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March 31, 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.

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
March 31, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

L'Elisir d'Amore - Metropolitan Opera
March 31, 2012 -

Donizetti's melodic classic is well served by a quartet of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau are the unlikely lovers, Mariusz Kwiecien the vainglorious sergeant, and Alessandro Corbelli the dispenser of the elixir.

St. Matthew Passion - Collegium Vocale Gent Choir and Orchestra - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 31, 2012 -

Music on Period Instruments.

Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 31, 2012 -

Stravinsky—Concertino for String Quartet (1920); Germaine Tailleferre—String Quartet (1917-19); Debussy—Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915); Virgil Thomson—"Alice Toklas" from Five Ladies, for Violin and Piano (1930); Fauré—Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 45.

Dohnányi Conducts Tchaikovsky and Dvorák - New York Philharmonic
Through March 31, 2012 -

The Original Good Rats - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 31, 2012 - New York

Rolling Stone Magazine has labeled The Good Rats as "the world's most famous unknown band." Rock stars like Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel, along with celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Rosie O'Donnell, and many others, are among the many fans of the Good Rats. The band is extremely proud to have been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame and has opened up for such great artist as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Journey, and many other prominent musicians. The Rats have also performed at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Spectrum, the Nassau Coliseum, the Hammersmith Odeon in England, Holleder Stadium in Rochester, and many more prestigious venues. Now in 2011, the Good Rats continue to perform in local venues throughout New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as playing annually in their own summer weekend outdoor festival, aptly named Ratstock. Peppi Marchello, the founder, lead singer, and sole songwriter for the group, is also still performing over a 100 shows each year, including outdoor festivals, private events, large concerts, clubs, and bars.

Legends of Disco LIVE at the Hammerstein Ballroom NYC - Hammerstein Ballrooom
March 31, 2012 - New York

The Ultimate Disco Dance Party featuring 5 legendary disco hit makers including Chic and the Trammps with MCs Deney Terrio and CBS FM's Joe Causi. Relive the days of Studio 54 and catch dance fever all over again.

Tickets: http://tickets.discopartynyc.com/

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
March 31, 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 info@4kent.com. 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.

CEG Presents Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett The Guitarists of Little Feat - Highline Ballroom
March 31, 2012 -

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett are guitar players. In fact, they're the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat. Now they've joined forces to form an acoustic duo that will quite frankly blow you away, performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist. The two first played together on the album Dixie Chicken (1973) almost 30 years ago, and since then they've played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others, including Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and The Wallflowers, to name but a few. Fred Tackett became a member of Little Feat in 1987 just before the making of Let it Roll (1988), but in a sense he has been a member for a whole lot longer. He has been writing songs for and playing on recordings with Little Feat since 1972 as one of the leading studio guitarists in Los Angeles since moving there in 1967. Tackett's credits are really too numerous to list. Along with his many sessions, he found time to travel with Bob Dylan for three years, Bob Seger for one, and also with Boz Scaggs just as Silk Degrees (1990) was making disco almost tolerable. Born in 1945 in Little Rock, AK, Tackett says everyone in his family played the trumpet except his mom. He brings multifaceted talents of guitar, mandolin, and trumpet to the table with Mr. Barrere's guitar and voice in a much more intimate rendering of songs and stories from a well-traveled road.

Eternal Light...Shining Bright - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
March 31, 2012 - New York City

Eternal Light...Shining Bright.

Hilary Apfelstadt, Conductor Laureate; Music for Women's Chorus;

Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor; Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna; Morten Lauridsen, Composer-in-Residence;

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International.

Cy-Fair Chorale and Cy-Fair High School Women's Choir. Jed Ragsdale and Hallie Reed, Directors .

Dr. John: Insides Out: A Louis Armstrong Tribute - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through March 31, 2012 - Fort Greene

For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.

W Downtown Presents Downtown After Dark DJ Series Featuring Hyper Crush - W New York - Downtown Hotel
March 31, 2012 - New York

Hyper Crush is made up of Holly Valentine, Preston Moronie and Donny Fontaine – an electro-pop trio based out of Los Angeles. Their bass thumping records and energetic live sets have garnered them fans around the world. Hyper Crush recently released their self produced Night Waves on iTunes with hit singles “Fingers Up” and “Werk Me” rocking clubs around the country. In April, the group will head cross-country to headline the Glowsticks for Breakfast Tour with Black Cards, Silver Medallion and DJ Benzi.

