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June 22, 2013 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

A Brother's Love: A Tribute to Nina Simone featuring 'The Magic Man' Sam Waymon - Lucille's
June 22, 2013 - New York

Jazz/Blues recording artist, Sam Waymon, is the brother of and former musical director for Eunice Waymon, the given name of the legendary Nina Simone. Sam toured and recorded with Nina for over 10 years, performing with her all over the world. Join him and his "Magic Band" as he pays tribute to his sister, covering a set of songs that Nina played, while giving the audience behind-the-scenes insight on what it was like to be in concert with her in the 60's and 70's.

Following the first set tribute, Sam Waymon and the Magic Band will perform eclectic sets of blues, soul and R&B jazz in Sam's own inimitable style.

Alan Gilbert, Emanuel Ax, Rouse, and Wagner - New York Philharmonic
Through June 22, 2013 - New York

The virtuoso pianist and New York resident Emanuel Ax joins the Philharmonic as Artist-in-Residence for the 2012-13 season. As an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, he has performed with the Orchestra on 100 occasions. This season, Emanuel Ax will perform piano concertos and chamber music of the works of Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Schoenberg and more. Mr. Ax will join the Orchestra for a very exciting evening of his first-ever performance of a Bach concerto, the Keyboard Concerto in D minor. He will also join the New York Philharmonic on tour this Spring where he will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in select cities.

The Hudson Valley SIngers Present Hymn of Love - El Museo del Barrio
June 22, 2013 - New York City

The Hudson Valley Singers present HYMN OF LOVE, featuring the music of Weber, Schumann, and Nielsen conducted by Eugene Sirotkine and joined by the Masters School Young Singers, Jennifer Carnevale, Director, and The New York Metamorphoses Orchestra.

Performed before a backdrop of Willy Pogeny’s 1921 murals “Scenes from Children’s Literature,” HYMN OF LOVE celebrates the love of children and youth in a time when violence against them is all too common.

Juanes - Radio City Music Hall
June 22, 2013 - New York

Juanes brings his highly-anticipated Loud & Unplugged Tour to Radio City Music Hall.

Chelsea Music Festival - Various locations
Through June 22, 2013 - New York

Chelsea Music Festival is a series of classical and jazz chamber music concerts featuring emerging artists from around the world in galleries around Chelsea for a week and a half. From June 14-June 22, 2013, CMF will host events at Dillon Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Leo Baeck Institute, General Theological Seminary, Casa Italiana at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, and various parks around Chelsea (e.g. Hudson river park, union square, madison square park). Please check www.chelseamusicfestival.org for all the current program details. We have outreach and family events and festival talks with the artists. This year we are featuring Britian and Italy in music, visual, and culinary arts!

Natalie Gelman - Parrish Art Museum
June 22, 2013 - Water Mill

Indie folk-pop artist Natalie Gelman comes to Water mill to perform songs off her new EP Streetlamp Musician, which she just released on May 14th. A native of New York City, Natalie started her performing career busking in NYC subway stations and streets, which was the inspiration for the EP title and title track. She is best known for her vocal prowess, is frequently compared to Alanis Morissette and Jewel, and has been featured in the New York Times and Billboard Magazine. For more info, go to NatalieGelman.com.

Norbert Leo Butz : Memory & Mayhem - 54 Below
June 22, 2013 - New York

Back by popular demand! 54 Below is delighted to re-welcome two-time Tony winner, Norbert Leo Butz. The star of Wicked, The Last 5 Years, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thou Shalt Not, Catch Me if You Can and the forthcoming Big Fish, Norbert reprises his dazzling cabaret debut (which went on to be the critically-lauded CD), in an evening featuring re-imagined arrangements from many of his Broadway musicals, as well as contemporary songs that were an intimate part of Norbert's life growing up in rural Missouri, ranging from country and blues to rock 'n roll!

Singer-Songwriter Building Pictures - The Living Room
June 22, 2013 - New York

Born into a small town musical family, John taught himself to play the guitar while touring with his brother's rock band, Leva and in 2009 officially started Building Pictures with both the release of his debut EP Like Minded People and sophomore EP Joey and the Moon in the same year. His third EPClosing Doors was received favorably with considerable airplay on BBC Radio Stations.

