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April 2, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Le Comte Ory - Metropolitan Opera
April 02, 2011 -

Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy soars with bel canto sensation Juan Diego Florez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adele, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's popular productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, describes the world of Le Comte Ory as, "a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both -- with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote."

Das Rheingold - Metropolitan Opera
April 02, 2011 -

Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it's a cosmos," says Lepage (La Damnation de Faust), who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world's greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel, singing his first, much-anticipated Met Wotan, leads the cast in Das Rheingold, the Ring's first installment. In collaboration with Ex Machina.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony - New York Philharmonic
Through April 02, 2011 -

The renowned violinist performs works by Prokofiev, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Tchaikovsky.

Apollo Music Cafe - SONGS FOR MIRIAM with Lorraine Klaassen, Malika Zarra, Mai Lingani - Apollo Theater
Through April 02, 2011 -

Three female superstars of the contemporary African urban underground pay tribute to Mama Afrika, the Grammy Award winning, South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, who introduced "world music" to the West. Lorraine Klassen is one of the few artists to have preserved the classic sound of township music. Malika Zarra is a shape-shifter who communicates in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French and English. Mai Lingani is a vocalist of irrepressible energy, in whom the West African interior meets the jet stream.

Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through April 02, 2011 -

Based in Madrid, Spain, and never before seen in New York City, Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 brings its passionate contemporary ballet dancers to the Skirball Center stage for the final tour with the world-renowned repertoire of Artistic Director Nacho Duato, the man who has redefined the world's perception of Spanish dance. CND2, as it is fondly known, was created in 1999 as the Compañía’s training company to inspire young dancers' hopes, to awaken interest amongst young audiences towards contemporary dance and to enhance the cultural offering panorama.

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through April 02, 2011 -

Infinite Wave, in association with Columbia Artists Management, Inc, is proud to present the New York premiere of AWR Music Productions' Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the highly anticipated multimedia concert experience. Distant Worlds features composer Nobuo Uematsu, conductor Arnie Roth, the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and many special soloists including renowned FF XIV vocalist Susan Calloway, plus state-of-the-art HD videos and stills shown on a massive screen highlighting the games' most memorable sequences. Featuring scenes from throughout the Final Fantasy series as well as music from the newly released Final Fantasy XIII and XIV, this is truly a concert not to be missed.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 02, 2011 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Peter Murphy of Bauhaus - Highline Ballroom
April 02, 2011 -

Peter John Murphy (born 11 July 1957, near Northampton, England, raised in Wellingborough, England), is an English Gothic Rock vocalist. He was the vocalist of the rock group Bauhaus who later went on to release a number of solo albums, such as Deep and Love Hysteria. Thin, with prominent cheekbones, a rich voice, and a penchant for gloomy poetics, Murphy is often called the "Godfather of Goth."

Walter Trout - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 02, 2011 -

Walter Trout's 20th album is called Common Ground, but for the visionary roots singer, songwriter and guitarist that's more than a title. It's where Trout's compelling music resides -- in a territory that unites blues, rock and pure sonic adventurism, where inspiration and technique meet to create a unique, soulful language. That language has won Trout fans across the world. Britain's BBC Radio One placed him at number six on their list of the Top 20 guitarists and legendary BBC disc jockey Bob Harris calls Trout "the world's greatest rock guitarist." "Music gives you an opportunity to speak directly to people's hearts - it goes beyond words," says Trout, who developed his craft playing alongside such legends as John Mayall and John Lee Hooker. "There are times when I'm playing guitar when I enter a state where I'm not consciously aware of what I'm playing. It's like a signal coming through me." And that signal's loud and clear on Common Ground's tunes like the title track, a plea of unity, and the autobiographical "Open Book." Produced by the famed John Porter and featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty), bassist Hutch Hutchinson and pianist Jon Cleary (both of Bonnie Raitt's band), the album sets a new bar for Trout's already illustrious career.

April Fools Tour Kickoff w/ Sean T. Hanratty & The Fools - Goodbye Blue Monday
Through April 02, 2011 -


BROOKLYN, NY: Join us on April Fools Day at Goodbye Blue Monday for the kickoff show of our April Fools Tour w/ the Fools & Sean T. Hanratty through New York State.

The kickoff show features a line-up of excellent friends and stellar musicians who have graciously agreed to send us off.

Sean T. Hanratty ( - Sean T. Hanratty’s songs invoke the musical era of America’s past, conjuring the spirit of the great Mississippi Delta blues and the beatniks of Brooklyn to give you a naturally soulful sound.

The Fools ( - The Fools are a subtle duo that blends musical simplicity with provoking imagery and lyrics. Erin Regan ( - Erin Regan is life long friend to four legged creatures and has worked closely with numerous animal rescue groups throughout the city. She believes in a good pen, cream and salt, singing with your eyes open and her music is amazing. A Brief View of the Hudson ( - Of A Brief View of the Hudson Jezebel Music said, “They place their material outside of any genre restrictions. Love, loss and a search for identity in the Big Apple are some themes that grace the songs of this versatile group”, and The Onion called them “Surprisingly tolerable”. Turner Cody ( - Over ten years and nine albums, Turner Cody has molded himself into an artist of great form and scope whose vision blends the old with the new, the hope-filled with the melancholic, the sacred with the profane.

