Things to do this week in NYC Oct 17-Oct 24: MusicOctober 17, 2009 - 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.
Ludo Concert - Highline Ballroom
Ludo is an alternative rock band which formed in 2003 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Andrew Volpe (vocals, guitar), Tim Ferrell (guitar, vocals), Tim Convy (synths) and Matt Palermo (drums). Bassist Marshall Fanciullo was asked to leave the band in 2008. Ludo toured with Tommy Cantillon of Tommy and The High Pilots, and currently is touring with Adam Brooks, formerly of Anchondo, until further notice. Volpe and Ferrel formed the band as a two piece and found the rest of the band through internet ads after moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band has released three albums, 2004’s "Ludo", 2006's "Broken Bride" and 2008's "You're Awful, I Love You". The latter is the band's first for Island Records and features the singles "Love Me Dead" and "Go-Getter Greg", both of which were major hits on American alternative rock radio during 2008.
Imaginary City - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
In even the most forgotten corners and forsaken shadows, the city seethes with life, splayed out in a symphony of sensations. In Imaginary City, New York's powerhouse percussion ensemble So Percussion immerses itself in everyday urban experiences, offering a multifaceted meditation on American cities. Inspired by Italo Calvino's ebullient descriptions of urban environments in his novel Invisible Cities, the four members of So Percussion -- all extraordinary musicians and composers -- join video artist Jenise Treuting and director Rinde Eckert to give voice to the evanescent beauty of the metropolis. Homespun sampling techniques harmonize with found objects cum instruments, illuminating the patterns of urban life and turning the concrete jungle into a cauldron of sensory experience.
The Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Leonard Cohen - Madison Square Garden
Following a sold out show at the Beacon Theatre in February, and two sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in May, Leonard Cohen returns to New York City to take the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 23. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the most important and influential singer-songwriters of our time.
Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
Following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Paul Zunno played lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson Pickett. His performances are a combination of 'stories behind the music' and a downright blow-the-roof-off-joint execution and technique as a guitarist. Zunno has truly earned his reputation as an outstanding live performer. His mix of soulful singing, guitar mastery and skillful songwriting have captivated and awed audiences for years. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting. More Info and Tix: www.zunno.com
David Foster and Friends - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
David Foster, famed musical showman, producer and songwriter, will take the stage at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 23 with a lineup of special guests and surprise appearances yet to be announced. Accompanying David on tour will be Philip Bailey from the chart-topping Earth, Wind and Fire, Peter Cetera, Oprah protégé Charice, and "American Idol" 's Australian heartthrob, Michael Johns, "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, Deborah Cox and more. As always with David's performances, fans can expect surprise visits at every show. With one of Hollywood's most impressive phone books, Foster has yet to reveal which guests might visit him on stage during the tour.
The Gibson Sessions - Live Music - NBC Experience Store / Studio Tour
The Gibson Sessions presents free performances at the NBC Experience Store. Artists scheduled to appear: Toby Lightman and Wes Hutchinson (Oct. 20); Ted Leo (Oct. 21); Ian Astbury (Oct. 22); and The xx (Oct. 23). All shows at 2pm.
Bob Weir & Ratdog - Beacon Theatre
Master guitarist Bob Weir founded Ratdog in 1995 after three decades playing as part of the legendary Grateful Dead. Since then, what began as a laid-back blues ensemble has developed into a top-notch, six-member rock sensation that performs both original and familiar songs.
David Gray - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
David Gray brings his 2009 World Tour to the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 24 with special guest Lisa Hannigan. Gray's latest album, Draw the Line, is set to release this September.
Ancient Paths, Modern Voices - Carnegie Hall
China's diverse and vibrant culture will be on full display when Carnegie Hall hosts Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture. Performers -- many of whom are traveling outside China for the first time -- include pianist Lang Lang, who appears three times, including a festival-closing performance on Nov. 10th with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu; pipa player Wu Man; composer and conductor Tan Dun; Yo-Yo Ma; the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and many others. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/chinafestival.
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.