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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 29-Jan 5: Music

December 29, 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.

Rebirth Brass Band with Indaculture - Gramercy Theatre
December 29, 2012 - New York

New Orleans Natives, Rebirth Brass Band are coming back to NYC for 3 SHOWS! Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&q=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&search.x=0&search.y=0

MAURICE HINES - 54 Below
December 29, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, enjoy the tinsel and the eggnog but beat it down to 54 Below where Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Maurice Hines triumphantly returns with Tap'in Through Life, his original show featuring the all woman, nine player big band, The DIVA Orchestra, which includes a six woman horn section. Expect classic tunes such as Come Fly with Me, All the Way, Luck Be a Lady and Route 66! A childhood sensation with his brother Gregory, the tap dancing duo appeared in New York, Las Vegas and Europe and on television including a remarkable thirty-five appearances on The Tonight Show.

CHARLES BUSCH - 54 Below
Through December 29, 2012 - New York

Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warm hearted owner of a speakeasy, performance legend Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, illusionist and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few), Busch makes his 54 Below debut for two very special year end performances, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson.

East Coast - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 29, 2012 - Yonkers

10pm-2am.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
December 29, 2012 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

JANE's ADDICTION - Terminal 5
December 29, 2012 -

Phish After-Party with Rebirth Brass Band - Gramercy Theatre
December 29, 2012 - New York

Come party after Phish with Rebirth Brass Band! Doors are at 11:45pm! Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&q=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&search.x=0&search.y=0

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH - Lucille's
December 30, 2012 - New York

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary. Ticket price does not include food. There is a $25 Pre-fixe brunch menu.

JAZZ BRUNCH WITH BARBARA CARROLL - 54 Below
December 30, 2012 - New York

Jazz legend Barbara Carroll is an elegant jazz pianist, singer, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano.

CRO-MAGS & SHEER TERROR, RUDE AWAKENING, BRIAN SLUG, BORN ANNOYING - Highline Ballroom
December 30, 2012 - Manhattan

Sheer Terror are one of NYC's most notorious hardcore punk bands, as well as one of the nations most unlikely cult heroes.

A PHISH AFTER PARTY featuring DEAD SESSIONS w/THE VERMONT ALLSTARS - Highline Ballroom
December 30, 2012 - Manhattan

The music of The Grateful Dead transcends time, age and space. Their high energy, soul touching jams and family like environment was a core part of the counter-culture experience. Over the past 14 years Dead Sessions has grown to become one of the favorite Grateful Dead experiences in the Northeast.

MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND - 54 Below
December 30, 2012 - New York

This holiday season's offering from New York's favorite trans- disciplanary artist, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, will find the "trans- atlantic cabaret Messiah" (Time Out London) dressed for snow to deliver a holiday Mx of songs from V's critically acclaimed records Silver Wells and Dendrophile along with a unique take on more traditional holiday fare, some spoken word (aka spell casting), razor-sharp social commentary, and the kind of glamour that makes you feel free to do just about anything on "a midnight clear."

SIMPLY BARBRA: A VERY BROOKLYN CHRISTMAS - 54 Below
December 30, 2012 - New York

It's true... The legendary Barbra Streisand (or, as she's sometimes known, Steven Brinberg) has returned to her nightclub roots! Join Barbra for two very special, very intimate performances as she celebrates the season as only she can with her dulcet tones, hot tea and perfectly manicured fingernails. It's back to Brooklyn for the Funny Girl in this brand new show from Brinberg, an award-winning performer who travels the world with his spot-on impersonation of the living legend that is Barbra Streisand

COLDPLAY - Barclays Center
December 30, 2012 - Brooklyn

Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 30, 2012 - Yonkers

8-11pm.

MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 30, 2012 - New York

t's hard to believe it that it was nearly 50 years ago that Martha Reeves first hit the charts with the bluesy, soulful "Come and Get These Memories." It is especially hard to believe that much time has passed when Reeves hits the stage. With the unmistakable voice that helped define "the sound of young America," dancing and strutting with an incredible energy, Reeves is a live wire. Martha Reeves and her sisters in song (and in life) Lois and Delphine, continue to heat up clubs, concert stages and music festivals across the globe, thrilling audiences and always leaving them dancing.

