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NYC Live Music Calendar Plus Other Events for October-November 2009

Guess what: we have a new calendar for November and December up now!

As always, weekly events first followed by some daily listings:

Starting 10/29 Taylor Mac’s epic extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge – a lily goes on a quest to wed a human bride and destroy the God of Nostalgia, approximate duration 5 hours!!! – with music by the incomparable Rachelle Garniez runs through November 22nd at Here Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. at Dominick (across the park, downstairs, west side of the street).

If you can’t make it to this year’s Womex in Copenhagen, you can stream the 2009 Womex album with all kinds of killer world music acts: Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider, Watcha Clan and more.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts round 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

The 2009-10 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring an allstar cast of performers. Concerts continue through the end of May 2010.

Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. The guitarist has few if any equals as an interpreter of Django Reinhardt, but it’s where he takes the gypsy jazz influence in his own remarkably original, psychedelic writing – and what he brings to the Django stuff – that makes all the difference. One of the most interesting players in any style of music, anywhere in the world.

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St.  Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Heun Choi String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 9 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. October artists include Pete Galub, Sally Norvell, Julia Kent (ex-Rasputina), Carol Lipnik, Reid Paley, Pamelia Kurstin and more

Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Also Mondays the free reggae show that used to be held at Rehab has gravitated to SOB’s, 9ish, free w/rsvp to, 21 and over.

Also Mondays in October the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:30. They’ve singlehandedly resurrected an amazing subgenre, chicha, which was popular in the Peruvian Amazon in the late 60s and early 70s. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Perhaps not so strangely, they sound a lot like Finnish surf rockers Laika and the Cosmonauts in their most imaginative moments.

Also Mondays in October Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from the late, great Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.

Mondays at 7 PM in NOVEMBER (not October) Pierre de Gaillande, frontman of estimable art-rockers Melomane and the Snow plays the music of Georges Brassens in his own English translations at Barbes. Brassens was a member of the French Resistance, an anarchist, a furiously lyrical, lecherous, somewhat louche presence and one hell of a songwriter. Here’s a way to get to know a French icon who deserves to better known outside his native land. Gaillande will be releasing an album of Brassens songs on Barbes records in 2010.

The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ recitals at half past noon at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th., an exciting list of first-class performers in a sonically gorgeous space, a great way to spend your lunch break if you work in the neighborhood.

Tuesdays the boisterous and very popular brass-heavy gypsy jazz band Slavic Soul Party plays Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as the opening act is usually popular as well.

Tuesdays in October the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the Rockwood at midnight.

Wednesdays in  September at Puppets Jazz Bar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 7 PM superb latin jazz composer Arturo O’Farrill solo on piano ($10 cover) followed at 9 by trumpeter John McNeil’s group feat. Noah Preminger on tenor.

Every Wednesday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 8:30 -10:30 PM.

Every Wednesday in October, Will Scott and drummer Wylie Wirth play mesmerizing, hypnotic, completely authentic Mississippi hill country blues along with Scott’s own melodic, tuneful blues originals at 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo, starting around 8:30 PM. Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and Asie Payton are sadly gone but Scott continues their tradition of music that is as danceable as it is trance-inducing, and does his influences justice.

Sonia’s Party, who blend a bewitching oldschool Motown sound with a vintage Memphis groove play a free show every Wednesday in November – not October -at 11 PM at Shrine uptown

Fridays there’s live Mediterranean music – Greek- Arabic, Turkish Armenian, Israeli fusion with Mike Stoupakis, Christos Zavolas, Sofia on on vocals, Elias Sarkar-oud/vocals, Kostas Konstantinou – drums,  plus bellydancers at Lafayette Grill & Bar, 54 Franklin St., downtown,$20 cover, 10ish, free after 1 AM.

9/30 go see Moisturizer at 9 at Zebulon! They’re amazing and fun. All instrumental, 2/3 female, baritone sax,bass/drums.

10/1 Trio M: Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, and Matt Wilson 7 PM at Drom, $15

10/1 New Model Army at the Mercury, 8:30ish, $15 adv tix

10/1 the Quavers at Barbes 8 PM followed at 10 by Rachelle Garniez, back from recording with Jack White – she just did a killer new vinyl single with him.

10/1 Tall Tall Trees at Arlene’s 9 PM

10/1 Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s 8:30ish

10/1 this year’s trumpet festival kicks off at the Jazz Standard with the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet plus special guest Avishai Cohen: Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet;Vijay Iyer – piano;Chris Tordini – bass; Marcus Gilmore – drums, sets 7:30/9:30 $25

10/1, 9 PM at the Jalopy alternately haunting and lush Knoxville oldtimey swing blues/ragtime band Christabel & the Jons

10/1 El Pueblo play reggae en Espanol at Shrine 10 PM

10/2 at the Jazz Standard Jeremy Pelt with special guests Eddie Henderson and James Zollar: Jeremy Pelt – trumpet; Marc Cary – piano; Vicente Archer – bass; Gerald Cleaver – drums, sets 7:30/9:30, $30

10/2 the Mess Around at 9ish at Don Pedro’s

10/2 Nation Beat at Barbes 10 PM

10/2 Tom Shaner at Lakeside 11 PM

10/2, 11 PM fiery, artsy, tuneful rock en Espanol band New Madrid at Shea Stadium in Bushwick, 20 Meadow St., L train to Grand St.

