Things to do this week in NYC Sep 22-Sep 29: MusicSeptember 22, 2012 - 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.
Joe Jackson and the Bigger Band - The Town Hall
Joe Jackson, a five-time Grammy nominee will be performing songs from his new CD The Duke and hits from his career long illustrious musical arsenal.
Pre-College Faculty Recital by Pianist Joanna Chao - Paul Hall
MARCUS MILLER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
In among the most enviable careers in music, bassist Marcus Miller is a two-time Grammy Award winner and the composer and producer of 10 critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). His resume as a sideman boasts over 500 recording credits on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter, and Grover Washington Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip-hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Dave Koz), and opera (Kenn Hicks and Kathleen Battle).
New Juilliard Ensemble - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
Joel Sachs, conductor Anat Pick, sound-text Davone Tines, bass-baritone Chino TOLEDO (Philippines) Mga Sulyap sa Simbahan ng Quapo Mula so Kalve Echague (Glimpses of Quiapo Church from Echague Street) (2004)* Andrew FORD (Australia) The Unquiet Grave for viola and sinfonietta (1998)* Menachem ZUR (Israel) Cartoons for voice and chamber orchestra (2005-2008)* Du YUN (China/United States) Impeccable Quake (2000) Chinary UNG (Cambodia/United States) Rain of Tears (2006)** * United States premiere ** New York premiere The New Juilliard Ensemble opens its twentieth season with a program featuring composers from Asia and the southern Pacific FREE tickets available 9/7
SIZE IN THE PARK w/ STEVE ANGELLO + FRIENDS | September 22 @ Central Park - Rumsey Playfield
Saturday September 22 RPM, Pacha NYC and Size Records presents... SIZE IN THE PARK featuring music by STEVE ANGELLO along with special guests AN21 & MAX VANGELI SUNNERY JAMES & RYAN MARCIANO THIRD PARTY (NYC Debut) TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AUGUST 3 @ 12PM EST www.sizeinthepark.com Doors 5PM - 10PM Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (enter at 5th ave & 69th st) www.sizeinthepark.com
MIKE STUD - Highline Ballroom
The legend of Mike Stud dates back to his days growing up as one of Rhode Island's greatest baseball players of all time. As a highly touted high school senior, he was named Rhode Island's 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year, received Louisville Slugger Player of the Year honors, and won a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. Stud was selected as an All-American and now holds the lowest ERA in Duke baseball history after only his freshman season. After the promising start to Stud's collegiate baseball career, however, Tommy John surgery put him on the sidelines. Suddenly, making music became an outlet for him to pass the time. Stud is now one of the hottest upcoming musicians on the web. His rookie mixtape A Toast to Tommy, released last October, debuted at No. 3 and No. 2 on the worldwide and US iTunes Hip-Hop Albums charts. He has since headlined a sold-out 20-city national tour and has acquired nearly 10 million YouTube views.
PATTI LUPONE - 54 Below
Metric - Radio City Music Hall
Canadian indie rock and New Wave band, Metric performs at Radio City Music Hall on September 23 at 8PM. Metric self-released their last album Fantasies on five continents without the benefit of a label and earned themselves multiple radio hits around the world with songs such as "Gimme Sympathy," "Gold Guns Girls," and "Help I?m Alive." They went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.
Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
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.
EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Robert Wilson and Philip Glass return to BAM with their seminal 20th-century masterwork opera Einstein on the Beach, a hypnotic, poetic tableau inspired by Einstein and featuring choreography by Lucinda Childs. Part of BAM's Next Wave Festival.
LINDA LAVIN WITH BILLY STRITCH - 54 Below
There's a new girl in town this September when Tony & Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to our stage for two very special performances.
JESSICA PHILLIPS - 54 Below
Jessica Phillips most recently starred opposite Raul Esparza in the Tony Award nominated Best Musical, Leap Of Faith. Her original Broadway credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar (25th anniversary revival) and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Pre-Broadway projects include the world premiere play Gods of Autumn opposite Jarrod Emick and the world premiere of John Bucchino's song cycle, It's Only Life. Away from the Broadway stage, Jessica's voice can be heard as one half of the country duo, 10th & Carlisle.
