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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 4-Jun 11: Music

June 4, 2011 - 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.

Apollo Music Cafe - Ken Petti's Art After Dark with Tom Thorndike Trio - Apollo Theater
Through June 04, 2011 -

Downtown darling Ken Petti orchestrates the cross-pollination of a rare array of edgy creatives, lead by jazz pianist, composer and arranger Tom Thorndike and his trio.

The Creole Choir of Cuba - Brooklyn Academy of Music
June 04, 2011 -

A sensation at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival and a powerful symbol of resilience within the African diaspora, The Creole Choir of Cuba is an ensemble of unparalleled spiritual depth. Descendants of Haitian migrants who fled slavery to work in Cuba's sugarcane fields, the group's ten members and repertoire resurrect the half-heard voices and unsung songs lost to the official soundtrack of a nation. Soaring a capella arrangements of Haitian and Martinique merengues, mazurkas, and other styles—sung in Creole and girded by tight Afro-Caribbean percussion—coalesce in a thick, soul-bearing polyphony, evoking both the myriad places of migratory travel and that elusive thing called home.

DUSK TILL DOORN with SANDER VAN DOORN - Pacha NYC
Through June 04, 2011 - New York

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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 04, 2011 -

In the spring of 1975, Southside formed the Asbury Jukes with old friend Miami Steve Van Zandt (Little Steven), who later Joined Bruce's E Street Band. The late seventies saw the Jukes grow in stature from a highly competent R&B-styled bar band into a competitive horn-driven mainstream rock band with a series of original albums to their credit. For the uninitiated, a live Jukes gig can be an exhilarating, inspiring experience. They're the real thing, human, fallible, mean, moody and magnificent, capable on a good night of blowing the roof off.

Live Music - No Soup For You - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 04, 2011 -

Live Music - Free Admission

Performance and Workshop for Young Musicians - Douglas Street Music Collective
June 04, 2011 -

PERFORMANCE and WORKSHOP for young musicians. Aspiring musicians (individual and/or organized groups) are invited to participate in a performance and workshop. DOUGLASS STREET MUSIC COLLECTIVE 295 Douglass St. #1; b/3rd and 4th ave, BKLYN www.295douglass.org This is open to all young musicians, free of charge. This event allows young musicians a chance to perform, listen to each other, and work with the members of the Connection Works resident ensemble (Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, and Rob Garcia), receiving invaluable feedback and support from professional musicians. All styles of music are welcome. This opportunity is offered to participants for free, and we ask a $5 suggested donation for adults who wish to attend. Piano, drum and flute accompaniment will be available. The space is equipped with a piano, drums, amps for bass and guitar and a PA system. *To register, reply to this email or email us at [email protected]

Performance and Workshop for Young Musicians - Douglas Street Music Collective
June 04, 2011 -

PERFORMANCE and WORKSHOP for young musicians. Aspiring musicians (individual and/or organized groups) are invited to participate in a performance and workshop. DOUGLASS STREET MUSIC COLLECTIVE 295 Douglass St. #1; b/3rd and 4th ave, BKLYN www.295douglass.org This is open to all young musicians, free of charge. This event allows young musicians a chance to perform, listen to each other, and work with the members of the Connection Works resident ensemble (Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, and Rob Garcia), receiving invaluable feedback and support from professional musicians. All styles of music are welcome. This opportunity is offered to participants for free, and we ask a $5 suggested donation for adults who wish to attend. Piano, drum and flute accompaniment will be available. The space is equipped with a piano, drums, amps for bass and guitar and a PA system. *To register, reply to this email or email us at [email protected]

YPC presents its 14th annual “Spring Celebration: A Family Concert” - 92nd Street Y
June 04, 2011 -

YPC presents its 14th annual “Spring Celebration: A Family Concert” at the 92nd Street Y (at Lexington Avenue). The Spring Celebration provides a preview of several pieces that the chorus will sing in its upcoming South American debut tour of Brazil and Argentina this summer. From jazz and Broadway show tunes to classical and the contemporary sounds of today’s leading composers, all five YPC divisions—the Prelude, Intermezzo, Cantare, Concert Chorus, and Young Men’s Divisions—will light up the stage individually before coming together, 325 voices strong, to close the program with a rousing finale.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 04, 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.

