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How to Do Winter Jazzfest 2015

Winter Jazzfest turns the cheesy Bleecker Street strip into a jazz mecca on Friday night, Jan 9 and then Saturday, Jan 10. Tickets are not cheap, but considering what you get, it’s still a considerable bargain. The best deal is the $55 two-day pass for Friday and Saturday, which if you choose wisely, will get you in to see $200 or more worth of talent, at jazz club prices anyway. Getting tickets in advance at the Poisson Rouge box office is your best bet; otherwise you can pick them up starting at 5 at Judson Church on Washington Square Park South, each day.

Your second-best deal is the one-night $35 pass. At the top end, there’s a $145 package available that gets you Friday and Saturday plus an all-star show to benefit organist Mike LeDonne’s disability charity on Jan 8 at 7 PM at the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall, 15 Rutherford Pl. north of 15th St., across the park from 3rd Ave., with LeDonne joining a hall of fame lineup including Ron Carter, Renee Rosnes, Russell Malone, Brad Mehldau, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Buster Williams, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap, Kenny Washington and others.

Usually this annual festival is backloaded with a killer Saturday night lineup, but this year, Friday’s is stronger. Keep in mind that your pass does not guarantee entry if a venue is filled to capacity, so if there’s an act you really must see, it’s worth getting there early – maybe a couple of hours early at the smaller clubs. The Friday crowds tend to be smaller than the Saturday mobscene.

On Friday night the Poisson Rouge lineup is especially choice and will be very popular with a younger crowd, since Kneebody is headlining at 9. A Donald Byrd repertory band kicks off the night at 6:30 followed by a rare US appearance by fearless and often surrealistically comedic Dutch big band the ICP Orchestra. Obviously, it’s tempting to stick around for Kneebody, but their set may be on the short side since the club will want to clear the room to accommodate the Jersey tourists lined up to see the Miley Cyrus cover band playing afterward.

Which gives you a perfect opportunity to beat the crowds and hightail it around the corner to the Minettta Lane Theatre, where David Murray is playing two sets starting at 7:30: a “clarinet summit” and then fronting a trio with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington. Oliver Lake leads a sax trio with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille there at 10 followed by Marc Ribot with a string section (!!!) at around 11:15 and then sometime after midnight there’s a tribute to John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards with what will undoubtedly be a big Tonic crowd.

Saturday‘s early sets offer plenty to choose from. You might want to start at Subculture at 6 PM with trombonist Ryan Keberele’s reliably adventurous Catharsis, then head west to the Poisson Rouge to catch spectacular Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda at 6:45. Meanwhile, luminous pianist Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret are at Zinc Bar at 6:30, while intriguing, Indian-inspired chanteuse Kavita Shah sings at 6:15 followed by Amina Claudine Myers’ trio, then sizzling postbop supergroup the Cookers, followed at around 10 by Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker project at the Minetta Lane Theatre. And percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s hauntingly atmospheric Transcendence,  who reinvent old spirituals, will be at Bowery Electric at 6:30. Just be aware that if you want to catch Rudresh’s set, or JD Allen’s explosive trio at half past midnight or so at Subculture, you are very strongly advised to get there early: a couple of hours early wouldn’t be too soon.

Last year’s festival featured several non-jazz acts at the end of the night at some venues. This year, they’re scattered throughout the evening at a few spots, and they’re not nearly as good. Other than postrock instrumentalists the Cellar & Point (at the Players Theatre, 1:30 AM-ish on Saturday), soul chanteuse Mavis Swan Poole and her band (the Bitter End, 8:45 on Saturday) and guitarist Stephane Wrembel (who’s gone further into Pink Floyd territory lately, also 8:45 on Saturday, way over on Barrow Street at Greenwich House Music School), that’s the only stuff beyond the jazz that’s worth seeing.

The complete lineup is below: be sure to check the schedule for updates, as there’ve been new venues added in the past week.


LE POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker Street NY NY 10012
6:30pm Donald Byrd Acoustic Electric Sessions
7:45pm ICP Orchestra
9:00pm Kneebody + Daedelus

MINETTA LANE THEATRE 18-22 Minetta Lane New York, NY 10003
6:15pm TBA
7:30pm David Murray Clarinet Summit w/ Don Byron, David Krakauer, and Hamiet Bluiett
8:45pm David Murray w/ Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington
10:00pm TRIO 3 w/ Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and special guest TBA
11:15pm Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians with Strings
12:30am Strange and Beautiful: The Music of John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards

JUDSON CHURCH 55 Washington Square Park South
6:45pm Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen “Kind Of New”
8:00pm Russ Johnson’s Still Out To Lunch (Music of Eric Dolphy)
9:15pm Dave Douglas Quintet
10:30pm Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance
11:45pm So Percussion feat. Man Forever
1:00am Improvised Round Robin Duets

SUBCULTURE 45 Bleecker Street NYC
6:00pm Arturo O’Farrill’s “Boss Level” Septet
7:15pm Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures
8:30pm Taylor Eigsti’s Free Agency
9:45pm Tyshawn Sorey Piano Trio
11:00pm Kris Davis Infrasound
12:15am Uri Caine / Han Bennink
1:30am Aaron Parks Little/Big

THE BITTER END 147 Bleecker Street NYC (Revive Music Stage)
6:15pm Wallace Roney Quintet
7:30pm The Baylor Project feat. Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor
8:45pm AFRO HARPING: Brandee Younger’s Tribute to Dorothy Ashby feat. Mark Whitfield
10:00pm Igmar Thomas and The Cypher
11:15pm Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life feat. Jean Baylor
12:30am Raymond Angry – Celebration of Life Suite
1:45am Nate Smith + KINFOLK

7:00pm Joe Locke ‘Love Is A Pendulum’
8:15pm Oran Etkin ‘Reimagining Benny Goodman
9:30pm Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys
10:45pm Jen Shyu’s ‘Solo Rites: Seven Breaths’
12:00am Marquis Hill Blackout
1:15am Michael Bates Northern Spy

ZINC BAR 82 West 3rd Street NYC
6:30pm TBA
7:45pm Alicia Olatuja
9:00pm Allan Harris
10:15pm Dafnis Prieto Sextet
11:30pm Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
12:45am Bria Skonberg
2:00am TBA

6:30pm TBA
7:45pm The MazzMuse Breakdown
9:00pm Jungle Funk
10:15pm Zongo Junction

CARROLL PLACE 157 Bleecker Street NYC
6:00pm Jovan Alexandre & Collective Consciousness
7:15pm Chris Washburne SYOTOS plays Acid Mambo
8:30pm Anthony Pirog
9:45pm Jay Rodriguez SEVEN
11:00pm Todd Clouser A Love Electric
12:15am Silver with Eddie Henderson
1:30am Frank Catalano


LE POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker Street NY NY 10012
6:30pm Edmar Castaneda Trio w/ Andrea Tierra
7:45pm TBA
9:00pm David Murray Infinity Quartet with Saul Williams

MINETTA LANE THEATRE 18-22 Minetta Lane New York, NY 10003
6:15pm Kavita Shah
7:30pm Amina Claudine Myers Trio
8:45pm The Cookers
10:00pm Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls (The Charlie Parker Project)
11:15pm TBA
12:30am Nicholas Payton Trio

JUDSON CHURCH 55 Washington Square Park South
6:45pm Theo Bleckman Quartet w/ Ambrose Akinmusire
8:00pm Ken Vandermark – Nate Wooley Duo
9:15pm Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
10:30pm The Campbell Brothers – A Sacred Steel Love Supreme
11:45pm TBA

SUBCULTURE 45 Bleecker Street NYC
6:00pm TBA
7:15pm Alfredo Rodríguez Trio
8:30pm Lionel Loueke Trio
9:45pm SFJAZZ Collective: Originals and the Music of Michael Jackson
11:00pm Harriet Tubman
12:15am JD Allen Trio w/ Gregg August & Rudy Royston
1:30am TBA

THE BITTER END 147 Bleecker Street NYC (Revive Music Stage)
6:15pm Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
7:30pm Matthew Stevens
8:45pm Soul Understated feat. Mavis Swan Poole
10:00pm Mad Satta
11:15pm Butcher Brown
12:30am Taylor McFerrin
1:45am Walter Smith III

7:00pm Dan Weiss Large Ensemble
8:15pm Darius Jones Quartet
9:30pm Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup
10:45pm Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
12:00am Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas
1:15am The Cellar and Point