April 02, 2011 -

All of the DJs at Miami Music Week - from Swedish House Mafia to Afrojack – made it a point to wish our own Erick Morillo a very happy birthday. Now it’s your turn. The Subliminal head honcho and Pacha co-owner is celebrating the only way he knows how – with an epic party set of everything from house to hip-hop. Subliminal superstar Carl Kennedy opens. $10 ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list... GET TICKETS:

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Dead Cat Bounce - Brooklyn Conservatory Recital Hall
April 02, 2011 -

Dead Cat Bounce will perform preview material from its forthcoming Cuneiform Records. http://reverbnation/mattsteckler Dead Cat Bounce invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet with its "tightly arranged, swirling contrapuntal reeds and multi-part, blues n? roots-infused tricky compositions" (Jon Garelick, the Boston Phoenix). Works featuring four saxophones, bass and drums have earned it distinctions from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Boston Music Awards, Boston Phoenix Poll and Improper Bostonian. Other commentary: • “DCB revels in a reed-driven sound marked by sharply contrasting forms, textures and tones...strident, joyful, lush and strutting use of a horn section." - Mike Joyce, Washington Post • "The writing offers enough variety to occasionally make you forget that all the music comes from these same six guys." - Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader Critic?s Choice • "What carries through each piece is Steckler's gift for rich voicings among four horn players... Dead Cat's music doesn't joke around." - Mike Shanley, Jazz Times • “Saxist, flute player and composer Matt Steckler's little big band, Dead Cat Bounce, embraces an unabashed playfulness and lushness rarely found in today's jazz.” - Time Out NY

DJ E.M. @ 'Roam Saturdays' - ROAM
April 02, 2011 -

2 Floors of Music by: WORLD FAMOUS DJ E.M. & DJ STUNT Hip-Hop | R&B | Salsa | Merengue | House | Reggae | Mainstream


Drink // Bottle Specials: OPEN BAR from 10pm – 11pm 2 Bottles for $500 til 1am (tax & tip included) Doors open at 10pm 21 & Over || ID a Must || Trendy, but Neat

For Info or Guest List: Email Or visit VIP Birthday Packages: -Personalized Birthday Webpage -Birthday Person +1 Free All Night -Birthday Guest List in your name -Free Bottle of Champagne after 10ppl ($20 tip not included) -Guests receive free/reduced admission: --Ladies Free til 1am, Guys Free til 11pm, on birthday list -Shout Outs from the DJ

Email for Birthday Reservations

Peoples Symphony Concerts: Ebene Quartet - The Town Hall
April 03, 2011 -

Distinguished by its youth, open-mindedness, and versatility, France's Ebène Quartet has had a meteoric rise to the top. Now among the world's most sought-after quartets, the Quartet made its U.S. debut tour in March 2009 to widespread, dazzling critical acclaim. The tour featured performances in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall, where the Quartet astonished the audience with its rendition of Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In October 2009, the Ebène Quartet won "Recording of the Year" at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for their disc of Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré string quartets, only the fourth time that a chamber ensemble has won this prestigious prize.

Dorothea Roschmann & David Daniels - Carnegie Hall
April 03, 2011 -

These are two singers who bring a theatrical flair to everything they do and excel in this repertoire. Röschmann is "a fundamentally dramatic singer" who "effortlessly takes on character" (The New York Times). Daniels is a "quintessential exponent of the Handelian style" (The Wall Street Journal). Together, they take you through some of the highlights from operas and oratorios by the Baroque era's most illustrious composer for the stage.

BEMF Chamber Opera: Acis and Galatea by George Frideric Handel - Morgan Library & Museum
April 03, 2011 -

The Boston Early Music Festival's stunning period productions of Baroque operas have become a must-see event for opera lovers from around the world. For their New York opera debut, BEMF presents two semistaged performances of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel's beloved pastoral opera Acis and Galatea. Sunday, April 03, 2011, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Preconcert talks at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Yishay Levi - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 03, 2011 -

Levi was born into a family of Yemenite Jews. He began singing in clubs in Israel in 1983, when singers like Zohar Argov and Chaim Moshe were at the peak of their careers. Here he was discovered by the guitarist Moses Ben-Mosh.[1] Levi produced his first album, Hafla with Ben Mohes in 1986. He became a superstar in clubs all over Israel. After this he published his first song in the album Ine Ba Ha-yom (Here Comes the Day); then the song "Raiya" brought him into the ranks of superstardom. It was at this time that he and Zohar Argov began a personal rivalry. The album was published in 1987.

Levi's career began to fade in 1988-1991 due to his drug habit. In 1992, he published the album Lehatchil M'bereshit (To Start from the Beginning) with the hits "Rikdi" (one of the biggest hits in Mizrahi music) and "Mona". Later, Levi released the albums Ha-elam hamodot (Lovely Lad) in 1993, and Mabit m'atzed (Watch from the Side) in 1994, which were less successful, although the first album produced two hits, "Ha-elam hamodot" and "Mi Li Tomar". In 1995 he published the album Bat el mavat (Immortal). The entire album was a collection of Boaz Sharabi covers, except for the title song. This album was not a success and Levi's popularity started to fade again. Then in 1997, he published the album Ha-emuna (The Belief), which again saved his career as a singer with the hit "Taltalim shorim".

In 1997, he published the album Zirat hayi (Live at the Arena), but this was not a commercial success. In 2000, he released the album Panim l'atid (Face to the Future). At the end of 2000, Yishai Levi was sent to jail because he entered the apartment of his neighbor to steal electrical appliances so he could sell them to buy drugs. He was released from jail in 2003. In 2004, Levi published the album Nativ yisorii (Route of my Suffering). After this album, Levi did a show dedicated to his wife called Ani shar lach Iris (I Sing for You, Iris). Levi returned to jail after setting his wife's house on fire, apparently because she was not giving him money for drugs. He was released from this jail sentence in 2006.

