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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week Photo: Vladimir/Flickr 

Downtown NYC has long been a capital of live music. With venues like the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Terra Blues, fans of rock, jazz, and more have long been drawn here. City Guide's roundup of live music in clubs and bars will connect you with tunes at dozens of great downtown venues.

Austin Crute - Mercury Lounge
December 03, 2017 - New York

This event is 18 and over

Janie Barnett's Urban Americana Holiday Party; with special guests Vicki Kristina Barcelona - City Winery
December 03, 2017 - New York

Janie Barnett's Urban Americana Holiday Party. A grateful celebration of our musical humanity...and...that we've survived the year! With very special guests Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Julie Gold, Kenny White, Anielle and Matthew, Robin Batteau, Gary Schreiner, Lisa Gutkin (Klezmatics); with Richard Hammond, Larry Saltzman, Jeremy Beck, Ira Siegel, Angela Reed, Frank Vilardi, Sammy Merendino. And as we say in baseball, players to be named later.

Porter Carroll, Jr. - Metropolitan Room
December 03, 2017 - New York

Porter Carroll, Jr with Wali Ali & The Tambourine Band ~ The Evolution of Cabaret Porter Carroll, Jr. Singer, songwriter, drummer, percussionist and founder of Newban (later changing its name to Atlantic Starr), the Rhythm and Blues hit machine from the '70s and '80s. Musician: As drummer and one of four singers with Atlantic Starr, Porter Carroll, Jr. helped make the hits that made the group and its amazing vocals, tight production and energetic stage performances famous worldwide. Porter performed with his childhood friends and family until the mid eighties, contributing his musicianship to such popular tunes as Circles, When Love Calls, Send for Me, Am I Dreaming, Let's Get Closer, Touch a Four Leaf Clover and others. Today, renowned hip-hop/soul artists including Mary J. Blige, Keith Sweat, and Erykah Badu are remaking Atlantic Starr's hits. Porter was also the drummer on the disco classic This Time Baby for Jackie Moore. Solo Artist: Porter branched out on his own in the mid-1980s and produced a critically acclaimed album, Porter Carroll II, for Island Records, that set produced theme songs for Video Vibrations and Midnight Love on the BET cable TV network. ... (read more)

The Penthouse Band, The Sweet High - Mercury Lounge
December 03, 2017 - New York

NYC "Indie Rock" band from Back Bay, Boston fueling music that will make you dance. With smashing guitars and grooving rhythms, The Penthouse brings you a mix of modern and old school vibes with an array of superb musicianship.

Winter Sonic, Danae Greenfield - Bowery Electric
December 03, 2017 - New York

Pianist from Boston, MA.

New York School Of Burlesque Student Showcase - Drom
December 03, 2017 - NY

The sexy students of the New York School of Burlesque have been working hard (oh! so! hard!) to come up with delicious new acts that tease and tantalize. After a five-week Act Development class with Jezebel Express, we're finally ready to reveal our newest creations! That's right... this is an entire show of never-before-seen acts. We'll reveal our brand-new acts during an unforgettable night that shows you just how sexy, silly, wonderful and weird burlesque can be! The New York School of Burlesque will also be hosting a HOLIDAY BAZAAR during this show! Glamorous vendors from within our community will be offering burlesque merchandise from gloves to tassels that will make holiday shopping an extra-sparkly affair! Hosted by MISS JEZEBEL EXPRESS With special guest performances from THE FABULOUS FLIRTS! Don't miss this sizzling night of brand new acts. We can't wait to show you our stuff (if you know what we mean!)

Fourplay - Blue Note
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s. In 1990, James reunited with his old friend, session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Notorious Big), during the recording of James' Grand Piano Canyon album. Also involved in the project were guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins). The Grand Piano Canyon sessions marked the gene... (read more)

City Winery Presents: Steve Earle & The Dukes w/ Lucinda Williams & Emmylou Harris - 3rd annual Autism benefit - City Winery
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

On December 3rd, 2017, City Winery and Steve Earle are hosting the 3rd annual John Henry's Friends benefit concert to raise funds for children diagnosed with autism. For the first time in NYC, Steve Earle & The Dukes will be performing songs from their acclaimed 2017 release So You Wannabe an Outlaw. Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris will each join with sets of their own, making an unforgettable night of amazing music. All net ticket proceeds will be donated to ?The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with autism.? ?Founded on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities?, ?The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. This is a topic dear to Steve, as his son, John Henry, attends the school.

