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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 6-Jul 13: Music

July 6, 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.

Whale Belly - Mercury Lounge
July 06, 2013 - New York

Brooklyn based folk quintet Whale Belly will release their second album I Was Once A Bird this fall. Founded by vocalist/guitarist Todd Bogin and drummer Nick Smeraski, Whale Belly has received substantial notable praise after having released only one album in 2011. The band has been hailed as “Sophisticated Folk Rock” by The New Yorker and has received press from USA Today, CBS News, Brooklyn Vegan and recorded a Daytrotter session last year. Check them out at Mercury Lounge on July 6th!

She & Him - Central Park Summerstage
July 06, 2013 - Manhattan

10,000 Maniacs CD Release - City Winery
July 06, 2013 - New York

One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock format on FM radio. Their latest and long-awaited studio album "Music From The Motion Picture" has just been released, and the band is currently touring in support of it! The 10,000 Maniacs are - Mary Ramsey (Viola and Lead Vocals) - Dennis Drew (Keybord and Vocals) - Jerry Augustiniak (Drum and Vocal) - Jeff Erickson (Lead Guitar) - Steve Gustafson (Bass and Vocals)

Theophilius London/Les Nubians/Aabaraki - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 06, 2013 - Brooklyn

Theophilus London, "a man who seems to have studied his Prince, his Andre 3000, and, especially and perhaps most surprisingly, his PM Dawn" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "aggressively pushes modern hip-hop into indie rock hipsterdom" (SPIN) "like a boastful, macho Janelle Monáe [who] attempts to bridge the 1950s and the 2050s" (Details). French-Cameroonian Afro-pean soul sisters Helene and Celia Faussart a.k.a. Les Nubians, share the bill. Brooklyn natives Aabaraki open the evening.

We are the Wilderness - Cameo Gallery
July 06, 2013 - Brooklyn

Classically derived and indie-pop driven, with influences ranging from Philip Glass to SBTRKT, We Are The Wilderness supersedes traditional expectations.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 07, 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.

Our Sinatra - 54 Below
Through July 07, 2013 - New York

The New York Times calls it "an utterly winning tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes. Superior entertainment!" This summer, 54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to arguably the greatest male vocalist of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra. From the classic ballads of the 40's to the saloon and torch songs of the 50's and the swingin' sounds of the 60's, the entire Sinatra canon is celebrated by three of New York's most dynamic vocalists: Christopher Gines, Laurie Wells and Ronny Whyte. Relive your memories in a show that steers clear of imitation but layers on the joy and passion evoked by Sinatra's greatest hits. (No performance July 2.)

Jackie Hoffman - 54 Below
July 07, 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.

Loren Benjamin - Rockwood Music Hall
July 07, 2013 - New York City

NYC native and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Loren Benjamin will perform at Rockwood Music Hall on July 7th. Songwriting Magazine touts, "“Fans of the piano-driven pop of Keane and Billy Joel should check out this emerging 23-year old singer-songwriter from Brooklyn.” Loren is currently promoting his debut acoustic EP (out in August 2013) and is recording his debut full-length album with Grammy-award winning producer Steve Jordan, due out this fall. For more info, go to

Summertime Classics: The Planets - An HD Odyssey - New York Philharmonic
Through July 07, 2013 - New York

Performing works by John Adams, Offenbach, Strauss, and Holst.

Chris Isaak - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
July 07, 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.

Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
July 08, 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:

Soul Out Loud - Soul Night featuring Ryan Shaw - The Cutting Room
July 08, 2013 - New York

Ryan Shaw -- currently portraying Stevie Wonder in Broadway's "Motown the Musical" -- hosts this bimonthly showcase features the best and brightest upcoming singers and musicians this city and country have to offer. Ryan himself brings down the house with soul-stirring original music, as well as paying homage to such greats as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more.

