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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 30-Aug 6: Music

July 30, 2011 - 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.

Harmonica Madness - Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
July 30, 2011 -

A 5 hour workshop followed by a 2 hour concert led by JP Allen and Adam Gussow, the world's two premier blues harmonica instructors. Accompanying them during the workshop is NYC Blues Guitar Legend Robert Ross.

Live Music with Nina et Cetera - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 30, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
July 30, 2011 -

The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show. (

TANK - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 30, 2011 - New York

Tank is one of the most recognizable names in modern R&B, known for vivid storytelling and sensual love songs. He's an icon in the making, with four albums and eight Grammy nominations under his belt. He's also a singer who carries the torch of masters like Marvin Gaye and Al Green, while redefining R&B for a new decade. For singer/songwriter/producer Tank--about to release his Atlantic Records debut Now or Never, his first album in three years, and the one he describes as his most confident yet--the secret is simple. He remains true to who he is, as a man and an artist. "My music is the real me," says Tank. "I'll either live by that or I'll die by that in this business, but I've got to be me." He's famous for sexy yet relatable love songs that are at once thoroughly modern and yet steeped in the sounds of classic soul. Though fans know and love Tank for smash hits like "Maybe I Deserve" and "Please Don't Go," they may be surprised to learn that he is also behind such chart-toppers as Rubben Studdard's "Change Me" and Omarion's "O." What's more, Tank served as an associate member of the hit-making production team, The Underdogs, with further credits including the smash soundtrack to the 2006 musical film adaptation of Dreamgirls (in which he also made a cameo). Since releasing his previous album Sex, Love, & Pain in 2007, Tank took a moment to step out of the spotlight, but not necessarily out of the studio. He formed the Los Angeles-based production company Song Dynasty, and began shaping the sound of modern R&B with songs for a diverse roster of artists including Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, and Keri Hilson. Though he has enjoyed crafting hits for these artists, Tank is ready to step into the spotlight yet again, and returns with an incredibly personal collection. "I put a lot of my personal business into my music because people relate to it. I sing based upon the things that I've been through. I don't just sing about the pain, I sing about getting through it. Whether I'm singing about sex, relationships, or the occasional party, the songs are still about classic R&B themes." Poised to release his fourth studio album Now or Never, Tank is ready to share the intensely intimate themes his fans have come to love, even as he prepares to show an entirely new side of himself. "The sound of this new album is still the traditional R&B formula, but sonically it's very current," says Tank. His first single, "Sex Music," perfectly illustrates his new sound. The high-energy track lives up to its name with a spacey, shuddering beat. Produced by Song Dynasty with Harvey Mason Jr. (Dreamgirls, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake), "Sex Music" is sure to appeal to die-hard Tank fans. "We're going to keep pressing forward with this R&B thing," promises Tank. During the process of bringing Now or Never to life, he's experimented with new technology and new collaborators, even as he explores the themes that have always moved him. "Emergency" is an emotional ballad with a sense of humor, comparing a woman's desire to a four-alarm fire. "You Mean that Much" is a soaring, orchestral anthem. "Can I Make Love", says Tank, "is self-explanatory... I'm known for having songs that give you an opportunity to not say much. All you need is a little eye contact, and it's on." These timeless songs of love, lust, and loss take cinematic tone in the hands of Tank, as he crafts imagery that is uniquely tangible and real. Perhaps it's his new love of acting that has deepened his storytelling. Tank recently graced the screen in The Preacher's Kid, and he has been studying acting, though he promises that music will continue to be his first love. "We have to take this stand now because R&B is slowly becoming a lost art," explains Tank. "R&B music is the thing that connects people." Though he loves a fantasy party scene as much as any man, Tank writes about the real, everyday emotions and situations that people relate to because, as he says, "we're meant to move people with this music, and I want to be part of that movement." It's been an incredible journey since Tank was an undiscovered artist with a dream, penning "Maybe I Deserve" in the basement of his mother's Maryland home, on "an MPC and two keyboards." The single would go on to dominate urban radio in 2001, when Tank released his gold-certified debut album Force of Nature. Though he has enjoyed remarkable successes throughout his career, Tank considers Now or Never the album when "it all came together." The title doesn't just refer to the urgency he feels within R&B as a whole, but also the growth he's done over the years as an artist. Now re-emerging with a new team and a renewed confidence in his music, Tank is ready to have these songs heard. "Everything I've been through has prepared me for this moment right now. I've got a new deal, new energy and new people around who are just as excited about the album as I am. Everything I've learned over the years as a producer, writer and artist have gone into Now or Never."

Great Jazz on the Great Hill - Central Park
July 30, 2011 -

The Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile, Inc. present a swing dance party! Bring your picnic blanket and dancing shoes for an afternoon of live jazz music by The George Gee Swing Orchestra and special guests, and Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition winners Pete McGuiness and Brianna Thomas. The afternoon also includes a swing dance workshop and demonstration with Clyde Wilder and an ongoing interpretive art project for families. Hot food will be available for purchase from Spoonbread Restaurant. All ages are welcome. Free; no advance ticketing. For more event information, call 212-860-1370.