Free Advice, Cyber Attack, The O.T.s (pronounced 'The Clench'), Ocean Music, Tin Fingers - Bowery Electric
December 04, 2017 - New York

Ocean Music is a three-piece band hailing from both American Coasts that has cultivated an expansive musical universe composed of pulsating rhythms, crashing waves of guitars, and warbling synthesizers that manage to turn the acoustic elegies of a lone troubadour into full-throated rhapsody. Tin Fingers Straight outta Brooklyn by way of California, Louisiana and Manhattan, you can hear Lou Reed, the Stones, Television and occasionally Tiny Tim in our original songs.

Rico Nasty - Mercury Lounge
December 04, 2017 - New York

This is Your Night Richard Cameron - Metropolitan Room
December 04, 2017 - New York

HONOREE: RICHARD CAMERON This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry. It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc. The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.

Jane Lynch 'Swingin' Little Christmas' featuring Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quintet - City Winery
Through December 04, 2017 - New York

JANE LYNCH is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee and she is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's Hollywood Game Night. In 2015, Jane embarked on her own live concert tour, See Jane Sing with Kate Flannery, Tim Davis and The Tony Guerrero Quintet. Their holiday album, A Swingin' Little Christmas is available from iTunes, Amazon and other outlets. KATE FLANNERY is best known for her 9 seasons as Meredith the drunk on NBC's THE OFFICE. Recent TV appearances include THE NEW GIRL, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, ANOTHER PERIOD and BROOKLYN NINE NINE. Kate is currently Jane Lynch's sidekick in her anti cabaret act, SEE JANE SING having played the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub and 30 cities across the country. Her original cult comedy lounge act, the Lampshades regularly plays comedy festivals and in and around Hollywood.

Music For Enophiles, The Glass State, Jack Martin's Bob Dylan Deathwatch - Bowery Electric
December 05, 2017 - New York

We are Music For Enophiles, a NYC based band solely dedicated to playing the music of Brian Eno, specifically songs from his solo pop recordings from 1974-1977. Eno himself only did a handful of live performances of this repertoire before moving on to other things. As these songs really take on a whole other dimension when they are performed live , we wanted to give people a chance to experience this! Organized by founding Blue Man Group musical collaborator Larry Heinemann, Music For Enophiles have been performing in NYC since early 2014.

Morning Teleportation - Mercury Lounge
December 05, 2017 - New York

Resistance Revival Chorus - City Winery
December 05, 2017 - New York

Launched in Summer 2017 in response to the Trump presidency, the Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 50 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women's voices. The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, "when the music is strong, the movement is strong." In that spirit, the Resistance Revival Chorus hosts a series of regular musical events, Resistance Revival Nights, where the community gathers to rejuvenate our spirits and honor the protest songs that have historically been central to civil rights movements. This is our special HOLIDAY PARTY edition of the Resistance Revival Night! We celebrate the ongoing resistance to the Trump administration! Tonight we will uplift women in music, we will sing of resistance, we will dance together, we will be filled with joy and inspiration, and we will fuel our spirits to KEEP UP THE FIGHT! Like all our Resistance Revival Nights - you NEVER KNOW who will show up to perform. But we do :). And we promise you won't be disappointed. An amazing line up of unbelievable talent awaits - some women you'll be quite familiar with, and some women you will be luc... (read more)

Ella Mai: Time. Change. Ready. Tour - Mercury Lounge
Through December 05, 2017 - New York

Austin Blair Campbell - Bowery Electric
December 06, 2017 - New York

Late Guest to the Party, Kid Midnight - Bowery Electric
December 06, 2017 - New York

Kid Midnight is the trash-pop brainchild of Lord Wardd (Lo Fidelity Allstars) composed of vocals, percussion, saxophone, and dance driven backing tracks. Catchy pop hooks to get stuck in your head for days!

Yucky Duster - Mercury Lounge
December 06, 2017 - New York

Maggie and Madeline started Yucky Duster with the idea to play fun, 60s and punk inspired tunes with only two instruments; Maggie on bass and Madeline on drums. They eventually added Luca Balser (The Gradients / Gummy) and months later Zack O'Brien (Slonk Donkerson) on guitars. Four dusters one band.

