NYC Live Music Calendar for January-February 2011
The new calendar for February and March is 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 around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays at noon starting 1/23 through 2/20, legendary New Orleans soul pianist/songwriter/producer and Elvis Costello collaborator Allen Toussaint plays Joe’s Pub, $30/$15 12 and under
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.
Through May of 2011, the series of free organ concerts at 5:15 PM continues most every week (holidays excepted) at St. Thomas Church, 53rd St. and 5th Ave.
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.
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 starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday 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.
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).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Also Mondays in February 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 slinky but boisterous rhythm section, their mix of obscure classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year.
Also Mondays in February 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 songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota and the Fela pit band on trombone, with frequent special guests.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ concerts at half past noon at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave @ 55th St. curated by celebrated organ adventurer Gail Archer, a global mix of veteran and up-and-coming talent.
Tuesdays in February Balkan brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as they’re very popular.
Tuesdays Julia Haltigan plays 11th St. Bar at 10 “for the rest of her life.” A nuanced, cleverly lyrical country/Americana chanteuse with a terrific band behind her and a growing catalog of first-class original songs. See her now before it costs you big bucks at the Beacon.
Tuesday nights at 10, Marc Ribot has taken on booking a weekly show at Watty & Meg, 248 Court St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn: two guitarists each week, each playing solo, then trading songs, ideas, conversations, possibly jamming, $15 cover includes a drink.
Tuesdays in February the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the smaller room at the Rockwood at midnight.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Every Thursday the Michael Arenella Quartet play 1920s hot jazz 8-11 PM at Nios, 130 W 46th St.
Thursdays at 9 PM in February smart dark Americana chanteuse Jessie Kilguss plays Goodbye Blue Monday
Fridays at 8:30 PM adventurous cellist/composer Valerie Kuehne books an intriguing avant garde/classical/unclassifiable “weekly experimental cabaret” at Cafe Orwell in Bushwick, 247 Varet St. (White/Bogart), L to Morgan Ave. It’s sort of a more outside version of Small Beast, a lot of cutting-edge performers working out new ideas in casual, unstuffy surroundings. Kuehne promises “never a dull moment.”
Fridays in January at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play the Fat Cat
Fridays at Mehanata it’s Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10.
Fridays in January at midnight Streams of Whiskey play Pogues covers at Arlene’s.
1/3, 8 PM sly southpaw powerpop guitarslinger Sam Sherwin at the Mercury followed by David Peel (you know, the Have a Marijuana guy).
1/3, 8 PM, Balkan trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his Trio at Barbes.
1/4, 6:30 PM TwoSense – Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano plus guests Iva Bittova (voice/violin), Kelli Kathman (flute) and Andy Akiho (steel pan) play their own music plus compositions by Stephen Feigenbaum, Paul Kerekes, Jerome Kitzke, Leos Janacek and Kate Moore at le Poisson Rouge, $15
1/4, 7:30ish Nation Beat bandleader Scott Kettner’s Forro Brass Band at Barbes.
1/4 ferocious, atmospheric, swirling cello rock band Blues in Space at Highline Ballroom, 9 PM, $10 gen adm
1/4, 8 PM, multistylistic Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/4-8, 11 PM Matt Slocum, Gerald Clayton & Massimo Biolcati at Dizzy’s Club, $10 tix avail. – not bad for a first-class jazz trio like this…
1/4, 9:30 PM, Meta & the Cornerstones at Joe’s Pub, $17. Diverse, politically aware, hypnotic roots reggae with a global cast and charismatic Senegalese frontman.
1/5 “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune,” the new film about the iconic lyrical rocker premieres at the IFC Center (a.k.a. the Waverly).
1/5, 8 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays Stravinsky – Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka; Dai Fujikura – Joule; Toshio Hosokawa – Haiku; and Debussy – Preludes for Piano, Book II at Bargemusic, $35.
1/5, 9 PM Balkan behemoth Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall – loud enough and fun enough to make you forget about the crowd who usually hangs out at this place.
1/5, 9:15ish Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside. This is the sprawling Tom Waits orchestra edition of the band with violin, trombone and a guest jazz g guitarist from out of state playing their increasingly gothic Nashville gothic songs.
1/5, 10 PM the Tyler Trudeau Attempt play stagy, cynical, bittterly lyrical 60s psychedelic pop with 80s goth tinges at Spike Hill. Their song I Just Want Things to Be Different ought to be mandatory listening for any alienated kid.
1/6 an eclectic bill of world music chanteuses at Drom starting at 7 with Somi, Tamar-kali, Meklit Hadero & Pyeng Threadgill.
1/6, 7:30 PM subversive musical comediennes Mel and El (notorious for Mel and El: Gay Married) at Comix, 353 W. 14th St, $10 – “This month’s show will feature original songs like “Facebook Is Evil”, “Pamela Handerson” and “White Lady with a Black Baby.”
1/6, 8 PM eclectic Greek oud virtuoso/composer Mavrothi Kontanis with his band at Barbes.
1/6, 8 PM Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra playing Sly Stone followed by new generation big band jazz with Richmond’s rhythmically intense Fight the Big Bull and then Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at Littlefield, $15 adv tix rec.
1/6 a fun Americana roots triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8:30 with the jangly, amusing Honey West Band, smart acoustic Americana band the Buckstops and comedic blues band Jimmy & the Wolfpack doing songs with titles like Stick Out Your Can
1/6, 8:30/10:30 PM alto sax powerhouse Jon Irabagon & Collective Language plays Thelonious Monk at Iridium, $25.
1/6 Chicago oldtimey/Americana band Dastardly at Arlene’s, 9 PM.
1/6-8, 9:30 PM a trio summit of sorts: Peter Bernstein – guitar, Larry Goldings – organ, Bill Stewart – drums at Smalls.
1/6, 10 PM AE – pronounced “ash,” this is Eva Salina Primack and Aurelia Shrenker’s otherworldly, hypnotic, intense duo vocal project that interpolates old Appalachian songs with Balkan folk tunes, at Pete’s
1/6, 11 PM ageless faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Spike Hill.
1/7, 7 PM Americana chanteuse and Clash collaborator Ellen Foley at Lakeside.
1/7 an amazing quadruple bill at Drom starting at 7 with haunting, multistylistic oud band the Maeandros Ensemble, Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yunakov, newschool retro levantine chanteuse Gaida with her band and then clarinet monster Ismail Lumanovski’s reliably excellent, electric NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10.
1/7 saxophonist Paul Carlon leads a nonet playing Strayhorn at Miles Cafe, 7:30 PM, $20 includes a drink and “snacks.”
1/7, 8 PM an excellent cheap world music quadruple bill with gypsy singer Sanda Weigl, Malagasy chanteuse Razia, then at 11 PM wild cumbia punks Very Be Careful and at midnight Nonstop Bhangra at the 92YTribeca, $15
1/7-8 it’s the Winter Jazzfest where a bunch of the cheesy Bleecker St. clubs host an astounding mix of jazz legends and future legends: last year’s (known as the Undead Jazz Festival) was amazing by all accounts. The complete schedule is here.
1/7 a rare chance to see popular Ethiopian chanteuse Meklit Hadero in a small club setting: she’s at Barbes at 8 PM.
1/7, 9 PM Thunda Vida plays latin reggae and dub at Shrine uptown.
1/7, 10 PM the latest oldschool funk/soul rediscovery, Lee Fields & the Expressions at Bowery Balllroom, $17 adv tix rec.
1/7 oldschool Colombian-style cumbia punk hellraisers Very Be Careful, 11 PM at Bowery Poetry Club; they’re also at Coco 66 in Greenpoint at 11ish on 1/8.
1/7, 11 PM the Reformed Whores play satirical faux-oldtimey songs at at Pete’s. They’re also at Ace of Clubs on 1/21 at 11 for $10.
1/8, 5 PM, torchy oldtime harmonies and songwriting with the Parkington Sisters at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/8, 8 PM a phenomenal quintuple (!!!!!) bill at Drom starting at 8 with Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing hilariously filthy English-language covers of Georges Brassens songs, les Chauds Lapins playing torchy retro French chanson, psychedelic Peruvian surf revivalists Chicha Libre, funk orchestra Brooklyn Qawwali Party and then minor-key blues/klezmer/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine.
1/8, 8 PM the monthly ska show at the Knitting Factory has a characteristically good lineup this time around with the Forthrights, Kevin Batchelor & Grand Concourse and Westbound Train, $10 adv tix rec
1/8 three pianists (Steven Beck, Stephen Gosling, and Taka Kigawa) playing Haydn: Il Maestro e lo Scolare; Ligeti: Four Hands; Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Stravinsky: Rites of Spring, 8 PM at Bargemusic, $35.
