New York City Live Music Calendar for June and July 2014
You’d think that all the NYC summer concert series would be announced by now, but no. So there’ll be constant updates to this page; you might want to bookmark it and check back to see what’s new. The Coney Island concerts are cancelled this year; Central Park Summerstage is deader than ever; Prospect Park Bandshell has a handful of interesting shows; Lincoln Center Out of Doors this year is off the hook. 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 Rodeo Bar, 9ish it’s Country Karaoke with Boo and Elena from Demolition String Band and their vast repertoire of classic honkytonk, bluegrass and vintage C&W, free
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 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 June (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 June, 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 June 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 fromBurnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in June clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Tuesdays in June, 11 PM the exhilarating NY Gypsy All-Stars – with pyrotechnic yet soulful clarinet virtuoso Ismail Lumanovski – at Drom, $10
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
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 JNoteon vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in June, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Wednesdays in June at 11 PM high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Pete’s
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in June 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 June, 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 June at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in June 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 June, 4 PM keyboardist Michael Hearst’s five-piece band Songs for Unusual Creatures at Barbes, brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” 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 2 PM in June the perennially relevant, satirical Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir – whose mighty sound will move you to action against eco-destroyers and corporate criminals – at Joe’s Pub, $15.
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) guitaristMatt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in June, 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 June 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.
6/1, 2 PM the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra accompanies the film Last Night’s Symphonie – a contemporary retelling of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique – with a performance of the original at the Brooklyn Museum, $18
6/1, 3 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play Charley Gerard’s Quartet no. 4 “Funkle Phil” and compositions by Mike Mower of the Itchy Fingers sax quartet at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Flushing, $12.
6/1, 6 PM the deal with the “free” Chrissie Hynde show at Rough Trade requires that you buy something at their store at 64 N 9th St. It’s not clear if there’s a minimum purchase (do they have anything for a quarter or a dollar?). And with what will definitely be insane crowds, you might want to pass on this. Same deal with the Peter Murphy show on 6/8.
6/1, 8 PM Lakeside Lounge vet Jim Keller plays the album release show for his brooding new alt-country album with a band with players from Ollabelle, Rickie Lee Jones and Rosanne Cash’s bands at the Rockwood
6/1, 9ish edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura play the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8.
6/1, 9ish lyrical intense clever Americana chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at Rodeo Bar
6/2-8 it’s the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand St. in the LES – too many artists/composers to list, the full lineup is here. Tix are $18 ($12 students and seniors) for 8 PM concerts, $15 ($10 students and seniors) for day and late-night concerts and $30 ($20 students and seniors) for a day pass (every show in a single day)
6/2, 7:30 PM Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman plays the album release for his excellent new klezmer-jazz album, Bop Kabbalah at Joe’s Pub, $15.
6/2, 8:30 PM the Sara McDonald Orchestra – a large jazz ensemble comprising a string quartet! -at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
6/2, 8:30 PM pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play music for solo piano by Chopin and Liszt, and sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart and Debussy at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/3, trumpeter Jack Walrath & Masters of Suspense, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
6/3 soulful Mediterranean tango pianist Emilio Solla leads a nonet with strings playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
6/3, 9 PM deliciously ugly, skin-peeling noiserock with the Sediment Club at Cake Shop, $10
6/4, 7:30 PM wild Canadian guitar/viol ensemble the Sultans of String playing Romany jazz, Middle Eastern and rock with special guest sitarist Anwar Khurshid at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec.
6/4 eclectic, energetic jazz violinist Zach Brock leads his quartet playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
6/4, 8 PM haunting, atmospheric gothic Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Red Hook Park, bordered by Halleck St., Bush St. bet. Otsego St. and Court St., free.
6/4, 8 PM Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes.
6/4, 8:30 PM trumpeter Russ Johnson leads an amazing quintet featuring Roy Nathanson, alto, soprano sax; Orrin Evans, piano; Brad Jones , bass; George Schuller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/4, 9 PM savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Bar Chord
6/4, 9 PM intense, enveloping avant duo Dark Tips (violist Jessica Pavone and organist Rachael Bell) at the Pleasure Jail (upstairs over the Silent Barn), 603 Bushwick Ave.
6/4, 9 PM dark Certain General guitarist Phil Gammage‘s Adventures in Bluesland project at Shrine.
