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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 4-Aug 11: Music

August 4, 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.

Strung Out - Highline Ballroom
August 04, 2012 -

This summer, legendary punk rock outfit Strung Out will get Twisted in a Suburban Wasteland on a tour stretching throughout the US and Canada. The band will perform both of its most notable albums -- Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues (1996) and Twisted By Design (1998) -- in their entirety during each show. "It feels right to do one last retrospective before we head into the making of another album. I think people will really enjoy these older songs played back to back," says lead vocalist Jason Cruz.

Amadou & Mariam / Theophilus London - SummerStage
August 04, 2012 -

The world of Amadou & Mariam is a musical sphere that stretches from the dusty streets of Mali to playing at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Their unique mix of unforgettable pop melodies and contagious rhythms, driven by Amadou's bluesy electric guitar and the compelling interplay of their two voices may have its roots deeply planted in Africa, yet this music effortlessly transcends classification. As popular across Africa as it is in Europe and America, critically acclaimed albums such as Dimanche a Bamako, Welcome to Mali and their newest, Folila, have taken Amadou & Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple one of the best-selling acts to come out of Africa. Their friend Theophilus London, who appears on Folila (along with Santigold, TV on the Radio and others), joins them on the bill.

Jackson Browne - Beacon Theatre
Through August 04, 2012 - New York

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is set to hit the stage on August 3rd and 4th at New York's famed Beacon Theatre. Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest.

MILLIE JACKSON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 04, 2012 - New York

Millie Jackson is much more than an entertainment legend. The shapely, charismatic, and multi-talented entertainer is, without a doubt, a music industry icon whose oft-criticized career paved the way for many of today's forward-thinking female recording artists and entertainers. Not only has her lengthy career attracted fans from all walks of life along the way - it's also rumored that Bette Midler and Roseanne took pages from Jackson's high-voltage explicit approach to sex to enrich their respective careers. In spite of being stamped bawdy, brash, and bad, Jackson is the epitome of performance perfection on stage. In this regard, she is totally peerless.

WOODSTOCK REUNION - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 04, 2012 - New York

VOODOO CHILD - The longest-running Hendrix show since 1968, performed by the leader Jimy Bleu from the time he was a member of the official Hendrix fan club at Warner/Reprise records 1968-70 "Voodoo Child" has opened for some of the top names in the rock scene, such as Foghat, Slade, Aerosmith & Graham Central Station. They have also appeared at the Woodstock 25th anniversary, Atlanta Pop Festival, Reggae Sun Splash, the 'Rock The Vote Tour', German TV, BBC TV in London and on MTV. PATRICK STANFIELD JONES - Modern-day troubador and jazz/rock/blues man Patrick Stanfield Jones has been singing and playing the guitar and other sundry instruments professionally since the ripe old age of 14. With gigs ranging from dives to major concert halls, he's shared stages with the likes of Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Rankin; performed in national theater tours for Jesus Christ Superstar and Oh! Calcutta!; and performed in both jazz and classical arenas. Wisdom gained from this exciting and extensive life on the road inspires both his playing and songwriting on his solo debut on Motema Music, A Heart and an Open Road (2010). "These songs are little eclipses in time; some of it is humorous, and some of it is philosophical," says Jones. "I guess I write in a `genre-melting pot' style because that's what I have experienced both as a person of multi-ethnic roots, and also as an itinerant performer meeting and playing with so many different kinds of people around this country. At the core, these songs paint my picture of American music." As Jones heads out to promote his solo debut, he says he looks forward to continuing his journey of self-discovery and keeping his heart full of love while back on the open road. NAILED SHUTT - One of the premiere Grateful Dead tribute bands in the tri-state area, "the band was formed back in November of 1999 with a goal to provide a newer twist on some of the old classic Dead tunes and classic rock jams," said Ken Flood, Nailed Shutt's lead guitarist, vocalist and founder.

54/10 Music Marathon: Alice Lee, The Henry Millers, Night Fevers - Ars Nova
August 04, 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 4 Schedule: Alice Lee ( The Henry Millers ( Night Fevers ( 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:

5th Annual Gospel Explosion 2012 - Hezekiah Walker and Friends / Vashawn Mitchell / Le'Andria Johnson / James Fortune & F.I.Y.A. - SummerStage
August 05, 2012 -

For over 25 years, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir have spread the Gospel of Jesus to a variety of audiences, changing the lives of many around the world. They have performed and recorded with several major secular artists, including Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Brian McKnight, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Brandy and Baby Face to name a few. Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir have received numerous Grammy nominations for their fifteen critically acclaimed albums, including their wins for Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College and for Love is Live. With their nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Best Gospel Artist, Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir have further cemented themselves as a power player in the Gospel music world.

Deftones - Jones Beach
August 05, 2012 - Wantagh

System of a Down / Deftones Doors 6:00 pm

BDC Summer Intern Showcase 2012 - Symphony Space
August 05, 2012 -

Join the graduates of Broadway Dance Center's 2012 Summer Intern Program in the culmination of their course as they present faculty work and their own choreography, as well as special guest appearances and awards. Sun, Aug 5 at 4:30 pm and 8 pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space $20; Day of Show $22

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 05, 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.

THE GIPSY KINGS - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 05, 2012 - New York

The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego). The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain's Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music. Today the Gipsy Kings still live with their families in the south of France. Life may have changed for them - they no longer busk on streets or pick crops when times are hard or travel in caravans - but still, at heart, they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance. On Pasajero, the Gipsy Kings continue their epic musical journey.

