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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 6-Aug 13: Music

August 6, 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 No Soup For You - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 06, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

Live Music with Stealing Lucidity - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 07, 2011 - Riverhead

Live Music - Free Admission

August 07, 2011 - Ortley Beach

Pacha NYC presents... SURF CLUB SUNDAYS Powered by Pacha NYC with music by ERICK MORILLO GET TICKETS Doors 12 noon - 2AM Table Reservations 212.209.7500

PAT TRAVERS BAND - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 08, 2011 - New York

Since the critically acclaimed 1976 debut album featuring his own brand of high quality seventies guitar rock and roll, Pat Travers has gone on to deliver melodic eighties rock, a blues period throughout most of the nineties, noted performances with various power trio's during the first few years of the new Millennium, and a full blooded return to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound as he entered his fifth performing and recording decade.

THE TWELVE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 09, 2011 - New York

"[The Twelve] is a powerful rock and roll experience that rises up from where Jesus Christ Superstar ends." - Taking a cue from The Who's Tommy, Pink Floyd's The Wall, and Green Day's American Idiot, THE TWELVE is a rock band concept album with all the theatricality of a Broadway show. For one night only at the famed B.B. King Blues Club, see the show that has audiences raving! THE TWELVE takes one of the most well known stories in history and explores one of the least known and most intriguing aspects of it: how twelve ordinary individuals torn apart by the unthinkable death of their leader came together to create one of the most powerful movements ever known to mankind. A thrilling rock and roll concert set in the context of an underground rock band performing what might be their last concert together, THE TWELVE is led by TONY VINCENT who just finished starring on Broadway as St. Jimmy in American Idiot, as "Tom". The show will also feature VH1's Best Undiscovered Artist, SOPHIA RAMOS, who toured as a featured vocalist with Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden in the Lollapalooza tour, as "Mary Magdelene". Also in the cast are former lead singers of Trans Siberian Orchestra: MICHAEL LANNING as "Matthew", and JASON WOOTEN as "The Roadie". Joining them will be a cast of Broadway veterans including RON BOHMER (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Ragtime) as "Peter", CAPATHIA JENKINS (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Civil War) as "Mother Mary", LAWRENCE CLAYTON (Dreamgirls, Les Miserables) as "Simon", and DUSTIN BRAYLEY (Rent) as "Bart", along with Musical Director WENDY BOBBITT CAVETT. THE TWELVE is produced by Leftfield Productions and Adam Friedson. This original rock and roll score is in the classic style of some of rock and rolls greatest bands including U2, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Led Zepplin, Metallica, Aretha Franklin, and Nirvana. Robert Schenkkan is the Pultizer Prize winning playwright of the much acclaimed The Kentucky Cycle. Other stage credits include twelve full length plays, and two musicals. Robert was recently nominated for two Emmys for his writing on Tom Hanks and HBO's award winning miniseries, "The Pacific." He is currently adapting and co-Executive Producing Taylor Branch's Pulitzer prize winning trilogy, "America In The Time Of King" as a seven part mini-series for HBO and Harpo productions, and adapting the Eisner winning graphic novel, INCOGNITO, as a feature for Fox and Peter Chernin. Neil Berg was the songwriter and musical director for the rock band Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan on the 100 Year Anniversary Concert Tour for Harley Davidson, playing alongside such bands and artists as Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Kid Rock, and Journey. He is the composer of the upcoming film Goat, starring Armand Assante, Ice-T, and Ja Rule. Neil is well known in the Broadway community as the composer/lyricist of The Prince and the Pauper, Hexed in the City, False Prophets, and the upcoming Broadway musical, Grumpy Old Men. "THE TWELVE is going to be a hit! I loved it and you will too!" - two-time Tony Award winning director Richard Maltby, Jr.

Legendary Black Uhuru Vocalist Mykal Rose + The Abyssinians - Highline Ballroom
August 09, 2011 -

For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the "Ruff" Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity. Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae's first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn't begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica's hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap the Barber," both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and "Running Around" for Winston Campbell. Black Uhuru's first full length was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was "I Love King Selassie." But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12" singles "Shine Eye Gal," "General Penitentiary," "Plastic Smile," and of course, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a vocal style all his own. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, and others embraced it as the "Waterhouse" sound. Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records-Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group's success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group's Island years material. With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie ("Monkey Business," "Visit Them," "One a We Two a We"), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan. As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today's scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.