ZINC BAR 82 West 3rd Street NYC
6:30pm Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret
7:45pm Mark Turner Quartet
9:00pm Hadar Noiberg Trio
10:15pm Kellylee Evans
11:30pm Mino Cinelu World Jazz Ensemble
12:45am Nasheet Waits Equality Quartet
2:00am Loston Harris Trio

6:30pm Jaimeo Brown Transcendence: Work Songs
7:45pm Dana Leong Trio
9:00pm Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions
10:15pm Troker

CARROLL PLACE 157 Bleecker Street NYC (Hot Jazz Festival Night)
6:15pm Martina DaSilva’s Ladybugs with Kate Davis
7:30pm Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats
8:45pm Stephane Wrembel Band
10:00pm Catherine Russell
11:15pm David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
12:30am Frank Vignola and Friends
1:45am Cynthia Sayer & Her Joyride Band

6:15pm Martina DaSilva’s Ladybugs with Kate Davis
7:30pm Dan Levinson’s Gotham SophistiCats with Blind Boy Paxton
8:45pm Stephane Wrembel Band
10:00pm Catherine Russell
11:15pm David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

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New York City Live Music Calendar March-April 2009 Plus Other Events

Hey – this isn’t the latest NYC Live Music Calendar here.

This is.

Daily updates. As usual, weekly events first, followed by the daily calendar. Because we get some of this info weeks in advance, it’s always good to check with the club (see our venues page) to make sure the show you’re interested in seeing is still happening…check out the weekly shows too, lots of good stuff going on! Apologies for the crazy spacing and fonts – microsoft word and WordPress aren’t speaking to each other right now.


If you can’t make it out of the house Rifffin’s Rundown is on the air weekdays at 8:35 PM at Newstalk 93 FM featuring both new and classic reggae, jazz and global sounds. Irie mon! 


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


The 2008-09 series of organ concerts at St. Thomas Church continues most every Sunday (holidays excepted) at 5:15 sharp, featuring a whole slew of world-renowned performers. Concerts continue through May 17.


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 Sasha Dobson plays Pete’s at 8:30 PM. Warm, casual, tropicalia-inflected jazz-pop. Imagine Norah Jones but mature and battlescarred with both a bossa nova and Americana fixation.


Sundays in March Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes, 9 PM. 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. He also plays Fridays at Bar Tabac on Smith St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn at 8.


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 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 (does that include tax? The club was doing that for awhile). 


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 whaat you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).


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


Also most Mondays the Barbes house band, Chicha Libre plays there starting around 9:45 (check the club calendar to be sure). Chicha Libre are the sole American practitioners of chicha, a style popular in the Peruvian Amazon ghettos in the 70s and currently experiencing a renaissance thanks to these guys. With electric accordion, cuatro, surf guitar and a boisterous rhythm section, their hypnotic, reverb-drenched mix of obscure psychedelic surf/cumbia/rock classics and originals is one of the funnest, most danceable things you’ll witness this year. Lately they’ve expanded their repertoire to include not only their often hilarious, hypnotic originals and covers of period pieces along with chichafied rock songs. If you get lucky they’ll play their amped-up version of the Clash classic Guns of Brixton.


Also Mondays in March (and pretty much every month, when he’s not on tour), Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Black Betty in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, frequently salacious original gospel songs and is one of the great live performers of our time. Moist Paula from Moisturizer is the lead soloist on baritone sax.


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


Sophisticated, jazz-inflected Americana chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her excellent band the Hooligans play 11th St. Bar every Tuesday in March at 9:30 PM.


Every Wednesday, Michael Arenella & the Dreamland Dance Band play sly yet boisterous oldtimey hot jazz during a brunch set at the Clover Club, 210 Smith St. (Butler/Baltic) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 7:30 -10:30 PM.


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


Also Wednesdays through March 25 the John McNeil Group featuring Noah Preminger has a residency at Puppet’s Jazz Bar, 481 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Joining trumpeter/composers McNeil and Preminger are drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Mike McGuirk.  Three sets from 9 – 1 AM along with an ”intermission piano player” each week, $6.


Also every Wednesday at Drom it’s Cuban night with a new, hot dance band every week, 9:30 PM – 2 AM, just $12 at the door.


Every Thursday, at the Delancey on the main floor, 9 PMish Botanica frontman and master of menace Paul Wallfisch presents the edgiest weekly music series in town, playfully called Small Beast, an international mix of some of the most intelligent (and frequently darkest) performers passing through town. It’s free and there’s always some kind of drink special or freebee. If you wish Tonic was still open, Wallfisch is keeping the flame alive. He typically opens the night solo on piano, reason enough to put this on your calendar. March artists include Serena Jost, Jennifer O’Connor, the Crass Brass, Mark Steiner, Frederic Blasco and Ed Pastorini.


Fridays in March, 10:30 PM sensational Greek oud player Mavrothi Kontanis performs with bouzouki specialist Antonis Tsimounis, Giorgos Kolias and fellow oudist Sotiris Tsourekis for a late night of wildly beautiful, authentic Rebetika, Entehna, and Smyrneika sounds at the wonderfully named ELO restaurant, 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria.


Sun Mar 1 Mostly Other People Do the Killing play brilliantly satirical improv jazz at at Zebulon, 9:30ish

Tues Mar 3 one of our favorite jazz guys, tersely smart guitarist Bill Frisell plays a rare duo show with violin at Barbes, 7 PM, get here EARLY i.e. 6 if you want to see this show. Is this cool or what? Slavic Soul Party follows with their wild, haunting Baltic brass band show at 9ish for $10.

Also Tues Mar 3 loud, tasteful, abrasive noir/glam rockers the Bellmer Dolls at Lit, 11 PM.

Also Tues Mar 3, 10:30 PM Emilie Cardinaux plays Ace of Clubs. She mines the same ground as Norah Jones but with infinitely better songs and a similarly oldtime Americana jazz touch.

Also Tues Mar 3, 11 PM the Sweetback Sisters playing catchy original oldtimey 40s/50s style country songs with soaring harmonies at Pete’s 11 PM.

Weds Mar 4 a killer triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8. Opening act Beboluz are self-styled practitioners of “musica bastarda,” which in their case means dark Maldita-inflected rock en Espanol, a little Manu Chao and hypnotic, groovy funk. If you like the idea of Vampire Weekend but hate the band, check out the 9 PM act, La Sovietika, who virtuosically and ass-shakingly blend funk, reggae, soukous and salsa with Spanish lyrics. Headliners Dr. Snagarelli & the Evil Sex Scientist play their somewhat bizarre but smart. imaginative and unmistakably original funk at 10.

Also Weds Mar 4 excellent oldschool country band the Dixons play the Bell House, 9ish, $10.   

Also Weds Mar 4, 9 PM it’s Baltic brass band night (which usually means a good party) with Raya Brass Band and Veveritse at Trophy Bar in South Williamsburg.

Also Weds Mar 4 noir art-rock siren Marissa Nadler, Joe’s Pub 9:30 PM includes a 1-yr subs to NY Magazine. Who knew. Desperate times for the magazine, huh?

Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM Iraqi refugee oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj at Symphony Space, adv tix $25 highly recommended.

Thurs Mar 5 the Quavers create slow, sweeping, atmospheric art-rock (as well as some catchy Americana-inflected songs) with loops at Barbes, 8 PM followed by bluegrass/klezmer legend Andy Statman at 10, separate admission, $10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, 7:30 PM, $10, Divahn frontwoman Galeet Dardashti at Santos Party House: a Persian Jewish Carnival of the Bible’s Elusive Women. from the press release: “Galeet Dardashti Gives Voice to the Unnamed and Unknown. The Queen of Sheba’s shaven legs. A witch’s bitter prophecy. The female superheroes who saved Moses. These stories make up The Naming, singer and composer Galeet Dardashti’s exploration of the little-known lives of the Bible’s phantom women. Of Persian Jewish descent, Dardashti unites the Persian classical music that made her grandfather an icon in Iran with her family’s deep connection to Jewish poetry and song.”

