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Things to Do This Week in NYC, March 9-16: Music

March 9, 2013 - 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.

Elaine Paige - The Town Hall
March 09, 2013 - New York

Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical which ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title "The First Lady of Musical Theatre."

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
March 09, 2013 - Manhattan

The Bach Variations: Bach and Mendelssohn - New York Philharmonic
Through March 09, 2013 - New York

Four orchestral programs, March 6-April 6, are conducted by masters with different perspectives. Additional events, including those in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y, reveal additional dimensions in this wide-ranging celebration.

Habib Koite & Eric Bibb - BB King Blues Club & Grill
March 09, 2013 - New York

"I watched my parents and it rubbed off on me", this is how Habib Koite traces the origins of his profession and talent as a 20th century griot. He is the heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa. Eric Bibb, who also absorbed some of his talents from family, he is the god son of Paul Robeson, has established his name in the new generation of blues-men without renouncing the legacy of folk and gospel.

La Pasion Segun San Marcos: A Creative Learning Project - Carnegie Hall
March 10, 2013 - New York

At the heart of Osvaldo Golijov's residency as Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair is this performance of his La Pasion segun San Marcos, featuring members of the Venezuelan chorus to which the piece is dedicated, together with high school singers from throughout New York City. Drawing on the sounds of Latin America with texts in Spanish, Latin, and Aramaic, the piece is evocative, wildly inventive, and entirely characteristic of Golijov's personal aesthetic.

NILE - BB King Blues Club & Grill
March 10, 2013 - New York

Combining the extreme speed and nihilism of modern death metal with the ancient styling of Middle Eastern music, Nile formed in their hometown of Greenville, SC, in 1993. With their self-proclaimed trademark of "Ithyphallic Metal," the band debuted with their Festivals of Atonement album in 1995, leading Nile to a southwestern tour in support of other big metal acts such as Obituary, Deicide, and Broken Hope.

Jake Miller - Highline Ballroom
March 10, 2013 - Manhattan

Jake Miller, born November 28, 1992, is an American rapper, singer, musician and songwriter from Weston, Florida. He is currently attending the University of Miami. In high school the multi-talented musician who taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, put out a few homemade music videos on YouTube which immediately created a buzz and attracted the attention of music business insiders who began to guide Jake on his journey.

ADAM PASCAL - 54 Below
March 10, 2013 - New York

Tony nominee Adam Pascal brings his hot new show to 54 Below for one night only! Currently starring on Broadway in Memphis, Adam is an alumnus of the Broadway casts of Aida, Cabaret and, of course, the role that started it all (in addition to bringing him a Tony nomination), Rent. Join Adam for an evening of his own original music, as well as fresh renditions of some of the music he has stamped so indelibly during his varied appearances on The Great White Way.

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
March 10, 2013 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill leads the ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.

The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
March 10, 2013 - New York

Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.

Stephanie Blythe / Warren Jones - Carnegie Hall
March 11, 2013 - New York

The New York Times calls Stephanie Blythe "the true successor to Marilyn Horne." From Handel to Wagner, Blythe's incredible versatility makes her a vocal force to be reckoned with. Hear for yourself in this recital, a collaboration with pianist Warren Jones.

Big Daddy Kane 'Las Supper Album Release Party' - The Blue Note
March 11, 2013 - New York

Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term "lyricist" in the world of hip-hop. Along with the lyrical ingenuity he brought to the genre, he also introduced innovative live performances as well. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold out shows at the world famous Apollo Theater for women only. These lives performances, which consisted of theatrics, choreography and tailored costumes proved that Big Daddy Kane was not only an M.C., he was a full entertainer. Kane revolutionized hip-hop fashion and the way hip-hop shows were performed.

MAURA O'CONNELL - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
March 11, 2013 -

Maura O'Connell embodies many paradoxes: lead singer for De Danann, she was not a traditional Celtic singer; resident of Nashville, she is not American; collaborator with New Grass Revival, she is not a bluegrass performer. Nevertheless, O'Connell has made a name for herself on two continents as a superb singer.

