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Things to do this week in NYC Sep 8-Sep 15: Music

September 8, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

SETH TROXLER & SUBB-AN - Highllne Ballroom
September 08, 2012 - New York

Seth Troxler has created some of the world's finest and most intuitive dance cuts, including releases and remixes on Spectral, Wagon Repair, Crosstown Rebels, M_nus, Bpitch Control, Circus Company, Items and Thing, Raum ... Musik, FXHE, Esperanza, Leftroom, Adults Only, and Beretta Grey.

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

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

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 09, 2012 -

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

ALICIA SVIGALS' KLEZMER FIDDLE EXPRESS, WITH PATRICK FARRELL AND MARY CONFURIUS - The National Yiddish Book Center's Applebaum Driker Theater
September 09, 2012 - Amherst, MA

The National Yiddish Book Center presents internationally renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals, with klezmer luminaries Patrick Farrell on accordion and Marty Confurius on bass.

ACOUSTIC STRAWBS with special guest JOHN WESLEY HARDING - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 11, 2012 - New York

Acoustic Strawbs comprise David Cousins, along with lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of the band. Strawbs has a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of albums like Grave New World, Bursting At The Seams, Hero And Heroine, and Ghosts, and classic songs such as Lay Down, A Glimpse Of Heaven, and Benedictus.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble ACJW Voices from Latin America - Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church
Through September 11, 2012 - New York

Innovative and boundary breaking, Ensemble ACJW comprises the best and brightest from America's top conservatories. On a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall and The Julliard School, these extraordinarily talented fellows perform around the world and teach in New York City public schools. The ensemble's edgy, provocative programming is revolutionizing how musicians perform and engage with their audiences. As part of the Voices from Latin America festival, Ensemble ACJW plays electrifying music from the last century by some of Latin America's most celebrated composers.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
September 12, 2012 - Harlem

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.

PENTATONIX - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 12, 2012 - New York

A cappella sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Named after the world's most widely recognized five-note musical scale, this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music's purest and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix have quickly cultivated a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.

UNCHARTED: Matthew Robinson - Ars Nova
September 12, 2012 - New York

Award-winning Australian composer/lyricist Matthew Robinson brings his witty-yet-tender lyrics and sophisticated sound stateside for the very first time in this mash-up concert of his favorite work. Labeled “irritatingly gifted” by The Sydney Morning Herald and mentored by Stephen Schwartz, Robinson will join with some of the city’s finest performers to introduce a collection of his contemporary musical theater songs.  Part of Ars Nova’s UNCHARTED initiative to develop and present new work from emerging musical theater artists.

TREMONTI - Highline Ballroom
September 12, 2012 - Manhattan

All I Was (2012) reveals another side of Mark Tremonti. The Grammy Award-winning guitarist's style remains instantly recognizable. It's nearly impossible to forget his riffs in Multi-Platinum rock juggernaut Creed or his scorching fretwork with the critically acclaimed fan favorite Alter Bridge. Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, this is the man behind massive hits like "My Own Prison," "Higher," and "Isolation," just to name a few. There are myriad reasons why Guitar World dubbed him "Guitarist of the Year" three consecutive years in a row, and why he ranked as the "fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever" in Total Guitar.

RAMIN KARIMLOO - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 13, 2012 - New York

For someone who has starred in the West End as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as the iconic Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, including the 25th anniversary spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall and at The Royal Variety Show, as well as creating the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies, Ramin Karimloo doesn't look like your average Olivier-nominated musical theater superstar, what with with his arm full of tattoos. But if he doesn't look like a musical theater star, then that's just as it should be. Such stars don't usually have their own bluegrass bands, idolize actors like Daniel Day Lewis and Robert De Niro, write their own songs, or play the guitar.

UNCHARTED: Cheslik-DeMeyer, Maner & Hewitt - Ars Nova
September 13, 2012 - New York

UNCHARTED: Cheslik-DeMeyer, Maner & Hewitt LIZZIE September 13, 2012 @ 7pm & 10pm All tix $15 Music & Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer Book, Lyrics, & Additional Music by Tim Maner Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Stevens Hewitt? Based On An Original Concept by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer & Tim Maner Directed by Kent Nicholson Produced by Brunish Trinchero & The Broadway Consortium, LLC  Musical theater trio extraordinaire, Stephen Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt, bring a raucous night of new music to the Nova stage in this concert version of their epic rock musical based on the haunting tale of the infamous axe-wielding murderess, Lizzie Borden. The driving score, inspired by the great stage spectacles of the 70's and brought to life by four fierce female rockers, is sure to leave you feeling all hot and bothered. Part of Ars Nova’s UNCHARTED initiative to develop and present new work from emerging musical theater artists.

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
September 14, 2012 - New York

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

GORDON LIGHTFOOT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 14, 2012 - 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."

Ian Hunter - Highline Ballroom
September 14, 2012 -

Rocker, balladeer, author and "Classic Songwriter" Award winner Ian Hunter has a diamond-studded and matchless repertoire. Ian Hunter was one of the most inventive rock writers of the early '70s paving the way for the decade's New Wave with his thought-provoking, honest and gritty songs. As a solo performer he has also succeeded with an impressive catalogue of superb albums and a dedicated following. Ian was invited to join Mott the Hoople where they recorded four albums for Island Records between 1969 and 1971. Ian Hunter had rapidly become a writer of considerable merit with songs such as "Backsliding Fearlessly", "Half Moon Boy", "Walking With a Mountain", "I Can Feel", "Angel of Eighth Avenue" and "The Journey", often encouraging the band to break new ground.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
September 14, 2012 - 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."

