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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 12-Jun 19: Music

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.

Seaport Music Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
June 12, 2010 -

Dance the night away with the evening New York skyline. Live in the moment as the DJ plays your favorite club hits. Themed music nights capture the rhythm of your soul. With three levels -- indoor and outdoor -- ZEPHYR provides a unique venue for an exciting memorable evening. Indulge in 2 cash bars and drink specials all night. Boards at 8:45pm, returns at 11pm. $29. Must be 21+.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 12, 2010 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to info@4kent.com

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 12, 2010 -

World-renowned DJs, premier singers, dancers, videos and poets in the global soul dance music scene. Melting Pot Global resident DJs Kervyn Mark, Kamala and famous DJ friends will play the best in global, soulful house, disco classics, soul and funk to the late night hours. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Boris - Pacha NYC
June 12, 2010 -

Musical Performance: Gaida and Levantine Indulgence--Layali El Unce - Alwan for the Arts
June 12, 2010 -

Featuring Gaida - vocals with Zafer Tawil - Qanun, George Dulin- Piano, Amir ElSaffar - Trumpet, Jennifer Vincent - Bass, Tony de Vivo - Percussion and special guest musicians. Tonight's concert features Gaida's new originals and a selection of popular and traditional songs from the Arab world. About Gaida: Gaida is a vocalist and songwriter working at the intersection of the New York Arab and improvised music scenes. Her compositions draw at once on classical Arabic song, Syrian folk traditions, and free improvisations that expand on traditional Arabic maqams (modes) to produce an original and highly personal style marked by great emotional intensity. Gaida has recorded for major motion pictures, including Jonathan Demme's films, Rachel Getting Married and Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains. Her debut CD, Levantine Indulgence was released in winter of 2009.

Basic NYC, helmed by New York DJs Sleepy & Boo - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 13, 2010 -

DJs Sleepy & Boo bring the sounds of the underground to Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport for a dynamic series of Sunday sunset sessions. Featuring a diverse lineup of international guest DJs, manning the turntables alongside New York locals, these events offer dance music lovers a chance to see some of the world's most esteemed DJs performing in one of the Big Apple's most stunning locations. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Entertainment starts at 4:00pm. Admission: $10*, beginning at 7:00pm. 21+ after 7:00pm.

Carole King and James Taylor - Mohegan Sun
Through June 13, 2010 -

Iconic recording artists Carole King and James Taylor unveiled North American dates for the highly-anticipated "Troubadour Reunion" tour. This once-in-a-lifetime event marks a rare concert experience bringing two of the most beloved singer/songwriters on tour together -- intimate and in the round -- for the first time in four decades. The idea for the tour was conceived after a series of six performances Taylor and King gave at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 2007 to celebrate the famed venue's 50th anniversary. The shows sold out immediately and garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Joining King and Taylor on tour will be their original bandmates guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar, famous in their own right as "The Section." Also joining "The Section" will be Rudy Guess, Robbie Kondor, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz and Andrea Zonn. King and Taylor's historic performance together at the Troubadour in November 1970 heralded King's transition to solo stage performer, after penning 22 Top 40 hits for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" to The Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday." Meanwhile Taylor was supporting his self-titled Apple Records release featuring classics such as "Carolina In My Mind" and "Something In The Way She Moves." $95 & $75. 7:30pm.

Almost Queen - A Tribute to Queen - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 14, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $15 adv, $19 door. VIP Booth for 4: $120 // VIP Booth for 6: $180. ALMOST QUEEN succeeds in blending the vocal layering and studio precision that is a signature of the band with the energy and spectacle of a live stage production. Elaborate lighting, effects and costumes aptly frame the seasoned musicians who step into these very large shoes to effectively render an authentic "Queen experience". Hardcore Queen fans will notice and appreciate the details, others will just be blown away by the spectacle. THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

CCO presents the World Premiere of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' - Symphony Space
June 15, 2010 -

Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), a celebrated arts organization dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary American opera, closes its 27th season with a groundbreaking world premiere presentation of John Eaton's opera The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on June 15, 2010 at Symphony Space. The opera opens the annual American Composers Alliance Festival. Baritone James Bobick sings the title role, alongside soprano Linda Larson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Roderer, tenor Tony Boutte and Bass-Baritone Dominic Inferrera. Karl Kramer conducts the Pocket Opera Players in this fully staged presentation directed by Marco Capalbo.

