Constant updates throughout the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back 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 – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of Beethoven piano sonatas. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines. email for info/location.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave at 36th St. has put on display a rare first edition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” marking the 200th anniversary in 2014 of the origination of the famous anthem. Quite notably, the word “patriotic” is misspelled in the subtitle of this first edition, one of only a handful of surviving copies. Admission is $18/$12 stud/srs; free on Fridays 7 – 9 PM. Hours Tues-Thurs 10:30 AM- 5 PM; Fri 10:30 – 9 PM; Sat 10 AM – 6 PM; Sun 11 AM – 6 PM.
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 Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 8:30 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 in August (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 August, 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 August 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 August 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.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
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 August, 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.
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 August Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in Balkan 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 August, 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 August at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in August 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 in August, 6 PM spectacularly eclectic violinist Sarah Alden – who can do Balkan as well as she does bluegrass – & her band the Red Hot Rubies at Barbes.
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.
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) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in August, 8:30/11 PM the mighty, politically astute, symphonically majesticArturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 seats avail
Sundays in August, 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 August 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.
8/1, 5:30 PM classic Jamaican roots with Stephen Sylvester & the Anthem Reggae Band at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ,895 Shore Road, Bronx, take the Bronx trolley, which makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station, $10/$8 stud/srs
8/1-3 state-of-the-art piano jazz: the Kenny Barron Quartet featuring Stefon Harris on vibes at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
8/1, 7:30 PM pianist/composer and Astor Piazzolla collaborator Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble play their new dance score at Damrosch Park, free.
8/1, 8 PM wickedly cachy, darkly keyboard-driven Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem followed by wild, humungous (we’re talking 40-piece) Balkan/circus rock band Mucca Pazza at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
8/1, 8 PM resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with ex-Antisocial Music/Roulette Sisters violist Karen Waltuch followed at 10 by luminous singer/violinist Mireya Ramos’ ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at Barbes
8/1-3, 8:30 PM it’s Mary Halvorson Fest at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Choice pick: the 8/3 duo sets with the singularly brilliant, intense guitarist dueling it out with a similarly witty, assaultive sparring partner, saxophonist Jon Irabagon.
8/1, 8:45 PM intense cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at Spectrum, $15.
8/1, 9 PM a tribute to Memphis Minnie & Mississippi John Hurt feat. Jan Bell, Rashad Brown, Dylan Charles, Karen Dahlstrom, Queen Esther, Feral Foster, Tamar Korn, Stephanie Leyton, Eli Smith and other usual suspects at the Jalopy, $10.
8/1, 9 PM the Inevitable Breakups’ catchy powerpopmeister frontman Daniel Stampfel at the Path Cafe
8/1, 10:30 PM amazing Israeli Ethopian roots reggae jamband Zvuloon Dub System play their farewell NYC show at Meridian 23.
8/1, 11 PM intense, anthemic southwestern gothic rockers Girl to Gorilla at Otto’s
8/1, 10:30 PM the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 organ band at the Fat Cat.
8/2, 2 PM the Deno’s Wonder Wheel Music Marathon at Coney Island on the boardwalk in front of the Wonder Wheel featuring lots of surf bands. There’s another on 8/16, same time, lineup TBA
8/2, 5ish the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage.
8/2, 6 PM spectacularly eclectic violinist Sarah Alden – who can do Balkan as well as she does bluegrass – & her band the Red Hot Rubies followed at 8 by sultry, deviously witty female-fronted French chanson revivalists les Chauds Lapins and at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes.
8/2, 7 PM Sabor & the Afro-Latineers play an intoxicating, psychedelic mix of latin big band jazz, funk, Afrobeat and salsa at the Fat Cat
8/2, 7:30 PM Bay area Romany jazz guitar band Gaucho with special guest pianist Gordon Webster at Joe’s Pub, $23.
8/2, 7:30 PM ferocious but smartly terse electric blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues, $15
8/2, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse lyrical postbop saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger leads his quartet at Ginny’s Supper Club, $10
8/2, 9 PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20.
8/2, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s has creepy horror surf band the Chillers followed by twangy purists the Brigantines at 10, at 11 PM the amazing Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic sounds of the Byzan-Tones and all-purpose instrumentalists Band of Tribes sometime around midnight.
8/2, 9 PM the guy who made Quentin Tarantino famous, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
8/2, 9ish a great combo: smartly lyrical country crooner Jesse Lenat with brilliant steel player Raphael McGregor at 68 Jay St. Bar.
8/2, 9 PM creepy, sultry, historically-infused chamber pop/noir cabaret trio Sweet Soubrette at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
8/2, 9ish ecstatic Brazilian funk/reggae/maracatu band Dende & Hahahaes at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec.
8/2, 9/11 PM thoughtful trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle + Catharsis with special guest Camila Meza on vocals at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/2, 1 AM mandolinist/composer Vivian Li and the Pickled Campers (well technically it’s Sun 8/3 early in the morning) at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re playing the album release show for their eclectic, exciting, sophisticated new Americana album at GSI studios in Chelsea on 8/16.
8/3, noon, repeating on 8/10 legendary New Orleans soul maven/pianist Allen Toussaint at Joe’s Pub, $30
8/3, 1 PM Afghani rubabist Quraishi, classical Arabic choral ensemble Shashmaqam, violinist Nariman Asanov’s NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble and Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free.
8/3, 2 PM free punk bands at Tompkins Square Park: Porno Dracula, horror surf monsters the Coffin Daggers, stoner folk legend David Peel, hardcore drunk-driving advocates Ism, the Bambi Killers and Hammerbrain
8/3, 6PM devious, period-perfect mid 50s-style oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. on the beach at Carecas Arepa Bar, 106th St and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach, free
8/3, 7 PM the Cita Rodriguez Orchestra with special guests Pete Rodriguez, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Allen, Herman Olivera, Adalberto Santiago, Willie Torres, Eddie Montalvo, andRay Martinez plus the Alma Moyo Drummers play a tribute to salsa vocal legend Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez at Damrosch Park, free.
