Things to do this week in NYC Sep 29-Oct 6: MusicSeptember 29, 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.
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.
Jazz at Kitano - The Kitano New York
Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Band Nilson Matta - Bass Maucha Adnet - Vocals Matt King - Piano (9/29) Duduka da Fonseca - Drums
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.
KEIKO MATSUI - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Pianist Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base, which she has cultivated with over 20 albums and hundreds of stunning live shows.
New York Burlesque Festival: The Golden Pastie Awards - Highline Ballroom
The Annual New York Burlesque Festival is the largest and most acclaimed festival of its kind and has attracted sold-out crowds since its premiere in 2002. This year marks the 10th annual festival, and producers Thirsty Girl & Pontani Sisters Productions will once again serve up four nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with over 120 eye-popping performances from the world's leading burlesque and variety entertainers at four of NYC's hottest performance venues. In addition to tassels and tail feathers, this year's festival offers live music, international DJs, variety and circus performers, boylesque, and a burlesque boutique where you can try on custom corsets, peruse pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, and lingerie, and even get a burlesque make-over.
JACK WHITE - Radio City Music Hall
JAZZ BRUNCH WITH BARBARA CARROLL - 54 Below
Jazz legend Barbara Carroll is an elegant jazz pianist, singer, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano.
NATHAN LEE GRAHAM UNPLUGGED - 54 Below
Nathan Lee Graham, the ubiquitous presence who most recently graced Broadway in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has also been seen on The Great White Way in The Wild Party and in a slew of Hollywood's most hilarious comedies. Please join this Grammy-winning artist when he presents Standards in Blue, an elegant evening of classic songs sung by a classic singer in our classic new setting! From "Beyond The Blue Horizon" to finding the "Little Girl Blue" who says "I'd Rather Be Blue" in her "Mood Indigo" under that "Blue Moon" untilthere are at last "Blue Skies," Standards In Blue is a show about pure emotion inspired by this one word that takes on so many meanings.
Juilliard Jazz presents 'The Music of Cedar Walton' - Paul Hall, the Juilliard School
Juilliard Jazz Ensembles present arrangements of compositions by versatile hard bop jazz pianist Cedar Walton, known for his accompanying role on many legendary recordings FREE tickets available 9/18
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE's 'Best New Talent' JOE ROBINSON - Highline Ballroom
Having quickly entrenched himself as Australia's newest music phenomenon (and recently voted "Best New Talent" by the readers of Guitar Player magazine), Joe Robinson is truly a virtuoso musician. His jaw-dropping instrumental stylings have garnered the attention of many guitar masters, including Les Paul, Steve Vai, Brad Paisley, Tommy Emmanuel, Brent Mason, Lee Ritenour, Steve Cropper, and Dweezil Zappa.
Wieland Kuijken Master Class - The Juilliard School, Paul Hall
Belgian gambist and cellist Wieland Kuijken coaches Juilliard Historical Performance students in a public master class
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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala - Carnegie Hall
An opening night with Orff's Carmina Burana is auspicious; performed by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it's breathtaking. Kick off Carnegie Hall's 2012–2013 season with this outstanding group and its illustrious music director as they dive into Carmina Burana's exciting rhythms and powerful melodies.
CRYSTAL CASTLES - Roseland Ballroom
HEART w/ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - Beacon Theater
PROPAGANDHI, COMEBACK KID - Highline Ballroom
Founding members Chris Hannah and Jordan Samolesky are also founding members of the G7 Welcoming Committee, which to date has released over 50 records including seminal recordings by the (International) Noise Conspiracy, warsawpack, Subhumans, I Spy, Submission Hold, Swallowing Shit, Giant Sons, The Rebel Spell and spoken word releases by Noam Chomsky, Ann Hansen and Ward Churchill.
Top Of The Rock Observation Deck™ Continues Fall Starlight Music Series With Allan Harris Performance On October 3 - Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center®
Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will continue its annual Fall Starlight Music Series with a live performance from jazz musician Allan Harris on Wednesday, October 3rd 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 New York Nightlife Award recipient for “Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist,” Harris is well-known domestically and abroad for his solo work as well as his collaborations with some of the most renowned jazz musicians in the world including Cyrus Chestnut, Bill Charlap, Eric Reed, Benny Green and others. 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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
Parisian audiences didn't take to Franck's Symphony at its 1889 premiere, but its contagious melodies and breathtaking dramatic sweep have since made it one of classical music's most treasured works. This program also includes Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture and a new work by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, Mason Bates.