Wallace - The Local 269
June 15, 2010 -

"He plays a brand of folk rock music that's filled with a level of raw emotion that flows freely in his songs...Wallace's vocals are both emotional and oddly soothing as they invite you into each song's story." -The CD Reviewer. Wallace will be performing at The Local 269 on Tuesday, June 15th, at 10PM. Whether he begins in a hushed, nostalgic timbre a la post-grunge Neil Young ("A Pity"), bewailing about a former love in the dangerously addictive "Out of My Head," or a ferocious howl in the transfixing "All For Tonight," Wallace entrances everyone within earshot with his scorching melodies, as he rages and laments with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in another. To learn more about Wallace, visit: www.myspace.com/wallaceonfire

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
June 16, 2010 - Harlem

A phenomenal success since its founding, Amateur Night has always lured audiences with the thrilling prospect of discovering new talent. At 75, Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, as performers vie to become the next Apollo legend.

Carole King / James Taylor - Madison Square Garden
Through June 16, 2010 -

This show will bring together two of the most beloved singer/songwriters for a rare concert experience. The set list will include a breadth of material including songs they performed during their 1969 debut show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The National - Radio City Music Hall
June 16, 2010 -

The band previously performed on the historic stage as part of the Dark Was the Night concert last May. Their recent tour will support the band's fifth album due out in May - the follow-up to their hit Boxer.

Jellybean Benitez - Ain't Nuthin But a House Party - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 16, 2010 -

Blend of house mixed with classic disco like only Jellybean can do. Beach opens at 4:00pm. Average admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. Varies depending upon special guest artists. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Brazilian Cruise - Pier 40
June 16, 2010 -

Brazilian Cruise Every Wednesday Starting June 16, 2010!! Join us for the HOTTEST After-Work Party in New York City!! Hot Brazilian DJ on the Upper Level. Top 40 Dance Hits on the Lower Level. Live Performance by Two Sizzling Samba Dancers. Capoeira Performers and Brazilian Bands on Select Dates. Cash Bar and Cash Buffet Available. We Sail Rain or Shine. The boat is enclosed and climate controlled. 21 and Over only - Proper ID Required. Dress to Impress. We reserve the right to be selective. Boarding 6:30pm-7:30pm Sailing 7:30pm-10:00pm. Prices $10 In Advance $15 At The Pier.

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 16, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $45 adv, $50 door. Larry Graham is back! The original bassist for Sly & The Family Stone and pioneer of the slap-thumb method of bass playing is taking his group, Graham Central Station, back on the road. Graham Central Station was formed in 1973 and performed together until 1979. Graham re-formed Graham Central Station after Sly and the Family Stone's induction into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1993 through 1998. In 1998, he recorded a solo album under the name Graham Central Station, GCS 2000. It was a collaboration between Larry Graham and Prince. While Graham wrote all the songs, except one co-written by Prince, the album was co-arranged and co-produced by Prince, and most of the instruments and vocals were recorded by both Graham and Prince. Graham also played bass on tours with Prince in 1997-2000. He appeared in Prince's 1998 VHS Beautiful Strange and 1999 DVD Rave Un2 the Year 2000.

Styx & Foreigner with special guest Kansas - Mohegan Sun
June 17, 2010 -

Styx's most recent release is 2006's One With Everything, a live CD/DVD set showcasing the band's hit songs with accompaniment from the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland. Along with classic hits, Foreigner will perform material from last year's Can't Slow Down, the band's first studio set with lead singer Kelly Hansen, who joined the group in 2005. Kansas also released a live album, There's Know Place Like Home, which hit shelves last October. $40. 7pm.

