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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 17-Aug 24: Music

August 17, 2013 - 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.

Late Night Session: Emmet Cohen Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through August 17, 2013 - New York

With Russell Hall, bass, and Evan Sherman, drums.

The Original Wailers - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 17, 2013 - New York

As Bob Marely and The Wailers began recording the album Natty Dread (1974), among the songs was one that needed the perfect guitar part to elevate it from pleasant ballad to legendary classic. That song was "No Woman, No Cry," and that guitar part was created and performed by Al Anderson. Anderson became the original guitarist for Bob Marely and The Wailers, recording and performing as the lead guitarist for the biggest reggae band in the world. Over 35 years later, Anderson helms the ship that is The Original Wailers - a band that is still performing the original Marley gems from that golden age of reggae, while complimenting them with new songs performed by a crop of young musicians destined to keep the fires of roots rock reggae stoked.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - Brahms's Double Concerto - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 17, 2013 -

The magnetic 30-year-old conductor David Afkham joins virtuosic forces with violinist Vadim Repin and cellist Truls Mork to perform Brahms's stunning Concerto for violin and cello before the tender Second Symphony.

Happy Lives - Spike Hill
August 17, 2013 - Brooklyn

Neo Pop. Born between a bedroom in Brooklyn and a basement in Boston, Happy Lives is a conflict. Mike Lande writes and records everything AKA whatever he wants. What is catchy? What is strange? And what does it mean to get down. No instrument, genre, or personality is off-limits. His cohort, Julian Beel, using DJ-software for a scalpel, re-imagines the pieces to fit any mood and location. With Beel at the digital helm, Lande takes off live. Party.

The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
August 18, 2013 - New York

Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.

Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur - "Wes Montgomery Tribute" - Birdland
August 18, 2013 - New York

Featuring Steve Nelson (vibes), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Bruce Barth (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), and Victor Lewis (drums).

Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through August 18, 2013 - New York

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander has every right to claim that the Harlem Kingston Express will "get everybody moving below the waist."

The Milk & Honey Music Festival - Highline Ballroom
August 18, 2013 - New York

The hottest new Israeli musicians come together to put an end to cancer. Featuring performances by Onili, Y-Love, Shira Gavrielov, Mikey Pauker, Arlene Gould, and Max Jared.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 18, 2013 - New York

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.

Kenny Rogers - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
August 18, 2013 - Yonkers

Get ready to party with some of music's biggest stars every Sunday this summer at Empire City Casino! Empire City Casino announces its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup which includes an exciting mix of musical talent. This year's lineup includes musical legends Blues Traveler, LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins and more. Ticket prices start at $15.00 and can be purchased at or by calling eTIX at 1-800-514-3849.

Francisco Mela Quartet - Special Guest Fred Hersch, piano - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
August 19, 2013 - New York

Francisco Mela is a favorite among jazz's elite instrumentalists, like his bandleaders Joe Lovano and McCoy Tyner, and he is known for a distinctive blend of modern jazz and traditional Cuban music. Mela has received awards for breaking boundaries in Latin jazz, and his live performances are notable for both musical sophistication and infectious charisma. Joined by special guest and five-time GRAMMY Award-nominee Fred Hersch, the Francisco Mela Quartet will bring some very adventurous musicians together for a unique and inspiring whole.

Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
August 19, 2013 - New York

Jon Paris has toured nationally and internationally with an impressive list of artists that includes Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Chris Spedding, Johnnie Johnson, and former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. He's also backed Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Phoebe Snow, Hubert Sumlin, Rudy Ray Moore, the Uptown Horns, and Elvin Bishop, to name just a few. All the while Paris has maintained his own New York City-based rock and blues band. The group performs regularly at B.B. King Blues Club and at clubs, casinos, and concerts across the country. - See more at:

Damn the Torpedoes: A Tribute to Tom Petty - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 19, 2013 - New York

Unmistakably the East Coast's most prolific Tom Petty Tribute Band, Damn The Torpedoes have been mesmerizing audiences throughout The New York Tri-State area since forming in the Fall of 2007. Formed and fronted by Singer/Songwriter and New Jersey native Rich Kubicz, DTT are rounded out by some of the tri-state area's top musicians. Every performance is true to the spirit and essence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Rich has the Tom Petty look and sound. The group also pride themselves on utilizing the same equipment as the Heartbreakers just so as not to leave any stone unturned. Patrons attending a DTT show will be assured of an incredible experience. In addition, venues hosting DTT can be assured that they will receive a professional, top level act with a respectable following.

