Red Bull Music Academy Celebrates NYC, Spring in Annual Festival

April 22nd, 2016


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Every year, the Red Bull Music Academy celebrates spring by highlighting the best in music, art, and technology in a month-long festival spread across top NYC venues. Keeping with the mission of Red Bull Music Academy, this event series celebrates innovation and progress in pop culture, highlighting top influencers through demonstrations, conversations, shows and more.
RBMA’s festival spotlights some of the best subcultures within New York’s history and current nightlife — kicking off with the NYC film premiere of “Kiki,” a documentary highlighting the Kiki movement in the LGBTQ ballroom scene, carrying through to Freestyle!!!, an 80’s-themed dance party celebrating freestyle music and dance, and wrapping up with Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul, a party bringing together artists with “transcendent music and transformative messages.” Town hall-style conversations highlight leaders in pop culture such as Spike Lee and Glenn Branca. Art Installations like Mark Pritchard and Jonathan Zawada’s “Under the Sun” audio/visual installation combine landscape imagery with electronic music. And sprinkled among this, artists like Dizzee Rascal, Diamanda Galas, and Elysia Crampton play shows at top-notch venues throughout the city. The options are endless, and the art is, too.
While most events are already sold out, RBMA is still selling tickets to select individual events.



4/29 (Fri): Kiki NYC Film Premiere @ El Museo Del Barrio
4/30 (Sat): Beatmaker Roundtable: Trapped @ Red Bull Studios
4/30 (Sat): Trapped: Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital & Zaytoven @ The Lively



5/02 (Mon): A Conversation With Spike Lee @ SVA Theatre
5/03 (Tue): A Conversation With Glenn Branca @ Red Bull Studios
5/06 (Fri): Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner Live @ Music Hall of Willamsburg
5/07 (Sat): A Conversation With Madlib @ Grolier Club,
5/07 (Sat): The Bunker X Dekmantel @ Good Room
5/08 (Sun): Kamasi Washington, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra Arkestra @ Location TBA



5/10 (Tue), 5/12 (Thu): Diamanda Galas @ Former St. Thomas the Apostle Church
5/12 (Thu) — 5/15 (Sun): Mark Pritchard X Jonathan Zawada, Under the Sun A/V Installation @ Red Bull Studios
5/13 (Fri): FREESTYLE!!! Jellybean Benitez, Louie Vega, + Live Guests @ Capitale
5/14 (Sat): Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
5/14 (Sat): Technopolis: Galcher Lustwerk, Anthony Naples, Umfang & more @ 592 Johnson Ave



5/16 (Mon): Glenn Branca’s Symphonies @ Masonic Hall
5/18 (Wed) — 5/19 (Thu): Anohi Presents: Hopelessness @ Park Avenue Armory
5/20 (Fri): Non: Legacy Systems @ New Museum
5/20 (Fri): Inter-zone: Non vs N.A.A.F.I: Elysia Crampton, Rabit & More @ Tropical 128
5/21 (Sat): Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Revisited @ TBA
5/22 (Sun): Last Night a DJ Saved My Soul @ 257 Washington Avenue





With a love of dance music stemming from countless years of dance lessons and bass-thumping car rides with her music-obsessed father, Sarah Ribeiro is a Hartford-raised music addict who moved to Boston in the pursuit of a supportive and open nightlife scene. A passion for learning and a willingness to grow has pulled her out of her trancehead sphere and exposed her to a crazy variety of music and introduced her to some of the most amazing people (and events) Boston has to offer. A writer and social mediac, her main interests are music, literature, technology, art, and her first love: the city of Boston.