I'll House You! Fridays with Oscar P & Friends - Water Taxi Beach
June 18, 2010 -

New York natives Oscar P, Carlos Ortiz and Jessica Bendig host this new bi-monthly Party at Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City with special guest DJs flying in from London, Japan, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Also expect NY local DJ showcases featuring hot up & comers, pioneers, and house music trendsetters. Beach opens at 4:00pm. Admission: $10* after 8:00pm, may vary with special guest artists. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Oscar G - Pacha NYC
June 18, 2010 -

Santana/Journey Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 18, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 doorVIP Booth for 4: $180 // VIP Booth for 6: $240. Gregg Rolie is . responsible for co-founding two phenomenally popular, multi-platinum many times over super groups that indeed are, SANTANA and JOURNEY. In 1998, the world class keyboardist-vocalist-producer was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame as part of the original Santana band. In addition to launching- along with Carlos Santana- the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced their first four groundbreaking albums. What's more, his singing talents will forever be immortalized by his unforgettable lead vocals on classic Santana greatest hits including "Black Magic Woman" "Evil Ways" and the Tito Puente composition "Oye Como Va". After choosing to part ways with Santana after album number four, Rolie went immediately on to establish Journey with fellow ex-Santana mate, guitarist Neal Schon, in 1972. In its original incarnation, Journey delivered a unique jazz-rock amalgam that spotlighted solo instrumental work more than vocals. In addition to once again lending his considerable vocal and keyboard prowess to the endeavor, Rolie co-wrote and co-produced the band's first seven albums, and credits the Journey era with substantially honing his songwriting skills, a strength clearly evident on ROOTS' outstanding repertoire. Rolie toured extensively with Journey, remaining on throughout multiple personnel changes, including the 1978 addition of Steve Perry as lead vocalist ("We were now writing for singers instead of solos", says Rolie) before exiting after the hugely successful 1981 live double album Captured.

Cage - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 18, 2010 -

Doors 11pm, Show 11:30pm. $15 adv, $17 door. Cage penned one of the landmark records of the golden era of NYC underground/independent rap music in the late 90s on Fondle 'em records. The record was called Agent Orange b/w Radio Head. The record propelled Cage into cult star status. + After a few more singles with Fondle 'Em, Cage formed The Smut Peddlers with The High Mighty on Rawkus records. The record sold over 50 thousand copies and solidified Cage's status as a rising rap star in the independent scene. + Cage went on to do more records with Eastern Conference records. His solo debut Movies for the Blind was the realization of the very character he became through his tortured early years, relying on raw, savage, often cruel, misogynistic, gritty and rebellious attitudes he had formed through his earlier years. The record struck a chord, selling 15 thousand copies in just 2 weeks, and his legion of dedicated fans grew ever bigger, attracted to his visceral and dangerous persona and music. He traveled the world several times over in support of the record and became a major draw in the independent show circuit. In 2004 he signed with Definitive Jux records releasing his 2nd solo album Hell's Winter.The album features production from El-P,DJ Shadow and collaborations with Jello Biafra(Dead Kennedys) and Daryl Palumbo.(GlassJaw/Head Automatica)The record received critical acclaim and in 2006 the video for Shoot Frank (the 2nd single off of Hell's Winter)was nominated for an MTVu Woodie award for best video. Cage is currently in development with Shia Labeouf about a Cage movie. New album "Depart From Me"slated for an 09 release.

