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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 18-Jun 25: Music

June 18, 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.

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.

Carlos Varela - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 19, 2011 -

The son of Spanish immigrants, Cuban-born singer/songwriter Carlos Varela started composing in 1978. Two years later, he joined La Nueva Trova, a local movement led by Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes. Carlos Varela graduated from the Cuban Art Institute ISA with an acting degree. He recorded his first album, Jalisco Park, in 1989, which was followed by a live record called Carlos Varela en Vivo in 1991 and Monedas Al Aire in 1992. Two years later, after issuing Como Los Peces, a contemporary folk record that straddled both catchy songs and nostalgic ballads, the talented artist debuted on MTV Latino with "Robinson." He had the opportunity to perform live in the U.S. in 1998 when he played a festival called Songwriters in the Round in Miami.

Live Music - Stealing Lucidity - Martha Clara Vineyards
June 19, 2011 -

Live Music - Free Admission

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.

Bang On a Can Marathon - Arts World Financial Center
June 19, 2011 -

Bang on a Can returns with its incomparable 12-hour-plus super-mix of genre-defying music featuring over 150 astounding musicians and composers from throughout the world. Highlights include Philip Glass performing live with the Bang on a Can All-Stars; music by Bryce Dessner of The National; sonic downtown legend Glenn Branca; the outer-planetary Sun Ra Arkestra; the Asphalt Orchestra playing music by David Byrne/Annie Clark, Yoko Ono, and Frank Zappa; the intrepid Signal in a blistering string orchestra work by Julia Wolfe plus New York premieres by Richard Ayers, Fausto Romitelli, Poul Ruders, Toby Twining and much more!

The Fabulous Thunderbirds - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 20, 2011 -

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up". Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

Tomato's House Of Rock - THORFEST 2011 - Highline Ballroom
June 20, 2011 -

NYC's top young Metal musicians from THOR, ranging from age 11-17, will be performing Metallica's "Master Of Puppets", Megadeth's "Peace Sells But Who's Buying", and Slayer's "Reign In Blood" albums in their entirety, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this life-changing year in Metal! THOR (Tomato's House Of Rock) is a rock collective for ambitious and creative young individuals who want professional, real-world rock experiences, founded by Chris "Tomato" Harfenist of Cult-Rock heroes The Sound Of Urchin.

Uriah Heep - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 22, 2011 -

Led by founding member Mick Box, along with a line-up that has been together for two decades, Uriah Heep is a band name that is instantly recognized. Known for their unique blend of melodic songs, and trademark multi-part harmony vocals with a hard rock drive, the band continues a worldwide touring tradition!

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
June 22, 2011 -

Throughout the Amateur Night season, contestants from all over the world compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Roy Ayers & special guest Pete Rock - Highline Ballroom
June 22, 2011 -

Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, CA on September, 10 1940. He comes by his affinity with music naturally, as his mother Ruby Ayers was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. As it often happens in a household filled with the love and the appreciation which for music, Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by the tender age of five, by which time he was playing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by the age of nice, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice. Perhaps Roy's karmic destiny as a vibraphonist was by his parents' decision to allow him attend a concert featuring the great Lionel Hampton's Big Band. During "Hamps" customary stroll down the aisle to thank you his audience for attending, he noticed and ecstatic five-year-old boy. So impressed was "Hamp" by the child's ebullience he walked over and presented young Roy Ayers Jr. with the gift of a lifetime- a pair of vibe mallets. During Roy's adolescence, although his parents required that his schoolwork remain his primary focus, his mother managed to fit in piano lessons, which served to enhance his public school education. In addition to Roy's involvement with various instruments, he also sang in the church choir. Then, at seventeen years of age his parents presented him with a set of vibes and the rest, as they say, is history. Roy began at first study independently, then eventually discovered that Bobby Hutcherson, a rising vibraphonist, lived in his neighborhood, and subsequently he began to work under Bobby's tutelage. Their relationships as friends and musicians blossomed, with regular meetings between the two to collaborate and practice. During this period, Roy went on to form very first group of which he was the leader, while a student of Jefferson High school. Appropriately enough, he first named the group the Jefferson Combo, later re-naming the group to the Latin Lyrics. After graduation from Jefferson High, Roy attended Los Angeles City College where he studied advanced music theory. By 1961 Roy had become a well-rounded, full-fledged professional musician, and as is customary in nuturing African-American households, at twenty-one the keys to the door. As the adage goes, if you are blessed, when one closes another one opens. Fortunately for Roy, he had just begun to receive his musical blessings, as early in his career, he collaborated and performed with likes of Chico Hamilton, Teddy Edwards, Jack Wilson, Phineas Newborn and Gerald Wilson. Shortly thereafter, Roy made his recording debut with Curtis Amy, a highly regarded saxophonist, with whom he recorded "Way Down" and "Tippin on Through".