Smooth Cruise featuring Kirk Whalum and Jeff Golub - Spirit Cruises
August 10, 2011 -

Come aboard the Spirit of New York on Wednesday, August 10th for a very spirited smooth jazz show featuring these two multifaceted talents. In a career that spans the decades, Kirk Whalum has a sound uniquely his; one that leaves an indelible imprint on his listeners. Soulful, passionate, stirring are the words most often used to describe his music. Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music's highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song ("It's What I Do," featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters. His most current releases (on Mack Ave. Records) are: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3 (double CD & DVD) and Everything is Everything - the Music of Donny Hathaway. NYC-based Jeff Golub's kinetic blend of jazz, blues, soul, and rock has made him one of contemporary jazz/blues' hottest artists. Originally from Akron, OH, the guitar virtuoso attended Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music, where he honed his considerable skill as a guitarist. A highly valued session player and sideman, Jeff worked with artists including Peter Wolf, John Waite, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, Ashford & Simpson, and Rod Stewart, with whom he continued to work with for eight years. In addition to session work, he found time in 1988 to record his debut solo album, "Unspoken Words" which was hailed by Guitar World as "smooth, versatile& full of taste and soul."

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
August 10, 2011 -

Throughout the Amateur Night season, contestants from all over the world compete for the winning 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 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.

ERIC JOHNSON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 10, 2011 - New York

Eric Johnson is on the short list of all-time guitar heroes, but his creative path has taken some interesting twists and turns. He has earned critical and commercial success, a Grammy, accolades from his peers and unabashed devotion from his fans. However, his story as a guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer is not a "typical" one. But this three-decade journey has led to his new 2005 Favored Nations studio album 'Bloom.' 'Bloom' features 16 new songs ranging the stylistic gamut, which has always been Johnson's approach on his solo albums. He is one of the precious few musicians to fully succeed artistically and commercially with this philosophy. The rock 'n' roll raveup "Summer Jam" fits comfortably alongside the bright Bob Dylan cover "My Back Pages," the hypnotic "Sea Secret," lyrically provocative "Sad Legacy" and the rollicking country jam "Tribute to Jerry Reed." His already-astonishing gifts as a songwriter and producer, in addition to his jaw-dropping guitar technique, have grown substantially on this album. 'Bloom' will appeal to Johnson's longtime fans while also bringing new ones into the fold. Johnson is a native of Austin, Texas, which is steeped in blues and country music. But Johnson's music reflects a broader range of influences in addition to blues and country, particularly pop, rock and jazz/fusion. His meticulously-produced albums are almost always equally divided between instrumentals and vocal songs showcasing all of his musical interests. By the time Johnson had reached his teens, he was making waves on the Austin scene. At 16, he was a member of a band called Mariani and by 21, he was part of Electromagnets, a jazz-rock band with an intense cult following. He recorded his first album, 'Seven Worlds,' between 1976 and 1978, but it was not released until 1998. Ark 21 issued the album with Johnson's blessing. A previous manager owned the rights to 'Seven Worlds.' Johnson's burgeoning reputation in the late 1970s and early 1980s led to session work with the likes of Cat Stevens, Carole King and Christopher Cross. In fact, he played on Cross' Grammy-sweeping, self-titled 1980 debut album. One of the most important breaks of Johnson's career was a 1984 appearance on the PBS television show 'Austin City Limits.' Reportedly, Prince saw Johnson's performance and recommended him to his label, Warner Bros. Records. The Warner subsidiary Reprise Records signed Johnson, and 'Tones' was released in 1986. Prince band members Wendy and Lisa even sang uncredited background vocals. The song "Zap" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Johnson had already earned considerable coverage from the guitar magazines at this point, and their chronicling of his career increased rapidly. Johnson's breakthrough into the mainstream occurred with 1990's Capitol release 'Ah Via Musicom.' The buoyant, cascading instrumental "Cliffs of Dover" enjoyed mountains of radio airplay across multiple formats. The platinum-selling album was nominated for a Grammy and "Cliffs of Dover" itself earned Johnson a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental, topping fellow nominees the Allman Brothers Band, Danny Gatton, Rush and Yes. The smooth, supple instrumental "Trademark" is another highlight. 'Ah Via Musicom' gave Johnson the distinction of over being the first artist to have three instrumentals from one album reach the Top 10 in any format. He spent three years on the road promoting 'Ah Via Musicom' and then toured with B.B. King and contributed to albums by Chet Atkins and Dweezil Zappa. In 1996, Johnson returned with 'Venus Isle' on Capitol. Notable songs from it include "S.R.V." (a tribute to his friend, fellow Austin native and guitar legend, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan) and "Manhattan." This album illustrated Johnson's growth as a songwriter, producer, vocalist and, perhaps most surprisingly, keyboardist. He promoted the album with the massively successful, first-ever G3 tour, which also featured his friends and fellow guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The live album and VHS home video 'G3 Live in Concert' followed in 1997; the DVD home video reissue came along three years later. The video has been certified platinum. One of Johnson's favorite side projects, apart from his own albums and guesting on other artists' albums, is the blues trio Alien Love Child. The group's 2000 album 'Live and Beyond' was Johnson's first project for Favored Nations, Vai's label. The song "Rain" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental. 2002 saw the release of 'Souvenir.' This popular collection of 12 previously-unreleased demos, outtakes and live recordings spanning his entire career is available only through or at his shows. Johnson went on to surprise his fans, yet again, with a solo acoustic tour in 2004 showcasing his acoustic guitar and piano skills. He was also honored by Martin Guitars with his own signature acoustic model. That summer, he was also invited by Eric Clapton to take part in the Crossroads Guitar Festival. A perennial favorite at the Austin Music Awards, Johnson and his band members won a variety of awards in March 2005 for the 2004-05 time period. Johnson won Austin Musician of the Year, Best Electric Guitarist and Best Acoustic Guitarist, as well as placing high in male vocalist, keyboardist and songwriting categories. Chris Maresh was named Best Bassist and Tommy Taylor earned Best Drummer honors. The release of 'Bloom' and the following tour will be the main highlights of 2005 for Johnson, but the year certainly kicked off on a high note. In January, he joined Fender at the NAMM trade show in Anaheim, California, to introduce his own new Fender Signature Series Stratocaster guitar.

