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Things to do this week in NYC May 29-Jun 5: Music

May 29, 2010 - by CG Directory Editor
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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
May 29, 2010 - Manhattan

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

glee Live! - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 29, 2010 -

Fox's Golden Globe award-winning cast of glee bring their Live! tour to Radio City Music Hall.

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
May 29, 2010 -

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

DJ Chus - Pacha NYC
May 29, 2010 -

Forever Ray + My Sinatra - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 29, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 show. VIP Booth for 4: $140 // VIP Booth for 6: $210. Whitley and the Hard Times Band perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B. The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, The O'Jays, Donna Summers, Temptations, Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band. Cary Hoffman is New York's premier Sinatra interpreter, garnering incredible critic response. 'My Sinatra' is not a Vegas-like impersonation, but rather a sincere artistic interpretation of the brilliant songs Frank Sinatra turned into American pop standards in his classic period from 1953 to the early '60s. Strung together with compelling stories about the songs, their composers, and Sinatra, this show is accompanied by a full orchestra masterfully playing transcriptions from the original Sinatra arrangers, Nelson Riddle and Billie May.

Unisex Salon with 7 Mornings, Mike Borgia - Highline Ballroom
May 29, 2010 - Manhattan

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm. $10 adv, $12 at door. 80s to the point of excess, Unisex Salon is everything you love to love about the "Me Decade": shameless, upbeat and heavy on the synths. Garishly tattooed, pansexual lead singer Kenyon Phillips brings to mind a modern Adam Ant, mincing, growling and crooning his way through danceable New Wave soundscapes crafted by keyboard player Brian Gumbel, bass player Jansen Cinco (Lukas Haas, Domino Kirke, Charles Tolliver) and former Fun Lovin' Criminals drummer Stephen Borgovini. Backup singer Autumn Ready Potter rounds out the sound with disarmingly pretty harmonies that, like The Osmonds, are a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. The band's Bacchanalian live sets have garnered quite a following in their hometown of New York, where they have opened for the likes of The Fratellis and Heloise & The Savoir Faire.

Musical Performance: Safaafir- A Night of Iraqi Maqam - Alwan for the Arts
May 29, 2010 -

Amir ElSaffar - Santoor and Vocals; Dena ElSaffar - Jowza and Vocals and featuring Zafer Tawil - Oud, Violin; Johnny Farraj - Riqq. Safaafir returns to Alwan for the first time in four years, presenting its thoughtful, inspired rendition of the rich Iraqi maqam tradition. Tickets: $15, available at the door or online. (A surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket). Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Party - Hudson River Cafe
Through May 29, 2010 -

All new Friday Party @ Hudson River Cafe! (Indoor/Outdoor Venue) Ladies Free til 12:30am, $15 after til 1am on the Big Business guestlist Gents Reduced all night on the Big Business List. Music by NYC's top DJs. Come Experience this awesome new venue, 3 rooms 2 separate sound systems. Dress Code is enforced. No uptowns or T-shirts. Birthday Packages: Ladies free til 1am; Gents $10 til 12am Reduced after. Free bottle of Champagne for 10 or more people. Free VIP table. Bottle Specials: Grey Goose or Henny $450 all in (tax n tip included); Moet Nectar Rose $260 all in (tax n tip included); You must Rsvp in advance to get this bottle Special. For More info please call, text, email or Message ED@BIGBUSINESSNY.COM 646-322-6074

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 30, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $12 adv, $15 door. VIP Booth for 4: $100 // VIP Booth for 6: $150. "Satisfaction/A Rolling Stones Experience" is the international touring tribute production dedicated to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. Now in it's sixth year of production and over 1000 performances, this highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of it's kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to over 40 years of classic hits. Featured in Rolling Stone, People, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio. Internationally recognized as the world's greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy. In 2005 the show joined the cast of Legends in Concert as the first Rolling Stones act ever on the Las Vegas strip and in 2007 Satisfaction was featured in a CBS Sunday Morning News segment proclaiming the group as the next best thing to The Rolling Stones.

Oh! Your Pretty Things 'Killer Queens' - Highline Ballroom
May 30, 2010 - Manhattan

A Glam-Rock Retrospective in honor of Queen, Roxy Music & Bowie. Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm. $15, 18+. Live Performances by: .357 LOVER 9:30pm, Judas Priestess 10:30pm , Michael T & the Vanities 11:30pm, Benjamin Ickies & This Ambitious Orchestra 12:30am & 1:30am and special guests! Rock 'n Roll DJ's: Keanan Duffty, Kelle Calco, Patrick, Twig the Wonderkid. Hosts: Kayvon Z and Lady Valtronic. Late Night Burlesque Performances by: The Flying Fox & Nasty Canasta.

A Birthday Tribute to Bob Dylan with Highway 61 Revisited - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 31, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. Tickets: $25. 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 especially 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 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.

