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Random Live Music in New York City This Weekend - March 16-March 18

March 12, 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.

Aurora Halal and Kassem Mosse - Nowadays
March 16, 2018 - New York

After a fantastic all-night set in January, Aurora Halal is back at the 'days. Aurora is the person behind the Sustain-Release gathering and the Mutual Dreaming party, as well as a fantastic DJ and producer with an ear for dark, psychedelic techno. This time, she shares the night with Gunnar Wendel, aka Kassem Mosse. Gunnar has worked under many names over the past decade — Paid Reach, Seltene Erden, the Siege of Troy, his actual name — releasing tracks that range from unhurried house and techno incantations to scattered, footwork-esque beats. He plays an hour-long live set tonight, to round out a night of absorbing dance tunes.

Grumby, Jose Santiago, Higher Education, Wedeya, Indaze - Pianos (Showroom)
March 16, 2018 - New York

Nils Frahm – All Melody - Knockdown Center
Through March 16, 2018 - New York

Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music, learning the piano throughout his childhood. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of classical pianists from previous generations as well as the music of contemporary composers, before forging his own musical path through composition. Today Nils Frahm continues to work as an accomplished composer, producer and celebrated performer from his Berlin-based studio at the renowned Funkhaus. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, and on a mesmerising scale through his vast stage shows, has won him many fans around the world. Nils has gained global notoriety for his highly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, as well as a breath-taking level of emotion and personality. After spending much of 2017 in hibernation in preparation for a busy period ahead, Nils will commence 2018 with his first live performances since 2015, and will embark on the beginning of a long worldwide tour entitled All Melody.

Mister Saturday Night - Nowadays
March 17, 2018 - New York

Mister Saturday Night is a party thrown by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. The aim is simple — to create a welcoming space and present music that they love — but the commitment is deep: the two built Nowadays from top to bottom to make sure they had the right home for their community. All that's left is for you to show up. Then the magic happens…

Planetarium with Pyron Playing Live - Nowadays
March 18, 2018 - New York

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. For this edition, we have Pyron performing live throughout. Jennifer Pyron is a classically trained opera singer and experimental electronic musician. Using found sounds, vocals, spoken word and a KORGMS2000 digital analog modeling synthesizer, she builds improvisational compositions that drift from serene to frenetic and back again.

Voss Event's Drag Brunch - Highline Ballroom
March 18, 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.

Music Box Matinees - Staff Picks! - Music Box Theater
Through March 25, 2018 - New York

The Music Box Matinee programming has been turned over to our excellent house staff! Come see classic films selected by the folks who sell the tickets, make the popcorn, mix the drinks, project the movies, and keep the Music Box running.

Cathode Love Presents - Music Box Theater
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

Cathode Love is a book and companion LP featuring carefully curated writings and musical content focused around a central, celebratory impulse of suggestive, decadent, and symbolically-charged works in film, theory, visual art, poetry, fiction and essays, all tapping on the door of a new, synaesthetic sensibility. Cathode Love is wishing to move us toward a new aesthetic culture, one that resides "away from the mundane reality" (and certainly from banal art). An irregular almanac of irregular pleasures, an untimely messenger, a hope for catching a glimpse of light in the mirror of impossible beauty across shattered art-forms...Cathode Love, in its book/LP form, is published in the spirit of an aesthetic treatise of sorts. An exploratory document, and finally an accidental anthology of suggestions to run with. From the fiery intensity of Antonin Artaud's language of theater to the passionate elevation of sleaze to academic loftiness in Stephen Thrower's writings, this strange new collection of wild flowers if a trip to the jungle, not the zoo. Nothing is caged, all is free. And that is it's beauty. Cathode Love is, at the very least, a new window to actively "dream into" regar... (read more)

Communion NYC: Spring Bundle Package - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, 2 & 3
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

Communion is a monthly residency showcasing the best new music from local, national and international acts. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear's Den) and producer Ian Grimble in 2006, Communion provided the first independent platform for the freshest artists in London to break out and is now fast becoming a musical launching pad for new talent across the country. Communion encourages musical communities to grow and flourish between artists and their respective audiences and provides a platform for music fans to discover new artists in a live environment. Past artists that have played Communion Club Nights include Ben Howard, James Bay, Sam Smith, Walk The Moon, Mumford And Sons, Hozier, Trampled By Turtles, Daughter, Chet Faker, Sarah Jarosz, Foxes, George Ezra, Bear's Den, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Gotye & Many More. For more information on Communion, visit

Bollywood Beats - A Weekly Saturday Night DesiParty - Lexicon Nightclub
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown East

Each & Every Saturday Night, come experience the Glamour & Glitz of Bollywood as you Mix, Mingle and Dance at New York City's Hottest Saturday Night DesiParty.

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