Also Thurs Mar 5-8 the Dr. Lonnie Smith Quartet playing delicious Hammond B3 organ jazz at the Jazz Standard, tix $25 or $30 Fri-Sat, sets 7:3-/9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 5 at the Delancey, 8:30 PM it’s the weekly Small Beast show with guest host Franz Nicolay of World Inferno (Paul Wallfisch will be on tour w/Botanica) plus brilliant, devious, subtle, classically inspired art-rock composer/chanteuse Serena Jost along with smart, fearless acoustic rocker Jennifer O’Connor.

Also Thurs Mar 5 another good triplebill at Ace of Clubs starting at 8 with the Jason Berman Group, self-styled “jazz musicians playing singer/songwriter music,” smartly and tastefully with a good female singer. Followed by Stratospheerius at 9 doing high-energy, late 70s style Jean Luc Ponty type jazz fusion with electric violin. Then at 10 there’s the equally interesting 5Mach5, their thoughtful, interesting, jazzy guitar and weird samples. Stratospheerius are also at Fat Baby on 3/25 at 10.

Also Thurs Mar 5, pan-latin guitar genius Aquiles Baez at the Jazz Gallery, $15, sets 9/10:30 PM. He’s also at Rose Bar on 3/10 at 9.

Also Thurs Mar 5, 9 PM subtly hilarious, peroid perfect 1953-style hillbilly pop trio Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. plays Otto’s, 9 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5 sophisticated countrypolitan chanteuse Carolyn Sills at Pete’s, 9 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5 indie guitar genius Pete Galub and then rustic, often haunting chamber-pop band Pearl & the Beard at Public Assembly in the back room, 9 PM, $7

Also Thurs Mar 5, El Lay noir chanteuse Eleni Mandell – you know her, right? You don’t? You have been deprived. She’s at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.

Also Thurs Mar 5, charismatic, tuneful, multistylistic and very funny punk rockers the Brooklyn What – the band who’ve occupied the #1 position on our weekly Top ten for weeks now – are at Don Pedro’s, 10ish.

Fri Mar 6, reception at 7:30, show at 8 sharp, free, Richard Garet performs Electrochroma, “a video/sound kinetic performance that consists of the manipulation of light in real time through various analog and digital processes that consequently translate the voltage signal produced by the light into sound.” At at Solar/Elga Wimmer PCC, 526 West 26th St. Peep the visuals, check out the sound, see if they converge or make any sense whatsoever.

Also Fri Mar 6 lush, romantic, poignantly funny French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins at 8 followed by Bill Carney’s long-running and reliably entertaining Jug Addicts at 9:30ish at Barbes.

Also Fri Mar 6, 10:15 PM Cudzoo & the Fagettes play funny, punked-out girl group pop at Don Hill’s. This is the band responsible for Oops I Fucked Your Brother.

Also Fri Mar 6 Patti Rothberg, powerpop siren at the absolute top of her game plays Arlene’s, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 6 excellent, female-fronted roots reggae/skaband the Big Takeover plays the Rockwood, 11 PM  

Fri Mar 6 at Ace of Clubs: at 11 Indonesian expat metal band Suaka, blending a hypnotic gamelan-inflected style with crunchy guitars – don’t laugh, they’re good! – followed at midnight by the raging, tuneful, riff-oriented metal/punk group Same Four Walls.

Also Fri Mar 6 Katie Elevitch plays Banjo Jim’s, midnight. Impossible to think of a better midnight Friday night show – dark, unearthly, primeval intensity with one of the best albums of the decade recently completed.

Also Fri Mar 6 Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif plays the Blue Note, 1 AMish (actually the wee hours of 3/7), $10. About ten years ago this metalish, Middle Eastern tinged jazz guitarist was all the rage; worth seeing what he’s up to now.    

Sat Mar 7,  4-6 PM it’s this year’s group show opening at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) 135 Broadway, J/M to Marcy Ave. This year’s theme: women artists, looks very promising.

Also Sat Mar 7, an excellent blues doublebill with fast but elegant Bobby Radcliff at 7 followed by incisive Chicago-style crooner/guitarist Johnny Allen at 10 at Terra Blues. 

Also Sat Mar 7, brilliantly mulstistylistic oldtimey blues/country/ragtime band the Wiyos are at Joe’s Pub, 7:30 PM, $15

Also Sat Mar 7, minor-key Balkan/reggae/gypsy/klezmer hellraisers Hazmat Modine  do a doublebill with the similarly inclined Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – a murderer’s row of edgy jazz cats – at le Poisson Rouge, 7 PM

Also Sat Mar 7, 8 PM one of the greatest musicians of our era, oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen plays songs from the golden age of Arab music at the Town Hall, $25 adv tix available at the box office or at the World Music Institute.

Also Sat Mar 7 at Barbes, 8 PM: the Ahn Trio, Juilliard-trained piano/violin/cello sister act who for a second were People Magazine’s token intellectuals (don’t hold it against them), specializing in new music with nods to jazz, minimalism and the avant garde (check out the absolutely beautiful Dies Irae on their myspace). Followed by Red Baraat Festival, an Indian marching band, at 10.

Also Sat Mar 7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf music show at Otto’s starting with Connecticut’s sensational, pummeling 9th Wave with Mike “Staccato” Rosado on guitar at 9 followed by the often improvisational, psychedelic Venice Beach Muscle Club, the Octomen and purist, retro cover band Mr. Action & The Boss Guitars somewhere around midnight. Mr. Action (that’s the drummer) and the boss guys are also at Lakeside at 11 on 3/20.

Also Sat Mar 7 Buzz Universe play their imaginative, catchy, latin-inflected jammed-out funk at Ace of Clubs, 10:30 PM   

Sun Mar 8 the Klez Dispensers play klezmer brunch at City Winery, 2 sets starting at 11 AM (yawn) $10 adm. kids under 13 free!

Also Sun Mar 8, 2 (two) PM at Highline Ballroom Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Singers, gen adm $12

Also Sun Mar 8, 7 PM, AE (Aurelia Lucy Shrenker And Eva Salina Primack), world music vocal duo equally skilled at vintage Americana and Balkan sounds at Barbes opening for the reliably excellent, equally multistylistic Russian/soundtrack/classical/jazz ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband

Also Sun Mar 8, 9 PM-ish Jewdyssee which is basically noir-ish chanteuse Maya Saban’s downtempo Berlin groove/dance/downtempo project plays the Jewish Music Cafe, 401 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY F train to 7th Ave, $10.

Also Sun Mar 8, 9:30 PM-ish growling, Steve Earle-ish ex-Backslider Chip Robinson with the always guitarishly excellent Roscoe Trio at Lakeside.

Mon Mar 9, 8 PM The Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine feat. Suhail Khoury, nay (flute) and clarinet; Ahmad Al-Khatib, oud; Ibrahim Attari, qanoun; Yousef Hbeisch, percussion at Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway, $25 and worth it.

Also Mon Mar 9 scathingly funny, fiery punk/garage rockers Des Roar – the guys (and girl) responsible for the classic Ted Bundy Was a Ladies Man – play a free show, 10 PM at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at 2nd St. in the old Remote Lounge space.

Tues Mar 10 and also 3/24 the incomparable Jenifer Jackson at Rockwood Music Hall, 8 PM with special guests. The expat NYC chanteuse effortlessly blends elements tropicalia, Beatlesque pop, classic 70s style soul and jazz and delivers them with a warm, sometimes hypnotic delivery that is sometimes pure solace and sometimes pure adrenaline. You should see her sometime. Blue-eyed soul siren Juliana Nash, who made Pete’s Candy Store what it was in its late 90s heyday follows at 10 with a now-rare NYC show, don’t miss her either.

Also Tues Mar 10 the French Exit plays Lit, 9 PM. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands, this noir trio play slashing, dark, brooding dirges that take their roots from classic blues and soul music, often with roaring guitar or lush keyboard orchestration. Get to know them now before it costs you an arm and a leg to see them.

Also Tues Mar 10 devious, psychedelic  keyboard-and-talkbox-driven funk/groovemeisters Chin Chin play the release show for their latest cd at Union Pool, 10 PM-ish.

Also Tues Mar 10 thoughtfully ambient, atmospheric classical/soundtrack instrumentalists Charles Atlas play Pete’s, 11 PM    

Weds Mar 11 organist Gail Archer continues her sensational series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at 7:30 PM at Central Synagogue in midtown, free. If you saw her previous recital here in January, she’s doing a different program every time out, with predictably excellent results.

