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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 2-Jun 9: Music

June 2, 2012 - 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.

Carmina Burana - New York Philharmonic
Through June 02, 2012 -

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to 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.

JERRY "THE ICEMAN" BUTLER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 02, 2012 - New York

An award-winning performer, producer, and composer, and one of the architects of rhythm and blues, "The Iceman" has enjoyed an over 50-year career that began when he and Curtis Mayfield formed the rhythm and blues group The Impressions in Chicago in 1958. The same year, the 18-year old Butler wrote a song titled "For Your Precious Love," which launched the careers of Butler and The Impressions. "For Your Precious Love" became a "landmark recording," according to Rolling Stone Magazine, which declared it "the first of the Soul Music recordings." The single, on Vee-Jay Records, became the first for The Impressions to be certified Gold.

Petros Klampanis COTNEXTUALtrio w/ Ari Hoenig & Jean-Michel Pilc - The Cornelia Street Cafe
Through June 02, 2012 - New York

Bassist Petros Klampanis invites two of the finest musicians in the NY scene for that Friday night at Cornelia Street Cafe. Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL trio, featuring the extraordinary drummer Ari Hoenig and luminary pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations. "A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis, now a member of Greg Osby’s stable at Inner Circle, makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual"-Jazztimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski. Special guest: Christos Rafalides/vibraphone. ----------------------------------- For reservations call: 212 989 9319 29 Cornelia Street, 10014 NY

Ms. Lauryn Hill - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

Sensational singer, songwriter, producer, and actress Ms. Lauryn Hill returns to Highline Ballroom for one night only! Hill first burst onto the hip-hop scene in the '90s with the supergroup the Fugees, formed with friends Wycliffe Jean and Prakazrel "Pras" Michel while still in high school. The group's second album, The Score (1996), featured Hill's vocals on tracks like "Killing Me Softly" and sold 17 million copies. Hill also dabbled in acting throughout the '90s, appearing in soap operas and several films. She participated in a brief Fugees reunion in the mid-'00s, but the string of international performances failed to produce an album. Tonight at Highline Ballroom, she'll perform cuts from her iconic Miseducation album and more.

Blk|Market Membership: 6-Year Anniversary - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

Mathew Jonson really is one of a kind. He's developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music � when you hear one of Jonson's tracks, you almost immediately know it's his. And yet there's no mistaking any given track for another. His music offers a rare fusion of populist intensities and nuanced musicality. With a keen understanding for the needs of the dance floor and the universal laws of house and techno, he's thrown out the rule book time and time again, sneaking tricks learned from electro and even drum & bass into minimal clubs, and loading up his B-sides with tracks that do what they damned well please.

KENNY LATTIMORE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 03, 2012 - New York

International R&B singer Kenny Lattimore embodies the elements of traditional R&B with a decidedly contemporary flare and feel. He has established himself as a soulful song stylist of the first order, receiving the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist and nominations for Grammy, Soul Train, and Stellar Awards. Whether putting a distinctive stamp on classic songs recorded by such musical icons as Donny Hathaway ("I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know") and George Harrison ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), or creating his own legacy of hits such as "Never Too Busy" and the wedding ballad "For You," Lattimore's style combines passion, sensuality, intensity, and subtlety, making him one of today's premier male vocalists.

Juancho Herrera at the Blue Note - Blue Note
June 03, 2012 - New York

Vocalist Juancho Herrera started his musical journey with the influence of his native Venezuelan music tradition. After a successful period performing professionally in his home country, he traveled to the U.S. in 1993 to study at Berklee College of Music and has remained in the country ever since. Herrera has collaborated with numerous notable artists, including Claudia Acuña, Marta Gomez, Lila Downs, Sofia Koutsovitis, Mercedes Sosa, and Johnny Pacheco. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and other prestigious venues, as well as in Argentina, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, the U.S., and many other locations across the globe. Herrera has recorded several albums as a leader and sideman, including Buscando (2005) and his latest release Banda (2011), which includes collaborations with Anat Cohen, Jason Lindner, Claudia Acuña, Aquiles Baez, and more.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM of Fleetwood Mac - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through June 05, 2012 - New York

Lindsey Buckingham has accomplished almost everything that can be done in rock 'n' roll. As the lead vocalist of Fleetwood Mac, he's earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's won countless awards, sold out venues around the world, and helped define the sound of rock for the last three decades.

