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Things to do this week in NYC Sep 10-Sep 17: Music

September 10, 2011 - 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 Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
September 10, 2011 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

BETTY - Highline Ballroom
September 10, 2011 -

BETTY is the unique pop band from NYC whose music has won two EMMY's, two BMI Career Excellence Awards, numerous humanitarian awards and the hearts of fans everywhere. BETTY performs legendary live shows all over the world, often featuring their hits from shows like The L Word, Ugly Betty, Weeds, HBO's Real Sex, Comedy Central's Out On The Edge and the upcoming Love Bites on NBC. Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar), Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass), and Amy Ziff (vocals, cello) are known for their thrilling harmonies, hilarious banter and songs that reflect their lust for life, as well as their unceasing commitment to Equality and Human Rights.

LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 10, 2011 - New York

Some call him a genius, others claim he's certifiably insane, a madman. Truth is, he's both, but more importantly, Lee "Scratch" Perry is a towering figure in reggae - a producer, mixer, and songwriter who, along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world. Along with producing some of the most influential acts (Bob Marley & the Wailers and the Congos, to name but two) in reggae history, Perry's approach to production and dub mixing is breathtakingly innovative and audacious - no one else sounds like him - and while many claim that King Tubby invented dub, there are just as many who would argue that no one has experimented with it or has taken it further than Lee Perry.

New York Philharmonic: A Concert for New York for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 - In Remembrance and Renewal - Lincoln Center
September 10, 2011 -

Conductor Alan Gilbert leads a free performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, The Resurrection. Tickets will be distributed (one pair per person) beginning at 4pm on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on the day of the concert. There will be additional seating on the Plaza for the live projection of the concert. 7:30pm.

September Concert: Union Square - Union Square South Plaza
September 10, 2011 - New York

Cutting edge, New York-based artists with international roots will perform in genres ranging from ancient ethnic dance traditions to hip-hop and beat-boxing. Join us to celebrate our common humanity, honor the memory of 9/11, and envision a future filled with peace, joy…and rocking music! Lineup Includes: ABADA Capoeira with Instrutor Mucuiu; PURE; Scottish Choirs: InChorus, Lothian & Borders Police Choir and Tayside Police Choir; Declan Bennett; Charlotte Sometimes; Beatboxer J. Stone and Hip-Hop MCs NSR & Sneakas. Find out more here:

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Beacon Theatre
September 10, 2011 - New York

As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. After building successful solo careers, the two have been guests on each other's albums, toured together, and have each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). Now they have joined forces, writing and recording with their new 11 piece band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group just released, Revelator, an album Rolling Stone describes as a "meaty masterpiece" that echoes so many great traditions- Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk- blended with an entirely original, modern sensibility. Recognized for their outstanding live performances, the Tedeschi Trucks Band also includes singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge, drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, plus trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons. The first generation of this new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Japan's Fuji Rock Fest.

MIKE PETERS Of THE ALARM - JTX - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 11, 2011 - New York

The beginnings of The Alarm are rooted in the punk rock soundclash of 1977 when an impressionable Mike Peters began writing three minute blasts of electric noise on a beat up white guitar. The energy of the times has sustained Mike Peters ever since. Formed by Mike Peters in 1981, the early Alarm sound featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description "Bob Dylan meets The Clash". This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. (The Alarm's most recent chart success `Three Sevens Clash' (Guerilla Tactics 2008), rose to number 3 in the Alternative US Radio Charts). Another all together darker dimension was added to this ever evolving Alarm story when Mike Peters was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), just before the release of `Under Attack' in January 2006. Despite having to undertake a heavy schedule of chemotherapy, Mike Peters carried out all his duties as front man of The Alarm. In between monthly chemo sessions he played every show booked in the UK and even two tours of the USA including an emotional performance at The Joey Ramone Lymphoma Research Benefit Concert in New York City. Whilst in New York Mike Peters received the news his family and Alarm fans worldwide had been hoping for when he was declared to be in remission. BBC cameras had been allowed to capture Mike's cancer battle from the beginning, and a powerful and revealing TV documentary `The Road To Recovery' was broadcast in August 2006. Since then Mike Peters has formed his own cancer charity Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF) taking the fight against cancer to new heights and leading a team of musicians to 18,500 feet on Mt. Everest to break the record for the world's highest concert on land and help build a cancer centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then Mike Peters and LHSF have hosted further ground breaking musical treks to Macchu Picchu (2008), and the summit of Kilimanjaro (2009), providing much needed cancer care for those in the developing world. LHSF is now the biggest rock and roll cancer charity in the world, running hundreds of DNA Saliva based bone marrow donor drives at music events all across the USA and (after some powerful Mike Peters lead campaigns in Parliament), now doing the same at home in the UK. This August, Mike Peters will once again lead the LHSF team to Mt. Fuji in Japan to further highlight the need for a global initiative in the registration of bone marrow donors.