10/2, 11:30 PM  Watcha Clan followed by Slavic Soul Party’s cd release show  at Southpaw $12 adv tix rec.

10/3, 7 PM Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons at Banjo Jim’s

10/3, 8 PM virtuoso Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player/composer Kayhan Kalhor – founder of Masters of Persian Music – playing a rare solo show at Symphony Space, adv tix $30 highly recommended

10/3 the fiery two-guitar highway rockers Sloe Guns at Arlene’s 9 PM followed by the anthemic, Oasis-esque Dash at 10

10/3 at the new Knit in Williamsburg, a nightlong ska show featuring the Hub City Stompers,Void Union, Channel One, the Stress, the Hard Times, adv tix $12 highly rec.

10/3 the Fleshtones at Union Hall 10:30 PM $10 adv tix highly rec.

10/3, 10 PM Christina Courtin at the Bell House, $12

10/3 the Serena Jean Band at Lakeside 11 PM

10/4 7 PM Joseph & James Tawadros play Egyptian oud music at Barbes followed at 9 by Stephane Wrembel

10/4, 10 PM Heather & the Barbarians at Banjo Jim’s

10/4 11:30 AM-ish Isle of Klezbos at City Winery klezmer brunch

10/5, 9 PM Paul Wallfisch/Matt Kanelos/Pete Galub/Mel Lederman/Sally Norvell at Small Beast at the Delancey

10/6, 2 PM Daria Rabotkina, piano plays Bach, Feruccio Busoni and Sergei Prokofiev at Merkin Concert Hall $15.

10/6, 7 PM Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed by Slavic Soul Party at 9

10/7, 5 (five) PM noir British rocker Adam Masterson plays a rare NYC date at the Rockwood

10/7–10/8 at the Jazz Standard the Joe Martin Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Brad Mehldau & Marcus Gilmore: Mark Turner – tenor; Brad Mehldau – piano; Joe Martin – bass; Marcus Gilmore – drums, sets 7:30/9:30, $25

10/7, 9ish at the Bell House Basia Bulat, $10 adv tix rec.

10/7 delta blues mama Mamie Minch at Spikehill, 10 PM

10/8 8 PM the Asylum St. Spankers at the Highline Ballroom gen adm $25

10/8 violinist/composer Skye Steele and his shapeshifting, amazingly tuneful Quartet at Tea Lounge in Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn 11ish

10/9, 8 PM the Maeandros Ensemble, led by the brilliant oud player/vocalist Marvothi Kontanis with Lefteris Bournias, violinist Megan Gould, and percussionist Seido Salifoski., at Symphony Space $25

10/9 hilarious hip-hop party animals Chronikill at Bowery Poetry Club 10 PM.

10/9 10 PM Meta & the Cornerstones at Drom $10

10/9 Buru Style plays roots reggae at Shrine uptown, 10 PM

10/9, 8 PM Lee Feldman at Banjo Jim’s followed at 9 by Daniel Harnett and then at 10:30 by the incomparable Amy Allison.

10/9, 10 PM Pinataland at Barbes

10/9, 9 PM anthemic, artsy, smart art-rockers New Madrid play the Castle in Hell, 842 Myrtle Ave., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, G to Myrtle-Willoughby.

10/9 the perennially refreshing, romantic and effervescent Moonlighters at Two Boots Brooklyn, 9 PM

10/9–10/11 at the Jazz Standard Dafnis Prieto’s “Si o Si” Quartet – who just recorded their live cd here – Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone; Manuel Valera – piano; Charles Flores – bass; Dafnis Prieto – drums, sets 7:30/9:30, $30/$25 Sun.

10/10, time TBA, Steve Severin of Siouxsie & the Banshees in a rare solo show – probably his ambient electronic stuff – at le Poisson Rouge, $20.

10/10, 7 PM NYC noir rock legend LJ Murphy at Banjo Jim’s

10/10 multistylistic Cuban expat songwriter Alex Cuba at Highline Ballroom 8 PM $15

10/10 Miller’s Farm play Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

10/11 multistylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson at the Rockwood, 8 PM

10/12 a killer ska night at Trash with Across the Aisle, Hey Stranger, the Duppies and the NYC Ska Jazz Ensemble, show starts at 8:30 PM

10/12, 9 PM violinist/composer Rebecca Cherry, Paul Wallfisch of Botanica, highly regarded former Rasputina cellist Julia Kent, and spectacular noir chanteuse Carol Lipnik at Small Beast at the Delancey

10/12 avant pianists Sarah Cahill and Rachel Grimes play le Poisson Rouge, time TBA $12

10/12 the Republic Tigers at Union Hall 8:30 PM $8 adv tix rec.

