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Things to do this week in NYC May 7-May 14: Music

May 7, 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.

Eugene Onegin - Dicapo Opera Theater
May 07, 2011 -

Dicapo's 2010-11 season concludes with Tchaikovsky's celebrated opera Eugene Onegin, Pushkin's story of a selfish hero who lives to regret his callous rejection of a young woman's love – and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. The libretto follows closely Pushkin's immortal novel written in verse. First performed at Moscow's Maly Theatre in 1879, Eugene Onegin conveys the romance and drama of a vanished world that the passage of time has reduced to the mere dimensions of a paperweight filled with snow. Born in Kiev, Moscow Conservatory-trained conductor Semyon Vekshtein last performed Onegin – with its unforgettable solo aria for Tatyana in the "Letter Scene" and the famous waltz and polonaise – in a joint production of the Montreal Opera and Florentine Opera Milwaukee. This new production will be Dicapo's second Russian opera in its history; the first was Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, presented in 1997. $50.

Ariadne auf Naxos - Metropolitan Opera
May 07, 2011 -

Violeta Urmana (pictured above) and Joyce DiDonato star in Strauss's brilliant opera-within-an-opera. Fabio Luisi conducts Elijah Moshinsky's witty production.

Orfeo ed Euridice - Metropolitan Opera
May 07, 2011 -

Leading countertenor David Daniels reprises his starring role in Mark Morris's inventive and moving production. Also featuring Kate Royal and Lisette Oropesa.

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 07, 2011 -

Ottmar Liebert harnesses the emotional fire and mournful tonalities of traditional Flamenco music, updates it with the subtle rhythms of Jazz and makes it widely accessible with the melodic song structures of Pop. The acoustic guitarist summed it up with the apt comment that Nouveau Flamenco is to the traditional variety what Bossa Nova is to Samba. But even the cleverest formulas are worthless without the animating spark of genius, a quality for which there is no formula, only serendipity.

100 Monkeys - Highline Ballroom
May 07, 2011 -

100 Monkeys is an independent funk rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band name comes from the idea of the "Hundredth Monkey Effect" in which a learned behavior spreads instantaneously from one group of monkeys to all related monkeys once a critical number is reached. The current members of the group are Ben Graupner, Jackson Rathbone, Jerad Anderson, Ben Johnson, and Lawrence Abrams. The band has recently risen to fame due in part to the popularity of member Jackson Rathbone, an actor who plays the character Jasper in the Twilight Saga movie series. Rathbone has given interviews about his work as a musician on MTV and VH1.

Mother's Day Concert Featuring The Whispers & Stephanie Mills - Beacon Theatre
May 08, 2011 -

The Whispers are a veteran R&B quintet with an impressive 23-year legacy of R&B hits. Formed in Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973), the Whispers turned up on the Dore label in 1964 with "I Was Born When You Kissed Me." In 1969, the quintet climbed the soul charts for the first time with "The Time Has Come" on Soul Clock, and they cracked the R&B Top Ten the next year with "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong." They've remained hitmakers ever since for the labels Janus, Soul Train, and Solar, with smashes like the solid gold chart-topper "And the Beat Goes On" in 1980 and another number one urban contemporary hit, "Rock Steady," in 1987. After being their backbone and selling point since the group's inception, twin lead vocalists Walter and Wallace Scott took time out for solo careers in 1993, but remain with the Whispers. Stephanie Mills first came to fame as "the little girl with the big voice" as the star of the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic book, The Wizard of Oz. She had many R&B hits such as "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," "I Feel Good All Over," "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me," "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)," and "Home," along with one certified, million-selling single, "Never Knew Love Like This Before." In addition, she also had five gold albums: Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin', Sweet Sensation, Stephanie, If I Were Your Woman, and Home.

