Things to do this week in NYC Aug 27-Sep 3: MusicAugust 27, 2011 - 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.
Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
From Aug. 2-20, the 45th season of the Mostly Mozart Festival offers more than 34 events, including opera, concerts, dance, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, and lectures, and features music ranging from Baroque and Classical to Neoclassical and contemporary. In addition to Mozart, the music of Igor Stravinsky will be a special focus of this summer's festival while Louis Langrée, in his ninth season, conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in eight concerts, performing Mozart's beloved Requiem, an expanded exploration of Beethoven's music, and two distinctly different Stravinsky works. Plus, New York's acclaimed contemporary ensemble ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) begins its three-year Festival residency and is the centerpiece of the festival's Stravinsky focus.
Live Music with East End Trio - Martha Clara Vineyards
Live Music - Free Admission
CHRISS VARGAS: VOODOO IV | Saturday August 27 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
Saturday August 27 Pacha NYC presents CHRISS VARGAS VOODOO IV GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubticke?ts.com/us/2011-08/27/voodo?o-iv-w-chriss-vargas-pacha?-nyc Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/
Charity Rock Supports Madison Square Boys & Girls Club - Living Room
Join Charity Rock to support the efforts of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club by attending a FREE SHOW (donations suggested) on Saturday, August 27th at the Living Room – (154 Ludlow Street) - from 2:00PM to 6:00PM featuring some of NYC’s greatest emerging talent including acclaimed singer-songwriter Lachi and her power driven urb/alt band Meridian Gold, high-energy ska rock band What's In This Juice?, well-known busking duo Left on Red, power pop princess Jerzy Jung and magnificent singer-songwriter Andy Mac! Prints will be available for purchase from Brooklyn-based photographer Greg Barrett. The stated mission of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is to save and enhance the lives of New York City boys and girls who by means of economic and/or social factors are most in need of its services. Charity Rock, which uses the efforts of rock and pop live and recorded music to raise funds for varying organizations benefiting youth, will be hosting the fund raising event in support of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Though the event is free to the public, donations of $10 are highly encouraged at the door or even directly at the Madison Square Boys & Girls club website.
The Improvised Musical Presented by Dumpster Tequila - The Players Theater Loft
Take away the massive sets, the glittery costumes, and the millions of dollars it takes to produce an original musical, add 8 talented improvisers, and what do you get? The Improvised Musical presented by Dumpster Tequila. Dumpster Tequila Musical Improv warms your heart with an off-beat brand of musical improv, from one audience member suggestion, they create scenes, stories, and musical numbers on the spot! One of NYC's most dominating forces in musical improv for the past two years, they have performed at festivals, and every major improv theater in NYC! Come see what everyone is singing about.
Queens' Sky View Center & CenterStage presents a Sunday Music Spectacular Series - Sky View Center
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.
Live Music with Trip Kings - Martha Clara Vineyards
Live Music - Free Admission
Corinna Sowers-Adler to debut at Feinstein's in 'Let Me Sing and I'm Happy' - Feinstein's at Loews Regency
Corinna Sowers-Adler will make her debut at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 8:30pm. The performance will be an evening of American popular music filled with funny songs with crazy words that roll along and make you laugh; sad refrains of broken hearts that love in vain to make you cry and crooning blues that start you tappin’ your feet and lift you out of your seat. Ms. Sowers-Adler is the latest voice of the American Songbook, performing solo shows, to rave reviews, at The Metropolitan Room, Triad Theater and the Duplex Cabaret Theatre; and is the host of the critically acclaimed “Music at the Mansion” series. From Berlin to Broadway to The Beatles, Corinna brings a new face to the sound of old favorites and a classic twist to new standards. Joined on piano by Fred Barton and Justin Peterson on bass. "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" is an evening not to be missed.
