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Things to do this week in NYC Apr 7-Apr 14: Music

April 7, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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.

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 07, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Pomerium - Passion and Resurrection Motets of the Renaissance - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 07, 2012 -

This spring, Pomerium reprises its exploration of the great Renaissance choral music of Passiontide and Easter. The program proceeds from Palm Sunday to Easter Day with an emphasis on music for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Stylistically, the progression leads from chant to its elaborations by Guillaume Dufay and Senfl. The austerity of the Crucifixion gives way to the splendid celebration of the Resurrection, culminating in glorious motets by Orlande de Lassus, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, and William Byrd.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 07, 2012 -

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 [email protected] 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.

Theo Bleckmann The Music of Kate Bush - Hello Earth! CD Release Show - Highline Ballroom
April 07, 2012 -

A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy nominee and ECHO Award recipient Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as "from another planet" (New York Times), "magical, futuristic," (All About Jazz), "limitless" (Citypaper, Philadelphia), "transcendent" (Village Voice), and "brilliant" (New York Magazine). Tonight he celebrates the recent release of his latest project, Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush.

An Evening With MELANIE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 07, 2012 - New York

Folk singer-songwriter Melanie recorded her first album in 1967 and attracted national attention as well as a loyal fan following two years later when she performed at Woodstock, the legendary rock festival. During the early '70s, Melanie's gentle, acoustic sound on songs like "Lay Down," "Beautiful People," and "Brand New Key" (which topped the charts in 1971) stood in sharp contrast to the hard-driving, heavy-metal rock that dominated the charts. Edwin Miller of Seventeen magazine observed that her "urgent ballads bind you to her with invisible threads of emotion." Melanie was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Opera House. She later opened the New Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations, where she was invited to perform on many occasions as delegates greeted her performances with standing ovations. In addition, the top television hosts of all time - Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Dick Cavett - have battled to book her.

Dr. John: Insides Out: Locked Down - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through April 07, 2012 - Fort Greene

For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career. Dr. John partners with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and a handpicked band to premiere new music from their forthcoming album of the same name.

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Spins & Grooves @ BAM Cafe - BAM Cafe
April 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

Described as “. . . a cross-cultural collaboration that spins & grooves” by the New York City Jazz Record, Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble is an imaginative and tight quintet that churns out an intoxicating brew of in-the-pocket grooves and reverent soulful performances of original compositions and arrangements in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and neo-classical styles. This ensemble of first-rate musicians includes: Bandleader/Keyboard Eugene Marlow, multi Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria, saxophonist Michael Hashim, percussionist Cristian Rivera, & bassist Frank Wagner. More @ www.eugenemarlow.com

Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano - Donald Sulzen, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 08, 2012 -

This extraordinary soprano makes her New York recital debut.

DCINY Vocal Jazz Festival with Phil Mattson - The Town Hall
April 08, 2012 - New York

This Easter, select Vocal Jazz ensembles from premiere High Schools and Universities from across the nation gather in the prestigious Town Hall in New York City to celebrate excellence in choir and jazz performance. Led by iconic Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and teacher, Phil Mattson, this showcase of voice is sure to please the eyes and ears of any music lover of any age. Buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/030048468D83953D

Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 - Highline Ballroom
April 08, 2012 -

Born in 1983, Seun Kuti first began performing with Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his father Fela, at age nine, warming up audiences with renditions of his father's songs. After Fela's death in 1997, Seun stepped up to the front of the band, leading the celebrated combo as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. Kuti is determined to speak to the new generation of young Africans born after his father's glory days. If he learned but one lesson from Fela, it is that that no one has greater impact on hearts and mind than the true artist. As such, the powerhouse protest music found on From Africa with Fury: Rise serves as a kind of musical antidote to the corporate pop that he feels is polluting Africa's airwaves, distracting its citizens from the things that truly matter. "Music has great impact on people's feelings," he says. "That's what music should be. Pop music today is all about me, me, me. Nobody is singing about we. But nothing can change if we don't look out for our brothers and sisters."

R&B SPOTLIGHT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 08, 2012 - New York

R&B Spotlight is excited about presenting the next great R&B star to the world. Talented artists have come in from all over the globe to showcase their gifts as part of this event. Everyone from Aretha Franklin to Anthony Hamilton has graced the B.B. King stage, and now R&B Spotlight is providing the same platform for other up-and-coming R&B acts to follow suit.

