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Things to do this week in NYC May 26-Jun 2: Music

May 26, 2012 - 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.

Tchaikovsky and Bartok - New York Philharmonic
May 26, 2012 -

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
May 26, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to 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.

Juilliard Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
May 26, 2012 - New York

Peter Jay Sharp Theater George Stelluto, conductor William McGregor, Double Bass WAGNER Overture to Rienzi DITTERSDORF Double Bass Concerto in E Major GABRIELI Canzona for brass TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a 12-year-old Pre-College double bassist, William McGregor, makes his concerto debut, performing with his fellow students in the Pre-College Symphony. FREE concert; no tickets required

Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
May 26, 2012 - New York

Peter Jay Sharp Theater Adam Glaser, conductor Jean Kim, cello WAGNER Prelude and 'Liebestod' from Tristan und Isolde SCHUMANN Cello concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition FREE concert; no tickets required

David Johansen Of The New York Dolls - Highline Ballroom
May 26, 2012 -

Originally influenced by Mick Jagger and by Rob Tyner of MC5, David Johansen began his career as the singer of the protopunk band the New York Dolls in the early '70s. Johansen wrote the bulk of the material for the band, along with guitarist Johnny Thunders. Although the group released two albums, New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974), it failed to earn much commercial success. After the dissolution of the final Dolls lineup in 1977, Johansen embarked on a solo career, performing frequently with Sylvain Sylvain. His first two solo albums, David Johansen (1978) and In Style (1979), contained numerous standout tracks, and a number of cuts eventually associated with the Dolls, including "Frenchette" and "Funky But Chic," actually first appeared on Johansen's solo albums. The band's latest release, Dancing Backward in High Heels (2011), returns to the power-pop sound of the '60s in a sort of retrospective on Johansen's entire career.

New York's World-Class Billy Joel Tribute Experience BILLY JOEL Tribute w/ Mike DelGuidice & BIG SHOT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 26, 2012 - New York

Big Shot returns to B.B. King Blues Club and is fronted by the amazing vocals of singer-songwriter and piano man Michael DelGuidice. DelGuidice is a well-known and respected Long Island musician and multi-instrumentalist. With vocals that stand out above all others, he recently released a 10-song album of his own material, titled Miller Place (2010). His tribute band Big Shot is truly a national-level act, featuring all world-class musicians who have not only toured with Billy Joel but have also worked with names like Michael Bolton, Hall & Oates, Huey Lewis, Diana Ross, Billy Joel's Broadway Musical, Richie Blackmore, Tower of Power, Nine Days, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Almost Queen - A Tribute to Queen - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 27, 2012 - New York

Almost Queen is the most authentic Queen live show since the days of Queen itself. This four-piece band boasts an undisputed live show consisting of four-part harmonies and genuine costumes, capturing the live energy that is the bona fide Queen experience. Almost Queen succeeds in blending its namesake's signature vocal layering and studio precision with the energy and spectacle of a live stage production. Elaborate lighting, effects, and costumes aptly frame the seasoned musicians who step into these very large shoes to effectively render an authentic Queen show.

Roni Size - DJ Set - Highline Ballroom
May 27, 2012 -

Konkrete Jungle is the longest-running jungle and drum & bass night on the planet. Nearly everyone who is anyone in New York City got their start here, and without it jungle and drum & bass would eventually cease to exist in this city. From its humble beginnings in a little bar on Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side to hosting events in some of the hottest clubs in the city and the nation, Konkrete Jungle has been the proving ground for junglists of every discipline.

Free Memorial Day Concert - Van Cortlandt Park
May 27, 2012 - Bronx

BRONX ARTS ENSEMBLE ORCHESTRA, conductor David Gilbert, soprano Halley Gilbert and trombonist Papo Vazquez Program will include selections from Evita (Andrew Lloyd Webber), and Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein) and music by Frederick Delius, Douglas Moore, Leonard Bernstein, Johannes Somary, Raymond Torres-Santos, Papo Vazquez, John Philip Sousa and more!

