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

July 13, 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.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 13, 2013 -

Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West. Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Stryper w/Mike Tramp, White Lion, Opening - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 13, 2013 - New York

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously. Mike Tramp, lead singer of White Lion, opens.

Music in the Garden: Yowana Sari Gamelan Orchestra - Queens Botanical Garden
July 13, 2013 - Flushing

Pack a picnic snack to enjoy outdoors on the Oak Allee and be transported to Bali with the beautiful sounds of the Yowana Sari Gamelan Orchestra.

Jay And The Americans - Theatre Three
July 13, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Back by popular demand! Jay And the Americans are one of the best rock n roll vocal groups from the 1960s and 1970s! Twelve Top 10 hit songs; "This Magic Moment", "Cara Mia", "Only In America" and "Come A Little Bit Closer". The group features 3 original members Sandy Deanne, Howie Kane, Marty Sanders, the magnificent voice of Jay Reinecke as well as the wonderful USA Band.

Lorrie Morgan - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre Esienhower Park
July 13, 2013 - East Meadow

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents in association with Brian Rosenberg presents a Free All Ages Country Music Concert. Country Music Legend LORRIE MORGAN special guests Long Islands Best country band , JOE BAYER BAND. Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, 25 hits including “Five Minutes,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No” to establish her place as a bright and shining country star—a modern woman making country music history. the songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She’s performed on Broadway, The White House for 3 different Presidents and abroad. In 1984, she became the youngest singer ever to join the Grand Ole Opry. Don't miss this fantastic free concert!

Steve Kazee - 54 Below
Through July 13, 2013 - New York

The 2012 Tony Award winner for his performance as Guy in Once returns to 54 Below to share his original songs with New York audiences! Joined by his band, The Shiny Liars, this alt-country evening reflects Steve's southern upbringing. Inspired by artists such as Damien Jurado, Night Beds, Wilco, and others, a few of which Kazee will cover in the show, these special evenings showcase the tunes planned for his debut album, which he'll be recording this summer! In addition to winning the 2013 Grammy for Musical Theater Album for Once, Broadway has embraced Steve in roles including Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Starbuck, opposite Audra McDonald, in Roundabout's 110 in the Shade, To Be or Not to Be at MTC, and Edward Albee's Seascape. No performance July 9.

Mindless Behavior - Beacon Theatre
July 13, 2013 - New York

The All Around The World Tour with special guests OMG GIrlz and Coco Jones.

Dracula with The Philip Glass Ensemble/Kishi Bashi - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 13, 2013 - Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn! brings back the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic Dracula, with Philip Glass's equally classic original score performed live by The Philip Glass Ensemble. Last attempted in 2005, the screening and performance were cut short by rolling thunder, lightning and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania. This time around, there will be an opening set by the diabolically talented violinist and singer Kishi Bashi, a cohort of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal, "who's creating something haunting, beautiful and maybe a little off-kilter through the technology of looping" (NPR).

9th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival - Pier 5 Uplands of Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 13, 2013 - Brooklyn

The culmination of the 9th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival programming, 2013 Final Day Events will include Family Day and Artist Performances: Family Day (12- 3 PM) is a good old fashioned, pop the sprinklers, speakers in the window, block party. Before we get busy on our last day, we take a moment for the little duns. Family Day is a time for parents, babies, teens and grandma to have some ‘momma’ approved fun while we teach the youth about what Hip-Hop is all about. Come enjoy kid-friendly music, demos, workshops and more from a whole host of local, community oriented organizations. Artist Performances (3- 8 PM) features performances by EPMD, Redman, Pusha T, Dizzy Wright, Soul Understate, and more TBA, along with upcoming local talent, expanded Vendor Marketplace and diverse performances. Misc BHF'13 info: Festival is ALL AGES and RAIN OR SHINE Tix on sale now at Eventbrite -

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 13, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Groove Buffet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 14, 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.

