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April 23, 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.

Capriccio - Metropolitan Opera
April 23, 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.

Il Trovatore - Metropolitan Opera
April 23, 2011 -

David McVicar's popular production returns with Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Zeljko Lucic. James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 23, 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 info@4kent.com. 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.

Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 23, 2011 -

The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime's music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime's essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.

Retro Grave (featuring original TROUBLE drummer) Debut Show - The Studio At Webster Hall
April 23, 2011 -

RETRO GRAVE, the duo featuring original TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, will make its live debut at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 23. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Also appearing on the bill are KAYO DOT and GNAW. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ticketweb.com

Tiffany - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 24, 2011 -

TIFFANY is back! ...to her roots. The dynamic voice of the 80s has returned to where it all started for her, country music and the Nashville music scene. Now a critically praised songwriter, Tiffany is set to capture your hearts again...with her new album of country/rock tunes!

She also just wrapped a starring role in a SyFy Channel Movie, stars in a national commercial with Meatloaf, & appeared on the CBS TV shows "The Young & the Restless" & "How I Met Your Mother."

The "I Think We're Alone Now" Girl recently Won VH1's Celebrity Fit Club where she lost 30 pounds! Needless to say it gathered her an avalanche of press from the cover of "In Touch" Magazine, radio to television show like the Tyra Banks show, Entertainment Tonight and the Insider TV shows.

The late Mae Axon first brought Tiffany to Nashville at the tender age of 10, where she performed on The Ralph Emery Show. At this young age, Tiffany shared the stage with such acts as George Jones, Jack Reeves, and Johnny Lee.

Tiffany began her career at the age of 13 when she signed her first recording contract with MCA. The self-titled debut album was released in 1987 and eventually went quadruple platinum. The innovative "Mall Tour" that followed proved to be the signature for Tiffany's early career and was very effective in targeting her core audience of young teens making Tiffany the youngest female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard charts.

Tiffany produced three top ten hits, two of which were national and international #1 pop singles "Could've Been" and the celebrated "I Think We're Alone Now." The soon-to-be teen pop phenomenon, New Kids on the Block, got their big break as the opening act for her world tour. Tiffany released her second album, Hold An Old Friend's Hand, which went double platinum and featured the top ten hit "All This Time."

In addition to her ground breaking successful music career, Tiffany had the opportunity to be the voice of Judy Jetson in the feature version of the popular cartoon series, The Jetsons.

During the `90s, Tiffany released two more albums, New Inside and Dreams Never Die (released exclusively in Asia). To start off the new Millennium, she introduced what became known as her "comeback" album, The Color of Silence with stellar critical reviews including from Billboard: "The Color of Silence is one of the finest pop albums of 2000."

Tiffany makes her home in Nashville with her husband & son Elijah, eight dogs, two turtles and five fish.

When she's not busy with her rigorous workout routine, she's a self-admitted designer shopaholic. Not bad for a local LA girl who just wanted to sing and went on to sell 16 million albums...

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.

Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera
April 25, 2011 -

The Met has assembled a stellar cast for this second installment of Robert Lepage's new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine: Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods, in his first performances of the role with the company. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the Wälsungen twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.

Lance Lopez - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 25, 2011 -

Modern day troubadour and jazz/rock/blues man Patrick Stanfield Jones releases A Heart and an Open Road, his solo debut on Motema Music. Fueled by prodigious chops honed over some thirty years as a guitarist, composer and performer, Jones fearlessly - and with a dose of humor - dives into different genres, seamlessly transitioning from one style to the next, to sing a `conscious cowboy's' saga of true love, broken hearts and life on the proverbial road.

Flirting with jazz, toying with country and reveling in rock, Jones and his skilled band draw the best from their many musical influences on this action-packed disc. From the rolling country-rock jam of the title track to the swinging jump blues of "Crazy `Bout You," to a surprising version of the Frank Sinatra hit "The Best is Yet to Come," Jones shows up as a lovable composer/performer with deep passion and unflinching soul. "I guess I write in a `genre-melting pot' style because that's what I have experienced both as a person of multi-ethnic roots, and also as an itinerant performer meeting and playing with so many different kinds of people around this country," says Jones. "At the core, these songs paint my picture of American music."

