Get ready, festival season is creeping up on us.
Before you know it, you'll be standing in a half-hour long porta-potty line wearing a flower crown– take advantage of these cozy, indoor concerts while you can.
We love music festivals more than anyone, but indoor concerts don't even have to mean small.
There's nothing small about full symphonies, towering projections, and immersive prohibition-era experiences.
So check out this innovative transformation of your stuffy AF classical music experience with this month's first-ever Symphonic Storyboards.
Yup. March 21st & 22nd at Jazz at Lincoln Center, you'll get to catch some of your favorite (read: even if you can't name your favorite, you're likely to recognize these pieces once they hit your ears) classical masterpieces set to the creation of dynamic projections and short films.
They chose the winners from a pool of over 130 filmmakers from 30 countries, and narrowed down three to showcase their work during the two Richard Wagner overtures of the show. You can check out the trailers.
Besides Wagner (Tannhauser Overture and The Flying Dutchman Overture), arrangements include excerpts from Aida, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Nabucco, and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, and Scheherezade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Verdi's work will be accompanied by a chorus, while Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade will come to life in a film by Daniel Brodie, who has worked with Kanye West.
As for the rest of the month? Read on.
Intrigued? Kind of? Check 'em out:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (March 11th)
Wands out, Potterheads! As if Hedwig's Theme doesn't make us all tear up a li'l bit, experience the magic from the beginning at this unique concert experience.
The first movie of the Harry Potter series will be projected on an HD 40-foot screen, synchronized with a live symphony.
2. Amateur Night at the Apollo (March 15th)
Have you ever looked at Simon Cowell on American Idol and thought "This might be my calling?" Well, join one of the toughest audiences in the world in Harlem, for one of NYC's most popular live music experiences.
You'll have the power to choose the grand prize winner, and whether the young talent has the potential to be the next Ella Fitzgerald or James Brown or Michael Jackson! And also the power to dash their dreams against the rocks. Muahahahahahaa! Uh. We'll tone it down.
3. I Love the '90s With the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air (March 17th)
Le Poisson Rouge puts on the best throwback nights, in our totally unbiased opinion. The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air, an NYC-based group of 6 musicians, serve up '90s hits every Friday night, so there are plenty of other dates for you to check them out.
Flannel is probably optional, but we feel like you should wear it anyway.
4. Juilliard Jazz Brunch (March 19th)
The Juilliard School's Jazz Studies Department is one of the most selective programs in the world, and their alumni continue to play at NYC's most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center and Dizzy's Club.
Blue Note's brunch menu includes your favorite classics like Eggs Benedict, homestyle pancakes, and corned beef hash, or you could try their Sole Florentine, or shrimp & avocado sandwich.
5. Symphonic Storyboards (March 21st & 22nd)
Symphonic Storyboards is a completely unique, immersive musical experience –one that blurs the lines separating a traditional concert experience from a film festival — that you have four different opportunities to catch this Spring.
March 21st & 22nd you can catch classical symphonic masterpieces fused with dramatic light projections, and winning short films from the world's first orchestral film competition. They'll be setting up shop at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The idea is essentially making the film for the score; creating the visual around the musical which is pretty dope in theory, but probably amazing in person, so get your tickets!
6. NYC Craft Distillers Festival (March 25th)
... Are we sneaking a tasting event into a list of concerts? Yes. BUT ONLY BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU.
BUT, we really are suckers for a speakeasy experience, which this fest delivers. You get samples of over 60 spirits, all while groovin' to a 1920's style jazz band.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]