10/12 Paul Wallfisch and Carol Lipnik at Small Beast at the Delancey 9 PM

10/12 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub an alluring evening of non-traditional instruments with Kamikaze Ground Crew’s Gina Leishman performing glass and percussion duos with drummer Kenny Wollesen, followed by the literally entrancing Electric Junkyard Gamelan and their homemade instruments.

10/13 Moisturizer’s last-ever show is at the Knitting Factory, time tba, stay tuned. NYC’s funnest band is breaking up since bassist Moist Gina is moving to the Murder City (she’s also in the Detroit Cobras). Don’t miss this one because there won’t be any more.

10/13 cellist Marika Hughes at 7 at Barbes followed by the multistylistic gypsish Brass Messengers at 9.

10/14 Sarah Lov at 8:30 at the Mercury followed eventually at 10:30ish by Sea Wolf, adv tix $12 rec.

10/14 the dark rustic Frankenpine at Lakeside 9 PM

10/14 fiery hypnotic haunting Persian-American rocker Haale and her trio at Southpaw 9:30ish

10/14 Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. play clever subtly very funny retro pre-rockabilly sounds at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

10/15 one of this era’s great songwriters, Mary Lee’s Corvette frontwoman Mary Lee Kortes in a rare live duo show with Mellencamp’s lead guitar monster Andy York at Lakeside, 7 (seven) PM.

Starting on 10/15 it’s a good weekend for gypsy music and brass bands with the Bonk festival. 10/15 at Santos Party House they have a sliding scale admission (?), $5-10 for an amazing bill with Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Veveritse, Pink Puffers, Environmental Encroachment, Yellow Hat Band, special guests. See below for other shows.

10/15 Hungarian jazz star Marianna Falusi at the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), prix fixe $110 pp includes 7 PM dinner and 9 PM show. “Falusi takes her inspiration for this performance from Kati Marton’s acclaimed book The Great Escape, which tells the story of nine visionary Hungarian men who fled anti-Semitism in the wake of the Second World War and changed American culture forever.” Part of the Extremely Hungary festival.

10/15 hilarious, tuneful Canadian powerpopmeister  Joel Plaskett at Union Hall

10/15, 8 PM at the Bell House, Marcellus Hall, Dawes and then Langhorne Slim, guessing at around 10, $15

10/15, 8 PM Wet Coma does their funny 70s metal spoof at Arlene’s

10/15 jazz/Americana guitar monster Matt Munisteri at Barbes 10 PM

10/15 surreal bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

10/15 the Voxys play amazingly authentic retro 60s garasge R&B in the style of the Pretty Things at Trash, midnight

10/16, 8 PM Pre-Walkathon Party for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn at Freddy’s featuring London punk rock legends the Spunk Lads and the John Sharples Band, comedian Pat O’Shea, Judy Gorman, Steve Espinola, Neil deMause and special guests

10/16 an intriguing doublebill at Union Hall, $12 adv tix: at 8 PM Sarah Lov plays dark poignant midtempo literate art-rock ballads – she sounds like someone who would like to be Aimee Mann but doesn’t know who Aimee Mann is because Mann was born before 1980. Is that too harsh? Followed by Port O’Brien who ruin some good tunes with a deliberately artless offkey indie vibe, and then at 10 the catchy, artsy, anthemic, Nick Cave-inflected Sea Wolf.

10/16 more Bonk festival Balkan brass madness: the “Brooklyn Brassacre,” 8 to 11 at Lulu’s, 113 Franklin Avenue, corner of Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn with Stumblebum Brass Band, Yellow Hat Band, Environmental Encroachment, hosted by Sarah Blust and Sully Ross of Rude Mechanical Orchestra; 10-2 AM at Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, performances by Raya Brass Band, Pink Puffers, Hungry March Band, Circus Amok Band. Hosted by Samantha La Cymbalina of Hungry March Band.

10/16 for drunken classical types: 8 PM at the Gershwin Theatre, East 27th a night of beer-drinking chamber music,  $15 includes free beer. “The concert features German chamber music for all different ensembles including: Brahms Waltzes for 4-hands, German oompa oompa music for clarinets, the Mendelssohn Octet, ‘Ein Prosit’ (traditional German drinking song), among many more! It’s a melange of players, styles, and did we mention FREE BEER?”

