The new September/October 2012 calendar is here.
For directions and other information on the venues where these shows are happening, check the exhaustive guide to over 200 New York live music venues at NYMD’s sister blog, Lucid Culture.
Times listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says “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:
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin has a lot of shows coming up. He’s at Terra Blues at 7 PM on 9/4, 9/6, 9/9/, 9/11 and 9/30. He’s also Lucille’s on 9/7 at 8 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.
Most Mondays at Rock Shop, 9ish it’s the Gowanus All-Stars feat. brilliant guitarist Chris Erikson (who’s got a great new album out) with a rotating cast of characters from his Americana rock circle, free
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 nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:30 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 at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Most Mondays in September (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 at 10 PM Gato Loco plays Zirzamin. One venues calls them a “psycho mambo band,” but that doesn’t translate their irrrestibly catchy but dark sound. Based in oldtime 1920s Cuban tunes and beats but with an irreverent current-day sensibility, they’re one of the funnest bands in town right now. Depending on who’s available, they may roll out their low-register unit which includes baritone sax, tuba, baritone guitar and bass.
Also Mondays in September 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 September clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays in September 10 PM dark eclectic 80s/goth rocker Alfonso Velez at Spike Hill
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 at 9:30 Roosevelt Dime plays their unique mix of oldtimey string band music with a dash of classic 60s soul at Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg.
Wednesdays at 10 PM Avi Fox-Rosen plays the Way Station in Ft. Greene. He’s one of the two lead guitarists in the completely over-the-top Yiddish Princess, a funky original songwriter with a lyrical bite, and fluent in klezmer as well. One of NYC’s smartest, most original talents
Wednesdays at midnight snarling imaginative lo-fi Bollywood rock band Yankee Bang Bang – who’ve got an intriguing new album out – play Broomies, 921 Broadway in Bushwick.
Thursdays in August starting 8/9 at 8 PM Manouche Bag plays original and classic gypsy jazz at Madame Claude Cafe, 364 4th St. (corner of Brunswick), Jersey City, Path train to Grove St. and walk straight up Newark Ave.
Thursdays and Fridays in September Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Thursdays in September), 1 PM, Julian Wachner conducts Novus NY performing works by a dozen recent Pulitzer winners in composition at Trinity Church, free.
Fridays in August at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays 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 from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Weekly Sunday organ concerts resume the last week of September at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave. at 5:15 PM, an international parade of A-list organists looking to give the mighty 1913 Skinner organ here a sendoff before it’s replaced.
Sundays in September at 6 PM clarinetist Thomas Piercy and pianist Claudine Hickman play an eclectic mix of Piazzolla, Gershwin and new compositions from their highly anticipated forthcoming album at Caffe Vivaldi, free.
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 September, 9/11 PM the cutting-edge Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – a mighty beast that ranks with the Mingus bands as one of the city’s most fascinating jazz orchestras – at Birdland, $30 seats avail., res. req.
8/1, 7 PM the Imani Winds play all NYC premiere program plus appearances by the United States Air Force wind quintet and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St, free.
8/1, 7:30 PM Harlem’s original eclectic punk band the Band-Droidz at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $12
8/1-5 veteran soul/jazz tenor saxophonist Lou Donaldson leads a B3 organ quartet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 ($30 on the weekend).
8/1, 8 PM the probably assaultive, gypsy-flavored New York Chamber Trio: Eyal Maoz (guitars) Ron Caswell (tuba)Chris Stromquist (drums) followed at 10 by one of the most reliably interesting improvisers around, Marty Ehrlich (reeds) with Drew Gress (bass) and Ches Smith (drums) at the Stone, $10.
8/1, 8:30 PM female-fronted, keyboard-driven band Changing Modes – whose artsy, literate new album is one of the year’s best – at the Knitting Factory, $10
8/1, 9 PM avant garde Ensemble Pamplemousse pianist David Broome followed eventually at 11 by intriguing jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, who blend oldtimey swing, modern bucolic styles and darker, more challenging improvisational sounds at Zirzamin
8/1, 9 PM Israeli Middle Eastern dance-funk orchestra Yemen Blues at Damrosch Park, early arrival advised. If you need to see them in air-conditioned comfort, they’re at City Winery at 8 on 8/4 for $22 and will probably sell out even though this is a free show.
8/1, 8 PM chanteuse/uke player Bliss Blood’s torchy, lurid noir cinematic duo Evanescent at 68 Jay St. Bar.
8/1, 9:30 PM richly twangy Americana rockers Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Mercury, $10.
8/1, 9:30 PM cello/drums free jazz duets with Daniel Levin and Juan Pablo Carletti at Culturefix
8/2, noon, Afrobeat hip-hop bandleader Blitz the Ambassador at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free.
8/2, 6:30 PM intense, eclectic jazz composer/tenor saxophonist Geoff Vidal with Sean Conly on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums at the Bar Next Door, free.
8/2, 7 PM eclectic oldtime acoustic blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
8/2, 7:30 PM the clever, original, tuneful Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet (feat. brilliant baritone saxophonist Jenny Hill) at Zirzamin
8/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes followed at 10 by New Orleans brass band Tuba Skinny.
8/2, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band play new oldtimey gypsy-tinged jazz at the Castello Plan in Ditmas Park.
8/2, 8 PM Symfinity – who mix oldschool art-pop sounds reminiscent of Renaissance and the Moody Blues with heavier Trans-Siberian Orchestra pomp – at Fontana’s, $7
8/2, 9 PM high-energy oldtime swing and blues with Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 8/23.
8/2, 9:30 PM eclectic funk orchestra Burnt Sugar plays Sun Ra at Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave. in Coney Island, any train to Stillwell Ave., $15.
8/2, 10 PM artsy anthemic hypnotic dreampop rockers Slowness play Pete’s. Nice catchy jangle and clang, not your usual MBV ripoff.
8/2, midnight the Hsu-Nami play Taiwanese art-rock/metal instrumentals with electrified er-hu violin at Trash, $7 – this band is unbelievably intense and a lot of fun.
8/2, midnight, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop indie pop band Vacationer at Union Hall, $12.
8/2, 8:30 PM the reliably devious, powerhouse Jon Irabagon on alto sax with Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min; they’re here again on 8/4 at 9 and 10:30, same deal
8/2, 9ish noir guitar stylist Ben Von Wildenhaus with his band followed by the recently regrouped and amazing Dimestore Dance Band – the missing link between Django Reinhardt and Erik Satie, now more noir than ever – at Zebulon.
8/2, 9 PM hip-hop brass band grooves with PitchBlak Brass Band at Shrine, free. They’re also at Joe’s Pub on 8/19 at 9:30 PM for $12
8/2, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on the 23rh, same time.
8/2, 9ish the Bad Plus play Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring at Damrosch Park behind Lincoln Center – don’t say you weren’t warned.
8/2, 10 PM Stratospheerius – the original violin metal band, whose new album reputedly shreds (don’t they always) at the Delancey, $10.
8/2, 10 PM saxophonist Jacob Garchik’s tuneful, sometimes brooding 3rd-stream 4twenty project at I-Beam, $10
8/2, 10:30 PM Jack Grace’s edgy, recently reunited, funky jamband Steak – who were a sort of early zeros counterpart to Little Feat – at Bowery Electric, free
8/2, 10:30 PM hilariously filthy, theatrical punk girlgroup pop spoof Cudzoo & the Fagettes at the Mercury, $10.
8/2, 11 PM Spanish jazz guitarist Dave Juarez with his versatile band at Desmond’s of all places.
8/3, 6 PM the Matt Cross Gypsy Jazz Quartet at Radegast Hall
8/3, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk orchestra Turkuaz at the Cameo Gallery, $12.
8/3, 8 PM dark female-fronted 4AD-style dreampop rockers Dead Leaf Echo at the Knitting Factory, $10.
8/3, 8/10 PM bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’s Abraxas plays the cd release show for their performance of John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19 with Aram Bajakian (guitars), Eyal Maoz (guitars), Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (on gimbri this time), Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $10.
8/3, 9 PM Tracy Island (the psychedelic pop duo project from Ian and Liza of the Larch) followed by the dark, virtuosically eclectic female-fronted folk/Americana of the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene. The Sometime Boys are also at Fifth Estate in Park Slope on 8/8 at 10.
8/3, 9ish chanteuse/pianist Kate Mattison’s torchy, hypnotic, catchy downtempo/trip-hop soul trio Mattison at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/3, 10:30 PM oldschool 60s organ/trombone soul-jazz with the Jared Gold /Dave Gibson Quintet at the Fat Cat.
8/3, 11 PM edgy, upbeat bluesy original swing tunes with guitarist Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the 92YTribeca, $10
8/3, 11 PM intriguing dark indie folk group Colorform – who combine live painting with live music – at Culturefix. Colorform at Culturefix – how’s that for 3 syllables?
8/4, sets 1 and 3 PM, the Jack Quartet play works by Guillaume de Machaut, Charles Ives, Brian Baumbush, Ken Thomson, Payton MacDonald and David Crowell on Colonels Row on Governors Island, free.