Broadway Musicals of 1961 - The Town Hall
March 11, 2013 - New York

Author/critic Scott Siegel created the series for Town Hall, which he writes and hosts. Siegel takes audiences of all ages on a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering an entertaining verbal account of Broadway's history. Each evening celebrates the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of talented cabaret and Broadway performers. This marvelous program not only highlights favorite show-stopping numbers, it also features lesser-known gems. Featuring songs from: Carnival (Bob Merrill), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Frank Loesser), Subways Are For Sleeping (Jule Styne/Comden & Green), Sail Away (Noel Coward), Milk and Honey (Jerry Herman), and more!

Ensemble ACJW - Paul Hall
March 11, 2013 - New York

The Academy - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute - is a two-year fellowship providing the finest post-graduate musicians with performance opportunities in New York at the same time they are teaching in the city's public schools. FREE tickets available 2/25.

St. Patrick's Day Warmup with The Jamesons - Highline Ballroom
March 11, 2013 - New York

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of music with an aggressive and energetic modern-day approach. Forming in 2010, The Fighting Jamesons quickly gained a strong presence on the East Coast. They've shared the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as Dropkick Murphys, The Saw Doctors, and Young Dubliners. In November of 2011 the band released their self-titled debut album, produced and engineered by Capital Records recording artist Mark Padgett (Mae).

Oakridge Boys - City Winery
March 11, 2013 - New York

In concert.

Jonathan Biss - Carnegie Hall
March 12, 2013 - New York

Highly regarded for his intellect and "unerring sophistication" (The New Yorker), Jonathan Biss returns to Carnegie Hall to present works by Mozart and Schumann, along with selections from Janacek's On the Overgrown Path.

Pop-Up Concert - It's Complicated - Miller Theatre
March 12, 2013 - New York

Ensemble Signal (Courtney Orlando, violin; Lauren Radnofsky, cello; Doug Perkins, percussion; Bill Solomon, percussion) takes the audience on a mini exploration of the wildly different ways composers confront complexity and virtuosity. This tour-de-force Pop-Up is sure to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.

Backstage - 54 Below
March 12, 2013 - New York

Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform.

Wax Poetics Variety Show, featuring performances by Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn featuring William Hart of the Delfonics, Taylor McFerrin - Le Poisson Rouge
March 12, 2013 - New York

DJ sets by DJ Spinna & Adrian Younge.

Artist Diploma Recital: Andrew Tyson, piano - Paul Hall
March 13, 2013 - New York

The Artist Diploma performers constitute the few highly gifted and experienced musicians selected to develop their artistry and professionalism in the ever-changing contemporary world. FREE; no tickets required.

Bach Revisited - Two x Four - Miller Theatre
March 13, 2013 - New York

Two great violinists, Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh, team up to perform four double-concertos, starting with Bach's beloved Concerto for two violins in D minor. Rounding out the program are Philip Glass's tranquil Echorus and two newly commissioned pieces by David Ludwig and Anna Clyne, inspired by Bach and written especially for Koh and Laredo.

Bonjourney - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 13, 2013 - New York

A tribute to Journey and Bon Jovi.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Carnegie Hall
March 14, 2013 - New York

Renee Fleming, as part of her Perspectives residency at Carnegie Hall this season, is joined by an all-star cast for Andre Previn's acclaimed opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. The work premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 1998 with Fleming in the lead role of Blanche. The San Francisco Chronicle said of her performance, "Fleming was the Blanche of Previn's dreams, an artist imbued with the secrets of legato singing."

Charles Busch - 54 Below
March 14, 2013 - New York

Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warm-hearted owner of a speakeasy, performance legend Charles Busch continues to delight and redefine his craft as a master humorist, illusionist, and camp icon.

