The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.

col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

Lettuce @ Stage 48

It's always a promising night getting to see a Brooklyn-based super-group, Lettuce; Especially when they're playing in their home city of New York. This past Wednesday the band played at Stage 48, a newer venue located in Hells Kitchen. They performed a special tribute set to the "Godfather of Soul", covering some of James Browns' biggest hits! Although it was a week-night, the venue was packed to capacity and quickly sold-out. Lettuce always shows love to New York and New York always shows love to Lettuce. They were introduced by former New York Knicks player John Starks, who called them the "funkiest band in the world". The band wasted no time and opened up with the funk classic 'Hot Pants Road' - Their musicianship was incredibly astonishing. One song after another, they remained tight and hit every note. Nigel Hall was absolutely astonishing as James Brown, he put everything he had into playing the part. The second-set was filled to the brim with songs from the Lettuce discography, from hip-hop to jazz. The crowd response was great - everybody was dancing; It didn't matter if you were twenty-five or fifty-five.  Lettuce is one band that truly epitomizes that New York feel, their music is soulful and they aren't afraid to experiment. Wednesday night was a prime example of why in fact they are world-class musicians; Not many bands can play James Brown and actually sound like James Brown.

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