8/4, 2 PM surf music on the Coney Island boardwalk next to the Wonder Wheel: ferocious originals with Commercial Interruption andStrange But Surf , psychedelic Ohio instrumentalists Purple k’niF at 4, Connecticut’s retro, purist Clamsat 5, Boston’s maniacal macabre Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion at 6 followed by the sly sci-fi women of Alien Surfer Babes at 7. Some of these bands play Unsteady Freddie’s thing at Otto’s later that night.
8/4 well-loved Malian bandleaders/crooner-and-chanteuse duo Amadou & Mariam at Central Park Summerstage, 5ish, early arrival advised.
8/4, 6:30 PM oldtime and bluegrass night with Spirit Family Reunion, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West and Del McCoury and band at Prospect Park Bandshell.
8/4, 7ish one of the year’s most unlikely but best triplebills: reliably hilarious faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes, psychedelic country/blues/bluegrass band American String Conspiracy and the unstoppably ferocious noir/ghoulabilly monster that is the Reid Paley Trio at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, $12
8/4, 8 PM “Music of Early Spain and beyond… bridging the ancient to the present with exotic songs, compelling dances and virtuosic improvisations, ALBA perform early Mediterranean music on traditional instruments. ALBA evokes the haunting melodies and dynamic rhythms of the Iberian peninsula as well as music from its Middle-Eastern and European neighbors. Through the time of La Convivencia when Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures flourished together to the Golden Age of Spain, ALBA makes this passionate music contemporary. With Margo Gezairlian Grib, voice, vielle; Rex Benincasa, percussion; Haig Manoukian, oud; Christopher Morrongiello, lute, guitarra Española at Bargemusic, $35 ($30 senior, $15 student).
8/4, 8 PM “an international quartet of improvisers dedicated to charming the Snake with sounds inspired by the Berber trance music of a real and imaginary Morocco: Satoshi Takeishi: percussion, Mat Maneri: viola, Brahim Frigbane: oud, Michaël Attias: alto saxophone” at Barbes followed at 10 by high-energy Mexican style Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos playing polkas and more.
8/4, 8 PM atmospheric, haunting soundscapes by Spooky Ghost at the small room at the Rockwood.
8/4, 8 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by purist bluegrass/honkytonk rockers Demolition String Band at 68 Jay St. Bar.
8/4, 8 PM B3 grooves with the Masami Ishikawa Organ Quartet at Cleopatra’s Needle, free
8/4, 8:30 PM fiery avant accordion music with Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson at Damrosch Park.
8/4, 9 PM at Otto’s it’s Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf music shindig and this is one of the best, with the Initials, the ferocious, Link Wray inspired Howlin Thurstons, the eclectic TarantinosNYC at 11 and George Sempepos’ phenomenally good, psychedelic Middle Eastern surf rockers the Byzan-tones at around midnight.
8/4, 9ish intense gypsy punk with Bad Buka at Mehanata.
8/4, 9 PM M Shanghai String Band – NYC’s original citybilly band, with a lead singer who pla,ys spoons – at the Jalopy, $10.
8/4, 9 PM the Piccadilly Weepers sing sea chanteys at Pete’s.
8/4, 9:30 PM chanteuse Farah Siraj & the Arabian Jazz Project play their intriguing, sultry East/West improvisations at Drom, $10 gen adm. Followed at 10 (separate admission) by a “reggae festival” with a dancehall vibe feat. Catalyst, Cocobrains, Illspree, Ras T and Sister Nancy backed by a live band, $15 w/rsvp, or call 646-200-2332.
8/4, 9:30 PM thoughtful, terse desert blues guitar star Sidi Toure at Joe’s Pub, $18.
8/4, 10 PM smart, funny, female-fronted, indelibly NYC urban pop band Delusions of Grand Streetat Trash, $8
8/4, 10 PM Jerry Adler of the Blam’s latest excellent project, lush dreampop rockers Wave Sleep Wave at at the Stone, $10.
8/4, 11 PM dark, smart, anthemic 80s flavored rock with Alfonso Velez at Muchmore’s, 2 Havemeyer St. (at Union), Williamsburg, free
8/4, 11ish PM hilarious cowpunk satirists Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Union Hall, $8.
8/4, half past midnight brilliant, cruelly satirical soul/funk man/filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative at the Blue Note, $10
8/5, 3 PM the Imani Winds play world premieres by emerging composers Joelle Zigman, Matt Siffert, Phil Taylor, Alex Weston, Matthew Taylor, Sam Parrilla, Molly Joyce, and Yuan-Chen Li at the Concert Hall at Mannes College of Music, 150 W 85th St.,hosted by Mohammed Fairouz, free.
8/5, 4:45 PM organist Stephen Fraser plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
8/5, 5 PM Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St. in Williamsburg
8/5, 6 PM creepy jazz improvisation with a couple of guys from creepy improvisers Dollshot: bassist Giacomo Merega, tenor saxophonist Noah Kaplan, plus guitarist Andy Bianco and trumpeter Joe Moffett at Downtown Music Gallery, free
8/5, 7 PM Que Vlo-Ve (Wade Ripka & Nick DiFeo, guitars; Quince Marcum, vocals) play classic Greek rembetiko followed at 9 by the Hot Club of Flatbush pinchhitting for the temporarily AWOL Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
8/5, 7:30 PM a tribute to salsa composer Tite Curet Alonso with Viento de Agua feat. special guest Lalo Rodríguez plus the NYC debut of Grupo Esencia de Ponce at Damrosch Park behind Lincoln Center, early arrival advised.
8/5, 8:30 PM tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch – whose new album has swing and bite – at Caffe Vivaldi with his group.
8/5, 8:30 PM jazz violinist Scott Tixier with his group: Frank Locrasto , piano; Matt Parker, saxophone; Burniss Earl Travis II, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/5, 9ish Esquela – fiery female-fronted oldschool country/honkytonk band – at Rodeo Bar
8/5, 9 PM the Red Hook Ramblers playing their own hot jazz soundtracks to Fatty Arbuckle in “A Reckless Romeo” (1917) and two of his funniest silent comedies with Buster Keaton: “The Cook” (1918), and “Coney Island” (1917).at the Jalopy, $10.
8/5, 10 PM guitarist Yoshie Fruchter’s delightful klezmer metal/surf rock band Pitom at the Stone, $10
8/6, 7:30 PM weird segue, great show: slamming salsa with the Pedrito Martinez Group followed by Malian desert blues guitarist Sidi Toure at Marcus Garvey Park.
8/6, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful third-stream original jazz compositions with composer Marshall Gilkes, trombone; Donny McCaslin, saxophones; Adam Birnbaum, piano, Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Eric Doob, drums at Dizzy’s Club, $25
8/6, 8 PM freak-folk legend Brute Force and Daughter of Force open with a cameo before NYC’s original gypsy punk brass band, Hungry March Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $8, free before 7 PM.
8/6, 8 PM popular 90s roots reggae crooner Barrington Levy at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec.
8/6, 8:30 PM cerebral, intense latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/6, 9 PM swirling, hard-hitting dreampop/garage rockers the K-Holes at the Knitting Factory, $10.
8/6, 9 PM trombonist David White leads his massive Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free
8/6, 9 PM the tuneful, atmospheric, purist retro 50s Behn Gillece Vibraphone Quintet at the Fat Cat – if you can imagine anything approaching “atmosphere” at the Fat Cat…
8/6, 9 PM Swingadelic play their monthly show at Maxwell’s, free.
8/6, 9:30ish, exhilarating retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly – who should have won the WNYC Battle of the Bands contest – at Barbes. They’re also here on 8/13.
8/6-7, 10 PM Lucinda Williams at Bowery Ballroom, $35 tix have not sold out yet as of 7/25.
8/6, 10:15 PM dark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors at Trash, $10
8/7, 7 PM the queen of Coney Island phantasmagorical noir rock and soul, Carol Lipnik & Spookarama at Barbes.
8/7, 7 PM trombonist Michael Dease leads his tuneful, purist Big Band at the Garage Restaurant in the west village.
8/7 7:30 PM wild gypsy band Romashka on the roof of the Manhattan JCC ($20 cover includes free vodka!!!)
8/7, 7:30 PM violinist Lara St. John and friends celebrate the 25th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s 1987 Central Park concert at the Naumburg Bandshell, early arrival advised if you want a seat.
8/7, 7:30 PM six-piano new music powerhouse Grand Band – whose titanic performance was one of the highlights of this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon – playing Steve Reich’s ‘Six Pianos’ and Julia Wolfe’s Aretha Franklin-inspired ‘my lips from speaking…’ plus works by Philip Glass and Kate Moore at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix highly rec.
8/7, 9ish eclectic tuneful indie folk from multi-instrumentalist Alice Bierhorst and another multi-instrumentalist, hauntingly anthemic neoromantic/rock songwriter Serena Jost at Freddy’s.
8/7, 9 PM the Simple Minded Predators play bluegrass at Pete’s.
8/7-12, 9/11 PM vibraphonist and Christian McBride bandmate Warren Wolf – whose latest album is superb – at the Vanguard with Allyn Johnson on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass and Billy Williams on drums, $30
8/7, 9:30 PM Ethiopian jazz powerhouse Either/Orchestra – whose marathon concert last year at the New School featured a lot of recently unearthed stuff from Ethiopia and was absolutely off the hook – at the Jazz Standard, $20
8/8, 7 PM retro soul sensation Bettye LaVette at Madison Square Park.
