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February 11, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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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.

Stravinsky Violin Concerto - New York City Ballet
February 11, 2012 -

In 1941, Balanchine choreographed Balustrade for the Ballet Russe to Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D. When he returned to the score three decades later, he could no longer remember his original choreography. But Balanchine was not at all disturbed by the loss. "What I did then was for then," he said, "and what I wanted to do to this music for our Stravinsky Festival... represented more than 30 years' difference." The new choreography follows the score directly: An opening "Toccata" and a final "Capriccio" enclose two central "Arias," which form contrasting pas de deux for two different couples.

Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera
February 11, 2012 -

With its cataclysmic climax, the Met's new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. James Levine conducts.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
February 11, 2012 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School present Gluck’s “Armide” - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through February 11, 2012 - New York

The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School present a semi-staged concert performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Armide,” the second co-production between the two art institutions, on Wednesday, February 8 and Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets at $30 will be available beginning January 11, 2012 through the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at www.juilliard.edu. For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

The 70's Soul Jam Valentine's Concert - Beacon Theatre
February 11, 2012 - New York

The popular 70's Soul Jam returns with an all new line-up featuring The Stylistics, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, The Delfonics, The Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, & Enchantment.

Laura Benanti - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 11, 2012 -

Her astonishing beauty is matched by a bell-clear soprano and the ability to inhabit characters with total conviction. In her cabaret shows she lets out an antic sense of humor, and on Broadway in Nine, A Little Night Music, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Benanti was the brightest light on stage. Benanti won a Tony Award for her role in Gypsy, making the transformation from tomboy Louise to the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee completely believable and heart-wrenching.

Romeo - Madison Square Garden
February 11, 2012 -

While most 13 year-old boys were out chasing girls and shooting hoops, Romeo opted to stay home, penning his first songs. It is well known that Romeo's idol in bachata is Antony "El Mayimbe" Santos. However, his fascination with the art of the popular song commenced when he discovered the likes of Camilo Sesto, Manuel Alejandro, Juan Gabriel, Omar Alfano, and, of course, Juan Luis Guerra. Most people focus on the artist, but Romeo always wanted to know who wrote the song. His blossoming love affair with songwriting was only the beginning of a journey he had barely envisioned. As fate would have it, Romeo soon joined his church choir with his cousin Henry. Shortly thereafter, Romeo and Henry would meet their destiny and join Lenny and Mikey to form Aventura. It is well-known to insiders that Romeo will not write songs for just anyone. He has been extremely selective, as he believes there must be a visceral connection between himself and the artist he is writing for. As a matter of fact, a defining factor in Romeo's career is his continuing quest for exclusivity and privacy in general. Today Romeo embarks on his journey as a solo artist with his debut solo album, entitled "Formula," slated to release in fall, 2011. The artist has chosen an eclectic mix of Bachata, R&B, Ballads - up tempo and fusion to delight his fans. With all of the Bachata tracks to be written, arranged and produced by Romeo himself, he has invited selected A-list producer to collaborate in the Anglo tracks - just about anything can be expected. Romeo's wild ride has just begun.

Romeo - Madison Square Garden
February 11, 2012 -

While most 13 year-old boys were out chasing girls and shooting hoops, Romeo opted to stay home, penning his first songs. It is well known that Romeo's idol in bachata is Antony "El Mayimbe" Santos. However, his fascination with the art of the popular song commenced when he discovered the likes of Camilo Sesto, Manuel Alejandro, Juan Gabriel, Omar Alfano, and, of course, Juan Luis Guerra. Most people focus on the artist, but Romeo always wanted to know who wrote the song. His blossoming love affair with songwriting was only the beginning of a journey he had barely envisioned. As fate would have it, Romeo soon joined his church choir with his cousin Henry. Shortly thereafter, Romeo and Henry would meet their destiny and join Lenny and Mikey to form Aventura. It is well-known to insiders that Romeo will not write songs for just anyone. He has been extremely selective, as he believes there must be a visceral connection between himself and the artist he is writing for. As a matter of fact, a defining factor in Romeo's career is his continuing quest for exclusivity and privacy in general. Today Romeo embarks on his journey as a solo artist with his debut solo album, entitled "Formula," slated to release in fall, 2011. The artist has chosen an eclectic mix of Bachata, R&B, Ballads - up tempo and fusion to delight his fans. With all of the Bachata tracks to be written, arranged and produced by Romeo himself, he has invited selected A-list producer to collaborate in the Anglo tracks - just about anything can be expected. Romeo's wild ride has just begun.

