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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - January 20-January 27

January 20, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Apb - Mercury Lounge
January 20, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over apb formed in 1979 in the small rural town of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Ignoring their remote location the band took inspiration from the punk do it yourself ethic of the burgeoning independent music scene. With a hard-working approach George Cheyne drums, Glenn Roberts guitar and Iain Slater bass and vocals were spotted by Aberdeen's small independent label Oily . In 1981 they were impressed enough by the band's live shows to finance the band's first single Chain Reaction. The band's first single was a two and a half minute punk/pop song with fuzzy distorted guitar and scottish inflected vocals. Already the band was evolving with a sparser and more rhythmical sound.

Doug Wamble - 55 Bar
January 20, 2019 - New York

Christine Tobin - 55 Bar
January 20, 2019 - New York

Christine Tobin...Voice Phil Robson...Guitar Lorin Cohen...Bass

Learson Peak, Cmyk - Mercury Lounge
January 20, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Learson Peak provides a modern twist to an electronic Arcade Fire meets Paul Simon-esque sound, drawing out intricate solos, surprise chord changes, and master musicianship. The band's live show is powerful, engaging and smart, featuring a rotating roster of local musicians from Berklee and beyond.

Emmet Cohen Trio with Ron Carter - Village Vanguard
Through January 20, 2019 - New York

Emmet Cohen (piano) Ron Carter (bass) Evan Sherman (drums) Connecting older generations of musicians to younger musicians and audiences is one of Cohen's major projects, and it has come to fruition on his Master Legacy Series Albums — the first of which was a collaboration with Jimmy Cobb, who played drums on Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue," and the second with Ron Carter, the most recorded jazz bassist in history.

Stan Killian Organ Band - 55 Bar
January 21, 2019 - New York

Stan Killian...Tenor Saxophone Paul Bollenback...Guitar Brad Whitely...Organ Shareef Taher...Drums

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Village Vanguard
January 21, 2019 - New York

Every Monday Night since 1966 the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Is the Current Title for the Band That Began Its Life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1966 and Has Performed Continuously for over 50 Years.

Jesse Marchant - Mercury Lounge
January 21, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Early one morning in May of 2016, Jesse Marchant came to on a street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, entangled with himself and his bicycle, after a crash on his way to work. He had been attacked by an irate school bus driver who knocked him speeding off his bicycle into a parked car. After flying over the hood and colliding with the back of another, Marchant landed on his head and was knocked out, splayed in the middle of the road. Things had gotten bad and it was time for a change. He quit his part-time position working as a prep cook, a job he had taken to begin to climb his way out from under a mountain of debt, and left for the Adirondacks alone, in a last ditch effort to see if music might materialize and help him emerge from his state of affairs.

Ing - Mercury Lounge
January 21, 2019 - New York

Oracle Room,ÉMU/Maria Takeuchi,Matt Bachmann b2b Kolb (DJ) Age Limit: 21 and Over

Guitar Masters Series: Strings Attached Ft. Jack Wilkins, Mark Whitfield, Ron Affif & Vic Juris - Zinc Bar
January 21, 2019 - New York

Guitar Masters Series: Strings Attached ft. Jack Wilkins, Mark Whitfield, Ron Affif & Vic Juris azz guitar is alive and well in New York City, thanks to 'Strings Attached' — don't miss them!" —Jon Herington, Steely Dan Strings Attached features four of New York City's premier six-string jazz masters on a single stag—Jack Wilkins, Mark Whitfield, Ron Affif, and Vic Juris. They join forces as Strings Attached for a uniquely spectacular show.

Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days - 55 Bar
January 22, 2019 - New York

Adam O'Farrill...Trumpet Chad Lefkowitz-Brown...Tenor Saxophone Walter Stinson...Bass Zack O'Farrill...Drums

Silver Arrow Band - Drom
January 22, 2019 - New York

The Silver Arrows are a premium 3-14 man band that are specialists in high-energy music for festivals, events and private functions - at a sensible price. We pride ourselves on having a "cooler-than-average" song list that is never cheesey, and focuses squarely on filling your dance-floor. With the Silver Arrow Band you'll get the best musicians in the country, playing your favourite music. The Silver Arrows play a wide variety of tunes, but our trademark specialty is up-tempo festival-style music - capable of everything from chart classics, funk grooves, soul, swing/jazz to current top 40 and dance hits. On one night we might be playing completely 1950s rock n' roll, and on the next night, only 80s hits. Or a mixture of everything- you really have to see it live to understand!

