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

July 17, 2010 - 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.

Seaport Music Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
July 17, 2010 -

Dance the night away with the evening New York skyline. Live in the moment as the DJ plays your favorite club hits. Themed music nights capture the rhythm of your soul. With three levels -- indoor and outdoor -- ZEPHYR provides a unique venue for an exciting memorable evening. Indulge in 2 cash bars and drink specials all night. Boards at 8:45pm, returns at 11pm. $29. Must be 21+.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
July 17, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

David Johansen - Highline Ballroom
July 17, 2010 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $25 adv, $30 at door. The special show, which has been titled "An Evening With David Johansen," will present the singer-songwriter side of this multi-faceted entertainer, featuring songs from the NEW YORK DOLLS both old and new, his solo records with THE DAVID JOHANSEN BAND, BUSTER POINDEXTER, THE HARRY SMITHS, and even a few choice covers.

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
July 17, 2010 -

World-renowned DJs, premier singers, dancers, videos and poets in the global soul dance music scene. Melting Pot Global resident DJs Kervyn Mark, Kamala and famous DJ friends will play the best in global, soulful house, disco classics, soul and funk to the late night hours. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Erin Shields & The David Shenton Quartet - Iridium Jazz Club
July 17, 2010 -

Vocalist Erin Shields uses her lush, emotionally-charged powerhouse vocals and mesmerizing warmth to sing one-of-a-kind interpretations of famous jazz standards along with new, never-before-heard compositions. Michael Wood (Queens Buzz) described Shields' voice as "a sound to clear it even tingled". Her recent NYC performances, including The Metropolitan Room, Barnes & Noble - Lincoln Center, The Forest Hills Summer Jazz Series & Caffe Vivaldi have been received by rave reviews and sold-out audiences. Her debut CD, "I'd Rather Be Lonely" has been highly acclaimed since its release in January 2010. Backed by some of the best jazz musicians NYC has to offer: David Shenton, piano & violin Mark Wade, bass Stan Killian, tenor sax Gernot Bernroider, drums

R & B/Neo-Soul Singer LIBRA - ASHFORD & SIMPSON'S Sugar Bar
July 17, 2010 -

Once again this soul singing songbird, LIBRA and her 4 pc. band,"RAP UP DA FUNK" has been invited back to rock the popular, trendy West Side celebrity hang out, Grammy recording artists Ashford & Simpson's SUGAR BAR. Showtime is 8:30 PM. Come and get your groove on and have a good old back-in-the-day party!

Toyota Free Yr Radio @ SirenFest - Siren Festival- Coney Island
July 17, 2010 -

Toyota's Free Yr Radio kicks off its fourth annual tour at SirenFest at Coney Island on July 21. At SirenFest Free Yr Radio is partnering with WUSB to draw attention and support to independent, non-commercial radio. WUSB will broadcast LIVE from inside the festival at the Free Yr Radio Broadcast Stage and will host live performances and interviews. Fans are encouraged to visit the stage and to follow Free Yr Radio on Twitter and Facebook to get the inside scoop and as-it-happens updates on live performances and interviews. Other Toyota-crafted festival activities will also be at SirenFest including the photo-booth Corolla and a make-your-own Shrinky Dink station. Stop by or tune in to WUSB 90.1 or online at for live coverage! Other stops on this year's Free Yr Radio tour include: Lollapalooza, Mile High, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, the Voodoo Experience, and CMJ.

Basic NYC, helmed by New York DJs Sleepy & Boo - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
July 18, 2010 -

DJs Sleepy & Boo bring the sounds of the underground to Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport for a dynamic series of Sunday sunset sessions. Featuring a diverse lineup of international guest DJs, manning the turntables alongside New York locals, these events offer dance music lovers a chance to see some of the world's most esteemed DJs performing in one of the Big Apple's most stunning locations. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Entertainment starts at 4:00pm. Admission: $10*, beginning at 7:00pm. 21+ after 7:00pm.

Tommy Emmanuel - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Through July 18, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $27.50adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $190 // VIP Booth for 6: $285. Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. As a solo performer, Tommy's dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia's outback to bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel's flair and unforgettable showmanship have created an enviable fan base that continues to grow even larger every year.

