Local Snub to the downtown all-community band!?!
Tom Goodkind, conductor of our favorite local marching band, the TriBattery Pops, tells us the powers that be at the M.T.A. won’t let them play the classic Billy Strayhorn tune — made famous by Strayhorn’s musical mentor and collaborator, Duke Ellington — at the grand opening of the Fulton Center subway station next Thursday.
Goodkind said Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver’s office has been helpful making the case for the Downtown band to play for free, but the idea remains stuck in the station.
Naturally, he does not have good or kind feelings toward the snubbing authority, particularly after rehearsing the song for six months.
“The Pops officially at this moment think their new station looks like a small office building in Cleveland,” Goodkind wrote us. “If they ever need to keep a non-corrupt set of books, don’t count on this C.P.A.!”
Jun 20 2014
Catch the Pops at Irving Plaza on June 9, sharing the stage with Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Ringo Deathstarr. This gig is a must-see!
Get your tickets here: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/00004C6EE4D0A39E
Jun 02 2014
The all volunteer neighborhood band – who are continuing their great 11th Season of TOOTING at both the Taste of Tribeca this Saturday and the Spring Planting at TriBeCa’s Bogardus Viewing Gardens this Sunday – will be featured on NPR on Monday, May 19th at 11am! on KRTS 93.5FM Marfa, Texas!
Marfa is the TriBeCa of the West – great pop art, falafel, and NPR in the cowboy desert.
Tune in on the radio, or drop in on one of our gigs! See our 2014 Tour Dates here.
May 13 2014
The TriBattery Pops is New York City’s first all-volunteer citizens’ band in a century! We’re the best because we’re the Pops!
We play classics from Sousa to Gaga, and all Pops shows feature Suellen Epstein’s children’s tumbling stiltwalkers!
The Pops will make you happy!
Get tour T-shirts, memorabilia, and more fun Pops merchandise at the Pops Shop!
You can also find us on iTunes
NYTimes Reviews the Pops’ Collaboration with Trisha Brown Dance at Dance Theater Workshop
Village Voice: Trisha Brown meets the Pops at Foray/Forêt
Strike Up the Band: TriBattery Pops Puncture Dour Mood at CB1 Meeting
The Triumph of Pops Culture: Lower Manhattan’s Own Ensemble Reaches for Big Brass Ring
Community Band Seeks Players Who Toot Their Own Horn
Gilmore Girls and the Pops
“Talk at Ten” on Marfa Public Radio