Diversity - Cornelia Street Cafe
Showcasing the versatility of the woodwind quintet, these five musicians will be performing pieces as disparate in sound and style as possible. Audiences can expect to hear pieces from The Beatles and late 20th century works to French romanticism and 19th century Italian operas. The event is part of Cornelia Street Café’s “Summertime Classical Music Festival.” For more information, visit: http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/Performances.asp?ID=5756&sdate=8/28/2011&search=washington
Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular - Back-to-School Concert - Sky View Center
Help CenterStage: The Queens Center of Performing Arts and Sky View Center kick-off the school year in style with Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular - Back-to-School Concert. The free concert will feature the CenterStage All-Star Faculty Band on Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 2PM-4PM. Grab the kiddos and your dancing shoes for the one of a kind performance! You don't want to miss it!
PORT CHUCK Featuring The Stars Of GENERAL HOSPITAL - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Port Chuck is an innovative cover band made up of the most popular actors from ABC's TV show, General Hospital. The band is made up of Steve Burton, Scott Reeves, Brandon Barash and Bradford Anderson. Also including four accompanying musicians to make it an absolutely amazing show. They first started touring in September of 2010, and have completed two tours successfully with the third on it's way, and many more. The music consists of mostly classic rock with a few surprises thrown in. Port Chuck started with the fans from the show and has now caught the eye of music lovers everywhere.
Duwende (Doo-WEN-day) is a six-person a capella group based out of New York. Each member of the group adds their own characteristics and talent to the group, giving them the "a cappella" creditability along with the "band" persona. The band is best known for its fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a capella festivals such as the East Coast Summit, SoJam, and AcappellaStock. Duwende just released a Michael Jackson tribute album titled Remember: The Music Of Michael Jackson, which contains covers of some of his biggest hits, including "Billie Jean," "Black or White" and "Rock With You." The members of Duwende, who cite MJ as their biggest inspiration, put their own original spin on his classic songs, showcasing the band's versatility and creativity. The collection is the band's first cover album.
BARRINGTON LEVY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Barrington Levy's outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist began more than two and a half decades ago. Called reggae's 'Mellow Canary' by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he's renowned as the first original singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many imitators en-route. Barrington was born in West Kingston, but spent much time as a youth in Clarendon, where he developed his signature riff by experimenting with different vocalizations and bouncing the sounds off the surrounding hills. In 1975, Barrington recorded his debut track "My Black Girl" with the Mighty Multitude. During these early performances, his singing was often informally recorded and sent to places in England and the U.S. The first foreign release, "A Ya We Deh", was followed by a major hit with "Collie Weed", produced by Junjo Laws for Jah Guidance, and others like "Twenty-One Girls Salute" and "Mind Your Mouth". Producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes discovered him singing on a local sound-system, and wasted no time in taking him to Channel One for the first of many hit singles in 1979. With the Channel One All-Stars - later to form the nucleus of the Roots Radics - laying the rhythms, and Scientist mixing the finished results at King Tubbys, the new singer caused a sensation right from the start, ushering in the dancehall phase at the same time. The follow-up Englishman on Greensleeves established Barrington as the reggae star of the early '80's, spawning hit singles with "Sister Carol", "Look Youthman", "Eventide Fire A Disaster" and "Mary Long Tongue". Again Junjo was the producer, and the third album Robin Hood only served to maintain his already rocketing reputation. In 1983, Levy made a big splash in Great Britain with "Under Mi Sensi", a tune that spent 12 weeks topping their charts. The tune quickly made its way to the States where it became an instant hit. "Under Mi Sensi" also became the basis for the 1985 dancehall mega-hit "Under Mi Sleng Teng" - primarily credited to Wayne "Jammy" Smith (although Barrington actually created the melody). Levy's initial live appearances in England created a sensation, his astonishing self-confidence in his singing talent on stage at venues like the influential "100 Club" in London, enabling him to have audiences in the palm of his hand. "Under Mi Sensi", a formidable and decidedly heavyweight cut which found Barrington wailing with a power and depth unequalled before or since. Immediately the song became a classic, staying in the reggae charts for weeks on end. It was closely followed by "Murderer" for Jah Life, and then Barrington and Jah Screw's "Here I Come" in 1985 which was a national chart-hit through a major label deal with London Records - ultimately leading to his first UK TV appearances, where he sang the pro-ganja anthem "Under Mi Sensi" on Number 73 (a children's television show!). Throughout his professional appearances, Barrington has shared the stage with a veritable who's-who of the reggae and world music scene: Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lady Saw, Lady G, U2, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Shine, CeCile, Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk, Capleton, Sugar Minott, Coco Tea, Spanner Banner, Little Kirk, Sanchez, Papa San, Mutabaruka... just to name a few. Barrington continues to record and tour extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and remains Jamaica's #1 headliner. He's currently working on his latest (soon to be released) album, It's About Time, featuring Jamaican hip-hop sensation CeCile, on the hit single "Want You To Know". Barrington Levy is still "Broader than Broadway"; and still a major force on the dancehall scene !!!
