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Things to do this week in NYC May 18-May 25: Music

May 18, 2013 - 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.

The Killers - Barclays Center
May 18, 2013 - Brooklyn

Musical Performance: Malikka Zarra - Alwan for the Arts
May 18, 2013 - New York

Malika Zarra is an inspiring new international voice, both influenced by jazz and bringing her own culture and creativity to the melting pot of the New York jazz scene. Born in Morocco and raised in France, this gifted composer, producer and singer has invented a new Moroccan world-jazz by using traditional North African chaâbi, as well as Berber and Gnaouan polyrhythms to underpin her distinctly contemporary urban compositions, all the while maintaining a sophisticated improvisational modern jazz approach. Already considered a rising star in Africa, Zarra and her multi-national band recently appeared at Dakar’s prestigious International Black Arts Festival, where heads of state mingled with major African musicians like Youssou N’Dour and Angelique Kidjo. The New York-based artist's latest release Berber Taxi was an NPR World Jazz Pick and has garnered praise from musicians and critics alike. (*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket) *** Reviews - "Through the beauty of her voice and the magic of her compositions Malika Zarra reminds us of the musical diversity of our ancestral homeland, Africa. Close your eyes and listen." - Randy Weston "Soothing and sultry rhythms buoyed by modal, Eastern grooves” Troy Collins – Cadence “Malika Zarra is a rare and special voice, a natural-born musician who sings as easily as we breathe. Her newest CD Berber Taxi is a masterpiece, every track a gem.” - John Zorn “Strains of Morocco steeped in jazz-bred improvisations” - Brooklyn Academy of Music “Morocco’s gift to the international jazz scene” The Jazz Standard **** Related Links

Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre
Through May 18, 2013 - New York

Performing live.

Rebecca Luker sings Jerome Kern - 54 Below
Through May 18, 2013 - New York

Broadway audiences fell in love with Rebecca Luker when she created the role of Lily in The Secret Garden. Since then, she's delighted New York with Tony nominated roles in The Music Man, Showboat, and Mary Poppins, as well as her acclaimed performances in Nine and The Sound of Music. Her solo CD's, Greenwich Time and Leaving Home, are available on PS Classics. A long time champion of new composers, Rebecca has trumpeted new works in her appearances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and on her recordings. (Makeup for Jan. performances.)

Rusted Root - B.B. King Blues Club
May 18, 2013 - NY

The quintessential live band, Pittsburgh's Rusted Root celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Formed in the early '90s by singer and guitarist Michael Glabicki, the band's worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. To date the outfit has released seven albums and sold over three million records worldwide. After debuting in 1992 with the self-released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 Platinum-selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the massive hits "Send Me on My Way," "Ecstasy," and "Martyr." The group's huge success enabled it to tour with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, and The Allman Brothers Band. The band also claimed the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reunion tour.

Electric Daisy Carnival New York - Citi Field
Through May 18, 2013 - Queens

Insomniac, the premier producer of electronic dance music festivals, today announced that Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will return to New York for a second time on May 17 and 18, 2013 at Citi Field. Tickets for the much anticipated event go on sale February 8, 2013 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For the second year in a row, Insomniac will be working with RPM Worldwide, the team behind Pacha New York, as the local partner for the festival. With its spectacular display of special effects, state-of-the-art lighting and sound as well as hundreds of theatrical performers, interactive art installations and pyrotechnics, EDC New York will again create an unforgettable experience unlike any other show in the tri-state area. “Based on the tremendous success of the first EDC New York in 2012, there was no question that Insomniac would return to the loyal fans in New York who truly enjoy the multi-sensory experience that we create,” said Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella. Two-day general admission tickets will initially be priced at $159 with VIP tickets selling at $299 before service fees. A layaway pricing option will be available. A limited number of single-day tickets will be available for this two-day experience at a later date. Minimum age for VIP is 21 and older, everyone else must be 18+. EDC New York is one of Insomniac’s premier festivals on this summer’s tour of the Electric Daisy Carnival that includes stops in Chicago, Puerto Rico, Orlando and Las Vegas - which is Insomniac’s largest production both in scale and attendance. Full travel packages, hotel deals and shuttle passes are also available at

Ludovico Einaudi and His Ensemble - Ina Time Lapse - The Town Hall
May 18, 2013 - New York

Within Ludovico's classical style, you can hear echoes of baroque and Italian folk music, late romantic strings textures, and a wide variety of colors between percussions and electronics, appearing throughout a journey that transport the listener through a deep reflection on the concept of time.