9/11 Sunrise Ceremony - The Spiral Fountain, Castle Clinton
September 11, 2011 -

9-11 Sunrise Ceremony, a commemorative event showcasing music, poetry and reflections at dawn on September 11th. The Ceremony is being produced to reawaken a tradition from the first years after 9-11 that drew together people from across the community and city. Colors will be presented by the NYS National Guard Color Guard. Musical interludes will include Native American drummer/singer Waya Richardson (Tuscarora ) of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, cellist Sean Grissom playing America, and students of the AllStars Project. singing Lean on Me. Readers will include elected officials, members of the uniformed services, clergy, workers and survivors of 9-11, and representatives of the partnering community organizations. 6:30am sharp-7:20am. Support for the project is provided by the following partners: Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Howard Teich, New York Together, The Battery Conservancy, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 9-11 Memorial Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Association for a Better New York, Manhattan Media, and M+R Strategic Services.

Remembering September 11 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 11, 2011 -

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Wordless Music Orchestra will perform a world premiere live orchestration of William Basinski's ambient masterwork, "The Disintegration Loops, dlp 1.1," as well as three other works of memory and remembrance: Ingram Marshall's "Fog Tropes II" for strings and tape, Osvaldo Golijov's "Tenebrae" for string quartet, and Alfred Schnittke's "Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled With Grief," arranged by David Harrington. 3:30pm.

Blondie - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
September 12, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

GORDON LIGHTFOOT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 12, 2011 - New York

Canadian singer and songwriter Gordon Lightfoot achieved international success in folk, country, and popular music. He came to prominence in the 1960s, and broke through on the international music charts in the 1970s with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974) and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976). His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most successful recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his "favourite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure." Lightfoot was born to Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Sr. and Jessica Lightfoot in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. As a youth, he sang in the choir of St. Paul's United Church under the direction of choir-master Ray Williams. Lightfoot remarked in 2005 that it was Williams who "taught him how to sing with emotion and how to have confidence in his voice". Lightfoot moved to Los Angeles, California during the 1950s where he studied at Hollywood's Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada by the early 1960s and began performing in coffee houses in the Toronto folk scene. He sang with Terry Whelan in a duo called the Two Tones. They released a live album recorded in 1962 called Two Tones at the Village Corner. In 1966, his debut album Lightfoot! was released and it brought him recognition as a songwriter.

Lady Antebellum - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
September 13, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Blondie - Highline Ballroom
Through September 13, 2011 -

Inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Blondie emerged as the great pop icons of New York's celebrated late '70s new wave punk scene by defying easy categorization. They wrote great rock hooks and brilliant, ironic lyrics. They had the hippest clothes and the coolest hair. Debbie Harry went from the pages of Punk magazine to being on the cover of just about every mainstream publication on the newsstands. The original Blondie was formed in 1974 by art student/guitarist Chris Stein and ex-folkie and ex-Max's Kansas City waitress, vocalist/songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri joined in 1975. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and Mothers, amassing a major following before recording their first album Blondie in 1976 for the Private Stock label. It was released in 1977 and was well received as the band toured in support of Iggy Pop and David Bowie. In the summer of 1977, they released their second album, Plastic Letters, and toured Europe and Asia. In March '78, the single "Denis" hit #2 in the U.K. That summer, the band worked with producer Mike Chapman to hone their radio sound and create the album Parallel Lines, with the single "Picture This" going #12 in the U.K. and the follow-up, "Hanging on the Telephone," hitting #5. Blondie had their first #1 record in the U.S. with "Heart of Glass," which also sold over a million copies in the U.K., with the album moving more than 20 million copies worldwide. The fourth single from Parallel Lines, "Sunday Girl," also hit #1 in the U.K. In September 1979, the band's fourth album, Eat to the Beat, was released, along with the first-ever album-length video. Before year's end, Blondie continued their chart presence in the U.K. with the #2 hit "Dreaming." By February '80, they landed another #1 U.K. single in "Atomic" and two months later scaled the U.S. charts a second time with "Call Me," from the Paul Schrader film, American Gigolo. Before the end of the year, Eat to the Beat was certified platinum. The fifth Blondie album, Autoamerican, produced the #1 U.K. smash, "The Tide Is High," which duplicated that feat in the U.S. The band appeared on the popular TV show Solid Gold, and soon the album was solid platinum. Debbie released her first solo album, Koo Koo, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic and featuring a cover by H.R. Giger, the Academy Award winning sci-fi artist who created the Alien creature. The band produced The Hunter in 1982, which included the single "Island of Lost Souls," their final U.S. hit before Chris was felled by a rare and often fatal genetic disease, which led to a sudden hiatus for the group. Debbie went on to appear in numerous films and plays and to create music in various contexts. In recent years she has been the featured vocalist of the Jazz Passengers. Jimmy left music for a while to become a family man and contractor. Chris produced various bands in New York. Clem continued to record and tour with top acts. Sixteen years later the band members were used to being apart, but miraculously they were still talking. The friendships were still there. The doors were ajar. Responding to a request, they reformed to play a concert and had so much fun and found so much chemistry remaining that they decided to try to make some new music. That worked out so well that they re-formed and made a new album, No Exit, the seventh Blondie studio album, produced by Craig Leon, who had actually produced the band's first single, "X-Offender," and worked on the first album assisting producer Richard Gottehrer. No Exit was a perfect, up-to-date evolution of Blondie - a great collection of perfectly crafted pop songs. The trademark elements were still there: that perfect, propulsive beat; Debbie's unmistakable voice, seductive, soulful yet ironic; atmospheric keyboards, sometimes lush, sometimes eerie; and brilliantly articulated guitar lines. It was an auspicious return, highlighted by the hit "Maria," which went to #1 in 14 countries. The album sold more than two million units worldwide and, behind it, the band completed two tours of the U.S, the U.K. and Europe. The band returned with The Curse of Blondie, their 11th album, featuring 14 powerful new songs - probably the most musically varied and experimental album in the group's history. Blondie's Live By Request CD and DVD came out on September 14, 2004, and the band released their Greatest Hits: Sight and Sound CD/DVD in the U.K. (which quickly went gold) to coincide with a British tour in November-December 2005. The package came out in the U.S. in spring 2006 on Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing. Aside from including the groundbreaking videos made by the group between 1977-1982, the CD/DVD features the bonus track and video of "Rapture Riders," a mash-up of "Rapture" and The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." The group's Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing release, The Best of Blondie, has been certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than two million. One of the plaques was auctioned off to raise money to help the legendary CBGB's club in an attempt to stave off eviction from its downtown location. In 2008, EMI will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Blondie's Parallel Lines with a re-release of the iconic album that gave the band their first #1 hit in the U.S., "Heart of Glass," and went on to sell over 20 million copies - an extraordinary feat achieved only by an elite club of artists. The reissue contains all the original classic tracks, along with instrumental versions, some vintage recordings previously available only on vinyl, plus exclusive video content. The timeless band that broke records and crossed boundaries with their unique style and music will hit the road again for a tour that will take them across the U.S. and Europe from summer through the end of the year. Debbie is rightfully proud of the band's hard work and accolades: "The guys have gotten really good at what they do. I mean, they always were good players and songwriters, but I think now you could say they're accomplished."

