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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 24-Oct 31: Music

October 24, 2009 - 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.

Bob Weir & Ratdog - Beacon Theatre
Through October 24, 2009 - New York

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
October 24, 2009 - Manhattan

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.

Brad Paisley - Mohegan Sun
October 24, 2009 -

The reigning ACM and CMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" performs. 8pm.

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space: James David Christie, organ - Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
October 25, 2009 -

JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE, ORGAN Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA Professor of Organ, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, OH Organist, Boston Symphony Orchestra Works of Marchand, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Bach, Alain, Barie and Tournemire For additional information and tickets, visit or call 212-288-2520.

Van Morrison - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
October 25, 2009 - Manhattan

Van Morrison takes the stage at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden to perform his classic hits.

George Pettignano's Ring-a-Ding Rock-a-Billy Swing - Patsy's Italian Restaurant
October 27, 2009 -

An evening of dinner, comedy, and song. A three-course dinner is accompanied by a variety show featuring comedy by the Bookends and introducing Tony Quaranti-Sounds of Sinatra. $65 (excluding drinks, taxes & gratuities). 6:30-9:30pm. Reservations required: call 212-247-3491.

Guernica at 5! Benefit - powerHouse Arena
October 28, 2009 -

As the end of the first millennial decade approaches, join Guernica in commemorating its quinquennial (this means we're turning five!). Guernica is a labor of love for all involved; to continue our award-winning coverage of arts and politics, we ask your support. Have a cocktail with the editors and rub shoulders with our illustrious supporters, readers and contributors. Performances by Jonathan Ames, creator of HBO's Bored to Death, and DJ Didi Gutman of the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian Girls. Benefit Committee: Tom & Susan Chehak (Chairs) Helene Brenkman Mark Dowie Mia Farrow Vallejo Gantner Tim Gray Caro Llewellyn Irshad Manji Paul Morris Robin Beth Schaer Ken Yeang Monica Youn Howard Zinn Honorees: Wendell Potter more All donations and ticket sales from the night are considered tax-deductible contributions. By purchasing a ticket, you will be directly supporting Guernica's ongoing mission of expanding a grass-roots international arts and literary community. All Sponsor contributions will be acknowledged in the evening's benefit programs, in correspondence, and on the Guernica website. Ticket prices include food and beverage, and all ticket-buyers will receive a complimentary two-year subscription to TimeOut New York. First fifty tickets purchased are entered for our raffle for two tickets to see Andrew Bird perform live in Philadelphia on October 25. Buy tickets here:

Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising - The Underground Lounge
October 29, 2009 -

Andrea Brachfeld will be playing with her quartet, Bob Quaranta, piano, Andy Eulau, bass,, and Kim Plainfield, drums, Jazz and Latin Jazz originals and standards at this very accessible and intimate club.

25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Benefit Concerts - Madison Square Garden
Through October 30, 2009 -

This October, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by hosting the biggest concerts of the year. Music legends and their special guests will be your guides through sixty years of rock and roll history, held over a two-night engagement at the "World's Most Famous Arena." For more information, visit

The Long Count - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through October 31, 2009 -

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists --brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie -- combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds. Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.

Ancient Paths, Modern Voices - Carnegie Hall
Through November 10, 2009 - Manhattan

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

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through November 15, 2009 -

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.

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