Smooth Cruise featuring Pieces Of A Dream - Spirit Cruises
Join Pieces of a Dream on Wednesday, August 31st for a memorable close to another fantastic Smooth Cruise Season! Keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon, and former bassist Cedric Napoleon, founded Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia in 1975 when the principal members were all teenagers. Lloyd, Harmon and Napoleon, were (and still are) managed by the Harmon's father and uncle, Danny and Bill Harmon. Originally somewhat jazz-oriented, the group has mostly emphasized R&B, although a few jazz numbers are typically included in their performances. Their name is based on Pieces of Dreams, a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine that the group performed. They first started playing throughout the Tri-State area, and were soon featured on Temple University's pioneering jazz radio station, WRTI-FM. Long before the "Young Lions" era of Wynton Marsalis, Lloyd and Harmon were swinging so hard as teenagers that the great Count Basie once proclaimed them "a tough act to follow."
Amateur Night: Top Dog! - Apollo Theater
Amateur Night winners from the beginning of the season square off at the Top Dog competition. At this special show, surviving contestants will move one step closer to the winning title of Super Top Dog and the 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.
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers plus special guest Marco Benevento - Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers (J.V. Collier, John “JT” Thomas, Bobby Read, Doug Derryberry, & Sonny Emory) take the stage at Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club (located at 89 South Street, New York, NY 10038) to deliver a show inspired by all genres, pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical music. Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that allow them to evolve and expand. Joining them will be the Marco Benevento Trio, who is best known for his articulation on the piano. Marco continues to define himself as one of the most prolific new voices of his era, blurring genres from song to song, and more often from measure to measure, with his own take on simple pop pleasures, dance party rave-ups and art jazz experimentation. In their outdoor venue with a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge, Beekman Beer Garden wows guests with two bars, a lounge area, a stage for live music, and table games such as Foosball, Ping-Pong and billiards. It has been called an “adult sandbox” by The Gotham Palate and was given thumbs up on their food options, which range from Burgers to Seafood to German Sausages to a variety of sides and snacks (full menu can be viewed here http://tinyurl.com/63a28hj). Wednesday, August 31, 2011 18+ $39adv $45dos Doors 5pm/Show 7pm http://tinyurl.com/6e3alyq
The 2nd Annual Willy DeVille Memorial Concert - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Willy DeVille was nominated for an Academy Award for his song StoryBook Love (1987) which was theme song for the movie "The Princess Bride". From the street influences of NYC's lower east side to San Fransisco, then touring Europe, moving to New Orleans, New Mexico and back to NYC, Willy's music echoes the roots of American R&B, folk, New Orleans, blues and rock. The Spirit Of Mink DeVille are band members who toured and recorded with Willy DeVille since 1976. Spirit Of Mink DeVille presents Willy's music in concert at BB King Blues Club, (since his passing 2009) to keep Willy's spirit and music alive in NYC. Come and celebrate his life and music with us on this 2nd annual Willy DeVille tribute!
NIck Blaemire and The Hustle - The Bowery Electric
Broadway's Nick Blaemire (Godspell, Glory Days, Cry Baby) heads downtown to perform a selection of his new solo music —a blend of pop, funk, and soul— with his band The Hustle at The Bowery Electric on August 31st at 8:30PM. The Bowery Electric is located at 327 Bowery @2nd Street and is accessible by the F train at Houston or the 6 train at Bleeker Street or Astor Place.
