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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 20-Aug 27: Music

August 20, 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 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.

APB - Highline Ballroom
August 20, 2011 -

APB were one of the greatest "singles" band's of the 1980s. The reason why they are not heralded by music critics all over the world is because they were truly independent and in the original spirit of D.I.Y. - their Scottish singles were poorly distributed. With no real promotion or marketing, their international cult fan base was truly word of mouth. Even when the original "Something to Believe In" album (a less extensive version of CD 1) was released in America, it was on a small label called Link Records run by Mark Beaven and Andy Kipnes of AAM (they remain two of the most important producer managers of the world today). I discovered the APB single "Chain Reaction" (one the band has never been fond of) at one of the great original independent record stores, Vintage Vinyl in Irvington N.J. Store owner Rob Roth would get all the new imports in twice a week. I did a radio show at WRSU FM (the Rutgers University station in New Brunswick, N.J.) and had built up a big cult following in the Rutgers/Princeton area. Every week I would play the new tracks that moved me. I also DJ'ed at the coolest new music bar in Central N.J. called the Melody. When I bought the second APB single "Shoot You Down" I was blown away by the pure energy and sparse funk groove that drove the record. It became a favourite at the club and a big request record at the station. At the same time WLIR, one of the few original commercial alternative radio stations, was playing the hell out of the single. People could not wait to see the trio from Aberdeen, Scotland live. So in a short time APB made their way to the States and these early shows were incredibly intense and visceral. Great singles followed - never disappointing "Palace Filled with Love," "Rainy Day," "One Day," and the classic underground dance smash "What kind of Girl?" I was somehow able to contact the band in the early 80s, and they came to WRSU to do an interview at the college station. We ended up hanging out all night, getting drunk, playing pool and talking music for hours. Over the course of the next few years, I saw the band live about 15 times. They would always pack clubs in New York City, New Jersey and Long Island - anywhere they received airplay. I consider these two CD's to be an absolute treasure. Even if Franz Ferdinand (who started not so far from where APB did in their native home of Scotland,) The Killers, The Rapture, Kasabian and many more of the new dance groove / new wave 80s inspired artists are not familiar with the amazing APB, I feel these bands all indirectly owe a debt to them. At the time when most artists are still rocking with nihilistic punk fervor,APB were fearlessly breaking new ground. I will always fondly remember them as one of the most exciting bands of the early 80s.

Harlem Week 2011 - Harlem Day - Harlem
August 21, 2011 -

This daylong extravaganza of events is held on multiple stages with live performances and entertainment. All performances take place on 135th Street and run until 7pm. Another crowd favorite, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, runs from 10am to 7pm, and the Health Fair and Children's Festival continue.

Live Music with Nina et Cetera - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 21, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

IDENTITY FESTIVAL | Sunday August 21 @ Jones Beach Theater - Jones Beach Theater
August 21, 2011 - Wantagh

THE IDENTITY FESTIVAL Main Stage: Kaskade, Booka Shade, Modeselektor, Chuckie, Holy Ghost! Jessie and the Toy Boys. Dim Mak Stage - Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, Hercules and Love Affair, The Crystal Method, Nero, Datsik, Le Castle Vania, Afrobeta, The Eye, Doorly. Beatport Stage - Steve Lawler, Manufactured Superstars, White Shadow, LA Riots, Nervo, RioTGear, Chad Hugo, Marshall Barnes, Darius Syrossian, Leon. 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 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, NY

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

Power Live - The Beach at Governors Island
August 21, 2011 -

Power 105.1 Presents: FABOLOUS, J COLE, KELLY ROWLAND, BIG SEAN, ESTELLE, MEEK MILL, WALE & ACE HOOD. Doors at 6, concert at 8. Visit website for more info.

GET WET with BORIS | Sunday, August 21 @ Surf Club - Surf Club
August 21, 2011 - Ortley Beach

Sunday, August 21 Pacha NYC presents... SURF CLUB SUNDAYS Powered by Pacha NYC GET WET with BORIS GET TICKETS Doors 12 noon Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Surf Club 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach, NJ 08751

Smooth Cruise featuring Rachelle Ferrell - Spirit Cruises
August 24, 2011 -

Join us on Wednesday, August 24 to celebrate Rachelle Ferrell's rich, diverse sound with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Rachelle Ferrell started singing at the age of six, which may have contributed to the development of her amazing six plus octave range. Her remarkable range also includes the ability to sing her highest notes in the "whistle register." She also received classical training in violin at a young age and by her teen years she was able to play piano at a professional level. Rachelle began performing professionally while still a teenager, accompanying herself on piano, singing both popular and jazz songs, and writing much of her material herself. Enrolled in Boston's Berklee College of Music, she further developed her skills in singing, arrangement and songwriting. As a vocalist, Rachelle has proven to be a quintuple threat. Besides her success as a jazz singer, she is also well respected in pop, R&B, gospel, and classical music. As an accomplished pianist, she has worked with Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, and George Duke.

Amateur Night: Show Off! - Apollo Theater
August 24, 2011 -

At this special evening of Amateur Night, winners from May and June shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on August 31, and maybe even win the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! 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 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.