The Energy - Highline Ballroom
June 04, 2011 -

Even for a group that has clocked thousands of miles and performed at hundreds of venues across the country, it's amazing that discovering a sound still proves to be the most significant challenge in a band's journey. So if there's anything that the Brooklyn based rock band The Energy has learned during the recording of their 4th album, Streets of In-Between (Produced by Scott Riebling: Fall Out Boy, We the Kings, The Academy Is), it's that at times the most succinct statement can be the most powerful. The message of the album is clear: when you take the road less traveled, your life becomes richer and more fulfilled. Love is a predominant theme on Streets of In-Between. From the conflicted and even paradoxical strains of the up-tempo single "Go To Girl," ("When we fight/That's when I see her smile"), to the hard rocking "Nothing That You Need," ("She's everything you want/And nothing that you need"), to the self-discovery that can result from true love, as expressed in "Touch Down," the album explores the many forms romance can take. And for the fans who dug the social awareness so present on the band's previous recordings, take heart: "Better Way" beckons the listener to shrug off the drudgery of the day-to-day in search of a higher cause. The song has already had an opportunity to shine during a politically-charged sequence on MTV's "Real World: Washington, DC", as well as underscoring a segment of MTV's "Cutthroat Challenge." Selling out many of New York City's and Boston's premier venues over the past two years, the band currently ranks among the top grossing indie acts in the Northeast. And yet despite touring with artists such as 3 Doors Down, Vertical Horizon, Ryan Cabrera and Eve 6, and having had music featured numerous times on both MTV and ESPN, the band chooses to keep it simple. "We've grown a tremendous amount," reflects Wolfsdorf. "It's hard to believe that just over five years ago we were struggling to get gigs in Brooklyn. We're very grateful for how far we've come and hungrier than ever to take it even further". The Energy recently appeared on Voice of America (VOA) "Border Crossings" program for some 100 million listeners, and shortly thereafter helped to host an episode of ESPN's "Inside the Big East." There is plenty more to come in 2011.

SANDER KLEINENBERG | Friday, June 10 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
Through June 05, 2011 - New York

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FEDDE LE GRAND - Pacha NYC
Through June 05, 2011 - New York

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Live Music - Second Chance - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 05, 2011 -

Live Music - Free Admission

Gay Marshall SIngs Piaf - Feinstein's at Loews Regency
June 05, 2011 -

Gay Marshall -described as an "enchanting performer" by The New York Times - brings her stunning PIAF show to Feinstein's at Loew's Regency, fresh from a sold-out, SRO concert with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Marshall's PIAF (which is not an impersonation) is full of joie de vivre and humor-like the Edith Piaf described to Marshall by the beloved icon's friends and collaborators. With original English adaptations by Marshall, and a small orchestra including cello and accordion, it is a sublime and unbelievably exciting evening in New York whenever Gay Marshall is appearing anywhere. June 5 and June 26 at 8:30pm.

'Jazz Meets Soul' A triple bill of soulful vocalists featuring 2010 Grammy Nominee Gregory Porter, Kendra Ross, and Abby Dobson - Highline Ballroom
June 05, 2011 -

With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, Gregory Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery, that no less a jazz luminary than Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to call him "a fantastic young singer." Born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now residing in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, Gregory Porter has made the world his musical home. A frequent guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Porter also maintains a long-standing residency at Harlem's venerable St. Nick's Pub and performs internationally. His debut release, Water, was produced by saxophonist, pianist and composer Kamau Kenyatta, who Porter refers to as his "best friend." In fact, it is Kenyatta who bears much of the responsibility for Porter's career trajectory, which can be traced back to Porter's early days singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego. He lived there while at San Diego State University which he attended on a football scholarship, as an outside linebacker, until a shoulder injury sidelined him permanently. Recognizing his talents, Kenyatta - along with saxophonist Daniel Jackson - nurtured the burgeoning performer, and, as Porter says, "taught him what he needed to know." Kenyatta invited Porter to visit him in the studio in Los Angeles, where he was producing the flutist Hubert Laws' Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole. Certainly Kenyatta was aware of Porter's childhood infatuation with Cole's music, and certainly he could hear the echoes of Cole's mellow baritone in Porter's own voice. Just as serendipitous was Laws' sister, Eloise. A highly respected singer and recording artist in her own right, Eloise joined the cast of the musical theater play, "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues." Although he'd only had minimal theatrical experience to that point in the Doo Wop musical "Avenue X", Porter eventually was cast in one of eight lead roles when the play opened in Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and eventually followed it to Off-Broadway and then Broadway theater, where the NY Times, in its 1999 rave review, mentioned Porter among the show's "powerhouse line up of singers." They musical went on to earn both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations that year. Porter's success on the stage with "It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" paved the way for another theatrical outing and pairing with Eloise Laws. In his semi-autobiographical "Nat King Cole and Me," he dramatically documented his childhood, which was marked by an absentee father and the joy and pain he heard when listening to his mother's Nat King Cole records. This led to a rich imaginary life where the young Porter actually believed that the legendary crooner was indeed his dad, and that the love songs Cole sang were secretly being sung to him. Porter's moving "Nat King Cole & Me" ran for two very successful months at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and has since traveled to Houston, TX.

