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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Brooklyn This Week - January 7-January 14

January 7, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Brooklyn This Week Photo: Vladimir/Flickr 

Brooklyn is as happening as cities get, with live music in the bars and clubs from Williamsburg to Park Slope to downtown. With a younger crowd taking to the always trending burough, you can bet that great shows can be found all over Brooklyn. Whether you're more into a rock scene or music that's an eclectic mix, check out places like Brooklyn Steel, Barbes, and the Pine Box Rock Shop all around Brooklyn.

Jesse R. Berlin's Holiday Spectacular - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 07, 2018 - Brooklyn

Classical Sundays: Pianist Huizi Zhang - National Sawdust
January 07, 2018 - Brooklyn

National Sawdust's Classical Sundays series presents renowned pianist Huizi Zhang to explore the evolution of piano composition and virtuosic performance. The program will include selections from the dense melodic webs of Ligeti in addition to world premieres from a diverse pool of contemporary composers. This program explores the evolution of piano composition and performance, as it continues to be reinvented at the turn of the century. Additionally, Zhang will be joined by violinist Holly Nelson as guest artist, exploring repertoire for violin and piano. Composers to be performed include Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, and Fabian Beltran. Banner Photo Credit: Stephen Shooster —

Ryan Sutherland - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

New York Philharmonic: Contact - National Sawdust
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

CONTACT! returns to National Sawdust — "the sort of place that makes a new-music aficionado want to bring a sleeping bag and move in for a few weeks" (New York magazine) — for another season of "must-hear adventures" (The New York Times).

New York Philharmonic Presents Contact! - National Sawdust
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

CONTACT! returns to National Sawdust — "the sort of place that makes a new-music aficionado want to bring a sleeping bag and move in for a few weeks" (New York magazine) — for another season of "must-hear adventures" (The New York Times).

Americana Monday - Knitting Factory
January 08, 2018 - Brooklyn

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Verdigrls, Den-Mate, Sur Back, Rich Girls - Knitting Factory
January 09, 2018 - Brooklyn

Sur Back is the experimental pop brainchild of former Florida ballerina, Caroline Sans. A producer at heart, Caroline marries layered combinations of guitars, vocals, and beats with string and brass instruments—producing a sound that's equal parts whimsical and arresting. In live performance, she rounds out this synthesis with choreographed and improvised movements. Caroline draws the name of her moniker from a natural phenomenon described as "the green ray," first observed by Arctic explorer Sir George Back. The green ray is also said to be a philosophical phenomenon—a moment of epiphany where your thoughts, and the thoughts of those around you are perfectly understood—a struggle that plays a clear role throughout Caroline's tracks. "Sir" was changed to "Sur" to imply the Turkish translation of "sur"—"steer"— in hopes the music will "steer back" its listeners to epiphanies of their ow??n. Her debut EP, Kitsch, was released in July 2016, and her second is slated for this winter.

The Last Revel, The Slocan Ramblers, Matthew Livigni - Knitting Factory
January 10, 2018 - Brooklyn

From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver "Bombastic live performances," as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads. With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern "tip of the hat" to the storied history of American folk music.

Laroche & Clark Comedy Night - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

They are a show AND two humans. Together, they have one goal in assemble the BEST audience, the BEST possible talent and the BEST night of love, comedy, coolness and weirdness. The underground comedy scene of NY has many unique and wonderful shows, but few that strive for diverse voices, stories, mediums and FEELS to be highlighted and praised. We aren't just a show, we're a SOUL. Living, breathing, learning, loving and growing. We guarantee all the love, peace, oneness and laughter. If you're into the hippy dippy, lovey-dovey, 100% genuine and truthful positivity of this description, this is the show for you. Join us!

No Shields - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Protected: Ferus Festival: Bishi - National Sawdust
January 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

Reformed Whores Monthly Comedy Showcase - Cobra Club
January 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Oak & Ash, Sir Cadian Rhythm, The Parkers - Knitting Factory
January 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Hailing from New York City, Oak & Ash formed in late 2014 and set out to change the landscape of the Pop/ Rock scene with a variety of soulfully written and performed original records. Their explosive anthems, soaring guitar solos, soulful vocals, and recognizable pop song structure, has been compared to a mix between Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, and Coldplay. Just over two years after its formation, the group has booked renowned venues such as The Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, The Paramount Theatre, and Webster Hall. In July 2015, the band released its debut EP, titled "Slightly Reckless" and is set to release a second EP in early 2017 that will include their newest single "Step Into The Light".

Chard Tank Open Mic - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

It's like shark tank, but for bits Austin Chardac, & 2 guest Chards welcome comics to do 2mins with the investment of a drink ticket on the line. All comics interested in the drink ticket must begin their set with "Hello Chards." Starts at 6:30pm with a hard out by 8pm most weeks.

Protected: Ferus Festival: Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne - National Sawdust
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

Strange Machines, Electric Love Machine, Bushicks - Knitting Factory
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Flex Up Party - Brooklyn Edition - Knitting Factory
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Founded in 2015, Flex Up Crew is one the most exciting music production and DJ collectives worldwide. We have over 40 producers from every region worldwide selected to join our ranks. Our approach allows us to have fresh yet brilliant ears in every market globally ready for deployment. Flex Up Crew roster currently represents Europe (UK, Switzerland, Italy), the Middle East (Israel), South America (Brazil, Chile, Venezuela), and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad/Tobago). Our producers and DJs come from Reggae Dancehall culture, backgrounds in hip hop, and the classic reggae scene. Musically, we are always pushing and blurring the genre lines to blend it with Electronic Dance Music, to create what we call Future Dancehall.