Eddie Palmieri & La Perfecta II - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 23, 2011 -

Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri has been awarded Nine Grammy Awards. He has been called, "The Sun of Latin Music" The mark he's carved on the history of Latin music goes unquestioned. Part icon and part perfectionist, elder statesman Eddie Palmieri is, without a doubt, the consummate musician.

Alice Smith - Highline Ballroom
June 23, 2011 -

Alice Smith is in Los Angeles, staying high above Sunset Boulevard at that most iconic hotel of ripened Hollywood sensuality, the Chateau Marmont. Someone asks Smith if she likes it there. "Oh yeah," Smith answers with zero hesitation, "I do." She has more to say on the subject of the hotel: "Here's the thing," Smith says, "the one room here that I went to is the best room. It's all windows -- you can see all over the hills. It's overlooking the whole city. It's up on the seventh floor, and it's all windows, and they all open." She mentions her dislike of the mysteriously muddy lighting that Los Angeles often cultivates in its interiors. "It's not like that in this room," Smith says. "I hate dark places. I really like to see the sky -- really, really a lot." Recently turned 29, Smith is, on the evidence of her solo debut, 'For Lovers, Dreamers & Me' (BBE Records), the most promising female singer-songwriter to go her own enrapturing way in a very long time. Her voice, with its four-octave range, is luscious and powerful and nuanced and finely sensitive to rhythm. Yet it never makes a cult of its own abilities; for all its fantastic manners, Smith's voice gets on down the road. Sometimes she sings with a booming intensity, yet Smith never loses the unlearnable balance and poise that separates good singers from great ones. And her basic attitudes, which are audible in every unforced phrase she negotiates, are all her own. Ask Smith if she thinks of 'For Lovers, Dreamers & Me' as any sort of new soul record, and she immediately responds with a couple of plain words: "I don't." "I don't think of it as a soul record," she insists. "When I was in school, I really thought about soul a lot. I was listening a lot to Björk and to the Commodores. I really wanted to know how they felt. And especially with Björk, the music there told me wow, that's really her soul, there. I thought about her a lot, about the sound of her music… Well, it wasn't exactly about the sound, and it wasn't about what other people call 'finding your bounds', or whatever. I thought of her soul; her music made me contemplate her soul. It made me think of Björk, and how she felt. You know what I mean? What she felt like inside. It was never about the genre. So I just came never to think of the idea of soul as being about a category."

The Dog & Pony Show + Cielo present BUTCH - Cielo
June 23, 2011 -

THURSDAY JUNE 23rd - The Dog & Pony Show along with Cielo present... Episode #010: "DOG & PONY TAKE THE MEATPACKING!" starring... -BUTCH [great stuff | cécille | trapez | 8-bit] Last Halloween, he completely LIT UP the Rivington as we hosted his monumental NYC debut. At one point, we even thought the glass dome over the dance floor was gonna come down (luckily it didnt!) He had everyone in the world playing 'No Worries, 'From Above', his edit of 'Tessio', and all the other floor shaking jams off his debut album "Eyes Wide Open". This year his label Bouq is bigger then ever, and his touring schedule is endless. We're honored to have him back playing on the the best sound system in New York! -NICOLAS MATAR [tommy boy records | cielo] The mega mind behind the madness and the evil professor behind the insanity. Nicolas has to be one of the most well-rounded people in the industry. As a hugely successful nightlife entrepreneur, talent buyer, club owner, and as of recent - restaurateur, Nicolas business skill is only surpassed by his creativity behind the decks. It's tough to meet many successful people who have their heart set 100% in the right place, and Nicolas top-tier music selection is only a credit to his love for what really counts: quality. He built the perfect stage to share his passion and it shows! -PAUL RAFFAELE [the dog & pony show] One half of our music direction, and the new hugely popular Dog & Pony Radio Show curator - Paul has more styles then the Wu-Tang Clan. All tailored effortlessly to weave an untouchable style to create our diverse foundation. Tonight you can expect a set reflecting the new & the old, always melodic, funky and exceptionally celebratory! • ABOUT THE PARTY • Dog and Pony are the mischievous main characters at our festive monthly music function. Other regular characters include nerds, pranksters, rock stars, porn stars, hipsters, and party animals in their natural habitat. Episodes will cover important themes such as Techno, House, Disco, Acid, Electro and beyond. Join the millions who are already religious followers! Testimonials from REAL people: "Excuse me sir, how do we get to Tenjune from here?" - NYC tourist trying to having a good time (Meatpacking, NY) "Dog & Pony movin' up in the world - getting all fancy in the lower west side now? Didn't you throw a party in a Brooklyn sh*thole last week?" - Loyal Dog & Pony followr (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) "We had a really great time at your Catz N' Dogz party, thanks!" - Unspecified person (New York, NY) "Cielo? Does that mean there will actually be girls at the party this time?" - Rich single dude trying to get laid (Dumbo, Brooklyn) "It's ABOUT TIME you threw a party with an actual sound system, as opposed to your regular rental of computer speakers. Looking forward to it!" - Music nerd (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) • FREE BEFORE 12AM WITH RSVP • (First 50 RSVPs to Enter Receive a FREE Dog & Pony T-Shirt) + Open Bar 10pm-11pm $15 Pre-sale tickets available here: • CIELO • 18 Little West 12th St. New York