6/4, 9:30 PM charismatically torchy oldtimey songwriting mavenJolie Holland at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec.
6/4, 10 PM the “Iranian Bob Dylan,” politically-charged art-rock songwriter Mohsen Namjoo playing the album release show for his new one at Drom, free!!! Get there early!
6/5, 7 PM the lush, haunting Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
6/5, 7:30 PM eclectic ska/rocksteady/world funk band the Brown Rice Family at Bric Arts, free. They’re also at at BAM Cafe on 6/7 at 9.
6/5-6, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Transit plays new works by Berlin and NYC contemporary composers on the fifth and then pairs Swedish and NYC composers’ pieces on the sixth. Too many to name: the full schedule is here, at the DiMenna Center, $12/$10 stud/srs
6/5, 7:30 PM the Mike Baggetta Quartet celebrate the release of their new guitar jazz album plus bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas – (Tony Malaby – saxophone, Brandon Seabrook – guitar, Jacob Sacks – piano, Kenny Wollesen – drums) at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St. in the west village, $20.
6/5, 8 PM a wickedly cool art-rock/chamber-pop/noir doublebill with inscrutable, brilliantly tuneful cellist/chanteuse Serena Jost followed by the increasingly carnivalesque, hauntingly latin-tinged Kotorino at 326 E 17th St, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, BYOB, donation at door 100% of proceeds to the musicians
6/5, 8 PM chanteuse Jennifer Charles’ lurid art-rock/goth band Elysian Fields at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
6/5, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony plays a free show at Symphony Space feat. intriguing Nordic works by Frank Foerster, Ture Rangstrom and Andrew Ackers, and a world premiere by Jesper Nordin, early arrival advised
6/5, 8:30 PM pyrotechnic tuneful postbop supergroup the Puppeteers, with pianistArturo O’Farrill and vibraphone genius Bill Ware, at Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave, $15.
6/5, 8:30 PM alto saxophonist Ben Kono leads a quintet with Pete McCann, guitar; Henry Hey, piano; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percusssion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/5, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Avenue) Jackson Heights. 6/11 at 9 they’re at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave btwn Huron & Green in Greenpoint
6/5, 9ish ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner at Santos Party House, $!2.
6/5, 9 PM olschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at at Hill Country Brooklyn
6/5, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
6/5, 9:30 PM intense, magically nuanced Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera with similarly terse Spanish flamenco/Romany jazz guitarist Javier Limon at Joe’s Pub, $20.
6/5, 10 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apples at the small room at the Rockwood
6/5 haunting classic 70s style art-rock/Britfolk band Syd Arthur at Bowery Ballroom.
6/6, 5:30 PM haunting Russian folk quartet Russkaya Krasa at the American Folk Art Museum, free.
6/6, 7 PM doo-wop punk with King Khan & the Shrines at le Poisson Rouge, $15. They’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following night, 6/7 at 11 for the same price.
6/6, 7 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands presents their Brooklyn edition. The borough’s top contenders this year are too hard to choose from. Among them – wickedly lyrical all-female quirk-rock trio the Debutante Hour, thunderous all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC and creepy noir cabaret band Orphan Jane. $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
6/6, 7:30 PM dark, hypnotically jazzy southwestern gothic songwriter James Apollo at Rock Shop, $10
6/6 the American Composers Orchestra premiere new works by emerging composers with a working rehearsal on 6/6 at 10 AM and a run-through on 6/7 at 7:30 PM at the DiMenna Center, both free
6/6, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his sextet followed at 10 by the self-explanatory, oldtimey Jug Addicts at Barbes. The Jug Addicts are also at Bar Chord on 6/27 at 9.
6/6, 8 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
6/6, 8:30 PM edgy klezmer-inspired punk-jazz crew Gutbucket at I-Beam, $10.
6/6, 9 PM darkly bluesy Nick Cave/Stooges-influenced Syracuse band Pale Green Starsat Dinosaur BBQ; 6/7 they’re at the Harlem branch, 700 W. 125th St. at 12th Ave, same time.
6/6, 9 PM Brooklyn bluegrass crew Morningside Drive followed at 10 by guitar/accordion duo Matt Munisteri and Will Holshouser (probably doing their amazing, haunting Belgian musette thing) and then at 11 by the Six Deadly Venoms in case you haven’t yet got your bluegrass fix, at the Jalopy, $10.