Yucky Duster Gobbinjr Poppies - Mercury Lounge
December 06, 2017 - New York

This event is 18 and over Maggie and Madeline started Yucky Duster with the idea to play fun, 60s and punk inspired tunes with only two instruments; Maggie on bass and Madeline on drums. They eventually added Luca Balser (The Gradients / Gummy) and months later Zack O'Brien (Slonk Donkerson) on guitars. Four dusters one band.

Adrienne Haan - Metropolitan Room
December 06, 2017 - New York

Sounds Of The Season – A Christmas Spectacular Adrienne Haan presents a joyful holiday show featuring America's most beloved Christmas songs combined with traditional European holiday carols. The program spreads a message of love, good will and peace through the beautiful sounds of Christmas classics. The diverse selection of repertoire, with lyrics and music that lives on through the generations, includes works from J.S. Bach to Irving Berlin. These treasured pieces are "forever" Christmas cards performed in English, German, French or Spanish by Ms. Haan with her unique personal flair. With Richard Danley on piano and Mike Campenni on drums

The Score - Mercury Lounge
December 07, 2017 - New York

TO OUR FANS: We started writing together six years ago, and had no idea where it would take us. Just two dudes in New York, learning how to write and produce. We wrote a lot of bad songs, and tried a lot of different things. We moved to LA and wrote more songs, and tried more different recording in Edan's bedroom closet. And one pop song we wrote happened to land in a commercial, and that commercial happened to be really big. 'Spotify Viral #1' big. 'Major label record-deal' big. 'Worldwide booking agency' big. And all that was really cool, but we had a problem -- we weren't actually a pop band. We like guitars. We like rock and roll. And we like it loud. So we started doing what we like, and it's been pretty damn cool so far. Our new EP Myths & Legends is four of the most honest songs we've ever written, and we think our fans reactions say it all: "Who ever Disliked song, I will find you and force you to listin to this song Intel you regret your life choices." - Chase Cornett "The best song I have ever heard" - Mr. Nightmare and... "The Score=GOAT 'Like' if they never disappoint you!!!" - DawnCS We hope you like the new music, but if you don't...Chase ... (read more)

Knox Fortune - Mercury Lounge
December 07, 2017 - New York

Zack Villere This event is 16 and over Chicago, United States

Parranda Navideña - Drom
December 07, 2017 - NY

A selection of the best Christmas classics, Christmas carols, venezuelan gaitas, and the most special songs that are part of the Christmas tradition in Venezuela since the beginning. The party will be a very special occasion to celebrate and share Christmas, in the company of the music that connects us the most with our traditions.

The War & Treaty - Mercury Lounge
December 08, 2017 - New York

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility; music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It's a sound manifested on the group's upcoming EP, Down to the River. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter's survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. "I wrote my first song after that captain was killed," Trotter recalls. "I sang it for his memorial in Iraq." Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in "Military Idol," the army's version of "American I... (read more)

Muscadine Bloodline - Mercury Lounge
December 08, 2017 - New York

Muscadine Bloodline's Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster both grew up playing music in Mobile, Alabama, withmutual friends saying they should connect. But their first official meeting didn't happen until about six years ago, when Muncaster's college band was playing a show in Mobile and needed an opening act. Stanton got the call. During his junior year at the University of Southern Mississippi, Stanton started his own band and the two began swapping opening slots and writing together. After graduation in 2015, Stanton headed to Nashville while Muncaster commuted from Alabama to play and write with him. In October of that year, Muncaster made his move and, the very next week, the guys were in the studio cutting three songs. Muscadine Bloodline became a reality upon their release in December 2015, and we haven't looked back since, Stanton says. They have, however, spent most of their weekends on the road, gigging across the Southland because they believe in making their fans the old-fashioned way: by earning them, one at a time. We really want to 'grassroots' Muscadine Bloodline," Muncaster says. " It's cool to watch it grow town by town — coming back to a town and more peop... (read more)

Maricón - Mercury Lounge
December 08, 2017 - New York

Paul Binder - Metropolitan Room
December 08, 2017 - New York

Paul Binder Musical Director Dennis Buck After a successful benefit performance of PAUL BINDER RISKS HIS LIFE here at the Metropolitan Room in 2016, Paul Binder will return with a new cabaret: THE TALL AND THE SHORT OF IT! B ............................................................................ PAUL BINDER — street juggler, talent booker for Merv Griffin, floor manager for Julia Child, Sesame Street regular, and founder of the Big Apple Circus—has lived and worked with the finest circus artists from around the globe. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Paul trained with the San Francisco Mime Troupe before travelling across Europe with Michael Christensen as street jugglers. He returned to New York with the dream to create a theatrically excellent, yet artistically intimate American circus, and in 1977, the Big Apple Circus was born. In July of 2009, Paul stepped out of the ring, but he continues to work with the Big Apple Circus as a senior advisor. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has designated him a "Living Landmark." Paul recently published his memoir Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and Other Uncommon Tales from the Founder of the Big Apple Circus, with a fo... (read more)

