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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 13-Aug 20: Music

August 13, 2011 - 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.

Live Music with Sixteen Tons - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 13, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

JULIE DEXTER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 13, 2011 - New York

Meet Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. She has shared the spotlight with a host of cutting edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Eric Roberson and Raheem DeVaughn to name a few. Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry. From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent transcends genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience. Her latest project with Chicago's own Producer/DJ Steve "Miggedy" Maestro is out now available on itunes. Don't miss the experience of Julie Dexter. Be a part of a tradition of great music. In the words of her smash single 'Ketch A Vibe', `Don't let it you pass you by...Ketch [Julie Dexter's] Vibe'...

The Blanks - Highline Ballroom
August 13, 2011 -

News flash: A cappella is hip! Seriously, there's a growing interest in a cappella music that has crossed over to the MySpace/Facebook generation. It has officially become cool to be in an a cappella band! There are groups springing up on college campuses across the country, many inspired by The Blanks. Leading this pack of cool is a quartet of friends, The Blanks, who appear on the worldwide syndicated television show Scrubs as "Ted's Band." In a case of life imitating art (or is it art imitating life?), the group was written into the script as a quartet of friends who like to sing a cappella music. Bizarre, huh? Group member Sam Lloyd played the recurring role of character "Ted Buckland" on all nine seasons of Scrubs on NBC and later ABC, now airing on Comedy Central, TV Land, WGN, and a host of other local/regional channels just in the US. The show is on several times a day everywhere in the US, giving the Blanks a constant boob tube presence. The kids like it. Their parents like it. Sam is joined by Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Philip McNiven. In 2004, the Blanks released their debut CD, "Riding the Wave" (Parody Records). In 2008 they began touring. In 2008 they also made shirts. Based in Los Angeles, The Blanks perform and sing family?friendly (cool) entertainment with plenty of (hip) musical and sketch comedy. They sing a cappella versions of popular TV show theme songs ranging from "Charles In Charge" to "Six Million Dollar Man," and commercial jingles like "By Mennen." They've put words to songs without lyrics, such as the "Good Old Days," the theme from The Little Rascals. The only instruments you'll find on stage are talking toys ? that's right, four grown men who still play with action figures. Not ones to rest on their laurels nor teeter on the edge of rebellion and artistic bravado with their choice of deodorant commercials, the Blanks wrote some original numbers that sound like songs even they might want to cover! You haven't seen anything quite like it before. They love to sing, entertain and make people laugh, so their shows include skits, antics, choreography (the kind a 5-year old could memorize), talking toys as lead singers, and costume changes. A note on the costume changes: they're not Cher, and they're not Madonna. Because… They're men! Men who sing. Men who dance. Men who'll make the milk you're drinking spray right out your nose with a funny glance. Come see them live and you'll be in for a night of laughs, songs and their version of entertainment for any age. To tell the story of the Blanks is to tell the tale of four unique individuals that didn't find each other through a reality show contest, Craigslist ads, Social Networking, or even the fallout of doomed bands fighting over the drummer's red M&M's (thus no drummer allowed). Asked individually if this was their dream gig, they might hesitate, but as a collective whole it's pretty clear that there was some cosmic kismet at work. PAUL F. PERRY is from Stoneham, MA and does all the arrangements for the Blanks. He met Sam and George while attending Syracuse University together. As a composer, Paul wrote over half the songs for a special musical episode for Scrubs in 2007 entitled "My Musical," one of which, "Guy Love," was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. He is one of only two people on earth who are members of both the Blanks and the Butties (a Beatles cover band formed with Sam in college). Paul's Beatlesque arrangement of the Butties' cover of the carol "Joy to the World" can be heard in the soundtrack of the film Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen. He has many other credits for scoring, film directing, and performing. GEORGE MISERLIS (a.k.a. "The Hairy One") hails from Lowell, Massachusetts. George and Sam met while double?dating twin sisters at their favorite hangout, Chuck E. Cheese. While the romances didn't last, George and Sam became roommates at Syracuse and then later shared a flat in London, where they double?dated Marks and Spencer. As a performer, he did improv comedy regularly with The Second City on Monday nights in Santa Monica, CA. It was there he met good friend and future Blank, Philip McNiven. George's stage credits include Evita, The Odd Couple with Sandy Dennis and Kaye Ballard, and The Lion in Winter with James Spader. In June of 2008, he sang along with Jason Alexander in a 7?minute medley with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating Placido Domingo's induction into their Hall of Fame. Film roles for George include Sarah Pillsbury's Seeds of Tragedy, Desi and Lucy: Before the Laughter, and a star turn in Paramount's The Incredible Genie, a children's fantasy on HBO. SAM LLOYD is from Weston, Vermont. After graduating from Syracuse, he moved to Los Angeles and acted with an improv group. Over the years he's played memorable roles in films such as Galaxy Quest, Rising Sun and Flubber, and in television shows like Night Court, Seinfeld, Spin City, 3rd Rock From the Sun, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Numb3rs, and Medium. He's appeared on Scrubs since its premier, creating laughs for his worldwide fanbase as the ever put?upon hospital attorney, "Ted Buckland," the yin to "Dr. Kelso's" yang. At some point Paul and George also decided to come to California. They were all so happy to be reunited that they sang. Three parts became four with the addition of the Canadian named Philip. PHILIP MCNIVEN was raised in Philadelphia, the son of an Englishman and a French Impressionist, which for some reason makes him Canadian. Eventually he moved to Toronto, and became a tennis pro, hard to do when the courts are ice?crusted nine months of the year. So Philip packed his racquets and headed for L.A., but sadly broke a string and was forced to retire. He's earned his stripes as a singer and actor, guest starring on TV shows CSI, ER, and Newsradio, and now on Scrubs, thanks to his new best pal Sam. His film credits include A Dangerous Woman with Debra Winger and It's Pat with Julia Sweeney. He wrote the songs for and starred in the hit avant?garde musical Butt Pirates of the Caribbean. Philip has sung at Carnegie Hall, and performed at Lincoln Center with the group The Cormen. He has done numerous TV commercials, and is perhaps most unrecognizable as "Professor Wonder Bread," where he sported a full head of wavy red hair. And as long as the kids dig it and the adults enjoy it, The Blanks will keep singing it…. Viva Los Blanks!

