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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 11-Jun 18: Music

June 11, 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.

Gato Barbieri - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 11, 2011 -

Mystical yet fiery, passionately romantic yet supremely cool. You hear those first few notes from that instantly recognizable tenor and know your in the unique musical world of Gato Barbieri. His global legend continues on The Shadow of the Cat, Barbieri is long anticipated Peak Records debut and 50th album overall, which resonates with the unmistakable feeling of sensual celebration. On the cusp of his 70th birthday (this November 28th), the Argentine-born world music pioneer is still bursting with a passionate joie d vivre, excited about his new family, wife Laura and 4 year old son Christian. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Barbieri's Grammy winning score to the controversial Bernardo Bertolucci film Last Tango in Paris, an unexpected phenomenon that catapulted him from well known jazz musician to the realm of international celebrity.

AVICII | Saturday June 11 @ Neptunes - Neptunes Beach Club
June 11, 2011 -

Pacha NYC & Robpromotions presents ... AVICII For the first time ever in the Hamptons GET TICKETS: Doors 12noon-8pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500 Neptune Beach Club 70 Dune Road East Quogue, NY

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 11, 2011 -

The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Sky View Celebrates! A Sunday Music Spectacular with CenterStage: Interactive Percussion Class - Sky View Center
June 12, 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 Interactive Percussion Class will engage children and adults in a special rhythm and percussion workshop with performances by CenterStage’s faculty and guest artists. 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.

Joe Ely Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 12, 2011 -

Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want - a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire - whatever he is, Ely's covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy. Those sort of restless yearnings come naturally to a boy from Lubbock, Texas, where the flat dusty landscape, endless sky and vast horizons have inspired several generations of young creative types to fill up all that empty space with music, as Buddy Holly did, as did Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison all the way to the current Lubbock Mob consisting of Ely and his compadres Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen. Like them, Joe Ely has proved to himself before he proved to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there's no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from, you put your emotions ofn the line each and every night.

Live Music - Take 3 - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 12, 2011 -

Live Music - Free Admission

Minton Sparks - Manhattan Theatre Source
Through June 12, 2011 -

Fusing music, poetry and her intoxicating gift for storytelling, Minton Sparks paints word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and places she knows like the back of her hand. With John Jackson, guitarist for Bob Dylan and Shelby Lynne.

Saul Hernandez - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 13, 2011 -

One of the most influential artists in the Latin Rock scene in Mexico, Saul Hernandez is the founder and leader of Jaguares. His extensive career has influenced newcomers in Mexico and Latin America such as Zoe, Panda, Fobia, La Maldita Vecindad, amongst others. During his musical trajectory he has collaborated with worldwide renowned artists: The Rolling Stones, Stuart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Peter Gabriel, and Ana Torroja. He has composed more than 50 Spanish rock classics, of which "La Celula Que Explota", "No Dejes Que", "Nubes", and "M?tenme Por Que Me Muero", have marked the commencement of Spanish Rock and paved the way for new bands in the genre. Saul has released 10 albums and has won 1 Grammy and 2 Latin Grammys in the categories of Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock song, awards that attest the longevity of Saul's career.

Apollo Spring Gala 2011 - Apollo Theater
June 13, 2011 -

Stevie Wonder and friends will perform at the Apollo Theater's annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert and Awards Ceremony, when the legendary singer is inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. The Apollo will also honor Revlon with the Corporate Award and Reginald Van Lee will receive the Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award. The concert is followed by the Apollo Supper Club - a festive tent party with buffet and dancing to the musical arrangements of Celebrity DJ: D-Nice. The Gala Benefit Concert and Awards Ceremony brings together the best and brightest in business and entertainment in support of the non-profit theater's remarkable legacy and its initiatives for emerging artists and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond. The Apollo Legends Hall of Fame features renowned musicians, artists and entertainers whose path to fame began at the Apollo. Stevie Wonder joins a distinguished roster of past inductees including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald. Each Apollo Legend Hall of Fame Inductee is honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame under the Theater's iconic marquee.

Brian Wilson - Highline Ballroom
Through June 13, 2011 -

He is one of rock's most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential pop composers of the last 50 years. But as numerous books, films and television programs have recounted, success does not tell the whole story about this fascinating man. For while few artists achieve the stature that Wilson today enjoys, even fewer have been able to overcome the profound personal setbacks and professional frustrations that he has endured. Happily, Wilson has not only survived those obstacles, but today is thriving once again, making great music, performing with an ace band of seasoned sidemen and cutting-edge pop-rockers, and selling out concert halls around the world.