1/8 8 PM snarling female-fronted punk/metal band Vagina Panther at Trash
1/8, 8:30 PM the Steve Swell Trio: Pandelis Karayorgis, piano; Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet; Steve Swell, trombone at I-Beam $10 sugg. Plenty of smart listening, interpolation, conversation, musical mutilation possible as well.
1/8 what could be a real powerhouse evening: Jaleel Shaw – saxophones, Lawrence Fields – piano, Boris Kozlov – bass, Johnathan Blake – drums, 8:30 PM at the Jazz Gallery, $20
1/8, 9 PM legendary Texas Americana guitar god/crooner Junior Brown at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec.
1/8, 9 PM Will Scott – NYC’s most entertaining yet hypnotic blues guitarist – at 68 Jay St. Bar
1/8, 9 PM Bel Air play tuneful, upbeat, uncommonly interesting country and Americana rock at Spike Hill.
1/8, 9 PM mi a seh, dem a riddim call blues and reggae, dem ah play at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, band name World Revelation Band. Yeah mon!
1/8, 9:30 PM trombonist Rick Parker leads an adventurous, tuneful quintet with Logan Richardson – alto saxophone; Sam Barsh – piano; Shawn Conley – bass; Ziv Ravitz – drums at Miles Cafe, $20 includes a drink and “snacks.”
1/8, 10 PM the funniest oldschool country band around, the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at the Ear Inn on 1/10 at midnight.
1/8, 11 PM punk/rockabilly/surf guitar monster Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside
1/9 cheap tix for Globalfest at Webster Hall are SOLD OUT.
1/9, 11:30AMish the most diverse klezmer band on the planet, Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum, kids under 13 free.
1/9, 1 (one) and 3 PM Jamaican piano jazz legend Monty Alexander and his Harlem Kingston Express at Iridium, $25
1/9, 3 PM the Antara Ensemble play Foote, Vivaldi, Bartók, Mercadente at St. Andrew’s Church, 2065 Fifth Avenue at 127th Street, NYC, $25/$20 stud/srs.
1/9, 4:45 PM Maurizio Corraza of Rome, Italy plays the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
1/9, 5 PM, funny folk parody band the Lascivious Biddies at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/9, 6 (six) PM the Third Wheel Band play catchy, fun oldtimey swing and hillbilly songs with ukele, mandolin and upright bass at Spike Hill.
1/9, 7 PM original, eclectic all-female string band the Real Vocal String Quartet at Drom, free.
1/9 Bay Area gypsy jazz monsters Gaucho at 8 PM at the Mercury followed eventually at 10 by conscious, politically aware jazz crew the Marcus Shelby Quintet feat. Howard Wiley on sax and Faye Carol on vocals. Gaucho are somehow going to magically teleport themselves to Shrine uptown for a 10 PM set afterward.
1/9, 10 PM a killer quadruple bill with adventurous string quartet Moira Smiley & VOCO, eclectic chanteuse Jessica Fichot, oldtimey swing/jazz crew Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, and then gypsy jazz with the George Cole Quintet and the blissfully intense Fishtank Ensemble, $10 at le Poisson Rouge.
1/10, 7:30 PM Jan Bell’s gorgeously harmony-driven Americana trio the Maybelles, gypsy jazz with the George Cole Quintet, the sly oldtimey Two Man Gentlemen Band and another evening of Romanian gypsy mayhem with Fishtank Ensemble at Sullivan Hall, $10
1/10, 8/10 PM Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown – a potently apocalyptic contemporary retelling of the Orpheus/Euridyce myth – at the big room at the Rockwood – full band performance featuring “the Hadestown Orchestra/Michael Chorney Sextet.”
1/10, 8 PM a rare small club appearance by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars at Drom, $20 adv tix very highly rec., this will sell out.
1/10 Huun Huur Tu – the group that brought central Asian throat singing to the masses – at Hiro Ballroom, $15 adv tix available at the Highline Ballroom box office. Show starts at 7 – bands on the bill (not necessarily in order) include Red Baraat, De Temps Antan, accordionist Hector del Curto, Los Texmaniacs, Lucia Pulido; HHT should hit at about 11.
1/10, 9 PM the Nathan Parker Smith Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
1/11, 7 PM marvelously creepy noir soundtrack/downtempo instrumentalists Mojo Mancini at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
1/11-16 the Clayton Brothers Band with bassist/bandleader John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Gerald Clayton, Terell Stafford & Obed Calvaire 7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club $30 tix avail. – their January shows here are reliably packed with clever, sometimes wildly intense moments
1/11, 7:30 PM Neil Rolnick night $15 at le Poisson Rouge – it’s the Extended Family cd release show (a vividly bitter, crazed musical memoir of family mischegas at the time of his mother’s death) plus excerpts from Shadow Quartet, performed by ACME, (Rob Moose and Laura Lutzke, violins; Nadia Sirota, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello.) plus Faith for solo piano, performed by Bob Gluck; plus Rolnick dj’ing on his laptop.
1/11 powerhouse trumpeter Ben Syversen’s wild, crazy noise/jazz project Cracked Vessel at 8 PM at Local 269.
1/11, 9 PM Walter Ego plays Banjo Jim’s. LJ Murphy’s ex-bassist is a ferociously literate, funny songwriter whose amusing, theatrical stage show is a lot of fun, maybe comic relief from the power and intensity of his post-Costello janglerock and powerpop songs.
1/11, 10 PM intense guitarist Joel Harrison & Spartacus with Gary Versace, Stephan Crump, Jordan Perlson at Korzo
1/11 swirling female-fronted psychedelic pop/80s goth band Religious to Damn at 11ish at Glasslands.
1/11, 11:30 PM Derya Köroglu – haunting, pensive founder of legendary gypsyish/psychedelic folk-rock Turkish group Yeni Türkü – plays a very rare NYC show at Drom, adv tix $25 very highly rec.
1/12, 8 PM the American String Quartet play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo, K. 617; Schoenberg (arr. Webern): Kammersymphonie, op. 9; Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131 at Merkin Concert Hall, $15. A group we take too much for granted: the Beethoven will be full of poignancy and wait til they sink their fangs into Schoenberg!
1/12, 8 PM sharp at Littlefield, only $5 for a double feature: North Dixie Drive (“Often compared to Errol Morris’ Vernon, Florida, Mahoney’s debut film wonderfully showcases an eccentric group of characters in today’s Middle America”) followed at 9:15 sharp by Sometimes, City (“Jim Jarmusch’s cross-section of interviewees from all walks of life including cartoonist Harvey Pekar, explores a city plagued by racial division, poverty and urban decay”).
1/12 hot new buzz band New Atlantic Youth – with Jesse Katz from the Brooklyn What- at Cake Shop, 8:30ish
1/12 the scheduled doublebill with Les Nubians and Blitz the Ambassador & the Embassy Ensemble featuring Baloji at SOB’s has been rescheduled to 1/16 at 9 PM. He’s still on the bill at BAM Cafe on Friday.
1/12, 10 PM country siren Drina & the Deep Blue Sea at Banjo Jim’s.
1/12, 10ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
1/12, 8 PM a benefit for the Street Pianos project (you know, the day when all these random pianos appear on the street for you to play) at Southpaw feat. Annie Rossi, Greene Girls, Emily Wells and Balthrop Alabama’s Georgiana Starlington, $10.
1/13, 1 (one) PM – Salley Koo, violin; Aron Zelkowicz, cello; Vanessa Fadial, piano at Trinity Church, free
1/13, 6 (six) PM Sabrina Chap plays Caffe Vivaldi. Fearless, funny, tuneful, punk-inspired, cabaret-influenced songwriting.
1/13-16 a rare US appearance by trumpeter and Kryzstof Komeda collaborator Tomasz Stanko at the Jazz Standard. Moody, brooding, but just as likely to go completely off in a bop direction. The lineup is Stanko plus Chris Potter – tenor sax (except early set on 1/13), Craig Taborn – piano, Thomas Morgan – bass, Jim Black – drums, sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25
1/13, 7:30 PM Windscape plus the Orion String Quartet play Bach’s Art of the Fugue (BMV 1080) at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free.
1/13, 8 PM hilariously lyrical janglemeisters Jay Banerjee & the Heartthrobs, the retro surf/rockabilly Roebucks, oldschool soul juggernaut Shakedown at the Majestic and garage rockers the Thigh Highs are this month’s Hipster Demolition Night at Public Assembly – the promoters are threatening to make this the last one, say it isn’t so guys!!!!