Live Music with N.Y. Exceptions - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 31, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

RICHIE SANTANA: Diggin' in the Crates - Surf Club
July 31, 2011 - Ortley Beach

Pacha NYC presents... SURF CLUB SUNDAYS Powered by Pacha NYC with music by RICHIE SANTANA Diggin' in the Crates. GET TICKETS - Doors 12 noon - 2AM. Table Reservations 212.209.7500

ERIC GALES + VOODOO CHILE - A Tribute To JIMI HENDRIX - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 31, 2011 - New York

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 bassist David Pastorius (nephew of legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius). 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 to come. 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. David Pastorius is the nephew of bass legend Jaco Pastorius. While their last names and instrument of choice is the same, there's a lot of differences between the two. David performs and plays with two bands, Local 518 and Elephant Gun, in and around Florida, and David often performs clinics around the country for Hartke.

Smooth Cruise featuring Najee - Spirit Cruises
August 03, 2011 -

Join us Wednesday, August 3rd for a beautiful evening on the Hudson featuring Najee's fine balance of song-craft and musicianship. Najee is one of the original innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz, which grew in popularity throughout the 1990's and steadfastly remains popular today. The native New Yorker's first 4 albums were certified Gold and he was nominated for a Grammy in 1988 for "Najee's Theme". He is the recipient of many other music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, & Trumpet Awards. Throughout his career, Najee has had the opportunity to have worked with many great artists including Quincy Jones, Will Downing, Patti La Belle, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Lionel Richie, Gerald Veasley, Jonathan Butler, MAYSA, Ledisi, and was part of Prince's "Hit and Run Tour". As his name is defined, his music can only be attributed as "Close to the Creator." Mind Over Matter, Najee's most recent recording was released in August 2009, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, featuring soul, contemporary jazz, and an intriguing blend of all these styles, plus songwriting and guest appearances by keyboardist Jeff Lorber and vocalists Eric Benét and Gary Taylor.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
August 03, 2011 -

Throughout the Amateur Night season, contestants from all over the world compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Tony Bennett - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 03, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Andrea Bocelli - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 04, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Maroon 5 - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 05, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

The Debut of NERVO | Friday August 5 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha
August 05, 2011 - New York

Friday August 5 Pacha NYC presents ... The Debut of ... NERVO GET TICKETS Doors 10pm - 6am Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Khaled Live at Tea Lounge - Tea Lounge
August 05, 2011 - Brooklyn

Khaled's debut performance at Tea Lounge in Brooklyn! Free Show! Also playing: The Big Drops. Happy Hour 5-7 – ½ price draughts + $4 house wine. Subway : Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or M/R to Union St.

Live Music with No Soup For You - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 06, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

Lincoln Center Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2011 -

A Magic Flute (7/5-17); Portraits in Dramatic Time (outdoor video installation) (7/5-31); Royal Shakespeare Company (7/6-8/14); The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet (7/11-16); The Cleveland Orchestra - Bruckner: (R)evolution (7/13-17); Merce Cunningham Dance Company - MERCE FAIR (7/16); Tom Zé (7/19); The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (7/21-23); The Silver Tassie (7/24-31); Royal Danish Opera and Orchestra (7/28-30).

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 27, 2011 -

From Aug. 2-20, the 45th season of the Mostly Mozart Festival offers more than 34 events, including opera, concerts, dance, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, and lectures, and features music ranging from Baroque and Classical to Neoclassical and contemporary. In addition to Mozart, the music of Igor Stravinsky will be a special focus of this summer's festival while Louis Langrée, in his ninth season, conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in eight concerts, performing Mozart's beloved Requiem, an expanded exploration of Beethoven's music, and two distinctly different Stravinsky works. Plus, New York's acclaimed contemporary ensemble ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) begins its three-year Festival residency and is the centerpiece of the festival's Stravinsky focus.

Queens' Sky View Center & CenterStage presents a Sunday Music Spectacular Series - Sky View Center
Through August 28, 2011 -

Sky View Center, Queens’ newest shopping center presents Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular featuring CenterStage: The Queens Center for the Performing Arts. The show-stopping series will run through the summer and feature a variety of jazz, classical string quartets, piano and percussion performances by the talented students and all-star faculty of CenterStage. The Pop Broadway Show performance will feature the sounds of Broadway, R&B and Pop featuring Dakota MacLeod (vocals) and Ray Naccari (piano). The event will take place at Sky View Center on Level D offering visitors a chance to enjoy the various musical talents of the local community while shopping around Sky View Center.

The Original Live Mic is back @ Martha Clara Vineyards - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through September 06, 2011 -

The Original Live Mic is BACK @ Martha Clara Vineyards! Every TUESDAY Night, Starting Tues May 31st - Tues September 6th. 7-10pm with Host and MC Rocky Divello. Bring Your Dinner, Friends & Talent! Bring Your Own Instruments - Sound System Available.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 -

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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