DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2006, Rain or Shine (indoor locations will be provided for all activities in the event of rain)
TIME: 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden/ 1000 Washington Avenue
New York's hottest fall tradition is sizzling in September... where the grooves are smoking, the chile peppers are scorching, and the dancers are calling for water! It's like a big Brooklyn block party fired up with "Chilehead" attitude. Only Brooklyn Botanic Garden could host such a diverse homage to the chile pepper with sizzling musical and dance performances, spicy culinary demonstrations, tantalizing exhibits, and workshops from chile-loving regions around the world. Get a taste of the Chilehead lifestyle and see why chiles are all the rage from Brooklyn to Bombay!
Alms for Shanti -Having opened for Jethro Tull in Bombay, this Indo-rock'n'funk band mixes their hip and satirical lyrics with a dose of traditional Indian rhythms and melodies. Band leaders Uday Benegal and Jayesh Gandhi were founders of the MTV award-winning Indian rock band Indus Creed.
Akoya Afrobeat - This high octane 13 piece ensemble delivers funky Afropop rhythms that promise to get audiences on their feet. The group features front man Kaleta who performed extensively with legendary African artists Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade.
Lost Bayou Ramblers - Back at the Chile Pepper Fiesta by popular demand, this scorching band from Lafayette, Louisiana are considered by many to be the keepers of the flame of Cajun music's cultural past. The performance will open with an authentic Cajun two-step dance lesson.
Mariachi Academy of New York - The adorable students - ages eight to 17 serve up a set of scorching traditional Mexican music. The mariachi - a hundred-year tradition - has been widely considered the quintessential Mexican folk-derived musical ensemble. Its components include passionate vocals and a full chorus of flowing violins, complemented by the guitar--a high-pitched, round-backed guitar called the "vihuela" and a deep-voiced bass guitar called the "guitarr—n."The Mariachi Academy of New York is the first school on the East Coast dedicated to educating young girls and boys in a celebrated and cherished musical tradition of Mexico. Presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute
Pistolera - Firing a round of Mexican "rock-folklorico" with red-hot attitude to spare! Drawing from traditional styles of Mexican music the electrifying quartet features the Spanish lyric songs of vocalist and guitarist Sandra Lilia Vel‡squez, the driving accordion melodies of Maria Elena, and the unbeatable rhythm section of bassist Inca B. Satz and drummer Ani Cordero.
Robbins and Ringold - In between acts on the Main Stage this duo of preeminent sideshow and circus masters promises to fire up audiences with chile pepper juggling, fire eating, and other daring acts of flame.
Solade - This smoking female vocalist and trumpeter blends reggae, jazz, and Brazilian rhythms (think Norah Jones with the soul of Bob Marley and the vision of Miles Davis). The New York Times called her playing, "streamlined and lyrical".
Ballet Folklorico Perœ - Vibrant and colorful traditional dance from the Andes
The Chile Goddess - The owner of chileplants.com, the world's largest selection of chile and sweet pepper plants and one of the countries leading chile pepper experts returns to answer all of your urban chile pepper gardening questions.
The Chile Gift Express will have gourmet chile foods, chile-inspired gifts, and organically grown plants.