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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 27-Aug 3: Music

July 27, 2013 - 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.

Mostly Mozart: Free Preview Concert - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
July 27, 2013 -

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, under conductor Louis Langree, will perform Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 70. Tickets will be distributed on Saturday, July 27 at 10am at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit two tickets per person.

Booker T. Jones - City Winery
July 27, 2013 - New York

Tennessee-born 4-time Grammy Award Winner Booker T. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger.

Sinead O'Connor: The Gospel Sessions - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through July 27, 2013 - New York

Sinead's personal soundtrack has always been marked by artists like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Staple Singers, and for these two nights, she treats audiences through some of her favorite songs of that era, backed by a band under the direction of Bob Telson. This exclusive concert is Sinead's only U.S. appearance this summer.

Patti LuPone - 54 Below
Through July 27, 2013 - New York

54 Below is delighted to welcome back "our girl singer," two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone. This February, join Patti for a rare NY performance of her critically acclaimed show, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda... played that part. She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. No performance 7/21, 23.

Celebrate Brooklyn Fundraising Concert: The Sensational Space Shifters - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 27, 2013 - Park Slope

Led Zeppelin's frontman Robert Plant continues to rock with his latest band, Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters. The band will play some new tunes as well as songs from Zeppelin's catalog re-imagined with African rhythms, twinges of folk and even funk. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26, at noon. In addition to Plant, the band lineup also includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Sinead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 28, 2013 - New York

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. 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.

Jackie Hoffman - 54 Below
July 28, 2013 - New York

The star of Broadway's The Addams Family, Xanadu and Hairspray, New York favorite Jackie Hoffman is back on our stage for one special night only! Expect hilarity, ample kvetching and an abundance of fun. According to Jackie, "I'm thrilled to be back underground where I belong…" Musical Direction by Will Van Dyke and Directed by Michael Schiralli.

Kansas - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
July 28, 2013 - Yonkers

Get ready to party with some of music's biggest stars every Sunday this summer at Empire City Casino! Empire City Casino announces its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup which includes an exciting mix of musical talent. This year's lineup includes musical legends Blues Traveler, LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and more. Ticket prices start at $15.00 and can be purchased at or by calling eTIX at 1-800-514-3849.

Kim Nalley - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 28, 2013 - New York

Singing Billie Holiday "The Heart of Lady Day."

Poor Remy - Tammany Hall
July 29, 2013 - New York

The trio released their first EP entitled Still Sleeping in 2012, attracting much positive attention in the blogosphere. With their soaring vocal harmonies, foot stomping choruses, and relentless energy, Poor Remy draws on the histories of folk and indie rock to tell their story. The band was formed in 2010 when Galvin, D'Amico and Polyak met at Kenyon College in Ohio. Since then, Poor Remy has written, produced and performed their original music around the country. Look out for their EP, Bitters, coming out this Fall.

When I Grow Up! - 54 Below
July 29, 2013 - New York

Featuring the next generation of Broadway talent from shows such as A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, Bonnie & Clyde, and Evita, this special, one-night-only engagement features a cast that's all under the age of 17. But When I Grow Up is not your typical kid's cabaret: you won't hear these talented youngsters singing the songs they perform on Broadway. Instead, you'll hear tunes from shows such as Avenue Q, Once On This Island, Next to Normal, [title of show], Company, Into The Woods, and more!

Ben Howard/Michael Kiwanuka - Central Park SummerStage
July 29, 2013 - New York


Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy - The Town Hall
July 29, 2013 - New York

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy teamed up with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables) for an album of Everly Brothers covers, What the Brothers Sang, which is out now on Drag City.

The Amigos Band Presents: Western and Hot Swing featuring Ranger Doug and Andy Stein - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
July 29, 2013 - New York

Justin Poindexter, guitar, vocals; Sam Reider, accordion, vocals, Eddie Barbash, saxophone, washboard, vocals; Andy Stein, violin; Ranger Doug, guitar, vocals.

Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
July 29, 2013 - New York

Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country. - See more at:

July 30, 2013 - New York

This summer marks the 53rd annual Summer Sing Program. Each summer, the New York Choral Society produces a Summer Sings series that features the most popular masterworks of the choral literature. Taking place every Tuesday at 7:30pm from July 16th – August 20th at Symphony Space in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, six prominent choral conductors from the New York area will lead audience members to sing through these popular works. Scores are provided by the New York Choral Society. The 2013 series features monumental works including three of the most recognized pieces in the repertoire; Orff’s Carmina Burana on July 16, Mozart’s Requiem on July 23rd and Verdi’s Requiem on August 6. For Tickets: Individual Sings: $20, For ticket information, call (212) 864-5400 or visit the box office or visit or

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five & Guster Benefit Concert at Celebrate Brooklyn - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 30, 2013 - Park Slope

*Tickets go on sale March 22. Benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn Concert series. Everyone's favorite lighthearted Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies, piano-powered Ben Folds Five and acoustic-pop trio Guster will bring a bit of humor, wit and nostalgia to the Bandshell on their Last Summer on Earth tour.

Mary Alouette - Cameo Gallery
July 30, 2013 - Brookyln

NY based, award-winning, hot guitar electronica vocalist Mary Alouette announces EP Release show at Cameo on July 30th 2013. "As an opera student at McGill University in Montreal, Mary Alouette developed an interest that didn’t necessarily correspond to her studies: electronic music. It took moving to Brooklyn and embarking on a career as a gypsy jazz singer to finally bring electronica into the mix in the form of a new EP, “The Lark.” - The Washington Post

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Opening Night - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
July 30, 2013 -

Ring in the summer festivities with an evening of Mozart and Beethoven featuring Louis Langree and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Enjoy the poetry of Beethoven's stirring Fourth Piano Concerto and Mozart arias performed by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote. The night culminates with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Pre-concert lecture by Scott Burnham on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:45 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Beth Orton - Le Poisson Rouge
July 30, 2013 - New York

July 30, 2013 - New York

Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, Saron Crenshaw, and Barry Harrison. Second show at 10pm.

Erin Barra Live - Rockwood Music Hall
July 31, 2013 - New York

Ableton artist, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, and nationally touring artist Erin Barra - download her latest mixtape Comma, here:

Janine DiVita - 54 Below
July 31, 2013 - New York

Seen recently on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes and as Rizzo in the last incarnation of Grease, Janine DiVita is now taking the 54 Below stage by storm in her new show: Blonde Ammunition. Expect country, jazz, standards and more as Janine explores tackling life with dreams of peroxide and a stellar set of pipes.

Terri White - 54 Below
July 31, 2013 - New York

For one night only at 54 Below, Broadway's own Terri White, also a New York piano bar legend, brings her special brand of charm, humor and powerhouse vocals to the stage for a night of mischief.

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
July 31, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the August 28 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on October 9. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano - A Little Night Music - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
July 31, 2013 -

Enjoy the summer's finest recitals and chamber music in these intimate, hour-long performances accompanied by starry views of New York and a complimentary glass of wine.

Beth Orton - Bell House
July 31, 2013 - Brooklyn

Her first record in six years, Sugaring Season was recorded in Portland, Oregon with renowned producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists) and backed by an all star band of new and old friends: keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and legendary jazz drummer Brian Blade, along with guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes and folksinger Sam Amidon. Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, Jim O'Rourke, Terry Callier, and Ryan Adams among others. Her masterful songwriting and emotionally evocative vocal style - infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes -- has continuously evolved, yet always retained an intriguing mix of fragility and transcendence which never fails to move and inspire fans around the world.

Smooth Cruise Series - Najee - Spirit Cruises
July 31, 2013 - New York

For 16 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York's favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York! The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York's most popular attractions.

Johnny O'Neal Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 31, 2013 - New York

The Aristocrats - Highline Ballroom
August 01, 2013 - New York

The word "supergroup" is tossed around a lot in instrumental music circles, the result of a seemingly endless supply of efforts to package together individual virtuoso players and make a band out of them. But every once in a while, the group part of that shopworn term becomes authentic and real. Such is the case with The Aristocrats – British guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia), American bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok) and German drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Adrian Belew, Necrophagist) – who defiantly and joyously blow the supergroup stereotype to bits, thrilling audiences and fans around the world in the process. Japan's Admiral Yamamoto is famously quoted to have said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant." Surely this thought runs deep in fans of The Aristocrats smash debut album. The band found recording works best when you can look your bandmates in the eye while thrashing out new tunes. Govan, Beller, and Minnemann did exactly that when each brought three even heavier and more adventurous songs to a Nashville studio last January, resulting in a new album appropriately titled Culture Clash considering their multi-national backgrounds. The new disc is due to drop in July.

