Things to do this week in NYC May 14-May 21: MusicMay 14, 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.
Orfeo ed Euridice - Metropolitan Opera
Leading countertenor David Daniels reprises his starring role in Mark Morris's inventive and moving production. Also featuring Kate Royal and Lisette Oropesa.
Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera
The Met has assembled a stellar cast for this second installment of Robert Lepage's new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine: Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods, in his first performances of the role with the company. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the Wälsungen twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.
Apollo Music Cafe - Geri Allen Quartet Jam Session - Apollo Theater
During the 1940's and 50's, the Harlem jazz scene was notorious for its after-hours "jam sessions." American post bop, jazz pianist and producer Geri Allen reinvents the form, taking the "jam session" to a new level. This performance is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York Community Trust - Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz Fund. Also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Wycliffe Gordon's Jazz a la Carte - Apollo Theater
In the 1930's Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher opened the Apollo with "Jazz a la Carte", a variety show featuring Ralph Cooper, Benny Carter and his orchestra, and "16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers." Now the classic Apollo show makes a dazzling comeback under the direction of performer, conductor, composer, arranger extraordinaire, Wycliffe Gordon. The show will open with a medley featuring Temple University Big Band playing music from leading Apollo big bands including Benny Carter, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Cab Calloway. A series of acts by top contemporary talent follows, featuring vocalists Carla Cook and Nikki Yanofsky, tap savant Savion Glover, sax wunderkind Grace Kelly, and trombone prodigy Corey Wilcox, among others. The show will also include choreography by Ken Roberson, and new riffs by Gordon that play up the Apollo's exhilarating past, present and future. Wycliffe Gordon's Jazz a la Carte was commissioned in part by Meet the Composer's National Commissioner's Network. This performance is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York Community Trust ? Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz Fund. Also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Also 5pm on 5/14.
Viza - Highline Ballroom
Viza has infiltrated the global music scene with an explosive sound of international rock. You can hear the blasts and screams from the depths of Eastern Europe to the deserts of the Middle East. Formerly known as Visa, Viza exchanged the audio passport with a carte blanche for invasion. Viza is a brigade of 9 international musicians from Los Angeles, integrating duduk, percussion and oud with the hard edge of rock. K'noup, the fearless leader and voice of Viza, commands the stage with charisma and stamina. As Visa, the band released two EPs and two full length albums, along with an award winning music video. In the De Facto and Eros albums, the music is pervaded by sonorities taken from Arabic, Armenian and Greek traditions blended with elements of rock and dance. In the newly released album, Made in Chernobyl, Russian and Eastern European styles and themes take center stage. Viza is a passport into a musical endeavor that touches its conspirators, cultural, spiritual, and literal influences, while translating them into a perfect balance of old world nostalgia, modern experimentation and social revival. Viza is currently managed by Serjical Strike Management headed by Serj Tankian from System of a Down. With sold out shows in the US and Canada, Viza fans are now also tuned in around the world. In August 2010, Viza embarked on a special tour in Europe, opening for Serj Tankian's "Imperfect Harmonies" tour in the cities of Yerevan, Athens, Hamburg, Cologne, Paris, Zurich and Bologna. Viza captivated their audiences with their edgy performances and experienced raving reviews from fans in every city.
DIRTY SOUTH - PACHA NYC
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VOX 2011 - NYU Skirball Center
Preview the future of opera at this contemporary opera lab that offers composers and librettists the opportunity to workshop their previously unproduced compositions, hearing them performed by City Opera's full orchestra and roster of exceptional soloists. Excerpts on this program are: All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed Dag Gabrielsen, composer Julie Larios, librettist Faustine Arlene Sierra, composer Lucy Thurber, librettist Mary Shelley Allan Jaffe, composer Deborah Atherton, librettist Sun Yat-Sen Huang Ruo, composer Candice Chong, librettist The Beach Andrew Gerle, composer Royce Vavrek, librettist Vinkensport David T. Little, composer Royce Vavrek, librettist Ticketholders to Saturday's session are invited to attend a panel discussion, Producing Art in Alternative Spaces, beginning at 1:00 pm. An artist talkback will follow the afternoon's performance. Saturday, May 14 at 2:30pm NYU Skirball Center 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South) Tickets: $25
The Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe performs music and dance of indigenous nations in traditional costume. A GREAT FAMILY EVENT! Experience Native American Music, Dance and Culture. This event is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.
VOX 2011 - NYU Skirball Center
Preview the future of opera at this contemporary opera lab that offers composers and librettists the opportunity to workshop their previously unproduced compositions, hearing them performed by City Opera's full orchestra and roster of exceptional soloists. Excerpts on this program are: All Three Acts of a Sad Play Performed Entirely in Bed - Dag Gabrielsen, composer; Julie Larios, librettist. Faustine - Arlene Sierra, composer; Lucy Thurber, librettist. Mary Shelley - Allan Jaffe, composer; Deborah Atherton, librettist. Sun Yat-Sen - Huang Ruo, composer; Candice Chong, librettist. The Beach - Andrew Gerle, composer; Royce Vavrek, librettist. Vinkensport - David T. Little, composer; Royce Vavrek, librettist. Ticketholders to Saturday's session are invited to attend a panel discussion, Producing Art in Alternative Spaces, beginning at 1:00 pm. An artist talkback will follow the afternoon's performance. Saturday, May 14 at 2:30pm NYU Skirball Center 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South) Tickets: $25
Justin Baron is a permanent fixture on the Philadelphia singer-songwriter scene, and has had the honor of working with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Tozer (John Legend, John Mayer, Kanye West). After years of carefully crafting his songs and gaining momentum as a solo performer. Come see him perform live with a full band and be amazed by this bright young talent.
