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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.

'70s Tribute Fest II: UNCHAINED - VAN HALEN Tribute; INTO THE VOID - BLACK SABBATH Tribute; SANCTUARY - IRON MAIDEN Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 07, 2012 - New York

UNCHAINED - Unchained is a group of four seasoned musicians who share an appreciation of the unbridled fun, energy, and musicianship of the golden age of Van Halen. Van Halen was THE band in their formative years, and as everyone knows, the group ruled the rock n' roll world for a long time. Everyone who lived during those years knows that the band's energy was the perfect blend of attitude, recklessness, prodigy-level musicianship, spanning the full gamut of musical emotions, from "Dance the Night Away" to "Mean Street." INTO THE VOID - Into the Void is a band that plays Black Sabbath's music from the Ozzy years. The musicians in the group were hand-picked from three different tribute bands. Vocalist Rick Woods comes from Black Bloody Black, guitarist Aaron Kipness and bassist Marty Beck come from Bargain (The Who tribute band), and drummer Tom Capobianco comes from Sabbra Cadabra and Black Dog. SANCTUARY - Active since 1998, Sanctuary is the only Iron Maiden tribute on the East Coast ever to be featured in the official Iron Maiden fanclub magazine. The band gives Iron Maiden fans a true and authentic Maiden stage show experience unlike no other Maiden tribute. As part of the band's stage shows, Sanctuary uses simulated flame effects, video projection backdrops, fog machines, and more -- features now imitated by numerous other Maiden tribute bands.

Scorpions - Jones Beach
July 07, 2012 - Wantagh

SCORPIONS / QUEENSR�CHE - The Final Sting

Doors 6:30 pm

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 08, 2012 -

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.

Musiq - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 08, 2012 -

Musiq has enjoyed numerous hit singles and Gold and Platinum albums, awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and SoulTrain, and several Grammy nominations over the course of his career. He has also been featured in print ads for McDonalds, Gap, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, and Nike. All of his talent, hard work, and determination have allowed him to flourish into one of the few R&B soulful artists still in existence today. His latest effort, MusiqInTheMajiq, dropped in 2011 and features the singles "Anything" and "Yes."

A Tribute to JOHN MELLENCAMP + TOM PETTY w/ HUMAN WHEELS + DAMN THE TORPEDOES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 09, 2012 -

HUMAN WHEELS plays more Mellencamp in one night than Mellencamp himself!! Rockin' one hit after the next. The core members of this six-piece tribute band have been together since 2001, while the newest members were hand picked to bring you an incredibly seasoned, high quality group of musicians. Enjoy classics like Pink Houses, Authority Song, Cherry Bomb, Small Town, Rain on the Scarecrow, Jack and Diane, Hurt So Good, Need a Lover, Paper in Fire, Lonely 'Ol Night, and more! C'mon and check them out, you know more John "Cougar" Mellencamp than you think!!!

Summertime Classics: Tchaikovsky Festival - New York Philharmonic
Through July 10, 2012 -

Midsummer Night Swing -Mambo Legends Orchestra: Las Reinas de la Salsa featuring Cita Rodriguez, Yoko la Japonesa Salsera, and Nayibe la Gitana - Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
July 10, 2012 - New York

Mambo, Salsa - This classic big band, led by John “Dandy” Rodriguez and Mitch Frohman and musically directed by José Madera (each of whom spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente), continues to drive the culture of 1950s and ’60s Palladium-era music forward with an undying devotion to the genre. Featuring the vocal talents of Cita Rodriguez, Yoko la Japonesa Salsera, and Nayibe la Gitana, the band will shine the spotlight on the leading ladies of mambo and salsa—Celia, Graciela, and La Lupe—in one unforgettable evening. Dance Floor Opens at 6:00; Live Sets at 7:30–8:30 and 9:00–10:00 http://midsummernightswing.org/index.php/2012-mambo-legends-orchestra

IRA BERMAN'S MEDIA ALL-STARS ft. OFF THE CHART, THE PETER GUSMANO PROJECT & FIFTH OF BOURBON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 10, 2012 - New York

