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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 9-Jul 16: Music

July 9, 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.

Live Music with Second Chance - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 09, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

THE SUNDOWN BAND - 35th Anniversary Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 09, 2011 - New York

The SUNDOWN Band has been performing their brand of southern rock and roll cover and tribute shows since 1976. Each and everytime the band has been reviewed, the response is the basically the same: "You will be hard pressed to find another band that performs with the talent, passion, and intensity that these guys bring to the stage everynight." WPDH 101.5 FM "... one of the best bands out there ..." - More Sugar Magazine If even just a few years of playing music you love is a reason to smile, then Ronnie Pauls, founding member and lead guitarist of Westchester, NY's well known southern rock band, SUNDOWN, must be grinning from ear to ear. He's been performing his brand of southern rock music for an unbelievable 35 years!

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
July 09, 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. (

Live Music with The Wild Mangos - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 10, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

JOE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 10, 2011 - New York

The formula is proven as shown through countless platinum and gold album sales. Joe Thomas known affectionately as JOE, once again delivers on his second indie-release entitled "Signature". He continues to capture and redefine a style of sound and musical presentation audiences have come to recognize as JOE's very own. This go round, JOE covers new ground incorporating live instrumentation's with strings and horns intricately woven to add additional texture to his balladeering style. On the music scene for over ten years, JOE is considered a hometown favorite; that "guy next door", whom everyone feels a personal knowing; as he writes songs that speak to the core of every relationship. As a musician, songwriter and today as a label executive, Joe stands firm in delivering audiences his style...his "Signature".

Committed - Highline Ballroom
July 10, 2011 -

There's no more compelling instrument than the human voice, and nowhere is that more evident than the debut album by Committed, the six man group that won Season 2 of NBC's hit a capella series "The Sing-Off." Beyond the stellar lead vocals, soaring harmonies and innovative arrangements, Committed impressed more than nine million TV viewers with their engaging stage presence, easy going camaraderie and dedication to sharing their faith. "One of the things that made us want to be on 'The Sing-Off' is that it would be a great opportunity for people to know who we are and what we are about," says Maurice Staple. The popular competition, which earned Committed a contract with Epic Records, exposed the Alabama-based group to a national audience. "The Sing-Off" ranked No. 1 in its timeslot and Committed received a record number of votes, sold more than 110,000 tracks, garnered 25,000 Facebook friends and 7,000 followers on Twitter---all components that have provided a strong launch pad for one of music's most talked about new group. The group launched in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy outside Orlando, Fla. "Committed actually started as a quartet and the group expanded into a sextet in 2005," says Geston Pierre. "I was a senior in high school when Tommy [Gervais] and I joined. After we graduated high school, we went to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and Maurice and Therry [Thomas] joined in 2005, then DJ and Robbie [Pressley] joined three years ago." Collectively the group shares a wide range of influences that includes BeBe & CeCe Winans, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hammond, Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau and of course, Take 6, who are also Oakwood alumni. "As we arrange, we try to incorporate some of the stuff that we've learned over the years," says Gervais. "A lot of our sound comes from a jazz background and we try to fuse that with our gospel roots. Our sound is different. It's edgier. You have to add the feeling, the soul, the gospel influence. We've listened to a lot of different people, so it's an eclectic kind of thing---jazz, gospel, blues and R&B just all wrapped into one sound. There's a little bit of something for everybody." All the different facets of Committed's musical personality shine on their self-titled Epic Records debut. "The entire album is a capella," says Thomas. "We do the different sounds that you would hear, guitar sounds, synthesizer sounds. If you listen to it, you almost can't even tell. It's really, really cool." The project is indeed entertaining as Committed serves up a celestial version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," which was also among the audience favorites performed on "The Sing-Off". Committed creatively reinvents Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" and the guys pay tribute to Oakwood's home state by putting their unique stamp on the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem "Sweet Home Alabama." "'Sweet Home Alabama' is one of my favorites because we represent Alabama and they've been so supportive," says Staple. "We thought it would be great to put that one on the album just to show people that we appreciate them. We took it away from the country style and we grooved it up a little bit." The group's faith shines through in their spirited renditions of the timeless "Down by the Riverside" and the powerful "Soon I Will be Done." The collection also includes "Break Free," an original penned by Therry Thomas. "I wrote the song last year with two of my friends from Oakwood," says Thomas. "I sent it to one of the producers and they liked it. It's a big honor to have it on the album. The song is about breaking free from the life that we're living. There are a lot of things that just tie us down it talks about letting God handle our business for us and being free from the cares of the world." The group also includes a shimmering version of Michael Jackson's "Hold My Hand." "My favorite would be 'Hold My Hand' simply because it has a powerful message," Gervais says. "When we performed it on 'The Sing-Off', [judge] Nicole [Scherzinger] cried on that one. I cried. Therry did too. Maurice did. It was really emotional. It was great to be able to go out there and show people what this group is about." The men of Committed have seen the power of the human voice to entertain and, more importantly, its power to change lives. They respect their calling and are focused on what matters most. "We are committed to God first and foremost and we are committed to each other," says Baptiste. "And we're committed to our music." "It's a blessing to be able to do this," adds Pierre. "We're just enjoying the journey."

