Things to do this week in NYC Aug 24-Aug 31: MusicAugust 24, 2013 - 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.
Age of Pain(e) - Old Stone House
A concert presentation of short works in an evening of enlightenment in commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn featuring multidisciplinary compositions to inspire your free thinking.
Late Night Session: Theo Hill Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
As a pianist, keyboardist, and composer Theo Hill has emerged as a fresh voice on the New York scene, known for his versatility, originality, and sensitivity. Featured on the cover of Pure Jazz Magazine and hailed by The Revivalist as a young veteran of the NYC jazz scene whose extensive study of various styles led to a prolific career as a leader and sideman, he has performed with Charles Tolliver, Frank Lacy, Bill Saxton, Lenny White, Victor Bailey, and Wallace Roney. His trio has featured rising stars Joe Sanders, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Gilmore, and Obed Calvaire. For this appearance at Dizzy's Hill will pay tribute to pianist Kenny Kirkland.
Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This year's Festival will offer more than 50 events spanning concerts, opera productions, pre-concert lectures and recitals, late-night performances, a film screening, and premieres of new works. The Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. Maestro Langree will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview concert on July 27. A major highlight of the 2013 Festival is the thematic focus on the rich musical lineage between Mozart and Beethoven, with several concerts throughout the Festival pairing music by both composers.
Robbie Rivera - Juicy Beach, Governors Island
Rain or shine. Lineup includes Robbie Rivera, Sick Individuals, Paris & Simo, Paige, Mysto & Pizzi, Jus Jack
The 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival comes to an exhilarating conclusion with Louis Langree and the Festival Orchestra performing Mozart's magnificent final triptych of symphonies, including the "Jupiter."
The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.
New Power Generation, Vocalists Shelby J and Liv Warfield, and the NPG Hornz - City Winery
Prince has had a big year with a sold out west coast tour with his new band, 3rdeyegirl, he was recently honored with the Billboard Icon award and continues to perform with his "Super Band", New Power Generation. The band not only includes an 11-piece horn section, it also includes powerhouse vocalists Shelby J. and Liv Warfield. Both Shelby J. and Liv Warfield are working on solo projects with support from Prince. Recently, Shelby J. released the first single off of her upcoming album. The single "North Carolina" was produced by Prince, and features Anthony Hamilton. She is expected to release her album later this year. Liv Warfield is set to release two singles this fall off of her sophomore album. Entitled "The Unexpected", it is scheduled for release in January 2014. Both artists are well known for their electrifying live performances. Additional special guests nightly.
Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is proud to host this CD Release event, coinciding with Wayne Shorter's 80th birthday. Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter is a twelve-piece band devoted to reimagining and approaching Shorter's music the way he does, as an ever-changing, ever-evolving body of work. The music spans nearly half a century of Shorter's prolific career, says director/arranger David Weiss. "My goal with this band was to present music from every era of Wayne's lengthy, diverse career; from his Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers days, through his stint with Miles Davis, his electric years, and up to his most current quartet [which just earned Shorter Best Artist, Best Group, and Best Album in DownBeat Magazine)."
2013 MTV VIdeo Music Awards - Barclays Center
MTV, is set to make history by bringing the 2013 "Video Music Awards" to Brooklyn, New York for the first time ever. Airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25, this year's "Video Music Awards" will mark the 30th anniversary of the show and become the first major annual award show to take place in the borough of Brooklyn.
Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs. Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more.
Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso - 54 Below
The young Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen celebrates the New York premiere of her Choro Aventuroso band. Anat collaborates with contemporary Brazilian and American musicians to create a passionate, swinging blend of jazz, samba, classic chorinhos and constant surprise.
Soul Out Loud - Soul Night featuring Ryan Shaw - The Cutting Room
Ryan Shaw -- currently portraying Stevie Wonder in Broadway's "Motown the Musical" -- hosts this bimonthly showcase features the best and brightest upcoming singers and musicians this city and country have to offer. Ryan himself brings down the house with soul-stirring original music, as well as paying homage to such greats as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more.