Chelsea Music Festival - Buon Giorno, Bambini! Discovering the Italian Ingredient - Dillon Gallery
June 22, 2013 - New York City

WQXR’s Brad Balliett and The Declassified, a innovative and celebrated collective of young musicians focused on creating a meaningful role for classical music in communities around the globe, hosts this event alongside Festival Musicians and 2013 Culinary Artist-in-Residence Sonar Saikia. Join them on a quest to discover the essence of Italian music, art and cuisine in Chelsea’s world-renowned gallery district.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 23, 2013 - New York

Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs. Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more.

Syleena Johnson - Highline Ballroom
June 23, 2013 - New York

Imagine this: you're a Grammy-nominated singer, considered one of the best vocalists of your generation, who has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West and R. Kelly, yet some folks consider you "underrated." This has been the plight of Syleena Johnson, acclaimed as one of the finest R&B voices to have emerged during the past decade. Having fought the major label system to allow her true identity to shine forth, Syleena now steps forward with her most personal statement to date. Her boundary-stretching fifth album, entitled, appropriately enough, Chapter V: Underrated, released September 27, 2011 on Shanachie Entertainment. Easily her best all-around album since her second best-selling album, Underrated shows the full range of Syleena's talent as it moves from the powerful soul-balladry of songs like "Little Things" to full-on club bangers like the first single, "A Boss." The result is a rarity in the R&B world these days - a true album that flows through a diverse and satisfying complete listening experience. Every song but one was written or co-written by Syleena. - See more at: http://highlineballroom.com/show/2013/06/23/syleena-johnson/#sthash.rbLYFasd.dpuf

Rush - Jones Beach
June 23, 2013 - Wantagh

Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through June 23, 2013 - New York

Travis Tritt - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
June 23, 2013 - Yonkers

Get ready to party with some of music's biggest stars every Sunday this summer at Empire City Casino as it announces its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup which includes an exciting mix of musical talent. Country music megastar Travis Tritt continues the slate on Sunday, June 23. This year's lineup also includes musical legends Blues Traveler, LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and more. Ticket prices start at $15.00 and can be purchased at www.empirecitycasino.com or by calling eTIX at 1-800-514-3849.

Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
June 24, 2013 - New York

Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=2839#sthash.s6IrBZZI.dpuf

Spiritrio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
June 24, 2013 - New York

With Dimitri Kolensnic, Brandon Lewis, Anthony Wonsey.

Rock the Bells Launch Party 2013 - Highline Ballroom
June 24, 2013 - New York

Steve Martin and the Step Canyon Rangers - The Town Hall
June 25, 2013 - New York

The highly anticipated tour is the first for Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, who will perform songs from their album Love Has Come for You. The remarkable new collaboration is set for release on April 23 on Rounder Records.

Love Has Come for You features 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin's inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell's distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. The album was produced by legendary producer Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) and features notable players including rising-star Esperanza Spalding on bass, veteran studio guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Nickel Creek alumni Sara and Sean Watkins. The album also features the esteemed bluegrass combo the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded his latest Grammy-nominated album Rare Bird Alert.

In a genre that prizes musicianship above all else, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to national prominence with their dynamic stage show. The tour will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.

BB KING BLUES CLUB ALL-STARS: HARLEM BLUES PROJECT - Lucille's
June 25, 2013 - New York

Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, Saron Crenshaw, and Barry Harrison. Second show at 10pm.

Soweto Kinch Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
June 25, 2013 - New York

Presented in Collaboration with Made in the UK. With Soweto Kinch, alto sax; Nick Jurd, bass; Shaney Forbes, drums.

Summer Garden Concert: Wind Trio - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
June 25, 2013 - New York

Listen to live music in the Museum garden, featuring the Wind Trio from LaGuardia Arts, the "Fame" School. Students from this internationally recognized school of performing arts will play classical and contemporary selections. Complimentary beverages and Museum tour are included.

Kassini LIVE - The Bowery Electric
June 25, 2013 - New York

Come see Kassini, cinematic rock duo comprised of NYC-based composer/producer Shane Koss and London-based guitarist and singer/songwriter John Hogg (The Black Crowes) play at The Bowery Electric on June 25th at 9:00 PM. The duo is on tour to promote their first full-length concept album entitled Immune, which harkens back to Peter Gabriel, Radiohead and the Beatles, and is set to release on July 2, 2013. For full tour info, go to KassiniMusic.com.