OFF THE CHART - Off the Chart is a rock band made up of nine employees of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Together for almost a decade, the members of this band save lives during the day and give audience members the time of their lives at night. THE PETER GUSMANO PROJECT - PGP (The Peter Gusmano Project) is a cutting edge rock n' roll trio delivering a blistering mix of rock guitar instrumental compositions and the best classic rock n' roll covers from the '70s and beyond. Started by Peter Gusmano, the group is a live project that was developed to promote Guitar for a Cure, a 501(c3) official charity (also formed by Gusmano). 100% of all CD sales are donated to Project A.L.S., and the project has thus far raised over $20,000 for A.L.S. research. Guitar for a Cure has been named as a top independent fundraiser for the charity for the last three years. FIFTH OF BOURBON - Formed in 2010, Fifth of Bourbon is an electric blues band from NYC focused on performing creative arrangements of both traditional and contemporary blues and rock music. Imagine Koko Taylor fronting Led Zeppelin and performing electric blues versions of Howlin' Wolf songs, and you've got a good idea of this this band. The group features Matt Fink on drums, Kathleen Fletcher on vocals, Greg Gentile on guitars, Fred Gilde on keyboards, Ken Umezaki on bass, and Scott Warren on guitars.

Cherub - Highline Ballroom
July 10, 2012 -

Cherub is a sexy, avante garde, electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80s funk, and pop-music from the future. The members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance, with a common goal to share a little bit of sex, a little bit of drugs, and a whole lot of love with people across the globe. Cherub's music is a fresh electrified take on risque pop music that brings to mind timeless artists like Prince, Zapp and Roger, and more contemporary Justin Timberlake. With a live show that is bouncing with energy, Cherub dances their way into the hearts of audiences from the first falsetto hook, until the very last delay filters out.

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Nothin' But Soul - Apollo Theater
July 11, 2012 - Harlem

For more than 77 years, the Apollo Theater has been home to music royalty. The legendary roster includes Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul; James Brown, Godfather of Soul; Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Tonight, contestants pay homage to these legends by giving performances that are based on the roots of nothin' but soul music.

The line-up for this special theme night are 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.

Juilliard and Royal Academy of Music Orchestras at Avery Fisher Hall - Avery Fisher Hall
July 11, 2012 - New York

Juilliard and London’s Royal Academy of Music orchestras present a ‘preview’ of their upcoming BBC Proms performance on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. John Adams conducts works by Ravel, Respighi, and his own composition, “City Noir.” Tickets: $15, $30 at http://lincolncenter.org.

Rebirth Brass Band - Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
July 11, 2012 - New York

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After The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band is perhaps the best contemporary New Orleans ensemble working in vintage marching band style. The group formed in the early '80s while they were still in school. In the latter half of the decade, the band gained of the critics and the public alike. Since the late '80s, The Rebirth Brass Band has cut albums for Rounder and Arhoolie, utilizing multiple trombone/trumpet/tuba instrumentation. They also play booming uptempo tunes, spirituals, rags, marching numbers, and originals, doing them all with a traditional feel and contemporary sensibility. Founding member and co-leader Kermit Ruffins left for a solo career in 1994. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

City Noir: John Adams Conducts the Juilliard and Royal Academy of Music orchestras - Avery Fisher Hall
July 11, 2012 - New York

Imogen Cooper, piano RESPIGHI Feste Romane RAVEL Piano Concerto in G ADAMS City Noir

The Juilliard School’s renowned student orchestra, composed of some of the best players of the next generation, is joined by student players from London’s Royal Academy of Music in a lively program led by John Adams, a giant among contemporary composers, whose own jazz-inflected symphony City Noir closes the evening. The performers are joined by English piano virtuoso Imogen Cooper, whose passagework the Times of London has described as “exquisite—impeccably even yet full of life.”

Tickets $30 (Orchestra and First Tier); $15 (Second and Third Tier) by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or online Part of The Lincoln Center Festival; this concert is a BBC Proms preview

Midsummer Night Swing - Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango Music & Dance Company - Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
July 11, 2012 - New York

Tango - Leonardo Suarez Paz, the internationally acclaimed fourth-generation tango artist and porteño, directs the Cuartetango Music & Dance Company, sharing his unparalleled experience in the genre as a virtuoso violinist, vocalist, dancer and composer. From the Buenos Aires Tango Festival to the Washington Park Music Festival, this dynamic ensemble of tango artists (with a recently released album, Masters of Bandoneon) stays true to the authenticity, power, and the uniquely urban “swing” that’s characteristic of tango, showing it to be a sophisticated, moving, and daring genre. Featuring an octet and special guests, this company of renowned artists will perform the most beloved tangos of the 1940s and ’50s Golden Age, elevated with the contemporary harmonies and rhythms of nuevo tango. Dance Floor Opens at 6:00; Live Sets at 7:30–8:30 and 9:00–10:00 Please note that Cristian Zárate is no longer scheduled to perform as part of this event.