Bette Smith - Mercury Lounge
January 22, 2019 - New York

The Supernatural Age Limit: 21 and Over Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Bette Smith reconnected with her musical roots in Memphis and Mississippi – and fulfilled a promise to her late brother in the process. Recording her debut LP "Jetlagger" in Mississippi brought her to the core of the gospel she sang in church and the soul music she heard growing up on the corner of Nostrand and Fulton in Brooklyn. "Jetlagger" – out now on Big Legal Mess Records, a Fat Possum subsidiary – is sprung from the "south coming to me, grabbing me and pulling me down there. The southern migration came up and got me. My neighbors in Bed-Stuy influenced me," Bette says.

Matt Martians (Of The Internet) Dj Set, Jk Crowe - Mercury Lounge
January 22, 2019 - New York

Hawa Age Limit: 21 and Over Jk Crowe Hawa

Zaccai Curtis Afro-cuban Jazz Trio - The Django
January 22, 2019 - New York

Zaccai Curtis Afro-cuban Jazz Trio

La Pachamambo - The Django
January 22, 2019 - New York

La Pachamambo

Phil Robson Quartet featuring Jed Levy - 55 Bar
January 23, 2019 - New York

Jed Levy...Tenor Saxophone Phil Robson...Guitar Peter Slavov...Bass Clarence Penn...Drums

Americana Rock Group, The Gary Douglas Band Shake The Sage on 1/23/19 - City Winery
January 23, 2019 - New York

Gary Douglas has long been waging battle with the forces of greed and injustice, both as rebel rocker and as a Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame attorney who spends each and every day fighting for workers rights and the victims of corporate greed. Now, with The Gary Douglas Band’s bracing new LP, DEEP IN THE WATER, he has crafted his most powerful statement thus far, a clarion call of passionate rock ‘n’ roll fueled by expertly crafted melodies, stadium-sized choruses, and Douglas’ uncompromising lyricism. Songs like “Nothing Ever Goes As Planned” and the forceful title track find the singer-songwriter-bandleader opening up his rousing American sound to better explore the social and emotional effects of politics and power on living, breathing people. The Gary Douglas Band will be opening for Donna the Buffalo Wednesday night on 1/23/19 at the City Winery. See them perform live!

Bang A Gong Presents: The Darkdoves, Dryclean, Hysteria, Josh Gachette & His Pioneers, Electric Moves - Pianos
January 23, 2019 - New York

BANG A GONG PRESENTS: THE DARKDOVES, DRYCLEAN, HYSTERIA, JOSH GACHETTE & HIS PIONEERS, ELECTRIC MOVES

Cold Weather Company - Mercury Lounge
January 23, 2019 - New York

Evangelia Age Limit: 21 and Over "We wanted to open up and find our unique sound. And now we're going to places in songs we never thought we could go." So says Steve Shimchick, one-third of rising musical force Cold Weather Company. On Find Light, the third album from the New Jersey-based trio of Shimchick, Brian Curry and Jeff Petescia, the group expands mightily on their core of two guitars and a piano. Here, they've roped in a number of friends and contemporaries on percussion, bass, cello, violin, trumpet, flute, sax and clarinet, creating a soundtrack that moves far beyond the band's lean sounds of 2015's Somewhere New and 2016's A Folded Letter. "We're really proud of the first two albums, which we recorded ourselves, but we didn't want to miss the opportunity to fill these new songs out with additional instrumentation," says Petescia, one of the group's two guitarists. "We wanted to give each song the sound it deserved." Recording with producer Pat Noon (River City Extension, Brick + Mortar) and Grammy-winning engineer Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Grizzly Bear), Find Light still features a more minimal, singer-songwriter style on tracks like "Circles" and "Birds o... (read more)

The Misters - Mercury Lounge
January 23, 2019 - New York

Michelle Age Limit: 18 and Over The Misters aren't your typical guitar group. The band aims to write and perform their own strain of ethereal rock music, which ensures that each song will be equally moving and moveable. Defined by no genre, the group constantly looks to expand their sound by incorporating elements of funk, R&B and jazz to their eclectic array of original music. At its core the band is driven by a raw sexual energy that can be likened to the yacht rockers of the 70s. Playing every note with precision and power, they craft that rare perfect live show that spans the spectrum of human emotion; love, laughter, life, and the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself.