Rigoletto - Metropolitan Opera
April 26, 2011 -

The Verdi favorite returns with great casts, including Christine Schafer, Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Lado Ataneli, George Gagnidze, and Zeljko Lucic.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force - Highline Ballroom
April 26, 2011 -

Those who have followed his career and have experienced his music know this for a fact: Femi Kuti never felt just satisfied with being the King's heir. He freed himself from his father's legacy in '85 by putting together his own band, The Positive Force, and thereby working to find his own voice. He became, during the '90s, a renowned artist in his own right with a distinctive, colorful and balanced style. His records tell the story: After a short spell at Motown, he took on the Afrobeat sound with his first international album in 1998 «Shoki Shoki», before rubbing shoulders with the modern urban style of his American peers such as Mos Def and Common on the album «Fight To Win». Returning to Lagos he worked on rebuilding the new Shrine and released an unbelievable live project recorded in the heat of the moment in his own venue («Live at the Shrine», MK2 / 2004). Finally his first studio record only came about in 2008, having found inspiration in Paris. This unanimously celebrated release «Day By Day» was his most successful one.

What was there left for him to accomplish from now on? To complete the cycle, Femi felt he needed to go back to his roots, to the origins of this burning feeling inside him which had fired all his work, and going back to the studio where he had produced his first recordings with his father and his solo album «Shoki Shoki».

Decca Studio, soon to become Afrodisia Records in the '70s, was the experimenting ground for most Nigerian masterpieces of the time, including those of Fela. «It was a very important historical place for Afrobeat and the place have those mystical vibrations that Femi felt», recalls Sodi, his longtime travelling buddy, and Parisian producer, who made the trip to Lagos to be a part of it. «We knew the studio was in a bad state, with old mixing desks, ancient equipment, we all knew the gear would not be up to the test, but we wanted to take up the challenge. Because everyting is different in Lagos. The city is such a monster; it has an effect on the way musicians play. The trick is to capture the Lagos stress without yielding under it yourself».

And Femi gives us further insight : « Between the power cuts and the dysfunctional AC, we were sweating like pigs. I was playing with Sodi, pretending to complain: We could be in a comfortable place right now, what are we doing here? It was madness, but that's what we wanted it to be». This record may be less carefully produced than the former one. However this was not unintentional, but rather a conscious artistic choice, i.e. not to polish the finishing touches and keep this afrobeat rough in its purest form..... « Aggressive is the word that Femi uses the most when talking about the album. This familiar Punk energy you hear is no surprise therefore even spiced up the African way! Here, the words echo the music perfectly. « Bad Government ». Never has Femi been so vindictive. Or his words so concise. « Nobody Beg »: « But never has my people's condition been so serious» he justifies. As did his idols from the 60s, Coltrane, Parker, Gillespie, his militant spirit sometimes carries a jazzy jab that doesn't however lose any of its intensity. « Politics in Africa ».

More than just a simple musician, the 48-year old composer has become a true African Ambassador, in its most honorable sense. Indeed the album recording had to be arranged around his busy schedule. For example, Femi was in Johannesburg to sing for Africa the opening ceremony for the Football World Cup. There he sang one of his hits « Beng Beng Beng », and took the opportunity to meet a few of the anti-Apartheid heroes. Shortly after, he was heading off to New York to see the famous and very successful Broadway musical about Fela, where he also got to appear on stage, invited by the actors at the end of the show. «It's truly extraordinary, they really understood my father's struggle and his mindset This show has got to travel the world, and come down to the Shrine», he says naturally.

