NYC Live Music Calendar for June-July 2010 Plus Other Events
We have a brand new calendar for July and August here.
If you don’t recognize the place where a particular act is playing, check our venues page. If you didn’t see anything that tickled you this time around, you can always check back later since we constantly get news about new shows and then add them here.
A few things you should know about this calendar: acts are listed here in order of appearance, NOT headliner first and supporting acts after; showtimes listed here are actual set times, not the time doors open. If a listing here says something like ”9 PM-ish,” chances are it’ll run late. Cover charges are those listed on bands’ and venues’ sites: always best to click on the band link provided or go to the venues page for confirmation since we get much of this info weeks in advance. As always, weekly events first followed by the daily listings:
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.
Stephane Wrembel plays Sundays at Barbes at 9. He’s something of an institution here, plan on arriving EARLY, 45 minutes early isn’t too soon since the whole bar gets packed fast. 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.
Sundays in July Matty Charles plays Pete’s at 9:30 PM. For those who missed his years playing here back in the zeros, he writes a classy acoustic melody and a wryly understated lyric to go with it, in a John Prine sort of way.
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 Choi Fairbanks 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. July 19 is an especially cool date because the Big Band has Rudy Royston on drums.
Mondays at the Delancey on the main floor, 8:30 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 plays a solo set on piano around 10 PM, reason enough to put this on your calendar. July artists include haunting baritone crooner and Ninth House frontman Mark Sinnis, fiery cello rock band Blues in Space and others.
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 in July 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 and possibly eeriest shows you’ll witness this year.
Also Mondays in July 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 most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax.
Tuesdays in June the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the Rockwood at midnight.
Every Thursday the Michael Arenella Quartet play 1920s hot jazz 8-11 PM at Nios, 130 W 46th St.
Every Friday in July at 8:30 PM at the Fat Cat Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens bring an authentic here-and-now Brooklyn church vibe, no slick theatrics, just soul.
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.
6/2 Jeremy Udden’s Plainville play pensive, thoughtful Americana jazz at Bryant Park, 6 PM, free
6/2, 7:30ish jazz vibraphone legend (and Guru collaborator) Roy Ayers at Betsy Head Park, Herzl at Livonia Ave., Brownsville, Brooklyn, 3 train to Livonia Ave.
6/2 fearless, kinda noir Costello/Parker style rock songwriter Mike Rimbaud at Sidewalk, 8 PM
6/2 Toots & the Maytals at B.B. King’s, 8 PM – their new album Flip & Twist is available in special package with a “a joint-shaped USB drive loaded with Flip & Twist, a Toots Stash Box, the physical CD of the album, and a variety of other gifts.” Other gifts, hmmm…..
6/2 Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek at the Nokia Theatre, 8:30 PM, $30 tix available.
6/2, 9 PM soulful, pensive, artsy, distantly Wilco-ish Americana rockers the Smooth Maria at LIC Bar
6/2-3 Gillian Welch’s virtuoso guitar sidekick David Rawlings at Bowery Ballroom, 9 PM, $25.
6/2 catchy propulsive female-fronted powerpop with the Mikal Evans Band at Spike Hill, 10 PM.
6/3, 6:30 PM a benefit for Music Crossing Borders with an eclectic bill featuring West African percussion ensemble Bedstuy Ewe, amazing gypsy rockers Bad Buka (FKA Panonian Wave), darkly slinky tango nuevo innovators Importango and others at Bohemian Hall, 321 E 73rd St. (1st/2nd Aves), $30 incl. open beer/wine bar, munchies
6/3 Trombone Shorty and Michael Franti and Spearhead on Governor’s Island, 7 PM $35 adv tix avail. at the B.B. King’s box office – note that youtube losers-du-jour One Eskimo are opening so tix will go fast, get them while they last. Ferry fare is $5/ roundtrip, leaving from the old Shaolin Ferry terminal on South St.
6/3, 7 PM Inna Faliks plays Chopin, Schoenberg, Schumann, Beethoven and Pasternak at the Yamaha Piano Salon, $15.
6/3 oldschool soul/funk crooner/shouter Eli Paperboy Reed at the Mercury, 7:30 PM, $15. He’s also at the Bell House on 6/9 at 9ish for three dollars less.
6/3, 8 PM a killer triplebill at Banjo Jim’s: Sabrina Chap, who “sounds exactly like a drunken fistfight between Scott Joplin and Phyllis Diller,” followed by sharply literate, often hilarious Americana charmer Robin Aigner at 9 and then the ferociously smart, energetically punkish, intensely charismatic banjo rocker Curtis Eller at 10.
6/3 a good country/roots triplebill with crooner Jesse Lenat, the Lonesome Heroes and Maybelles frontwoman and extraordinary singer Jan Bell – with an equally amazing band: Rima Fand on violin, Megan Palmer on piano, Brian Geltner on percussion and Tim Luntzel on upright bass – at Union Pool, 8 PM $8.
6/3 richly lyrical, fearless rocker Matt Keating at the Rockwood (on the second stage – we’re still trying to figure out where they hide it in that small space) at 8 PM
6/3, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony plays Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet Suite #2 and Brahms – Violin Concerto in D at Symphony Space, tix $18/$12 stud/srs, kids $10.
6/3, 8:30 PM Paul Shapiro’s bustling, boisterous, often amusing Ribs & Brisket Revue at Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10.They played here New Year’s Eve – that’s what you can expect.
6/3, 8:30 PM a musical seance of sorts at Roulette: “Using ultrasonic microphones and voicemail, Speaking with the Dead will search the ether for the unhearable present while invoking voices from the past.” Audience members should be prepared to make a small “offering,” in 3 minutes or less, i.e. an activity for the audience. Performer Brenda Hutchinson suggests something of a stretch, i.e. if you’re a singer, draw a picture; if you’re a painter, sing something.
6/3 fearless garage rocker Anna Anabolic and her band the Anabolics at Spike Hill, 9 PM.
6/3 L’il Kim – out of jail, bless her heart – at Irving Plaza, 9 PMish adv tix $35 rec.
6/3 adventurous, rousing, totally original bluegrass band Frankenpine at Lakeside, 9:15ish.
6/3 punkish southpaw guitar god Sam Sherwin with his all-girl band at R Bar 9:30 PM
6/3 imaginatively crosspollinating Brazilian/country/New Orleans band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
6/4-8 Members of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performing an all-Mozart program, free: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, String Quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major, K. 174; and depending on the date, the Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285; the Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 or the Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 407. Venues vary throughout the boroughs: click this link and scroll down for venues and times.
6/4 Tris McCall and band outside the Grove St. Path station in Jersey City, 8 PM. If songwriting is important to you, this guy’s important, dammit. You would have gone to this if it was 1977 and it was Elvis Costello. Well it’s 2010 and this is Tris McCall. $2 on the Path train and Dosa Hut (world’s yummiest Indian pancake place) is just down the block. As a bonus, energetic 60s soul revivalists the One and Nines – something of a more Memphis-oriented Sharon Jones – wrap up the evening at 9
6/4, 9 PM an A-list Middle Eastern supergroup – Souren Baronian – G-clarinet, saxophone, kaval, duduk, riq with Haig Manoukian – oud, Lee Baronian – darbukkeh, Mal Stein – drums, percussion, Sprocket Royer – double bass at Alwan for the Arts.
6/4 lyrical rock monster night with the 60s flavored psychedelic pop of McGinty & White at 9 followed at 10 by new wave legend/raconteur Wreckless Eric with his fierily amusing wife Amy Rigby at Bowery Electric.
6/4 catchy indie powerpopsters Elk City at the Bell House, 9 PM, $8 adv tix rec.
6/4, 10 PM the ever-increasingly more ghostly, more psychedelic oldschool latin ballad rockers las Rubias del Norte – whose new album is one of the year’s best – at Barbes.
6/4, 10 PM Zion Judah play roots reggae at Shrine.
6/4, 10 PM the Reid Paley Trio at Cafe Orwell, 247 Varet St. between Bogart & White, Bushwick, Brooklyn, L to Morgan Ave. This will be fun – see how the trendoids react to some real oldschool no-BS noir. “OOOH, I spilled PBR on my baby blue Prada!”
6/4-5 Texas honkytonkers Heybale feat. Redd Volkaert, Merle Haggard’s original lead guitarist at Hill Country, 10 PM.
6/4 early 70s NYC proto-new wave legends Tish & Snooky (Debbie Harry’s old bandmates in the Stillettos and Manic Panic founders) at Kenny’s Castaways, 10 PM
6/4, 10:30 PM ferocious avant-garde/rock string quintet Sybarite5 – Radiohead meets Bartok – at Galapagos, 10:30 PM, $15, adv tix highly rec
6/4, 10:30ish, 80s noir/goth legends the Psychedelic Furs at Irving Plaza, adv tix $36.50 avail.
6/4 ferocious, funny, fearless electrified bluegrass rockers Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
6/4 high-energy ska-flavored Argentinian rock legends Los Autenticos Decadentes at B.B.King’s 11 PM.