OUR HIT PARADE is a live top-ten countdown show created by Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman (Kiki & Herb), carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett (At Least It's Pink at Ars Nova), pop song opera impresario Neal Medlyn (Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol at P.S. 122), producer and MTV cameraman Brendan Kennedy, and writers Ada Calhoun and Peter Schjeldahl. The show is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week's most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars from the local performance scene present their renditions of current popular hits live on stage!
Khaled Live at Think Coffee - Think Coffee
Always a great relaxcing night with plenty of people enjoying this comfortable setting. Join Khaled for another music night at the wonderful Think Coffee! Khaled's music is the definition of East meets West. He seamlessly fuses different musical genres into soulful arrangements and intricate rhythms. This unique style and sound, now dubbed Alternative World Fusion, brings together the music of cultures from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Khaled's latest album, "The Rabbit Hole", proves that Alternative World Fusion can be dark, sexy and Rock 'n Roll when it's created with the right amount of skill and lyrical depth. Originally from the Middle East, Khaled brought his sound to the U.S. at the age of 16 and has since been spreading his music to as many ears as possible playing shows in New York City metropolitan area, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, as well as the Midwest and the South. "The Rabbit Hole" has been nominated for the Outstanding Album Award at the 2010 Hoboken Music Awards, and NJ.com named it one of Northern New Jersey's best albums of 2010 calling it, "...one of the most engaging and eclectic local releases of the year...the intricacy and passion of [Khaled's] guitar transcends language and culture and more than stands on its own...creating a freewheeling mix of love songs and instrumentals that truly earns the title 'world music.'" Free show! All Ages. N, R Train to 8th street 4, 6 Train to Bleeker St- Lexington B, D, F, M Train to Broadway - Lafayette
Devin Bing Live - Sullivan Hall
With his Smokin' 7 piece band. Devin Bing electrifies Sullivan Hall to the fullest. Coming off his recent tour with Rock & Roll icon Lloyd Price, Devin is back in NYC ready to rock the house! As he ignites the crowd with his soul driven arrangements and energizing stage presence, Devin motivates even the wallest of flowers to groove to his songs. Don't miss out on this exciting performer, he gives you your moneys worth and so much more!
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Legends DIAMOND HEAD - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Diamond Head are probably most famous among heavy metal fans for their influence on Metallica. Metallica openly acknowledge them as an important early influence and have covered Diamond Head songs at gigs such as "Helpless", "Sucking My Love", "Am I Evil" and "The Prince". Diamond Head have been invited to open for the 'Big 4' at this years Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, England on 8 July and Sonisphere in France on 9 July 2011.
Lenny Kravitz - 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. For full schedule, see concerts.TODAYshow.com.
BIG SHOT - BILLY JOEL Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
BIG SHOT returns to B.B. King's and is fronted by the amazing vocals of Singer/Songwriter and Piano Man, Michael DelGuidice. Michael is a well known and respected Long Island Musician and multi-instrumentalist. Michael's vocals are a stand-out among all others. He recently released a 10 song CD of his own material entitled "Miller Place." The act is national level. All major pro world class musicians who not only toured with Billy Joel but have also worked with names like Michael Bolton, Hall and Oates, Huey Lewis, Diana Ross, Billy Joel's Broadway Musical, Richie Blackmore, Tower of Power, Nine Days, Trans Siberian Orchestra. They perform a 90 minute to two hour show not to be believed, packed with hit after chart-topping hit in a high energy, interactive, stage performance. The Act almost exclusively covers Billy Joel's Music, but they will surprise you with songs by Elton John, The Beatles, Journey, Paul McCartney, Marc Cohn, and many others. Their renditions of the songs they perform are astonishing. Featuring special guest original Billy Joel band member saxophonist Richie Cannata. Cannata was a member of the Billy Joel Band from 1972 - 1982 and returned with Billy on his 2006 tour including Billy Joel's record-setting 12-show run at Madison Square Garden. He Performed on Billy's albums: Songs In The Attic, 52nd Street, The Stranger, Glass Houses, Turnstiles, River Of Dreams, 2000 Years The Millennium Concert, and Billy's recent box set. They have been written up in the Village Voice, and in the New York Times where Billy Joel himself was quoted saying "They had a hard time convincing me it wasn't me. It's uncanny."