8/8, 7 PM Marty Hroncich Co. mix old Italian favorites from the Istria & Kvarner region at Athens Square Park in Astoria, N to 30th Ave., free.
8/8, 10 PM pensive, sometimes haunting indie folk/gothic band Little Embers at at LIC Bar
8/8, 10:30 PM oldtimey hot jazz with Ted Hefko & the Thousandaires at Cafe Steinhof in Park Slope; 8/9 they’re at Radegast Hall at 9 and then on 8/29 at LIC Bar at 10.
8/8, 9 PM tuneful, intense alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads an equally intense quintet with Orrin Evans – piano; Ben Wolfe – bass, Rudy Royston – drums, Nick Vayenas – trombone at Smalls.
8/8, 9:30ish upbeat acoustic Americana and bluegrass with PartyFolk at Rodeo Bar
8/8, 10 PM the reliably eclectic 101 Crustaceans’ Ed Pastorini at Zirzamin
8/8, midnight, lead guitarist to the stars of the underground Thad Debrock – a brilliant, eclectic player on his own stuff too – at the small room at the Rockwood
8/9 cumbia party monsters Chico Trujillo plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Harbor Lights, boarding at 6, leaving at 7 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. and the FDR, $25.
8/9, 6 PM Frankie Bambara’s ageless, perennially fresh salsa jazz grooves at Shrine.
8/9, 6:30 PM the fascinating, lush, moody Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet come downtown from their Tutuma Social Club homebase in midtown for an East Village show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $20
8/9, 7:30 PM dark Americana with Kelli Scarr and Alana Amram with Jim Campilongo at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
8/9, 8 PM smart artsy retro 80s keyboard-driven rockers Overlord at Union Hall, $8.
8/9, 9 PM Veveritse Brass Band– as intense as Slavic Soul Party but without the hip-hop influence, and more improvisational, at the Jalopy, $10.
8/9, 9 PM Kurt Neumann leads a Sam Llanas-less version of literate heartland rock legends the BoDeans at City Winery, $25 standing room avail. Avoid the 8 PM opening act at all costs: she plays putrid Aaliyah-style corporate “R&B” disguised as country.
8/9, 9:30ish the Doc Marshalls– who mix hard-edge Texas zydeco with oldschool honkytonk – at Rodeo Bar
8/9, 9:30 PM the Brian Charette Organ Sextette – whose new album is one of this year’s most enjoyable jazz releases – at Smalls with Brian Charette – organ, Mike DiRubbo – alto sax, Seamus Blake – tenor sax, Itai Kriss – flute, John Ellis – clarinet, Jochen Rueckert – drums at Smalls
8/9, 10 PM a solo show by brilliantly lyrical pianist Brian Marsella of the Flail and Cyro Baptista’s band (and also a foppish indie band, and that hasidic stoner reggae abomination – hey, rent isn’t cheap) at the Stone, $10
8/10, 8 PM East African chanteuse Alsarah & the Nubatones followed at 10 by the self-explanatory Cumbiagra at Barbes.
8/10, 8 PM powerpop bandleader Mikal Evansplays the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 10 by surfy Colombian rock duo Il Albanico; next door the self-explanatory NY Funk Exchange plays the big room there at half past midnight
Bard Summerscape Festival starts August 10. Yeah, it’s out of town, but this year’s program is pretty amazing, an examination of the world of Camille Saint-Saens and his turbulent artistic world. Transportation from NYC for ticketholders is available via a $30 shuttle from Lincoln Center or a free shuttle from the Poughkeepsie Metro North commuter train station.
8/10, 9 PM the reliably charming, hilarious, sharply literate Amy Allison – whose new album is reputedly sensational – at Dixon Place, $18
8/10, 9 PM psychedelic Americana and blues with American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s.
8/10, 9:30 PM Choban Elektrik – who put a keyboard-driven psychedelic rock spin on Balkan music – at Rock Shop in Gowanus.
8/10, l0 PM Shane MacGowan-esque folk noir band Thee Shambels followed at midnight by fiery, female-fronted gypsy punks Amour Obscur at Zirzamin.
8/10, 10 PM the self-explanatory Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar.
8/10 10 PM the garage-punk-gospel Lost Crusaders return with a bang with a rare duo show with frontman Michael Chandler and guitarist Johnny Vigneault at Otto’s
8/10, 10 PM Ianbassa play roots reggae at Shrine.
8/10, midnight, amazing, high-energy gypsy punk brass monstrosity March Fourth Marching Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
8/11, 3 PM banjoist/folksinger Abigail Washburn at Central Park Summerstage. Buckwheat Zydeco headlines afterward.
8/11, 8 PM Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Barbes.
8/11, 8 PM the Avalon String Quartet play Beethoven String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 in C-sharp minor; String Quartet No. 16, Op.135 in F Major at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15 stud.
8/11, 8:30 PM Lyle Lovett at Prospect Park Bandshell- you might have to listen from outside the arena for this one unless there’s a lot of rain beforehand.
8/11, 10 PM diverse Americana songwriter/blues guitar genius Will Scott at 68 Jay St. Bar.
8/11, 11 PM sly satirical theatrical retro rock with Alien Surfer Babes and Witches in Bikinis at Local 269, $10
8/12, 1 PM haunting, politically fueled, powerfully relevant klezmer band Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/12, 3 PM eclectic steel pan virtuoso/cinematic composer Andy Akiho and ensemble at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, free w/museum adm ($10/$5 stud). N/Q to Broadway or F to Queensbridge/21st St.
8/12, 5:30 PM Afrobeat band Toubab Crewe in the parking lot behind City Winery, free.
8/12, 6 PM Jose Valente on viola, Daniel Levin on cello and Jason Hwang on violin improvise at Downtown Music Gallery, free.
8/12, 9 PM badass alt-country siren and Neko Case collaborator Carolyn Mark at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
8/12, 9 PM the LES Hot Club play classic gypsy jazz at Barbes.
8/13, 9 PM the Gil Evans-influenced Florencia Gonzalez Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free. She leads her smaller candombe jazz project here on 8/23 at 9.
8/13 perennially intense, psychedelic jangle/punks Band of Outsiders at the Ding Dong Lounge in Harlem at 10.
8/13, midnight the sly oldschool 60s C&W sounds of the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn
8/14, 7 PM jazz guitarist David Ullmann’s quintet play the cd release show for their reputedly excellent new one, Falling at Barbes with Chris Dingman – vibes; Karel Ruzicka Jr. – sax; Vinnie Sperrazza – drums and Gary Wang – bass followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party (whose new album is more than reputedly excellent).
8/14, 8:30/10:30 PM tasteful, eclectic jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta with Cameron Brown on bass and Jeff Hirschfield on drums at the Bar Next Door
8/14, 9ish the self-explanatory, horn-driven, psychedelic NY Funk Exchange at Lucille’s. A good room for this band. They’re also at Groove on 8/22 at 8 and 8/25 at 9.
8/14, 9ish a promising improvisational night: Mike Pride, drums + compositions; Jon Irabagon, alto & tenor sax; Alexis Marcelo, piano; Peter Bitenc, bass; Jonathan Moritz, tenor sax; Jason Stein, bass clarinet at Korzo.
8/14, 9:30ish badass country siren and Neko Case collaborator Carolyn Mark at Rodeo Bar
8/14, 10 PM intense Armenian-tinged improvisations with Lou Reed lead guitarist Aram Bajakian and singer Julia Ulehla at the Stone, $10
8/15-16,7:30ish a mini bachata nueva festival at Highbridge Park uptown. On the 15th it’s Henry Santos from Aventura; the 16th has K Rose and 24 Horas.
8/15, 8 PM at the Stone: Louie Belogenis (soprano and tenor saxes) Russ Lossing (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums)followed at 10 by Project Fukushima NYC, a benefit for Japan with Kaoru Watanabe (fue, taiko) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud) Yuka (voice, taishogoto, ukulele, electronics); Pet Bottle Ningen: Dave Scanlon (guitar) Nonoko Yoshida (sax) Dave Miller (drums); Aya Nishina + Miho Hatori’s NEW OPTIMISM: Miho Hatori (vocal) Timo Ellis (bass) Shoko Nagai (key) Ahmed Gallab (drums) Aya Nishina (piano).”The benefit marathon concert in NYC hosted by three bands (20 minutes each) dedicates all its proceeds to Project Fukushima in Japan.”
8/15, 9ish the jaunty, oldtimey Two Man Gentlemen Band – whose new album of drinking songs is surprisingly loud and hard-hitting – at Rodeo Bar; 8/16 they’re at Rock Shop at 8ish, $10.
8/16, 7:30 PM the jaunty, oldtimey Two Man Gentlemen Band – whose new album of drinking songs is surprisingly loud and hard-hitting – at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $12.
8/16, 8 PM John Zorn improv night with bassist Shanir Blumenkranz plus a parade of usual suspects at the Stone, $25, get there early.