Liza and Alan: One Night Only - The Town Hall
Through March 14, 2013 - New York

Liza Minnelli, who won an Academy Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in the film version of Cabaret, and Alan Cumming, who won a Tony for his work as the Emcee in the Broadway revival of that John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, will join forces for a concert to celebrate Minnelli's 67th birthday. The duo will duet on familiar songs from Cabaret and Liza will dip into her repertoire of signature songs known the world over. Alan will perform his renditions of songs -- from Annie Lennox to his own original compositions. These two old friends will also interact on stage together -- sharing stories, songs, and banter of their adventures in life and show-business."

Crowder - Highline Ballroom
March 14, 2013 - New York

As the David Crowder*Band has now put a period at the end of its sentence, a new chapter is emerging for front-man, David Crowder. As the next paragraph begins, David Crowder will take the stage performing with his new collective, simply called, Crowder. Fans can expect more of what they've always loved about David Crowder through the years - the songs, the worship, musical innovation - and now they get to be a part of the new beginning. Named among the "most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music" by The New York Times, the popular yet unconventional David Crowder*Band unveiled their final collection of new music this year with the release of Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]). As the follow-up to the GRAMMY ® nominated Church Music, Give Us Rest gave the band the highest debut of their career selling over 50,0000 units in one week, landing them in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Top 200. David Crowder*Band's music video for "SMS (Shine)" nabbed coverage on NBC's The Today Show, Fox & Friends, USA Today, Billboard and Paste Magazine online as well as a GMA Dove Award win for "Short Form Video of the Year." The video was also recognized at the LA Film Festival in 2011. Along with the group's 9 GMA Dove Awards and 22 nominations, the band was the first Christian artist to be named MSN.com's Artist of the Year in 2006. David Crowder is part of the Passion Movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world. Stetson and Cia, opening.

An Evening of Pianola, presentation with Randolph Herr and Maria Elena Gonzalez - Museum of Arts & Design
March 14, 2013 - New York

This program will include the live world premiere of Skowhegan Birch #1, 2012 (from the Tree Talk series), by artist Maria Elena Gonzalez, executed on a player piano by renowned interpreter Randolph Herr. Gonzalez created the Pianola music score from the bark of a fallen birch tree she found in the summer artist colony in Skowhegan, Maine. Striations in the bark were scanned and digitally cut onto scrolls for piano rolls by the company, Laser Cutting Shapes, in Columbus, Ohio. The result is literally a sound created directly from a tree. A video documenting the work and featuring Randolph Herr's interpretation will be presented in the exhibition Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design.

One Step Beyond - Chairlift, Party Supplies, and Prince Klassen - American Museum of Natural History
March 15, 2013 - New York

The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond party series continues its sixth season with DJ sets by Chairlift, Party Supplies, and Prince Klassen in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe on Friday, March 15.

Artist Diploma Recital: Charlie Albright, piano - Paul Hall
March 15, 2013 - New York

SCHUBERT Impromptus, D. 899, Op. 90; SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. The Artist Diploma performers constitute the few highly gifted and experienced musicians selected to develop their artistry and professionalism in the ever-changing contemporary world. FREE; no tickets required.

The Dan Band - B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
March 15, 2013 - New York

Dan Finnerty caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the hit film OLD SCHOOL, performing his now-infamous foul-mouthed rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", as well as his other appearances in Todd Phillips movies, STARSKY & HUTCH and THE HANGOVER. Their TV concert special "The Dan Band: I Am Woman" aired on Bravo and was directed by McG and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. They've appeared on numerous TV shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Ellen, Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards and The Tonight Show, where Finnerty has been featured as a regular correspondent. THE DAN BAND plays to sold out crowds across the country and has released two CDs: "THE DAN BAND LIVE" followed by "HO - A DAN BAND X-MAS" and is currently working on a third with Comedy Central Records called "THE WEDDING ALBUM".

Works Pre-CD Release Performance - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
March 15, 2013 - Brooklyn

WORKS is the resident ensemble of Connection Works. They will perform original music from their debut CD “WORKS” to be released in May. The group consists of flutist Michel Gentile, pianist Daniel Kelly and drummer Rob Garcia, all of whom compose for the group. *Advanced copies of the new CD will be available. Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Connection Works’ Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert series, provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format. The dialogues provide the audience a rare opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and artistic processes, while the workshops allow young musicians to perform, and receive feedback from seasoned professionals.