Will we see Femi carrying out this project throughout the world? Maybe. In the meantime, his Shrine still carries the torch week in week out, so much so it has become one of the only last dynamic temples for live African music. Erykah Badu, Damon Albarn, Hugh Masekala have recently made appearances, as have the Lagos Police, who regularly raid the place, picking up and frightening off the local crowd, as they try to close down this highly regarded resistance venue. For the Shrine's 10th anniversary, coming this winter, Femi has plans to organize there an exceptional festival, following which he will be promoting his new album on stage.

That 70's Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 26, 2011 -

That 70's Band offers colorful, energetic and powerful sets of groovin' 70s dance music that includes everything from Earth, Wind and Fire to Kool & the Gang, Donna Summer to CHIC, KC & the Sunshine Band to the Spinners, Sylvester to Barry White and much much more! This smokin' 9-piece band plays non-stop Hit after Hit and has their audience singing and grooving all night long! With a very talented and personable vocal front line, tight rhythm section and slammin horns, That 70's Band keeps the audience always wanting more.

Il Trovatore - Metropolitan Opera
April 27, 2011 -

David McVicar's popular production returns with Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Zeljko Lucic. James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association.

Rush Hour: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 - New York Philharmonic
April 27, 2011 -

When work ends, come experience a different kind of rush. Head over to the Philharmonic for an evening of music that's guaranteed to revitalize you. Rush Hour Series concerts begin at 6:45pm and last about an hour.

Candye Kane, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 27, 2011 -

Kanes' live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts - growls - shouts - croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. A show that is part humor, revival meeting and sexuality celebration, she'll deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad like Jesus and Mohammed, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She'll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of Whole Lotta Love or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with 200 pounds of fun. She often says she is a "fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's body" and she dresses the part. Bedecked in bright colored feathers, sequins and rhinestones, Kane's performance is Mississippi by way of Las Vegas with a quick stopover in San Francisco.

Young Musicians for a Smoke Free Planet at Jazz - Jazz at Lincoln Center
April 27, 2011 -

On Wednesday, April 27th, students from YM Piano Studios will perform at Young Musicians for a Smoke Free Planet at Jazz at Lincoln Irene Diamond Center (60th and Broadway) from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. The concert is part of the Russian American Dental Association’s Oral Cancer Awareness Program, a series of events taking place throughout April and May aimed at keeping the public informed about the importance of maintaining good oral health. The proceeds from the program will fund RADA’s initiatives locally and abroad, which include research in the dental field, assisting dental professionals with their career goals, and organizing medical conferences. For more information about the nonprofit organization, visit their website at www.RussianDentists.org.

Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera
April 28, 2011 -

The Met has assembled a stellar cast for this second installment of Robert Lepage's new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine: Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods, in his first performances of the role with the company. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the Wälsungen twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.

Vijay Iyer Trio and Robert Glasper Trio - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
April 28, 2011 -

Jazz pianists Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper with their respective jazz trios make the possibilities for new sound seem endless. Each artist blends his own compositions from unique cultural backgrounds and styles. This double-bill event presents a unique opportunity to hear what’s next in jazz from two of music’s brightest young stars. Iyer is a singular talent - a forceful, rhythmically invigorating performer and an exceptional, forward-thinking composer drawing from African, Asian and European musical lineages to create original music in the American creative tradition. Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Hailed by listeners and critics, Glasper has garnered the respect of the toughest audience of all: musicians from across the jazz spectrum.

Sophie Karthäuser - Carnegie Hall
April 28, 2011 -

Soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes her New York recital debut on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Eugene Asti, performing songs by Mozart, Schubert, Wolf, Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc.

