Things to do this week in NYC Jun 27-Jul 4: MusicJune 27, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
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.
Maazel Conducts Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand - New York Philharmonic
More than 300 performers fill an expanded stage in the crowning performance of Lorin Maazel's acclaimed Mahler cycle. "Deeply impressive and continuously exciting," wrote The New York Times of Maazel's Mahler with the Philharmonic. "Clearly, he should keep the Mahler coming."
URB ALT Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
URB ALT (Underground Railroad Broadcasting Alternatives) has endorsed revolutionary music and artistic expression for over a decade, and BAM welcomes their annual festival again this year. Kicking off the weekend on Friday night are BAMcafé Live favorites The MuthaWit Orchestra, who marry soul, rock, and world in a heady musical union; gospel-cum-punk quartet Paris Suit Yourself; and multimedia duo AuntKeke, performing their digital cabaret. Saturday, co-hosted by Salakida Kali, features folkcore guitarist Otto Fischer, and digital musician Oh My Goodness, and additional special guests.
Juan Luis Guerra y 440 - Radio City Music Hall
Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican singer-songwriter and self-producer, and his band 440 are superstars throughout the Latino world. Guerra is currently promoting the first single of his new album. The song, entitled "The Key to My Heart" is a Mambo with tropical fusions.
Gordon Lightfoot - The Town Hall
The singer and songwriter who achieved international success in folk, country, and popular music performs.
Laurie Berkner - The Town Hall
"Whose songs spark playful singing, gleeful dancing and sublime silliness? Laurie Berkner's, of course! ...As children expand their repertoire of animal noises, pretend their arms are alligator jaws, or just plain sing and dance along, Laurie Berkner's songs provide irresistible entertainment for your child's mind and body." –-Noggin TV (PBS and Nickelodeon's educational, non-commercial station aimed at preschoolers)
Sean T. Hanratty Presents: Theater of Fools - Bowery Poetry Club
At Theater of Fools, Bowery's monthly music showcase, artists choose substance over style, providing a breath of fresh "less-lame era" to anyone who feels they will gouge their eyes and ears out if forced to witness another crappy hipster band who may have sold their souls to Satan but forgot to ask for musical talent in return. The main acts at Theater of Fools: Sean T. Hanratty (an art-throb with the voice of an angel who smokes fifteen packs of Camel unfiltered a day) and The Fools (a female duet who've had more bras hurled at them than Tom Jones) are joined by their equally talented friends. The night is hosted by two-time Mr. Lower East Side, Moonshine Shorey, who gives out free raffle prizes and drink specials all night long. And the audience, comprised largely of Downtown's dwindling population of freaks, is a show in and of itself. Best of all, the whole goddamned thing is FREE. July will feature live music from: Chelsea Lynn LaBate: www.myspace.com/chelsealynnlabate Danielles Sounds: www.myspace.com/danielletharegulator The Fools: www.myspace.com/thefools_lostandfound Sean T. Hanratty & the Mighty Mighty: www.myspace.com/seanthanratty
Seductive, lush and emotive, the music of Anders Holst has drawn accolades from fellow musicians such as Quincy Jones, and has earned him such critical kudos as "Anders Holst is a regal contender to become the new crowned prince of contemporary romantic music..." (Billboard magazine) and "The Sting of Stockholm is back and this time he's singing about love. Holst sings like a man comfortable in his own skin." (All About Jazz) On July 2, the Swedish-born, New York City-based Holst will return for a single night's engagement at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, where he will perform selections from his recent release, Romantika, his 2006 EP, Five, as well as smooth and jazzy interpretations of some well-loved classic tunes. The ten songs on Romantika capture Holst's remarkable fondness for penning songs that are truly from and of the heart, enhanced by a genuine and refined pop sensitivity and an incomparable elegance. The album explores countless sides of love and heartbreak, vulnerability and redemption, marked by the refreshing sense of optimism that permeates Holst's songwriting. From the lilting, piano-driven ballad of "Lovers in the Dark", which recalls the jazz-tinged sophistication of Michel Legrand, to Holst's sultry rendition of Billy Joel's "All About Soul," his lyrical honesty and refined approach remains true throughout. Upon hearing Romantika, Quincy Jones commented, "His honest and original love songs can give romantic music a brand new chance" and Billboard's Fred Bronson said, "It grabbed me instantly; I haven't heard music and lyrics like this before. When you can play something unique after listening to music for 35 years, that's fantastic!" During the entire month of March, Holst teamed up with the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure ® to donate all proceeds from the iTunes sales of his Billy Joel cover, "All About Soul," to the fight against breast cancer. He is also the face of a special campaign with VisitSweden, Sweden's official website for tourism and travel. Tickets for the July 2 show are available on the Feinstein's website or by calling 212-339-4095. For additional information about Anders, visit www.andersholst.com.
Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Enjoy music from Bach to Bebop as students from both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music perform. Tuesdays, June 2nd – August 18th
Sunset on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Enjoy the gorgeous sunset and mellow sounds of New York's acclaimed Guitar Man David Ippolito while relaxing on this spectacular grass covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. Fridays, June 5th – August 21st
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.