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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.

Brad Mehldau & Anne Sofie von Otter - Carnegie Hall
February 19, 2011 -

On Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau continues his Carnegie Hall residency as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair, performing a recital with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. The program features the New York premiere of an expanded version of Mehldau's Love Songs (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), as well as vocal works by Brahms, Fauré, Ferré, Lennon and McCartney, Sibelius, Strauss, and others.

Kate Baldwin - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 19, 2011 -

Last season's Finian's Rainbow on Broadway revealed a luminous new star: Kate Baldwin. With her sparkling soprano and charming stage presence, Baldwin earned every award nomination in the theater for her role as Sharon McLonergan. Baldwin specializes in the music of Yip Harburg and Burton Lane, Stephen Sondheim, and the wonderful Sheldon Harnick. Her American Songbook show will showcase these composers and more.

Don Pasquale - Metropolitan Opera
February 19, 2011 -

Anna Netrebko returns to the role that made her a Met star, with Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo. Music Director James Levine conducts.

Nixon in China - Metropolitan Opera
February 19, 2011 -

"All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology," says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, whose most famous opera has its Met premiere. "The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history." Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao and Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars as Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim. Nixon in China, Sellars says, "shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced, and mysterious corners." This production was originally created by English National Opera.

John Mellencamp - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 19, 2011 -

Rock legend John Mellencamp will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, February 18 and Saturday February 19, 2011 for a night of music and excitement.

This year has seen the release of Life, Death, Live and Freedom (an acclaimed live disc containing most of the songs from Life, Death, Love, and Freedom), and John's participation in the concert event of the summer, The Bob Dylan Show with John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. During days off John commenced recording of his next studio album, No Better Than This, for release in August 17, 2010. Having stated his intention of making a different kind of album, he recorded at several historic facilities including the first African-American church in the U.S. (in Savannah, Georgia), the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, and the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where blues pioneer Robert Johnson recorded blues staples like "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Crossroad Blues." In order to get the sound and feel of these vintage blues recordings, he taped his new songs using antique recording equipment.

At the same time John compiled a four-CD box set, "On The Rural Route 7609" made up mainly of versions of some of his classic songs other then the well known ones in general release. These included two particularly innovative tracks from two iconic individuals not generally associated with music recordings: race relations expert Dr. Cornel West, who dramatically recited the lyrics to "Jim Crow," and Academy Award-winning actress Joanne Woodward-John's favorite actress-who likewise provided an emotionally charged reading of the lyrics to "The Real Life." "7609" released June 15, 2010.

Work continues on John's hugely ambitious "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" musical theater collaboration with Stephen King--a project that has been in the works for 10 years.

The Enrico Pieranunzi Trio - The Kitano New York Hotel
Through February 19, 2011 -

This February, the renowned Italian jazz pianist, Enrico Pieranunzi and his jazz trio, will be performing in the one of the city’s most intimate venues, The Bar Lounge at The Kitano New York Hotel. Shows will be held at 8-11 p.m. on February 18th and 19th at the Bar Lounge with a cover change of $25 and a $15 food and beverage minimum. Reservations can be made at 1-800-548-2666. Pieranunzi brings his fusion of refined classical technique and contemporary jazz to New York this February at the Kitano with his trio which includes world renowned bassist Larry Grenadier, a San Francisco native, and drummer Marcello Pellitteri hailing from Sicily. Pieranunzi, born in Rome, has played the piano since the age of 5 and began his professional career in Italy at the age of 19. Influenced by jazz luminaries such as Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Pieranunzi has toured throughout Europe from Berlin to Copenhagen showcasing his jazz talents. In addition to his current trio of widely known jazz performers, he has also collaborated with jazz legends such as Franco Ambrosetti, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, and Phil Woods, to name a few. Currently, Pieranunzi has taken a hiatus from his teaching career as a professor at the prestigious Conservatorio di Musica in Flosinone to return to New York City to perform at the Kitano.

Trailer Music Live - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
February 19, 2011 -

Trailer Music Live brings epic music from blockbuster movie trailers such as Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man and many more performed live on stage by more than 100 orchestral, choral and rock musicians for the first time in New York City. This concert experience for all ages unites popular movie culture with powerful contemporary choral and orchestral music. It showcases stirring compositions with mega-hit movie film footage synced live on screen bringing an authentic and unique Hollywood movie music experience to audiences around the world.

Amazing Grace, featuring the Vissi Dance Theater - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
February 19, 2011 -

Amazing Grace a full-length dance drama covering the last slave auction, emancipation, Jim Crow, lynching, civil rights and religion in black America is a spirited and uplifting historical journey.

Musical Performance: Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: A.J. Racy: The Soul Remembers - Alwan for the Arts
February 19, 2011 -

In his long-awaited Alwan debut, the gifted and versatile Dr. A.J. Racy will give a solo performance in a program that evokes the mystical spirit of the Middle East, featuring instrumental works and improvisations by this Lebanese-born composer, multi-instrumentalist, scholar and UCLA ethnomusicologist. The musical content in tonight's program derives from the classical musical traditions of the Ottoman Sufi world and displays the distinctive nuances of Racy’s own style. Several instruments will be heard, including the buzuq, a long-necked lute, the nay, a reed-flute cherished by several Sufi groups, especially the Mevlevi order established by Jalal al-Din Rumi in the 13th century, and the salamiyyah, a reed-flute used by Egyptian Sufi performers. The theme of the performance is inspired by the mystic notion of universality and the Sufi doctrines of Unity of Being and Divine Love. The program will offer an intimate experience of the spiritual and cultural ethos of the Middle East and of music’s transcendental power.

