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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Chuck Berry - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 31, 2011 - New York

If any one individual can be credited as the premier figure of rock 'n' roll, it's Chuck Berry. His music, lyrics, and free spirit, made an indelible impression on millions of young people, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, with tunes like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," and "Memphis" becoming anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry celebrated the birth of rock and roll in 1955, and he still remains one of its most superbly exciting performers. Each year, more and more people become aware of his enormous influence. Showtimes @ 8:00PM & 11:00PM. Doors Open @ 6:00PM & 10:00PM.

Tickets $98.00 in advance, $100.00 day of show (early). Tickets $120.00 in advance, $120.00 day of show (late).

Reserved VIP booths and tables available.

For more information, please visit http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=873

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
December 31, 2011 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Gov't Mule - Beacon Theatre
Through December 31, 2011 - New York

The leaders of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, should be well known to Allman Brothers fans for their stint in Southern rock's most famous native sons. In 1989, Haynes became the second replacement for Duane Allman, providing a good foil for Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts on guitar and vocal; Woody filled out the Allman sound on bass. Five years after their debut, the duo joined drummer Matt Abts in the side project Gov't Mule, a band in which the Allman Brothers' influence is apparent but complicated with the psychedelic, bluesy power trio feel of Cream.

Gov't Mule debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album on Capricorn Records, followed by the stellar concert date Live at Roseland Ballroom. The studio follow-up, Dose, appeared in early 1998; another concert set, Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends, followed a year later, with the complete show later appearing as a four-disc limited-edition set. A new studio effort, Life Before Insanity, appeared in early 2000. A vital member of the band was lost, however, on August 26, 2000, when Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York City. The band had been preparing to record their next album, and after a time, Gov't Mule finally decided to carry on with the project, this time with guest bassists ranging from Flea to Bootsy Collins. The two-volume Deep End series for ATO Records resulted. Phish bassist Mike Gordon also got involved in the project, filming the recording of the albums for a planned documentary. In mid-September 2001, the group hit the road for a six-week tour in support of Deep End, Vol. 1; Oteil Burbridge filled in as bassist for most of the dates.

The second volume of Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends appeared in 2002 and the Deepest End: Live in Concert CD and DVD in 2003. One year later saw the release of D?j? Voodoo, Gov't Mule's first studio effort since Woody's death. It featured his official replacement, bassist Andy Hess, as well as new keyboardist Danny Louis. The same lineup released High & Mighty in 2006. The two-volume Benefit Concert series followed in 2007. In 2009, Gov't Mule issued By a Thread, its first studio album in three years. Hess was replaced by bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and the album featured a guest appearance by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. In 2010, the Evil Teen imprint issued Mulennium, a three-disc package that commemorated Gov't Mule's complete 1999 New Year's Eve concert at Atlanta's historic Roxy Theatre with the band's original lineup. The concert also included guest appearances by the Black Crowes, Little Milton, and Audley Freed.

New Year's Eve - New York Philharmonic
December 31, 2011 -

Performing works by Bernstein and Gershwin.

Phish - Madison Square Garden
Through December 31, 2011 -

The beloved jam band performs.

Late Night New Year's Eve Show - THE NEW DEAL - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 31, 2011 - New York

At the vanguard of a new progressive style, The New Deal has become a live touring phenomenon, blending electronic music with live improvisation to create and develop actual songs and themes in performance. Consisting of Dan Kurtz on bass, Darren Shearer on drums and beatboxing, and Jamie Shields on keyboard, the group has been both a pioneer of the "livetronica" sound and a mainstay in both the electronica and jamband scenes for over eight years. The band's music, an organic mix of house rhythms, burbling synthesizers, and melodically repetitive bass parts, is almost entirely improvised, though many songs have crystallized from jam sessions and worked their way into the band's repertoire.

The New Deal has appeared at numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, Langerado, Jazz Fest New Orleans, the Coachella Festival, Street Scene in San Diego, Berkfest, Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Headlining over 400 shows in the last four years, the trio inspires audiences of all kinds, from packed dance clubs across North America to spellbound receptions during opening tours with Herbie Hancock and Page McConnell from Phish. The band's discography includes a self-titled release in 2001, Please Be Seated (2003), Gone Gone Gone (2003), and several live albums, the most recent of which is Live:Toronto 7.16.2009.