The Tommy Emmanuel Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans almost five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that - and more - on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "fingerpicker" style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.
VOX 2011 - Le Poisson Rouge
New this season, VOX expands to Le Poisson Rouge, an exciting additional venue that allows the authors to workshop pieces composed for smaller ensembles in an intimate club setting. Excerpts on this program are: Blood Rose Hannah Lash, composer-librettist De Deo Paola Prestini, composer Donna di Novelli, librettist Maren of Vardo Jeff Myers, composer Royce Vavrek, librettist Three Weeks Yoav Gal, composer Rueven Namdar, librettist Mirit Tal, video Ticketholders to Sunday's session are invited to stay for drinks with the artists following the performance. Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 pm Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street Tickets: $15
Weaving their arrangements and compositional textures around a core group of 4 celli, the International Street Cannibals present novel, cryptic and completely fresh versions of such works as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, movements from Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor for 2 Celli, and Bach's G minor Sonata for Viola Da Gamba and Keyboard. The concert will feature world Premieres by Cobo, Cooper, Grant, Mizelle, Pehrson and Pritsker. Enlivening this 70-minute program will the martial arts work of Paul Gomes, the dance and choreography of Megan Sipe Dancing Fish Production, and several short works scored for 18 celli.
Called a "young trumpeter to watch," Maurice Brown's latest recording, The Cycle of Love, is a powerhouse that marries traditional be-bop with hip-hop. Chris Rob is a classically trained pianist (featured on Kanye West's 'Can't Tell Me Nothin'), singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose twist of jazz and cool funk puts him at the forefront of genre fusion.
Jim Messina - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
As a singer, writer, guitarist, producer, and engineer, Jim Messina made major contributions to music in the 1960s and 1970s as a key contributor to the Buffalo Springfield at the tail end of their history, as a co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, and as one half of Loggins & Messina. Messina was born in California in 1947, and raised in Harlingen, TX until he was eight years old. As a child, his life was divided between his mother's home in Texas and his father's home in California. His father was a semi-professional guitarist and greatly influenced his son's musical career. Messina began playing the guitar at the age of five. As time progressed, he became interested in the guitar parts on Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson records, and later acquired an interest in surf music, a natural outgrowth of living in California. He was heavily influenced by the hits of such outfits as Dick Dale & the Del-Tones, the Ventures, and the Champs. During his high-school years, he organized a group of his own called Jim Messina & the Jesters, their sound heavily indebted to that of the Ventures, Freddie King, and Duane Eddy, and they were good enough to win a string of local band competitions. They managed to grab the last vestige of the surf music craze, and got an album out in 1966, entitled The Dragsters, on the Audio Fidelity label. The release of an album was an impressive achievement for a teenager, but not much came of that record at the time, the surf music boom having pretty much ended by the time of its release. Messina stepped back from performing, and decided to learn more about music from the technological end. While producing a number of records in 1965 for Ibis Records (Glen Edwards, president) at Emperor Production Studios, owned by Bob Hudson (known locally at KRLA as Emperor Hudson or "Beautiful Bob"), Messina met the studio's recording engineer, Mike Dorrough, who engineered his sessions for Ibis. After Messina completed his productions for Ibis, he decided to apprentice under Dorrough to learn more about sound engineering. Messina and Dorrough teamed up to build Universal Audio Records in Los Angeles, and after the studio was finished, Messina stayed on as the house mixing engineer. He mixed sessions for Dorsey Burnette and Roger Miller, among others, and it was during those sessions that Messina met and recorded the performances of Joe Osborn, James Burton, Keith Allison, and Jerry Allison of the Crickets. Messina also worked as a mastering engineer at Harmony Recorders (owned by Bob Ross Music), located in Los Angeles at the corner of Sunset and Vine, and for Madeline Baker at Audio Arts (where Jimmy Webb also got his first start as a songwriter). Dorrough had introduced Messina to Tutti Camarata to begin working at Sunset Sound Recorders, a major independent Los Angeles studio, and Messina became one of the second pair of mixing engineers who worked there -- among the acts whose records he worked on were Joni Mitchell, Leon Russell, and Lee Michaels. But the project that caused a major detour in his life, back into performing, had to be among the least promising that he'd been assigned -- the final album by the Buffalo Springfield. Since the early '70s, with the fame achieved by co-founders Stephen Stills and Neil Young, the Springfields have been treated as legends, but in late 1968 they were perceived as one of the more hard-luck bands on the Los Angeles music scene -- from a promising beginning with a leadoff hit, they'd squandered opportunities (or had opportunities squandered for them) across three tumultuous years, owing to personnel difficulties, management problems, and a general inability to run with the chances they were given. Said difficulties included playing the Monterey Pop Festival when they were decidedly below full-strength, with co-founder Neil Young absent from the lineup; doing one major television appearance with a roadie substituting for an absent bassist; and recording a first album filled with great songs that emerged mostly flat