The Cowsills - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 19, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $180 // VIP Booth for 6: $270. Distinguished by their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies. The group's origins lie with brothers Bill and Bob, who as children began their singing careers covering Everly Brothers hits. Given guitars by their father, Navy man William "Bud" Cowsill, the siblings soon recruited younger brothers Barry and John to play bass and drums, respectively, and as Beatlemania dawned, the teen foursome began performing live at school dances and church socials throughout their native Newport, RI. Eventually they landed a regular weekend gig at the local club, Dorians, on Bannisters Wharf, and in 1965, recorded the single "All I Really Wanta Be Is Me" on the Joda label; the record generated little response until an appearance on NBC's The Today Show. The group then signed with Mercury Records, releasing three more singles. Upon signing with MGM in 1967, The Cowsills with their lineup now numbering seven (brother Paul, sister Susan and mother Barbara joining the original four) had their first million-selling single, "The Rain, the Park and Other Things" (usually called the flower girl song) which was featured most recently in Jim Carrey's movie, "Dumb and Dumber". They performed on such notable TV shows as the Ed Sullivan Show, the Johnny Cash Show, the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and also had their own NBC television special in 1968. "Indian Lake" and "We Can Fly" followed in the summer and in 1969 they had their biggest hit, the multi-million selling title song from the musical "Hair." The Cowsills also recorded the theme song for the TV show "Love, American Style" which is still one of the most popular songs they perform in their shows. They were one of the early pop acts to record commercials for television (nationally shown milk ads for the American Dairy Association) and there is currently a serious movement to ensure their induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Today, The Cowsills tour and perform together (although brother Barry died during the Katrina hurricane and brother Bill passed away at the same time from illnesses in Canada) and their harmonies are still as infectious and bright as ever.

The Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series Featuring Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano, & Pianist Jonathan Kelly - Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 20, 2010 - Brooklyn

The Summer Recital Series continues on July 20 in the newly landscaped Brooklyn Bridge Park, with an evening of favorite arias and duets performed by rising stars Susanna Phillips (soprano), Michael Fabiano (tenor), and Christopher Magiera (baritone) accompanied by pianist Jonathan Kelly. Rising American soprano Susanna Phillips made her Met debut in the 2008-09 season as Musetta in La Bohème and returned as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, a role she reprises in the coming season. A graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Phillips has won four of the world’s leading vocal competitions: the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, the George London Foundation, and Plácido Domingo's Operalia. In April, Phillips was named the fifth recipient of the Met’s prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award. Michael Fabiano made his Met debut last season as Raffaele in Stiffelio. A winner of the 2007 National Council Auditions, this exciting young tenor recently made his London debut at English National Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto. His other recent engagements include Alfredo in La Traviata for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore with the Fort Worth Opera. In 2008, Fabiano made his debut at La Scala as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has upcoming engagements at the Paris Opera, Dresden State Opera, and the Limoges Opera. Christopher Magiera is a 2008 finalist of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. A former Young Artist at Munich's Bavarian State Opera and a 2008 member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, he is also a recipient of the 2009 Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize and was an International finalist in Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition. This summer, he performs the title role of Eugene Onegin with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis before joining the roster of the Dresden State Opera with the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Jonathan Kelly has served as an official accompanist for the San Francisco Opera Center, Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Kelly has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Kirk in the Hills, the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, and for the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Zankel Hall.

Smooth Cruise Series - Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows - Spirit Cruises
July 21, 2010 -

Jazz artists perform on two different cruises every Wednesday evening this summer. Smooth Moonlight Cruise - Board: 9pm; Cruise: 9:30-11:30pm. Smooth Sunset Cruise - Board: 6pm; Cruise: 6:30-8:30pm.

Jellybean Benitez - Ain't Nuthin But a House Party - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
July 21, 2010 -

Blend of house mixed with classic disco like only Jellybean can do. Beach opens at 4:00pm. Average admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. Varies depending upon special guest artists. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Summer Concert Series: Back to the Garden - Calf Pasture Beach
July 21, 2010 - Norwalk

Music from Woodstock. Concerts subject to change. Call 203-854-7807 for updates. Cancellation number is 203-854-7938. Rain date July 22.