TODD RUNDGREN - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 13, 2011 - New York

The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album, "A Wizard, A True Star" aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential ..60's cult group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him 'Rock's New Wunderkind'. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as I Saw The Light, Hello It's Me, Can We Still Be Friends, and Bang The Drum. In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that, for millions, defined the term "progressive rock." Rundgren's myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commisioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for a number of television series, including Pee Wee's Playhouse and Crime Story. Rundgren recently performed his iconic 1973 album A Wizard A True Star in concert in its entireity for the first time ever. His latest studio album Todd Rundgren's Johnson, a collection of classic Robert Johnson songs, is being released this summer.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
September 14, 2011 -

Throughout the Amateur Night season, contestants from all over the world compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a 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.

The Klezmatics - Highline Ballroom
September 14, 2011 -

The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The Klezmatics emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City's East Village in 1986 with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. In the course of over twenty years and nine albums they have stubbornly continued making music that is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable.

September 14, 2011 - New York

"Corky" Laing is best known as the longtime drummer of the hard rock band, Mountain. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Laing was the youngest of five children. Getting his break playing drums for legendary vocal group The Ink Spots in 1961, he later played in a group called Energy, who were produced by Cream collaborator and Laing's future band mate Felix Pappalardi. Laing left Energy in 1969 to replace drummer N.D. Smart in hard rock outfit and heavy metal forerunner Mountain, who, with Laing at the drum kit, released three albums and the classic song Mississippi Queen between 1970 and 1971. After the band's first breakup the following year, Laing and Leslie West went on to form blues-rock power trio West, Bruce and Laing with former Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce. West, Bruce and Laing produced two studio albums and a live release before Mountain reformed in 1974 and released two more albums, Avalanche and the live Twin Peaks, only to break up again shortly after. The band would once again reconvene in 1985 upon the release of Go For Your Life, and Laing has continued with them to this day, most recently working on the band's 2007 Bob Dylan cover album Masters of War. In addition to Mountain, Corky Laing has recorded as the group Cork, with Spin Doctors guitarist/vocalist Eric Schenkman and Noel Redding, best known as bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In late 1975, he played congas on several tracks on Bo Diddley's all-star album The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll. In 2003, Laing and Leslie West authored Nantucket Sleighride and Other Mountain on-the-Road Stories, a chronicle of their time with Mountain in its heyday and their careers in the years following. In 2007, Laing recorded Stick It!, the audio version of his memoirs that would ultimately inspire the Under The Rock radio show, beginning on CHUM stations across Canada in September 2008.