Emerson String Quartet - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 19, 2013 -

The outstanding Emerson String Quartet returns with the "Razumovsky" Quartets, three absorbing, technically challenging works that were seen as shockingly radical in Beethoven's time but are today among Beethoven's most popular compositions.

Brian Charette Organ Sextette - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
August 20, 2013 - New York

The Brian Charette Organ Sextette is a funky take on the jazz organ band. Charette's emphasis on creating music "more compositional, less soloistic, even though there are lots of solos," makes for a fast-paced performance, with a healthy balance of compositional intricacies and short, energetic solos.

August 20, 2013 - New York

This summer marks the 53rd annual Summer Sing Program. Each summer, the New York Choral Society produces a Summer Sings series that features the most popular masterworks of the choral literature. Taking place every Tuesday at 7:30pm from July 16th – August 20th at Symphony Space in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, six prominent choral conductors from the New York area will lead audience members to sing through these popular works. Scores are provided by the New York Choral Society. The 2013 series features monumental works including three of the most recognized pieces in the repertoire; Orff’s Carmina Burana on July 16, Mozart’s Requiem on July 23rd and Verdi’s Requiem on August 6. For Tickets: Individual Sings: $20, For ticket information, call (212) 864-5400 or visit the box office or visit or

August 20, 2013 - New York

Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, Saron Crenshaw, and Barry Harrison. Second show at 10pm.

Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
August 21, 2013 - New York

S.Y.O.T.O.S. (See You On The Other Side), founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris Washburne, features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes Latin jazz into uncharted waters, with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance and weaves contemporary up-tempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band combines Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music - "Think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!" The band's members are alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto, and they build upon the foundations laid by those Latin music greats, pushing the genre into the 21st century.

Amateur Night - Harlem Week - Apollo Theater
August 21, 2013 - New York

Tonight's show is part of Amateur Night at the Apollo's grand salute to Harlem Week 2013. A special music guest will perform in celebration of this month-long community event.

Broadway Swings! - 54 Below
August 21, 2013 - New York

Broadway Swings features some of Broadway's most delectable tunes, arranged in a way that will leave your toes tapping long after the house lights come up. Expect melodies from Broadway hits such as Porgy & Bess, The Wiz, Pippin, Hello, Dolly, South Pacific, The King & I and more! Featured in the cast are some of New York's most celebrated vocalists, including multiple award-winning jazz singers Natalie Douglas, Terese Genecco & Scott Coulter. Accompanied by the acclaimed jazz band, The Barry Levitt Trio, Broadway Swings is directed and hosted by 54 Below's own Director of Programming, Phil Geoffrey Bond.

John Lee Hooker, Jr. - Lucille's
August 21, 2013 - New York

Born in Detroit, John Lee Hooker, Jr. was weaned on the blues at an early age by his illustrious father: by the time he was eight years old, the youngster was already performing on local radio station WJBK and when in his teens, he was already touring with the boogie master. Exposed to blues great such as Jimmy Reed, and local heroes Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red, the young Hooker became a regular at such prestigious venues as Detroit's Fox Theatre and other upscale Motown clubs. At 18, he was recording with his father, most notably on senior's landmark Live at Soledad Prison album for ABC Records.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - Mozart and Tchaikovsky - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 21, 2013 -

Louis Langree leads the Festival Orchestra in Mozart's magnificent Linz Symphony, followed by Joshua Bells electrifying interpretation of a classic Romantic work, Tchaikovsky's emotional, virtuosic Violin Concerto. Pre-concert recitals by Francesco Piemontesi, piano, at 7pm.