Honoring the Beatles in NYC - Rockography
June 05, 2011 -

Rockography will be honoring Sid Bernstein, the man responsible for bringing the Beatles and The Rolling Stones to America at their Sunday Beatles Brunch. Sid will be in person to meet and greet with fans. Signed posters will also be given away throughout the day. Call for reservations 646.360.4143.

Apollo Music Cafe - Tamar-Kali - Apollo Theater
June 06, 2011 -

Brooklyn native Tamar-kali's rock band -- part of New York's black punk and hardcore music scene -- was captured in the recent film Afro Punk. Her first full-length album, Black Bottom was hailed as an exhilarating, cathartic rock-n-roll tour de force.

Treemonisha - Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
June 06, 2011 -

City Opera will present an abridged concert version of the groundbreaking opera by famed African-American composer and father of ragtime, Scott Joplin. The opera tells the story of a young, educated freed slave named Treemonisha who leads a campaign to educate her community, rather than accept the societal superstitions placed upon it. The score encompasses a wide range of musical styles including ragtime, folk music, spirituals, and call-and-response. Though never fully staged during Joplin’s life, Treemonisha was rediscovered in 1972 when it received its world premiere and has since been performed on Broadway and at opera houses across the country. Treemonisha in Concert Monday, June 6 at 7:00 pm Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) http://www.nycopera.com/calendar/view.aspx?id=13033

Vinicius Cantuaria plus special guest Bill Frisell - Highline Ballroom
June 06, 2011 -

Glee Live! In Concert! - Mohegan Sun
June 06, 2011 -

Mohegan Sun is proud to announce that Twentieth Century Fox Television and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy will bring their critically acclaimed Glee Live! In Concert!, starring 13 members of the television show's cast, to Mohegan Sun Arena. The North American engagement of Glee Live! In Concert!, is a unique concert experience once again conceived by Murphy that will include live performances of some of the show's most memorable musical numbers from Seasons One and Two, including "Empire State of Mind," "Toxic," "My Life Would Suck Without You," "It's My Life," and of course, the show's anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'." Described by the Los Angeles Times as "triumphant," USA Today called last year's concerts "equal parts musical theater, giddy pop culture phenomenon and Journey-loving Rock show." Glee stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) will perform in an all-new singing and dancing celebration of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show.

Gary U.S. Bonds - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 07, 2011 -

As America's baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, "New Orleans", attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds. The follow-up was the now legendary 'party' record, "Quarter to Three", a number one 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. A rare distinction for Gary is that he managed to transcend the decades with hits. His inspiration for Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, who had grown up on Bonds' music led to a chance meeting in 1980. A friendship developed and, shortly after, a musical collaboration which resulted in Bonds' "Dedication" and "On the Line" LP's, with singles: "This Little Girl Is Mine," "Out of Work," "Jole Blon" and "Daddy's Come Home". Reviews noted "...His gritty, soulful and powerful vocals....even better than before...." While he has continued to perform, Gary also keeps active as a songwriter. His success as a songwriter even garnered him a nomination for the Country Music Association's "Songwriter of the Year". Gary is an honoree of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a "favorite son" of the Blues Brothers and a highly respected golfer, often invited to play at celebrity/PGA events. Music critics know Gary U.S. Bonds as..."A wonderful performer...." and, as Rolling Stone magazine writes, "...with a unique and expressive voice..", "...rock combo raunch with impassioned, scorched soul singing...", "...some of America's best rock and roll..." Gary tours with his group, the very highly-regarded and powerful, Roadhouse Rockers, performing his hits, some new songs, some rockin' R&B Blues and generally thrilling all audiences.