Royal Southern Brotherhood - Sullivan Hall
September 14, 2012 - New York

Royal Southern Brotherhood unites two legendary roots-rock bloodlines along with a rising star guitarist and an in-the-pocket rhythm section for one of the most highly anticipated albums of the past decade. What started out as a rumor and a few informal local gigs at various New Orleans venues has developed into a full-fledged powerhouse of soulful sound that’s rockin,’ funky and all-together groove-a-licious. Incubated in the heat and humidity of a New Orleans summer in 2010, Cyril, Devon and Mike crossed paths and set in motion the beginnings of what would become Royal Southern Brotherhood. *Any person entering the venue that is under 21 years old will have to pay an additional $5 “ under age fee “ on top of the ticket price. The under aged fan that is paying this fee will get 1 free soft drink ticket so they can get 1 free soft drink at the bar.

Nightwish - Beacon Theatre
September 15, 2012 - New York

Nightwish will hit the stage at The Beacon Theatre on September 15 at 8PM. Nightwish is a symphonic metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion) and Anette Olzon (vocals). Nightwish is the third-best-selling band in Finland with sales of over 900,000 certified copies. The group is also the most successful Finnish band abroad with more than 8 million records sold worldwide, and having collected over 60 gold and platinum awards.

Street Dogs - Highline Ballroom
September 15, 2012 -

Tracing the Street Dogs' story is no easy task. One thing that all parties can agree on is where it all started. At a time when the music scene teems with mediocrity and fashion-oriented bands that are simultaneously from nowhere and of everywhere, maintaining a sense of roots, politics, and place has become this band's calling card, a way of demonstrating to the world that they most decidedly stand for something.

Frank Dain Sings 'The Magic of Mathis' - The Metropolitan Room
September 15, 2012 - New York

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

CLASSICAL JAM presents 'From the Streets to the Concert Hall' at Lincoln Center's Meet The Artist Saturdays Series - FREE - David Rubenstein Atrium @ Lincoln Center
September 15, 2012 - New York

FREE EVENT - CLASSICAL JAM presents From the Streets to the Concert Hall at Lincoln Center's Meet The Artist Saturdays Series. Known for their sparkling style and creative concert programs, Classical Jam performs an interactive family-friendly concert featuring works by Piazzolla, Bach Improvisations, and an original composition inspired by NYC Subway bucket drummers. Meet the Artist brings its informal, interactive, one-hour presentations to the public. Continuing to present a wide range of performances by artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines, these Saturday morning shows are specially created for family appeal and are enjoyable for all ages. CJ was recently selected by Concert Artists Guild to receive the Cary Trust Fund for Contemporary Music Projects and were recently featured in the documentary film by Kasia Witek entitled "Classical Jam - A Documentary." Classical Jam Members; Flute: Marco Granados, Violin: Jennifer Choi, Violin/Viola: Cyrus Beroukhim, Cello: Wendy Law, Percussion: Justin Hines Can't afford Lincoln Center Tickets? This is your opportunity to see World Class Classical Musicians performing for FREE! Take the uptown 1 local train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station Lincoln Center is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The David Rubenstein Atrium is located on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Telephone number (212) 875-5101

EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through September 23, 2012 - Brooklyn

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.

Sacred Music Festival: Exploring Sufi Traditions - Alwan for the Arts
Through September 29, 2012 - New York

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.

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

Thursday, Sept. 6: Irondale Ensemble Project Members of the Irondale Ensemble, the resident company at the Irondale Center, revive last season’s smash musical theater work, Color Between the Lines. The piece is part of In Pursuit of Freedom, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Historical Society and Weeksville Heritage Center to tell the story of the abolitionist movement in Brooklyn. Thursday, Sept. 13: White Bird Productions presents Urbnergy, featuring Kat Ledell Urbnergy will feature the music of Kat Ledell - a combination of rock, folk, jazz, and funk. This Brooklyn-based group has some very impressive original music and will delight audiences with its uniqueness. ISSUE Project Room presents Michelle Amador Michelle Amador is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter dedicated to and inspired by the transformational nature of voice and song. Often using repeated phrases and minor changes in vocal intonation and rhythm in a seemingly standard song format, her performances invite the listener to observe time, words, intention, and their relationship to one another. Performing with Tim Bulkley on drums and Ben Campbell on bass. Thursday, Sept. 20: American Opera Projects Three opera singers will perform song cycles set to poetry written by young Brooklyn students mentored by writer and community activist Angeli Rasbury. Presented by AOP and the Walt Whitman Project. Mark Morris Dance Group The Mark Morris Dance Group will bring Brooklyn to its feet! Teachers will showcase three dance styles: African Dance, Modern Dance, and Zumba. Accompanied by live music, these interactive dance classes will be a fun way to try out your dance moves. Thursday, Sept. 27: Brooklyn Ballet Brooklyn Ballet’s Company and Youth Ensemble present Take Ballet to the Streets!, which will include excerpts from Brooklyn Ballet’s Hip-Hop Nutcracker, plus an excerpt from A History of Ballet in 9 Innings, performed this summer at the Brooklyn Cyclones MCU Park in Coney Island. Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education, and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Thursday, Oct. 4: Dancewave The Dancewave Company, a pre-professional dance company composed of talented Brooklyn teens, performs excerpts from its repertoire by world renowned choreographers: Twyla Tharp, Annie-B Parsons, Andrea Miller, and Ronald K. Brown. Brooklyn Music School Brooklyn Music School performs an array of music and dance selections showcasing the amazing students and teachers of this 100-year-old performing arts institution.

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