180 Maiden Lane Concert Series - 180 Maiden Lane
June 05, 2012 - New York

Serafim Smigelskiy, cello Yelena Grinberg, piano BACH Sonata No. 1 in G major for cello and continuo, BWV 1027 BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op. 102. No. 1 BRAHMS Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 Juilliard artists present one-hour lunchtime concerts of chamber music throughout the season All programs are subject to change. Announcements to be made at the individual concerts 180 Maiden Lane (formerly known as the Continental Center), located just south of South Street, is handicapped accessible FREE concert; no tickets required

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
June 06, 2012 - Harlem

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who 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.

Midnite / DJ Carter Van Pelt - SummerStage
June 06, 2012 - Brooklyn

Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening experience. "Roots Reggae" is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements. The group's vigorous, weighty sound, driven by punchy bass lines is on the cutting edge of modern roots music. Their debut album, Unpolished which included such classics as "Don't Move" and "Love the Life You Live" was released in 1997 to much acclaim. For their second release, Ras Mek Peace, songs like "Hieroglyphics," in which graffiti is likened to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, showcases the intelligent songwriting that pervades all of Midnite's works. Head DJ of Eastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9 FM in New York City, DJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. His focus on 70s reggae will set the mood for Midnite's hypnotic brand of VI (Virgin Island) roots. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is also the founder/producer of the Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk.

Blue Note Jazz Festival & JazzReach Present The Blue Note Jazz Festival for Kids! - Highline Ballroom
Through June 06, 2012 -

Today's 10AM show is Get Hip!, a fun, interactive introduction to jazz that illuminates jazz's cultural origins, concepts about improvisation, and creative self-expression, and explores the role and resopnsibility of each individual ember of the jazz ensemble. Get Hip! also draws parallels between the ensemble, the bandstand, and community as an effective means by which to promote important social values such as civic responsibility, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperations. Today's 12PM show is Hangin' with the Giants. Staged as a late night talk show, this program features animated likenesses of jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Giollespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk as show guests, and it affords numerous opportunities for students to interact and participate.

Bobby Womack - SummerStage
June 07, 2012 -

Over the span of his 50 plus year career, Bobby Womack has collaborated with some of the most legendary artists of our time including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz - and countless others. Discovered by the late great Sam Cooke in the early 60s and ultimately rising to the top of the charts with the singles, "Lookin' For A Love" and "It's All Over Now." The standard bearer for contemporary soul music, with numerous hit albums over his career was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009.

Buckshot / Smif n Wessun / Sean Price from the Boot Camp Clik - SummerStage
June 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

Boot Camp Clik's style of hardcore raps over dirty samples, epitomizes classic New York hip-hop. A collaboration of famed rappers; Buckshot, Smif N Wessun (Tek & Steele), Heltah Skeltah (Sean Price and Rock) and OGC, Brooklyn's BCC rappers led the resurgence of east coast style hip-hop during a time when the west coast's "G-Funk" style was becoming hip-hop's choice sound. With successful releases such as Smif N Wessun's Da Shinnin, member of BCC helped re-invigorate east coast hip-hop. After unleashing several individual projects, BCC released its debut, For the People and followed with Basic Training: The Best of Boot Camp Clik which showcased the groups rich history of under the radar hits. Over the years, these Brooklynites have collaborated on songs with legends like Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige and Busta Rhymes. With Monumental, a new album out featuring BCC's Smif N Wessun & Pete Rock and new releases slated for 2012 from Buckshot, Sean Price and BCC, these hip-hop luminaries are still making moves in the rap world.

NEW MUSIC FOR VOICE & PIANO composed by members of the NEW YORK WOMEN COMPOSERS - Symphony Space
June 07, 2012 - NYC

New Works for Voice and Piano by members of New York Women Composers: Binnette Lipper, Nailah Nombeko, Julie Mandel, Judi Silvano and Mira J. Spektor. Songs set to poetry plus concert readings of two short folk operas, I Wish, I Wish, I Wish (J. & E. Mandel) and Giovanni the Fearless (music by Mira J. Spektor, book & lyrics by C. F. Balducci; directed by Karen Carpenter). Giovanni the Fearless is part of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years program series. Sponsors: The AVIVA PLAYERS, NY WOMEN COMPOSERS, LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN

Graffiti6 with Special Guest Yuna - Highline Ballroom
June 07, 2012 -

The music of British pop rock duo Graffiti6 is as vividly vibrant as the group's name suggests: an uncategorizable melange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott's emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD's irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Both Scott and TommyD (real name Tommy Danvers) are London-born multi-instrumentalists who began making music together in 2009 and decided to call the resulting collaboration Graffiti6. After Scott released his solo debut album in 2006, he was considering working with new collaborators as a way to repackage the album when an A&R executive at Polydor suggested he meet Danvers. The two hit it off instantly, and instead of repackaging Scott's solo album with production by Danvers, the two decided to start writing original material together.