The Reverend Horton Heat - Highline Ballroom
May 08, 2011 -

Undeniably, The Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, is the biggest, baddest, grittiest, greasiest, greatest rocker that ever piled his hair up and pounded the drinks down. Without question, for all of his outlandish antics, blistering stage performances and legendary musical prowess, the one thing The Rev always gets asked about is the story behind his unusual and rather clerical moniker. "Well, there used to be this guy who ran this place in Deep Ellum, Texas who used to call me Horton- my last name is Heath," says The Rev. "Anyway, this guy hired me and right before the show he goes, "Your stage name should be Reverend Horton Heat! Your music is like gospel" and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. So I'm up there playing and after the first few songs, people are saying, "Yeah, Reverend!" What's really funny is that this guy gave up the bar business, and actually became a preacher! Now he comes to our shows and says, "Jim, you really should drop this whole Reverend thing." It's been an almost 20-year journey for Heath, whose country-flavored punkabilly and onstage antics have brought him and his band a strikingly diverse fan base and a devoted cult following, not to mention the respect of fellow musicians worldwide. Revival, the band's first release for Yep Roc Records, is a return to Heath's roots - musical and geographical.

Bob Marley's Mysticism: What Christians Can Learn - Charlotte's Place
May 08, 2011 -

A two-part class series exploring the life, times, music, and theology of Bob Marley on the 30th anniversary of his death. International reggae star Bob Marley is widely recognized as one of the most important figures in 20th century music. As the 30th anniversary of Marley’s death approaches, The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones of Trinity Wall Street offers two free classes on May 8 (1 PM) and May 11 (7 PM) that explore Marley’s life, music and spiritual philosophy at Charlotte’s Place, 109 Greenwich Street (rear of 74 Trinity Place) in Lower Manhattan. Bozzuti-Jones, who grew up in Jamaica, often shares the inspiration he takes from the Jamaican musician with the parish. In a January sermon, he described the song “Ambush in the Night” in the light of the angels and dreams of Matthew’s Gospel. Bozzuti-Jones will be blogging about his favorite Marley songs, including “We Will be Forever Loving Jah,” “ Buffalo Soldier,” “Bad Card,” “ Natural Mystic” and “Ambush in the Night” beginning on April 25 at http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/news/blogs/the-fullness. Sunday, May 8 at 1 PM Bob Marley’s Mysticism: What Christians Can Learn A personal look at how Marley’s life, music, and theology inspired an Episcopal priest. This class will hear stories, see pictures, and hear music from a Jamaican upbringing, and discuss highlights from a new blog series of “Top 10” Marley moments. Key points will include how inspiration for a life of faith can come from unexpected sources, and thoughts on what it means to be a mystic. Call 212-602-0800 or visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org

Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera
May 09, 2011 -

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.

Morgan James Live at Birdland - Birdland
May 09, 2011 -

Fresh from her sold out engagements at NY hot spots, Dominion and Le Poison Rouge, Morgan James will continue by headlining the Broadway at Birdland series on Monday, May 9 at 7PM. Ms. James will be joined by her very special guests Christopher Jackson, Sharon Clark and Katie Thompson. Doors open at 5PM and shows starts promptly at 7pm. Tickets are $25 (with a $10 minimum) and can be purchased by visiting birdlandjazz.com. The legendary Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street. Morgan James is a talented, versatile vocalist with amazing range, her rich sound brings to mind Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy. She has been called “utter perfection… her vocal expertise was almost painfully beautiful. She could sing every style and genre of music flawlessly.”* This electrifyingly eclectic singer, utilizes fresh and rapturous arrangements of soul and blues standards, combining elements of jazz, blues and funk. Ms. James will share the stage with three amazing performers, Christopher Jackson, Sharon Clark and Katie Thompson. The ladies and gentleman will be backed up by a fantastic rhythm section: the incomparable Chris Fenwick on piano, Mat Fieldes on bass, Damien Bassman on drums, Eric Davis on guitar and Sean Nowell on sax. “I Cannot Recommend Morgan James Enough – She is Amazing!” ReviewsOffBroadway “When Morgan James sang, sound showered down over the heads of a transfixed audience. My scalp tingled and my friend and I gaped at each other, becoming giddily aware of being in the presence of massive talent. [Morgan James/Live] is an extraordinarily intense show; pure vocal athleticism carried James through the 90-minute performance. James’ is beautiful, charismatic, and is embarking on a galactic solo career.” - Laura Grasso, WomanAroundTown "What I did not anticipate was the sheer brilliance of the exquisite soprano, Morgan James. This young woman was utter perfection and her vocal expertise was almost painfully beautiful. She could sing every style and genre of music flawlessly.... from a raspy, soulful rendition of Heart’s "Alone" to the crystal clear purity of an operatic aria, hitting notes that I could only dream of in my wildest fantasies. Equally believable as a gritty punk rock chick, an elegant classical diva, or a Broadway leading lady...she’s without a doubt one of the most talented, versatile female vocalists I've had the pleasure of hearing." - Theatermania* "The entire show is worth seeing to hear and see Morgan James’ seemingly effortless genre-bending hybrid performance slip from screaming notes on Eleanor Rigby to a purely operatic voice required by a Puccini aria." - Broad Street Review “The seductive Morgan James has a wide range and a voice that goes from smoky to sweet for a few show-stoppers." - Philadelphia Inquirer