Ruben Studdard - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through February 11, 2012 -

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post will continue its Winter/Spring 2012 season with the New York nightclub debut of Grammy Award-nominated "American Idol" winner RUBEN STUDDARD from February 7 to February 11. In addition to jazz, pop and soul standards, he will perform his new single "June 28th (I'm Single)" from his upcoming CD "Letters From Birmingham," which will be released by Shanachie Entertainment on March 13. This concept album about the ups and downs of modern romance is setting the standard for modern day soul troubadours and boasts stunning performances that range from an angelic falsetto on love songs like "Today" to hard-hitting dance floor grooves like "Turn You Out" that show off a raw vocal edge. The show will run for four nights from February 7 to February 11 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). RUBEN STUDDARD was crowned the winner of Fox Television's "American Idol" talent competition in 2003 after pulling over 24 million votes. Since then, the Velvet Teddy Bear (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him for his smoothly soothing vocal style) has produced a string of gold and platinum albums, received Grammy and American Music Award nominations, won the NAACP's Image Award for Best New Artist, was nominated as Best Gospel Artist at the BET Awards, toured as Fats Waller in a national stage tour of Ain't Misbehavin', appeared on various television shows, toured in the comedy drama "Heaven I Need A Hug" with Robin Givens and played a pastor in the Trace Adkins film, Lifted. His single "Flying Without Wings" debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 while his version of "Superstar" peaked at No. 2 on the R&B chart. In December 2003, his first album, Soulful, had advance orders of over a million copies, automatically qualifying for platinum certification. The record entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. A follow-up single, "Sorry 2004," reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B chart. Ruben's next album was "I Need An Angel," released in November 2004. The sophomore set topped Billboard's gospel chart and was the magazine's No. 1 gospel album of the year. Ruben's third album, "The Return," found him back in the Top 10, on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The first single, "Change Me," spent an impressive eight weeks at No. 1 on the Adult R&B list. In 2004, he won the NAACP's Image Award for Best New Artist. That same year, he was nominated for Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist at the American Music Awards, Best Male R&B Performance at the Grammys, Best New Soul/R&B or Rap Artist at the Soul Train Awards and Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Artist at the BET Awards. The following year Ruben was nominated as Best Gospel Artist at the BET Awards. FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present RUBEN STUDDARD from Tuesday, February 7 through Saturday, February 11. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 PM and Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM. All performances have a $60.00 cover with $75.00 premium seats and $95.00 up-front seats available. In addition, there is a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 11, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 11, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Tramps Like Us: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 11, 2012 - New York

Tramps Like Us brings more than 2 decades of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet's most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intensity and swagger reminiscent of the Boss himself. With a repertoire of more than 100 songs, Tramps Like Us has been dedicated to enjoying and sharing Bruce's music in a live setting. Unlike other "tribute" bands who attempt to impersonate or emulate their source in every respect, from looks to clothing to gestures, Tramps Like Us concentrates on the music itself. The group captures the Springsteen sound, and the true spirit and energy of the songs, as well as to delivering them with the passion and conviction of the Boss. In keeping with the tradition of a typical Springsteen concert, Tramps prides itself on long and intense concerts, often playing 3.5 to 4 hour shows and at times without a break. Tramps has been able to cover up to 36 songs on any given night

Music - Judson Memorial Church
February 11, 2012 - ny

Tune in, turn up the volume, and make love to the mic at Stolen Chair’s “If Music Be the Food of Love” Valentine’s party, downstairs at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St) on Saturday, Feb 11, from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