New York's World-Class Billy Joel Tribute Experience BIG SHOT - BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE Featuring Billy Joel Band guitarist Tommy Byrnes & saxophonist Richie Cannata - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 01, 2012 - New York

Big Shot returns to B.B. King and is fronted by the amazing vocals of singer-songwriter and piano man Michael DelGuidice. DelGuidice is a well-known and respected Long Island musician and multi-instrumentalist. With vocals that stand out above all others, he recently released a 10-song CD of his own material entitled Miller Place. His tribute band Big Shot is truly a national-level act, featuring all 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, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. ?Big Shot's performance is 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 show almost exclusively covers Billy Joel's music, but the band will also surprise you with songs by Elton John, The Beatles, Journey, Paul McCartney, Marc Cohn, and many others. ?Tonight's performance features special guest original Billy Joel band member saxophonist Richie Cannata. Cannata was a member of the Billy Joel Band from 1972-1982 and reunited with Joel on his 2006 tour, including Joel's record-setting 12-show run at Madison Square Garden. Cannata performed on Joel's albums Songs in The Attic, 52nd Street, The Stranger, Glass Houses, Turnstiles, River Of Dreams, 2000 Years The Millennium Concert, and Joel's recent box set. ?Come hear the band about which Billy Joel himself declared: "They had a hard time convincing me it wasn't me. It's uncanny."

New Year's Day Disco Brunch w/ Disco Unlimited Classic '70s Live Disco Show - Highline Ballroom
January 01, 2012 -

When you enter the Disco Unlimited universe, you are instantly transported to a time when Saturday nights meant white suits, platform shoes, and your very best dance moves. And dance you will – when you experience a performance by Disco Unlimited. This group has fast become the hottest disco show and dance band on the East Coast.

Capturing a time in music that to this day has not been matched, Disco Unlimited will exhilarate you with its powerful vocals, tight harmonies, and dance grooves, all coupled with a stage and light show that will turn any venue into a concert-level production and the best of disco nights.

With Disco Unlimited you get a live, artist-quality performance at every show. Close your eyes and you will truly believe you are listening to the original artists. Disco Unlimited is a group of six unique and experienced musicians fully equipped to meet your live entertainment needs. Be it a corporate party, concert production or any other social event, Disco Unlimited will have everyone getting their boogie on!

Salute to Vienna - Lincoln Center
January 01, 2012 - New York

Classic Strauss waltzes and famous Operetta excerpts, performed by a stellar cast of over 75 musicians, European singers and dancers. Inspired by Vienna’s world-famous Neujahrskonzert. One day only - tickets are going fast! Make “Salute to Vienna” your New Year’s Tradition!

La Fille du Régiment - Metropolitan Opera
January 02, 2012 -

Nino Machaidze is Donizetti's spunky heroine in Laurent Pelly's witty production. Her Tonio is Lawrence Brownlee, who delivers all nine high Cs of his famous aria with aplomb, and Kiri Te Kanawa is the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

Alice Tan Ridley - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 02, 2012 - New York

Alice Tan Ridley is a gospel and R&B singer and the mother of film star Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in the 2009 hit film Precious and garnered great critical acclaim. In 1992, Ridley started singing in the subway in New York. Her legendary subway performances, which regularly stopped people dead in their tracks and rocked the station, resulted in a flurry of YouTube videos, now reaching over three million hits. She is known locally as the "New York City Subway Idol." Ridley is a master interpreter of lyrics with an emotional depth and charisma that is rare. She embodies a sriking combination of raw power, charm, sensuality, spirituality, and pure funk. Most recently, at the age of 58, she decided to take a leap of faith and audition for the show America's Got Talent. Ridley's raw power and charm immediately resonated with both the judges and the audience, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. While she did not make it all the way to the end, she won the hearts of America and has built an unbelievable fan base. Like Etta James, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner before her, Ridley is a long-lasting Goddess of Soul with enough personality, talent, and a touch of funk to be a truly unforgettable performer.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
January 03, 2012 -

The Met's wickedly funny production returns as this season's English-language holiday presentation for families, with special prices and midweek matinees. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.