McCoy Tyner Trio with special guests Gary Bartz & Bill Frisell - Highline Ballroom
June 07, 2011 -

Jazz piano legend McCoy Tyner will be joined by his trio and special guest alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. As a youth, Tyner was catapulted into the spotlight for his role in the John Coltrane Quartet, and at the Highline Ballroom, he will effectively pass the torch to another young pianist, the up and coming New Orleans native Jon Batiste, who Tyner has invited to perform as the opening act with his band. At the young age of 22, Batiste's versatility, incredible musicianship and understanding of the music's history prove that the future of jazz is in good hands.

Rush Hour: Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich - New York Philharmonic
June 08, 2011 -

When work ends, come experience a different kind of rush. Head over to the Philharmonic for an evening of music that's guaranteed to revitalize you. Rush Hour Series concerts begin at 6:45pm and last about an hour.

Eric Burdon & the Animals - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 08, 2011 -

Eric Burdon's life has been a musical journey matched by few other performers in rock music history. He has gone from the driving force of the grittiest British Invasion band, to pioneering the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene, to fronting WAR - the biggest funk band of the 1970's, to cutting an LP with an early influence, jazz-blues great Jimmy Witherspoon, to coming full-circle and reuniting his original band, The Animals, for a series of projects and world-wide tours, to forming new groups of Animals and releasing a series of studio CD's, live CD's, a DVD, and his second autobiography, which was translated in several languages. Also Eric took a part in many movies like the semi-autobiographical film Comeback - which he starred in and performed the entire soundtrack for director Christel Buschmann.

Amateur Night: Nothin' But Soul! - Apollo Theater
June 08, 2011 -

For 77 years, the Apollo Theater has been home to music royalty. The legendary roster includes Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul; James Brown, Godfather of Soul; Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Tonight, contestants pay homage to these legends by giving performances that are based on the roots of nothin' but soul music. The line-up for this special theme night are 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. Contestants for this show are the following: Rhythm City, Maurice Dawson, Weslyn Stephens, Zatina Gardner, Amari Key, Crystalynn Winter, Zaccheus, Lynn Loosier, Kyle Rifkin and G. Soul.

Duncan Sheik, The Watson Twins - Highline Ballroom
June 08, 2011 -

Easy to Love: Andrea Marcovicci & Jeff Harnar Sing Cole Porter - The Town Hall
June 09, 2011 -

Two of our foremost interpreters of the Cole Porter songbook join forces to conjure up a uniquely entertaining portrait of the master while offering such hits as I've Got You Under My Skin, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Night And Day, and Let's Do It. Their chemistry is infectious during duets and in sharing their love for Porter's clever, intricate rhyme schemes and unforgettable melodies. The show sketches Porter's life from marriage to globetrotter and from Broadway to Hollywood. A warm, witty and delightful evening, this tribute (on his birthday!) perfectly captures America's most sophisticated composer. Musical Directors: Shelly Markham & Alex Rybeck plus the De-Lovely Quintet.

Albita - A Tribute to Celia Cruz - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 09, 2011 -