Yuri Bashmet - Carnegie Hall
April 28, 2011 -

Violist Yuri Bashmet performs in recital with pianist Evgeny Kissin on Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in a concert featuring Schubert's Sonata in A Minor, Brahms's Sonata in E-flat Major, and Shostakovich's Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 28, 2011 -

"Corky" Laing is best known as the longtime drummer of the hard rock band, Mountain. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Laing was the youngest of five children. Getting his break playing drums for legendary vocal group The Ink Spots in 1961, he later played in a group called Energy, who were produced by Cream collaborator and Laing's future band mate Felix Pappalardi. Laing left Energy in 1969 to replace drummer N.D. Smart in hard rock outfit and heavy metal forerunner Mountain, who, with Laing at the drum kit, released three albums and the classic song Mississippi Queen between 1970 and 1971.

After the band's first breakup the following year, Laing and Leslie West went on to form blues-rock power trio West, Bruce and Laing with former Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce. West, Bruce and Laing produced two studio albums and a live release before Mountain reformed in 1974 and released two more albums, Avalanche and the live Twin Peaks, only to break up again shortly after. The band would once again reconvene in 1985 upon the release of Go For Your Life, and Laing has continued with them to this day, most recently working on the band's 2007 Bob Dylan cover album Masters of War.

In addition to Mountain, Corky Laing has recorded as the group Cork, with Spin Doctors guitarist/vocalist Eric Schenkman and Noel Redding, best known as bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In late 1975, he played congas on several tracks on Bo Diddley's all-star album The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll.

In 2003, Laing and Leslie West authored Nantucket Sleighride and Other Mountain on-the-Road Stories, a chronicle of their time with Mountain in its heyday and their careers in the years following. In 2007, Laing recorded Stick It!, the audio version of his memoirs that would ultimately inspire the Under The Rock radio show, beginning on CHUM stations across Canada in September 2008.

Johnny Markowski Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 28, 2011 -

Johnny Markowski, The middle of the three sons of Thomas Jefferson Kaye, the legendary producer and songwriter of the 1960's and 70's. Johnny has always played signature versions of several Kaye masterpieces, alongside brilliant originals of his own. As the founding member of many bands over the 80's 90's most notably being Stir Fried. The band toured extensively across the US, building a solid fan bases on both the east and west coasts. Many musicians have gravitated towards Stir Fried's original yet old school sound due to the magnetic personality of Johnny Markowski. The band has recorded and performed with the likes of Dr. John (keys), Vassar Clements (fiddle-Old & In The Way), Commander Cody (piano), Buddy Cage (pedal steel-NRPS), Jo Jo Herman (keys - Widespread Panic), Bernie Worrell (keys-P Funk, Talking Heads), Derek Trucks (guitar-Allman Bros. Band), Tony Trischka (banjo) The Stir Fried Band found themselves at the top of the jam band scene by 2004. During the last 15 years Buddy Cage and Johnny have been playing in bands together longer than any other band they have ever worked with. Quite a team they make. A few years ago Johnny helped reconnect NRPS member on the phone, than lead to the lovely 4 and a half year (and counting) reunion of NRPS doing over a 120 shows a year since those calls when made. The twist is that the only spot open was the drums...Johnny took the bull by the horns and is now the drummer of NRPS full time he has been voted most impressive drummer of 2007 on www.jamband.com.

Eugene Onegin - Dicapo Opera Theater
April 29, 2011 -

Dicapo's 2010-11 season concludes with Tchaikovsky's celebrated opera Eugene Onegin, Pushkin's story of a selfish hero who lives to regret his callous rejection of a young woman's love – and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. The libretto follows closely Pushkin's immortal novel written in verse. First performed at Moscow's Maly Theatre in 1879, Eugene Onegin conveys the romance and drama of a vanished world that the passage of time has reduced to the mere dimensions of a paperweight filled with snow. Born in Kiev, Moscow Conservatory-trained conductor Semyon Vekshtein last performed Onegin – with its unforgettable solo aria for Tatyana in the "Letter Scene" and the famous waltz and polonaise – in a joint production of the Montreal Opera and Florentine Opera Milwaukee. This new production will be Dicapo's second Russian opera in its history; the first was Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, presented in 1997. $50.