because their managers insisted on producing it themselves, rather than bring in an experienced hand. With Messina's help, their final album, Last Time Around, was nothing like that -- it sang, all the way through, and it was livelier and fresher than any record by an otherwise disintegrating group had a right to sound. And part of the reason was that Messina ended up playing on the record as well as producing. So successful were the sessions that Richie Furay -- the key member of the band still on hand -- and Messina took the chance to form a new group in partnership, and the result was Poco. Although their personnel situation wasn't much more stable than the Springfields -- their original bassist, Randy Meisner, left before the first album was even finished, and Messina ended up playing a lot of the bass parts on the record and on-stage -- they did assemble a fine body of work across the next couple of years. By the third album, however, Messina was ready to leave, and following the recording of Deliverin' in late 1970, he was back working as a producer, this time at Columbia Records. His first production job after signing a six-album contract with Columbia was to produce singer Kenny Loggins. Messina produced Loggins' debut album, Sittin' In, and also played electric and acoustic guitar in addition to singing both lead and backup vocals. The results pleased both of them so much that they agreed to keep working together, including concerts -- and suddenly Messina was back performing again. Loggins & Messina released nine albums in seven years, with sales figure of more than 16 million copies, and were the most successful duo of the early '70s. Their style embraced folk, country-rock, jazz, and classical, with hit songs like "Watching the River Run," "Your Mama Don't Dance," and "Thinking of You." Their voices and playing, coupled with Messina's production and arrangements, made their work among the most finely produced (and popular) soft rock of the mid-'70s. Indeed, their success was sufficient to result in the reissue of Messina's long-ago surf album, credited to Jim Messina & the Jesters, on the Thimble label. They split the partnership in 1976, following the release of Native Sons and the accompanying tour. With a few years off for rest and relaxation, Messina reentered the music industry, issuing the albums Oasis (1979), Messina (1981), and One More Mile (1983). His revival also included singing and touring again with Poco on their 1989 reunion release, Legacy. Messina continued to tour and perform new songs on an intermittent basis; the 1996 album Watching the River Run consisted mainly of re-recorded versions of selected hits but also featured Messina's signature country-rock sound on several new pieces. In 2005, Messina and Kenny Loggins embarked on their first tour together in 29 years, which resulted in the new live CD/DVD Sittin' in Again along with a revival of interest and a fresh round of CD reissues and upgrades of their '70s catalog. In August 2009 a new Messina solo effort, the Latin-tinged EP Under a Mojito Moon, was released, featuring four new songs and two re-recordings of earlier material. That same year, Messina and Loggins reunited a second time for a tour, performing concerts throughout the United States and Canada. In 2010, Messina performed his West Coast Run Tour, which began in Seattle and traveled through the states of Oregon and California, ending in Tucson, AZ at the Fox Theater, where he and former bandmate Richie Furay performed together with each of their bands for a one-night engagement. ~ Kim Summers & Bruce Eder, Rovi
En Vogue - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
After millions and millions of albums sold with Grammy nominated mega-hits such as "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Hold On", "Givin' Him Somethin' He Can Feel", "Free Your Mind", "Whatta Man", "Don't Let Go (Love)", "No Fool No More", "Lies", "Don't Go", "You Don't Have to Worry", "Too Gone, Too Long"... the Funky Divas are back, badder than ever! En Vogue has sold over 20 Million albums and singles worldwide. They have won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in MTV history, a total of 7. The group was named the second most successful girl group of the 1990s and the 18th most successful act overall of the 1990s according to Billboard magazine. Although they embarked on their musical journey nearly 20-years ago, En Vogue's appeal is greater than ever before. Looking towards the future, En Vogue will celebrate the magic of the original four members. Later this year, they will release their 20th anniversary CD and launch a global tour that will span the United States and Europe while a film crew documents the process of what it takes for a super group to make it all happen. Having grown musically, emotionally, professionally, and creatively, the ladies believe each day is a living affirmation, "...Hold On to your Love" and these ladies love to sing - they have no plans to ever let go.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers - Highline Ballroom
New Orleans is the only place on the planet that could have produced native son Kermit Ruffins. Whether he's blowing trumpet on a Louis Armstrong classic or one of his own hot numbers, Ruffins embraces the tune with the true spirit of the city. Ruffins' music, like New Orleans itself, swings hard with a big heart as it remembers tradition and the importance of good-timin' fun. Born on Dec. 19, 1964 (sharing the birthdate with New Orleans' legend Professor Longhair!), Ruffins is a modern hipster in possession of an old soul. There's a knowing grin on Ruffins' face and a smile in his voice and trumpet when the stylish leader steps out with his Barbecue Swingers. Formed in 1992, the band is aptly named as it reflects the two things for which Ruffins is highly noted -- hot jazz and a smokin' barbecue. The smell of sizzling sausage browning on the grill set up in the back of the trumpeter's gleaming red pickup truck usually greets folks heading for Ruffins' shows. Meanwhile, inside the club, Ruffins' brushes his own spicy sauce on uptempo favorites like "Swing This!" the title cut from his 