Hafdis Huld @ LIC Bar - LIC Bar
May 09, 2011 -

Hafdís Huld plays LIC Bar in Queens! 8:00pm - The John Yao Quintet 9:00pm - Anna Halldórsdóttir 10:00pm - Hafdís Huld 21+, No cover.

Kinky Friedman - Highline Ballroom
May 09, 2011 -

Starting April 27th in Kansas City, Kinky Friedman, author, musician, politician, beautician, and self-proclaimed Governor Of the Heart Of Texas, will be performing dates throughout the midwest and east coast, as part of his Springtime For Kinky Tour Of 2011. Often returning to places he has not visited in two decades, the Kinkster will be touring solo and promoting his most recent books, 'What Would Kinky Do?' and 'Heroes Of A Texas Childhood.' Buoyed by his Go West Young Kinky Tour last spring and his monster appearance on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October, Kinky will take his show to many of his favorite American cities. Playing the songs for which he is best known, like 'They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore' and 'Sold American,' reading passages from his books, and carrying on his hilarious running commentary on the state of the union, Kinky, the prodigal son of Texas, will, indeed, return to the scenes of his crimes of years past.

Ariadne auf Naxos - Metropolitan Opera
May 10, 2011 -

Violeta Urmana (pictured above) and Joyce DiDonato star in Strauss's brilliant opera-within-an-opera. Fabio Luisi conducts Elijah Moshinsky's witty production.

Hafdis Huld @ Pianos - Pianos
May 10, 2011 -

Hafdis Huld plays the Upstairs Lounge at Pianos! For more information, visit: www.okgoodrecords.com www.pianosnyc.com www.hafdishuld.com

Neil Innes - Highline Ballroom
May 10, 2011 -

Neil is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. In the period 1962 to 1965, Innes and several other art school students started a band which was originally named The Bonzo Dog Dada Band after their interest in the art movement Dada, but which was soon renamed the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (often shortened to The Bonzo Dog Band). Innes, with Vivian Stanshall, wrote most of the band's songs, including "I'm the Urban Spaceman", their sole hit, (produced by Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon under the collective pseudonym Apollo C. Vermouth) and "Death Cab for Cutie" (which inspired an American musical group of the same name), which was featured in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour. Innes won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Novelty Song in 1968 for "I'm the Urban Spaceman". In the late 1960s, Innes appeared with the Bonzo Dog Band on both seasons of the UK children's television series Do Not Adjust Your Set which also featured future members of the Monty Python comedy team. After the break-up of Bonzo Dog Band, Neil joined with former Dog Band bassist Dennis Cowan, drummer Ian Wallace and guitarist Roger McKew to form The World, a band hoping for "more commercial" success with music ranging from rock to pure pop, yet still retaining some Doo-Dah flavour and even a bit of the humour. In the mid-1970s, Neil became closely associated with the TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus, and played a major role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series in 1974 (after John Cleese had left). Neil wrote the songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the giant wooden rabbit, and the leader of Sir Robin's minstrels. He also had a small role in Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky, and performed with the Pythons on stage, including at their legendary Hollywood Bowl concert. Because of these long-standing connections, Neil is often referred to as "the Seventh Python". He appeared on stage with the Pythons in New York City in 1975, performing the Bob Dylanesque song "Protest Song" (complete with harmonica) on the album Monty Python Live at City Centre. He was introduced as Raymond Scum. After his introduction he told the audience "I've suffered for my music. Now it's your turn." In 1982 he travelled to the States with the Pythons again, appearing in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. He performed the songs "How Sweet to Be an Idiot" and "I'm the Urban Spaceman." After Python finished its original run on UK television, Neil joined with Fatso and Python's Eric Idle on the series Rutland Weekend Television. This was a Python-esque sketch show based in a fictional low-budget regional television station. It ran for two series in 1975-76. Songs and sketches from the series appeared on a 1976 BBC LP, the Rutland Weekend Songbook. This show spawned The Rutles (the "prefab four"), a Beatles parody band, in which Neil played the character of Ron Nasty. Incidentally the very first Rutles track to be recorded was "I Must Be In Love" which featured in the Rutland Weekend Television series and performed by Neil Innes and Fatso. After Rutland Weekend Television, Idle relocated to the USA, and Neil went on to make a solo series on BBC television, The Innes Book of Records (punning on the Guinness Book of Records). At the time of The Beatles Anthology CDs, there was a revival of interest in The Rutles and a new album was released entitled Archaeology. Neil also took part in the 2002 Concert for George, in memory of George Harrison. A film about Neil Innes called The Seventh Python premiered at the Mods & Rockers Film Festival on June 26, 2008.