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall - Cafe Carlyle
Through March 16, 2013 - New York

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall are back at the Cafe Carlyle by popular demand with a show featuring songs from their upcoming album, "Steppin Out." The program will include a jazz set and songbook favorites like "Puttin' on the Ritz," "And the Angels Sing," "Up on the Roof," "Anything Goes," "Moondance," "La Vie en Rose" and a nostalgic Tijuana Brass medley. Photo: Andreas Neumann.

Neighborhood Concert: Be Very Careful - El Museo Del Barrio
March 16, 2013 - New York

Rousing fans to boogie and shake to the sounds of a Colombian coastal beat, Very Be Careful is alive with rhythmic, pulsating grooves that pull dancers to their feet and splash smiles across the faces of listeners. With a Caribbean soul and a Californian heart, this ultimate good-times bar band embraces its Latin roots with a devotion to the vallenato folk music of its Colombian ancestors, and mixes in a contemporary funk feel.

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
March 16, 2013 - Manhattan

Coheed and Cambria - Radio City Music Hall
March 16, 2013 - New York

The rock group performs.

The Bach Variations: Alan Gilbert Conducts Bach's B Minor Mass - New York Philharmonic
Through March 16, 2013 - New York

Four orchestral programs, March 6-April 6, are conducted by masters with different perspectives. Additional events, including those in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y, reveal additional dimensions in this wide-ranging celebration.

Marilyn Maye - 54 Below
Through March 16, 2013 - New York

Johnny Carson called her "Super Singer" and presented her on his The Tonight Show a record-breaking 76 times! Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls her "the embodiment and summation of a brash, sock-it-to-'em nightclub tradition that runs from Garland through Bette Midler, and with jazz added." Rex Reed of The New York Observer calls her "the real deal, the surviving artist of the American popular singer." Infusing the rhythm and syncopation of the legendary jazz greats with the power and brashness of a Broadway belter, this legendary vocalist's MAYE-den Voyage at 54 Below will feature a program of jazz and Broadway standards not to be missed. When Ella Fitzgerald was asked to name her favorite singers, she named Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and "marvelous Marilyn Maye," who brings her new show MAYE-den Voyage to 54 Below for ten performances only.

Dr. John & The Lower 911 with Allen Toussaint - The Town Hall
March 16, 2013 - New York

Having just won a Grammy for Best Blues Album, Dr. John joins fellow New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint for a rare double bill at The Town Hall, NYC. Although Toussaint produced two of Dr. John's albums, including the seminal "In the Right Place" from 1973, the two men have only worked together a few times in the past two decades. Don't miss this special concert.

The Freddy Cole Quartet - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
March 16, 2013 - Brooklyn

Praised by The New York Times as "the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive," this 2010 Grammy nominee presents a glorious tribute to the songbooks of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and his older brother, the immortal Nat "King" Cole.

Christian McBride Big Band - 92nd Street Y
March 16, 2013 - New York

This bassist, composer, educator and bandleader presents an evening of jazz staples and original tunes as part of a 92Y residency.

Tessa Lena Live @ Hollow Sidewalk Showcase - Yippie Cafe
March 16, 2013 - New York

Avant-garde artist, Tessa Lena—aka the creative force behind Tessa Makes Love— is a multi-faceted visionary who tests the boundaries of the human condition through her music and character. Tessa offers a world of art, thought, music and sexuality that will challenge your perspective and viewpoint. On Stage, Tessa performs in flamboyant outfits and wigs along with her unrestrained presence. See her live on March 16th at 9 Bleecker’s Hollow Sidewalk showcase in the Yippie Café at 11:00PM.

The Allman Brothers Band - Beacon Theatre
Through March 17, 2013 - New York

The Allman Brothers Band plays a string of 10 shows.

THE PIETASTERS & BIG D and the KIDS TABLE - Highllne Ballroom
Through March 29, 2013 - New York

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms").

 

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