Grammy and Emmy-winning Albita is the most authentic Cuban singer hailing from Havana that has been able to move the world through her music. Albita is "the reincarnation of a 1930's European chanteuse, a Berlin Cabaret singer transfused with Latin blood" says Los Angeles Times. As a young singer through her authentic roots, she made herself noticed by her dynamic contribution to the renovation of traditional Cuban music and adding a very personal style to her compositions, musical arrangements and singing. Since arriving in Miami, FL in 1993, her electrifying and mesmerizing performance of contagious Cuban music has elevated her career to an international level, performing all throughout Europe, Latin America, Australia, Africa and Malaysia, where she has shared the stage with such greats as the late Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes, Oscar de Leon, Gilberto Gil, Juan Luis Guerra, Tito Nieves, Daniela Mercury, Miriam Makeeba, Phil Collins, Melissa Ethredge, and Tony Bennett. While performing in Little Havana in Miami, she began to attract the attention of famous celebrities like, Gianni Versace, Quincy Jones, Madonna, Sly Stallone, Paco de Lucia, Marco Antonio Muniz, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, among others. Her high energy performance combines all genres of Cuban music: Rumba, Mambo, Son, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Folk. She does it with true authenticity to her Cuban roots. Her live performance is riveting and unforgettable, portraying a true artist who is here to stay. Albita has recorded 8 albums in the states which all have been Grammy nominated. In the year 2004, she created her own independent record label, Angels' Dawn Records, where she recorded and released the two time Grammy winning album titled "ALBITA LLEGO" which won in the category of "Best Contemporary Tropical Album of the Year" and for "Executive Producer" of the album. In 2005, Albita signed a contract with producers from Broadway for a major role in the Musical Play "The Mambo Kings." Albita's role as Evalina Montoya received outstanding reviews portraying her as a charismatic and outstanding performer with a commanding presence on stage through the power of her voice and performance. Albita has performed in four presidential inaugurations. She was the Queen of Carnaval Calle Ocho for 2005, one of the largest Latin festivals in the United States attracting over 1 million people every year. In 2008, Albita is the host of her own national television show with MEGA TV called "La Descarga Con Albita." It is a musical entertainment show where Albita interacts and performs with top international artists. Albita wins an Emmy award for "Best Arts & Entertainment Program" and the show wins two Emmys for "Art Direction, Graphics and Animations." In 2009, Albita released her latest production called "Mis Tacones" which includes a duo with international singing sensation Gilberto Santa Rosa. As executive producer, singer, composer and arranger, this album promises to be another Grammy contender. Albita, without a doubt is one of the most versatile artists of our times.

Cowboy Mouth, Jonathan Batiste - Highline Ballroom
June 09, 2011 -

Cowboy Mouth is New Orleans rock n' roll. Annually presenting roughly 200 shows per year, releasing nearly a dozen records, and featured on TV shows and radio stations everywhere, Cowboy Mouth has been seen and heard by millions of fans worldwide. For more than 15 years, the members of Cowboy Mouth have preached and shouted at the top of their lungs the joys of being alive and the joys of being in and from New Orleans, sharing a slice of Mardi Gras heaven with fans around the world. As frontman Fred LeBlanc has said,"If The Neville Brothers and The Clash had a baby, it would be Cowboy Mouth." The band's 11 album releases include two records on MCA, one on Atlantic and several on their own Cowboy Mouth Records label. So far, the band has enjoyed domestic sales of over 450,000 units. But the album sales pale in comparison to the number of tickets the band sells to their live events. Cowboy Mouth shows are legendary, and have been witnessed by more than 8 million fans to date. Always on the road, they've toured several times with their friends in Hootie and the Blowfish, BareNaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and Better Then Ezra. A Cowboy Mouth show is always full of surprises, and have included guest appearances from Steve Van Zandt, Rob Thomas , John Popper, Art Neville, Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry's piano player), Kyle Turley, and Tom Arnold (Best Damn Sports Show), to name a few. Their audience stretches from the festivals and colleges to the clubs and theaters they headline around the country.