15:54 (15 Minutes of Fame ) Featuring Bridget Everett, Haus of Mimosas, Lance Horne, DJ Lord Easy & Others - 54 Below
August 01, 2013 - New York

A weekly Thursday Late Night series featuring the best of New York City's cutting edge nightlife. Re-inventing the magic of Studio 54, Resident artists, performers, DJ's will serve you 15 minute sets at 54 Below. This week's artists and DJ sets include: Haus of Mimosa, Tori Scott, Varsity Interperative Dance Squad, Noah Stewart, and DJ Lord Easy. Also August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

D'Angelo & Special Guests including ?uestlove - Williamsburg Park
August 01, 2013 - Brooklyn

Night Ranger - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 01, 2013 - New York

Night Ranger, in celebration of their 30th Anniversary, continues their non-stop touring, playing to sold-out crowds around the world, including stops in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Japan and the United States.

Flute Forward by PanTones Quartet - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 01, 2013 - Lincoln Center

PanTones Quartet takes its name from Pan, the mythological figure who played the flute, and tones, the musical term. The Quartet plays a versatile repertoire that explores the variety of music created for the flute. Under the direction of Felipe Tristan, PanTones Quartet celebrates flute works from the 20th and 21st centuries, highlighting innovative music for a new generation. Flute Forward focuses on music that played a crucial role in the development of the instrument, and includes works by Borwn, Debussy, Takemitsy, and Varese. PanTones Quartet's members are Anna Conigliari, Rebecca Jordan, Julian Rose, and Felipe Tristan, all of whom are Kenan Fellowship alumni from Lincoln Center Institute.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal - Prospect Park Bandshell
August 01, 2013 - Park Slope

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, a hybrid company that whimsically infuses classical ballet with a host of interloping modern styles, presents a three-part program of works by three exceptional choreographers: Benjamin Millepied's Closer, Wen Wei Wang's Night Box and Barak Marshall's Harry. "Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal wins love. And what crowd-pleasers..." (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Glow in the Dark Party with Singer Kelly*Jones - Arlene's Grocery
August 01, 2013 - New York

Lights out! Singer Kelly*Jones will illuminate the stage at Arlene's Grocery with her "Electric Soul" Glow in the Dark concert. The show features Kelly fronting an all-star band (which includes the touring musicians for J. Cole and Sean Paul), while performing live-band soul and hip hop. Glow-in-the-dark party favors and apparel will fill the room as the lights are dimmed in the venue. Admission is $5 (including party favors), with a $5 “Electric Soul” drink special all night. Presented by Cali Green Ink and Sponsored by electricMVMT. PROMO VIDEO:; cg@caligreenink for more information.

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
August 02, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Poor Remy - Jalopy Theater
August 02, 2013 - Brooklyn

The trio released their first EP entitled Still Sleeping in 2012, attracting much positive attention in the blogosphere. With their soaring vocal harmonies, foot stomping choruses, and relentless energy, Poor Remy draws on the histories of folk and indie rock to tell their story. The band was formed in 2010 when Galvin, D'Amico and Polyak met at Kenyon College in Ohio. Since then, Poor Remy has written, produced and performed their original music around the country. Look out for their EP, Bitters, coming out this Fall.

Justin Bieber - Barclays Center
August 02, 2013 -

The platinum-selling pop-singing sensation performs.

Boogie Wonder Band-Fun and Funk - The Cutting Room
August 02, 2013 - New York

Montreal-based Boogie Wonder Band doesn't just hail from another land; they come from another decade. With their eye-popping costumes and funkadelic stage show, they instantly transport their audience to a time of bell bottoms and dance floor grooves. The voyage through time hits The Cutting Room. The ten-piece ensemble is a genuine, polished live band -- there are no tracks played -- and they keep the party alive with solid vocal prowess, expertly executed choreography, and all the theatrics expected for a stage show from this caliber of performers. PROMO VIDEO:; cg@caligreenink for more information.