Andreas Brantelid, cello - Shai Wosner, piano - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 01, 2012 -

Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts are a wonderful tradition: some of today's most capitvating performs giving intimate one-hour concerts folloewd by complimentary coffee and refreshments with the artists.

Dan Zanes & Friends - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 01, 2012 -

A musical party to which everyone is invited!

Sing and dance with wild abandon to drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle, and spoons in an old-fashioned, interactive experience for all ages.

Dan Zanes & Friends perform exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. These Grammy award-winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea-shanties, English music hall, North American, and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock- and-roll, and soulful originals collide.

Chamber Music Benefit Concert - All Souls Church
April 01, 2012 - New York

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, world renowned chamber music artists John Dalley (violinist - member of the Guarneri String Quartet), Wendy Warner (cellist - winner of the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition and recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant) and Eileen Buck (pianist - winner of the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition) will perform a collection of works by David Popper, Ottorino Respighi and Anton Arensky at a special benefit concert to support the New York Center for Autism Charter School (NYCACS). The concert will be held at All Souls Church, located at 1157 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (@ 80th Street) on Sunday, April 1st from 4-6 PM. Tickets to the benefit cost $25 per person in advance; $30 at the door. The artists are donating 100% of ticket proceeds to the New York Center for Autism Charter School. NYCACS is New York State’s first public charter school dedicated exclusively to educating children with autism. The New York City Department of Education funds only the cost of ordinary operations for NYCACS. The school relies on contributions and proceeds from events like this in order to cover the full cost of providing the most effective, evidence-based program for children with autism spectrum disorder. Please JOIN US and send this invitation along to others who may be interested.

Tickets can be purchased by going to to www.NYCACharterSchool.org, calling (212) 860-2580 x2058, or sending a check payable to "New York Center for Autism Charter School" to: New York Center for Autism Charter School, 433 East 100th Street, New York, NY 10029 (attn: Mark Saretsky).

This Shining Night: The Music of Lauridsen and Whitacre - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
April 01, 2012 - New York City

This Shining Night: The Music of Lauridsen and Whitacre

Eric Whitacre, Composer/Conductor; Special guest artist: Morten Lauridsen;

Featuring Distinguished Concert Singers International.

Repertoire:

Works by Lauridsen: Dirait-on, Sure on This Shining Night;

Works by Whitacre: Animal Crackers, A Boy and a Girl, The City and the Sea, Cloudburst, Five Hebrew Love Songs, Go, Lovely Rose, Lux Aurumque, Seal Lullaby, Sleep, With a Lily.

Dangerous Muse With The Blush Response, Liquid Blonde, Zander Bleck, Huff This & Shadow Lover - Highline Ballroom
April 01, 2012 -

New York City-based electronica and rock duo Dangerous Muse formed when Mike Furey and Tom Napack met as students at Fordham University. Furey, a singer-songwriter trained in piano, wanted to experiment with a more electronic sound, and Napack, a musician-programmer, was looking to collaborate with a lyricist. The two's first recording, The Rejection (2005), caught the attention of legendary record mogul Seymour Stein, who offered the duo a demo deal with Sire Records and facilitated their signing to Cordless Recordings, a digital imprint of Warner Music Group. Soon after, the duo signed with former Warner Bros. Records Senior Executive, Craig Kostich of Operational Art, for management. Look for their hotly anticipated record to drop very, very soon.

INCOGNITO featuring MAYSA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 01, 2012 - New York

The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of U.K. music during the last 30 years. Look at the recent history of soulful U.K. artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms, and the list becomes short. Immense credit goes then to Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1979 and currently celebrating over 30 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
April 02, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

Rachael Yamagata - Highline Ballroom
April 02, 2012 -

Praised by critics for her intimately confessional songwriting and arrangements, Rachael Yamagata emerged in 2005 when songs from her first full-length album Happenstance (2004) and her self-titled debut EP (2003) turned up in such films and television shows as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), In Her Shoes (2005), Prime (2005), How I Met Your Mother, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, and The O.C. The album's single "Worn Me Down" was a Top 5 Hit on AAA Radio. Songs from her second album, Elephants, appeared in various television programs and films, including Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, and more. She also made an appearance in the season finale of 30 Rock in 2009.