10/16, 8 PM Throat Songs & Drums: the Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble at Symphony Space $25

10/16-18 at the Jazz Standard the Ben Allison Band: Jenny Scheinman – violin; Shane Endsley – trumpet; Steve Cardenas – guitar; Ben Allison – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, sets 7:30/9:30, $25 / $30 Friday & Saturday

10/16 Mames Babaganush play Middle Eastern, Balkan and similarly eerie gypsy-inflected stuff at Zebulon, 9:30ish

10/16 Demolition String Band play fiery electrified bluegrass and other twang at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

10/16 Bellman Barker play catchy upbeat 60s style psychedelia in the vein of the Move at Trash, 11 PM

10/16 the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM

10/17, 5 PM at Barbes a free screening of the documentary film Fados, a look at the Portuguese fado scene and its stars. Followed by the haunting, slinky, danceable, Arab-inflected East African dance band Sounds of Taraab at 8 PM.

10/17, 7:30 PM at the Third St. Music School Settlement: Alexis Sykes, violin and chamber ensemble playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus Villa-Lobos: Piano Trio

10/17 11 PM the Bottle Rockets at the Mercury $15

10/17 Spanking Charlene, NYC’s answer to X at Lakeside, 11 PM

10/18, 3 PM, here’s one for all you fans of obscure baroque music: Elaine Comparone, harpsichord & the Queen’s Chamber Band perform  “CPE REDUX: The Return of the Berlin Bach” at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery 131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue), $20/$10 stud/musicians/srs

10/18, 8 PM Bobtown followed by L’il Mo & the Monicats at Spikehill

10/18 oldtimey string band madness with the New Familiars and the Woes at Joe’s Pub

10/19, 7 PM at Barbes Pamelia Kurstin, “the uncontested master of the theremin” followed around 9:45 by Chicha Libre, the uncontested masters of fun and revelry

10/19 7:30 PM jazzy guitarist/chanteuse Marta Topferova plays the cd release show for her new one Trova at Joe’s Pub, $15 gen adm, early arrival advised.

10/19, 7:30 PM at the Bell House lots of innovative big band jazz with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Industrial Jazz Group and Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, $15

10/19 Paul Wallfisch of the great gypsy/punk/art-rockers Botanica solo on piano at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM

10/20 CMJ means Colossal Musical Joke – but hidden amid the usual posers and losers are a handful of gems, see below…

10/20 composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli’s haunting, atmospheric, often brilliantly minimalist new-music/rock band Victoire at the Stone, 10 PM

10/21–10/25 at the Jazz Standard Joshua Redman – tenor and soprano saxophones; Matt Penman – bass; Gregory Hutchinson – drums, sets 7:30/9:30, $35 / $37.50 Friday & Saturday. Can you believe – a trio show in this sonically pristine, laid-back setting? A real treat if there ever was.

10/21 fiery noir rocker/guitarist Nathan Halpern (from Kerry Kennedy‘s band) upstairs at the Delancey 9:30 PM with his own band, free

10/21, 10 PM at Spikehill the retro 80s Cure-influenced (but good) female-fronted goth/pop/jangle band Demander

10/21 the adventurous Dither guitar quartet at the Stone, 10 PM

10/21-23 Richard Thompson at City Winery is SOLD OUT.

10/22  Small Beast presents a very rare CMJ show worth seeing starting at around 7:15 at the Delancey with Pete Drungle & Pamelia Kurstin followed at 8 by Call Me Kat; 8:45, it’s dark songwriter Spottiswoode; 9:30, clever carnivalesque rocker Thomas Truax; 10:15 piano mastermind Paul Wallfisch from Botanica; at 11, David J (with members of Botanica doing a special pre-Halloween set featuring select covers and David J/Bauhaus originals); at 11:45 Crash & Burn and at half past midnight the charismatic, noir Reid Paley.

10/22 the aptly titled Surfer Blood play a free show at the Suffolk (107 Suffolk betw Delancey/Rivington), 10 PM – the promoters want you to know that you don’t have to worry about dealing with any stupid CMJ badges or bs and it’s a free show

10/22, 8 PM at Barbes the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio followed at 10 by Andy Statman ($10 cover).

10/22, 8 PM there’s an all-new, typically hilarious and apropos Citizens Band show, “The Debt Rattle”  going through the 24th the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street on the LES

10/22 the fun, rustic, spot-on satirical banjo band Tall Tall Trees at Bowery Electric, 8 PM

10/22 a killer country doublebill at Rodeo Bar, 9ish with the  Jack Grace Band and Luther Wright and the Wrongs, dunno who’s first but they’re equally good

10/22, 10 PM Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra at 55 Bar

10/22 Brooklyn’s own haunting, otherworldly Bulgarian vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel 11ish at Joe’s Pub adv tix $15 highly rec.