Smooth Cruise Series - Rachelle Ferrell - Spirit Cruises
August 21, 2013 - New York

For 16 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York's favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York! The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York's most popular attractions.

John Lee Hooker, Jr. - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 21, 2013 - New York

John Lee's songs demonstrate his roots in the blues, as well as soul, gospel, funk, rock and even a touch of jazz. He's backed by a tight, in-the-pocket band that kicks with a solid groove and includes a host of Bay Area all-star musicians who totally bring the funk to all the proceedings. And while he is his father's son, John Lee Hooker, Jr. is definitely his own man with his own sound.

The Dangerous Summer - Highline Ballroom
August 21, 2013 - New York

Straightforward, earnest rock music seems to be a contradiction from the direction popular music has strayed as of late. The need for genuine lyrics, purposeful direction, and accessible melodies has been long overdue. Hailing from Ellicott City, MD, alternative rock foursome The Dangerous Summer specializes in crafting throwbacks to the days when music was charged with hope and contained a much-needed brand of sincerity. The band, which takes its moniker from the Hemingway novel of the same name, remembers its humble beginnings, among them its first NYC show, which took place in a basement and included an audience of five. However, that low attendance record soon became a thing of the past once Hopeless Records came calling, finding the band's quintessential rock pleasers just as inviting and impressive as did those few basement patrons.

Bret Michaels - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 22, 2013 - New York

As a rock star, reality star, spokesperson, businessman, and philanthropist, Bret Michaels does more jobs in a single day than most people do in an entire lifetime. Depending on the hour of the day he's a cultural icon, a rock god, an entrepreneur, a TV star, a father, the face of the American Diabetes Association, a supercross enthusiast, solo artist, Poison frontman, and a generous donor to a myriad of charitable causes. Michaels first rose to fame as the frontman of Poison. As one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, Poison defined the fast, gritty, and glamorous rock 'n' roll scene. Since the band's beginning, Poison has achieved massive success- releasing eight studio albums, four live albums, and selling over 30 million records worldwide and 16.5 million records in the U.S. alone. The band has charted 10 singles in the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 including the number-one single, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn." Twenty-five years after their debut, Poison is still recording music and performing together. Bret Michaels' solo career has been equally successful: his most recent solo album, "Custom Built," released in July of 2010, topped the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock list. His current solo tour, "Get Your Rock On" is selling out arenas across the country and his forthcoming solo album of the same name will be released this summer. Bret Michaels may have been in spotlight for decades, but he is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.

15:54 (15 Minutes of Fame ) Featuring Bridget Everett, Haus of Mimosas, Lance Horne, DJ Lord Easy & Others - 54 Below
August 22, 2013 - New York

A weekly Thursday Late Night series featuring the best of New York City's cutting edge nightlife. Re-inventing the magic of Studio 54, Resident artists, performers, DJ's will serve you 15 minute sets at 54 Below. This week's artists and DJ sets include: Haus of Mimosa, Tori Scott, Varsity Interperative Dance Squad, Noah Stewart, and DJ Lord Easy. Also August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
August 22, 2013 - New York

Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the '70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-'60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled music during the '70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

Lulacruza - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 22, 2013 - Lincoln Center

Lulacruza is an electronic folk duo that weaves together hypnotic female singing, South American instruments, found sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation. The duo is made up of Alejandra Ortiz (Colombia), an extraordinary songbird who plays the Colombian cuatro, shruti box, tar and kalimba; and Luis Maurette (Argentina), who adds electronic processing and sequencing as well as percussion, charango, and Amazonian flutes. Together they make music that is hard to classify, but has been called pop, folk, electronic, Latin, ambient, world, new age, ethnic, experimental, and even jazz.

John Lee Hooker, Jr. - Lucille's
August 22, 2013 - New York

Born in Detroit, John Lee Hooker, Jr. was weaned on the blues at an early age by his illustrious father: by the time he was eight years old, the youngster was already performing on local radio station WJBK and when in his teens, he was already touring with the boogie master. Exposed to blues great such as Jimmy Reed, and local heroes Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red, the young Hooker became a regular at such prestigious venues as Detroit's Fox Theatre and other upscale Motown clubs. At 18, he was recording with his father, most notably on senior's landmark Live at Soledad Prison album for ABC Records.

