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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 11-Aug 18: Music

August 11, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Carolina Chocolate Drops / Buckwheat Zydeco / Abigail Washburn - SummerStage
August 11, 2012 -

In 2005, three young musicians decided to travel every Thursday night to sit in the home of legendary fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. When the three students decided to form the Carolina Chocolate Drops, they did it mostly as tribute to Thompson, performing his music in dance halls. Specializing in traditional southern music but with a modern twist, the band was an upstart in a stable of deep tradition. With high profile shows including the Grand Ole Opry and the release of albums like Genuine Negro Jig and Luminescent Orchestrii, the group has confirmed its place in the music pantheon with Rolling Stone Magazine describing the band's style as "dirt-floor-dance electricity."

Summer Elegance with DJ Beyond - Highline Ballroom
August 11, 2012 -

Every clubgoer knows that a wack DJ can ruin your entire night. Even more, a DJ who can't blend your favorite tracks can make your two-step turn into three. As one half of the DJ duo BeyondRest, DJ Beyond signature blends guarantee your vibe, in your car or at the club, remaining perpetually on beat and on point. With BeyondRest, Beyond has worked various NYC parades, collaborated with major clothing designers like Diesel and Azzure, and secured sponsorships with Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Red Bull, and Puma.

The Cataracs - Highline Ballroom
August 11, 2012 -

You could describe the sound of The Cataracs using the familiar terms: "cutting edge," "universal," or "beyond category." And you wouldn't be lying. But save those cliches for a group who needs them. The Cataracs' music and buzz speaks for itself. This songwriting duo and production team of David Singer-Vine, (aka Campa) and Niles Hollowell-Dhar (aka Cyrano) has developed an electro pop sound that combines the dancefloor sensibilities of electronic music with pop melodies, a risque edge, and Bay Area swagger. These divergent sounds converge effectively when brought together by The Cataracs' energy, sense of humor, and undeniably entertaining chemistry.

THE SECURITY PROJECT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 11, 2012 - New York

Former members of Peter Gabriel's band and King Crimson reunite for an incredible premiere show, performing music from Gabriel's Security (1982) and Plays Live (1983) albums, as well as a few sonic surprises. The evening will feature Jerry Marotta on drums; Trey Gunn on bass and Warr Guitar; Fuzzbee Morse on guitar, keyboards, saxophone, and flute; David Jameson on keyboards; Josh Gleason on vocals; and Larry Fast on keyboard sounds and sequences.

54/10 Music Marathon: The Weight Boys Band, PigPen Theatre Co., Die Roten Punkte - Ars Nova
August 11, 2012 - New York

54/10 MUSIC MARATHON The Best Music You've Never Heard August 1 - 11, 2012 Doors @ 7:30 Show @ 8:00 Ars Nova gets loud with its third annual summer music marathon, featuring two weeks of dynamic, up-and-coming bands that will surprise, shock and rock you! Saturday, August 11 Schedule: The Weight Boys Band ( PigPen Theatre Co. ( Die Roten Punkte ( Drink Specials from 7:30 - 8:00 Full Bar All Night $10 Advance | $15 Door $5 BEFORE 8/1! FOR TIX, INFO & TO SAMPLE SOME MUSIC:

4th Annual R&B Fest 2012 - Eric Benet and more - SummerStage
August 12, 2012 -

Multiple Grammy nominee Eric Benet, has based his career and his music on the purity of emotion. Making his solo debut with his album True To Myself, Benet's music produces a soulful sound, filled with lyrical and emotional honesty. His hit single "Spend My life with You" featuring Tamia reached #1 on the R&B charts, solidifying his role as an R&B sensation. In his most recent album Lost in Time, Benet takes a journey with his music, channeling influences from the 1970s to create a sound that is pure and true. Using his own experiences as inspiration, Benet's music tells a story that is both passionate and heartfelt.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 12, 2012 -

Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs. Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more.

DON CARLOS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 13, 2012 - New York

Don Carlos started his singing career back in 1973, as one of the original members of the aforementioned roots vocal group Black Uhuru. Alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls and Derrick Ducky Simpson Uhuru's central figure, as part of the trio, Don played a prominent role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. The said album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trio's ground breaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to part company in pursuit of a solo career. Having needed at least three years to get the grips of being a soloist, plus developing a knack for song writing and grooming that distinctive, vocal styling it wasn't until May 1981 that Carlos really took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy, roots and culture flavored show case album titled Suffering for Negus Roots.

