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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 23-Mar 30: Music

March 23, 2013 - by CG Directory Editor
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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
March 23, 2013 - Manhattan

Brandi Carlisle - Beacon Theatre
Through March 23, 2013 - New York

Performing live.

The Bach Variations: Violin Concertos in A minor and E major - New York Philharmonic
Through March 23, 2013 - New York

Four orchestral programs, March 6-April 6, are conducted by masters with different perspectives. Additional events, including those in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y, reveal additional dimensions in this wide-ranging celebration.

Madeleine Peyroux - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 23, 2013 -

With a haunting voice eerily reminiscent of Billie Holiday's, an eclectic repertoire of covers ranging from Josephine Baker classics to Leonard Cohen laments as well as her own original material, and a distinctive approach to both, Madeleine Peyroux has become the toast of vocal connoisseurs. She's bringing her subtly swinging songs to one of New York's most enchanting venues, the Allen Room, for four shows over two evenings, as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Singers Over Manhattan" series.

A Look at the Stars - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 23, 2013 - Brooklyn

In an otherworldly convergence of talents—singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, and composer Nico Muhly—give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system. The firmament descends in part one with a set of atmospheric instrumental works, composed by the three artists and performed with precision by a guest quartet. In part two, the planetary paeans begin: Stevens' wistful falsetto voice traces the gauzy rings of Saturn. Muhly's analog keyboards, Dessner's guitar, and seven trombones unleash the red rage of Mars. And in an elegiac electronic waltz, a chamber ensemble gives the crestfallen Pluto—ousted but not forgotten—its musical due. *This event is currently sold out.

Ask Your Mama - Apollo Theater
March 23, 2013 - New York

This multi-media work brings to life Langston Hughes' epic poem "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" with music spanning from Africa to the Americas, the South to the North, opera to jazz, gospel to be-bop.

The Drum and the Heart as One: An African/African-American Folk Art Experience - Pelham Art Center
March 23, 2013 - Pelham

ArtsWestchester Arts Award Winner Baba Abishai will lead an open circle and exercise of African and African-American drumming, dance, and storytelling, free and open to everyone! Join us and watch his demonstration, participate in a hands-on component, or simply listen to the folk stories.

Planetarium - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through March 24, 2013 - Brooklyn

In an otherworldly convergence of talents -- singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, and composer Nico Muhly -- give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system.

HELEN REDDY - B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill
Through March 24, 2013 -

Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. In television, Helen was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in over forty countries.

The Music of Eric Whitacre - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
March 24, 2013 - New York

DCINY once again welcomes back Grammy award-winning composer/conductor Eric Whitacre to Issac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 24 at 8:30pm. Straight off his tour with The Eric Whitacre Singers, the Youtube Virtual Choir creator will present a full evening of original choral music including the World Premiere of two new pieces accompanied by a 200-voice choir. For more information on group sales and ticket packages, please contact

Yevgeny Sudbin, piano - The Town Hall
March 24, 2013 - New York

Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by London's Daily Telegraph as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century" and his performance at the BBC Proms was described by the publication as "sublime." The International Record Review stated that his Rachmaninov recording "confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time" Hear this outstanding young pianist in a program of works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Scriabin.

Andrea Gibson, Shira E. - Highline Ballroom
March 24, 2013 - New York

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam --Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Huffinton Post, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY, Gibson's poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart's most compassionate room. Featuring the music of Chris Pureka, Nervous But Excited, and many other phenomenal musical guests the tracks on this compilation are active Volcano. They burn away and rebirth- a creation story in every lyric, radiating with the fire of a heart fiercely committed to social justice.

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
March 24, 2013 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill leads the ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.

The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
March 24, 2013 - New York

Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.

Sondheim Unplugged - 54 Below
March 24, 2013 - New York

A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory & Donna McKechnie - so you never know who might drop in. Hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
March 25, 2013 - New York

On Sale Now! Call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or visit Featuring Distinguished Concerts Singers International and the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps Using the famous Longfellow poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," this concert is a riveting and thrilling work of modern choral music. Rene Clausen’s five movements have been described as invoking the "excitement of the horse ride as well as the quiet of the streets, the beauty of the night, the history of the rickety old bell tower, and the breathless excitement as the message is delivered." The Distinguished Concert Singers take the stage with a special appearance by the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps.

Sigur Ros - Madison Square Garden
March 25, 2013 - New York

Promising to be the most expansive Sigur Ros live experience yet.