O Sole Trio in concert! - The Triad
July 11, 2011 - New York

Lee Summers' "Just a Piano" series presents O Sole Trio, a new, vibrant musical ensemble featuring the incredibly rich and versatile voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, along with the amazingly virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. Their shows feature a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan songs and modern arrangements of classic Italian jazz standards from a by-gone era. Each piece focuses a concentration on the Italian language, composers and themes. All three members of O Sole Trio enjoy successful careers in their own rights as performing musicians. The trio has performed individually in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. From Louis Prima's "Zooma Zooma" and Dean Martin's "Volare" to Funiculi Funicula and Puccini's "Quando men vo", there's something to please the Italian in everyone. Visit for more information.

Def Leppard/ Heart Concert- Sec 6R or 8L Row MM - Jones Beach
July 12, 2011 - New York

Male ages: All. Female ages: All. Cost: $60.00. Description: We will be going as a group to see Def Leppard & Heart in Concert which starts at 730 PM. Prior to the concert, we will be meeting as a group for a pre-mingle get together. Seats are in Section: Sec 6R or 8L Row MM Note: This event is open to all Def Leppard & Heart fans and is not age specific or gender balanced. All fans welcome. Website: E-mail: Phone: 516-908-9638

Smooth Cruise featuring Spyro Gyra - Spirit Cruises
July 13, 2011 -

Set sail with us Wednesday, July 13th and experience a live performance by one of contemporary jazz's finest groups. For over three decades, Spyro Gyra has maintained a strong position at the forefront of the modern jazz world. The band's debut album Morning Dance, released in 1979, included the title track that became a Top 40 single and proved to be the band's breakout single. To this day, the Calypso-inspired track is still in heavy rotation on contemporary jazz stations across the country. Soon after the first album's release, the band initiated a heavy touring schedule that has been in perpetual motion ever since. Spyro Gyra signed with Heads Up International in 2001 and recorded In Modern Times, an album that spent 64 weeks on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart, peaking at the number two position. Two years later, the band released Original Cinema, followed by The Deep End in 2004. Both of these albums spent a considerable amount of time on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. 2006's Wrapped in a Dream cemented the band's position as heavyweight contenders in the contemporary jazz arena, earning a GRAMMY nomination and wide critical acclaim. Spyro Gyra continued this momentum into 2007, releasing Good To Go-Go, an album that captures a more live groove with the help of new drummer Bonny B. Good To Go-Go scored two GRAMMY nominations in December 2007: Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (the latter nomination for the track "Simple Pleasures" ). In 29009, Spyro Gyra added the album, Down the Wire, to its voluminous discography and earned the group a GRAMMY nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Spyro Gyra has continued to remain an exciting and dynamic instrumental group, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of contemporary jazz.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
July 13, 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.