Trailer Music Live - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
February 19, 2011 -

Trailer Music Live brings epic music from blockbuster movie trailers such as Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man and many more performed live on stage by more than 100 orchestral, choral and rock musicians for the first time in New York City. This concert experience for all ages unites popular movie culture with powerful contemporary choral and orchestral music, showcasing stirring compositions with mega-hit movie film footage synced live on screen bringing an authentic and unique Hollywood movie music experience to audiences around the world.

MAX VANGELI | Saturday February 19 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
February 19, 2011 -

Saturday February 19 Pacha NYC presents ...

MAX VANGELI

Pacha prides itself on bringing you the hottest new names in dance music, and Max Vangeli is one such scorcher. He made his Pacha debut in December, showcasing his big-room style and catalog full of high-octane remixes and originals. Now he’s back to show you why he’s one of Steve Angello’s top young guns. FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list... http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_021911.html

GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-02/19/max-vangeli-pacha-nyc Doors open 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/

Trailer Music Live - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
February 19, 2011 -

Trailer Music Live brings epic music from blockbuster movie trailers such as Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man and many more performed live on stage by more than 100 orchestral, choral and rock musicians for the first time in New York City. This concert experience for all ages unites popular movie culture with powerful contemporary choral and orchestral music, showcasing stirring compositions with mega-hit movie film footage synced live on screen bringing an authentic and unique Hollywood movie music experience to audiences around the world. List of Artists: The Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”, Artistic Director Lev Kontorovich, and conducted by Aleksandr Klevitsky, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The Yuri Silantiev Grand Concert Orchestra. the event also features the New York City Master Chorale, members of the NYU Symphony Orchestra and is also featuring the legendary trailer music composers Immediate Music (Avatar, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Chronicles of Narnia, among others).

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 20, 2011 -

Iconic trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife, the internationally-renowned singer Lani Hall, have a passion for Brazilian and American jazz and American popular standards. They communicate that passion with soulful, elegant performances of classic American songs tinged with the color of Brazilian music throughout. It is a sound that is sexy and rich, the result of legendary chemistry and musical finesse. Their album of standards, Anything Goes, was released to broad acclaim in 2009.

Art of the Song - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 20, 2011 -

The 24th season of Lincoln Center's celebrated Art of the Song series brings three incomparable vocal artists to the stage of Alice Tully Hall's resplendent Starr Theater in 2011. 2/20 - Diana Damrau, soprano; Helmut Deutsch, piano – Works of Liszt, R. Strauss, Rachmaninoff; 3/13 - Simon Keenlyside, baritone; Emanuel Ax, piano – All-Schubert Program; 4/13 - Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Julius Drake, piano – Works of Berlioz, Bellini, Schumann, R. Strauss, Barber.

DJ VIBE, CHRISS VARGAS & MARIO CALEGARI| Sunday February 20 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
February 20, 2011 -

Sunday February 20 PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND / NO SCHOOL OR WORK MONDAY! Pacha NYC presents ...

DJ VIBE along with CHRISS VARGAS MARIO CALEGARI

Snow, hail, sleet, ice: After a record-settingly frozen January, what we need is a little heat. This triumvirate of smoldering DJs should do the trick. DJ Vibe - as much a New York legend as he is a Portugese one - is joined by local tribal stars Chriss Vargas and Mario Calegari, for a blessed union of drums and groove that promises to thaw the NYC freeze. REDUCED ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list... http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_022011.html

GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-02/20/dj-vibe-and-chriss-vargas-pacha-nyc

Doors open 11pm This event is 19+ Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Carnegie Hall
February 21, 2011 -

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and pianist Ivari Ilja perform works by Liszt, Fauré, Taneyev, and Tchaikovsky in recital on Monday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Iphigenie en Tauride - Metropolitan Opera
February 21, 2011 -

Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.

Morgan James / Live - Dominion
February 21, 2011 -

Morgan James will return to NYC for two more nights after her initial sold out performance of Morgan James/Live. On Monday, February 21 and 28, Ms. James will take center stage at Dominion (428 Lafayette St). Doors open at 7:30pm and shows starts promptly at 8:30pm. Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and can be purchased by visiting www.dominionny.com. Morgan James is a talented, versatile vocalist with amazing range, her rich sound brings to mind Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy. She has been called “utter perfection… her vocal expertise was almost painfully beautiful. She could sing every style and genre of music flawlessly.”* MORGAN JAMES/ LIVE is an electrifyingly eclectic, genre blending musical celebration. Featuring originally fresh and rapturous arrangements of soul and blues standards, combined with elements of jazz, pop, rock and funk. Ms. James will be backed up by an amazing seven –piece band including some of the finest musicians in the business including, the incomparable Chris Fenwick on piano, Mat Fieldes on bass, Damien Bassman on drums and Eric Davis on guitar.

