After Hours, Nomi Ruiz at BB Kings!
As part of Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery’s After Hours series, singer-songwriter-producer Nomi Ruiz performs songs from her new album Borough Gypsy, live for the first time:
Thursday, May 9, 2013
AT BB KINGS BLUES CLUB!!!*
RSVP required - SOLD OUT!
Doors open at 10pm
* Originally scheduled for the Liberty Theater (through Famous Daves) on West 42nd Streei, that venue was suddenly closed by the police just hours before show time (no fault of ours). Some fabulous friends and good spirits in the club community found a way to make this happen at BB King's. Our thanks to all and specially the heroic Nomi, who put on a most memorable and inspirational concert with her band.
Nomi Ruiz’s sophomore solo release, Borough Gypsy, is a lo-fi cassette tape trip down memory lane. Using the grit of 90’s Hip Hop combined with R&B and acoustic folk elements, Ruiz relives intimate moments of her life growing up in Brooklyn through song. Topped with her somber vocal arrangements as well as catty alter-ego rhymes, Ruiz weaves the tale of an urban gypsy who wheels and deals in sex, love, drugs, and darkness.
Ruiz’s performance features self-directed video portraits, as well as costumes and set choreography inspired by the gritty, sexy, and transient nature of life in New York City. Borough Gypsy, an album 10 years in the making, was completed during Ruiz’s two month residency at the Clocktower Gallery.
To RSVP for this event find more information here.
Video Muse Portraits directed by Nomi Ruiz
(in order of appearance)
Gabriel Magdalena & Lillian Montes
00:12 - Scarred feat. MC Apollonia
04:08 - Thug
06:39 - Life or C.R.E.A.M. feat. ILL BILL
11:43 - Maybe She Suspects (produced by Goersch)
16:07 - Burn All These Bones feat. Tea Cake
21:43 - Before The Words (produced by Joe Pascarell)
26:23 - Borough Gypsy
31:04 - Saunder Jurriaans Interlude
31:24 - Vintage Velvet Eyes (produced by Gregor Lehrl)
34:13 - Brotherhood feat. MC Apollonia
37:04 - Pray Away The Pain feat. Sierra Casady & Ramona Ruiz
'Borough Gypsy' Mixtape available for free download May 14th from Clocktower Radio.
After Hours brings experimental, multimedia programming to select, distinctive venues around Times Square on a monthly basis, and the Liberty Theater is as distinctive as it gets. The historic and newly renovated facility, which was originally built in 1904, still showcases all of the original architectural details. Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director, says: “Imagine walking down 42nd Street, through a BBQ joint, and into this historic theater—it’s like entering a time warp. The Liberty Theater evokes old Times Square, and Nomi Ruiz is the perfect performer for the space. She, too, takes me back to another time—disco divas of the Studio 54 era come to mind— while embracing the music of today such as Nu-disco and Hip Hop, and creating her own sound. The space and the artist merge together in a unique and exciting way, a perfect combination for Times Square.”
After Hours is a collaboration between Times Square Arts, the public arts program of the Times Square Alliance, and the Clocktower Gallery, the legendary alternative art space. The program is curated by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director, and Joe Ahearn, Clocktower Curator of Performance and Installation, in collaboration with the Clocktower curatorial team, Beatrice Johnson, Jim Toth, and Tim Goossens.
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