Things to do this week in NYC Sep 19-Sep 26: MusicSeptember 19, 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.
The Smyrk with Bad Rabbits - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Native to New Haven, The Smyrk was a sensation at last year's South By Southwest music festival, performing a high energy show that drew on rock fundamentals while sizzling with R&B sensuality. Opening for The Smyrk are Boston's Bad Rabbits, with their own special blend of soul and rock, which they call New Crack Swing. MC Prophit starts the evening right, spitting a short set of fan favorites.
Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald - Beacon Theatre
Boz Scaggs, Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, and Michael McDonald, former member of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, will share the stage.
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. For More Info and Tix: www.zunno.com
Lillias White Live - The Triad
The sensational, multi-talented Tony Award Winner, Lillias White, performs an intimate evening of Broadway standards at Lee Summer's Just a Piano Concert Series. Timothy Graphenreed accompanies.
Starlight Music Series: The Mark Berman Trio - Top of the Rock
This fall, Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center will host its first-ever live music program, the Starlight Music Series, on Wednesday evenings, September 9th-October 7th, from 6-8pm on the 67th floor observatory. Visitors can enjoy live music and a glass of wine or refreshing beverages provided by Rock Center Café as they take in the stunning, 360-degree panorama of New York City at sunset. Access to the musical event is free with a Top of the Rock ticket. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tonight's performance is by The Mark Berman Jazz Trio (known for his composition of the Sex and the City theme song).
Snow Patrol - Beacon Theatre
Snow Patrol will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on September 22 and September 23. They will be joined by special guest Plain White T's.
Craig Pomranz: More Than A Seasonal Thing - The Metropolitan Room
Craig Pomranz, one of New York's most celebrated saloon singers, launches a new CD: More Than A Seasonal Thing. It's a romantic concept CD which takes the listener from the beginning of the year through the end, and to a new beginning. Pomranz has proven himself a solid, popular entertainer on both east and west coasts, with a fresh take on classic nightclub singing. And he is FUNNY! Visit Craig Pomranz on the web to learn more. Reservations advised!
Amanda White- album release - Spike Hill
Classical singer Amanda White releases her first solo rock album, Toyshop. Aggressive rock with sweet melodic vocals.
Malene Younglao - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, alt rock siren Younglao has been around, singing soca at home, emceeing in New York, studying jazz in DC, and fronting a hardcore band in Philly. Her multicultural adventures and encounters have enriched her musical experience, turning her into the versatile, confident performer she is today, complete with an alternative rock and roll edge and brazen vocals.
The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.
'JEWMONGOUS' - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Celebrate and repent with Sean Altman, the brains behind the critically-acclaimed "JEWMONGOUS." The founder and former leader of the vocal group Rockapella, hailed as a leader of the "Jewish Hipster movement" by The New York Times, and considered one of the "New Super Jews" by Time Out New York, Altman has certainly found a niche for himself, performing his witty, cynical, comedic songs and stories for sold-out audiences, White House dignitaries, and Jewish celebrities. Join Altman as he does it all live in BAMcafé, cracking wise on the eve of Yom Kippur.
Gay Marshall Performs Piaf: Queen of heart - The Metropolitan Room
Gay Marshall, Playbill Top 10 Diva, reprises her enchanting Edith Piaf show this fall at The Metropolitan Room. Marshall weaves her own translations in with original versions, making this show fascinating for non-French speakers as well as those who parlez-Francais. With a five piece ensemble including strings and accordion, this is a huge entertainment bargain from a super talent. Visit: GayMarshall.com to read more about the singer and Metropolitan Room Website. Call for reservations.
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.