Johnny Winter - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 03, 2012 - New York

Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 in what has been called the largest solo artist deal of its time, he immediately laid the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues. Constantly shifting between simple country blues (in the vein of Robert Johnson) to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Winter has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock. Throughout the '70s and '80s, he was the unofficial torchbearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. ??Growing up in a rough-and-tumble town populated by oilfield wildcatters and shipyard workers, Winter formed his first band, Johnny and the Jammers, in 1959 at the age of 15. His big breakthrough came a few years later in 1968 when Rolling Stone writers Larry Sepulvado and John Burks featured him in a piece on the Texas Music scene, which prompted a bidding war among labels that Columbia eventually won. Winter's self-titled 1969 disc announced loudly that there was a new guitar-slinger on the national scene. He stayed with Columbia and its boutique Blue Sky label for more than a decade, turning out such well-received platters as Johnny Winter And (1970), Still Alive and Well (1973), and John Dawson Winter III (1974). He also helped to introduce blues giant Muddy Waters to another generation of listeners by producing and playing guitar on the Grammy-winning Hard Again (1977), as well as the Grammy-nominated I'm Ready (1978), Mississippi Waters Live (1979), and King Bee (1981). Winter joined Alligator Records in 1984, and when he released Guitar Slinger later that year, it was widely hailed as his best (and bluesiest) album ever; it charted in both Billboard and Cashbox as well as earning a Grammy nomination. The next year, the powerhouse follow-up Serious Business won Winter his second Grammy nomination. Third Degree, his final Alligator release, came out in 1986. Today, Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold-out audiences worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments. He recently enjoyed another Grammy nomination for I'm A Bluesman (2004), and he celebrated the release of his newest album, Roots (2011), at B.B. King Blues Club in September. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire, to say that Winter is "back" would be an understatement. In fact, he never left - he's just better than ever.

Meany USA Presents – Mahavatar, pILLOW tHEORY, The Dead Exs, The Gypsy West, Frank Enea Band, and Ryan Vosler - Highline Ballroom
January 03, 2012 -

Meany USA presents a night of performances by outstanding NYC artists, featuring: Mahavatar, an alternative metal band that boasts a leading female lineup and is known for its singular ability to deliver tense and anguished themes, pulled by tumultuous guitars and ponderous rock features. The band has received radio play in the UK, Canada, Australia, Norway, and the US. pILLOW tHEORY, a NYC quartet who delivers a high-powered dynamic sound while successfully genre-hopping under the modern rock umbrella of metal, punk, pop, and free jazz. The band's latest EP Meltdown dropped in the summer of 2011. The Dead Exs, a band who in just a year has been voted NYC Artist of the Month by The Deli Magazine, has been licensed by Quiksilver, and released its debut album Resurrection. The track "More Stuff" from the album has already enjoyed significant airplay and charted in the Top 5 on Twitter. Gypsy West, a Brooklyn-based power trio blending progressive precision and unpredictability with psychedelic overtones, anarchistic concepts, and great songwriting. The band recently released its second record Accomplices (2009), which has been labeled by critics as "stunning," "inspiring," and "powerful." Frank Enea Band, an outfit led by a singer-songwriter whose music the New York Times has described as having "eyes on the world." In 2010, the band released Morning Show, whose tracks have been heard on The Bachelor, Showtime, Fox, and The Discovery Channel, as well as on radio stations across the country. Ryan Vosler, a Jagermeister-sponsored artist whose song "Memories" was featured on the TV show One Tree Hill. He is a frequent collaborator with Frank Enea, who is producing Vosler's forthcoming debut EP.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 04, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Rush Hour: Bernstein and Ravel - New York Philharmonic
January 04, 2012 -

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

Satisfaction - A Tribute to the Rolling Stones - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 04, 2012 - New York

From the streets of London in 1962 to the stages around the world in 2002 and 2003, they're the words concertgoers long to hear ... "Ladies and gentlemen ... The Rolling Stones." We welcome you to the world's greatest Rolling Stones tribute band - Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Experience. Thousands of audiences in over 40 states have witnessed this re-creation with the highest regard of authenticity. And now you are invited to take a step inside the Voodoo Lounge. Let's spend the night together ... pleased to meet you! Satisfaction ... The Show! is a new musical tribute to the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, the Rolling Stones. Audiences will be mesmerized as they are taken on the mystical ride beginning in London 1962, then stopping by the VooDoo Lounge before heading over the Bridges Of Babylon and finally, concluding with their 40 Licks. More than a million fans per year, press throughout the world, and the Rolling Stones themselves have taken notice of the "high-energy way that Chris LeGrand and Satisfaction bring the Rolling Stones experience to the stage." Opening for such major acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship, Foghat, Nazareth, and Sammy Hagar, Satisfaction recreates the Rolling Stones every time the group takes to the stage.