Milkman - Highline Ballroom
Full dinner menu available / General Admission Standing Room / Limited seating available first come, first serve / All Ages Milkman is the stage alias of Hip-Hop/Dance/Rock music producer Gregg Luskin from San Diego, CA. As a freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Milkman was introduced to various glitch-pop remix artists. After being exposed to this new and upcoming sample-based genre, Milkman spent the remainder of the year learning and improving his own mashup technique. It took Milkman 13 months to complete his debut album Lactose and THC (released January 22, 2008 under self owned production company Milkman Entertainment) and was available to download for free online. Over the course of the next year, the debut album Lactose and THC was downloaded over 26,000 from his website alone and was voted the "#2 Mashup Album of All Time" by DJ Forum. Soon after, Milkman took his music to a more professional level by offering live DJ service- extending the sound of his debut album for a more dance-oriented environment. In the years following, Milkman expanded his fan base by performing locally in the shore-side college community Isla Vista. As word spread through college campuses around the country and over seas, Milkman's popularity began to grow and was soon headlining performances from coast to coast. Milkman is now regarded as a premiere mashup DJ around the world and regularly performs with A-List artists such as Kid Cudi, Lil' Jon and Three 6 Mafia. Milkman was awarded both "Hottest mashup DJ of 2008" as well as "DJ to watch out for in 2009" by DJ Forum. Prior to digital music production and live DJ performance, Gregg Luskin was the lead guitarist of San Diego based rock quartet A Dead Giveaway under the indie-rock label Pacific Records.
'FOREVER RAY' A Musical Tribute To RAY CHARLES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Whitley and the Hard Times Band perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B. The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, The O'Jays, Donna Summers, Temptations, Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band. From country to blues to jazz to R&B and even funk, Ray Charles set the aesthetic standard for more than five decades, earning plaudits across the globe and setting standards that his legion of fans, in and out of the entertainment industry, aspire to. More often than not he wasn't called by his name - or even his longtime nickname "Brother Ray"---his is simply "The Genius." Few artists can claim to have had such a wide ranging impact on the music we love, and even fewer have altered the course of so many musical streams - from his soul-jazz combos to his crucial R&B bands, to his landmark country music recordings, "Modern Sounds in Country Music." Only modesty kept him from saying the obvious - that his name sits at the top of the soul singers list.
Luisa Maita - Highline Ballroom
Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of ..Luísa Maita.. embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, Lero-Lero has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB. Fans of Bebel Gilberto, Céu and Seu Jorge will find much to love in Luísa Maita's tropical, forward-looking sound, and her sensual yet soulful voice Hailing from a country overflowing with musical talent, Luísa Maita rises above the fray as one of the most promising young singers of her generation. Inspired by samba, bossa nova and other classic Brazilian styles, Luísa is also heavily influenced by the cool jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, as well as pop, funk and downtempo electronic music. Her first album as a solo artist, offers songs that encourage her fellow Brazilians to recognize the beauty and deeper meaning of their lives. "Its inspiration comes from the urban life of São Paulo, its ghettos and its people," notes Luísa, "The lyrics and the aura of the album focus on the peculiarities of Brazilian daily life, culture and human condition."
The Original Live Mic is back @ Martha Clara Vineyards - Martha Clara Vineyards
The Original Live Mic is BACK @ Martha Clara Vineyards! Every TUESDAY Night, Starting Tues May 31st - Tues September 6th. 7-10pm with Host and MC Rocky Divello. Bring Your Dinner, Friends & Talent! Bring Your Own Instruments - Sound System Available.
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.