Composers Concordance meets Bruka Band - An evening of New Music, Media, and Art - Gallery MC
May 10, 2011 -

Composers Concordance and Bruka Band will join forces for an evening to explore a variety of angles to the art of performing today. The music traditions include classical, world, jazz, and hip-hop, the cultures of the Balkans, South and North America, interweaving art forms of music, literature, dance, visual projections and photography. Composers Concordance and Bruka Band are two energetic, daring and diverse collectives of new music composers, performers and new art advocates. For CBCB, they gather an exciting array of New York based musicians and artists including: Bruka Band’s Milica Paranosic, Margaret Lancaster, Jonathan Zalben, Rubens Sales, Richard Manoia, and Peter Christian Hall; and Composers Concordance’s Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Dan Barret, and Lynn Bechtold. Tickets are available at the door. To guarantee admission, RSVP to info@milicaparanosic.com

Orfeo ed Euridice - Metropolitan Opera
May 11, 2011 -

Leading countertenor David Daniels reprises his starring role in Mark Morris's inventive and moving production. Also featuring Kate Royal and Lisette Oropesa.

Destruction - Highline Ballroom
May 11, 2011 -

FORMED IN 1982, DESTRUCTION HAVE BEEN A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON THE THRASH METAL GENRE AND HAVE BEEN NAMED BY COUNTLESS ESTABLISHED BANDS AS SUCH... THEY ARE NOW READY TO ENTER A NEW ERA WITH THE MARCH 2011 RELEASE OF THEIR NUCLEAR BLAST ALBUM "DAY OF RECKONING" ALONG WITH WHAT PROMISES TO BE THEIR MOST EXTENSIVE TOUR OF THE U.S. AND CANADA TOUR YET!!!

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
May 11, 2011 -

CONNECTION WORKS PRESENTS The 4th SEASON OF BROOKLYN JAZZ WIDE OPEN @ THE BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Event starts at 8:00pm. JOEL HARRISON LARGE ENSEMBLE. A Meet the Composer Commission entitled "Infinite Possibility" via Connection Works. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY CONCERT HALL. www.bqcm.org 58 7th Ave (at Lincoln Place) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Tel 718.622.3300