Khaled Live @ Slane Public House - Slane
September 15, 2011 - New York

This is Khaled's Debuts at Slane Public House Performing a 75 minute set of originals and covers. Thanks to for bringing the shows together. DOORS OPEN AT 9PM. This is a FREE show! Come sing your heart out! 21+ (West 4th subway stop on the B, D, F, M, A, C, E lines) Khaled's music is the definition of East meets West. This unique style and sound, now dubbed Alternative World Fusion, brings together the music of cultures from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Khaled's latest album, "The Rabbit Hole", proves that Alternative World Fusion can be dark, sexy and Rock 'n Roll. "The Rabbit Hole" has been nominated for the Outstanding Album Award at the 2010 Hoboken Music Awards, and named it one of Northern New Jersey's best albums of 2010 calling it, " of the most engaging and eclectic local releases of the year...the intricacy and passion of [Khaled's] guitar transcends language and culture and more than stands on its own...creating a freewheeling mix of love songs and instrumentals that truly earns the title 'world music.'"

Dailymotion's Music in Motion: Hal Willner's Freedom Rides Project - Highline Ballroom
September 15, 2011 -

Dailymotion, the world's largest independent web video site, presents "Music in Motion: Hal Willner's Freedom Rides" benefitting the William J. Clinton Foundation. Dailymotion's inaugural "Music in Motion" concert kicks off a series of electrifying musical fundraising events in cities across the U.S. Curated by acclaimed producer Hal Willner, this edition of "Music in Motion" features collaborative performances by music icons and will be streamed on with behind-the-scenes interviews, candid moments and more. Dailymotion will also host a charity auction, offering one-of-a-kind memorabilia from the event's legendary performers. The maverick music producer Hal Willner brings his singular genius for curating multi-artist concept shows to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. An all-star cast including many surprise guests joins a mind-blowing band and choir to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, which integrated the interstate bus system and helped bring America's and the world's attention to the deprivations of the segregated South. In what promises to be an unforgettable event, Willner will convene his usual surprising and eclectic array of musicians, actors, and other artists - established and emerging, famous and infamous - to perform songs that inspired, illuminated, and sprang from the tumultuous aftermath of the Movement. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the William J. Clinton Foundation, which President Bill Clinton established with the mission to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment, by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens — leveraging their expertise, resources, and passions — to turn good intentions into measurable results.

VONDA SHEPARD - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 15, 2011 - New York

Vonda Shepard's career has ranged in scope from early hits in the late '80s with "Don't Cry Ilene" (Reprise Records) and "Can't We Try" (with Dan Hill) to her work as an independent artist, and then as the voice of Ally McBeal, selling more than 12 million records worldwide throughout the span of the hit TV show. Her most recent CD From the Sun (as well as its live counterpart, From the Sun Tour: Live in San Javier) finds her indie roots firmly planted. Infusing her deep and melodic songwriting style with splashes of powerful vocals, From the Sun is her fourth collaboration with legendary producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman). Froom describes the album as "modern-day soul" with Vonda's solid piano playing and soulful, blues-inspired voice driving the tracks. From the Sun also features guitarist James Ralston (Tina Turner), bassist Jim Hanson (Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen), and drummer Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Tori Amos, John Mayer), as well as mixer/engineer David Boucher (Daniel Powter, Indigo Girls, Andrew Bird). "I love performing live so much - I wanted to write songs that I could really wail on. I love the idea of making and releasing my own records exactly the way I envision them, then going on the road, getting the music out there and having a blast doing it all. I have tons of energy for music and life." From the Sun highlights the work of an artist who began performing original material at small L.A. clubs at age 14. Having released five studio albums of original material, a live retrospective and DVD, and four soundtracks for the series Ally McBeal since, Vonda is a remarkable talent with boundless energy and inspiration. Born in New York City, Vonda moved to California with her family as a child and began piano lessons at age six. By 21, she was working with Rickie Lee Jones, then Al Jarreau, and eventually Jackson Browne. In 1987, Vonda secured her first solo deal with Reprise Records and two years later an eponymous album was released. The Top 10 AC and VH1 single "Don't Cry Ilene" brought her outstanding and unmistakably bluesy voice to a wide audience and caught the attention of the critics. In 1992, the follow-up, The Radical Light was released. In 1995, no longer with Reprise, Vonda borrowed money (and Jackson Browne's studio) to make her third recording, It's Good, Eve, and released it independently. Without that generosity, It's Good, Eve would not have been made. It was this album that caught David E. Kelley's ear right at the moment he was searching for a voice for his new show Ally McBeal. Vonda's five-year stint with the show not only included performing on each episode, but it also entailed being the musical producer. Ninety percent of Vonda's work was done behind the scenes, producing many of the guest artists who appeared on the show which meant recording almost 500 songs featuring artists including Gladys Knight, Sting, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Chubby Checker, Jon Bon Jovi, and many more. For their efforts, Vonda and the cast won a Golden Globe, two Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors' Guild award, and a Billboard award for selling the most TV soundtrack records in history. Some of Vonda's richest material can be found on her 1999 album, By 7:30, which was also produced by Froom. The two went on to make 2002?s Chinatown. Vonda's tenth outing, Vonda Shepard Live: A Retrospective, celebrates her accomplishments as a great live performer. It includes a companion DVD that features performances, humorous moments, behind the scenes, and cameos from Shepard's friends, including David E. Kelley, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Julia Fordham, Al Jarreau, Greg Germann, and Jackson Browne. In the words of Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly, "The singer/songwriter genre doesn't get any better than this."