THE VENTURES - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 02, 2012 - New York

Not the first but definitely the most popular rock instrumental combo, The Ventures scored several hit singles during the 1960s - most notably "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O." However, the band made its name in the growing album market, covering hits of the day and organizing thematically linked LPs. Almost 40 Ventures albums charted, and 17 hit the Top 40. The Ventures soon became one of the most popular worldwide groups, with dozens of albums recorded especially for the Japanese and European markets. They toured continually throughout the '70s and '80s, influencing Japanese pop music of the time more than they had American music during the '60s. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, The Ventures remain incredibly active, recording and touring to the delight of fans around the world. Over 50 years into their storied career, the band is considered by many to be the greatest surf band ever, boasting hits like "Perfidia," "Telstar," "Secret Agent Man," "A Summer Place," "Blue Moon," and "Ram-Bunk Shush." However, while it is true that The Ventures' style (marked by the Fender solid body guitars played by Bog Bogle and Don Wilson) was a critical influence in defining that musical genre, they are much more than that. Surf is just a subset of what The Ventures are: the best-selling instrumental rock band in music history.

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 03, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

The Magnetic Fields - Beacon Theatre
April 03, 2012 - New York

The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter-producer-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, who lives and records in New York City. Adept at computer music programming and production, Merritt records his own albums and plays almost everything on them with help from cellist Sam Davol, banjo player/second guitarist John Woo, and percussionist/pianist Claudia Gonson.

Mumiy Troll - Highline Ballroom
April 03, 2012 -

On its way from Vladivostok to the world, Mumiy Troll (pronounced Moo-me Troll) is undoubtedly the most significant band that modern Russia has produced since the fall of the Soviet regime. The group has made its mark with startling albums and live performances that are bursting with energy, combining warmth and total debauchery. What exactly does the band sound like? Consider the term "rockapops." Band founder and frontman Ilya Lagutenko has defined his group's music style "rockapops" just to avoid pointless Russian media debates on the definition of what is rock and what is pop. The band has tailored this musical synthesis to become the leader of an entire new musical trend, copied now to greater or lesser degree by a large number of Russian wannabes and mainstream artists.

ARNOLD McCULLER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 03, 2012 - New York

At some point in your life, you've heard Arnold McCuller's rich and distinctive vocals - vocals that have captured the hearts and ears of many well-respected musicians and fans alike. A longtime featured singer with some of the best recording artists around, including Phil Collins and James Taylor, McCuller is widely acknowledged as one of the most expressive vocalists in the business. His voice has graced recordings by a virtual who's who of the music industry, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, Brenda Russell, Lionel Ritchie, Dave Koz, Billy Idol, Lyle Lovett, and Beck, in addition to his extensive work with Collins and Taylor.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, The Ventures remain incredibly active, recording and touring to the delight of fans around the world. Over 50 years into their storied career, the band is considered by many to be the greatest surf band ever, boasting hits like "Perfidia," "Telstar," "Secret Agent Man," "A Summer Place," "Blue Moon," and "Ram-Bunk Shush." However, while it is true that The Ventures' style (marked by the Fender solid body guitars played by Bog Bogle and Don Wilson) was a critical influence in defining that musical genre, they are much more than that. Surf is just a subset of what The Ventures are: the best-selling instrumental rock band in music history.

THE DAVY JONES MEMORIAL An Evening of Music & Memories - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 03, 2012 - New York

Davy Jones (December 30th, 1945 - February 29th, 2012) - a musical and theatrical icon, and the heartthrob of a generation. Tonight, a host of Jones's collaborators from across his storied career gather to pay him tribute in a one-of-a-kind memorial event hosted by Cousin Brucie of Sirius XM Radio. All proceeds and donations from the show will go toward the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund for the care of the horses he loved.