6/5, 7 PM intense, lightning fast but incisive Chicago style blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues. He’s also at Lucille’s on 6/19 at 8.
6/5, 7:30 PM at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine a Benefit Concert for the Congregation of Saint Saviour: Victoria Sirota, organ & Robert Sirota, piano play his Letters Abroad and Celestial Wind plus music by Bach, & Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn, $20 tix available.
6/5 a ska fest with Hub City Stompers, Rudie Crew,Moon Invaders, Caroloregians, Royal City Riot, 7:30 PM at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix highly rec., this may sell out.
6/5, 7 PM dark garage songwriter Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons at Banjo Jim’s.
6/5, 8 PM our favorite minimalist creepy avant garde improv rockers Dollshot play Ibeam in Gowanus, Brooklyn, F or R train to 4th Ave & 9th Street. Walk down 4th Ave to 7th St., make a left on 7th St. and walk past 3rd Ave. The place is located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.
6/5-9 The New York Art Ensemble moves its Ninth Annual Tribeca New Music Festival, a 4-concert series of cutting-edge new music to Merkin Concert Hall, shows each night at 8 PM. Performers include the New York Art Ensemble Monsters (pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Kathleen Supové, and violinist Mary Rowell), the JACK Quartet, Ted Hearne Band, Pamela Z and more, adv tix $20 per concert at the box ofc highly recommended.
6/5, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Gross: Suite for Strings (world premiere); Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante; Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream at St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd St., repeating on 6/6 at 3 PM.
6/5, 8:30 pm the Festival Chamber Orchestra with Lutz Rath, cello; Steven D. Hartman, clarinet; David Taylor, trombone; David Oei, piano play Beethoven – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello; David Taylor – world premiere of Too Suite for bass trombone, voice, and winds; Stravinsky – Concerto for piano and 24 winds at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 371 6th Ave. (W 4th/Waverly Pl.), free.
6/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf music extravaganza at Otto’s starting at 9 with Aaron and the Burrs – “the only surf-punk electric kazoo band that matters” – the North Shore Troubadours, the surf/spy Sharkskins and what’s left of Brooklyn surf legends the Sea Devils around midnight
6/5, sets at 9/10:30 PM the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Group – John McNeil, trumpet; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Neal Mine, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe. McNeil is a ham, a first-class composer and McHenry is a great sideman in this kind of context.
6/5, 9 PM dark, edgy, violin-and-guitar-driven indie band Bern & the Brights at Spike Hill.
6/5 Greek traditional party music monsters Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM free before 10:30
6/5 Brian Jonestown Massacre at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10 PM, $22 adv tix. rec.
6/5, midnight, Joy Ryder – sort of the white Sharon Jones – at Kenny’s Castaways
6/5 the fun, sardonic punk pop of the Homewreckers at quarter to one in the morning (actually morning of 6/6) followed by the insatiable, filthy, hilarious punk/girlgroup Cudzoo & the Fagettes at half past one at Cake Shop.
6/6, 2 PM the Scandia String Quartet play Foerster – Traditional Finnish Dances (arr.), the delightfully devious Summer in Ft. Tryon Park; Poul Schierbeck – Largo; Greig – Wedding Music from Troldhaugren; Sibelius – Intimate Voices at Ft. Tryon Park, A to 186th St., enter at 193rd St.
6/6 fun, devious, paradigm-shifting klezmerites Metropolitan Klezmer play 2 PM at Freedom Square Park, 75th Road & Main St., Kew Gardens Hills, Queens (you’ll have to take a bus – doesn’t seem to be any subway service out there). They’re also playing at half past noon at St. Mark’s Park, 9th St. and 2nd Ave. on 6/17 and doing two sets at Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, 174 5th Ave (22nd St), 7 PM, $15/$10 seats avail.
6/6, 3 PM the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra plays Weill – Threepenny Opera Suite; Schoenberg – Chamber Symphony #1; Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St. (Clinton/Henry), downtown Brooklyn, 2/3/4 to Borough Hall or F to Jay St. or A/C to High St., dirt cheap, only a $15 donation
6/6, 3 PM the season finale of Kathleen Supove’s reliably entertaining avant garde series at the Flea Theatre, 41 White St. (Church/Broadway), in Tribeca, free – Michael Evans and Susan Hefner doing a percussion/dance piece, adventurously atmospheric guitarist Nick Didkovsky and then Eylan Vital doing electronic stuff plus a lively after-show discussion with the audience.
6/6, 5 PM up-and-coming avant titans Ensemble ACJW at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Avenue, A train to 175th St., program TBA, sugg. don. $15
6/6 the NYCity Slickers play soaring bluesgrass with harmonies at Bar Nine on 9th Ave. betw. 53/54th Sts., 6 PM
6/6 fiery janglerock/indie rockers Cementhead at the Mercury 9 PM.
6/6, 10 PM diverse, artsy, lyrically dazzling 90s Britrock throwbacks Special Patrol Group play Trash Bar. One of our favorite rock bands right now.
6/7-11 Microscopic Septet pianist and Fresh Air theme composer Joel Forrester plays outdoors on the terrace at Bryant Park, half past noon, free
6/7 the Imani Winds at Bryant Park, 6 PM, free, program TBA
6/7, an amazing Small Beast 8:30ish at the Delancey with Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch, playful Kate Bush-style avant/cabaret chanteuse Adrienne Anemone, the eerie four-octave range of phantasmagorical Carol Lipnik and Spookarama, and the intense, dark southwestern gothic twang of And the Wiremen.
6/7, 8:30 PM guitarist to the stars of the underground (Love Camp 7, Drina Seay, Magges ad infinitum) Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Banjo Jim’s.
6/7, 9ish the Wailers – feat. original Marley guitarist Al Anderson and “Police and Thieves” crooner Junior Marvin at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec.
6/8, 7 PM latin song multistylist Marta Topferova and excellent understated band at 55 Bar.
6/8 first-class Irish folk instrumental/dance quartet New Time Ensemble (flute, guitar, fiddle and cello) play the Irish seisun at Dempsey’s, 8 PM; 6/10 they’re at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan St. at 8 PM, $15
6/8-13, 7 PM Evelyn Evelyn AKA Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley do their conjoined-twin ukelele comedy/rock thing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, $25 adv tix ostensibly not sold out yet and very highly rec.
6/8 the Museum Mile Festival just gets shorter and shorter.This year the following museums are open for free 6-9 PM with Fifth Ave. turned into a pedestrian mall: El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
6/8 captivating Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan at the second stage of the Rockwood (still trying to find out exactly where they hide it), 7 PM. The wonderful furry-suited ragtimish Xylopholks play at 10 in the main space
6/8 Changing Modes – a really amazing, catchy, smart blend of Siouxsie-esque new wave, and oldschool art-rock – downstairs at Ella, 9 Ave. A. (the latin disco with the scary-looking bouncers outside), 9 PM, $9. They’re also at Cafe Bar, 32-90 36th St in Astoria for Make Music NY on 6/21 at 8.
6/8, 9:30 PM Stateless: A Hip-Hop Vaudeville by Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd with Keith Pinto, music by Felonious and One Ring Zero at Joe’s Pub. Dan Wolf of Felonious discovered that his great-grandfather and great-uncle were Jewish vaudevillians in pre-WWII Germany, took some of their old songs and brought them forward about eighty years. Our Balkan music maven raves about it. Adv tix $15 highly suggested.
6/9, 7 PM “before the era of theme bars there was the neighborhood bar.” Director Vicente Rodriguez Ortega has an acclaimed new documentary out, “Freddy’s Bar & Backroom” about the legendary Brooklyn bar which, like CBGB, created a vital scene and fought courageously against greedy developers who wanted to tear it down. At Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St.; also screening 6/11, 6 (six) PM at IndieScreen, 285 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, early arrival advised for each.
6/9 the Easy Star All-Stars – the crazy reggae crew responsible for Radiodread, Dub Side of the Moon and the reggae version of Sgt. Pepper – at Hiro Ballroom, adv tix $16 at the Highline Ballroom box office (note box office different from venue).
6/9, 8 PM at the Stone it’s the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Ben Perowsky (drums), Thomas Morgan (bass) followed at 10 by Perowsky’s own quartet with Chris Speed (tenor,clarinet), Ted Reichman (accordion), Trevor Dunn (bass). Also see 6/18 for more Courvoisier.
6/9, 8 PM Norah Jones at Prospect Park Bandshell, free – suggest you go in the back entrance, to the right of the main gate, past the bathrooms – or linger beyond the fence in back, this will be packed to capacity very fast.
6/9, 9 PM the Tarantinos NYC play smart, original, diverse surf and soundtrack instrumentals at the Brooklyn Bowl, free.
6/9, 9 PM the Andy Statman Trio doing his bluegrass thing at the Jalopy, $10
6/9, 9:30 PM Second Dan play melodic Oasis-esque powerpop on that mysterious second stage at the Rockwood.