Khaled Live at Think Coffee - Think Coffee
June 23, 2011 - New York

N, R Train to 8th Street 4, 6 Train to Bleeker St-Lexington B, D, F, M Train to Broadway - Lafayette. June 23rd, 2011, 8:00pm All Ages

Dee Dee Bridgewater: To Billie With Love - The Town Hall
June 24, 2011 -

Grammy and Tony Award winning artist, producer, U.N. Ambassador and host of NPR's JazzSet, Dee Dee Bridgewater focuses her talents on material immortalized by the enigmatic Billie Holiday. Bridgewater delves into the broad-ranging repertoire she explored during her "Laurence Olivier" nominated theatrical portrayal of the legendary singer. As one of the most lauded vocalists of our time, Dee Dee Bridgewater brings her considerable talent and precise interpretations to the renowned songs that have endured to become timeless classics.

To Billie With Love A Celebration of Lady Day - The Town Hall
June 24, 2011 -

On Friday June 24 at 8:00 PM, The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd St.), Times Square’s landmark concert venue, presents A Blue Note Jazz Festival Event, "To Billie With Love A Celebration of Lady Day" by famed jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater with guest artist Chrisette Michele, who is produced in association with Jill Newman Productions. Dee Dee Bridgewater will perform a tribute to the legendary Billie Holiday that will feature selections from Bridgewater’s latest recording, "Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee," for which Ms. Bridgewater received the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. She will sing and scat her way to a fresh interpretation of Holiday’s signature melodies, accompanied by the quartet of Edsel Gomez (Piano), Kenny Davis (Bass), Jaz Sawyer (drums) and Craig Handy (reeds). Tickets are on sale now for $50 and $45 and are available through Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787 or or by visiting The Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6PM (except Sundays). Dee Dee Bridgewater is a Tony ® Award winner, UN Ambassador and NPR radio host. One of the most lauded vocalists of our time, she brings her considerable talent and precise interpretations to renowned songs that have endured to become timeless classics. As a child, her mother played for her the greatest albums of Ella Fitzgerald, whose artistry provided an inspiration for Dee Dee throughout her career. She toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois Big Band and made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. She appeared in concerts and recorded with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Stanley Clarke and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In 1974, she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway, where her voice, beauty and stage presence won her great success and a Tony® Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wiz." This began a long line of awards and accolades as well as opportunities to work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and in London, where she received the coveted Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best Actress for her tour de force portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl's "Lady Day." Performing the lead in equally demanding acting/singing roles as "Sophisticated Ladies," "Cosmopolitan Greetings," "Black Ballad," "Carmen Jazz" and the musical "Cabaret" (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles), she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer. Chrisette Michele, a Grammy Award winning R&B vocalist, will make her Town Hall debut and her first professional foray into the world of jazz in this evening. She'll return to her roots, paying tribute to three jazz icons she credits as her biggest influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, backed by her own jazz trio. Michele's three releases, all on the Def Jam label, are unmistakably R&B records, but have hinted at her love for jazz in her style and even in her lyrics. She won a Grammy for her ’09 song, “Be Ok.” Michele will add her own R&B flavor to standards made famous by Ella, Billie and Sarah. She will also scat solos throughout, a craft she studied diligently as a youth and through her higher education. ABOUT TOWN HALL - Now celebrating its 90th Anniversary Season, The Town Hall was built in 1921 by a group of suffragettes and began as a lecture hall and public forum for debates where “American Town Meetings on The Air” was broadcast live for 25 years. Over the decades, the stage has been graced by Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandberg, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis. Today the hall flourishes as a popular, affordable venue, boasting the hottest acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy and dance including Billy Joel, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Natalie Merchant, Graham Nash, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Andre Watts, Henry Rollins, Joe Jackson, Pink Martini, Regina Spector, Brian Adams, Aimee Mann, Robin Williams, Dawn Upshaw, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Al Gore, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Leno, Dave Matthews, Vanessa Williams, and Ben Folds. For over two decades, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s "Prairie Home Companion." Over the past two-and-a-half decades, The Town Hall has produced the Feature Film Seminar Series and a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, which include The Century of Change, Not Just Jazz, Broadway By The Year®, The Broadway Cabaret Festival and The Summer Broadway Festival. ( Follow The Town Hall's news on Twitter! Friend The Town Hall on Facebook:

Roberta Flack - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 24, 2011 -

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz. Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. Discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry's by jazz musician Les McCann, she was promptly signed to Atlantic With a string of hits, including, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Where Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His Song, Feel Like Makin' Love, The Closer I Get to You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Ms. Flack has built a musical legacy. In 1999, she aptly received a Star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame. Roberta is currently involved with a very exciting studio venture -- an interpretive album of Beatles' classics. She regularly plays to appreciative audiences around the world, and had the pleasure of appearing recently with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. In February 2009, Ms. Flack performed with critically acclaimed orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, West Australian and Sydney Symphonies. Very active as a humanitarian and mentor, Ms. Flack founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

Bruno Mars - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 24, 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

Maya Azucena, Dujeous - Highline Ballroom
June 24, 2011 -

Some people are born with jaw-dropping talent, some born with a burning will to succeed, and some born with a spirit to help those in need. Then there is multiple award-winning singer Maya Azucena, a vocalist so richly talented that she's brought audiences to their feet all over the world. Driven by an entrepreneur's spirit, she's released her own music and toured the planet, all on her own. And, Maya's a humanitarian who consistently uses these gifts to help make life better for those around her. An electric performer with commanding stage presence and passionate delivery; Maya's concerts are often described as "spiritual" and "riveting." Her music sounds like a cutting-edge version of Aretha Franklin mixed with the fire of Lauryn Hill and the songwriting talent of classic Stevie Wonder. The Chinese press summed it up by saying "Ms Azucena has the power to 'penetrate blocks' and to touch people from different cultural backgrounds." Maya is a true 21st Century success story. Rising from the streets of Brooklyn, her talent took her to the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts (the "Fame" school). Later she formed a band and started honing her performance skills all over the U.S. Maya's 2nd show found her performing in front of 8,000 people in Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, she released her debut CD "Maya Who?!" independently, selling it at shows and from her website. It was this direct connection with fans that led to much of her success and growth as a businesswoman. Maya's collaborations have also helped propel her career. Her collaboration with Stephen Marley for the Grammy winning 'Mind Control' spawned several more works-in-progress between the two. Maya's work with Croatian superstar Gibonni garnered two Porin Awards (Croatia's version of a Grammy Award); and her work with Italian superstar DJ Jad afforded Maya the opportunity to perform on MTV in front of millions. The list goes on. Most importantly, Maya Azucena believes that music is a tool for healing and activism. She sang in Washington DC at the Save Darfur Rally along with politicians and celebrities such as Barack Obama and George Clooney. Maya and Emmy-winning director Lisa Russell co-founded, a multi-media website for maternal health awareness. Through this collaboration she was invited to perform at Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's exclusive "Every Woman, Every Child" event at the United Nation's 2010 MDG Summit. Maya earned a Proclamation from the House of Representatives and won The Network Journal's prestigious "Top 40 Under 40" Award for her exemplary community work and business acumen. Maya consistently works as a Cultural Ambassador representing the U.S. and performed in countries as varied as Sri Lanka, Honduras, and Myanmar. Ms. Azucena is in the final stages of completing her newest CD titled "Cry Love". Musically, it is an energetic, lyrical mix of Azucena's distinctive blend of raw soul. Initial listens by a major record label executive, as well as by editor-in-chief of a national music magazine, have inspired the use of the word "classic."

BLOWOFF Featuring The DJ Sounds Of Bob Mould & Richard Morel - Highline Ballroom
June 24, 2011 -