Also Weds Mar 11 jazz guitarist Ron Jackson and his funky James Brown-style Hammond organ group at Rose Bar in Williamsburg, 9 PM

Also Weds Mar 11 a killer triplebill at Arlene’s with Abbie Barrett at 8 PM, a purist, rustic soul-tinged songwriter from Boston. A little smoky, a little psychedelic. Good stuff. Followed at 9 by oldschool 60s style soul/funk family Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and then Lana Mir at 10 with her aptly described warm analog sounding jazzy retro European style pop.
Also Weds Mar 11 haunting, slowly undulating but playful  groove/trance/downtempo rockers El Jezel at Spikehill, 10 PM. 

Also Weds Mar 11, 11 PM at Ace of Clubs Elextra blend rock en Espanol and dub with a mix of samples and live guitars: it’s eerie and weird and pretty loud and works way better than you might think.  

Thurs Mar 12, 1 PM the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, program TBA (they often premiere new works by Scandinavian composers).

Also Thurs Mar 12 smartly politically aware Americana rocker Amy Speace at Joe’s Pub, 7 PM playing stuff from her reputedly darkest and career-best forthcoming cd The Killer in Me.

Also Thurs Mar 12 at the Bell House, 7:30 PM, classic soul music with the Sweet Divines/Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves, $12 gen adm.

Also Thurs-Sun Mar 12-15 saloon piano jazz legend Mose AllisonAmy’s dad – plays the Jazz Standard, tix $25 ($30 Fri-Sat), sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 12 art-rock multi-instrumentalist siren Serena Jost plays Barbes, 8 PM, followed by exhilarating Balkan brass band rockers Ansambl Mastika, led by one Greg Squared, a fiery, Ivo Papasov-influenced reed player.

Also Thurs Mar 12 at 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall (part of the New Sounds Live shows hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer) – Notes On The War: The Piano Protests. Pianist Sarah Cahill commissioned a group of today’s leading composers to write a collection of pieces reacting to the war in Iraq, including Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Garland, Phil Kline, Jerome Kitzke and Kyle Gann. The result is a group of short piano works intended as a vivid response to the seemingly never-ending war.

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Microscopic Septet play le Poisson Rouge 8:30 PM $15. This is a big deal for jazz fans since the Spinal Tap of jazz composition hardly play out ever, in fact only once since their most recent cd Lobster Leaps In. Since their early 80s inception, they remain absolutely undiminished and as devious as ever, with very few lineup changes. If you’re not going with us to Musicians vs. the War, you won’t go wrong with this show.  

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Hot Club from Hell’s Kitchen plays gypsy guitar jazz Mehanata, 9 PM. They’re also at the Jalopy in Red Hook at 11 on 3/19.

Also Thurs Mar 12 Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers – who lately have been on a western swing kick – play Hill Country, 9 PM  

Also Thurs Mar 12 Skyebat – with guitar monster Stu Newman from Joy Ryder’s band – play stylistically diverse, cosmopolitan, European-flavored jazzy female-fronted pop at Ace of Clubs, 9:30 PM

Also Thurs Mar 12 the Throwing Muses at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, time TBA, adv tix $20 at the Mercury, no idea if it’s Kristin and Tanya or one or the other or both…

Also Thurs Mar 12 the excellent, female-fronted Big Takeover play original ska and reggae at Arlene’s, 10 PM  

Also Thurs Mar 12 excellent janglerock/Americana guitarist Chris Erikson & the Wayward Puritans at Lakeside 10 PM.

Fri Mar 13 at Arlene’s at 7 PM: Mahina Movement, politically aware all-female soul trio – good stuff – followed a little after 9 by decent, predictably upbeat loud funk band Earthdriver.

Also Fri Mar 13 lush, orchestrated weird Americana-obsessed “historical orchestrette” Pinataland plays Barbes at 8.

Also Fri Mar 13 Kings County Queens – who in many ways invented the Pete’s Candy Store Sound, with their fetching harmonies and quietly thoughtful country songs -followed by the Reid Paley Trio , who are 180 degrees away from that, with their explosive, careening noir blues sound, downstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 the reliably amusing Balthrop Alabama play the cd release show for their two new eps at the 92Yribeca with the Moonlighters and the Ukuladies opening, 9:30 PM , $10, should be fun.

Also Fri Mar 13 and also Thurs Mar 19 the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata, 9 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13, 9:30 PM brilliantly psychedelic, fearlessly political 80s new wave throwbacks Liza & the WonderWheels at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, 34 Van Dyke Street at Dwight, B61 bus to the end of the line. You can catch the B61 going south on Driggs in Williamsburg, or at the corner of Court and Atlantic among other places.

Also Fri Mar 13 dark, rustic, frequently haunting chamber pop/rock band Pearl & the Beard are at the Rockwood, 10 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 the Georges Brassens Translation Project are at Galapagos, 10 PM, $10. Pierre de Gaillande from Melomane put together this excellent, hauntingly artsy noir cabaret group to revive the boisterous, ribald work of the iconic French singer-songwriter from the 50s and 60s who isn’t nearly as well known here. Yet.

Also Fri Mar 13 the excellent reggae/rock/ska band 3 Legged Fox at Arlene’s, 11 PM.

Also Fri Mar 13 jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads a big band feat. trumpeter Mike Kaupa playing compositions from Jentsch’s utterly uncategorizable, symphonically adventurous new cd the Cycles Suite at Tea Lounge, 10ish.

Also Sat Mar 14 New York noir rock legend LJ Murphy – one of the most lyrically stunning, charismatic performers of our time – plays a rare duo show with with Jacek Mysinski on the piano at Banjo Jim’s, early, 7 PM.


Sat Mar 14, 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge Joe Hurley’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the All-Star Irish Rock Revue, $20 adv tix at the box ofc., usually a good cast of characters (in both senses of the word), watch this space for details.


Also Sat Mar 14 Goli – female marimba/cello duo with vocals – play Caffe Vivaldi, 8 PM.


Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM, repeating Sun Mar 15, 3 PM the St. Petersburg String Quartet plays,the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1; Shostakovich String Quartet No. 13 in b-flat minor, Op. 138; Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D min, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” at Bargemusic tix expensive, $35, early arrival advised.


Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM sometimes jazzy, sometimes classically-inclined chanteuse Marta Topferova plays Barbes.


Also Sat Mar 14 at Arlene’s at 8 PM: snotty, fun bubblegum punk with bassist Sarah Paige and her band Die Pretty, the Runaways met Motorhead.


Also Sat Mar 14, 8 PM noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party play the cd release for their excellent new one My Blacks Don’t Match at the Gershwin Hotel, $10 and worth it. If you missed Nick Cave last time out or can’t afford Tom Waits every five years, this will hit the spot.



Also Sat Mar 14 Mascott at Union Hall, 9 PM, $8. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands – frontwoman Kendall Jane Meade has a smart, subtly funny purist pop sensibility that always results in what feels like a million warm, thoughtful songs that you’ll be humming all the way home. Mascott’s latest cd Art Project ranked high on our Top Ten Albums of 2008 list.


Also Sat Mar 14 oldtimey, quirky chanteuse Jolie Holland at City Winery, 9 PM, bar seats $20.


Also Sat Mar 14 longtime third-wave ska/rocksteady favorites the Bluebeats followed by trumpeter Kevin Batchelor & ska sax legend Cedric Brooks at Shrine, 9 PM.


Also Sat Mar 14 The New Familiars play their wild, improvisational, acoustic blend of grasscore and delta blues at Public Assembly, 9ish. Warning: this is “best moustache/beard night” so there may be a lumberjack-bearded trendoid contingent in the house drinking on their parents’ credit cards.


Also Sat Mar 14 Greek party hellraisers Magges at Mehanata, 10 PM.


Also Sat Mar 14 absolutely kick-ass, uncommonly smart, rocking female-fronted country band Any Day Parade play the cd release show for their new one (that we just reviewed, ha) at Spikehill, 10 PM.


Also Sat Mar 14 Simon & the Bar Sinisters play their completely original, virtuosic, punk-inspired take on surf and rockabilly at Lakeside 10:15ish.


Also Sat Mar 14, midnight-ish dark, haunting, atmospheric Iranian-American rocker Haale plays Bowery Poetry Club, adv tix $12 at the box office very highly recommended.


Sun Mar 15 mischievously virtuosic klezmer group Isle of Klezbos plays a brunch show at City Winery, 11AM – 2PM, two sets, $10, kids under 13 free! Brunch menu (no minimum order) with the usual stuff (wonder if they have wine for any of us hungover types).