Jeffrey Gaines - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 10, 2011 -

"The only live records I had as a kid," Jeffrey Gaines explains, "were just unreal and completely crazy, like KISS' Alive II. They set this precedent that there was no way anyone could ever match what I came to know as a live album. There's just no way!" Swapping riotous pyrotechnics and campy costume makeup for his compellingly personal and passionate songs of hope and unwavering faith, Gaines has captured the magic and intensity of his much awed and revered concert performances on Jeffrey Gaines Live, his first ever career spanning live album. With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer entertaining his audiences everywhere he goes. On the road for over 150 nights a year, he recorded and documented one special night in November 2003, hosted by WXPN at the Theatre of the Living Arts in his home city of Philadelphia to record this album. "Some artists record their whole tour, picking the best stuff to release. We didn't do that here. This is one show, one night being captured. It's a snapshot of the truth. It's like `Hey, look over here, the picture has been taken.'" The photo album Gaines collected from that magical night contains fourteen sensitive and melodic portraits including the inspirational "Hero in Me," the sensual "Without You" and a heart-leaping, spellbinding version of the Sam Cooke staple "Change is Gonna Come." Gaines is backed on the record by Don Piper (lapsteel, percussion, guitar) of A Don Piper Situation and Matt Thomas (pianos, organ, accordion). Included with the live audio disc is a twelve song video culled from the same night appearing on the new DVD Plus format. Jeffrey Gaines Live is the first full-length album ever released in the U.S. as a DVD Plus, which incorporates the audio portion of the show on one side of the disc and the video segment on the other side. Exclusively featured on the DVD is Gaines' chart-topping rendition of Peter Gabriel's classic "In Your Eyes," complete with a roof-raising sing-along from everyone in the audience. "They just got completely into it," recalls Gaines, "I just played a little lighter so I could enjoy that moment myself because it was simply amazing to hear them all singing along." Raised in Harrisburg, PA by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their son's room, a teenaged Gaines began playing guitar in several local garage bands covering The Who, The Kinks, and The Jam. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal in 1992, releasing Jeffrey Gaines, the first of his five studio releases. The album garnered four stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer, describing Gaines as "...an ethereal soul...insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge." 1994's Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and 1998's Galore followed suit. Interview Magazine called Gaines' music "soul-searching" and "refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or clich?." In 2001, Gaines released Always Be (Artemis) to both critical and commercial praise. Featuring his emotional interpretation of "In Your Eyes" and his own soaringly beautiful "Always Be," the album hit #5 on R&R Callout America CHR/Pop list, also reaching #45 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The New York Post proclaimed Always Be as "a dozen-song mix...that completely illustrates the depth he is capable of." Gaines' impressive catalogue grew with 2002's Toward The Sun, produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Crowded House). The Boston Globe declared that "Gaines' soulful, wounded vocals make a case for his being one of pop's finest singers...an artist who deserves far more attention than some of his more hyped, yet less talented peers." Mojo noted, "This established soul-folkie's sexy growl has an underlying edge, making it a memorable album. Heartfelt unpretentious." Throughout his career, Gaines has built a rapport with his fans unlike any other in popular music today. Gaines goes as far as letting his fans influence the songs he performs each night. "When it's just me playing, I only know the first song I'm going to play, but from there the energy and the vibe tell me what the next song is gonna be. Someone may yell a song, and I'm like `Exactly! Good call.' That's so fun to me, keeping it really exciting and spontaneous. I don't even know what's around the corner, and the crowd doesn't either."

The Script - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 10, 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 concerts.TODAYshow.com.

Music and Musica - Arthur Kampela - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
June 10, 2011 -

Kampela’s music navigates between hybridism and complexity. Traditional forms such as “Bossas-Novas” and “Sambas” (popular music forms of his native country, Brazil), receive similar compositional treatment as his more strictly “avant-garde” oriented material.The pieces can be seen/heard as an extension of his approach to music in general and composition in particular. He sees himself inserted in a cosmopolitan / globablized world, “frictioning” against innumerous tendencies and musical styles. In this program Kampela will present his avant-pop hybrid music as well as contemporary creations. Phenomenal American Flutist Margaret Lancaster will be playing (“Happy Days” - after Beckett), for flute and electronics. Gregor Kitizis virtuosi violin player will play “Gestures.” Musicians in Kampela’s new music band for the show are: Jose Moura (bass), Dan Barrett (cello); Denise Puricelli (keys) and Javier Diaz (percussion).

Dengue Fever, Minerva Lions - Highline Ballroom
June 10, 2011 -

Dengue Fever's uncommon pop/world music sound has garnered critical acclaim since Escape From Dragon House debuted. In 2005, the editors of online retail giant Amazon named their record 1 International release of the year. In 2006, Mojo (U.K.) named the same album into their Top 5 World Music releases of the year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, BBC, Reuters television, NPR and other influential outlets have praised the band's psychedelic Khmer Rock sound. Upcoming features in French magazines Monocle and Chronic'art as well as the London Observer in the UK are confirmed. Dengue Fever has spent much of the last two years touring the globe, winning over new fans in the United States , Canada as well as Europe . The band played such high profile U.S. festivals as Globalfest, Bumbershoot, Halleluwah, Global Union and the Chicago World Music Festival, and two European festivals including Sudoeste in Portugal and the Afischa Weekend in Moscow. A documentary on Dengue Fever, entitled Sleepwalking Through the Mekong recently premiered at the Silver Lake Film Festival and will be featured at other festivals throughout the year. Directed by John Pirozzi and produced by Film 101 Sleepwalking chronicles the band's first shows outside the United States in lead singer Ch'hom Nimol's homeland of Cambodia . It was the first time a Western-based band performed Khmer Rock in Cambodia since Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge took over the country in 1975.