Easter Cantata with Gracias Choir - Mahanaim Auditorium
April 08, 2012 - Huntington

We at Mahanaim are excited to introduce a whole new concert series to your doorsteps. This April is a very sentimental month, with the production of our new program, the Gracias Choir Easter Cantata. This Cantata depicts how Jesus conquered death and resurrected to bring justification to all. Through choir pieces and a short depiction and message of the resurrection of Christ, the spirit of the season and holiday will be embedded into the hearts of all listeners. Programs G.F. Handel’s Oratorio “Messaiah” I Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:25) II No. 41 Since by man came death No. 46 The trumpet shall sound No. 51 Worthy is the Lamb No. 52 Amen We hope to see you in the audience and take part in the music culture we would like to offer the town to enable our community to become a more culturally and musically enriched town.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
April 09, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

Bombino - Highline Ballroom
April 09, 2012 -

Over the course of a life that has seen him experience brutal government oppression through two separate Tuareg rebellions, life in exile, and numerous other incredible hardships, Bombino has developed a truly unique style of music that carries a powerful message. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Toure, not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmy Page.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Madison Square Garden
April 09, 2012 - Midtown



Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau. A special edition of 'Wrecking Ball' will also be available and include two bonus tracks and exclusive artwork and photography.

 Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'"


THE BLUE MEANIES - A Special Tribute To DAVY JONES & THE MONKEES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 09, 2012 - New York

Gotham City's No. 1 beat combo THE BLUE MEANIES honor the legacy of DAVY JONES and the legendary music of THE MONKEES. The band covers the years 1966 to 1970 and features songs from each of the original nine albums released by The Monkees during that time. Not only that, but there are plenty of outtakes and B-sided goodies.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 10, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

HIROMI - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 10, 2012 - New York

Global superstar jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara first mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut Another Mind. The buzz started by her first album spread all the way back to her native Japan, where Another Mind shipped over 100,000 units and received the Recording Industry Association of Japan's Jazz Album of the Year Award. The keyboardist and composer's second release Brain (2004) quickly amassed a cache of awards as well, including being named Album of the Year in Swing Journal's 2005 Readers Poll. In 2006, Hiromi won Best Jazz Act at the Boston Music Awards and the Guinness Jazz Festival's Rising Star Award. She also claimed Jazzman of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and Album of the Year in Swing Journal Japan's Readers Poll for her 2006 release, Spiral. She continued her winning streak with Time Control (2007) and Beyond Standard (2008), both of which featured her super group Sonicbloom.

Mana - Madison Square Garden
April 10, 2012 - Midtown

Mana to perform at Madison Square Garden on April 10 during the eagerly-awaited second U.S. leg of their "Drama y Luz Tour." Mana once again tops the Latin charts with #1 song "El Verdadero Amor Perdona". It Is The Third Consecutive #1 Single From Mana's Multi-Platinum Album "Drama y Luz" And Extended The Group's Own Record (8) For The Most #1 Singles By A Band on Billboard's "Hot Latin Songs" Chart.

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 11, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Joshua Bell, director and violin - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 11, 2012 -

The peerless Joshua Bell perfroms with and leads the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in this fiery evening of Beethoven.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
April 11, 2012 - New York

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

STRUNZ & FARAH - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 11, 2012 - New York

Strunz & Farah, performing together since 1980, have created an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. From Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, profoundly influencing guitarists everywhere. The duo's music is perhaps best described as original international acoustic improvisational guitar music, world guitar, or ethnojazz. Their style is saturated with their cultural roots, which include Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, flamenco, and Middle Eastern music, and it draws heavily from the jazz concept of improvisation.

Mitsuko Uchida - Carnegie Hall
April 11, 2012 -

Mitsuko Uchida is one of the most distinctive pianists today, "an elegant, deeply musical interpreter who strikes and inspired balance of head and heart in everything she plays" (Chicago Tribune). Schubert is one of the composers whose music Uchida illuminates with a particularly individual light. Here she performs three sonatas written only two months before his death.

Pulp - Radio City Music Hall
Through April 11, 2012 -

MSG Entertainment and The Bowery Presents are proud to welcome Pulp to Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 8PM. Pulp has announced they will return to the U.S. this spring for the first time in more than a decade to play Coachella and a handful of U.S. shows including a stop in New York. The shows will involve all the original members of the band -- Nick Banks (drums), Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass), and Mark Webber (guitar) -- and they will be playing songs from all periods of their career. The band gained notoriety in the mid-90s with the release of the albums His 'n' Hers in 1994 and Different Class in 1995, which reached the number one spot in the UK Albums Chart. Different Class spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.

Juilliard Songfest - Alice Tully Hall
April 11, 2012 - New York

All-Brahms Concert - Brian Zeger, Artistic Director and Pianist. Ying Fang, soprano; Devon Guthrie, soprano; Nathalie Mittelbach, mezzo-soprano; Kyle Bielfield, tenor; John Brancy, baritone; Will Liverman, baritoe. FREE tickets available 3/28.

Orchestra of St. Luke's - Carnegie Hall
April 12, 2012 -

The Orchestra of St. Luke's closes its Carnegie Hall season with an all-Mozart program, featuring one of New York City's most distinguished professional choruses, Musica Sacra. Ivan Fischer, who made his first appearance with St. Luke's last season, conducts two pieces written towards the end of composer's short life: the triumphant Symphony No. 34 and the Requiem, left unfinished at Mozart's death.

