Andrew WK and Beastie Boy on Tap for School Jam
Festival-goers will be able to help create a large-scale art installation of woven materials to celebrate the school's recent expansion AND take part in a massive, all-players-invited, Community Guitar Jam led by Church Street School dad Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys — potentially the world's largest guitar-jam ever led by a drummer! Andrew W.K., musician, entertainer, and creator/host of "Destroy, Build, Destroy", will MC the jam. Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin will officially dedicate the school's new facilities, made possible by a grant from LMDC and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
On the outdoor stage at the school, afternoon performances by students, faculty and alumni will culminate in the dedication and the Community Guitar Jam. The party continues with the New Orleans sounds of The Sugartones Brass Band.
"Come ready to create, or to bask in the creativity of downtown Manhattan! Bring your own guitar, or just come and sing!" says Church Street School Director Lisa Ecklund-Flores. "We hope everyone who comes to the festival will celebrate our 20th anniversary by adding to our community weaving installation, and grabbing a guitar to play with Mike. You can also take free 15 minute instrumental lessons, or create your own art. As always, we are devoted to offering everyone the chance to unleash their artistic and musical energy here at Church Street School."
"We are thrilled that Church Street School for Music and Art has always been an important part the Family Festival, and we are totally jazzed to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary", says Peter Downing, producer of the Family Festival Street Fair, an annual tradition of the Tribeca Film Festival.
CHURCH STREET SCHOOL'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY MAY 1 BLOCK PARTY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
11am – 5pm Open Art
Create Treasure Ships, Watercolor Books, Flags and Handmade Musical Instruments (all ages)
1 – 3pm Performances, Music Workshops, Community Weaving
Our street stage starts hopping with performances by students, faculty and alumni of the school. Sample 15 minute lessons, music and art workshops – see what we're all about! Participate in our community weaving to celebrate our newly expanded space.
3 – 4pm Community Guitar Jam
Bring your own guitar or any stringed instrument and be a part of history. If you require amplification, bring your own battery operated amp. This largest Guitar Jam ever will be led by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys, and Andrew W.K. will MC the event. All players are welcome!!!
4 – 5pm Party!
Kick up your heels to the sounds of The Sugartones Brass Band, and celebrate our 20th birthday with us!
In case of rain, festivities will take place inside the school.
Visit our website: www.churchstreetschool.org
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