Culture Cooler: Three Things from the [Weekend] to Still Talk ABout 6.9.’14




Caffe Vita + Banks, Governors Ball, via Instagram

Coffee played big this past weekend as two specialty companies service the growing three-day musical behemoth that is the Governors Ball Music Festival. Seattle based Caffe Vita handled behind the stage as Ports NYC handled the front and center customers.

A stroll through Vita’s Instagram feed including hashtag #Vitagovball shows the coffee company documenting musicians like Her Name is Banks, Head and the Heart, Papa the Band, Fitz and the Tantrums to Aluna George all who’ve been featured in this space. #cupUp


Deus Ex Machina, film premiere

Deus Ex Machina, film premiere


There’s a lot of ways to see a movie. There’s the nostalgic drive-in, movie in the park, a good ole movie theater and then there’s the coffee shop. Deus Customs USA screened the Los Angeles premiere of I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.

The film, a riff on a 1966 song by the Electric Prunes written by Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz about a man who is suffering from symptoms of a hangover. Yet, this modern film is of another adventure – that of Harrison Roach and Bryce Young as they travel Indonesia – surfing included.

The premiere included l music by Vancouver’s Das Humans and psychedelic soul Amerikan Bear and, of course there was coffee and popcorn. Don’t you love how all this culture goes ‘round. #cupUp


Audra McDonald, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill


Billie Holiday: Icon.

Audra McDonald: Historic.

This past weekend she won her sixth Tony award – the most ever by a woman – for the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. By Lanie Robertson, the play is about the late Bille Holiday, in the month and year of March 1959.  McDonald takes on the blues singer just four months before her death and sings about some of the events of her life.

Its interesting to note, that while this play takes place in a bar, its production history includes Director Tommye Myrick staging it at JuJu Bag Café, a cabaret space in New Orleans. Café culture played a part throughout Holiday’s career, it was at Café Society in New York that she debut her infamous lyrical take on the poem, Strange Fruit written by Abel Meeropol.

And, in a previous art post within the space, artist Sophie Campbell, in exhibition at Caffe Vita featured the illustration of the artist within it. I’m just about ready for coffee and chicory, how about you? #cupUP

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