8/3, 7 PM diverse jazz/art-rock chanteuse/pianist Rachel Eckroth leads a trio at Something Jazz Club, $10
8/3, 9 PM a killer dark Americana-flavored lyrical songwriter triplebill: powerhouse lyricist, nimble guitarist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper followed by the charismatically intense, jangly Matt Keating and then quieter but similarly intense Great Plains gothic tunesmith/singer Ember Schrag – at 2A.
8/3,9 PM 9 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 Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.), free.
8/3, 10 PM kinetic, fun, psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentals with House of Waters at the big room at the Rockwood
8/4, 7:30 PM oldschool hip-hop nostalgia: Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Biz Markie and Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights. KMD still battling with Kool J? Roxanne still wondering why UTFO had to write a song about her? Will the Biz try to sing or just spin records?
8/4, 8 PM punk bands at the Pyramid, $tba: Iconicide, Urban Waste, Nihilistics, comedic CB’s legends the Sic Fucks, Reagan Youth and Antidote
8/4-9, 8 PM the New York Concert Opera with intense German-American baritone Ulrich Hartung and a chamber ensemble led by Stefan Kozinski present a new, insightful politically-charged interpretation of the iconic Schubert Winterreise song cycle in a multimedia performance at the Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East, $10/$5 stud/srs.
8/4, 8:30 PM lyrical pianist/composer Cecilia Coleman and her Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
8/4, 9 PM tuneful pan-Latin pianist Leo Genovese with Dan Blake on saxophones and Nat Mugavero on drums at Spectrum, $15.
8/4, 9:30 PM devious all-female indie classical bassoon quartet the Breaking Winds at Pete’s. 8/8, 7 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub.
8/4, 10ish deliciously ugly, skin-peeling noiserock with the Sediment Club plus a Weasel Walter avant jazz project at Death by Audio.
8/4, 11 PM eclectic funk/New Orleans/surf/country/Brazilian band Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood
8/4, 11ish assaultively eclectic Nashville noisepunks Western Medication at Shea Stadium
8/5 the David Virelles Trio, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/5, 7:30 PM tuneful smart lyrical retro Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re at the Jalopy on 8/9 at 9 for the same deal.
8/5 lyrical progressive jazz balladry: Becca Stevens – voice, guitar; Liam Robinson – accordion and keyboards; Chris Tordini – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums and percussion at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
8/5, 7:30 PM piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton play works by Ravel, Milhaud, John Adams and their new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
8/5, 7:30 PM pianist Burton Greene plays an album release show with trombonist Reut Regev’s R*time quartet at Spectrum, $15
8/5, 8 PM psychedelic salsa legends Tipica ’73 at East River Park.
8/5-10, 8/10 PM noisy jazz guitar icon Nels Cline plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: either set by the Nels Cline Singers (whose new album is both more tuneful and more abrasive than you might expect) on 8/6
8/5, 9 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Arlene’s, $8.
8/5, 9 PM ageless roots reggae loverman/crooner Barrington Levy and band at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec.
8/5, 10ish enigmatic, sometimes haunting oldschool country band Karen & the Sorrows at Friends & Lovers.
8/5, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
8/6, 1 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy worldbeat/punk/funk at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/6, 7 PM psychedelic funkmeisters (and meistress) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Madison Square Park, free.
8/6, 8 PM a panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Tompkins Square Police Riot hosted by the ACLU’s Norman Siegel and Frank Morales, with a special slide show presentation of War In The Neighborhood, by Seth Tobocman, at Theater 80, First Ave + St. Mark’s Place
8/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic electric blues guitarist/bandleader Ana Popovic at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. She can shred but she’s got soul.
8/6, 8 PM French-Algerian jazz chaneuse Ourida leads a trio at Barbes
8/6, 8:30 PM Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Damrosch Park, free,get there early.
8/6, 8:30 PM Anupam Shobakar on sarod and Nitin Mitta on tabla improvise on carnatic themes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/6, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord
8/6, 10ish Syrian crooner Omar Souleyman and his Middle Eastern dancefloor grooves at Glasslands, $16.
8/6, 11 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – at the Mercury, $10
8/7, 7 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of ageless shredder Marshall Allen at Wagner Park
8/7, 7:30 PM Tift Merritt plays a rare intimate duo show with guitar/pedal steel genius Eric Heywood at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free.
8/7-10 the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands around, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend
8/7, 7:30 PM wild Indian-influenced saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and ensemble play their new ballet soundtrack at Damrosch Park, free
8/7, 8 PM avant garde viola star Jessica Pavone + Chris Pitsiokos + Andrew Smiley at Trans-Pecos, $1
8/7, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Barbes. He’s also at Pete’s on 8/16 at 11.
8/7, doors at 8 PM a screening of Florian Habicht’s documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, which covers the band’s final 2012 Sheffield concert. Plus Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and the filmmaker on the roof and in the courtyard at Industry City, 220 36th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, R to 36th St., $20.
8/7, 8 PM Viking – who’s equally intense whether doing fingerstyle country blues on guitar or creepy piano-based tunes – at Goodbye Blue Monday. You should hear his dirgey version of St. James Infirmary! He’s also at Matchless on 8/15 at 11.
8/7, 9 PM brilliant Lou Reed lead guitarist Aram Bajakian‘s Kef premiere their new suite commemorating the 1915 genocide in Armenia at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
8/7, repeating on 8/14, 9/11 PM fiery, purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads a quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15.
8/8, 7 PM haunting, original female-fronted acoustic funk/art-rock/Americana jamband the Sometime Boys at the big room at the Rockwood. 8/9 they’re at Hometown BBQ, 454 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook, 8/28 at 9 they’re at Bar Nine, 807 9th Ave (53/54).
8/8, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern/jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his Quintet at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20
8/8, 7:30 PM the Campbell Brothers play a “Sacred Steel Love Supreme” (their new arrangement of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme) at Damrosch Park, free.