Also Sun Mar 15, 7:30 PM in his Merkin Concert Hall debut, $15, a benefit for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation with Eliran Avni, piano playing Avner Dorman: Sonata No. 3, “Dance Suite”; For Jenny (World Premiere); Alexander Scriabin: Three Mazurkas from Op. 3; Béla Bartók: Sonata for Solo Piano; Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements from “Petrouchka.”


Also Sun Mar 15 oldschool hip-hop with Public Enemy at BB King’s, 8 PM adv tix $25.


Also Sun Mar 15 veteran Irish songwriter Andy White – yet another survivor of the “next Dylan” curse, although he kinda brought it on himself – is at the Rockwood at 8 PM followed eventually at 11 by the thoughtful and civilized Heather & the Barbarians, who do not have a one-armed drummer.


Mon Mar 16  7 PM at Barbes, 7 PM the Bob Jones/John Sholle Duo – Jones was Andy Statman’s guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers and with the Danny Kalb Trio; guitarist/luthier Sholle was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder. Followed by the always excellent Chicha Libre at about a quarter to ten.


Also Mon Mar 16, 9 PM at Rose Bar – David Lynch-style noir soundtrack jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen – lots of eerie twangy surf guitar and slinky sax. They’re also uptown at Shrine on 3/20 at 9.



Also Mon Mar 16 at Arlene’s at 10 PM: Envy playing alternately atmospheric and assaultive GBV-style dreampop from Japan.



Tues Mar 17 absolutely hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Europa, 8:30 PM. If you’re really lucky they’kll do their rap-metal spoof which is called T.S. Eliot. There is a Thin Lizzy cover band playing sometime after them. Just so you know.




Tues Mar 17-19 Norwegian siren Ingrid Olava plays Cake Shop, 10 PM. Best night is 3/18 bookended by two dark, noir acts, Randi Russo at 9 and then Mark Steiner with phenomenal gypsy violinist Susan Mitchell at 11.


Also Tues Mar 17 and 24 alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks acoustic followed by the reliably excellent, darkly fiery Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, 7 PM.


Also Tues Mar 17 Irish art-rock crooner Pierce Turner at Joe’s Pub, $23.


Also Tues Mar 17 Black 47 – the group responsible for our pick for best album of 2008, with their latest one, Iraq – play at BB King’s, 7 PM $25 adv tix.


Also Tues Mar 17 country Van Halen parody band Van Hayride – there are no words for how funny they can be – at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Weds Mar 18 AC/DC parody band Wet Coma play Ace of Clubs – woops, almost said Don Hill’s! – at 8, as funny as you would hope them to be.


Also Weds Mar 18 a killer doublebill at the Delancey withscorching, female-fronted art-rock band System Noise and the equally fun, upbeat female-fronted ska band Across The Aisle, 9 PM.



Also Weds Mar 18 the Dirty Jerz’s most popular hip-hop act Naughty By Nature are still going strong, 20 years after O.P.P. at Southpaw, 10ish, $25.




Also Weds Mar 18, 11 PM at Arlene’s:  Angil and the Hidden Tracks – weird French avant jazz indie pop with hip-hop lyrics- phantasmagorical, surreal, funny and intriguing.


Thurs Mar 19 a killer brass band night with the innovative, hip-hop-inspired, incredibly tunefully jazzy Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and then Harlem’s own McCullough Sons of Thunder at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave/135th St., east side of the street, free, max 2 tix per person, rsvp to 212-281-9240 X 19 or X20, you must pick up your tix by 6:30 PM with ID that night in order to guarantee entry, all ages.


Also Thurs Mar 19 at Arlene’s a night of excellent acts and awful segues starting at 7 with oldschool rockabilly crew Rhythmbound and then Polish-American pop siren Lulla at 8, then multistylistic pianist Sam Ben-Meir at 9, later at 11 Miami powerpop band Ex Norwegian – imagine an anatomically correct, masculine  Fountains of Wayne (hard to do but just try)  and then at midnight Rhode Island Pogues-influenced acoustic band the Skinny Millionaires.


Also Thurs Mar 19 Greek-American blues guitarist Spiros Soukis plays Lucille’s, 8 PM.


Also Thurs Mar 19 this week’s Small Beast extravaganza at the Delancey starts around 9ish with Botanica frontman Paul Wallfisch triumphantly returned from yet another European tour along with the equally dark, brilliant, Nick Cave-inspired Mark Steiner, whose solo debut made the top ten in our Best Albums of 2007 list.


Also Thurs Mar 19  jazz guitar genius Matt Munisteri  at Barbes, 10 PM.



Also Thurs Mar 19 the dark and bizarre bluespunk crew the Five Points Band – possibly the closest thing to the Cramps that we have at this point – are at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.




Also Fri Mar 20 Boston band Splinters and Sparrows mix outlaw country with a boozy Son Volt  Americana rock vibe and they really rock. They’re at Arlene’s at 7 PM followed at 8 by Danish oldtimey Americana/ragtime/blues band Brothers Moving , then at 9 by Impostor Syndrome, who resemble a smoother, somewhat less assaultive PJ Harvey and have an excellent singer in frontwoman/guitarist Kristen Persinos.


Fri Mar 20-21 Inna Barmash and Ljova’s ferociously fun, intense Balkan band Romashka are at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St. (Lex/3rd Ave.), 8 PM and then at Mehanata on Saturday at 10ish with the ska-inflected Stumblebum Brass Band.


Also Fri Mar 20 terse Chicago expat blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin plays Lucille’s, 8 PM.



Also Fri Mar 20 the Brown Rice Family – fun, upbeat, tuneful expat Filipino reggae band with a ukelele – plays Caffe Vivaldi , 8 PM.




Also Fri Mar 20 original, interesting, multistylistic, loud all-female rockers Beluga play the cd release for their new one at the Loving Cup Cafe, in the back past the bar, 9PMish.



Also Fri Mar 20 the NY Gypsy Allstars, led by haunting, powerful clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski are at Mehanata, 9 PM.



Also Fri Mar 20 fiery garage/punk rockers the Mess Around at the Charleston, 9 PM.


Also Fri Mar 20 smart, politically aware, tongue-in-cheek Americana rockers Kill Henry Sugar  play Barbes 10 PM.


Also Fri Mar 20 the New Collisions at Public Assembly, 8:15 PM sharp. Fiery female-fronted powerpop/new wave revivalists from Boston. Frontwoman Sarah Guild, “a 21st century Deborah Harry meets Poly Styrene” has the same kind of big powerful pipes as Martha Davis of the Motels but with more of a funny, quirky edge: if what’s on their myspace is any indication, they kick ass live. You can dance to this.


Sat Mar 21, at ABC No Rio 3 (three) PM surf/punk/rockabilly guitar intensity and wiseass songwriting from Simon & The Bar Sinisters, then scorching, polirically charged, Middle Eastern-inflected punk rockers Roots Rock Rebel, Masonry (instrumental metal/punk) and Futurex (punk).


Also Sat Mar 21, 4 (four) PM, if you missed  great noir NYC rocker LJ Murphy’s show last week, he’s doing a free solo acoustic gig at Passout Records in Williamsburg, 131 Grand Street between Bedford and Berry.



Also Sat Mar 21, 7 (seven) PM at Joe’s Pub dark, snarling, keyboard-and-reverb-guitar-driven art-rockers Botanica return from yet another European tour to put on what might be the best show of 2009. New album out, new lineup, a must-see show if  literate artsy rock is your thing.


Also Sat Mar 21, 8 PM at Barbes: Jim Campilongo’s Superfine Band  – Campilongo and Jon Graboff in the same band, wow!!! followed by Nation Beat’s multistylistic rustic psychedelic danceable madness at 10.


Also Sat Mar 21, 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall: Duo-logues: the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo,  Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams playing two classic works: Igor Stravinsky’s own four-hand arrangement of his orchestral masterpiece The Rite of Spring and Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, tix $25 and so worth it.


Also Sat Mar 21 Braxton Parker plays Arlene’s, 8 PM – a pop/rock songwriter with a good band and a lot of Irish inflections who’s opened for a whole slew of wretched corporate acts – Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard and Bon Jovi – and probably blew them all off the stage. Commercial? Yes, but what we used to call good top 40.