Juilliard Baroque - The Juilliard School, Paul Hall
TELEMANN "Paris" Quartets - One of the most prolific composers of all time, Telemann wrote his "Paris" Quartets in two installments, scored for an unusual instrumentation for the time, featuring elements of the French dance suite and soloistic highlights that showcase the unique nuances of each instrument.
DARLENE LOVE - 54 Below
Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock-n-roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics. From her first number one recording, He's a Rebel, through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector (including Da Doo Ron Ron, He's Sure the Boy I'm Gonna Marry and Christmas Baby, Please Come Home), to the countless songs for which she sang backup (for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin), Darlene Love has blazed a trail of success in the music industry that has recently led to her induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. And all of this is to say nothing of her acclaimed Broadway performances in Leader of the Pack, Carrie, Grease and Hairspray.
Gotye - Radio City Music Hall
Multi-platinum recording artist Gotye head to Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8PM. Special guests include acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins and South African born multi-instrumentalist Jonti. Gotye?s most recent offering Making Mirrors has already sold nearly two millions copies globally. Making Mirrors, is pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional. The record delves into dub, Detroit-era Motown soul, stadium-size politi-pop, synth-folk and world music on glorious, sprawling, huge-hearted songs.
ERIC JOHNSON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Eric Johnson is on the short list of all-time guitar heroes. He has earned critical and commercial success, a Grammy Award, accolades from his peers, and unabashed devotion from his fans. He began his musical career at age 16, and by the end of the '70s, his burgeoning reputation led to session work with the likes of Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Christopher Cross. In fact, he played on Cross's Grammy-sweeping, self-titled 1980 debut album. One of the most important breaks of Johnson's career was a 1984 appearance on the PBS television show Austin City Limits.
Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who 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.
MORBID ANGEL - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Throughout history only a handful of artists have been able to achieve a truly iconic stature within any given art form. Morbid Angel is among those select few. Shattering the boundaries of creativity and imagination while evolving with each groundbreaking release throughout its historic career, the band stands alone as the true icon in extreme music, serving as a source of boundless inspiration to its multitude of fans and never failing to amaze with each evolving chapter.
Allen Stone - Highline Ballroom
From backwoods barbecues and community gatherings, Allen Stone emerges to share personal melodies, telling his tales of life after only a quarter a decade. Getting his start singing at his father's church in small-town America, it wasn't until later when introduced to the greats of soul music (Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin) and then to the confessional lyrical fashion of the '60s and '70s singer-songwriters did music begin to ignite an intense passion, eventually carrying this boy to a musical home.
GOTYE with special guests MISSY HIGGINS & JONTI - Mohegan Sun Arena
Gotye first found fame in his native Australia with his second album, 2006's Like Drawing Blood. Radio station Triple J named it their "Album of the Year," as did iTunes on its release in Europe in 2008. It was recently voted the 11th greatest Australian album of all time. In Britain, Like Drawing Blood became a cult hit while in the States, it made waves after Drew Barrymore fell in love with single "Learnalilgivinanlovin'" and used it in several of her films. Making Mirrors, its extraordinary follow-up, was more than two and a half years in the making.
Top Of The Rock Observation Deck™ To Kick Off Fall Starlight Music Series With Matthew Marshak Performance On September 26 - Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center®
Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will kick off its annual Fall Starlight Music Series with a live performance from jazz musician Matthew Marshak on Wednesday, September 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Top of the Rock, located on the 67th Floor Observatory at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan. A Long Island native, Marshak has toured nationally and internationally showcasing his unique contemporary jazz sound. Past albums include Urban Folktales, Family Funktion, On the Rocks, Groovosphere, This Time Around and Preservation. Admission to the 2012 Starlight Concert Series is free with admission to Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Wine, champagne and other refreshments will be available for purchase from Del Frisco’s Grille during all performances. Top of the Rock is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, with the sky shuttle making a final run at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $23.00 for seniors and $16.00 for children six to 12 years old. Children 5 and under are free.
