Scenes From CMJ at Fontana’s

Desert Sharks, winner of our CMJ Open Call Contest 2011 - photo by thelodownny.com

It was a fun night at Fontana’s on Tuesday. We kicked off the CMJ Music Festival with a Lower East Side-centric event featuring four very talented bands.  Here are some shots from the evening.

Good Morning!

Chrystie and Rivington, Oct. 2011 - photo by Roey Ahram

It will be partly cloudy today with the temperature nearing 70℉. We are very excited about our CMJ Music showcase at Fontana’s tonight.  Our eclectic group of musicians all have ties to the Lower East Side. It’s going to be a lot of fun so be sure to join us – there will be great snacks and drink specials all night long. Check out our Calendar for more activities in the neighborhood and add your own local events, as well.

The Lo-Down Presents: CMJ Showcase at Fontana’s

Saadi, "Bad Seeds" (The Soundmen Remix); Redbud Records.

We’re getting excited for The Lo-Down’s CMJ Showcase at Fontana’s October 18th — and you’re all invited!  We’ll be kicking off the annual music festival with a great Lower East Side-centric evening curated by Ken Beasley, TLD’s music editor.  One of the things we’re passionate about is supporting this neighborhood’s amazing creative community. Our CMJ Showcase is a great opportunity to celebrate their artistic contributions.  Here’s the lineup:

Just this week, IFC called LES resident Boshra al Saadi an “indie electro goddess.” A CMJ veteran, this Syrian-born singer-songwriter has been part of the downtown music scene for 15 years — since she was 17. The eccentric, experimental artist says her diverse influences include: Bob Dylan, classic 80′s synth pop, traditional Arabic music, punk rock, Nigerian music and Brian Eno.  Check out Saadi’s new video – “Bad Seeds” (The Soundmen Remix).

Open Call For The Lo-Down’s CMJ Showcase at Fontana’s, Oct. 18th!

The Lo-Down is teaming up with Fontana’s on Eldridge Street to put on an October CMJ concert showing off the best of what the Lower East Side has to offer.

The Lower East Side has always been a fountain of musical talent. From Irving Berlin to The Velvet Underground to Lady Gaga — our neighborhood has inspired songs like Suzanne Vega’s “Ludlow Street” and “The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side” by The Magnetic Fields.