6/9, 9:30 PM Jessica Lurie’s popular, multistylistic Tiptons sax quartet at the Tank, $10.
6/9, 10 PM Jeremy Messersmith at Littlefield, $8. Don’t let the bedhead or the ridiculous Sufjahn Stevens comparisons spook you off – the guy can play, and write, like a more artsy Carl Newman, looking back to the Kinks during their chamber pop era – or Elliott Smith.
6/9, 10:30 PM at Rodeo Bar there’s tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.
6/10, legendary P-Funk organ player Bernie Worrell’s SociaLybrium at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.
6/10, half past noon pianist Arturo O’Farrill leads a probably scaled-down version of his latin jazz orchestra outside St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave. and Stuyvesant St..
6/10 an absolutely sick triplebill at Union Hall: hillbilly chick satirists Menage a Twang at 8:30, the Debutante Hour lending some badly needed seriousness to the event and then the fearless, hilarious, sex-crazed faux girl-group punk-pop of Cudzoo & the Fagettes, $8, get there early because this will sell out.
6/10, sets 8/10 PM delta blues legend – hey, he wasn’t in 1967 but he is now – Jorma Kaukonen at Iridium, $35
6/10, 9 PM the ultimate retro 20s songwriter, Bliss Blood of the Moonlighters plays a rare solo followed by fiery punk banjo rocker/songwriter Curtis Eller at Rest Au Rant, 30-01 35th Ave. @ 30th St., Long Island City, N/W train to 36th Ave.
6/10, 9 PM the Alan Ferber Nonet play innovative, tuneful big band jazz at Smalls
6/10 pensive, atmospheric, often rustically haunting loop-driven art-rockers the Quavers at Barbes, 10 PM
6/11, 6 PM at Barbes violinist Marandi Hostetter, violist/violinist Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos, cellist Eric Cooper and mezzo-soprano Sara Dougherty play works by Jay Vilnai: Pisces for string trio; selections from his Shakespeare Songs for string trio and mezzo; selections from Visual Percussion, a collaboration with artist Elizabeth Hamby of short pieces for live music and video; a setting of a text by Wyatt for mezzo and chamber quintet plus Whitney George’s Seven Sins for string trio.
6/11 saxophonist Marcus Strickland 7:30/9:30/11:30 at the Bar Next Door.
6/11-12, 9/10:30 PM Two Miles a Day – Jacob Sacks, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Mat Manieri, viola, violin; Paul Motian, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, early arrival advised
6/11, 9:30 PM at Smalls the Scott Reeves Band: Scott Reeves – trombone , Rich Perry – tenor sax , Mike Holober – piano , Mike McGuirk – bass , Andy Watson – drums. Reeves’ most recent album is an absolutely gorgeous, lyrical throwback to the golden age of the 50s, highly recommended.
6/11 Quintron & Miss Pussycat – playful synthpoppers – at Glasslands 10ish
6/11 psychedelic Afro-funk instrumentalists the Budos Band play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Temptress boarding at 6:30 and leaving from 41st St. and the river, adv tix $25 at the Highline box office highly recommended.
6/11, 11:45 PM ferocious metalish cello art-rock instrumentalists Blues in Space at the Delancey
6/12 the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s benefit dance party at the Grey Gardens mansion in the Hamptons is SOLD OUT – no great surprise!
6/12, 6 (six) PM the Oren Neiman Group play guitar jazz with deep klezmer, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $7 cover includes a drink!
6/12, all ages, a bunch of hardcore bands and a ska band bill with hardcore vets , smart original ska rockers Hub City Stompers, hardore with Inhuman, the hip-hop flavored Billy Club Sandwich, Underdog and Staring Problem, 6 PM at Santos Party House, $16 adv tix highly rec.
6/12, 7 PM edgy, melodic modern jazz with the Tim Kuhl Group at the Fat Cat followed by their guitarist Nir Felder leading his own combo at 8.
6/12, 7 PM psychedelic, hypnotic avant garde guitar quartet Dither’s cd release show at the Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, F/G to Bergen St., “Highlights include Elliott Sharp performing selections from Octal for eight-string guitarbass, a solo bagpipe performance from progressive piper Matthew Welch, a collaboration between pianist Kathleen Supové and composer/guitarist Nick Didkovsky, and the Deprivation Orchestra of NY’s rendition of Eric km Clark’s Deprivation Music #1 for a large ensemble of hearing-deprived musicians! Dither will perform selections from their album, as well as the the world premiere of Eve Beglarian’s The Garden of Cyrus, Fred Frith’s Stick Figures performed by two players on six table-top guitars, and James Tenney’s rarely heard Septet for six guitars and electric bass” plus performances by Loud Objects, the extraordinary ambient chamber group Redhooker, Mantra Percussion and Florent Ghys, ridiculously cheap at $6.
6/12, 7 PM incorrigible extrovert and powerhouse soul singer Meg Braun – sort of the white Bettye LaVette – at Caffe Vivaldi.
6/12, 7:30 PM charming, harmony-driven Hawaiian swing/oldtimey Moonlighters at Indian Road Cafe, 600 W 218th St. in Inwood, 1 train to 215th St. They’re also at Glen Oaks Oval Park, 260th Street and 74th Avenue in Queens on 6/18 at 6:30 PM.
6/12, 8 PM at Issue Project Room, $10 “four specialists in the experimental tradition: Michael Century, Stephen Gosling, Emily Manzo, and Kathleen Supové. Solo repertoire by Terry Riley, Alvin Curran, Yan Maresz, and more will culminate in a rare performance of Pauline Oliveros’s Gathering Together for eight hands, one piano.”
6/12 imaginative, captivating, atmospheric alto player and big band jazz composer Jacam Manricks plays the Bar Next Door, 3 sets starting 8-ish.
6/12, 8 PM oldschool Cuban son done gorgeously low-register style with bass, baritone sax, tuba and baritone guitar by Gato Loco at Barbes.
6/12, 8:15 PM the darkly bluesy Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at the Rockwood on the second stage
6/12, 8:30 PM New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/12, 9 PM a phenomenal night at Alwan for the Arts with multistylistic expat Syrian chanteuse Gaida and the amazing band that plays on her album: Zafer Tawil – kanun; George Dulin- piano; Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Jennifer Vincent – bass; Tony de Vivo – percussion.
6/12, 9 PM at Lucky 7 Tavern in Jersey City Devi and members of Any Day Parade. Good doublebill: both are psychedelic despite divergent backgrounds (punk and blues vs. country and paisley underground), both have good recent albums out.
6/12-13 the Undead Jazzfest at le Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways and Sullivan Hall: an unbelievable lineup of A-list, adventurous jazz groups for an unbeatable price. The two-day pass for $30 – roughly a third of what you’d spend at the Blue Note for a single act – is your best bet. Acts include the Alan Ferber Nonet, Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Matthew Shipp, Roswell Rudd & Lafayette Harris and many more, the complete list is here.
6/12, 10 PM fiery, psychedelic Mississippi hill country blues guitar genius Will Scott at 68 Jay St. Bar
6/12, 10:15ish LES rockabilly/surf/punk legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside.
6/13, 7 PM Canadian goth keyboardist/chanteuse NLX at Caffe Vivaldi on a bill with the similar, more creepily down-to-earth Annelise Noronha, along with a Lilith Fair-style folkie and a nasal 70s style folkie from Rhode Island.
6/13 Chilean cumbia superstars Chico Trujillo play their cd release show at 8 PM at La Oveja Negra, 3438 38th St. in Astoria, 4th. fl of the Astoria Sports Complex on 38th St. between 34th and 35 Ave. right by the Kaufman Studios, right next to pizzeria uno, R/G/V to Steinway St. They’re also at Barbes on 6/14 at 8 PM (early arrival a must) opening for Chicha Libre!
6/13, 9 PM captivatingly dark Americana chanteuse Jessie Kilguss at Lakeside
6/13 Franco-Algerian punk/rai-rock legend Rachid Taha at Highline Ballroom, 9ish, adv tix very highly rec.
6/13 the NYCity Slickers play tight, soaring harmony-driven bluegrass at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
6/13, 11ish the self-explanatory Bato the Yugo & Gypsie Boogie at Nublu
6/14 latin jazz guitar genius Juancho Herrera at the Bar Next Door, 8:30 PM
6/14, 10 PM at Otto’s – NYC free jazz stalwart Dikko Faust – who puts a brush on his trombone slide and paints – followed by the Mighty Alpacas feat. Iranian sax sensation Sohrab Saadat, Jesse Dulman of Stumblebum Brass Band on tuba and trumpeter Lex Samu.
6/15 powerful slinky joyous haunting all-female virtuoso klezmer group Isle of Klezbos play a free outdoor show in the community garden on 12th St. between Ave A/B, 7 PM.