The Cunning Little Vixen at the Philharmonic - Morgan Library & Museum
June 14, 2011 -

New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert and director and designer Doug Fitch preview a Philharmonic premiere production of Leoš Janàcek's innovative 1923 opera The Cunning Little Vixen. Tickets to this program may be ordered by calling the New York Philharmonic at (212) 875-5656 or visiting Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Johnny Winter & Roomful of Blues - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 14, 2011 -

The Texas guitar tradition runs deep. It's a gutsy school of blues playing, marked by thick tones, aggressive attack and tons of technique, all delivered in a flamboyant, swaggering style that is endemic to the Lone Star State. From T-Bone Walker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown on through Albert Collins and Freddie King, Billy Gibbons and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the tradition of the Texas guitar slinger has lived on. One name that ranks atop that exclusive list is Johnny Winter, the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues for the last thirty years. His latest Grammy nominated disc titled "I'm A Bluesman" out on Virgin Records, adds to his Texas-sized reputation. For this release, Johnny has again paired with his longtime producer Dick Shurman (Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan), as well as Tom Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood). Backing him on this disc is his scorching road-tested touring band of ace harmonica man James Montgomery, guitarist Paul Nelson who co -penned the title track, bassist Scott Spray and drummer Wayne June. Guest appearances feature such friends as keyboardist Reese Wynans (from Stevie Ray Vaughan's celebrated backing group Double Trouble) among others. Don't miss Johnny and his band on their current worldwide tour as he introduces audiences to his new material while reacquainting them with his iconic guitar playing.

'The New Big Bands' - Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, JC Hopkins Biggish Band featuring Andromeda Turre - Highline Ballroom
June 14, 2011 -

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra is a genre bending jazz orchestra that interprets the music of Bjork Gudmundsdottir, one of the most influential pop artists of the past 20 years. The Bjorkestra transcends the boundaries of popular music and modern jazz, and continues to thrill and mesmerize audiences with its engaging blend of improvisation, brilliant arrangements, and danceable grooves. Whether you are a fan of Bjork or jazz, the Bjorkestra offers something for anyone interested in listening to innovative, creative music while having fun in the process. Travis Sullivan employs a traditional big band instrumentation augmented by vocalist Becca Stevens and laptop drum programming wizard Ian Cook. A live Bjorkestra show is a unique listening experience that impacts both the sonic and visual senses. The Bjorkestra pays homage to their muse, Bjork, through invention--not imitation. In 2008, The Bjorkestra released their debut CD, "Enjoy" on Koch Records. Past show highlights include: a performance for an audience of 30,000 people at The 2008 Montreal International Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Blue Note (NYC), and The Jazz Standard (NYC). The Bjorkestra has also been steadily developing an international following, and Sullivan has conducted his arrangements of Bjork's music with The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra, The Reykjavik Big Band, The Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and Korean Express for the 2008 Jarasum Jazz Festival.

The New York Pops SummerStage Gala: Motown Meets NYC - Rumsey Playfield
June 14, 2011 -

The New York Pops orchestra – famous for presenting popular music with a symphony orchestra of the highest quality – will perform at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park for the annual SummerStage Gala presented by City Parks Foundation. This special event, entitled Motown Meets NYC, will feature the timeless music of Motown performed by an eclectic group of music legends and up-and-coming stars, under the baton of New York Pops Music Director Steven Reineke. Confirmed artists to date include Martha Reeves of Martha and The Vandellas, Dennis Edwards of The Temptations, Percy Sledge, Bettye LaVette, Robert Earl Keen, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Joan Osborne, José James, Amel Larrieux, Deva Mahal, Ryan Shaw, Everett Bradley, Terry Burrell, Ramona Keller, Mykal Kilgore and Destan Owens. 2011 Tony Nominee and Obie Winner Colman Domingo will serve as the event’s host. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a private VIP cocktail reception, followed by dinner. Doors open for concert-only ticketholders at 7:00pm, and the performance begins at 8:00pm. The program features top Motown hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”, “Dancing in the Street”, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and a medley tribute to Jackson 5. Premier and preferred tables range from $15,000 - $25,000. For light fare and reserved concert seating, tables range from $1,000 - $1,500. Concert-only/bleacher seats are $49. For event information, including ticket sales, please visit: or contact Shahna Sherwood at 212-360-8170, or by email at

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.