In 2008, Levi released the album Rikud romanti (Romantic Dance), which included the hits "Rikud romanti," "Roze Otach balayla" (I Want You at Night), "Isha namena" (Loyal Wife) and the Arabic

David Ryan Harris - Highline Ballroom
April 03, 2011 -

David Ryan Harris is on a quest that has an almost mythological dimension to it. Armed with a voice that falls somewhere between Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, songwriting that combines beautiful haunting melodies with sharp storytelling and guitar playing that is blues influenced and rock sharpened, David has been searching for the truth in music. And it is that combination of tremendous talent and devotion to the truth that immediately connects him to an audience. He invites us to join in and become part of the journey and as we accept the invitation we realize his songs are our songs too. His quest is ours also. It is a shared life and he chronicles it through song.

Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, David heard music, melodies and stories in his head as a child. Like most kids he played the usual childhood games and got into the usual childhood trouble, but the music in his mind always called him. As an adolescent he began teaching himself various instruments. After experimenting with drums, piano and other instruments and demonstrating an ability to learn them in a short period of time, David became focused on the guitar which continues to be his primary instrument although he often plays other instruments on his recordings.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
April 04, 2011 -

Luc Bondy's dramatic new production returns, with Sondra Radvanovsky singing the title role for the first time at the Met. Also starring Violeta Urmana, Marcelo Alvarez, Salvatore Licitra, Falk Struckmann, and James Morris. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

Apollo Music Cafe - Shades of R&B: Terrell Howard and Tai Allen - Apollo Theater
April 04, 2011 -

R&B singer/songwriter Terrell Howard takes to the mic with a sound reminiscent of the "real singers" of R&B, including Charlie Wilson, Aaron Hall and R. Kelly, but with the edgy lyrics of today. Tai Allen, a.k.a. Vice Lounge, who recently received Best Album honors at the National Poetry Awards 2010, crafts singing poetry in the style of Gil-Scot Heron.

Pianist Maurizio Pollini - Carnegie Hall
April 04, 2011 -

Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs a solo recital on Monday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m., with an all-Beethoven program of the last three Sonatas: No. 30 in E Major, No. 31 in A-flat Major, and No. 32 in C Minor.

Mark Hummel's Bluyes Harp Blowout - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 04, 2011 -

The past decade has seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but add elements of jump blues and rock 'n' roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast blues. In Oakland, the northern capital of California blues, resides the incredibly powerful harmonica player and vocalist Mark Hummel, leader of The Blues Survivors, who has been a major force in shaping and defining this musical genre.

Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. While Mark is new to Electro Fi Records, his earlier albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Los Angeles, California, Mark absorbed the music of such Chicago based harp blowers as Little Walter, James Cotton, and Sonny Boy Williamson, before settling in Berkeley, California in 1972. There he played with local bluesmen such as Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Mississippi Johnny Waters and Sonny Lane. In 1980, he took the helm to lead the popular Blues Survivors Band.

In 1985, the Blues Survivors released Playing in Your Town, on Rockinitus Records, and immediately went out on the road. Earning their name, they toured virtually non-stop throughout the United States, Canada and Europe often playing alongside such blues greats as Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee, Lowell Fulson and Eddie Taylor.

While on tour with his band in 1988, Mark was introduced to Canadian guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley. After several tours that year, Mark and Sue released Up & Jumpin', which also features piano legend Charles Brown. Eager to revive the Blues Survivors, though, Mark hit the road again in 1990, before releasing Hard Lovin' in 1992 on Double Trouble Records. He has been on the road constantly since then, stopping only to record Feel Like Rockin' in 1994 and Married to the Blues in 1995 on Flying Fish Records. He has performed at numerous festivals across the country, including the San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and has performed and judged at the Hohner Harmonica World Championship, held in Germany.

For Heart of Chicago, Mark's sixth release and first on Tone-Cool, Mark traveled to the Windy City to record with some of the city's most legendary players and pay tribute to his Chicago blues influences. Featuring former Muddy Waters sidemen Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Bob Stroger on drums and bass, guitarist Dave Myers from Little Walter's band, and others. In 1998 Mark released Lowdown To Uptown,his 7th cd, a mix of Chicago blues & uptown jazz. This cd featues great guests such as Jr. Watson, Mike Welch, Brenda Boykin & the last piano recording of the late, great Charles Brown. Mark's most current CD is called "Ain't Easy No More" on the Electro Fi label. A mixture of Hummel's originals and some choice rearrangements of previously recorded blues. It's receiving extended radio play at the moment.

Since 1991 Mark has been both producing & performing at his Blues Harmonica BlowoutsupTM/sup series. These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear. The list of participents is a Who's Who of Blues harp history: John Mayall, John Hammond, Norton Buffalo, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Huey Lewis, Curtis Salgado, Kim Wilson, Watermelon Slim, Sugar Ray Norcia, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Fingers Taylor, Snooky Pryor, Dave Earl, Rod Piazza, Magic Dick, William Clarke, Rick Estrin, Paul DeLay, Billy Branch, Lazy Lester, Carey Bell, Little Sonny, Paul Osher, Lee Oskar, Cephas and Wiggins, Gary Primich, Paul Rischell and Annie Raines, Carlos Del Junco, Sam Myers and many more!