SONNY LANDRETH - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Eric Clapton once declared: "Sonny Landreth is probably the most underestimated musician on the planet, and also probably one of the most advanced." Take Clapton's word for it - Landreth is a musician's musician, a blues guitarist and singer whose unorthodox virtuosic slide guitar style is unique and unforgettable. He plays with the slide on his little finger, using the other fingers in his left hand to fret notes on the guitar's neck, all while playing chords and melodies in his right hand. Of course, Landreth can also play "traditional" guitar with the best of them. A formidable studio musician, he has appeared on recordings by Mountain, John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, and numerous other musical legends. Over decades of recording and performing, he has built up a loyal following among his fans and musical peers.
Joel Sachs- 'Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music' - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
A celebration of the recent release of Juilliard faculty member Joel Sachs' Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, featuring solo piano works performed by Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, The Eternal Flute for shakuhachi solo performed by Ralph Samuelson, and entertaining excerpts from the book read aloud by the author FREE; no tickets required
Papadosio - Highline Ballroom
Some music, because of its originality, timelessness, mass appeal, or perhaps because it is just plain odd, will always be destined for the hallowed halls of cult classicism. No band fits these criteria better than Papadosio. Formed in Athens, OH, the band has been creating a home at the forefront of live electronica for over five years, wowing crowds from Denver and Cleveland to NYC and Atlanta, and shaking the earth at festivals and clubs alike.
Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
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.
JOHNNY RIVERS Comes Home - "A 70th Birthday Celebration" - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Johnny Rivers is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His styles include folk songs, blues, and revivals of old-time rock 'n' roll songs and some original material. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid- to late-1960s with a string of hit songs (including the #1 hit "Poor Side of Town", "Summer Rain", and "Secret Agent Man"), but he has continued to record and perform to the present.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development is one of hip-hop's true trailblazers. Since 1991, the band has championed fresh sounds, spreading unique hip-hop around the world and representing culture with beats and pride. In the early '90s, Arrested Development brought much-needed attention to the plight of the homeless with its hit song "Mr. Wendal," and it celebrated cultural diversity with the dance smash "People Everyday." Both singles came from the group's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... (1992), which sold Platinum in both the U.S. and the U.K.
50th Anniversary Tour Bettye LaVette CD & Book Release Show - Highline Ballroom
A perennial cult favorite in Northern soul circles, singer Bettye LaVette was born in Muskegon, MI, on January 29, 1946. Raised primarily across the state in Detroit, at 16 she cut her first sides for the local Lupine label, with a test pressing of the disc making its way to Atlantic Records. After signing with Atlantic, she scored an R&B Top Ten hit out of the box with her debut single, "My Man -- He's a Loving Man," only to fail to reach the same commercial heights again. After one more Atlantic release, 1963's "You'll Never Change," LaVette moved back to Lupine for her third record, "Witchcraft in the Air." After a stint as a featured vocalist with the Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford Revue, she recorded the long-unreleased "One Thin Dime" for Scepter before resurfacing on Calla with the 1965 lost classic "Let Me Down Easy," her only other record to crack the R&B Top 20. Two more Calla efforts -- the fine "Only Your Love Can Save Me" and "I'm Just a Fool for You" -- preceded a shift to Big Wheel, where after just one single, "I'm Holding On," LaVette again moved along, this time to the Karen imprint for "Hey Love."
Frank Dain Sings 'The Magic of Mathis' - The Metropolitan Room
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.
“We’ve Got Rhythms” Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble @ the Nuyorican Poets Café 9-28-12 - Nuyorican Poets Cafe
The Heritage Ensemble ? an imaginative & tight quintet celebrating the power, drive & beauty of the Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms ? performs their unique brand of pulsating world music with infectious danceable rhythms. This ensemble of first-rate musicians includes: Bandleader/Keyboardist Eugene Marlow, five-time Grammy nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria, the melodically expressive saxophonist Michael Hashim, virtuoso percussionist Oba Allende & electrifying bassist Frank Wagner. More @ www.eugenemarlow.com
Aunt Ange - Sullivan Hall
Art rockers Aunt Ange will be playing Sullivan Hall on September 28th in support of their upcoming album "Olga Walks Away" available this fall. Come enjoy an amazing night of music and theatrics.