“When Morgan James sang, sound showered down over the heads of a transfixed audience. My scalp tingled and my friend and I gaped at each other, becoming giddily aware of being in the presence of massive talent. [Morgan James/Live] is an extraordinarily intense show; pure vocal athleticism carried James through the 90-minute performance. James’ is beautiful, charismatic, and is embarking on a galactic solo career. “ - Laura Grasso, WomanAroundTown "What I did not anticipate was the sheer brilliance of the exquisite soprano, Morgan James. This young woman was utter perfection and her vocal expertise was almost painfully beautiful. She could sing every style and genre of music flawlessly.... from a raspy, soulful rendition of Heart’s "Alone" to the crystal clear purity of an operatic aria, hitting notes that I could only dream of in my wildest fantasies. Equally believable as a gritty punk rock chick, an elegant classical diva, or a Broadway leading lady...she’s without a doubt one of the most talented, versatile female vocalists I've had the pleasure of hearing." - Theatermania* "The entire show is worth seeing to hear and see Morgan James’ seemingly effortless genre-bending hybrid performance slip from screaming notes on Eleanor Rigby to a purely operatic voice required by a Puccini aria." - Broad Street Review “The seductive Morgan James has a wide range and a voice that goes from smoky to sweet for a few show-stoppers." - Philadelphia Inquirer

MORGAN JAMES/ LIVE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AND 28, 2011 Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:30pm Dominion is located at 428 Lafayette St, NYC Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and can be purchased by visiting www.dominionny.com For more information on Ms. James please visit www.morganjames.org Ms. James is available for interviews. To speak with her or to arrange press seats please contact Springer Associates PR at 212 354 4660.

Morgan James is a Juilliard trained performer who is currently in preparation for the upcoming Broadway run of Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. She recently concluded a run as part of the original Broadway cast of the hit musical, The Addams Family, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. She starred in The Rock Tenor with Broadway's Rob Evan in Philadelphia. Morgan was a featured soloist in Bernstein's "Mass" with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and can be heard on their Grammy nominated recording (Naxos). Her regional and concert credits include Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre., Barrington Stage Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Conference, The Wilma Theatre, Two River Theatre Co. In addition to her theatrical career, Morgan can be seen and heard in numerous commercials, voice-overs, and recordings, and is featured on the upcoming "Tears from Heaven" album by Frank Wildhorn; "Bring me Giants" (with James Barbour); "(Sorta) Love Songs", Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell; "Chasing the Day", music of Will Van Dyke; and "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up", the music of Scott Alan.

ReviewFix.com interview with Morgan James

The Maccabeats - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 21, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=205 Doors at 6:30PM, Show at 8:00PM $20.00 Advance, $23.00 Day of Show * General admission seated show - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $35 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $140 - A booth for 6 = $210 In the fall of 2007, a few students at Yeshiva University came to a startling realization: Jewish collegiate a cappella groups had been formed on almost every college campus with a substantial Jewish student community - every campus, that was, except for YU! This realization soon led to the formation of the Maccabeats, YU's all-male a capella group. At first, the Maccabeats sang mostly in the privacy of their own practice room, developing a repertoire. Soon, though, their music began to spread and be performed all over campus at a plethora of university events and at numerous concerts. The Maccabeats have since performed all around the country, from New York's Madison Square Garden to Orlando, Florida (and everywhere in between). Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American, and Israeli songs. Their breakthrough piece, Lecha Dodi, is the epitome of this synthesis, combining some of the most beloved words of Jewish liturgy with Leonard Cohen's meaningful and melodic Hallelujah. In March 2010, the Maccabeats released their first album entitled Voices from the Heights, which is distributed by Sameach Music. In November 2010, the Maccabeats released "Candlelight," a Chanukkah themed video produced by Uri Westrich, which garnered international attention and was covered by the major news sources. The song is available for download on iTunes or MP3, and the video can be viewed on YouTube.

Brendan James & Matt White - Highline Ballroom
February 21, 2011 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm $14 adv, $16 at doors Some artists name an album after themselves because they're stumped for another title. Brendan James grins at this suggestion. "As a fellow musician, I definitely get that," he says, "but I actually had a good reason to do it. The album is self-titled because I feel like it's my first recording that really showcases the different sides of me as a musician. It's got everything from the mellow to the upbeat, to the somber to the unashamedly positive. My friends know me as the guy who loves to jump in the middle of a pick-up basketball game, but they also know me as the guy who needs to be reminded to stop spiraling when I start thinking about something too deeply. I have a lot of different sides and I wanted to make sure my music reflected that." A singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on piano, James began writing the songs on his second album after winding up a year and a half on the road in support of his debut album The Day is Brave, which was released by Decca Records in June 2008 and debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Several of its songs were featured on various television shows including Private Practice, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and Army Wives. After releasing the album, James hit the ground running to support it from coast to coast. "I went to 40 states, ate at 330 restaurants, stayed in 210 hotels, and slept on one boat — John Mayer's Mayercraft Cruise; I know because I wrote it all down," James says with a laugh. The 18-month tour enabled James (whom Entertainment Weekly has called "a songwriter on the rise") to build his fanbase the way many successful musicians have done before him: one room at a time, and he shares the fruits of that journey — renewed vigor, musical maturity, and even a new sound — on his second album.

Hannis Brown live at The Trash Bar! - The Trash Bar
February 21, 2011 -

Hannis Brown's music marries explosions of free-jazz with forward-pushing art rock. He's performing here with a 7 piece band of horns, for a chaotic, Mingus-y sound.

Lady Gaga - Madison Square Garden
Through February 22, 2011 -

After four SOLD OUT shows at Radio City Music Hall, Lady Gaga returns to New York City - bringing the second leg of her Monster Ball tour to Madison Square Garden on February 21 & 22! In keeping with Lady Gaga's flair for the theatrical, as well as her innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Monster Ball.