Le Comte Ory - Metropolitan Opera
April 05, 2011 -

Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy soars with bel canto sensation Juan Diego Florez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adele, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's popular productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, describes the world of Le Comte Ory as, "a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both -- with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote."

Third World - Highline Ballroom
April 05, 2011 -

For more than 30 years, Third World has continued to blaze new trails for Reggae Music. The group has traveled around the world several times spreading the message of Peace, Love, & Unity for which they have truly lived up to their title as Reggae Ambassadors. To date, Third World has released a total of 23 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Cat Coore. Awards include: Recipients of the 1986 "United Nations Peace Medal," 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry awards for Best Show Band, And 10 nominations for the Grammy Awards. Albums include: Third World, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Journey to Addis, Prisoner in the Street, The Story's been Told, Arise in Harmony, Rock the World, Sense of Purpose, You've Got the Power, Hold on to Love, Serious Business, Committed, Live it Up, Generation Coming, Ain't Givin' Up and their new album Black Gold and Green.

International hit singles include: the cover version of Gamble & Huff's, "Now That We've Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," "Cool Meditation," "Dancing on the Floor," "Try Jah Love," written by Stevie Wonder, "Sense of Purpose," "Forbidden Love," "Reggae Ambassador," "Committed," and "Reggae Party." Additionally, the group has worked and collaborated with top acts such as the Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

Celebrating 38 years as a group, Third World aims to display the images, talents and showcase special appearances from some renown Jamaican artists. The PATRIOTS album pays homage, allowing the group to recognize and perform with fellow artists and musicians that have inspired them over the years.

Lee Ritenour - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 05, 2011 -

Growing up in L.A. in the 60's, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. Adding to this legacy is his latest CD Smoke `n' Mirrors; the recently completed Grammy nominated recording Amparo, (a follow-up with Dave Grusin to their highly-successful 2001 Grammy Award nominated contemporary classical crossover CD) and producer of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band's latest CD Act Your Age (which is nominated for 3 Grammys.

It's been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato, with a band including Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason and Ernie Watts became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house till the wee hours of the morning. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talent appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably-- Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and opera great Renee Fleming.

Wozzeck - Metropolitan Opera
April 06, 2011 -

James Levine interprets Berg's masterpiece, which stars two great singing actors: Matthias Goerne and Waltraud Meier.

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater - New York Philharmonic
Through April 06, 2011 -

With archival film clips, theatrical staging, a quartet of performers and the New York Philharmonic, conductor and host Michael Tilson Thomas tells the poignant and funny real-life story of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, who – besides being superstars of the Yiddish Theater on the Lower East Side of 100 years ago – were his beloved grandparents.

Orchestra of St. Luke's - Carnegie Hall
April 06, 2011 -

Iván Fischer leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's in a concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major with Nikolaj Znaider; Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Classical;" and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7 in D Minor.

Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks - Madison Square Garden
Through April 06, 2011 -

ROD STEWART and STEVIE NICKS, two of music's most legendary forces, are uniting for one of the most anticipated rock & roll events of the year - THE HEART & SOUL TOUR. The tour will feature both artists performing rock & roll sets from their incomparable catalogs of hits and backed by an incredible band of musicians and stage production.

Explosions In The Sky - Radio City Music Hall
April 06, 2011 -

With special guest Low and a solo piano performance from Eluvium With a reputation for a scathingly intense live performance and a quickly sold-out CD-R demo, Explosions in the Sky was touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock. The quartet of Texas kids, made up of Mark Smith and Munaf Rayani on guitars, Michael James on bass, and Christopher Hrasky on drums, was signed for its first release on Temporary Residence Limited after half a listen to their demo. From that, they released their first six-song album, Those Who Tell the Truth, in the latter half of 2001. After a new record, 2003's contemplative The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, and the 2005 re-release of their first demo, Explosions in the Sky, who had by this time garnered a dedicated fan base, came out with All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone in 2007.

The Moth GrandSLAM XX - Highline Ballroom
April 06, 2011 -

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they battle it out to determine The Moth's GrandSLAM Story Champion.

The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first "Moth" evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members.

The Moth believes that everyone has a story. The Moth created StorySLAM to give those stories a forum.

Following the wild success of our Mainstage series, The Moth sought to accommodate all the people who asked, "When can I tell my story?" and to encourage those people who doubted they had a story worth telling. The Moth StorySLAM provides a stage and a microphone, a theme to inspire and shape the evening, a lively and supportive audience, and a host to guide the festivities. Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard.

The stories are scored by three teams of audience-member judges, and a winner is announced at every SLAM. SLAM winners later face off in a Moth GrandSLAM. Since 2001, the raucous, moving, funny and wild quilt of themed stories that emerge during each show has kept the crowds coming back again and again. SLAMs are now held on both coasts, in New York City and Los Angeles!

The Acoustic Africa Tour - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 06, 2011 -

The Acoustic Africa tour includes Habib Koite, the Malian superstar whose exciting concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, Oliver Mtukudzi, the best-selling artist in his home country of Zimbabwe, and Afel Bocoum, a guitarist, singer, and composer from Mali whose songs evoke the evolution of traditional Malian society.

One of Africa's most exciting performers, Habib Koite plays music that reflects the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland. Accompanied by his band Bamada, Koite has released a number of successful and critically acclaimed albums and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and in major magazines such as People and Rolling Stone. Over the past 10 years, Habib and his band have performed over 600 concerts for adoring audiences in far-flung locations such as Japan, Australia, Brazil and Kazakhstan. With their engaging stage presence and expert musicianship, Habib Koite and Bamada always put on a show to remember.