1/13 eerie, haunting soundtrack composer Thomas Simon at the Gershwin Hotel, 8 PM, $10.
1/13-15, hypnotic, bewitching rustic Italian percussion/chant crew Alessandra Belloni & I Guillari di Piazza play their Tarantella Spider Dance, 8 PM, repeating at 3 PM on 1/16. at Theatre for the New City 155 First Ave., near 10th Street, tix $30
1/13, 8:30 PM the Second Fiddles play rousing hokum blues and oldtimey tunes at Hill Country
1/13, 8:30 PM string/flute trio Silver Roots juxtapose global folk dance tunes with new avant garde compositions at the Atrium at Lincoln Center.
1/13, 9 PM crazy Danish Balkan brass band Bjonko & Copenhagen Chalgija at Drom, $10.
1/13, 9ish self-styled “bebop terrorists” Mostly Other People Do the Killing and the Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans trio at Littlefield, $8 adv tix rec.
1/13 hypnotic Middle Eastern psychedelic rockers the Mast at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $15.
1/13, 9:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford takes a break from conducting his deviously fun big band to play with this excellent quartet including Nate Radley – guitar; Dave Ambrosio – bass; Russ Meissner – drums at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
1/14, 7 PM ageless oldschool R&B revivalists the Brilliant Mistakes at the small room at the Rockwood
1/14, 7:30 PM and 1/15, 6 PM Golden Festival, NYC’s annual Eastern European music summit moves to Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn feat. dozens of bands incl. Ansambl Mastika, Raya Brass Band, Veveritse Brass Band, Lunas Altas, and of course Zlatne Uste, your best deal is $60 two-night admission.
1/14, a killer Middle Eastern fueled triplebill at Zebulon starting 8ish with slinky golden age Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat followed by Bay Area Balkan/Turkish hellraisers MWF and then equally fiery Turkish folk crew Dan Kanli (Turkish for “crazy blood”).
1/14, 8 PM potently lyrical, lush, sultry art-rockers the Snow at Rock Shop in Gowanus.
1/14, 8 PM reliably adventurous, interesting new chamber group Sybarite5 (Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass) play a set selected by their ipod shuffle at the Cell Theatre 338 West 23rd St. (8/9th Aves), $20/$10 stud. Radiohead? Sabbath? Mozart? Who knows?
1/14 tasteful purist Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Lucille’s 8 PM; also here on 1/28.
1/14, 8 PM Rhythms of Rajasthan – North Indian music and dance extravaganza – at Symphony Space, $35/$20 stud.
1/14, 9 PM jangly plaintive Bill Frisell-style Americana jazz with Jeremy Udden’s Plainville at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
1/14 trumpeter Leron Thomas – a true original with a snarling, surreal wit and ferocious talent – with Mark Kelley, Jason Moran, Josh Mease, Kendrick Scott and Nicole Hurst as part of piano star Moran’s jazz night featuring Houston expats at the 92YTribeca – evening starts at 9, Thomas’ set at 10, $25 gen adm.
1/14-15 Avishai Cohen on trumpet with a monster rhythm section: Omer Avital – bass, Nasheet Waits – drums, 9 PM at the Jazz Gallery, $20
1/14, midnight sly acoustic jamband Tall Tall Trees at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/15, 7 PM a killer triplebill at Caffe Vivaldi starting with blue-eyed soul siren Meg Braun followed by smartly pensive, lyrical songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Carolann Solebello (of Red Molly) and then at 10:30 Hope DeBates and North 40 playing smart, oldschool countrypolitan, jazz and Americana with an excellent band.
1/15 the Brooklyn What, unsurprisingly, have put together the best bill of the year so far: 8 PM slinky ska and rocksteady with the Forthrights, charismatic gypsy punk/metal cumbia/skaragga monsters Escarioka at 9- arguably the best live band in NYC, bar none – the brilliant and hilarious Brooklyn What , riding the wave of their scorchingly good new series of singles – at 10, powerful noir ska rockers Tri-State Conspiracy at 11 and then third-wave ska legends the Scofflaws at midnight at Trash – plus free drinks (PBR and wells) from 8 to 9 PM with paid admission.
1/15, 8 PM, absurdly funny Merle Haggard cover band Bryan & the Haggards (a bunch of jazz guys having fun with country) at Banjo Jim’s.
1/15 haunting Irish-American songwriter Susan McKeown – whose latest album Singing in the Dark is excellent – at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, $18 adv tix rec.
1/15 back by popular demand, Derya Köroglu – haunting, pensive founder of legendary gypsyish/psychedelic folk-rock Turkish group Yeni Türkü – at Drom, 8:30 PM, $20 adv tix very highly rec.
1/15 the Brixton Riot – smart tuneful two-guitar powerpop band – at Maxwell’s, 8:30 PM
1/15, 9 PM sharp, literate downtempo rockers Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.
1/15 torchy songwriter Abby Payne at Pete’s, 9 PM. She’s also at the Rockwood on 1/25 at 11.
1/15, 9:30 PM clever urban country band Miller’s Farm plays Hill Country
1/15, 11 PM NYC’s fiery, amusing answer to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside.
1/15, 1 AM (actually morning of 1/16) the Grey Race play Zombies-esque psychedelic pop at the Rockwood.
1/16, 6 PM, repeating on 1/23 the Grneta Duo+ (Balkan clarinet monsters Vasko Dukovski, Ismail Lumanovski and casually brilliant pianist Alexandra Joan) play Bela Bartok, Gerald Cohen, Felix Mendelssohn, Nicholas Csicsko, Mohammed Fariouz, Vittorio Monti at Drom, $10 or $30 incl. prix fixe dinner (food at the club is delicious, and we have seen and enthusiastically reviewed this program – it is phenomenal!).
1/16, 8:15 PM hilarious, politically aware acoustic punk rocker Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Otto’s.
1/16, 8:30 PM jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton play the cd release for his tropical new cd Botanic at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
1/16, 11 PM Ronald Reagan at Banjo Jim’s: “Boston’s premier 80’s pop saxophone duo aim to revitalize America’s economy by promoting large tax cuts & a revival of 80’s pop music. Their sidemen went on strike, violating a band regulation prohibiting critical players from striking. Ronald Reagan stated that if the musicians ‘did not return to work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs, and will be terminated.’ They are seeking (non-union) musicians in anticipation of a 2011 tour to Grenada.”
1/17 the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall kicks off with a free 7-hour marathon from 2-9 PM. Take a deep breath, here’s the lineup: Ne(x)tworks – Julius Eastman, Stay On It; Timo Andres – Charles Ives, The Alcotts; Timo Andres, “Everything is an Onion” from It takes a long time to become a good composer; Face the Music – Missy Mazzoli, Death Valley Junction; Christine Southworth, Volcano; So Percussion – Selections from Imaginary City and Amid the Noise; NOW Ensemble – Judd Greenstein, City Boy; Chiara String Quartet – Jefferson Friedman, String Quartet No. 3; John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior – John Matthias, What Happens & Cortical Songs/Mercedes the Dancer (U.S. Premiere); Vicky Chow – Daniel Wohl, Aorta; NOW Ensemble with Corey Dargel & Nathan Koci – Corey Dargel, Other People’s Love Songs; Ashley Bathgate & Lisa Moore – Kate Moore, Velvet; Ashley Bathgate – Michael Gordon, Industry; Gabriel Kahane – A selection of songs by Gabriel Kahane; Nadia Sirota – Nico Muhly, Keep in Touch; Buke and Gass with Victoire – TBA.
1/17, 7 PM ferocious, multistylistic Balkan hellraisers Raya Brass Band at Barbes followed by Chicha Libre.
1/17, 9 PM big band night with Frank Carlberg and Nicholas Urie’s City Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
1/18-19 Jeff Tain Watts with Steve Coleman and Robert Hurst at the Jazz Standard sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 – good times guaranteed, then 1/20-23 they switch out Coleman for Marcus Strickland and add David Kokoski on piano for new levels of intensity.
1/18 moody, thoughtful jazz pianist Mika Pohjola with Dan Loomis on bass and Kyle Struve on drums at Miles Cafe, 7:30 PM.
1/18 a good quadruple bill at Spike Hill starting at 8 PM with neosoul/downtempo Teletextile followed by female-fronted Radiohead-powerpop band Mixtape, 10 PM by retro 80s Cure/janglepop band Bona to Vada and then at 11 PM, sharp, smart guitar-and-violin-driven indie rockers Bern & the Brights. B&tB’s are also at Maxwell’s on 1/21 at 8:30.