Sullivan Fortner 'After-Hours' - Mezzrow
January 23, 2019 - New York

Artists: Sullivan Fortner (Piano) Join pianist Sullivan Fortner for our after-hours set.

Wayne Krantz - 55 Bar
January 24, 2019 - New York

Wayne Krantz...Guitar Tony Scherr...Bass Nate Wood...Drums

Half Alive - Mercury Lounge
January 24, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 16 and Over 'still feel.' was never supposed to be a 70s-inspired, electro-halftime-chorus jam complete with a highly-choreographed music video. Nay, the track had very humble beginnings; born from a 50 song project three years ago i had challenged myself to in hopes of improving my skill as a songwriter. Brett and I had back to back studio time around then so we ended up just combining our times and writing many of those 50 songs together; J Tyler would end up joining the posse later and contributing instrumentally to those songs which became the foundation of half•alive. 'still feel.' was song #11 on that 50 song list, although back then it had a different title and belonged to a different genre entirely. The song sat comfortably in an 8×11.5 back leather inch notebook for quite some time before it was ready to see the world. Now look at it; in its prime, and shakin' its booty like its 1979.

Plaid Dracula - Mercury Lounge
January 24, 2019 - New York

Daddies Age Limit: 21 and Over "Plaid Dracula is a glam-punk power trio based out of Brooklyn, New York. Sweating heavy licks and glitter, this trio composed of Sam Gelernter (guitar), Ethan Schneider (drums), and Rachel Adler (bass) combines everything you ever loved about T-Rex and your dad singing in the shower, somehow birthing a glistening experiential medley you're gonna wanna dance to under the light of a full moon while you wait for your grubhub delivery."

Ed Cherry, John Dimartino & Gary Wang - Mezzrow
January 24, 2019 - New York

Artists: Ed Cherry (Guitar), John DiMartino (Piano), Gary Wang (Bass) Estimable guitarist Ed Cherry returns to Mezzrow in concert with the wonderful John DiMartino on piano and Gary Wang on bass.

Spike Wilner 'After-Hours' with Special Guests - Mezzrow
January 24, 2019 - New York

Artists: Spike Wilner (Piano) Join pianist Spike Wilner for our after hours. He'll have special guests and an invitation-only jam session.

Dangerous Rhythms: A Tribute To Dave Valentin Ft. Andrea Brachfeld - Zinc Bar
January 24, 2019 - New York

Dangerous Rhythms: A Tribute to Dave Valentin ft. Andrea Brachfeld Andrea Brachfeld truly is one of the most important voices in the history of the contemporary flute." —Raul da Gama Best selling author T.J. English (The Westies, Havana Nocturne) curates a series of the best in contemporary Latin Jazz. The series continues with a tribute to the late flutist Dave Valentin ft. Andrea Brachfeld. She's supported by pianist Bill O'Connell, bassist Lincoln Goines, and drummer Robby Ameen. Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, and recipient of the "Best Jazz Flute" award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D'Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among others. In June 2017, Andrea was awarded a grant from the prestigious organization, Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to compose a new jazz work. Her new CD, "If Not Now, When? " which was released on Jazzheads in May of 2018, reflects this new music.

Akiko Tsuruga Organ Trio - The Django
January 24, 2019 - New York

Akiko Tsuruga Organ Trio

Ian Hendrickson-smith - The Django
January 24, 2019 - New York

Ian Hendrickson-smith

Chris Bergson Band - 55 Bar
January 25, 2019 - New York

Chris Bergson...Guitar & Vocals Craig Dreyer...Tenor Saxophone & Organ Matt Raymond...Bass Adrian Harpham...Drums

Kendra Shank - 55 Bar
January 25, 2019 - New York

Kendra Shank...Voice Pete McCann...Guitar Drew Gress...Bass

Groove Collective - Mercury Lounge
January 25, 2019 - New York

Grammy-nominated NYC veterans Groove Collective return to Mercury Lounge Friday, January 25th at 8:30 pm. This is a rare chance to see an early set by this New York favorite and their eclectic mix of music. Groove Collective Returns to Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston Street New York, NY 10002. Friday, January 25th 2019 doors at 8:30pm $10-$15

Schtick A Pole In It: 6th Anniversary Weekend - Drom
January 25, 2019 - New York

21 and over From comedians Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross comes Schtick A Pole In It, a night of comedy and pole dancing. Schtick starts with a comic and ends with a pole dancer. 5 comics and 5 dancers. Comics tell jokes. Pole dancers pole dance. They're not strippers, it's not burlesque. It's aerial dance with a side of crazy gymnastics and death defying tricks that make your jaw drop.