10/23, 8 PM at Barbes lush, romantic, sly French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins and then at 10 the Jug Addicts

10/23, 8 PM Bassam Saba & The New York Arabic Orchestra at Symphony Space $25 – the best Arab orchestra in the US, with Naji Youssef and Salma Marjieh on guest vocals.

10/23, 7 PM, 8 cellists in concert (!!!) playing the Brandenburg Concerto #3, Villa-Lobos and Emily Hope Price (who plays the concert with her 7 colleagues), tix $20, under 18 free at the Advent Lutheran Church, 93rd and Broadway.

10/23, 9 PM at North Fourth Bar in Williamsburg (right next to San Loco, off Bedford) a fun latin dance party night with La Potencia Tipica de Belarminio Liriano playing super fun merengue tipico, only, $3, 9ish

10/23 at the Gramercy Theatre Sxip Shirey of Luminescent Orchestrii and human beatbox Adam Matta, then the lush, haunting, romantic pan-Latin harmony group las Rubias Del Norte and fiery, rustic Americana headliners the Wiyos playing their cd Broken Land Bell in its entirety, show starts 9 PM.

10/23, 10 PM a very rare acoustic show by the excellent, fiery Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Recoup, Rivington off of Pitt. Frontman Eric Alter is also playing Monica Passin’s songwriter’s thing on Sunday at 8:30.

10/23, the clever, edgy, lyrical Tris McCall of Overlord (one of the few extant music writers who can actually write a good song) plays a full band show of stuff from the reputedly excellent, forthcoming Let the Night Fall at Maxwell’s, 10:30 PM, $10

10/23, 11 PM haunting, talented, multistylistic Spanish guitarist/singer Rosalia Roio at el Taller Latinoamericano, 2710 Broadway

10/24 we usually avoid CMJ shows because they almost always suck, but here’s one that doesn’t – at Bruar Falls (the old Lucky Cat space in Williamsburg) careening, powerful all-female rockers Beluga play sometime in the afternoon (1-ish?) followed sometime around 4 by another intriguing, noisy band, Renminbi. This is an all-ages show with $3 bloody marys from noon-1 PM.

10/24 brilliant, deviously tuneful, mulstistylistic cellist/art-rocker/siren Serena Jost plays her video release show at the Gershwin Hotel, 8 PM, two sets plus FREE WINE.

10/24, 8 PM at Barbes Ljova and the Kontraband play haunting cinematic sometimes gypsy and tango-flavored exotic Russian string band instrumentals

10/24, 8 PM the amazingly phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik and Spookarama with the equally amazing Dred Scott on keys at The Black Box Theater – it’s a double bill with Jane LeCroy and Transmitting – 308 West 133rd Street (east of St. Nicholas), $10.

10/24 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play ferociously virtuosic, hilarious rockabilly, surf, punk and roots at Lakeside, 10:15ish, 2 sets

10/25, 7 PM at Barbes the Ben Holmes Trio followed at 9 by “a special benefit for the Brooklyn Zen Center featuring EJ Fry (Raya Brass Band, Anistar, Ansambl Mastika, Veveritse Brass Band), Skye Steele (Anistar, Nation Beat), Harvey Valdez (Anistar, The Quick And The Deadly), and Rich Stein (Which Way East, etc.)”

10/25, 8:30-10:30 at Banjo Jim’s ex-Monicat bluegrass siren Monica Passin, ex-Fordfalconblue twangster and Americana rocker Richard Wallace and his former bandmate (and current Sloe Guns leader) Eric Alter and others in the round at Banjo Jim’s.

10/26 alternately ferocious and atmospheric cello rockers Blues in Space at the Rockwood, 8 PM.

10/26 the Vanilla Queen of Soul, the ageless Joy Ryder – sort of a punk-era Sharon Jones – at Otto’s, 10ish with an all-star soul band.

10/27, 7 PM Carol Lipnik & Spookarama at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., C, E train to Spring St., tix only $6!

10/27, 8:30 PM System Noise followed at around 10 by Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble. With Beren and Sarah Mucho out in front of their respective bands, there haven’t been two sirens this powerful on the same stage in maybe decades – if adrenaline, ferocious guitar and grand guignol are your thing, don’t miss this one. A Halloween show with free candy, you can probably eat enough to justify the ridiculously low $5 cover. Plus a sword-swallower.

10/27-11/1 the Ron Carter Trio featuring Mulgrew Miller & Russell Malone at the Blue Note $30 tables/$20 bar, sets 8/10:30 PM

10/27 fiery Balkan brass band Veveritse fills in for Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, 9 PM

10/28, 8 PM Spanish southwestern gothic rocker Depedro on an interesting doublebill with Argentine tango/reggae/pop sensation Federico Aubele at SOB’s.