http://midsummernightswing.org/index.php/2012-leonardo-suarez-paz

AMERICA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 11, 2012 - New York

"A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," and more -- these classic tracks epitomize the sound of Grammy-winning rock group America, led for over four decades by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. The two met in high school in London (along with former bandmate Dan Peek) in the late '60s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse with No Name." America quickly became a household name, with an impressive string of hits following that first No. 1 single. Over 40 years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 11, 2012 - New York

When Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9" joined Joe Budden on his 2008 mixtape Halfway House, the chemistry on their collaborative track quickly transformed "Slaughterhouse" the song into Slaughterhouse the hip-hop supergroup. Reacting to past troubles with former labels, the artists initially skipped the traditional distribution route for their music and released some of their first tracks by leaking them on the internet. Among the tracks distributed in this fashion was "Move On," which recounts the group's backstory through music.

Live Wire x BreyKing Productions Presents The SoundCheck Live Concert Series - Highline Ballroom
July 11, 2012 -

Tonight's SoundCheck Live event will be hosted by Mobrown Suga with sounds by DJ Gully. The show will feature Astronomical Kid, Live Wire, Maad Moiselle, Rob Fresh, Olivia K, Jake Primmerman, Ginette Claudette, Clef (High School Band), and a short film presented by Stacey Muhammad for Wildseed Films.

Concerts in the Parks - Cunningham Park, Brooklyn - New York Philharmonic
July 11, 2012 -

Midsummer Night Swing -The Losers Lounge: The King of Pop vs. Prince - Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
July 12, 2012 - New York

Motown, Soul, Pop - Led by the chameleon-like keyboardist Joe McGinty, the extremely popular and always entertaining Losers Lounge knows how to have a good time. This year, they are pitting two great dynasties of dance, the Jacksons—Michael, Janet, and the Jackson 5—against Prince and his Paisley Park roster, Shelia E, The Time, and Vanity 6. This funky royal rumble has one sure winner: the dancers! In the spirit of the day, dress in your Jacksons- or Prince-inspired best; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Silent Disco Powered by Silent Frisco At 10:00, when the sound system turns off, the dance party keeps going—the DJ broadcasts directly to your headphones until 11:30. Free with your ticket; $5 at the door for Silent Disco only.

Dance Floor Opens at 6:00; Live Sets at 7:30–8:30 and 9:00–10:00

http://midsummernightswing.org/index.php/2012-losers-lounge

LOS AUTENTICOS DECADENTES & NO TE VA GUSTAR - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 12, 2012 - New York

LOS AUTENTICOS DECADENTES - Argentinian ska-punk band Los Autenticos Decadentes (One True Thing) was formed in 1986 as a high-caliber party band. Despite these modest intentions, the group's popularity soon ballooned in its home country, owing in large part to the band's stylistic versatility and its impressive number of excellent musicians. NO TE VA GUSTAR - Inheriting the fine musical tradition of Uruguay and influenced by the best of Argentine rock, the music of No Te Va Gustar (The Like) (NTVG) traverses a unique path into the heart of its native culture. With heartfelt, intelligent lyrics and a versatile musicality that makes definitive categorization all but impossible, the band boasts a rock-reggae sound that falls somewhere between authentic and cosmopolitan. The band's six studio releases and two DVDs represent the strength of its live performances, which have taken the group to cities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, and more -- a reflection of the immense global popularity that NTVG has amassed in little more than a decade.

Chris Smither & The Motivators - Highline Ballroom
July 12, 2012 -

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, he continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers to create his music. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound.

Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival Presents The 1st Annual Ladies Battle! - Highline Ballroom
July 12, 2012 -

Ladies Battle! is a dance battle hosted by the annual Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival (LofHHF). The mission of LofHHF is to develop and provide women and girls with positive roles that are present and represented within the hip-hop culture. Traditionally, men have dominated all facets of the hip-hop scene, but this festival changes that tradition and puts women center-stage for the entire event. Each year an elite group of female artists from around the world are selected to exhibit work, teach, and perform as part of the festival. Through education, performance, and community exchanges, this annual hip-hop festival focuses on women and their relationship with hip-hop culture.