PATTI LUPONE NEW YEAR'S EVE - 54 Below
December 31, 2012 - New York

Ring in the New Year with Broadway legend, two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone! Make the last moments of 2012 and the first of 2013 a night you'll never forget when Ms. LuPone presents her celebrated show, Far Away Places, which was the event of this year's cabaret season! At this very special performance, look for several musical additions to Far Away Places suitable for the occasion. Backed by a five piece orchestra, Ms. LuPone will perform a mixture of contemporary songs from the worlds of pop and Broadway, as well as a selection of Paris and Berlin cabaret songs from the 30's and 40's. Includes cover charge, 3-course dinner, champagne toast, tax & gratuity Second show at 11pm.

NAS - Radio City Music Hall
December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

NYGASP's New Year's Eve Gala - Symphony Space
December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Join NYGASP's Artistic Director Albert Bergeret and his talented and fun-loving crew for their annual New Year's Eve champagne gala performance of favorite G&S scenes, songs, parodies, overtures, and the ever-popular tour-de-force challenge audience requests performed impromptu with full orchestra. Toast the new year at intermission and be off to home or another party before midnight.

Code Blue - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 31, 2012 - Yonkers

10pm-2am.

Teri Lamar & New Co. - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 31, 2012 - Yonkers

3-7pm.

New Year's Eve Concert - New York Philharmonic
December 31, 2012 - New York

The Philharmonic will be joined by Marvin Hamlisch's friends and collaborators, including Beth Behrs, Brian d'Arcy James, Lilla Crawford, Joshua Bell, Raul Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, and Frederica von Stade performing repertoire from Mr. Hamlisch's works for stage and film, including A Chorus Line and Sweet Smell of Success. Paul Gemignani will conduct and Lonny Price will direct the performance.

COLDPLAY & JAY-Z - Barclays Center
December 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

Salute to Vienna - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
January 01, 2013 - New York

This wonderful New Year’s Concert, a magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous NEUJAHRSKONZERT, features a stellar new cast, including a full 75 piece orchestra, led by a European conductor and joined by European singers and charming dancers. The audience can celebrate the New Year a little early, with famous waltzes, polkas & operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr. the “Waltz King” and his contemporaries. New Year’s Concert 2013 will feature special guest conductor, Mika Eichenholz (Stockholm) who will lead the Strauss Symphony of America. Beautiful soprano Mónika Fischl (Budapest) and tenor Michael Heim (Vienna) are joined by dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. Visit www.salutetovienna.com for more information.

Salute to Vienna - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
January 01, 2013 - New York

This wonderful New Year’s Concert, a magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous NEUJAHRSKONZERT, features a stellar new cast, including a full 75 piece orchestra, led by a European conductor and joined by European singers and charming dancers. The audience can celebrate the New Year a little early, with famous waltzes, polkas & operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr. the “Waltz King” and his contemporaries. New Year’s Concert 2013 will feature special guest conductor, Mika Eichenholz (Stockholm) who will lead the Strauss Symphony of America. Beautiful soprano Mónika Fischl (Budapest) and tenor Michael Heim (Vienna) are joined by dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. Visit www.salutetovienna.com for more information.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH - Lucille's
January 01, 2013 - New York

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary. Ticket price does not include food. There is a $25 Pre-fixe brunch menu.

Mack and Soul - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
January 01, 2013 - Yonkers

3-7pm.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
January 01, 2013 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

THREE KINGS TRIBUTE w/HARLEM BLUES PROJECT - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
January 02, 2013 -

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.

JON B. - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
January 03, 2013 -

B's career in music took off right from the start with his platinum-selling debut Bonafide (1995), which was particularly notable for "Someone to Love," a duet with Babyface. The track hit No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. His follow-up release Cool Relax (1998) also went platinum, shooting to the Top 5 of the R&B charts on the strength of the hit singles "They Don't Know," "Are U Still Down," and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)." Pleasures U Like, his 2001 effort, was also a runaway success, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B charts and featuring the love-at-first-club-sighting anthem "Don't Talk." B's subtle command of the R&B scene has continued throughout the last decade.