Bob Marley and Scripture - Charlotte's Place
May 11, 2011 -

A two-part class series exploring the life, times, music, and theology of Bob Marley on the 30th anniversary of his death. International reggae star Bob Marley is widely recognized as one of the most important figures in 20th century music. As the 30th anniversary of Marley’s death approaches, The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones of Trinity Wall Street offers two free classes on May 8 (1 PM) and May 11 (7 PM) that explore Marley’s life, music and spiritual philosophy at Charlotte’s Place, 109 Greenwich Street (rear of 74 Trinity Place) in Lower Manhattan. Bozzuti-Jones, who grew up in Jamaica, often shares the inspiration he takes from the Jamaican musician with the parish. In a January sermon, he described the song “Ambush in the Night” in the light of the angels and dreams of Matthew’s Gospel. Bozzuti-Jones will be blogging about his favorite Marley songs, including “We Will be Forever Loving Jah,” “ Buffalo Soldier,” “Bad Card,” “ Natural Mystic” and “Ambush in the Night” beginning on April 25 at http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/news/blogs/the-fullness. Wednesday May 11 at 7 PM. Bob Marley and Scripture . The Bible influenced Bob Marley in thought, word, and action. Taking specific examples both from songs and Marley’s experience as a Jamaican revolutionary and Pan-Africanist, this class will suggest how the music might influence our reading of Scripture, and our lives as a result. A reggae dance party follows. Call 212-602-0800 or visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org for more information.

Rigoletto - Metropolitan Opera
May 12, 2011 -

The Verdi favorite returns with great casts, including Christine Schafer, Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, Giuseppe Filianoti, Lado Ataneli, George Gagnidze, and Zeljko Lucic.

Hafdis Huld - LIVE @ Best Buy - Best Buy Union Square
May 12, 2011 -

Hafdis Huld plays for FREE at the Union Square Best Buy as part of their LIVE @ Best Buy Series! For more information, visit: www.okgoodrecords.com www.hafdishuld.com www.liveatbestbuy.com

Patty Smyth & Scandal - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 12, 2011 -

Patty Smyth first enjoyed mainstream success in 1982 as vocalist and lead singer of the band Scandal. That band's self-titled debut release became Columbia Records' biggest selling EP ever and included the hit "Goodbye To You". This was followed by a further hit in 1984, "The Warrior". Following two solo albums in 1987 and 1992, she secured a further hit record via a duet with Don Henley of The Eagles; "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" peaked at number 2 in the US charts and went gold. Its parent album, Patty Smyth, also went gold and featured two other minor hits, "No Mistakes" and "I Should Be Laughing". She had previously recorded with Don Henley as a backing vocalist on several songs on his albums Building The Perfect Beast and The End of the Innocence. She subsequently co-wrote the 1994 song "Look What Love Has Done", nominated for a Grammy and an Academy Award.

Hafdis Huld @ Dominion - Dominion
May 12, 2011 -

Hafdis Huld plays NYC at Dominion! $10 advance, $12 at the door, 21+. Visit www.dominionny.com for more information. Check out Hafdis Huld's music at www.youtube.com/hafdishuld!

Ariadne auf Naxos - Metropolitan Opera
May 13, 2011 -

Violeta Urmana (pictured above) and Joyce DiDonato star in Strauss's brilliant opera-within-an-opera. Fabio Luisi conducts Elijah Moshinsky's witty production.

Smooth Cruise Series - Candy Dulfer Smooth Cruise Spring Edition - Spirit Cruises
May 13, 2011 - New York

Join us for a very special Spring Edition kick off to our Smooth Cruise season as Candy Dulfer returns to the United States for the first time in two years. Cruise the Hudson river aboard the luxurious Spirit of New York cruise ship and listen to the music of this world renowned, Grammy-nominated saxophonist. Enjoy a fantastic May evening with views of the moonlit Manhattan skyline, indulge in delicious food and fine beverages, and enjoy a rare US performance by the extraordinary Candy Dulfer! Dutch-born Candy Dulfer first picked up the saxophone at the tender age of six. Over 30 years and two decades after her Grammy-nominated recording debut in 1990, the sizzling saxophonist has earned a reputation as a high-energy performer with charisma and sex appeal to burn. Along the way, Candy Dulfer has made scores of friends in high places. She appeared in the Prince video, "Partyman" in 1990, and played with him on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack released that same year. She has toured with him frequently since the late '90s, most recently on his Musicology tour in 2004, and played on his 2006 release, 3121. Other collaborative partners have included Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Maceo Parker, Van Morrison, David Sanborn, Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. Clearly, Candy is an artist who will not be hampered by the typical constraints of one genre or style over another.

