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Kids, Freedom & Huddled Masses

We wanted to share a few of the TEDxBroadway talks that came to mind, given the headlines we've all been watching over the last few weeks. In 2013, at TEDxBroadway's second annual event, a 75-year-old George Takei took to the stage to share his personal story about being sent to a Japanese-American internment camp with his family at the age of 5. The Takeis spent four long years in a camp located in the swamps of Arkansas -- and it's...

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Marketing

Muppets Wit’ Attitude Express Themselves (Video)

Jim Henson's Muppets have covered songs by the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, Digital Underground and Naughty By Nature. Today, Flavorwire posted the newest Muppet mashup video from YouTuber Animal Robot, well timed with the recent release of the hip-hop biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Watch the Muppets, aka M.W.A. (Muppets Wit' Attitude), perform the N.W.A. classic, "Express Yourself" in the video below: Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

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Marketing

Sometimes It Takes the Dead to See the Future …

Not zombies, just hippies. Specifically, the Grateful Dead. Scott McDowell wrote a great piece on 99U recently reminding me of what I’ve long believed. The Grateful Dead were decades ahead of the rest of the live entertainment business in a number of ways. You should read the whole article, so I won’t distract too much from that, but I want to point out a couple things that I think are of particular interest across all genres. He highlights “building a...

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#GoodluckBobby

Our first video from this year’s TEDxBroadway is up! It’s Bobby Lopez talking (and singing) about his transformation as a songwriter, which would be good enough, but there’s more. He’s nominated for an Oscar, and Sunday’s the big day. It also happens that he SINGS that certain, very well-known and frequently covered song in this very video! So what I want you to do besides watch this is to tweet it, post it, tumblr it, whatever, and wish him luck! We’re...

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Experience

The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You

I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton's songs so much that she couldn't even hear Elton sing. I sympathize, kinda. But not really. Because the last thing in the world that we need to drive into other forms of performed live music is a policy that requires that we sit absolutely silent at all times. See how nicely...

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Bright Ideas

Who’s That “Song-A-Day” Guy Jonathan Mann at TEDxBroadway 2014?

Recently, Jim announced another batch of speakers at TEDxBroadway 2014. One of the special singing guests is the “song-a-day” guy, Jonathan Mann, who’ll be providing preview and recap entertainment for the event. If you haven’t seen any of Mann’s videos yet, here’s one you might like: "We've Got To Break Up" (Song A Day #1435) In 2009, Mann started his Song a Day project, and as of 20 hours ago, he’d posted a new song on YouTube every day for 1,786 days....

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