Smooth Cruise Series - BWB - Spirit Cruises
June 26, 2013 - New York

For 16 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York's favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York! The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York's most popular attractions. Collaborating in 2002 as BWB, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown recorded the album Groovin'. The title track hit #1 and was followed by a popular US tour in Fall 2002. Now they're back with their amazing sound, thrilling audiences in 2013!

Kate's Kids - Brooklyn Academy of Music
June 26, 2013 - Brooklyn

Join Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, together with a few very special guests, for a benefit concert celebrating the rich career of their late mother, the inimitable folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Held in conjunction with the release of a double-CD tribute album Sing Me The Songs (Nonesuch) and featuring performances of McGarrigle's deeply personal music, songs by Rufus and Martha, French songs, and more, the evening pays moving tribute to McGarrigle while showcasing the musical legacy she helped to create. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation.

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
June 26, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the July 24 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on October 9. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!

The Greyboy Allstars - The Blue Note
Through June 26, 2013 - New York

The Greyboy Allstars -- frequenters of the scene surrounding the '70s soul-and-funk-spinning DJ Greyboy -- have extended their U.S. tour through the summer, including a three-night residency at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club. The tour comes in support of Inland Emperor (Knowledge Room Recordings, April 16), their first studio album in six years.

Cleveland Watkiss Quartet - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
June 26, 2013 - New York

Presented in Collaboration with Made in the UK. With Cleveland Watkiss, Voice; Jonathan Gee, Piano; Larry Bartley, Acoustic Bass; Ernesto Simpson, Drums.

The Dough Rollers LIVE - The Brooklyn Bowl
June 26, 2013 - Brooklyn

Rising blues-rock quartet, The Dough Rollers, comprised of Malcolm Ford (vocals/guitar), Jack Byrne (guitar/vocals), Josh Barocas (drums/vocals) and Kyle Olson (bass/vocals) will play Brooklyn Bowl at 8:00 PM on June 26th, 2013. The Dough Rollers have played with Bob Dylan, Queens of the Stone Age and Josh Freese (from NIN), among many other artists. They have a sound similar to the Alabama Shakes and recently played with The Virgins last week at The Viper room in LA and appeared on Playboy Radio and Extreme Talk (Sirius Radio). They've also been covered by Vanity Fair and Interview Magazine and have recorded an EP with Josh Homme (from Queens of the Stone Age) due out later this year. See you there!

Buddy Guy - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through June 27, 2013 - New York

Any discussion of Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side, and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues.

Frampton's Guitar Circus - Beacon Theatre
June 27, 2013 - New York

Following the success of the 2011/2012 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his multi-platinum selling live album Frampton Comes Alive!, Peter Frampton is back on the road. With the Robert Cray Band.

Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
June 27, 2013 - New York

Violinist, composer, and erhu player Meg Okura brings her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble to Lincoln Center for an evening that re-imagines the classics of the pioneering Japanese musician, activist, and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Academy and Grammy Award winner for the film score to Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor.

Natalie Gelman LIVE - The Bitter End
June 27, 2013 - New York

NYC native-turned-CA resident Natalie Gelman returns to her hometown to perform at legendary Bitter End for a special homecoming performance in celebration of her latest EP entitled Streetlamp Musician (released May 14, 2013). Natalie has been featured in The New York Times, the New York Post as well as Billboard Magazine for her success as a "street musician" performing in the streets and subways of NYC as a teen. Natalie has since performed in over 200 cities nationwide. For more info, go to NatalieGelman.com.

Hirvonen/Cohen/Goldbas - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
June 27, 2013 - New York

Hirvonen/Cohen/Goldbas is a new trio consisting of acclaimed musicians ASF Fellow Olli Hirvonen (guitar), Emmet Cohen (organ), and Jake Goldbas (drums). Channeling the spirit and style of the classic organ trios of the 60s, the trio performs music popularized by Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Jack McDuff, and George Benson.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 27, 2013 - Brooklyn

Performing en travesti (in drag), Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the world's premier all-male classical ballet company. Their long-awaited debut at the Bandshell will include excerpts from Swan Lake, Pas De Deux, Go for Barocco, Dying Swan, and Paquita—the perfect way to kick off Pride Week in NYC.