International Contemporary Ensemble - George Lewis and Beethoven - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 22, 2013 -

Combining jazz, classical, and other musical languages, George Lewis entwined a new work with Beethoven's innovative Septet for winds and strings.

Francesco Piemontesi, piano - A Little Night Music - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
August 22, 2013 -

Enjoy the summer's finest recitals and chamber music in these intimate, hour-long performances accompanied by starry views of New York and a complimentary glass of wine.

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: The Wanted - Rumsey Playfield
August 23, 2013 - Central Park, NY

Age of Pain(e) - Old Stone House
Through August 24, 2013 - Brooklyn

A concert presentation of short works in an evening of enlightenment in commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn featuring multidisciplinary compositions to inspire your free thinking.

Late Night Session: Theo Hill Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through August 24, 2013 - New York

As a pianist, keyboardist, and composer Theo Hill has emerged as a fresh voice on the New York scene, known for his versatility, originality, and sensitivity. Featured on the cover of Pure Jazz Magazine and hailed by The Revivalist as a young veteran of the NYC jazz scene whose extensive study of various styles led to a prolific career as a leader and sideman, he has performed with Charles Tolliver, Frank Lacy, Bill Saxton, Lenny White, Victor Bailey, and Wallace Roney. His trio has featured rising stars Joe Sanders, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Gilmore, and Obed Calvaire. For this appearance at Dizzy's Hill will pay tribute to pianist Kenny Kirkland.

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2013 -

This year's Festival will offer more than 50 events spanning concerts, opera productions, pre-concert lectures and recitals, late-night performances, a film screening, and premieres of new works. The Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. Maestro Langree will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview concert on July 27. A major highlight of the 2013 Festival is the thematic focus on the rich musical lineage between Mozart and Beethoven, with several concerts throughout the Festival pairing music by both composers.

Robbie Rivera - Juicy Beach, Governors Island
August 24, 2013 - New York

Rain or shine. Lineup includes Robbie Rivera, Sick Individuals, Paris & Simo, Paige, Mysto & Pizzi, Jus Jack

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - Closing Night: The Last Three Symphonies - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2013 -

The 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival comes to an exhilarating conclusion with Louis Langree and the Festival Orchestra performing Mozart's magnificent final triptych of symphonies, including the "Jupiter."

Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through August 25, 2013 - New York

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is proud to host this CD Release event, coinciding with Wayne Shorter's 80th birthday. Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter is a twelve-piece band devoted to reimagining and approaching Shorter's music the way he does, as an ever-changing, ever-evolving body of work. The music spans nearly half a century of Shorter's prolific career, says director/arranger David Weiss. "My goal with this band was to present music from every era of Wayne's lengthy, diverse career; from his Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers days, through his stint with Miles Davis, his electric years, and up to his most current quartet [which just earned Shorter Best Artist, Best Group, and Best Album in DownBeat Magazine)."

Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso - 54 Below
Through August 25, 2013 - New York

The young Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen celebrates the New York premiere of her Choro Aventuroso band. Anat collaborates with contemporary Brazilian and American musicians to create a passionate, swinging blend of jazz, samba, classic chorinhos and constant surprise.

Free Summer Concerts & Yoga in Lincoln Square - Richard Tucker Park
Through September 25, 2013 - New York

Calling all Music Lovers and Yogis: The highly-anticipated Free Lunchtime Concert Series is back on the Upper West Side, heating up Lincoln Square this August and September with outdoor concerts at Richard Tucker Park. Throughout the dog-days of summer and into the fall, music enthusiasts are welcome to bring lunch, join friends and enjoy performances by a diverse mix of New York City's most talented musicians and singers. Accompanying the musicians is YogaWorks, which will hold free restorative stretch sessions in between music sets for people looking for some lunch time relaxation. Additionally, local restaurants will offer free lemonade to help yoga enthusiasts and music lovers cool down!

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