Orfeo ed Euridice - Metropolitan Opera
April 29, 2011 -

Leading countertenor David Daniels reprises his starring role in Mark Morris's inventive and moving production. Also featuring Kate Royal and Lisette Oropesa.

Masaaki Suzuki - Carnegie Hall
April 29, 2011 -

On Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m., harpsichordist Masaaki Suzuki (Artistic Director of the Bach Collegium Japan, performing in March as part of JapanNYC) presents a recital that features compositions by Couperin, William Byrd, Johann Jacob Froberger, Dieterich Buxtehude, and J.S. Bach.

Pinback - Highline Ballroom
April 29, 2011 -

Hailing from San Diego, pinback is a band comprised of two principal players: Armistead Burwell Smith IV (Zach) and Rob Crow. Pinback started as a part-time endeavor back in 1998, When Zach's band 3 mile pilot went on an extended hiatus and Rob found time away from his other musical interests (mainly thingy and heavy vegetable). After recording their self-titled debut, released by ace fu in 1999, Pinback became a fully realized project.

The next few years saw an increase in Pinback activity. In 2000, Tree Records released the ep Some Voices, and Ace Fu released Pinback's second full-length, blue screen life, in 2001. Between record releases, Pinback toured as a full five piece band, hitting points across North America and Europe. Additionally, Pinback offered up many tour-only eps, consisting of various combinations of live tracks, alternate takes, and unreleased songs. In 2003, absolutely kosher released the lengthy 5-song ep, Offcell.

The next chapter in their story will begin on October 12, 2004, when Pinback's debut record for Touch and Go is released. Summer in Abaddon was recorded by the duo in Zach's home studio over the course of 2003, and truly captures Pinback's essence. Although it may seem like gentle pop music at first encounter, its brilliance is slowly revealed upon repeated listens. Songs are buoyant and lively at times, melancholy and dark at others, and always resonate with an underlying intensity. Between two musicians, Pinback lays out beautiful melodies that are deceptively complex, layering sounds and instruments upon one another and trading contrasting vocal parts with ease.

Wishbone Ash - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 29, 2011 -

During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The group's roots dated to the summer of 1966, when drummer Steve Upton formed a band called Empty Vessels with bassist/vocalist Martin Turner and guitarist Glen Turner. Empty Vessels soon changed their name to Tanglewood and moved to London; during a gig at the Country Club in Hampstead, they were seen by would-be rock manager Miles Copeland, who was impressed with the jazz and progressive rock influences within the band and offered to be their manager. Glen Turner left the band at that point, and an advertisement for a guitarist resulted in the addition of both David Alan "Ted" Turner and Andy Powell, who provided the basis for the sound of the new lineup with intertwining riffs and phrases drawn from both soul and blues, coupled with Martin Turner's melodic bass sound and Upton's jazz-influenced drumming. A new name was called for, and after several suggestions by Copeland that proved unacceptable, "Wishbone Ash" was chosen from two lists of words. The group rehearsed for weeks at Copeland's home, working out an entirely new repertoire, and played their first gig opening for the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. It wasn't too long before they were opening for Deep Purple, where a sound check jam between Powell and Ritchie Blackmore led to a recording contract with the American Decca label. Their self-titled first album appeared in 1970; Pilgrimage and Argus followed over the next two years, and each showed a major advance in the band's sound. The release of 1973's Wishbone Four reflected a greater maturity to the group, and was their first fully developed album, with songwriting that didn't hide behind a progressive pose but luxuriated in the members' folk music inclinations, without compromising the harder edge of their music. The album also saw the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Laurie Wisefield. Locked In and New England followed; Martin Turner departed after 1979's Just Testing, to be replaced by ex-King Crimson bassist/singer John Wetton. Wishbone Ash soldiered on through the 1980s, and in 1986 even got back with Copeland, by now a major player in the recording industry by virtue of his management of the Police and his founding of I.R.S. Records. Wishbone Ash's history came full circle with the reunion of Powell, Upton, Ted Turner, and Martin Turner, and the recording of three albums for I.R.S.. They remained a working band into the 1990s, led by Andy Powell and Ted Turner and touring and recording regularly.