Andrea Bocelli - Live in Central Park - Central Park
September 15, 2011 -

The world's most famous tenor comes to New York City to offer a once-in-a-lifetime musical event: a free concert with the New York Philharmonic, led by conductor Alan Gilbert. Also scheduled to appear: the Westminster Symphonic Choir. 7pm.

A Night of French Romantic Music - Le Violon et la Voix! - Christ and St.Stephen's Church
September 16, 2011 - New York

A night of Romantic French music featuring the unique combination of the violin and voice on Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm at Christ and St.Stephen's Church in New York. Program of French art songs and violin sonatas including works by Faure, Franck, Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Ysaye and Donizetti, and ending with an exciting violin-voice-piano trio, "Dans Le Soir," by Camille Saint-Saens. New York violinist Akiko Kobayashi, praised for her "warm tone and precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects," performs with Canadian lyric soprano Vania Chan, who has delighted audiences with her "lovely effortless singing and crystal clear tone." Tickets are available for purchase at: Pre-purchased tickets are $10, and at the door $15. For more info, call 914.434.0573 or email

Basia - Highline Ballroom
September 16, 2011 -

The Polish-born Basia crossed the Iron Curtain in the '80s to become an international pop singer and fixture on "jazz-lite" stations everywhere. Born in the industrial city of Jaworzno, she first performed with the all-female group Ali Babki in 1975, touring the Soviet bloc for two years. In 1979 she moved to Chicago to sing with a cover band in a Polish-American club. Two years later she was in London, singing for the jazz-funk group Bronze. She then joined Matt Bianco, a threesome whose hit record, Whose Side Are You On?, featured a smooth pop blend of jazz and Latin styles. In 1985 Basia left Matt Bianco to go solo, taking keyboardist Danny White with her as cowriter. Her first album, the platinum Time and Tide (#36, 1988), yielded the pop hits "Time and Tide" (#26, 1988) and "New Day for You" (#53, 1989). She continued to explore soul, samba, swing, and bossa nova on London Warsaw New York (#20, 1990), a platinum album that featured the single "Cruising for Bruising" (#29, 1990). The Sweetest Illusion (1994) included more Latin-tinged material, including the salsa-styled "An Olive Tree." The Sweetest Illusion didn't sell nearly as well as its predecessors, and the singer followed it up with the 1995 live set, Basia on Broadway. Culled from dates during Basia's engagement at New York City's Neil Simon Theatre, the album consists of hits and new material; one track features saxophonist Jay Beckenstein from the MOR jazz combo Spyro Gyra. Basia's 1998 best-of includes four songs previously unreleased in the U.S.

NATURAL SELECTION 04 - Highline Ballroom
September 16, 2011 -

S.P.Y has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting producers and DJs in drum & bass, earning support across the scene with consistent releases on top labels such as RAM, Innerground, Soul:r, Metalheadz, and Shogun. In demand as a DJ, producer, collaborator (with the likes of Marcus Intalex, Marky, and Total Science) and remixer (Goldie, Deadmau5, Claude van Stroke, and Zinc feat Miss Dynamite) he's keeping up the pace in 2011 with further releases set for Soul:r, Subtitles, Razors Edge, and Reinforced early in the year, plus bigger projects in the pipeline. D-Bridge is a legendary figure in drum & bass. Though his career stretches back to the early '90s, it was in his role as one quarter of the irrepressible drum & bass super-group Bad Company in the late '90s and early '00s that he really stamped his mark on the scene, dominating the sound of drum & bass during that period. Tunes like "The Nine," "Planet Dust," and "Nitrous" are unforgettable classics and are the tip of the iceberg of an incredible back catalog of work from the foursome. Since Bad Company disbanded, D-Bridge has carved a superb reputation as a solo artist, with a more refined sound that is no less effective in the clubs, with tunes like "True Romance," "Odessa," and "Twilight," leaving a lasting impression on the scene. His label Exit Records is renowned for quality over quantity, with all releases carrying a touch of class. IN addition, D-Bridge is a highly sought-after DJ, and his widespread appeal is best demonstrated by the fact that he regularly appears at nearly every one of our wide range of drum & bass nights, from the tough beats of Renegade Hardware to the soulful vibes of Swerve, via Ram Records rave-up and Shogun Audio's slightly more left-of-center throw-down. Robert Manos is a vocalist/musician who grew up in Europe, East Africa, and New York. His first release of note was a collaboration with Alexi Delano on the deep house track "Round and Round" on the STATRA label remixed by Charles Webster and J.T Donaldson. On a visit to Sweden, Manos was introduced to Jesper Dahlback and Sebastian Ahrenberg (Seba) with whom he co-wrote "My World" for the SVEK label. From this meeting also came "16 stories" (METALHEADZ), Manos's first drum and bass release with Seba with whom he has worked ever since. Some of these releases include "Heaven Sent" (SOUL:R), "Move On" (HOSPITAL). "Last Goodbye" (PARADOX MUSIC). "Wild One" (METALHEADZ), and "Make Peace"(SUBJECT 13). Also in collaboration with Jesper Dahlback and John Dahlback under the name Hugg n Pepp came Mazarin, Robban, and more recently "Sweet Rosie". Also on Adam Beyer's TRUE SOUL label came "Before its all gone." Manos's first album, entitled "Angel Road," was released in 2009 on MOLE RECORDINGS. He recently returned to the US from performances in Europe with Seba and Paradox.