Also Sat Mar 21 the amazing  minor-key Balkan/calypso/blues improvisers Hazmat Modine at Shrine, 9 PM.


Also Sat Mar 21 the Jack Grace Band play Hill Country, 9 PM. One of Lucid Culture’s favorite bands. Grace is a fiery, incisive lead guitarist, a great lyricist, a very funny guy and can hold his liquor. His band features his wife Daria, an excellent bassist, a jazz drummer and other equally good players. Together they do country music like it was 1965. Or 1956, sometimes with an eerie bluesy edge.


Also Sat Mar 21 brilliant retro ragtime songwriter/banjoist Al Duvall – sort of an older, less out-of-control, more pun-inclined version of Curtis Eller – plays Otto’s, 9 PM.


Also Sat Mar 21, 9 PM excellent oldschool roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones at BAM Cafe.




Also Sat Mar 21 completely kick-ass. occasionally Balkan-inflected bluegrass jammers Thy Burden at Hank’s, 9:30ish.



Also Sat Mar 21, 10 PM, DMZ plays Southpaw, $15. That’s Jeff “Mono Mann” Connolly’s old band before the Lyres, back during his Iggy phase. Worth seeing what he has left after all these years.


Also Sat Mar 21 ballsy, Tom Waits-influenced (but not in a cliched way) rockers Community Gun at Trash, 9 PM.


Also Sat Mar 21 smart, piano-based, slightly goth artsy songs by Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi, 10 PM.



Also Sat Mar 21 latin jazz keyboard monster Jason Lindner’s Now Vs. Now at the Fat Cat, 10 PM.


Also Sat Mar 21 Spanking Charlene at Lakeside, 11 PM. Fiery frontwoman with a big, sometimes unearthly voice and some gritty Americana punk songs that at their best are as good as X.



Sun Mar 22 tight but psychedelic power trio Devi – doing a rare show with keyboards, which should make the interplay even more intense – at the Mercury, 9 PM. Debra their frontwoman is as powerful on vocals as she is on lead guitar. 


Also Sun Mar 22 noir guitarist Jim Campilongo’s Superfine Band with some incredible player including pedal steel monster Jon Graboff are at the Rodeo, 10ish.


Mon Mar 23 drummer Rudy Royston – terrifically smart, interesting player from JD Allen and Bill Frisell’s bands – and his Sextet play the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9 and 10:30 PM, second set is just $10. Adam Klipple on piano, Nir Felder on guitar, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Stacy Dillard on sax, Josh Ginzburg on bass.


Also Mon Mar 23 Daria Grace & the Prewar Ponies play warm, wistful, sometimes boisterous oldtimey ragtime, country and 20s style pop at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Tues Mar 24 Have Blue at Otto’s, 9 PM – dark retro garage rock in the same vein as Mark Sultan or Brian Jonestown Massacre in an especially lucid moment. They’re back here at the same time on 3/31. Opening 7 PM act the Retractions play auspiciously tuneful twangy retro stuff and their frontwoman can sing.


Also Tues March 24 by popular demand multistylistic rock goddess Jenifer Jackson is back at the Rockwood, 8 PM for a second show.


Also Tues Mar 24 at 2 (two) PM  at Merkin Concert Hall the Amstel Quartet, one of the world’s  most renowned sax quartets, specialists in an amazingly diverse repertoire of new music. They’re also at Barbes at 10 on 3/26 at 10, preceded by brilliant oud composer/player Mavrothi Kontanis and his band playing an equally diverse mix of alternately haunting and rousing Greek music, originals and classic obscurities.


Tues Mar 24 Laura Cantrell at the Bell House is sold out. Just so you know. 


Weds Mar 25 at Arlene’s, 7 PM: the Motion Sick. Smart, lyrically-driven Boston band with a classic Brit new wave influence. Clever and often raging,  they sound like they’d be aweseme live. Followed eventually at 9 by tersely lyrical, casually menacing chanteuse Jessie Kilguss.


Also Weds Mar 25 classically-inspired acoustic guitar great Gene Bertoncini at the Jazz Standard with a string section, 7 PM reserved tix $25 highly recommended. 


Also Weds Mar 25 oldtimey night with Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood doing a rare solo show on uke, plus multistylistic ex-Dreamboat guitarist Craig Chesler and the hilarious, retro early 1900s ragtime banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall at the Parkside, 9 PM.


Thurs Mar 26 – attention low-income parents: have the day off? Can you get the day off? From 9 AM – 1:30 PM at the South Street Seaport Museum there’s the Cool Culture Fair, connecting low-income parents and grassroots educators who work with underserved communities throughout the five boroughs with educators, directors and artists from NYC’s world renowned cultural institutions.  This year’s Cool Culture Fair aims to bring parents and educators together with cultural institutions to explore how to create “teachable moments” for young children while on cultural outings and during everyday routines. Plus panel discussions led by representatives of Bank Street College, the Jewish Museum and other institutions.


Also Thurs Mar 26 the innnovative Zigzag Quartet play Boccherini, Piazzolla, guitar blues and more at Trinity Church, 1 (one) PM, free


Also Thurs Mar 26 at Weill Recital Hall, 8 PM, duo-pianists Veri & Jamanis in an all-Gershwin concert. Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” Second Rhapsody, An American in Paris (arranged by Frances Veri), Rhapsody in Blue, and the Complete Song Book (Swanee, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Fascinating Rhythm, The Man I Love, ‘S Wonderful, Strike Up The Band, and Clap Yo’ Hands ad infinitum). Adv tix $30/$10 stud/srs. very highly recommended at the Carnegie Hall box ofc.

Also Thurs Mar 26, 8:30 PM Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. play Otto’s, two sets. One of the funniest and most original bands in town, period-perfect, 1953-style with their matching suits, oldtime stage patter, harmonies and often remarkably subtly amusing pre-rockabilly hillbilly songs.


Thurs Mar 26 at the Delancey it’s the weekly Small Beast show – rapidly turning into a big Golem – with Botanica frontman/pianist Paul Wallfisch at 9, then Ed Pastorini and  Indigo Street‘s Beatlesque jazz project 101 Crustaceans  plus Glass Doll at 11ish.




Also Thurs Mar 26 reliably rousing, funny cowpunk band I’ll Be John Brown plays Ace of Clubs, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Mar 26 at S.O.B.’s a global hip-hop show  with Common Ground, Blitz the Ambassador (Us/Ghana), Illa J (Usa / J-Dilla Brother), Eprhyme (Israel/ Bk), SF (Spark Flame), Mr. Reo(US/Haiti),Davi Viera (Brazil), Tiara Wiles (New York), Baay Musa (Senegal). 2 shows starting at 9, Admission cheap at $10


Also Thurs Mar 26 former Friggs lead guitarist Palmyra Delran plays Arlene’s, 10 PM – garage rock w/surf infls followed eventually at midnight by  oldschool riff-rockers Antique Scream who sound a lot like the Pretty Things post-1969.


Also Thurs Mar 26 the Second Fiddles play hokum blues, ragtime and country at Hill Country, 9 PM.


Also Thurs Mar 26 alternately haunting and sophisticatedly funny southwestern gothic rocker Tom Shaner is at Lakeside, 10 PM.


Also Thurs Mar 26 darkly and quietly  atmospheric art-rockers For Feather at Spikehill, midnight – similar to This Reporter.


Fri March 27, 7:30 PM, free at the Third Street Music School Settlement: Angela Pistilli, piano, music by Ravel. Also: Anna Maria Baeza, clarinet, Joachim Woitun, cello – music by Brahms.


Also Fri March 27 the Bronx Horns at SOB’s 8 PM, Latin Jazz feat. members of the the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble/Orchestra and Mongo Santamaria Latin Jazz Ensemble.


Also Fri Mar 27 smart, female-fronted, artsy keyboard pop group Mattison at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook, 8 PM.


Also Fri Mar 27 excellent Raleigh honkytonk band American Aquarium at Arlene’s, 8 PM. They’re also at Hank’s on 3/29 at 9:30ish.


Also Fri Mar 27 totally kick-ass, multistylistic Caribbean rock/funk/afrogroove en Espanol band la Sovietika are at Trash, 8 PM in time for open bar til 9 PM, perfect timing! If youlike the idea of Vampire Weekend but can’t stand how cold and sterile that band is, you’ll love la Sovietika.


