Teams Up With Alicia Keys To Fight The Global AIDS Pandemic

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On Thursday, March 9th 2006, Cityzen Entertainment Inc. and the Keep A Child Alive Foundation team up to raise awareness for the plight of AIDS in Africa. Celebrating their second year as the web's fastest growing music news portal, The Culture + Industry Magazine presents a night of unsigned bands and underground sounds. Representatives from KCA will be on hand to present materials and spread the word, while both Cityzen and KCA have dug into the vaults to offer tremendous prizes from the entertainmnet world's greatest in a charity raffle.

Cityzen Entertainment Inc. Presents:

The Second Anniversary Showcase

Thursday, March 9th 2006 @ Happy Valley (14 E. 27th St. NYC)

Featuring R.Star & Valeze

My, how the time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were fresh faced and starry eyed, taking our first tentative steps out into this crazy world. Now that the dew has finally dried and we’ve got our legs under us, we’re already hitting the Terrible Twos. And as everyone knows, no two-year-old should go without a bitchin’ birthday party. While we may not have creepy clowns or a sad pony, we have put together one hell of a celebratory bash. We’ve got an amazing roster of up-and-coming New York talent for your entertainment, and while your ears are getting the good stuff, you can help out an amazing AIDS charity.

Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Foundation has come on board to raise awareness for their cause. Sponsored by Bono, Rod Stewart, Dave Matthews and other music luminaries, Keep A Child Alive is dedicated to providing AIDS medication and education to those around the world lacking easy access to these basic necessities in the fight against the epidemic. Please show your support by attending this event and checking out what they’ve got to say.

A raffle featuring autographed memorabilia from the likes of Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys and more will be available to raise funds; so please reach into your pocket for $1, and help save the life of a child in need. Donations of any level will be accepted at the Keep A Child Alive table, and all the procedes from T-Shirt Sales ($35- will go to KCA.

And, maybe it was through some random astrological alignment of the stars and the planets, but artist Jermiane Rogers, known for his work with Radiohead, The Mars Volta, David Bowie and others has provided an astounding poster for us. Copies will be available for $5 at the merch table, as well as a few of signed/numbered silk-screen prints from the limited run of 200 ($60). Advance ticket holders will be entered into a raffle to win a special signed / numbered, silk-screened copy signed by every band on the bill. Another silk-screen with signatures has been donated by Cityzen to the Keep A Child Alive Foundation for the charity raffle. Again, please support this fantastic cause.

Ryan Star, former frontman of Stage and pianoman/ acoustic slinger, will be bringing his intense, introspective aural poetry to the stage. Just named as the 2006/7 Keep A Child Alive Tour Headliner, R.Star lends his talented hand to AK's charity at the showcase. Coming off a sold out show at Joe’s Pub that garnered attention from XM Satellite Radio, Newsday, and more, his music has been described as “a heartfelt menagerie of rock, soul, and piano.” Try not to be moved. We dare you. Have a look at The Cityzen Exclusive Article Songs From The Eye of an Elephant for more insights. Also visit

Taking their cues from such seventies superstars as Blondie and the Clash, this party band brings the rocks and keeps it rolling. Always out for a good time, Valeze are sure to get you movin’ and groovin’. Kicking off the late night dance and debauchery with their 1am set, Valeze is sure to get you in the mood for some hard boogying and body shaking. Check out Cityzen's exclusive interview with lead singer Tiffany Randol entitled Less Searching, More Destroying. Also visit

If Fiona Apple and Tori Amos had a Muse, it would be The Midnight Show. Their witty style and playful lyrics underlie an arresting, haunting melodiousness. See them now before they become too big for you. Follow the link for more on The Midnight Show:

Queens’ own Cousin “blends smooth R&B style with lo-fi basement rock,” according to Time Out NY. Citing Curtis Mayfield, Steely Dan and Big Star as influences, their jazzy indie-rock genre mashup should be quite memorable. Go to for more.

It just ain’t a party unless someone brings the horns and congas. Thankfully, we’ve got Hyjinx for that, kicking off the show at 8:00pm. Self-described as “hardest groovin’, Latin rockin’, ska funkiest horn band you’ll ever see,” there’s not much more I could say about them to do their amazing sound justice. Well, other than the fact that they have been invited to perform with George Clinton & The Parliment Funkadelik just a few days after the Showcase. Click on for further info.

Out of Brooklyn, we’ve got Feeldriver, Mercury Landing, and Explorer rocking the Annex Stage downstairs. While they all may hail from the same borough, they’ll each be bringing their own fire and flame to the stage. From Brit psychedelia to jam happiness to moody hard rock, these groups are sure to hit every part of your discerning palette. Cityzen's own Corey J. Feldman, Carlos FM and Luis Soler appear in Mercury Landing, Explorer and Feeldriver respectively. Check them out online at:

Mercury Landing-

Our very own Associate Editor Paul Wenzel, who has not rocked the mic in NYC for quite some time, will be appearing as the special guest headliner on the Annex Stage. Paul's infectious blend of raw pop/rock will be on display for all the ladies with weak knees.

As if that was not enough, DJs Ultra V and Omega keep things lively between and after the acts in the main space, while audiophile and Cityzen Contributor DJ Derek Milman spins the Annex.

Remember, it’s our birthday, and we’ll cry if we want to -- but with such a fantastic party planned, we don’t see that happening. Meet us at Happy Valley, 14 E. 27th Street in New York for this celebration starting at 8pm. Party hats are optional. Don’t forget to hit up Ticketweb ( for discounted advance tickets and a chance to win original poster art by Jermaine Rogers.

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