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May 13, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Say no to cover charges the next time you're in New York City and looking for live music. From bars to clubs to museum shows, you can catch all kinds of great music without having to pay for a ticket. City Guide's calendar has all the no cover live music in NYC this week rounded up below.

Classical Music | Pieces by Beethoven and Stravinsky and more for violin - Club Free Time
May 13, 2018 - New York

Youngsoo Jang, violin. Program Beethoven (1770-1827) Violin Sonata no.2 in A major op.12 Young Jo Lee (b.1943) Honzanori Stravinsky (1882-1971) Duo Concertante Wieniawski (1835-1880) Souvenir De Posen

Jazz | Latin jazz band - Club Free Time
May 13, 2018 - New York

An ensemble of eight musicians with Dore Kalmar as the band leader will perform the Latin fusion pieces with inspirations like, but not limited to, Wayne Shorter, Pat Matheny, Michel Camilo, and Dave Weckl.

Concert | A Cabaret night - Club Free Time
May 13, 2018 - New York

Rob Gaylard will perform a set of his own songs and Julia Garber will present covers of Carrie Underwood, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez songs, and assorted others, ranging from Cole Porter's "So in Love" to Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Burn" from Hamilton.

Spring Music Fest - Tompkins Square Park
May 13, 2018 - NYC

I’m writing about a free music show I’m putting on in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village called the “Spring Music Fest.” It will be on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), from 1:30 pm till 5:00 pm. The exact location will be at the south end of the park, right near East 7 Street, between Avenues A and B. This will be a celebration of some excellent local New York City music. The bill is as follows: Stevie 6Sstring The Hell Yeah Babies GIFTSHOP The Sloe Guns I.T. and the Jays (a tentative name for a new band I've put together) It's mainly all rock bands, with a blues artist opening the show. (The rock bands are what I would describe as basically rock and roll and punk bands. Not at all hard rock or heavy metal.) They’re very good bands, you can check out their YouTubes, websites, Facebook pages, etc. Here are a few links you can check out: GIFTSHOP doing a cover of the Motels’ “Only the Lonely”: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/s/only_the_lonely And most of their recorded music: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/ The Hell Yeah Babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DabyavRFMdw ANY kind of help, or listing, or anything you could do ... (read more)

2018 Bang on a Can Marathon at NYU Skirball - NYU Skirball Center
May 13, 2018 - New York

The Bang on a Can Marathon at NYU Skirball is 10 hours of FREE, live music. Featuring Terry Riley; Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley; Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol; Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin; Mazz Swift and Therese Workman; Xenia Rubinos and Marco Buccelli; Contemporaneous; Eliza Bagg; David Friend; ETHEL; FLUX; Maya Beiser and Kate Valk; NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas; Robert Osborne; So Percussion; Vicky Chow; and more! Full lineup: www.bangonacan.org Free Presented by Bang on a Can http://bangonacan.org info@bangonacan.org 718-852-7755

Spring Music Fest - Tompkins Square Park
May 13, 2018 - NYC

I’m writing about a free music show I’m putting on in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village called the “Spring Music Fest.” It will be on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), from 1:30 pm till 5:00 pm. The exact location will be at the south end of the park, right near East 7 Street, between Avenues A and B. This will be a celebration of some excellent local New York City music. The bill is as follows: Stevie 6Sstring The Hell Yeah Babies GIFTSHOP The Sloe Guns I.T. and the Jays (a tentative name for a new band I've put together) It's mainly all rock bands, with a blues artist opening the show. (The rock bands are what I would describe as basically rock and roll and punk bands. Not at all hard rock or heavy metal.) They’re very good bands, you can check out their YouTubes, websites, Facebook pages, etc. Here are a few links you can check out: GIFTSHOP doing a cover of the Motels’ “Only the Lonely”: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/s/only_the_lonely And most of their recorded music: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/ The Hell Yeah Babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DabyavRFMdw ANY kind of help, or listing, or anything you could do ... (read more)

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
May 13, 2018 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

John Melendez & Big Sur - Williamsburg Music Center
May 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Led by pianist John Melendez, Big Sur is a contemporary jazz group that performs primarily original music inspired by artists such as Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, Ambrose Akinmusire and Vijay Iyer. John Melendez is a New York-based Jazz pianist studying performance and composition at Columbia University. His main influences are Jason Moran and Wynton Kelly, as well as his teacher Bruce Barth. John Melendez

Blues Brunch: Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers - Daryl's House Club
May 13, 2018 - Pawling

Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band The Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930's Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody's dancing!