MANDRILL - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 11, 2011 - New York

Clearly one of the most important pioneers of World Music and one of Funk and R&B's most progressive bands, MANDRILL is one of the most sampled groups of today. They have been introduced to a whole new generation of younger fans who are appreciating, in live concerts and through Internet access, the power and artistry of this band. You can hear their signature sound on Kanye West's "Two Words" with Mos Def from Kanye's Grammy Award-winning College Dropout album as well as on Brandy's single "Talk About Our Love" featuring and produced by Kanye West from her Grammy-nominated Afrodisiac album. Other samples include Shawty Lo's' "Dey Know", KRS One's "For Example," Black Eyed Peas "Weekends," Floetry's "Have Faith," Wyclef Jean's "You Say Keep It Gangsta," Tweet and Missy Elliot's "We Don't Need No Water," Kindred's "If I," and Nas' "U Gotta Love It." Their most recent project MANDRILL LIVE AT MONTREUX (DVD/CD) includes interviews, behind the scenes footage and a photo gallery, in addition to the 90-minute concert recorded in Switzerland at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Stravinsky Hall. MANDRILL LIVE AT MONTREUX is the very first "live" presentation of the legendary Funk/R&B/Latin/Jazz/Rock band and features a compendium of MANDRILL's greatest hits. The CD captures the raw magic for which MANDRILL is known with 10 electrifying tracks, unmatched in power and versatility, including classics "Fencewalk," "House of Wood," "Peace and Love" and others. Viewers are treated to bonus musical surprises on what is sure to become a collector's item. The concert CD is one of MANDRILL's finest albums. Both the CD and DVD are available on the official website at and in stores worldwide. The DVD is currently featured on BET J's "Club J Concerts" (a division of the Black Entertainment Television Network). On their soon-to-be released, "seventeenth" album, MANDRILL continues to promote positive messages of peace, harmony and social justice. This CD will reflect the full spectrum of MANDRILL, featuring the Wilson Brothers, innovators and composers of "Mango Meat," "Ape Is High," "Git It All," "Rollin' On," et al. It will definitely contain the booty shakin' fun and funk to which fans have grown accustomed. Additional collaborators include the great Gerald Albright and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. Still touring the U.S. and abroad, the Wilson Brothers remain the driving force behind MANDRILL. The current band is fueled by a new generation of multi-talented musicians including Marc Rey, Keith Barry, Michael Beholden, Gemi Taylor, Stacey Lamont Sydnor and Eli Brueggemann.