2nd Annual NolaFunk Summer Jazzfest - Beekman Beer Garden
July 13, 2011 - New York

On July 13th,’s 2nd Annual Summer Jazzfest, featuring Rebirth Brass Band with Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, will be bringing the music New Orleans to New York City’s Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club (located at 89 South Street, New York, NY). With a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge, this outdoor venue wows guests with two bars, a lounge area, a stage for live music, and table games such as Foosball, Ping-Pong and billiards. It has been called an “adult sandbox” by The Gotham Palate and was given thumbs up on their food options, which range from Burgers to Seafood to German Sausages to a variety of sides and snacks (full menu can be viewed here The venue will explode with New Orleans spirit when the musical styling of Rebirth Brass Band and Brother Jocephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra each take the stage. The Rebirth Brass Band has been New Orleans institution since 1983. The band has gone from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world through using their signature brand of heavy funk, which demonstrates the band’s willingness to embrace modern music while still upholding the tradition of brass bands. While Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra is a 12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party music that creates, what they like to call secular gospel. The band spreads the message of righteousness using their classic combination of sound the incorporates soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel without the religious overtones. 6:00 Doors / 7:30 Show

Girl Howdy - Luis Lopez Herb Garden
July 14, 2011 - Middletown

This five piece honky-tonk band features an all-gal front line on guitar, steel guitar, piano, and vocals. With tight harmonies and punchy arrangements, their music is infectious and “one heck of a good time.”

Chris Brown - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
July 15, 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

Summer Concert Series: Quadralove - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 15, 2011 - Riverhead

Summer Concert Series @ The Pavilion - Featuring Quadralove. Doors open @ 8pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Includes one glass of wine. Visit to purchase tickets.

Music and Musica - Rita Ferreira Quartet - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
July 15, 2011 - New York

The saxophonist Rita Ferreira, native from Maranhão (northeast of Brazil), will present a program of classic Bossa-nova and Samba-canções (samba songs). Rita works with a traditional repertoire, but explores jazzy arrangements and conceptions. The quartet consists of tenor sax (Rita Ferreira), percussion (Thomas Castro), acoustic guitar (Richard Miller) and bass (José Moura).

Live Music with East End Trio - Martha Clara Vineyards
July 16, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

Midsummer Night Swing - Damrosch Park
Through July 16, 2011 - New York

Every summer, the world’s finest Dance bands turn Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park into New York’s favorite outdoor ballroom for pros and new comers alike, with electrifying sounds of swing, salsa, samba, tango, and more. To buy tickets and swing passes: 212.721.6500 June 27-July 16 Damrosch Park 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam For updates and other news: follow @LCSwing on Twitter or Like Us on Facebook

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
July 16, 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. (

A Magic Flute: Peter Brook - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Through July 17, 2011 -

Almost 30 years after his La Tragédie de Carmen riveted audiences at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, director Peter Brook returns to Lincoln Center with a vivacious new interpretation of Die Zauberflöte. This intimate adaptation strips the work's usual ornamentation to reveal the impish, effervescent heart of Mozart's masterpiece. The gorgeously simple staging features just a single piano and seven highly talented young singers who, under Brook’s subtle directing, fill Mozart’s score with new humanity and color. First delicate and tender, then quirky and playful, the opera unfolds before your eyes with an immediacy and freshness that have been seen only too rarely before. A Magic Flute is Peter Brook’s final creation as the artistic director of Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, where in 1974 he founded C.I.C.T., his perennially innovative theatrical production company. Brook was an early and influential member of the Royal Shakespeare Company whose minimalist aesthetic long ago redefined the rules of theater, opera, and film. Performed in German and French with English supertitles Director Peter Brook Composer W.A. Mozart Freely adapted by Peter Brook, Franck Krawczyk, and Marie-Hélène Estienne Lighting design Philippe Vialatte Singers (alternating casts) Dima Bawab, Malia Bendi-Merad, Leila Benhamza, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Patrick Bolleire, Jean-Christophe Born, Raphaël Brémard, Thomas Dolié, Antonio Figueroa, Virgile Frannais, Betsabée Haas, Matthew Morris, Agnieszka S?awi?ska, Adrian Strooper, Jeanne Zaepffel Actors William Nadylam, Abdou Ouologuem U.S. Premiere Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College “Emotions pared down and laid bare in a picaresque odyssey.” —Financial Times

Music in Abe Lebewohl Park - Abe Lebewohl Park
Through July 21, 2011 - New York

Every summer since 1981, Third Street Music School and the Tenth & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association, in cooperation with St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, have presented Music in Abe Lebewohl Park, a series of free outdoor concerts. This year marks the series' 30th Anniversary Season! These programs by professional groups offer a wide spectrum of music, reflecting the Lower East Side's diverse ethnic cultures. Concerts take place at 12:30 p.m. on eight consecutive Thursdays in June and July in Abe Lebewohl Park at 2nd Avenue and 10th Street.

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).

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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