Gary Hoey - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 21, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 7:30pm. $20 adv, $25 door. VIP Booth for 4: $140 // VIP Booth for 6: $210. World renowned rock guitarist Gary Hoey takes his singer/songwriter talents to the next level with his new album, "Utopia" on Wazoo Music Group, coming Summer 2010. With a collection of 16 albums and five top 20 Billboard hits, it's no wonder Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Whether it's rock, blues, surf or Christmas, Hoey's command of each style makes his live show one of the most exciting on the circuit today. In 1993 Gary Hoey launched his career with the hit song "Hocus Pocus" (Warner Bros Records). His fiery technique helped to send it to the top 5 on Billboards charts. The Boston raised guitarist followed up with the soundtrack to the surf saga, Endless Summer II (Warner/Reprise). His popular Ho! Ho! Hoey series of Christmas CDs and on-air station visits have become a staple at hundreds of radio stations nationwide. His live rock and roll Christmas show continues to grow new fans each year. HALLMARK'S musical greeting cards feature two Ho Ho Hoey classics. Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Brian May (Queen), Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Bros, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer and Deep Purple."

Harlem Week 2010 - Jazzmobile - U. S. Grant National Memorial Park
July 21, 2010 -

Featuring Eunice Newkirk.

Summer Sounds: Henry P. Warner Jazz Quartet - Trinity Church
July 21, 2010 -

Trinity Wall Street invites you to 'beat the heat' this summer and enjoy a free afternoon of musical refreshment every Wednesday in July and August as they present their "Summer Sounds" concert series. On Wednesday, July 21st the Henry P. Warner Jazz Quartet performs.

Inside Vickie & Nickie! - Don't Tell Mama
Through July 21, 2010 -

Lisa and Lori Brigantino return to Don't Tell Mama as Vickie & Nickie, the fun and entertaining suburban housewife sister duo from Minnesota. They'll be premiering their brand new show "Inside Vickie & Nickie", an up close and personal show from the multi-instrumental, singing sisters about their childhoods, families, show biz careers and their hopes and dreams. The multi-instrumental, singing suburban housewife sister duo from Minnesota are played by real life sisters, Lori and Lisa Brigantino, who intertwine pop and original songs with dialogue, improv and audience participation all while accompanying themselves on many different instruments including acoustic guitars, keyboard, accordion, saxophone, violin, ukuleles, percussion and more. “Vickie and Nickie, [are] two busy Midwestern moms who take to the stage to delight and entertain with humorous banter (abundant), multi-instrumental musical talents (considerable), and big ol' personalities (wickedly twisted, if all in good family-friendly fun)." - Jon Sobel, Blog Critics For more info about Vickie & Nickie go to For reservations go to: or call 212-757-0788 after 4pm. Doors at 6:30pm. Both shows starts at 7:00pm sharp and run about 60 minutes.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Highline Ballroom
July 21, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $20 adv, $30 at door. BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY's eighth studio album, HOW BIG CAN YOU GET? A Tribute to Cab Calloway, captures the essence of an American icon in a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts, and fun. It's also possibly the timeliest and most welcome album of the year -- bringing a much-needed high-voltage jolt of winning, feel-good energy to a country slogging through tough times that may be getting tougher…exactly the way that Calloway's music did in the Depression-era America of his own youth. Longtime fans of "America's favorite little big band" will immediately recognize the album as a milestone in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's multi platinum-selling sixteen-year career.

Widespread Panic - Radio City Music Hall
July 22, 2010 -

Widespread Panic comes to Radio City Music Hall with their "The Dirty Side Down Tour".

Tramps Like Us - Bruce Springsteen Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 22, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 7:30pm. $20 GA adv, $30 GA door. $25 adv VIP GA Tickets on Floor - First Come, First Seated. Formed in 1990, Tramps Like Us brings more than 2 decades of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet's most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Rockers and ballads delivered with the raw intensity and swagger reminiscent of the Boss himself. With a repertoire of more than 90 songs, Tramps Like Us has been dedicated to enjoying and sharing Bruce's music in a live setting. Unlike other "tribute" bands who attempt to impersonate or emulate their source in every respect, from looks to clothing to gestures, Tramps Like Us concentrates on the music itself. The group captures the classic Springsteen sound, and remains true to the spirit and energy of the songs, as well as delivering them with the passion and conviction of the Boss.

Summer Samba & Jazz Featuring The Claudio Roditi Quartet - The Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union
July 22, 2010 -

Cooper Arts presents an evening of hot Brazilian music with the Claudio Roditi Quartet. Jazz trumpeter and Grammy nominee Claudio Roditi is a master musician, known for his ability to combine the complex rhythms of bebop, samba, and Afro-Cuban jazz into a unique sound. Call 800-746-3119 for tickets. Tickets available at the door starting at 5 PM on show days. Summer Samba & Jazz continues on July 29th with the NY Samba-Jazz Quartet, featuring Duduka Da Fonseca.

