Well hello there fellow kilSters!! It’s been too long and there’s a lot to fill you in on. Firstly, kilScene just had its interview with producer/engineer extraordinaire Mr. Jay Messina!! Jay Messina is the guy who’s engineered albums for acts like Aerosmith, John Lennon, and KISS just to name a few, so look out for our interview with Jay Messina coming soon!
I don’t know what’s happened lately, but the county of Kings, that’s right, Brooklyn, has exploded with its influx of talent coming out of the woodwork. Brooklyn was first put on the map of Musical Mecca thanks in large part to Williamsburg and their burgeoning community over there. I’ve come to find out that MTV will be hosting there annual video music awards show (MTV still plays music videos? That’s news to me) at The House That Jay-Z Built, the Barclay Center on August 25th. Aside from the VMA’s, Brooklyn has The Brooklyn Music Festival 2013 to look forward to. The bill for the festival is as follows: Nina Sky, Love Funk, Anaka, Charlotte Sometimes (Do you think she’s a Cure fan??), Kagero, Watermelon and The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. Nina Sky came into prominence in 2004 with their smash hit single, “Move Ya Body” and they’ve only gotten better as the years have worn on. Love Funk is a disco/funk infused group that loves a good party and that’s what their music is, party music for the masses. Anaka is a Brooklyn-based heavy metal group that will melt the faces of all in attendance with their blistering brand of metal. As stated on the Brooklyn Music Festival’s official site, Charlotte Sometimes was featured on VH1’s You Oughta Know feature in 2008 and she was also named in “100 Bands You Need To Know” by Alternative Press Magazine, and with endorsements like that, how can you go wrong? How can I explain Kagero? Drunken, wandering this way and that-type of troubadours. Watermelon are a “…and the kitchen sink” kind of band; infusing funk rock with tones of hip hop, yes folks, there really is something for everyone where it concerns Watermelon. Finally, The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, does away with the standard and instead melds new flavor to the contemporary hit parade. The Brooklyn Music Festival is taking place on August 24th at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. You can purchase tickets for the Brooklyn Music Festival right here.
Also if you crave your music just a little bit more gritty, also taking place from August 24th-25th at the Commodore Barry Park, feel free to check out the line-up for the 2013 Afropunk Fest. Chuck D and ?uestlove will be in attendance at this year’s Afropunk Fest, need I say more? How’s this, you can sign up for an RSVP which will grant you FREE Admission to the festival. You can sign up for your RSVP right here. If you are not lucky enough to get an RSVP to the festival, fear not, there is a SUGGESTED price of $25.00 to enter the festival. I know, right? So many festivals, so little time. It’s an exciting time for music my fellow Brooklynites, don’t you agree?