Sweet Georgia Brown - Lucille's
January 04, 2012 - New York

Sweet Georgia Brown is known as a real sassy lady. As described in Ralph Cooper's book, she is "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!" Brown is a blues singer, yes, but she's so much more. It's blues, it's R&B, but most of all, it's a party! Taught by the vocal coach, Margaret Haynes, Brown developed her skills as a jazz and pop vocalist, eventually leading her to win the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Talent Show. The victory prepared her for a professional career as a vocalist. Brown began with pop and jazz tunes, but she soon discovered that she preferred to sing blues songs. Cast as a vocalist in the Broadway hits Eubie and Bubbling Brown Sugar, she was at the start of a successful career as a blues vocalist. Starring as Bessie Smith in An Evening at the Cotton Club, she toured throughout Europe entertaining audiences with her high-energy performances of jazz, blues, and gospel tunes. Once you experience Sweet Georgia Brown live, you will never forget it, simply because she is really entertaining and a lot of fun. She gets up close to her audience, and you may even end up on stage with her! Her rich history includes performances with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Fathead Newman, KoKo Taylor, and Stanley Turrentine. She is truly one of the last real Harlem diva blues queens.

The Million Man Mosh: A Benefit for Donovan Drayton Featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz With Ronny Drayton & DJ Afrika Bambaataa - Highline Ballroom
January 04, 2012 -

The Black Rock Coalition proudly presents The Million Man Mosh: A Benefit For Donovan Drayton. The show will feature two of New York City's most beloved bands gracing the same stage for the first time: the Grammy-Award winning group Living Colour and heavy metal soul pioneers 24-7 Spyz. Hip-hop founding father Afrika Bambaataa will do a DJ set, and there will a late jam with special guests including legendary guitarist Ronny Drayton. There will also be information on rare memorabilia that will be up for auction. Proceeds for the event will go to the legal defense of Donovan Drayton, son of Ronny, who has been incarcerated at Riker's Island for four years without a conviction. As the flagship band of the Black Rock Coalition, Living Colour fused free jazz, funk, hard rock, and heavy metal into a sound that is uniquely its own. The band's debut album Vivid was released in 1988 and contained the hit single "Cult of Personality," which won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band's followup Time's Up (1990), garnered more critical acclaim and another Grammy Award. After an extended hiatus in the late '90s, Living Colour reformed in 2000 and released Collideoscope in 2003. Having recently released the critically acclaimed album The Chair In The Doorway (2009), the band is currently preparing material for a new album and tour in 2012. South Bronx natives Jimi Hazel (guitar) and Rick Skatore (bass) formed 24-7 Spyz ("twenty-four-seven spies") in 1986 and developed an immediate following based on their musical versatility. The group mixes soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and punk - a mix that came to be labeled as heavy metal soul. 24-7 Spyz broke up in 1998 after releasing several albums, including Harder than You (1988), Gumbo Millennium (1990), and the cult classic Strength in Numbers (1992). Reforming in 2003, the group dropped Face the Day (2006), its latest release and first album of original material in over a decade. 2011 saw a reunion of the Strength in Numbers lineup at a show in New York City, and that lineup will tour Europe in the first quarter of 2012. The band is now writing songs for a new disc that will be released in 2012. Guitarist Ronny Drayton, who has been a sideman for a virtual who's-who list of New York's brightest music stars (Roy Ayers, Melba Moore, James "Blood" Ulmer, Nona Hendryx, Defunkt, Edwin Birdsong, Kashif, The Family Stand, and more), will close out the night jamming with both bands and special invited guests.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
January 05, 2012 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

Mahler's Ninth Symphony - New York Philharmonic
January 05, 2012 -

Roomful of Blues - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 05, 2012 - New York

Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, "are in a class by themselves." With the band's masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it's no wonder why the great Count Basie called Roomful "the hottest blues band I've ever heard." Since 1967, the group's deeply-rooted blend of swing, rock n' roll, jump, blues, and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards (one for Blues Band Of The Year in 2005) and two selections as Best Blues Band in the DownBeat International Critics Poll. Over the years Roomful of Blues has played countless clubs and concerts and many major festivals, including The Monterey Blues Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, and The Montreux Jazz Festival. The band has gigged with stars ranging from bluesmen B.B. King, Otis Rush, and Stevie Ray Vaughan to rockers Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, and it has backed legendary musicians like Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy McCracklin, Roy Brown, Joe Turner, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Earl King - stars of the blues and R&B scenes of the '40s and '50s. In addition, Roomful has toured - as it always has - virtually non-stop, hitting cities from coast to coast and traveling abroad to Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, and Russia. Over the years there have been more than 50 Roomful of Blues members, each bringing his or her own unique talent and vision to the mix. Famed alumni include guitarist Ronnie Earl, vocalist Lou Ann Barton, saxophonist and vocalist Greg Piccolo, and harpist and vocalist Sugar Ray Norcia. In addition, the band has been led since 1996 by guitarist Chris Vachon and features saxophonist Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970. Recording for Rounder Records' Bullseye Blues and Varrick labels between 1980 and 2001, the band cut nine albums that won it international fame and major rock radio airplay. When Vachon joined in 1990, he guided the band to a Grammy nomination for 1995's Turn It On! Turn It Up!. Now, with its latest release Hook, Line & Sinker (2011), Roomful of Blues continues to bring its horn and guitar-fueled music to fans around the world.

APAP Showcase Featuring Bebel Gilberto, Gregory Porter & More - Highline Ballroom
January 05, 2012 -

SummerStage, a program of the City Parks Foundation, is New York's largest free performing arts festival, presenting over 100 performances annually in eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, and world music to dance, spoken word, and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 26 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. Join us tonight for a preview of the 2012 season, featuring Bebel Gilberto, Gregory Porter, and more! Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto has taken the legacy of the music from Bahia to the dance floor, earning worldwide success. She charms all that hear her with a sound that is deeply rooted, but distinctly her own. Catch her in this rare club performance and see why she has millions of fans worldwide. With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, Grammy nominee Gregory Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery that jazz luminary Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to call him "a fantastic young singer." The New York Times has also declared: "Gregory Porter has most of what you would want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn't know you wanted." See for yourself what the buzz is all about.

La Fille du Régiment - Metropolitan Opera
January 06, 2012 -

Nino Machaidze is Donizetti's spunky heroine in Laurent Pelly's witty production. Her Tonio is Lawrence Brownlee, who delivers all nine high Cs of his famous aria with aplomb, and Kiri Te Kanawa is the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

Eric Johnson Electric Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 06, 2012 - New York

ERIC JOHNSON Eric Johnson is on the short list of all-time guitar heroes. He has earned critical and commercial success, a Grammy Award, accolades from his peers, and unabashed devotion from his fans. He began his musical career at age 16, and by the end of the '70s, his burgeoning reputation led to session work with the likes of Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Christopher Cross. In fact, he played on Cross's Grammy-sweeping, self-titled 1980 debut album. One of the most important breaks of Johnson's career was a 1984 appearance on the PBS television show Austin City Limits. Reportedly, Prince saw Johnson's performance and recommended him to his label, Warner Bros. Records. The Warner subsidiary Reprise Records signed Johnson, and he released Tones in 1986, featuring the Grammy-nominated song "Zap." Johnson's subsequent releases on other labels included the platinum-certified Ah Via Musicom (1990), which featured the Grammy-winning track "Cliffs of Dover;" Venus Isle (1996), which featured the Grammy-nominated tracks "S.R.V." and "Pavilion;" and the Grammy-nominated Bloom (2005). He was recently named Guitar International's Guitarist of the Year and has won an unprecedented 33 awards at the Austin Music Awards since 1982, including recent awards for Best Electric Guitar, Best Acoustic Guitar, and Best Instrumental Band. His latest album, Up Close, came out in 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews. Photo by Max Crace ANDY MCKEE Andy McKee is one of the world's finest acoustic guitar soloists. He has received over 100 million views collectively for his YouTube videos, which showcase his incredible fingerstyle playing. At one point, he held the top three positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on the hugely popular website. His videos are still among the highest rated on YouTube. Consequently, McKee has performed sold-out shows all over the world and continues to perform between 100 and 200 shows a year. He has released over six albums, including his latest effort Joyland (2010).