8/16, 8ish Gladys Knight – how old is she now, about 90? – in the parking lot adjacent to the baseball stadium in Coney Island. You may want to bring binoculars and take this one in from the boardwalk since the PA is good and loud but space is cramped and quickly gets fenced off into a labyrinth by the cops. If you really need more laundromat music, the Commodores (“I’m lea-ee-hee-vin on a Sunday moanin, yeah-eh!”) open the show at 7:30
8/16, 8:30ish the Gentlemen Callers play oldschool honkytonk followed by the amusing but spot-on all-female Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts at Union Hall, $7.
8/16, 10 PM powerpop guitar genius Pete Galub at Zirzamin
8/17, 7 PM Colombian Caribbean jazz with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra and the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective with special guests Gregorio Uribe and Alejandro Florez at le Poisson Rouge, $15
8/17, 7 PM indie classical ensemble Percussia -whose name pretty much defines their repertoire – at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, free.
8/17, 7:30 PM Roberto Prosseda, piano plays”Midsummer Nocturnes” by Mendelssohn, Chopin, John Field, Debussy and Scriabin at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
8/17, 8:30ish a mixed bag of funk and soul with Austin’s exhilarating New Orleans-flavored Mingo Fishtrap, John Legend-ish smoov G Tre Williams & the Revelations and then the oldschool JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
8/17, 10 PM creepy noir guitar soundtrack magic with Stephen Ulrich and Itamar Ziegler at Barbes.
8/17, 10 PM two of NYC’s best-loved bluegrass crews with Demolition String Band followed by Freshly Baked Bluegrass at the Jalopy, $10.
8/17, 10 PM the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson at Maxwell’s, $20 adv tix avail. at the club and in Manhattan at Other Music.
8/17, 10ish entrancing cello/marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi.
8/17 irrepressible, entertaining punk/garage/hardcore band the Hussy – on tour for their new album Weed Seizure – at the Parkside, 10ish.
8/17, 10 PM Royal Khaoz play roots reggae at Shrine.
8/17, 10ish stoner hip-hop/punkmetal legends the Kottonmouth Kings at B.B. King’s, $25 gen adm. “You will find no traces of tight jeans or trendy indie trash!”
8/17, 10:30 PM raucous, high-energy country blues and hillbilly stuff with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at Hill Country, $12.
8/17, 11 PM the Binky Griptite Band a.k.a. most of the Dap-Tone posse playing oldschool soul and funk at Littlefield, $10
8/18, 5 PM a Daptone kind of soul/Afrobeat dance party with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas, free at Williamsburg Park, N 12th St/Kent Ave., get there early
8/18, 5 PM Lee Feldman at Something Jazz Club. He’s got a fascinating, often haunting album of piano/cello duets of traditional Jewish music out as well as a playful album of original songs. For fans of chamber pop and Steely Dan.
8/18, 6 PM metal guitar shredder Steve Marchena (of the artsy Superbug) followed at 7 by the irrepressibly funny, satirical retro rock spoof Witches in Bikinis in front of the Wonder Wheel on the Coney Island boardwalk
8/18, 8 PM violinist/singer Mireya Ramos, frontwoman of Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi band – plays Barbes followed at 10 by the ferocious, wild Balkan sounds of Raya Brass Band (whose new album might be the year’s best).
8/18, 8:30 PM the aptly titled Argentinian J.P. Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
8/18, 9:15 PM torchy, intense, slyly literate ululele songstress Kelli Rae Powell at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
8/18, 11:30 PM exhilarating retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Brooklyn Bowl, $5
8/19, 3 PM get to Central Park Summerstage when the gates open if you want to see roots reggae harmony legends the Mighty Diamonds and Israeli Vibration. What’s left of Inner Circle play afterward (one can only imagine what the late Jacob Miller would have thought of the Fox network using a song by his old band as the theme for the most racist show on tv).
8/19, 4:45 PM organist David Christopher plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
8/19, 7 PM Albuquerque band Le Chat Lunatique mix gypsy jazz with reggae and other unexpected sounds at Barbes followed at 9 by newschool gypsy jazz virtuoso Stephane Wrembel. Le Chat Lunatique court tres tres vite to the Jalopy afterward for a 9 PM set.
8/19, 7 PM a marathon dancehall-and-roots reggae party with Iris Ation, Prince Polo, Rootz Underground and then Inner Circle, straight from their Summerstage gig, playing a free show plus “an exclusive listening session, artist meet-and-greet, promotional giveaways” on the roof at Midtown 1015, 2nd Ave/53rd St, free.
8/19, 9 PM arguably the most haunting triplebill of 2012: Twin Peaks guitar duos with Ulrich Ziegler, the equally cinematic klezmer-tinged chamber-rock of Barbez – whose Paul Celan tribute from a couple of years ago is amazing- and then dark sweeping female-fronted art-rockers Bee & Flower at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, $10.
8/19, 10ish Cleveland stoner metal legends Poobah – in their first NYC show since maybe the 90s – at R Bar of all places. These guys deserve to be playing Madison Square Garden!
8/20, 11:30 AM the four-day festival of Debussy piano music at the One Liberty Plaza lobby, 165 Broadway kicks off with Taka Kigawa followed at 1 by Geoffrey Burleson.
8/20 versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatar and saxophone powerhouse Lakecia Benjamin at Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave (125/126), time/$TBA. 8/21 she’s at the big room at the Rockwood.
8/20-28 New Orleans piano titan Henry Butler plays solo “early blues” followed by the reliably entertaining Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
8/20, 9 PM Middle Eastern-flavored jazz with the Idan Santhaus Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free.
8/21, 11:30 AM 8/20, 11:30 AM the four-day festival of Debussy piano music at the One Liberty Plaza lobby, 165 Broadway continues with Melody Fader followed at 1 by Kathleen Supové
8/21, 8/10 PM two generations of avant garde legends: Pauline Oliveros (digital accordion) with Susie Ibarra (drumset, percussion) at the Stone. At 10 they’re joined by Thollem McDonas (piano), $10.
8/21, 10 PM eclectic, brilliant Nation Beat violinist Skye Steele’s Glorious Sunshine Band at Pete’s
8/21, 10 PM Bow Wow Wow – yup, the latest incarnation of Annabella Lwin’s sassy, badass new wave band from the 80s – at B.B. King’s, $22.50 adv tix rec.
8/22, 11:30 AM 8/20, 11:30 AM the four-day festival of Debussy piano music at the One Liberty Plaza lobby, 165 Broadway continues with Jung Lin followed at 1 by David Witten, piano & Elena Mindlina, soprano
8/22, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony Tobin celebrates Debussy’s 150th birthday with a solo concert and premiere of his film Claude Debussy: The World Will Change In His Sound at WMP Concert Hall, $20
8/22, 8 PM jazz vocals with Tammy Scheffer and her Sextet followed by guitarist Assaf Kehati and his Trio at 9:30 at Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl., Park Slope, $10.
8/22 9ish the Byzan-tones – one of NYC’s best bands, playing wild dark psychedelic Greek remebetiko and surf music – at Zebulon
8/22, 9 PM the atmospheric indie classical Portland Cello Project at City Winery, $15 standing room avail.
8/22 9 PM veteran Memphis garage/Americana rocker John Paul Keith at Maxwell’s, $8; he’s at Grand Victory in Williamsburg on 8/24 at 10, $10
8/22, 11 PM torchy Americana chanteuse Megan Reilly at Zirzamin
8/22, midnight Stringbean & the Stalkers play dark eerie chromatic harp blues at the Ear Inn.
8/23, 11:30 AM 8/20, 11:30 AM the final day of the festival of Debussy piano music at the One Liberty Plaza lobby, 165 Broadway has Jed Distler followed at 1 by Wolf’s Gang, including Alexandra Honigsberg, viola; Demetrius Spaneas, flute/clarinet/saxophones; Jed Distler, piano
8/23, 7 PM eclectic psychedelic funk band Mamarazzi open for reggae/Afrobeat stars the Refugee All-Stars of Sierra Leone at East River Park, free.
8/23, 8 PM klezmer/bluegrass legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10.
8/23, 8 PM the reliably charming, politically aware, theatrical, harmony-driven Ukuladies at Freddy’s.
8/23, 8 PM Sweetheart of the Rodeo-style country band Whisperado plays Kenny’s Castaways, free
8/23, 8:30 PM clarinetist Josh Rutner leads a klezmer jazz sextet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/23, 9 PM powerpop maven Daniel Stampfel (late of the Inevitable Breakups) at Zirzamin
8/23, 9:30 PM Wendy Rule at Caffe Vivaldi. If you’re too broke for (or want something darker than) Missing Persons and Gene Loves Jezebel at B.B. King’s, this is cheaper (it’s free) and it’s a lot better.
8/23, 10ish Charlene Kaye & the Brilliant Eyes at the Gramercy Theatre, $15. The new album is slick and overproduced, but the songs rock, they’re smart and she’s a hell of a guitarist.
8/24, 5 PM postpunk/powerpop/”midwestern gothic” band Wojcik, Katie E. and then Mass at the Timeshare Backyard, 145 Ludlow St., free
8/24, 6ish smart, literate, oldtime western noir songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Karen Dahlstrom at the American Folk Art Museum, free
8/24, 7 PM the theme of this year’s Charlie Parker Festival at Marcus Garvey Park is Bird with Strings, a supposedly all-star lineup recreating pieces of that classic record. Then on the 25th, same place, same time it’s Jamire Williams’ Erimaj project, Derrick Hodge, singer Rene Marie and the presumably immortal Roy Haynes.