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 14, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Jackie Hoffman - 54 Below
July 14, 2013 - New York

The star of Broadway's The Addams Family, Xanadu and Hairspray, New York favorite Jackie Hoffman is back on our stage for one special night only! Expect hilarity, ample kvetching and an abundance of fun. According to Jackie, "I'm thrilled to be back underground where I belong…" Musical Direction by Will Van Dyke and Directed by Michael Schiralli.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 14, 2013 -

Blues Traveler - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
July 14, 2013 - Yonkers

Get ready to party with some of music's biggest stars every Sunday this summer at Empire City Casino as it announces its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup which includes an exciting mix of musical talent. Blues Traveler continues the slate on Sunday, July 14. This year's lineup also includes musical legends Kansas, 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.

Ben Allison Group - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 14, 2013 - New York

Ben Allison, bass; Ted Nash, saxophones; Pete Bernstein, guitar; Matt Wilson, drums.

Walter Trout - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 15, 2013 - New York

Walter Trout has released 22 solo albums over a career that has spanned the globe, and delivered notoriety as one of the great purveyors of the Blues. At the age of 62, in tribute to friend and legend, the late, great Luther Allison, he has recorded a album of covers for the very first time. Luther's Blues will be released on June 11th via Mascot Label Group's Provogue.

Grace London LIVE - Rockwood Music Hall
July 15, 2013 - New York

Check out 13 year-old super star, Grace London.  London is a singer-songwriter from Texas who’s been ganing a lot of attention for her musical prowess and foot- stomping. She played as an official 2013 SXSW artist and even more recently played Austin City Limits in May.    Grace also puts a strong emphasis on philanthropy and has helped many organizations to include: GLSEN and A Glimmer of Hope Foundation.  Check her out here: And DON’T miss her at Rockwood, Stage 1 on Monday, July 15th at 6PM in NYC!!!

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 15, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Emergency Tiara LIVE - Mercury Lounge
July 15, 2013 - New York

When Emergency Tiara performs, crowds inhale a refreshing quality of pop vocals. The Tokyo-born performer, who evokes Victoria Beckham's fashion savvy and En Vogue's woman-empowered sultriness, can be described as Japan's strike on the latest British soul music invasion. She is high fashion, high energy, and the girl next door. Audiences love her upbeat lyrics, bubbly stage presence, and unforgettable, couture model-like stage command. Emergency Tiara signals the rise of today's cosmopolitan, sexy and glamorous woman, delivering lyrics that marry the groove of California rock with the timelessness of Motown R&B. After arriving on the music scene in 2012, the enticing singer has performed at numerous venues and has worked with artists and industry icons such as Tata Vega, Raheem DeVaughn, Bootsy Collins, Dontae Winslow and Valerie Simpson. Come see her at Mercury Lounge on July 15th!

Morgan James - 54 Below
July 15, 2013 - New York

Currently starring in Broadway's Motown: The Musical as Teena Marie and others, Morgan James brings her smoky and soulful renditions of songs from her debut CD to 54 Below, as well as a sampling of tunes you've not yet heard from her.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 15, 2013 -

Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West. Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Broadway Rising Stars - The Town Hall
July 15, 2013 - New York

The future of the Great White Way in one unforgettable night! Featuring the brightest talent selected from some of the nation's finest theatrical institutions: AMDA, University of Cincinnati, Circle in the Square, Marymount, The New School, NYU's Cap 21, Steinhardt, and Tisch, and Pace University. Directed by Nightlife Award winning vocalist Scott Coulter.

Monday Nights with WBGO - Hendrik Meurkens and Gabriel Espinosa - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
July 15, 2013 - New York

Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica; Mauricio Zottarelli, drums; Misha Tsiganov, piano; Gabriel Espinosa, bass and vocals; Alison Wedding, vocals.