Rebirth Brass Band : Pre-Mardi Gras Celebration with 2012 Grammy Nominees w/ spec guests HeyLady plus DJ Cochon De Lait - Hiro Ballroom
February 11, 2012 - New York, NY

After The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band is perhaps the best contemporary New Orleans ensemble working in vintage marching band style. The group formed in the early '80s while they were still in school. In the latter half of the decade, the band gained of the critics and the public alike. Since the late '80s, The Rebirth Brass Band has cut albums for Rounder and Arhoolie, utilizing multiple trombone/trumpet/tuba instrumentation. They also play booming uptempo tunes, spirituals, rags, marching numbers, and originals, doing them all with a traditional feel and contemporary sensibility. Founding member and co-leader Kermit Ruffins left for a solo career in 1994. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

Rebirth Brass Band : Pre-Mardi Gras Celebration with the 2012 Grammy Nominees with Zongo Junction: 12 PC Afro-Beat Band From Brooklyn plus DJ Cochon De Lait - Hiro Ballroom
February 11, 2012 - New York, NY

Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s burgeoning afrobeat scene. The ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform.

The critics agree. “The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug in…anyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla,” says the Bay Area’s SF Station. “Sheer energy, with a brawny horn section that played unison lines with the force of a tractor-trailer and a rhythm section that roared with power and noise.” Says the Village Voice.

The band, 12 pieces in total, has toured extensively throughout the East and West coats. Highlights include a sold out show at Slim's in San Francisco on December 30, 2010, a Monday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl in June 2011 and a recent tour supporting Asheville, NC heavyweights, Toubab Krewe.

The band released their debut album Thieves! on December 30, 2010. As afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. The album’s five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals. Members of the band have performed or recorded with: TV on the Radio, Easy Star All Stars, The Walkmen, and many more. This is a Standing Room Only show.

Musical Performance: Joseph and James Tawadros, 'Oud and Percussion - Alwan For The Arts
February 11, 2012 - New York

Joseph Tawadros - 'Oud; Mavrothi Kontanis - 'Oud; James Tawadros - Arabic Percussion.

Joseph and James Tawadros were born in Egypt and raised in Australia; this performance will showcase original 'oud compositions by Joseph Tawadros and Greek musician Mavrothi Kontanis. The night will also feature James Tawadros on Arabic Percussion.

Doors open at 8:30pm.

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Tickets: General - $20 (*buy online) | Members, Students, Seniors $15 (*buy online) available at the door or online.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket).

About the Musicians: Joseph Tawadros never ceases to amaze and at 28 has established himself as one the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of amazing diversity and sensitivity, Joseph continues to appear in concert halls worldwide dazzling audiences with his brilliant technique, his passionate musicianship and his joyous style of performance. Always willing to push the boundaries and challenge traditional musical forms and rhythms, his efforts have led him to many unique collaborations, and he has recorded 7 albums to date: Storyteller, Rouhani, Visions, Epiphany, Angel, The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran and his latest offering, The Hour of Separation. A resident of Australia since 1986, Joseph has been responsible for expanding the Oud’s notoriety in mainstream western culture and has also been recognized in the Arab world; recently being invited to appear on the judging panel of the Damascus International Oud competition in 2009 and took part in Istanbul’s first Oud festival in 2010. Joseph has toured extensively in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East and has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues with artists such as tabla master Zakir Hussain, sarangi master Sultan Khan, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, James Tawadros, Camerata Salzburg, Richard Tognetti and The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mali band Tinariwen, Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Adel Salameh, Fathi Salama, Christian Lindberg, Neil Finn, Mark Isaacs, William Barton, Lior, The Song Company, Riley Lee, Karen Schaupp, Bobby Singh, Katie Noonan, James Crabb, amongst many others. James Tawadros, born in Australia in 1989, is a percussionist and soloist. His main instrument is the riqq, a small hand held tambourine. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with numerous artists such as Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Richard Tognetti, Katie Noonan Alister Spence, Abdo Dagher, James Crabb, Mark Isaacs, Jeremy Alsop, Mary Doumany, Al Slavik, and William Barton. In 2006, the Tawadros brothers' album Visions was nominated for ‘Best World Music Album 2006’ in the Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA).