September 16, 2011 - New York

Bilal Oliver was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Coming from what he describes as a "regular kind of neighborhood", Bilal was first introduced to music when he attended a small local church. The congregation, made up of mostly family members, became his foremost musical outlet. In his later years, Bilal's father introduced him to the jazz clubs around the city. It wasn't until Bilal attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts that he really started taking his music seriously, realizing this was the direction he wanted to go with his life. While at the school, Bilal, along with his peers, began to experiment with songwriting and became completely enamored with Jazz. "I wanted to sing Jazz, play Jazz, and write Jazz tunes." The effect of being immersed into a creative, music infused environment caused the young Bilal to interpret his voice as an instrument especially in the songs he began to write. After high school, Bilal was accepted to the New School for Social Research, a prestigious avant-garde university in New York. While there, he studied Jazz and continued to develop his affinity for songwriting. Bilal was able to experience the nightlife of New York City by frequenting night clubs and gaining a true knowledge of the NYC music scene. While frequenting the famed Wetlands' Nightclub, he became acquainted with The Roots, Q Tip, Common, Erykah Badu and Mos Def. Bilal would also take part in jam sessions with his New School professors and classmates. It was during one of these sessions that Bilal met Aaron Coleman of the Spin Doctors. The two hit it off and soon private jam sessions in Coleman's home gave birth to a demo of songs that would land Bilal a record deal with Interscope. Bilal was moving in the direction he desired and moving fast. He left the New School, focusing on his musical career and began creating music at the famed Electric Lady Studios. At this time, Common was working on his Like Water for Chocolate album at Electric Lady. Bilal, sitting in on the recording sessions, became an integral part of the album. Later sessions with Questlove of The Roots introduced Bilal to J Dilla and sparked a fruitful working relationship between the two. Once the album was near completion, label pressures coerced Bilal into working with more commercially prominent producers like Dr. Dre and Mike City. The album, First Born Second, was realeased in 2001, displaying a wide range of diverse musicality. With a favorable response to his album, Bilal was swept up in what the media referred to a "Neo Soul" movement. Bilal didn't feel the term fit. "I was trying to come from a Jazz perspective.... trying to write open ended tunes that could go in any direction when played live." While touring, Bilal and his band started to morph the music into what he describe as a "jazz-fusion/rock type funk." This musical freedom bled into the songwriting for Bilal's next project, Love For Sale. This time around, Bilal worked with a myriad of new collaborators, from Sa-Ra to Denaun Porter to Nottz, even gathering a number of his former New School peers to participate. Interscope execs were less than enthused upon hearing the new record. Mysteriously, an unfinished version of the project was leaked. The response from audiences and critics worldwide was overwhelmingly positive. For years, label politics prevented any significant progress to occur on a follow-up album. In spite of the setbacks of the last album, Bilal had a dedicated fan base and they wanted more. The encouraging feedback began to re-inspire Bilal to write songs again and he set out to accomplish what he had started in the beginning. Late 2009, Bilal announced his official second album will be released Summer 2010 via Los Angeles based label Plug Research Music. The new music promises to be progressive while still having its roots placed firmly in the jazz traditions that originally inspired Bilal's music. Bilal describes the new material as "genre-bending music."

Opera Dolce presents An Evening of High Drama - Ida K Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College
September 17, 2011 - New York

Andrew Costello (Cologne Opera, Zurich Opera, Glimmerglass Opera) and Pamela Lloyd (Theater an der Wien, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Carre Theater) sing Arias and Duets from Aida, Andrea Chenier, Boris Godunov, Das Rheingold and other great operas!