Lucie Arnaz - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
May 18, 2013 - Brooklyn

Daughter of showbiz royalty Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, iconic entertainer Lucie Arnaz graces the stage of the Walt Whitman Theatre with an unforgettable concert featuring new arrangements of favorite standards by Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter, as well as Latin tunes made famous by her father and showstoppers from her Broadway career.

Morgan James - 54 Below
May 18, 2013 - New York

Currently starring in Broadway's Motown: The Musical as Teena Marie, Doris Day, and others, Morgan James brings her smoky and soulful renditions of songs from her debut CD to 54 Below, as well as a sampling of tunes you've not yet heard from her. Her debut recording on Epic Records, Morgan James Live: A Celebration of Nina Simone, offers up a selection of songs that show off her extraordinary voice and exquisite gift for merging soul, jazz, and R&B in a fresh and thrilling new way. She's fast becoming one of the most sought-after multi-genre vocalists in the country. Morgan was recently seen in the Broadway revival of Godspell (who could forget her sultry rendition of Turn Back, O Man?). Come see what led Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal to declare Morgan "the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century."

Aaron Tveit - 54 Below
Through May 18, 2013 - New York

54 Below welcomes Aaron Tveit for four special performances only! Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked.

Earthman Experience - Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 18, 2013 - Brooklyn

Haitian-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Richard "Earthman" Laurent presides over this nine-piece funk ensemble. Fela Kuti-inspired Afrobeat meets tribal house jams in the live turntablism of former Fugees DJ Hard Hittin Harry, who finds the danceable backbeat of West African djembe. The result is a sound that's both sensual and mystic.

ZEBRA - Napper Tandy's
May 18, 2013 - Smithtown

Classic Rock Band ZEBRA headlines Napper Tandys Smithtown, NY on Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 7:00pm. The original line up, Randy, Felix and Guy have been playing together for almost 40 years. Million Selling Radio & MTV Hits include; "Wait Till The Summer's Gone", "The La La Song", "Bears", "Who's Behind The Door", "As I Said Before", "Tell Me What You Want", "One More Chance", & "Take Your Fingers From My Hair". ZEBRA is member of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. Come early for dinner. Tickets are on sale now at Napper Tandy's Irish Pub, 15 East Main St., Smithtown, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY (631) 360-0606 or

Friends of Chick Corea: Musicians of the Future - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through May 18, 2013 - New York

Over his half-century as a professional improviser, Chick Corea has navigated multiple stylistic environments, moved back and forth between electric and acoustic feels, written books of music for a multitude of projects with friends both old and new, recontextualized iconic units from his past, and created fresh, new ensembles. During this celebration of Corea's music across all three venues in Rose Hall, Corea himself will draw upon these experiences to curate several specially selected units to interpret some of his favorite compositions. In The Allen Room, we feature two of Corea's young piano friends: Israeli piano prodigy Gadi Lehavi and Georgian-born pianist Beka Gochiashvili, the youngest winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition. Grammy Award-winning bassist John Patitucci; trumpeter Wallace Roney -- a mentee of Miles Davis; one of New York's most in demand drummers and current Corea-collaborator, Marcus Gilmore; and tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (5/17 only) join this hand-picked unit.

Marcus Roberts Solo / Alfredo Rodriguez Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through May 18, 2013 - New York

For this week's Chick Corea Festival at JALC, Corea has chosen some of his favorite pianists to perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. On Friday and Saturday night, each set will be a double bill featuring both a solo performance by the legendary Marcus Roberts, and a trio performance led by the immensely talented 27-year-old Alfredo Rodriguez.

Lucia Pulido & Ruben Samama: Live in Concert - 287 Spring Gallery & Performance Space
May 18, 2013 - New York

Lucía Pulido (voice, cuatro) and Ruben Samama (upright bass) explore several traditional songs from Colombia and Latin America in a duet setting, guiding each other into new creative directions. Lucía Pulido is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today. She has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, experimental style, and has participated in various projects, ranging from traditional Colombian music to jazz and world music. The New York Times says that, “Ms Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context”. As the winner of the Deloitte Jazz Award 2010, AJTA award 2007 and semifinalist of the Thelonious Monk Award 2010, New York based bass-player RUBEN SAMAMA is quickly making name for himself as part of a new generation of jazz musicians unbound by style and conformism. Ruben received a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Admission: $20 (includes wine service); seating with prepaid reservations ONLY (PayPal to or call 212 620 0935)

