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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 EAGLES 40th Anniversary Tribute DESERT HIGHWAY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 01, 2012 - New York

As New York's premier Eagles tribute band, Desert Highway has quickly made a name for itself as the best Eagles tribute band around. Despite the fact that the band has only been together for less than three years, it have gained a reputation as the most accurate-sounding Eagles tribute band in the country. This band's renditions of Eagles classics have been recognized by leaders in the industry like Jack Tempchin (composer of "Peaceful Easy Feeling") and have received praise throughout North America and Europe.

MINIONS OF GOZER present A Live Ghostbusters Shadowcast! - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 01, 2012 - New York

The Minions of Gozer know Ghostbusters. And they wanna show it to you. But first, hold this marshmallow. Got it? Great! Taking their cue from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Minions of Gozer is Ghostbusters like you've never seen it before. Out of a deep reverence that could only be called fanlove, this group of die-hard Ghostbusters fans have decided to put on a midnight screening of the best movie ever made, in NYC where it belongs, complete with prizes, giveaways, and the very first ever live Ghostbusters shadowcast.

THE EAGLES 40th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE -DESERT HIGHWAY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 01, 2012 - New York

As New York's premier Eagles tribute band, Desert Highway has quickly made a name for itself as the best Eagles tribute band around. Despite the fact that the band has only been together for less than three years, it have gained a reputation as the most accurate-sounding Eagles tribute band in the country. This band's renditions of Eagles classics have been recognized by leaders in the industry like Jack Tempchin (composer of "Peaceful Easy Feeling") and have received praise throughout North America and Europe.

Matt Wong @ Sidewalk Cafe - Sidewalk Cafe
September 01, 2012 - New York

15 year old guitarist Matt Wong from West Windsor, NJ will perform at the Sidewalk Cafe in East Village on September 1st as part of his Summer 2012 Tour. This will be the last show of the tour.

More info on Matt Wong @ http://mattwong.webs.com Check out Matt's music:

http://www.facebook.com/mattwongguitar1 http://www.reverbnation.com/mattwong http://www.youtube.com/MattWGuitar123 http://www.myspace.com/MattWGuitar123

Roxette - Beacon Theatre
September 02, 2012 - New York

Roxette will perform at New York's famed Beacon Theatre on September 2. 2011 was an amazing year for Roxette with a fantastic world tour and the great success of the new album "Charm School". During the first nine months of their world tour they have played to over 800,000 fans at 79 concerts in 31 countries. Due to the overwhelming response Roxette received during 2011 they have decided to extend their tour in 2012.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 02, 2012 -

Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs. Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more.

METALLICA / SLAYER / MEGADETH / ANTHRAX: Tribute Wars 58 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 02, 2012 - New York

Join us at B.B. King Blues Club as Rocks Off presents a tribute to the four heaviest metal bands of all time - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax - performed by four of the Tri-State area's hottest tribute bands: Misstallica, Show No Mercy, Peace Sells, and Thunderbox.

ELECTRIC ZOO 2012 - Randall's Island
Through September 02, 2012 - Manhattan

In its fourth year, New York's Electric Zoo will again be held over Labor Day Weekend on Randall's Island. The festival will include dozens of of the biggest names in electronica including Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Tiesto and many more. Ferries travel to and from Randall's Island Park for all three days of the festival throughout the day. Departures will take place from East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street at the FDR Drive, with ferries running approximately every 15 minutes.

New Orleans Jazz Brunch - Lucille's B.B. Kings Blues Club
September 02, 2012 - New York, NY

CEG Presents NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH The Music of LOUIS ARMSTRONG w/ "Hot Lips" JOEY MORANT & CATFISH STEW Joey Morant hails from South Carolina and electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are perfect, and his admiration for Louis is deep and genuine. September 2, 2012 Showtime @ 12:00PM Doors Open @ 11:00AM Tickets $20.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show

Tickets: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=1781

BEENIE MAN & ANTHONY B - Highline Ballroom
September 03, 2012 -

One of Jamaica's much-loved child stars, Beenie Man's recording career began in 1981, when he dropped his debut single "Too Fancy." He spent the next decade honing his craft beside dominant dancehall figures like Shabba Ranks, Admiral Bailey, and Ninjaman before beginning his ascent to true reggae stardom in the early '90s, giving an acclaimed performance at Reggae Sunsplash in 1992 and clinching his first No. 1 single in Jamaica with "Mattie" in 1993. He also won the first of eight consecutive DJ of the Year Awards the same year.

THE NIGHT THE MUSIC LIVED-BUDDY HOLLY, RICHIE VALENS, BIG BOPPER TRIBUTE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 03, 2012 - New York

On February 2nd, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.B. "The Big Bopper" Richardson performed at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash that occurred hours later claimed the lives of all three artists and changed music history forever. Using information gathered from documentaries, books, and the memories of musicians at the show, tonight's concert will recreate Holly's last show with utmost accuracy and attention to detail. Featuring classic songs like "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," "It's So Easy," "La Bamba," "Oh Donna," and "Chantilly Lace," and more.