BOB MOULD and RICHARD MOREL's BLOWOFF is a DJ event that has become a premier destination for a wide cross-section of appreciative music fans. Originating in Washington, DC, BLOWOFF is an established event in DC, New York, San Francisco, Provincetown, Chicago, and San Diego. Maintaining the musical emphasis of the BLOWOFF parties, Mould and Morel DJ in tandem, laying down a signature mix of indie rock, electro and house, accented by a series of artfully eye-popping vignettes projected throughout the club. Originally a musical collaboration between Washington, DC-based singer-songwriters Bob Mould—formerly of alt rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar—and electronic producer/artist Richard Morel, BLOWOFF began in 2003 at DC's Velvet Lounge. The DC party moved to the legendary 9:30 Club in July 2003, and within a few years became the preeminent DJ event on the east coast. With the focus firmly placed on cutting edge music, dazzling live visuals by Nick Lopata, and stunning poster art by Baltimore-based artist Linas Garsys, the BLOWOFF audiences grew exponentially. The BLOWOFF artist CD was released in 2006 on Full Frequency Music. Live performances to promote the album included headline sets at Homo A Go Go (Olympia, WA) and the 2006 Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. BLOWOFF is now a regular bi-coastal event. 2007 saw the highly successful launch of BLOWOFF New York, with BLOWOFF San Francisco, Brooklyn and Provincetown following in 2008. The BLOWOFF Chicago events held at Metro during International Mr. Leather and Bear Pride Weekend in 2009 and 2010 were the highlights of both events. Richard Morel is known for his remixes under the name Pink Noise, including the Killers, Yoko Ono, and Pet Shop Boys. In addition, Morel co-wrote and co-produced three songs on Cyndi Lauper's "Bring Ya To The Bring" album and released his third solo album as Morel, "The Death Of The Paper Boy," in 2008. Bob Mould, founding member of the seminal punk band Husker Du and alt-rock favorite Sugar, released his ninth solo album, "Life And Times" (Anti- Records), on April 7, 2010. Mould's yet-to-be-titled autobiography, with assistance from Michael Azerrad, will be published by Little, Brown in spring 2011. For more on BLOWOFF, including the most current party schedule, flyers and DJ playlists, please visit the BLOWOFF website. Hear some Blowoff music, see slideshows of BLOWOFF men and the iconic party flyers and more on the MYSPACE page. Fans are encouraged to join the booming BLOWOFF GROUP ON FACEBOOK.

Music and Musica -Brazilian Endowment for the Arts - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
June 24, 2011 -

The Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble is a group that is dedicating itself to the performance of varied instrumental music from many parts of Brazil. It is a quartet close to the style of the "regional," a typical arrangement of instruments one can find in Brazil for the performance of choro or for the purpose of backing up a singer. As great a music bossa nova is, as the most commercially successful it has dominated the small amount of Brazilian music that reaches American ears. This ensemble has made it a commitment to explore the richness of other forms of Brazilian music and bring a different palette of emotion and color to it's audience. Through the various genres of music, different images of Brazil are conveyed. There is the pulse of the smaller cities, the Moorish influence (a la Portugal and Muslim West Coast Africa), the highly modern urbanity emitted by the wide intervals in modern choro. There is the impossibly bright racing frevo, carnival music that in a small ensemble rivals jazz in its twisting sense of musical line and rhythmic forward motion. There are the archaic European dance forms that have been perked up and re-africanized by Brazilian Northeast laborers such as xote (somewhat related to the European "Schottish"). All these contrasts both serve to educate audiences and serve as a springboard for improvisation and artistic expression for each individual member of the ensemble. Dominique Gagne -flute; Billy Newman - Guitars; Bina Coquet - 7 string and Gypsy Guitar; Tom do Pandeiro - percussion; Justin - Bandolim.

Stefano Noferini's NYC Debut with Sleepy and Boo - Santo's Party House
June 24, 2011 - New York

Biohazard Promotions Presents... Stefano Noferini (Deeperfect Records - Italy) Fist Time In New York City! | | | along with Sleepy & Boo (Basic NYC). Opening set by DJ Dave Pech The Birthday! (Biohazard Promos). Stefano Noferini is a house music master. This year alone…he has played in Moscow, Italy, Pamplona, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Pacha Brazil, Columbia, Istanbul, and even rocked the terrace in Space Ibiza! He has played in countries that you haven’t even heard of! AND NOW STEFANO NOFERINI IS ABOUT TO ROCK NEW YORK CITY! It is nearly impossible to find a DJ that doesn’t own one of his tracks whether they play Tech House or not! Paul Van Dyk, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, David Guetta have all dropped his beats! Yeah…Stefano is the man! Sleepy and Boo run Basic NYC and headline District 36 and Cielo on a regular basis! They have opened for an insane roster of DJ’s and pretty much run the New York City house music scene. If you live in New York and haven’t heard of Sleepy and Boo then you must not go out much. Stefano Noferini! Sleepy and Boo! Santo’s Party House! June 24th! Buy your ticket now or stay home! WITH AN UNBELIEVABLE VISUAL AND LIGHTING SHOW!!!! BUY $20 ADVANCED TICKETS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST | Doors Open @ 11:30pm. Table Reservations: (646) 270.6177. Event Info Line: (201) 344.8975. Santo's Party House 96 Lafayette St New York, NY

The Cunning Little Vixen - New York Philharmonic
Through June 25, 2011 -

Leos Janacek penned what is likely the most endearing opera ever inspired by a comic strip. This touching tale of the cycle of life in a European forest – featuring a brilliant orchestral score and characters as varied as the forest itself – receives its Philharmonic premiere in a colorful production conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Douglas Fitch.