Naked Soul Concert Series - Slaid Cleaves - Rubin Museum of Art
June 28, 2013 - New York

Touted by the New York Times as "one of the finest songwriters from Texas," Slaid Cleaves returns to the Rubin Museum after sold-out concerts in both 2009 and 2011. He phrases like a grifter trying to croon his low-down past away, and writes like he knows he never will.

Blue Note Jazz Festival: Wayne Shorter - The Town Hall
June 28, 2013 - New York

Featuring Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade) + Esperanza Spalding Trio + Sound Prints: Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano Quintet.

Mark the 80th birthday of legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter with an evening of celebration where the guest of honor will share the stage with some illustrious friends.

Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration - Highline Ballroom
June 28, 2013 - New York

Wayne Shorter Quartet

By the summer of 2001, Wayne began touring as the leader of a talented young lineup featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, each a celebrated recording artist and bandleader in his own right. The group's uncanny chemistry was well documented on 2002's acclaimed Footprints Live! Shorter followed in 2003 with the ambitious Alegria, an expanded vision for large ensemble which earned him a Grammy Award. In 2005, Shorter released the live Beyond the Sound Barrier which earned him another Grammy Award. "It's the same mission…fighting the good fight," he said. "It's making a statement about what life is, really. And I'm going to end the line with it." The quartet's newest release "Without a Net" is Shorter's first album as a leader for Blue Note Recorders in over 43 years.

ACS: Esperanza Spalding

Spalding's journey as a solo artist began with the May 2008 release of Esperanza, her debut recording for Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally in 2008. The highly acclaimed release was the first opportunity for a worldwide audience to witness her mesmerizing talents as an instrumentalist, vocalist and composer. Her August 2010 release, Chamber Music Society, sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence. Inspired by the classical training of her younger years, Spalding has created a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical chamber music traditions.

Sound Prints

Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano and two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas are current masters on their respective instruments within the pantheon of modern jazz. From their collaborations on acclaimed recordings such as Trio Fascination: Edition Two and more recently John Zorn's Stolas, Lovano and Douglas have shown that their distinct and robust voices can lead, blend and push the idiom forward both in composition and improvisation, while embracing the front-line masters of previous generations. In 2008, when Lovano and Douglas were co-leaders of the renowned SFJAZZ Collective, the group paid tribute to living icon Wayne Shorter showcasing arrangements of Shorter originals alongside newly composed pieces influenced by Shorter's compositional voice. The experience was a catalyst that led the two instrumentalists to conceive the Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet, Sound Prints; an all-star ensemble including up and coming pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist James Genus, and drummer Joey Barron. Performing new repertoire as well as brand new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with Shorter, the quintet is less an homage to Wayne Shorter and more of a unique convergence of three unparalleled trajectories.

Marisa Monte - Beacon Theatre
Through June 28, 2013 - New York

The popular Brazilian singer performs.

Seaport Music Festival - South Street Seaport
June 28, 2013 - New York

6/7 Oblivions w/Ex -Cult 6/14 TBA 6/21 Fear of Men 6/28 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ladysmith Black Mambazo /Aurelio Martinez - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 28, 2013 - Brooklyn

The legendary South African choral group, still led by its indomitable founder Joseph Shabalala, first won international fame through its work on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland, but the group has been active for more than half a century. Today they are the living embodiment of Zulu song, and a mobile academy of South African culture. Simon has said, "It isn't merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being." With the soulful singer and guitarist Aurelio Martínez, the standard-bearer of Garifuna music and the first black member of Honduras' National Congress.

Plumb - Highline Ballroom
June 28, 2013 - New York

Throughout her decade+ career as an award-winning songwriter and chart-topping recording artist, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (a.k.a. PLUMB) has established herself as a multi-faceted musical force. Even while juggling her role as wife and mom to three, Lee has achieved what many artists only dream to accomplish with a full-time career. With multiple #1 songs and albums in the Christian, Mainstream and the Dance/Club worlds, a successful songwriting career and numerous song placements in movies and television, the past fifteen years have seen PLUMB establish a legacy of remarkable breadth. Now, with the advent of her sixth studio album Need You Now, and hot on the heels of the #1 breakout title-track single, PLUMB reaffirms her place as a respected voice and writer in multiple genres.

A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky - New York Philharmonic
Through June 29, 2013 -

The creative team behind the sold-out Le Grand Macabre and The Cunning Little Vixen return, transforming Avery Fisher Hall into a fantastical dream world filled with ballet, puppetry, video, theater, and Stravinsky's breathtaking music.