Diane Schuur - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 15, 2011 -

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the `40s and `50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and `60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades - and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations - Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape. Born in Tacoma, Washington, in December 1953, Schuur was blind from birth. She grew up in nearby Auburn, Washington, where her father was a police captain. Nicknamed Deedles at a young age, Schuur discovered the world of jazz via her father, a piano player, and her mother, who kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington records in the house. She was still a toddler when she learned to sing the Dinah Washington signature song, "What a Difference a Day Makes." Armed with the rare gift of perfect pitch, Schuur taught herself piano by ear and developed a rich, resonant vocal style early on, as evidenced in a recording of her first public performance at a Holiday Inn in Tacoma when she was ten years old. She received formal piano training at the Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until age 11. By her early teens, she had amassed her own collection of Washington's records and looked to the legendary vocalist as her primary inspiration. Schuur made her first record in 1971, a country single entitled "Dear Mommy and Daddy," produced by Jimmy Wakely. After high school, she focused on jazz and gigged around the northwest. In 1975, an informal audition with trumpeter Doc Severinson (then the leader of the Tonight Show band) led to a gig with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy's group at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She sang a gospel suite with Shaughnessy's band in front of a festival audience that included jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who in turn invited her to participate in a talent showcase at the White House. A subsequent return performance at the White House led to a record deal with GRP, which released Schuur's debut album, Deedles, in 1984. Over the next 13 years, Schuur recorded 11 albums on GRP, including two Grammy winners: Timeless (1986) and Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra (1987). The recording with the Basie Orchestra spent 33 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts. In 1991, Pure Schuur made the number-one slot on the Contemporary Jazz charts, and Heart To Heart - a 1994 collaborative recording with B.B. King - entered the Billboard charts at No. 1. After one album on Atlantic records in 1999 - Music is My Life, produced by Ahmet Ertegun - Schuur joined the Concord label with the 2000 release of Friends For Schuur. The move to Concord marked the beginning of a series of highly successful collaborative projects: Swingin' For Schuur (2001), a set of finely crafted duets with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson; Midnight (2003), Schuur's unique interpretations of thirteen songs (mostly new material) written or co-written by Barry Manilow; and Schuur Fire (2005), a decidedly Latin-flavored album featuring the Caribbean Jazz Project. Some Other Time, Schuur's February 2008 Concord release, is a recording of songs by jazz artists whom she first discovered via her parents during her childhood and adolescent years. The album features songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Rogers and Hammerstein and more. The set also includes a surprisingly mature-sounding rendition of "September in the Rain," recorded at the Holiday Inn in Tacoma in 1964 when Schuur was only ten years old. Some Other Time is, among other things, Schuur's celebration of the music of her parents' generation, and a tribute to her late mother on the fortieth anniversary of her death at the young age of 31. "This is a celebration of the music she introduced to me when I was growing up," says Schuur. "After enough time goes by, everything your parents ever told you, everything they ever tried to teach you, starts to make sense. You find out how they grew up and how they looked at the world in the context of their generation and their times." Long regarded - and sometimes criticized - as an artist who has walked a tightrope between jazz and pop, Schuur sees Some Other Time as an unwavering statement about her commitment to the jazz tradition and its influence on her artistic sensibilities. "This album really is about coming back to the basics of my jazz roots," she says. "Not that I really completely left them, but there were a few detours along the way."

Amateur Night: Show Off! - Apollo Theater
June 15, 2011 -

At this special evening of Amateur Night, winners from May and June shows come together to SHOW OFF their talent and compete for the chance to move on to the Top Dog semi-finals on August 31, and maybe even win the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.? Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage.? At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Meshell Ndegeocello - Highline Ballroom
June 15, 2011 -

Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans. For the sake of setting the record straight, a few brass tacks remain: Meshell was born in Germany, raised in DC, signed at 23 years old, and has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. Meshell's 8th album and her first for Mercer Street, Devil's Halo harkens back to the way records used to be made: no click track or electronic synthetics, with a focus on musicianship and live band energy. Meshell feels that Devil's Halo represents a return to a place that she truly appreciates, music that is created and performed by people's hands. Produced by Meshell and guitarist Chris Bruce, and influenced by a wide breadth of sounds - from The Human League to Wu Tang to Yes – Devil's Halo displays Meshell's vocals and diversity throughout. An uncompromising bass player and artist, Meshell brings a broad range of lyrical voices and selves to Devil's Halo's twelve songs... the searcher, the skeptic, the dissenter, and the lover. True to form, Meshell offers compositions with raging climaxes alongside moments of terrifying tenderness and honesty. Genre-defiant as ever, Devil's Halo asks for the real fans of exploration to please stand up.