1999 disc on Basin Street Records. Ruffins learned to cook by his grandmother's side, chopping onions at the kitchen table while observing her techniques at the stove. As a musician and chef, he believes that the arts of music and cooking share many qualities. "Music is real real good for the soul and so is food super good for the soul," declares an enthusiastic Ruffins. "It's a spiritual thing too," he adds. "I mean when you put both of them together, I think you have the biggest party ever. And that's what New Orleans is famous for, putting that good food on the table at the same time while they have the hottest band in the city on stage." Ruffins first gained recognition with the ReBirth Brass Band, one of New Orleans' hot young ensembles that helped shake up the traditional music. He and high school classmate, tuba player Philip Frazier co-founded the group in 1982. Ruffins' strong musical presence and warm personality soon made him a crowd favorite. It was with ReBirth that Ruffins' talents as a composer emerged, contributing what would become brass band classics "Do Whatcha Wanna" and "Put Your Right Foot Forward." Like so many New Orleans trumpet players before him, Ruffins the musician also became Ruffins the vocalist. "Every trumpeter player I saw was singing," explains Ruffins of adding vocals to his musical repertoire. "I guess it's because of Louis Armstrong. So I thought I'd better start singing." Ten years of blowing on the streets and around the globe and recording seven albums with the ReBirth honed Ruffins' chops and style for his future solo career. Because of his ever-growing popularity, he had also established a ready-made audience of fans who followed him on his new venture. "I think playing with ReBirth really exercised my chops as far as my lips, because we had to play strong all the time," agrees Ruffins, who is also skilled at reading music. "I think it made playing with the swing band a lot easier. When I put up my horn to play the lead part with the smaller band, it comes across real strong. Playing the lead with ReBirth, that really helped me as far as playing the melody," he continues. "I turned out to be the melody man." With a chuckle, the trumpeter remembers the advice given to him the late great banjoist/guitarist Danny Barker. "He would always tell me, 'Just play the melody, none of that funny stuff.'" In 1992, Ruffins made his recording debut as leader with World on a String on the Justice label. For this important first album, the trumpeter put together an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians including pianist Ellis Marsalis. In Ruffins' creative hands, classics like "Rosetta" found new young audiences while receiving approving nods from his elders. While there was only one original on the debut, Ruffins' fluid pen was in greater evidence on his sophomore disc for the label, 1994's The Big Butter & Egg Man. Songs like his "I'll Drink Ta Dat" and "The Undertaker Man" stood with distinction alongside Louis Armstrong's "Struttin' with Some Barbecue." Sporting just the right attitude, Ruffins made Stuff Smith's "If You're a Viper" his own and audiences continue to demand it at all of Ruffins' shows. Following up on the popularity of the tune, he wisely revamped the classic "Light Up" on his 1996 release Hold On Tight (Justice). Finding success leading his own swinging combo, Ruffins had another dream to fulfill. After seeing a video of Cab Calloway's big band, Ruffins' vision was to someday stand in front of an orchestra. "It brought tears to my eyes," remembers Ruffins, "and I said, I wanna do that, I wanna swing with a big band!" On October 28, 1995, Ruffins' 17-piece ensemble made its debut at a big band festival held in a church auditorium. Filled with young talented musicians from New Orleans, the orchestra was impressive with its tight arrangements and, of course, its sense of swing. In the Jazz Tent at the 1996 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Ruffins and his big band knocked out what could be perceived as a tough audience. Ruffins' huge talent and natural charisma as a bandleader quickly won over any potential cynics in the crowd. Meanwhile, Ruffins' bebopin' and swingin' combo was digging in as an established group with a solid core of musicians ready for the next venture. In the fall of 1997 the band took the stage of Tipitina's, a legendary Uptown New Orleans club, to record in front of an adoring audience. The resulting The Barbecue Swingers Live was the first release by an eager new hometown label, Basin Street Records. Ruffins was truly in his element with the crowd demonstrating its approval for the new material like Ruffins' "Smokin' with Some Barbecue." Tracey Freeman got the call to produce the trumpeter's second release on the Basin Street label, 1999's groovin' Swing This! It moves from the very traditional "Bogalusa Strut" to Ruffins' hilarious "Hide the Reefer." New Orleanians display their love for Ruffins nightly by packing the house at every appearance. In recognition of his talents and contributions to the community, Ruffins has received a steady stream of awards for his recordings and performances from Gambit Weekly's "Big Easy," OffBeat magazine's "Best of the Beat" and New Orleans Magazine's "Jazz All-Stars." Ruffins is an eager player and active in the New Orleans music community. If he isn't gigging with his Barbecue Swingers, he'll often pop up at local clubs to sit-in with friends. When a fellow musician passes, Ruffins is there in his "black and whites" blowing in tribute as part of a traditional jazz funeral procession. It's not unusual to find Ruffins hanging out with the older musicians he respects so much seeking their guidance and soaking up their stories. "The most important thing is how much I love the music," declares Ruffins with unabashed sincerity. "From the time I wake up in the morning, I'm just all hyped for the gig late that night. The suspense of waiting for that gig every day of the week like that is so exciting to me. It's crazy. You just have to know much I love this New Orleans style music." As Ruffins invitingly announces at the start of a tune, "All aboard!"