Mavrothi Kontanis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and teacher born and raised in the US, but with roots in Halkidiki, Greece. Mavrothi's main instrument is the oud, and he has studied with many of the world's top players, including Münir N. Beken, Emin Gündüz, John Berberian, Kyriakos Kalaitzides, Yurdal Tokcan, and Ara Dinkjian, among others. His passion for performing is matched by his love of teaching and composing music. By keeping an open mind and drawing from his diverse experiences as both a Greek and an American, Mavrothi creates music that is both Eastern and Western, old and new. Mavrothi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks, and is the leader and founding member of the Maeandros Ensemble.

Barry Manilow - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 12, 2012 -

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will return to Radio City Music Hall in New York City and perform three shows, February 10, 11, and 12, 2012. The announcement of these special concerts coincides with the release of 15 MINUTES, Manilow's first original album in 10 years and will be in stores on June 14. Tickets are on sale now! After having recorded six critically acclaimed albums of songs written by the greatest songwriters of all time - from Gershwin to Bacharach, as well as two Platinum Christmas albums-- Barry Manilow returns at last to his true passion: songwriting. Inspired by the Andy Warhol quote, "In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes," this exciting guitar-driven pop album explores the perils and pinnacles of fame's double-edged sword. 15 MINUTES is a compilation of 16 original tracks written by Manilow and lyricist Enoch Anderson. Making a guest appearance on 15 MINUTES is young Nataly Dawn, lead singer of the white-hot group, Pomplamoose. Her rendition of "Letter From A Fan" is both innocent and eerie.

Elaine Paige - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 12, 2012 -

A legend comes to American Songbook. The reigning queen of British musical theater and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige first astounded theater audiences with her creation of the role of Eva Peron in Evita. Her subsequent roles as Grizabella in Cats, Florenz in Chess, Edith Piaf in Piaf, and the leads in Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes and The King and I added to her luster. She performs concerts around the world, has a weekly BBC 2 radio program, sells multi-platinum CDs, was awarded the Order of the British Empire and is currently giving a critically-acclaimed performance as Carlotta in Follies on Broadway. Now she is ready to conquer The Allen Room.

School of Rock Best of Season Show - Highline Ballroom
February 12, 2012 -

With more than a decade of successful experience teaching music, School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids from age 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals, with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds. To date, School of Rock students have played thousands of concerts to more than 100,000 people total, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy, and B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. Groups from the school have also had the great fortune to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.Richard Morel is known for his remixes under the name Pink Noise, including tracks from the Killers, Yoko Ono, and Pet Shop Boys. In addition, he co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Cyndi Lauper?s Bring Ya to the Brink album and released his third solo album as Morel, titled The Death of the Paper Boy, in 2008. Bob Mould, founding member of the seminal punk band Husker Du and alt-rock favorite Sugar, released his ninth solo album, Life And Times (Anti- Records), in 2010. His autobiography, titled See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody and written with assistance from Michael Azerrad, was published in the summer of 2011.