Concerts in the Parks - Central Park - New York Philharmonic
July 12, 2012 -

Tap Future: Tap City's All Student Showcase - Symphony Space
July 12, 2012 -

Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival puts all of the American Tap Dance Foundation students on stage in a fun show of youth, teen and adult students. Tap dancers will perform for each other - on Broadway! - in an informal performance featuring the newly minted work from all of the Tap City Residences from the Youth, Pre-Professional and Adult 4-day Residency Programs. It's a chance to see and be seen, with all performers sitting in the audience to watch the works of fellow students, amateurs and professionals from around the US and around the US and around the world. Hosted by our entire Education Program Faculty and ATDF Artistic Director Tony Waag. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space $22; Members, Students, Seniors, Children $12; Day of Show $25

http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7353-tap-future-tap-citys-all-student-showcase

Howard Fishman and the Biting Fish Brass Band - The Jewish Museum
July 12, 2012 - New York

This summer, The Jewish Museum is excited to continue its popular SummerNights series for the 15th year. Each weekly concert includes an open bar with beer and wine, and free ice cream courtesy of Chozen. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan. The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Howard Fishman and the Biting Fish Brass Band will kickoff the season on July 12, performing his particular blend of jazz, pop, blues and experimental music the New York Times says “transcends time and idiom.”

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
July 13, 2012 - New York

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.

MORRIS DAY & THE TIME - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 13, 2012 - New York

Born in Minneapolis, Morris Day went to school with the world-famous pop artist Prince, singing in his first band Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince's alter-ego, and after looking at several lead vocalists, Prince decided to cast someone with mad talent as the band's frontman ... so he chose Day, his high school friend. Soon after, Morris Day & the Time were cast in "Purple Rain," which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak.

Greensky Bluegrass - Highline Ballroom
July 13, 2012 -

If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock 'n' roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey-soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Robert Davi - Metropolitan Room
Through July 13, 2012 -

Robert Davi, one of the most recognizable entertainers in the world, was singing long before Frank Sinatra personally selected him to play Mickey Sinardos in the 1977 NBC television drama Contract on Cherry Street. As a teenager Robert already had an insatiable desire to not just distinguish himself as a singer, but to follow his idol's lead and become a singer who really could act. Davi studied opera as a young man, and always intended to make singing his career. As fate would have it, however, his screen career took flight and there was no looking back. An iconic screen presence, Robert worked with the biggest names in Hollywood, from Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis and James Franco, appeared in such iconic pop cultural movies as Die Hard, Showgirls, The Goonies and considered one of the top three Bond villains, Franz Sanchez, of all time in License to Kill. His television credits are just as vast, starting with the hit NBC television series Profiler and continuing with Stargate: Atlantis and most recently Criminal Minds. Now after 100 movies with remarkable diversity, hit television credits and his award winning directorial film debut (The Dukes), Davi is returning to his first love. While Davi may portray characters in drama, comedy and action that define "the tough guy persona," it's nothing more than an artist working his craft. The real Robert Davi is the man we hear on this album: a sensitive romantic; a gentle soul who brings a masculine edge to these songs; a great mixture of sensitivity and toughness. For the recording, Davi chose two music legends, producer Phil Ramone and mixing engineer Al Schmitt, which speaks volumes about his intentions to make this a meaningful career endeavor. "Frank Sinatra encouraged young singers to, "Pick up the torch" and perpetuate this amazing music. With Davi Sings Sinatra, On The Road To Romance (available Oct 24), Robert Davi has heeded the rally cry of "ole blue eyes".

Zac Brown Band - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
July 13, 2012 -

Def Leppard - Jones Beach
July 13, 2012 - Wantagh

Def Leppard / Poison / Lita Ford Rock of Ages 2012 Doors 6:30 pm

Concerts in the Parks - Cunningham Park, Queens - New York Philharmonic
July 13, 2012 -

Music & Musica at BEA - Cesar Petena - BEA - Brazilian ENdowment for the Arts
July 13, 2012 - New York

The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts presents, within the music program Music & Musica, César Petená, on July 13th, 2012, at 8pm, the BEA (240E 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10022). Petená is specialized in viola caipira (Brazilian 10 strings guitar) and in the concert he will perform traditional Brazilian music.

About César Petená: César was born in São Paulo, in 1986. He started studying guitar in 1997, and since then he’s had many great teachers like Marcelo Gomes and Jorge Ervolini. He’s worked as a jazz and rock guitar player since 2005 and performed with several artists and bands in the great São Paulo area and also in other states in Brazil. In addition to that, he’s also been working as a musical librarian and editor for São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Currently, César studies the Brazilian 10-strings Guitar (Viola Caipira) at Faculdade Cantareira, under João Paulo Amaral’s orientation. He’s been devoted to research and performance as well as Viola Caipira’s repertoire. Therefore, César always takes place in workshops and reunions - and in some of them he gets the chance to meet and play with great names of Brazilian Culture like Ivan Vilela, Indio Cachoeira, Roberto Corrêa, Paulo Freire, Ricardo Vignini, and Zé Helder.

