James Blake to play at the American Museum of Natural History
This Friday, May 10 James Blake will be performing a DJ set at the One Step Beyond party series at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. This series gives music lovers the unique opportunity to experience quality music inside the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The series boasts of bringing in the, “biggest names in techno, electronica, hip-hop, and indie rock,” and that’s no lie: over the last several years, the series has brought in artists such as Foster the People, Animal Collective, RJD2, Moby, and even Kanye West in 2008.
This Friday will follow suit with that all star history with artist James Blake. Blake is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter who has performed his soulful and very unique music around the globe. Blake produces music that can be very experimental, creating a very different sound that what one typically thinks of when they hear that someone is an “electronic music producer.” Blake also performs live vocal which will reverberate deep into your soul: his voice creates the sensation that you are in a massive cathedral and you are hearing the echoing voice of a monk singing the gospel. It truly is like no other sound. Blake’s most recent album Overgrown has been getting international attention for this very reason.
The set on Friday will be a DJ set, so it will be different from his live show, but you can still expect to feel his experimental side in his music selection. In a recent interview with Brightest Young Things, Blake gave some insight as to what to expect exactly with his DJ set this Friday:
I will definitely play some MJ Cole… then some early 2006 dub-step… some gospel, because I just bought a load of records in Detroit and maybe some of the new Mount Kimbie music. They’re doing a new album and it’s an incredible album, so I might pack one of those tunes in there as well.
Guests can also enjoy the Hayden Big Bang Theater, located in the lower part of the Hayden Sphere, which features a dynamic multi-media presentation, narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, that takes visitors on a thrilling four-minute trip from Earth to the edge of the visible universe. Each ticket also includes one pass to the Museum for future use. Since I love the Museum, this is definitely a big plus! Purchase tickets here.
Can’t make it this Friday but want the opportunity to check out a cool show in the world-famous American Museum of Natural History? Well, you’re in luck: there will be one more show in the series on June 7 with a DJ set by headliner Q-Tip, Nickodemus, and DJ Eleven.