6/15, 7 PM a craftbrewing competition at Union Hall, free, open to the public 21+ with tasting of home and craft brews from top microbreweries. First prize: your recipe will be made into a kit marketed by Brooklyn Brew Shop and you get a day observing at Sixpoint Brewery; second prize is a $50 gift certificate to the shop. “Union Hall will then host two additional homebrewing competitions in August and October. June, August and October winners will compete in a holiday competition in December, which will determine who will get to brew their own winning recipe on Sixpoint’s pilot brewing system alongside the brewers. The resulting keg will then be transferred to Union Hall, where it will be served to all your friends and family during a private party.”
6/15, one of the best shows of the entire year in NYC: 8 PM ferocious New Orleans art-rock pianist Lady Baby Miss (ex-A Particularly Vicious Rumor), 8:45 PM deviously charming torch song revivalists the Debutante Hour, ferociously literate and side-splittingly funny ukelele siren Kelli Rae Powell at 9:30 at the Jalopy.
6/15, 8 PM a killer triplebill at the Cameo Gallery with the bass-driven low-register Cuban son stylings of Gato Loco, rambunctiously groovalicious bugalu revivalists Spanglish Fly and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, who do salsafied covers of trendoid pop hits – too funny.
6/15, 8 PM at the Stone Erik Friedlander’s Broken Arm Trio: Erik Friedlander (cello) Trevor Dunn (bass), Mike Sarin (drums). “The band was inspired by Oscar Pettiford who in 1949 broke his arm playing baseball.He could still move his fingers even though his arm was in a sling, so he began experimenting with a cello a friend had lent to him. He tuned the cello like a bass only an octave higher and later made history recording a series of cello-led projects including the great, under-recognized 1964 Fantasy release, “My Little Cello” featuring a photo of his newborn son whom he named Cello.”
6/15 Nashville gothic with the Handsome Family at the Mercury, 9:30 PM, $15.
6/15 ferocious Taiwanese-American art-rock/metal instrumentalists the Hsu-Nami – whose lead instrument is a sizzling Chinese erhu fiddle – play Don Hill’s, 11 PM, and since they don’t have vocals they won’t have to deal with the club’s awful sound system.
6/16, 6:30 PM one of the new music highlights of the year: Frederic Rzewski plays Frederic Rzewski at le Poisson Rouge $20, adv tix highly rec. this will sell out.
6/16, 7 PM the Manhattan Valley Ramblers duo play oldtimey and bluegrass tune at the Orchard House Cafe, 58th St./1st Ave., two forty five minute sets, sugg. don. $15/$10 srs/stud.
6/16 darkly yet amusingly literate Nashville gothic types Maynard and the Musties play Matchless, 8 PM; 6/29 they’re at Sidewalk at 9.
6/16, 8ish oldschool hip-hop vet Big Daddy Kane at Von King Park in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, corner of Marcy and Lafayette Ave., G to Bedford-Nostrand.
6/16 no-nonsense, torchy contralto chanteuse/pianist Jeanne Marie Boes’ birthday show at LIC Bar, 8 PM
6/16-19 the Vijay Iyer Trio at Birdland sets 8:30/11 PM, $30 seating avail.
6/16 British vintage funk/soul revivalists the Heavy with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Bowery Ballroom.
6/16 one of NYC’s funniest songwriters, 19th century throwback banjoist/ribald lyricist Al Duvall at Pete’s, 10 PM
6/16, 10ish dark Brazilian country music with Forro in the Dark at Nublu
6/16 fiery, original, occasionally noir rockabilly/surf trio Catspaw at P&G Bar, 380 Columbus Ave (at 78th St.), 11 PM
6/16, midnight-ish noir chanteuse Marissa Nadler at the Knitting Factory, adv tix $10 highly rec.
6/17 the NYC Jazz Festival starts; too many acts to list here. The complete schedule is here; choice acts listed below.
6/17, 6 PM at Puppets Jazz Bar Ralph Hamperian’s Tuba D’Amour followed at 9 by the Bill Ware Group and then the John McNeil Quartet at midnight.
6/17, 7 PM Tift Merritt – who if you haven’t been paying attention has sort of become New York’s answer to Shelby Lynne – at the Hiro Ballroom
6/17, 9 PM string quartet Cadillac Moon Ensemble plays brand-new works by Andre Bregegere, Nicholas Chase, Anna Mikhailova, Edward Rosenberg, David Saperstein, and Matthew Welch at Issue Project Room, $10.
6/17, 10 PM fiery, terse Chicago style blues guitarist/crooner Johnny Allen at Terra Blues
6/17, 10 PM tuneful, propulsive, intense janglerock songwriter Jennifer O’Connor at the Knitting Factory, $10.
6/17 funny, eerie bluespunks the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.
6/18, 6 PM adventurous avant vocal jazz with the Becca Stevens Band at 55 Bar
6/18, 7:30 PM organ jazz guru Dr. Lonnie Smith at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/18 pianist Sylvia Courvoisier does double duty at the Stone with her trio (Thomas Morgan and Tyshawn Sorey are the rhythm section, with Peter Evans added on trumpet for the 10 PM set) and then on 6/19 at 8 it’s Sylvie Courvoisier’s Lonelyville: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Ikue Mori (electronics), Erik Friedlander (cello), Mark Feldman (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums).
6/18, 8 PM the Jazz Gallery Allstars: Claudia Acuña, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lage Lund, Gerald Clayton, Kendrick Scott, Ben Williams, Pedro Martinez, Miguel Zenón at Symphony Space $15.
6/18, 8:15 PM Leigh-Ra play “orchestral folk” i.e upbeat and more pensive indie classical and soul music-influenced originals with piano, bass and cello at Caffe Vivaldi.
6/18, sets at 9/10:30 PM the Mark Helias Trio – Mark Helias, bass; Orrin Evans, piano; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe – well-liked bass player gets two killer players to do his stuff.
6/18, 9:30 PM sultry noir rock legends Elysian Fields at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix highly rec.
6/18 the rustic, gypsy-flavored, darkly atmospheric Kotorino at Pete’s 10 PM
6/18 the boisterous, completely unpredictable Jack Grace Band – whose hilarious new album Drinking Songs for Lovers is their best – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
6/18, 10:30 PM a rare Manhattan small club show by amazing Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at the Fat Cat
6/18 the Boss Guitars play surf music classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM
6/19 the NY Brewfest goes 3:30 until 8 PM on Governors Island, tix $55 all you can drink micros and gourmet beer (300+ vendors!) plus free music plus water taxi to/from the island , tix available at Heartland Brewery locations.
6/19, 7 PM Adrian Younge & the six-piece Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra play their original vintage 70s style soul/funk score to Scott Sanders’ recent, amusing blaxploitation film homage Black Dynamite at the Ars Nova Theatre, 511 W 54th St., just west of 10th Ave., adv tix $20 highly rec.
6/19 ferociously literate New York noir rocker LJ Murphy plays at Banjo Jim’s backed by New Orleans pianist Willie Davis, 7 PM
6/19, 8:15 PM, the Thomas Piercy Trio – expertly passionate interpreters of the Astor Piazzolla canon – play the cd release show for their new one at Caffe Vivaldi.
6/19, 9 PM at Alwan for the Arts Turkish piano innovator Hakan Ali Toker who like Steve Nieve will play an improvisation based on dubious audience suggestions and make them brilliant, $15
6/19, 9 PM retro soul star Eli Paperboy Reed at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec.
6/19, 9 PM playful Danish female avant jazz duo Little Red Suitcase: “broken smelly accordeon, the cat stepping on pianokeys, mum frying eggs in the evening, playing a horn from the Alps on a balcony, screaming at the beach” at 9 PM at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
6/19, 10 PM East Village Pharmacy play dub reggae at Shrine
6/19 wild Irish party band Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s, 10 PM
6/19, 10 PM indie pop heroes the New Pornographers at Terminal 5, adv tix $30 at the Mercury box office highly rec.
6/19 smart, funny Brooklyn country band Miller’s Farm 10 PM at Hill Country
6/19 ferocious, often funny Americana punk with Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.
6/20 starting at 10 AM (yawn) it’s Punk Island 2010 – the annual Make Music NY punk show on Governors Island takes place on a Sunday this year. Free ferries leave from the old Shaolin Ferry terminal every 30 minutes on the half hour, note that security will be intense – since Goldman Sachs pays no taxes, they’re looking to bust anybody carrying booze or similar contraband, watch your back. Tons of good bands on several stages including DOA, Blanks 77 and the Hub City Stompers.
6/20, 2 PM the Scandia Brass Quintet play possibly brilliant new and obscure compositions by Scandinavian composers: William Brade – Pavane; Vagn Holmboe – Quintet for Brass; Grieg – Homage March; Anders Koppel – Brass Quintet (US premiere); plus Norwegian folk tunes at Ft. Tryon Park, A to 186th St., enter at 193rd St.
6/20, 7 PM Mundoclave plays Machito-style latin jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, 7 PM, free
6/20, 8 PM Talib Kweli plus Jean Grae at the Brooklyn Bowl, $5 (yup – five bucks!) get in line and get there early.