Orlando Consort - Carnegie Hall
February 22, 2011 -

On Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., the early music male vocal quartet Orlando Consort perform a program entitled FOOD, WINE & SONG Music and Feasting in Medieval and Early Renaissance Europe with works by Adam de la Halle, Guillaume De Machaut, Richard Smert, and Heinrich Isaac, among others. This program is based on its Harmonia Mundi album of the same name.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 22, 2011 -

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimi, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramon Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.

Jazz Pianist Michika Fukumori Every Tuesday in February - The Bar Lounge at the Kitano New York Hotel
Through February 22, 2011 -

This February, the Kitano New York will continue its young pianist showcase with Japanese jazz pianist, Michika Fukumori who will be performing in The Bar Lounge. Shows will be held at 8-11 p.m. each Tuesday during the month, including February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. There is no cover charge or food & beverage minimum for the Michika Fukumori performances at the Bar Lounge. Michika Fukumori’s innate musical talents were evident from her early childhood. Born in Mai, Japan, Fukumori began playing the piano at the age of 3 and composing her own music at the age of 6. She graduated from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and began playing jazz professionally at venues throughout Tokyo. However, in 2000 Fukumori traveled to New York in hopes of further cultivating her talent. She achieved her master’s degree from the City College of New York in 2003 and since has been performing at some of the city’s most well-known jazz venues. This February the Kitano New York invites music lovers to see Fukumori showcase her refined jazz talent every Tuesday at the Bar Lounge.

Jimi Hendrix Tribute - Voodoo Chile - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 22, 2011 -

Featuring: ERIC GALES – Guitar TM STEVENS – Bass KEITH LEBLANC - Drums Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=243 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM $15 Adv, $20 Day of Show * General admission seating - First come, first seated - Standing room at the bar * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $30 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $120 - A booth for 6 = $180 Voodoo Chile is a tribute project dedicated to keep the music of late-great Jimi Hendrix alive. There's probably no guitarist around that can take Jimi's music to the next level as well as Eric Gales can. Especially alongside the amazing drummer Keith LeBlanc and legendary bass player TM Stevens. Maybe you've heard of Eric Gales—that kid out of Memphis, a lefty, playing a Strat upside-down and backwards, the teenager who ever so briefly took Stevie Ray Vaughan's torch back when blues-rock charted Top 40 hits. That kid with the gift, a phenom with all the intangibles, the supreme essence of rock guitar who once drew "better than Jimi" comparisons, who Mike Varney (the authority on lead guitar playing) deems an elite amongst elites. Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning to play at age four from older brothers Eugene and Manuel in imitation of their upside-down, left-handed style (a tradition actually passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett, Sr., who was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf). Winning his first blues contest at 11, four years later Eric signed to Elektra to issue his 1991 debut LP, recorded with Eugene on bass; Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993. Manuel (who previously performed under the alias Little Jimmy King) reunited with his siblings for 1995's Left Hand Brand, credited to the Gales Brothers. A newly matured Gales returned in the new millennium to start his solo career. With 4 albums under his belt and now 6 solo efforts, we look forward to more of the devastating guitar tone that is

TM Stevens has recorded with many artists including: Stevie Salas, Steve Vai, Cindy Lauper, Little Steven, Tina Turner, James Brown, and Billy Joel. A former member of The Pretenders, Stevens recorded on the platinum album Get Close. He produced and arranged the album Tribute to Deep Purple According to New York on which included: Vinnie Moore, members of Living Color and Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic. Stevens performed on Joe Cocker's album, Unchain My Heart. Together with Narada Michael Walden he penned the Billboard hit "I Should Have Loved Ya. Keith Leblanc is an American drummer and record producer, and is a member of the bands Little Axe and Tackhead. His record, "No Sell Out", was the first sample based record. His career started out on Sugar Hill Records recording with rap pioneers, Grandmaster Flash and Melle Melle. He now has his own record label where he still releases music, sample records and experiments.

Post-Trey Anastasio Show with Wyllys and the New York Hustler Ensemble - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 22, 2011 -

The TAB Horns: Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) Zac Lasher (Formerly of U-Melt) + Sp. Guest DJ Rob Soup Feat. Fubar on Percussion Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=334 Doors at 11:30PM, Show at 12:00AM $12 Adv, $15 Day Open Dance Floor General Admission Seating Avail - First Come, First Seated 18+ To Enter 21 To Drink Wyllys combines his sophisticated blend of house music with 3 horn players as skilled in improv as they are in creating a groove for the ultimate dance party. Wyllys + a Full Horn Section x Late-Nite = DANCE YRSELF DIRTY Make sure to stretch...and bring a towel. Vinyl. Will. Survive. Wyllys got into the game for the culture, not portability, and it is this attitude that drives him forward at each gig. With 12 years behind the decks and coast to coast performances, this up and coming DJ plays it all. House, Ambient, Trip Hop, Rock, Jazz and Drum and Bass line the walls of his house so you never know what Wyllys is going to throw in his crate. His intensity behind the decks is unparalleled and always connects with the crowd no matter the size.