10/28 first-class honkytonkers the Newton Gang at Lakeside 9 PM

10/28 roots/Americana guitar god Eric Ambel and the Roscoe Trio at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM

10/29 Deb the powerful incisive lead guitarist from psychedelic power trio Devi does a benefit show for animals at factory farms (battering rams to open the gates and let the poor cows and piggies loose?) at Kenny’s Castaways, 7 PM, $10 to a good cause.

10/29 at the Bell House, 7:30 PM a “masquerade charity ball benefiting the Abeona House of New Orleans” with live performances by the High & Mighty Brass Band, Rev. Vince Anderson, Vic Thrill, Les San Culottes and others.

Starting 10/29 Taylor Mac’s epic extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge – a lily goes on a quest to wed a human bride and destroy the God of Nostalgia, approximate duration 5 hours!!! – with music by the incomparable Rachelle Garniez runs through November 22nd at Here Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. at Dominick (across the park, downstairs, west side of the street).

10/29 Cellist Helen Money at 8, Jonathan Kane at 9 and then the Reid Paley Trio at the new Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, 10 PM, $10 adv tix rec

10/29-11/1 at the Jazz Standard: Go Home featuring Charlie Hunter – guitar; Curtis Fowlkes – trombone; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Scott Amendola – drums,sets 7:30/9:30, $25 / $30 Friday & Saturday

10/29 hilariously smart early 50s style hillbilly trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s 8:30 PM

10/29 ferocious postpunk rockers Des Roar – the guys and girl responsible for Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – at the Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg 9 PM

10/29, 10 PM ferociously good, adrenalizing pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika at Barbes.

10/30, 8 PM an especially good Halloween show with the haunting, hypnotic, incantatory Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni and her slinky dance/music troupe I Giullari Di Piazza (The Court Jesters) at Symphony Space, tix $25/18 stud.

10/30 sprawling psychedelic surf rockers Yukonaughtica at 8:30 PM at Pier 66 Maritime, West Side Highway corner of 26th Street, free, costumes welcome but not required

10/30 oldtimey siren Kelli Rae Powell’s cd release show for her hilarious and haunting new one at the Jalopy Theatre, 9ish.

10/30 the Brooklyn What and Escarioka play what might be the year’s best doublebill at Don Pedro’s, 9ish

10/30 10 PM Witches in Bikinis play their annual Halloween show at Bowery Poetry Club, how perfect – the horror-rock supergroup are hilarious.

10/30 Cypress Hill’s annual Halloween concert at the Nokia Theatre, $36 adv tix recommended for all you weedheads.

10/30-31 at Smoke Jazz Club pianist David Berkman plays the cd release for his new live cd – which th NY Times raved about – with Antonio Hart – alto saxophone; Ed Howard – bass; Ted Poor drums.

10/30 the reliably charming, harmony-driven but edgy steampunk stars the Moonlighters at 10 at Barbes

10/30 the Delphian Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn 11ish

10/31 at 3 PM, repeating 11/1 also at 3 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays the second concert series of the orchestra’s fourth season feat. Chelsea Symphony horn player Benjamin Brody’s Prelude and double bassist Tim Kiah’s Rise from the Ashes, Arthur Pryor’s Blue Bells of Scotland (with trombonist Alexis Regazzi), Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Saint-Saens’ Dance Macabre together with excerpts from the last act of Mozart’s Don Giovanni led by Music Director Miguel Campos Neto and Mark Seto. At St Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd St (between 8th and 9th Aves).. Recommended donation at the door: $20.

10/31 another good Halloween choice, reliably amusing hip-hop dude Tim Fite at Union Hall, 9ish

10/31 platinum-haired chanteuse/provocateuse Tammy Faye Starlite’s latest sick cover band, the Pretty Babies play Blondie’s Parallel Lines in its entirety at Lakeside, 11 PM. Check out this lineup: Tammy Faye plus Mony “The Falconess” Falcone (Sit ‘N’ Spin, BIG) on bass; Bibi Farber (The Richard Lloyd Group, The Ventilators) on keyboards;  Heidi Leib (Sit ‘n” Spin, the Lonesome Prairie Dogs) on lead guitar; Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn’s Miracle 3, The Baseball Project & The Minus 5) on drums; Jill Richmond (The Aquanettas, The Mean Reds) on rhythm guitar.

10/31 saxopohonist/composer/rabbi Greg Wall’s 50th birthday mega event at Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 E. Sixth Street (between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.) featuring Wall performing with the stars of the klezmer and avant-Jewish jazz underground, incl. Later Prophets, the Unity Orchestra, Klezmerfest, members of Hasidic New Wave, Gary Lucas and special guests

10/31 World Inferno at the grand ballroom at Manhattan Center $25 all ages, adv tix available at the Mercury

10/31 8:30ish the King Khan & BBQ Show at the Bell House, $15

10/31 the Mess Around at Rock Star Bar in Williamsburg 10 PM

10/31 Americana juggernaut the Woes 11 PM at Spikehill

10/31 a wild ouzo-fueled Greek dance party with the hellraising Magges at Teneleven, 11 PM, free, it doesn’t get much better than this

10/31, midnight-9 AM, a Halloween party with live music by the ecstatic and haunting Balkan brass monsters Raya Brass Band plus a bar serving absinthe, face painters, fortune tellers, silver film photography, and breakfast at 7. $15 at the door before 2 AM, RSVP for Brooklyn address for the “Brooklyn Sanctuary” somewhere in “Prospect Heights.”