6/20, 10 PM reliably adventurous pianist Myra Melford’s Be Bread at le Poisson Rouge, adv tix $16 highly rec.
6/20, 11 PM awe-inspiring oldschool country singer/writer Greg Garing – as charismatic a rockabilly pianist as he is a bluegrass guitarist – at the Rockwood
6/21 it’s Make Music New York – free street performances all day by all kinds of absurdly good bands and artists. Too many to list here, so we put up a Make Music New York page with highlights. The cube at Astor Place is the place to be this year.
6/21, 7:30/9:30 PM Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at Dizzy’s Club $20/$10 stud.
6/21 the ferociously charismatic gypsy-punk Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble , noir accordionist Marni Rice and big indie buzz band the Walking Hellos at at Small Beast at the Delancey, 9ish
6/21 the Jentsch Group Large plays a rare performance at Tea Lounge in Park Slope – they’ll be doing the entire lush, lavish, Pink Floyd meets Ellington-style Cycles Suite album starting with movements one through three at 9 PM and then the final three at 10:30 PM.
6/22 chamber music with the exceedingly popular Eroica Trio at the World Financial Ctr., 7 PM, free, early arrival advised
6/22, 7 PM latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri y la Perfecta II at Soundview Park in the Bronx, 6 train to Soundview Ave. and a ten-minute walk down Morrison Ave.
6/22 Custard Wally – unsung oldschool heroes of obscene, sexually charged, hilarious Brooklyn punk and garage rock – at Trash Bar, 9 PM.
6/22, 9 PM low-register classic Cuban son and similar originals with Gato Loco at the Jalopy, $10.
6/23, 7 PM ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett followed by Annie Haslam’s theatrical art-rock legends Renaissance at Rockefeller Park, free.
6/23, 7 PM at Central Park Summerstage the McCoy Tyner Quartet feat. Ravi Colrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela plus Stanley Clarke’s band opening, which you’ll have to stand/suffer through if you want to see the headliner.
6/23, 8 PM soulful Balkan trumpet music with the Ben Holmes Trio at 68 Jay St. Bar
6/23, 8 PMish Chicago downtempo/trip-hop band Tortoise at le Poisson Rouge $22 adv tix rec.
6/23, 9/10:30 PM, cellist Catherine Bent’s innovative Brazilian jazz group Choros com Chocolate at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free.
6/23 clever, fun 80s style synth-pop with Hank & Cupcakes 9 PM at the Brooklyn Bowl, free.
6/23, 10 PM ex-Railroad Jerk lead guitarist Alec Stephen, now leading a dark, almost minimalist, tersely electric power trio at Pete’s
6/23 Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds play tastefully bluesy, funky stuff at Sullivan Hall, 10ish.
6/23, 11 PM edgy atmospheric dreampop band Susu at Cake Shop
6/24, 7 PM the aptly named Conjunto Clasico at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, free, 6 train to 144th St., looks like the stage is at Crimins Ave. where it deadends into the park.
6/24 the Northside Festival starts in Williamsburg. Last year’s was overhyped to the max; hopefully this year’s will be better. Too many acts to list here – the main schedule page is here; as dates and venues are announced we’ll list anything good we see (Polvo is playing!).
6/24 Jason Moran and the Bandwagon with Mary Halvorson and Ron Miles at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $15
6/24, 7:30 PM Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (what’s left of the original crew) featuring ageless cantante Omara Portuondo and Nelida Tirado at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/24, 9 PM fiery rockabilly/country/Americana guitarist Jimmy Nations – sort of NYC’s answer to Wayne Hancock – leads his trio at Hill Country.
6/24, 10ish Groove Collective bassist Jonathan Maron – one of the most tuneful, interesting four-string guys around – makes a rare appearance as bandleader at Rose Bar in Williamsburg
6/24 boisterious (ok, thunderous) Bahian dance band Dende & Hahahaes at Barbes, 10 PM.
6/24, 10 PM at the Stone bassist Thomas Morgan with pianist Jacob Sacks – two thoughtful, incisive, uncommonly melodic jazz guys who don’t waste notes.
6/25, 8 PM richly tuneful, brooding, 6/8 time aficionado and haunting indie rock siren Elisa Flynn followed eventually at 10 by a rare “semi-acoustic” show by the ferocious noir rockabillyish Reid Paley Trio at Picasso Machinery, 45 Broadway south of Wythe, S Williamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave.
6/25 a cool latin doublebill at Barbes, 8 PM: Marta Topferova, who writes rustically tinged originals in innumerable vintage styles, followed by Spanglish Fly, who play deliriously danceable oldschool latin soul and bugalu at 10
6/25 downtempo jazz/ambient grooves with Soul Cycle at BAM Cafe 9 PM.
6/25 latin piano monster Jason Lindner & Breeding Ground feat. Pangeotis Andreou, Mazz Swift and others 9/10:30 PM at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
6/25 blazing Bay area gypsy jazz band Gaucho at Pete’s 10 PM
6/26 desert blues titans Tinariwen at Central Park Summerstage, 3 PM d00rs. They’re also at the Bell House on 6/27 at 9ish if air conditioning is worth the price to you – or if you can’t make it during the day.
6/26, 7 PM, haunting chamber-pop/art rockers the Snow – whose new album I Die Every Night is one of the year’s best – play a special intimate show at the Rockwood, get there early.
6/26, 7 PM Rev. Al and the Sharptones play purist Nick Lowe style guitar-driven roots rock/pop at R Bar.
6/26, sets 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard clarinetist Anat Cohen leads an allstar band with Kevin Hays – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Lewis Nash – drums, $25.
6/26, 8 PM second-wave punk with the New Bomb Turks’ reunion show at the Bell House, $12.
6/26 Just Another Folksinger AKA Mystie Chamberlin plays the Recoup Lounge, 210 Rivington St, 8 PM, $10. Self-effacing name for somebody who’s actually funny, nonchalantly smart and can write a catchy tune. Folkie stuff that will win over people who hate it.
6/26 the Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble play “Ottoman classical instrumental and vocal music, along with Turkish folk and Arabic contemporary compositions, including original works by their late teacher, oud master and composer Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian” at 9 PM at Alwan for the Arts, $15.
6/26 fiery guitar-and-horn-driven Balkan rockers Ansambl Mastika at Mehanata 9 PM, $10, but nobody turned away at the door (be nice to the door girl and you’ll get in).
6/26 East Village Pharmacy play imaginative, psychedelic dub and reggae at Shrine, 9 PM followed by the “Junior and Unity Band” doing the same thing.
6/26 artsy 80s goth inflected art-pop pianist/singer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM
6/26, 10 PM charismatic, noir rock/soul/punk keyboardist Tom Warnick & World’s Fair at the Parkside.
6/26 amazing horn-driven noir ska/R&B/punk rockers Tri-State Conspiracy at Fontana’s, 10ish, $10 – they blew the roof off Trash Bar last month and will do the same here.
6/26, 10 PM the “Junior and Unity Band” play roots reggae at Shrine
6/26 legendary mod punks the Reducers – the American answer to the Jam – at Lakeside, 11 PM.
6/26 smart, diverse, socially aware African-style roots reggae with Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon, midnight-ish
6/27 the Bang on a Can Marathon starts at noon at the World Financial Ctr.: performances include “U.S. premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip performed by Talea Ensemble; a Bang on a Can All-Stars’ premiere with Mira Calix; African crossover innovators Burkina Electric; Balinese Gamelan; music from Kyrgyzstan and more!”
6/27 haunting, multistylistic neoclassical/avant/tango composer/pianist Fernando Otero at the Blue Note, half past noon
6/27, 3 PM Gil Scott-Heron at Central Park Summerstage.
6/27 delirious northeast Brazilian percussion troupe Macaratu NY play around 4 PM on the roof at the New Design High School, 350 Grand St. on the LES, ridiculously cheap, $5/$2 under 18. Also on the bill: reggae and Haitian acts starting around 2 PM.
6/27, 4:15 PM, deviously smart harmony-driven cabaret/oldtime/noir trio the Debutante Hour play Tompkins Square Park as part of Alpha Women Attack the LES (?!?). They’re also at Union Pool on 6/30 at 9 and then at the Brooklyn Tea Party on 7/4 (which as the band cautions to add is not a party Sarah Palin is invited to)
6/27 Micale sing selections from John Zorn’s Book of Angels “in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, French and Arabic drawn from Rumi, Fernando Pessoa, the Hebrew Bible and more,” 7:30 PM at Rose Bar in Williamsburg.
6/27 Wintersleep at Bowery Ballroom – happy and jangly with your stereotypical off-key indie vocals, but a real lyrical menace and imaginative guitar/keyboard textures. If you wish the Decemberists could write melodies, you’ll love Wintersleep.