Rocket Summer - Highline Ballroom
March 26, 2013 - New York

Texas native Bryce Avary, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, has accomplished enough for someone a lot older, as he prepares for the release of his fifth full-length album, Life Will Write the Words (2012). Since launching his career as a 16-year-old with the independently released The Rocket Summer EP (2000), a name he took from a Ray Bradbury short story, Avary has toured around the world, selling out venues not just in the US, but in Canada, the UK, Australia, and Japan as well, while playing such noted events as the UK's Glastonbury Festival, Scotland's T in the Park, Japan's Summer Sonic Festival, Australia's Soundwave Festival, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Bamboozle, Cornerstone, and the 2007 and 2010 Vans Warped Tours. Judging by his past success and his enthusiastic base of hardcore fans, Avary is definitely doing something right. His latest release, Of Men and Angels (2010), debuted as the No. 1 album on iTunes, and the title track from his previous album Do You Feel (2007) exploded into an internet phenomenon, receiving over four million plays on The Rocket Summer's Myspace Page. As he looks forward to the release of what is likely to become another massive hit, he reflects on the songwriting process that led to its creation."I [tried] to write songs the whole world would want to sing along to, but I also [wanted] to make an album of genuine and honest songs written from my heart that musically and lyrically are better than anything I have done before, and above all [would] be an album that would hopefully move and affect people. For me it's all about focusing everything you have on making the greatest music you can without banking on anything else. I'm grateful to be doing this, and I want to do this for the right reasons." Although The Rocket Summer has toured with the Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, Paramore, Relient K, Jimmy Eat World, The All-American Rejects, Copeland, All Time Low, The Ataris, Something Corporate, Plain White T's, Hellogoodbye, Phantom Planet, Switchfoot, and many others, this summer Avary steps into the headlining spot to promote Life Will Write the Words (due out on June 5th). Like his albums, his live shows are all about positivity, optimism, sing-alongs, excitement, and overcoming struggles. Avary looks forward to connecting with his fans on this tour. "We have this loyal, hardcore following and I couldn't be more grateful for this. I keep pushing myself forward, trying to make great records, trying to put on the best live performance I can, all the while expanding The Rocket Summer to as far as it can be taken." Joe Brooks, Royal Teeth, Tidewater open.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Beacon Theatre
March 27, 2013 - New York

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson Electric Trio perform at the Beacon Theatre.

Avant - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 27, 2013 - New York

The masterful crooner is back on point with his seventh album, Face the Music (Feb. 5, 2013). Inspired by the R&B legends--Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Luther Vandross and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds--who have been guiding lights in Avant's career, the project marks the singer's first release on the Capitol/EMI-distributed independent label Mo-B. But the set does more than just pay homage to R&B masters. Thanks to Avant's inventiveness, Face the Music cooks up a tantalizing blend of contemporary and traditional sounds.

Marcus Foster - Highline Ballroom
March 27, 2013 - New York

After contributing one song to the first Twilight soundtrack in 2008, his popularity with audiences in the U.S. and Europe developed exponentially, which helped to vindicate his commitment to his craft. For 2012, Foster is about to release a new EP The Last House. The Last House is a concise and exciting journey. Recorded in a barn in Sussex, England, it is his most diverse release to date. In addition to a further series of European tours, he will soon be opening for Michael Kiwanuka in the U.S, whilst completing songs for his second album. Sean Rowe, Ruston Kelly, opening.

Faculty Recital: Joel Krosnick, cello - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
March 27, 2013 - New York

Cello and … Gilbert Kalish, piano Seymour Lipkin, piano Laurie Smukler, violin Ronald Copes, violin Gwen Krosnick, cello Juilliard String Quartet J.S. BACH Two Canons from The Art of the Fugue CARTER Tre Duetti DEBUSSY Sonate SHAPEY Duo Variations WERNICK For Two (2011)* BEETHOVEN Trio Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost" MOZART Quartet in D Major, K. 575 * World Premiere; composed in honor of Mr. Krosnick's 70th birthday Member of the Juilliard String Quartet and Juilliard faculty since 1974, cellist Joel Krosnick demonstrates the artistic qualities that have earned him deserved international renown "This program is a small thank you and a grateful tribute to some of the composers (Messrs. Carter, Shapey, and Wernick) and to the wonderful colleagues from Kneisel Hall, The Juilliard School, and the musical world at large (Laurie Smukler, Seymour Lipkin, Gilbert Kalish, Gwen Krosnick, Joseph Lin, Ronald Copes, and Samuel Rhodes), who have graced my personal and musical life for these many years." -Joel Krosnick Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series FREE tickets available 3/13

Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
March 27, 2013 - New York

A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the April 3 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on June 19. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27!