Les Nubians - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 29, 2011 -

Grammy Nominated international recording artists Les Nubians have intrigued audiences for over a decade with their inventive and glamorous Afropean style. This distinctive sound embodies the timeless vibrations of Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Doudou N'diaye Rose, Fela Kuti, Edith Piaf, The Fugees, and Soul II Soul.

Recognized for their colorful auras, Les Nubians' vogue is a fusion of Funkin' Fashion and Modern Amazon. Adoring fans pay tribute to the French/Cameroonian sister duo for their continuous flow of jazzy nuances, hard hitting drum `n' bass lines, harmonious melodies, conscious proclamations and humanitarian endeavors.

Their hit single "Makeda" propelled their 1999 U.S. debut album to the top of the charts making `Princesses Nubiennes' the most successful French-language album in decades!

Part of the acclaimed Red Hot & Riot Collective, Les Nubians blaze the mic with Yerba Buena, Dead Prez, Keziah Jones, John Medeski, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Baaba Maal, Manu Dibango, Blackalicious, Tony Allen, Cheikh Lo, and Amadou & Mariam paying tribute to Africa. They have also shared the stage with Lupe Fiasco, Jill Scott, Marcus Miller, James Brown, Zap Mama, Chaka Khan, Miss Dynamite...

With two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards nominations, Les Nubians were honored with the award for Best New Artist, Group or Duo in 1999. These dynamic entrepreneurs have also been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards.

Echos: Nubian Voyager is the first executive production for H?l?ne and C?lia Faussart. "Everywhere we go, we look for music that speaks of Culture: people, history, stories. "Our journeys have given us an opportunity to cross paths with many beautiful souls.

Brazilian music, art and poetry - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
April 29, 2011 -

The BEA (Brazilian Endowment for the Arts), with the mission of supporting Brazilian Artists in the USA, will present a concert/cd release of Radik, Brazilian singer and composer. Radik’s first album, called ‘Pera’, explores in a unique way the traditional Brazilian’s rhythms and melodies of bossa-nova and samba. The same night will also feature a poetry performance with the Brazilian poets Sergio Geronimo e Mozart Carvalho. In addition, the public will enjoy the opening of an art exhibition with works by Fabian Albertini, Gustavo Felizardo e Marcos Amaro.

For more information: bibliobrnyc@gmail.com / 212-371-1556/ http://www.brazilianendowment.org/

Free Admission RSVP required: bibliobrnyc@gmail.com

The Musical Worlds of John Zorn - New York City Opera Company
April 30, 2011 -

Featuring Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Joey Baron, John Zorn, and others. Discover the wide spectrum of innovative work by maverick music master John Zorn in this not-to-be-missed marathon of his compositions performed by some of his diverse musical groups. The evening features the hypnotic minimalist propulsion of "The Goddess", dynamic Jewish Jazz courtesy of "The Masada Sextet", the intensity of modern rock with the New York premiere of "Moonchild", and a mind-bending collaboration with avant-garde innovators "Euphoria".

Rigoletto - Metropolitan Opera
April 30, 2011 -

The Verdi favorite returns with great casts, including Christine Schafer, Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Lado Ataneli, George Gagnidze, and Zeljko Lucic.

Il Trovatore - Metropolitan Opera
April 30, 2011 -

David McVicar's popular production returns with Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Zeljko Lucic. James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association.

Music of Steve Reich - Carnegie Hall
April 30, 2011 -

On Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents a concert entitled Music of Steve Reich celebrating the composer's 75th birthday year with an all-star lineup of some of today's leading contemporary music ensembles performing the newest scores by the legendary composer. The program features the New York premieres of WTC 9/11 (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) performed by Kronos Quartet, Mallet Quartet by So Percussion, and 2 x 5 by Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends and eighth blackbird. Also on the program is Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning (and past Carnegie Hall commission) Double Sextet performed by both eighth blackbird and Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 30, 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 info@4kent.com. 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.