Dance Figh - LIT Lounge
June 18, 2010 -

The moon is crimson and the summer breeze turns cold as dark forces threaten to destroy the universe. Dark forces such as "Dickelback", "The Blownuts Brothers", and many more... What can be done to stop them? We've got to call on the undisputed champions of sonic justice, Dance Fight!! This vigilante force of rock deities are highly skilled specialists, auditory warriors if you will, who bravely and tirelessly battle the insidious torrent of ear-corrupting sound that permeates our world. Beware of the shredding keytar solos of The Dark Shasha Man, the bass wave disruptor beam of Olde Ben and the alien rhythmic palaver of Drumantis. This is our chance to take back the airwaves! No other alliance has proved so powerfully potent in the war to free the ears of the enslaved from the suffocating corporate choke-hold of "The Industry". Join the movement. Witness the legend. Dance Fight! Dance Fight is a keytar led progressive, electronic, rock trio featuring Adam Platt on keytar and keys, Benjamin Wright on bass and Ian Miller on drums. For more information on check out www.myspace.com/dancefight or become a fan on Facebook, or find them on Twitter

James Taylor & Carole King - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 18, 2010 -

For the 15th consecutive year, NBC's TODAY show brings together the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza with free Friday morning performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis; 6am arrival is suggested.

James Taylor & Carole King - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 18, 2010 -

For the 15th consecutive year, NBC's TODAY show brings together the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza with free Friday morning performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis; 6am arrival is suggested.

Seaport Music Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
June 19, 2010 -

Dance the night away with the evening New York skyline. Live in the moment as the DJ plays your favorite club hits. Themed music nights capture the rhythm of your soul. With three levels -- indoor and outdoor -- ZEPHYR provides a unique venue for an exciting memorable evening. Indulge in 2 cash bars and drink specials all night. Boards at 8:45pm, returns at 11pm. $29. Must be 21+.

New Kids on the Block - Radio City Music Hall
Through June 19, 2010 -

Radio City Music Hall will welcome New Kids on the Block to its Great Stage for the first time ever. NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) made their debut with their self-titled album in 1986 and have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, including back-to-back international #1 songs, 1988's Hangin' Tough and 1990's Step By Step -- a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits. The group shattered concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year, in sold out stadiums throughout the world. In 1994, New Kids on the Block, re-introduced themselves as NKOTB.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 19, 2010 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to info@4kent.com

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 19, 2010 -

World-renowned DJs, premier singers, dancers, videos and poets in the global soul dance music scene. Melting Pot Global resident DJs Kervyn Mark, Kamala and famous DJ friends will play the best in global, soulful house, disco classics, soul and funk to the late night hours. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Danny Tenaglia - Pacha NYC
June 19, 2010 -

Adrian Younge & the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra - Ars Nova
June 19, 2010 -

Talented multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge brings his unique rock/soul/funk energy to Ars Nova for one night only! Performing his original score from recent hit Black Dynamite, Younge is joined by a six-piece band in an evening of music inspired by the great blaxploitation soundtracks of the 1970s and guaranteed to get you moving.

Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 19, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $180 // VIP Booth for 6: $270. Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world's finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music and Rock fans. He has worked with some of the world's top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton. In November 2002, at Eric's request, Albert appeared at the star-studded Memorial Concert for George Harrison at London's Albert Hall, and was featured alongside Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton at Eric's 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival. He is a member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, and fronted the band at the O2 Arena on the night of the Led Zeppelin reunion concert. Albert is a Grammy-Award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers the world throughout.

Cars, Culture, and the City - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 08, 2010 - Manhattan

The first exhibition to explore New York City's century-long relationship with the car, marking the 100th anniversary of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). The exhibition features visionary drawings and models; historic photographs, films, and advertisements; and a wealth of car memorabilia to tell this fascinating, yet untold, story.

Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Birthday celebrations and concomitant themes of longevity are pervasive in Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A recurring scene of a splendid reception at the residence of a wealthy family, represented in a lacquered screen, a set of embroidered hanging scrolls, and a porcelain vase, shows the eightieth birthday gathering for the Tang-dynasty general Guo Ziyi, a popular figure of long life, wealth, and honor. Longevity is also encoded in peaches, cranes, immortals, and flora and fauna of many kinds, sometimes forming sophisticated visual word play expressing wishes of long life for the honoree. The exhibition will draw together works in many media from the Museum's collection to illuminate these auspicious themes.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class. Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

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