Plain White T's with Parachute, Miggs - Highline Ballroom
February 22, 2011 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm $20 In some of the most quantifiable ways, the Plain White T's count as a veteran outfit. After all, the band formed in the late '90s, when cofounder Tom Higgenson was still in high school, and the T's had several independent releases already to their credit even before "Hey There Delilah" became an international sensation and cultural touchstone in 2007. But as far as the Plain White T's are concerned, they're just entering their sense-of-wonder years. The need to hold onto or reclaim the marvels of youth is a determined thread running through the band's third Hollywood Records release, Wonders of the Younger. Even the love songs that don't directly deal with the ostensible theme of mentally dialing back the aging process have references to nostalgia, childhood lost, or innocence regained. That sense of adventure translated to the stylistic side, too. Any fans who go looking for the hard-rocking pop-punk the group originally became known for as a Warped Tour favorite, or the acoustically based love songs that newcomers came to expect after "Delilah" and "1,2,3,4," will find something to their liking here. But Wonders… represents a drastically richer sonic experience than anything the T's went for on any of their five prior releases. Trying to coast by on the sound that had gotten them tagged as emo way back in the day—correctly or otherwise—could only have culminated, on a project this thematically ambitious, in a sense of blunder. The leap forward they've made in writing, arrangements, and production on the new album might be compared with the kind of step up that fellow Warped alumnus My Chemical Romance made with The Black Parade. Ironically, on an album that in some ways is deeply concerned with resisting the wiles of "maturation," the band's sound has grown exponentially more sophisticated.

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein - Carnegie Hall
February 23, 2011 -

Singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein kicks off his annual three-part series Standard Time with Michael Feinstein on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Mahler Revisited – Mahler Symphonies - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 23, 2011 -

Maestro Valery Gergiev returns with the illustrious Londoners in February 2011 for three programs of Mahler symphonies. To mark two Mahler anniversaries -- the 150th of his birth in 2010, and 100th of his death, in 2011 -- Gergiev will conduct all of Mahler's symphonies during the coming season, concluding with the London Symphony Orchestra, with Symphonies No. 7, No. 3, No. 9 and the Adagio, from Symphony No. 10.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
February 23, 2011 -

Renee Fleming revisits Rossini's powerful but conflicted sorceress in the Met's new production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, the object of Armida's love and revenge.

Winter Starlight Music Series - Top of the Rock
Through February 23, 2011 -

Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center (www.topoftherocknyc.com) will host live music throughout the month of February as part of the Winter Starlight Music Series. The Music Series will take place on Wednesday evenings, February 2nd - February 23rd, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM at Top of the Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 5th and 6th Avenues on the 67th floor observation deck. Visitors can enjoy live music while taking in the breathtaking, 360-degree panorama of New York City. Wine, champagne and other refreshments will be available for purchase from Rock Center Caf? during all performances. The Winter Music Series will also include an additional, extended performance on Valentine's Day Monday, February 14th from 6:00PM - 9:00PM. Top of the Rock invites you and your loved one to spend the evening overlooking New York's most romantic views while listening to the vocals of Peter Bradley Adams.

The Ventures - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 23, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=206 Doors at 8:00PM, Show at 8:30PM $30 Adv, $35 Day Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $50 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $200 A booth for 6 = $300 General Admission Seated Show First Come, First Seated The Ventures are the biggest selling instrumental rock group of all time: they created albums rather than just collections of songs and were able to adapt their "surf guitar" sound to a wide range of styles. The solid body Fender guitar sound of the Ventures' Bob Bogle and Don Wilson worked with surf, country, spy, and psychedelic music.

In 1960 they recorded the instrumental classic "Walk, Don't Run", which hit #2 on the Billboard Singles Chart. More than 45 years later record sales are approaching 100 million. With 14 Singles Chart songs and a solid lineup The Ventures sound is more pure and powerful than ever. Hit songs include: "WALK, DON'T RUN" "PERFIDIA" "HAWAII FIVE-O" "TELSTAR" "SECRET AGENT MAN" "A SUMMER PLACE" "BLUE MOON" "RAM-BUNK SHUSH"

Il Giardino Armonico - Carnegie Hall
February 24, 2011 -

Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and conductor Giovanni Antonini perform works by Castello, Merula, Buonamente, Legrenzi, Galuppi, and Vivaldi on Thursday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Saint of Bleecker Street - Dicapo Opera Theater
February 24, 2011 -

Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, unashamed of theatricality and tonal melody, ranks as one of the most original and popular 20th century opera composers. Writing his own librettos, Menotti has ranged far in the subjects he has chosen for his operas, from a police-state nightmare (The Consul) to the tragedy of a woman caught between reality and an incredible world beyond (The Medium) to the hugely successful Christmas TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street, written in English and dating from 1954, is the story of a simple young girl in New York's Little Italy who is blessed (or afflicted) with the stigmata and hears voices and sees visions. Her protective brother Michele, who is also a convinced atheist, thinks his sister needs hospitalization, but he cannot stop their neighbors from believing his sister to be a saint. An opera of high theatricality! This new production will be directed by Michael Capasso and conducted by Maestro Mazzagatti. $50.

Lucia di Lammermoor - Metropolitan Opera
February 24, 2011 -

Natalie Dessay returns to her triumphant portrayal of the fragile heroine in the Met's hit production. Also starring Joseph Calleja.

'Here Comes the Sun' - George Harrison Birthday Show featuring Godfrey Townsend Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 24, 2011 -

Featuring: GODFREY TOWNSEND BAND + Joshua Greene's stellar narration, rare film and photos Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=125 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 7:30PM $25 Adv, $30 Day * General admission seated show - First come, first seated - Standing room at the bar. * Reserved VIP tickets avail for $35.00 ea. - VIP seats are at tables on center of floor. All VIP is general admission. George Harrison was admired for his commitment to spirituality, which he believed could improve lives and protect the planet. His post-Beatles songs reflect that conviction and are as relevant today as they were thirty years ago. Through music, visuals and commentary about his journey of self-discovery, these tribute events honor George Harrison, his music and his principles. Godfrey Townsend is a New York based musician who has worked with many of rock music's most influential names.