1/18, 8 PM ageless noir cabaret accordion chanteuse Phoebe Legere at Iridium, $30
1/18-22, 8:30 PM 40 Twenty: Vinnie Sperrazza – drums; Jacob Sacks – piano; Dave Ambrosio – bass; Jacob Garchik – trombone at I-Beam, $10 sugg.
1/18 soaring oldtimey Americana/country songwriter Alanna Fugate at Cake Shop, 9 PM.
1/18, 9:30 PM Dwight & Nicole at the big room at the Rockwood. He plays guitar in a virtuosic, laid-back oldschool Steve Cropper kind of way; she sings with a subtly torchy warmth. If oldschool soul music is your thing and you like it chill and hypnotic, Bill Withers style, this is for you.
1/19, 8 PM slinky low-register retro Cuban band Gato Loco – with baritone guitar, baritone sax, tuba and bas – plus eclectic Argentinian pianist Emilio Teubal and his quartet at Drom, $10 tix highly rec.
1/19, 10ish baritone country/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Rodeo Bar.
1/20, 6-8 PM the opening reception for J Henry Fair’s interactive photo exhibit Landscapes of Extraction: The Collateral Damage of the Fossil Fuels Industries: “an eye-opening look at the increasingly extreme industrial processes used to extract fossil fuels including mountain top removal, deep sea drilling and hydro-fracking” at the second-floor gallery at Cooper Union.
1/20, Electric Junkyard Gamelan, with their homemade instruments and swirling psychedelic trip-hop vortex of a show at Dixon Place Theatre, 8 PM.
1/20, 8 PM winds/vibes/percussion trio Ensemble Helacious play the world premiere of Untitled Number Nine plus their composition MC5 (dedicated to the Murder City rockers) at Greenwich House Music School on Barrow St., $15/$10 stud.srs.
1/20, 8:30 PM, repeating 1/21 at 9/10:30 PM George Garzone on tenor backed by a bunch of inspired Australians: Jamie Oehlers, tenor; Graham Wood, piano; Sam Anning, bass; Ari Hoenig, drums, 8:30 PM at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
1/20, 9 PM cutting-edge big band jazz with the Russ Flynn Large Ensemble at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
1/20, 10 PM classic film score covers with Morricone Youth at Fontana’s
1/21 slinky Middle Eastern/East African classics from the 20s and 30s with Sounds of Taraab at Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra playing obscure hot jazz from the 20s.
1/21, 8 PM the St. Petersburg String Quartet at Bargemusic playing Shostakovich String Quartet No.1, Op. 49; String Quartet No. 2, Op. 68; Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, $35 – also here playing more of the Shostakovich quartets and Beethoven late quartets on 1/22 at 8 and 1/23 at 3. The series repeats 2/18-20.
1/21, 10 PM Space Church – Vijay Iyer (piano) Matana Roberts (alto sax) Gerald Cleaver (drums) at the Stone.
1/21 the NY Gypsy All-Stars play a final show with their bassist Pano and keyboardist Jason Lindner at Drom, 10 PM, early arrival advised.
1/21 the Boss Guitars play surf classics and obscurities at Lakeside, 11 PM.
1/21, 11 PM sarcastic Japanese postpunk band the Hard Nips at Spike Hill
1/22, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic – program TBA, most likely piano music, early arrival advised.
1/22, 7:15 PM minor-key acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband monsters Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
1/22 harpist/archivist Benjamin Bagby’s ensemble Sequentia sing French choral music from the 12th and 13th century at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 8 PM adv. tix $35/21 stud. rec.
1/22, 9 PM Finotee plays roots reggae at Shrine
1/22 wild intense original bluegrass band Thy Burden at Lakeside, 11 PM.
1/23, 7 PM at Europa in reverse order: vintage or vintage-sounding hardcore with Reagan Youth, Yuppicide, Beer & Cable and Agitator opening, $8, 16+
1/23, 8 PM bluegrass legends the Grascals at Highline Ballroom, $12 adv tix rec.
1/23, 8 PM smart soul/funk bandleader Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/23 innovative Greek-American blues guitarist Spiros Soukis at Lucille’s, 8 PM
1/23, 8:15 PM the LeBoeuf Bros. jazz quintet feat. Nir Felder on guitar, Linda Oh on bass and Henry Cole on drums – big buzz about them. Ready for the big leagues or is it time to back to the minors? Go find out.
1/24 the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.
1/24, 7:30 PM the Roulette Sisters’ sultry oldtime resonator guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch at the Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Rd. at Westminster, Crown Heights.
1/24, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall the Da Capo Chamber Players perform Duo (2003) – (Premiere of revised version) by Anthony Korf; Canto V (1968) by Samuel Adler; Primavera Amarilla (1997) by Samuel Adler; From Here On Farther (1969) by Stefan Wolpe; Cuatro Bosquejos Pre-Incaicos (2006) by Gabriela Lena Frank; Quintet (2008) by Shen Yiwen. Guest artists include Lucy Shelton, soprano, Jo-Ann Sternberg, bass clarinet, Matthew Gold, percussion, Alex Lipowski, percussion and Matthew Ward, percussion, $20/$10 stud/srs.
1/24, 8:30/10 PM eclectic pan-latin chanteuse/songwriter Marta Topferova plays a duo set with Ben Monder on electric guitar followed by a full band set at Cornelia St. Cafe $10.
1/24, 9 PM the somewhat legendary Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
1/25 oldschool soul/funk with the Mehahan St. Band and Charles Bradley’s cd release show at Southpaw, 8:30 PM, $12 adv tix rec.
1/25-29, 9/11 PM Nicholas Payton (trumpet) Javon Jackson (sax) George Cables (piano) Dwayne Burno (bass) Lenny White (drums) play Freddie Hubbard at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
1/26, 7 PM subversive comedienne Tammy Faye Starlite – who also knows a thing or two about country music- opens for Carlene Carter solo at Joe’s Pub: “It’s like the New York Dolls opening for the Rolling Stones.” $25 adv tix highly rec.
1/26 the Wayne Escoffery Quintet: Wayne Escoffery – tenor saxophone; Adam Holzman – keyboards; Orrin Evans – piano; Hans Glawischnig – bass; Jason Brown – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/26, 8:30 PM, charismatic oldtimey Americana band the Wiyos play a rare small club date at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.
1/27, 1 (one) PM pianist Alexandria Le at Trinity Church, free, program TBA
1/27, 6:30 PM environmentalist Helena Norberg-Hodge’s documentary, The Economics of Happiness “advocates for localization — the rebuilding of communities and regional economies as the foundation of an “economics of happiness” to improve sustainability, raise cultural awareness and address societal woes tied to globalization,” at Cooper Union’s Great Hall (7 East 7th Street b/w 3rd and 4th Avenues), free.
1/27, 7:30 PM alto saxophonist Alexander McCabe leads a killer quartet with Uri Caine – piano; Ugonna Okegwo – bass; Rudy Royston – drums at Miles Cafe, $20 cover includes a drink.
1/27, 7:30 PM Songwriters in the round were never this fearless and funny: Americana rock maven Rebecca Turner, devastating, intense, noir jazzy Erica Smith and hilariously lyrical janglerock genius Paula Carino at the Parkside.
1/27, 7:30 PM Israeli Chamber Project plays Debussy, Galina Ustvolskaya, Sebastian Currier, Beethoven, and the world premiere of Amit Gilutz’s New Work for clarinet, violin, cello, harp, and piano at Symphony Space, $29 adv tix rec.
1/28, 7 PM unusually melodic, interesting modern jazz quintet the Flail at the Fat Cat.
1/27, 8 PM veteran blues crooner Bobby Bland’s birthday show at B.B. King’s, $27.50 adv tix rec.
1/27, 8:30 PM Stonerway play reggae-rock at Ace of Clubs.
1/27, 8:30 PM clever, tongue-in-cheek early 50s hillbilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. at Otto’s, 8:30 PM
1/27, 8:30 PM, the Becca Stevens Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10. She’s also at the Bar Next Door on 1/31 at 8:30.
1/27, 9 PM monster clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s self-explanatory NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10.
1/27, 9:30 PM, sly witty powerpop tunesmith Patti Rothberg – who in her own way is sort of a female Elvis Costello – at the Delancey
1/28, 8 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar. The songs are brought to life by a gaggle of curious instruments and peculiar sounds including theremin, claviola, stylophone, and more..with Michael Hearst, Allyssa Lamb, Ben Holmes and Kristin Mueller.”