8/24, 8 PM International Strange Music Day at New Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Fl., $10 feat. an insane lineup: in no particular order, Kathleen Supove, Angela Babin + Cristian Amigo = Much Les Paul; the Dreamscape Floppies; Now Eleonor Sandresky; An Intimate Moment w/ Glenn Cornett;Hotdog Snotty R.I.P.; Jesse Krakow’s Greatest Hits; Micro-Tons o’ Fun w/ Johnny Reinhard; Jolly Ramey (Steve Carter & Maddi Horstmenn); Card Tricks with Kathleen Supove; Rahrahree! (Kurt Gottschalk vs. Tamara Yadao); Miguel Frasconi LLC; Symphony Baby & Wormhole Chili and Jed Distler as himself
8/24, 8 PM deviously charming, eclectic, hyperliterate torch song/Americana/quirk-pop trio the Debutante Hour at Dixon Place, $18
8/24, 9 PM Junior Toots (Toots Hibbert’s kid) and the Top Shotta Band followed by the CCB Reggae All-Stars at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
8/24 a rare reunion show by the Hangdogs – the great NYC band who were sort of the alt-country version of the Dead Kennedys – at Rodeo Bar, 9ish
8/24, 9ish suave baritone western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack City Ramblers at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
8/24, 9 PM adventurous guitarist Roberto Pianca along with drummer Flin Van Hemmen and fiery Balkan-influenced trumpeter Ben Syversen at I-Beam. They’re also at Brooklyn Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave in Bed-Stuy on 9/8 at 8.
8/24, 10 PM powerhouse chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s stupendously fun, multistylistic Bollywood/surf/art-rockers Bombay Rickey at Branded Saloon.
8/24 10 PM darkly psychedelic Ameicana rockers Mesiko (with Rachael Bell and David Marshall from the late, great Norden Bombsight) at Pete’s
8/24, 10 PM eclectic, smart latin jazz bassist Pedro Giraudo leads a sextet at Barbes.
8/24 11 PM fiery southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs play the album release show for their new one at the National Underground
8/25, 4 and 8 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes. Playful, psychedelic instrumentals about weird animals from around the world, suitable for kids, pray that the yuppie contingent with their whiny brats doesn’t show up.
8/25, 5 PM brilliant oldschool powerpop/psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Pete Galub and band at Pete’s. Candy Store, that is.
8/25, 8 PM ferociously lyrical, intense, defiant, dreampop/powerpop rockers the Brixton Riot at Maxwell’s
8/25, 8 PM, repeating on 8/26 at 2 PM the St. Petersburg String Quartet play Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in B-flat Major, “ Unfinished” Op. Post.1865) (1); Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 29, D. 804 “Rosamunde”; Ravel: String Quartet in F Major at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15 stud.
8/25, 8:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Balkan/Asian jamband Tribecastan at Sullivan Hall, $15 adv tix rec.
8/25, 8:30 PM Mostly Other People Do the Killing’s bassist Moppa Elliott leads a sextet version of the insane, amazingly fun jazz terrorists at I-Beam, $10.
8/25, 9 PM weird segue, great bands: macabre surf monsters the Coffin Daggers and psychedelic latin-influenced dub reggae crew El Pueblo at Paper Box, 17 Meadow St., Bushwick, $8
8/25, 9ish hypnotic retro psych-rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre at Webster Hall, 9ish, $30.50 tix avail. at the Irving Plaza box ofc.
8/25, 9:30 PM dark 80s style keyboardist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
8/25, 11ish the Brooklyn What – powerful, anthemic, literate punk/soul rockers who represent smart native-born Brooklyn better than any other band – at Littlefield
8/26, 1 PM intense Scottish bagpipe music with Great Highland Bagpipes and Mor, “The Pied Pipers of New York” at Flushing Town Hall, free, early arrival advised.
8/26, 4 PM a Ukrainian dance party on the Coney Island boardwalk at Brighton 2nd St. with music by Andriy Milavsky and Carpathian folk ensemble Cheres.
8/26, 6ish this year’s bill at the Charlie Parker Festival at Tompkins Square Park is uncharacteristically weak – although it’s nice to see chanteuse/organist Ernestine Anderson get the headline spot she’s deserved for a long time.
8/27, 8 PM lyrical Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St, close to South Street Seaport
8/26, 8 PM goth legend and Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy at the Well, 272 Meserole St. in Bushwick, $25 adv tix rec.
8/27, 8 PM avant pianist Taka Kigawa tackles Bach’s Art of the Fugue at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
8/27 wickedly lyrical Americana songwriter Marcellus Hall (ex-Railroad Jerk and White Hassle) at Zirzamin, 8:30 PM
8/27, 8:30 PM pianist Melody Fader and violinist Emily Popham play Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata plus works for solo piano by Debussy and Chopin at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/27, 9:30ish devious powerpop cult artist Patti Rothberg and her scorching power trio Wet Paint at Rodeo Bar
8/28, 7 PM eclectic pan-latin chanteuse Marta Topferova at Barbes.
8/28-9/2 the Ron Carter Big Band – enough said, right? – at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30.
8/28-9/2, 9/11 PM jazz/Americana violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman leads a killer quartet with Jason Moran on piano, Greg Cohen on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard, $30
8/28, 9:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic virtuoso string ensemble Trio Tritticali play originals, Latin, Middle Eastern, jazz and clever pop/rock arrangements at Caffe Vivaldi.
8/28, 11ish dark intense minimalist Persian-flavored indie rock duo the Mast at Glasslands
8/29, 7 PM Italian folk music of the Istria region by Damir and Joe and band at Athens Square Park in Astoria, N to 30th Ave., free.
8/29, 8 PM, a latin jazz summit: Jerry Gonzalez & the Commandos de la Clave plus the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
8/29, 8:30 PM original, eclectic bossa-tinged chanteuse Nina Moffitt leads a quartet with Chris Pattishall, piano; Jackson Hill, bass; Alex Ritz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/29, 9 PM Sean Wayland leads his B3 organ jazz band at Freddy’s
8/29, 9:30ish Demolition String Band– whose gorgeous new album Gracious Days is as purist and edgy as their earlier stuff – at Rodeo Bar
8/30, 7:30 PM blue-eyed soul crooner Don Piper and his excellent, jangly band followed by eclectic, literate Britpop/glam/art-rock songwriter Ed Rogers – whose latest album Porcelain is amazing – and then the Last Days (chanteuse Lisa Burns and powerpop icon George Usher) at Zirzamin.
8/30, 8 PM Chicago style blues powerhouse Bobby Radcliff plays a rare Brooklyn gig with his band at Freddy’s
8/30, 8 PM psychedelic funksters Groove Collective at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
8/30, 8:30 PM down-to-earth Chilean jazz vocal stylist Camila Meza leads a quartet with Glenn Zaleski, piano; Sam Anning, bass; Greg Ritchie, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/30, 8:30 PM the Lysander Piano Trio play a program TBA at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
8/30, 10:15 PM haunting, lush art-rockers the Snow – whose new album is reputedly as excellent as their last two – at Joe’s Pub, $15.
8/31, 7:30 PM funk orchestra Burnt Sugar (feat. many Melvin Van Peebles collaborators) “freaks every other song in the book- a JB, Steely, Ra, Jimi, Bowie, Miles, Van Peebles and BS Monsta-Mosh” at Le Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.
8/31, 7:30 PM an eclectic south-of-the-border jazz doublebill: talented NYU ensemble Karachacha followed by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/31, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist/blues chanteuse Mamie Minch followed at 10 by psychedelic funk with the People’s Champs at Barbes.
8/31, 9 PM hilarious, satirical Merle Haggard cover band Bryan & the Haggards – who do sick jazz versions of honkytonk classics – at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
8/31, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 9/1) explosive two-sax-and-drums funk/trip-hop instruental band Moon Hooch at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
9/1 Unsteady Freddy’s monthly surf rock show at Otto’s starts at 9 PM with a rare live show by This Spy Surfs, followed at 10 by the cinematic Commercial Interruption; at 11 the Maui Hurricane and midnight the Nobs.
9/1, 9 PM reggae singer Dahlia Dumont plays with her roots band at Shrine.
9/1, 9ish crazy gypsy punk with Bad Buka at Mehanata.
9/1, 9 PM NYC’s original musically purist citybilly crew, M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10
9/1, 10 PM bouncy Mexican polkas and more with Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos at Barbes.
9/2, 7 PM long-running, eclectic jazz/chamber pop quartet the Four Bags at Barbes followed at 9 by gypsy guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel.
9/2 and 9/16, 7 PM purist jazz guitarist Peter Mazza leads a trio at the Bar Next Door
9/2, 11 PM charismatic frontman Sekouba and his huge, intense, politically charged African roots reggae band at Shrine
9/3, sets at 1 and 3 PM pyrotechnic, unpredictable avant violinist Todd Reynolds with Jordan Tice on guitar, Jonny Rodgers on glass harmonica andspecial guests play new arrangements of American folk music on Colonels Row on Governors Island, free.