The Fray - Radio City Music Hall
April 12, 2012 -

By pitching their music somewhere between the arena-friendly style of U2 and the mature pop/rock of bands like Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, the Fray rose to commercial prominence with their 2005 debut, How to Save a Life. The Denver-based band had formed three years prior, when former schoolmates Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals) unexpectedly bumped into each other at a local music store. The pair began a series of two-man jam sessions and soon expanded their lineup with two of Slade 's former bandmates, drummer Ben Wysocki and guitarist David Welsh . Slade's younger brother, Caleb, also joined the band for a stint but was ultimately asked to leave; the resulting rift between the two siblings would later inspire the band's first hit single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)." After issuing the Movement EP in 2002, the quartet gained the support of Denver's KTCL radio station with a follow-up release, 2003's Reason EP. As the Fray's airplay increased alongside their local profile (Westword, a Denver alternative weekly publication, deemed them "Best New Band" in 2004), they began attracting attention from Epic Records. The label ultimately signed the band in December 2004, and the Fray toured alongside Weezer and Ben Folds the following summer. How to Save a Life was released in September 2005, and "Over My Head (Cable Car)" found a quick home on modern rock radio. By early 2006, it had crossed over to Top 40 chart status, peaking at number eight and whetting the public's appetite for another hit. The Fray responded by releasing the album's title track, which was heavily used in a promotional campaign for the TV series Grey's Anatomy and quickly became one of 2006's biggest singles. "How to Save a Life" was a worldwide smash, reaching the Top Ten in the U.S. (where it continued to chart for 58 consecutive weeks) and peaking at number one in Bulgaria, Ireland, Canada, and Spain. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Fray's debut had been certified double-platinum in the U.S. and was declared the best-selling digital album of all time. As How to Save a Life continued to enjoy worldwide chart success, the live album Live at the Electric Factory was released in selected independent stores in July 2006. The Fray re-released their Reason EP the following year while continuing to tour, occasionally playing new material at their high-profile shows. The band also found time to return to the recording studio, and 2009 saw the release of their self-titled sophomore effort, The Fray. The Fray's third studio outing was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was inspired by the group's trips to Rwanda and Germany. The resulting Scars and Stories, which was named after an unused B-side, was preceded by the single 'Heartbeat' and released on February 7, 2012.

SALSA FOR A CURE To raise funds for Yesenia Peralta and multiple sclerosis awareness - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 12, 2012 - New York

Tonight's show will be hosted by J.I. Starr and will feature live performances by Pequeno Johnny, Our Latin Thing, Luis Damon, George Lamond, Frankie Negron, Deecoy, Chachi, and Marco Bermudez. Frankie Martinez, Letty & Leo, and professional dance teams from Santo Rico, Yaulee, Karisma, Piel Canella, and Tropical Image will give dance performances. In addition, DJs Alex Sensation, Henry Knowles, Lobo, Frikkiao, J.R. Salsero, and Bacan Bacan will spin throughout the night.

Adam & Anthony Live - Highline Ballroom
April 13, 2012 -

Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, the iconic stars of RENT, bring their acclaimed concert show to the Highline Ballroom for one performance only. Adam, currently starring in Broadway's Memphis, and Anthony, star of his autobiographical solo off-Broadway hit Without You, join forces for an evening of solo songs (Adam's re-imagined Broadway songs "Maria," "Sunday," and "What I Did For Love," and Anthony's rock classics "Creep" and "Losing My Religion") and duets, including the RENT hits with which the two are synonymous. The performance will simply be a night of great songs performed by two friends.

EDDIE MONEY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 13, 2012 - New York

Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney in 1949 in Brooklyn. Although he dreamed of being a musician, after high school he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California, and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, his fate changed forever when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money: "Eddie Money has it all ... not only can he sing, write, and play, but he is a natural performer." With a long and incredible career of platinum sales and Top 40 hits, Money's music continues to transcend generational gaps and shape the music of today.

Takacs Quartet - Carnegie Hall
April 13, 2012 -

The "consistently invigorating" (The New York Times) Takacs Quartet is a group "at the peak of its profession" (The Boston Globe). It begins a two-night stay at Carnegie Hall with works by three giants of 20th-century music, including Janacek, who drew inspiration from the Tolstoy story for his "Kreutzer Sonata," and Britten, who wrote his inaugural string quartet when he was only 17.

The New York Pops - Hollywood Award Winners - Carnegie Hall
April 13, 2012 -

Stroll the red carpet in an evening of Academy Award�winning scores and songs, including music from Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings, plus an 80th birthday tribute to John Williams with Oscar-winning music from Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler's List.