Eastman Broadband Returns to New York City for Two Performances Highlighting the Music of Mexican Composers Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon & Juan Trigos - Americas Society
May 13, 2011 -

This May, Eastman BroadBand, a contemporary chamber ensemble from the Eastman School of Music, will return to New York City for back-to-back performances. The first performance will be held at the Americas Society on Friday, May 13 at 7:00PM and will feature the New York premieres of Juan Trigos’s Pulsación y Resonancias and Bagattella per Bartók. The second performance will be held at Symphony Space on May 14 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM as part of its Wall to Wall Sonidos program. Both performances will showcase the work of BroadBand conductor Juan Trigos, and artistic directors Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and will explore each composer’s imaginative interaction with the art of Paul Klee, the music of Bartók, the literature of Juan Rulfo and Italo Calvino, and the vernacular music of México. Following last year’s highly acclaimed Mexican tour that took the ensemble to the prestigious Festival Internacional Cervantino and Silvestre Revueltas Hall in Mexico City, Eastman BroadBand is “very pleased to return to New York City, and to share our passion for contemporary art music,” remarked BroadBand artistic director Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. “The sextets and trios by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Juan Trigos and myself that will be performed, will showcase a more intimate side of the Eastman BroadBand in works that demand virtuosic ensemble interplay. They will also reveal our distinct artistic voices against the background of the shared “poetic” threads that bind the works as a cohesive program.”

UFO - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 13, 2011 -

UFO are an English rock band, who were formed in 1969. UFO became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. UFO were ranked #84 on VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. So many musicians have played in the band since singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton, bassist Pete Way and drummer Andy Parker hooked up in 1969 that we wouldn't blame you if you're not up to speed on current UFO-ology. These days the UFO crew consists of Mogg, Parker, Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and guitarist Vinnie Moore. Way announced in 2009 that liver disease was forcing him to take some time off and is not in the current lineup. UFO will tour in support of its latest studio effort scheduled to be released in June on SPV/Steamhammer.

Bowling for Soup - Highline Ballroom
May 13, 2011 -

Talking with Bowling for Soup singer Jaret Reddick, you may not immediately get the sense that this affable, down-to-earth Texan fronts a Grammy- and Emmy-nominated pop/punk band with over a million album sales to their credit. "If you compare our first album to our 10th one, you could be like, 'Let's see… Well, their voices finally changed, and they got a lot better musically, but they still sound like the same guys to me," Reddick says, the grin audible in his North Texas drawl. "Man, I would hope we're still the same guys! Can you imagine what a bummer it'd be if we weren't?"

New York Choral Society Chamber Singers Presents American Tapestry - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
May 13, 2011 -

On Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, the New York Choral Society (NYCS) Chamber Singers presents American Tapestry, a program that explores the rich heritage of American music. The audience will delight in the secular music of William Billings, the choral works of Samuel Barber, beautifully arranged African American spirituals and the patriotic melodies of Charles Ives. Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom, composed in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth, will complete the evening.

Orfeo ed Euridice - Metropolitan Opera
May 14, 2011 -

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
May 14, 2011 -

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
Through May 14, 2011 -

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
Through May 14, 2011 -

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
May 14, 2011 -

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
May 14, 2011 -

REDUCED ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT click here to get on the list... http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_051411.html GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2011-05/14/dirty-south-pacha-nyc Doors 10pm VIP Table Reservations 212.209.7500

VOX 2011 - NYU Skirball Center
May 14, 2011 -

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 Native American Music and Dance Experience - CenterStage: The Queens Center for the Performing Arts
May 14, 2011 -

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
May 14, 2011 -

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 Tommy Emmanuel Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through May 15, 2011 -

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.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class. Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Queens' Sky View Center & CenterStage presents a Sunday Music Spectacular Series - Sky View Center
Through August 28, 2011 -

Sky View Center, Queens’ newest shopping center presents Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular featuring CenterStage: The Queens Center for the Performing Arts. The show-stopping series will run through the summer and feature a variety of jazz, classical string quartets, piano and percussion performances by the talented students and all-star faculty of CenterStage. The Pop Broadway Show performance will feature the sounds of Broadway, R&B and Pop featuring Dakota MacLeod (vocals) and Ray Naccari (piano). The event will take place at Sky View Center on Level D offering visitors a chance to enjoy the various musical talents of the local community while shopping around Sky View Center.

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