In the past decade alone, he has performed nationwide with:

John Entwistle, bass guitarist of The Who Jack Bruce, bass guitarist/vocalist of Cream Dave Mason, guitarist/vocalist of Traffic Alan Parsons, producer/engineer/recording artist

Nassima - Carnegie Hall
February 25, 2011 -

On Friday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents a concert by Nassima -- a vocalist who specializes in the Arab Andalusian music of Algeria.

Mahler Revisited – Mahler Symphonies - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 25, 2011 -

Maestro Valery Gergiev returns with the illustrious Londoners in February 2011 for three programs of Mahler symphonies. To mark two Mahler anniversaries -- the 150th of his birth in 2010, and 100th of his death, in 2011 -- Gergiev will conduct all of Mahler's symphonies during the coming season, concluding with the London Symphony Orchestra, with Symphonies No. 7, No. 3, No. 9 and the Adagio, from Symphony No. 10.

Bon Jovi - Madison Square Garden
Through February 25, 2011 -

As Bon Jovi's No. 1 tour closes out 2010 with concerts in Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, the iconic band will ring in 2011 with newly announced worldwide dates including three shows at Madison Square Garden.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
February 25, 2011 -

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimi, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramon Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.

BOB SINCLAR - Pacha NYC
February 25, 2011 -

Friday February 25 Pacha NYC presents ... BOB SINCLAR

Bob Sinclar, reggae king? You better believe it. Our favorite Frenchie scored a 2011 Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” with “Made In Jamaica,” the album he co-produced with rasta legends Sly & Robbie. But the DJ messiah who gave us “World Hold On” and “Love Generation” isn’t a one-genre pony. Expect a diverse set of danceable gems – not to mention whistle-able. GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-02/25/bob-sinclar-pacha-nyc Doors open 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/

Johnny Cash Tribute featuring Michael Patrick's RIng of Fire Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 25, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=207 Doors at 6:00PM, Show at 8:00PM $20 Adv, $25 Day of Show * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $30 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $120 - A booth for 6 people costs $180 Johnny Cash was an American music icon known to the world as the "Man in Black." His booming deep bass voice is surely one of the most recognizable in country music history. While his vocal range was unique and simple, it was incredibly effective at conveying the plight of the common man. Cash's music career began at the same time as the birth of rock n' roll and his rebellious attitude made him a kindred spirit. He might not have sounded like a rocker, but he was never what Nashville would have considered to be country either. Johnny Cash was unique, with his deep, resonant baritone and spare, percussive guitar. We hope you will join us on Johnny Cash's birthday as "Michael Patrick's Ring of Fire band" help us celebrate and relive the music of the legendary artist... the one & only JOHNNY CASH! Michael Patrick and his legendary band of "Suburban Hillbillies" have made a commitment to the revival of country, folk and roots music in their homeland of New Jersey. Obviously not a hotbed or breeding ground for the Next Nashville Star, Michael and his band (including members: Dan Markovitch - Lead Gtr/Vocals, Lou Montella - Bass, and Drummer - Mike Bisozio) have made incredible strides and carved out a comfortable niche along with a handful of other local performers in fulfilling a desire for something different, gritty, raw and real in New Jersey.

80s Tribute: White Wedding - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 25, 2011 -

Bringing The Totally Radical Awesome 80's Back To Life! Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=286 Doors at 10:30PM, Show at 11:00PM $10 adv, $12 day of show * Open Dance Floor * GA Seating Avail - First Come, First Seated * All Ages Admitted WHITE WEDDING Are A Totally Radical Awesome 80's Tribute...Playing All The Greatest Hits From The MTV Generation! Everything from the 80's, from the radio pop of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper to the new wave of Flock of Seagulls to the hard rock of Twisted Sister and Guns N' Roses!

BLOWOFF Featuring The DJ Sounds Of Bob Mould & Richard Morel - Highline Ballroom
February 25, 2011 -

Doors at 11:30pm, Show at 11:30pm $15 adv, $20 at doors BOB MOULD and RICHARD MOREL's BLOWOFF is a DJ event that has become a premier destination for a wide cross-section of appreciative music fans. Originating in Washington, DC, BLOWOFF is an established event in DC, New York, San Francisco, Provincetown, Chicago, and San Diego. Maintaining the musical emphasis of the BLOWOFF parties, Mould and Morel DJ in tandem, laying down a signature mix of indie rock, electro and house, accented by a series of artfully eye-popping vignettes projected throughout the club. Originally a musical collaboration between Washington, DC-based singer-songwriters Bob Mould—formerly of alt rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar—and electronic producer/artist Richard Morel, BLOWOFF began in 2003 at DC's Velvet Lounge. The DC party moved to the legendary 9:30 Club in July 2003, and within a few years became the preeminent DJ event on the east coast. With the focus firmly placed on cutting edge music, dazzling live visuals by Nick Lopata, and stunning poster art by Baltimore-based artist Linas Garsys, the BLOWOFF audiences grew exponentially. The BLOWOFF artist CD was released in 2006 on Full Frequency Music. Live performances to promote the album included headline sets at Homo A Go Go (Olympia, WA) and the 2006 Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. BLOWOFF is now a regular bi-coastal event. 2007 saw the highly successful launch of BLOWOFF New York, with BLOWOFF San Francisco, Brooklyn and Provincetown following in 2008. The BLOWOFF Chicago events held at Metro during International Mr. Leather and Bear Pride Weekend in 2009 and 2010 were the highlights of both events. Richard Morel is known for his remixes under the name Pink Noise, including the Killers, Yoko Ono, and Pet Shop Boys. In addition, Morel co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Cyndi Lauper's "Bring Ya To The Bring" album and released his third solo album as Morel, "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), on April 7, 2010. Mould's yet-to-be-titled autobiography, with assistance from Michael Azerrad, will be published by Little, Brown in spring 2011. For more on BLOWOFF, including the most current party schedule, flyers and DJ playlists, please visit the BLOWOFF website. Hear some Blowoff music, see slideshows of BLOWOFF men and the iconic party flyers and more on the MYSPACE page. Fans are encouraged to join the booming BLOWOFF GROUP ON FACEBOOK.