J-Summit New York - Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund vol. 16 - Bowery Electric
Through July 08, 2013 - New York

J-Summit NY offers a welcoming environment to enjoy Japanese music and fashion for all fans and artists! We are creating a community focused on the connections and cultural exchanges (modern, classic) between Tokyo and NY. Since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, J-Summit has also served as an event to collect donations for the ongoing relief efforts overseas. Come July 7th to experience an evening of local and visiting Japanese artists! Performances: ReniReni (pop) - Yujin Amano (blues/rock) - Shinsei (visual-kei) - LUST (rock) Also performing: Megumi (singer), Aki (singer), NOB (singer), Tanga (R&B/Pop), and Sumie Kaneko (traditional/jazz)!

The English Beat - City Winery
July 08, 2013 - New York

Back by popular demand!

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway - The Town Hall
July 08, 2013 - New York

Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by The New York Times, Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls.

July 09, 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.

Swing Out Sister - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 09, 2013 - New York

Swing Out Sister are a British pop musical group best known worldwide for their 1986 hit single Breakout. The group presently comprises Andy Connell (born Andrew John Connell, Jul 26, 1961, Nottingham; keyboards) and Corinne Drewery (born Sep 21, 1959, Nottingham; vocals), though it began as a trio in the United Kingdom. The group was initially formed by Connell and Martin Jackson (drums), in 1985 who were later joined by Drewery. The group's name came from a 1945 movie called Swing Out, Sister, and they reportedly chose the name because there was only one thing they could agree on: they all hated it! Both Connell and Jackson had been playing in other bands prior to forming SOS, while Drewery was actually a fashion designer and model before she became the band's lead vocalist and lyricist. Together with their producer, Paul Staveley O'Duffy, they signed with Mercury Records Limited. Prior to their first album, they released the single Blue Mood in the UK in November 1985. However, it did not chart. In late 1986, the single "Breakout" was released. It peaked at #4 on the UK charts, and #6 in the United States. Consequently, when they released their debut album, It's Better To Travel, on May 11, 1987, it reached #1 on the UK album charts.

Erin Barra - The Bubble Lounge
July 10, 2013 - New York

Singer-Songwriter Erin Barra is opening for acclaimed bassist Dwayne �DW� Wright (Jill Scott, Ryan Leslie) at the Global Acoustic Soul Showcase. Erin Barra is an Ableton artist, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, and nationally touring artist Download her latest mixtape Comma, here:

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
July 10, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the July 24 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!

Cyndi Lauper - Beacon Theatre
July 10, 2013 - New York

Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual Tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album. Lauper will perform the record-setting album in its entirety.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 10, 2013 -

Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest and 15th Street.

Suzanne Vega: Summer Residency - City Winery
July 10, 2013 - New York

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world's best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as "a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper" and as "plaintive but disarmingly powerful." Also July 10.

Smooth Cruise Series - Regina Belle - Spirit Cruises
July 10, 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.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 11, 2013 -

Enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike. Concert site is at 193rd Street Field.

Jill & Julia Show - Highline Ballroom
July 11, 2013 - New York

Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney team up for a delightful set that mixes witty songwriting with a little bit of social commentary.

Celebrate Brooklyn Fundraising Concert: Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 11, 2013 - Brooklyn

For more details about this concert, visit

Buckwheat Zydeco - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 11, 2013 - New York

American musical legend Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. - along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco, one of the greatest party bands in America - is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. 2009 marked Buckwheat Zydeco's 30th anniversary, and Buckwheat celebrated with the release of his Grammy Award-winning CD (and Alligator Records debut), Lay Your Burden Down. This Grammy Award was the band's first, although it had previously been nominated five times in three different categories.