Il Volo - Beacon Theatre
September 04, 2012 - New York

The trio of Italian operatic-pop singers return to The Beacon Theatre this September.

Italian singing sensations, Il Volo, soar in their first PBS Special "Il Volo Takes Flight" as well as on their upcoming CD and DVD, "Il Volo Takes Flight � Live From The Detroit Opera House," which was recently released on Geffen Records.

BB KING BLUES CLUB ALL-STARS: HARLEM BLUES PROJECT - Lucille's
September 04, 2012 - New York

Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, Saron Crenshaw, and Barry Harrison.

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Top Dog! - Apollo Theater
September 05, 2012 - Harlem

Tonight's show is part of Amateur Night at the Apollo's salute to Harlem Week 2012. A special music guest will perform as we conclude this month-long celebration of community. Winners from the beginning of the season square-off at the Top Dog competition. Tonight, which one of our contestants will move one step closer to the winning title of Super Top Dog and the cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

SAGA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 05, 2012 - New York

One of Canada's most successful progressive rock bands, Saga has built up a loyal audience for its sophisticated music. Originally known as The Pockets, the quintet formed in 1977 from the nucleus of popular Canadian rock band Fludd. In June 1978, the band released its self-titled debut album. A modest success in Canada, it would eventually sell over 30,000 copies in Germany as an import. The band's 1979 follow-up Images at Twilight spawned the group's first hit in Canada with the lead single "It's Time," peaking at No. 84 in the Canadian Charts. Saga's subsequent string of releases throughout the first half of the '80s enjoyed critical acclaim, and the single "On the Loose" from Worlds Apart (1981) saw the band break through into the American music scene. Subsequent American hits included "Wind Him Up" and "The Flyer."

NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 06, 2012 - New York

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.

Bombino - Highline Ballroom
September 06, 2012 -

For centuries, the African desert town of Agadez has served as a converging point for the great camel caravans driven by the Tuareg people that link West Africa with North Africa and the Mediterranean. Born in 1980 at a nomadic camp near this dusty outpost, the young guitarist and songwriter Omara "Bombino" Moctar was raised during an era of armed struggles for Tuareg independence and violent suppression by government forces. He spent his childhood learning the survival skills necessary to a nomadic lifestyle. When he was barely 12 years old, his family took refuge in Tamanrasset, Algeria, to escape the hostilities related to the outbreak of the first Tuareg rebellion. In that same year, he picked up his first guitar.

MADONNA YANKEE STADIUM PRE-PARTY - Lucille's
September 06, 2012 - New York

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
September 07, 2012 - New York

Considering some of the voices they've heard, Times Scare knows Karaoke can be pretty scary. But just wait until sultry Mistress of the Night, Shequida, gets on stage to host Scaryoke live in the crypt every Friday night. Frightfully delicious sing-along fun where you can win special Scaryoke prizes! Sign up at 9pm, show begins at 10pm.

85TH CD Release Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 07, 2012 - New York

85th is a hip-hop collective that got its start in Woodhaven, Queens. The group consists of rappers 21 Quest, Eleagle, Matt Cronin, and DGoD, along with producer Ken-I. Together, these rappers incorporate into their music influences from poetry, spoken word, battle rapping, and music showcases. 85th has performed at The Apollo Theater, Webster Hall, CUNY and SUNY Colleges, and right here at B.B. King Blues Club. The outfit also recently opened up for Slum Village at The Knitting Factory, flew to Germany for the Bronx/Berlin Connection, made it to the finals of the Knicks Poetry Slam, and were featured on the MSG Channel. In other words, these guys have been keeping busy. Join the greatest unsigned rappers from Queens tonight as they celebrate the release of their latest album.

Blowoff - Highline Ballroom
September 07, 2012 -

Bob Mould and Richard Morel's Blowoff is a DJ event that has become a premier destination for a wide cross-section of appreciative music fans. Originating in 2003 in Washington, DC's Velvet Lounge, Blowoff started as a musical collaboration between Mould and Morel. The two DJ in tandem, laying down a signature mix of indie rock, electro, and house, accented by a series of artfully eye-popping vignettes projected throughout the club. With the focus firmly on cutting-edge music, dazzling live visuals by Nick Lopata, and stunning poster art by Baltimore-based artist Linas Garsys, the party has grown quickly and is now an established event in New York, San Francisco, Provincetown, Chicago, and San Diego. The Blowoff artist CD was also released in 2006 on Full Frequency Music.

Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble Spins & Grooves @ Somethin’ Jazz Club 9-7-12 - Somethin’ Jazz Club
September 07, 2012 - New York

Described as “. . . a cross-cultural collaboration that spins & grooves” by the New York City Jazz Record, Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble is an imaginative and tight quintet that churns out its unique brand of pulsating world music with infectious danceable rhythms in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian styles.