David Weinstone's Music for Aardvarks - Highline Ballroom
April 30, 2011 -

It should be noted that the incredible events following that first class are hazy at best. Historians believe that the six original families were each given a cassette of Weinstone's songs for their children to listen to at home. Bootleg copies were made and circulated around the neighborhood and within a few weeks angry (well, at least disappointed) mobs of stroller pushing parents were being turned away at the door. It is well documented that Fox 5's Good Day New York, Metro Guide TV, NYU Arts and many small local papers and radio stations ran features on the music and the classes. This, along with strong word of mouth and the continued spread of the tapes transformed a fledgling music program into a bona-fide local phenomenon. Within one year of it's conception MFA had become a household name in New York City.

The children's songs by David Weinstone, originally intended for use simply as a reference to class activities, have since captured the imagination and touched the hearts of families all across the country and around the world. Today MFA continues to enjoy astounding success and praise with recent full-page profiles in Time Magazine, The New York Times and The New York Daily News. National exposure seems imminent as more and more music educators discover the music that so many children have already come to treasure, and utilize it in their school programs.

Experts agree, something very exciting and new came into being that fateful day 4.5 billion years ago, and then again on September 7th 1997. What impact these events will have in the grand scheme of things both past and future is yet to be seen, and yet to be written.

Garland Jeffreys and The Coney Island Playboys - Highline Ballroom
April 30, 2011 -

Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, in the Fifties and Sixties, the embodiment of the urban melting pot. I surely was melted, a mix of black, white, Puerto Rican with a faint trace of Cherokee. My grandfather was head waiter at Lundy's, the world-famous Brooklyn seafood restaurant. Those were the days when it was honorable for a black man to be a waiter, an elevator operator, a soldier or a porter, like my father was at one time. I used to ride along with him on the Pennsylvania Railroad, the New York to DC line, and there was nothing more exciting than sleeping in the double deckers and watching the towns roll by. My mother had me when she was sixteen and she named me after seeing the word on a fancy box of cards. She was just a kid, and music was the soundtrack of her life, just like rap is today--only her music was Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and even Benny Goodman. I soaked it up. It was background to the forty eight hour card games that floated from one apartment to another, when they would put little Garland to sleep in the bottom dresser drawer. The adults were cool. They talked jive. Daddy-o and doojie, hep and hipster and, "Man, I was with that cat when he flipped out." There were characters all around...Davey Nichols, Stetson, Spook, Sister, Shorty Bolden...people I knew and heard about who hinted at dangerous things. In truth, I didn't need to look far for influences, not when my uncle was living downstairs and up to no good. To balance that out, there were families like the Haynes, a few blocks over, who came from the West Indies. They built houses, bought real estate, and lived a clean, sober life. Mr. Haynes lived to be one hundred, with eight of his children gathered around him on his birthday. Most of the kids in my public school were Jewish or Italian. Starting in kindergarten, I used to have crushes on the white girls. Once I got called into the principal's office for slipping one a love note. They called my father in and he defended me. "From this note, it seems to me Garland likes this girl. I don't see anything wrong here." My father was raised an orphan in Harlem. Later in life he told me how at four years old he used to scamper across rooftops early in the morning, then drop down to steal milk from the stoops. I never went hungry. But when I was little I would cut across the yard to Sweetie Pie, the neighbor lady's house and ring the bell. She would call me Frankie Boy and give me pickles and a biscuit. Today my six year old daughter walks down the street and rings the doorbell to get a cookie from our neighbor. I'm sure I never told her the story about Frankie Boy. Hard wired...

