Friday, July 31, 2015

Rock's Coolest Uncle, and Bhangra Beat Mob

A fantastically cool video's been making the rounds of the social web this week, as 1,000 Italians got together to record a cover of the Foo Fighters' 'Learn to Fly' in hopes of enticing Dave Grohl, et al, to come to their town to play.

If you haven't seen it, check it out:



It reminded me, actually, of a similar performance pulled off just over a year ago in Brooklyn. In honor of the annual Make Music New York festival, NPR Music commissioned a piece by Sunny Jain, leader of the awesome bhangra-funk combo Red Baraat. And asked volunteer musicians of all kinds to learn the piece and show up at the Brooklyn Public Library to play the world premiere live.

As with 'Learn to Fly', the results are enough to put a smile on your face and a hop - or in this case, a funky beat - in your step:



People, on occasion, are pretty damn awesome.

(And as an aside, if you don't know Red Baraat, go and listen to some of their stuff. My gift to your ears.)

19 comments:

Danimal said...

So the Danimal clan rented an ("that there Clark is an...") RV for a long weekend, drove that bitch down to Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral and made it in one piece despite a couple of close calls with sure death. It's a big'n.....
Heading to NASA shortly. About 12 hours in. Thinking this will be post worthy by the time said and done.

T.J. said...

pics of Family Truckster needed, pls

zman said...

Gotta love the tambourine player's chutzpah. I imagine she said to herself "I don't really know how to play an instrument, but I'm cute enough in a geek chic/theater chick/hipster sort of way that I deserve to stand front and center, tapping a tambourine on each major beat."

Mark said...

You're not too far from me, Danimal. I'd be happy to furnish you with some bar/restaurant recs if needed.

Mark said...

This is a true hero: http://deadsp.in/BYIcYM9

rob said...

flynnfest golf outing today included a mandatory slip & slide at the 14th hole. best golf gimmick ever.

rob said...

pour some out for roddy piper, rowdy no more.

TR said...

This is a case for inspector Danimal:

http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2015/07/someone-has-been-pooping-in-th.html

Drive that RV to Norway!

Danimal said...

You're the 2nd person to send that to me this week. What a wily chick.

Danimal said...

Dining options Mark? I think not. Right here grilling burgers on next to the mobile casa.
Kennedy Space Center is a 2 thumber.

Dave said...

why was zman up at 2 AM last night contemplating filthy plurals?

TR said...

Sipping scotch at Bowery Ballroom before Cayucas comes on. Average age here is 22. Psyched to be back at my all-time favorite music venue.

zman said...

LOLMets continues.

Mark said...

TR clearly didn't read the link I posted at 2:12. Danimal either. /sigh

rob said...

i did, mark. and it was a close call this afternoon - clarence was pretty close to doing the same thing on a course in maryland. he settled on taking a nap in a golf cart, instead. clarence!

rob said...

dave grohl has told the good people of cesena that he will be coming to see them. dave grohl is the best.

Danimal said...

Yeah, missed that Mark. It's a laziness thing.
It's an impressive streak. Course must not be too motivated to catch the guy which is a bit of a head scratcher.

TR said...

I did copy and paste your link, Marky Mark! It was so amusing that I told my wife about it when we were eating chocolate mousse pre-concert. I then attempted to find that story on-line for her (b/c we both dig scat), totally forgetting how I first found the link.

Wife goes to freshen up and I half-drunkenly decide you all NEEDED to see this, again whiffing on who showed it to me.

So that's that. In other news, Cayucas live sucked a lot. Zero energy. Crowd started talking over the band after they refused to even pretend like they wanted to be there. You're in NYC on a Friday night, gents. Find a fuck to give.

Hi Gheorghies?

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