Dorothy Bishop - Metropolitan Room
December 08, 2017 - New York

The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop Nominated by Broadway World for Best NYC Musical Comedy Cabaret Show 2013!!! "12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele. This show never disappoints!" Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! "Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Car... (read more)

Falu's Karyshma, Nation Beat - Drom
December 08, 2017 - NY

Mike Liegel, The Nomadic, The Afternoon Men, Liquor Radio - Bowery Electric
December 08, 2017 - New York

Mike Liegel is a singer, musician, and songwriter with an expressive voice and soulful appeal. He grew up in the rural suburban town of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, where he first started learning the piano at age seven. A highly touted baseball prospect, throughout his life Mike balanced his two passions – baseball and music – enjoying great success in both. When not competing athletically, Mike worked side by side with his father constructing a recording studio in the backyard of his childhood home. This studio, reminiscent of an old barn, became a place of creative solitude where Mike wrote and developed many of his early songs. After an injury derailed his promising collegiate baseball career, Mike took a step back to re-devote himself to his first love; songwriting.

Bowery Comedy - Bowery Electric
December 09, 2017 - New York

"Every second Saturday of the month, Carolyn Busa and Chelsea Taylor host a lineup of the funniest stand up comics in New York City as well as special out of town guests. Past performers have appeared on Comedy Central, Conan, and MTV. This show has featured New York City favorites such as Blair Socci, Subhah Agarwal, Jon Laster, Ayanna Dookie, and Mark Normand. Comedians who regularly perform at legendary comedy clubs in Manhattan often drop in to do a set. Carolyn Busa is known as the creator of Brooklyn's very own Side Ponytail, which Chelsea also co-produces and hosts. They keep the show going with high energy banter and jokes in between guest performers. Bowery Comedy is always free and in the map room every second Saturday of the month. For ticket information visit or call (212) 228-0228."

Luna Shadows - Mercury Lounge
December 09, 2017 - New York

Luna Shadows is a multi?instrumentalist and singer/writer/producer running her own show in the City of Angels. As the star of said show, she's typically responsible for the writing, performing, recording, producing, engineering and editing of her music, although she's recently brought in a couple of mainstream indie pop co?producers, Brad and Thom of the respective bands Now Now and The Naked and Famous, to help shoulder the load. Even the brightest, most upbeat Luna Shadows song carries a hint of romantic melancholy. She describes her artistic ambitions as a lifelong dare that, "sounded pretty fun" and brought order to the emotional chaos of everyday life. The end product, made in garages and bedrooms under the palm trees of Echo Park, sounds a bit like Lana Del Rey took Lorde to the beach. Creating what Billboard called "some of the most refreshingly soulful and haunting indie pop to come out this year", her tracks have received over 7 million streams on Spotify, reaching #7 on the US and #18 on the Global Viral Chart and have been placed on tastemaker playlists including New Music Friday, Indie Pop, Weekend Beats and Weekly Buzz. Already a favorite on radio stations world... (read more)

The Red Party Presents: Our Holidaze Party - Mercury Lounge
December 09, 2017 - New York

Pawns, DJ Sean Templar (A Murder of Crows NYC Goth & Post-punk Festival), DJ Jarek Zelazny (The Raven), DJ Jose Frances (Dark Dance Radio)

John Minnock - Metropolitan Room
December 09, 2017 - New York

"Every Day Blues" A new-breed vocalist who infuses diversity and modern interpretation into his jazz and blues show, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a resident performer at the Metropolitan Room. He is the recipient of the "HotHouse Jazz 2016 Fans Decision Metropolitan Room Award", and recently released his debut album "Every Day Blues" (available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby). An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B. "Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock's voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting" (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards). A classically trained musician, John's vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, Lou Rawls, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisation and scat singing, and brings a rich history of the music to every performance. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists ... (read more)