Tom Judson - 54 Below
March 28, 2013 - New York

Celebrated vocalist Tom Judson returns with an encore performance of his hit show, featuring songs that use the natural elements of the universe to tell their stories. The song list is drawn from writers as diverse as Claude Debussy, Lionel Hampton, and the Beatles, with even a couple of cowboy songs thrown in for good measure, all diverse in the richness of their melody and depth of lyric.

Los Angeles Philharmonic - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through March 28, 2013 - New York

The impassioned and fiery conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the New York premiere of John Adams's most recent work, directed by his frequent collaborator, Peter Sellars, (3/27) and in Stravinsky's beloved ballet The Firebird (3/28).

Susanna Malkki Conducts AXIOM - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 28, 2013 - New York

Susanna Mälkki, conductor SEAN SHEPHERD Blur VELI-MATTI PUUMALA Mure ELLIOTT CARTER Asko Concerto JUKKA TIENSUU Mood ANTHONY CHEUNG Dystemporal AXIOM presents a program in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy, which will be showcased at the Helsinki Festival next summer. AXIOM's critically praised performances of "classic" 20th-century works are a highlight of the season at Juilliard FREE tickets available 3/14

Orchestra of St. Luke's - Carnegie Hall
March 28, 2013 - New York

Ivan Fischer leadis the Orchestra of St. Luke's and chorus Musica Sacra, under the direction of Kent Tritle, in a performance of Bach's choral masterwork, St. Matthew Passion. The sacred oratorio features four esteemed soloists: soprano Dominique Labelle, mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, tenor John Tessier (Evangelist), and bass-baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Christus).

The Soundtrack Series - The Gallery at LPR (Le Poisson Rouge)
March 28, 2013 - New York

Stories about songs, and the hilarious or heartbreaking memories we forever connect with music. Hip hop artist Jean Grae, Maggie Serota of Low Times, Everybody Loves Our Town author Mark Yarm and Record/Play's Aaron Wolfe tell us the stories they connect with songs by Leonard Cohen, 50 Cent, America and more. Plus, a fierce debate on one of hip hop's most famous arguments - East Coast vs. West Coast, with Dawn Fraser and Mike Brown.

THE PIETASTERS & BIG D and the KIDS TABLE - Highllne Ballroom
Through March 29, 2013 - New York

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms").

The Breeders - Bell House
March 29, 2013 - Brooklyn

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Naked Soul Concert Series - Eric Anderson - Rubin Museum of Art
March 29, 2013 - New York

Eric Andersen's career spans over 45 years. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs and toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Japan.

Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 29, 2013 - New York

Broadway rising star Lindsay Mendez and pianist & music director Marco Paguia join together to perform jazz, pop, soul and contemporary songs by singers and songwriters who inspire them. Ms. Mendez appeared in many notable shows including the revival of Godspell, Everyday Rapture, and the Broadway revival of Grease, but it was her recent turn in Dogfight that set the theater world talking. Marco Paguia is the music director of the Tony-winning Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher and also music directed Broadway's Everyday Rapture. Through their collaboration, Mr. Paguia will showcase Ms. Mendez's vocal versatility as she sings a more jazz-inflected repertoire.

Nick Moran - Sullivan Hall
March 29, 2013 - New York

Newcomer Nick Moran brings his blend of soulful vocals with a mixture of funky blues on his debut album, Who We Are available everywhere now. Recorded and mixed at the Cutting Room Studios in New York City (home of Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die and Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life amongst others) and mastered by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors, etc) Moran delves into the industry showcasing his warm vocals reminiscent of James Morrison and Stevie Wonder combined with the soulful melodies of Sam Cooke.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma & Zakir Hussain - The Town Hall
March 30, 2013 - New York

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain, the world's greatest performers on santoor and tabla respectively, are two legends of Indian music who have collaborated together since the 1980s. Sharma has enraptured audiences for over 50 years with his mastery of the santoor, a hammered dulcimer admired for its lush, shimmering sounds. A pioneering musician, he was responsible for developing the santoor into an important instrument in the North Indian classical repertoire. Hussain, whose dazzling rhythms have brought him to the forefront of Indian music, has achieved international fame with his inimitable performances. He is the favorite accompanist to India's leading classical musicians and dancers and holds a prominent role in the world music movement.