Charlotte Sometimes - Arlene's Grocery
May 18, 2013 - New York

Before celebrating her 25th birthday, pop songstress Charlotte Sometimes already found herself praised by critics and superstars alike. As Blake Shelton, her coach on NBC's The Voice recently put it, "She's a true artist and true artists have visions." She has been named a VH1 "You Oughta Know" artist and one of the "Top 100 Bands You Need To Know" by Alternative Press magazine. She has toured in support of Butch Walker, Gavin Degraw, Pat Monahan and The Hush Sound. She is currently touring in support of the recent EP, Circus Head. See her live at Arlene's Grocery on May 18th!

Musical Performance: Ahmad Gamal Presents an Evening with Egyptian Composers - Alwan for the Arts
May 18, 2013 - New York

Vocalist Ahmad Gamal will present a concert honoring the rich lineage of esteemed Egyptian composers from the time of Sayyid Darwish through Ammar El Shereiry. Among others, the program will feature works by legends such as Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Zakareya Ahmad, Riad Al-Sunbati, Mohamed El Qasabji, Mohamed Fawzi, and Baligh Hamdy.

WilliE's Celebration Concert ft. WilliE w/music by DJ Moka - Highline Ballroom
May 19, 2013 - New York

Born & raised in the Bronx; WilliE's desire to entertain people has been a natural thing to do. Starting out dancing in the hallways of school to doing school talent shows; WilliE truly wasn't afraid to showcase people what he loved to do. He landed a job dancing in a 3 day concert entitled, "The Ryan Leslie Dance Project" which later on he was hired as an intern/assistant for r&b singer, Ryan Leslie. In the midst of that; he achieved countless goals with dancing from traveling to Tokyo to dancing with the Amount Boyz. He gradually began to grow a love for film. He attended School of Visual Arts & became a video director/editor of his own. Music was calling him until he finally decided to write a song & record it in the studio. Blown away from the outcome of the song; he then decided to pursue music. Now; WilliE currently has 4 mixtapes of his own, a song featuring Ryan Leslie & a music video directed by his good friend Tyson Beckford.

The MET Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
May 19, 2013 - New York

Pianist Evgeny Kissin performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the MET Orchestra on this program, which also marks the return of Music Director and Conductor James Levine after a two-year hiatus. The legendary conductor leads the ensemble through excerpts from Wagner's Lohengrin and Schubert's "Great" Symphony.

The Great Googa Mooga Festival - Prospect Park Bandshell
Through May 19, 2013 - Brooklyn

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips, The Darkness, on opening day. Great GoogaMooga is back! Launching Friday, May 17th, with a kickoff concert, Great GoogaMooga will transform Prospect Park into an amusement park of food, drink and music all weekend long. Eat and drink from 85 top restaurants and more than 50 wineries and breweries. Enjoy themed parties, lively presentations and demonstrations, and catch performances by artists ranging from indie rock to New Orleans Jazz to Italian pop. Want to add a little salt to the rim of your day at Great GoogaMooga? We recommend the VIP Cocktail Experience, It includes Main Stage Viewing, Cocktail Bars and Seminars and a VIP-Only Entrance Lane.

Frolic! Rock 'n' Roll Carnival - Brooklyn Bowl
May 19, 2013 - Brooklyn

Frolic! announces its Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival with performances by the Little Rock-its by Frolic!, Tim and the Space Cadets,Mario the Magician & Special Guests! Attractions and activities include rock 'n' roll tattoos, face painting, photo booth, jugglers and more! Tickets can be purchased here:

ZEBRA - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
May 19, 2013 - Westbury

Classic Rock Band ZEBRA headlines NYCB Theatre (formerly Westbury Music Fair) Westbury NY on Sunday May 19, 2013 @ 7:00pm. The original line up, Randy, Felix and Guy have been playing together for almost 40 years. Million Selling Radio & MTV Hits include; "Wait Till The Summer's Gone", "The La La Song", "Bears", "Who's Behind The Door", "As I Said Before", "Tell Me What You Want", "One More Chance", & "Take Your Fingers From My Hair". ZEBRA is member of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. Fantastic LI band, Wonderous Stories will open the show. Get there early. Tickets are on sale now at , or Charge by phone (800) 745-3000.

Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
May 19, 2013 - New York

With Beto Torrens and Bryant Huffman, percussion; Soren Moller, keyboard; Ricky Rodriguez, bass; John Ellis, tenor saxophone; Denis Hernandez, trumpet; Billy Carrion Jr., baritone saxophone; Hermes Ayala and Obanilu Allende, vocals

Brian McKnight - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 19, 2013 - New York

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 14 albums to date, with seven of them certified Platinum, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, he has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, toured successfully for over a decade, and collaborated with performers across every genre, including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G. Born in Buffalo, New York, McKnight's musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church choir and a band leader for his high school. By the age of 19, he had signed his first recording deal with a Mercury Records subsidiary, Wing Records. In 1992, he released his self-titled debut, followed by I Remember You (1995) and Anytime (1997). Anytime sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, McKnight released Back at One on Motown Records. His most successful album to date, the disc sold over three million copies. Successive releases like Superhero (2001), U Turn (2003), Gemini (2005), Ten (2006), and Evolution of a Man (2009) posted excellent sales numbers as well. Along with several Grammy nominations, McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and the Billboard Songwriter of the Year award. He has even crossed the boundaries of the music medium into television, radio, Broadway, and even sports. He has hosted nationally syndicated television and radio shows, performed on Broadway as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago, appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, and even played basketball for ABA's Ontario Warriors. Of course, he still continues to produce top-rate R&B as well - he released his 14th and latest album, titled Just Me, in 2011 and supported the release with a worldwide tour and live DVD.

Big Sur Brooklyn Bridge Festival - Various locations
Through May 19, 2013 -

Big Sur, California's The Henry Miller Memorial Library moves East for a week's worth of art, music, and literature with friends Philip Glass' Days & Nights Festival , folkYEAH Presents, Grove Press, New Directions, the Allen Ginsberg Trust, Pomegranate Arts, The Big Sur Bakery, and more.

The Callback - Preliminaries - 54 Below
May 20, 2013 - New York

A weekly Monday night competition in which aspiring artists will perform for a chance to win their own engagement at 54 Below. The weekly late-night event is hosted by Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio host, Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio.) For more information on "The Callback" rules or how to submit an audition video, please visit

High Fidelity in Concert - 54 Below
Through May 20, 2013 - New York

For two nights only, the Broadway show that lives in the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to have seen it makes a triumphant return to the theatre district. Join show creators Tom Kitt and Amanda Green and a cast that includes original cast members Will Chase and Jenn Colella, along with new additions Adam Chanler Berat, Mario Cantone, Ana Gasteyer and The Indigo Girls (yes, The Indigo Girls – who will be in the cast on Sunday the 19th only) when 54 Below proudly presents a special concert version of this much loved musical. Directed by Leigh Silverman, it's a Broadway event not to be missed! More exciting performers to be announced shortly.

Caleb Chapman's Crescent Superband with special guest Wycliffe Gordon - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
May 20, 2013 - New York

Jacob White, Alto Sax; Trent Reimschussel, Alto Sax; Derrick Dymalski, Tenor Sax; Nathan Adamson, Tenor Sax; Hayden Payne, Bari Sax; Brandon Chamberlain, Trumpet; Tyler Webb, Trumpet; Dylan Vessel, Trumpet; Nik Clark, Trumpet; Jaden Bueno, Trumpet; Mary Funk, Trumpet; Nate Campbell, Trombone; Dustin Wong, Trombone; Courtney Taylor, Trombone; Sam Bennett, Trombone; Ben Rogers, Bass Trombone; Ivan Gygi, Guitar; Tony Elison, Piano; Brett Howard, Bass; Mitchell Anderson, Drums; Steve Stallings, Drums; Abby Draper, Vibes/Percussion.

Cyrille Aimee Live! Village Jazz Alive 2013 - DROM
May 20, 2013 - New York

The 4th Annual Village Jazz Alive event, hosted by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC), will be held on May 20th, 2013 at DROM in the East Village. The event celebrates the enduring music culture of New York City and honors the outstanding musicians who have helped to create and sustain it. This years’ event celebrates vocalist and jazz prodigy Cyrille Aimee. Cyrille has won many awards such as the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, the International Theleonious Monk Competition in 2010, and the International Sarah Vaughan Competition in 2012. "[Cyrille's] voice is like fine whiskey – oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness,” as described by The Washington Post. Her vocals are featured in the award-winning French documentary “Kings of Pastry." In a much cherished encounter with Bobby McFerrin, Cyrille is inspired to develop her loop-pedal solo performance. General Admission ($50) includes 2-hour open bar in addition to the show. Enter promotional code "student" to receive a 40% discount (only valid with student ID at the door). All proceeds return to the GVCCC, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating new opportunities for art & culture in NYC.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Beacon Theatre
Through May 21, 2013 - New York

In concert. Also May 23, 25, 26.