Andy Milne Trio Featuring Andrew Cyrille - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Little is known about this unrecorded trio of Andy Milne, John Hebert, and Andrew Cyrille, but the uncertainty just adds to our anticipation of this performance. Milne, the highly talented pianist, has had an eclectic career, working with Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, and Dianne Reeves, composing for a William Shatner documentary, and leading his own groups like the funky, poetry-infused Dapp Theory. Bassist John Hebert is a first-call player in New York, thanks to his versatility and ability to add to any group's sound. Andrew Cyrille is one of the preeminent free jazz drummers, having worked with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Coleman Hawkins, Mary Lou Williams, and Cecil Taylor. What the members of this trio share is a rare ability to thrive in challenging and unusual groupings, with each of them individually driven to stretch his boundaries. Milne, Hebert, and Cyrille collaborate with other artists not just for the sake of playing, but to elevate their art by creating something new and learning from it.
Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=2839#sthash.s6IrBZZI.dpuf
Orly Live - The Cutting Room
Seamlessly blending the essence of soul with the sophistication of blues, Australian songstress ORLY burst onto the scene with the debut of her self-titled EP in 2009. Armed with a transcendent voice, relatable lyrics and a profound passion for music, ORLY quickly established herself as an emerging young voice in soul, touring throughout the world winning over fans with her impassioned performances. Distraction, ORLY's first full length album released in 2012, marked a logical evolution in the Aussie's musical progression, advancing the soulful tones and powerful songwriting heard previously on ORLY, showcasing an artist with the talent, determination and hunger necessary to propel herself into the leagues of Adele and Amy Winehouse. Each track is unique on Distraction, highlighting the versatility, maturation, and complexity of this talented artist. From old school soul, to beautiful ballads, to pop, ORLY is making her mark on the scene one song at a time.
BB KING BLUES CLUB ALL-STARS: HARLEM BLUES PROJECT - Lucille's
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, Saron Crenshaw, and Barry Harrison. Second show at 10pm.
Sarah Tracey - Joe's Pub
Pop-noir songstress Sarah Tracey presents THE BLACK DIAMOND, a mystery thriller in 5 musical chapters inspired by her album Tell No One. Paying homage to classic film noir, the video series follows a hard-boiled detective drawn into a web of secrets surrounding an elusive femme fatale. In THE BLACK DIAMOND, an anonymous phone call leads to an underground nightclub where high rollers chasing a thrill rub elbows with lowlives hustling for cash; where socialites blow their trust funds on dice games and pretty little vials of powder and pills; where the booze fuels the raging masses and there are no rules--- and presiding over this motley crew of revelers is a mysterious chanteuse... As the story unfolds and one clue leads to another, the detective dives deeper into a sinister world where nothing is what it seems. Twists and turns revealing murder, deceit and secret identities are all accompanied by Sarah Tracey’s intriguing, sensuous music and soulful, torchy vocals.
Matthew Sweet w/The Kennedys - City Winery
During a career that stretches back to the mid-'80s, Matthew Sweet has never followed trends, though his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend was responsible for starting one—its bone-dry, caterwauling sonics opening up a wild and picturesque new terrain for restless singer/songwriters to inhabit and explore. Two decades later, Sweet has once again swung for the fences—and connected—with the boldly experimental yet still deeply personal Modern Art.
Buster Poindexter - Highline Ballroom
Today, the words "blues" and "shouting" are, alas, inextricably linked, but what about the tradition of mellow blues crooners that extended through Charles Brown, Nat King Cole and, in their more romantic moments, Joe Williams and Ray Charles? "Buster Poindexter" (nee David Johansen) first attracted attention as a glam rock pioneer (in the New York Dolls, with whom he still tours) and then as an early MTV idol (with "Hot Hot Hot"). Yet with his big, deep, resonant voice, Buster Poindexter is most impressive as a crooner and occasional belter of ballads in the classic R&B tradition. His ongoing run at the newly restored Cutting Room affirms the point that however you know him, the artist known as Buster Poindexter, complete with his one-liners and longer comic monologues (not to mention his signature pompadour), is one of the most endearing and enduring entertainers currently trodding the boards in New York.
Mary Alouette - Glasslands Gallery
Mary Alouette has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about her, and just might be New York City’s best-kept swag songstress secret. She shows serious vocal and musical talent, as her voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer. Also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Mary has laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, blend floating, jazzy vocals with poignant lyrics. Manipulation of electronic beats, synth pads, acoustic bass lines, and glitchy textures shapes a modern orchestration under the gypsy jazz guitar’s hot rhythms and haunting acoustic licks.
David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band - Birdland
Inspired by jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and others, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
Amateur Night - Show Off - Apollo Theater
The winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on October 9, and maybe even win the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!
