However, these artists are exceptionally above average; their music and performance chops are impeccable, and their diligence and business savvy are just as impressive.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 10, 2010
When thinking of a blind musician, we imagine an African-American male with dark glasses on a piano singing R&B, and though Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles have had their heyday as noteworthy, superb blind musicians in the past, a new wave of modern, hardworking, extremely talented and diverse visually impaired musicians have materialized at the commercial level in NYC and around the globe representing everything from Singer-songwriter and Rock to Latin and Ska. Yes, blind individuals have a certain stigma within society of being dependent, feeble and inane; however, the mission of the Blind Musicians Collective is not only to empower its musicians through fellowship and networking, but to promote them through performance opportunities, and showcases, in order to dismiss misconceptions. Unlike the organizations of today who claim to aid blind individuals but are bogged down by politics disorganization and an inability to truly relate, the Collective is set forth for and complete run and supported by highly educated, hardworking, professional blind musicians in the music industry at a grassroots, realistic and synergetic level.
On March 26th BEAM will showcase some of NYC’s top talents, including the buzzing Rock Songstress, Lachi (and her all blind band) who’s recently signed a record deal with Fanatic Records (EMI/Capitol) and is showcasing at the South By South West 2010 Music Conference in Austin TX; well-established, high-energy, multigenre Latin band Los Ciegos Del Barrio who’ve recently released the successful "Por Que? Porque!" album, and the up-and-coming Ska Punk band Dreadbeat Dadz.
Some may wrongly assume that these artists are just as good as any other artists out there, yet the only difference is that they are blind. However, these artists are exceptionally above average; their music and performance chops are impeccable, and their diligence and business savvy are just as impressive. Expect a stellar, talent-filled line up at Harlem’s own Shrine Bar, popular for its rich musical showcase experiences, well-priced drinks and great food! There is no cover at the door; however, donations are highly appreciated.
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