The Gong Show Live Off Broadway - The Cutting Room
July 11, 2013 - New York

The authorized stage production of the iconic TV show. The Gong Show Live returns after its SMASH debut, doing monthly performances at The Cutting Room in NYC. The Gong Show was a cultural touchstone, a pioneering TV show and the godfather of every awkwardly great reality TV moment that has happened in history. We present the theatrical recreation of The Gong Show in a modern-day stage production. If you liked it on TV, you will love it right in front of your face. Critically hailed as "Jaw droppingly hilarious" and "Fast, fresh and fun" this uproarious, deranged, completely entertaining show has audiences laughing into the next day. Featuring modern-day performers from America's Got Talent, Conan, Letterman, 30 Rock and So You Think You Can Dance, you will be thoroughly entertained, fascinated, horrified and delighted. Starring comedians Ray Ellin, Chuck Nice, Dan Naturman, Ken Dashow, the Gong Show 10 Live Band, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, and the Unknown Convict. Appropriate for the whole family. This is a professionally cast and produced off-broadway production.

The Gong Show Live - The Cutting Room
July 11, 2013 - New York

Executive Produced by LESLIE GOLD (The Award-Winning Radiochick) and produced by Emmy-Nominated Peppy Castro and Broadway's Kenn Lubin, THE GONG SHOW LIVE is an even better idea than The Gong Show on TV. It's LIVE. In a theatre. Where most of the 1970s American population wanted to be. Right there and up close with the lunacy.

Hudson River Park's Riverrocks - Pier 84
July 11, 2013 - New York Harbor

7/11 Generationals and Sallie Ford & THe Sound Outside 7/25 Foxygen and Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down 8/8 Titus Andronicus with Ducktails

Further featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir - Barclays Center
July 11, 2013 - Brooklyn

Former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir and their band Furthur will play at Barclays Center on July 11 at 8pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 19 at 10 am and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting or, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, located at 620 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, starting Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. (if still available). Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics, with an all-star band that includes keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), drummer Joe Russo (Benevento - Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), and vocalists Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson. New and old fans of the Grateful Dead alike will be entranced as Lesh & Weir take the musical journey further, exploring some of the Grateful Dead's most beloved songs in a tour that promises to keep the feet stomping and the bodies shaking. For more information on Furthur, please visit

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Apollo Theater
July 11, 2013 - New York

Tickets go on sale June 7.

CD Release Party Camille Gainer - Lucille's
July 12, 2013 - New York

Camille Gainer a native New Yorker, has established herself with a rich career poised with artistic ability and versatility. She began playing drums and other instruments such as guitar, violin and piano at the age of 11. She then went on to study with master drummer Michael Carvin. She credits Michael with opening her up to all styles of playing and most notably being aware of the feeling and language of different styles and her sight-reading prowess. Her diligence and perseverance earned her a full scholarship at Brooklyn's Long Island University. Where she got to study with other greats such as Keith Copeland. - See more at:

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: OneRepublic - Rumsey Playfield
July 12, 2013 - Central Park, NY

Naked Soul Concert Series - Allison Moorer - Rubin Museum of Art
July 12, 2013 - New York

Nearly 12 years ago, Allison Moorer made an unforgettable introduction with her contribution of the thoughtful ballad, "A Soft Place to Fall," for the soundtrack to the Robert Redford-directed drama, The Horse Whisperer, which later earned her an Academy Award nomination. Moorer went on to carefully craft a long-lasting career with her impressive debut LP, Alabama Song, while challenging herself to always look inward for an even deeper meaning -- which she explored on Miss Fortune (2002) and The Duel (2004). In 2007, Moorer received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Days Aren't Long Enough," a song co-written with her husband, singer-songwriter Steve Earle.

Lyfe Jennings - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 12, 2013 - New York

The revolution of positive music was bound to happen and Lyfe Jennings welcomes the change with open arms. With his authentic, soulful voice, innovative lyrical style and undeniable talent, Lyfe is ready to establish an even deeper connection with his fans and garner new ones with his latest effort.