Divine Ricochet - Grouper and Julianna Barwick - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
April 13, 2012 - New York

A three-part series of live music accompanying the John Chamberlain: Choices retrospective, on view at the museum through May 13, 2012. Produced by Sam Brumbaugh, Special Events Consultant, and Bronwyn Keenan, Director of Special Events, the series takes its thematic cue from the poetic fusion, chaotic riffing, explosive color and sublime assemblage that characterized Chamberlain's work.The series title Divine Ricochet is borrowed from a 1991 work by Chamberlain and features the artist's signature use of wordplay. A great lover of music, Chamberlain pushed boundaries as he explored abstraction, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance, providing a vibrant context for contemporary musical experiments in the Guggenheim rotunda. Grouper is the solo project of Portland based musician/artist Liz Harris. Since the release of her recently acclaimed album A/A : Alien Observer (2011), Grouper has scored the Sundance favorite The Perception of Moving Targets, and has been working on projects with both Tiny Vipers and Ninja Tune producer The Bug (Kevin Martin). Grouper's stately chorded songs have been described by Wire magazine as "sounding as if they'd been made against a vast mountainside: voice and instruments-muted piano, spider strummed guitar and growling drone steeped in reverb and delay." Grouper's site-specific Violet Replacement performance in the Guggenheim rotunda will be naturally resonant and comprise long-form ambient pieces that include tape loops, field recordings, Wurlitzer loops, and submerged atmospherics mixed and processed live from an array of dictaphones and tape players. Brooklyn-based solo artist Julianna Barwick creates music which is at once orchestral, choral, and meditative, using her voice as an instrument to create soaring, capacious chants and mystical invocations. Barwick has been compared to the likes of Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Panda Bear, Stars Of The Lid, and Cocteau Twins. The musician builds multiple loops and layers off a single refrain, and State magazine described her live performance as composed of "wordless songs with transporting powers" where Barwick "stood alone but sang like a choir of angels." Barwick will open for Grouper on April 13.

Music & Musica - Mivos String Quartet - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
April 13, 2012 - New York

The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts inside the Music & Música concert series brings the innovative Mivos String Quartet. The group will present different contemporary composers, among them the Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, winner of the inaugural Kanter/Mivos String Quartet Composition Competition. The competition is designed to promote the works of talented emerging composers currently residing in the United States.

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 14, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 14, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 - New York Philharmonic
Through April 14, 2012 -

Young People's Concerts: Brahms - New York Philharmonic
April 14, 2012 -

As a young man Johannes Brahms accepted a challenge to buck the tide of musical change. How was the world changing and what enabled Brahms to redirect musical history?

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 14, 2012 -

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 [email protected] 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.

OLETA ADAMS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 14, 2012 - New York

Since the runaway success of her 1990 platinum-selling album Circle of One and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War), Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy. With nine CDs to her name (including forays into secular, gospel, and Christmas music), worldwide acclaim, and over two-and-a-half million albums sold, Adams's musical odyssey continues both spiritually and creatively. Her most recent release, 2009's Let's Stay Here, is a creative and evocative project with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalizing thoughts. Producing this album herself a remarkable achievement, and for Adams, it was simply another step in her artistic development. For this consummate artist, composer, producer, and musician, many goals remain on the horizon.

Dr. John: Insides Out: Funky But It's Nu Awlins - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through April 14, 2012 - Fort Greene

For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career. This all-out funk-infused night of New Orleans music features key players from the Crescent City.

Takacs Quartet - Carnegie Hall
April 14, 2012 -

For its second of two nights at Carnegie Hall, the Takacs Quartet presents Janacek's fascinating "Intimate Letters" quartet, inspired by 700 obsessive love letters the composer wrote to a married woman 37 years his junior, and Britten's final major work. The evening concludes with Ravel's only string quartet, the Quartet in F Major, a piece featuring nostalgic melodies dedicated to the composer's teacher Faure.

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: The New York Pops - Jim Henson's Musical World - Carnegie Hall
April 14, 2012 -

The magic of the Muppets comes alive as The New York Pops pays a musical tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry.

Garland Jeffreys & The Coney Island Playboys - Highline Ballroom
April 14, 2012 -

Hailing from Brooklyn, Garland Jeffreys got his start playing in Manhattan nightclubs, including Gerde's Folk City, The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways, and later Reno Sweeney, where he began a long commitment to exploring racially conscious themes in his work, sometimes utilizing blackface masks and a rag doll named Ramon in performance. He released his self-titled solo debut on Atlantic Records in 1973. Around the same time Jeffreys wrote "Wild in the Streets." One of his best-known songs, it's become something of an unofficial anthem for the skate community. The latest album from Jeffreys, The King of In Between, came out just last year and was featured on numerous year-end best of lists.

Furthur - Beacon Theatre
Through April 18, 2012 - New York

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir's spring tour 2012.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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