11/1, 6 PM at Barbes “guitarist and composer Jay Vilnai once again joins Whitney George and Nicholas Nelson to host an evening of chamber works presented by emerging composers and performers. The new series, entitled ‘Look at the Birdie’, will have its first performance Compositions include Vilnai’s ‘Unsuspected Turns on the Path’ for flute, oboe, violin and percussion and George’s ‘Stained Glass’ for flute violin and percussion. Electronic works will include Nelson’s ;Solipisisms’ for trmobine and electronics and Vilnai’s ‘Double 6’s’.”

11/1, 11 PM Black Heart Procession at Bowey Ballroom, $15 gen adm.

11/2 noir outsider anthem genius Randi Russo followed by Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch at Small Beast at the Delancey 8:30 PM

11/4 Gil Scott-Heron at BB King’s 8 PM $30 adv tix rec.

11/4 the increasingly Tom Waitsish, smartly literate, funny Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside 9 PM

11/5, 8 PM the International Pop Overthrow at Kenny’s Castaways with Edward Rogers and Pete Kennedy with Ward White, Joe McGinty, Claudia Chopek and Ira Elliot as bandmates, plus Maura Kennedy and George Usher and The Doughboys

11/5 jazz guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at the Jazz Standard, $25, sets 7:30/9:30, reservations highly recommended.

11/5 Ellen Foley at Lakeside 9 PM

11/6 smart female-fronted psychedelic rock trio Devi at their new private space in Jersey City, details TK, free

11/6 Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish

11/6-8 the Extremely Hungary Samizdat Music Festival at le Poisson Rouge and La Mama

11/7 2:30 (two thirty) PM the catchy Wilco-meets-the-Clash Brixton Riot at Kenny’s Castaways

11/7, 8 PM menacing, tuneful noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party and deliriously fun Japanese gypsy band Kagero at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street (5th/Madison), all ages, $10, free wine bar (21+)

11/7, 8 PM Cudzoo & the Faggettes at Ars Nova Theatre, 54th & 10th Ave., perfect venue for these filthy theatrical rock sirens-slash-retro 60s pop satirists. They promise can’t-miss new video footage at this one…hmmm…! They’re also at Bar Matchless in Williamsburg on Dec 3.

11/7, 9 PM the dark haunting hypnotic powerhouse Katie Elevitch (back from another triumphant European tour) downstairs at her M’Sonic Sessions series at the The Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, 3rd Floor, Fort Greene

11/7 the ferociously good, intense, Radio Birdman-esque punk/garage rockers the Mess Around 9 PM at Don Pedro’s

11/7 the amusing, laid-back Americana duo Two Man Gentlemen Band at the Jalopy, 9ish

11/8 a killer Americana afternoon starting at 3 PM at Spikehill with smart, catchy bluegrass innovators Frankenpine, the oldschool honkytonking Newton Gang, the soaring Alana Amram & the Rough Gems and the funniest man in country music, Uncle Leon & the Alibis headlining around 5.

11/8 powerpop powerhouse Patti Rothberg at Otto’s, 11 PM with her excellent band.

11/9 Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch followed by haunting, anthemic art-rockers Norden Bombsight at Small Beast at the Delancey 9 PM

11/10, 8 PM at BB King’s Capleton, Cocoa Tea and Anthony B $30 adv tic rec.

11/10 smoove oldschool hip-hop with Ice Cube’s little bro Warren G at Bowery Ballroom, 9ish, $20 gen adm

11/11 southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner at Lakeside 9 PM.

11/12 deviously virtuosic, exuberant mostly-female klezmer rockers Isle of Klezbos at 7PM at Holy Apostles Church, 296 Ninth Ave at 28th St, $10

11/12, 10 PM Spanglish Fly mixes up mambo and Motown to make Latin soul in the Joe Cuba boogaloo tradition at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave (115th St.) dirt cheap, $5 – free boogaloo lessons for neophytes.