BOB DYLAN 71st Birthday Bash HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED - A Tribute To BOB DYLAN - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 28, 2012 - New York

Highway 61 Revisited recreates Bob Dylan's greatest music and stage shows, featuring the songs that made Bob Dylan a cultural icon and legend: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Like A Rolling Stone," "Hurricane," "Tangled Up in Blue," and "All Along the Watchtower," as well as new hits like "Things Have Changed." For this tour, Highway 61 Revisited will specially feature songs from the 1975-1976 Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue tour, including "Isis," "One More Cup of Coffee," "Joey," and many more. With an acoustic and an electric set, fans of all ages will revel in experiencing Bob Dylan again, or for the first time! The poetry, symbolism, and power of Bob Dylan's greatest performances still resonate today, thanks to Highway 61 Revisited.

Zulu Nation Presents The 30th Anniversary of "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaata - Highline Ballroom
May 28, 2012 -

Afrika Bambaataa is an American DJ from the South Bronx who was instrumental in the early development of hip-hop throughout the '80s. He is one of the three originators of break-beat DJing and is respectfully known as the Grandfather and the Amen Ra of universal hip-hop culture, as well as the father of the electro funk sound. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Universal Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading hip-hop culture throughout the world. On September 27, 2007, he was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

May 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Green-Wood Historic Fund will sponsor a Memorial Day concert at Green-Wood Cemetery featuring the ISO Symphonic Band – a wind, brass & percussion ensemble comprising some of the most talented student musicians in the New York metro area. The concert will be followed by a trolley mini-tour, led by Green-Wood’s historian Jeff Richman, featuring some fascinating Cemetery sites. Seating is limited for the trolley mini- tour and reservations are recommended. If the trolley mini-tour is not sold out in advance, walk-ups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 718-210-3080.

Lang Lang - Carnegie Hall
May 29, 2012 -

Lang Lang is indisputably "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" (The New York Times). TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and his performance at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was watched by more than four billion people. His recitals are guaranteed sell-outs, and when he performs at Carnegie Hall, sparks will certainly fly.

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT of The Eagles - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 29, 2012 - New York

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bassist and vocalist, Timothy B. Schmit is an icon of American music. After beginning his music career in Sacramento, CA, in the '60s, he joined the country rock outfit Poco in 1970, replacing founding member Randy Meisner on vocals. He remained with the band until 1977, contributing to albums like A Good Feelin' to Know (1972), Seven (1974), and Head Over Heels (1975), and singing lead vocals on the 1975 hit track "Keep on Tryin'." In 1977, Schmit again replaced Meisner in another iconic rock band: the Eagles. Remaining with the band until its dissolution at the end of the decade, he toured in support of the legendary Hotel California album (1976) and sang lead vocals on "I Can't Tell You Why." He has also participated in subsequent iterations of both Poco and the Eagles, including the current formation of the latter band with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Joe Walsh.

Il Divo & Orchestra - Beacon Theatre
Through May 30, 2012 - New York

The breakthrough, classical crossover group,Il Divo comes to the Beacon Theatre to share their stunning new album,'Wicked Game' with their fans on May 29 and 30. This phenomenal quartet- Carlos Marin,Sebastien Izambard,David Miller and Urs Buhler are returning to the stage with their most impressive album since their 2004 debut!! Il Divo will be performing their title,'Wicked Game,' along with their emotionally beautiful rendering of Roy Orbison's,"Crying" and not to mention their heavenly version of Samuel Barber's,"Adiago For Strings." Il Divo has brought an entirely new vocal sound to modern day music and they are in turn solely responsible for creating a brand new, widely copied genre. You are not going to want to miss out on what Urs Buhler describes as," The best thing we've ever done."

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
May 30, 2012 - Harlem

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who 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.

A Tribute to Mike Bloomfield ft. Al Kooper & Jimmy Vivino - Highline Ballroom
May 30, 2012 -

American music impresario and blues legend Al Kooper joins forces with guitarist Jimmy Vivino, the leader of Conan O'Brien's house band, to pay tribute to the iconic blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield, known for his work with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kooper, and so much more.

Ensemble 212 4th Annual Gala Concert & Fundraising Event - Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
May 30, 2012 - New York

Ensemble 212 performs its 4th Annual Gala Concert & Fundraising Event featuring the New York premiere of Huang Ruo's Path of Echoes: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Grand Prize Winner of the 2011-12 Young Artist Competition William McGregor performing Dittersdorf Bass Concerto in E Major, and 2nd Prize Winner Sydney Lee performing the 1st movement of Schumann's Cello Concerto. The orchestra, conducted by Yoon Jae Lee, will open the concert with Beethoven's idyllic Pastoral Symphony with a rarely heard alternate ending to the 2nd movement.