1/28, 8 PM subtle, interestingly visual indie chamber rock band Colorform – who play accompanied by live painting – at Banjo Jim’s
1/28 hypnotic roots reggae grooves with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 8 PM at the Nokia Theatre, $25.
1/28, 8:30 PM, fiery, tuneful drummer-led rock en Espanol powerhouse trio New Madrid at the downstairs “studio” at Webster Hall, $10
1/28 bassist Linda Oh leads her Ensemble with strings: Steve Wilson – saxophones, Sam Harris – piano, Joe Saylor – drums plus the Sirius String Quartet (Fung Chern Hwei/Gregor Huebner – violins, Ron Lawrence – viola, Jeremy Harman – cello), 9 PM at the Jazz Galley, $20
1/28, 9 PM pensive atmospheric rockers Hurricane Bells at Bowery Ballroom, $15 gen adm.
1/28, 9 PM cellist Marika Hughes plays the cd release show for her two new ones at the 92YTribeca with an unbelievable ensemble: Kyle Sanna—guitar, Shahzad Ismaily—guitar, Todd Sickafoose—bass, Mathias Kunzli—drums, plus special guests Jim Campilongo—guitar, Charlie Burnham—violin, Mazz Swift—violin, Jessica Troy—viola, Elana Arian—violin and Jenny Scheinman—violin, $12.
1/28, 9 PM a killer doublebill at Union Pool with the Lorquistas (Rima Fand of Luminescent Orchestrii, haunting Balkan chanteuse Eva Primack and others doing Frederico Garcia Lorca lyrics set to original music), followed by the hilarious and completely original Spinal Tap of Balkan music, Stagger Back Brass Band.
1/28, 9:30 PM, a rare appearance by Pam Fleming & Fearless Dreamer with all the original members at Miles Cafe: the peerless/fearless one on trumpet and flugelhorn plus Allen Won – saxes; Jim West – piano, keys; Peter Calo – guitar; Leo Traversa – bass; Todd Isler – drums, $20 cover includes a drink and munchies.
1/28 ominously funny bluespunk band the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar 10:30 PM.
1/28, 11 PM Drina & the Deep Blue Sea at Banjo Jim’s. Multistylistic, soaring, frequently haunting Americana singer with one of the best country bands in town – nice to a talented harmony singer take centerstage and own it like she does.
1/28, 11ish, smart catchy keyboard-based indie pop with the Secret History at Glasslands, $10 adv tix rec.
1/29, 7 PM up-and-coming Americana chanteuse Sarah Jarosz at the little room at the Rockwood
1/29, 7 PM, Huun Huur Tu – the legendary throat singers of the former Soviet republic of Tuva – at Joe’s Pub, $25.
1/29, 7:30 PM witty alto sax powerhouse Jon Irabagon with Pat Bianchi – organ, Rudy Royston – drums at the Bar Next Door.
1/29, repeating on 1/30, 3 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Bedford: Persephone, 1930: A Ballet in One Act for Orchestra (world premiere); Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 – Yura Alexov, Violin; Beethoven: Symphony No.5 at St. Paul’s Church at 315 West 22nd St., $20 sugg don.
1/29, 8:30 PM swirling, atmospheric, anthemic, socially aware art-rockers My Pet Dragon at Bowery Ballroom, 8:30 PM, adv tix $13 at the Mercury
1/29, 9 PM classical Indian sitar music with Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan plus Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.
1/29, 9 PM Promised Land feat. Myra Melford, Brandon Ross, Stomu Takeishi at the 92YTribeca, $12 adv tix rec. Pianist Melford and guitarist/inventor Ross are known quantities; the ringer is Takeishi, who has the capability to add atmospherics…or totally gunk up the works by overplaying.
1/29 tango nuevo-tinged big band jazz with the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra, 9 PM at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
1/29 Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif at BAM Cafe, 9 PM. Remember the Screaming Headless Torsos? That was this guy. This is his Middle Eastern/North African guitar project.
1/29, 10 PM the haunting, slinky, psychedelic harmony-driven retro latin group Las Rubias del Norte at Barbes.
1/29, 10 PM Spanglish Fly – who put a catchy, sly, original new spin on classic 60s latin bugalu dance tunes – at Mehanata
1/29, 10 PM Khalilah plays roots reggae at Shrine.
1/29, 11 PM entertaining soul/funk siren Shayna Zaid & the Catch upstairs at the National Underground.
1/30, 2:15 PM Sounds of Korea (traditional percussion/dance/chamber ensemble) at Flushing Town Hall, $12 tix avail.
1/30, 4 PM organists Kent Tritle, Renée Anne Louprette, and Nancianne Parrella perform and lead choral works by legendary, haunting French composer Jehan Alain at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the upper east.
1/30, 5 PM cutting-edge works by Gregor Huebner, David Wallace, Neil Rolnick, Gordon Green, David Lang and Lisa Bielawa; several of the composers are accompanied by Astrid Schween, Yari Bond, Evelyne Luest and Justin Hines. At the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at 183rd St., $12 incl. big yummy buffet afterward!
1/30 Mike Baggetta, Kirk Knuffke and Jeff Davis, an auspicious new guitar/trumpet/drums trio, 6 PM at Downtown Music Gallery.
1/30, 6:30 PM Joshua Rifkin plays Bach and Joplin at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
1/30, 7 PM the playful, adventurous Threeds Oboe Trio – Kathy Halvorson, Mark Snyder and Katie Scheele – at Caffe Vivaldi.
1/30, 7 PM Composers Play Composers at Drom: over 20 composers including Joseph Pehrson, Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, John Clark, Luis Andrei Cobo, Patrick Grant play new material, $20 cover includes a drink.
1/30 haunting, intense southwestern gothic psychedelic band Kerry Kennedy’s Ghostwise at the Mercury, 9 PM
1/30, 9:30 PM haunting, phantasmagorical, improvisational art-song/avant garde ensemble Dollshot’s cd release show at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix very highly rec.
1/30 the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar, 9ish.
1/31 Robbie Fulks – who has a killer new double live album out – at the Mercury, 7:15 PM, $12 adv tix rec
1/31, 8 PM powerful soul/Americana chanteuse Jo Williamson’s cd release show at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/31 guitarist Russ Spiegel’s Jazz Orchestra 9 PM at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
1/31, 9 PM a Small Beast bill at the Delancey that lives up to the glory of its first couple of years when Paul Wallfisch was booking it: Slovakian songwriter Tajna Tanovic, jazz crew Glass Buffalo at 10ish and noir accordion chanteuse Marni Rice headlining.
1/31 Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play torchy 20s/30s swing/jazz obscurities at Rodeo Bar 10ish.
2/1, 7 PM the Pride of the Subway Ceili Band at Banjo Jim’s followed at 9 by the NYCity Slickers playing bluegrass.
2/1 midnight-ish Talib Kweli at the Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
2/2, 8 PM an excellent Afrobeat doublebill with Ikebe Shakedown and Zongo Junction at Brooklyn Bowl, $5
2/2, 9 PM the Mercenaries at Lakeside – Altogether Steve and the rest of the crew are still kicking ass after all these years, sort of the NYC version of the Replacements.
2/3 a 90th Birthday Celebration for Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh, 6 PM at Bruno Walter Auditorium at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center – performers include soprano Christine Moore, violinist Luis Casal, and pianists Ruzan Asatryan and Katie Reimer. Free, early arrival advised.
2/3-6, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist and Miles Davis/Max Roach alum George Coleman leads an interesting quintet lineup including Larry Goldings on organ and Peter Bernstein on guitar at the Jazz Standard
2/3 subversive comedic musical duo Mel & El at Comix 353 W. 14th St, 7:30 PM, $10
2/3, 7:30 PM guest conductor George Steel leads the Trinity choir in a wonderful, often haunting program of 13th-16th century English renaissance choral works by Tallis, Sheppard and Parsons and others at Trinity Church, $20, early arrival rec.
2/3, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation doing their hysterically funny, vicious Georges Brassens songs in English, followed by the charming, sultry Les Chauds Lapins – who mine French chanson that predates Brassens by about 20 years- at Barbes. It was bound to happen.
2/3, 8 PM edgy, snarky British postpunk/dance rockers Deluka at the Bell House, $15 gen adm.
2/3, 9 PM jaunty oldtimey swing and country with Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade at the Jalopy followed at 10 by gypsy jazz powerhouse trio Ameranouche.
