Andrew WK & Mike Diamond (Beastie Boys) Run Community Guitar Jam in NYC

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Andrew WKOn 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.

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.

LOCATION:  74 Warren Street (Btwn West Boardway & Greenwich Street)