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
September 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

Ten out of Tenn - Highline Ballroom
September 17, 2011 -

Ten Out of Tenn is a unique community of artists bravely forging their way through the difficulties of today's music industry. Similar to the folk movement of the sixties in New York, (including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young), this exciting group of young musicians are passionate about one thing above all else: creating authentic, soul-driven music, that has nothing to do with ego, and everything to do with making art for art's sake. Similar to the infamous concert and film, The Last Waltz, which included The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, Ronnie Wood and others, Ten Out of Tenn unites separate talents, and sparks the energy that has drained out of the music industry during these latter decades. Trent Dabbs says of The Last Waltz, "Watching [them] share the stage was so inspiring, I just remember thinking how fun it would be to do a show like that with all of the most talented artists and friends that I know." As the founder of TOT, Dabbs, along with the other artists, found a way to spotlight the individual music of each musician, while simultaneously bringing everyone together. Each member is a participant in the others' music. TOT features a rotating group of artists who have collectively had well over one-hundred television song placements, as well as in film, and commercials. Taylor Swift included several of the artists on her celebrity playlist on iTunes, and members have shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, R.E.M., Paul McCartney, John Mayer, and the Fray. These accomplishments are impressive, but it is when the TOT artists swap instruments on stage, gather around one mic, and improvise on their own and each other's songs that the magic really happens. Authenticity and creative passion cannot be faked. And if these artists are anything, it is at the utmost, sincere. It is easy to see why Rolling Stone magazine just named Nashville as the Best Music Scene in the country. With so much talent, and such a strong sense of community, it seems that anything is possible for TOT. The present lineup includes: Trent Dabbs, Gabe Dixon, Andrew Belle, K.S. Rhoads, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Tyler James, Butterfly Boucher and Jeremy Lister, who happened to be a runner-up on NBC's "Sing Off" with his a capella group, Street Corner Symphony. The personal accolades for each of these artists could fill pages and pages, but again, to them, this is not the important factor. In the award-winning documentary Any Day Now, highlighting the TOT touring experience, Matthew Perryman Jones says about the artists, "It's their life. It's what they're made for. They're wired that way." This is far from some label-created gimmick to strike it rich. This is what music was made for: sharing, story-telling, and inspiring. Ten Out of Tenn's fourth collaborative record and sixth US tour are sure to spawn even more creative endeavors and a stronger sense of community for the artists, as well as stellar entertainment for all of their listeners. It is a revolution in the making, a refreshing effort of love, and a unique point of pride for Nashville's changing culture.

BASIA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 17, 2011 - New York

Basia is emerging with her strongest work yet, It's That Girl Again, an album that brings her trademark global pop/jazz sound into today. From the first track "If Not Now Then When" --the bouncing melody, soaring horns, and the feeling that you've landed in a small fiesta--it's as though she has never been away. Basia and her collaborator Danny White have always drawn from timeless influences: the rhythms and styles of Latin music, the sound of classic American soul and R&B, and the polish of '50s and '60s jazz; yet the sound is undeniably fresh. There is nothing about this album that is stuck in the past, rather it presses forward, building upon their many accomplishments during the course of their career. Poland-native Basia Trzetrzelewska was introduced as a vocalist with the group Matt Bianco and hits "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed," "More Than I Can Bear" and "Half A Minute." She and the group's main composer, keyboardist Danny White, departed to begin work on their debut, Time and Tide. The album was successful throughout Europe and Japan, but it took some adventurous D.J.s to import the album to a new radio audience stateside. The buzz led to Time and Tide's official US release and three Adult Contemporary hits there ("Promises," "New Day For You," "Time and Tide"). Basia proved unique, defying categories and appealing to a wide audience. This versatility earned her two consecutive number one Billboard Contemporary Jazz albums upon the release of the follow-up, London Warsaw New York, which topped that chart for most of 1990. A second tour full of sold-out marquees followed, pushed by the breakout success of the single "Cruising For Bruising," and resulting in a second platinum record. A more vivid portrait of the artists emerged with 1994's The Sweetest Illusion as a more organic sound was developed, with a full band and a deeper variety of musical texture. Once again their appeal continued across genre lines as "Drunk On Love" became a #1 Billboard Club Play hit while The Sweetest Illusion rode the pop album chart. The resulting world tour culminated in a two-week run on Broadway, recorded for the live album Basia on Broadway. Danny, along with guitarist/vocalist Mark Reilly, pulled Basia back into the fray to recast their early sound for the 2004 Matt Bianco album Matt's Mood. The collaboration combined pop, swing, Latin, lounge and spy-soundtrack sounds to great effect, and when on tour they were met with enthusiastic response from a loyal, dedicated fan base thrilled to see Basia back in action. The encouraging reaction gave birth to a fruitful creative period leading up to It's That Girl Again. The songs on It's That Girl Again reprise Basia's global pop sound, fusing stick-in-your-head-for-days melodies with complex arrangements that don't overshadow the heartfelt lyrics or stunning instrumentation. Each song is a dedication to someone in Basia's life, though her narratives describe characters many can relate to. The musical backing is inspired and inventive, taking the listener to surprising places. "If Not Now Then When" is the perfect reintroduction to the Basia sound, with an irresistible melody, romantic lyrics and lively percussion. The honest confession of "A Gift" is set to a lilting melody framed by acoustic guitars, and "Someone for Everyone" sees Danny pulling out all the stops with piano, gospel-tinged organ and keyboard. "Everybody's On The Move" jets in with an upbeat rock feel while "There's A Tear" is a plaintive ballad recalling Stevie Wonder's 80s love songs. Intensity reigns in the sharp tango of "Love Lies Bleeding" and within the stunning "I Must" as a measured verse surprisingly explodes into a chorus out of a Bond film chase scene. "Blame It On The Summer" is an ideal warm-weather chill-out track while the multilayered vocals of "Two Islands" give way to an island feel that counters the tender subject matter. The lighthearted "Winners" brings to mind the joy of Carnaval, and the smooth polish of "They Know Nothing About Us" highlights Basia's emphatic lyric. "Amelki ?miech" celebrates new life with a raucous party scene and buoyant heart that defies language, leading nicely into the evocative title track. Joining Basia and Danny is a tight band of accomplished musicians including guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Kevin Robinson (Simply Red, Incognito) and drummer Marc Parnell (Joan Armatrading, Damian Rice). In this age of highly processed and compressed vocals, It's That Girl Again reminds us what it's like to hear honest, straightforward singing with genuine feeling again. From the first strum of the guitar to the last cheer from the crowd, the album is a great showing from an established artist firmly planted in the here-and-now. Those long- frustrated by the current state of pop music are craving something original and real. Just in time comes Basia and It's That Girl Again.