Jamie Lidell/Dan Deacon/The Stepkids - Prospect Park Bandshell
August 02, 2013 - Park Slope

The soul singing dance music eclecticist Jamie Lidell is "the progenitor of his own completely original genre that no one else has been able to recreate" (KCRW) and "a master-craftsman of genre hybrids packing potent lyrical punches of love" (Stereogum). Co-headlining is Dan Deacon, the absurdist composer and party instigator from Baltimore, who will wield a participatory smartphone app that turns the crowd into a sound and light show of its own. NPR has said, "If Dan Deacon comes your way, go… It will change your life forever." Opening the night will be psychedelic soul outfit The Stepkids.

Good Morning Summer America Concert Series: Ne-Yo - Rumsey Playfield
August 02, 2013 - Central Park, NY

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
August 03, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 03, 2013 -

Experience an exquisite pairing of Beethoven favorites: Emanuel Ax performs the Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Andrew Manze, followed by the expressive, naturalistic imagery of Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony. Pre-concert recitals by Emanuel Ax, piano, at 7pm.

Calder Quartet - A Little Night Music - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 03, 2013 -

Enjoy the summer's finest recitals and chamber music in these intimate, hour-long performances accompanied by starry views of New York and a complimentary glass of wine.

The Brooklyn Bridge - Theatre Three
August 03, 2013 - Port Jefferson

One of the best rock n roll vocal groups of the 60s and 70s! THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE .The Bridge were formed in 1968 from members of The Crests (50’s doo wop classics including “16 Candles”), The Del Satins (Dion’s backup singers on all his hits including Runaround Sue and The Wanderer) and the NY powerhouse rock n roll band The Rythmn Method. Fantastic show with Tons Of Million Selling Hit Songs; “THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN” “16 CANDLES” “RUNAROUND SUE” “THE WANDERER” “THE ANGELS LISTENED IN” “WELCOME ME LOVE” “STEP BY STEP” “TROUBLE IN PARADISE” “RUBY BABY” “YOUR HUSBAND MY WIFE” “BLESSED IS THE RAIN” “UNCHAINED MELODY” “SIX NIGHTS A WEEK” etc… The Brooklyn Bridge was featured in one of PBS's biggest fundraising events ever, "Doo Wop 50", performing both "16 Candles" and "The Worst That Could Happen"; the entire program was released on DVD. This special has been repeated dozens of times on PBS TV. In 2005, the Brooklyn Bridge released a full concert-length DVD as part of the Pops Legends Live series. The Brooklyn Bridge was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall, Of Fame, South Carolina Music (Rhythm and Blues) Hall of Fame , and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale now.

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra/Banda Magda - Prospect Park Bandshell
August 03, 2013 - Park Slope

Nine-time GRAMMY®-winner Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem-born granddaddy of salsa and Latin jazz piano, returns to Celebrate Brooklyn! with an orchestra in tow. "This is music so vital and joyous…a totally celebratory sound, bouncing, shuffling, weaving and grooving along on a beat so mesmeric and soul-wrenchingly right that you want it to go on forever" (Time Out London). The multi-lingual tropical grooves of the enchanting Banda Magda begin the evening on a sunny note.

Happy Lives - Muchmore's
August 03, 2013 - New York

Happy Lives is a Neo-Pop group based in Brooklyn, New York. The experimental and grungy, aggressive and catchy Happy Lives covers a wide range whilst stepping deeper into the absurd and unknown. After the release of their first self-titled record in 2012, the act has announced their follow-up set to come out this Fall.

Beyonce - Barclays Center
Through August 05, 2013 - Brooklyn

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2013 -

This year's Festival will offer more than 50 events spanning concerts, opera productions, pre-concert lectures and recitals, late-night performances, a film screening, and premieres of new works. The Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. Maestro Langree will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview concert on July 27. A major highlight of the 2013 Festival is the thematic focus on the rich musical lineage between Mozart and Beethoven, with several concerts throughout the Festival pairing music by both composers.

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