Lovingly called 'Tuku', Oliver Mtukudzi began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. After Wagon Wheels rolled to fame in Southern Africa, Tuku formed Black Spirits, the band that has backed him throughout his career. Mtukudzi has been heavily influenced by chimurenga, the genre pioneered by Mapfumo that is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). His music also incorporates pop influences, South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style JIT, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan, the Korekore. While Tuku's music is undeniably contagious, it is his lyrics that have captured the hearts of his people as his songs invariably deal with social and economic issues. One of Tuku's biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Tuku a treasure, but has also used his music as inspiration for the song One Belief Away on her album Fundamental.

Afel Bocoum began his music career with his uncle Ali Farka Toure in the group Asco, a collaboration which lasted some thirty years. In the 1980s, he founded his own group named Alkibar, in which he plays the guitar, sings, and composes. Bocoum sings mainly in Sonrai, his mother tongue, but also in Tamashek, the language of the Tuareg, and in Bambara. In spite of his growing success, Bocoum remains gentle and unassuming, modestly directing the energy this recognition brings him towards the welfare of his people and the inspiration they give to his music. In 2002, Afel collaborated with the lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn, on the extremely popular album Mali Music. The gigs they played together were well received, especially the concert at the Barbican in London in June 2003. Damon also made a guest appearance beside Afel on a larger stage at Roskilde in Denmark in front of 65,000 people. With remarkable subtlety and a sure talent, Bocoum has proved that he is a true messenger of the great river, and it's certain he will actively contribute to keeping Malian music at the forefront of the international scene.

Capriccio - Metropolitan Opera
April 07, 2011 -

Renee Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang Capriccio's final scene on Opening Night of the 2008–09 season. Now she sings Strauss's entire diva showcase, with Andrew Davis conducting.

Leif Ove Andsnes - Carnegie Hall
April 07, 2011 -

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs a recital on Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. of Beethoven's Sonata No. 21 in C Major, "Waldstein;" Brahms's Four Ballades; Schoenberg's Six Little Piano Pieces; and Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in C Minor.

Younger Brother - Highline Ballroom
April 07, 2011 -

Younger Brother is a killer combination of Simon Posford's (Hallucinogen, Shpongle) studio wizardry and Benji Vaughan's (Prometheus) dance music sensibilities. Their first track 'Evil & Harm' which was commissioned for Survival International's 'Tribal Future's' compilation was a powerful ambient world fusion and became the standout track on the first album. The name, Younger Brother, itself comes from their work on this album while remixing samples of the Kogi tribe. The Columbian Kogi Indian's refer to themselves as 'Older Brother' and the rest of the world as, 'Younger Brother' so the name represents the population of the outside world.

Following the success of their first album, they are currently 2/3 of the way through the second album and going strong. They will be playing out all this unreleased material in their fantastic, innovative and very much 'live' sets. If you've never heard Younger Brother then you need to know that they know no boundaries, obey no rules and certainly don't listen to their older brothers! This is a unique sound.

Marcia Ball - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 07, 2011 -

Singer/pianist MARCIA BALL knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as "a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues."

Monodramas - New York City Opera Company
Through April 08, 2011 -

This triple bill of cutting-edge one-acts features three sopranos in awe-inspiring performances that take opera to the edge of drama and virtuosity. These tour-de-force roles showcase the work of vital innovators of modern music and celebrated collaborators from the worlds of visual and performance art. New York's prolific composer John Zorn takes the soprano on a bravura collision course of elemental sound in "La Machine de L'etre", inspired by the drawings of seminal theater artist Antonin Artaud. In Arnold Schoenberg's groundbreaking "Erwartung" or Expectation, dramatic soprano Kara Shay Thomson portrays a terrified woman groping through a dark forest in search of her lover, only to find that darkness dwells within her. A 1976 meeting between composer Morton Feldman and playwright Samuel Beckett yielded "Neither", a stream-of-consciousness creation which investigates altered states of mind and awareness.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
April 08, 2011 -

Luc Bondy's dramatic new production returns, with Sondra Radvanovsky singing the title role for the first time at the Met. Also starring Violeta Urmana, Marcelo Alvarez, Salvatore Licitra, Falk Struckmann, and James Morris. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

Ebène Quartet - Carnegie Hall
April 08, 2011 -

The Ebène Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring Mozart's String Quartet in C Major, "Dissonance;" Bartók's String Quartet No. 3; and Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F Minor.

WFUV Live at Zankel - Edie Brickell - Carnegie Hall
April 08, 2011 -

On Friday, April 8 at 10:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall's WFUV Live at Zankel series concludes for the season with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edie Brickell's new band The Gaddabouts in its first ever live performance. The band also features drummer Steve Gadd, bass guitarist Pino Palladino, and guitarist Andy Fairweather Low.