2/3, 10ish multistylistic, deliriously fun, danceable all-purpose Brazilian/country band Nation Beat at Rodeo Bar
2/4, 7 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein hosts a program feat. cellist Wendy Sutter and violinist Maria Bachmann playing Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello, plus a preview of a new duo written by Philip Glass at PS 142, 100 Attorney St. (Rivington/Delancey), $15 tix go to benefit the 4th/5th grade band program at the school. “The Neighborhood Classics series is designed for families, but is enjoyed by audience members of all types.”
2/4, 9 PM jazz/third-stream chanteuse/composer Sara Serpa with a first-rate band: Andre Matos- guitar; Kris Davis- piano; Matt Brewer-bass; Tommy Crane- drums, at the Cornelia St. Cafe. Serpa is scary-good, one of the most original singers and writers in any style around these days: her latest album with noir jazz piano legend Ran Blake is transcendent.
2/4, 9 PM Nashville guitar/piano legend – Jerry Lee stomp and ferocious pickin -with Greg Garing at the Jalopy
2/4 the jangly, effervescent, irrepressible Mexican Go-Go’s – Pistolera – at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $15.
2/4, 11 PM lush, atmospheric, socially aware, Radiohead-influenced rockers My Pet Dragon at the Bitter End.
2/4 garage rockers the Thigh Highs play midnightish at Hank’s
2/5 the year’s best doublebill so far: rustic, darkly intricate gypsy-inspired rockers Kotorino at 8 PM followed by ferocious pan-Balkan band Ansambl Mastika – whose new album is the best one we’ve heard so far this year – at Barbes.
2/5, 8 PM unusually tuneful mathrock with Stats at Cake Shop.
2/5, 9ish David First’s legendary late 70s noise-rock band the Notekillers – who were doing Sonic Youth stuff ten years before Sonic Youth – at Coco 66
2/5 the Mighty Paradocs play their blend of hip-hop and punk at 9 followed by Rockers Galore playing dub reggae at Shrine at 10.
2/5, 9:30 PM sophisticated, torchy, eclectic Americana chanteuse Hope DeBates & North Forty at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/5 Taj Weekes & Adowa – who are about the best thing happening in roots reggae right now – at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $14
2/5, 10 PM crazed gypsy punks Bad Buka at Mehanata.
2/5, 90s Britrock style melodic powerpop with the Royal Chains, 10 PM at the Cameo Gallery
2/5, midnight the Jack Grace Band at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/6 artist Robin Hoffman, whose vibrant illustrations have documented the equally vibrant oldtimey/Americana scene at the Jalopy, celebrates the release of her latest coffee-table book there at 6 PM.
2/6, 8 PM original and classic Cuban songs with low-register instruments: bass, baritone sax, baritone guitar, tuba, et al. with Gato Loco at Bowery Poetry Club.
2/6, 9 PM twisted Merle Haggard covers done free jazz style by Bryan & the Haggards at Rodeo Bar.
2/6, 11:30 AM or so cleverly virtuosic mostly female original klezmer band Isle of Klezbos at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum
2/6, 3 PM organist Gail Archer plays Liszt at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Lexington at 76th St.
2/6, 6:30 PM Matei Varga on piano playing Enescu, Janácek, Bartók, and Szymanowski at le Poisson Rouge, $15
2/7, 7 PM sultry oldtimey chanteuse Robin Aigner and her band at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/7, 8:30 PM Leif Arntzen’s TLAB: Leif Arntzen, trumpet; Ryan Blotnick, guitar; Michael Bates, bass; Miles Arntzen, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10
2/7 charismatic noir powerhouse Vera Beren takes a turn booking Small Beast: so far she’s the only one who’s consistently been able to evoke the intense 2008-09 transcendence of the weekly dark rock show. On the bill: 9 PM Hypnofolk, 10 PM Lone Vein, 11 PM Beren’s own astonishingly powerful Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble and eclectic surf instrumentalists the Tarantinos NYC at midnight.
2/8, 7:30 PM at Barbes Petr Cancura’s Down Home: his “attempt to capture the nostalgia of classic b & W photography with music steeped in Americana,” with Skye Steele – violin; Petr Cancura – sax, clarinet, mandolin; Scott Kettner – drums, percussion; Garth Stevenson – bass and Jesse Lewis – guitar.
2/8-13 alto saxophonist Steve Wilson’s weeklong 50th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard: 2/8 with guests Carla Cook and Karrin Allyson; 2/9 a quartet show with strings; 2/11 a quintet featuring Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash and Christian McBride; 2/12-13 Tain Watts takes over the drum chair.
2/8, 8 PM politically potent dancehall reggae star Anthony B at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.
2/8, 8:30 PM And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s cd release show at Littlefield, $12 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out.
2/8, 9 PM smartly lyrical retro soul/rock songwriter Dina RuDean at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/8, 9 PM alto saxophonist David Binney leads an inspired quartet with Jacob Sacks on keys, Thomas Morgan on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at 55 Bar
2/8, 9ish Adult Themes play Death by Audio. Distorted keys, fuzz bass, chick vocals, primitive garage rock meets noise but purposefully – cool stuff.
2/8 vintage R&B flavored powerpop powerhouse the Brilliant Mistakes at Rodeo Bar, 10ish.
2/8, 11 PM sprawling dark Americana band Bogs Visionary Orchestra at Goodbye Blue Monday – sort of the prototype for O’Death
2/9, 6 PM torchy sultry bluesy jazz chanteuse Natalie Galey leads a quartet at Caffe Vivaldi
2/9, 9 PM noir singer Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec.
2/9 tropical punk madness at midnight-ish with Chicolina Sound Machine feat. Pedro Erazo of Gogol Bordello at Bowery Electric; even more amazing skaragga/metal cumbia rockers Escarioka open the show at around 9. CSM are also here on 2/23.
2/9, 10 PM tuneful up-and-coming jazz guitar star Ila Cantor shows off her pop songwriter side at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10
2/9, 10ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
2/9, 11 PM big psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Cake Shop
2/10 Israeli roots reggae with Moshav Band at the Canal Room, 8 PM, $10 adv tix. rec.
2/10, 9 PM the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio at the Jalopy followed at 10:30 by pyrotechnic Balkan brass band Veveritse.
2/10, 9 PM ten-piece, six-trumpet funk band the Chase Experiment at Spike Hill.
2/10 LES punk/surf/soul legend Simon and the Bar Sinisters, 10ish at Rodeo Bar; he’s at Lakeside at the same time on 2/12
2/11 Ethiopian-inspired big band jazz legends Either/Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Concert, 6 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix very highly rec.
2/11, 7 PM witty, legendary Clash collaborator and Americana chanteuse Ellen Foley at Lakeside
2/11, 7 PM the Bantu Dub Project play dub reggae at Shrine
2/11, 7:30 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays Brahms, Liszt and Haydn at the Third St. Music School Settlement, free
2/11, 8 PM House of Stride: Allison Leyton-Brown – piano; Russ Meissner – drums; Jim Whitney – upright bass and special guest Daria Grace at Barbes followed at 10 by Smokey Hormel’s Roundup doing their western swing thing.
2/11, 9 PM Changing Modes – the cleverly eclectic, sometimes new wave tinged female-fronted art-pop/punk band responsible for our choice of best song of 2010 – at Fontana’s.
2/11, 10 PM latin soul big band the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar.
2/11, 10:30 PM cool improvs with Nasheet Waits’ Equality Band: Logan Richardson, alto sax; John Hebert, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums at the Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.
2/11, 10:30 PM big band bassist/composer Joris Teepe leads a quintet at the Fat Cat.
2/11 Belgian barroom accordion jazz revivalists Musette Explosion at City Winery, 11 PM, free w/rsvp before 2/8 to firstname.lastname@example.org
2/11, 11 PM SOJA (formerly Soldiers of Jah Army) play roots reggae at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm.
2/11, 11:30ish noir rock legend Martin Bisi with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls on drums at Bruar Falls, early arrival advised
2/12, 1 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, program TBA, most likely piano music, early arrival advised.
2/12, 6:30 PM ecstatic oldschool New Orleans funk/soul with Brother Joscephus and The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.
2/12, 8 PM, repeating 2/13, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays Tschaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 with the fiery, virtuosic Karine Poghosyan on piano and Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St. (2/3rd Aves)., adv. tix $20 rec.
2/12, 8 PM Bassam Saba and the 30-piece New York Arabic Orchestra at Symphony Space, $30/$20 stud/srs. Arguably the foremost Middle Eastern orchestra in North America, Saba also has an extraordinary new album out, Wonderful Land, a tribute to his native Lebanon. This will sell out, adv tix. absolutely required.
