Things to do this week in NYC Jul 28-Aug 4: MusicJuly 28, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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.
Gary Clark Jr. / GIVERS - SummerStage
Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene like 26-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. when he delivered his incendiary debut performance of his song "Bright Lights" at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival. A rocking soul man for a new generation, he was weaned on John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker but fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. His voice weaves between a melodic lilt and a seasoned blues howl with his guitar licks dancing and dodging between and behind the beat as if the essence of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre loom in his head by way of the Mississippi Delta.
GINUWINE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
One of R&B's preeminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul, Ginuwine first emerged in 1996 with the multi-platinum disc The Bachelor, produced with superstar beatmaker Timbaland. Featuring what one critic called "silky, seductive vocals [purring] beside Timbaland's jagged, hyperkinetic beats to create a uniquely edgy R&B sound," the album became an instant classic, with "Pony," the daring first single, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart late in 1996. Other standout cuts from the disc included "Tell Me Do U Wanna" and a blazing cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry." "When Timbaland and I did The Bachelor, that was one of the biggest moments in my life," Ginuwine recalls. "Not everyone has the opportunity to be so popular with their first release. Believe me, I know I was blessed."
Jonah Smith - Highline Ballroom
Jonah Smith has been operating as a musical iconoclast for years and is well known in New York as a top-flight songwriter and a powerful, expressive singer. He has dipped his toes into the waters of many scenes and is equally as comfortable performing on a festival stage as he is at a house concert. After getting his start on the Burlington, VT, music scene in the mid-'90s, the soul pop singer-songwriter relocated to Brooklyn around the turn of the millennium. Steadily building up a following with his band (which included bassist Ben Rubin, Bob Reynolds on saxophone, David Soler on guitar, and Marko Djordjevic on drums), he released his first independent albums early in the new decade - Industry Rule (2001) and Beneath the Underdog (2003). The discs garnered glowing feedback but failed to generate a major splash for the aspiring singer-songwriter.
Identity Festival - Jones Beach
Eric Prydz, Paul van Dyk, Nero-dj set, Noisia, Doctor P, Wolfgang Gartner, Excision, Porter Robinson, Bingo Players, Showtek, Madeon, Le Castle Vania Doors 1:00 pm
Joffrey Ballet School Summer Performance - Symphony Space
The historic Joffrey Ballet School, founded by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, comes to Symphony Space for the first time. The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Ballet Intensive Performance will present new works from world renowned choreographers and repertoire works from master choreographers like Gerald Arpino. The Joffrey Ballet School's ballet intensive is a pre-professional dance program geared for the most talented of dancers and has a long history of it's graduates continuing on to dance with professional ballet and modern companies as well as staring on Broadway, film and television, with some JBS graduates receiving Grammy, Tony and Academy awards. Fri, Jul 27 at 8 pm Sat, Jul 28 at 1:30 pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space $45 http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7387-joffrey-ballet-school-summer-performance
Say the word merengue or bachata and if you're talking about artists from the Dominican Republic, one voice stands out from all the rest. That voice belongs to Hector Acosta, who was first introduced to the tropical music world as lead vocalist for the Dominican Republic's famous Los Toros Band, where he earned the nickname "El Torito," The Little Bull. Known as a superstar in the world of merengue music, Los Toros Band's records, Se Soltaron and Raices were both hits and helped propel Acosta into superstardom. In 2006, Acosta left the group to form his own orchestra. His premier release, Sigo Siendo Yo generated radio hits such as "Me Voy" and "Primavera Azul," which showed up on U.S. and Dominican tropical music charts.
Catalpa NYC - Randall's Island
Catalpa Music Festival is lining up to be New York City's best summer event! Held over July 28th+29th on Randalls Island, Catalpa will feature some of the world's hottest artists including The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg with special guests, TV On The Radio, A$AP Rocky, Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Zola Jesus, Matisyahu and many more. Catalpa also has loads of other entertaining and incredibly unique features such as The High Times Magazine Reggae Stage, The Inflatable Church of Sham Marriages, Huge Art Installations, A Silent Disco and even a choice from some of the best and quirkiest New York eateries on-site! This is New York City's Music Festival!
Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
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.
GIANMARCO - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Gianmarco is, without a doubt, the most important Peruvian singer internationally, boasting numerous Latin Grammy nominations and two awards for Best Singer-Songwriter Album (in 2005 and 2011). He is far and away the most recognized Peruvian artist in the Hispanic music world at large. With over 20 years of experience, situated in the prime of his career with his feet planted firmly on the ground, this versatile Peruvian artist has composed great and unforgettable songs for international artists, including Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernandez, Marc Anthony, Diego Torres, Emmanuel, Soraya, Paulina Rubio, and more. As a singer, his releases have been certified Gold and Platinum in virtually every Latin American country and Spain.
With Jason Danieley, Joshua Henry, and Norm Lewis. Tony Nominee Liz Callaway returns to Town Hall with a concert featuring the music of three of her favorite composers, who just happen to share the same name: Stephen Flaherty, Stephen Schwartz, and Stephen Sondheim. Liz will be joined onstage by three of Broadway's finest "divos",Jason Danieley, Joshua Henry, and Norm Lewis, and perhaps a surprise guest or two.