Spring Must Fest - Tompkins Square Park
May 13, 2018 - New York

I’m contacting you about a free music show I’m putting on in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village called the “Spring Music Fest.” It will be on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), from 1:30 pm till 5:00 pm. The exact location will be at the south end of the park, right near East 7 Street, between Avenues A and B. This will be a celebration of some excellent local New York City music. The bill is as follows: Stevie 6Sstring The Hell Yeah Babies GIFTSHOP The Sloe Guns I.T. and the Jays (a tentative name for a new band I've put together) It's mainly all rock bands, with a blues artist opening the show. (The rock bands are what I would describe as basically rock and roll and punk bands. Not at all hard rock or heavy metal.) They’re very good bands, you can check out their YouTubes, websites, Facebook pages, etc. Here are a few links you can check out: GIFTSHOP doing a cover of the Motels’ “Only the Lonely”: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/s/only_the_lonely And most of their recorded music: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/ The Hell Yeah Babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DabyavRFMdw ANY kind of help, or listing, or anything you co... (read more)

Adelphi Orchestra - Bohemian Rhapsody - Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church
May 13, 2018 - New York

The ADELPHI ORCHESTRA Presents: “Bohemian Rhapsody Gala” in New York City Dvorak, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns Sunday, May 13 2018 Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church, New York, NY The Adelphi Orchestra, now in its 64th season of Music for All, presents “Bohemian Rhapsody” under the baton of Principal Conductor Richard Owen on Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 PM, Good Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church, NYC. Bohemian Rhapsody features a diverse program presenting the critically acclaimed baritone Andrew Cummings in Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder. Saint-Saëns’s Introduction & Rondo capriccioso in A minor will be performed by 2016 Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner, Nathan Meltzer, who in 2017 at age 17 became the youngest violinist to attain first place in the Windsor Festival String Competition. The program opens with Dvo?ák’s Carnival Overture and dramatically concludes with the beautiful Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64. All Proceeds go to the Young Artist Program.

Spring Music Fest - Tompkins Square Park
May 13, 2018 - NYC

I’m writing about a free music show I’m putting on in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village called the “Spring Music Fest.” It will be on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), from 1:30 pm till 5:00 pm. The exact location will be at the south end of the park, right near East 7 Street, between Avenues A and B. This will be a celebration of some excellent local New York City music. The bill is as follows: Stevie 6Sstring The Hell Yeah Babies GIFTSHOP The Sloe Guns I.T. and the Jays (a tentative name for a new band I've put together) It's mainly all rock bands, with a blues artist opening the show. (The rock bands are what I would describe as basically rock and roll and punk bands. Not at all hard rock or heavy metal.) They’re very good bands, you can check out their YouTubes, websites, Facebook pages, etc. Here are a few links you can check out: GIFTSHOP doing a cover of the Motels’ “Only the Lonely”: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/s/only_the_lonely And most of their recorded music: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/ The Hell Yeah Babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DabyavRFMdw ANY kind of help, or listing, or anything you could do ... (read more)

Spring Music Fest - Tompkins Square Park
May 13, 2018 - NYC

I’m writing about a free music show I’m putting on in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village called the “Spring Music Fest.” It will be on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day), from 1:30 pm till 5:00 pm. The exact location will be at the south end of the park, right near East 7 Street, between Avenues A and B. This will be a celebration of some excellent local New York City music. The bill is as follows: Stevie 6Sstring The Hell Yeah Babies GIFTSHOP The Sloe Guns I.T. and the Jays (a tentative name for a new band I've put together) It's mainly all rock bands, with a blues artist opening the show. (The rock bands are what I would describe as basically rock and roll and punk bands. Not at all hard rock or heavy metal.) They’re very good bands, you can check out their YouTubes, websites, Facebook pages, etc. Here are a few links you can check out: GIFTSHOP doing a cover of the Motels’ “Only the Lonely”: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/s/only_the_lonely And most of their recorded music: http://giftshoptheband.com/music/ The Hell Yeah Babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DabyavRFMdw ANY kind of help, or listing, or anything you could do ... (read more)

Don Giovanni - Baruch Performing Arts Center
Through May 13, 2018 - New York

While Don Giovanni dances at the edge of a precipice, three extraordinary women pursue him, each seeking their own reckoning, pleasure, and liberation. Is the great seducer destroying or empowering the women he encounters? What story does the sublime music tell? This visceral new production wrestles with Mozart's elusive masterpiece in our present cultural moment.

