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Random Live Music in New York City This Weekend - January 19-January 21

January 15, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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From jazz and blues to punk and rock to electronic and pop, every kind of live music venue exists in NYC. City Guide's roundup of weekend random live music shows in New York City will cover all the ground for you, making sure you don't miss out on a single show of other music.

Destructo/ Habstrakt/ Dillon Nathaniel/ Deux Twins at Output - Output
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo's own impeccable DJ sets.

90s Night W/ Drop Dead Sexy - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall
January 19, 2018 - Wantagh

Gentle Dom (MGMT) x Noah Prebish x Brother Michael x Eveava - Black Flamingo
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

The Handsome Dancer Extravagancer - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 19, 2018 - New York

Known for making funny videos like the viral sensation "Coincidance," 2017 JFL New Faces James Manzello & Matt Pavich bring their unique blend of music, comedy, & characters to the stage for an evening of...music, comedy, & characters.

Above - Cylo, Nico Kass, Mr. Oneil, Corazon de Melon - McCarren Hotel & Pool Rooftop
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

#ABOVE continues at the McCarren Hotel roof on Friday January 19th! For this night, NYC's Cylo will be back on the decks, with a lineup of underground talent joining him - Nico Kass, Mr. Oneil and Corazon de Melon. The McCarren's winter roof is covered, cozy and the perfect place to celebrate the season with you friends.

Working Women with Garrett David - Nowadays
January 19, 2018 - Ridgewood

NYC-based collective Working Women — DJ Ashlyn, DJ Voices, DJ Nina and DJ Nicely — formed last year, when its members gathered one evening to play records. They began DJing as a foursome, combining their perspectives into a single musical vision. The result is an uncanny ability to set just the right tone. Joining them tonight is Chicago DJ and producer Garrett David. Garrett is one of the founders of the Stripped & Chewed label, the head of his own imprint, Night Sea Journey, and a resident of Smart Bar's weekly party, Queen!, which just so happens to be one of the best dances we know of.

Destructo: Let's Be Friends Tour - Output
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Kevin Beasley, Bergsonist, False Witness, DJ Wawa - Bossa Nova Civic Club
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

DJ Wawa returns to Bossa Nova Civic Club alongside #KUNQ producer False Witness for another untitled, late night excursion into experimentalist shades of house and techno. Joining them is New York's rising techno cognoscente, Bergsonist, and famed contemporary artist, Kevin Beasley.

A Night of Punk! - Arlene's Grocery
January 20, 2018 - New York

The Clash were crucial to the birth of British punk and have become one of the most influential bands...ever. Straight To Hell faithfully recreate their legendary high energy live show, performing punk, reggae, and rockabilly spanning the full catalogue. Venues include The Knitting Factory, Arlene's Grocery, The Great Hall of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as clubs all over NYC. Let fury have the hour! "A friend of mine recently saw your band play in NYC and couldn't stop raving about how amazing you were. She said she danced so hard at the last show she hurt her knee." Rockaway Bitch is a New York based all female tribute to punk icons the Ramones. They are of the opinion that you do it right or you don't do it at all. They have played for audiences full of Ramones diehards, and time and time again they are commended for the excellence they put forth as well as for keeping the music alive.

The 00s Band and Taylor Swift Tribute - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall
January 20, 2018 - Wantagh

The Klezmatics - The Town Hall
January 20, 2018 - New York

with Guest Artists Fred Hersch and Holly Near and a Special Guest Appearance by Natalie Merchant January 20, 2018 Saturday, 8 PM The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, Manhattan $45/$50/$55/$65 Pre-performance Q&A at 7 PM with the artists moderated by folklorist Hanna Griff-Sleven, Ph.D., Director of Cultural Programs, Museum at Eldridge Street The Klezmatics will return once again to The Town Hall to perform an incredible evening of music with special guests. Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Grammy-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music by making aesthetically, politically and musically enveloping recordings, inspiring future generations, creating a large body of work that is enduring, and helping to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. While their music is rooted in the klezmer genre, it is not a strictly traditional variety of it and they are, without a doubt, the most successful proponents of klezmer music in the world. The Klezmatics’ music is a comfortable hybrid that appeals equ... (read more)

Lemonade All Night Long - Black Flamingo
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

The Klezmatics - The Town Hall
January 20, 2018 - New York

January 20, 2018 Saturday, 8 PM The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, Manhattan $45/$50/$55/$65 Pre-performance Q&A at 7 PM with the artists moderated by folklorist Hanna Griff-Sleven, Ph.D., Director of Cultural Programs, Museum at Eldridge Street The Klezmatics will return once again to The Town Hall to perform an incredible evening of music with special guests. Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Grammy-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music by making aesthetically, politically and musically enveloping recordings, inspiring future generations, creating a large body of work that is enduring, and helping to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. While their music is rooted in the klezmer genre, it is not a strictly traditional variety of it and they are, without a doubt, the most successful proponents of klezmer music in the world. The Klezmatics’ music is a comfortable hybrid that appeals equally to those with no previous exposure to the klezmer genre and those already familiar with it.