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.
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD - Highline Ballroom
Originally inspired by a dream of British 1930s crooner Al Bowlly and the American actress Tuesday Weld, Stephen Coates and his band of dreamers began to try to re-create the music he heard in his childhood home ? 'the crackling of radios playing swing and early jazz in a distant room.' 2011?s "Songs for the Last Werewolf" is another soundtrack to a book ? Glen Duncan's 'The Last Werewolf" mixing gypsy jazz, electronica, cut and paste sampling, spoken word and a host guest appearances in another critically acclaimed idiosyncratic melange.
STING - Radio City Music Hall
JETHRO TULL's IAN ANDERSON - Mohegan Sun Arena
Ian Anderson will be performing his Thick As A Brick in its entirety for the first time since 1972, as well as his new album, Thick As A Brick 2 for a world tour. This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian's band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle, all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years and have performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull.
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.
Dispatch - Radio City Music Hall
Don't miss Dispatch performing at Radio City Music Hall on October 5 at 8PM. Dispatch, one of the most successful independent rock bands, announced today that they will embark upon the Circles Around The Sun Tour, in support of Circles Around The Sun, their first studio album in twelve years, releasing on August 21. Circles Around The Sun is an eclectic all-American rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting and radiant harmonies that has earned the band fans throughout countless countries. Dispatch will be offering live audio downloads of every show on the North American leg of the Circles Around The Sun Tour within 48 hours of the show ending. Every ticket purchased comes with a FREE download of that particular show. Attending fans will be able to redeem the bar code number on their physical ticket for a download of the performance they attended (fans MUST keep their ticket stubs in order to do so). More details of this program, including the web redemption location, to follow. Dispatch has always been a band that has stood up and rallied its fans behind causes that challenge the status quo. This time out the band will donate $1 from every concert ticket sold on the Circles Around The Sun Tour to its Amplifying Education initiative. Over the last year, Dispatch's Amplifying Education campaign has engaged over 700 fan volunteers in nearly 4,000 hours of service to improve schools across North American and Europe; collected over 10,000 book donations to support local literacy programs through Better World Books; and raised over $250,000 through a portion of ticket sales, benefit shows, and fan-to-fan outreach at shows to support local education programs like City Year and Teach for America. Dispatch fans are also encouraged to continue bringing book donations to shows this fall to support local literacy programs. For more information please visit www.dispatchmusic.com/giving_back.
Ian Anderson - Beacon Theatre
Ian Anderson will bring THICK AS A BRICK to the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Friday, October 5. This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian's band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and wunderkind guitarist Florian Opahle-- all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull. Ian's new album, THICK AS A BRICK 2 (TAAB2) also features David, John, Scott, and Florian. It was produced by Ian Anderson and mixed by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Jethro Tull's AQUALUNG-Special Edition, released this past fall.)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
For their final performance at Carnegie Hall this season, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra open with Dvorak's Fifth Symphony before launching into two spectacular Italian works. While Respighi's Feste romane depicts four different Eternal City festivals with vibrant orchestral color and sparkling rhythmic energy, Martucci's Notturno is a heart-wrenching adagio, bittersweet and beautiful.
THE WHISPERS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. Recording a string of singles for the Dore label between 1964 and 1967, the group amassed a following in the Bay Area, and in 1970 they achieved their first Top 10 R&B hit, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong."
The Fab Faux - Beacon Theatre
Critically acclaimed Beatles cover band, Fab Faux performs at The Beacon Theatre on October 6 at 8PM. The group is led by Willie Lee of The Late Show with David Letterman and features Jimmy Vivino of Conan fame. Featuring the Hogshead Horns & The Cr�me Tangerine Strings performing The Beatles' White Album in its entirety.
Restoration Rocks! 2012 Music Festival - Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Restoration Rocks is a free day long concert, which showcases eccentric Brooklyn based artists while encompassing the culture, creativity and commerce of Central Brooklyn. Entering its sixth year of installment, Restoration Rocks has a cultivating mixture of music, dance, food and vending. Our audiences total up to the thousands each year, bringing a wide range of 18-45 year old demographic.