50% off for Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band: Presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York - Carnegie Hall
May 21, 2013 - New York

DCINY presents the award-winning Crescent Super Band. Under the direction of Caleb Chapman, this electrifying ensemble has been hailed as one of the "best professional big bands in the world to be comprised entirely of young musicians." Expect high-energy crowd pleasers for this lively, entertaining evening of big band music. For 50% off tickets enter the discount code online, by phone, or in person at Carnegie's box office - DCI16600.

Newsted - Highline Ballroom
May 21, 2013 - New York

The pursuit of heaviness has fueled Jason Newsted for over 30 years. As an integral component of Metallica, Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod, Ozzy Osbourne's touring band, and countless other fan and critical favorites, he's among the metal world's most fearless adventurers. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy Award winner is still charting new territory—for the first time fronting his own band, the explosive power trio Newsted. Opening acts: Wilson, What the Hell

Ellen Foley Record Release Show - Iridium
May 22, 2013 - NY

Join rocker Ellen Foley at the Iridium on May 22 at 8 P.M. for the record release show for her long-awaited album, About Time. Foley is best known as the powerhouse voice behind Meat Loaf's multi-platinum 1977 legendary duet, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," but after a 30-year hiatus from the music industry, Foley is ready set her chops on a musical path that is all her own with a electrifying new album aptly titled, About Time. It's her first solo album since the 1983 release Another Breath via Cleveland International Records, a division of Epic Records. She received several gold records and awards for her three solo albums recorded on Epic Records, produced by such rock legends as Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, and Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash. About Time features production from Eric Ambel of the legendary roots rock band The Del-Lords and the introspective songwriting of Paul Foglino from the cult favorite 5 Chinese Brothers

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band - Birdland
May 22, 2013 - New York

Inspired by jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and others, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
May 22, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the June 12 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on June 19. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!

A Celebration of Charleston - Carnegie Hall
May 22, 2013 - New York

After eight years sharing the excitement and splendor of chamber music in the ante-bellum historic homes and notable theaters of the Lowcountry, Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) will make its Carnegie Hall Debut at Weill Recital Hall on Wednesday, May 22. CMC’s core musicians and guest pianist Andrew Armstrong will present music of Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin. The program also includes the world premier of Charleston Episodes composed by Terry Vosbein specifically for CMC and this event.

of Montreal - Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 22, 2013 - Brooklyn


Gotham Chamber Opera and Missy Mazzoli Conspire - Le Poisson Rouge
May 22, 2013 - New York

Gotham Chamber Opera and composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli conspire to present an evening of cutting-edge new vocal works composed in the last 350 years. Works of Purcell, Gounod, Britten, Verdi, Mahler, and John Adams will be performed, along with recent works by Mazzoli, by Gotham Chamber Opera singers and Mazzoli's band, Victoire, in (le) Poisson Rouge's celebrated casual, audience-friendly environment.

Dudu Fisher - 92nd Street Y
May 22, 2013 - New York

Dudu Fisher, best known throughout the world for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, brings an exciting and visually stunning concert to the Kaufmann Concert Hall.

Dwele - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 22, 2013 - New York

Adult contemporary R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele grew up on Detroit's west side, listening to soul music from Motown visionaries Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as well as jazz on the radio. Born Andwele Gardner, he began writing songs at the age of ten, after his father was murdered outside his home, and attended Cody High in Detroit. Dwele spent a year studying music at Wayne State but then opted for an informal education, making music at his home while living in Dearborn and working for AAA. His demo tape, 1998's The Rize, made waves around the Motor City, and he spent time collaborating with Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village and Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia. Signed to Virgin on the strength of his songwriting and performance skills, Dwele released Subject in mid-2003 and cemented his appeal with European audiences (he was a favorite on Gilles Peterson's influential Radio 1 program) with a tour that summer. His second album, Some Kinda..., followed in 2005 and reached the Top 10 of the R&B chart. A couple years later, he provided the hook on Kanye West's hit single "Flashing Lights" and signed to Koch/eOne to release Sketches of a Man (2008) and W.ants W.orld W.omen (2010). Both albums maintained the singer's streak of Top Ten R&B albums. Greater Than One (2012), also released on eOne, featured some of his breeziest, most pleasing grooves.