Nick Hempton Band - Tea Lounge
July 22, 2010 -

Stonking originals and jazz classics from four of New York's grooviest... Nick Hempton: Saxophones; Art Hirahara: Piano; Tal Ronen: Bass; Slammin' Dan Aran: Drums

Obsidian Thursdays - Haven
July 22, 2010 -

Properly Stirred Presents: OBSIDIAN Thursdays. Music By: Neal Conway | Greg Cuoco. Sangria, Tapas & More. Door: $10 VIP, Premium and Free Tickets Available. Subways: 4, 6 to 51ST St / Lexington Ave; E, V to Lexington Ave / 53rd St; N, R, W to Lexington Ave / 59th St. Buses: M15, M98, M101, M102, M103 to 51st ST; M27, M50 to 2nd Ave & 50th S.

I'll House You! Fridays with Oscar P & Friends - Water Taxi Beach
July 23, 2010 -

New York natives Oscar P, Carlos Ortiz and Jessica Bendig host this new bi-monthly Party at Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City with special guest DJs flying in from London, Japan, Amsterdam, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Also expect NY local DJ showcases featuring hot up & comers, pioneers, and house music trendsetters. Beach opens at 4:00pm. Admission: $10* after 8:00pm, may vary with special guest artists. 21+ after 8:00pm.

The Association - Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductees - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 23, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $30 adv, $35 door. VIP Booth for 4: $200 // VIP Booth for 6: $300. It all started in 1965 with the breakup of one of the first folk rock ensembles called, "The Men". What was originally an 11 member singing group, ultimately became the 6 man band named, "The Association!" In 1967, The Association made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival - the now historic, Monterey Pop Festival. One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60's, they have sold over 80 million records, tapes, Cds and DVDs. They've earned a number of achievement awards as well as 6 gold records and 2 platinum records. Their album, THE ASSOCIATION GREATEST HITS (Warner Brothers), continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the company.

Appetite for Destruction - The Ultimate Guns N' Roses Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 23, 2010 -

Doors 11pm, Show 11:30pm. $12 adv, $15 door. * THIS SHOW WAS MOVED FROM APRIL 30 to JULY 23 - All 4/30 TICKETS WILL BE HONORED FOR NEW JULY 23 SHOW * Appetite For Destruction delivers the most authentic Guns N' Roses performance known to humankind giving their rabid fans a rare glimps of the magic that was happening in the clubs of Los Angeles in 1987. Material is drawn from the chart smashing Appetite for Destruction, through Use Your Illusion 1 & 2, including Lies & The Spaghetti Incident?. In venues large and small, Appetite For Destruction has played to rave reviews for aural and visual authenticity and will continue, until they have brought their rock and roll circus to every corner of the globe.

John Mayer - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
July 23, 2010 -

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

Seaport Music Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
July 24, 2010 -

Dance the night away with the evening New York skyline. Live in the moment as the DJ plays your favorite club hits. Themed music nights capture the rhythm of your soul. With three levels -- indoor and outdoor -- ZEPHYR provides a unique venue for an exciting memorable evening. Indulge in 2 cash bars and drink specials all night. Boards at 8:45pm, returns at 11pm. $29. Must be 21+.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
July 24, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

Gospel Lunch Cruise Series - Spirit Cruises
July 24, 2010 -

These 2-hour lunch cruises feature a live gospel performance by a contemporary choir. Enjoy a bountiful lunch buffet and good fellowship while sailing around lower Manhattan. From $44.90 per person.

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
July 24, 2010 -

World-renowned DJs, premier singers, dancers, videos and poets in the global soul dance music scene. Melting Pot Global resident DJs Kervyn Mark, Kamala and famous DJ friends will play the best in global, soulful house, disco classics, soul and funk to the late night hours. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Dr K's Motown Revue - Celebrating 50 Years of Motown! - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 24, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $10 adv, $15 door. Celebrate 50 Years of Motown with Dr. K's Motown Revue. This outstanding band of musicians and singers takes you on a very realistic journey of the Motown sound, and makes you want to sing along on every familiar song they play. They have kept the Motown sound true to its roots and each and every performance they do transports you back to another era . . . what a ride! Their appeal in large part is attributable to the perfect blend of the Motown era costumes worn and the outstanding group of singers who compliment this latter day "Funk Brothers" type band of musicians. Each singer is quite capable of fronting any band as a soloist and the combination of singers is more than enough to deliver authentically the vocal sound of the Motown roster of artists from that time. "Dr. K's Motown Revue is the most authentic Motown band since the original Funk Bros...It is a great treat for me to perform with them." - Alan Slutsky, consummate musician, composer, and author of the hit movie "Standing In The Shadows of Motown."