The Monkees Reunion - Beacon Theatre
June 16, 2011 -

The Monkees celebrate their 45th anniversary in 2011, and in celebration, three members Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz will reunite on tour.

Robin Trower - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 16, 2011 -

Robin Trower is a celebrated guitar virtuoso who continues to create new music and expand his musical portfolio. Robin's body of work ranges from the recently remastered, Twice Removed From Yesterday through "Bridge of Sighs" recognized by many as a groundbreaking collection, right up through 2010's The Playful Heart.This catalog demonstrates not only his mastery of the instrument, but also a continuing determination to reach outside his comfort zone. Influenced early by Scotty Moore, Hubert Sumlin, B B and Albert King, and of course, Jimi Hendrix, Robin has spent four decades refining his approach to the guitar. Today, his Fender Stratocaster and Marshall amplification combined with the vibrato touch of his hands and a couple of Fulltone effects, create aninstantly recognizable tone that is uniquely Robin Trower. Robin's songwriting began when he was a member of Procol Harum, and his collaborative efforts with his original vocalist, James Dewar are at the heart of his writing. Since Jimmy's passing Robin's poetry has become both more intensely personal, and interpretable. The lyrics on The Playful Heart demonstrate this exceptionally well. Recent releases include the exhilarating 2008 live set RTRO.08, 2009's What Lies Beneath and now The Playful Heart. In these CDs Robin exhibits his ability to draw in new fans but hold true to what his loyal following loves so much, superb guitar playing, signature tone and creative songwriting which combined convey the power of Trower. The Playful Heart was recorded in a small studio in England, with touring bandmates Davey Pattison on vocals, Glenn Letsch on bass and Pete Thompson on drums. It was produced by Livingstone Brown, who has collaborated with Robin on several previous collections, and once again captures the full-spectrum sound. The eleven songs reveal Robins introspective side, and the entire CD is full of tasty guitar parts, which point up the intensely personal lyrics. It is, however, in concert that Robin Trower truly comes alive. Perpetual favorites Bridge of Sighs", "Day Of The Eagle" "Too Rolling Stoned", "Shame The Devil", "Daydream", and "Long Misty Days" from the five Certified gold releases from 1973-1977, are staples in the live show. Each of these songs is revitalized by Trowers inspired soloing, so that old friends become new again at each performance. Many fans attend more than one show on each tour, confident that Robin will not repeat safe solos, but will remap the emotional territory each night. In the current set three songs from The Playful Heart get their initial public airing. The European fans approved and Robin's US audience has seen previews on YouTube of the great performances to come. The latest information has the band rehearsing several other songs that have never been seen live before. There will be two legs on the 2011 tour. The first opens in Florida crosses Texas and turns right at California, to end in Seattle, the second begins in the heartland heads north and East to end in New England. For current information on tour dates please visit This tour will be recorded for DVD release in early 2012.

Joe Purdy, The Milk Carton Kids - Highline Ballroom
June 16, 2011 -

Double Take: Beethoven and Liszt - Morgan Library & Museum
June 17, 2011 -

By offering contrasting readings, this concert provides audiences the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with a musical masterpiece and demonstrates what makes each interpretation unique. Konstantin Scherbakov, piano; Nurit Pacht, violin; Robert deMaine, cello; Priya Mayadas, piano. Beethoven, Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 36, for Piano Trio; Beethoven, Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 36 (transcription for solo piano by Liszt) . Friday, June 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 for Non-Members; $25 for Members.