Hot Rabbit - Drom
January 25, 2019 - New York

HOT RABBIT is a queer dance party started in 2011 that features LGBTQ performers and DJs from NYC and around the world. Winner of many NYC Nightlife awards, Hot Rabbit has been named "Best in Gay Nightlife" by the New York Times, Gothamist, HuffPo, NY Magazine, TimeOut, NBC Out, and more! With new DJs and performers at every event, and a variety of high-energy, positive, dance, music and performance styles, you'll never find the same lineup twice! Working to make sure everyone can walk in and feel like they belong, Hot Rabbit represents all parts of the LGBTQ community. Hot Rabbit Fridays will take place two Fridays a month at DROM!

Screamin' Rebel Angels - Mercury Lounge
January 25, 2019 - New York

The Carvels NYC Age Limit: 21 and Ove Screamin' Rebel Angels' unrelenting and infectious original Rock 'n Roll has kept the dance floors pulsing, and roofs rattling across stages, airwaves and turntables around the globe since 2011! Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, this trio's untamed live performances are high-octane adventures that invoke the primitive energy of 1950s Rock 'n Roll infused with the soul of early Rhythm & Blues, and invigorated with the raw power of garage punk. Fronting the band is Laura Palmer, a versatile multi-instrumentalist well-respected in the world-wide rockin' musical community. Lead guitarist Brian Hack's stratospheric licks create the unmistakable sound! Equally adept at slapping out the rhythm on an upright bass or picking on a big ol' Gretsch, Laura Palmer's on stage presence and powerful vocals command your attention, and delivers on the dime an exhilarating performance that will leave you breathless. Paired with seasoned professionals and energetic upstarts, the on stage chemistry and skill of Screamin' Rebel Angels stirs up the same rebellious spirit that first electrified fans at the genres inception, and brings it to a contemporary position for new g... (read more)

Piano Jazz Series: Bruce Barth Trio - Zinc Bar
January 25, 2019 - New York

One of the best pianists in town, period."—The Village Voice Acclaimed jazz pianist Bruce Barth brings his trio to the Zinc Bar for a splendid evening of jazz piano on Friday, January 25. He's supported by bassist Dave Baron and drummer Pete Van Nostrand. Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. In addition to traveling widely performing his own music, he has also performed with revered jazz masters, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation. And most notably, his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive. In a recent review in the Newark Star-Ledger, Zan Stewart writes "No one sounds quite like Barth. His solos are characterized by robust swing, his ability to tell a story, and by his rich, beguiling sound." Bruce has performed on over one hundred recordings and movie soundtracks, including ten as a leader. He is equally at home ... (read more)

Ken Fowser Quintet - The Django
January 25, 2019 - New York

Ken Fowser Quintet

Common Ground (Record Release Show) - Mercury Lounge
January 26, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Common Ground is a 6 piece folk-rock band from New York City.

The Marauders, Butterbrain - Mercury Lounge
January 26, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over The Marauders are a original New York / Southern California based reggae band with socal beach reggae vibes mixed with gritty New York hip hop roots. Founded by singer song writer Ralph Sirico formally of the popular underground reggae band When I Rise. Sirico started the band in off time during sessions as a publishing songwriter for major label acts with other session musicians he was working with. One of those musicians was trumpet player Dustin Hengle who just got off tour with Willie Nelson and after hearing the demos Sirico was working on jumped on board forming the the trademark horns that define the bands sound. After the bands successful debut record Exit the storm in 2016 Sirico decided to put together a touring band to bring the energy of the recordings to life on stage. If you love bands such as Sublime and Matisyahu you'll absolutely love the sounds and energy of the Marauders! To date the band is made up of Ralph Sirico on vocals, Tony Latrace on drums , Sri Viswanath on bass, Alex Poblet on keys , Takeshi Hiwatari on guitar , Dustin Hengle on Horns, Ron Harter on horns , Bryan Walters on horns and Vocals, and TJ Robinson on horns.

