Things to do this week in NYC Jul 11-Jul 18: Music
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.
World of Jazz II - Chelsea Art Museum
The talented Pauline Jean will kick off this year's jazz series. Pauline is one of the hottest new stars on the jazz vocal scene and has just released her new album 'A musical offering'. http://www.myspace.com/paulinejean
The Solar Heat Stage @ City Sol - City Sol
Digiwaxx Media has collaborated with Solar One for the second consecutive year with its NYC Sustainability Festival taking place Friday July 10th through Sunday July 12th at Stuyvesant Cove Park located on 23rd Street and the FDR Service Road East in New York City. As co-curator of the main event, the live music day on Saturday, July 11th, Digiwaxx has secured the urban acts that will be performing during the concert as well as created the free Solar Heat mixtape produced by 106 & Park DJ battle champion, Get Live. The mixtape will primarily be available online for download as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional physical CD’s and a conscious effort to conserve materials. The fully solar powered event will take place from 12 Noon to 10pm with a long list of acts that will include Dead Prez, O'Neal McKnight and a special surprise guest DJ. Digiwaxx Media, a premier music marketing and urban lifestyle company that specializes in urban talent and digital distribution to DJs, originally joined forces with Solar One to help to further the marketing techniques that are used to reach an urban audience. As part of this partnership Digiwaxx's role consists of securing talent for the show, marketing the event to urban networks as well as compiling a mixtape that features artists such as Mike Posner, J. Cole, Ryan Leslie and Melanie Fiona. The CitySol Concert will be fully powered by photovoltaic panels on Solar One’s nearby roof. To insure that the act is carbon neutral, all waste will be properly recycled. This is groundbreaking compared to comparative music performances that usually waste roughly 600 light bulbs, 200,000 napkins and nearly 500,000 plastic cups every year, yielding 500-1,000 tons of carbon dioxide. In addition to booking Dead Prez, one of the most internationally renowned and politically charged groups of present day hip-hop, Digiwaxx has also booked Universal Records newcomer O’Neal McKnight who has received overwhelming buzz for his astounding affiliations and accomplishments. With Digiwaxx's database of over 35,000 DJs worldwide that includes some of most renowned radio and celebrity DJs at their disposal, the surprise DJ is sure to be a hit. With Urban Go Green on board as a sponsor and the Queen Afua Wellness Institute on hand to provide raw vegan food, the festival will be a great experience for everyone attending. The entire CitySol festival will include activities, installations, and exhibits for the whole weekend of July 10th-July 12th. Music acts will perform under a solar tent by Eco-Pioneer, who will also be providing site design with solar tents, a tiki lounge and a bar and bike area. Installation art and exhibits will be created in a Habitat for Artists—a temporary recycled-and-recyclable art studio where Habitat creator Simon Draper (and other artists of his choosing) will create pieces to display during the festival. Additional activities include Sunday's Kids of All Ages Day where attendees can create their very own generator with the Madagascar Institute as well as take part in open eco-pet fashion show and access the Biobus Mobile Science Lab. For more information on these events including the scheduled line up please visit www.CitySol.org/2009.
Reggae legend Beres Hammond, known especially for his romantic lovers rock, boasts a mellifluous voice, moving lyrics, and dynamic live performances. During his 35-plus year career, his unforgettable anthems have included "Groovy Little Thing," "Putting Up Resistance," and "Tempted to Touch." This year, Hammond is celebrating the release of his newest -- and 25th -- album, A Moment In Time, which includes Hammond's signature rhythms, from sensual R&B to avant-garde jazz to innovative reggae, backed by some of Jamaica's finest musicians. Performing with special guests Marcia Griffiths and Culture, Hammond is a true master of his field, and continues to create new sounds and seduce new audiences.
World of Jazz II Concert 2 - Chelsea Art Museum
Bassist and composer Daniel Ori, from Kfar Saba, Israel, performs contemporary fusion jazz with his band. 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award winner, Daniel, demonstrates deep groove with soulful melodies. He recently recorded his debut solo album: ‘So It Goes’. http://www.myspace.com/danielori, http://www.danielori.com/
Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Midsummer Night Swing, now in its 21st season, heats up Damrosch Park with the rhythms that keep New York dancing. This year brings out the very best of swing, salsa, soul, tango, rockabilly, and much more, showcasing some of the finest musicians and DJs from this country and abroad. For dance fanatics, enthusiastic beginners, and everyone in between, Midsummer Night Swing is the city's hot spot for three weeks in July. Visit website for scheduled performers.
Lincoln Center Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Surround yourself with stunning theater, music, and dance at Lincoln Center Festival 2009. For three exciting weeks in July, artists from around the world share their stories on the human experience, ranging from tragic to enraged, from poignant to hopeful and joyful. This year's world-class theater features the return of visionary director Ariane Mnouchkine and her acting collective Le Théâtre du Soleil, who examine the threads that connect people universally in Les Éphémères. Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Teatri Uniti di Napoli perform Trilogia della villeggiatura, an uproarious satire on the Italian middle class starring and directed by Toni Servillo. Eclectic musical offerings come from this country and abroad. A New Orleans-style party heats up with A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, joyfully celebrating the "Creole Beethoven" and the unsung heroes of American music. Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara flaunt their mastery of percussive Afro-Blues on a program with rising Malian star Issa Bagayogo. Two leading Berber singer-songwriters make U.S. debuts, Idir and the "Queen of Chaabi" Najat Aatabou, and Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa perform innovative works for two pianos. Internationally acclaimed dance companies bring their signature styles to this year's Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance investigates the relationship between movement and sound in the North American premiere of Silent Ballet on a program with Winter Variations, and Shen Wei Dance Arts explores the iconic choreographer's journey from China to America and back in the New York premiere of Re- (I, II, III). Two acclaimed theater companies arrive at the Festival from Russia with deeply moving works: the Chekhov International Theatre Festival presents Boris Godunov, an expose of corrupt Tsarist Russia, and the St. Petersburg-based Maly Drama Theatre follows a physicist with a moral dilemma in Life and Fate. Also hailing from Eastern Europe, Budapest's Katona Jozsef Theatre performs Ivanov, based on one of Chekhov's most compelling characters; Polish ensemble Narodowy Stary Teatr delves into the mind of an obsessed scientist in Kalkwerk; and Hungary's Bela Pinter and Company perform Peasant Opera, a hilarious dark musical comedy. Visit website for details.
Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Enjoy music from Bach to Bebop as students from both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music perform. Tuesdays, June 2nd – August 18th
Sunset on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Enjoy the gorgeous sunset and mellow sounds of New York's acclaimed Guitar Man David Ippolito while relaxing on this spectacular grass covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. Fridays, June 5th – August 21st
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.