DANNY SANDERSON & HIS BAND - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 30, 2012 - New York

One of the most influential performers on the Israeli cultural scene, Danny Sanderson is both a legendary and contemporary pop icon. He is a founding member of the amazing band Kaveret/Poogy, dubbed the "Beatles of Israel" and a top concert ticket-seller for over 25 years and through five reunions. He also formed the groups Gazoz and Doda, both of which are considered among the cornerstones of Israeli rock music.

Lynn Henderson Sings TRY TO REMEMBER - The Metropolitan Room
May 31, 2012 - New York

Lynn Henderson, a Connecticut based singer who began her career fronting college Big Bands, will bring her intimate and funny cabaret show to The Metropolitan Room on May 31st for one night only. TRY TO REMEMBER charts Lynn Henderson’s colorful life in song beginning as a single woman in New York City in the go-go 1960’s through marriage, motherhood, marathons, four thousand miles of equestrian competitions, and world travel. A true “journeyman musician, ” Lynn has carved out time among those other accomplishments for her musical passion and has chosen a rich repertoire to relate the tales. TRY TO REMEMBER features music from dearly loved composers and lyricists including Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, The Gershwins, Harburg and Lane, Maltby and Shire, as well as the one-of-a-kind Randy Newman, among others. Musical Director/pianist/vocalist Douglas J. Cohen will lead a trio including Robert Sabin on Bass, and Sherrie Maricle on Drums. The entire evening has been directed by Mark Planner.

Ensemble ACJW - Paul Hall
May 31, 2012 - New York

Paul Hall MARTINU Nonet, Op. 374 RAVEL Chansons madécasses SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 The Academy - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute - is a two-year fellowship providing the finest post-graduate musicians with performance opportunities in New York at the same time they are teaching in the city's public schools FREE tickets available 5/17

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Wasted Tour - Highline Ballroom
May 31, 2012 -

For Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, 2011 was a year packed with over 200 high-energy, spirited performances, including such mega-musical events as Farm Aid, Bridge School Benefit, Stagecoach, and Country Throwdown; the chance to spread their unique brand of gritty rock 'n' roll to millions of people via the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!; and the adoption of the name Realers by their growing base of supporters. But 2011 was also the year that this band - which also includes drummer Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist Tato Melgar, and bassist Corey McCormick - made good on their promise to make their way out of the shadow of Lukas's famous father and into the hearts and souls of music fans nationwide the way that they wanted: on their own down-home rock 'n' roll merits.

May 31, 2012 - New York

Join us at B.B. King Blues Club for Battle of the Boros, a night of salsa music hosted by El Que Sabe, Sabe and featuring performances by salsa bands from three of New York City's five boroughs: The Bronx Horns, Lower East Salsa, and The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.

An Evening With Judy Collins & Madeleine Peyroux - The Town Hall
June 01, 2012 -

The Town Hall is delighted to present Grammy-winning singer/songwriters Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux in an evening of music. Each artist will have their own band to play their unique styles. Collins is best known for her Grammy-winning interpretation of Stephen Sondheim's Send In The Clowns and has entertained worldwide audiences with her folk songs with contemporary themes. Known for her interpretation of Patsy Cline's Walking After Midnight, Peyroux is known as being the 21st century Billie Holiday. Following her work on her albums Careless Love and Half The Perfect World, which brought Madeleine enormous success, she was honored at the BBC Jazz Awards for Best International Jazz Artist.

Jay And The Americans @ Lorenzos Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island NY - Lorenzos Hilton Garden Inn
June 01, 2012 - Staten Island

Tickets are on sale now for One of the Greatest vocal groups of the 1960s & 1970s, Jay And The Americans at Lorenzos Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314,(718) 477-2400 . Twelve Top 10 hit songs including "This Magic Moment", "Cara Mia" and "Come A Little Bit Closer".

Scaryoke with Shequida - Times Scare
June 01, 2012 - New York

Considering some of the voices they've heard, Times Scare knows Karaoke can be pretty scary. But just wait until sultry Mistress of the Night, Shequida, gets on stage to host Scaryoke live in the crypt every Friday night. Frightfully delicious sing-along fun where you can win special Scaryoke prizes! Sign up at 9pm, show begins at 10pm.