August 13, 2011 - New York

Saturday August 13 Pacha NYC presents BORIS CLASSICS $10 ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list... - GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubticke? - Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Identity Festival - P.N.C. Banks Art Center
August 14, 2011 - Holmdel

THE IDENTITY FESTIVAL - Main Stage: Kaskade, Booka Shade, Chuckie, Modeselektor, Jessie and the Toy Boys. Dim Mak Stage - Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, The Crystal Method, Nero, Datsik, Holy Ghost!, Le Castle Vania, Afrobeta. Beatport Stage - Steve Lawler, White Shadow, LA Riots, RioTGear, Chad Hugo, Nervo, Marshall Barnes, The Eye, Leon, Darius Syrossian. This summer will mark the debut of IDENTITY, the first-ever touring electronic ONLY music festival that will visit major outdoor amphitheatres throughout North America in August and September and give fans the full electronic music experience. GET TICKETS - Doors 1PM - 11:30PM PNC Bank Arts Center 1600 Market Street Holmdel, NJ

Lincoln Center Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2011 -

A Magic Flute (7/5-17); Portraits in Dramatic Time (outdoor video installation) (7/5-31); Royal Shakespeare Company (7/6-8/14); The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet (7/11-16); The Cleveland Orchestra - Bruckner: (R)evolution (7/13-17); Merce Cunningham Dance Company - MERCE FAIR (7/16); Tom Zé (7/19); The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (7/21-23); The Silver Tassie (7/24-31); Royal Danish Opera and Orchestra (7/28-30).