8/8, 8 PM Latino Punk Fest with Sucia, Gusano, Eske, Generacion Suicida and Pura Mania (probably in reverse order) at the Acheron, $15 gen adm. The fiesta continues on 8/10 at 3 for three bucks less with Ratas, Porkeria, Ausencia, Anasazi, Putrida and Dischaka
8/8-9, 8 PM New Orleans legends the Funky Meters at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
8/8, 8 PM intense, virtuoso Bearthoven pianist Karl Larson plays piano music of up-and-coming composers Alex Weiser and Scott Wollschleger at Scholes Street Studio, 46 Scholes St. in Williamsburg, $15.
8/8, 9 PM ferocious Radio Birdman style chromatic garage punk with the Mess Around at Cake Shop, $8.
8/8, 9 PM the increasingly more menacing, psychedelic, southwestern gothic-inclined Jack Grace Band at Beast of Bourbon.
8/8, 9/11 PM a rare guitar/keys duo show from Camila Meza & Fabian Almazan at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/8, 9:30 PM wild keyboard-and-guitar-driven psychedelic Balkan rockers Choban Elektrik followed at 9:30 PM by Ornamatik and then at 10:30 by similarly adventurous Balkan jamband Raya Brass Band at the Jalopy, $10
8/8, 10ish fearlessly funny Williamsburg punk rock vets the Live Ones at Hank’s.
8/8, 11 PM the lush, eclectic, ominous, self-explanatory Winds of Anatolia at Drom, $!0
8/8, midnight brilliantly tuneful, anthemic, lyrical Kansas City Americana/Nashville gothic band the Grisly Hand (you should hear their tune about Phineas Gage, who survived a railroad spike through his head) at the Rockwood
8/9, 1 and 3 PM pianist Pam Goldberg leads an ensemble with Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney playing American and Argentian sounds on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
8/9, 2 PM Lush, slinky vintage-era Middle Eastern film music ensemble Zikrayat at Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave at Macon St, Brooklyn, free, C to Kingston-Throop Ave. On 8/12 at 7 they’re at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, 7 to Court Square.
8/9, 2:30 PM well-loved 90s alt-country band the the Old 97s followed at around 4 by sly fun high-energy grasscore band the Devil Makes Three on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free.
8/9, 3 PM a contemporary gospel explosion at Central Park Summerstage with Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, Micah Stampley and Brian Courtney Wilson
8/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson - guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 6 PM by spectacularly eclectic violinist Sarah Alden – who can do Balkan as well as she does bluegrass – & her band the Red Hot Rubies at Barbes
8/9, 6 PM C&W legends Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Brooklyn Americana newcomers the Lone Bellow and Rosanne Cash at Damrosch Park, free.
8/9, 6 PM diverse, funky jazz violinist Zach Brock leads his group at 55 Bar.
8/9, 7 PM the Amernet String Quartet play Mozart String Quartet No. 8 in F Major, K. 168; Janacek String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”; Briggs String Quartet No. 3; Beethoven String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
8/9, 8 PM the New Languages nonet improvises with strings, reeds and woodwinds and concludes their show with Sufi music at Spectrum, $15
8/9, 8 PM pianist Matt Mitchell debuts his new trio with Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at Greenwich House Music School, $12
8/9, 8:30 PM wildly popular art-rock guitarist/bandleader St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell.
8/9, 9 PM Sabrina Chap plays her dark vaudevillian cabaret at Classon Social.
8/9, 10 PM Osekre & the Lucky Bastards play their catchy roots reggae/soul mashups at Silvana.
8/9, 11 PM dark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors at Matchless, $8
8/10, time TBA the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
8/10, 1 PM the Composers Voice chamber ensemble plays choreographed ballet works by up-and-coming composers: David Bohn, Remigio Coco, Marco De Boni, Jay Anthony Gach, Leonard Mark Lewis, David Charles Meckler, Alon Nechushtan, Norberto Oldrini, and Gisela Alejandra Paterno at Jan Hus Church, 351 E 74th St, free
8/10, 3 PM the adventurious indie classical Jack Quartet at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 stud/srs).
8/10, 4:15 PM Sarah Small‘s intense Balkan/Middle Eastern trio Hydra followed by a screening of the film Butter on the Latch at the American Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, outdoors, N/R to Steinway St.
8/10, 5 PM the Music Maker Blues Revue with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Ironing Board Sam, southern soul cult figure Bobby Patterson, Alabama soul/gospel group St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Damrosch Park, free.
8/10, 6 PM noir guitar twangmeister Jim Campilongo and band at 55 Bar.
8/10, 6 PM wild alto sax-and-drum improvisations from Louise D. E. Jensen and Kevin Shea at Downtown Music Gallery, free
8/10, 8 PM bewitching torch song stylist Bliss Blood & noir guitarist Al Street at Epistrophy Cafe, 200 Mott St.
8/10, 9ish smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Grand Victory.
8/10, 9:20 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk .
8/10, midnight saxophonist Ken Fowser and his wee-hours jam cohort vibraphonist Behn Gillece lead a vivid late 50s style postbop quintet at Smalls
8/11, 8 PM Buffalo Stack - fiddler Tania Stack from the Avett Bros. with her brother Andy – playing decently tuneful soul/gospel-influenced 70s hippie rock at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
8/11, 8:30 PM the Erica Seguine Jazz Orchestra play elegantly shapeshifting original compositions with a quirky sense of humor (and a Bach tango), a pleasant change from your usual big band fare, at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
8/12, noon surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers - whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun, at South St. Seaport. They’re also at the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island on 8/16 at 2
8/12, 5:30 PM alt-country guitarist/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan outside in the parking lot behind City Winery, free.
8/12, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads a small group at 55 Bar
8/12 the George Burton Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/12 darkly glimmering, moody third-stream jazz pianist Yelena Eckemoff leads a quartet with Donny McCaslin – tenor saxophone; George Mraz – bass; Eric McPherson – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
8/12, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays works by Haydn, Weber and Paul Schoenfeld at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
8/12, 8 PM Malian guitar monster Vieux Farka Toure - who’s even faster and a lot more adrenalizing than his legendary dad Ali – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix highly rec.
8/12-17, 8/10 PM cutting-edge, eclectic indie classical composer/singer Lisa Bielawa has a weekly residency at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 8/14, 8 PM set with violinist Colin Jacobsen, cellist Eric Jacobsen and pianist Bruce Levingston.
8/12, 8 PM sharp a free screening of the documentary film Charles Bradley – Soul of America plus pre-show Q&A with soul singer Charles Bradley & film director Poull Brien at City Winery
8/12, 8:30 PM violinist Elektra Kurtis leads a string quartet plus percusssion in a program of Middle Eastern, Balkan and classical jams at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/12-14, 8:30/10:30 PM richly tuneful third-stream pianist Fabian Almazan with an oldschool rhythm section: Thomas Morgan on bass, Henry Cole on drums at the Vanguard, $25
8/12, 10 PM John Brown’s Body trumpeter Sam Dechenne’s Cocek Brass Band at Shrine.
8/12, 10:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Korzo.
8/13, noon the ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache -NYC’s only all-female mariachi orchestra – followed by edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/13, 5 PM the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (near W. 19th St).
8/13, 6 PM the Tango Jazz Quartet: Alejandro Beelmann, drums; Federico Hilal, bass; Gustavo Corrado, piano; Gustavo Firmenich, tenor saxophone, clarinet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
8/13 Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum: Ohad Talmor – tenor saxophone; Steve Swallow – bass; Adam Nussbaum – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
8/13, 8 PM singer Sarah Knight’s pensive, smart, lyrical chamber pop/Americana band the Scarlet K at Subculture, $12
8/13, 8:15 lyrically brilliant, darkly intense soul/janglerock/noir songwriter Nehedar plays the album release show for her new one at the Delancey, $5
8/13, 8:30 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop $10.
8/13-14, 9:30 PM trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leads a quintet with Steve Wilson – alto sax , Dave Kikoski – piano , Boris Kozlov – bass , Donald Edwards – drums at Smalls.
8/13, 10ish fearlessly political soul/reggae/latin rockers Outernational at Bowery Electric
8/14, 8 PM the show by legendary honkytonk guit-steel virtuoso/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery is actually happening now. $22 standing room tix are available
8/14, 8 PM state-of-the-art roots reggae beast SOJA play the album release show for their new one at Brooklyn Bowl, $25.
8/14, 8:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Jared Gold on organ and Paul Wiltgen on drums at the Bar Next Door .
8/14, 9 PM a rare solo show by Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Shrine; the following night, 8/15 she’s at Sidewalk at 8:20 PM followed by the Downward Dogs‘ southwestern gothic frontman, Joe Yoga.
8/14, 9 PM increasingly creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Bar Chord
8/14, 9 PM somberly catchy, anthemic Canadian art-rock chanteuse Agnes Obel at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/14, 9 PM oldschool soul/funk band Empire Beats fronted by sultry chanteuse Camille Atkinson at Hill Country.
8/14, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 8/28.
8/14, 10 PM a rare and choice Williamsburg appearance by avant/gutter blues legends Elliott Sharp‘s Terraplane at Spike Hill, $8
8/14, 11:30 PM brilliant jazz violinist Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort with Marvin Sewell – guitar; Will Holshouser – accordion; Chris Lightcap – bass ; Alvester Garnett – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20.
8/15, 5:30 PM smart, purist, cleverly funny, lyrical acoustic pop songwriter Sharon Goldman at the American Folk Art Museum.
8/15, 6 PM sitarist Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury with percussionist Ramzi El-Edlibi in the Patti Cadby Birch Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
8/15, 7 PM period-perfect 1966-style psychedelic pop/Carnaby St. Britpop songwriterJacco Gardner at South St. Seaport.
8/15, 7 PM Roman Rabinovich, piano plays Haydn Andante with variations in F minor, Hob. 17/6; Schumann Kreisleriana, Op. 16; Beethoven Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”;Smetana 4 Czech Dances: Slepicka, Medved, Hulan, Skocna at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
8/15, 8 PM oldschool western swing and Romany jazz with the Hot Club of Cowtown at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
8/15, 8 PM art-rock songwriter Mariya Pruss opens for a rare duo performance between two other art-rock types, pianist Eve Lesov and pianist/guitarist Alexander Alabin at Downhouse Lounge, 250 Ave. X in Brighton Beach
8/15, 9/11 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s hypnotic improvisational septet at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
8/15, 10 PM sultry singer Erica Ramos’ exhilarating retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes.
8/16, 10 AM-2 PM the 9/11 Cultural Festival – four plays assessing the horrors and unanswered questions of that horrible day, lineup tba – at the Playroom Theater, 151 W 46 St, 8th fl. Performances will take place 9/12 at 2 PM.
8/16, 3 PM amazingly psychedelic, hauntingly intense Balkan rock jamband Choban Elektrik at Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison Street, Ridgewood, Queens, M to Forest Ave.
8/16, 6 PM a screening of the Hector Lavoe biopic El Cantante with a Q&A with Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón and José Mangual followed by a concert by salseros Ensalada de Pulpo at 8 at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx.
8/16, 6 PM elegant pianist Alice Tsui reinvents pop hits as neoromantic themes and plays her original indie classical compositions at Toshi’s Living Room, 1141 Broadway at 26th St., a benefit for PS 532 New Bridges Elementary in Crown Heights where she teaches
8/16, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues, $15.
8/16, 7 PM the St. Petersburg String Quartet plays Erwin Schulhoff Five Pieces; Janacek String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”; Dvorak String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “American” at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
8/16, 8 PM brilliant, badass resonator guitarist/oldtime country/hokum blues songwriter Mamie Minch at Barbes
8/16, 8 PM intense, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop with Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood.
8/16, 8/10 PM torchy jazz chanteuse Catherine Russell – one of the stars of the past Winter Jazzfest – at Iridium, $27.50.
8/16, 9 PM deviously intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at the Jalopy, $10
8/16, 9 PM Ten Foot Ganja Plant - who do dub reggae better and more psychedelically than just about anybody – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/16, 9 garage rock night with the Above, Quitty and the Don’ts, the Stents, and Boston fourth-wave legends Muck and the Mires at Hank’s
8/16, 9ish cello punk provocateur Valerie Kuehne with guest violinists Storm Garner, Natalia Steinbach, and Jeff Young at the Panoply Performance Lab in Bushwick
8/16, 10 PM one of NYC’s original urban country bandleaders, Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion followed by increasingly creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Rock Shop, $10.
8/16, 11:30 PM high-energy, entertaining, jazz-inclined Canadian brass band/psychedelic funk outfit Busty & the Bass at Fontana’s, $10. 8/17 they’re at Bar 13 (35 E 13th St) at 10:30 for the same deal
8/17, 11 AM-ish eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under free
8/17, 5 PM pianist Beth Levin plays music of Schumann (the Kreisleriana suite), Schubert and Eliasson at Spectrum, $15
8/17, 7 PM brilliant Britrock tunesmith/crooner Edward Rogers plays the album release show for his new Kevin Ayers-inspired album, Kaye, with a killer band – Don Piper and James Mastro on guitars; Sal Maida on bass; Dennis Diken on drums; Joe McGinty on keyboards; Tish & Snooky, backing vocals at Joe’s Pub, $16.
8/17, 8 PM versatile soulful oldtimey blues/newgrass road warriors the Howlin Brothers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
8/17, 8:30 PM gotta love all that high midrange: violists Tanya Kalmanovitch; Mat Maneri; Greg Williams at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
8/17, 9 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – upstairs at 2A.
8/18 half past noon tuneful, kinetic Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca plays a rare solo show outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free.
8/18, 8 PM a killer acoustic/oldtime Americana house concert with Tuba Skinny, badass chanteuses Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn, and the Hawkins Brothers (string band guys Jackson Lynch and Ernie Vega), BYOB, 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby Ave., Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby
8/18, 8:30 PM the tuneful, trombone-driven Scott Reeves Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
8/18, 8:30 PM tersely tuneful, soulful jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski with Michael O’Brien on bass and Scott Latsky on drums at the Bar Next Door .
8/18, 9 PM sardonically fearless guitarist/composer Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord play “guerrilla jazz” at Bar Chord.
8/18, 10 PM the JC4 – JC Sanford – trombone, tunes; Mike Baggetta – guitar;Dave Ambrosio – bass; Russ Meissner – drums at Whynot Jazz Room, 14 Christopher St, $10
8/18, 10:30 PM drummer Gerry Gibbs’ all-star Thrasher big band at Smalls
8/19, half past noon Cubam pianist Manuel Valera outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free
8/19, 6ish badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
8/19, 7:30 PM artsy, Americana-flavored, eclectic literate rockers Balthrop Alabama at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/19-20 anthemic, cinematic, darkly tuneful third-stream jazz with the Amina Figarova Sextet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
8/19, 8 PM roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix highly rec.
8/19-24, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical pianist George Cables with Essiet Okon Essiet on bass, Victor Lewis on drums at the Vanguard, $25
8/19, 9 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester plays a typically witty solo show at Spectrum, $15.
8/19, 9ish jangly retro 60s psych-pop band Spider Bags at Union Pool.
8/19,10:30 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples at the big room at the Rockwood
8/20, half past noon lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free
8/20, 1 PM the high-energy, oldschool New Orleans style Lucky Chops Brass Band at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/20, 7 PM fiery, intense frontwoman with searing, sardonic metal/gutter blues band Briana Layon & the Boys at Arlene’s, $5
8/21, 7:30 PM County Antrim’s Beoga (Gaelic for “lively”) make their US debut at Drom, $15 adv tix very highly rec. Followed at 9:30 PM by the “Iranian Bob Dylan,” politically-charged art-rock songwriter Mohsen Namjoo with sizzling clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski and kanun virtuoso Tamer Pinarbasi at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec. (separate adm).
8/21-24, rising star pianist Gerald Clayton (who’s got an excellent, swinging duo album out with his bassist dad John Clayton) leads a series of quartets at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20. Choice pick: 8/23 with Lage Lund on guitar.
8/21, 8 PM brilliant steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic southwestern gothic/jamband at Freddy’s .
8/21, 8:30 PM phenomenally fun, intense, noir-tinged oldschool soul siren Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix req. They’re at the Poisson Rouge the next night, 8/22 at the same time for $3 more (advance tix also required).
8/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.
8/21, 9:30 PM diversely lyrical jazz keyboardist Taylor Eigsti (of Gretchen Parlato’s band) leads his trio at Smalls.
8/21, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul sounds with Damian Quinones and band at Matchless.
8/21, 11 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored, female-fronted Americana band 2/3 Goat at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/22, 7:30 PM anthemic Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the big room at the Rockwood.
8/22, 8/10 PM brilliant, lushly nocturnal oldschool soul duo Dwight & Nicole at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15 plus $10 drink min very strictly enforced.
8/22, 9 PM intense, psychedelic female-fronted power trio Devi with tuneful guest keyboardist Rob Clores at the Bitter End , $!0. Their last show together was off the hook.
8/22-23, 10:30 PM inimitable drummer/trumpeter/composer Ralph Peterson leads his very cool Fo’Tet at Smalls.
8/22, 11 PM literate Tom Waits-ish alt-country rockers Fist of Kindness at Connolly’s.
8/23, 4 PM day one of the Charlie Parker Festival at Marcus Garvey Park has pretty slim pickings: intense up-and-coming saxophonist Melissa Aldana and group followed by guitarist Lionel Louke, bookended by nerd-jazz and a blaring postbop band
8/23 third-wave ska/soul/blues legends the Slackers play the Circle Line boat, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from Pier 83 – 42nd St and the West Side Highway, $30 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/23, 7 PM the latest incarnation of 80s hardcore/reggae band the Bad Brains (sans Dr. Know) at Commodore Perry Park, Navy St. and Flushing Ave. near the Brooklyn Navy Yard; closest train is actually the F to York St., or any train to the Fulton Mall and about a 15-minute walk. Watch your back for chokehold cops, and be aware you may have to get there early since the scuzzy promoters of this supposedly free festival are also selling tickets and paying customers get preference over peeps who want to get in free. There are several stages; Ice-T’s legendary punk/metal band Body Count is at another one at 7:45 and NYC’s premiere oldschool soul band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are headlining on another one at 8:30.
8/23, 7:30 PM 3k3 – an improvising trio playing the music of seven musicians, featuring Mick Rossi (Philip Glass / Big Lazy), David Crowell (Philip Glass), and Red Wierenga (Claudia Quintet) at Spectrum, $15 followed at 9:30 by intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky female-fronted two-keyboard art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes (separate $15 adm).
8/23, 8 PM irrepressible drummer/impresario/bandleader John Sharples a.k.a. “Reggie Mental” of the Spunk Lads hosts his typically excellent monthly show at Freddy’s with a lineup TBA. July’s was off the hook…
8/23, 9 PM a lush eight-piece version of sinister chanteuse Ellia Bisker’s noir cabaret/folk noir band Sweet Soubrette at the Spin ping-pong hall, 48 E 23rd St, $!0
8/23, 8:30 PM hilarious, satirical 80s comedy-rock legends Blotto - who never met a style they couldn’t make fun of – at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec.
8/23, 8:30 PM innovative cello-and-marimba chamber pop duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi.
8/23, 8:45 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Fontana’s
8/23, 9 PM intense, haunting, twin-trombone dub band Super Hi-Fi at Bar Chord
8/24 International Strange Music Day featuring an intriguing cast: Angela Babin, Cristian Amigo, Patrick Grant, Lynn Bechtold, Jason Belcher, Tom Burnett, Zero Boy, Ken Butler, Constance Cooper, Gang Bhang, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Lorin Roser and Glenn Cornett, time tbd, at Spectrum, $15
8/24, 2 PM dark, catchy Caribbean jams with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors in the garden at Flushing Town Hall, free
8/24, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park with piano titan Kenny Barron, drummer/bandleader Cindy Blackmon Santana, saxophonist Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith and powerhouse chanteuse Brianne Thomas.
8/24, 7:30 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Joe’s Pub, $14.
8/24, 8 PM eclectic, cinematic surf/soundtrack instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC at Otto’s
8/24, 8:30 PM guitarist David Ullmann‘s octet play the album release show for their lush new one, Corduroy, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 8/28 at 8 they’re at Barbes.
8/25, 8:30 PM the Sara McDonald Orchestra bring their eclectic big band jazz to Tea Lounge in Park Slope
8/25, 10:30 PM New Orleans soul/funk/dadrock band Jesus on the Mainline at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $12.
8/26, 7 PM accordionist Jordan Shapiro leads a 7-piece ensemble performing his original arrangements of traditional sea shanties followed at 9 by explosive Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
8/26 brilliant, tuneful alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry leads his latin jazz Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/26-31 who says bass in a large ensemble is a thankless task? the Ron Carter Big Band at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30/$35 on the weekend
8/26, 9 PM edgy, kinetic 90s indie/dance legends Rubblebucket at the Mercury, $20. They’re at Rough Trade the next night, 8/27 at 10 for the same price.
8/26, 10:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads his 15-piece big band at Smalls.
8/27, 7 PM torchy, no-nonsense piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/27, 8/10 PM eclectic blues/hip-hop songwriter Chris Thomas King – co-star of O Brother Where Art Thou – at Iridium, $25.
8/27, 8 PM intense, satirical punk classical cellist/instigator Valerie Kuehne at Spectrum
8/27, 8 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone at LIC Bar
8/27, 8 PM big horn-fueled psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
8/27, 8 PM the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Mary Halvorson – guitar at Barbes, $10 cover.
8/27, 8:30 PM NYC’s funnest, most savagely satirical jazz band, Mostly Other People Do the Killing at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min .
8/28, 8 PM the Slackers‘ legendary ska/soul frontman Vic Ruggiero and Kepi Ghoulie at Grand Victory, $10.
8/28, 8:30 PM edgy, witty sax powerhouse Jon Irabagon leads a quartet including pianist Luis Perdomo and drummer Rudy Royston at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. He’s also here leading a trio with Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums on 8/29 at 9 and 8/30 with another quartet.
8/28, 9 PM noir, lurid, historically-infused Americana: powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave., Astoria. 8/29 he’s at Barbes at 8.
8/28, 9 PM high-voltage klezmer and Balkan jazz with Klaz Ma Tazz at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
8/29, 9 PM a killer dark rock doublebill with psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner followed by folk noir cult favorites the Handsome Family at Rough Trade, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Mercury the following night at 7:30 PM for the same price.
8/29, 9 PM indie classical string quartet Stringency play new works tba at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
8/29, 10 PM Julia Haltigan – torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
8/30, 8 PM smart, anthemic, golden age-style roots reggae songwriter/bandleader Taj Weekes at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix req.
8/30, 9 PM amazing ten-piece country/circus rock/American monstrosity M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.
8/31, 7 PM bassist Matt Pavolka’s catchy, tuneful Horn Band followed at 9 by Romany jazz guitar paradigm-shifter Stephane Wrembel at Barbes.
8 /31, 9 PM deviously intense, literate, charismatic oldtimey ukelele siren/songwriter Kelli Rae Powell at 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Ave in Park Slope, F/G to 7th Ave and walk uphill
8/31, 8:30 PM tuneful, moody third stream pianist Michel Reis leads a quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/31, 9:30 PM tuneful, purposeful bassist/composer Linda Oh leads leads her group at 55 Bar.
9/1, 10ish kick-ass dark garage rock and monster surf with Twin Guns at Bowery Electric, $12
9/2 UK darkwave/chamber pop sirens the Smoke Fairies at the Rockwood.
9/2 singer Kavita Shah leads a quintet with guitar and piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20. Her new album adds rustic, occasionally otherworldly Indian folk touches to her lively, lilting compositions.
9/2, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble plays an Ellington/Strayhorn program at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
9/2-7, 8:30/10:30 PM the Stone moves to the West Village! A rotating cast of characters play two performances per night from John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels, books 2 and 3, $25
9/3, 7 PM classical Indian music with singer Mashkoor Ali Khan at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25.
9/3 pianist Ethan Iverson gets presumably oldschool with drum legend Tootie Heath, with Ben Street on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.
9/3, 9:30 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix req.
9/4, 7:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays Led Zeppelin, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters and AC/DC at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/4-7 drummer Dafnis Prieto with an excellent lineup: Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Felipe Lamoglia – alto saxophone ; Manuel Valera – piano; Johannes Weidenmueller – bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend.
9/4, 9 PM smart, wryly lyrical hard country/honkytonk rocker Mike Stinson at Hill Country.
9/5, 9 PM Brown Sabbath play oldschool 70s style psychedelic soul covers of Sabbath classics at Brooklyn Bowl, $15
9/5, 8:30 PM phantasmagorical chanteuse Carol Lipnik with psychedelic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos on piano at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 plus $10 drink min very strictly enforced
9/6, 1 PM monster multiple-piano ensemble Grand Band plays six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
9/6, 2 PM cello-driven psychedelic art-rock, worldbeat and reggae with Deoro at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza
9/6, 9 PM dark Middle Eastern-tinged instrumentalist Sir Richard Bishop at Issue Project Room, $15.
9/6, half past midnight, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries & the East Gipsy Band at the Blue Note, $10
9/8, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey play the album release party for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix req.
9/8, 8 PM catchy, purist original bluegrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the Rockwood
9/9 bassist Ben Wolfe leads a tuneful quartet with Orrin Evans – piano; Donald Edwards – drums; Stacy Dillard – tenor saxophone, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
9/9, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano star Brad Mehldau with his trio at BAM, $25 seats avail.
9/10, 7:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated plays music of Vivaldi, Telemann, Stradella, and Huang Ruo at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/10-11, Steel House play their edgy lyrical compositions with Scott Colley – bass; Edward Simon – piano; Brian Blade – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
9/10, 8 PM organist Paul Jacobs plays works by Bach and Reger at Juilliard’s Paull Hall, 155 W 65th St.
9/10, 10 PM 90s sci-fi/surf instrumental masked men Man or Astroman at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. They’re also at the Mercury the following night, 9/11 at 10:30 for the same price.
9/11, noon-6 PM a 9/11 memorial day of art and theatre including performances of the theatrical works Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & the Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner, plus a Bread and Puppet Theater premiere at First Street Green Park, 33 E 1st St.
9/11 high-voltage oldtimey songs and Nashville gothic with the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory
9/11, doors at 6:30 PM, free, violinist Mark Peskanov leads a sextet playing works by Bach, Bottoms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ligeti at Bargemusic, free
9/11, 10 PM iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome playing solo acoustic ?!!?!? at Niagara Bar (corner of E 7th/Ave. A), free. Then he’s doing an electric band show at 10 at Bowery Electric on 9/12
9/12 ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick.
9/12, 7 PM an extremely rare solo US performance by iconic Brazilian composer/guitarist Egberto Gismonti at Symphony Space, $30/$15 stud/srs
9/12-14 ageless jazz organ groovemeister Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a B3 trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.
9/12, 9ish Manchester punk-era presence John Cooper Clarke, Miriam of the garage-rocking A-Bones, iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome and band and Mad Juana with their brooding punk-influenced southwestern gothic at Bowery Electric, $15.
9/12, 9ish Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s.
9/12, 11 PM dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at the Bell House, $!5.
9/13, 7 PM Sandbox Percussion plays music of Steve Reich, David Lang, David T. Little, Jonny Allen and world premieres from Alex Weiser and Thomas Kotcheff at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St, $15.
9/13, 7:30 PM pianist Weiyin Chen with the Camerata RCO (the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s chamber ensemble) play works by Mozart and Mendelssohn at Subculture
9/13, 8 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk.
9/13, 9ish dark, atmospheric, apocalyptic art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Tim Foljahn at Union Hall, $10
9/14 brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Baby’s All Right.
9/14, 3 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble play music of Barber, Beach, Ligeti and D’Rivera at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
9/14, 6 PM a 9/11-themed series of readings by Judith Malina, Lois Kagen – Minus, John Farris, Bob Holman, Carla Cubit, Exavier Wardlaw, Robert Hegger and Steve Canon at Bowery Poetry Club on Bowery across the street from where CB’s Gallery used to be.
9/14, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant plays music of Hannis Brown, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Matt Marks, and Leaha Maria Villarreal at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/14, 8 PM charming Jacco Gardner-esque Seattle retro 60s psychedelic sunshine pop band Tomten at Baby’s All Right, $12.
9/15, 7:30 PM the reliably invigorating Lysander Piano Trio play works by Tchaikovsky and Richard Danielpour at Subculture
9/15, 9ish singer Rachael Price’s wickedly catchy oldschool soul band Lake Street Dive – who absolutely slayed opening for Sharon Jones earlier this summer- at the Bell House.
9/16 pensive rainy-day chamber jazz with the Owl Trio: Lage Lund – guitar; Orlando Le Fleming – bass; Will Vinson – saxophones, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
9/16, 8 PM the ultimate noir jazz band playing noir material: Sexmob plays John Lurie film music at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/17, 7 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Grand Victory, $9.
9/17, 8 PM a solo show by eclectic, lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at Subculture
9/17, 10ish iconic 80s ska/soca popsters the English Beat – whose recent tour is by all accounts unbelievably fun – at Brooklyn Bowl, $25.
9/18, 7:30 PM fun, intense, trippy Moroccan funk/metal jamband Hoba Hoba Spirit at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
9/18-21 tenor saxophonist Mark Turner plays material from his new ECM album with Avishai Cohen – trumpet; Joe Martin – bass; Justin Brown – drums,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/30 on the weekend
9/18, 8 PM diverse, slinky, tuneful female-fronted pan-latin rockers La Santa Cecilia at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix highly rec.
9/18, 8 PM indie classsical chamber group Eighth Blackbird play the New York premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise plus works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo and Justin Bieber at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.
9/19 dark, tuneful Australian guy/girl garage-punk duo Gooch Palms at Cake Shop. 9/20 they’re at Death by Audio and on 9/22 at the Flat in Bushwick.
9/19, 8 PM virtuoso clarinetist Thomas Piercy and pianist Noritaka Ito perform works pairing NYC composers with their Tokyo counterparts: Fernando Otero, Toshio Hosokawa, Yuichi Matsumoto, Masatora Goya, Senri Oe, Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premieres by NYC’s Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, and David Wolfson all on the bill at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
9/19-20, 9 PM darkly jangly retro 60s band the Dandy Warhols at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.
9/19, 10 PM ex-Cramps guitarist and noisy noir rock troublemaker Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds at Glasslands, $12.
9/20, 7 PM intense, tuneful, no-bullshit Northwest Connecticut all-female punk trio Damn Broads at Gussy’s Bar in Astoria.
9/20, 9 PM legendary Irish first-wave punk band Stiff Little Fingers, still vital after all these years at Irving Plaza, $32.50 adv tix a must.
9/21, 3 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Palisades in Bushwick.
9/21, 8 PM elegant trad piano jazz with the Ted Rosenthal Trio at Subculture
9/23-24 and 9/26-28 lyrical piano jazz icon Fred Hersch leads a new trio with Esperanza Spaulding on bass and Richie Barshay on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30. He’s also playing solo on 9/25.
9/23, 8 PM classical pianist Inon Barnatan playing a program TBA at Subculture
9/24, 8 PM Malian roots music with singer and multi-instrumentalist Rokia Traoré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté with his son Sidiki Diabaté at the BAM opera house, $25 tix avail.
9/24, 8 PM pianist and Beatles reinventor Anthony Molinaro at Subculture
9/24, 9:30 PM hilariously satirical oldtimey/newgrass hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at the Bell House, $!0.
9/24, 10ish ageless dub icon and marijuana advocate Lee Scratch Perry at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
9/25, 8 PM an upbeat, good-time brass band triplebill: hip-hop oriented grooves with No BS! Brass, FONT’s Afro-Brass Assembly and Mexican ranchera/bolero crew Banda de los Muertos at Littlefield, $20.
9/25, 8 PM hard-charging, Ben Webster-influenced Russian tenor sax player Oleg Kireyev leads a quintet at Symphony Space, $17 adv tix rec
9/25, 9 PM luminous singer Shara Worden’s kinetic, string-driven art-rock band My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
9/26, 7 PM psychedelic samba funk/jazz guitar duo Chico Coehlo & Dave Ridnell at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
9/26, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 2, 4, and 6 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
9/26, 8 PM cinematic/minimalist composer/pianist Evan Duffy at Subculture
9/26, 8:30 PM ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
9/27, 8 PM psychedelic funky Japanese noiserock/dreampop band Bo Ningen at Terminal 5, $30.
9/27, 9ish sharp, perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s
9/28, 8 PM Milwaukee highway rock legends the BoDeans - who’re going in an increasingly lush, Americana-fueled direction – at B.B. King’s, $28.50 adv tix rec.
9/29-30,9 PM dark Danish garage rock with the Raveonettes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.
9/30, 7 PM Bolivian jazz vocal star Gian-Carla Tisera plays the album relese show for her debut solo cd Nora la Bella at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud., no extra charge for online tix reservations.
9/30 rising star Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa withRuy Adrian López-Nussa – percussion; Jorge Sawa Perez– bass,7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
9/30, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet plays Beethoven string quartets Op. 18, No. 3 (D major); Op. 95 (F minor); Op. 135 (F major) at Subculture
10/3, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs at the Mercury, $10
10/7, 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles.
10/12, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Han play music of Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20; Charter bus service available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves, $10 per person, roundtrip; bus reservations at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.
10/15-18, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays Stravinsky works including the Rite of Spring to accompany puppeteer Basil Twist’s new production at Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, $25 tix avail.
10/16-18 indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird perform Murder Ballades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with L.A Dance Project and choreography by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck at BAM.
10/17, 8 PM 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet play Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5 at Bargemusic,$35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
10/18, 11 PM eclectic Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie doing her creepy chamber pop thing followed at midnight by equally haunting former Piker Ryan and Kundera frontman Mark Steiner at Sidewalk. Intense Czech violinist Pavel Cingl does double duty with both bands
10/19, 2 PM the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble plays their new arrangement of Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D Major (arr. Stein); Roberto Sierra; New work; SchubertL Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Brooklyn Museum, $10 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/22 and 10/24 at 7:30 at the Morgan Library.
10/22-25, 7:30 PM the world premieres of Ted Hearne‘s musical theatre piece The Source, drawn from the leaks of antifascist hero/heroine Chelsea Manning, at BAM.
10/25, 11 PM perennially popular Afrobeat/funk/groove unit Budos Band play the album release show for their new one at the Wick, $22
10/30-31 grasscore icons the Infamous Stringdusters at Highline Ballroom. First night is a Grateful Dead tribute show.
10/30, 7 PM super cool 80s/90s ska nostalgia in reverse order: Mephiskapheles, the Toasters, No Redeeming Social Value, the Ladrones at the Mercury, $20 adv tix req.
10/30, 8 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
10/31, 7 PM pianist Michael Riesman plays Philip Glass’ score to Dracula to accompany a screening of the original 1931 film at the Morgan Library, $25.
11/7, 7:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at the Mercury, $17 adv tix rec.
11/7, 10 PM the Steep Canyon Rangers - famous for backing Steve Martin, though their own bluegrass/newgrass is killer as well – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
11/10, 8:30 PM the Nels Cline Singers play 2 sets at Rough Trade, $16 adv tix rec.
11/22 wickedly tuneful female-fronted noir surf/dark garage band the Wytches at Baby’s All Right – 11/24 they’re at the Mercury
12/4, 7:30 PM Federico Agostini, violin and Enrico Elisi, piano play Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 at the Morgan Library, $25