Da Beatminerz vs. The X-Ecutioners - Highline Ballroom
February 12, 2012 -

DA BEATMINERZ - Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee of the super-producer team Da Beatminerz have devoted their expertise as producers, DJs, and radio personalities to the music industry professionally since 1992. The two are the geniuses behind Enta da Stage (1993), Black Moon's introduction album, Smif-N-Wessun's debut album Dah Shinin' (1995), and singles for artists such as Naughty by Nature, Black Star, Eminem, and Busta Rhymes, just to name a few. Da Beatminerz soon added their own albums to their catalog, signing on with Rawkus Records for a production-based project. The group laced hard-edge beats with hip-hop's finest lyricists to create the album Brace 4 Impak (2001). A model of consistency, the duo has continued to kick out significant independent albums, including Fully Loaded w/ Statik (2004) and Unmarked Music Vol. 1 (2007). As DJs, Walt and Evil Dee continue to tour nationally and internationally and host shows broadcasting from their online radio station www.DaBeatminerz.com, which is the home of 14 mixmasters and is dedicated to representing hip-hop. THE X-ECUTIONERS - The world-renowned turntablists formerly known as the X-Men officially became the X-Ecutioners when they made the leap from being battle DJs to recording artists in their own right. Founded in 1989 with the stated intention of dethroning the reigning battle DJs in the local hip-hop DJ scene, the crew set out to become the most dominant force in the history of the hip-hop DJ. These New York natives can count themselves among a select handful of DJs who spearheaded the turntablist movement by taking the classic hip-hop techniques of mixing and cutting into a whole new realm of musical improvisation, working with a host of prominent artists in the process. In 2004, Roc Raida and Total Eclipse welcomed the genre-elevating talents of turntablists DJ Boogie Blind (2000 Vestax World Champion) and DJ Precision (2002 Beatdown World Champion) as official members of the ever-evolving super DJ group. The crew has released numerous acclaimed albums, including X-Pressions (1997), Built from Scratch (2002), Scratchology (2003), and Revolutions (2004), as well as Joint Special Operations Taskforce, a 2005 collaborative album with General Patton.

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 12, 2012 - New York

Now 84 years old, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has been performing professionally since he and his older brother Carter formed a band in their native southwestern Virginia in 1946. Between that date and 1966, when Carter died, the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most celebrated bluegrass groups in the world, rivaling in popularity such titans as Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs. After Carter's death, Stanley shifted the band's musical emphasis from hard-driving bluegrass to an older, sadder, less adorned mountain style. As a bandleader, he nourished such young and promising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks, and Charlie Sizemore, all of whom eventually graduated to distinguished solo careers. While he has long been revered by enthusiasts of folk, bluegrass, and country music, Stanley has in recent years been commanding the kind of honors due a musical original. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2006, and in 2003, he shared with his friend Jim Lauderdale a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The year before that, in 2002, he won Grammy Awards for Best Country Male Vocalist Performance (beating out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Lyle Lovett and Ryan Adams) and Album of the Year (for his featured role in the soundtrack of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?). In 2001, he was the subject of an admiring profile in the New Yorker, written by novelist David Gates, who gathered material by traveling with Stanley for months. He is also the central figure in the D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus documentary Down From The Mountain (2000). Currently over 65 years into his performing career, Stanley still maintains an active touring schedule and continues to release albums. His recent recordings include A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family (2006), Mountain Preacher's Child (2007), Can't You Hear the Mountains Calling (2009), and A Mother's Prayer (2011), his latest release. He also published his story - the tale of perhaps the greatest living patriarch of old-time mountain music - in his 2009 autobiography, A Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times.

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
February 12, 2012 - New York

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. 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.

Aida - Metropolitan Opera
February 13, 2012 -

Verdi's vision of ancient Egypt is grandly realized with the help of the Met's unparalleled musical forces -- and every one of its stage elevators. Violeta Urmana and Marcelo Álvarez star as the ill-fated lovers. Stephanie Blythe sings Amneris for the first time at the Met.

The Broadway Musicals of 1946 - The Town Hall
February 13, 2012 -

The Broadway by the Year 2012 series opens with a tribute to 1946 featuring tunes from the musicals Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Mister, St. Louis Woman, Lute Song, Park Avenue and more. Join creator, writer, host Scott Siegel for a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering entertaining verbal accounts of Broadway's history, and celebrating the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of talented cabaret and Broadway performers. This marvelous program not only highlights favorite show-stopping numbers, it also features lesser-known gems.