Live Music with Keith Maguire - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 14, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

August 14, 2011 - New York

With more than a decade of making music together, the members of Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove, that knack for quietly, almost innocently, sliding into a composition, and utterly lassoing anyone within earshot by mid-song. That's where the band has come to reside, musically: deep in the pocket, that ever-elusive, funky trench where a band can entrance an audience, hypnotize it and hold on to it until the set or CD is finished. Built on a bedrock of nasty, oceanic slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms, Slightly Stoopid illustrate a case study in underground success, steeped in years of hard touring, an improvisational business model, and a creative process that continues to unwind and push the envelope of a new jam-based genre the band helped to create. Slightly Stoopid's dual front-men Miles Doughty (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) and Kyle McDonald (Guitar, Bass, Vocals), created their own label, Stoopid Records, in the early 2000's to avoid signing a record deal and keep their DIY work ethic and freedom away from music industry politics. The west coast sound pioneers later added musicians Ryan `RyMo' Moran (Drums) and Oguer 'OG' Ocon (Congas, Percussion, Harp, Vocals) from the B Side Players, as well as C-Money (Trumpet, Keyboard) and Dela (Saxophone) from John Browns Body; solidifying their on stage line up. Slightly Stoopid has built a large n' loyal fan base, and has soared to one of the most successful independent artists of this decade. The buzz surrounding the group continues to increase with each successive release; their album catalog sales have topped the 700,000 mark and the group continues to fill the most prestigious concert venues around the world, and continues to create a legion of "stoopidheads" in the process!

Slightly Stoopid presents THE SEEDLESS SUMMER 2011 TOUR - Highline Ballroom
August 14, 2011 -

OSCAR G. | Sunday, August 14 @ Surf Club - Pacha NYC
August 14, 2011 - Ortley Beach

Sunday, August 14 Pacha NYC presents... SURF CLUB SUNDAYS Powered by Pacha NYC with music by OSCAR G & more t/b/a GET TICKETS Doors 12 noon Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Surf Club 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach, NJ 08751

Alicia Witt Live - Rockwood Music Hall
August 16, 2011 - New York

Actor/singer-songwriter Alicia Witt (TV’s Friday Night Lights; Law & Order; films 88 Minutes; Two Weeks Notice, etc) returns to New York with her piano-driven rock. Her self-titled EP is available on iTunes and her 1st music video has been seen on MTVu and “...what a voice. It comes from tender, intimate appeals, soaring to roof raising heights, as she all the while works the piano with ease and command...where Witt really excels is in her ballads, personal and universal poems of love, longing, and everyday girl issues. Her lyrics flow with a poetic polish, and her piano playing rivals that of rockers Billy Joel or Elton John.” - What Duvet Said, review

Jeff Bridges - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 16, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Smooth Cruise featuring Norman Brown and Richard Elliot - Spirit Cruises
August 17, 2011 -

Sail the Hudson with us Wednesday, August 17th, for an evening filled with the smooth, hot sounds of Brown and Elliot. First picking up a guitar at the age of 8, Norman Brown was initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix. It was his father's preference for the sound of Wes Montgomery that set Norman on his stylistic journey. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, and drawing comparisons to George Benson, he was discovered and signed to the fledgling MoJazz label, a division of Motown. His debut, Just Between Us was followed by the gold-certified After The Storm and Better Days Ahead. With a bestselling discography of over 15 recordings since 1986's Initial Approach, thousands of live dates spanning over two decades, and one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in contemporary urban jazz, it's incredible to hear Elliot declare: "What I'm doing now, enjoying this upward trend in my career, is seriously the most fun I have ever had." Then again, the multi-talented tenor saxophonist, composer and producer has been on one of the most incredible rolls since the 2005 release of Metro Blue, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Harlem Week Celebration - Apollo Theater
August 17, 2011 -

Henry "Pucho" Brown has spent three decades creating music infused with a special blend of jazz, Latin, soul and funk. A native of East Harlem, Pucho first came onto the music scene in the 1960s and helped to introduce the "Boogaloo" movement. His band, the Latin Soul Brothers, is made up of an ensemble of musicians who specialize in groove-jazz and hardcore Havana traditional rhythms. This week, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers will bring their unique musical blend to Amateur Night! You can groove, dance and sing along to Pucho and the following contestants: LaChaney's Dance Crew, Owens Borno, Nia Clark, Gavonnie, Isaak James, X- Factor, Ra'Shawn Brown, John Meadows, Smooth and Nephari Burton.