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
June 02, 2010 - Harlem

A phenomenal success since its founding, Amateur Night has always lured audiences with the thrilling prospect of discovering new talent. At 75, Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, as performers vie to become the next Apollo legend.

Jellybean Benitez - Ain't Nuthin But a House Party - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 02, 2010 -

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

Bruce Levingston in Concert: 'Impressions de la vie' - Florence Gould Hall
Through June 03, 2010 -

Acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston performs an evening of evocative French music reflecting the exquisite sounds, colors, and textures found in nature. This fascinating program takes listeners from Debussy's vivid impressions of rippling water, solitary snowscapes, and flashing, golden fins, to Ravel's sultry reflections of torpid summer sounds and exotic syncopations, and ultimately, into the ecstatic harmonies and melodies of Messiaen's radiant, breathtaking portrayals of virtuosic birdsong. The concert also features the sensual music of modernist master Henri Dutilleux and a special world premiere of the brilliant French composer Philippe Manoury's Spins inspired by the mysterious sounds, movements, and rhythms of the wind. This exciting new work is an homage to both Manoury's distinguished French heritage as well as the powerful and timeless inspiration of nature upon art and man. FIAF members $25; non-members $35 For tickets/more information, call 212.307.4100 or visit:

Machover and Minsky: Making Music in the Dome - Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
June 03, 2010 -

How does music help order emerge from the mind's chaos? How does it create and conjure thoughts, emotions and memories? Legendary composer and inventor Tod Machover will explore these mysteries with Artificial Intelligence visionary Marvin Minsky. The two iconoclasts will revisit their landmark musical experiment, the Brain Opera, and offer an exclusive sneak peak at Machover's upcoming opera, Death and the Powers, a groundbreaking MIT Media Lab production that explores what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones, using specially designed technology, including a chorus of robots. Soprano Joelle Harvey will perform an aria from the work. This program is presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History

Musical Performance: Souren and 'Taksim: - Alwan for the Arts
June 04, 2010 -

Souren Baronian - G-clarinet, saxophone, kaval, duduk, riq; Haig Manoukian - 'oud; Lee Baronian - darbukkeh; Mal Stein - drums, percussion; Sprocket Royer - double bass. Tickets: $15 available at door or online here. (A surcharge applies, use printout as your ticket.) Souren Baronian grew up in Spanish Harlem riding two powerful currents of his creativity: his ethnic Armenian heritage, and jazz. His own music is an authentic organic hybrid of those two idioms. The sound of his band is truly unique, applying a jazz vocabulary and the bebop sensibility of Charlie Parker and Lester Young to Middle Eastern rhythms on traditional instruments such as the oud, kaval, dubek, G-clarinet and dumbek. "Taksim" is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation, and inspired imprvisation is the home territory of Souren Baronian and his band. Souren and Taksim have performed in most of the city’s major jazz clubs. Many concerts in Europe have built a strong following there, and they recently created a sensation at the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival. Alwan welcomes them back for an evening of great music.

Turntables on the Hudson with Nicodemus and Nappy G - Water Taxi Beach
June 04, 2010 -

In its 12th Season of outdoor summer events, Turntables on the Hudson is happy to announce its bi-weekly Friday night events @ Water Taxi Beach Long Island City. As always, TOTH keeps it funky and fun for everyone as they take you on a musical circus ride around the World & back in the course of a night with DJ Nickodemus & guests + Nappy G on percussion & an occasional Brassband, Samba Drum Troupe. For more info, visit and Admission: $10* after 8:00pm, may vary with special guest artists. 21+ after 8:00pm. 6pm-2am.

Blue Rodeo - Bowery Ballroom
June 04, 2010 -

"Blue Rodeo may very well be the best band yet to catch the attention of the wider populace..." - BLURT. Blue Rodeo will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday, June 4th, at 8PM. Nearly twenty years after Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed, "the best new American band may very well be Canadian," Blue Rodeo is still riding high. They recently received their 13th Juno Award nomination for Group of the Year, which they have won an unprecedented 5 times. The band's newly released record, "The Things We Left Behind," was deemed by Banner Graphic to be "some of the strongest work of their career." With the release of their 12th studio record, Blue Rodeo has garnered the attention of a whole new generation of fans. To learn more about Blue Rodeo, visit:

Justin Bieber - Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
June 04, 2010 -

For the 15th consecutive year, NBC's TODAY show brings together the biggest names in music to rock the Plaza with free Friday morning performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis; 6am arrival is suggested.

Seaport Music Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
June 05, 2010 -

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

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
June 05, 2010 - Manhattan

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

Gospel Lunch Cruise Series - Spirit Cruises
June 05, 2010 -

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

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach - South Street Seaport
June 05, 2010 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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