4Kknots Music Festival - South Street Seaport
June 29, 2013 - New York

Making its home at New York's legendary South Street Seaport, The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival will be back for its third year. Acts include The Men, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern.

Victor Manuelle - Radio City Music Hall
June 29, 2013 - New York

Victor Manuelle is a successful Latin Grammy nominated Puerto Rican American salsa singer, songwriter and improvisational sonero, known to his fans as El Sonero de la Juventud ("The Youth's Sonero"). He is identified primarily with salsa romantica or "salsa monga", but has also experimented with styles ranging from Colombian vallenato to urban reggaeton.

Garland Jeffreys' 70th Birthday Bash - Highline Ballroom
June 29, 2013 - New York

This birthday show promises to be an unforgettable celebration with fans, friends, and special guest artists Garland has worked with over the years.

A few things you might not know about him:

He was born in Brooklyn and went to Abraham Lincoln High School, following in the footsteps of the two Neils: Diamond and Sedaka.

He wrote "Fairweather Friend" for John Cale's "Vintage Violence" and sings on the album as well.

In 1977 he was voted Best New Artist in Rolling Stone.

For a short while he and Bette Midler were a couple and while she was playing at The Continental Baths, he was honing his performance chops at the legendary Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village.

The video for his 1983 cover of Junior Walker's "What Does It Take" features Harvey Keitel and Syracuse classmate Lou Reed

Bruno Mars - Barclays Center
June 29, 2013 - Brooklyn

Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars has unveiled details of his hugely anticipated world tour. The North American leg of "The Moonshine Jungle World Tour" stops at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 29th.

Special guests on select dates of the North American leg include Ellie Goulding and newly signed Elektra artist Fitz & The Tantrums. Tickets for the Saturday, June 29th performance will go on-sale March 1st at 10am. For full details and ticket availability, please visit www.brunomars.com

Sherie Rene Scott: Piece of Meat - 54 Below
Through June 29, 2013 - New York

The highly anticipated return engagement of Sherie Rene Scott. Music direction and arrangements by Todd Almond.

Tickets on sale now.

Balto - Rockwood Music Hall
June 29, 2013 - New York

Indie Americana folk band BALTO kicks off their 2013 Summer Tour in June hitting 11 cities along the Mid-Atlantic region.  Formed by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dan Sheron in 2011, the band has been compared to Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and Dawes and their music has been described as "goosebump-inducing gorgeous", "near folk perfection", and "acoustic music that doesn't fall back or rely on any genre currently in trend."  Check out more info at baltoamerica.com

OS Mutantes/Javelin/Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 29, 2013 - Brooklyn

Brazilian Tropicália trailblazers Os Mutantes, whose psychedelic collision of The Beatles, John Cage, and Bossa Nova is "pop at its very best and most innovative" (SPIN), headline a proper airing of the storied label Luaka Bop, founded by David Byrne and devoted to dance music from across the globe. Javelin brings a sound collage "like an otherworldly radio station based in some crate-digger bunker where genre distinctions are a distant memory" (Pitchfork) to the party, and the Sierra Leonean Bubu master Janka Nabay starts things off on a festive, frenetic note.

Summer Swing with JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Svetlana Shmulyian - Zinc Bar
June 29, 2013 - New York

Grammy nominated JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band explode with exuberant flair and swinging originality. The NYC based band has played host to such legendary vocalists like Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Elvis Costello. The New York Times says of the band, “Some of the finest musicians in New York City” and the New Yorker quips, “Hopkins writes swinging material tailor made for vacuum-tube radio”. The band will be featuring Svetlana Shmulyian who is a rising star of New York music scene with the sound that has at once tenderness, warmth, soulfulness and vulnerability, as well as unexpected edge and power of a seasoned vocalist (“Energetic” – Wall Street Journal; “Delightful” (WRHU radio); “Expressive voice, natural swing” Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3636984

Dion Parsons and the 21st Century Band - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through June 30, 2013 - New York

Featuring Rashawn Ross (6/27, 6/30 only) and Terell Safford (6/28-29 only). With Dion Parson, Drums; Ron Blake, Sax; Reuben Rogers, Bass; Carlton Holmes, Piano; Victor Provost, Steel Pan; Alioune Faye, Percussion/Sabar.


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