2/12, 8:15 PM smart, socially aware Americana/acoustic psychedelic songwriter Allysen Callery at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/12, 8:30 PM Balkan-tinged jazz with the Ben Holmes Quartet feat. Ben Holmes (trumpet); Curtis Hasselbring (trombone); Geoff Kraly (bass); Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) at I-Beam
2/13, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Brahms bill: Hungarian Dance No. 5; the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, $20 sug don. They’ve done all these previously, and brilliantly.
2/13 Frances-Marie Uitti, cello and Lisa Bielawa, composer/vocalist playing and singing Xenakis, Luciano Berio, and improvised settings of sonnets by Christian Hawkey, 6:30 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
2/13, 7 PM violinist Hye-Jin Kim at Barbes, program TBA, followed at 9:30ish by jazz manouche monster Stephane Wrembel.
2/13, 9 PM Virginia’s hottest original bluegrass band the Dixie Bee-Liners at the Jalopy.
2/14, 9ish a rare Rosie Flores solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec.
2/14 oldtimey swing with Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies – “the best Valentines band in New York City” – 10ish at Rodeo Bar.
2/14, 10 PM Ghanian-American hip-hop powerhouse Blitz the Ambassador and his wild Afrobeat band at the new cafe at the Apollo Theatre, $15 adv tix rec.
2/14 the massive hilarious all-female accordion ensemble Main Squeeze Orchestra at Drom, time TBA.
2/15, 7 PM jazz/Americana violin star Jenny Scheinman at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party
2/15-20 intense jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke w/Geoffrey Keezer, George Mraz, Clarence Penn & Kenny Washington on vocals, 7:30/9:30 PM at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.
2/15, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a quartet with David Kikoski – piano; Matt Penman – bass; Victor Lewis – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20
2/15 tango nuevo bandoneon genius Raul Jaurena leads a trio with Pablo Aslan on bass and Roger Davidson on piano at Caffe Vivaldi, 8:15 PM
2/16, 6:30 PM innovative violinist/composer Ana Milosavljevic plays an eclectic bill with Kathleen Supové on piano feat. TAKE Dance Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Eve Beglarian, Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols and Milosavljevic herself at le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec. She played most of this program last year at Lincoln Center and it was very hypnotic and interesting.
2/16, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Noah Preminger leads the quartet who play on his absolutely brilliant, terse new ballads album Before the Rain: Frank Kimbrough at the piano, John Hebert on bass and Matt Wilson on drums at the Jazz Standard, $20 – could be one of those shows people will be talking about for a long time.
2/16, 7:30 PM opening night of the Tune-In Festival at the Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave. features Sympho, New York Polyphony, and Charles Perry Sprawls playing Arvo Pärt’s epic Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten plus the otherworldly world premiere of ARCO co-composed by Paul Haas, Paul Fowler and Bora Yoon, $25
2/16, 7:30 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin; Amir Eldan, cello; Lora Tchekoratova, piano play Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, op 69; Sonata in A Major, op. 47, “Kreutzer;” Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Archduke” at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd. St., free.
2/16, 8 PM subtle, soulful jazz/rock/Americana wordsmith/tunesmith Dina RuDean at Bowery Electric
2/16, 8 PM psychedelic Australian art-rock legends the Church play three of their classic albums in their entirety: Untitled #23, Starfish and Priest = Aura at the Highline, tix are painfully expensive ($39.50) but are probably worth it. on 2/17 they’re at B.B. King’s
2/16-18, 8 PM flamenco jazz piano titan Chano Dominguez’ Flamenco Hoy music/dance spectacular at NY City Center, 55th St. (6/7 Aves.), $35 tix avail.
2/16 scorching Nashville gothic/paisley underground rockers the Newton Gang at Lakeside at 9 PM.
2/16, 10 PM virtuosic cello metal with Stratuspheerius at Fat Baby.
2/16, 10ish Vagina Panther at Death by Audio – snarling, in-your-face, female-fronted riff-metal.
2/17, 7:30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s latest Reflections Series concert – this time with pianist Jonathan Feldman – explores the influence of location and dislocation on creativity with music by Ernest Chausson, Erin Schulhoff, Bedrich Smetana, Frédéric Chopin and Leoš Janácek. At WMP Concert Hall, 31 East 28th St.
2/17, 7:30 PM night two of the Tune-In Festival at the Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave. features diverse politically-inspired avant garde music: ferocious, fearless new music ensemble Newspeak doing Matt Marks: A Portrait of Glenn Beck (2009), Eighth Blackbird playing Rzewski’s Attica memoir Coming Together, plus an all-star crew playing Andriessen’s Worker’s Union, $30.
2/17, 8:30/10:30 smart new alto sax compositions with Jacam Manricks – saxes, Matt Wilson – drums and Sam Yahael- organ at the Bar Next Door.
2/17 all-purpose jazz/Americana stringed instrument virtuoso Matt Munisteri at Barbes, 10 PM.
2/17, 10 PM Ilamawana play original roots reggae at Shrine.
2/18-20 the Mingus Big Band and then on 2/21 the Mingus Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25-30 tix rec.
2/18 Scott Kettner’s Forro Brass Band at Barbes at 8 followed by hip-hop/soul/jazz crew Peoples Champs at 10 feat. members of Slavic Soul Party, Meta and the Cornerstones, Baye Kouyate, Jo Jo Kuo and His Afrobeat Collective, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Afrodesia, Nation Beat.
2/18, 8:30 PM Dawn of Midi: Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi, and Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani plus celebrated electric guitar quartet Dither playing new works including world premieres by Brent Miller, Adam Fong and Denise Gilson, and music by Lisa R. Coons from Dither’s 2010 album at Issue Project Room, $10
2/18 sly western swing/country crooner Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers 10ish at Rodeo Bar.
2/19, 11 AM this year’s free marathon at Symphony Space is “young concert artists,” that is if you think under 50 is young. OK, by some standards it is. The complete schedule is here: the choicest hours seem to be the Bach hour at 11 AM and the Chopin hour (which you might think of arriving early for) at 3.
2/19, 8 PM le Poeme Harmonique sing a program titled Esperar, Sentir, Morir at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 4th St., $35 tix avail.
2/19, 9 PM Middle Eastern multi-instrumentalist legend Ali Jihad Racy makes his debut at Alwan for the Arts, $25/$20 stud/srs. – this program focuses on the classical musical traditions of the Ottoman Sufi world featuring peformances on the buzuq and ney. Early arrival very highly advised, this will sell out.
2/19, 9 PM the Roulette Sisters – whose innuendo-steeped yet deep oldtime blues harmony album is a top contender for the year’s best – at the Jalopy.
2/19, 10 PM legendary literate Irish punk/janglerockers Black 47 at Connolly’s
2/19, 11 PM NYC’s fun, funny, fiery counterpart to X, Spanking Charlene at Lakeside.
2/20 a rare solo appearance by Tracy Thorn of Everything but the Girl at Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM.
2/20 multi-reed man Ben Kono’s cd release show with a choice band: Ben Kono, tenor sax, oboe, english horn, clarinets, flutes, compositions; Pete McCann, guitar; Henry Hey, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums, percussion; John Hebert, bass; Heather Laws, voice, French horn at the Cornelia St. Cafe, 8:30 PM, $10.
2/21 the Enso Quartet at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.
2/21, 8:30/10:30 PM haunting and sometimes quirky vocalese fueled jazz with Sara Serpa – vocals; Andre Matos – guitar; Matt Brewer – bass at the Bar Next Door.
2/22, 6 PM in the Alice Tully Hall outer lobby International Contemporary Ensemble performing the world premiere of Nathan Davis’ Bells, free
2/22-26 alto sax legend Dave Liebman with his famous 80s quartet including pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart, 8:30/11 PM at Birdland, $30 tix avail.
2/23, 10 PM subtle, psychedelic, completely original roots reggae/dub/worldbeat band Kiwi play at Shrine
2/24, 7:30 PM fearless, politically aware new music group Newspeak play the world premiere of Darcy James Argue’s The Sleep Room; Argue’s Secret Society big band plays works by Vijay Iyer and Newspeak’s David T. Little at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix rec.
2/24, 8 PM clever, entertaining toy piano aficionado Phyllis Chen at Barbes.
2/24, 8 PM a rare worthwhile concert at Irving Plaza – roots reggae nostalgia with 80s stars the Itals, the Skatalites (probably no original members) and crooner Barrington Levy, $32.50 adv tix rec. at the box office
2/24 irrepressible, irresistible Americana harmony trio Red Molly at the big room at the Rockwood welcoming new member Molly Venter.