Jason Webley at Parkside Lounge - Parkside Lounge
Accordion troubadour Jason Webley is returning to New York for a special performance with Corn Mo and Duckmandu on May 18. Since his beginnings as a street performer, Webley has built a loyal following around the globe with his uninhibited live performances. His relentless touring schedule has taken him to over 30 countries, most concerts ending with the entire crowd locked arm-in-arm, swaying and singing. The Seattle Times describes Webley as "one of Seattle’s most talented musicians, a singer-songwriter with a rare gift for crafting timeless songs that approach Waits and Leonard Cohen territory." Webley has released six albums and numerous collaborations on his own record label, Eleven Records. He organizes and headlines the annual Monsters of Accordion tour and has shared the stage with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Devotchka and Regina Spektor. Webley also performs as one-half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. At the end of 2011, Webley has announced that he will be taking a year-long break from touring, making this concert with Corn Mo and Duckmandu his last New York appearance for some time. Webley is performing on May 18 at Parkside Lounge (317 E Houston, 212-673-6270). The concert begins at 8 pm and is open to ages 21+. Admission is $10.
Adele - Beacon Theatre
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Adele, comes to New York City, touring behind her new album, 21, released on February 22.
New Riders of the Purple Sage - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson's original songs. By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group's permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson Passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on. Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released it's first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From (Woodstock Records). David Nelson has managed the seemingly impossible. He has remained true to his musical vision and integrity without becoming outdated or archaic in the process. Nelson, an important figure in the musical vanguard of the influential Haight-Ashbury music scene, spawned the Grateful Dead. His ties to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter extend beyond that with The Wildwood Boys, a bluegrass band they formed together in 1962 in Palo Alto, CA. After the Dead got together, Nelson played guitar on three pivotal albums, Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Around the same time, Garcia bought a pedal steel guitar, which he enjoyed playing with John Dawson, a friend from the Palo Alto days. They formed the New Riders of the Purple Sage with Nelson and the Dead's Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh. Nelson who sang one of New Rider's biggest hits, a cover of bluegrass great Peter Rowan's "Panama Red," stayed with the group for 13 years, but left in 1982 and starting writing songs with longtime pal Robert Hunter, among others. Along the way, he was a member of the Good Ol' Boys, featuring bluegrass legends Don Reno, Chubby Wise and Frank Wakefield. He also played in the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and is featured on their 1988 album, "Almost Acoustic." Then in 1994, Nelson formed the David Nelson Band where he showcased his plethora of songs. In six years, DNB released four CDs. Three are live efforts: 1995's Limited Edition, 1997's Keeper of the Key, and 1999's High Adventure in Japan, which is also a concert video. In 1999 Nelson released the band's studio debut, Visions Under the Moon which was recorded in Portland, OR's Aladdin Theater. Things have come full circle with Nelson at the helm of The New Riders. Not only has Buddy Cage sold over four million records in his ten years with the NRPS, but he has also performed on many gold and platinum albums during his distinguished career including Blood On The Tracks (Dylan), Biograph (Dylan), The Official Bootleg Tapes (Dylan) and various releases with Ann Murray. Cage has also recorded with Grateful Dead Members Garcia, Weir and Hart as well as with Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (on Tales of the Rum Runners); Ian and Sylvia (Great Speckled Bird, the seminal folk band of which Cage was a member); John Cipollina (Quick Silver Messenger Service); Mario Cipollina (Huey Lewis and The News); Rick James; Rick Danko and Garth Hudson (The Band); David Rea (Fairport Convention and Mountain); The Shondells; David Bromberg (with Bonnie Raitt); Pappa John Creach (Hot Tuna); Sly Stone; and Vassar Clements, to name a few. No stranger to TV, Cage has appeared on numerous shows and specials from Della Reese, Joey Bishop and Mike Douglas to Richie Havens, Seals & Croft, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash (Grand Ole Opry), Don Kirschner's In Concert & Rock Concert series and the Midnight Special shows hosted by Wolfman Jack. Most recently Buddy can be heard on his show on Sirus Satellite Radio, Jam On (channel 17) from 6 to midnight Monday through Friday. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Falzarano, a member of NRPS since 2005, has previously been a member of Hot Tuna, the famed offspring of The Jefferson Airplane, and The Memphis Pilgrims, a Memphis-style rock `n' roll/blues band that he founded. Falzarano's current release is a solo project entitled We Are All One on Woodstock Records and features Vassar Clements, Melvin Seals, Jorma Kaukonen, Garth Hudson, Buddy Cage and many others. Previous releases include The King James Sessions and Mecca. He has toured extensively throughout the world on shared billings with The Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, The Other Ones, Rusted Root, Bruce Hornsby and Los Lobos, among others. Falzarano has also appeared live or recorded with such musical greats as Bob Weir (Grateful Dead); Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson (The Band); John Lee Hooker; Johnny Copeland; Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf); Vassar Clements; Paul Simon; Dr. John; Graham Parker; Merl Saunders; Steve Kimok; Bill Keith; Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, The Dead); Warren Zevon; Greg Allman (Allman Brothers); David Crosby; Eric Anderson; Arlo Guthrie; John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful); Geoff Atchison; Bruce Hornsby; Pete Sears; Jonnie Johnson (Chuck Berry); Buddy Cage (New Riders); Peter Rowan; Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers); Paul Kanter (The Jefferson Starship); Trey Anastasio (Phish); Guy Davis; Jimmy Herring; Melvin Seals (The Jerry Garcia Band); John Popper (Blues Traveler); and Robert Hunter. Ronnie Penque has been playing music for over 30 years. When not working with NRPS or his band RONNIE PENQUE BAND, which includes his brother Chris Penque on guitar, Ron is busy as a session player. Ronnie started out as the original bass player in the popular Grateful Dead cover band Ripple. Through the years Ron has also played with many other bands and great musicians including Bobby Weir, Mickey Hart, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, Melvin Seals, Robert Hunter, John Popper, Pete Sears, David Nelson, Barry Sless, Keller Wiliams, Donna Jean Godchaux, Jeff Pevar, and Michael Falzarano. After Ripple retired in 2003, Ron was asked by keyboardist Melvin Seals of The Jerry Garcia Band to join his band, "Melvin Seals and JGB." A short time after joining Melvin and JGB, NRPS drummer Johnny Markowski came on board and the two developed a lock and key rhythmic feel on bass and drums that they brought to The New Riders. If the name Penque is familiar, Ron's uncle the late Romeo Penque was one of the most famous woodwind and flute players in the industry who was best known for his work with Miles Davis. At age 12 Ronnie was taught to play bass by his father Ron Penque Sr., an accomplished session bass player for 20 years, who gave Ronnie his 57 Precision bass (Dads Bass) upon his retirement. Some of Ronnie's musical influences are The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, NRPS bass player Dave Torbert, Donald Duck Dunn, John Entwistle, Paul McCartney and Jack Casady, among others. Johnny Markowski, an accomplished drummer, can be found playing his kit these days with The New Riders of the Purple Sage. When not on the road with The NRPS, Johnny works with his band, Stir Fried, and plays with various artists in many styles. Songwriting is also in his blood. His father, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, was a legendary producer and songwriter in the 1960s and 1970s. Markowski's band, Stir Fried, known for its blend of swamp groove, psychedelic improvisational music performs signature versions of Kaye masterpieces in addition to Markowski originals. The group has recorded and performed with the likes of Dr. John, Vassar Clements (Old & In The Way), Commander Cody, Buddy Cage (NRPS), Jo Jo Herman (Widespread Panic), Bernie Worrell (P Funk, Talking Heads), Derek Trucks (Allman Bros. Band) and Tony Trischka. Recently Jambands.com held a contest for the most impressive drummer/percussionist, and after two weeks of voting Markowski won hands down, beating out some pretty heavy competition.
DREDG - Highline Ballroom
Dredg (commonly typeset as dredg) is an American Progressive/alternative rock band formed in 1994 in Los Gatos, California. The band consists of vocalist Gavin Hayes, guitarist Mark Engles, bassist Drew Roulette and drummer Dino Campanella. With Hayes and Roulette enjoying art as a hobby, the band has consistently incorporated art, and painting in particular, into their albums and concerts. The band established themselves in the indie scene with their 1999 release of the concept album Leitmotif, landing them a deal with Interscope Records. Dredg continued to push the boundaries of art and music with the 2002 release of El Cielo and 2005 release of Catch Without Arms. Though their constantly changing sound has made them difficult to define, the band is most often associated with progressive and art rock.
Enjoy a meditative performance of changgo, the traditional hour-glass drum, adapted for p’ungnyu, the classical ensemble music of Korean nobility and seasonal theme for our performance series. P’ungnyu also refers to a state of human leisure, a removal from the mundane and elevation to a harmonious state appreciative of poetry, music and companionship. Join us in repose for an hour of this courtly music. At his performance, percussionist Lee Chun-seung offers a changgo solo, Suljanggu, Samulnori and Binari featuring three additional percussion instruments, the kkwaengguari, buk and jing. Lee closes with a rendition of Modeumbuk. Lee appeared at the 2002 World Cup Opening Ceremony and on the KBS Open Concert series. He has performed in Russia, Japan, China and the United States, and is director and conductor of the acclaimed New York-based, non-profit Korean Traditional Marching Band. This performance is presented with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts.