Nancy Wilson - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 25, 2011 -

Nancy Wilson's musical style is so diverse that it is hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included pop style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes and well known standards. Critics have described her as "a jazz singer," "a blues singer," "a pop singer," and "a cabaret singer." Still others have referred to her as "a storyteller," "a professor emeritus of body language," "a consummate actress," and "the complete entertainer." Then who is this song stylist (that's the descriptive title she prefers) whose voice embodies the nuances of gospel, blues, and jazz? Her colleague and long time friend Joe Williams used to call her "the thrush from Columbus." By the age of four, Nancy Wilson knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Chillicothe, OH, Nancy grew up in Columbus where her father provided early exposure to many vocalists. These included male singers Billy Eckstine and Louis Jordan, and the rhythm and blues of Ruth Brown and LaVerne Baker. Nat King Cole was influential as well. She also heard big band vocalists Jimmy Rushing with Count Basie's Orchestra, and Lionel Hampton's Little Jimmy Scott. As a child she took an active part in church music as well as school choirs and dance bands. Nancy's professional singing career began at the age of 15. She had her own television show, Skyline Melody, on a local station. Soon after, she began performing in clubs in the Columbus area. After graduating high school, still undecided about a music career, she enrolled in the teacher training program at Central State College. But in 1956, Nancy's desire outweighed the uncertainty of a vocal career, so she left college to join The Rusty Bryant Band. That same year she met Julian "Cannonball" Adderley when she accompanied Bryant's band to New York City for a recording session. Adderley, impressed with her talent and determination, took an immediate interest in her career and the two kept in touch. In 1959, Nancy moved to New York City, allotting herself six months to attain her goals. She wanted Cannonball's manager, John Levy, to represent her, and she wanted Capitol Records as her label. Within four weeks of her arrival in New York she got her first big break, a call to fill in for Irene Reid at The Blue Morocco. Nancy did so well that the club booked her on a permanent basis; she was singing four nights a week and working as a receptionist during the day. She called John Levy and he went to catch her show. Image"John called me the very next day. He set up a session to record a demo," Nancy recalls. "Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded "Guess Who I Saw Today," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted." Nancy's debut single, "Guess Who I Saw Today," was so successful that between April of 1960 and July of 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Two of those remain in-demand reissues to this day: The Swingin's Mutual with George Shearing (1961) and Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley (1962), and earned her a permanent star in the jazz constellation. In 1963 "Tell Me The Truth" became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 - the turning pointing of her career garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. Time Magazine wrote, "She is, all at once, both cool and sweet, both singer and story teller." Nancy was seen performing on variety shows (The Andy Williams Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, and others) and for one season she had her own popular television program, The Nancy Wilson Show (NBC) that won an Emmy in 1975. Nancy also took on acting roles, appearing on popular television shows throughout the years, from I Spy, Room 222, Hawaii Five-O, and Police Story, to The Cosby Show, Soul Food, New York Undercover, Moesha, and The Parkers. After years with Capitol, during many of which she was second in sales only to the Beatles, surpassing even Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, the Beach Boys, and early idol Nat King Cole, the business had changed providing Nancy with an opportunity to seek out projects that allowed her to express the maturity that she acquired throughout her then 55 years of life. One of the more interesting albums from her later period came about in 1991, when singer Barry Manilow was given a sheath full of lyrics written by the late Johnny Mercer which the great songwriter had never put to music. Manilow added melodies and chose Nancy to sing the resultant songs. In 1995, when National Public Radio (NPR) was looking for an articulate voice with both name value and jazz credibility to host their Jazz Profiles series, Nancy was the obvious choice. Not only did she know the music, but she knew the artists personally. Her first profile for this program was the 75th birthday tribute to Charlie Parker. In the late 1990s, Nancy teamed up with MCG Jazz, a social enterprise supporting the youth education programs of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, a nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. A Nancy Wilson Christmas, released for the 2001 holiday season was her only completed Christmas album. All proceeds form the sale of A Nancy Wilson Christmas went directly to support the programs of MCG Jazz. Three years later Nancy gave MCG Jazz and the world of music another gift - R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) - which was released on August 25, 2004. Receiving gifts in return, R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) won the 2005 GRAMMY? Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and the 2005 NAACP Image Award for Best Jazz Artist. (This was her second GRAMMY?, the first being in 1964 for "How Glad I Am," and her second Image Award, the first being in 1986.) Other honors Nancy has received include a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, streets and days dedicated in her name, honorary doctorate degrees, and in 2005, the UNCF Trumpet Award celebrating African-American achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey's Legends Award. Her third CD on the MCG Jazz label, Turned To Blue (released in August 2006), brought her a third Grammy award.