Jon Anderson - The Voice of Yes - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 30, 2011 -

That voice. It punches through the stratosphere, down along a sunbeam, and straight into your heart. Jon Anderson has been the lead singer of Yes, one of the most long-lived and successful rock acts in history, for more than three decades (give or take a few respites when the drama got too thick). Perhaps more than any other element in this progressive rock flagship, it is Anderson's vocals that instantly identify what you're hearing as Yes Music, a complex, giddy, positive amalgamation of rock's fire and classical music's grace. English folk, American pop, and plugged-in jazz also rear their heads on album oriented FM-radio staples like "I've Seen All Good People," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," and "Long Distance Runaround." Anderson is also the band's lyricist and his stanzas are full of light and cries for peace, wondrous journeys and whales, cosmic travelers and seafarers happily adrift. He remains one of the few people in rock that continues to espouse the same cool values that came out of the '60s social movements around the globe. His voice, a strange otherworldly thing, high and pure, never comes across as anything other than achingly sincere. He believes in the power of music to change the world for the better. He believed that in 1968 when he met bassist Chris Squire and formed a fresh idea for what a rock band might be and he believes it today with a force that's frankly pretty infectious. Talking to Jon, I started to feel that all the gunfire in the distance might actually one day be a thing of the past. It is not a thought that I'm able to capture very often and it speaks to the power emanating from this distinctive spirit.

The Voice of Havana - Xiomara Laugart - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
April 30, 2011 -

Vocal sensation Xiomara Laugart is a legend in her native Cuba. She has performed with the country's greatest musicians, starred as Celia Cruz in Celia, the Musical, and was lead vocalist for the Latin fusion band Yerba Buena. Her sultry, powerful voice and commanding stage presence win over any audience. Co-presented with the World Music Institute

General Admission - $22 WMI Members - $18

The Digitour - Gramercy Theatre
April 30, 2011 -

The Digitour is the first ever large scale 6 week, 27 city North American tour bringing your favorite-iconic YouTube musicians to life. The stellar line up features artists with a combined one billion views and over six million combined fan subscriptions, these artists include MysteryGuitarGuy (2,123,415), Dave Days (1,561,114), The Gregory Bros. (aka AutoTune The News) (847,487), David Choi (770,655), Destorm (810,782), Ricky Ficarelli (46,089), Wheezy Waiter (292,623), Nice Peter (324,253), Meghan Tonjes (155,333).

PACHA LOVES BRAZIL | MARCOS CARNAVAL + MARIO CALEGARI | Friday April 29 @ Pacha NYC - PACHA NYC
Through April 30, 2011 -

Pacha’s monthly carnivale is celebrating a big aniversário this month: It’s resident DJ Mario Calegari’s birthday! Join him and fellow resident Marcos Carnaval for an especially celebratory evening of house with tribal drums and lots of sex appeal. FREE BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list... http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_042911.html

GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com

Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

CHUS + CEBALLOS | The Mustache Party - PACHA NYC
April 30, 2011 -

Facial hair can make the man – or make the boy into the man. Show up to Pacha tonight rocking your best mustache (girls can play too – fake lip fringe accepted) and get FREE entry before 12. Or join us later in the evening and snag your free faux ‘stache. Either way, you’ll be enjoying the tribalistic sounds of Iberican resident DJs Chus & Ceballos – who will be rocking their own wily whiskers.

Free admission before 12 midnight for all guys and girls with mustaches! (+ free mustaches for first 2000 paying customers)

$10 ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT on the list Click here to get on the list... http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_043011.html

GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-04/30/chus-and-ceballos-pacha-nyc Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Seance on a Wet Afternoon - New York City Opera Company
Through May 01, 2011 -

City Opera presents the New York premiere of the first opera by Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer. Schwartz bases his new psychological drama on the novel by Mark McShane and Bryan Forbes's 1964 film noir adaptation. The mesmerizing Lauren Flanigan stars as an ambitious psychic who devises and elaborate kidnapping scheme so that her "vision" can ensure a successful recovery, a generous ransom, and the fame she desperately craves. Boldly beautiful in its concept and staging, this compelling production takes audiences on a thrilling, suspenseful ride to the limits of tragedy.

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 http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. 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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