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FREE Music and Parties! CHIN CHIN, GUMBO, and the BEATARDS

It’s hot, stagnant, and sticky here in Brooklyn.  There’s no use beating it, so why not just indulge?  Get in the mood for some freaky, all-night dancing and soulful music events this week.  And just for you, all of ‘em are FREE.

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Tuesday August 11th 8pm – CHIN CHIN at the Prospect Park Bandshell (oh yeah, and you’ll also catch “TV on the Radio” and “Gang Gang Dance” if you stick around)

Chuck Wild from the Beatards (see Friday) turned me onto Chin Chin.  As he puts it, they’ve got this “retro-soul disco flavor with some smooth whiteboy falsetto.”  And I’m loving it.  The real reason I want to see them live though, is for their smarting brass section.  Outside.  Summer has arrived!

Prospect Park Bandshell (Inside the Park at Prospect Park West and 9th Street) [Prospect Heights/Park Slope, Brooklyn]

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Thursday August 13th 8pm – GUMBO = Gay + Dumbo + Party at Galapagos

Isn’t it about time that DUMBO has it’s first Gay Party?!  The offbeat Galapagos Art Space welcomes all guys and girls for this fun, anti-scene, night out. “Manhattanites” welcome, of course.  2-4-1 drinks from 8pm-9pm plus FREE haircuts ALL NIGHT by the Galapagos resident stylist.  Party is hosted by radio personality Ben Harvey, Matthew Kelleher & Andrew Urankar and featuring DJ Nomi (of Jessica 6 and Hercules & Love Affair!)

Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street (at Water St.) [DUMBO, Brooklyn]

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Friday August 14th 9pm – The BEATARDS at Hope Lounge

The BEATARDS – two MCs and a DJ – have been making their way through the underground hip-hop circuit as of late.  Sick rhymes, mad skills, and a healthy sense of humor, these fellows are worth falling for.  And with those big bad beats, you can’t help but fall hard.  Their newest music videos directed by Christine Turner are up here.

Hope Lounge, 10 Hope Street (b/w Robeling and Havermeyer) [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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Danielle Levanas - Bargain Soul Huntress

Danielle was raised by a pack of coyotes in the Los Angeles hills. Since arriving in NY in 2001, she has had any number of strange jobs, including back-up singing for JELVIS (the Jewish Elvis), starting the non-profit LYDIA, and writing political cabarets. A huge advocate for travel as a way of life, you can find her at the Brooklyn Public Library when her bank account is empty, fantasizing about where to head off to next.