9/3, 7 PM western swing bandleader Dennis Lichtman with jazz pianist Ehud Asherie at Barbes followed at 9:30ish by Chicha Libre.
9/4, 7ish surfy, haunting eclectic Bollywood rock band Bombay Rickey – whose show here last month was one of the year’s best – at Barbes
9/4, 7 PM the king of the downtown NYC literate rock anthem, Willie Nile at Joe’s Pub, $25.
9/4, 8 PM alt-country chanteuse Alana Amram & the Rough Gems open for noir guitar genius Jim Campilongo’s High Space with Nels Cline, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch and Jeff Hill at Brooklyn Bowl, $8.
9/4, 8:30 PM Ed Cherry on guitar with Pat Bianchi on organ and Jerome Jennings on drums at the Bar Next Door
9/4, 8:30 PM the Toomai String Quintet play two sets, the second a performance of Jessica Pavone’s understatedly haunting Hope Dawson Is Missing with guitarist Mary Halvorson at I-Beam, $10.
9/5, 9 PM triple-threat blues legend Lucky Peterson – as intense on organ and piano as he is on guitar – with his talented chanteuse daughter Tamara at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec.
9/6, 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, cutting edge Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at Zirzamin
9/6, 8 PM eclectic desert blues guitar star Bombino and his jamband at Highline Ballroom,$15 adv tix rec.
9/6, 8 PM performances by flutist Carol Wincenc, the Escher String Quartet, and Da Capo Chamber Players in celebration of legendary composer Joan Tower’s birthday at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix at the box ofc. rec.
9/6, 10 PM intense eclectic bluegrass/Balkan violinist Sarah Alden at Barbes with her band
9/7 is Brazilian World Music Day, check their blog for NYC happenings.
9/7, 7:30 PM atmospheric noir art-rockers Elysian Fields at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/7, 8 PM the West Side Chamber Orchestra plays Haydn: Symphony no. 21, Chevalier de Saint-George; Symphonie Concertante in C, Op.9 No.1; Luigi Boccherini: Symphony in D minor, Op 12 No 4, “La casa del diavolo”; Philip Glass: Harpsichord Concerto with Christopher D. Lewis, solo harpsichord; Kevin Mallon, conductor at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 W 20th St, $20/$15 stud/srs.
9/7, 8 PM a rare evening of chamber and film music by David Amram featuring an all-star cast including Amram himself on French horn and piano at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix very highly rec.
9/7, 8 PM eclectic, improvisational ex-Soviet Georgian guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze at Barbes with his jazz group: Richie Barshay (drums), Chris Tordini (bass), Rob Hecht (violin and bass clarinet), Liam Robinson (accordion), and guest vocalist Jean Rohe.
9/7, 8:30 PM new wave legend/raconteur Wreckless Eric with his fierily amusing wife Amy Rigby at Bowery Electric, $15.
9/7, 9 PM Mecanica Popular (f.k.a. Llama) play psychedelic oldschool Fania-era salsa at Shrine. They’re also at Barbes on 9/27 at 10.
9/7, 9 PM the Henry Grimes Quartet – “miraculously resurgent bassist, violinist and poet Henry Grimes with an intensely promising foursome, featuring Dave Burrell at the piano, Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and rising Argentine saxophonist Roberto Pettinato”- at Something Jazz Club, $20 + $10 min.
9/7, 10:30 PM the Roulette Sisters’ sultry oldtime resonator guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch at the Jalopy, $10.
9/7, 11ish sly tongue-in-cheek Americana/bluegrass songwriter Luther Wright & the Wrongs at Rodeo Bar.
9/8, noon, it’s the Jalopy Busker Fest on Governors Island, free ferries leave on the half-hour from the old Staten Island Ferry terminal south of Battery Park. Many of the oldtime blues, country and jazz acts who make the Jalopy such a magical place play outdoors in various spots around the island: performers include Pat Conte & Joe Bellulovich, Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, the Whiskey Spitters, M Shanghai String Band, Feral Foster, the 4 O’Clock Flowers, Willy Gantrim, the Unnamed String Band, Karen Duffy, the Jalopy Student Busker Band and the Easy Rollers. There’s an afterparty with a show by Baby Gramps…at the Jalopy of course, $10.
9/8-30 this year’s NY Gypsy Festival once again has a bargain $45 festival pass available at the Drom box office which if you catch every concert (other than the Fanfare Ciocarlia show at Pace University downtown, which is single ticket admission only), comes to less than $10 a show. Individual concerts listed below.
9/8, 3 (three) PM Philip Glass at the Greene Space, $20, this will sell out very quickly; 9/4-9/9, Q2 will be spinning all sorts of rare and popular Glass works including recent recordings by Brooklyn Rider and others
9/8, 7ish an eclectic lineup, killer triplebill: barrelhouse blues band the 4th St. Nite Owls, ska punks the Hub City Stompers and then eventually around 10 intense noir ska/swing band Tri-State Conspiracy at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $12.
9/8 this year’s NY Gypsy Festival kicks off eclectically with desert blues-influenced rockes Sway Machinery and wild, minor-key klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine at Drom
9/8, 6ish the Atomic Duo: “some Flatt, a little Scruggs, and a whole lot of Gil Scott-Heron” – at 68 Jay St Bar followed at 8 by rustic, haunting Greek rembetiko trio Que Vlo-Ve.
9/8, 8 PM a cool ska/gypsy/skaragga/klezmer doublebill with the Brighton Beat, Karikatura and Klezwoods at Spike Hill. Klezwoods play the klezmer brunch at City Winery, 11:30 AMish the next morning, 9/9 – yikes!
9/8, 8/11 PM multistylistic acoustic/electric New Orleans bluesman Chris Thomas King – Tommy Johnson to millions of filmgoers who saw that Coen Bros. flick- at Lucille’s, $20 gen adm.
9/8, 8 PM composer/cellist Ha-Yang Kim and the JACK Quartet playing original works including her epic opus, Threadsuns, inspired by Paul Celan poetry, at Roulette, $tba.
9/8, 8:30 PM a kick-ass doublebill at I-Beam with perennially tuneful pianist Russ Lossing leading a trio followed by the Two Bass Band with Ben Street and Masa Kamaguchi plus trombonists Scott Reeves and Bryan Dye plus many others, $10; drummer Jeff Davis leads a trio with Lossing at 10 PM on the 14th.
9/8, 9:30 PM a killer Balkan/klezmer doublebill with Litvakus and Raya Brass Band at Joe’s Pub, $TBA.
9/9, noon-5 PM it’s Adoptapalooza – over 200 lovable cats and dogs up for adoption at the north end of Union Square Park, fully vaccinated, spay/neutered and in need of good homes.
9/9, 3 PM indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley (Terry’s kid) at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, free w/museum adm ($10/$5 stud). N/Q to Broadway or F to Queensbridge/21st St.
9/9, 7 PM the Plunk Bros. – Boo Reiners and Bob Jones – play virtuoso Americana guitar music at Barbes followed at 9ish by Stephane Wrembel.
9/9 the NY Gypsy Festival continues with an unreal brass band lineup at Drom with NYC’s original Balkan brass outfit Zlatne Uste, Raya Brass Band – whose latest album is a contender for best of 2012 – ten piece brass jamband Ververitse, plus Sazet Band, Romski Boji and Chocek Nation. Wow!
9/9, 9 PM oldtime country harmony band the Calamity Janes play their farewell show at the Jalopy, $10. Betsy’s moving to England, so this is it for the band – early arrival advised
9/10 the CCB Reggae All-Stars play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 6, departing at 7 from the heliport at 23rd St. and the FDR, $20 adv tix available at the Highline box office.
9/10, 7:30 PM duo pianists Christina & Michelle Naughton play Mendelssohn, de Falla, Milhaud, Rachmaninoff and Nancarrow at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. followed at 11 by lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and electroacoustic indie chamber ensemble Noveller for $8 (adv tix, separate adm.)
9/10, 8 PM torchy, fearless, country/blues siren Kelli King at Spike Hill
9/10, 8:30 PM the catchy, genre-defying jazz/chamber/worldbeat Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
9/11, 7 PM violin jazz star Jenny Scheinman previewing her next stand at the Vanguard with a (relatively speaking) low-key show at Barbes, followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party ($10)
9/11, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova, hornist Howard Wall of the New York Philharmonic and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru play music of Brahms, Schumann and their contemporaries at Symphony Space, free, early arrival advised.
9/11, 8 PM punk jazz saxophonist Skerik’s assalutive Bandalabra with Andy Coe on electric guitar, Evan Flory Barnes on upright bass and Dvonne Lewis on drums: “Fela Kuti meeting Steve Reich in rock’s backyard” at the Cameo Gallery, $10 adv tix rec.
9/11, 9ish smart, oldschool Americana siren Michaela Anne and band at Rodeo Bar
9/11, 9 PM 70s Britfolk/psychedelic/art-rock legends the Strawbs play an acoustic show at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec.
9/11-16, 9/11 PM Fred Hersch leads a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson, celebrating the release of his brilliant, characteristically lyrical, eclectic new album with this group, $25
9/11, 10 PM Sam Llanas, who for years was the noir heart and soul of legendary heartland rockers the BoDeans at Zirzamin; he’s at the Rockwood at 8 PM on 9/12.