6/6, 10ish the Byzan-Tones play intense Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic surf music at Coco66
6/6, 10ish ghoulabilly faves the Tombstone Brawlers at Grand Victory, $12.
6/6, 9 PM ex-Ethel violinist Cornelius Dufallo plays his own solo electroacoustic works plus performs works by Missy Mazzoli, Kinan Azmeh, Guy Barash, Raven Chacon at Spectrum, $15
6/6, 9/10:30 PM bassist Michael Bates leads a quartet with Greg Tardy, saxophone; Bobby Avey, piano; Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/6, 10:30ish punk-inspired electric bluegrass and country with Demolition String Bandat Rodeo Bar
6/6, 11 PM hypnotic, intense postrock/dreampop band Kayo Dot at Littlefield.
6/7-8, 11 AM-5 PM a marathon performance of Joan LaBarbara’s Parallel Dreams -an intriguing reimagining of an iconic Debussy work – feat. the composer herself plus pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove at House # 15 in Nolan Park on Governors Island, ferries leave on the half hour from the old Staten Island ferry terminal, the 10 AM and 10:30 ferries are free
6/7 the Andrew Bird/Tift Merritt shows at Rough Trade are sold out.
6/7, 3 PM powerhouse Bahian percussionist Dende and his band at Valentino Pier in Red Hook, free
6/7, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures brought to you by many of the same people behind Songs for Ice Cream Trucks: “A celebration of the under-appreciated creatures that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby to the deep-sea Magnapinna Squid, to the Saddleback Caterpillar” followed at 6 by resonator guitarist Zeke Healy with violist Karen Waltuch , at 8 by eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes and intense accordionist Patrick Farrell playing the album release show for their new one and at 10 by high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at Barbes.
6/7, 5 PM hilarious, period-perfect, subtly filthy oldtimey banjoist/songwriter Al Duvallat Pete’s. He’s at the Jalopy the next night, 6/8 at 8:45 for $10.
6/7, 7 PM hauntingly rustic Ukrainian sounds with NY Bandura – bandleader/virtuoso bandurist Julian Kytasty plus singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Alpert, dancer Inka Juslin, and lutenist Roman Turovsky – at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St. (2nd Ave/Bowery), $15/$10 srs/$5 stud, reception to follow.
6/7, 7/9 PM charming oldtimey speakeasy swing with Svetlana & the Delancey Five with special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec.
6/7, 8 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the garden the corner of Greene and Broadway in Bushwick, free. They’re at Red Hook Bait & Tackle on 6/15 at 9.
6/7, 8 PM an excellent Americana night: bluegrass fiddling intensity with the Melody Allegra Band, mandolinist Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade, rustic front-porch folk guy Bryan Nebel and twisted Pogues-influenced circus rock/noir acoustic band Thee Shambels at Union Hall, $10
6/7, 8 PM members of the NY Composers Circle play new music for cello and piano by Eric Segerstrom, Scott D. Miller, Hubert Howe, Nina Siniakova and others at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.
6/7, 8:30 PM scary-cool improvisational duets from guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone, powerhouse lyricist/subtle acoustic rock chanteuse Linda Draper and badass violinist Concetta Abbate leading her quartet playing new material from her forthcoming Ember Schrag-produced album at E Gallery, 459 Vanderbilt Ave, Bed-Stuy, $10
6/7, 8:30 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s starts at 8:30 PM with the self-explanatory Bongo Surf , the cinematic Tarantinos NYC at 9:30, sizzling original reverb instrumentalists Mister Neutron at 10:30, Connecticut legends9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at the wild tremolo-picking sometimes – at 11:30 and finally powerhouse original reverb rockers Strange But Surf sometime after midnight.
6/7, 9 PM ten-piece country/Romany/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
6/7, 9 PM trombonist Dave Smith’s slyly satirical faux 70s-style boudoir soul group Smoota at Union Pool, $7
6/7, 9 PM high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown (named for the guy who was a proto-Mariano Rivera many decades ago) at Hill Country Brooklyn. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 6/12 at around 10:30
6/7, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
6/7, 9 PM hard-charging, creepy Nashville gothic narratives with MacMcCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at Sidewalk.
6/7, 9:30 PM composer-performers Christian Asplund, Jessica Lurie and Steven Ricks play new compositions with a quintet at Spectrum, $15
6/7, 10 PM sprawlingly creepy oldtimey/Americana guys O’Death at the Wick, $14.