Jon Paris All Star Blues Jam - Lucille's
July 15, 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:

July 16, 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

Slaughterhouse - Highline Ballroom
July 16, 2013 - New York

When Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9" joined Joe Budden on his 2008 mixtape Halfway House, the chemistry on their collaborative track quickly transformed "Slaughterhouse" the song into Slaughterhouse the hip-hop supergroup. Reacting to past troubles with former labels, the artists initially skipped the traditional distribution route for their music and released some of their first tracks by leaking them on the internet. Among the tracks distributed in this fashion was "Move On," which recounts the group's backstory through music. In the summer of 2009, Slaughterhouse recorded and released its self-titled debut on E! Music. Featuring "The One," "Microphone," and "Woodstock Hood Hop" (which didn't make the final cut due to sample clearance issues), the album sold 18,000 copies in its first week and has met with critical acclaim. called the album "tough, cold, and relentless," featuring the veteran rappers "[trading] lines with old-school open mic hunger." Slaughterhouse released an eponymous EP in February of 2011, featuring four new tracks and two remixes of previous releases. After existing independent of a major label for several years, the outfit also signed to Eminem's powerhouse imprint Shady Records in January 2011. According to Budden, the group had been aiming to sign to the label since its inception. "Very early on, the four of us agreed that Shady would be the best place for the group to be," he said, "before our first album was finished." Their full-length label debut Welcome to: Our House was released in June 2012, featuring the hit singles "Hammer Dance" and "My Life" with Cee Lo Green. - See more at:

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 16, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Concerts in the Parks - New York Philharmonic
July 16, 2013 -

Enter the park from Broadway, near West 251st Street. Concert site is north of the baseball fields.

Fats Waller: A Handful of Keys - 92nd Street Y
July 16, 2013 - New York

Jump right into the 2013 Jazz in July festival with the man whose popularity brought stride piano to the whole world. Writer of hundreds of songs like "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose," he was a charismatic entertainer, and one the most influential jazz pianists ever. With: Bill Charlap, piano; Carol Woods, vocals; Anat Cohen, clarinet; Randy Sandke, trumpet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Todd Coolman, bass; Willie Jones, III, drum.

Hanggai Band - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
July 16, 2013 - New York

The band Hanggai taps into the roots of Mongolian folk music blending it with contemporary styles of rock to produce an original, otherworldly sound. They perform on a variety of traditional instruments alongside Western drum sets and electric guitars. Sung in Mongolian, using the distinctive vocal technique of two-tone throat singing, these songs become an exuberant concert performance unlike any other.

July 16, 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.

Up, Close & Personal with Matthew Morrison - 54 Below
Through July 17, 2013 - New York

Matt's back! Following his recent, totally sold out engagement at 54 Below, which was acclaimed by the New York Post as "effortlessly charming," Emmy, Tony and two-time Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison returns to 54 Below to play six performances, including a special matinee on July 14. Best known for his performances in Broadway hits Hairspray, South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, or for his role as Mr. Schuester on the hit television show GLEE, Matthew celebrates the release of his brand new studio album, Where It All Began, at 54 Below! Featured are classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. To create the twelve songs featured on this exciting new album, Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (who produced the likes of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett, among MANY others), and Grammy Award-winning producer Gregg Field. The collection marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine.

OMD - Terminal 5
July 17, 2013 -

80s British synth group Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) perform in support of their new release, English Electric.

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
July 17, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the July 24 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on October 9. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' on a Star - 92nd Street Y
July 17, 2013 - New York

In the year of his centenary, Jimmy van Heusen's songs -- "I Thought About You," "Come Fly with Me," "Like Someone in Love" -- get the star treatment from the alluring voices of Dena DeRose and Freddy Cole and the lyrical tenor sax of Harry Allen. With: Bill Charlap, piano; Dena DeRose, vocals & piano; Freddy Cole, vocals & piano; Harry Allen, tenor sax; Joe Magnarelli, trumpet; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Peter Washington, bass; Kenny Washington, drums.

Smooth Cruise Series - Soul of Summer - Spirit Cruises
July 17, 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. Soul of Summer is comprised of Jonathan Butler, Sheila E. and Elan Trotman.