6/27, 8 PM roaring multistylistic Balkan hellraisers the Veveritse Brass Band at the Jalopy $10
6/27, 8 PM genre-blending Greek-American blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s
6/28, 9 PM the JC Sanford Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Brooklyn.
6/29, 6 (sex) PM Lisa Faith Phillips and pianist Ellen Mandel present their popular parody musical How To Be a Bad Girl: Mistress Edition (FKA 7½ Habits of Highly Successful Mistresses, before the Seven Habits of… books’ publisher sued them), at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.
6/29, 6 PM acoustic group Stout sing oldtime “tavern tunes” with five-part harmonies in “the kind of rousing environment that encourages singing along (should one be so inclined)” at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E 61st St. (First and York Avenues), tix $15 incl. refreshments and a tour of the historic museum.
6/29-7/4 the JD Allen Quartet (JD Allen – tenor; Jeremy Pelt – trumpet, Gregg August – bass, Rodney Green – drums) at the Vanguard. Of all the jazz composers working right now, this guy is at the pinnacle, the absolutely top of his terse, tuneful game. See him now before you can’t afford it anymore.
6/29, 7:30 PM at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center a Haitian bill feat. Ansanm, Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, BélO, Zili Misik, acts will probbly appear in reverse order.
6/29, 9 PM often poignant, frequently hilarious Nashville gothic/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Sidewalk
6/30, 7 PM the one and only Mose Allison – without whom both Dr. John and Tom Waits probably never would have existed – at Madison Square Park.
6/30 bluegrass with soaring harmonies and foot-stomping tunes with the the NYCity Slickers at Banjo Jim’s 7 PM
6/30-7/3, Larry Goldings – Hammond B3 organ; Peter Bernstein – guitar; Bill Stewart – drums, sets 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 Fri-Sat).
6/30, 9 PM Girl to Gorilla, who blend a fiery southwestern gothic vibe with a raw punk edge at the Knitting Factory, $8
6/30 Buru Style feat. Toussaint Libertor play African roots reggae 9 PM at Rose Bar.
6/30, 9 PM self-described hillbilly madman Zane Campbell – who basically brought alt-country to NYC by himself back in the 80s – plays Hill Country.
6/30, 9ish El Topo play psychedelic tropicalia/jazz/dub instrumentals at Glasslands.
6/30 confident, diverse, sometimes smoky soul/jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at Caffe Vivaldi, 9:15 PM
6/30, 10 PM haunting, intense oldtimey acoustic Nashville gothic band Bobtown at Spike Hill
6/30, 11 PM, tunefully artsy indie pop with the Secret History at the Bell House $10
7/1 the Cannabis Cup Band play “a special tribute to the classic revolutionary vinyl lp reggae anthems of the ‘60’s & ’70’s” on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Temptress boarding at 6:30 and leaving from 41st St. and the river, first hundred tix are $20, after that adv tix $25, highly rec. at the Highline box office.
7/1, 7:30 PM Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys at the Jewish Museum is SOLD OUT. Good for her.
7/1, 8 PM Lee Feldman’s surreal rock musical Starboy – like the Simpsons, suitable for children but delightful for adults – performed in its entirety by an all-star cast including pianist Feldman, Henry Hample, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Daniel Harnett, and Jonathan Maron at Dixon Place Theatre, 161A Chrystie St. (between Rivington & Delancey).
7/1, 9 PM crafty, fun, harmony-driven cabaret/noir/torch trio the Debutante Hour with guest pianist Jonathan Vincent at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
7/1 sprawling, adventurous, innovative original bluegrass band Frankenpine play Lakeside, 9:15ish
7/1, sets 9/10:30 PM Basscentric, low-register heaven with a trio of bassists: Joelle Leandre, Mark Helias and Mark Dresser at Cornelia St. Cafe, repeating on 7/2 at 9 PM only. Helias and Dresser play a probably much further-out duo show at 10:30 PM on 7/2 afterward.
7/1, 9ish the Doc Marshalls – equally skilled at honkytonk and west Texas zydeco – at Hill Country
7/1 accordion-driven cumbia party band Very Be Careful – who have discovered the totally punk rock vibe that the best cumbia music has – at Barbes, 10 PM, note the $10 cover. Their new album is amazing.
7/1 garage rockers the Zoobombs – the Japanese Muck & the Mires – at Union Hall 10ish, early arrival advised.
7/1 delirious multistylistic Brazilian/New Orleans/funk band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM
7/1 Boston’s best rock band, the fiery, retro 80s new wave/powerpop New Collisions at Arlene’s, 11 PM.
7/2 the king of the mighty janglerock anthem, Willie Nile, at City Winery opening for Alejandro Escovedo, 7 PM
7/2, 8 PM at Barbes: “House of Stride. Part performance-project, part-band, House of Stride wanders from classic stride piano to old-school cabaret gems and re-imagined pop classics. With Allison Leyton-Brown – piano; Russ Meissner – drums; Jim Whitney – upright bass and special guest chanteuse Daria Grace.” Followed by exhilarating 20s hot jazz big band Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at 10.
7/2, 8:30 PM, gypsy brass punk rockers Stumblebum Brass Band at the Mercury, $10.
7/2, 10 PM anthemic, literate indie rockers Overlord at Bruar Falls, $6.
7/3, 2 PM Rosanne Cash on Governors Island, free – take the free ferry (to the east of the new Shaolin ferry terminal) and follow the crowd/noise
7/3, 3 PM the second Turkish Woodstock at Central Park Summerstage with the Sounds of Turkey feat. Kenan Dogulu, Mor ve Otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions with Burhan Ocal and Tulug Tirpan, and Sukriye Tutkun.
7/3, 8 PM a killer third-wave ska night at the Knitting Factory with (in reverse order) the NY Ska-Jazz Ensemble, the Scofflaws, Mother Fletcher, Tip the Van, and Harold’s Trousers, $10 adv tix highly rec. One of the best bills of the year so far.
7/3 smart, deviously satirical acoustic Americana jam band Tall Tall Trees at the Mercury, 8 PM, $10.
7/3 a cool triplebill at the Jalopy starting at 9 with acoustic Nashville noir harmony band Bobtown, then concert harpist/singer Veronica Valerio (who sounds nothing like Joanna Newsom) at 10 and then at 11 the blues harp-driven Randy Weinstein Group (ex-Hazmat Modine, and they sound a lot like his old band)
7/3, 9:30 PM, more eerie, swampy blues harp music with BBQ Bob & the Spareribs at Hill Country
7/3, 11 PM, Brooklyn’s own otherworldly, haunting, deviously smart Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel plays Pete’s Candy Store.
7/3 Escarioka – the ecstatic, sometimes transcendentally fun, horn-and-guitar-driven latin Gogol Bordello – at Kenny’s Castaways, 11 PM
7/3 slyly amusing jam-oriented acoustic Americana band Tall Tall Trees at the Mercury, 11:30 PM, $10. They’re also at Pete’s at 10 on 7/9.
7/4 original, innovative Greek-American electric blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s, 8 PM
7/4 noirish indie/Americana rocker DB Reilly plays Pete’s, 10:30 PM in a rare acoustic duo show.
7/5, 8/10 PM, legendary nylon-string jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini with the surviving members of the Les Paul Trio at Iridium, $25
7/5 goth glam goddess Kristeen Young at the Knitting Factory, 10 PM, adv tix $10 rec.
7/6 alternately charming and haunting all-girl Norwegian noir cabaret quartet Katzenjammer at the Mercury, 7:30 PM, $10.
7/7 half past noon smart, politically charged acoustic songwriting duo Left on Red at Liberty Park, downtown Broadway and Liberty Sts.
7/7, 3:30 PM Paolo Bordignon plays selections on the 1830 Appleton pipe organ in the musical instruments section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
7/7, free, 7 PM doors, 7:30 PM a set by chamber folk sextet Dark Dark Dark, 8:30 PM the film Flood Tide: Remixed accompanied by a new live musical score. “A meditative journey down a strange and meandering river that flows both ways with the tides.The handmade boats and their crews drift past empty new condo developments, explore crumbling castles and swim in iridescent quarries. They get stopped by torrents of rain and groaning motors.” At Socrates Sculpture Garden, on the grass along the water at Socrates Sculpture Park, 3134 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. N train to Broadway, walk on Broadway all the way to the water as the street names (30th, 29th etc) get smaller.
7/8 soca legend Mighty Sparrow – who’s got to be in his eighties now – at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.
7/8 Phosphorescent – sort of the teens version of gently rootsy early Wilco – plays Pier 54 at 14th St., gates at 6 for the diehards or fans of early 70s style El Lay dad-pop band Dawes.
7/8, 7:30 PM the extraordinary pan-Balkan punk jazz of Ansambl Mastika at the Jewish Museum, 92nd St. at 5th Ave., $15/$12 stud.
7/8 NYC’s most exciting blues guitarist, Mississippi hill country bluesman Will Scott at Hill Country, 9 PM.
7/9 purist expat Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s 8 PM; he’s also here on the 23rd.