6/7, 10 PM roots reggae/soul rockers Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine.
6/7, 10 PM intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singerBreanna Barbara Arneson at Desmond’s. 6/21 she’s doing a marathon of Make Music NY appearances starting at noon at the Central Park oval and then at Radio Bushwick at 4; on 6/25 she’s at Trash at 8.
6/8, half past noon-ish wild, stylistically shapeshifting klezmer jamband Metropolitan Klezmer plays the Eldridge Street block party outside the historic synagogue on Eldridge btw Division/Canal, free
6/8, 1 PM-ish Russian klezmer chanteuse Svetlana Portnyansky and band at the Russian festival at Asser Levy Park (up the block from the aquarium, where the annual Coney Island concert series used to be held), free.
6/8, 3 PM nuevo tango piano luminary Octavio Brunetti with violinist Elmira Darvarova play Piazzolla tangos at Subculture, $20
6/8, 3 PM reliably interesting, psychedelically-inclined indie classical guitar quartet Dither at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 stud/srs).
6/8, 3 PM pianist Pina Napolitano plays works by Schoenberg, Webern and Berg at Spectrum, $15
6/8, 5 PM unpredictably interesting jazz/noir cabaret/indie classical guitarist Dave Knife Fabris joined by his mentor, the great third stream pianist Ran Blake, plus pianist Geoffery Burleson, bassist Dave Phillips, vocalist Maria Tegzes, guitarist Gus Baxter and drummer Steve Chaggaris at Spectrum.
6/8 oldtimey/grasscore favorites Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band play the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $20 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc and the office at the heliport (look for the palm tree on the roof)
6/8, 7:30 PM haunting art-rock/darkwave songwriter Ambrosia Parsley followed at 9 by explosive Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
6/8, 8 PM intense lyrical Iranian underground music with Shahin Najafi and ensemble at Drom, $25 adv tix highly rec.
6/8, 7:30 PM a rare Brooklyn show by Indian classical music legends Krishna Bhatt on sitar and Anindo Chaterjee on tabla; Brooklyn Raga Massive opens the show at 7:30 at Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave. in Ft. Greene, $20
6/8, 8 PM downtempo/darkwave singer Danielle Eva Schwob, all-female early music/indie classical group SIREN Baroque and intriguing postrock/indie classical ensemble the Knellls at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
6/8, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by emerging composers Jack Gulielmetti, Timo Andres, Mike Bono, Tony Fajt, Ryan Francis, Jonathan Katz, Paul Kerekes, Sky Macklay, and Clint Needham at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 srs.
6/8, 8:45 PM hilarious, period-perfect, subtly filthy oldtimey banjoist/songwriter Al Duvall at the Jalopy, $10.
6/8, 9 PM high-voltage Portland, Maine Americana band Mail the Horse at Union Pool, $7
6/8, 9:30 PM tuneful, pensive, occasionally droll alt-country duets with Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis at Joe’s Pub, $25
6/8, 9:30 PM deviously tuneful, genre-spanning B3 paradigm-shifter Brian Charette leads his organ trio at 55 Bar.
6/9 Rivergazer play their catchy Motown-influenced post new wave Britpop soul at Palisades, 906 Broadway in Bushwick, J/M to Myrtle Ave.
6/9, 6:30 PM country and country-gospel maven (and Elvis Costello collaborator) Jim Lauderdale followed by gorgeously harmony-driven, sometimes creepy all-female newgrass/Nashvillle gothic band Della Mae at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
6/9, 8 PM bassist Adam Neely leads a large ensemble playing his savagely sarcastic, apocalyptic, epic tone poem Mass Extinction Event, ” a reaction to the apathy of the internet age,” at Roulette, $20.
6/9, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s massive improvisationally inclined Go Organic jazz Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
6/9, 8:30 PM the up-and-coming Jim Saltzman Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
6/9, 10ish Nashville gothic/dark blues guy Viking – equally haunting on guitar and piano -at Goodbye Blue Monday.
6/9, 10 PM Sioux City Kid aka Jared Griffin play raucous Highway 61 style bluesy Americana rock at the big room at the Rockwood
6/10, 5 PM hippie honkytonk pianist Commander Cody – who basically invented alt-country back in the 70s – in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
6/10, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission to El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; the Jewish Museum; the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and The Africa Center plus a street fair and live music (Asphalt Orchestra out in front of the Jewish Museum at 92nd St.)