Robert Creighton DEBUT ALBUM Concerts - The Metropolitan Room
Through February 13, 2012 - New York

ROBERT CREIGHTON, of the Tony Award winning revival of ANYTHING GOES, is one of the busiest character actors working on Broadway. In February, he'll celebrate the release of his DEBUT ALBUM - "Ain't We Got Fun!" (LML) - with two concerts at The Metropolitan Room. The recording lives up to its name: it's a good time romp through the first few decades of the 20th C, with some Creighton originals and lots of special Broadway guests. Don't miss it live! Call for reservations.

Barry Manilow - Radio City Music Hall
February 14, 2012 -

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will return to Radio City Music Hall in New York City and perform three shows, February 10, 11, and 12, 2012. The announcement of these special concerts coincides with the release of 15 MINUTES, Manilow's first original album in 10 years and will be in stores on June 14. Tickets are on sale now! After having recorded six critically acclaimed albums of songs written by the greatest songwriters of all time - from Gershwin to Bacharach, as well as two Platinum Christmas albums-- Barry Manilow returns at last to his true passion: songwriting. Inspired by the Andy Warhol quote, "In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes," this exciting guitar-driven pop album explores the perils and pinnacles of fame's double-edged sword. 15 MINUTES is a compilation of 16 original tracks written by Manilow and lyricist Enoch Anderson. Making a guest appearance on 15 MINUTES is young Nataly Dawn, lead singer of the white-hot group, Pomplamoose. Her rendition of "Letter From A Fan" is both innocent and eerie.

Foreigner - Acoustique The Classics Unplugged - The Town Hall
February 14, 2012 -

Foreigner will perform all of their greatest hits in a fully acoustic show.

Ensemble ACJW - Carnegie Hall
February 14, 2012 -

Hear the "fun, fearless, and effing great" (Time Out New York) young musicians of Ensemble ACJW bring to life Stravinsky's jazz-inflected, wacky (but topical) tale of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil for a book that predicts the uncertain economic future—information the soldier uses to become rich. Joining the Stravinsky is a new work by Sleeping Giant, a collective of emerging New York–based composers "rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range, and acute attention to instrumental nuance" (WQXR).

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
February 14, 2012 -

For James Ehnes, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is a piece that exemplifies "so quintessentially who he was as a composer … once he found his voice, that voice was perfect." Ehnes brings this exemplary work of youthful 19th-century genius to Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As one of the world's great ensembles, the orchestra showcases its own virtuosity in Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.

Freddie Jackson Valentine's Day Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 14, 2012 - New York

Freddie Jackson is one of the biggest stars to dominate the R&B charts seemingly at will in the late '80s and early '90s. Known for his sophisticated, romantic soul ballads aimed at adult audiences, he is also capable of tackling urban contemporary dance fare and even the occasional jazz tune. Like so many soul stars, Jackson was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. During the early '80s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band Mystic Merlin, but he soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. In 1985, Jackson landed a record deal with Capitol Records and issued his debut album Rock Me Tonight. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. With recent releases like 2006's Transitions, which featured the hits "Until the End of Time" and "More than Friends", and 2010's For You, the legendary voice that produced almost a dozen No. 1 singles and several gold and platinum records continues to enchant audiences across the country.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
February 15, 2012 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
February 15, 2012 - New York

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000!

Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Leif Ove Andsnes - Carnegie Hall
February 15, 2012 -

"One of the most gifted musicians of his generation" (The Wall Street Journal), Leif Ove Andsnes takes you on a musical trip through the last two-and-a-half centuries. It's a thrilling program that includes works by Haydn, Debussy, and Bartók.

Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators play Music from the Swing Era - Radegast Beer Hall
February 15, 2012 - Brooklyn

Join Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators for an evening of vintage jazz at Radegast!

