This past weekend was quite a whirlwind of activity, since I was working on Figment all weekend. Check out the video above to see some footage of Figments past.

I performed on the Point Stage on Sunday and it was so much fun! Did another outdoor, one-hour set, which was taxing but paid off because I really delighted a bunch of the people who were watching me, and luckily I finished my set before the rain rolled in. Then I got on a ferry back to Manhattan full of Burning Man folk who played music and danced the whole way back. Can’t wait to go to Burning Man for the first time this year! I think it will be really amazing.

We also got 25,000 people out to Figment this year, which is almost DOUBLE what we got last year, so that is incredible. As much as I totally despise organizing shows, I will probably work on Figment again next year, because it’s a lot of fun! Hope to see you there in 2011!

Ok, I don’t even know where the first half of June went. Let me try to sum it up:

June 1: I had my show for Rudin Management outside on Park Avenue. It was a beautiful, hot day, and I did a one-hour set. It was both a lot of fun and an exercise in extreme stamina. By the end of it, my shirt was soaked through with sweat under my corset. Charming. That’s keepin’ it real!

June 2-present: I have been helping to organize the Pop Music Stage at Figment (www.figmentproject.org) as well as a benefit concert and dinner to help out Team Buhara, a Ugandan education and healthcare outreach NGO. God, do I hate organizing shows!!! No more after this.

June 11-13: FIGMENT! God help us all.

June 8: I went up to Spence to have dinner with my former flute teacher, and while we were sitting outside eating at Jackson Hole, a group of Spence girls approached me and said “Sorry to interrupt! We know you’re having dinner, but would you mind taking a picture with us?” And then they took my picture with them! So cute! It’s so funny to me how anytime I go near Spence, the girls recognize me and talk to me like I was just there yesterday. I love being recognized and having people get excited about seeing me when I’m just out and about, so that is always awesome. It’s also the only time that ever happens so far, LOL.

June 10: Awesomely, Comandante Zero has asked me to be the “knob girl” for their upcoming performance this Saturday at 5pm on the Colonel’s Stage at Figment on Governors Island. This means I get to press buttons that play samples and loops during their live set. I also get a sample solo and I get to play the keyboard part on my one of my FAVORITE songs of theirs, “Wake Up in New York” LIVE ON STAGE WITH THEM. I love it! So awesome! I rehearsed for 3 hours today in an indie Brooklyn band. I’m so not hipster enough for that, and yet it’s something I’m doing and loving. Really looking forward to that show!

Once this totally ridiculous weekend is over, I gotta get back to booking mad gigs for the next few months, since I don’t really have anything nailed down yet after June. Yikes!

JC Cassis getting painted at the Black n Light Ball. Photo credit: Arnaldo Ugarte
JC Cassis getting painted at the Black n Light Ball. Photo credit: Arnaldo Ugarte
JC Cassis getting painted at the Black n Light Ball. Photo credit: Arnaldo Ugarte
JC Cassis getting painted at the Black n Light Ball. Photo credit: Arnaldo Ugarte

Wow. So I thought that the only crowd I really wanted to play for was a gay or gay-friendly crowd, and then I discovered the raver/Burning Man/insane-people-devoted-to-everyday-creativity-and-spectacle community. I now officially have two favorite crowds to play for. I learned this by playing the Black n’ Light Ball, a crazy black light rave put on by Kostume Kult and Disorient.

It was day 2 of the Busiest Weekend Ever, and I was exhausted from all the insanity the night before and having to get up early and work all day. But, a few weeks earlier, a friend I met through working on Figment, which is basically an outgrowth of Burning Man, told me about the Black n Light ball and said I should come. I said I should perform, and he told me who to get in touch with. I reached out, and within a few days I heard back that they wanted me to do a half hour set at 11pm at the party. Awesome! Fast forward to the party. I get there and it’s quite the hotbed of insanity. Everything was glowing in the black light, including some people’s dayglow contacts. It was wall-to-wall crazy costumes, and no one came unprepared. I watched the other acts do their sound checks, and it was so nice to (for once!) be playing among a group of artists who all actually fit each others’ vibes. I gotta get those people’s contact info and do shows with them!

As I waited, someone approached me and ask if he could put dayglow paint on my face and arms, since the white paint I had used somehow wasn’t glowing. I’m glad he did because his paint was the only paint that really showed up under the lights!

Finally, at around midnight, it was time for me to go on. Since I had a black light-appropriate outfit, I asked them to turn off the stage lights so I could glow with everyone else, and it looked fantastic. I loved this crowd so much because they had come to dance, not stand and stare, and they danced with me throughout the whole set. I even heard them singing along on songs that I don’t think they could have known in advance, so they were really into the performance and it was incredible to have an audience like that. It was just the kind of show I always want to play: it looked great, it felt great, and the audience was dancing right up by the stage and singing along the whole time! Check out the video below for a sample of the madness!

Black Light Ball – JC Cassis – Crazy In New York from Uuri Koh on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, I was so exhausted after my show that I had to go straight home. As I walked on 8th Avenue in my crazy costume, headdress and face paint, a lot of heads turned. I was totally spent, so I wasn’t smiling, and some guy said to me, “You need a friend.” In an awesome moment of mental clarity, I turned around and sassily said, “I have 1,900 friends on facebook!” Love it.

Really hope to perform at Burning Man itself this year and to do more KK and Disorient parties!