Misha Piatigorsky Trio - Zinc Bar
January 26, 2019 - New York

Hailed by the Boston Globe as an artist who "beautifully merges the worlds of serious jazz and pop", Misha Piatigorsky's blend of powerful melodies with an unusual harmonic sensitivity gives his sound a deeply personal yet cosmopolitan dimension, reflecting his experience as a Russian-Jewish émigré growing up in urban America.

Schtick A Pole In It: 6th Anniversary Weekend - Drom
January 26, 2019 - New York

From comedians Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross comes Schtick A Pole In It, a night of comedy and pole dancing. Schtick starts with a comic and ends with a pole dancer. 5 comics and 5 dancers. Comics tell jokes. Pole dancers pole dance. They're not strippers, it's not burlesque. It's aerial dance with a side of crazy gymnastics and death defying tricks that make your jaw drop.

Nasza Sciana - Drom
January 26, 2019 - New York

Nasza Sciana

Walk On War, Granite to Glass, Half-Astronaut - Pianos
January 26, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Walk On War, Granite to Glass, Half-Astronaut Born in a graffiti tagged Bushwick monolith – Walk On War plays a fierce fusion of gut wrenching blues, driving hard rock, and blasphemous soul. Music that leaves you feeling a little dangerous and wanting more. Walk On War's diverse lineup, hailing from Russia, India, and America, brings a distinctive and original mix to the band's special brew of post- modern rock. Granite to Glass is a Brooklyn, New York based songwriter often joined by a collective of musicians. He creates music with an intimate, yet powerful, and haunting, yet uplifting sound. Band based out of Marshfield, MA Danny Barbati - guitar and vocals Oliver Farnum- drums Nick Biagini- guitar Kevin McManus -bass and vocals

Dan Aran Band - The Django
January 26, 2019 - New York

Dan Aran Band

Fleur Seule Latin Big Band - The Django
January 26, 2019 - New York

Fleur Seule Latin Big Band

Genital Panic Featuring Tina Schlieske - Mercury Lounge
January 27, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Genital Panic was formed by Tina Schlieske (Tina and the B-Sides). After hitting menopause and seeing the work of feminist artist VALIE EXPORT, who created a piece called Action Pants: Genital Panic in 1968, Schlieske felt inspired to channel her frustration of the current state of politics and the awareness of misogyny in this country into this latest project. It is menopausal, feminist punk rock.

Polyenso - Mercury Lounge
January 27, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 18 and Over Building off of 2013's cult-acclaimed "One Big Particular Loop," Polyenso — Alex Schultz, Brennan Taulbee, and Denny Agosto — have spent the past three years working extensively with producer Jason Pennock. Evolving their particular flavor of indie-rock to include elements of hip-hop, neo-soul, and experimental electronics, they pull influences from acts such as Flying Lotus, The Roots, Bright Eyes, and Bjork, half-jokingly referring to their medley as "urban indie progressive." Possessing an unrestricted vision for the musical quality in all things, the band operates like sound designers. Pairing synthesizers, pianos and guitars with organic noise and everyday objects like spatulas, wooden bowls and packing peanuts is not far from the norm. Releasing their first new tracks in 2014, "17 New Years" and "Moona Festival" provide listeners with a taste of the depth and scope of the band's ever-expanding sound. A new album ready for a 2016 release, Polyenso serves as a challenge to music as a whole, proving that there is room left for originality in the popular. Carrying forward their intrinsically spiritualistic character, from start to finish, their music captu... (read more)

Donny Mccaslin - Village Vanguard
Through January 27, 2019 - New York

Donny McCaslin (tenor sax) Jason Lindner (piano) Nate Wood (bass) Mark Giuliana (drums) The group has a bedrock relationship with groove, but also a genius for permutation: Mr. Guiliana chops up the beat in deft, destabilizing ways, and Mr. Lindner, favoring a Wurlitzer electric piano with pedal effects, brings welcome grit and woozy atmosphere. Mr. McCaslin seems to have direct access to emotional expression in his playing, as if it were a valve he could open at will. He's exceptionally sure-footed with his phrasing, almost never caught off balance, but he knows how to convey risk or fury through the compressed force of his tone.

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