Noodle Women - Chen Dance Center Theater
Through July 24, 2010 -

An original and insightful look into food, cultural practices and being a girl in a Chinese family, Noodle Women is an exploration of acculturation with live innovative music and ensemble. New music composer Joel Davel weaves a sound score of text and electronic music sampled underneath his live performance on the Mariba Lumina.

TA KA DI MI DUO - Museum of Natural History
Through July 25, 2010 -

The TA KA DI MI DUO, percussion legend Glen Velez and Rhythm Voice master Lori Cotler, perform in The Silk Road Project performance series. Frame Drum and vocal compositions derived from music of the Mid-East, Central Asia and India; mystical overtone singing and lightning-fast South Indian drum language. July 11, 18 & 25, 2010: 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM. The performances will take place in the "Traveling the Silk Road" exhibition at AMNH, Central Park West at 79th Street. Ticket includes Museum admission and timed admission to Silk Road: $24/Adult, $14/child, $18/Sr.

Music Under the Stars - Waterside Plaza
Through July 28, 2010 -

Music Under the Stars at Waterside Plaza, a unique outdoor summer concert series along the East River, will feature the sweet sounds of salsa, swing, jazz, funk, and rock every Wednesday night from July 7 through July 28. These family-friendly waterfront concerts run from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., with free dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. on both Wednesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 28. This year’s line-up of international and local artists includes: Pablo Mayor- Folklore Urbano, The Funky Fritters, Kaissa and George Gee & the Jump, Jive & Wailers. See below for the complete schedule. To kick off this season's Music under the Stars at Waterside Plaza, on July 7, the salsa pros at Step Into Salsa will offer free salsa dance lessons from 6-6:45 p.m., before Pablo Mayor- Folklore Urbano takes the stage at 7 p.m. New Yorkers will also enjoy a special salsa dance performance during the show. On closing night, July 28, swing dance experts will offer a free swing dance class from 6-6:45 p.m. for concertgoers to perfect their moves before George Gee & the Jump, Jive & Wailers performs at 7 p.m. Enter Waterside Plaza via the footbridge on East 25th Street right before the FDR Drive. Waterside Plaza is located on the East River between 25th and 29th streets, east of the FDR Highway. For more information the public can call 212-340-4208 or visit Music Under the Stars at Waterside Plaza - 2010 Schedule: July 7- PABLO MAYOR FOLKLORE URBANO: This brilliant 12-piece ensemble harnesses the danceable swing of traditional Colombian folkloric rhythms while seducing the listener with the subtleties of jazz orchestration and harmony. A NYC-based collective, they are a fresh, sophisticated, and wildly fun addition to the burgeoning scene of new Colombian music. July 14- THE FUNKY FRITTERS: This powerhouse 11-piece band with full horn section serves up a bowl of funky gumbo and a hearty helpin' of New Orleans Mardi Gras flavored blues, funk, rock, R&B, jazz and gospel music. July 21- KAISSA: This Camaroonian songstress performs a unique blend of African, reggae, jazz, R&B, makossa, and Brazilian fusion. As part of her electrifying performing style, she incorporates elements of traditional African music and dance, mixed with contemporary styles. July 28- GEORGE GEE & THE JUMP, JIVE & WAILERS: Rollickin' roadhouse boogie is the heart and soul of this electrifying 10-piece band. An impressive sibling to the 17-piece George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Jump, Jive & Wailers configuration allows George's world-class cats plenty of room to let loose and really blow - resulting in stunning, high-energy rockin' grooves. And that devilish rhythm section peppers the mix with cutting-edge variations - delighting listeners and dancers from coast to coast.