Quarterly - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Crooked Horse - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Gabe Birnbaum (Wildermaker) Solo - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

San Fermin - Brooklyn Bowl
Through January 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

San Fermin's third studio album, 'Belong,' marks a shift in songwriting perspective for bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone. "In the past I'd usually write through characters from books or movies, as a way to try to distance myself from what I was writing about," says the Brooklyn-based artist. "As I've become more confident as a songwriter, I decided that I could drop some of the artifice and write something more direct." In bringing a more personal slant to his music, Ludwig-Leone found himself confronting such matters as disconnection, displacement, and -- perhaps most significantly -- everyday anxiety. "Anxiety is something I've dealt with since I was a kid, but on this album I talked about it more explicitly than I ever had before," he points out. Produced by Ludwig-Leone and brought to life by his fellow performers -- lead vocalists Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate, trumpet player John Brandon, saxophonist Stephen Chen, violinist Rebekah Durham, drummer Michael Hanf, and guitarists Tyler McDiarmid and Aki Ishiguro -- 'Belong' unfolds in warm, intoxicating textures that both contrast and intensify that sense of unrest. The album's hypnotic sound is embodied in "No Promises," a shimme... (read more)

Benefit for Punk Island - Cobra Club
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

The countdown to Punk Island 2018 has begun!This is our 11th year and as always, the event will be FREE for all who want to attend. You can support and keep the DIY fire burning by coming out to benefit shows and helping us raise the money to keep it free! $10 donation gets you in (if you can afford to donate more, please do) and you get a lineup of 5 rad bands that you don't want to miss out on: TKR TKR- Post grunge flannel-on-fire queer dancepunk Almost Aimless- Bronx political punk (and PI 2016 alums) Fealty- fierce NYC hardcore punk Witch Slap- almost all girl but absolutely all skater punk band from BK Bodega Satellite- 3 piece rock ensemble from New Jersey that likes to sing in Spanish We'll have PI2017 merch for sale in case you missed picking some up at the fest this past year. We'll have some fun giveaways too!Stay tuned for more details on future benefits, updates on the fest, and for when submissions for the 2018 fest open (don't send stuff in yet please! We aren't ready to review anything at the moment) See ya on January 13th when the countdown to Punk Island 2018 begins!

Keys, HOUSE 78 - Knitting Factory
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

"Faze, a lyricist from Harlem, NY and Jarryd Torff, musician and producer from Fairfield, CT, form Keys. This eclectic duo of music enthusiasts blend the many genres of music that raise them into compositions made for every audience. Keys is more than a group - it's a culmination of people from all walks of life and experiences. "WeAreHouse78, LLC is an entertainment company that produces Dance Music events featuring the top and newest DJ/Producers in the industry. These events vary from the main "House78" party at some of the premier venues in New York City to festival meet-ups and intimate DJ/Producer showcases through their event "House78: The Residents." House78's inception can be traced back to December 21, 2014. It was born from the collective inspiration of three friends from Harlem, New York – yes, we do in fact dabble in the "untz" in Harlem– who wanted to introduce others to the diverse world of Electronic Dance Music. With this aim, they organized House78, a dance event, at the renowned Apt78 in Washington Heights, New York. Since that fateful day, Jonathan "RILLE" Espinal, Kenneth "Einfari" Espinal and Anthony "//arhov" Garcia, have continued to build House78 ... (read more)

Holly - Knitting Factory
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Rowan - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Postcards - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

A four piece original music rock band. Categorically described as alternative rock with classic rock influences. The band has been performing under the new name of Postcard (Cardbored was the original name) over the past year. The band is New York City based with all four members living within the five boros of the city. The last year has seen much success as well as an original musical song and video for Dunkin' Donuts.

The Zen Tricksters W/ Special Guest Kenny Brooks (Ratdog) + Ominous Seapods - Brooklyn Bowl
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Before there was a jam band scene, there were The Zen Tricksters…" - Rolling Stone's Frickes Picks by David Fricke The roster of current Zen Tricksters includes some of the most venerable musicians in the Jam Band scene today. Originating from Long Island, New York, this band has played together and apart for over 35 years and its members are not only "life long" Zen Tricksters, but play and have played with other bands of renown, including Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Other Ones, The Dead, and Assembly of Dust. They have performed over the years with such artists as Levon Helm, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Buddy Cage, David Nelson, Bob Weir, Donna Jean Godchaux, Tom Constanten, and many more. Their performances feature originals from their three studio albums, classic songs and Grateful Dead renditions which are their trademark. This is a rare performance not to be missed! The Ominous Seapods were a nineties jam band spawning from Plattsburgh, New York and eventually settling in Albany, New York. At the height of their popularity, their line up included Max Verna (guitar, vocals), Dana Monteith (guitar, vocals), T... (read more)

Bands on Sunday - Cobra Club
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Damon Smith, Scott James, JIL - Knitting Factory
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Damon Isaac Smith is a New York City / Boston based pianist, singer, songwriter, composer. He's a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and performs often with the legendary "Losers Lounge" series at Joe's Pub since 2014. He's played at the Stone, Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, CBGB's, and the Bitter End, along with festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Zappanale.

The Grand Prospect - Pine Box Rock Shop
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Prototype: Secrets Us Premiere - National Sawdust
Through January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the Massot-Florizoone-Horbaczewski jazz trio source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience. A musical and visual mosaic in which Claron McFadden, singing, whispering and laughing, merges sorrowful, mischievous and cynical passages into one another. Secrets poetically reveals how hidden thoughts link us all together. Claron McFadden and the trio give each secret its own rhythm and musicality: melancholy, restrained, heart-rending or playful. Each individual secret has a universal dimension. The trio has for years been exploring the boundaries between chamber music, jazz and melancholically tinged tapestries of sound, eschewing neither experiment nor improvisation. In their collaboration with Claron McFadden, their delight in playing creates sparks on stage.

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