9/11, 10:30 PM pianist Orrin Evans’ ferociously smart, tuneful postbop combo Tarbaby with Oliver Lake, Eric Revis and Nasheet Waits at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
9/11, 11ish intense, hilarious ganja rockers Mighty High – Motorhead meets Spinal Tap – playing stuff from their excellent new Legalize Tre Bags album at Hank’s
9/12-13, 7 PM violin virtuoso Gil Morgenstern’s reliably enlightening, thematic Reflections Series opens at WMP Concert Hall with a program titled Stravinsky, The Violin Years: 1930-1935 feat. pianist J.Y. Song, $35/$15 stud.
9/12, 8 PM the New York Piano Quartet performs musix of Austrian composers Joseph Marx, Erich Korngold, Gernot Wolfgang and others at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec.
9/12-15 8:30/11 PM alto sax bop legend Dave Liebman and Group at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
9/12, 9ish fiery, intense, lyrical art-rocker Spottiswoode at the big room at the Rockwood, $12 adv tix rec.
9/12, 9ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar
9/12, 9 PM St. Helena – reliably surprising jazz drummer/composer Tim Kuhl’s latest project, a dark 80s rock band with Rick Parker, Grey McMurray, Ryan Ferreira, Josh Valleau at Union Pool.
9/12, 10 PM one of the original gypsy rock bands, Firewater at the Knitting Factory, $14 – note that the new incarnation is minus piano genius Paul Wallfisch and works a more hypnotic, south Asian vein. They’re also at le Poisson Rouge on 9/15 at 8:30 for an additional six bucks.
9/12, 10 PM Judah Tribe plays roots reggae at Shrine.
9/13, 6 PM the MIVOS Quartet plays new works by Reiko Fueting and Carl Christian a tthe German Consulate General, 871 United Nations Plaza, free, rsvp reqd, note that UN Plaza requires ID plus metal detector screening.
9/13 bassist Michael Feinberg leads the surprisingly subtle band on his new album the Elvin Jones Project – saxophonist Donny McCaslin, drummer Ian Froman, trumpeter Tim Hagans and pianist Leo Genovese – at Birdland
9/13, 8 PM pianist Octavio Brunetti and violinist Elmira Darvarova play Piazzolla at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec.
9/13, 9 PM a cool Balkan doublebill with New Orleans crew the G String Orchestra followed by the wild jams of 10-piece Veveritse Brass Band at the Jalopy, $10.
9/13, 10 PM Nation Beat bandleader Scott Kettner’s Orgy in Rhythm maracatu project at Barbes.
9/14, 6ish smart, lyrically sharp songwriter Jodi Shaw plays songs from her recently released Waterland album – part Aimee Mann, part oldtimey swing at the American Folk Art Museum, free
9/14, 7 PM indie classical crew Ensemble Mise-En plays new works including U.S. premieres by Pasquale Corrado, Elisabeth Harnik, Wolfram Schurig and a New York premiere by Kurt Rhode. Award-winning New York composer Annie Gosfield follows at 9 pm, with a world premiere for piano and electronics, at Bohemian National Hall 321 E. 73rd St., free, res. req.
9/14 8 PM charmingly sultry French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins at Barbes followed by the self-explanatory, reliably fun Cumbiagra.
9/14, 8 PM literate glamrock legend Ian Hunter at Highline Ballroom, $30 adv tix rec.
9/14, 9 PM energetic string bands from the Hudson Valley and Philly sandwiched around an amazing, roaringly psychedelic outlaw country band: Spuyten Duyvil, the Newton Gang and New Sweden at the Jalopy, $10
9/14-15, 9 PM lush, dreamy, quirky chamber pop band Clare & the Reasons open for stark, intense female-fronted gypsy rockers Devotchka at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm. They’re also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, same time same price, on 9/16.
9/14, 10 PM Random Test plays roots reggae at Shrine.
9/14, 11ish sly, smart New Orleans blues pianist Bill Malchow & the Go-Cup All-Stars at Rodeo Bar
9/15, 3 PM oldtime country duo the Honeycutters followed by Elvis Costello collaborator and Americana songwriter Jim Lauderdale at Madison Square Park,
9/15, 7 PM the JACK Quartet plays works by Clemens Gadenstätter and Georg Friedrich Haas including a world premiere at Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St. free, res req; at 9:30, same venue, Bernhard Fleischmann performs his premiere of a “one-time-only” work commissioned for the Moving Sounds Festival (of which all these concerts are a part), reservations also required.
9/15, 8 PM Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab plus ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs ($50 three-day festival pass also available)
9/15 macabre surf monsters the Coffin Daggers at the Spot, 302 Beach 87th St., Far Rockaway.
9/15, 9 PM blissfully intense gypsy band Fishtank Ensemble at the Jalopy,$10
9/16, 5 PM the reliably charming, wickedly literate, gently mesmerizing Amy Allison opens for her elegantly eclectic piano-rocking pal Lee Feldman at Something Jazz Club, $tba
9/16, 8 PM a Brazilian and Ethiopian dance music extravaganza with Forro in the Dark and Debo Band at NYU’s Skirball Center on LaGuardia Place, $20 tix avail.
9/16, 9 PM Virginia’s hottest original bluegrass band the Dixie Bee-Liners at the Jalopy, $10
9/16, 9 PM hilarious, eclectically satirical cowpunk rockers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Rodeo Bar
9/16, 10 PM long-running indie/Americana rockers the Silos at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec. at the club 5-7 PM M-F.
9/17, 7:30/9:30 PM hot newschool melodic jazz playing and compositions: the Young Lions Quintet with Stacy Dillard, the Curtis Brothers, and E.J. Strickland at Dizzy’s Club, $25.
9/17, 8 PM ageless oldschool NYC indie rockers the Mercenaries – sort of the Gotham Replacements – at Arlene’s
9/17, 8:30ish inimitable, intense noir jazz/soundtrack/surf powerhouse Beninghove’s Hangmen – arguably the best band in NYC right now – at Zirzamin followed by the equally amazing if somewhat quieter psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 10. They’re also here on 9/24.
9/17, 11 PM Deerhoof – sort of a zeros/teens version of the Eels – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $17.
9/18, 6:30 PM cellist Inbal Segev, pianist Awadagin Pratt, violinist Benjamin Breen and violist Dov Scheindlin play music of Couperin, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, and Beethoven at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 5th Ave, 3rd Fl, $30/$20 stud/srs.
9/18, 8 PM a rare jazz night at the Highline: guitarist Peter Bernstein with a quartet feat. organist Sam Yahel; Erimaj trombonist Corey King and his septet Taffy, and the incomparably fun live trip-hop/jazz/punk band Moon Hooch, $12 adv tix rec.
9/18, 9 PM Trailer Radio play amusing retro 60s original honkytonk songs at Rodeo Bar.
9/19, 9ish high-energy acoustic vintage Americana with PartyFolk at Rodeo Bar
9/20, 6:30 high-powered, eclectic tenor saxophonist Geoff Vidal leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, free.
9/20, 8 PM barrelhouse blues band the 4th St. Nite Owls at Barbes.
9/20, 8:30 PM torchy, intense, literate oldtimey songwriter Jolie Holland at the Jalopy, $20
9/20 the NY Gypsy Festival continues with guitarist Marco Callari teaming up with the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom
9/20 hilarious, ferocious, surprisingly eclectic punk/powerpop band Custard Wally’s cd release show at Don Pedro’s.
9/20, 9 PM hilarious, smart grasscore/C&W band the Devil Makes Three at the Gramercy Theatre, $19 adv tix avail. at the Irving Plaza box ofc.
9/21, 6ish smart dark Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum, free
9/21 powerful, politically aware Irish-American punk/anthemic literate rock legends Black 47 play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon, boarding at 7, departing at 8 from the heliport at 23rd St. and the FDR, $25 adv tix available at the Highline box office.
9/21, 7 PM indie classical outfit the Talea Ensemble performs the US premiere of three works: James Dillon’s New York Triptych, Pierluigi Billone’s Dike Wall and Ondrej Adamek’s Ca tourne ca bloque at Bohemian National Hall at 321 E. 73rd St, free, rvsvp reqd.
9/21 haunting acoustic Nashville gothic band Bobtown and eclectic alt-country siren Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Union Hall.
9/21, 10 PM mighty Indian funk band Brooklyn Qawwali Party at Barbes.
9/22, 5 (five) PM lyrical pianist Falkner Evans plus tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas, trumpeter Ron Horton, bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Matt Wilson at Smalls
9/22, 7:30 PM scorching Romanian gypsy brass orchestra Fanfare Ciocarlia at the Schimmel Center at Pace University downtown on Spruce St., $35 but worth it.
9/22, Ushaq explores melodic and poetic traditions of Arab, Persian, and Hindustani music, 8 PM at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs ($50 three-day festival pass also available)
9/22 the NY Gypsy Festival continues with Serbian-Quebecois gypsy band Roma Carnivale at Drom.