Also Fri Mar 27 noir Americana Chanteuse Larkin Grimm at Union Pool, 8 PM, $15.


Also Fri Mar 27 Chango Spasiuk, Argentinian accordionist with a rousing new album of bright upbeat original chamame (northeastern Argentina country music) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 8:30 PM, expensive, cheapest tix $36 at the box ofc.


Also Fri Mar 27 Washington DC amusing, sophisticated accordion-driven oldtimey Americana crew the Slow Learners play Ace of Clubs, 9 PM: if you like the Wiyos or Second Fiddles you ought to check these guys out.


Also Fri Mar 27 third-wave ska jazz sax great Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Two Boots Brooklkyn, 9 PM.


Also Fri Mar 27, 9ish songwriter Jonathan Coulton plays Symphony Space, gen adm tix $25, early arrival advised: this may sell out. The self-described geek writes very funny, cleverly topical songs with a bite, edge and tunefulness seldom seen in jokey rock, kind of like Matt Keating with a little less bile.


Also Fri Mar 27 kick-ass electrified bluegrass, swaying country ballads and some hauntingly rustic stuff with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 10:30 PM.


Also Fri March 27 Band of Outsiders – who were doing the Brian Jonestown Massacre drony post-Velvets thing 20 years before them – at Lakeside, 11 PM.


Also Fri Mar 27 the Fleshtones play Southpaw, midnight-ish, $10. The greatest garage band of them all? Arguably, and still going after 32 years of insanity, classic originals and probably the deepest collection of classic and obscure covers of anyone.


Also Fri Mar 27, half past midnight (actually the wee hours of 3/28), atmospherically psychedelic ambient jazz megaplex Burnt Sugar plays the Blue Note, only $8 gen adm.


Sat Mar 28 8 PM at Freddy’s Jamie Lyn’s reliably excellent monthly extravaganza of female-fronted bands starting at 8 with strikingly multistylistic chanteuse Suzan Hurtuk, equally influenced by PJ Harvey, Dolly Parton and Ella Fitzgerald, then at 8:30 the Four Thirteenths, an accordion trio and Main Squeeze Orchestra spinoff; at 9, bluegrass hellraisers Cat Wagon; at 10, fiery and smart retro 60s style country stylists the Rosy Nolan Band; at 11 the frequently hilarious all-female bluegrass quartet the Havens and at midnight the reliably entertaining, retro flavored Jamie Lyn & The Red Tail Hawk Band doing their original rustic songs.   


Sat Mar 28 reliably bracing, darkly Balkan-inflected jazz punks Gutbucket Orchestra feat. keyboardist/chanteuse Greta Gertler at Monkeytown, 8 PM, $20 standing room available.


Also Sat Mar 28 lo-frequency heaven with Gato Loco playing classic Cuban songs from the 1920s/30s along with increasingly excellent originals with baritone sax, tuba, bass and baritone guitar, followed by the ever-darker, gorgeously harmony-driven pan-American retro las Rubias del Norte at Barbes, 8 PM.


Also Sat Mar 28, 8 PM legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor at Merkin Concert Hall, tix only $25 and going fast. Get ‘em while they last.


Also Sat Mar 28 the Brixton Riot play snarling, catchy, smartly lyrically driven two-guitar rock – think Wilco meets GBV – at Fontana’s, 9 PM The snarlingly lyrical, impossibly catchy, darkly Costelloesque new wave throwbacks the Lazy Lions start the evening right at 8.


Also Sat Mar 28 Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban Allstars at Town Hall, 8 PM, $35 adv tix available at the box office. These guys – what’s left of the Buena Vista Social Club contingent, plus a younger crew of similarly-inclined classic salsa types – are amazing. Their DVD/CD from a couple of years ago is a must-own if you like this kind of musical chicharron.


Also Sat Mar 28 Erin & Her Cello blending edgy comedy and virtuosic playing at BAM Cafe, 9 PM.


Also Sat Mar 28 Big Mamou play reliably rousing, harmony-driven zydeco at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM.


Also Sat Mar 28 oldschool soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed is at Maxwell’s, 11 PM.


Also Sat Mar 28 the Hsu-nami plays the cd release show for their new one at Arlene’s, 11:30 PM. Artsy, gorgeously Asian-tinged metal instrumentals with an erhu (Chinese fiddle) as the lead instrument!


Sun Mar 29, 7:30 PM at Symphony Space, the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra play a Spanish-themed program of  Chabrier – Espania; Alonso – Zarzuela Selections; de Falla – the Three Cornered Hat, tix cheap ($15/$10 srs).

Also Sun Mar 29 at the Stone, 8 PM, $10, music of legendary Dutch jazz composer Pascal Plantinga with Pascal Plantinga (vocals, bass) Pyrolator (electronics) and Dave Campbell (this generation’s Elvin Jones) on drums.

Also Sun Mar 29 otherworldly Italian percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni with her dance troupe at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM, $20.

Also Sun Mar 29 strikingly tuneful jazzcats the Tim Kuhl Group play the cd release show for their new one at Zebulon, 10:30ish


Also Sun Mar 29 multistylistic songwriter/siren Lianne Smith is at Pete’s, 10:30 PM. Rockabilly roots, devious sense of humor and lyrics, uncommonly smart, terse guitar (she plays a Strat using a bunch of reverb) and a potent, beautifully crystalline voice – no one remotely sounds anything like her. Decades from now there’ll be a Lianne Smith revival and then she’ll be all the rage.


Mon Mar 30 Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch at Santos Party House are cancelled, sigh.


Also Mon Mar 30 artsy lyrically driven rockers the War on Drugs at Union Hall time TBA.


Tues Mar 31 Steve Wynn plays the Loving Cup Cafe in Williamsburg, 9 PM. The greatest noir rocker of them all (and the man responsible for Lucid Culture’s pick for best song of 2008, with I Don’t Deserve This) goes slumming on N 6th St. Get there early.


4/1 the Gourds at Mercury Lounge, $15 gen adm


4/1 Gail Archer plays another recital in her continuing series Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at Temple Emanu-El 5th Ave (65-66), 7:30 PM.

4/1 Brian Jonestown Massacre  at 10ish at Terminal 5, $24 adv tix at the Mercury.

4/2 Duo Firenze, composed of violinists Brooke Quiggins and Elizabeth Young at Trinity Church, 1 PM, free 


4/2, 8 PM Karla Bonoff at BB King’s, adv tix $25


4/2 Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Public Assembly, 7 PM $15 with special guest artists Faisal Zedan and Mariyah.


4/2, 8 PM Bang on a Can Allstars with special guests Lee Ranaldo and Alvin Lucier at Merkin Concert Hall playing Lok Yin Tang: Distorted Indulgence; Kate Moore: Ridgeway; Fred Frith: Snakes & Ladders; Alvin Lucier: Canon; Lee Ranaldo: How Deep Are Rivers? (A Map is a Good Piece of Paper), lots of world premieres and NYC premieres. 


4/2 at the Delancey Paul Wallfisch and Carol Lipnik, 9ish


4/2 the Secret History at the Bell House, 8ish


4/3-5 Mudfest AKA Beefstock, a weekend of music and recreation in the Catskills, a great chance to watch and socialize with some of NYC’s most exciting underground musical artists artists in a completely intoxicated, carefree, typically rain-sodden environment.  On the bill – jam rockers Plastic Beef, chanteuses Erica Smith & the 45 Cent Dreams (the full 99 weren’t available), Rebecca Turner, Paula Carino, the carnivalesque Tom Warnick, politically charged folk artists Gillen and Turk, psychedelic 80s throwbacks Liza & the WonderWheels, the Larch, Baby Daddy, Livia Hoffman, the John Sharples Band,many more, watch this page for updates.


4/3 the Moonlighters at Shrine 8 PM


4/3 Our Vision at Ace of Clubs, 10 PM. Artsy, anthemic two-guitar janglerock band with lots of vocal harmonies and some great tunes. At the top of their game they sound a lot like legendary Australian art-rockers the Church.

4/3 Brown Rice Family at Zebulon, 9 PM.

4/3 Alana Amram & some of the Rough Gems at Banjo Jim’s, 11 PM.   


4/4 Alex Cuba/Aterciopelados at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $20.