Joel Harrison Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 17, 2013 - New York

Joel Harrison, guitar/ composer; Ole Mathisen, Rob Scheps, Ned Rothenberg, Tom Christiansen, Andy Laster, Michel Gentile, woodwinds; Jacob Garchik, Matt McDonald, Curtis Fowlkes; trombones; Ben Staap, tuba; Seneca Black, Taylor Haskins, Jeff Hermanson, trumpets; Justin Mullens, French horn; James Shipp, vibraphone and percussion; Daniel Kelly, piano; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Rob Garcia, drums; voice TBA; J.C. Sanford, conductor.

Alice Cooper - Beacon Theatre
July 18, 2013 - New York

In concert. Presale tickets are available from Wednesday, February 27 at 10AM to Thursday, February 28 at 10PM, before they go on sale to the general public Friday, March 1 at 10AM.

Jars of Clay - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 18, 2013 - New York

Jars of Clay were the breakout band of the so-called alternative CCM movement of the '90s, scoring an enormous mainstream hit with their debut single, "Flood." The group's lyrics may have been exclusively Christian, but their mostly acoustic music fit perfectly into the folky jangle pop wing of alternative rock radio, at the time a rarity on the contemporary Christian music scene. Not only did their success set the stage for breakthroughs by Christian bands like dc Talk and Sixpence None the Richer, but it's also difficult to imagine the later popularity of heavier, Christian-themed hard rockers like Creed and P.O.D. without Jars of Clay having established the viability of fusing spiritual themes with mainstream alternative rock sounds. As popular tastes shifted, Jars of Clay found it increasingly difficult to maintain their secular audience, but still commanded a sizable following among Christian youth and remained one of the highest-profile groups in any gospel-music subgenre.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 18, 2013 - Brooklyn

Tickets go on sale 4/25 at noon.

West Coast Jazz - 92nd Street Y
July 18, 2013 - New York

California of the 50's and 60's was home to jazz artists with a new cool sound. At the Lighthouse and the Haig, musicians like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Hampton Hawes turned up the heat. Featuring: Bill Charlap, piano; Michael Mossman, trumpet; Jimmy Greene, tenor sax; Jon Gordon, alto sax; Michael Dease, trombone; Gary Smulyan, baritone sax; Ted Rosenthal, piano; Sean Smith, bass; Rodney Green, drums.

The Hit Men - Featuring the Former Stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Town Hall
July 18, 2013 - New York

It's a night of mega hits performed by THE HIT MEN: Amazing performers, superb musicians, superior vocalists, arrangers and composers, whose members were stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Tommy James & the Shondells and other mega-hit acts of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tiger Lillies - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 18, 2013 - Brooklyn

The Tiger Lillies, whose wicked cabaret has been likened to "Kurt Weill as scripted by Aleister Crowley" (The Guardian), present a musical conjuring of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's seminal romantic poem of death and enchantment on the high seas, complete with a cleverly projected stage set. The maverick theater artist and musician Cynthia Hopkins will set the mood of briny macabre with an opening set of sea-faring songs and ghost stories.

Karaoke Dinner Cruises - Spirit Cruises
July 19, 2013 - New York

Come aboard Spirit's Karaoke Night if you like to sing or have a friend or loved one that loves belting it out. The DJ for the Friday Karaoke Night Cruise will cue the music, just add your name to the list to sing your favorite selection. With high-end Skyline buffet on board.

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Jennifer Lopez - Rumsey Playfield
July 19, 2013 - Central Park, NY

Tickets in advance required. Visit ABC for more information.

Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 19, 2013 - New York

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group Styx. The Chicago-based band originated in 1962 when 14 year old DeYoung and brothers John and Chuck Panozzo joined Dennis in the basement of his childhood home to form one of America's most successful and enduring bands. Styx has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and DeYoung has written eight of their nine top ten singles. Styx was the only band to ever record four consecutive triple platinum albums. For over four decades, DeYoung has been a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He wrote and sang several classics including: Lady, Come Sail Away, Best of Times, Mr. Roboto, Show Me the Way, Desert Moon, Don't Let It End, and the 1979 Peoples Choice Award winner, Babe. His singing talents have made his voice one of the most recognizable in the world. DeYoung has recorded 7 solo albums including Desert Moon, whose title track achieved Top Ten status. DeYoung continues to tour with his rock band around the world.