Steely Dan - Beacon Theatre
Through September 23, 2011 - New York

Steely Dan will return to the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City and perform seven shows beginning September 14 through September 23, 2011. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan dazzled the public and critics alike in 2009 with their classic-albums-in-full "Rent Party Tour." Now the band is responding to overwhelming popular demand and returning to give fans more Steely Dan action with a new summer tour, Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven. This year's tour will showcase greatest hits and deep cuts alike; plus select cities including New York will feature performances of complete albums plus fan voting online to determine a night's set. Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced this year's program will also include an idealistic strategy for World Peace. For Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are back with their awesome group of players, now dubbed the Miles High Big Band, and their saucy backup trio, the Embassy Brats. The Band and the Brats include Keith Carlock (drums); Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Jim Beard (keys); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns); plus background singers Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and Catherine Russell. As part of their NYC engagement at the Beacon Theatre this year, the band will be playing special sets on each night. The September 14th show, entitled "Dawn of the Dan" will showcase tracks from the band's first three albums - Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy, and Pretzel Logic. On September 16, 19, and 20, the shows will feature full album performances of Gaucho, Aja and The Royal Scam respectively. On September 23, the band will play selections from Everything Must Go, Two Against Nature and The Royal Scam, along with additional favorites and selected hits. The September 17th performance is billed as "Rarities Night" defined as the unreleased, the mythic, the reborn, the rarely-if-ever-heard; on this numinous Night of Nights, all will be revealed (along with additional selected favorites and hits). By popular demand, Steely Dan is bringing back a request night on September 22nd where fans can vote for their favorite hits at

Kelley Suttenfield: Mondays With the Masters - The Metropolitan Room
Through October 19, 2011 - New York

The Metropolitan Room welcomes jazz singer Kelley Suttenfield this fall on four consecutive Mondays at 7pm: 9/19, 9/26/ 10/3 and 10/10, in a series called “Mondays with the Masters.” Each Monday, Suttenfield will pair her offbeat, jazz-storytelling style with a different guitar master, including Howard Alden on 10/10. The complete lineup is below. Suttenfield released her debut CD, "Where is Love?" in 2009. "Here’s a singer with a lot of great ideas, and the ability to deliver them. It’s her debut disc, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Madeleine Peyroux’s debut Dreamland, way back when. It’s got the same feel...Give me more!" George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly. Suttenfield, New York based with Southern roots, is known internationally for her unusual spin on American music, the Beatles, Brazilian and beyond. She expanded her fan base recently to London, where she debuted at Ronnie Scott's in January 2011. The guitarist lineup is strong and eclectic: Joe Carbone (9/19): Carbone is known as a singers' accompanist, he counts Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Laine and 60's idol Bobby Rydell among his favorite gigs; Tony Romano (9/26): prolific NYC player who has toured worldwide and played with many Latin, Jazz and Pop artists including Stanley Jordan and Randy Brecker: Vic Juris (10/3): Vic has traveled far and wide with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Chico Hamilton, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole and Mel Torme, to name only a few greats; and Howard Alden (10/10): Alden needs little intro, but has been described as "may be the best of his generation" by JazzTimes. Bassist Matt Aronoff, whose credits include gigs with Luciana Souza at the Kennedy Center and Birdland with Peter Eldridge, joins every Monday every Monday.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 -

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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