Anthony Naples, DJ Wey, Robert Bergman & Extra Water - Good Room
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Physical Therapy and Umfang - Nowadays
January 20, 2018 - Ridgewood

Physical Therapy is a New Jersey native and the head of the Allergy Season label. He's also a producer and DJ who wields a colorful, and ever-growing, palette of club sounds (tropical techno, house, jungle, you name it). Sharing the night is Umfang, the co-founder of Discwoman and a boundary-pushing techno DJ and producer. Preconceived notions are best left at home tonight: both define club music on their own terms.

Bella's Bartok, Cousin Earth, Teddy Midnight, Space Carnival - Knitting Factory
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Cousin Earth (formerly Known as Ukulelien) is a Brooklyn-based progressive Ukulele band. With both an original repertoire and a vast array of covers, Cousin Earth spans a wide range of musical styles bringing both a sense of playfulness and technical ability to the music many people know and love. From bluegrass to electronica, this band will take any song and uke-i-fy it. Brooklyn based Teddy Midnight demonstrates a creative combination of progressive rock, drum and bass, jazz and downtempo. This unique blend earned the term Electro-Dance-Funk, a self- described genre based on the style of Teddy Midnight. The band's live show instinctively gets the party moving and won't let up any time soon. With members Wiley Griffin, Sean McAuley, Adam Magnan, and Sean Silva, Teddy Midnight is the group you don't want to miss.

Output Grayscale - Anthony Parasole/ Vril (Live)/ Ø [Phase]/ Cosmin TRG/ Uchi/ Tin Man - Output
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

LUIS "PERICO" ORTIZ @ LEHMAN CENTER - Lehman Center for the Performing arts
January 20, 2018 - Bronx

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents LUIS “PERICO” ORTIZ “Hasta Siempre”, a celebration of his 55-year career on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 8pm. A legendary musician, educator, producer, arranger, and composer in the world of salsa, this concert will be a journey that celebrates Ortiz’s musical collaborations with great artists such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Rubén Blades, and Mongo Santamaría, plus a section of salsa dura with special guests Domingo Quiñones, Roberto Lugo, and Johnny Kenton. This concert is produced by Lehman Center and Leo Tizol. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for LUIS “PERICO” ORTIZ on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 8pm are $100*VIP, $65, $55, and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Tickets purchased before January 1st, 2018 will include a free Luis “Perico” Ortiz’s CD. *VIP Reception: The HAVANA CAFÉ, Havana Club Rum and Lehman Center... (read more)

Voss Event's Drag Brunch - Highline Ballroom
January 21, 2018 - New York

Unleash your inner diva at our world famous Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC's top female impersonators and special guests from the hit television series RuPaul's Drag Race. The fun is fueled by bottomless cocktails from the bar.

Planetarium with Evan Shornstein aka Photay Playing Live and Justin Carter Djing - Nowadays
January 21, 2018 - Ridgewood

Planetarium is an immersive hi-fi listening session. We clear the floor between our custom speakers, so you can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or anything else you like to get comfortable. Lie on the floor, stretch out on the couch, and get lost in music. Records are woven together from across the spectrum – new classical, electronic music, pre-war blues, new age, ambient, psychedelic rock, jazz, field recordings and beyond – and there are often live performances to augment the experience. At this installment, Justin Carter is at the turntables and Evan Shornstein, aka Photay, is performing live throughout. As Photay, Evan blends samples, field recordings and synthetic sounds over polyrhythmic percussion. This evening, he'll forgo the beats and set off to explore more ambient terrain.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Through January 31, 2018 - New York

The fascinating life of one of pop music's greatest performers and songwriters takes center stage in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The show begins just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composes her first hit song, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," in 1959 when she is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin. In the decade that follows, King and Goffin produce a string of classic hits while forming a lasting friendship with another composing couple, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. When Carole's personal life begins falling apart, she responds by stepping out of the shadows with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne - 54 Below
Through March 07, 2018 - New York

"Vivian Reed, human dynamo at Feinstein's/54 Below… you must not miss this great artist. It is the best major artist's show I have seen this year!" -Joe Regan Jr., Theater Pizzazz BACK BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND! After her sell-out show packed Feinstein's/54 Below to the rafters a couple seasons back, multi-award-winning singer, actress and dancer Vivian Reed returns with a brand new show, celebrating the 100th year of Lena Horne. The show will include some of Miss Horne's well known songs reinterpreted with Vivian's unique arrangements and vocal stylings, amidst an eclectic lineup of R&B, jazz, gospel and musical theater songs. Through selections from her critically acclaimed Broadway performance in Bubbling Brown Sugar, as well as from Three Mo' Divas, her concerts and international nightclub appearances, the two-time Tony Award nominee — who is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award, among others — pays tribute to the people who have had a profound effect on her career. Accompanied by two pianists, a bassist, a drummer and three background singers, her high-energy show also features special guests. It's an evening you'll neve... (read more)

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