Rockin’ Out with Bronx Underground

Just before the torrential rains, we met the Bronx Underground street team at the Bronx Week Food and Arts Festival on Sunday. These kids were pumped about their music — their music homegrown right here in the Bronx. Who knew such a devoted core of Indie Rock fans existed here?
Bronx Underground is not a band, but a collective that produces concerts in neighborhood venues featuring mostly unsigned and alternative bands from the Bronx. And founder Anita Colby told us that their concerts are for all-ages, where tween and teen fans can enjoy live music in an alcohol and drug free environment.
We liked that. We liked that a lot and promised to bring our Favorite 14 yo, whose iPod is filled with Tokio Hotel downloads, to one of their shows.
They gave us a handful of flyers, including one for the 21 and over concerts.
Check it out.

Ripe Blackberries on the River Bronx

The Bronx River Art Center building is not an unmarked nor a low building, yet it is often overlooked and unnoticed by passers by, even those stopping to pluck ripe blackberries from the trees in front. It’s a four story brick warehouse along side the Bronx River. Situated in between a 24-hour car wash and a Twin Donut, BRAC has quickly become my local haven. This week only, the gallery is featuring works by students in the spring art classes. Paintings, ceramics, photographs and film/video presentations are on exhibition by the youth and adult classes. BRAC offers a place for artists to work and for students of all ages to learn and create. They are respectful of the river and it is a central character in much of the center’s programming and classes. They sponsor outdoor concerts along the river, the youth photography classes make field trips to the river. And this summer the adult painting and drawing class will be “en plein air”. I knew nothing about the Bronx River before moving here, but have come to appreciate this valuable natural resource. But more on the river later. Don’t forget to grab a few blackberries in front.