A Tribute To AC/DC & RUSH Featuring DONE DIRT CHEAP SNAKES AND ARROWS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
DONE DIRT CHEAP is a Manhattan-based, Bon Scott-era AC/DC tribute band that simply shreds. We avoid the mimicry and dress-up, preferring to flesh out the simple raw power that exists in those great early songs: Highway To Hell, TNT, and Dirty Deeds, Sin City, Whole Lotta Rosie, Walk All Over You, Live Wire, Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be, among many others. See for yourself and enjoy the site, or better yet check out an upcoming show!
The Power of the Trinity - SummerStage
Live global-soul music sets the backdrop for SummerStage's world premiere of The Power of the Trinity, a riveting, high-energy theatrical concert about Ethiopia's last monarch, Emperor Haile Selassie and his unbreakable determination to save the kingdom from foreign invasion.
Big Sam's Funky Nation - Highline Ballroom
Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is 'tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!' The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls 'the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.' Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band's solos, Big Sam's signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!
THE BLUE MEANIES A Tribute to THE MONKEES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Gotham City's No. 1 beat combo, The Blue Meanies, honors the legacy of The Monkees tonight at B.B. King Blues Club. The Meanies specialize in performing songs from each of the original nine albums released by The Monkees from 1966 to 1970. Not only that, but they also play plenty of outtakes and B-side goodies as well.
Amateur Night at the Apollo: Harlem Week - Apollo Theater
Tonight's show is part of the Amateur Night at the Apollo's grand salute to Harlem Week 2012. A special music guest will perform in celebration of this month-long community event. 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.
Young Dancermakers Company - Symphony Space
Young Dancemakers Company presents an exciting free concert of original choreography created and performed by a city-wide ensemble of today's urban teens... tomorrow's dance artists! The concert's variety of vital themes are topical, relevant, mindful, fun and witty, and include live percussion. Also featured are excerpts of repertory works by world-renowned choreographers Robert Battle and Sean Curran. And Dance With Us: post-performance lively dance-making with the audience on-the-spot. For children ages 8 and up, teens, and adults. The concert, directed by Alice Teirstein, with Music Director William Catanzaro, will be presented for neighborhood groups, from United Neighborhood Houses, city-wide. A limited number of individual reservations may be made by emailing or phoning before July 30: email@example.com or call 718-329-7300 ext. 3358. Wed, Aug 1 at 2 pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space FREE http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7406-young-dancemakers-company
The Cab & Parachute - Highline Ballroom
The Cab - The Cab got its start while band members Alex DeLeon (vocals) and Cash Cooligan (bass) were still in high school. Panic! At the Disco's Spencer Smith got ahold of the group's demo and was so impressed that he helped the young crew ink a deal with Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen Records, which released The Cab's debut album Whisper War in 2008. Featuring singles "I'll Run," "One of Those Nights," and "Bounce," the disc impressed rockers and pop aficionados alike. Parachute - Mixing full-throttle rock with dollops of blue-eyed soul, vintage R&B, and melodic pop radio anthems in the making, Parachute has arrived. The band's wide range of influences is reflected in the songs on the group's debut album, Losing Sleep (2009). Produced by Grammy winner John Shanks, the album crested at No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon charts, driven by the success of the hit singles "She is Love" and "Under Control."
"FOREVER RAY" A Musical Tribute To RAY CHARLES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
FOREVER RAY perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B. The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, The O'Jays, Donna Summers, Temptations, Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band.
The Dukes of September - Beacon Theatre
Don't miss the supergroup The Dukes of September featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs on August 1-2 @ 8PM at The Beacon Theatre.
Wiz Khalifa - Jones Beach
Wiz Khalifa / Kendrick Lamar / ScHoolBoy Q / Chevy Woods / Chiddy Bang Under the Influence Doors 4:30 pm
The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah - Highline Ballroom
The Ultimate College Bar Mitzvah... does it get any better than this? Featuring the Grammy-nominated, world-famous TALIB KWELI! More live acts and DJs to be announced. This is THE event for all interns and college students in the New York area. From 8-9PM, established professionals will work the room, looking to meet college students. Network for the beginning of the night, then spend the rest of the evening living it up at the trendy Highline Ballroom!
CHRISETTE MICHELE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Surrounded by music since she was a small child, twenty-three year old singer, songwriter and composer Chrisette Michele has been blessed with an old soul and this Long Island bred songwriter and vocalist has a deep appreciation for the harmonic foundations that includes gospel and jazz. Currently putting the finishing touches on her soulful debut album, an artistic exploration that fuses Chrisette's diverse musical interest into a wonderland, the young artist couldn't be more pleased. With the release of her debut album, Chrisette Michele will soon be sharing those musical dreams with the rest of the world.
Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
Considering some of the voices they've heard, Times Scare knows Karaoke can be pretty scary. But just wait until sultry Mistress of the Night, Shequida, gets on stage to host Scaryoke live in the crypt every Friday night. Frightfully delicious sing-along fun where you can win special Scaryoke prizes! Sign up at 9pm, show begins at 10pm.