Patricia Racette - 54 Below
Through March 30, 2013 - New York

Widely acclaimed as one of opera's leading sopranos, Racette has made her mark as the star in operas ranging from Madame Butterfly, La Boh?me and Tosca to Peter Grimes and Dialogues of the Carmelites in the world's most prestigious venues, including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The Paris Opera and San Francisco Opera, among many others, and on worldwide HD Broadcasts to millions. But before her career on the opera stage, Racette sang jazz, cabaret and jewels from the Great American Songbook. Now she brings her career full circle with an intimate evening featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Edith Piaf and other contemporary popular composers. Says The New York Times: "Her singing was robust, nuanced and passionate, befitting a performer of her skill and experience." Don't miss this chance to see her at 54 Below and experience this opera Diva up close and personal, singing songs near and dear to her heart.

HLB Nightclub at Highline Ballroom - Highline Ballroom
March 30, 2013 - Manhattan

Armin van Buuren - Madison Square Garden
March 30, 2013 - New York

After weeks of anticipation, fans of the A State of Trance radio show finally know where they'll be celebrating: Madison Square Garden.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Beacon Theatre
Through March 30, 2013 - New York

The Australian alternative rock band performs, with opener Sharon Van Etten.

The Moving Sidewalks Featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
March 30, 2013 - New York

Before achieving multi platinum success with that "little ol' band from Texas" ZZ Top, a young Billy Gibbons lead a hard charging psychedelic blues rock outfit called The Moving Sidewalks featuring Dan Mitchell on drums, Don Summers on bass, and Tom Moore on keyboards. Starting in 1966 these four helped pioneer a style of music that sounds as spontaneous and combustible today as it did then. Rooted in Texas soul and rhythm & blues and influenced by Austin's 13th Floor Elevators, Jimi Hendrix, and early California psychedelia, they pushed the sonic envelope, hot rodding 12 bar blues. And in 1967 that sound took them to #1 on local radio with the garage rock classic, "99th Floor" and out on the road w/ Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Jeff Beck Group w/ Rod Stewart and more. But The Moving Sidewalks came to a stop in the summer of '69 when Tom Moore and Don Summers were drafted just before the release of their debut lp Flash, a heady brew of muscular hallucinatory rock. For more than 45 years The Moving Sidewalks music and their friendship have endured. From hippie jam bands to garage bands you can hear their influence. Now Dan, Tom, Don, and Billy are taking the stage again to celebrate their legacy and the release of Moving Sidewalks - The Complete Collection. Opening, The Headless Horsemen

Meow Meow - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
March 30, 2013 - New York

international sensation Meow Meow entertains audiences with her unique brand of "kamikaze cabaret" and outre performance art exotica with a personality that walks the line between devastating dominatrix and damsel in distress. Both hilarious and poignant, the multi-award winning performer is as at home in the smoky bars of Berlin as on London's West End stages and in the Sydney Opera House, and from punk cabaret bands to the London Philharmonic. Meow Meow now adds Lincoln Center as another notch on her (rather glittering) performance belt.

Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band - 54 Below
March 30, 2013 - New York

Cabaret warhorse Rick Ritzel pays homage to Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in a hilarious and poignant evening of nonstop fun. From Angel in the Wings to A Little Night Music, Elaine Stitch has introduced and covered some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. Now, Mr. Ritzel puts his unique spin on them in this loving tribute to one of Broadway's greatest treasures.

Svetlana & The Delancey 5 Live in Concert - 287 Spring Gallery & Performance Space
March 30, 2013 - New York

287 Spring Art Gallery & Performance Space is proud to present: Svetlana & The Delancey 5 Live in Concert on March 30, 2013, 7 pm. Admission: $20.00, includes wine service. Seating with paid reservations only (Paypal to or call 212 620 0935). From premier NYC jazz clubs to the underground world of NYC subway and secret speakeasy parties, Svetlana & The Delancey Five is a "very sweet & naughty" (Jazzlives), "energetic" (Wall Street Journal), "delightful" (WRHU Jazz Radio), and cinematically handsome Golden Age-inspired sextet. Rocking hard swinging 20s-40s jazz standards as well as charismatic originals, and featuring Svetlana's sultry "made for jazz" (streetcredmusic) vocals backed by the band members' inspired harmonizing and virtuoso instrumentals - their tunes are so infectious, they'll sweep you off your feet and steal your heart away!" Svetlana Shmulyian (vox) Adrian Cunningham (reeds / vox) Dalton Ridenhour (piano) Vinny Raniolo (guitar) Brandi Disternheft (bass) Rob Garcia (drums) Band page: Music:

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