Delbert McClinton - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 17, 2011 -

In the early 1970s, McClinton and his Ft. Worth pal Glen Clark headed out to Los Angeles, where they cut two then obscure but now prized albums for Atlantic Records as Delbert & Glen. Returning to Texas, he landed a deal with ABC Records. With the release of his 1975 solo debut, Victim of Life's Circumstances, McClinton firmly stamped his Ft. Worth-bred blend of blues, country and blue-eyed soul onto the pop musical landscape. A succession of influential and critically acclaimed albums followed, along with coups like appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in its heyday -- an acknowledgement of the pages torn from Delbert's play book by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi when they formed The Blues Brothers. He scored hits like "Giving It Up For Your Love" and "Sandy Beaches," won a Grammy with Bonnie Raitt for their "Good Man/Good Woman" duet, and over the years has enjoyed covers of his songs by Emmylou Harris, The Blues Brothers, Vince Gill, Wynonna, Lee Roy Parnell, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, among others. Tightening radio formats may have offered fewer opportunities for his expansive musical approach, yet McClinton solidified his loyal following with his relentless touring and his annual Delbert McClinton & Friends Sandy Beaches Cruise every January in the Caribbean. Then last year, when Delbert "came roaring out of the gate on Nothing Personal," as Rolling Stone put it, his stature as one of the living icons of genuine American music returned to the forefront. The album debuted on five Billboard charts: Hot 200 Albums, Blues, Country, Independent and Internet Sales. What's the secret behind his newfound success? "Life is better than it's ever been for me," McClinton explains. The splash made by Nothing Personal has given McClinton "a great confidence" that makes Room To Breathe sound like it could be a personal best. But with both his characteristic modesty as well as the moxie of a man on top of his game, Delbert shies away from claiming his latest as his greatest. "I think that it is a perfect record to follow up Nothing Personal with," he notes. "I'm not sure I've made the best record yet that I will ever make. And that in and of itself is a great feeling, because as long as I've been doing this, I still every day feel like I can do better. And that's pretty amazing to me, because most people either burn out or stop doing it all the time by now. So far I have not lost the inspiration; it's getting even better for me. I am the luckiest man you know."

Tainted Love- Hits of the 80s - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 17, 2011 -

Tainted Love perform the penultimate 80's show and is one of the most successful bands ever to come out of San Francisco. Tainted Love continue to sell out major venues in many markets around the country with record-breaking, sell-out shows at Bimbo's in San Francisco, House of Blues in San Diego, Belly Up in Salano Beach, Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe, Gold Country Casino in Oroville and packed out shows at BB Kings in New York City, Key Club in Los Angeles, Showcase Live in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and many, many more. Tainted Love also regularly perform their high-octane show at fairs, festivals and private parties all over North America and beyond. The band perform for audiences of all ages and for shows and events of all sizes.... and perhaps even that little party for your company or at your intimate wedding! Tainted Love are renowned for their uncompromising dedication to quality and for performing the very best and biggest hits from the 80's. Tainted Love's frontline is comprised of three dynamic singers who alternate lead vocals while accompanied by musicians of the very highest caliber. The show is a pure high-energy carousel of timeless 80's classics that will have you dancing along and singing along! Tainted Love are committed to performing the most well known hits of the 80's true-to-form, as the original artists had intended, all the while adding their own brand of excellence, exuberance, and above all, fun!

Kenny Chesney - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 17, 2011 -

NBC's "Today" has once again assembled the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza during its annual concert series. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the free, live performances every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside the "Today" Window on the World Studio. Location is 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and suggested arrival is 6am. For full schedule, see

Summer Concert Series @ The Pavilion - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 17, 2011 -

Summer Concert Series @ The Pavilion featuring Rare Groove Band. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Admission includes one glass of wine. VIsit to purchase tickets.

Music and Musica -Celina Charlier - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
June 17, 2011 -

Celina will present a concert with traditional choros (a popular Brazilian genre developed in the late 19th century before the appearance of samba). Although the concert is based on traditional music, Celina choose an unusual ensemble: flute and percussion. The duo will perform, among other pieces, classical chorinhos like “Tico-tico no Fubá” (Zequinha de Abreu), “Brasileirinho” (Waldir Azevedo), “Um a zero” (Pixinguinha), “Carinhoso” (Pixinguinha), “Andre de Sapato Novo” (Jacob do Bandolin) and “Na Gloria” (Raul de Barros). rsvp:

Chaka Khan - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 18, 2011 -

From the moment she burst onto the music scene as the lead singer of the multi-racial band Rufus in the early 70s, Chaka Khan's all-powerful voice, show-stopping stage presence and style created a standard that set her apart from any other singer before or after her. Nearly 40 years later, Chaka is a legendary music icon whose influence has impacted whole generations of hit-making contemporary artists. Early on, she caught the attention of another musical icon, Stevie Wonder, who penned her first hit with Rufus, the Grammy Award-winning "Tell Me Something Good." From that point on, the group dominated the airwaves with hit after hit with songs such as "Once You Get Started," "Sweet Thing," "Everlasting Love," "Do You Love What You Feel?" and "Ain't Nobody." With Chaka as the group's dynamic center, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan became one of the most popular acts around selling out shows throughout the country. It was inevitable that a singer of Chaka's caliber would eventually strike out on her own. When that time came, all doubts about Chaka being able to succeed as a solo artist were quickly dismissed with the release of the smash hit "I'm Every Woman" written by Ashford & Simpson. Her catalog grew even more impressive with hits such as "Clouds," "Papillon," What'Cha Gonna Do For Me?" and the song that made Chaka Khan a household name the world over, "I Feel For You" written by long-time admirer and friend, Prince. Though many know Chaka Khan as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around, she has the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical and be authentic in her delivery. The diverse and immense list of artists with whom she has collaborated is a testament to her musical versatility from Prince and Stevie Wonder to Steve Winwood, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis Dizzy Gillespie and countless others. In 1992, Chaka took on a more proactive role as Executive Producer for "The Woman I Am" adding a new dimension to her illustrious career and another Grammy for her efforts. Chaka's emotive vocals can be heard on a number of soundtracks including "Clockers," "Set It Off," "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," "Miami Vice," "White Knights," "Moscow on the Hudson," "Disappearing Acts," "Waiting to Exhale," "27 Dresses," "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'," "Bridget Jones' Diary," "Roll Bounce," "40 Year Old Virgin," "The Cookout," "Hollywood Homicide," "Deliver Us from Eva," "Love & Basketball," "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown," and the recent Tyler Perry hits "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Meet The Browns." Chaka Khan is not slowing down. Her new album, Funk This, won a Grammy for Best R&B Album and her duet, "Disrespectful," featuring Mary J. Blige won a Grammy for Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. She had a glorious Broadway debut as Sofia in The Color Purple and had back-to-back Top 10 Billboard hits with the singles "Angel" and "One For All Time" from Funk This. Renowned for the timeless quality to her music, Chaka Khan has earned ten Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards. In 1999, Chaka Khan established the Chaka Khan Foundation, it's most recent initiative involves a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School district mentoring middle school students who are college-bound. Of her work with the Foundation and her other philanthropic endeavors Chaka simply says, "It's time to build up and time to give back." Her commitment to women and children at risk is seen through her countless hours of dedication to the Chaka Khan Foundation. Like any superstar of her magnitude, Chaka has had her share of ups and downs. Her inspiring autobiography, "Through The Fire," was acclaimed for its soul-baring candor and honesty. While many celebrities would avoid putting some of their most painful experiences out there for the whole world to see, Chaka bravely revealed her demons as means to help others Having already achieved so much during her career, Chaka Khan constantly challenges herself musically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. She is an enduring talent who continues to amaze the world with her genius. Lucky for us, she's nowhere near finished providing us with her own special brand of music and impacting everyone within earshot.

Live Music - NY Exceptions - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 18, 2011 -

Live Music - Free Admission

100 Years of Mario Bauza - Apollo Theater
June 18, 2011 -

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 18, 2011 -

The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show.

Chelsea Music Festival - The Chelsea Art Museum
June 18, 2011 - New York City

FAMILY EVENT AT THE CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL - "HOW TO COMPOSE IN COLOR AND SOUND" - Join us for an inspiring morning hosted by Chelsea Music Festival Artistic Director Ken-David Masur. Coming off of the heels of last years successful family event, this second installment allows children and adults alike to have a hands-on opportunity to step into the shoes of a composer and learn about the process of musical creation. Participants will experience the sounds of various instruments, collaborate on a graphic score composition, and play their composition with festival musicians. They will also create visual artwork inspired by live music and the museum's surroundings. This event features Composers-in-Residence Doug Balliet and Brad Balliet, Chelsea Music Festival musicians and Festival Visual- Artist-in-Residence Carri Jobe. All materials will be provided and the completed projects may be taken home to enjoy. This program is designed for children ages 3-10, but children of all ages are welcome to participate. Tickets available at and at the door.