ALEX BUGNON - 54 Below
January 03, 2013 - New York

The Bugnon sound is a white hot, slow burning mixture of contemporary jazz, funk and R&B with a dash of gospel thrown in for good measure. Alex grew up in Montreux, Switzerland, home of the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, and has gone on to delight audiences worldwide as both pianist and composer with his sophisticated musical style – an exotic blend or rhythms with haunting, soulful refrains. His many recordings have graced the Top 40 R&B charts many times over, and he is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards. Kick off 2013 with Alex and his swingin' trio for an evening of smooth tunes and sultry melodies.

The music of the Beatles with THE INCREDIBLE STIMULATORS - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
January 04, 2013 -

Marshall Crenshaw and Glen Burtnik first met in the cast of the original Beatlemania - Crenshaw in the role of John Lennon and Burtnik in the role of Paul McCartney. Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto is best known for providing the beat behind Billy Joel for over three decades.

Local Vibes featuring OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT, PANTS VELOUR, FIFTH NATION - Highline Ballroom
January 04, 2013 - Manhattan

Open Till Midnight is an American rock band formed in New York in 2008. Pants Velour creates its own brand of New York City hip-hop, pop, rock and soul music to form a sound that has been likened to the Beastie Boys, The Roots and the Black Eyed Peas. Fifth Nation is the white-hot soul-rock creation of lovers King Julia and Musik Read.

MICHAEL CERVERIS & LOOSE CATTLE - 54 Below
January 04, 2013 - New York

Come join the herd after the curtain comes down in the theatre district as Michael stampedes uptown with the cattle, straight from his fancy Broadway day job. 54 Below is delighted to welcome back Broadway's own Michael Cerveris for four very special performances only, featuring him and his band, the magnificent Loose Cattle. Broadway was introduced to Michael in The Who's Tommy. Since then, audiences have embraced him in leading roles in Titanic, Assassins (Tony Award!), Sweeney Todd, Lovemusik, and, among others, his current Tony-nominated performance as Juan Peron in Evita. Just a rare and intimate, down-home performance by one of the Rialto's best… getting back to his roots!

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
January 05, 2013 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

Beleza NYC 6th Anniversary January 5th at Le Poisson Rouge The post New Years Hangover Party - Le Poisson Rouge
January 05, 2013 - NEW YORK

Beleza NYC 6th Anniversary January 5th at Le Poisson Rouge The post New Years Hangover Party Live Band: Brazilian Marivaldo Dos Santos (STOMP Member ) (mixing Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian and Electronic) Live floor drummer: TOCA Ale Ale and friends Special guest DJ: Geko Jones ( Que Bajo ) (electro-tinged folkloric Latin and Afro music style) AND DJ Alex Carioca Brazilian style spinning Samba, Broken beat, Salsa, Soulful House, Forró, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae & House music and etc... COVER: $10 - $15 TKTS Online in advance $20 at door AGE 21+ http://www.belezanyc.com/tickets/ Offering B-day Specials for party groups if contacted in advance Contact: email: [email protected] web: www.belezanyc.com For more details visit us on Belezanyc.com or Facebook:Beleza phone: 646-801-9390

DONNA MCKECHNIE - 54 Below
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

Tony-winner Donna McKechnie graces the stage of 54 Below in a brand new show: a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70?s in New York City – the heyday of Studio 54. McKechnie, best known the world over for creating the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line, is also well-known for her Broadway appearances in State Fair, On the Town, Company, Promises, Promises and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For these five very special performances, Donna (Broadway Royalty!) will salute this remarkable era via the music of Jim Croce, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch, Billy Strayhorn, and Stephen Sondheim, with arrangements and music direction by John McDaniel.

THE PIETASTERS & BIG D and the KIDS TABLE - Highllne Ballroom
Through March 29, 2013 - New York

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms").

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