June 01, 2012 - New York

"There's one thing I've always wanted to do," Southside Johnny confesses, "and that is to sing." And he has been doing just that for over a third of a century. In a business where success is defined as getting a second single and longevity measured in nano-seconds, just surviving for more than 30 years is a rare accomplishment. But Johnny and the Jukes have not just survived - they have flourished. They've produced over thirty albums, several EPs and a box set. They've given thousands of live performances around the globe. They boast a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans, dozens of classic songs, and a record, Hearts of Stone (1978), that Rolling Stone named one of the Top 100 Albums of the '70s and '80s. In short, they have it all.

The Parlotones With Ambassadors and The Silent Comedy - Highline Ballroom
June 01, 2012 -

In their native South Africa, there's no rock band bigger than The Parlotones. The Johannesburg-bred quartet has headlined the 20,000-seat Coca Cola Dome in its hometown in 2009, performed at the World Cup Kickoff Concert to an audience of a billion in 2010, and was handpicked by Coldplay to open the British band's stadium shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2011. Also last year, The Parlotones staged an original rock theater production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook. (The 3D broadcast was so well received in the US that the satellite provider scheduled 100 re-airings, while more than half of the worldwide viewership on Facebook hailed from the US.) Dragonflies and Astronauts wove a narrative through the band's catalog, including 16 songs that were Top 40 hits in South Africa.

Carmina Burana - New York Philharmonic
Through June 02, 2012 -

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

EVERY SATURDAY LATE NIGHT at The Highline Ballroom: The Rewind Show with live performances and celebrity DJs. File Under: Rock, Dance, Electronic, Late Night. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to 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.

JERRY "THE ICEMAN" BUTLER - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
June 02, 2012 - New York

An award-winning performer, producer, and composer, and one of the architects of rhythm and blues, "The Iceman" has enjoyed an over 50-year career that began when he and Curtis Mayfield formed the rhythm and blues group The Impressions in Chicago in 1958. The same year, the 18-year old Butler wrote a song titled "For Your Precious Love," which launched the careers of Butler and The Impressions. "For Your Precious Love" became a "landmark recording," according to Rolling Stone Magazine, which declared it "the first of the Soul Music recordings." The single, on Vee-Jay Records, became the first for The Impressions to be certified Gold.

Petros Klampanis COTNEXTUALtrio w/ Ari Hoenig & Jean-Michel Pilc - The Cornelia Street Cafe
Through June 02, 2012 - New York

Bassist Petros Klampanis invites two of the finest musicians in the NY scene for that Friday night at Cornelia Street Cafe. Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL trio, featuring the extraordinary drummer Ari Hoenig and luminary pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations. "A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis, now a member of Greg Osby’s stable at Inner Circle, makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual"-Jazztimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski. Special guest: Christos Rafalides/vibraphone. ----------------------------------- For reservations call: 212 989 9319 29 Cornelia Street, 10014 NY

Ms. Lauryn Hill - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

Sensational singer, songwriter, producer, and actress Ms. Lauryn Hill returns to Highline Ballroom for one night only! Hill first burst onto the hip-hop scene in the '90s with the supergroup the Fugees, formed with friends Wycliffe Jean and Prakazrel "Pras" Michel while still in high school. The group's second album, The Score (1996), featured Hill's vocals on tracks like "Killing Me Softly" and sold 17 million copies. Hill also dabbled in acting throughout the '90s, appearing in soap operas and several films. She participated in a brief Fugees reunion in the mid-'00s, but the string of international performances failed to produce an album. Tonight at Highline Ballroom, she'll perform cuts from her iconic Miseducation album and more.

Blk|Market Membership: 6-Year Anniversary - Highline Ballroom
June 02, 2012 -

Mathew Jonson really is one of a kind. He's developed one of the most distinctive voices in electronic dance music � when you hear one of Jonson's tracks, you almost immediately know it's his. And yet there's no mistaking any given track for another. His music offers a rare fusion of populist intensities and nuanced musicality. With a keen understanding for the needs of the dance floor and the universal laws of house and techno, he's thrown out the rule book time and time again, sneaking tricks learned from electro and even drum & bass into minimal clubs, and loading up his B-sides with tracks that do what they damned well please.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

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