Juanes - Madison Square Garden
April 08, 2011 -

Born in Medellin, Colombia, on August 9, 1972, Juanes was caught in the nets of music from an early age, influenced by found sounds from the music from the outskirts and the tangos of Carlos Gardel, to Soda Stereo, Led Zeppelin through Silvio Rodriguez and Jimi Hendrix. His compositions reflect strictly personal experiences and themes ranging from love to the humor and double meaning, which further emphasizes the message of high social and uneasy peace that the singer Juanes and is opposed to the violence generated by the continuous fight in his native Colombia, as well as all the conflicts that mark the face of the earth, and highlights the love of family and respect for humanity as the path that takes us beyond the bitterness. Millions of fans of this poetic rocker his compositions have been taken as true hymns dedicated to Latino pride, hope for peace, love and strength. In this respect, it is safe to say that John is one of the most important Latin rock, both the number of albums sold and by the enormous amount of sold-out concerts offered. In his career he has held over 800 concerts in America, Europe and Asia. Juanes has recorded duets with Nelly Furtado, Black Eye Peas, Tony Bennett, Miguel Bose, Raphael and Colbie Caillat. Recently he recorded with jazz legend, Herbie Hancock a new version of "Earth" song written by John in 1996 and considered by many the second national anthem of Colombia.

BLOWOFF Featuring The DJ Sounds of Bob Mould & Richarc Morel - Highline Ballroom
April 08, 2011 -

OB MOULD and RICHARD MOREL's BLOWOFF is a DJ event that has become a premier destination for a wide cross-section of appreciative music fans. Originating in Washington, DC, BLOWOFF is an established event in DC, New York, San Francisco, Provincetown, Chicago, and San Diego. Maintaining the musical emphasis of the BLOWOFF parties, Mould and Morel DJ in tandem, laying down a signature mix of indie rock, electro and house, accented by a series of artfully eye-popping vignettes projected throughout the club.

Originally a musical collaboration between Washington, DC-based singer-songwriters Bob Mould—formerly of alt rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar—and electronic producer/artist Richard Morel, BLOWOFF began in 2003 at DC's Velvet Lounge. The DC party moved to the legendary 9:30 Club in July 2003, and within a few years became the preeminent DJ event on the east coast. With the focus firmly placed on cutting edge music, dazzling live visuals by Nick Lopata, and stunning poster art by Baltimore-based artist Linas Garsys, the BLOWOFF audiences grew exponentially.

The BLOWOFF artist CD was released in 2006 on Full Frequency Music. Live performances to promote the album included headline sets at Homo A Go Go (Olympia, WA) and the 2006 Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.

BLOWOFF is now a regular bi-coastal event. 2007 saw the highly successful launch of BLOWOFF New York, with BLOWOFF San Francisco, Brooklyn and Provincetown following in 2008. The BLOWOFF Chicago events held at Metro during International Mr. Leather and Bear Pride Weekend in 2009 and 2010 were the highlights of both events.

Richard Morel is known for his remixes under the name Pink Noise, including the Killers, Yoko Ono, and Pet Shop Boys. In addition, Morel co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Cyndi Lauper's "Bring Ya To The Bring" album and released his third solo album as Morel, "The Death Of The Paper Boy," in 2008.

Bob Mould, founding member of the seminal punk band Husker Du and alt-rock favorite Sugar, released his ninth solo album, "Life And Times" (Anti- Records), on April 7, 2010. Mould's yet-to-be-titled autobiography, with assistance from Michael Azerrad, will be published by Little, Brown in spring 2011.

For more on BLOWOFF, including the most current party schedule, flyers and DJ playlists, please visit the BLOWOFF website. Hear some Blowoff music, see slideshows of BLOWOFF men and the iconic party flyers and more on the MYSPACE page. Fans are encouraged to join the booming BLOWOFF GROUP ON FACEBOOK.

Jefferson Starship - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 08, 2011 -

PAUL KANTNER, along with MARTY BALIN founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE in 1965. THE AIRPLANE were the biggest rock group in America during the 1960s and the first San Francisco band to sign a major record deal, paving the way for other legends like GRATEFUL DEAD & JANIS JOPLIN. They headlined the original WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL in 1969 and like THE BEATLES with whom they are critically compared, lasted a mere 7 years ... though their influence and impact on rock music continues well into the 21st century.

n 1974 Mr. KANTNER created JEFFERSON STARSHIP and again with Mr. BALIN, enjoyed chart-topping success. PAUL, MARTY & JEFFERSON AIRPLANE were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year as PINK FLOYD. In 2005 they celebrated their 40th anniversary, playing 21 countries on their world tour. In 2007 they headlined "The Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Celebration" and performed at The Monterey Pop commemorative on the exact same stage as the historic landmark rock festival of 1967.

JEFFERSON STARSHIP, the name created by PAUL for his 1971 solo debut "Blows Against The Empire" recording has endured 37 years as rock music's premier "political science fiction" themed band. That recording was the first and only to ever be nominated for literary science fiction's Hugo Award ... a stellar achievement.

Preview ofthe opera “Angel of the Amazon” and Opening Exhibit of Sciacco Studio Artists - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
April 08, 2011 -

The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with Encompass New Opera Theater, is holding a preview of the opera, “Angel of the Amazon” on April 8th at 7 pm, 240 East 52nd St, New York, NY 10022. The same night will also feature the opening of a collective exhibition by the Brazilian artist group, Sciacco Studio, from São Paulo. The event aspires to cultivate the connection between Brazilian and American culture through music and visual art. Encompass New Opera Theater is a company that has dedicated itself for the past 30 years to the creation, development and production of new American operas, under the artistic direction of Nancy Rhodes and musical direction of Mara Woldman. One of the latest productions by Encompass is an opera titled, “Angel of the Amazon,” a homage to the life of the Catholic nun, Dorothy Stang. Sister Dorothy devoted her life defending the people in the Amazon against the destruction and deforestation. The opera celebrates her humanitarian spirit. The creator of the opera is Evan Mack, a composer awarded by the National Association of Composers of San Francisco (2009). Additionally, Mack is a renowned pianist who performs in the United States and Europe, and is currently teaching as a professor at Skidmore College in New York state. The event at BEA will present some scenes from the opera, which will be fully staged at the “Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York” from May 6th to the 22nd. ( Due to limited space, we ask that make a reservation through e-mail:

Where the Wild Things Are - New York City Opera Company
April 09, 2011 -

New York City Opera Orchestra, Julian Kuerti, conductor. Bring the whole family to a matinee concert performance of the fantastical opera based on the beloved children's book by Maurice Sendak. Composed by Oliver Knussen with a libretto by Sendak, this enchanting work tells the tale of a little boy with a wild imagination. Performed in English, the presentation features a cast of young singers comprised of talented Vocal Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center.

The Elixir of Love - New York City Opera Company
Through April 09, 2011 -

Donizetti's beloved classic is reimagined with American swagger in Jonathan Miller's inventive production, which moves the action to the 1950s Southwest to tell the tale of a shy young man who buys a love potion from a traveling salesman in an effort to cure his broken heart. This heart-warming comedy features exciting young voices performing some of the most recognizable melodies in opera. Soprano Stefania Dovhan. Who earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Donna Anna in last season's "Don Giovanni", returns as the heart's desire of the underdog suitor, sung by rising Mexican tenor David Lomeli in his City Opera debut.

JapanNYC - Carnegie Hall
Through April 09, 2011 -

JapanNYC, a citywide festival led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, explores the Japan of today, where newfound artistic sensibilities continue to transform and revitalize the cultural landscape. Featuring great classical music artists as well as Noh theater, manga, film, butoh dance, pop art exhibitions, and a variety of music genres, JapanNYC embraces a breathtaking diversity of traditional and contemporary arts. The cornerstones to the festival are provided by Maestro Ozawa himself, as he leads performances by two major Japanese ensembles that he founded, the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra). Visit website for performers and schedule.

Le Comte Ory - Metropolitan Opera
April 09, 2011 -

Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy soars with bel canto sensation Juan Diego Florez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adele, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's popular productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, describes the world of Le Comte Ory as, "a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both -- with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote."

Wozzeck - Metropolitan Opera
April 09, 2011 -

James Levine interprets Berg's masterpiece, which stars two great singing actors: Matthias Goerne and Waltraud Meier.

Salif Keita - Apollo Theater
April 09, 2011 -

In this special engagement on the Apollo Main Stage, internationally recognized afro-pop singer/songwriter Salif Keita, known as the Golden Voice of Africa, will reprise tracks from his latest album, La Difference, and perform new versions of some of his best-know hits, "Folon" and "Seydou." This concert is a presentation of the Apollo Theater under its Cross Cultural Exchange Series, which focuses on music artists or projects representing diverse cultures that may be U.S. or internationally-based. Cross Cultural Exchange is made possible in part by Metlife Foundation.

Young Artists Showcase - Carnegie Hall
April 09, 2011 -

Carnegie Hall, in partnership with From the Top, have announced that 17-year-old percussionist Marcelina Suchocka is the Grand Prize Winner of Big Break—an online contest for young American musicians that was launched last fall offering young musicians the chance to compete for a spot on a special episode of NPR's From the Top national radio broadcast. On Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m., Ms. Suchocka will be featured at a Carnegie Hall Family Concert alongside three runners-up from the contest: 16-year-old pianist Gideon Broshy, 16-year-old cellist Brannon Cho, and 14-year-old harpist Helen Gerhold. Christopher O'Riley hosts the program and pre-concert activities will take place one hour before the performance and are free to all ticket holders.

Yanni - Radio City Music Hall
April 09, 2011 -

Yanni will return to the Radio City Music Hall Stage on Saturday, April 9 at 8 pm for one night only.

The international superstar has accumulated more that 34 platinum and gold albums, and has performed all over the world. His latest album, Yanni Mexicanisimo, was released in October 2010, as a dedication to Mexico's Bicentennial. The album features universal singers such as Lucero and Pepe Aguliar.

BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary - Theater at Madison Square Garden
April 09, 2011 -

R&B and Gospel icons BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary have jointly announced a series of upcoming major market US tour dates this April 2011. The duos re-unite following their spectacular holiday performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where BeBe, CeCe, Erica and Tina dazzled the studio and TV audiences with a festive holiday medley, showcasing a collective talent unmatched throughout the world. That superstar 'quartet' will also be performing several songs together on this tour in addition to their respective hits and fan favorites. After two decades of hits, BeBe & CeCe Winans are enjoying a remarkable career moment. Their first album together in 15 years - Still - is nominated for two Grammy Awards and eleven Stellar Awards, and is fast approaching gold. The album features the Billboard chart topping single, "Close To You," as well as the Grammy-nominated "Grace." The album landed on several Billboard year-end lists. Also, in the past year alone, BeBe & CeCe have performed on Oprah, Good Morning America and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In October 2011, the brother/sister duo will receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Columbia Records/Myblock Records artists Mary Mary, the gorgeous duo, sisters Erica and Tina-will release their new cd, Something Big, the long-awaited follow-up to The Sound, their multi-million selling, multi-award winning, groundbreaking previous CD. Something Big is slated for March 29, 2011 release. Produced by Warryn Campbell for Myblock Records and written by Mary Mary, anticipation for Something Big is shared by fans, label insiders and industry alike. In less than a decade, Erica and Tina have sold upward of five million albums and have amassed staggering totals of three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven Dove Awards, a BET Award, two NAACP Image Awards, two Lady of Soul Awards, and ten Stellar Awards. With powerful voices that soar, harmonies that chime and lyrics that touch the heart and soul, the songs on Something Big are instantly memorable. In a recent Billboard Magazine review of new single "I'm Walking," R&B reporter Gail Mitchell noted, "The song's synthesizer-accented, percolating rhythms are immediately arresting, and the mix is seamlessly strung together by the engaging vocal interplay. 'Walking' is the pair's latest track to leave the listener with a bounce in his or her step." A Top 10 Urban AC and top 6 Gospel smash, "I'm Walking" landed on the pop charts within days of its release to that format.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 09, 2011 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Kina Grannis - Highline Ballroom
Through April 09, 2011 -