Madeleine Peyroux - Highline Ballroom
Through June 19, 2011 -

Songstress Madeleine Peyroux is known to her fans for intimately arranged covers of the early American blues and jazz repertoire. She began as a teenage busker, honing her vocal and guitar skills on the famously quaint, acoustic streets of Europe, where she molded her style on the cornerstones of jazz: Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Amidst an oddly sparse recording career beginning in 1996, she is most known for her 2005 release 'Careless Love' (Rounder Records), produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) who fused Peyroux's personal and vulnerable take on more modern material, i.e., Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, cult legend Elliott Smith, with that of her beloved torch songs and early blues. Peyroux took a turn into uncharted territory with her last album, 'Bare Bones', a collection of self-penned compositions and co-writes with heavy hitters such as Joe Henry and Steely Dan's Walter Becker. Although generally met with critical acclaim, it garnered less attention than her previous work. She toured until mid 2010, including a triple bill with Diana Krall and Melody Gardot in Australia, and is now keeping behind the scenes in preparation for a return to the studio. Producer Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry, Chocolate Genius, Norah Jones) is set to hold the reigns this time, and the album will be all new compositions. "I have been building on the relationships I developed in co-writing, and something new has taken hold of me," Peyroux says. "This project is meant to be a wider dreamscape than previous recordings. I'm interested in exploring tougher sounds, even ugly sounds... trying to find something more raw than the voice that I have now, and in the accompaniment that I have become used to." One interesting collaborator that may have the key to opening new doors is the Rolling Stones', Bill Wyman, whom Peyroux met at the Nice Jazz Festival while waiting to hear B.B. King, and the two then began writing together. A strong point for Peyroux this year was performing their song for the children of a displaced persons' camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this summer. The song, entitled 'The Kind You Can't Afford', Peyroux says, is a testament to owning what money can't buy. About the visit, she recounts, "I've had a sincere desire to be in Haiti ever since I started reading Edwidge Danticat, but never did visit before the storm. It was a life-changing experience which I'll always remember, and the songs I performed there will now always have that flavor of pure music and joy in my memory." Other current collaborators include Jonatha Brooke, David Batteau, Andy Rosen, and Jenny Scheinman. The album is due to be released in 2011, and Peyroux plans to begin touring again in the US and Europe in early spring. "I think my fans are eager to hear something different," Peyroux says, and pauses with restraint before adding, "Music has grown into another place in my mind… I am the same singer that I was as a teen, that wants to grow into music, wherever it comes from. I don't believe I've given up anything. I've added to myself." Let's hope that that little air of restraint doesn't hold her back.

54/10 Music Marathon - Ars Nova
Through June 25, 2011 - New York

June 14-25, Doors at 7:30. Ars Nova gets loud with its summer music marathon, featuring two weeks of dynamic, up-and-coming bands that will surprise, shock and rock you. Lineup: 6/14: Rags Parkland, The Tillers, Roosevelt Dime 6/15: Toys and Tiny Instruments, Nick Blaemire, The Eclectic 6/16: Rebecca Hart, Blue Bottle Collection, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra 6/17: Freddy Hall, Declan Bennett 6/18: Omar Zubair, Unicornicopia, Clydesdale Erotic 6/20: 54/10 Benefit Show: An Evening with Freestyle Love Supreme 6/21: Corey TuT, DECADES, Bambï 6/22: Lauren Pritchard, Anna Rose 6/23: Miracles of Modern Science, ARMS, Thunder and Lightning 6/24: Great Caesar, Justin Levine, Clinton Curtis 6/25: Basement Batman, EMEFE, Chris Jackson   $10 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR $5 IF YOU BUY BEFORE 6/14!

Music in Abe Lebewohl Park - Abe Lebewohl Park
Through July 21, 2011 - New York

Every summer since 1981, Third Street Music School and the Tenth & Stuyvesant Streets Block Association, in cooperation with St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, have presented Music in Abe Lebewohl Park, a series of free outdoor concerts. This year marks the series' 30th Anniversary Season! These programs by professional groups offer a wide spectrum of music, reflecting the Lower East Side's diverse ethnic cultures. Concerts take place at 12:30 p.m. on eight consecutive Thursdays in June and July in Abe Lebewohl Park at 2nd Avenue and 10th Street.

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.

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