Smooth Cruise Series - Phil Perry - Spirit Cruises
For 16 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York's favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York! The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York's most popular attractions.
A weekly Thursday Late Night series featuring the best of New York City's cutting edge nightlife. Re-inventing the magic of Studio 54, Resident artists, performers, DJ's will serve you 15 minute sets at 54 Below. This week's artists and DJ sets include: Haus of Mimosa, Tori Scott, Varsity Interperative Dance Squad, Noah Stewart, and DJ Lord Easy. Also August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Cold Blood Club - Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn's favorite 6-piece, who puts a new spin on the electro dance/pop sound with an edgy blend of soul and rock influences, will be invading the Mercury Lounge on Thu 8/29 at 9:30PM. Inspired by acts like LCD Soundsystem, Metric and New Order, Cold Blood Club originated as a studio project with Stuart and former Radio America bandmate Jesse Reno (bass) along with newcomer Kendra Jones on joint lead vocals. After only a handful of shows, Cold Blood Club quickly evolved into the well-matched 6-piece showstopper they are today, joined by agile drummer Shin Kamei (Angela Jane), flame-haired violinist Hilary Davis (Bella Koshka) and classically trained pianist Adina Benno on synth. Their "infectious melodies, not to mention boundless energy" (Sound Dessert) have cemented them as a band to watch in 2013.
Head On: Blondie vs. Fleetwood Mac - Bell House
21 and older.
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Alicia Keys - Rumsey Playfield
Chris Brown - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am.
The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
Every Friday the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart).
Sibling Revelry, starring Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway - 54 Below
The dynamic sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway are teaming up together again to bring Sibling Revelry to 54 Below. The award-winning show, making its way back to New York for the first time in over 15 years, promises to be the cabaret event of the summer! Separately, these Tony-nominated sisters have enjoyed their own stellar careers, but when these singular talents blend their voices, Stephen Holden of The New York Times cheers, "when their strikingly different but equally splendid voices harmonize, Sibling Revelry becomes a thrilling display of vocal prowess." Be there! It's a happening!
Late Night Session: Antoine Drye Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Late Night Sessions are the new After Hours at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Scheduled after after the headlining artist's last set Tuesday through Saturday, these performances feature some of jazz's most talented up and coming artists. No reservations necessary.
Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration - Birdland
Featuring Vincent Herring (alto sax), Tom Harrell (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass) and Victor Lewis (drums). Born August 29th, 1920, Charlie "Bird" Parker was one of the most influential and iconic artists in jazz history. As the central figure in the development of bebop in the 1940s Bird was a legendary figure in his own lifetime and was idolized by those who worked with him including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. He was the inspiration for Birdland and practically defined its mission as the home for modern jazz in New York City. Since his death in 1955 at age 34 Bird has inspired every subsequent generation of jazz artist and left a rich legacy of distinctive compositions and signature melodic vocabulary that still informs every style of jazz. For this celebration Birdland presents a group of jazz all-stars who can move seamlessly between classic and contemporary Bird-inspired material.
Caribbean Fever Music Festival - Barclays Center
The premier celebration of Caribbean cultures, fashion and music. Performers include Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Djakout #1, Tabou Combo, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Iwer George Alison Hinds, Talpree, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Shabba Ranks, I-Octane and many others.
Trio da Paz and Friends - The Music of Jobim & Getz - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Keeping an unprecedented streak alive for the sixth consecutive year, Trio da Paz comes to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for a two-week summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil's most in-demand master musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. With their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms, this group redefines Brazilian jazz. Reserve your seats quickly to make sure you don't miss out on this high-demand annual tradition!
Free Summer Concerts & Yoga in Lincoln Square - Richard Tucker Park
Calling all Music Lovers and Yogis: The highly-anticipated Free Lunchtime Concert Series is back on the Upper West Side, heating up Lincoln Square this August and September with outdoor concerts at Richard Tucker Park. Throughout the dog-days of summer and into the fall, music enthusiasts are welcome to bring lunch, join friends and enjoy performances by a diverse mix of New York City's most talented musicians and singers. Accompanying the musicians is YogaWorks, which will hold free restorative stretch sessions in between music sets for people looking for some lunch time relaxation. Additionally, local restaurants will offer free lemonade to help yoga enthusiasts and music lovers cool down!