The Monkees - Mohegan Sun
June 10, 2011 -

Here they come…again…hey, hey, it's The Monkees! Forty-five years after their groundbreaking show and hit singles first took televisions and record players by storm, original Monkees members Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork have announced a new tour to dazzle five decades' worth of fans. An Evening with The Monkees - The 45th Anniversary Tour will mark the first live performances by the band in a full decade, and are sure to draw yet another generation of fans to their one-of-a-kind mix of music and comedy. On The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour, audiences will get a full multimedia experience celebrating nearly a half-century of the band's legacy. Jones, Dolenz and Tork will appear live on stage to perform all of their mega-hits including "I'm a Believer,""Last Train to Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," "Valleri" and, for the first time ever on stage, songs from their classic albums and rarely heard selections from their cult classic movie, Head. In addition, songs and videos will be broadcast throughout the venue to provide a soundtrack before and after the main show, featuring Monkees rarities as well as covers by the legions of past and present artists they've influenced over their long career. Formed in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees debuted on television screens with their eponymous NBC series and #1 hit single "Last Train to Clarksville." The show was a smash success over its two-season run, winning two Emmy Awards. While becoming pop culture icons, the band's musical accomplishments were just as impressive, as The Monkees are among the top-selling artists of all time. They scored a dozen Billboard Top 40 hits—outselling both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in 1967—as well as Top 10 hits in more than 25 countries. The Monkees are the only artists ever to have four #1 albums in the same year, and they also enjoyed the top-grossing tours of both 1967 and 1986, when they performed 145 dates in North America alone. MTV and Nickelodeon's re-broadcasts of original episodes of The Monkees ignited a whole new era of "Monkeemania" in the 1980s, as younger generations discovered the group for the first time. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the band's original members have reformed for albums of new material as well as anniversary tours and TV specials. The Monkees tour in 2011 will continue their epic legacy into yet another decade.

Gato Barbieri - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 11, 2011 -

Mystical yet fiery, passionately romantic yet supremely cool. You hear those first few notes from that instantly recognizable tenor and know your in the unique musical world of Gato Barbieri. His global legend continues on The Shadow of the Cat, Barbieri is long anticipated Peak Records debut and 50th album overall, which resonates with the unmistakable feeling of sensual celebration. On the cusp of his 70th birthday (this November 28th), the Argentine-born world music pioneer is still bursting with a passionate joie d vivre, excited about his new family, wife Laura and 4 year old son Christian. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Barbieri's Grammy winning score to the controversial Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris, an unexpected phenomenon that catapulted him from well known jazz musician to the realm of international celebrity.

AVICII | Saturday June 11 @ Neptunes - Neptunes Beach Club
June 11, 2011 -

Pacha NYC & Robpromotions presents ... AVICII For the first time ever in the Hamptons GET TICKETS: http://www.clubtickets.com/us/2011-06/11/pacha-nyc-robpromotions-present-avicii Doors 12noon-8pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Neptune Beach Club 70 Dune Road East Quogue, NY

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 11, 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.

Minton Sparks - Manhattan Theatre Source
Through June 12, 2011 -

Fusing music, poetry and her intoxicating gift for storytelling, Minton Sparks paints word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and places she knows like the back of her hand. With John Jackson, guitarist for Bob Dylan and Shelby Lynne.

Brian Wilson - Highline Ballroom
Through June 13, 2011 -

He is one of rock's most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential pop composers of the last 50 years. But as numerous books, films and television programs have recounted, success does not tell the whole story about this fascinating man. For while few artists achieve the stature that Wilson today enjoys, even fewer have been able to overcome the profound personal setbacks and professional frustrations that he has endured. Happily, Wilson has not only survived those obstacles, but today is thriving once again, making great music, performing with an ace band of seasoned sidemen and cutting-edge pop-rockers, and selling out concert halls around the world.

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.

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.

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