Freddie Jackson Valentine's Day Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 15, 2012 - New York

Freddie Jackson is one of the biggest stars to dominate the R&B charts seemingly at will in the late '80s and early '90s. Known for his sophisticated, romantic soul ballads aimed at adult audiences, he is also capable of tackling urban contemporary dance fare and even the occasional jazz tune. Like so many soul stars, Jackson was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his producer and songwriting partner. During the early '80s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band Mystic Merlin, but he soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. In 1985, Jackson landed a record deal with Capitol Records and issued his debut album Rock Me Tonight. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. With recent releases like 2006's Transitions, which featured the hits "Until the End of Time" and "More than Friends", and 2010's For You, the legendary voice that produced almost a dozen No. 1 singles and several gold and platinum records continues to enchant audiences across the country.

Jonny Lang - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 15, 2012 - New York

Blues phenom Jonny Lang started playing the guitar at the age of 12, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo, North Dakota. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from one of the band�s guitar player, Ted Larsen. Several months after Lang began, he joined the Bad Medicine Blues Band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang. In more than 10 years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck, Sting, and more. In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton. In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua - a huge honor for Lang. Lang's latest album, Live at the Ryman (2010), captures a spirited live performance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, featuring the screaming electric guitar playing for which Lang is legendary.

Aida - Metropolitan Opera
February 16, 2012 -

Verdi's vision of ancient Egypt is grandly realized with the help of the Met's unparalleled musical forces -- and every one of its stage elevators. Violeta Urmana and Marcelo Álvarez star as the ill-fated lovers. Stephanie Blythe sings Amneris for the first time at the Met.

Brentano String Quartet - Carnegie Hall
February 16, 2012 -

For part one of Fragments, the Brentano Quartet has invited three of today's most imaginative composers to engage with unfinished pieces by Bach, Schubert and Shostakovich to weave compelling new musical works. The new compositions will be played alongside the original ones to create an exciting evening of dialogue between music of the past and music of our present.

Orchestra of St. Luke's - Carnegie Hall
February 16, 2012 -

The Orchestra of St. Luke's presents music written at the end of the 1700s by the composers who set the standard for over a century of classical music to come. Sir Roger Norrington, a master interpreter of this repertoire, takes the podium for this concert, and adventurous American pianist Jeremy Denk joins them in Beethoven's first piano concerto.

Naturally 7 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 16, 2012 - New York

Known for its original style of vocal performance called "vocal play," Naturally 7 traces its origins back to New York City in 1999. What makes this group so special is that every instrument sound that it produces is created by the human voice. There are no actual drums, guitars, horns, flutes, or any other instruments playing when Naturally 7 performs - the sounds you hear are the band members playing each of their vocal instruments.

Madama Butterfly - Metropolitan Opera
February 17, 2012 -

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful staging returns with Patricia Racette and Liping Zhang alternating as the tragic heroine. Robert Dean Smith and Marcello Giordani share the role of the faithless Pinkerton and Placido Domingo conducts.

Ronnie Earl - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 17, 2012 - New York

Having performed with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Allman Brothers, legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl performs with an intensity that hasn't cooled in over 35 years of playing. Earl is a two-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. His discography includes acclaimed albums on Stony Plain, Black Top, Bullseye Blues, Verve, and Telarc. His 1996 Bullseye Blues release, Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, won DownBeat's Blues Album of the Year, and in 2004 his song "Hey Jose" won the award for Best Blues/R&B Song at the 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
February 18, 2012 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

Peter Frampton - The Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour - Beacon Theatre
February 18, 2012 - New York

Due to the success of the 2011 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Peter Frampton's multi-platinum selling live album Frampton Comes Alive!, the tour has been extended into 2012 including a special performance at New York?s Beacon Theatre on Friday, February 18, 2012. Peter Frampton returns to NYC with a special show featuring a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive!, along with highlights from the Grammy-Award® winner's catalog.

Aretha Franklin - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 18, 2012 -

Radio City Music Hall is proud to welcome back music legend Aretha Franklin to the Great Stage on February 17 and 18, 2012 where she will perform her fan favorites and greatest hits. She is a singer of great passion and control whose finest recordings define the term soul music in all its deep, expressive glory.