At Last I Am Born: A Morrissey Birthday Celebration - Bell House
May 22, 2013 - Brooklyn

Featuring A LIVE SET BY THE SONS & HEIRS, NYC'S TRIBUTE TO THE SMITHS + MORRISSEY DJ MATT HEART SPADE A READING BY TONY FLETCHER author of A Light That Never Goes Out And a Smiths-inspired congregation of vegetarian food and fashion! The music of Morrissey, Johnny Marr & co. lives on with The Sons & Heirs, a NYC-based tribute band that brings the experience of seeing The Smiths live to the stage. Singer Ronnissey, guitarist Ravi Marr. bassist Christian Rourke and drummer Jonathan Joyce recreate the songs & stage performance of The Smiths with stunning authenticity & attention to detail, right down to the last gladioli left on stage when the band is through. The Sons & Heirs have been performing at some of the best venues on the east coast since 2006 and have shared the stage with the likes of Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Beacon Theatre
May 23, 2013 - New York

In concert. Also May 23, 25, 26.

A Hawk and A Hacksaw - You Have Already Gone to The Other World - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
May 23, 2013 - New York

The duo of Jeremy Barnes (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost, known as A Hawk and A Hacksaw, perform traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions. Their new album, You Have Already Gone to Another World, is music inspired by Russian filmmaker Sergey Paradjanov's haunting, 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. The Atrium performance marks the New York concert premiere of the album's music, and it will be performed to a screening of the Paradjanov film.

Sergei Kvitko in a Solo Piano Debut - Carnegie Hall
May 23, 2013 - New York

Sergei Kvitko, acclaimed pianist, composer, recording engineer and producer, presents a solo piano recital that includes Enrique Granados’ rarely performed, exquisitely passionate and profoundly poetic suite Escenas Romanticas; Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – the monumental interpretation, recording of which American Record Guide proclaimed “among the best ever made,” and his original virtuoso transcriptions of Bach’s Prelude in C Major – an unexpectedly romantic take on the famous piece; Mussorgsky’s Trepak from “Songs and Dances of Death”- dark and mysterious song transcribed for solo piano in tradition of Schubert-Liszt arrangements; and Eugène Ysaÿe’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 “Ballade” – violin bravura masterpiece in its first ever daring arrangement for piano. For the performance of Granados’ Escenas Románticas, Sergei will be joined on the stage by Lucas Segovia and Kara Zimmerman, the stars of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, for a unique mini-ballet choreographed exclusively for this collaboration.

Juilliard String Quartet Seminar Recitals - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
May 24, 2013 - New York

Performances to be selected from the following repertoire: Aeolus String Quartet - BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"; SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887. Aïzuri String Quartet - HAYDN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5; BARTÓK String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor. Rosco String Quartet - BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"; NIELSEN String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 14. Centre Street String Quartet - DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10; MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80. PUBLIQuartet - SCHNITTKE String Quartet No. 3; BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp". Kubrick String Quartet - BARTÓK String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major; BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky". Quartets from around the globe are coached by the members of the world-famous Juilliard String Quartet. The results are displayed during these concerts on the seminar's final day. FREE; no tickets required.

Link Up:The Orchestra Rocks - Carnegie Hall
Through May 24, 2013 - New York

Link Up, Carnegie Hall's music education program for grades 3–5 celebrates its 28th year with dozens of energetic and interactive children's concerts across the United States and abroad this spring, including eight performances in New York City over four days, May 21–24, in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The program and New York concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Approximately 16,000 students and teachers from the New York City area will attend and participate in an hour-long performance featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conductor Rossen Milanov, and composer and host Thomas Cabaniss. Additionally, around 50 New York City school students will perform on stage with the professional musicians at each Link Up concert. In this year's program, The Orchestra Rocks, students explore rhythm and discover how composers play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. The program will include music by Holst, Tchaikovsky, Carl Orff, Thomas Cabaniss, and Terry Riley.