Bandleader Marlow’s delightfully inventive arrangements and lively presence at the keys, combined with the expert musicianship of this Heritage Ensemble bring real variety to the table. The incredibly expressive saxophonist Michael Hashim’s horns can both wail and tenderly caress; five-time Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria in tandem with percussionist Matthew Gonzalez add rhythmic drive to the mix; and the powerful yet poignant bassist Frank Wagner rounds out this stellar rhythm section that keeps the band swinging along.

More @ www.EugeneMarlow.com

ALMOST QUEEN-A Tribute to Queen - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 08, 2012 - New York

Almost Queen is the most authentic Queen live show since the days of Queen itself. This four-piece band boasts an undisputed live show consisting of four-part harmonies and genuine costumes, capturing the live energy that is the bona fide Queen experience. Almost Queen succeeds in blending its namesake's signature vocal layering and studio precision with the energy and spectacle of a live stage production. Elaborate lighting, effects, and costumes aptly frame the seasoned musicians who step into these very large shoes to effectively render an authentic Queen show.

Frank Dain Sings 'The Magic of Mathis' - The Metropolitan Room
September 08, 2012 - New York

Frank Dain returns to the cabaret stage in September with his first solo show in 13 years, in The Magic of Mathis. In four performances at New York City’s Metropolitan Room, Dain will bring fresh interpretations to such Johnny Mathis signature tunes as “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Wild Is the Wind,” “Misty” and “The Twelfth of Never. ” Contributing creative arrangements is Dain's frequent collaborator, Musical Director Kathleen Landis. The Magic of Mathis will also include infrequently sung jewels as “99 Miles from L.A.,” “Yellow Roses on Her Gown,” “I’ll Be Easy to Find” and “Photograph,” all part of Mathis's remarkable 56-year career. Multi-award winning director/entertainer Lennie Watts is directing. Scheduled performances are at 7pm on Saturdays, September 8 and 15, and 7pm Fridays, September 21 and 28.

MADONNA YANKEE STADIUM PRE-PARTY - Lucille's
September 08, 2012 - New York

The Fresh Beat Band - Beacon Theatre
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Tour Presented By Nickelodeon features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry) and Twist (Jon Beavers) performing The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the Nickelodeon live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation. Songs performed include Here We Go, A Friend Like You, Bananas, and Just Like A Rockstar, among others. The first-ever The Fresh Beat Band soundtrack -- The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show -- is currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere. The album features 19 catchy, preschool-friendly tracks also culled from three seasons of the TV series and has been number-one on the iTunes Children's Music chart since its release in January.

Performing The Streets - Albee Square
Through October 04, 2012 - Brooklyn

Thursday, Sept. 6:

Irondale Ensemble Project Members of the Irondale Ensemble, the resident company at the Irondale Center, revive last season’s smash musical theater work, Color Between the Lines. The piece is part of In Pursuit of Freedom, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Historical Society and Weeksville Heritage Center to tell the story of the abolitionist movement in Brooklyn.

Thursday, Sept. 13:

White Bird Productions presents Urbnergy, featuring Kat Ledell Urbnergy will feature the music of Kat Ledell - a combination of rock, folk, jazz, and funk. This Brooklyn-based group has some very impressive original music and will delight audiences with its uniqueness.

ISSUE Project Room presents Michelle Amador Michelle Amador is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter dedicated to and inspired by the transformational nature of voice and song. Often using repeated phrases and minor changes in vocal intonation and rhythm in a seemingly standard song format, her performances invite the listener to observe time, words, intention, and their relationship to one another. Performing with Tim Bulkley on drums and Ben Campbell on bass.

Thursday, Sept. 20:

American Opera Projects Three opera singers will perform song cycles set to poetry written by young Brooklyn students mentored by writer and community activist Angeli Rasbury. Presented by AOP and the Walt Whitman Project.

Mark Morris Dance Group The Mark Morris Dance Group will bring Brooklyn to its feet! Teachers will showcase three dance styles: African Dance, Modern Dance, and Zumba. Accompanied by live music, these interactive dance classes will be a fun way to try out your dance moves.

Thursday, Sept. 27:

Brooklyn Ballet Brooklyn Ballet’s Company and Youth Ensemble present Take Ballet to the Streets!, which will include excerpts from Brooklyn Ballet’s Hip-Hop Nutcracker, plus an excerpt from A History of Ballet in 9 Innings, performed this summer at the Brooklyn Cyclones MCU Park in Coney Island. Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education, and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities.

Thursday, Oct. 4:

Dancewave The Dancewave Company, a pre-professional dance company composed of talented Brooklyn teens, performs excerpts from its repertoire by world renowned choreographers: Twyla Tharp, Annie-B Parsons, Andrea Miller, and Ronald K. Brown.

Brooklyn Music School Brooklyn Music School performs an array of music and dance selections showcasing the amazing students and teachers of this 100-year-old performing arts institution.


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