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Andrew WK & Mike Diamond (Beastie Boys) Run Community Guitar Jam in NYC
On May 1, Church Street School in New York City will host a Community Weaving and Guitar Jam to celebrate two decades of art and music education in Tribeca. The day-long celebration will include face-painting, instrument-making, open-art classes, sample music lessons, and frenzy of fun in and around the school located at 74 Warren Street.
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. Andrew W.K. will help 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.
Church Street School Director Lisa Ecklund-Flores encourages everyone to bring their guitars saying:
“Come ready to create, or to bask in the creativity of downtown Manhattan! Bring your own guitar, or just come and sing! 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.”
The full itinerary for the day is below.