World of Jazz - Chelsea Art Museum
Through July 31, 2010 -

World of Jazz III. A summer Jazz-brunch concert series at Chelsea Art Museum, July 17- July 31, 2010, every Saturday at 12 pm. The Chelsea Art Museum is proud to present for the third consecutive year World of Jazz, a concert series, developed in collaboration with jazz saxophonist Lars Haake. World of Jazz features talented emerging artists on the New York Jazz scene, who focus on the distinctly international character of contemporary jazz. Concerts take place in the museum's exhibition space, where the visual and performing arts come together to create a truly unique cultural experience for audiences. The concerts are followed by a light brunch and discussion with the artists, in a friendly intimate setting. Featured artists include: Pauline Jean, Mimi Jones, Lars Haake, Shirazette Tinnin, George Burton, Daniel Ori, Logan Richardson, Fabian Almazan, Oz Noy, Ziv Ravitz, Elias Meister and Jeff Miles. Ticket prices include museum admission: $20 general admission, $10 students / seniors, $5 CAM members. Please email with any other questions.

The 19th Annual 2010 HOT! Festival - Dixon Place
Through August 07, 2010 -

HOT! Festival Features over 150 LGBTQ Artists with 72 Performances of Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature, Performance Art and Homoeroticism for the Whole Family! The Village Voice calls it "The Best Gay Theater Festival in New York!" The festival, which runs from June 26-August 7, includes performances by Washboard Jungle, Pic-Up, Dynasty Handbag, Scotty Heron, and Holly Hughes.

Cars, Culture, and the City - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 08, 2010 - Manhattan

The first exhibition to explore New York City's century-long relationship with the car, marking the 100th anniversary of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). The exhibition features visionary drawings and models; historic photographs, films, and advertisements; and a wealth of car memorabilia to tell this fascinating, yet untold, story.

Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Birthday celebrations and concomitant themes of longevity are pervasive in Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A recurring scene of a splendid reception at the residence of a wealthy family, represented in a lacquered screen, a set of embroidered hanging scrolls, and a porcelain vase, shows the eightieth birthday gathering for the Tang-dynasty general Guo Ziyi, a popular figure of long life, wealth, and honor. Longevity is also encoded in peaches, cranes, immortals, and flora and fauna of many kinds, sometimes forming sophisticated visual word play expressing wishes of long life for the honoree. The exhibition will draw together works in many media from the Museum's collection to illuminate these auspicious themes.

Summer Earth Fest - Family Picnic Fun - IKEA/Erie Basin Park
Through September 12, 2010 -

FOLLOW the ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE to IKEA/Erie Basin Park, in Red Hook Brooklyn, One Beard Street at the SOUTHEASTERN LAWN along the Water in the Back of IKEA. LIVE MUSIC, WATERFRONT RECREATION and more AT IKEA/Erie Basin Park- SAT JUNE 19th. 1PM-5PM FOLLOW THE ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE- Public Tours of the Mobile Museum with fun waterfront and environmental recreation activities (Live Underwater Video Exploration, Aquatic Ecology Lab, Kite Flight, Catch & Release Fishing, Urban Wildlife Appreciation and Education- exploring the urban corvids, plus Mobile Museum Gift Shop, Refreshment Wagon. AND OPEN PIANO ON THE SOAP BOX- drop in, sign up and share a song, PLUS guest performance by folk singer ERICA RUSSO ( southeastern lawn). MAKE MUSIC BROOKLYN ***MON JUNE 21st- In Conjunction with MAKE MUSIC NYC- 4pm-8pm. Guest performance- DANNY WOLF and 3rd BAND. ( in front of the park). For more info and download a summer calendar of events visit

Sundae Sermon Dance Party In The Park - Morningside Park
Through September 26, 2010 -

The dates for summer 2010 (Alternate Sundays, June-Sept): Sundays - June 20, July 18, Aug 1, Aug 19, Sep 12, Sep 26. Musical Directions is pleased to announce the upcoming dates for the 3rd annual "Sundae Sermon" Dance Party in Morningside Park, Harlem NYC. This year's line-up of rotating DJs includes a collection of the country's most renowned DJs all spinning Soulful House anthems blended with classic R&B, Disco, Funk, and a touch of Afro-Beat. "Sundae Sermon" is a community event, bringing together Harlem's rich & diverse inhabitants. Young and old alike, entrepreneurs, students and families come together to celebrate & enjoy the day. Pack a picnic & grab a spot on the upper lawn. Brought to you with the support and partnership of media sponsors VIBE/UPTOWN Media Group. As well as local sponsorship support from The Little Gym, Bikram Yoga, Harlem Now and Gems.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class. Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

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