9/22, 10 PM haunting harmony-driven retro Mexican/psychedelic rockers Las Rubias Del Norte– who in retrospect were sort of the prototype for Chicha Libre – at Barbes
9/23, 6 PM drum/cello improvisations with Juan Pablo Carletti and cellist Daniel Levin at Downtown Music Gallery, free.
9/23, 8 PM the Famous Accordion Orchestra at Barbes. OMG – five accordions: Bob Goldberg, Genevieve Leloup, Mark Nathanson, Melissa Elledge and Rachel Swaner, plus Chicha Libre’s old timbalero
9/23, 8 PM torchy, smart Americana chanteuse Tift Merritt plays the album release show for her new one Travelling Alone at City Winery, $28 standing room avail.
9/23 8 PM torchy chanteuse Stephanie Saxon and her jazz combo at Shrine
9/24 10 PM Beninghove’s Hangmen – NYC’s scariest noir cinematic band – at LIC Bar
9/25, 7:30 PM haunting gypsy chanteuse (and Bertold Brecht niece) Sanda Weigl at Joe’s Pub, $TBA.
9/25-29, 8:30/11 PM a Bud Powell tribute at Birdland with a killer lineup: Tim Hagans, Greg Osby, Matt Wilson, Dan Tepfer filling in Bud’s shoes & Lonnie Plaxico on bass, $30 seats avail.
9/25-26 fiery soulful funk jamband Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Highline Ballroom
9/26, 8 PM adventurous flutist/impresario Amelia Lukas’ Ear Heart Music series debuts at Roulette with a killer triplebill: James Moore and Andie Springer playing folk-inspired new string music, On Structure creating sound- and movement-based performance art, and chamber ensemble Build “rocking their unique blend of minimalist, fiddle-heavy indie-classical to film landscapes” at Roulette, $15/$10 stud.
9/26, 8 PM Mariel Roberts premieres new works for solo cello by Andy Akiho, Sean Friar, Alex Mincek, Tristan Perich, and Daniel Wohl at Issue Project Room, $15.
9/26, 9 PM fiery original surf rockers the Octomen at Rodeo Bar
9/27 funky bhangra orchestra Red Baraat at at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
9/27, 11 PM My Wooden Leg plays gypsy punk at Freddy’s.
9/28, 8 PM oldschool soul legend Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom, $26 adv tix rec.
9/28 the NY Gypsy Festival continues with singer/flamenco dancer Elena Andujar and ensemble at Drom
9/28, 8:30 PM nimble but atmospheric vibraphonist/composer Tyler Blanton and his group at I-Beam, $10.
9/29, 2:30 PM eclectic worldbeat chamber ensemble Alexander Wu & the Zigzag Quartet at the Lincoln Center Atrium.
9/29, 8 PM the Tarab Ensemble performs dhikr (the Sufi percussion/vocal ritual) at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs ($50 three-day festival pass also available).
9/29, 8 PM Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play torchy 20s/30s swing/jazz obscurities at Barbes followed at 10 by Mireya Ramos, frontwoman/violinist of NYC’s only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
9/29, 9 PM oldtime country blues maven Feral Foster with his new band followed at 10 by the low-key, authentically churchy Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Jalopy, $10.
9/29, 10 PM My Wooden Leg plays gypsy punk at Arlene’s.
9/30, 7 PM intense, tuneful southwestern gothic rock with the Downward Dogs at at Spike Hill
9/30-10/2, 7 PM at Bowery Electric the new rock musical Barcode – a collaboration between Hair’s James Rado and rock band Gladshot. ““Barcode” tells the story of a dystopian future in which one corporation, Earth Corp, dominates society. Wielding control over the populous by imprinting barcodes on the wrists of every citizen, Earth Corp monitors all activity and privacy is virtually extinct. A star-crossed romance develops between Dorna, a member of the resistance, and Nest, the son of an Earth Corp News Anchor. Together, the young couple may just spark a revolution.” $12 adv tix rec.
9/30, 7:30 PM Cadillac Moon Ensemble play the cd release for their eclectic new album – a mix of indie classical, Puerto Rican bomba and other styles by emerging composers Shawn Allison, André Brégégère, Edward RosenBerg III, and Erich Holt Stem at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $10 ($20 incl. cd)
9/30 this year’s NY Gypsy Festival wraps up with a solo concert by intense, luminous Spanish flamenco-jazz pianist Ariadna Castellanos at Drom.
10/1, 8 PM the socially aware/antifascist Indonesian Papermoon Puppet Theatre troupe presents their new piece Mwathirika (Swahili for “victim”), an intense look back at the terror and repression of the dictatorship in their native land, focusing on 1965 – “the year of living dangerously” – at the Asia Society, $TBA.
10/1-2, 9 PM NYC’s original musically purist citybilly crew, M Shanghai String Band play a two-night cd release party at the Jalopy, $10
10/4, 7:30 PM exhilarating, clever, eclectic Russian/gypsy/cinematic string band Ljova & the Kontraband – whose 2008 album is a genuine classic – at Symphony Space, $30 gen adm includes a drink.
10/5, 9 PM third-wave surf rock legends Los Straitjackets at the Bell House, $15
10/6, 4 PM Crooked Still banjoist Greg Liszt’s newgrass group the Deadly Gentlemen at Madison Square Park, free.
10/6. 8 PM ferocious, smart psychedelic power trio Devi at Arlene’s. Avoid the cliched corporate band afterward at all costs
10/9, 8 PM the Red Light Ensemble – Christa van Alstine, clarinet; Nathan Koci, french horn & accordion; Kevin Sims, percussion; Yegor Shevtsov, piano; Tema Watstein, violin; Erin Wight, viola; John Popham, cello, and Ted Hearne, conductor perform compositions by Christian Wolff, Scott Wollschleger, Vincent Raikhel, and Gérard Grisey plus pieces by Satie to accompany Melies films at Roulette $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/9, 8 PM Italian rock acts take over the Highline: Manu Chao soundalike Mannarino followed by gypsy rockers Negrita, $TBA
10/11, 7:30PM Angela & Jennifer Chun play music for two violins by Béla Bartók and Luciano Berio, and, joined by pianist Nelson Padgett, perform the rarely heard Phantasy for two violins and piano by British composer Edmund Rubbra at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix rec
10/11 at Issue Project Room: an all-Mohammed Fairouz concert with the Borromeo Quartet playing the NY premiere of The Named Angels plus the Cygnus Ensemble as well as pianists Kathleen Supové, Taka Kigawa and Blair McMillen.
10/12 8 PM cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer play Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and piano, D. 821; Britten: Sonata for cello and piano in C Major, Op. 65; Harold Meltzer: Casa Battlót (world premiere); Rachmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15 stud.
10/12 rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at Highline Ballroom.
10/17-20, 7:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser and chanteuse Helga Davis play a four-night stand for their new “cello opera,” a triptych of compositions by Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon, and Missy Mazzoli, at BAM, $20.
10/18, 8:30 PM ghazals and Punjabi folk songs with Kiran Ahluwalia, vocals; Rez Abbasi, acoustic and electric guitar; Nikku Nayar, electric bass; Nitin Mitta, tabla; Rob Curto, accordion, free, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised
10/19, 8 PM at Roulette this year’s avant Vital Vox Festival kicks off at with Philip Hamilton performing “Vocalscapes: Solitude”, vocalist/composer Sabrina Lastman performing her original piece “An Encounter with ‘El Duende’”, and Unearthish—the duo of violinist/composer/vocalist Sarah Bernstein and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi—performing Bernstein works.
10/20 8 PM at Roulette the second night of this year’s avant Vital Vox Festival includes composer/vocalist/video and performance artist Lisa Karrer in collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist David Simons performing “Collision Theory: Works & Premieres for Voice & Multi-Media”, composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sasha Bogdanowitsch performing his new song cycle “Mirror Upon Mirror”, and irrepressible composer/performer Pamela Z.
10/24, 7 PM “bachata legends unplugged” – stars of the Dominican underground 40 years ago, Edilou Paredes with special guests Take Out feat. Joan Soriano at Elebash Recital Hall, 365 5th Ave. at 34th St., $25/$20 stud.
10/26, 9:20 PM intense, haunting, original Turkish band Musaner’s cd release show at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
10/28, 7:30 PM at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall the Tokyo String Quartet joined by the Jasper Quartet for a farewell show featuring Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet; Mozart: String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515; Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, $15 adv tix highly rec.
10/28 at Merkin Hall, Yoon Jae Lee leads Ensemble 212 in the NY premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Akhnaten, Dweller in Truth, a double concerto with soloists Nicholas Canelakkis (cello) and the conductor leading from the piano.
10/28 Yasiin Bey f.k.a. Mos Def – whose unpredictably brilliant career now has him doing Gil Scott-Heron style soul and dark indie classical music – at the Apollo Theatre.
10/29. 9:30 PM Aimee Mann at Bowery Ballroom, tix still avail. as of 8/28.
11/3, 9 PM the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec.
11/3, 10 PM the Coffin Daggers at the Red Door, 140 W. 24th St.
11/4 eclectic original klezmer/jazz/jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos (similar but not exactly one and the same) at Brooklyn Center for the Arts at Brooklyn College.
11/10, 9 PM 70s punk-pop legends the Rezillos at Bowery Electric, $20 adv tix rec..