311 - Jones Beach
311 / Slightly Stoopid / SOJA Unity Tour 2012 Doors 5:30 pm
Josh Wink & Cajmere - Highline Ballroom
Josh Wink - In 1990, Josh met up with a kindred spirit, fellow Philly jock, King Britt whose interests also include rap and acid jazz. Pooling their interests and blending their differences, the duo waxed E-culture's "Tribal Confusion" for respected New York based indie label, Strictly Rhythm. The record was a surprising commercial success and established both DJs as artists to watch on the global dance music scene. Cajmere - For an international audience reawakening to the influence of Chicago house during the 1990s, Curtis A. Jones acted as quite a renaissance leader. Besides donning his straightahead house guise Cajmere and a flamboyant, neon-haired acid-house alter-ego named Green Velvet for several of the most memorable underground house tracks of the decade (including "Preacher Man," "Answering Machine" "Brighter Days" and "Flash"), Jones helmed the two most respected labels in the new school of Chicago house, Cajual and Relief.
Strung Out - Highline Ballroom
This summer, legendary punk rock outfit Strung Out will get Twisted in a Suburban Wasteland on a tour stretching throughout the US and Canada. The band will perform both of its most notable albums -- Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues (1996) and Twisted By Design (1998) -- in their entirety during each show. "It feels right to do one last retrospective before we head into the making of another album. I think people will really enjoy these older songs played back to back," says lead vocalist Jason Cruz.
Amadou & Mariam / Theophilus London - SummerStage
The world of Amadou & Mariam is a musical sphere that stretches from the dusty streets of Mali to playing at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Their unique mix of unforgettable pop melodies and contagious rhythms, driven by Amadou's bluesy electric guitar and the compelling interplay of their two voices may have its roots deeply planted in Africa, yet this music effortlessly transcends classification. As popular across Africa as it is in Europe and America, critically acclaimed albums such as Dimanche a Bamako, Welcome to Mali and their newest, Folila, have taken Amadou & Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple one of the best-selling acts to come out of Africa. Their friend Theophilus London, who appears on Folila (along with Santigold, TV on the Radio and others), joins them on the bill.
Jackson Browne - Beacon Theatre
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is set to hit the stage on August 3rd and 4th at New York's famed Beacon Theatre. Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest.
MILLIE JACKSON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Millie Jackson is much more than an entertainment legend. The shapely, charismatic, and multi-talented entertainer is, without a doubt, a music industry icon whose oft-criticized career paved the way for many of today's forward-thinking female recording artists and entertainers. Not only has her lengthy career attracted fans from all walks of life along the way - it's also rumored that Bette Midler and Roseanne took pages from Jackson's high-voltage explicit approach to sex to enrich their respective careers. In spite of being stamped bawdy, brash, and bad, Jackson is the epitome of performance perfection on stage. In this regard, she is totally peerless.
WOODSTOCK REUNION - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
VOODOO CHILD - The longest-running Hendrix show since 1968, performed by the leader Jimy Bleu from the time he was a member of the official Hendrix fan club at Warner/Reprise records 1968-70 "Voodoo Child" has opened for some of the top names in the rock scene, such as Foghat, Slade, Aerosmith & Graham Central Station. They have also appeared at the Woodstock 25th anniversary, Atlanta Pop Festival, Reggae Sun Splash, the 'Rock The Vote Tour', German TV, BBC TV in London and on MTV. PATRICK STANFIELD JONES - Modern-day troubador and jazz/rock/blues man Patrick Stanfield Jones has been singing and playing the guitar and other sundry instruments professionally since the ripe old age of 14. With gigs ranging from dives to major concert halls, he's shared stages with the likes of Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Rankin; performed in national theater tours for Jesus Christ Superstar and Oh! Calcutta!; and performed in both jazz and classical arenas. Wisdom gained from this exciting and extensive life on the road inspires both his playing and songwriting on his solo debut on Motema Music, A Heart and an Open Road (2010). "These songs are little eclipses in time; some of it is humorous, and some of it is philosophical," says Jones. "I guess I write in a `genre-melting pot' style because that's what I have experienced both as a person of multi-ethnic roots, and also as an itinerant performer meeting and playing with so many different kinds of people around this country. At the core, these songs paint my picture of American music." As Jones heads out to promote his solo debut, he says he looks forward to continuing his journey of self-discovery and keeping his heart full of love while back on the open road. NAILED SHUTT - One of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands in the tri-state area, "the band was formed back in November of 1999 with a goal to provide a newer twist on some of the old classic Dead tunes and classic rock jams," said Ken Flood, Nailed Shutt's lead guitarist, vocalist and founder.
Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Spanning seven venues, the 2012 Mostly Mozart Festival will offer more than 37 events including concerts, dance, visual art, film, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, lectures, and bird-watching tours through Central Park, a special accompaniment to this summer's birdsong theme. Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. He will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview on July 28. The two thematic highlights of the Festival this year will be a multi-genre exploration on the influence of birdsong on composers and visual artists, complemented by an extensive survey of the music of Schubert.