Eric Johnson Electric Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 06, 2012 - New York

ERIC JOHNSON Eric Johnson is on the short list of all-time guitar heroes. He has earned critical and commercial success, a Grammy Award, accolades from his peers, and unabashed devotion from his fans. He began his musical career at age 16, and by the end of the '70s, his burgeoning reputation led to session work with the likes of Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Christopher Cross. In fact, he played on Cross's Grammy-sweeping, self-titled 1980 debut album. One of the most important breaks of Johnson's career was a 1984 appearance on the PBS television show Austin City Limits. Reportedly, Prince saw Johnson's performance and recommended him to his label, Warner Bros. Records. The Warner subsidiary Reprise Records signed Johnson, and he released Tones in 1986, featuring the Grammy-nominated song "Zap." Johnson's subsequent releases on other labels included the platinum-certified Ah Via Musicom (1990), which featured the Grammy-winning track "Cliffs of Dover;" Venus Isle (1996), which featured the Grammy-nominated tracks "S.R.V." and "Pavilion;" and the Grammy-nominated Bloom (2005). He was recently named Guitar International's Guitarist of the Year and has won an unprecedented 33 awards at the Austin Music Awards since 1982, including recent awards for Best Electric Guitar, Best Acoustic Guitar, and Best Instrumental Band. His latest album, Up Close, came out in 2010 and has been receiving rave reviews. Photo by Max Crace ANDY MCKEE Andy McKee is one of the world's finest acoustic guitar soloists. He has received over 100 million views collectively for his YouTube videos, which showcase his incredible fingerstyle playing. At one point, he held the top three positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on the hugely popular website. His videos are still among the highest rated on YouTube. Consequently, McKee has performed sold-out shows all over the world and continues to perform between 100 and 200 shows a year. He has released over six albums, including his latest effort Joyland (2010).

Indelible Festival - Highline Ballroom
January 06, 2012 -

The first INDELIBLE FESTIVAL will feature Artists who are "forever", now and in the future, featuring Yasiin Bey' Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, the legendary Jimmy Scott, ?uestlove, Gary Bartz, Bilal, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper & more. Indelible is dedicated to those who inspire and influence young people and, by their example, make a difference in the world. Jill Newman Productions created the Indelible Series two years ago, presented by the New York Public Library.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
January 07, 2012 -

The Met's wickedly funny production returns as this season's English-language holiday presentation for families, with special prices and midweek matinees. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 07, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Pacifica Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 07, 2012 -

Mahler's Ninth Symphony - New York Philharmonic
January 07, 2012 -

Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour - The Town Hall
January 07, 2012 -

Glen Campbell, the legendary Arkansas-born singer and guitarist, who rose to prominence in Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Of his 74 trips up the country charts, 27 landed in the Top 10. Campbell's hits include John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind", Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston", Larry Weiss's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights". Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For "Gentle on My Mind" he received two awards in country & western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA's top honor as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. In 1969 Campbell was hand picked by actor John Wayne to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Edwin McCain - Highline Ballroom
January 07, 2012 -

Edwin McCain, the voice that is romance incarnate, has launched a thousand marriages and stirred up Southern soul for over 20 years. Blending equal parts folk, soul, and rock, the platinum-selling singer-songwriter has garnered the attention of millions with the Top 10 smash "I'll Be" (voted the best wedding song by over one million viewers of The Dr. Phil Show) and the Diane Warren-penned Top 40 hit "I Could Not Ask for More." Since his 1993 debut, he has been a tireless troubadour who regularly sells out his rapturous live performances all across the country. The seeds for McCain's blend of Southern soul and acoustic storytelling were planted in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was born and raised. In 1993, he formed the Edwin McCain Band and released Solitude. A quartet of albums on Lava/Atlantic Records followed, starting with Honor Among Thieves (1995), the breakthrough album Misguided Roses (1997), which featured "I'll Be," and Messenger (1999), which included "I Could Not Ask for More." After 2001's Far From Over, McCain stepped off the major label treadmill for his next few releases, including The Austin Sessions (2003), Scream & Whisper (2004), Lost in America (2006), and Nobody's Fault But Mine (2008). Mercy Bound (2011), McCain's 10th album and first for 429 Records, marks two decades since he first entered the studio. The songs on the album are the fruit of an on-again, off-again collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Maia Sharp that began in 2004 with their lovely duet "Say Anything." That collaboration has offered McCain, some 20 years into his career, a chance to try something new. "It's not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that," insists the man with 11 albums, a wall of platinum and gold albums that have sold in the millions, and reams of Top 10, 20, and 40 hits. "It just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment."

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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