A Night of Hip-Hop and R&B at Recoup Lounge featuring Larry 'Lak' Henderson - Recoup Lounge
July 13, 2012 - New York

A night of hip-hop and R&B at Recoup Lounge featuring Larry "Lak" Henderson, the hip-hop educator featured on CBS. With performances by WayVeeBoy Reem, OnnaDi, Xyle, Rose Hart, Law, RADA. Doors open: 7 pm Lak's performance: 10 pm

More about Lak: www.SmartHipHopMusic.blogspot.com

Latin Alternative Music Conference: Kinky / Los Autenticos Decadentes / 3Ball MTY / DJ Raff - SummerStage
July 14, 2012 -

Known for their energetic live shows, Kinky is a Latin alternative group that draws from funk-rock as well as electronic dance music, resulting in a unique hybrid that has garnered them an international following. The five-piece band from Monterrey, Mexico released their self-titled debut, Kinky in 2002, which was met with critical acclaim. Over a range of albums including Atlas, Reina and Barracuda, a string of singles became huge hits such as "Mas" and "A Donde Van Los Muertos?" The band's 2011 release Sue?o de la Maquina incorporates hip-hop influences into their trademark electronic sound and has sprung the hit single, "Negro Dia."

Mindless Behavior - Beacon Theatre
July 14, 2012 - New York

Mindless Behavior will hit the Beacon Stage for the first time on July 14 for two performances at 3PM and 8PM.

Midsummer Night Swing -Kids Dance! - Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
July 14, 2012 - New York

Kids can take a spin on the dance floor when Dancing Classroom’s Rodney Lopez, as seen in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, gives your little ones an engaging intro to a large range of ballroom dance. In just an hour and a half, kids aged 6–10 will learn the basics of swing, merengue, tango, and more! Dancing Classrooms is a social development in school program that takes place in over 200 NYC schools and reaches over 25,000 children each year. The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance.

http://midsummernightswing.org/index.php/2012-kids-day

Midsummer Night Swing - Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: Tribute to Illinois Jacquet featuring the Fourth Annual Ambassador Prize Dance Contest - Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park
July 14, 2012 - New York

Big Band Swing - For over 25 years, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra has continued to feed the fire of the Big Band Era. Keeping alive the tradition of their mentor, the late, great tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, they close out the season with their crowd-pleasing night of hard-swinging Big Band classics. Our dancers will pay tribute to lindy innovator Frankie Manning with a dance contest as the audience crowns the fourth annual Ambassador Prize winners. Dance Floor Opens at 6:00; Live Sets at 7:30–8:30 and 9:00–10:00 http://midsummernightswing.org/index.php/2012-harlem-renaissance-orchestra

NONA HENDRYX (of LABELLE) - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 14, 2012 - New York

From Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, the ultimate show-stopping doo-wop group inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame, to Labelle, the groundbreaking glam funk band known for the No. 1 single "Lady Marmalade" ("Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?"), and through a stunning solo career that has spawned hits like "Busting Out," "I Sweat (Going Through the Motions)," and "Transformation," Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her collaborations in the music industry range from the Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Material, Prince, and Peter Gabriel to Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz, and many others.

Her & Kings County - Highline Ballroom
July 14, 2012 -

They've been called "the most dangerous band in country music." They've been called "a fresh, hot, wildly entertaining group that brings a party wherever they go." They've been called "the next big thing in country music." They just call themselves Her & Kings County. Formed in New York City, this six-piece is no overnight sensation. Over their many years together, they have written their own music, including their new single, "White Trash (Country Boy)," and they've literally played hundreds of shows all across America and Europe. From clubs to arenas, the group has opened up for such acts as Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, and Kellie Pickler, to name a few.

Music in the Garden Series: Radio Jarocho - Queens Botanical Garden
July 14, 2012 - Flushing

Music in the Garden Series: Radio Jarocho Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6pm on the Oak Allee Fee: Free with Garden Admission

This versatile ensemble specializes in "son jarocho," traditional music and dance from southern Vera Cruz, Mexico, a style rooted in Spanish music and a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican sounds. The five-member ensemble will perform "son jarocho" along with original compositions based on this style and influenced by a range of sources, creating a contemporary repertory that captures the spirit of the traditional style. The program will include works from Radio Jarocho's just-released CD, Café Café! Enjoy delicious and authenic Mexican food for purchase from Nixtamal beginning at 5:30pm. Enjoy your meal on the Terrace or as a picnic on the Allée.


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