An Evening With Linda Eder - The Town Hall
Join us at The Town Hall for this rare opportunity to see Broadway sensation Linda Eder in an elegant and intimate setting. Quite simply, Linda Eder possesses one of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time. With a starring role in the musical Jekyll & Hyde, Eder (winning a Drama Desk Award®) became a favorite leading lady of Broadway. The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder's career. She has performed for sold-out crowds and has packed venues across the country. Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS. Trail Mix, her primetime Animal Planet special, was a natural extension of her love of animals. This season we're delighted to bring back this amazingly powerful songstress for a very special concert you'll long remember.
John Mayall - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
As the elder statesman of British blues, it is John Mayall's lot to be more renowned as a bandleader and mentor than as a performer in his own right. Throughout the '60s, his band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-'60s, honing their chops with Mayall before going on to join Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones, respectively. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark also played and recorded with Mayall for varying lengths of times in the '60s.
An Evening with Linda Eder - The Town Hall
The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street), Times Square’s landmark concert venue, will welcome Linda Eder for "An Evening with Linda Eder" on Friday, May 20th at 8:00pm. Considered one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, she won the Drama Desk award for her leading role as Lucy Harris in "Jekyll & Hyde." Ms. Eder will be performing songs from her new album, "Now," recently released by SonyMASTERWORKS. She is celebrating her two-decade long recording career. Her diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. The concert stage remains a mainstay of Eder’s career and she has performed for sold-out crowds across the country. Linda Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America’s most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs. She reunited with composer Frank Wildhorn for her new album, "Now," marking the musical return of this legendary team after six years. Eder’s transcendent voice is the perfect complement to Wildhorn’s lush, imaginative music. The dozen mostly brand-new songs on her new album elevate the spirit while capturing many moods. Following the release of "Now," she’ll begin a series of concerts that will take her coast to coast.
Music is Life - The WIlliamsburg Music Ctr
Helene Ruiz will be bringing back her multi-media and international artists collective ‘THE URBAN INDIVIDUALISTS’ and their artist affiliates to WMC with music themed and music inspired artworks paying tribute and homage to musician and composer, the great Mr. Gerry Eastman and “The Williamsburg Music Center”, founded by Mr. Eastman in 1981. WMC exists to foster the creation, performance and appreciation of American Classic Music. It is Brooklyn’s only black-owned and operated non-profit jazz institution, and the only one in New York City that offers classes and workshops in jazz performance and history. This exhibit will formally open on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8pm and will be accompanied with live music provided by Gerry Eastman’s band. A minimal donation of $5 at the door and a 2 drink minimum at the bar will go to WMC in order to help continue its mission to further the development of aspiring jazz composers and provide forum for new jazz works to be polished and performed and to continue offering classes in Music, Music Theory and Vocal technique. Eight children’s scholarships are made available each season as well. We invite all to come and support the mission and efforts in making education and culture a voice through the arts and to share an exciting, culturally rich and inspiring event.
Mari Kimura: String Theater - Bohemian National Hall
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT FEATURING MARI KIMURA, VIRTUOSO VIOLINIST AND COMPOSER. This event is FREE and open to the public. 8:00PM to 9:00PM, with reception to follow. Doors open at 7:30PM. RSVP REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE. RSVP to: RSVP@vilcek.org, (646) 395-8270, or www.vilcek.org. ******** Please join us as virtuoso violinist and composer Mari Kimura takes the stage at the Bohemian National Hall for a one-night-only concert! During the performance, Ms. Kimura will showcase her talents as an interpreter of classical music, a performer/composer, and innovator in the use of digital technology for musical expression. In addition to performing a selection of classical and contemporary works, Ms. Kimura will premiere new compositions, written especially for this concert, and debut a new variation of her revolutionary extended bowing technique, Subharmonics, which allows violinists to play one full octave below the open G without adjusting the tuning of the instrument. On one of her new compositions, Ms. Kimura will be accompanied by Grammy Award-nominated cellist Dave Eggar. Wearing custom fit sensor gloves, the duo will implement a new technology that tracks bowing motions, thus giving musical expression to the two bows as they interact. **** Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Kimura is a recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and was a 2010 Composer in Residence at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. To listen to a sample of Mari Kimura's album, "The World Below G", visit www.vilcek.org.