La traviata - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through February 18, 2012 - Fort Greene

New York City Opera comes to BAM with Verdi's masterpiece La traviata in a new production by acclaimed director Jonathan Miller (St. Matthew Passion, BAM 2009 Spring Season; Il matrimonio segreto, BAM 2008 Spring Season). Miller's take on this tragic tale of love and life -- both lost and found -- focuses on the psychological drama between the characters, powerfully conveyed with stark realism by an outstanding cast. Brooklyn native Laquita Mitchell, hailed by The New York Times for her "powerful" voice, stars as opera's most fascinating heroine opposite Canadian tenor David Pomeroy in his City Opera debut.

Carnegie Hall Choral Institute presents Transient Glory - Carnegie Hall
February 18, 2012 -

This grand finale of Transient Glory features new music by today's top composers. It's all performed by the choral conductors who participated in the workshop and the Young People's Chorus of New York City, led by recent MacArthur "genius" fellow Francisco J. Núñez. JACK Quartet also performs, and WNYC radio personality John Schaefer leads the composers in insightful discussions.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 18, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
February 18, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to [email protected] The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Hard Travelin' With Woody (Based on the Musicy Words and Wordy Music of Woody Guthrie) - The Peoples' Voice Cafe
February 18, 2012 -

The Peoples' Voice Cafe is located on the lower level of Community Church of New York. Hop a boxcar through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune for an hour with the spirit, stories and songs of America's great poet-of-the-people and saint-of-the-working man in Randy Noojin's one man hit from FringeNYC, HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY. "Randy Noojin's Woody Guthrie is a revelation. He captures the spirit of the man like no others have done onstage. His Guthrie is not just some folksy cardboard caricature; we've seen enough of those. Noojin's Guthrie is ornery, pugnacious, sly, and driven by the twin forces of anger and love - a seething anger at the political and economic injustice he sees all around him and a bottomless love for his country and its people."- Will Kaufman, author of WOODY GUTHRIE, AMERICAN RADICAL "Noojin delivers one of the delights of the fest with aplomb, getting even an uptight New York crowd singing along . . . This is solid, entertaining work that should travel far and wide in these hard times, just like Guthrie himself." HUFFINGTON POST See video clip at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfVijzpygPo and www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiqtF6Hrw5o&feature=related Doors open at 7:30 PM and the program begins at 8:00 PM. Admission is on a sliding scale from $15 to $18. TDF vouchers are accepted. Please pay what you honestly can afford. PVC will turn no one away for lack of money. For further information please see: www.peoplesvoicecafe.org

'An Evening of Sophisticated Vocal Jazz with Yvonne Moneira' - Bowery Poetry Club
February 18, 2012 - New York

Enjoy an evening of Sophisticated Jazz, Bossa Nova, and R&B performed by vocalist Yvonne Moneira and a cast of stellar musicans!

Featuring: Yvonne Moneira (vocals) Carlos Cuevas (piano) John Davis (drums) Luques Curtis (Bass) Richard Padron (Guitar) Nabate Isles (trumpet)

Davy Jones of the Monkees - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 18, 2012 - New York

Maintaining his allure as a sexy icon through generations of fans, Davy Jones first invaded teen hearts as the international idol of millions in the 1960s Emmy Award-winning television classic The Monkees. Since the show hit the small screen so many years ago, Jones has triumphed as both a serious actor and a comedian on the theatrical stage; as a rock musician, composer, and artist; and, true to his first love, as an extremely able horseman. The group continues to be a bestseller almost 50 years later, having reunited for tours and other projects in recent years. Jones has continued his musical success apart from The Monkees, releasing his solo debut Just Me in 2001. The theater also remains in Jones's blood. He recently received raved reviews for starring in the complex role of Fagin in Oliver. He has also starred in productions of The Boyfriend, Harry Nilsson's The Point, and appeared as Jesus in Godspell, which played in London's West End. Perhaps the most celebrated television appearance in Jones's long career as a heartthrob is in The Brady Bunch episode, "Getting Davy Jones."

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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