Abdou Mboup and Waakaw - Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 24, 2013 - Brooklyn

A key developer of the mbalax style of Senegalese dance music, multi-instrumentalist Abdou Mboup is a longtime ambassador of Senegal's musical tradition. Having collaborated with the likes of Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Afrika Bambaataa, Mboup, who performs with his new band Waakaw, marries jazz with a virtuosic mastery of the West African kora.

Tom Waits Tribute Small Change - Lucille's
May 24, 2013 - New York

Small Change, Vermont's first Tom Waits tribute band, is led by jazz guitarist and vocalist Bob Gagnon. The band sprung from a group of jazz musicians, some of whom had played together for 20 years, who share an appreciation for the jazz-influenced songs of Tom Waits. Each song played by Small Change showcases the playing of seasoned jazz and rock musicians while staying true to the stories and characters described in Waits' lyrics.

Free Chamber Music Concert - Bloomingdale School of Music
May 24, 2013 - New York

CIRCADIA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS Journey to America - Chamber Music for Winds and Violin. Many composers are deeply identified with the music of their homeland. Antonin Dvorak’s music is laced with Slavic melody, and his work was essential in creating a Czech musical style. Igor Stravinsky’s early music speaks to the power of Russian folk music. But both composers spent vital years in the United States, and were profoundly influenced by the experience. Stravinsky - Pastorale; Eight Instrumental Miniatures. Dvorak - Romance in F for Violin and "American" Quartet in Eb major, Op. 51. CIRCADIA ENSEMBLE - Kaoru Hinata flute; Mark Snyder oboe; Christopher Cullen clarinet; Gilbert Dejean bassoon; Shelagh Abate horn; Naho Parrini violin.

The Birdland Big Band with Guest Conductor Rob Middleton - Birdland
May 24, 2013 - New York

Every Friday the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart).

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Beacon Theatre
May 25, 2013 - New York

In concert. Also May 23, 25, 26.

The Leviathan: A Sound Journey with Tom Kenyon - Symphony Space
May 25, 2013 - New York

Using his nearly four octave range voice, Tom Kenyon will sing "songs: from mystical and shamanic traditions from around the world. These tonings open acoustic doorways to our inner worlds. Being in the room with Tom Kenyon's amazing voice is a transformative, healing, and life-changing experience. This is the only East Coast experience with Tom Kenyon this year.

A Mardi Gras Weekend Celebration Louis Armstrong Tribute w/'Hot Lips' Joey Morant & Catfish Stew - Lucille's B.B. Kings Blues Club
May 25, 2013 - New York, NY

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary.

Late Night Dance Party with Ralph McDaniels - Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 25, 2013 - Brooklyn

Creator of the groundbreaking television program Video Music Box -- the first ever to air hip-hop music videos -- Brooklyn-bred "video visionary" (The Village Voice) Ralph McDaniels has been a pioneering hip-hop tastemaker for three decades and counting. Now a DJ for Hot 97, "Uncle Ralph" takes over the turntables at BAMcafe, where he'll be laying down old-school hip-hop beats until 3am.

Memorial Day Weekend Performances - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
May 25, 2013 - New York

The Manhattan Dolls, Sony Music Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson (featured on NBC's "The Voice"), Trailer Radio and the USO Show Troupe will put on exciting performances during a Memorial Day Weekend celebration on Saturday, May 25th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 (W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan.

The Drew Zingg Band Featuring George Whitty, Will Lee, Keith Carlock - 78 Below
Through May 25, 2013 - New York, NY

Two nights of fantastic music featuring The Drew Zingg Band. Drew is a guitarist extraordinaire who has played with Boz Scaggs, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Michael McDonald, Rickie Lee Jones, and Gladys Knight (to name a few). On the 24th and 25th he will be playing with Keith Carlock, Will Lee, and George Whitty.

Bill Charlap Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through May 26, 2013 - New York

Featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington.

Macy Gray Performing: On How Life Is - City Winery
Through May 26, 2013 - New York

These were songs that I would've probably written in another life," says Macy Gray in her trademark rasp. She's been asked to identify the common denominator linking the wildly varied songs on Covered, her stunning new collection of cover songs. "And," she continues, "they're almost all these kind of dark love songs, which is the mood I'm in right now.They already said what I want them to say, perfectly."

Lea Salonga - Back to Before - Cafe Carlyle
Through June 08, 2013 - New York

The Tony winner presents a nostalgic repertoire in which she revisits her life as a New Yorker and pays tribute to her favorite ladies -- most notably Ella Fitzgerald and her idol, Barbra Streisand.

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