Lelia Broussard - Highline Ballroom
August 24, 2011 -

My career in bullet points because bios are boring. - i was an egg, then i was fertilized, then i was born. ..- first concert, paul simon age 3 the cajun dome in Lafayette Louisiana. cool ..- Cajun Dome again, age 6, I sang Patsy Cline's "Crazy" in front of 15,000 people, they cheered, that was cooler ..- sang incessantly all through childhood, annoyed the crap out of my mother ..- i once had 15 cats.creepy right? ..- the first song i wrote was about my orthodontist ..- recorded my first record in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ..- moved to new york when i was 17 ..- waited tables, got fired for yelling at my boss (he was a special kind of douche) ..- i've been an under paid full time musician ever since. ..- started working with writer and producer rob fusari (of bootylicious and now miz lady gaga fame) ..- toured extensively throughout the US ..- signed a publishing deal with Rondor Universal Music Group ..- moved to Los Angeles, California ..- met Snoop Dogg (I called him Mr. Dogg) at the Grammy's (did I say met? I mean I saw him) ..- wrote wrote wrote ..- recorded Waiting On The 9 with producer, Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Built to Spill) ..- Ellen Degeneres follows me on Twitter (it's a bullet point, Ellen is a big deal!) .... - Wrote a song about a sad robot in love called "Satellite" .... - Another Record "Masquerade" with Dan Romer, producer extraordinaire coming out Nov 2nd 2010 .. -On Tour everywhere 2010/2011

Gotham Rocks - Highline Ballroom
August 25, 2011 -

Queen V – In her iron fist, this ferocious singer clutches a mic and claims sovereignty over your senses with that hard-edged, bombastic rock sound you've been missing. Madison Ambush – exciting the senses with their brand of non-ironic 80s hard rock with a modern edge Chasing Thrill – Their music is full of energy with fast tempos and high pitch vocal melodies Atom Strange – The birth of Atom Strange began in the winter of 2006 when guitarist Alex Rude was working part time for a friend at a high end comic book shop in Manhattan. Alex came across a copy of DC Comics Showcase 117. It was the debut of the title character of Adam Strange. With a tattoo of an atom on his arm and his life long fascination with the world of Scifi and outer space, Atom Strange was born. Mother – A crazy interspecies-erotica fusion of 70s and 90s rock that will take your soul on a roller-coaster trip. About Gotham Rocks: Gotham Rocks has become a rock and metal powerhouse, wherein they will stage over 60 shows in 2011. Prestigious venues including the Gramercy Theater, Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Crash Mansion, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ) and many others are all housing branded productions. A community counting tens of thousands has emerged, and with each passing month, continues to grow.

Train - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 26, 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

Summer Concert Series: The Jon Divello Band - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 26, 2011 - Riverhead

Summer Concert Series @ The Pavilion featuring The Jon Divello Band. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Includes one glass of wine. Visit to purchase tickets.

NICKY ROMERO | Friday August 26 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
August 26, 2011 - New York

Friday August 26 Pacha NYC presents The Pacha NYC debut of NICKY ROMERO FREE BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list: GET TICKETS: Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Rhythm and Blues Summer White Affair - Legends
August 26, 2011 - New York

Rhythm and Blues Reloaded Summer white attire affair in NYC August 26th 2011. Come celebrate with food, live music , DJ sounds of R&B, HipHop, Reggae and International sounds. Meet and network with new and old friends

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.

Live Music with East End Trio - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 27, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

CHRISS VARGAS: VOODOO IV | Saturday August 27 @ Pacha NYC - Pacha NYC
August 27, 2011 - New York

Saturday August 27 Pacha NYC presents CHRISS VARGAS VOODOO IV GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubticke? Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Charity Rock Supports Madison Square Boys & Girls Club - Living Room
August 27, 2011 - New York

Join Charity Rock to support the efforts of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club by attending a FREE SHOW (donations suggested) on Saturday, August 27th at the Living Room – (154 Ludlow Street) - from 2:00PM to 6:00PM featuring some of NYC’s greatest emerging talent including acclaimed singer-songwriter Lachi and her power driven urb/alt band Meridian Gold, high-energy ska rock band What's In This Juice?, well-known busking duo Left on Red, power pop princess Jerzy Jung and magnificent singer-songwriter Andy Mac! Prints will be available for purchase from Brooklyn-based photographer Greg Barrett. The stated mission of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is to save and enhance the lives of New York City boys and girls who by means of economic and/or social factors are most in need of its services. Charity Rock, which uses the efforts of rock and pop live and recorded music to raise funds for varying organizations benefiting youth, will be hosting the fund raising event in support of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Though the event is free to the public, donations of $10 are highly encouraged at the door or even directly at the Madison Square Boys & Girls club website.

The Improvised Musical Presented by Dumpster Tequila - The Players Theater Loft
August 27, 2011 - New York

Take away the massive sets, the glittery costumes, and the millions of dollars it takes to produce an original musical, add 8 talented improvisers, and what do you get? The Improvised Musical presented by Dumpster Tequila. Dumpster Tequila Musical Improv warms your heart with an off-beat brand of musical improv, from one audience member suggestion, they create scenes, stories, and musical numbers on the spot! One of NYC's most dominating forces in musical improv for the past two years, they have performed at festivals, and every major improv theater in NYC! Come see what everyone is singing about.

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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