Derrick Wright & Driven - Highline Ballroom
August 13, 2012 -

Derrick Wright has been surrounded by music all his life. The son of the late gospel legend Rev. Timothy Wright, he remembers walking into his living room seeing artists like Kurt Carr and Hezekiah Walker singing with his father. Now, the renowned drummer returns to his gospel roots with his eponymous debut release with his new group, Driven. Hailing from gospel music royalty, Wright is a talented musician in his own right. Currently, the Co-Music Director and drummer for mainstream Grammy Award-winning pop artist Adele and drummer for Grammy winner and R&B sensation Toni Braxton, Wright is known as a musician's musician.

Not Just Sinatra - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
August 13, 2012 -

Patsy's Italian Restaurant ( and Steven Maglio and His Trio present "Not Just Sinatra" at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York on Monday, August 13. Maglio will debut an entirely new show at Feinstein's, a combination of songs from Steven's CD, "Songs for Sinatra Lovers," as well as other standards including Nancy, With the Laughing Face, The Girl From Ipanema, and Cycles. Sal Scognamillo, head chef and co-owner of the legendary Patsy's Italian Restaurant, Frank Sinatra's favorite, has conceptualized the menu and will take charge of the kitchen to prepare some of his signature dishes. Dinner will be served starting at 6:00 and will be available until show time. The performance will start at 8:30 pm. Tickets start at $40.00 for general admission and $60.00 for the premium section. There is a minimum of $25 per person for food and beverage. For tickets call 212-339-4095 or visit

Goapele / Yolanda Zama - Screening: Come Back Africa - SummerStage
August 14, 2012 -

This year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, the leading democratic anti-apartheid party in South Africa, SummerStage and ImageNation celebrates South African culture with a performance by South African soul singers and activists, Goapele and Yolanda Zuma followed by a screening of the film, Come Back Africa a groundbreaking drama that explores the ravages of life under apartheid.

Barenaked Ladies / Blues Traveler - Jones Beach
August 14, 2012 - Wantagh

Barenaked Ladies / Blues Traveler / Big Head Todd & The Monsters / Cracker Last Summer On Earth Doors 6:00 pm

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Harlem Week - Apollo Theater
August 15, 2012 - Harlem

Tonight's show is part of the Amateur Night at the Apollo's grand salute to Harlem Week 2012. A special music guest will perform in celebration of this month-long community event. Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

ROBBEN FORD - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 15, 2012 - New York

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, and Greg Allman, in styles spanning the gamut from introspective pop and smooth jazz to genre-busting fusion and, of course, blues.

Clipse - Highline Ballroom
August 15, 2012 -

Hailing from Virginia, Clipse -- brothers Pusha T and Malice -- were one of the first artists to associate with the Neptunes. The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams first met the brothers in the early '90s, was very impressed by their talents, and decided to help them get a gig. They made a comeback when Hell Hath No Fury -- a lean, mean album, featuring the Neptunes and the MC'ing duo at the top of their game -- was finally released on November 28, 2006. Almost unanimously hailed by critics, it also reached number 14 on the Billboard 200.

CEG & Nolafunk Present Voice of the Wetlands Allstars - Highline Ballroom
August 16, 2012 -

Indigenous music is one of the many elements which is a way of life in Louisiana. The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars led by 2012 "BB King Entertainer of the Year" Tab Benoit proudly defend Louisiana's Wetlands through years of musical activism. Benoit is joined by a legendary cast of the most influential musicians from the area including Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, Blues Music Award winner for "Song of the Year" harmonica man Johnny Sansone, one of New Orleans dynamic and most influential drummers Johnny Vidacovich, Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux and the iconic Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
August 17, 2012 - New York

Considering some of the voices they've heard, Times Scare knows Karaoke can be pretty scary. But just wait until sultry Mistress of the Night, Shequida, gets on stage to host Scaryoke live in the crypt every Friday night. Frightfully delicious sing-along fun where you can win special Scaryoke prizes! Sign up at 9pm, show begins at 10pm.

Joffrey Ballet School Summer Jazz Performance - Symphony Space
August 17, 2012 -

The historic Joffrey Ballet School, founded by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, comes to Symphony Space with its Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive Performance. The Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive Performance will feature the works of Tony Award winning artists, and emerging jazz, hip-hop, modern, theater dance, and contemporary New York City-based choreographers. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space $45

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 17, 2012 - New York

On Aug 14, 2012 The Kottonmouth Kings will release their most prolific and smashing record to date, "Mile High". It includes 18 certified bangers that will cement the Kottonmouth Kings legacy, as one of the most influential and underrated groups of our time. "Mile High" is the Kottonmouth Kings on steroids with a twist of ecstasy and a pot brownie! The sonics and bass alone on "Mile High" will blow speakers from coast to coast! So buy stock in speaker companies, if you need some investment tips. "Mile High" has the Kings passing the mic around like the Harlem Globetrotters pass a basketball. There is not a group on the planet that can rival what the Kottonmouth Kings have pulled off! "Mile High" will have music snobs down on their knees, wiping semen from their cheeks. You will find no traces of tight jeans or trendy indie trash!