Das Rheingold - Metropolitan Opera
April 04, 2012 -

Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it's a cosmos," says Lepage (La Damnation de Faust), who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world's greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel, singing his first, much-anticipated Met Wotan, leads the cast in Das Rheingold, the Ring's first installment. Levine, who has conducted every complete cycle of Wagner's masterpiece at the Met since 1989, says, "The Ring is one of those works of art that you think you know, but every time you return to it, you find all kinds of brilliant moments that hadn't struck you with the same force before." "The Ring is about change," director Lepage says. "I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner's storytelling, but in a very modern context. We're trying to see how in our day and age we can tell this classical story in the most complete way."

Emerson String Quartet - Mozart and Beethoven: The Late Quartets - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
April 04, 2012 -

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Show Off! - Apollo Theater
April 04, 2012 - New York

Winners of recent Amateur Night shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on May 16, and maybe even win the 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.

Andre Nickatina With Fashawn & MUMBLS - Highline Ballroom
April 04, 2012 -

Born and raised in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, Andre Nickatina has been a hip-hop luminary since the release of his critically acclaimed debut The New Jim Jones (1993). A favorite at public venues and on college campuses, he continues to sustain a loyal fan base, while engaging new supporters throughout North America. Nickatina's longevity speaks for itself. An award-winning emcee and producer, his vision has expanded beyond the almost 20 albums (and hundreds of thousands of sales) that he has executive-produced. Also a diverse artist, he has gained critical acclaim for his work and vision as a filmmaker, with more than seven films to his credit as either a director, co-director, executive producer, producer, or actor. Without saying so, for over two decades Nickatina has had his finger on the pulse of what is raw, uncut and capable of capturing the mind and ears of listeners. Never one to follow or ride trends, Nickatina is a rare breed of artist -- one of the last original trend setters. His reputation in the hip-hop community is legendary, as an artist who was not only present during the golden era of hip-hop, but is also one of the few musicians who has helped the music grow and who has remained ultimately relevant with each successive album he has released. His relevance continues with his Where's My Money Tour, which celebrates the release of his brand new mixtape of the same name, out March 11th.

James Hunter - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 04, 2012 - New York

In the early '90s, Van Morrison was standing at a London newsstand when a fan approached and began regaling him about this great unknown R&B singer he'd heard. The singer's name was James Hunter. Morrison went to hear Hunter at a gig in Wales and subsequently hired him as a backup singer for several years of touring and recording. Hunter appeared on Morrison's live album A Night in San Francisco (1994) and on the studio set Days Like This (1995). Hunter's first solo album, Believe What I Say (1996), also featured a guest spot by Morrison. Things were looking up for this Colchester native. With the release of Hunter's second and latest U.S. studio album The Hard Way (2008), Hunter took another giant step toward staking his place in the pop-soul pantheon alongside Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Rich, and Van Morrison. In his typically straightforward and self-effacing way, the singer told The Boston Globe: "The history [of rhythm & blues] is so rich with great singers and performers. I'm just trying to tap into that vein and try to make music that is about love and romance and heartbreak - all those great things that will fuel songs long after we're here." Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, The Ventures remain incredibly active, recording and touring to the delight of fans around the world. Over 50 years into their storied career, the band is considered by many to be the greatest surf band ever, boasting hits like "Perfidia," "Telstar," "Secret Agent Man," "A Summer Place," "Blue Moon," and "Ram-Bunk Shush." However, while it is true that The Ventures' style (marked by the Fender solid body guitars played by Bog Bogle and Don Wilson) was a critical influence in defining that musical genre, they are much more than that. Surf is just a subset of what The Ventures are: the best-selling instrumental rock band in music history.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil - Madison Square Garden
Through April 05, 2012 - Midtown

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying production that unfolds inside the creative mind of the King of Pop. The show will arrive at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2012.

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson's artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael's inspirational Giving Tree-the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael's inner world are unlocked-his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson's powerful, inspirational music and lyrics-the driving force behind the show-brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity.

Macbeth - Metropolitan Opera
April 05, 2012 -

As the doomed couple, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael deliver the vocal fireworks of two of Verdi's most challenging roles, Hampson for the first time at the Met and Michael in her company debut.

Chick Corea - Highline Ballroom
April 05, 2012 -

A prolific explorer of jazz and classical music, the 2010 DownBeat Artist of the Year, a member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame, a 16-time Grammy winner, and an undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, and children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career, all while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe inspiring. A tirelessly creative spirit, Corea continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process. A full slate of activities scheduled for 2012 will surely keep this ever-evolving artist at the forefront of the jazz world and beyond.