Vagabon - Bowery Ballroom
December 09, 2017 - New York

Vagabon, the moniker for multi-instrumentalist, Lætitia Tamko, was born in late 2014 during her final years of engineering school. Currently living in New York City via Cameroon, Tamko's cultural duality and engineering background informs her inspirations as a musician and a producer. Blending elements of west and east African music from her childhood with punk as well as electronic leaning instrumentation, Vagabon songs vary in themes and genre. In November 2014, Tamko self-released an EP, "Persian Garden", a collection of the first songs she had ever written. "Persian Garden" caught the attention of a larger than imagined audience which led Vagabon to a couple of U.S tours and several Northeast tours. Tamko recently finished recording her first album, where she is the writer, co-producer and main performer of all instruments.

Electric Feel Dance Party! - Bowery Electric
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Weekend dance party featuring all top 40 hits - today and yesteryear. 5 bars, 2 floors. One of NY's long running weekend dance parties. The party begins at 10pm and rocks til 4am. The music encompasses your favorite party and sing along rock and pop tunes, both classic and contemporary hits. Get ready to go all night long! DJ Gina Bon Jersey is at the head of The Electric Feel Party each weekend at The Bowery Electric. Her notoriety is chronicled in Black Book and Spin Magazines. DJ Jordan Stern & DJ Bobby B. will also be spinning to make sure your night is fantastic!

Lady Moon & the Eclipse Hardwork Movement Tacuma Bradley's Unity Band Leo Manzari - Mercury Lounge
December 10, 2017 - New York

This event is 21 and over Lady Moon & The Eclipse Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural collective of musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. Through soaring vocal textures and R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms, they create inspirational music that explore the cosmic soul; a journey to become one's best self. Lady Moon carries the essence of the Moon, delivering a message of love, peace, and light, while the musicians serve as the Sun shining light upon her. The audience represents the Earth, also known as the Star People of Earth, completing the metaphorical eclipse. With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, Lady Moon & The Eclipse explore positive music through the live experience to grow and make a difference in themselves and in the world. Hardwork Movement Hip-hop group based out of West Philadelphia. Drawing comparisons to The Roots, the group is comprised of four MCs and a five piece live band. Their sound embodies a modern spin on old-school hip-hop with a flare of neo-soul and R&B. the group has played at Firefly Music Festival, opened for Talib Kweli and Method Man and Redman and sold-out all of their headlined shows in Philadelphia. Tacuma Bradl... (read more)

Steevy X, Bombers, Villins, Albert Bouchard Project - Bowery Electric
December 10, 2017 - New York

Canadian disco studio group Led by pop-rock producer George Lagios and disco producer Pat Deserio, of Kebekelektrik and Rational Youth. They formed in 1978 and released two albums. Their biggest hits are their cover of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" and "(Everybody) Get Dancin'"

A John Waters Christmas - City Winery
December 10, 2017 - New York

Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker ("Female Trouble", "Hairspray", "Serial Mom"), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas". This rapid-fire "trigger warning" for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, "Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?", "Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?", "Has Santa ever been nude?", and, most importantly, "Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?" Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they're false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time. Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of "Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child" and his hatred for email Christmas cards, The Easter Bunny, and any kind of ho... (read more)

Corinna Sowers-Adler - Metropolitan Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

Seventh Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long w/ Dan Zanes & Friends (Early Show) - City Winery
December 10, 2017 - New York

Dan Zanes Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. Beginning in the year 2000 he has performed everywhere from thrift shop basements to Carnegie Hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, and during that time has released over a dozen children's CDs and several DVDs reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—although people may have forgotten about them. Referred to as "the family-music genre's most outspoken and eloquent advocate" by Time Magazine, his widely - acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Dan is currently finishing up a CD that celebrates the children's music of his main inspiration, Lead Belly, The King of the 12-String Guitar. "Ha-Ha This Away" will be released on the Smithsonian/Folkways label in spring 2017. For the past year, Zanes has been a strong advocate for Sensory Friendly performances and is working with Haitian-American jazz vocalist / Music Therapist Cl... (read more)

Jimmy Heath Big Band - Blue Note
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. The middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (bassist Percy and drummer Tootie) and the father of Mtume, he has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. Heath's career got off to an early start – in 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner. One of his earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd. Charlie Parker and Max Roach even sat in on one occasion. During his career, Heath has performed on more than 100 albums, including seven with the Heath Brothers and 12 as a leader. He has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists, including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles... (read more)

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