family, and will work together to spread their message.
Thanks to all the fans and our family that support us in our shows, showing tremendous love – we want to say thank you so much!”
KANDAKE Dance Theater for Social Change is celebrating their 1st year as a troupe, and they’ve released this incredibly badass teaser video of their experimental belly dance performance piece(s), “Come Undone”. We’ve seen it first-hand, and it’s an intense thing to behold. Check it out for yourself:
“The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind. We just delivered your 300,000 signatures demanding an end to Russia’s “gay gag rule” to Russian embassies in 8 cities around the world! All Out members like you talked with embassy staff, delivered giant “postcards,” and got major coverage in international media1.
But it’s not over yet. As we expected, lawmakers in St. Petersburg just voted to pass the catastrophic bill that would impose fines of up to $16,700 for “offenses” like organizing a local pride parade or a student Gay-Straight Alliance. The Governor now has just 14 days to reject the law – enough time for a final, critical push.
During our global flashmobs yesterday, we made a video highlighting just how absurd this law is – and we paired it with the music of Russia’s own iconic, revered (and gay) composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. We stayed up all night, but it was worth it! It cuts straight to the heart of why we’re speaking out and will inspire others do the same … if we get it out there.
Will you take a minute to watch this video, and share with your friends, family and colleagues? We want to get 100,000 views in the next two weeks – the timeline for the Governor to veto this shameful bill.”
“Tweet it, reblog it, post it to your wall, put it on your blog – if each one of us takes one minute to share this far and wide, the Governor and other decisionmakers in Russia will have to think twice about the damage this law could do to their city’s reputation. Check it out here.
We cannot stand by while our friends in Russia are pushed underground or their speech is criminalized. If the Governor signs the bill into law, simply writing a book with a gay character, mentioning LGBT rights on air, or even holding hands with your partner could be considered illegal “propaganda” in Russia’s second largest city.
The conservative lawmakers who advanced the bill think St. Petersburg’s governor will ratify it despite an international uproar. But Governor Poltavchenko can’t ignore the fact that Saint Petersburg is Russia’s #1 tourist destination – or that tens of thousands have already publicly pledged not to travel there as tourists if this backward law is signed. If we can get more people to watch this video – hundreds of thousands – then the Governor and his advisors will soon realize they have a PR disaster on their hands.
Please, watch this video and share the message now. To Russia, with love: