Frequent updates continuing through the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez exploring the delicious minutiae of Beethoven piano sonatas on Thursdays – Mar 20, Apr 24 and May 15, plus Saturdays – Mar 15, Apr 12, May 10 and 31. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines! email for info/location.
Mondays in March, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South.
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: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( 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 Rodeo Bar, 9ish it’s Country Karaoke with Boo and Elena from Demolition String Band and their vast repertoire of classic honkytonk, bluegrass and vintage C&W, free
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:15 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.
Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’sreliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Mondays in March (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Mondays in March, 9:30ish killer guitarist Boo and mandolinist Elena from Demolition String Band host country karaoke at Rodeo Bar. Live band, wild things happening.
Mondays in March, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!
Also Mondays in March Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 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, sexy 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 on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in March clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Tuesdays in April, 11 PM the exhilarating NY Gypsy All-Stars – with pyrotechnic yet soulful clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski – at Drom, $10
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays in April, 8ish glam/goth goddess Kristeen Young at Bowey Electric, $10
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in March, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
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.
Wednesdays in March, 10 PM creepy, lurid noir cabaret duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Elia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Pete’s
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in March Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in March, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Fridays in March at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in March, 6 PM sultry, badass resonator guitarist/oldime blues/C&W reinventor/chanteuse Mamie Minch (of the Roulette Sisters) at Barbes
Saturdays in March at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
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 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg. They’re also at Rodeo Bar at 10ish on 3/27
Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitaristMatt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in March, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
Sundays in March at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
Sundays in March long-running 90s style dancehall reggae band the Skadanks - veterans of a gazillion Marijuana Marches – at Drom, $10.
3/1, 4 PM pianist Emir Gamsizoglu plays a Chopin program at Caffe Vivaldi, other Chopin devotees welcome to do their fave pieces.
3/1, 8 PM oud virtuoso Kinan Adnawi plays the album release show for his new solo cd at Alwan for the Arts, $20
3/1, 8 PM legendary oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen and Lebanese chanteuse Rima Khcheich perform new and classic Middle Eastern works at Roulette, $30
3/1, 8 PM intense, lyrical alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at the Miller Theatre, $30.
3/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s kicks off at 9 with the trad Chillers, at 10 the self-explanatory Bongo Surf , the bluesy Matt Rae Trio at 11, the excellent southwestern gothic/spaghetti western Derangers at midnight and sometime past one in the morning, Band of Tribes.
3/1, 9 PM fearlessly funny Williamsburg punk rock vets the Live Ones at the Gutter Bowling Alley in Williamsburg
3/1, 9/10:30 PM lyrical, ceaselessy surprising pianist Kris Davis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/1, 10 PM Philly black punk legends McRad at Grand Victory, $10
3/1, 10 PM the Synthetic Blues play punky chamber pop at Dixon Place Theatre, free. They’re also at Goodbye Blue Monday on 3/14 at 8ish.
3/1, 10 PM charming female-fronted neo-honkytonk/acoustic C&W band the Emersonsat Arlene’s, $10
3/1, 11 PM irrepressible, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk spoofers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Hank’s where all hell originally broke loose when they got started.
3/1, 11 PM Florida band Roadkill Ghost Choir – who play a more rocking take on haunting Nashville gothic sounds – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
3/2, 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Grieg Piano Concerto plus Sibelius’ Spring Song and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/2, 4 PM Mala Punica perform motets by the intricate 14th-century Franco-Flemish composer Johannes Ciconia at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
3/2, 4 PM violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkes perform works from Beethoven to Bartok at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/2, 7:30 PM bassist Patrick Derivaz and violinist Cornelius Dufallo join with violist Martha Mooke for a set of atmospheric soundscapes at Spectrum, $15
3/2,9ish rich, vocal harmony-driven bluegrass with the NYCity Slickers at Rodeo Bar
3/3, 7:30 PM pianist Orli Shaham plays the album release show for her new one American Grace featuring Steven Mackey’s Piano Concerto; pianist Jon Kimura Parker also joins Shaham for a performance of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction for two pianos at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
3/3, 7:30 PM the deviously improvisational, edgy Uri Caine on piano with Mark Helias on bass , Clarence Penn on drums at Smalls
3/3, 8 PM amazingly authentic, funny, retro 20s Weimar blues and noir cabaret revivalist Max Raabe & Palast Orchester,celebrating the release of their new album, Golden Age at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $10 nosebleed seats avail.
3/3,8 PM bassist Shayna Dulberger leads a quartet with Yoni Kretzmer, Chris Welcome & Mike Pride at Roulette, $20
3/4, 6 PM Ekmeles sing contemporary choral works by Peter Ablinger, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Evan Johnson and Thanasis Deligiannis at the Miller Theatre, free, drinks at 5:30 PM
3/4, 7:30 PM magical, hypnotic klezmer jazz group Siach Hasadeh - who put a haunting new improvisational spin on ancient hasidic melodies – at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., $15. They’re also at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene at 8 on 3/5 followed at 9 by the more boisterous Breslov Bar Band. Siach Hasadeh are also at Silvana, 300 W. 116th St at 8 on 3/6.
3/4, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble plays new works by Austrian composers Bernhard Gander, Pierluigi Billone and Olga Neuwirth at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.The program repeats on 3/7 at 8 PM at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.
3/4, 8 PM George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars playing all their classics at B.B. King’s, $37.50 adv tix a must
3/4-9 International Contemporary Ensemble plays music of many composers at the Stone, sets at 8/10 PM, $15. Choice pick: 3/5 at 8 with the like-minded, badass Bridget Kibbey (harp) and James Austin Smith (oboe).
3/4-9 ageless jazz piano purist Barry Harris leads a trio with Ray Drummond and Leroy Williams at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/7, 9 PM eclectic, pensive, groove-driven cello soul and jazz with Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at BAM Cafe, free
3/4, 9 PM tuneful incisive piano jazz with Matt Mitchell leading a trio with Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums followed at 10:30 by the similarly tuneful Sebastien Ammann/Jacob Tiechroew Quartet at Korzo
3/4, 9:30 PM creepy improvisational female-fronted art-song smashers Dollshot at Shapeshifter Lab playing new material inspired by Lionel Feininger, Clarice Lispector, and Franz Schubert. $10.
3/5, 6 PM Tomoko Sugawara on Japanese kugo harp with lutenist August Denhard at the Rubin Museum of Art, free
3/5, 7 PM clarinetist George Stoffan and pianist Mary Siciliano play music by Czech composers including Ondrej Kukal, Zdenek Fibich, Jan Kalivoda, Otmar Macha, Leopold Kozeluch, and Antonin Dvorak, free, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.
3/5, 8:30 PM intense, tuneful, pan-American pianist Carolina Calvache leads a quartet with Tivon Pennicott , tenor sax; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; E J Strickland, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/5, 9 PM the intriguing guitar-driven Coyote Anderson Quartet play their original vocal jazz compositions at Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St (at Orange), downtown Brooklyn, free.
3/5, 9:30 PM the eight-piece NY Mandolin Ensemble play new works by ensemble members at Spectrum, $15
3/5, 11 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.), free. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 3/12 at 9:30ish
3/6, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist Kate Liu plays works by Haydn, Leon Kirchner, Chopin, and a US premiere by the politically controversial Hans Werner Henze, Scorribanda Pianistica, at Subculture.
3/6, 7:30 PM Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years: two dozen Buddhist priests in colorful robes sing ancient Japanese chants at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 51st/Park Ave., $30.
3/6, 7:30 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Russ Lossing plays two sets with two different, first-class rhythm sections at Spectrum, $15
3/6, 8 PM deviously witty literate keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
3/6, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Caffe Vivaldi
3/6, 8 PM dark psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15.
3/6, 8 PM high-energy newgrass/alt-country band North of Nashville at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/6, 8 PM legendary avant garde improvisational organist Charlemagne Palestine in concert at Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks St., downtown Brooklyn, $25
3/6, 9 PM noir and lurid Americana: powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave. in Astoria; 3/7 he’s at Pete’s at 9.
3/6, 10 PM subversive chanteuse and woman of a million voices Tammy Faye Starlite and the Stay-At-Homes play devastatingly sludgy, spot-on Runaways covers, plus author Evelyn McDonnell reads from her truly tragic Runaways bio at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec
3/6, 10 PM purist oldschool Chicago blues guitarist John Primer and his band at Terra Blues
3/6, 10 PM tuneful psychedelic North Carolina funk/jamband Bubonik Funk at Spike Hill
3/7, 5:30 PM intense Bulgarian band Cherven Traktor at the the American Folk Art Museum.
3/7, 7 PM it’s the annual NYC Battle of the Bands with the Queens contingent at the Greene Space. This blog’s pick of the contestants this time out is irresistibly fun psychedelic cumbia band Moneco. $15 cover includes a free beer or wine; $30 gets you open wine/beer bar!
3/7, 7:30 PM pianist Tadeusz Domanowski plays works by Byrd, Ravel, Liszt, Berg and Stockhausen at Spectrum, $15
3/7, 7:30 PM rising star classical guitarist Rupert Boyd plays a program TBA at Subculture, $10
3/7, 8 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet at Barbes followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who are sort of a sextet.
3/7 at 8 PM, repeating on 3/9 at 4 PM Eleonor Bindman & Susan Sobolewski play Bach for the keyboard: inventions, English Suites, the opening of St. Matthew’s Passion, reception to follow at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs.
3/7, 9 PM second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas – still one of NYC’s funnest live acts – at SOB’s, $22 adv tix rec. They’re also here on 3/9, same time.
3/7, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
3/7, 9 PM eclectic, pensive, groove-driven cello soul and jazz with Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at BAM Cafe, free
3/7, 9:30 fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita at Drom followed by brilliant, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart and Django-inspired two-guitar trio Jazzingaro, $10.
3/7, 9:30 PM intense, politically aware, tuneful acoustic rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood.
3/7, 10 PM intense powerhouse Mulatu Astatke style Ethiopian funksters Feedel Band at Silvana, free; 3/8 they’re at Drom at 9 PM, $10
3/7, 10:30 PM the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 organ Quintet preceded at 9 by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Fat Cat.
3/8, 7 PM the Four Nations Ensemble: Andrew Appel (harpsichord and clavichord), Tatiana Chulochnikova (violin), Antonio Campillo (traverso), Loretta O’Sullivan (cello), Josh Lee (viola da gamba), and James H. Johnson (author of Listening in Paris) celebrate the 18th century’s most underrated composer, scholar and lunatic, CPE Bach at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 E 61st St, $35, reception to follow
3/8, 7:15 PM wild, minor-key klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 3/22
3/8, 8 PM acclaimed directorless British choir Stile Antico sing classic Tudor harmony at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street), $35.
3/8, 8:30 PM lurid, sometimes menacing female-fronted powerpop/neo-glam band Frealane at the Spin ping-pong hall, 48 E 23rd St; they’re at Trash on 3/11 at 9
3/8, 9 PM a sneak peak at this year’s upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival with a triplebill starting at 9 with Wyndham Baird followed by Piedmont Bluz and then ecstatic 19th century/ragtime/country gospel/hokum revivalists the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10
3/8, 9:30ish Florida circus rock band Askultura – “the grizzled bastard hellchild of Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello” – at Mehanata.
3/8, 10 PM intense, hard-driving Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart followed by equally ferocious Balkan/New Orleans brass band Black Masala at Spike Hill, $7.
3/9, 2 and 7 PM pyrotechnic organist Cameron Carpenter plays dazzling arrangements of Leonard Cohen, Patsy Cline and others at Alice Tully Hall.
3/9, 3 PM pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas plays the album release show for his solo debut “Among Songs and Dances,” works by Samuel Zyman, Manuel M. Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Schubert, Johann S. Bach, José Pablo Moncayo and Ricardo Castro, free, in the Benay Benuta Hall at Lighthouse Guild, 111 E 59th St,
3/9, 3 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Subculture, $10
3/9, 4 PM pianist Sofya Melikyan and cellist Karen Ouzounian, perform Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Janácek’s Pohádka (Fairy Tale) and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/9, 7 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group and then NYC’s funnest live band, Peruvian style surf rockers Chicha Libre at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
3/9, 7 PM haunting atmospheric cellist/composer Brent Arnold solo electroacoustic at the big room at the Rockwood $5
3/9, 7 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Moldy Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at Sidewalk.
3/9, 7:30 PM eclectic boleo/tango/copla/Romany band La Canalla at Drom, $20
3/9, percussionist Jaimeo Brown‘s haunting reinvention of classic African-American spirituals, Transcendence featuring guitarist Chris Sholar & alto powerhouse Jaleel Shaw at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
3/9 8 PM ageless psychedelic oldschool downtown groove/reggae/punk-inspired CB’s era legends Faith at Arlene’s
3/9, 8 PM the pyrotechnic, deviously entertaining Peter Evans on trumpet with pianists Ron Stabinsky and Cory Smythe – one assumes at the same time – at the Firehouse Space
3/9, 11ish intense heavy psychedelic/early indie style/metal band Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $8
3/10, 7:30 PM cellist Jay Campbell plays recent works for cello, piano and percussion by David Fulmer, Simon Steen-Andersen, and Matthias Pintscher, bookended by music of Debussy and Stravinsky at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
3/10, 7;30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series celebrate the music of Mendelssohn at the World School, 259 10th Ave, $35/$15 stud. All tix from the rescheduled 2/13 date will be honored
3/10, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a new Richard Danielpour work plus piano sonatas by Haydn and Rachmaninoff and then closes with a two-piano version of Ravel’s “La Valse” at Alice Tully Hall
3/10, 8 PM eclectic piano genius Shoko Nagai‘s Taken Shadows – with Todd Reynolds, violin;Jonathan Goldberger, guitar & effects;Stomu Takeishi, electric bass; Jim Black, drums – taking their inspiration from demonic possession at Roulette, $20.
3/10, 8 PM the Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by violinist Monica Huggett with special guests Siobhan Armstrong (Irish harp) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) evoke an 18th century Dublin ambience with rare pieces by Pepusch, Geminiani, Carolan and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/10, 9 PM smart, pensive third-stream jazz trombonist Natalie Cressman leads her band at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St. around the corner), $10 plus 2-drink min.
3/10, 9:30 PM Americana chanteuse Shannon McNally plays songs from her Dr. John collaboration and homage to New Orleans soul legend Bobby Charles, Small Town Talk, at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec
3/10, 10 PM haunting, wickedly literate, lurid noir chanteuse Karla Moheno followed at 11 by popular newgrass band Poor Old Shine at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.
3/10, 10:30 PM guitarist Nir Felder plays the cd release concert for his new one Golden Age with Aaron Parks – piano, Orlando le Fleming – bass and Nate Smith – drums at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
3/11, 7 PM innovative clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne improvise on Middle Eastern themes at CUNY Elebash Hall, 5th Ave just north of 34th St., $25/$20 stud.
3/11, 7 PM resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and Roulette Sisters violist Karen Waltuch followed by Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
3/11, 7:30 PM Alex Kontorovich’s German Goldenshteyn Memorial Orchestra with special guest Naum Goldenshteyn at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.
3/11, 7:30 PM Turkish pianist Seda Röder performs from her new album Black and White Statements: the Austrian Sound of Piano Today, 12 Austrian miniatures for piano, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
3/11, reception at 7:30, show at 8 PM a new concert-drama by Classical4All feat. Emir Gamsizoglu (piano), Melanie Long (Mezzo Soprano) and the New Yorker Trio: Emir Gamsizoglu (piano); Yigit Karatas (violin); Anastasia Golenisheva (cello) plus a cast including Ege Maltepe, Rafael Svarin, E. Macha Marrero, Charlotte Friedman at 4thU Society, 160 CPW (corner of 76th St), $20
3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse lyrical postbop saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger teams up with an all-star quartet featuring pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Standard.
3/11, 8 PM devious 17-piece all-female accordion ensemble the Main Squeeze Orchestra at the big room at the Rockwood. Their Michael Jackson, Queen and Joy Division covers are hysterical.
3/11, 8 PM a screening of the documentary Harlem Street Singer about Rev. Gary Davis at the IFC Center, 6th Ave./W 3rd St
3/11, 8 PM Canadian indie classical pioneers Aventa Ensemble play the the New York premiere of Rolf Wallin’s multimedia commentary on child soldiers, Strange News at Roulette, $20.
3/11, 10 PM high-voltage avant-garde singer Xenia Rubinos at the Mercury, $10.
3/11, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.
3/11, 10:30 PM bassist Matt Pavolka‘s Horns Band wish Shane Endsley on trumpet, Loren Stillman on saxes, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Mark Ferber on drums at Korzo.
3/12, 6 PM eclectic, adventurous oudist Brandon Terzic at the Rubin Museum of Art, free
3/12 iconic bassist Rufus Reid celebrates the release of his new album Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project with a stellar large ensemble at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
3/12, 7:30 PM Berlin Philharmonic chamber group the Scharoun Ensemble plays Brahms, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B minor, Op. 115 and Schubert, Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Morgan Library, $35
3/12-13, 7:30 PM plus 3/14 at 2 PM and 3/15 at 8 PM, wild swirls and shifting segments: Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Phil playing an all-Carl Neilsen program: the Clarinet Concerto and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/12 explosive, psychedelic Israeli/Iraqi guitarist Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place north and west of Battery Park
3/12, 8 PM the the US premiere of Elliott Sharp’s mighty 13-piece SysOrk playing two new improvisational scores at Roulette, $15.
3/12, 9 PM creepily offcenter female-fronted keyboard-centric psychedelic pop band Sandy at Glasslands, $!2
3/12, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one Square One at Smalls.
3/12, 10 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello – at the the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/13, 1 PM a free concert by pioneering indie classical string quartet Ethel at Trinity CHurch
3/13, 7 PM individualistic, fearless soul stylist Queen Esther & the Hot 5 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
3/13, 7:30 PM transgressive, chameleonic chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite sings Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. OMG, this is gonna be fun.
3/13, 8 PM traditional Irish harmonies with the Henry Girls followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
3/13, 8 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Alvin Lucier, Richard Reed Parry, and Daniel Wohl plus Julia Wolfe’s Lick and David Lang’s Death Speaks with guest chanteuse Shara Worden at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
3/13, 8 PM avant garde luminaries Ensemble Signal plays a composer portrait of pioneering Korean composer Unsuk Chin at the Miller Theatre,$20 adv tix rec.
3/13, 8:30 PM guitarist Assaf Kehati with bassist Ehud Ettun and drummer Ronen Itzik at the Bar Next Door
3/13 hypnotic, edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged chanteuse Alsarah and the Nubatones play the album release show for their new Ethiopian/Nubian cd Silt at Baby’s All Right.
3/13, 11 PM Ravish Momin’s Tarana – a trippy downtempo/dub duo with trombonist Rick Parker – at Silvana, 300 W 116th St., free
3/14, 7 PM at the Firehouse Space: Furnished Sound, an exhibit and performance. featuring Ken Butler and Ed Potokar with special guests inventor/multi-instrumentalist Terry Dame and surf drummer/ex-Waitress Chris Butler. “Re-thinking the possibilities of domestic objects, artist-musicians Butler and Potokar combine their unique sensibilities as instrument designers and performers to explore the merging of form and function in a collective living space. Crossing the boundaries of art and design, the artists present an integrated installation that includes Butler’s “Urban Grand Piano”, which plays live radios and projects images, and Potokar’s very playable “Two String Bass Dining Chair” and “Drum Table”, forming a tantalizing piano trio ready for an unusual and transformative musical journey. Expect odd juxtapositions, angular audio projections, and other hybrid antics.” The program repeats (sort of) on 3/15 at 8:30
3/14, 7:30 PM anthemic newschool C&W band Yarn – who are Wilco-influenced without being a ripoff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.
3/14, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.
3/14, 8 PM high-voltage violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Shrine followed by the impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul of Preachermann and the Revival at 10
3/14, 8 PM legendary noiserock/avant garde guitarist Alan Licht & percusionist Brian Chase with the alchemical two-guitar duo of Mary Halvorson & Joe Morris – wow – at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, downtown Brooklyn, $15
3/14, 9ish high-voltage honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock at Hill Country, $15 adv tix rec.
3/14, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also at Espresso 77 on 3/20 at 9ish 35-57 77th St. (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights
3/14, 9ish edgy if generally good-natured Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.
3/14, 9 PM pensive, edgy art-rock/jazz pianist/songwriter Rachel Eckroth at Pete’s.
3/14, 10 PM Stuart Breczinski plays solo electroacoustic works for oboe at Spectrum, $15
3/15, 6:30 PM reception, 7 PM concert, music of composers David Chesky, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Franz Hackl, Gene McBride, Modest Mussorgsky, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dana Richardson, Eric Somers, and David Taylor, together with art by Josef Albers, Jo Brocklehurst, Rainer Gross, Rose Hackl, Carmen Kordas, Gorazd Poposki, Rammellzee, and Ronnie Taylor, among others, played by Andrew Borkowski, Nick Cooper, Anne Drummond, Dave Eggar, Taka Kigawa, and Derin Oge, plus featured soloist Gregor Kitzis on violin and musical saw at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St (8th floor), $15.
3/15, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his electric trio at Terra Blues.
3/15, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club; 3/28, 9:30ish they’re at Rodeo Bar
3/15, 9ish the Dead Cowboys at Hank’s? THE Dead Cowboys from Liverpool?!? If it’s them, for fans of Nashville gothic, this a show not to be missed.
3/15, 9 PM pyrotechnic violin shredder Joey Molinaro with members of Epistasis and CouchSlut at Exapno, 33 Flatbush Ave., $5 or $10 gets you the concert and a vinyl copy of his new album; make sure your phone is juiced because you will need to call the number posted on the door to gain entry.
3/15, 9:30ish the self-explanatory Balkan Stomp at Mehanata
3/15, 9:30 PM charming retro French pop combo Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $18 gen adm.
3/15, 10:30 PM original psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi at the big room at the Rockwood.
3/16, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) the Afiara String Quartet play Nielsen: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13; Dvorák: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 West 65th St., $22.
3/16, 2 PM pianist Inna Faliks plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) and Polonaise, Op. 89 plus Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. and works by Shchedrin and Ljova at Spectrum.
3/16, 2 PM hypnotic, intense tarantella percussionist Alessandra Belloni and ensemble at the Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, E/F to Parsons Blvd
3/16, 4 PM this year’s annual New Music Bake Sale is at Roulette with seven hours of the avant garde plus munchies, $10 cover includes a raffle ticket and music byContemporaneous, members of Exapno, Rhymes With Opera, assaultive art-rockersNewspeak, Hotel Elefant, Ensemble Et al., Talea Ensemble and others.
3/16, 4 PM Iranian-American composer/pianist Ramin Arjomand improvises at Spectrum, $15
3/16, 4 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett play Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, “Joke”; Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/16 the Dover String Quartet with pianist Leon Fleischer at the Town Hall.
3/16, 5 PM the Webster Groves Band featuring saxophonist Donald Harrison & drummer Ulysses Owens at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free.
3/16, 7 PM String Noise plays electroacoustic versions of works by Boulez, Spencer Topel, Jean-Claude Rissel and others at the Firehouse Space.
3/16, 8:30 PM NYC’s funnest, most savagely satirical jazz band, Mostly Other People Do the Killing at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/16, 10 PM high plains gothic Americana with Ember Schrag & Jasmine Dream at Pete’s
3/17, sets at 4 and 8 PM Streams of Whiskey play Pogues and Shane MacGowan covers that do justice to the originals at Lucille’s, $15 adv tix rec
3/17, 7 PM sharp perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix a must.
3/17, 7ish free first-rate Irish music all night at Connolly’s with Jameson’s Revenge, Shilelagh Law and Band of Rogues
3/17, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra plays music of Radiohead, Satie, Ravel, Gesualdo and others at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church. 2504 Broadway at 93rd St, free.
3/17, 7:30 PM baroque orchestra Tafelmusik play works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Marais, Delalande and Veracini at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
3/17, 8 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic with Yuja Wang, piano playing Daníel Bjarnason: Blow bright (NY premiere); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/17, midnight, drummer Tim Kuhl‘s St. Helena psychedelic art-rock project at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/18, 6 PM jazz violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick with a killer quartet including Jason Yeager, piano; Greg Loughman, bass; Mike Connors, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 + $10 min.
3/18, 7 PM powerpop/psychedelic guitar goddess Debra Devi followed by searing, edgily funny female-fronted Americana/punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $12
add 3/21, 9 PM SLV at BAM Cafe, free
3/18, 8 PM electroacoustic bassoon works by Leslie Ross and Katherine Liberovskaya at Roulette, $20
3/18-23, 8:30/10;30 PM legendary Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba makes his US debut at the Blue Note with Jose Armando Gola, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo, $20 standing room avail.
3/18-23 pastoral jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell’s trio with Eyvind Kang-viola,; Rudy Royston-drums and special guests at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/18, 11 PM torchy chanteuse Bliss Blood and creepy noir guitarist Al Street’s duo Evanescent at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/18, 9 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Spectrum, $15. He’s also at Shrine on 3/27 at 6.
3/18, 10 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Pete’s.
3/18, 10:30 PM smartly terse, lyrical gutarist Mike Baggetta leads a trio with Matt Pavolka on bass and Billy Mintz on drums at Korzo
3/20, 7 PM excellent original postbop jazz sextet the Flail followed at 8 by the wry, eclectic Four Bags and then bluegrass/klezmer mandolin legend Andy Statman at 10 at Barbes
3/20, 8 PM shapeshifting, electrifying soprano Mellissa Hughes - who’s as potent a soul singer as she is with the classical repertoire – sings works by living composers, John Cage and Morton Feldman at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St, $30.
3/20, 8:30 PM tuneful Lynchian vibraphone jazz group Bryan & the Aardvarks with special guests Aaron Parks on piano and Camila Meza on vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/20, 9/11 PM wildly popular, exhilararting, Balkan-influenced big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - who put out the arguably most relevant album of any NYC band in any style last year – at the Jazz Gallery, $20
3/20, 9 PM tuneful, colorfully lyrical Americana rocker Al Lee Wyer at Desmond’s.
3/20, 9:30 PM latin-inspired bassist and brilliant, socially aware jazz composer Gregg August leads a quartet with Sam Newsome – soprano sax , Yosvany Terry – tenor sax , Ben Waltzer – piano , E.J. Strickland – drums at Smalls
3/21, noon Veit Hertenstein, viola and Pei-Yao Wang, piano play Miakovsky, Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81; Shostakovich, From Preludes, Op. 34; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 at the Morgan Library, $15/$10 stud/srs.
3/21, 7 PM hypnotic, haunting Maine chamber-Americana duo Arborea play gorgeous rustic soundscapes at Joe’s Pub, $14, followed at 9:30 (separate $15 admision) by the female-fronted, Francophile Hot Sardines playing upbeat 20s swing.
3/21, 7 PM the Chiara Quartet play music of Ravel, Bartok and Brahms at the Greene Space, $20
3/21, 7 PM pianists Daniela Bracchi and Walter Aparicio play music of Chopin, Milhaud and Lutoslawski at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
3/21, 7:30 PM smart, lyrical, jazz/funk influened acoustic songwriter/chanteuse Meklit Hadero at Subculture, $20.
3/21, 8 PM explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Sunny’s in Red Hook
3/21, 8 PM oldtime honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe followed at 9 by sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at the Way Station.
3/21-22, 8 PM composer/cellist Okkyung Lee presents a new suite of compositions for strings and percussion inspired by Samuel Beckett’s “First Love” and Korean surrealist writer Yi Sang’s “The Wings,” at the Kitchen, $15
3/21, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Strauss Violin Concerto plus Goldmark’s In Springtime and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/21, 8:30 PM, repeating on 3/22 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade plus works by Henze and Copland at St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
3/21 haunting, eclectic art-rockers Painted on Water with guitarist Demir Demirkan and chanteuse Sertab Erener at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.
3/21, 9 PM sultry downtempo grooves with chanteuse Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s SLV at BAM Cafe, free.
3/21, 9 PM 90s indie nostalgia with a rare edge: Barbara Manning followed at 10 by Versus at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec.
3/21, 9/10:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara play the album release party for their wickedly twisted new album at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/21, 10ish smart, pensive folk noir/paisley underground songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
3/21, 10:30ish colorful oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at Beast of Bourbon on 3/29 at 9ish.
3/22, 2 PM perennially relevant hip-hop artist Talib Kweli and band at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early.
3/22, 6 PM badass oldtime blues/country resonator guitarist/chanteuse Mamie Minch followed at 8 PM by wild modern brass band jazz improvisation with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and then at 10 by haunting harmony-driven pan-latin Las Rubias Del Norte – who have more than a bit of chicha in them since they share members with Chicha Libre – at Barbes
3/22, 7:30 PM wild, bone-chilling Eastern European jamband Raya Brass Band and neuevo Ethopiques crew Debo Band at the Mercury, $10 gen adm, early arrival advised.
3/22, 7:30 PM feral bass saxophonist Colin Stetson with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, Stuart Bogie and Ryan Ferreira at Merkin Concert Hall, $25. What Stetson does is play a wild, looping never-ending vortex – if you haven’t seen it, and adrenaline is your thing, don’t miss this.
3/22, 10ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
3/22, 9 PM intense, ethereal, cutting-edge jazz singer Sara Serpa and tuneful guitarist Andre Matos at BAM Cafe, free
3/22, 10 PM legendary filmmaker/dirty funk bandleader Melvin Van Peebles’ Menage A Trois followed by torchy, lurid gothic art-rockers Elysian Fields at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, $15.
3/23, 4 PM intense female-fronted piano-and-strings-fueled chamber pop band AK play the album release show for their new one How Not to Be Alone at the small room at the Rockwood
3/23, 4 PM pianist Inesa Sinkevych plays an all-Schubert program at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/23, 5 PM latin jazz violinist Gregor Huebner and ensemble at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow
3/23, 8 PM the Flat Duo Jets’ Dex Romweber duo followed by grasscore favorites Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Mercury, $15 gen adm
3/23, 9 PM the world’s most popular assouf (desert blues) band Tinariwen at Brooklyn Bowl is sold out but there are still tix for the 3/24 show.
3/23, 9:30 PM fiery lyrical third-stream soul-jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at the big room at the Rockwood
3/23, 11ish psychedelic, fearlessly obscene French garage/surf rockers La Femme play Glasslands, $12. They’re also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/28.
3/24, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony plays Philip Wharton: There was a Star Danced (NY premiere); Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor; and Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C with Makiko Hirata, piano (dedicated to the victims of the Fukushima disasters) reception to follow, at Church of St. Joseph, 371 6th Ave, $30
3/24, 8 PM chamber postrock – is that a genre? it is now- with Build and itsnotyouitsme at Roulette, $20.
3/24, 8 PM lyrical, janglerock/powerpop songwriter/crooner Ward White- whose sinister, cinematic nonlinear 2013 album Bob was arguably 2013′s best – at Pete’s.
3/24, 8 PM one of the most compelling, nuanced singers in acoustic music, Jes Hudak followed by Tony Scherr‘s tuneful, funky trio and then noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.
3/24, 9:30 PM best doublebill of the year so far: savage but subtly improvisational noir guitar jazz/soundtrack trio Big Lazy followed at 10:30 by psychedelic Peruvian-style surf rockers Chicha Libre on their home turf at Barbes
3/24, 9 PM Kneebody – with keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood – at Highline Balroom, $20 adv tix rec.
3/25, 7 PM state-of-the-art newschool reggae band Passafire – always a good time, guaranteed – at the Gramercy Theatre, $17 tix avail. at the Irving Plaza box ofc.
3/25, 7:30 PM pianist Jacob Greenberg plays Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 and Helmut Lachenmann’s rarely performed Serynade at Spectrum, $15
3/25, 7:30 PM Le Train Bleu Ensemble plays new music by Sean Friar, Randall Woolf, Ted Hearne and Christopher Cerrone at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
3/25, 8 PM an intriguing program of strings and winds with organ headed up by Juilliard’s Paul Jacobs, at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free
3/25, 9 PM intriguing female-fronted downtempo/dreampop rockers Blouse followed by dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom are sold out; $15 tix sill avail. for their 3/26 Music Hall of Williamsburg show.
3/25, 9:30ish cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock with Maynard & the Musties at Rodeo Bar.
3/25, 10 PM soaring Americana rocker/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
3/26, 7:30 PM Hyeyung Yoon, violin & Soyeon Kate Lee, piano with Greogry Beaver, cello debut Robert Sirota‘s Pange Lingua Sonata plus usic by Bach and Brahms at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec
3/26, 8 PM Joshua Bell, director and violin with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields play Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/26, 8 PM Tyler Blanton leads his psychedelic electric vibraphone trio at Barbes.
3/26, 8:30 PM dark klezmer-tinged Israeli jazz pianist Anat Fort with Gary Wang, bass; Matt Wilson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/26, 9ish gloomy/pensive British chamber pop/trip-hop keyboardist/songwriter Douglas Dare at Glasslands, $12.
3/26, 10 PM the Foxx- who do oldschool C&W as well as they do period-perfect, gritty early Blondie-influenced glam/new wave – at Death by Audio, $7
3/27-30 pianist Fabian Almazan’s lush, gorgeously glimmering chamber jazz Rhizome Project at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
3/27, 7:30 PM shapeshifting instrument inventor/percussionist/alto saxophonist Terry Dame in one of her many incarnations at Barbes
3/27, 7:30 PM Eviyan – the Eastern European-flavored avant garde trio of Iva Bittová, Evan Ziporyn, and Gyan Riley – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
3/27, 8 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs works by Eli Keszler, Catherine Lamb, Zach Layton, and Doron Sadja at Roulette, $20
3/27 period-perfect 1960s style dark psychedelic folk-rockers the Allah-La’s at Rough Trade in Williamsburg are sold out – assuming that the place will reopen.
3/27, 9 PM Amari Rebel play smartly politically aware roots reggae followed by dark anthemic 80s Cure-influenced Argentinian stadium rockers Pommez International at Shrine.
3/27, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored, female-fronted Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free
3/27, 10 PM Miss Phiro’s Dance Party play torchy 1920s French hot jazz at the Jalopy, $10
3/27, 10ish grasscore titans the Infamous Stringdusters at Bowery Ballroom
3/28, 7:30 PM composer Moon Young Ha leads adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En through a characteristically eclectic program of vocal and instrumental works by Reiko Fueting, Brian Fennelly, Enno Poppe, Clara Latham and Isang Yun at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, $15/$10 srs/$5 stud.
3/28, 7:30 PM accordion/winds/percussion sextet Ghost Ensemble play music by Macklay, Berio, Lucier, and more at Spectrum, $15.
3/28, 7:30 PM newschool C&W chanteuse Lindi Ortega at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
3/28, 8 PM pianist Haskell Small plays his rapt, hypnotic composition for solo piano, The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, as well as works by Alan Hovhaness inspired by the spiritual power of mountains, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., $20/$15 stud./srs.
3/28, 8 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
3/28, 8 PM fiery unpredictable guitar-fueled jazz improvisation with Big Plastic Finger: Bonnie Kane, Reuben Radding, Scott Prato, Mark McClemens at the Firehouse Space.
3/28, 9 PM White Prism, a.k.a. ethereal, atmospheric downtempo chanteuse Johanna Cranitch at BAM Cafe, free
3/28-29, 9/11 PM Steve Coleman & Five Elements with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $20
3/28, 9 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at the Jalopy, $10. They’re also at Terra Blues on 3/29 at 7
3/28, 10 PM deviously charismatic, eclectic Romany punk/oldtime swing band Kagero at the Way Station.
3/28, 10 PM smart, theatrical, jazz/Americana-influenced chanteuse Aiofe O’Donovan at the third room at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St. around the corner), $10 plus 2-drink min.
3/29, 8 PM a wild Nowrooz celebration with Iranian music from decades and centuries past: Yvette Perez’s amazing psychedelic band Mitra Sumara playing Iranian pop classics from the 60s and 70s by Googoosh, Pari Zangeneh, Parva, Zia Atabi and others followed by virtuoso tanbour player Amir Vahab and his Ensemble at Drom, $20
3/29, 8 PM oldtime three-part Americana vocal harmony group Triboro followed by hot bluegrass band Miller’s Crossing at the Jalopy, $10.
3/29, 8:30 PM intense, perennially paradigm-shitting violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban, who also likes living outside the box, unveil their new quintet with Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Bob Stewart, tuba; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10.
3/29, 9:30ish arkly tuneful Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Mehanata.
3/29, midnight, macabre surf legends the Coffin Daggers at Hank’s.
3/29, midnight, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands in the universe, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats – at the Knitting Factory, $10 gen adm
3/30, 3 PM maestro Barbara Yahr leads the Greenwich Village Orchestra with guest violinist Hye-Jin Kim playing Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Violin Concerto plus Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $15 sugg don, reception to follow.
3/30, 3 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform a cantata by Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave’s new narrative about the return of Odysseus to Ithaca, and Yotam Haber’s modern twist on Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 stud/srs
3/30, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet plays music of Thomas Morley, Osvaldo Lacerda and Joan Tower.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/30, 7 PM an evening of hypnotic ambient and percussion music with Loop 2.4.3‘s marimba, steel drum, toms, gongs, and electronics followed by Harris Eisenstadt’s Cuban bata drum collective at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 adv tix rec.
3/30, 8 PM awesome string jazz improvisation with Daniel Levin’s Coelacanth featuring Mat Maneri, viola, Russ Lossing, wurlitzer & piano, Gerald Cleaver, drums at Roulette, $20
3/30, 8 PM alternately pensive and explosive Balkan jazz pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic at Caffe Vivaldi.
3/30, 10 PM gritty intense noiserock/postpunk rockers Anwar Sadat at Death by Audio.
3/30, 10 PM darkly lyrical chamber pop songwriter Elizabeth & the Catapult at Glasslands, $12
3/31, 7:30 PM intense third-stream/nuevo tango pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio at Subculture, $20.
3/31, 8:30 PM pianist Kyungmi Nam plays music of Bach, Schubert and Schumann at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10
3/31, 10 PM charming female-fronted oldschool soul/swing combo Lake Street Dive at Bowery Ballroom is sold out
3/31, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damien Quinones y Su Conjunto – with the full horn section, playing material from their phenomenal 2012 psychedelic latin soul album Gumbo Ma-Jumbo album at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
4/1, 7:30 PM haunting, eclectic chanteuse Inna Barmash and her band play haunting, sometimes deviously funny Yiddish lullabies and love songs at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Yale School of Drama presents Stravinsky’s wry, subtly subversive The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail.
4/1, 7:30 PM chanteuse Sanda Weigl and theatrical Austrian crooner Klaus Pohl host an evening of Viennese fin-de-siècle music and poetry at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
4/1, 8 PM wry, subtle, lyrical Americana rock chanteuse Karen Hudson and her band at the Way Station.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Cypress String Quartet plays the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 plus selections from Dvorák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major at Subculture, $30 tix avail.
4/1-5, 8 PM jazz violin titan Regina Carter plays new tunes from her new album Southern Comfort at Birdland.
4/1, 9 PM RelativE ResonancE w/ Devin Gray, drums + compositions; Chris Speed, saxophone; Kris Davis, piano; Adam Hopkins, bass at Korzo.
4/1, 9:30 PM Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt with Bernard Butler on guitar, playing songs off Watt’s new debut solo album at Joe’s Pub,$25 adv tix rec; 4/2 they’re at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, assuming that they’ve reopened, same time/price.
4/2, 8 PM Poor Man’s Whiskey plays their bluegrass version of Dark Side of the Moon at Brooklyn Bowl, $7
4/2, 8 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown- who’ve taken a wildly successful detour into Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz – at Subculture, $20.
4/2, 11 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Glasslands, $12.
4/3, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra New York Baroque Incorporated play music by Jewish composers Salamone Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn, and Benedetto Marcello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/3, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist John Wilson , performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 at Symphony Space, $25.
4/3, 9 PM Greg Garing - arguably the most talented, exhilarating Americana guitarist or pianist this blog has ever covered – at Hill Country, free.
4/3, 9ish captivating Americana chanteuse Megan Reilly with her band at Beast of Bourbon
4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Armen Donelian plays the album release for his paradigm-shifting new one Sayat-Nova, which reinvents compositions by the legendary 18th century Armenian composer, a forerunner of Chopin, at Cornelia St. Cafe.
4/4, 9/11 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and band play a bday celebration at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
4/5, 3/6 PM Erica Gould’s harrowing Reconstruction drama Exodus: Dreams of the Promised Land in Antebellum America with texts drawn from the writings of Solomon Northrup, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimké, and anonymous slave narratives, plus musical works by American composers William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed by the Western Wind Ensemble, at the Fraunces Tavern Museum Gallery, 54 Pearl St, $35/$25 stud/srs
4/5, 7:30 PM wild Romany punk/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at Subculture, $15. Followed at 10 (separate admission, same cover) by steel pan ensemble the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and then psychedelic hammered dulcimer band House of Waters
4/5, 8 PM Senegalese griot trio Les Fréres Guissé, roots-reggae/Afrobeat collectiveSierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and charismatic Malian chanteuse Fatoumata Diawaraat the Apollo, $25 tix avail. through the World Music Institute are your best deal.
4/5, 9 PM big horn-fueled psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Brooklyn Bowl
4/5, 10 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $8.
4/6, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Guido’s Ear play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted
4/6, 7:30 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos plays the album release show for their reputedly amazing new one Live from Brooklyn at Joe’s Pub, $14
4/6-7 powerhouse concert harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Metropolis Ensemble perform the NYC premiere of composer Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto at le Poisson Rouge.
4/8, 9:30 PM rising star third-stream Turkish-born jazz pianist Selen Gülün and her trio at Drom, $10.
4/9, 10 PM harmony-driven front porch folk with the Carper Family at Hill Country, free.
4/10-19, 8 PM Anthony Braxton‘s large ensembles take over Roulette with performances by the Trillium Chamber Players, Falling River Music Nonet plus segmented performances of his atmospheric, witty opera Trillium J, $30 adv tix highly rec.
4/10, 9ish Jan Bell & the Maybelles – all-female dark folk band with a frontwoman who finds the missing links between Britfolk and bluegrass – at Beast of Bourbon
4/11, 8 PM rising star pianist Andrea Lodge plays solo piano music of Bach, Brahms and Ives at the Firehouse Space.
4/11, 9 PM this era’s greatest hip-hop lyricist and oral historian, Immortal Technique at Brooklyn Bowl
4/11, 9/11 PM intense third-stream jazz pianist Bobby Avey and his quintet feat. Miguel Zenon on alto sax play the album release show for his new one Authority Melts from Me at the Jazz Gallery, $22
4/12, 7 PM Moroccan sintir virtuoso and trance-music master Hassan Hakmoun plays the album release show for his new one at Joe’s Pub, $20.
4/12, 8 PM C&W legend Emmylou Harris at BAM, $35 adv tix a must.
4/12, 9ish Mad Juana bring their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic to Beast of Bourbon
4/12 the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy in a rare duo performance with pianist Patrick McLellan at Sidewalk.
4/12 pioneering sax ensemble the Prism Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Manathappa at Symphony Space. They’ll be back here on 5/9 with Tim Ries and Miguel Zenon and then on 6/12 with Dave Liebman and Greg Osby
4/13, 5 PM William Christie conducts Juilliard’s vocalists and Juilliard415, the Historical Performance Program’s chamber orchestra, in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon, which draws on the hunter’s life-changing encounter with the goddess Diana in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail.
4/13, 8 PM Al Stewart solo acoustic at City Winery, $32 standing room avail. The Man for All Seasons may be On the Border now, but he hasn’t let Time Passages phase him.
4/14, 6:30 PM organist Benjamin Sheen plays “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Charles Tournemire at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave., free
4/14-21 the annual adventurous new music Mata Festival at the Kitchen.
4/15, 8 PM dynamic, lyrical pianist Carolina Calvache leads a septet celebrating the release of her debut album Sotareno at Drom, $14.
4/15, 8 PM noir psychedelic rock legend (and Sonic Youth producer) Martin Bisi plays the album release show for his new and superb album Ex Nihilo at Glasslands, $12
4/17, 7 PM savagely lyrical, wickedly tuneful art-rock songwriter/bandleader Spottiswoode & His Enemies at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix very highly rec
4/17, 7 PM Alash Ensemble perform otheworldly Tuvan and Central Asian throat-singing music at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/18, 7 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by the ageless Marshall Allen at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
4/18, 7:30 PM high-voltage Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown at the Mercury, $12.
4/18, 9ish singer Abby Hollander‘s honkytonk band at Beast of Bourbon
4/19, 1:30 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival at the Bell House, $15 with Piedmont Bluz, guitarist Pat Conte, Wyndham Baird, the Blue Ridge Entertainers and Willy Gantrim.
4/19, 8 PM get a head start on 4/20 with a double shot of some of the best current roots reggae: the Easy Star All-Stars and John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix rec.
4/19, 8:30 PM the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $20, with Gamelan Kusuma Laras, fiery oldtime string band the Downhill Strugglers, multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield and hokum blues band the Drunken Catfish Ramblers.
4/19, 9ish the excellent harmony-driven, aptly named Picker Family Band play bluegrass at Beast of Bourbon
4/20, 1 PM add the Brooklyn Folk Festival continues at the Bell House, $15, with Nathan Salsburg, Hubby Jenkins, Nathan M. Godfrey, the Stone Mountain Wobblers, Elizabeth Laprelle and the Whiskey Spitters. Dubl Handi plays at 7:30 PM for a separate $10 cover.
4/20, 2 PM garage rock chanteuse Holly Golightly at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, free, get there early; she’s also at the Mercury on 4/21 at 10:30 for $12 in advance.
4/20, 8 PM eclectic, environmentally conscious jazz violinist Dana Lyn and band at the Firehouse Space
4/23, 7 PM South Korean singer Yeahwon plays the release show for her debut album of songs and lullabies with Aaron Parks on piano and Rob Curto on accordion at the Rubin Museum of Art, $18 adv tix rec.
4/23 Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord and ottavino, plays works from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book plus pieces by Bull, Byrd, Morley, Tallis at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St.
4/25 the Split Squad (with members of the Baseball Project, Blondie, Fleshtones and Plimsouls) at Bowery Electric
4/26, 4 PM Crimean Tatar love songs sung by Uriye Kermenchikkli; Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Salina, Pakistani guzhal music sung by Salamat Ali; Hawaiian hula melodies with Jason Poole, Chinese folk opera love laments sung by Hou Hong Tang, and more at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
4/26, 8 PM Amir Nojan & the Nava Ensemble play haunting classical Persian music at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs
4/30 moody British art-rockers/postrockers These New Puritans at Bowery Ballroom.
5/3, 5-11 PM this year’s “wall to wall” free music marathon at Symphony Space features cabaret perfomers, lineup TBA.
5/3, 8 PM visionary Turkish composer/multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek with percussionist Murat Tekbilek at Roulette.
5/4, 4 PM Canadian early-music quartet Masques play Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
5/7, 7 PM southwestern gothic rockers the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $10 adv tix very highly rec.
5/13, 8 PM what’s left of the Wailers at Brooklyn Bowl, playing Marley’s Legend album, $15.
5/14, 7:30 PM pianist Jeremy Filsell and organist Nigel Potts perform a historic duo concert of new arrangements of Rachmaninoff’s First and Second Piano Concertos at at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free
5/15, 7:30 PM Mark Mulcahy and Ben Katchor (of Julius Knipl – Real Estate Photographer fame) present “an evening of two, one-act operas. In Memorial City, a medium-sized city on the East coast of North America is overwhelmed by a mania for memorial commemoration. The Imaginary War Crimes Tribunal (world premiere) tells the story of a compulsive video game player and the thrill of “victimless” violence,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must.
5/16, 8:30 PM, repeating on 5/17, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Beck: TBA (world premiere); Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K.297b (Anh. C14.01) – and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” plus The Hebrides at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
5/17, 11ish noir rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz & the Jaguars at Bowery Electric
5/23 Guided by Voices – the classic 5-piece lineup – at Bowery Ballroom
5/23, 8 PM jazz pianist Helen Sung leads her trio at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
5/28, 7:30 PM Oslo ensemble the Ullern Chamber Choir sing Nordic works by Grieg, Nystedt, Kverno and Djeilo at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., free.
6/5 haunting classic 70s style art-rock/Britfolk band Syd Arthur at Bowery Ballroom