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!?

The Disco Biscuits are Excited to Add a Chapter to The Capitol Theatre's Legacy [Preview]

The Disco Biscuits are back at it again, this time they're heading to a historic venue that they've never played before. It's geared up to be one of the band's most exciting runs in recent years. Every musician wants to play the stage of The Capitol Theatre, it's a historic landmark in the New York music scene, and has been for years. The walls are plastered with psychedelic concert posters of the 70's and the vibe is unlike any venue in the New York metro area. Owner Pete Shapiro stepped up to the plate and made sure to transform the old venue while still keeping its soul intact. Like most everything he does, he succeeded in a huge way. The Biscuits have had their eyes on the storied stage since it reopened a few years ago, and all the pieces have finally fell into place. The Disco Biscuits are heading to The Capitol Theatre on March 25th and 26th and they're bringing some old friends with them.

It's only fitting that they invited the New Deal along for the ride. A jamtronica flashback of the late nights and early mornings spent inside the legendary Wetlands Preserve. The two bands haven't played a show together in a while so there will definitely be some surprises. Like bassist Marc Brownstein said, "We felt that that if we were going to come back and play a Peter Shapiro venue, we needed to revive the Wetlands spirit of the late 90s and early 2000s. We may have recently been swayed by the nostalgia of seeing the famous 9/1-2/01 Wetlands poster featuring the Biscuits and the New Deal."

I won't be shocked if synthesizer extraordinaire Jamie Shields joins the Biscuits for a song or two. At this point, who knows what surprises the Biscuits have up their sleeves. They're in a fantastic place right now, and two nights at The Capitol Theatre is only going to add gas to the fire. From one show to the next, fans have fallen in love with their favorite band all over again. The passion has been reignited.

Photo by Chris Hooper

Photo by Chris Hooper

The band's New Year's run was exceptional, and the Fillmore run was incredible, but these shows at the Capitol Theatre are going to be phenomenal. There are few venues that match the vibe of the historic venue. From the staff to the layout, the acoustics and the old concert posters that are plastered all over the walls; they all hold a natural legacy that new venues are unable to recreate. Not only is it one of the absolute best venues in New York or the Northeast, it's one of the best venues in the entire country. The Disco Biscuits have recently proved to Pete Shapiro that they deserve to play on that stage, not one night but two! The shows have gotten a great response, Saturday is sold out and Friday is well on its way. If you're a die-hard fan of improvisational music, I highly advise you to make sure you're inside The Capitol Theatre on March 25th and 26th. The band might even be more ecstatic than the fans, which isn't always the case.

Photo by Adam Winokur

Photo by Adam Winokur

Photo by Adam Winokur

Photo by Adam Winokur

After a few years of rightful worry, the Biscuits fan base has been able to relax. The boys are all on the same wavelength and their sets have been refreshed relics of the past. At the end of the month, trance-fusion will shake the rafters of the Capitol Theatre as Johnny R. Goode uses their top-notch lighting rig to create a priceless experience for everyone in the building. We'll all be basking in the addictive mixture of psychedelic visuals and digital sound's, as they both rise from the dance floor to the balcony. The expected imagery is vivid and alive in my mind. I asked Marc, "Why are you especially excited to play the Capitol, what makes it more special than other venues?", he quickly responded, "I think everyone knows why people want to play the legendary Capitol Theatre. The history alone is enough of a reason to want to be a part of it. So many incredible bands have graced that stage over the decades. The second I heard my friend Pete Shapiro was going to renovate and reopen the venue I knew that we would become a part of the Capitol legacy, and with one show sold out over a month in advance and another right behind it, it seems that we are well on our way." I think every single one of us can agree with that. Easter Sunday is going to be religious with unshakable beats and unforgettable riffs. The energy has continued to build since the shows were announced, and it's not stopping anytime soon. The circus is coming to Port Chester, soon enough we'll all be home again.

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