Royal Khaoz stands as a unit whose sole purpose is to bring an energetic vibe through music. The unit as a band, has evolved over the years they have been together, and now believe they are what, and whom they started out to be. With all members native to Jamaica, Royal Khaoz presents their music in the form of fusion – hence, Reggae Fusion. With frontman Bama as the lead vocalist, solid drum and bass and a steady rhythm section, the band possesses the ability to represent reggae in its truest form, while tastefully apply their own twist to its traditional and conventional forms.
Formed since 2010 out of New York City, Royal Khaoz have had the opportunity of sharing the stage with renown legends of the trade gaining the respect of ones they grew up emulating with musical reverence. They also have played well-known stages along the East and West coast; and have been featured on the Bowery scene. Royal Khaoz has been a part of great showcases throughout New York City and the greater Hudson Valley region, heading local bills and working with renown promoters. Their debut album. “Life: The Journey”, was released in 2012, an EP called “Release the Pressure” in 2016 and they anticipate more music to be released later this year.
Yonkers philharmonic orchestra
In 1962 the late Pasquale A. Pistone founded the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra with the encouragement and enthusiasm of members of the former Yonkers Symphony Orchestra, which Maestro Pistone had conducted for the previous two years. After incorporating, the orchestra received financial support from Local 38 of the American Federation of Musicians. In 1962, Dr. Kathleen A. Pistone founded Fine Arts Orchestral Society (FAOS). The founder, the musicians, their families, and a small nucleus of charter members kept the music playing by raising funds through a variety of social events. Since the orchestra did not have rehearsal facilities Msgr. Novajovsky of the Most Holy Trinity R.C. Church, a musician himself, graciously offered the orchestra to rehearse and perform in the church hall.
Maestro Jerome Sala was named conductor and music director of the orchestra in 1972. He was honored in Yonkers’ City Hall. He remained in this position until his death in 2001. In 1987, under the aegis of Mr. Sala, members of the orchestra initiated a special program in collaboration with the Yonkers Public schools. Musicians from the orchestra became mentors for students in the Enrico Fermi School for Performing Arts and Emerson Middle School. They encouraged student participation in the study of music. The program was temporarily discontinued when FAOS could no longer fund it, but has been reinstated with the help of ArtsWestchester and other sponsors.
FAOS leads the way in providing free live symphonic concerts to residents of Yonkers, and its surrounding communities.
Born in Westchester, NY, singer-songwriter/guitarist Jonny Parks is an artist of mixed genres. Having shown an interest in music at the early age of 8 by owning a keyboard and a harmonica, Jonny Parks has become a multi-instrumentalist who works on mastering his craft and broadening his musical horizons. Starting classical guitar at 16 and singing by 19, Parks incorporates sounds of Soul, Jazz, R&B and Blues into his repertoire of sound.
With the release of three EPs (Room 327, Drugfall and Sidekick Stories) and his first album underway, Jonny Parks is steadily gaining popularity throughout NYC with performances in venues such as: Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Desmond’s Tavern, Pianos, Amateur Night at the Apollo and more. Parks is currently a literature major at SUNY Purchase who uses storytelling lyrics and unique narrative on his original songs as well as interpreted covers about love, addiction, and music. Jonny Parks was also featured in Relix Magazine’s July/August 2015 CD Sampler featuring Grateful Dead.
Renee Goust is a New York City-based singer-songwriter who made headlines around the world when her feminist anthem "La Cumbia Feminazi" went viral in 2016. Her sound is driven, personable and culturally diverse. Renee is bicultural, having grown up between two countries crossing the border daily between Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona to go to school and back home.
Raised bilingual, Renee quickly developed an interest in learning foreign languages while studying classical vocal performance in Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently writes music in English, Spanish, French and Italian..
Since 2007, Renee has lived and performed in NYC. Following her debut EP, “Septiembre”, released in 2017, Renee is now promoting singles from her sophomore EP titled “Sad on Saturday”. This new collection of music combines elements of soulful pop, rock, and folk. Its confessional lyrics open up on the hardships of overcoming rejection and walking the road from self-harm to self-love.
westchester fashion week
Westchester Fashion Week is a series of showcases featuring local Fashion Designers, Boutiques and Industry Professionals. Events will include Runway Shows, Vendors, Exhibits and an opening Networking/Media Reception. These shows/events will be open to the General Public, Buyers and Media Professionals. The scheduled events will highlight Westchester's diverse Culture and Communities.