ZEBRA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Eddie Trunk Rocks/Q104.3FM presents ZEBRA featuring Randy Jackson (vocals/guitar), Felix Hanemann (bass/keyboards) and Guy Gelso (drums). One of the most exciting musical events of the 80's was the breakout success of Zebra, as they rose from regional popularity to national recognition. Their 1983 debut album sounded more like an experienced mid-career production than a first effort. Generating a groundswell of media and popular support, the LP became one of rock radio's most played albums and remained on the national charts for eight months. Such stand-out tracks as "Who's Behind the Door?" (which went gold) and "Tell Me What You Want" became and has remained video as well as audio favorites. This first release proved to be the fastest selling rock album in Atlantic Record's history! Zebra's second album, "No Tellin' Lies", found the band tapping their potential in a variety of new areas. The trio sought to emcompass a wide range of moods, and expanded their sonic array by using state-of-the-art digital keyboard instruments. The songs range from the hard rocking sounds of "Wait Until the Summer's Gone" to the Beatle-esque ballad, "Lullabye." The result was a diverse and ambitious follow up. With the release of their third Atlantic effort, "3.V", Zebra took their career one step farther: the album's credits read "Produced by Randy Jackson and Zebra". Thus, for the very first time, the group gained complete control of its creative output. Most characteristic of the band's sound, "3.V" is also Zebra's most cohesive effort to date. A collection of the finest songs they have ever written, the biggest sounding album they had made, "3.V" clearly shows Zebra's lasting power and originality. From the outset, Zebra has created music out of contrast and diversity, from massive walls of electronic sounds to lyrical acoustic moods. With this third album, they made their intentions clearer, their stance stronger, and their message more eloquent. "Zebra Live", the band's fourth record release, was an answer to the group's fan's decade-long request. It captures the band's energy and power on stage. Containing live versions of hits from previous releases, it also features the previously unreleased "Last Time" and Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean". ZEBRA IV was released July 2003 to much critical acclaim, Zebra is still meeting the constant demand for their live performances.
Front Line Assembly - Highline Ballroom
Front Line Assembly is the primary focus of Vancouver-based musician Bill Leeb. A founding member of Skinny Puppy, Leeb moved on to form FLA in 1986 with Michael Balch, releasing some cassettes (since released as Total Terror I & II) which paved the way for their 1987 releases: The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion. In late 1988, they recorded the mini-LP Disorder, since combined with Corrosion and released as Corroded Disorder. Their 1989 release, Gashed Senses and Crossfire, further cemented their popularity in the industrial scene, and prompted their first world tour. By 1990, Balch had departed and Rhys Fulber rounded out the duo, releasing Caustic Grip. But it was two years later when the duo released what for many has become the genre's crowning moment, the classic album Tactical Neural Implant, which to this day still defines the best of industrial music. FLA enraged many of their fans in 1994 when they began to experiment with their established electronic-only sound. Millenium, with its heavy doses of live and sampled metal guitars, dared its audience to grow and expand with the band beyond industrial's perceived barriers. Front Line stepped to the firing line again in 1995 with Hard Wired, which reflected both a return to form and a continued embracing of the guitar. Hard Wired not only picked up where Implant left off, it improved on the sound by adding in elements of all of their side projects. A fall European tour was recorded for the 1996 release Live Wired, their first concert CD ever. Also in 1996, Front Line Assembly followed up Hard Wired with two CD singles, "Circuitry" and "Plasticity", and toured North America with Numb and Die Krupps. 1997 saw the first realignment of Front Line Assembly since 1990, with the departure of Rhys Fulber and the addition of Chris Peterson to the ranks. Front Line's 1998 album, FLAvor of the Weak, featured the band's first flirtation with electronica. Re-Wind, a twin CD of remixes, followed later that year. The duo then released Implode in 1999, and Epitaph in 2001. Epitaph exhibited building intros, trancy synth lines, pulsing beats, and solid melodies, which proved to be contagious anthems for a new future of industrial music. After the 2001 release of Epitaph, another changing of the FLA "guard" occurred: Chris Peterson left, and original member, Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Conjour One) returned. The newly charged Front Line Assembly delivered the highly anticipated Maniacal single in late 2003. The successful single laid the ground work for the 2004 album Civilization, and Vanished EP which featured three unreleased tracks. Then finally in 2005 came the event that everyone was waiting for, a Front Line Assembly fusion. Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber, and Chris Peterson with new members Jeremy Inkel, Adrian White, and Jarod Slingerland began working on the 2006 album, Artificial Soldier. The newly re-formed line-up managed to create an album that no only lived up to the expectations of Front Line Assembly fans, but surpassed them. Heavy pounding beats, atmospheric strings, percolating melodies, dynamic synths and Bill Leeb's trademark vocals couldn't be fused together any tighter if you tried to do it at an atomic level. As if all of those factors weren't enough, two guest vocalists appear on Artificial Soldier – Eskil Simonsson from Covenant (on "The Storm") and Jean-Luc De Meyer from Front 242 (on "Future Fail")! After the release of the album, the band embarked on a successful world tour, and released the remix album Fallout one year later. Throughout the years, FLA has seen many line-up changes. Bill Leeb remains the constant behind the band. For 2010, a new line-up has emerged featuring Jeremy Inkel, Chris Peterson on programming duties, and Jared Slingerland on Guitars, and FLA has been joined by Three Inches of Blood guitarist Justin Hagberg, and guest keyboardist Craig Huxtable of Landscape Body Machine. The result of this reinvigorated lineup is the all new album Improvised. Electronic. Device. As well as the Shifting Through The Lens single. The new songs demonstrate that FLA has not lost its edge over the past almost two and a half decades. And as if Front Line Assembly's legacy and namesake alone weren't enough for the album, Al Jougensen from Ministry contributes his vocals to the song "Stupidity." Bill's work can also be heard on a wide number of side projects, including Noise Unit, Delerium, InterMix, Cyberaktif, Equinox, and Synaesthesia. Bill has also contributed music to the popular video game, Quake 3 - The Arena.
Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
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
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
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
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
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.