Fidelio - Baruch Performing Arts Center
Through May 13, 2018 - New York

A black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman's grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this daring adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope. Credits Ethan Heard, Stage Direction Daniel Schlosberg, Music Direction Derrell Acon, Roc Malorie Casimir, Marcy Nelson Ebo, Stan Kelly Griffin, Leah/Leo Daniel Klein, Pizarro

Jam & Sip- R&B Jam - Silvana
May 14, 2018 - New York

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS & ARTISTS Bring and share your talent in an explosion of cultural collaboration. Great drinks, fun, & music!

Classical Music | St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn - Club Free Time
May 14, 2018 - New York

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble Program Mozart (1756-1791) Divertimento in D Major, K. 136 (1772) Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Concerto for Violin in D Minor (1822) Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (1880) About the Performers Orchestra of St. Luke's grew out of a chamber ensemble that gathered in the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Now St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble consists of 22 virtuoso artists with a diverse repertoire spanning Baroque to contemporary. The Ensemble forms the artistic core of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, one of America's foremost ensembles. less

Opera: Carmen - Bryant Park
May 14, 2018 - Midtown

Passions flare in this hour-long adaptation of one of the world's most beloved operas. One of four extraordinary hour-long performances produced by New York City Opera, including highlights and previews of Ctiy Opera's upcoming productions.

The composers concerts - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Through May 15, 2018 - Midwood

The Conservatory of Music presents fresh new acoustic and electroacoustic music works by the very talented student-composers. These threeconcerts will consist of entirely different programs.

Live Piano Karaoke with Julian Velard - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 16, 2018 - New York

With a style The Sunday Times calls "catchy but complicated; a surprisingly rare combination," Julian Velard is piano-pop tunesmith recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents. With 4 albums of original material under his belt, he's toured internationally alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Amy Macdonald. His quirky, native new york, piano-man sound has found its largest audience in Holland, where he headlined Amsterdam's legendary venue, Paradiso. His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another.

Seth Sikes: The Songs That Got Away - Feinstein's/54 Below
May 16, 2018 - New York

Seth Sikes will return to Feinstein’s/54 Below in The Songs That Got Away, an all-new show singing Judy Garland songs he hasn’t yet performed in his previous tributes to the legend, plus some that Garland never got the chance to sing herself. Sikes has been performing at Feinstein’s/54 Below in a series of consistently sold-out appearances in his critically-acclaimed tributes to Garland (which won a Broadway World Award), Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters. The New York Times said of Sikes’s debut, “The performance — less an impression of Ms. Garland than an interpretation of her vibrato-heavy method of belting – was a hit.” The critics were just as kind for his follow-up show Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli and The New York Post said, “It was a heartfelt concert. Sikes has a heap of fans and his audiences are always tightly packed and brimming with enthusiasm for his booming, jazzy renditions of their favorite songs.” Previously best known in the theater as an Assistant Director (on shows like The Band’s Visit, The Nance, and Pageant), Sikes will perform with a full band under the direction of Jesse Kissel. The evening will be directed by Eric Gilliland.

Winners of the 'Young Virtuosi' Hungarian TV Competition - Carnegie Hall
May 16, 2018 - New York

VERN hosts: Musical Improv Jam - PIT Striker Mainstage
May 16, 2018 - New York

At the Musical Jam you'll get an opportunity to improvise musical scenes on The Striker Stage! Open to everyone; improvisors, students, house team performers and community members. Hosted by a cast member of #sfw team, VERN, the Musical Jam boasts the musical talents of Dan Reitz on the keys and an hour of fun and laughter. No singing experience needed, come ready to sing your heart out!

Music of Georgia Shreve - Carnegie Hall
May 17, 2018 - New York

Performers: Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Richard Auldon Clark, Conductor Howard Cass, Piano Chris Gekker, Trumpet Jessica Fishenfeld, Soprano Tracy Cox, Soprano Daniel Curran, Tenor Timothy McDevitt, Baritone

Happy Hour Piano Karaoke with Mark Piro - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 18, 2018 - New York

Sid Gold's Request Room now features Happy Hour Piano Karaoke on Fridays! Start your weekend off with a song! With Mark Piro at the keys! Check out Mark's song list!