The Zombies special guests The Left-Banke @ Highline Ballroom - Highland Ballroom
Through August 06, 2012 - New York

Sunday & Monday August 5 & 6, 2012. One of the greatest British Rock Bands to come out of the 1960s. THE ZOMBIES. Odyssey And Oracle was named #100 Best Rock Album of All Time in the Rolling Stone Top 500. Million Selling worldwide influenial hits include Time Of The Season, Shes Not There, Tell Her No, Hold Your Head Up, God Gave Rock N Roll To You, I Love You, I Want Her She Wants Me,The Way I Feel Inside, This Will Be Our Year, etc Get ready for magic. The Zombies are one of the best live bands you will ever see. Special Guests THE LEFT-BANKE Legendary American 1960s band with hit million sellers "Walk Away Reene" & "Pretty Ballerina".

BARRINGTON LEVY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 06, 2012 - New York

Barrington Levy's outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist began more than two and a half decades ago. Called reggae's "Mellow Canary" by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he's renowned as the first original singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many imitators en route. Throughout his career, Levy has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the reggae and world music scene: Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lady Saw, Lady G, U2, Snoop Doggy Dogg, CeCile, Garnet Silk, and Coco Tea, and many more!

Sanders Bohlke - Rockwood Music Hall
August 07, 2012 - New York

Up-and-coming indie singer/songwriter Sanders Bohlke returns to Rockwood Music Hall for an intimate solo acoustic performance. Bohlke's music has been featured in numerous Films and Television programs, most recently the well-reviewed independent film Falling Overnight.

54/10 Music Marathon: Alastair Ottesen, Lisa Jaeggi, Molly & the Class Acts - Ars Nova
August 07, 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! Tuesday, August 7 Schedule: Alastair Ottesen ( Lisa Jaeggi and the Heir Jordans ( Molly & the Class Acts ( 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:

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Harlem Week - Apollo Theater
August 08, 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.

BIG TIME RUSH w/ Cody Simpson & Rachel Crow - Jones Beach
August 08, 2012 - Wantagh

BIG TIME RUSH w/ Cody Simpson & Rachel Crow Big Time Summer Tour "ELEVATE" - nickelodeon stars Doors 6:00 pm

Through August 08, 2012 - New York

Drawing his inspiration from blues icons like Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Hound Dog Taylor, Deleware native bluesman George Thorogood achieved popular success in the '80s with his track "Bad to the Bone" and his covers of blues standards like John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and Hank Williams's "Move it On Over." Originally a minor league baseball player, Thorogood decided to come a musician in 1970 after attending a John Paul Hammond Concert. He culled a guitar vocabulary straight from the '50s Chicago blues and rock 'n' roll traditions and formed The Destroyers, releasing his self-titled debut with the band in 1977.

Wu-Block Party ft. Ghostface Killah - Highline Ballroom
August 08, 2012 -

A founding member of the seminal rap group the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah got his start serving as executive producer on many of the group's releases and rapping on its 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang. After winning acclaim for his standout appearance on fellow Wu member Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995), he launched his solo career in 1996 with Ironman. Produced by ubiquitous Wu-Tang producer RZA, the album generated huge waves in the rap underground and debuted at No. 2 on the pop charts. Ghostface quickly won a reputation for his fast-paced flow and remarkable stream of consciousness narratives, eventually prompting several notable music publications to proclaim him among rap's finest storytellers.

O.A.R. - Jones Beach
August 09, 2012 - Wantagh

O.A.R. {of a revolution} / Rebelution Summer Crush Doors 6:00 pm

Elle Varner - Highline Ballroom
August 09, 2012 -

Elle Varner, born of two published songwriters, spent most of her childhood sleeping on studio couches, running around green rooms, and watching her parents struggle to make a name in the industry. Currently, Elle Varner is signed to MBK/J Records, a team that recognizes her many talents; from her unique voice complimented by her guitar strum to her potential of becoming one of music's greatest songwriters. A little girl whose deepest comfort was once found in the vibration of the human voice will soon be comforting this world with her highly anticipated debut album.

"Remembering Whitney - A Birthday Tribute" HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Sings WHITNEY HOUSTON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 09, 2012 - New York

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir celebrates the loving spirit of Whitney Houston on her birthday with a performance of her joyous and uplifting songs. The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most renowned gospel choir in America and a preeminent gospel choir worldwide. It travels the globe, sharing the joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem's Black Churches and the New York/Tri-State area.

54/10 Music Marathon: Sam McTavey, Heather Christian, Jaggery - Ars Nova
August 09, 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! Thursday, August 9 Schedule: Sam McTavey ( Heather Christian ( Jaggery ( 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:

54/10 Music Marathon: Mike Brun, Shaina Taub, Miko & the Musket - Ars Nova
August 09, 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! Friday, August 10 Schedule: Mike Brun’s Caravan ( Shaina Taub ( Miko & the Musket ( 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:

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
August 10, 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.

Loverboy / Journey - Jones Beach
August 10, 2012 - Wantagh

Journey / Loverboy & Pat Benatar Doors 6:00 pm

JON B & JAGGED EDGE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 10, 2012 - New York

Jon B's career in music took off right from the start with his platinum-selling debut Bonafide (1995), which was particularly notable for "Someone to Love," a duet with Babyface. The track hit No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. His follow-up release Cool Relax (1998) also went platinum, shooting to the Top 5 of the R&B charts on the strength of the hit singles "They Don't Know," "Are U Still Down," and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)." Pleasures U Like, his 2001 effort, was also a runaway success, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B charts and featuring the love-at-first-club-sighting anthem "Don't Talk."

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:

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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