Australia Day Featuring: Megan Washington / Emma Donavan / DJ Ashley Feraude with Jonty Hall - SummerStage
August 18, 2012 -

SummerStage celebrates Australia with a program showcasing the hottest acts in contemporary music from Down Under.

August 18, 2012 - New York

Your Husband is Cheating on Us is the groundbreaking, brilliant new stage play starring, written, and directed by two-time Telly Award winner J.D. Lawrence. The laughs are contagious from beginning to end when Lawrence hits center stage as Orlando, the colorful and hilarious talk show host of Girl Talk.

BLACK DOG A TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN Annual Robert Plant Birthday Celebration - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 18, 2012 - New York

Black Dog was established in early 2000. Their devotion to the integrity of the band's live sound has made them the most demanded Led Zeppelin tribute in the New York City tri-state area. Black Dog is the definitive Led Zeppelin tribute band, keeping the music of Led Zeppelin live!

Russian Circles - Highline Ballroom
August 18, 2012 -

Russian Circles is a three piece instrumental rock/metal band from Chicago. Russian Circles play instrumental, sprawling music which runs the gamut of heavy discordant metal, to soft delicate passages. They are also known for their energetic live shows. Mostly headlining now, in their earlier days they toured with the likes of Boris, Isis, Red Sparowes, Minus the Bear, Daughters, Coheed & Cambria, Mono, and Pelican as well as appearances at the 2006 SXSW, and 2009's Bonnaroo. They were also the opening band for Tool while playing their first tour in the United Kingdom in 2007. Their name is taken from a drill exercise used in the game of ice hockey.

Great Jazz on the Great Hill - Central Park
August 18, 2012 -

The Central Park Conservancy welcomes New York Metropolitan area jazz buffs, swing dancers and nature lovers to "Great Jazz on the Great Hill," a free concert and celebration of jazz in one of New York City's most iconic locations. The free show returns for its sixth year in Central Park with live musical performances by renowned trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (with a special tribute to Louis Armstrong), Latin jazz musician Steve Kroon, Jazz and Blues vocalist, Alyson Williams and Jazzmobile's Jazz Vocal Competition Winners Brianna Thomas (2010). The show, which takes place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, is a co-presentation of Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy. "Great Jazz on the Great Hill" is made possible by major support from corporate sponsor, JPMorgan Chase, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Harlem Week, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and the Harlem Arts Alliance. Family activities include the creation of a unique eco-postcard inspired by musical jazz instruments in a hands-on workshop for families (children ages 4+) led by community artist Iandry Randriamandroso. Visit the family area on the Great Hill and design some unique concert memorabilia to remember 2012's Great Jazz on the Great Hill by. The concert is part of Jazzmobile's Summerfest, New York's oldest continuous summer jazz festival reaching approximately 50,000 people annually. Its mobile concerts bring the next generation of jazz innovators and legends to the five boroughs.

Deana Sings Dino - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through August 18, 2012 -

Patsy's Italian Restaurant ( and Deana Martin will host a four-night series of music and dining, "Deana Sings Dino," at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York from Tuesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 18. Deana Martin will take her audience on a musical journey, honoring her legendary father Dean Martin and other great performers who shaped American music and pop culture for over four decades. Since the show's inception eight years ago, Deana has received rave reviews and has been performing internationally to sold out audiences on three continents. Dinner will be served starting at 6:00 and will be available until show time at 8:30 pm. Tickets start at $40.00 for general admission and $60.00 for the premium section. There is a minimum of $25 per person for food and beverage. For tickets call 212-339-4095 or visit

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 25, 2012 -

Spanning seven venues, the 2012 Mostly Mozart Festival will offer more than 37 events including concerts, dance, visual art, film, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, lectures, and bird-watching tours through Central Park, a special accompaniment to this summer's birdsong theme. Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. He will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview on July 28. The two thematic highlights of the Festival this year will be a multi-genre exploration on the influence of birdsong on composers and visual artists, complemented by an extensive survey of the music of Schubert.

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