7/9 stark yet playful cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Mercury, 8:30 PM, $10
7/9 bewitching, rustic ancient Italian ritual songs and dances with Allesandra Belloni at Mehanata, 9 PM, $10.
7/9 ornate, artsy goth chanteuse/keyboardist Wendy Rule at Caffe Vivaldi, 9 PM.
7/9, 9:30 PM Chelsea Madchen: Ein Deutscher Evening Mit Nico starring Tammy Faye Starlite at Joe’s Pub, $15. Will the world’s most subversive comedienne and cover band leader end the show by falling off a bike in a druggy stupor, or with a goth version of Deutschland Uber Alles?
7/9 honkytonk guitar god Danny Weiss’ gorgeously oldschool country band Reckon So at Hill Country, 9:30 PM
7/9 hypnotic, hauntingly jangly southwestern gothic-tinged Americana rockers Tandy at Lakeside, 11 PM
7/9, 11 PM oldschool 90s LES indie stars Versus at the Bell House $17.50 adv tix rec.
7/10 the best bill of the year so far, top to bottom, is the Brooklyn County Fair country music afternoon spectacular, one great band after another starting at noon with Maynard & the Musties, 1 PM the Dixons, 2 PM Alana Amram & the Rough Gems, 3 PM the Newton Gang, 4 PM the Doc Marshalls, 5 PM Uncle Leon & the Alibis; the show continues at 10 at the Jalopy with Frankenpine. Wow. The afternoon show is at Urban Meadow, 36 President at Van Brunt, Red Hook, Brooklyn, $10.
7/10 Mexican punk/ska legends Maldita Vecindad at Central Park Summerstage 4-ish, doors at 3.
7/10, 7 PM dark, wickedly smart original cello rockers Rasputina at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
7/10, 8 PM clever, innuendo-driven 1930s French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at Barbes.
7/10, 8 PM retro soul kitten Alice Smith – she purrs, she growls, with a 70s post-Motown/disco feel – at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.
7/10, 10 PM catchy, tuneful powerpop with the Mikal Evans Band at Matchless
7/10 NYC’s answer to X, Americana-punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM.
7/10, midnight, hilarious, satirical hip-hop artist Schaffer the Darklord plays Arlene’s
7/11 Jimmy Cliff at Central Park Summerstage, 5-ish, doors at 3
7/11 amazingly fun traditional accordion-driven Dominican merengue tipica band Liony Parra y La Mega Mafia Tipica at 7 PM at Pier One on the upper west.
7/11, 7 PM Andy Laster’s Sounds of Cairo at Barbes – Middle Eastern music from the 1920s including vintage Umm Kulthumm, Zaki Murad and Dawud Husni songs with clarinet, cello, bass and trombone. Followed by the amazing Stephane Wrembel’s gypsy guitar jazz at 9.
7/11, 7:30 PM Chris Rozzi’s one-man show Outre Island feat. music by the reliably excellent Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec. “You may have heard that the diminutive nation of Outré Island has been trying to build a bridge to the shores of America for some time. But with oil in the Gulf (sigh), designers are moving the bridge inland to the small town of Balthrop, Alabama for one night only!”
7/12 the Ohio Players and George Clinton and P-Funk at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, free, get there early, 6:30 PM and watch your back, the cops have quotas to make
7/12, 7 PM roots reggae legend Burning Spear at Rockefeller Park, free.
7/12 legendary 80s chanteuse and Clash collaborator Ellen Foley at Lakeside, early, 7 PM.
7/12 the devious, harmonically exquisite, funny, torchy Debutante Hour at Goodbye Blue Monday, 10 PM
7/13 hip-hop from toward the end of the golden age: a 15 year celebration of the Boot Camp Clik featuring Sean Price, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Pharoahe Monch, Kidz In The Hall, Skyzoo, Marco Polo & Torae at BB King’s, 8 ish, $22 adv tix highly rec; first fifty ticketed customers through the doors get a free commemorative concert t-shirt.
7/13-14 powerhouse piano jazz with the Orrin Evans Quartet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
7/14 the NY Philharmonic plays Lyadov – Baba Yaga; Glazunov – Concerto for Alto Sax; Schulhoff – Hot Sonate for Alto Sax and Orchestra; Prokofiev – Selections from Romeo & Juliet on the Great Lawn in Central Park, free, concert at 8 PM, get there early, i.e. 6 and make a night of it if you’re going
7/14, 6 PM the Mad Jazz Hatters play oldtimey stuff at Bryant Park, free
7/14 Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Stuyvesant Town Oval, 7 PM. They’re at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn the next day at noon.
7/14 the Jazz Museum in Harlem presents the film Nina Simone Great Performances, 7 PM at Marcus Garvey Park on Lawn A, Madison Ave. side of the park between 122nd and 124th St., free.
7/14, 8 PM in Central Park on the Great Lawn the NY Philharmonic feat. Branford Marsalis, saxophone and Andrey Boreyko, conductor plays Liadov – Baba-Yaga; Glazunov – Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Schulhoff/Bennett – Hot-Sonate for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet (selections)
7/14 reggae crooner Barrington Levy at BB King’s, 8 PM.
7/14 hilariously satirical early 50s hillbilly music trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/15, half past noon jazz pianist Emmett Cohen on the World Financial Ctr. plaza.
7/15 Funkmaster Flex and EPMD at Queensbridge Park, Queens 7 PM.
7/15-18 Brazilian jazz legend Vincius Cantuaria at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30, $25 ($30 weekend)
7/15, 7:30 PM the Sexteto Rodriguez Cuban-Jewish All Stars at the Jewish Museum, 92nd St. at 5th Ave. is SOLD OUT.
7/15, 8 PM at Glasslands it’s “Hipster Demolition Night II” – woo hoo – featuring (in reverse order) Muck & The Mires, Jay Banerjee & The Heartthrobs, Wormburner, the Anabolics, $10.
7/15 the Subway Surfers and garage rock genius Palmyra Delran and her band at Maxwell’s, 8:30 PM, $10
7/15, 9 PM Matt Darriau’s World Tango Project at the Cornelia St. Cafe
7/15 fearless NYC noir rockabilly/glam with the Reid Paley Trio at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/15, 11 PM Sun Records rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess at Public Assembly, $12 adv tix highly rec.
7/16, 7 AM (?) the Go Go’s play Good Morning America, outdoors, live – hardcore fans enter Central Park at 69th Street/5th Ave. Note that Live Nation couldn’t sell enough $60 tickets to their Irving Plaza show so they cancelled it – this whole thing may not happen.
7/16, 8 PM Changing Modes – a really amazing, catchy, smart blend of Siouxsie-esque new wave, and oldschool art-rock – at R Bar, $10
7/16, 8 PM the Universal Thump (Greta Gertler’s auspicious new art-pop band) feat. bassist Jonathan Maron from Groove Collective plus a string quartet plays Barbes. Gertler has been a great songwriter for the better part of a decade and their forthcoming album promises to be her best effort yet.
7/16 the lush, noir Elysian Fields at the Knitting Factory, 8:30 PM, $10 adv tix rec.
7/16 a terrific Middle Eastern bill feat. George Ziadeh and Amir ElSaffar (vocals, oud and santoor) with Sami Abu Shumays, Arabic violin, plus members of his Zikrayat Ensemble, 9 PM at Alwan for the Arts, $15
7/16, 9 PM a killer reggae triplebill: the Movement, Black Seeds and SOJA (Souldiers of Jah Army) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix highly rec.
7/16 the Boss Guitars play classic and obscure surf covers at Lakeside 11 PM
7/17, 1-7 PM the Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar takes place at 79th Street and Shore Road (Shore Road Park): food/music/rides/homemade Middle Eastern ice cream/kids stuff and more.
7/17 LES punk/rockabilly/surf legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15 PMish.
7/18, 2-7 PM the Astoria Arab American Heritage Festival at Athens Square Park – 30th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria with food, music, crafts, kids’ entertainment. “There is no where cooler than Astoria so be there!”
7/18, 7 PM African roots reggae with Meta & the Cornerstones at Pier One on the upper west.
7/19-20 Calexico at City Winery 9 PM $30 standing room tix avail.
7/19 potently lyrical Americana songwriter Joe Pug at the Mercury 10ish
7/19 the NYCity Slickers play bluegrass at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/20, 5 PM Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
7/20-25 Jamaican piano jazz titan Monty Alexander at Dizzy’s Club.
7/20, 9 PM torchy Eastern European rock/pop with Lana Mir at Arlene’s
7/21, 6 PM John Ellis & Double-Wide at Madison Square Park
7/21 reggae covers of Radiohead, Floyd and the Fab Four by the devious Easy Star All-Stars at the Stuyvesant Town Oval, 7 PM
7/22 (note date change from 7/24) Dave Campbell was one of the finest drummers in New York, a well-loved and influential figure. There’s a memorial concert at the Parkside starting around 8 with the surviving members of bands he played with: psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7, noir jazzy Americana group Erica Smith & the 99 Cent Dreams, the high-energy, punkish K’s and others.