4/4 8 PM Gamelan Dharma Swara Presents An Evening Of Traditional And Experimental Shadow Theater “Wayang Kali,” a collaborative and experimental work for music and shadow puppet theater at Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia (5 E. 68th St.), $15/$10 stud/srs


4/4 the Sloe Guns at the National Underground 9 PM


4/5, 3 (three) PM Ljova joins a wonderful chamber group of Edward Arron, Soheil Nasseri, Harumi Rhodes and Sharon Roffman for a performance of Brahms and Dvorak piano quintets at Bargemusic.


4/5, 7 (seven) PM the Main Squeeze Orchestra at Highline Ballroom, adv tix $12 recommended


4/6 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (not all orig. members) at BB King’s 8 PM gen adm $25


4/6 the Dred Scott Trio plays the Blue Note, $5 at the bar, $10 for a table, 8 and 10:30 PM.


4/7 Metropolitan Klezmer’s 15th anniversary show, 7:30 PM at Drom, $10.

4/7 Veveritse (featuring members of Romashka, Hungry March Band, Zlatne Uste, The Woes, Ansambl Mastika, and Stagger Back Brass Band.. opening for the amazing Asian/Gypsy band Fishtank Ensemble at the Jalopy 9 PM.

4/8, 9 PM, Elisa Flynn at Sidewalk   


4/8 Steve Nieve at City Winery, 9 PM, bar seating $30 (forget anything else).


4/9 Joe Pug at BB King’s, 7 PM opening for the Flatlanders.

4/9 Cordero at Southpaw, 9:30 PM  


4/9, 9 PM Selim Sesler & the NY Gypsy Allstars at Drom, free, 9 PM.


4/9 Paul Wallfisch and Larkin Grimm at the Delancey upstairs 10ish


4/10, 8 PM the Brooklyn What and legendary Dead Milkmen frontman Joe Jack Talcum reunite once again at Fontana’s.


4/10 Gregg August and his combo at the Jazz Gallery, sets at 9 and 10:30 PM, $15.


4/11 1 (one) PM, a free concert at Bargemusic, performer/performers and program TBA but the last one was excellent! Get there no later than half past noon!


4/11, sets at 3 and 8 PM, Jorma Kaukonen at City Winery, bar seating $25.

4/11 a killer blues-ish doublebill with Hazmat Modine followed by Johnny Allen at Terra Blues, 7:15 PM.


4/11 sprawling, politically aware reggae-jazz hellraisers the Superpowers at Zebulon, 10 PM


4/11 at Shrine, 10 PM ska jazz sax legend David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7


4/11, 11ish at le Poisson Rouge, the always deliriously fun NY Gypsy Festival New York featuring the NY Gypsy All-Stars with special guest Selim Sesler (the “Coltrane of the clarinet”), Romashka’s wild Balkan/Russian funk and dance music and Frank London, legendary trumpeter of the klezmer underground.


4/12 fiery, fun ska rockers Across the Aisle at Trash, 9 PM  


4/12 Comet Gain at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 9:30 PM adv tix $13 at the Mercury


4/13-14 Neko Case at the Nokia Theatre adv tix $30.


4/13 8 PM the Duhks at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, adv tix $15.

4/14 Eric Plutz at the Casavant Freres organ at Central Synagogue, half past noon


Apr 14 – Apr 19 sets at 9/11, $30/$35 on the weekend plus $10 min. the Paul Motian Octet + 1 at the Village Vanguard: Steve Cardenas-gtr, Tim Miller-gtr,Chris Cheek-sax, Bill McHenry-sax,Matt Maneri-vln, Thomas Morgan-b, Jerome Harris-b, Jacob Sacks-p.

4/14 Balthrop Alabama – who have two new ep’s out, including a morbid one which is a solid contender for best of the year – play Southpaw, 9:30 PM, $8


4/15-19 7:30/9:30 PM the Claudia Acuna Quintet at Dizzy’s Club playing cd release shows for her new one En Este Momento.


4/16, 1 PM at Trinity Church, rustic string band Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers playing Scandinavian and original tunes.


4/16, 7 PM Tammy Faye Starlite at Joe’s Pub, $15: “ Tammy Faye Starlite, country chanteuse-cum-evangelist, brings her sweet gospel chansons to the stage of Joe’s Pub in order to pray for our country in these dark, black, negroid times and implores the Lower 48, in the words of the estimable Carter Family, to “hold fast to the right.”

4/16, 8 PM funk/ groove jazz improvisers Ambient Assault open for noir rockers Darren Gaines & the Key Party at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Mad, $10 All Ages, Free Wine (21 plus)


4/16 Paul Wallfisch/Ken Stringfellow/Kerry Kennedy/Sally Norvell at the Delancey, 9 PM.


4/17 punk/metal thrashers Vagina Panther at Trash, 10 PM



4/18 roots reggae revivalists Meta & the Cornerstones at Zebulon, 10:30 PM


4/18 Black Sea Hotel‘s cd release show at the Bell House


4/18 latin jazz guitarist (and Red Sox nemesis) Bernie Williams’ cd release show at the Nokia Theatre, adv tix $24.50 very highly recommended at the box office, this will sell out very fast.


4/19 World Inferno at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 8:30 PM gen adm $20


4/20 pianist Hye-Yeon Park and her quartet the Atria Ensemble at St Paul’s Chapel downtown, 1 PM.

4/22 at Sullivan Hall a ska show, absurdly cheap at $10: the Bluebeats featuring Michael Drance (founding member of the Scofflaws), Across The Aisle, On Display, The Forthrights.  


4/22 Edison Woods and Little Annie at Joe’s Pub, 9:30 PM.


4/23 QNG (Quartet New Generation, innovative German flute quartet) at Trinity Church, 1 PM


4/23 Paul Wallfisch/Alice Texas at the Delancey, 9 PM  


4/23 John Brown’s Body at Maxwell’s, time TBA, $15


4/24 Tinariwen at le Poisson Rouge time TBA


4/24 the Mess Around at Otto’s, 8 PM


4/24 the French Exit at Fontana’s, time TBA


4/24, 8 PM at Bargemusic: the Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio played by Jonathan Crow, Violin; Douglas McNabney, Viola; Matthew Haimovitz, Cello, tix expensive, $35, early arrival advised.


4/24 Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s 9 PM


4/24 Pistolera at Joe’s Pub 10 PM, $12 adv tix w/flyer – where do you get one?


4/25 Marissa Nadler/Handsome Family at Highline Ballroom, 8 PM, gen adm. $15

4/25 hilarious metal parody band Mighty High at Trash, 8 PM  


4/25 11:30 PM Meta & the Cornerstones  Joe’s Pub $15.


4/28 8 PM at Merkin Concert Hall – Lingua Appalachia: Mark O’Connor, Ani Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Matt Haimowitz doing string quartets with a rustic country flavor.


April 29-May 2, 8:30/11 PM Karrin Allyson at Birdland.


4/30 Witches in Bikinis at Public Assembly in the back room.


4/30 Paul Wallfisch/Steve Wynn/Vera Beren’s Gothic Chamber Blues Ensemble at the Delancey, 9 PM   


5/2 King Khan & The Shrines/Mark Sultan at Maxwell’s $12 adv, also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 5/1 PM for $3 extra, and at Santos Party House for $15 with “Georgiana Starlington” opening at 7.


5/9 Eddie and The Hot Rods at Maxwell’s $12 adv.


5/14 Vlad Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Trinity Church, 1 PM


5/15 the English Beat at Maxwell’s $25

Saturday, May 16th 8-10 PM Darren Gaines & the Key Party at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St. btwn 5th and Mad, $10 All Ages, Free Wine (21 plus) with Paul Wallfisch of Botanica.

5/16 John Brown’s Body at Southpaw 10ish $15 gen adm 


5/19 the Mike Hunt Band at Lakeside 11 PM


5/19 SCOTS/Los Straitjackets at Bowery Ballroom, adv tix $18 at the Mercury box office/


5/20 Gail Archer plays Mendelssohn in the Romantic Century at Central Synagogue 7:30 PM  


Also 5/21 (moved from 2/5) Sister Anne (solidly good, funny garage band with two bass players!) and legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Europa, 8ish, $12.


5/24 9:30 PM Maria de Barros at Joe’s Pub $20


5/28 the NY Scandia Symphony at Trinity Church, 1 PM, most likely playing American premieres of excellent, under-the-radar Scandinavian composers.


Saturday, May 30, noon Three Orchestras Concert at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (10th Street & 2nd Avenue) 



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