Ozric Tentacles - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 05, 2012 - New York

Ozric Tentacles are, simply put, legends of the U.K. underground. One of the most influential bands to emerge from the U.K.'s festival scene, the band (also known simply as the Ozrics) layers ambient and ethereal soundscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves, and psychedelic progressive rock in an open exploration of music and the soul. In their over 25-year career, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock 'n' roll life. The band has flourished through a number of lineup changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out over 25 albums, scored a hit record, and sold over a million albums worldwide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band's existence has never wavered.

Vogler Quartet - Ute Lemper - Carnegie Hall
April 05, 2012 -

The Vogler Quartet team with Ute Lemper, a master of German cabaret music, to capture the acerbic wit of Weimar-era songs by Kurt Weill and the lesser known -- though no less intriguing -- Hanns Eisler. They also turn their attention to the evocative, powerful ballads of latter-day Belgian troubadour Jacques Brel and fiery Argentinian tango from Astor Piazzolla.

Billy Conahan Live - Lucky Jacks
April 05, 2012 - New York

 April 5th at 10 PM Billy will take the Lower East Side by storm as the feature artist during Lucky Jack's famed Mic Club -- one of the best known open mics on the LES. A New York City native, Billy brings a unique brand of hip-hop to the stage; mixing Bob Dylan-esque verses, elements of folk, story telling, Rock n’ Roll, and even a little comedy, his 40 minute set will take his audience into his world through song and cut to the core lyrics. 

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 06, 2012 -

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

David Johansen - Highline Ballroom
April 06, 2012 -

Originally influenced by Mick Jagger and by Rob Tyner of MC5, David Johansen began his career as the singer of the protopunk band the New York Dolls in the early '70s. Johansen wrote the bulk of the material for the band, along with guitarist Johnny Thunders. In the late '80s, belated commercial success came Johansen's way under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, appearing as part of the house band on Saturday Night Live. After the success of Poindexter, in the late '90s Johansen turned his attention in yet another direction, this time to country blues with the release of David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (2000). In addition to his work with the new edition of the Dolls, he continues to host David Johansen's Mansion of Fun, a weekly radio show on Sirius.

Blowoff Featuring the DJ Sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel - Highline Ballroom
April 06, 2012 -

Bob Mould and Richard Morel's Blowoff is a DJ event that has become a premier destination for a wide cross-section of appreciative music fans. Originating in 2003 in Washington, DC's Velvet Lounge, Blowoff started as a musical collaboration between Mould and Morel. The two DJ in tandem, laying down a signature mix of indie rock, electro, and house, accented by a series of artfully eye-popping vignettes projected throughout the club. With the focus firmly on cutting-edge music, dazzling live visuals by Nick Lopata, and stunning poster art by Baltimore-based artist Linas Garsys, the party has grown quickly and is now an established event in New York, San Francisco, Provincetown, Chicago, and San Diego. The Blowoff artist CD was also released in 2006 on Full Frequency Music.

Jerry Lee Lewis - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 06, 2012 - New York

It has been over half a century since true American original Jerry Lee Lewis first rocketed to the top of America's pop, country, and R&B charts with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." While those iconic performances still define the essence of rock 'n' roll for millions, "The Killer" himself continues to thrill audiences around the world with his unique, scorching blend of rock, blues, country, and gospel. Lewis continues his legacy with his latest release Mean Old Man (2010). The disc, the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2006 album Last Man Standing, finds the legendary musician combining his country roots with the compelling force of his signature rock, blues, and gospel style in a dream set list of classic songs, many of which might not exist had Lewis not kicked open the floodgates back in the '50s. Simply put, the disc is an important and monumental music from the man Rolling Stone listed among the Greatest Artists of All Time - Jerry Lee Lewis, perhaps the last American original.