The Saint of Bleecker Street - Dicapo Opera Theater
February 26, 2011 -

Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, unashamed of theatricality and tonal melody, ranks as one of the most original and popular 20th century opera composers. Writing his own librettos, Menotti has ranged far in the subjects he has chosen for his operas, from a police-state nightmare (The Consul) to the tragedy of a woman caught between reality and an incredible world beyond (The Medium) to the hugely successful Christmas TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street, written in English and dating from 1954, is the story of a simple young girl in New York's Little Italy who is blessed (or afflicted) with the stigmata and hears voices and sees visions. Her protective brother Michele, who is also a convinced atheist, thinks his sister needs hospitalization, but he cannot stop their neighbors from believing his sister to be a saint. An opera of high theatricality! This new production will be directed by Michael Capasso and conducted by Maestro Mazzagatti. $50.

Emanuel Ax, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 26, 2011 -

Pianist Emanuel Ax, whose playing is continually "fresh and alive" (The New York Times), explores his love of Schubert in three varied concerts. This series is curated and performed by Ax himself, spanning chamber music, works for solo piano, and a selection of lieder. 7:30pm.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
February 26, 2011 -

Renee Fleming revisits Rossini's powerful but conflicted sorceress in the Met's new production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, the object of Armida's love and revenge.

Iphigenie en Tauride - Metropolitan Opera
February 26, 2011 -

Susan Graham, Placido Domingo, and Paul Groves reprise their starring roles in Gluck's masterful interpretation of the Greek myth. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.

Flower Power Creative & Sid Bernstein Presents George Harrison Celebration Concert Starring Roberta Flack - New York Society for Ethical Culture
February 26, 2011 -

Flower Power Creative and Sid Bernstein are hosting a public concert celebrating the late “quiet Beatle,” George Harrison in honor of his 67th birthday. Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack will be headlining the evening performing popular Beatles songs along with six talents from New Jersey and New York: The Doughboys, The Grip Weeds, The 253 Boys, Lou Volpe, The Wyld Olde Souls, and Something. For more information, please visit flowerpowercreative.com

The World in Queens Series: New Reggae Soul - Meta and The Cornerstones - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
February 26, 2011 -

Meta and The Cornerstones blend Afropop, hip-hop, rock, and soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals, creating a unique reggae and soul sound. With powerful lyrics and joyful melodies, they create exciting music that transcends borders and language barriers.

Co-presented with the World Music Institute

RONY SEIKALY - Pacha NYC
February 26, 2011 -

Saturday February 26 Pacha NYC presents ...

RONY SEIKALY

You know him for pounding the boards – now he’s rocking the decks. Former NBA star Rony Siekaly loves music like he loves basketball, and is touring the world as a DJ. With big-name supporters like Erick Morillo (who released Rony’s first mixed compilation, “House Calls,” on his label Subliminal), and a dreamy trance- and tribal-infused house sound, he’s racking up the miles and the high-profile gigs. Come check out the towering talent at his Pacha NY debut. CHECK OUT THE MICRO-SITE for Music, Videos & more info: http://pachanyc.com/ronyseikaly/

GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-02/26/rony-seikaly-pacha-nyc

Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St. http://www.pachanyc.com/

Dumpster Tequila Presents: Groundhog Time! - The Player's Theatre Loft
February 26, 2011 -

After an 18 month run at The Creek and The Cave, Dumpster Tequila is proud to bring our monthly show to Manhattan's beautiful Player's Theatre Loft. We're joined this month by indie improv darlings Identity Theft and a very special reunion of one of UCB Theatre NY's most beloved Harold Teams: DeCoster! With amazing host, storyteller John Flynn!

So come join us as we celebrate our new show and new venue!

Stephen Sondheim does it, but it takes him years. Andrew Lloyd Webber does it, but it takes him years, then his cats erase it from his piano. Dumpster Tequila does it on the spot! Dumpster Tequila creates a 30 minute musical based off of one audience suggestion. All the music is made up, all the lyrics are made up, all the dialogue is made up, and sometimes we dance a little, that's made up too!

Chris Dukes - Ace of Clubs
February 26, 2011 -

If his voice sounds familiar, that's because you've heard him sing on commercials for major corporations like GE, Kodak, F.Y.E., and "The Home Depot Anthem." Chris and his band will be peforming songs from his new album "Greater Than Me," his latest collection of radio-ready rock anthems and ballads.