Celtic Thunder -Voyage - Beacon Theatre
The Beacon Theatre welcomes Celtic Thunder on September 29 at 2:30 PM & 8PM. Surpassing sales of one million units combined, the musical phenomenon that is Celtic Thunder have just been hailed as BILLBOARD's Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of 2011 for their most current disc, Heritage. Celtic Thunder rings in 2012 with a new CD and DVD concert special, VOYAGE just in time for St. Patrick's Day. VOYAGE the concert special will be broadcast across the U.S. on Public Television stations during the March 2012 pledge period, with an estimated one thousand airings beginning in late February (check local listings).
Pre-College Faculty Recital by Cellist Minhye Clara Kim - The Juilliard School - Paul Hall
Juilliard Pre-College Division faculty member and cellist Minhye Clara Kim in recital
THE 10TH ANNUAL NEW YORK BURLESQUE FESTIVAL - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Put on your top hat and tails for the Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square! Hosted by Murray Hill, this magical night showcases over 40 of the finest burlesque performers from around the globe in a 1920s supper club atmosphere. Expect glamorous gowns and gorgeous gals in a dazzling evening of entertainment that includes live jazz and big band music! This luscious night ends with a wild DJ/go-go dance party from 11:00PM until 1:00AM in Lucille's Bar & Grill (located next door to the main showroom) that is free for all Saturday ticket holders.
Sacred Music Festival: Exploring Sufi Traditions - Alwan for the Arts
This festival has celebrated sacred musical traditions of the greater Middle East since 2007. The programs on this season’s celebration of the sacred focus on Sufi, mystical Islamic, traditions that stretch across North Africa through the Levant and east into Central and South Asia. September 15: Arooj Aftab and Ensemble Fresh, graceful innovations based on classical Pakistani, Sufi, and pre-partition South Asian music honoring ancestral roots performed by Arooj Aftab, originally from Lahore, Pakistan, and her ensemble. September 20: Screening: Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Bab'Aziz is the latest film from Tunisian writer and director Nacer Khemir. The story unfolds as the blind dervish Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his granddaughter Ishtar (Maryam Hamid) cross the desert in search of the great reunion of dervishes that takes place only once every thirty years. Side-by-side, the old man and the child wander for days across wide seas of sand with only their faith to guide them. September 22: Ush?q A melding of spiritual, improvisatory music based on a shared common ground of Sufism, poetry, & related maq?m systems, performed by representatives from North Africa, the Arab World, and Central/South Asia brought together in an ensemble called Ush?q and presented in collaboration with the Asian American Arts Alliance's Locating the Sacred. September 29: Tarab Ensemble Celebrating the communal practice of music through repetitive chanting, rhythmic cycles, and dance movements transports the devout into a state of trance. The New York-based Tarab Ensemble takes its name from the word "tarab," which refers to the intoxication induced by music, the gate through which Sufis cross into the world of true being. Please visit http://alwanforthearts.org/event/891 for tickets and more information.
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY - 54 Below
Platinum Award Winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the music of one of America's most powerful and enduring musical artists. Singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand's multi-faceted career, Callaway crafts a loving musical portrait of the icon who once described herself as being "simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven." The Tony-nominated actress puts unique pop/jazz spin on unforgettable songs from Barbra's Broadway years (Funny Girl) to her film works (A Star Is Born), from her early pop albums (People) to her later concept albums (Higher Ground) which debuted at number 1 on Billboard and featured Ann's original peace anthem "At The Same Time." Callaway weaves humorous and inspiring anecdotes of how Streisand began as such a role model for her and evolved as a mentor, recording Ann's songs on six of her recent CD's, including "I've Dreamed Of You," the song that Streisand sang on her wedding day.
JACK WHITE - Radio City Music Hall
Performing The Streets - Albee Square
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.