7/22 Antibalas at Castle Clinton, 7 PM, free, tix two per person handed out to those in line at 4 PM.
7/22 Mexican folk-punk songwriter Rana Santacruz at the Jewish Museum, 92nd and 5th Ave., $15
7/22 Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/23 energetic female-fronted garage riff-rock/noise-rock with Loose Limbs at South St. Seaport time TBA.
7/23 smart, fiery latin rockers Outernational at 7 PM at Highline Ballroom followed by oi-punk legends GBH, adv tix $17 highly rec.
7/23, 8 PM at Bargemusic the Voxare Quartet: Emily Ondracek, violin, Galina Zhdanova, violin, Erik Peterson, viola, Adrian Daurov, cello) Riley – String Quartet; Lou Harrison – String Quartet Set; Hamza El Din – Escalay (The Water Wheel); Riley – Mystic Birds Waltz, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, tix $25/$20 srs/$10 stud.
7/23, 9:30 PM the Sadies at Bowery Ballroom
7/23 legendary, hypnotic post-Velvets postpunk NYC rockers Band of Outsiders at Lakeside 11 PM.
7/23, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 7/24) the O at Arlene’s. Is this the legendary hip-hop crew, with the Anal Thermometer song, and the violent stage antics?
7/24 captivating, innovative cello-and-marimba chamber pop duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi 9:30 PM
7/24, 11 PM PM Luminescent Orchestrii frontman Sxip Shirey’s cd release show at City Winery, $12 adv tix rec. -”deep sexy beats created on Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonica, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles and a clutch of curious objects.”
7/25, 3 PM Fool’s Gold, Burkina Electric and Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba at Central Park Summerstage.
7/25 the hilarious Uncle Leon & the Alibis – NYC’s answer to David Allan Coe – at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/26 Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies with Matt Munisteri on guitar at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/27, 7 PM Michael and Christian Blackwood’s extensive 1968 footage Thelonious Monk concert/documentary film Straight No Chaser at the Maysles Institute, 343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave (between 127th and 128th Streets), free.
7/27, 7 PM klezmerite/Americanist Andy Statman at at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, 7 PM
7/27 the Mingus Orchestra at Washington Square Park 8 PM
7/27, 9:30ish Derek James followed by Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at the Brooklyn Bowl $10
7/27 the oldtimey/hokum blues of the Second Fiddles at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/28, 6:30 PM outdoors in back of Lincoln Center the subversive 1960s play No Snakes in This Grass by James Magnuson, free
7/28 7 PM Plena Libre play Wagner Park downtown
7/29 duskcore guitar great Vieux Farka Toure at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.
7/29, 7:30 PM jazz guitar genius Matt Munisteri plays the plaza at the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, free
7/29, 7:30 PM at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center a Haitian bill feat. Ansanm, Emeline Michel, Beethova Obas, BélO, Zili Misik, acts will probbly appear in reverse order.
7/29 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes plus George Thorogood at Asser Levy Park next to the Coney Island Aquarium, 7:30 PM, F to W 8th St. or any train to Stillwell Ave.
7/30, 9/10:30 PM alto sax jazz star Jacam Manricks leads a quartet playing compositions from his really quite extraordinary new albumTrigonometry at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
7/30 killer honkytonk band the Dixons at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM
7/30, 11 PM, the ageless, eternally relevant Avengers – who were the American Sex Pistols thirty years ago – at the Bell House, $25.
7/31 on the plaza at Lincoln Center a murderously good Detroit music afternoon starting with Eddie Kirkland acoustic at 2 PM, the Motor City Soul Revue: Eddie Kirkland, Spyder Turner, Melvin Davis, Dennis Coffey & The Velvelettes with The Party Stompers at 2:30. At 5 PM out back in Damrosch Park it’s pioneering black punk rockers Death followed by the Gories at 6, ? and the Mysterians at 7:15 and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels at 8:30
7/31, 9ish Sonic Youth free at Prospect Park Bandshell – this is one you’ll have to hear from behind the fence out back because no matter what time you show up it’ll be a mobscene.
7/31 Ansambl Mastika at Shrine 9 PM
8/1 Los Straitjackets and the Asylum Street Spankers, 4 PM on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/2-3 Dr. John & the Lower 9/11 at City Winery, 8:30 PM, $35 standing room tix avail.
8/3, 7 PM Elvis Martinez plays his bachata hits at Highbridge Park.
8/4-8, 7 PM outdoors behind Lincoln Center, Asphalt Orchestra marches and plays world premieres byYoko Ono and David Byrne/Annie Clark
8/4, 7 PM sax player James Carter’s Organ Trio at Madison Square Park
8/4, 7 PM Conjunto Imagen at Wagner Park downtown
8/5 Michael Rose of Black Uhuru at noon at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, F to Jay St.
8/5, 7 PM Gil Scott-Heron at Marcus Garvey Park
8/7, 7 PM the Budos Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at Prospect Park Bandshell.
8/7, 7 PM Mucca Pazza and Balkan Beat Box at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center.
8/8, 2 PM haunting Greek rebetika band the Maeandros Ensemble, the lushly slinky vintage Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat and Yuri Yunakov on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/8, 7 PM Slavic Soul Party at Pier One on the upper west
8/9 the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, get there early, 6:30 PM and watch your back, the cops have quotas to make. 8/12 she’s at at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island, 7:30 PM, early arrival also advised.
8/9 chanteuse/pianist Hilary Kole at Birdland – her new album features Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander and a whole slew of killer 88s guys.
8/10, 7 PM bossa nova chanteuse Hiromi Suda at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/11, 7 PM boricua guitarist Nino Segarra and His Orchestra at Wagner Park downtown
8/12 the creepy, artsy, extraordinarily popular Deerhunter at Pier 54 at 14th St., gates at 6, show starts at 7 with the richkid eunuch rock of Real Estate which you will have to stand through in order to see the headliners.
8/13-15 it’s the Gypsy Tabor Festival at Floyd Bennett Field in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. People come from miles around and camp out here; daily tix are also available. Even from the bus, it’s a bit of a hike but it’s worth it. Last year’s bill was one of the best NYC outdoor lineups in decades.
8/14, 3 PM Bachata Fest at Central Park Summerstage with Andy Andy, Luis Miguel de la Amargue, Elvis Martinez and Alexandria.
8/14, 7:30 PM at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center a major moment in nuyorican music history: Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina, A Salsa Suite makes its New York premiere, conducted by Larry Harlow with Rubén Blades, Adonis Puentes plus Orchestra and Chorus and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band
8/15, 3 PM Blitz the Ambassador, 7th Octave and Public Enemy at Central Park Summerstage.
8/17, 7 PM psychedelic raga fusion with Mission on Mars: Kristin Hoffmann on vocals, Vin Scialla on drums, sitar player Neel Murgai, electric guitarist David Ullmann, bass player, and keyboardist Jason Lindner working the effects at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.
8/17, 9 PM Lee Scratch Perry at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix a must, this will sell out
8/22 the Specials at Central Park Summerstage, 5ish, doors at 3
8/24 southwestern gothic chanteuse Marianne Dissard – whose new album Paris One Takes is one of our favorites – at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM. Also on the bill: delightful janglerock en Espanol band Cordero. Dissard is also at MOMA on 8/26 at 5:30/7 PM and at Barbes on 8/27 with her guitarist Brian Lopez.
8/24 classic-style roots reggae with Groundation on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7 at the FDR and 23rd St., adv tix $30 at the Highline box office highly rec.
8/28, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live: Charlie Parker Revisited.
8/29, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park with James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and the JD Allen Trio.
8/29, 8 PM Nellie McKay at Highline Ballroom $20 adv tix highly rec., this will probably sell out. She’s playing her Doris Day set.
9/1 the John Farnsworth Quartet outdoors at Bryant Park, 6 PM, free.
9/10 horn-driven Brooklyn country band Yarn plays the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon boarding at 23rd St. and the FDR at 6, leaving an hour later, adv tix $20 highly rec.
9/10, 9:30ish Ice-T at the Knitting Factory $20 adv tix highly rec.
9/11 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars at the Knitting Factory, 7 PM, $25 adv tix highly rec. Their show at the Highline back in May was ecstatically fun.
9/19 Strings of the Black Sea: a Celebration of Lutes and Fiddles from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Crimea and Turkey, 3 PM at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Auditorium, $30 at the museum ticket windows
9/21 British folk-rock legends the Strawbs acoustic at BB King’s
9/23, 11 PM Those Darlins at Bowery Ballroom $13 adv tix highly rec.
9/26, 3 PM at Central Park Summerstage: the Black Sea Roma Festival featuring Mahala Rai Banda, Tecsoi Banda, Selim Sesler & the NY Gypsy All-Stars and the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble
10/29 NYC third-wave NYC ska legends the Toasters at BB King’s
11/17 Red Molly at City Winery 8 PM