Bruff Da Crowd Pleaser- Rock / R&B / Hip Hop - Silvana
May 18, 2018 - New York

The wait is over, DaCrowdPleaSeR is here!, if you want entertainment you come to the right place I'm not a Singer, not a Rapper- not even an entertainer Ladies and Gentlemen and especially ladies BruffdaCrowdpPleaSer is a CULT FIGuRE!!

Free School Concerts: Taylor 2 Dance Company - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Through May 18, 2018 - New York

Orchestra of St. Luke's pairs with Taylor 2 of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance for a free concert for kids, mixing exciting music and modern dance.

Live Piano Karaoke with Leslie Goshko! - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 19, 2018 - New York

Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post Comedy) is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which has been hailed as a Time Out New York and New York Times "Critics' Pick", and also noted as "a well-programmed night" by the New York Times.Sideshow Goshko has been featured on TruTV'sImpractical Jokers, NPR'sSnap Judgment, and inThe New Yorker.Her cabaret show "An Old-Fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko" is heralded as a Time Out New York "Critic's Pick" and she served as the musical director for NY1 anchors Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter's live show at 92Y, "Pat and Jamie's NY." And thanks to the support of many Internet voters, she performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway. https://www.lesliegoshko.com/

Sordid Summonings (New Wave, Post-punk, Synth, Goth Tunes) - Troost
May 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

NO WIFI / NO LAPTOPS Interested in making reservations for a private party or event? email us at troostnyc@gmail.co Inquiring about booking live music? email us at music@troostny.com Hours: 4PM to CLOSE ( Close = between midnight to 2am )

Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 19, 2018 - New York

Pre-College Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
May 19, 2018 - New York

Wall to Wall: Leonard Bernstein - Symphony Space
May 19, 2018 - Upper West Side

Symphony Space celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest musical figures with an eight-hour marathon event of music, dance, film, and conversation that explores the many facet's of Leonard Bernstein's creative life.

New York Guitar Festival: Los Sonidos de España/The Sounds of Spain - Brookfield Place
Through May 19, 2018 - New York

The New York Guitar Festival and Arts Brookfield present two days of performances devoted entirely to classical and flamenco Spanish guitar music at Brookfield Place. PROGRAM: Friday, May 18 12:30PM Adam del Monte, with special guests Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández Known for the introspective lyricism of his classical guitar style as well as the exuberant spontaneity of his flamenco repertoire, Adam del Monte delights and moves audiences with his mastery of both art forms. Joining del Monte for his afternoon program will be the flamenco dancer and choreographer Sonia Olla (described by the New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality”) and her partner, the Seville-born cantadore Ismael Fernández. Friday, May 18 7:30PM Pepe Romero Classical guitar legend and Festival friend Pepe Romero returns to the NYGF for the first time since 2014. Romero will focus on flamenco guitar, bringing with him a to-be-announced roster of special guests, singers, and dancers. Saturday, May 19 12:30PM Marija Temo Triple threat Marija Temo does it all: she sings, dances, and fiercely plays flamenco guitar. Praised for her formidable chops, Temo plays a guitar specifically tai... (read more)

Aida - Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Auditorium
Through May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Regina Opera Company, Brooklyn's premier opera company, will end its 48th Season with a fully-staged production of Verdi's "Aida". There will be 4 ticketed performances, May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 3PM with 35-piece orchestra. This is the first time that Regina Opera has presented this opera.

Live Piano Karaoke with Julian Vela - Sid Gold's Request Room
Through May 30, 2018 - New York

With a style The Sunday Times calls "catchy but complicated; a surprisingly rare combination," Julian Velard is piano-pop tunesmith recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents. With 4 albums of original material under his belt, he's toured internationally alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Amy Macdonald. His quirky, native new york, piano-man sound has found its largest audience in Holland, where he headlined Amsterdam's legendary venue, Paradiso. His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another.

Symphonie Fantastique - HERE
Through June 17, 2018 - New York

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz's 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE's 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by the virtuosic pianist Christopher O'Riley playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

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