The Waterboys/Alasdair Roberts - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 19, 2013 - Brooklyn

The enigmatic songwriter Mike Scott, "madman or genius, depending on your point of view" (Record Collector Magazine), has explored many sounds and styles through The Waterboys, his principle vehicle since 1983, but the burning intensity of Celtic folk rock remains at the center. The band will play songs from their latest project, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, music set to the words of Ireland's greatest lyric poet. Opening the night is fellow Scotsman Alasdair Roberts, a sometime collaborator with Will Oldham, who infuses his songs "with the enduring melodies and lyrical twists of ancient folk music" (The Guardian UK).

Norbert Leo Butz : Memory & Mayhem - 54 Below
July 19, 2013 - New York

Back by popular demand! 54 Below is delighted to re-welcome two-time Tony winner, Norbert Leo Butz. The star of Wicked, The Last 5 Years, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thou Shalt Not, Catch Me if You Can and the forthcoming Big Fish, Norbert reprises his dazzling cabaret debut (which went on to be the critically-lauded CD), in an evening featuring re-imagined arrangements from many of his Broadway musicals, as well as contemporary songs that were an intimate part of Norbert's life growing up in rural Missouri, ranging from country and blues to rock 'n roll!

Das EFX, Black Sheep, Nice & Smooth, Special Ed & Kurtis Blow - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 20, 2013 - New York

-DAS EFX- Member Skoob hails from Brooklyn, New York City while Krazy Drayzy hails from Teaneck, New Jersey but the two met at Virginia State University in 1988 and began performing together. They named themselves "Das" standing for "Drayz and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning "effects". Das EFX caught the attention of EPMD at a local talent show where, despite losing the competition, they did well enough to convince EPMD to sign them to a recording contract. The duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album, Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style which they nicknamed "sewage". -BLACK SHEEP- Black Sheep is a hip hop duo from Queens, New York, composed of Andres "Dres" Titus and William "Mista Lawnge" McLean. The duo is from New York but met as teenagers in North Carolina, where both of their families relocated. The group was an affiliate of the Native Tongues, which included the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul. After getting together in 1989, Black Sheep debuted in 1991 with the hit song "Flavor of the Month" and later released its first album, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, which gained them praise and recognition in the hip-hop community for the album's unique rhythms and intelligent lyrics. After six years together, Black Sheep disbanded in 1995, but decided to reunite five years later. -NICE & SMOOTH- Nice & Smooth was an East Coast hip hop duo from New York that consists of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes) and their DJ Teddy Tedd (Tedd Whiting) The duo released four albums from the late 1980s to the late 1990s. Their first collaborate appearance was on the song, "Pimpin Ain't Easy" by Big Daddy Kane on his album, It's a Big Daddy Thing in 1989. -SPECIAL ED- Special Ed is the performing name of Edward Archer (born May 16, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York), an American hip hop musician of Jamaican descent. Hailing from Brooklyn in New York City, he was raised in Flatbush before moving to Canarsie, and is identified with East Coast hip hop.[1] Ed is best known for the songs "I Got It Made" and "I'm The Magnificent", produced by "Hitman" Howie Tee and released in 1989 on the Youngest in Charge album, recorded when Ed was 16 years old. The album sold more than half a million copies. In 1990, he released his album Legal, the title a reference to his turning eighteen, with the singles "Come On Let's Move It" and "The Mission". -KURTIS BLOW- As the first commercially successful rap artist, Kurtis Blow is a towering figure in hip-hop history. His popularity and charisma helped prove that rap music was something more than a flash-in-the-pan novelty, paving the way for the even greater advances of Grandmaster Flash and Run-D.M.C. Blow was the first rapper to sign with (and release an album for) a major label; the first to have a single certified gold (1980's landmark "The Breaks"); the first to embark on a national (and international) concert tour; and the first to cement rap's mainstream marketability by signing an endorsement deal. For that matter, he was really the first significant solo rapper on record, and as such he was a natural focal point for many aspiring young MCs in the early days of hip-hop. For all his immense importance and influence, many of Blow's records haven't dated all that well; his rapping technique, limber for its time, simply wasn't as evolved as the more advanced MCs who built upon his style and followed him up the charts. But at his very best, Blow epitomizes the virtues of the old school: ingratiating, strutting party music that captures the exuberance of an art form still in its youth. - See more at:

Citizen Cope Acoustic Set - City Winery
July 20, 2013 - New York

Citizen Cope brings his acclaimed, distinctive music to City Winery in this special Summer Residency in July. Experience his work in an intimate setting as Cope runs through what promises to be an inspiring, remarkable acoustic set.

Zorn@60: The Complete String Quartets - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through July 20, 2013 - New York

In celebration of his sixtieth birthday, Lincoln Center honors John Zorn. The first night (7/18) consists of two lyrical works for a cappella female voices: the sensual and evocative Shir Ha-Shirim ("Song of Songs"), and Zorn's mystery play The Holy Visions. The second evening (7/20) turns the focus to Zorn's six powerful works for string quartet, featuring the JACK Quartet, the Alchemy Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider.

Who Loves You - Theatre Three
July 20, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Back by Popular Demand! Who Loves You - Tribute to Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons And Beyond. Don't miss this fantastic show. Hits include; "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)", "Grease", "Runaround Sue", "Beggin", "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Workin My Way Back To You", "Let's Hang On", "My Eyes Adored You", "Walk Like A Man", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Dawn", "Swearin To God", and so many more! Tickets on sale now $35.00

The Lone Bellow/The Low Anthem/Joe Purdy - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 20, 2013 - Brooklyn

Breakout stars The Lone Bellow favor the term "Brooklyn Country" for the liquid smooth harmonies and heartfelt songwriting that have captivated fans and critics alike to make them one of the best bands of 2013. NPR has said of the group, "The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name." Acclaimed indie Americana outfit The Low Anthem, sporting a reconfigured lineup and new take on their timeless sound, will join them. Opening the evening will be Joe Purdy, Arkansas-born singer-songwriter producer and one-man record label, who creates "gorgeous, beautifully-rendered acoustic-based folk songs" (Pop Matters).

Concierto de Las Americas - Barclays Center
July 20, 2013 - Brooklyn

The three greatest artists of Colombian music, Jorgito Celedon, Fonseca, and Silvestre Dangond, will join together for the first time, along with other top international figures, for Concert of the Americas celebrating the independence of Colombia.

The Heath Brothers - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through July 21, 2013 - New York

Jimmy Heath, tenor sax; Albert "Tootie" Heath, drums; Jeb Patton, piano; David Wong, bass.

Seu George - The Blue Note
Through July 24, 2013 - New York

No shows July 19 & 22.

92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival - 92nd Street Y
Through July 25, 2013 - New York

Artistic director Bill Charlap returns with more than three dozen world-class jazz artists to celebrate jazz in all its artistry and imagination, from stride pianos to pink panthers. Jazz in July gives New Yorkers a reason to stay in the city for the summer.

Patti LuPone - 54 Below
Through July 27, 2013 - New York

54 Below is delighted to welcome back "our girl singer," two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone. This February, join Patti for a rare NY performance of her critically acclaimed show, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda... played that part. She'll perform songs from roles she coulda played, woulda played, if someone had just asked her or shoulda played, except she's not a boy. Patti will sing treasures from such classic Broadway musicals as Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan. Sondheim will be sprinkled in as well as some surprises you'd never expect her to sing because she'd never be cast in the part. Whether she's belting out those pesky high D's in Evita or caressing us with a love song, an evening at 54 Below with Patti is an experience never to be forgotten. No performance 7/21, 23.

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