Khaled Live at Shrine - Shrine World Music Venue
August 17, 2011 - New York

Free Show in Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem. This is a unique venue with a killer vibe. It's all about the music! Khaled's music is the definition of East meets West. He seamlessly fuses different musical genres into soulful arrangements and intricate rhythms. This unique style and sound, now dubbed Alternative World Fusion, brings together the music of cultures from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Khaled's latest album, "The Rabbit Hole", proves that Alternative World Fusion can be dark, sexy and Rock 'n Roll when it's created with the right amount of skill and lyrical depth. Originally from the Middle East, Khaled brought his sound to the U.S. at the age of 16 and has since been spreading his music to as many ears as possible playing shows in New York City metropolitan area, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, as well as the Midwest and the South. "The Rabbit Hole" has been nominated for the Outstanding Album Award at the 2010 Hoboken Music Awards, and named it one of Northern New Jersey's best albums of 2010 calling it, " of the most engaging and eclectic local releases of the year...the intricacy and passion of [Khaled's] guitar transcends language and culture and more than stands on its own...creating a freewheeling mix of love songs and instrumentals that truly earns the title 'world music.'" 2, 3 Train to 135th, then walk West to 7th Avenue. A, B, C, to 135th, then walk East to 7th Avenue

Enrique Iglesias - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 19, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Eddie Halliwell | Friday August 19 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
August 19, 2011 - New York

Friday August 19 Pacha NYC in association with Massive Event present The Official FIUR Label Launch with EDDIE HALLIWELL “Without a shadow of a doubt, he’s a legend, a hero and a massively popular DJ worshipped by many.” So says venerable “DJ” magazine about our guest this evening, DJ Eddie Halliwell. The Brit has won over guys like Paul van Dyk and Tiesto with his high-energy spinning style, technical mastery, and open musical policy. Whether you like things on the house, techno or trance tip, this is night was meant for you. $10 ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT click here to get on the list... GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubticke? Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Music and Musica - Julia Tygel - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
August 19, 2011 - New York

The pianist Julia Tygel will present a concert with the flutist Rodrigo Ursaia. They will play Brazilian music and some Ms. Tygel's compositions.

Live Music with Second Chance - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 20, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

Size Matters After Party | Saturday August 20 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
August 20, 2011 - New York

Saturday August 20 Pacha NYC presents... SIZE MATTERS Official After Party with special guests t/b/a stay tuned for details... BUY TICKETS NOW: http://pacha-nyc.clubticke? Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Size Matters with STEVE ANGELLO | Saturday August 20 @ Governors Island - Governor's Island
Through August 21, 2011 - New York

Saturday August 20 Pacha NYC annd RPM proudly present... SIZE MATTERS at Governors Island with STEVE ANGELLO along with special guest THOMAS GOLD, JUNIOR SANCHEZ. GET TICKETS: Doors 4PM - 12AM

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 27, 2011 -

From Aug. 2-20, the 45th season of the Mostly Mozart Festival offers more than 34 events, including opera, concerts, dance, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, and lectures, and features music ranging from Baroque and Classical to Neoclassical and contemporary. In addition to Mozart, the music of Igor Stravinsky will be a special focus of this summer's festival while Louis Langrée, in his ninth season, conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in eight concerts, performing Mozart's beloved Requiem, an expanded exploration of Beethoven's music, and two distinctly different Stravinsky works. Plus, New York's acclaimed contemporary ensemble ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) begins its three-year Festival residency and is the centerpiece of the festival's Stravinsky focus.

Queens' Sky View Center & CenterStage presents a Sunday Music Spectacular Series - Sky View Center
Through August 28, 2011 -

Sky View Center, Queens’ newest shopping center presents Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular featuring CenterStage: The Queens Center for the Performing Arts. The show-stopping series will run through the summer and feature a variety of jazz, classical string quartets, piano and percussion performances by the talented students and all-star faculty of CenterStage. The Pop Broadway Show performance will feature the sounds of Broadway, R&B and Pop featuring Dakota MacLeod (vocals) and Ray Naccari (piano). The event will take place at Sky View Center on Level D offering visitors a chance to enjoy the various musical talents of the local community while shopping around Sky View Center.

The Original Live Mic is back @ Martha Clara Vineyards - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through September 06, 2011 -

The Original Live Mic is BACK @ Martha Clara Vineyards! Every TUESDAY Night, Starting Tues May 31st - Tues September 6th. 7-10pm with Host and MC Rocky Divello. Bring Your Dinner, Friends & Talent! Bring Your Own Instruments - Sound System Available.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 -

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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