Hue for Two: Mari Kimura and Stephen Gosling - Tenri Cultural Institute
June 25, 2011 -

On June 25 at 8:00 PM at Tenri Cultural Center, 43A West 13th Street, The New Spectrum Foundation will present "Hue for Two: Mari Kimura and Stephen Gosling," the inaugural recital for the performing duo of Kimura, inventor of Subharmonics for the violin, and Gosling, a virtuoso pianist and master of unlimited styles. This is the launch of a series of duo concerts they wish to continue every year, presenting a diverse violin/piano duo repertoire, from classical to experimental. Subharmonics is a technique by which violinist Mari Kimiura plays notes below the open-G string without lowering the tuning. She recently gained broad recognition when she and this revolutionary technique were the subject of a feature story by Matthew Gurewitsch in the New York Times Arts & Leisure on May 15, 2011. (Read the article on NY Times online.) The June 25 concert will include the premiere of "Hue for Two," a new work composed by Kimura for violin and piano using Subharmonics. The piece was composed by Kimura as part of her 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship project. It will be the first duo piece using Subharmonics in history of the violin literature. PROGRAM: * Toru Takemitsu: From far beyond Chrysanthemums and November Fog (1983) * Filepe Lara: Prisma for violin and piano (2006 - rv. 2008) * Salvatore Sciarrino: Sonatina pour Violon et Piano (1975) * Bernard Cavanna: "Fauve" - Six pièces pour violon seul (1994) * Eziquiel Viñao: Fantasie for piano solo (1998) * Mari Kimura: "Hue for Two" for violin and piano (2011) world premiere. * Claude Debussy: Sonata pour violon et piano (1917) The New Spectrum Foundation is led by biotechnology entrepreneur Glenn Cornett and located in Palo Alto, CA. It is focused on the support of contemporary music. ABOUT MARI KIMURA Violinist Mari Kimura ( is a revolutionary musician, composer and 2010 Guggenheim winner who has invented new sonic worlds for the violin. The New York Times has written, "Ms. Kimura is a virtuoso playing at the edge" and All Music Guide has described her as "A plugged-in Paganini for the Digital Age." New Music Connoisseur asserted, "Mari Kimura is to the violin what perhaps Henry Cowell and later John Cage were to the piano in the 1920's and 30's--taking it into the future with extended techniques and sounds." Ms. Kimura is also well known for developing the extended technique of "Subharmonics." This has put her at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. She is also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music and has earned international acclaim as a soloist and recitalist in both standard and contemporary repertoire. In a New York Times review of an April 11, 2011 concert for Japan relief at the Japan Society, critic Zachary Woolfe attributed "ferociously guttural power" to Ms. Kimura's Bach deconstructions. Last year, Ms. Kimura was awarded a 2010 Music Composition Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and completed a three-month residency at IRCAM in Paris. On May 20, Kimura will appear in "String Theater," a solo recital at Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, hosted by The Vilcek Foundation, New York's biomedical foundation which supports immigrant artists and scientists. Kimura was chosen as one of their featured artists this year. In this appearance, she will introduce a brand new Subharmonic to the audience for the first time---Subharmonic Fifth, which she has been working on for several years. Mari Kimura's recent CD, "The World Below G and Beyond: Works for Violin Subharmonics and Interactive Computer" (October, 2010 on Mutable Music) is devoted entirely to her own compositions. As the title suggests, it focuses primarily on works using Subharmonics, including the premiere recording of "ALT: Three Movements for violin solo," the piece with which she introduced Subharmonics in concert halls for the first time at a New York solo debut recital in 1994. For a review of the album, see: Ms. Kimura has recently joined United States Artists, and with support of this organization, will be raising funding for her future projects and this concert. For more info, please see: For an expanded biography of Ms. Kimura, see: ABOUT SUBHARMINICS Subharmonics, a violin technique created by Mari Kimura, has drawn international attention from both the musical and scientific communities. It has been mentioned in Physics and Physics Today. Ms. Kimura has demonstrated the technique at a meeting of Acoustical Society of America and more than a dozen articles about Subharmonics have appeared in musical and scientific journals (including several authored by Kimura herself). The technique is used prominently in "Schemes," a work for violin and orchestra composed for her by Jean-Claude Risset, which will be Ms. Kimura's next worldwide touring project. The work was commissioned by the Suntory Music Foundation and debuted in 2007 in Tokyo. Kimura has recently created a new Subharmonic interval., the "Subharmonic Fifth." If she plays an Open G string, she can play the fifth below (viola's C). Previously, she had been performing and composing with the "Subharmonic Octave" and "Subharmonic Third." The Fifth has actually been in development for a long time. All three intervals are achieved entirely through bowing technique. ABOUT STEPHEN GOSLING Pianist Stephen Gosling is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, American Modern Ensemble, the Orchestra of the League of Composers/ISCM, and Ne(x)tworks. He has additionally been a frequent guest artist of many other groups, including the New York Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Orpheus, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, American Composers Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Speculum Musicae. He has performed several times in the Lincoln Center and Mostly Mozart festivals, and was the subject of a New York Times profile in October 2005. Mr. Gosling earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the Juilliard School, garnering the Mennin Prize for Outstanding Excellence and Leadership in Music and the Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship. He was also featured as concerto soloist an unprecedented four times. Mr. Gosling has collaborated with numerous American and European composers, including John Adams, Milton Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Poul Ruders, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn. He has also worked extensively with New Zealand’s pre-eminent composer, John Psathas, recording two award-winning CDs of his work (Rhythm Spike and Fragments) and premiering his piano concerto Three Psalms with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Recently Mr. Gosling has performed Corigliano’s Piano Concerto with the Phoenix Synphony and Boulez’s Sur Incises with the Met Chamber Orchestra under James Levine at Zankel Hall; given solo recitals at the Stone and at Bargemusic; completed his third CD of solo piano music by Phillip Ramey; and premiered Gheorghe Costinescu’s “Essay in Sound” at the American Composers Alliance Festival at Symphony Space (this live performance will complete a soon-to-be-released recording of Costinescu’s piano music). Mr. Gosling has performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and made over 50 recordings to date. An additional biography and discography of Mr. Gosling is available at:

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 25, 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.

I...AMANDA LEPORE - IN CONCERT! - Highline Ballroom
June 25, 2011 -

'Amanda Lepore by Michael Musto' - The world's most famous transsexual and an effervescent fixture on the New York scene, Amanda Lepore has been at the cutting edge of culture since the club kid era, breaking and re-making the rules for music, marketing, and gender.?/?Her new album, I…Amanda Lepore, is the culmination of her long reign as the queen of Gotham's button pushing (and button popping) carnival, cementing her status as the most prevalent risk taking creative artist and good-time gal after dark.?/?A sort of woozy inflatable doll, Amanda comes off like a Jeff Koons statue of Marilyn Monroe, a walking work in progress whose nonstop array of surgeries have made her a unique comment on womanhood, and every inch a dame.?/?In Milan, she was dubbed La Silicona. In New York, she gets paid to enter a room, lips first.It's not a party until her benevolent presence is spotted on a banquette, like a space alien sex goddess crossed with a curvy Disney goldfish, doling out insights, giggles, and occasionally free drink tickets. A dominatrix and a regular member of Michael Alig's clubland circus at Limelight's weekly Disco 2000 in the early '90s, Amanda went on to work Patricia Field's makeup counter while finding her constantly changing face the most marketable object in town. It's been used to promote Heatherette, M.A.C., and Swatch, to name just three trendy brands, and in 2006, way before he designed for that other first lady, Jason Wu did an Amanda Lepore doll, which represented her in plastic—a creative act that made perfect (dollars and) sense. "But who is Amanda Lepore?" is an often overheard remark, second only to "But WHAT is Amanda Lepore?" Well, back in the '90s, a newspaper column blithely called Amanda a drag queen, so she mailed them a Polaroid of herself giving them the finger (with no clothes on, by the way). "I'm a transsexual," the exasperated diva explained to me at the time."I have a vagina!" She'll even show it to you! In person! And as with a lot of her transformations, it came pretty cheap. (As a boy in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Amanda got hormones from a trannie friend in exchange for outfits. She ended up dating a surgeon who gave her a free nose job, a later boyfriend paying for her sexual reassignment. Who needs nationalized health care when you can just marry well?) Things happen pretty enchantedly for Amanda, though this obscures the fact that beneath her vavoomy exterior is an unflappable person with a will of steel who invariably gets what she wants. Her obsessive dabblings in rhinoplasty, liquid silicone injections, eyelifts, and breast implants are calculated to make her the world's most beautiful lab experiment—an iconic presence that gay artists from Elton John to CAZWELL have used to enhance their videos and that anyone with a camera—and half a brain—automatically aims her way. "Amanda has no interest in being a girl," photographer David LaChapelle—one of her longtime mentors—once told me. "She wants to be a drawing of a girl, a cartoon like Jessica Rabbit. When I told her that silicone is dangerous, she said, 'I don't care, as long as I look beautiful in the coffin.' There's something kind of profound in that, that she's creating this moment of beauty for herself and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice." Amanda's music also takes pains to serve a challenging product that, in its post-Warholian way, sardonically comments on capitalism while wholeheartedly embracing it. Playing a ditz comes naturally to her (she sang "I Know What Boys Like" for Another Gay Movie and "My Hair Looks Fierce" on her first album, 2005's Introducing…Amanda Lepore), but it's a pose, a winky attempt to portray a sort of modern day Ann-Margret, albeit one who once had a penis.?/?Usually, Amanda would rather sing about more important things than just boys and hair—like her privates! Her 2007 club hit "My Pussy (Is Famous)" giddily reminded the world that, while it arrived without a pricetag on it, her fertile crescent is now worth millions.

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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