Kina started playing shows at the age of four in front of her stuffed animals. Now she plays in front of people. It was not the quickest transition for the admittedly shy songstress. While attending college at USC, Kina often retreated to the secluded stairwells around campus, where she could write and sing without being heard. Protected by their quiet, private confines, she found a safe haven for her creative expression and a private outlet for her music. Armed with a guitar and a cup of tea, Kina wrote in every stairwell she came across. And it was within these stairwells that she developed the confidence in her abilities as a songwriter and her poise as a performer. In 2007, Kina joined YouTube, made a music video and entered herself into a contest. A few months later, her video for "Message From Your Heart" aired during the Superbowl and its 97 million viewers (or 194 million eyeballs, depending on how you're keeping track) and she walked away with a record deal. Since then, Kina has regularly posted her songs on YouTube, amassing many millions of views, and toured throughout North America. Her songs have been heard on television shows such as ABC's General Hospital and MTV's College Life. Kina independently released her first full-length album, Stairwells, on February 23, 2010. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but always filled with hope. She'd want you to know that she saves drowning honeybees from pools whenever she gets the chance.

Casey Abrams & Amy Regan Live @ The National Underground - National Underground
April 09, 2011 -

Join singer-songwriters Casey Abrams & Amy Regan for a live performance at The National Underground on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 9pm.

The show will feature songs from Abrams' new album, Oh, You Kid!, and Regan's latest release, Gonna Get Better.

If Casey Abrams' name sounds familiar it is because the Southern-bred (but Boston-based), singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has been facing somewhat of a debacle with the 'American Idol' contestant who shares his namesake. Read all about the identity mix-up as it appeared in the NEW YORK POST here: With assistance from his backing band The Mysterious Strangers, and producer JOHN SIMON (The Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin), Abrams distills 200 years of American music to craft his electrifying new album, Oh, You Kid!. Like his generation-hopping tunes, his new album is a shoebox full of pictures and stories-- summer afternoon postcards, sprawling stormy-night creepers, rainy day letters and country-road racers. "Abrams' songs reflect an impeccable knowledge of American music." - POP MATTERS Dubbed one of Music Connection's "Hot 100 Unsigned Artist," Amy Regan is quickly becoming one of New York's most talked about up & coming songstresses. Her warm, soulful vocals are as emotive as the words that she sings. She flawlessly fuses classic pop sensibilities with lyrical integrity, and a breathtaking performance that's both gentle and fierce. She plays consistently to packed rooms at NYC singer/songwriter hotspots including Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room. Most recently, Regan and her song "Carry On" (from her debut EP And Then There Is This) have been featured in a national Hertz commercial, and she's released a new EP titled, Gonna Get Better. " Amy Regan has the untainted swagger of youth, the confidence and bravado of adulthood, and the soul of the classic female music icons" - Alyssa Rashbaum ( MTV, Spin, VIBE) Listen: Casey Abrams & The Mysterious Strangers- "It's Rained Every Day Since They Closed Down The Zoo":

Amy Regan- "Gonna Get Better":

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Raven - La Mama ETC
Through April 24, 2011 -

From April 8 to 24, La MaMa E.T. C. and Yara Arts Group will present "Raven," a performance piece created by Virlana Tkacz with Yara Arts Group and Ukrainian artists, inspired by Oleh Lysheha's poem of the same title. Acknowledged by many to be the best contemporary poet in Ukraine, Oleh Lysheha is a "poet's poet." The 1999 book, "The Selected Poems of Oleh Lysheha" (Harvard University Press) was awarded the PEN Translation Prize.

"Raven" speaks to our desire to explore unknowable boundaries. Sharply delineated details from everyday life transform to reveal the true nature of reality. Birds, trees and fruit bear messages for the careful observer. The forest protects the secrets of the invisible path. Yara's production uses music, movement, song and voice to explore the images of the poem, which is spoken both in the original and in its English translation by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Queens' Sky View Center & CenterStage presents a Sunday Music Spectacular Series - Sky View Center
Through August 28, 2011 -

Sky View Center, Queens’ newest shopping center presents Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular featuring CenterStage: The Queens Center for the Performing Arts. The show-stopping series will run through the summer and feature a variety of jazz, classical string quartets, piano and percussion performances by the talented students and all-star faculty of CenterStage. The Pop Broadway Show performance will feature the sounds of Broadway, R&B and Pop featuring Dakota MacLeod (vocals) and Ray Naccari (piano). The event will take place at Sky View Center on Level D offering visitors a chance to enjoy the various musical talents of the local community while shopping around Sky View Center.


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