CONTACT! - The New York Philharmonic's New Music Series - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 08, 2012 -

Since the 2009-10 season, The New York Philharmonic's New Music Series has presented ten world premiere-New York Philharmonic commissions and one U.S. premiere.

Jane Krakowski Live - The Town Hall
June 08, 2012 -

Part sex kitten, part All-American girl, Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy nominee Krakowski has a knack for scene stealing roles, from hit television shows like Ally McBeal and 30 Rock to Broadway, where she earned a Tony Award for her role in the revival of Nine. The New York Times calls Krakowski, "A gold digger, a femme fatale, a sex-crazed she-devil in a red dress: Krakowski toys lightly with such images in her frothy cabaret act…an anthology of songs both famous and obscure, loaded with saucy double entendres, that were once staples for the likes of Eartha Kitt, Mae West and Ethel Waters." In her Town Hall debut, she will beguile the audience with American, Broadway, pop and jazz tunes that showcase her unique voice and personality.

JJ Hairston / Jessica Reedy - SummerStage
June 08, 2012 - Brooklyn

James "JJ" Hairston and the Youthful Praise choir have proven themselves to be one of the most sought after contemporary choirs in the nation. As the Minister of Music for the First Cathedral Church in Bloomfield, CT, Hairston's music has been used by church praise teams all around the world, due to the huge success of songs that Hairston has written including the Billboard chart topping song, "Resting on his Promise," the hit worship song "Lord you're mighty," and the ground-breaking praise song "Incredible God - Incredible Praise." Jessica Reedy first gained national attention as a contestant on the second season of the national TV gospel singing competition, BET's Sunday Best. As a runner-up she went on to secure a record deal and released her debut, From The Heart in 2011 which went on to top Billboard's "Gospel Album Chart." Featuring Reedy's charisma that is about love, honesty and praising God; songs such as the current radio favorite "Put It on the Altar," speaks to finding a solution to one's problems. Yet it is the album's lead single, "God Has Smiled on Me," that showcases Reedy's one-of-a-kind voice and arresting low register that belies her young age and incomparable range.

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
June 08, 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.

June 08, 2012 - New York

Tramps Like Us brings more than two decades of road-tested musicianship to the stage - two decades that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of being the planet's most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band.

Hudson Thames & Hi-Fidelity Music Present A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends - Highline Ballroom
June 08, 2012 -

Hudson Thames and Hi-Fidelity Music present A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends. This one-of-a-kind night will feature the music of Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & The Dominos, George Harrison, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Freddie King, Little Richard, and more, performed by a NYC all-star band.

Zukerman Performs Bach, Mozart, and Stravinsky - New York Philharmonic
Through June 09, 2012 -

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 09, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to 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.

GARY U.S. BONDS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 09, 2012 - New York

As America's baby boomers moved into their mid-teens, a young musician named Gary Anderson began his professional career. To draw attention to his first cut, "New Orleans," he sent promotional copies of the track to radio stations in sleeves inscribed with the phrase "Buy U.S. Bonds." The trick worked, and at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds. His follow-up was the now-legendary party track "Quarter to Three," a No. 1 hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation. Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit: "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend," and others. He performed throughout the world, rising to a status so high that on a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above a group of relative newcomers - The Beatles

Kinky Friedman The Bi-Polar Tour - Highline Ballroom
June 09, 2012 -

Everyone's favorite former Texas gubernatorial candidate, political commentator, and self-proclaimed "author, columnist, musician, and beautician" Kinky Friedman is going bi-polar, as in Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour, which starts in New England on June 6 and continues through to July 1. As he has done on his recent "sojourns through America," Friedman will be performing solo, dispensing the wisdom of the Jewish troubadour, and signing books. The Kinkster, whose solo performance has recently been described as "Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx ... at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce," will be hitting the road fresh on the heels of the release of his brand new book, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, co-authored by and about the life and times of Billy Bob Thornton.

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

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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