Zac Brown Band - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
August 12, 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: Knock Na Gow - Martha Clara Vineyards
August 12, 2011 - Riverhead

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

O Sole Trio Live! - Caffe Vivaldi
August 12, 2011 - New York

O Sole Trio is a new, vibrant musical ensemble featuring the rich and versatile voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, along with the amazingly virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. Their shows feature a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan and classic jazz standards, with a concentration on the Italian language. From Louis Prima to Puccini, there's something to please the Italian in everyone. Visit for more details.

O Sole Trio Live! - Caffe Vivaldi
August 12, 2011 - New York

O Sole Trio is a new, vibrant musical ensemble featuring the rich and versatile voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, along with the amazingly virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. Their shows feature a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan and classic jazz standards, with a concentration on the Italian language. From Louis Prima to Puccini, there's something to please the Italian in everyone. Visit for more details.

The Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
August 12, 2011 - New York

Country Blues mixed with Latin Hip Hop and Old Time Juju translate into a true Urban Jug Band. Ernesto "Lovercat" Gomez leads on vocals, guitar, kazoo, harmonica, and cajon with Arturo "the Jugman" Style on jug and harmonica and Eli "Sweet Son" Smith on vocals, washboard, guitar, and fiddle. Jug bands originated in the South and enjoyed popularity around the St. Louis and Memphis area during the 20s and 30s, then nationwide during the 60s.

The Audible Dark - Arlene's Grocery
August 12, 2011 - New York

CHICK ROCK IS BACK - Indie rock band The Audible Dark will be opening a night of great music at Arlene's Grocery on Friday, August 12 at 8:00 pm. The show will be the first time the New York-based band has played at Arlene's Grocery since February. The Audible Dark was founded in 2010 by songwriter Stephanie Logan. After receiving an enthusiastic response to their self-titled debut EP, produced and engineered by Anthony “Rocky” Gallo, The Audible Dark headed back into the studio to further develop their sound. With the help of Gallo, whose credits include John Legend and Carrie Underwood, the band created Rainbows & Roses, a pair of powerful, radio-ready tracks with hard-driving rhythms and instantly memorable melodies. Rainbows & Roses was released on May 6, 2011, and is available on The Audible Dark's website,, iTunes, and The Audible Dark consists of singer/guitarist Stephanie Logan, bassist Patrick McCarthy, drummer Chris Infusino, and lead guitarist Lance Barnewold. The band names Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and My Chemical Romance among their influences, a unique combination that comes through in the captivating vocals and transparent lyrics. At its heart, the music is honest, anthemic rock, with deeply felt, universal sentiments. Arlene's Grocery is located at 95 Stanton St, New York, NY. The show will take place on Friday, August 12 at 8:00 pm and is open to those 21 and over. There will be a $10 cover at the door.

16BIT & Dieselboy, Trigon, Dave Gee - Highline Ballroom
August 12, 2011 -

West London duo 16Bit are two of the most respected electronic producers working today. Their sound influenced as much by techno and electro as well as dub and jungle, with huge distorted riffs and juggernaut bass underpinned by crunching drums. Bursting onto the scene with their huge Chainsaw Calligraphy, the track received Radio 1 airplay from the likes of Kissy Sell Out and Mary Anne Hobbs, with DJs as diverse as Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and The Scratch Perverts all regularly featuring their productions in their sets. Recent remixes for the likes of Plan B, Professor Green and Noisia's huge Machine Gun have continued to raise their profile, along with their track JUMP! being used in a Nike commercial and a Nintendo Wii game featuring their discography. Whether in the studio working towards their debut album, producing tracks for high profile artists, smashing huge shows or touring the world, these two are always busy. 16bit are at home on stage, enjoying themselves as much as the crowd they're playing to. Journeying through all styles of music with elegance, their sets will go from sending the audience into a frenzy one moment to the most emotional moment the next, their sets are nothing short of epic. They have recently signed exclusively to Chase and Status' MTA records.

Made in Miami with OSCAR G - Pacha NYC
August 12, 2011 - New York

A special Friday night edition of Made In Miami with OSCAR G. Oscar G is as Pacha as they come; one of the key resident DJs who have helped define the sound of the big room. Come out and play with the honorary New Yorker as he debuts tribal bangers and mesmerizing vocals from his new album of originals, set for release on Nervous Records this fall. FREE ADMISSION BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT - Click here to get on the list... - - GET TICKETS: - Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

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

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).

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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