TAINTED LOVE Performing all the best hits from the '80s! - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 06, 2012 - New York

Performing a stunning '80s show, Tainted Love has become one of the most successful bands ever to come out of San Francisco. The band consistently sells out major venues in many markets around the country, including Bimbo's in San Francisco, House of Blues in San Diego, Belly Up in Salano Beach, Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe, and Gold Country Casino in Oroville, and it has packed out shows at Key Club in Los Angeles, Showcase Live in Massachusetts, right here at B.B. King Blues Club, and many, many more. Tainted Love also regularly performs at fairs, festivals, fundraisers, and private events all over North America and beyond, sharing its music with audiences of all ages and sizes. Tainted Love is renowned for its uncompromising dedication to quality and for performing the very best and biggest hits from the '80s. The band's frontline features three dynamic singers who alternate lead vocals, accompanied by musicians of the highest caliber. The show is a pure high-energy carousel of timeless '80s classics that will have you dancing and singing along! Tainted Love is committed to performing hits of the '80s true to form, just as the original artists had intended, all the while adding its own brand of excellence, exuberance, and above all, fun!

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Madison Square Garden
April 06, 2012 - Midtown



Marking his 17th studio album, 'Wrecking Ball' features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen and executive producer Jon Landau. A special edition of 'Wrecking Ball' will also be available and include two bonus tracks and exclusive artwork and photography.

 Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'"


Good Friday - Trinity Church
April 06, 2012 - New York

Good Friday with Children, Youth & Families: Eucharist Trinity Church- 4:30 PM This interactive family service is engaging and instructive for all ages, featuring child and youth readers, acolytes, greeters, and choristers. Performers: The Trinity Youth Chorus leading community singing Webcast on trinitywallstreet.org

The Liturgy of Good Friday St. Paul's Chapel- 6:00 PM The Liturgy of Good Friday, drawing from world music as well as liturgical traditions. Performers: The Chapel Singers

Manon - Metropolitan Opera
April 07, 2012 -

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Pomerium - Passion and Resurrection Motets of the Renaissance - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 07, 2012 -

This spring, Pomerium reprises its exploration of the great Renaissance choral music of Passiontide and Easter. The program proceeds from Palm Sunday to Easter Day with an emphasis on music for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Stylistically, the progression leads from chant to its elaborations by Guillaume Dufay and Senfl. The austerity of the Crucifixion gives way to the splendid celebration of the Resurrection, culminating in glorious motets by Orlande de Lassus, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, and William Byrd.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 07, 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 info@4kent.com. 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.

Theo Bleckmann The Music of Kate Bush - Hello Earth! CD Release Show - Highline Ballroom
April 07, 2012 -

A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy nominee and ECHO Award recipient Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as "from another planet" (New York Times), "magical, futuristic," (All About Jazz), "limitless" (Citypaper, Philadelphia), "transcendent" (Village Voice), and "brilliant" (New York Magazine). Tonight he celebrates the recent release of his latest project, Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush.

An Evening With MELANIE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 07, 2012 - New York

Folk singer-songwriter Melanie recorded her first album in 1967 and attracted national attention as well as a loyal fan following two years later when she performed at Woodstock, the legendary rock festival. During the early '70s, Melanie's gentle, acoustic sound on songs like "Lay Down," "Beautiful People," and "Brand New Key" (which topped the charts in 1971) stood in sharp contrast to the hard-driving, heavy-metal rock that dominated the charts. Edwin Miller of Seventeen magazine observed that her "urgent ballads bind you to her with invisible threads of emotion." Melanie was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Opera House. She later opened the New Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations, where she was invited to perform on many occasions as delegates greeted her performances with standing ovations. In addition, the top television hosts of all time - Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Dick Cavett - have battled to book her.

Dr. John: Insides Out: Locked Down - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through April 07, 2012 - Fort Greene

For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career. Dr. John partners with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and a handpicked band to premiere new music from their forthcoming album of the same name.

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Spins & Grooves @ BAM Cafe - BAM Cafe
April 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

Described as “. . . a cross-cultural collaboration that spins & grooves” by the New York City Jazz Record, Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble is an imaginative and tight quintet that churns out an intoxicating brew of in-the-pocket grooves and reverent soulful performances of original compositions and arrangements in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and neo-classical styles.

This ensemble of first-rate musicians includes: Bandleader/Keyboard Eugene Marlow, multi Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria, saxophonist Michael Hashim, percussionist Cristian Rivera, & bassist Frank Wagner. More @ www.eugenemarlow.com

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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