11/13, 8 PM at the Bell House, Brooklyn’s own forro/ska/reggae/funk baccchanal Nation Beat open the show followed by the genre-bending, gypsyish latin hellraisers Rupa & The April Fishes

11/13 “Brooklyn’s #1 regressive rock act”, hilarious metal parody band Mighty High‘s 7″ release show at Hank’s

11/14 Shonen Knife at Maxwell’s $12 adv tix very highly recommended; 11/17 at the Brooklyn Bowl

11/14 the Brooklyn What at Bar Matchless in Williamsburg 9ish

11/15, 3 (three) PM the Antara Ensemble plays at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2065 Fifth Avenue at 127th Street: Leos Janácek’s Idyll for String Orchestra, W. A. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins & Cello in D minor, and the World Premiere of Richard Spencer’s Fantasie on a Hymn for Flute & String Orchestra. Tix $25/$20 stud/srs.

11/16 the queen of phantasmagoria, Carol Lipnik and Spookarama at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9 PM.

11/19 the incomparable, inscrutable, multistylistic Jenifer Jackson at the Rockwood at 8.

11/20, 8 PM jangly Boston rockers Aloud and then moody, haunting groove/downtempo slinks El Jezel at Spikehill

11/20 surf music classics and obscurities with the Boss Guitars at Lakeside 11 PM

11/20 the Brooklyn What at Trash Bar 11 PM

11/21  Black 47 at Connolly’s, also 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, and New Years Eve

11/21, 8 PM Portuguese fado legend Mariza at Carnegie Hall with special guests Afro-Peruvian vocalist Eva Ayllón and Afro-Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba $25 tix available.

11/21, 8 PM The New York Chamber Players’ fundraiser at Bechstein Concert Hall, 207 West 58th St., music by Mozart, feat. piano virtuoso Karine Poghosyan

11/21 ferociously haunting, danceable pan-Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika at Shrine uptown, 8 PM

11/21 Lights and Alana Amram & the Rough Gems (watch Alana on bass and then guitar – or vice versa) at Union Pool

11/21 Spanking Charlene at Lakeside 11 PM

11/23 three of the most powerful sirens in any style of music: grand guignol powerhouse Vera Beren, retro keyboard/vocal genius Rachelle Garniez – whose previous two albums are the #2 and #3 cd’s of the decade according to our Best Songs of the Zeros list – and the phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik at Small Beast at the Delancey. Show starts at 9 with Lipnik followed by Garniez, then the dazzlingly lyrical retro 60s psychedelic pop band McGinty & White at 10:30, and then Beren headlining. Definitely the best show of the year and we won’t even be there, sob!

11/27 a rare live show by legendary mod punk Dog Show frontman Jerome O’Brien at Lakeside 11 PM

11/28 Tom Shaner at Lakeside 11 PM

11/30, starting 8:30ish the artsy Pharmacy & Gardens, then the master of menace, Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch at the keys, the twangy southwestern gothic of And the Wiremen and then atmospheric noir soundtrack songs with Bee & Flower at 11ish at Small Beast at the Delancey.

12/1-2 trumpet powerhouse Ingrid Jensen with a quintet and then quartet at Jazz Standard, $20, sets 7:30/9:30 PM

12/3-6 the Chano Domínguez Flamenco Quintet including vox and dancer at the Jazz Standard, $30, sets 7:30/9:30 PM. At the Spanish jazz festival here last spring the pianist was haunting, even transcendent – this is something you shouldn’t miss.

12/4, 8 PM the NY Chamber Players play Beethloven’s 6th Symphony and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with pianist Luigi Fracasso at Christ & St.Stephen Church, 122 W 69th St.

12/8, 7:30/9:30 PM, legendary jazz percussionist/bandleader Chico Hamilton at the Jazz Gallery where he’ll be performing tracks off of his latest album Twelve Tones of Love (recently reviewed here, very favorably) with his quintet Euphoria.

12/10–12/13 the Tango Meets Jazz Festival with the Pablo Ziegler Quartet with special guests Miguel Zenon (12/10 & 12/11) and David Sanchez (12/12 & 12/13) at the Jazz Standard, $30, sets 7:30/9:30 PM

12/12 a real blast from the past, 80s new wave rockers That Petrol Emotion at the Bell House, 7:30 PM, $17 adv tix rec.

12/22–12/23 the Edmar Castaneda Trio plus Special Guest Joe Locke at the Jazz Standard. You want eclectic and innovative? Can’t miss with this crew: Colombian harp, trombone, drums and vibes, $20 sets 7:30/9:30 PM


September 27, 2009 - Posted by | Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, NYC Live Music Calendar | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Thanks for announcing our show at Lakeside Lounge. If you haven’t seen us, come on down for some serious alt-bluegrass rockin’ out.


    Comment by Matthew | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. SPANGLISH FLY is NYC’s only group devoted to bringing back Latin soul y bugalu, 1968 Spanish Harlem style.

    Check us out on November 12 at Camaradas El Barrio, 115th and 1st Ave. We hit at 10 and play ’til the wee hours. Featuring a free bugalu dance lesson!

    Comment by J | October 29, 2009 | Reply

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