Bostitch & Fussible/Mexican Institute of Sound/Mariachi Flor de Toloache - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 12, 2013 - Brooklyn

The Latin Alternative Music Conference returns this year with a triple bill of traditional and modern Mexican music headlined by Tijuana's Nortec Collective. Led by founders Bostich and Fussible, Nortec Collective continues its "amazing deconstruction of norteño DNA: accordions, the acoustic guitar called bajo sexto, the funky two-step polka popular in rural areas along the U.S./Mexican border, and the steady four-on-the-floor beat that can propel a dance floor to delirium" (NPR). Mexican Institute of Sound brings its own fusion of folk and electronica, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache is New York's only all-female mariachi band.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 13, 2013 -

Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West. Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Stryper w/Mike Tramp, White Lion, Opening - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 13, 2013 - New York

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously. Mike Tramp, lead singer of White Lion, opens.

Music in the Garden: Yowana Sari Gamelan Orchestra - Queens Botanical Garden
July 13, 2013 - Flushing

Pack a picnic snack to enjoy outdoors on the Oak Allee and be transported to Bali with the beautiful sounds of the Yowana Sari Gamelan Orchestra.

Jay And The Americans - Theatre Three
July 13, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Back by popular demand! Jay And the Americans are one of the best rock n roll vocal groups from the 1960s and 1970s! Twelve Top 10 hit songs; "This Magic Moment", "Cara Mia", "Only In America" and "Come A Little Bit Closer". The group features 3 original members Sandy Deanne, Howie Kane, Marty Sanders, the magnificent voice of Jay Reinecke as well as the wonderful USA Band.

Lorrie Morgan - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre Esienhower Park
July 13, 2013 - East Meadow

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents in association with Brian Rosenberg presents a Free All Ages Country Music Concert. Country Music Legend LORRIE MORGAN special guests Long Islands Best country band , JOE BAYER BAND. Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, 25 hits including “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history. the songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She’s performed on Broadway, The White House for 3 different Presidents and abroad. In 1984, she became the youngest singer ever to join the Grand Ole Opry. Don't miss this fantastic free concert!

Steve Kazee - 54 Below
Through July 13, 2013 - New York

The 2012 Tony Award winner for his performance as Guy in Once returns to 54 Below to share his original songs with New York audiences! Joined by his band, The Shiny Liars, this alt-country evening reflects Steve's southern upbringing. Inspired by artists such as Damien Jurado, Night Beds, Wilco, and others, a few of which Kazee will cover in the show, these special evenings showcase the tunes planned for his debut album, which he'll be recording this summer! In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. No performance July 9.

Mindless Behavior - Beacon Theatre
July 13, 2013 - New York

The All Around The World Tour with special guests OMG GIrlz and Coco Jones.

Dracula with The Philip Glass Ensemble/Kishi Bashi - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 13, 2013 - Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn! brings back the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic Dracula, with Philip Glass's equally classic original score performed live by The Philip Glass Ensemble. Last attempted in 2005, the screening and performance were cut short by rolling thunder, lightning and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania. This time around, there will be an opening set by the diabolically talented violinist and singer Kishi Bashi, a cohort of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal, "who's creating something haunting, beautiful and maybe a little off-kilter through the technology of looping" (NPR).

9th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival - Pier 5 Uplands of Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 13, 2013 - Brooklyn

The culmination of the 9th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival programming, 2013 Final Day Events will include Family Day and Artist Performances: Family Day (12- 3 PM) is a good old fashioned, pop the sprinklers, speakers in the window, block party. Before we get busy on our last day, we take a moment for the little duns. Family Day is a time for parents, babies, teens and grandma to have some ‘momma’ approved fun while we teach the youth about what Hip-Hop is all about. Come enjoy kid-friendly music, demos, workshops and more from a whole host of local, community oriented organizations. Artist Performances (3- 8 PM) features performances by EPMD, Redman, Pusha T, Dizzy Wright, Soul Understate, and more TBA, along with upcoming local talent, expanded Vendor Marketplace and diverse performances. Misc BHF'13 info: Festival is ALL AGES and RAIN OR SHINE Tix on sale now at Eventbrite -

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 13, 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.

Ben Allison Group - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 14, 2013 - New York

Ben Allison, bass; Ted Nash, saxophones; Pete Bernstein, guitar; Matt Wilson, drums.

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