La La Brooks of the Crystals - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 26, 2011 -

Event Details: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=208 $25 in adv, $30 day of show Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 & 6 people $45 per ticket - Must buy entire booth A booth for 4 = $180 A booth for 6 = $270 General Admission Seated Show First Come, First Seated Dolores LaLa Brooks was a member of the legendary girl group The Crystals and is best known as the lead vocalist on their hits Then He Kissed Me and Da Doo Ron Ron. Brooks was the second youngest of 11 children, born to a full-blooded Native American mother and an African-American father. She once told an interview of her mother and laughed, "I knew she was different when she couldn't comb my hair. She told me to ask a neighbor to do it. I have my father's kinky hair." Brooks first displayed her talent by singing gospel music in church. At age seven, she took part in her siblings' gospel group called the Little Gospel Tears, where they sang in Brooklyn. While attending P.S. 73, she was discovered in an after-school program by Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew and her mother, who invited her to join the Crystals as a replacement for a departing member. Brooks accepted this invitation. After leaving the Crystals, she married jazz musician Leo Morris (also known as Idris Muhammad) in 1966; the union brought two sons and two daughters. Shortly thereafter, she converted to Islam with him, going under the name "Sakinah Muhammad." She then helped him write and record his material over the years. In 1968, she appeared in the original Broadway production of the musical Hair, where she performed the song "Aquarius." She would later appear in the Broadway show Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. She also toured with and recorded for various artists (such as the Neville Brothers, Bobby Womack and Isaac Hayes), made short appearances in films, and contributed songs to different movie soundtracks (including the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem). In 1971, she reunited with Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Mary Thomas, and Barbara Alston as the Crystals and toured and performed in rock-&-roll revival shows. Their touring lasted until 1973 when the members decided to devote their time to their families. In 1983, she and her family moved to London, England where she and Morris continued their careers in music. In 1990, they moved to Vienna, Austria where she continued singing and writing songs with Morris and also hosted a local radio show; they lived in Vienna until 1997. Andrew Edge sang backing vocals her on her BMG (Austria) CD LaLa Brooks & Friends in 1994.[1] In 1999, she and Morris separated but have remained on good terms since then. Brooks moved back to the United States at the turn of the century and currently resides in New York City.

Rasputina - Highline Ballroom
February 26, 2011 -

Doors and show at 11:30pm $15 adv, $20 at doors ** 18 + ** Seminal cello-driven trio Rasputina presents their seventh album, 'Sister Kinderhook'. Rasputina directress, Melora Creager recorded it whilst pregnant in the Hudson Valley just last summer. She and Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Fiona Apple, Air) mixed it in Los Angeles with a newborn in the studio. This album finds Melora expressing a thematic fantasy of Colonial Federalism. Subject-wise, she also touches on feral children (Snow-Hen of Austerlitz), the Anti-rent Wars of 1844 (Calico Indians), and Early American portraiture (The 2 Miss Leavens), not to mention the theory that giants were indeed real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust (A Holocaust of Giants). Sister Kinderhook is a return to Rasputina's early, more organic sound. Melora produced and engineered the thing at her homestead in the country. Hudson, NY is home to many fabulous female artists that gained notoriety in the 1990's, including Melora, Melissa Auf Der Maur and M'Shell N'Degeocello.

Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: Naji Youseff: Maronite & Melkite Hymns and Chants - Alwan for the Arts
February 26, 2011 -

A master of expressive vocal ornamentation, Naji Youssef’s voice is reminiscent of the Lebanese jabali (mountain) style exemplified by such masters as Wadi’ Assafi. In tonight's performance, the Lebanese-born tenor and cantor performs the traditional chants and hymns of the Byzantine Catholic Melkite and Maronite liturgy.

Alwan Festival of Sacred Music presents: Naji Youseff: Maronite & Melkite Hymns and Chants - Alwan for the Arts
February 26, 2011 -

A master of expressive vocal ornamentation, Naji Youssef’s voice is reminiscent of the Lebanese jabali (mountain) style exemplified by such masters as Wadi’ Assafi. In tonight's performance, the Lebanese-born tenor and cantor performs the traditional chants and hymns of the Byzantine Catholic Melkite and Maronite liturgy.

Neil Totton presents NY Soul Sensation - New World Stages
Through March 13, 2011 -

"Neil Totton presents NY Soul Sensation", a singing competition based in the truth that soul music has the power to transform and change lives by vocalist digging deep down with themselves to pull out performances that touch and captivate an audience. With Trevor Allen (Groove, Cafe Wha?, and bass player to the stars) serving as musical director and Neil Totton as host and a special guest mentor each week.Mentors to include: Recording Artist, Lea Lorien and Robin Clark, Broadway's Marva Hicks, Aisha DeHaas and Mykal Kilgore, and Vocal Genius, Marlon Saunders. This competition is going to be inspiring and good for the soul. 12 competitors have been chosen for the five week competition and ready to compete for the grand prize of $500, a song produced by a NYC producer, and a co-host spot for Sunday Soul Sessions at the Time Out Lounge following the competition. Out of the 12 contestants no one will be eliminated from the competition each week. The winner will be based on audience ticketed votes. Each contestants will be mentored by theatre and music industry professionals. THERE ARE NO JUDGES IN THIS COMPETITION. The competition is based on growth and evolving as a performer each week.

Week 1-Motown and the 60's

Week 2-70's, Disco, and Funk

Week 3- 80's, 90's, and today

Week 4- Love Songs

Week 5- NY Soul Sensation Grand Finale

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.


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