Sakura Dance by Akim Funk Buddha
Primavera DJ set by Yemanjo, with live musical accompaniment
And arrive early for V I B E with Josh Geisler & Dan Kurfirst, 5-7 PM at the Alchemy Bar.
City of the Sun
New York's City of the Sun is a genre-bending acoustic trio whose sound combines their love of indie rock, flamenco, and gypsy jazz. Formed around 2010 by guitarist John Pita, City of the Sun also features the talents of guitarist Avi Snow and percussionist Zach Para. Having honed their sound busking on the streets of New York City, the group first gained wider attention after playing a 2013 TED conference. A year later, they released the EP Live at the Factory.
A second EP followed and the group signed with Chesky Records. In 2016, City of the Sun released their debut full-length album, To the Sun and All the Cities in Between, which debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
Urban-legendary hip-hop performer, dancer, and teacher Akim Funk Buddha is one of five American artists to win a US / Japan Creative Artists' Program grant for a three-month residency / cultural exchange in Japan. The grant is awarded by the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Akim is a multi-faceted performance artist with talents ranging from high-energy Classic Hip Hop rhymes, beat-boxing and Mongolian throat-singing, to body-balancing, martial arts, tap dance, and circus arts. Akim creates borderless performance art fusing sounds and movements. He is known for his holistic approach to hip-hop, drawing from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines.
Akim's exceptional stage productions transcend borders and has been featured at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Central Park SummerStage, Blue Note, the Whitney Museum (VH1 Hip-Hop Honors), Lincoln Center Outdoors, Joe's Pub, La MaMa Theater & the Rubin Museum. His shows are featured annually at BAMCaf Live.
He won the award for Best Choreography in New York's Fringe Festival for his work on the musical "Average Asian American. Akim has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Sesame Street, and can be seen as an M.C. in the award-winning Documentary FreeStyle - The Art of Rhyme.
Yemanjo is a project of DJ, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harris in collaboration with some of the best producers in global electronic music today, including Thornato, Lagartijeando, Srikala, Biomigrant, Scott Nice. Yemanjo makes "Medicine Music for the 21st century", writing original songs influenced by shamanic South American sounds, various Afro-Latin rhythms and electronic beats; he spins the sonic universe of Latin America into something completely his own.
Yemanjo's live show is an infectious and uplifting experience combining DJ beat science with live trumpet and vocals in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
V I B E: Josh Geisler & Dan Kurfist
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sakura Dance performance by Akim Funk Buddha
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Featured performance by City of the Sun
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Prima Vera DJ set with live accompaniment by Yemanjo