2/24, 9 PM nobody but roots rock fanatics remembered who Wanda Jackson was until she made an album with Jack White and now all of a sudden all the trendoids are all over it. But anyway, she’s good – nice to see her get a $30 headline gig at Bowery Ballroom.
2/24, 9/10:30 PM brooding, intense Argentinian piano eclecticist Fernando Otero leads a sextet at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second one is $10, band includes Fernando Otero – piano, Nick Danielson – violin, Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion – bandoneon, Martin Moretto – guitar, Pablo Aslan – bass, David Silliman – drums.
2/25, 7:30 PM reliably adrenalizing alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads a trio at the Bar Next Door.
2/25, 8 PM the wry, tongue-in-cheek instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes feat. Michael Hearst, Allyssa Lamb, Ben Holmes and Kristin Mueller (the same people who brought you Songs for Ice Cream Trucks).
2/25, 8 PM Boston garage rockers Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents open for third-wave surf superstars Los Straitjackets at the Bell House, 8 PM, $15.
2/25, 8 PM drummer Neal Smith leads a quintet with Eric Alexander, tenor saxophone, Mark Whitfield, guitar, Mulgrew Miller, piano, Neal Smith, drums, Nat Reeves, bass at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., 116th and Broadway, $25/$15 stud
2/25 la Fleur Fatale play 9 PM at Union Hall – majestic tuneful hard-hitting psychedelic powerpop from Sweden.
2/25, 9/10:30 PM bassist Gregg August leads a quartet with Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone, Luis Perdomo – piano, Rudy Royston – drums at the Jazz Gallery
2/25, 10 PM the irrepressible clown prince of oldschool country music, the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.
2/25, 11 PM the hilarious, X-rated girlgroup parody band Cudzoo & the Fagettes at Arlene’s – kind of the ultimate Friday night madness that would have fit in perfectly in this neighborhood ten years ago when it was still cool.
2/25, 11 PM Cleveland surf rock legends Purple K’nif – with the Waitresses’ Chris Butler on drums – at Lakeside.
2/26 ageless, fearless chamber-goth cello band Rasputina at the Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, $15 adv tix rec. Voltaire – who’s most recently been ripping off Mark Sinnis’ Nashville gothic sound – opens at 7.
2/26, 7:30 PM dark French psychedelic pop with Revolver at the Mercury, $10.
2/26, 8 PM the Lewis Nash Quintet : Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Jimmy Greene, saxophone; Renee Rosnes, piano; Lewis Nash, drums; Peter Washington, bass at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., 116th and Broadway, $25/$15 stud
2/26, 8 PM deviously torchy, wickedly lyrical ukelele siren Kelli Rae Powell opens for prolific, lyrically intense Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson, playing the cd release show for her impressive new one Small Town Girls at 10 PM at Bar 4.
2/26, 8 PM Tony Malaby’s Novela featuring Kris Davis conducting from the piano at I-Beam
2/26, 9 PM soulful powerhouse Lebanese singer Naji Youssef performs Melkite and Maronite hymns and chants at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.
2/26, 9 PM the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar.
2/26, 11 PM the world’s funniest bar bandleader Jesse Bates & His Flying Guitars feat. various members of the Fleshtones at Lakeside
2/26, 11 PM East Village Pharmacy play dub reggae and psychedelic latin grooves at Shrine
2/27, 9 PM darkly comedic, intense, politically aware singer/composer Ted Hearne – whose Katrina Ballads album made our Best of 2010 list – at Littlefield, $10.
2/27, 10ish Iraqi metal monsters Accrasaudica at Bowery Electric, $15
3/1 drummer John Hollenbeck’s epically good Large Ensemble at the Jazz Standard, sets 7:30/9:30 PM.
3/3, 7ish smart lo-fi garage duo the Fools, the Debutante Hour’s reliably entertaining, clever Susan Hwang and fearless punk cabaret songwriter Sabrina Chap among others at Goodbye Blue Monday.
3/3, 8 PM modern roots reggae with Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and Rebelution at Irving Plaza, $20 adv tix rec.
3/4-5, 8 PM at the Kitchen: “Inspired by her immigrant grandfather, a junk dealer in the Lower East Side who recycled scrap metal and other byproducts of the industrial age, Annie Gosfield will sample the sounds of metal, machines, and factories, and transform these raw materials into something new. Featuring two ensembles: the Annie Gosfield Ensemble, with Gosfield on sampling keyboard, Roger Kleier on electric guitar, and Ches Smith on drums and percussion; and Real Quiet with Felix Fan on cello, piano by Andrew Russo, and guest percussionist Alex Lipowski. Also pianist Stephen Gosling performs a selection of Gosfield solos.”
3/5, 8 PM utterly original cantorial riff-rockers Sway Machinery open for Malian psychedelic desert blues goddess Khaira Arby at the Bell House, 8 PM, $15 adv tix rec.
3/5, 8 PM, repeating on 3/6, 3 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Sibelius’ lush, lyrical Fifth Symphony and other works at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St.
3/5, 10 PM Koony plays darkly intense, lyrical African Francophone roots reggae at Shrine.
3/5 hilariously satirical, lyrically-driven torch song parody band the Debutante Hour’s cd release show, 11 PM at Bowery Electric.
3/7 the uncommonly imaginative Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy’s Club 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
3/8, 8 PM Ice Cube – yeah, the guy from the Friday movies, doing his rap thing (back in the day he was one of the great ones) at B.B. King’s, $27 adv tix rec.
3/8-12 11 PM bassist Jennifer Leitham leads a trio with Sherrie Maricle on drums and Tomoko Ohno (not to be confused with the former Red Sox pitcher) on piano at Dizzy’s Club, $10 tix avail.
3/8, 11 PM Eli Paperboy Reed at the Knitting Factory, $15, all ages
3/9 adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider with Iranian spike fiddle virtuoso/composer Kayhan Kalhor at Alice Tully Hall 7:30 PM, $20.
3/10 Stephan Said’s Magic Orchestra, 8 PM at Drom, $10 – fiery, socially aware rock, hip-hop, Balkan and reggae tunes
3/10 Burnt Sugar play Bowie at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, 8:30 PM.
3/11, 8 PM the Budos Band at the Bell House, $15.
3/11-12 Wess Anderson, Charles McPherson and others play music from Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings at Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, $30 tix avail.
3/12, 7:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Balkan/Asian jamband Tribecastan at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec
3/13, 3 PM organist Gail Archer plays Liszt at West End Collegiate Church, West End Ave. at 77th St.
3/13, 7 PM, hot modern klezmer with the Klez Dispensers at Drom, $10.
3/13, 9 PM a wild cerebral exuberant intense psychedelic doublebill at Joe’s Pub with the incomparable Rachelle Garniez opening for Electric Junkyard Gamelan. The former topped our best albums list in 2007; the latter played arguably the best concert we saw all year long in 2010.
3/15-16, 9ish Godspeed You Black Emperor at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, $TBA, this may sell out, no word on adv tix.
3/18, 7 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein PS 142, 100 Attorney St. (Rivington/Delancey), $15, program TBA, possibly Bach from her ridiculously popular new cd.
3/18, 8 PM, repeating 3/19/11 at 9 PM at Symphony Space, legendary Lebanese expat oud icon/composer Marcel Khalife in the US premiere of his Concerto Al Andalus for oud and orchestra; Armenia’s most renowned kanun (zither) virtuoso, Karine Hovhannisyan, performing the concerto for kanun and orchestra by Khachatur Avetisyan; and clarinetist David Krakauer playing the NY premiere of the Klezmer Concerto by Ofer Ben-Amots for strings, harp, percussion and clarinet; plus the eclectic Orchestra Celebrate, conducted by Laurine Celeste Fox, $25 adv tix avail. at the World Music Institute box office and highly rec.
3/18 Richard Thompson at NJPAC in Newark – $35 tix still available according to their website.
3/23-24 Lila Downs at City Winery
3/23, 7:30 PM Pedro Diaz, oboe; Milan Milisavljevic, viola; Anna Stoytcheva, piano play Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Loeffler at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd. St., free.
3/25 les Chauds Lapins play the cd release show for their long awaited second album Amourettes at the 92YTribeca
3/28 the Jasper Quartet at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, 7:30 PM, free.
4/2 Graham Parker at City Winery.
4/3, 2 (two) PM the Parker String Quartet free at Flushing Town Hall.
4/9 up-and-coming southwestern gothic star Kerry Kennedy – part noir femme fatale, part fiery bandleader – at Union Hall, $12 adv tix highly rec.
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