6/10 intense creepy nuevo tango/noir/indie classical pianist Fernando Otero & Radio Angel, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
6/10, 7 PM Microscopic Septet co-founders Joel Forrester, piano; Phillip Johnston, soprano sax do a rare duo set of free improvisations at Spectrum, $15
6/10, 7 PM edgy tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads a quintet feat. Chris Dingman on vibes at 55 Bar
6/10, 7:30 PM klezmer piano legend Pete Sokolow’s Klezmer Plus Trio with Ken Maltz & Marty Confurius at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
6/10-15, 8/10 PM Sexmob saxophonist Briggan Krauss plays a weeklong stand at the Stone featuring all kinds of ensembles, $10. Choice pick: 6/13, 8 PM with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Thomas Fujiwara on drums
6/10-15 intense, fearless reedwoman Anat Cohen leads her group at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
6/10, 9 PM anthemic, kinetic, mathrock-inclined cello band Break of Reality at Union Pool, $tba
6/10, 10 PM dark, brilliant lyricist and catchy acoustic rock songwriter Daniel Bernstein a.k.a. Cockroach at Sidewalk
6/10, 10 PM wild crazy Romany jazz/New Orleans jamband Dirty Bourbon River Show at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
6/11, 6 PM Delhi-born sitarist Anjana Roy with tabla player Polash Gomes at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
6/11, 6 PM Peri Mauer’s Red Sky for concert band, an evocation of summer skies over Lake George, performed at LaGuardia High School Concert Hall, 100 Amsterdam Ave (64th/65th Sts), $10
6/11, 6:30 PM torchy Irish/New Orleans oldtimey swing chanteuse Tara O’Grady and her great band on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6/11, 7 PM a Charles Gayle-a-thon with the free jazz luminary in several contexts at Roulette: trio show at 7, Gayle on bass; quartet at 8:30, Gayle on sax; big band at around 10, $30/$20 stud/srs
6/11 and 12 at 7:30 PM plus 6/13 and 14 at 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/11, 7ish tuneful Aussie arenarock band Reserved for Rondee followed by the politically infused, female-fronted Last Internationale, whose forthcoming album covers classic protest songs from over the years, at the Mercury, $10.
6/11-13 8ish drum powerhouse Ralph Peterson plays the album release shows for his two new live ones at Zinc Bar: 6/11-12 with an organ quartet feat. Jake Sherman on the B3 plus Craig Handy on tenor and Josh Evans on trumpet; 6/13 with a vibraphone-centric quartet.
6/11, 8:30/10:30 PM eerie microtonal fun with David Fiuczynski – fretted & frettless guitars; Jojo Mayer – drums; Justin Schornstein – bass; Giorgi Mikadze – microtonal keyboards at Iridium, $25.
6/11, 8:30 PM tunefully eclectic multi-saxophonist Andrew Rathbun plays the album release show for his new one with Phil Markowitz on piano, Jay Anderson on bass and Bill Stewart on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $
6/11, 9 PM Certain General lead guitarist Phil Gammage’s noir band the Rebel Factory at the Way Station
6/11, 9:30 ish scorchingly fun, sardonically theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Littlefield, $8.
6/11, 9:30ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at at Rodeo Bar
6/11, 9:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel at the third stage at the Rockwood, $5 + $10 min.
6/11, 9:30 PM ecstatic, gruff-voiced New Orleans gospel shouter/trombonist Glen David Andrews at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
6/12, half past noon latin jazz piano monster Arturo O’Farrill does a rare small ensemble gig outdoors at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., free
6/12, half past noon an explosive Brazilian triplebill: eclectic funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat, thunderous drum troupe Maracatu NY, and Raízes do Brasil Capoeira Brooklyn at the World Financial Center, free
6/12, 7 PM Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt playing songs off his new debut solo album at at Joe’s Pub, $25.
6/12, 7 PM sly saloon blues band the Undigables: Ollie Boy Lester; Tony Ormond on guitar, Jan Kjaer on keys, Ray France on bass, Nat Seeley on drums at 55 Bar
6/12-15 lyrical alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry and his percussion-heavy sextet Afro-Cuban Roots playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
6/12-28, 8 PM the genre-smashing new opera Gertrude Stein Saints – Gertrude Stein texts set to a mix of “genres such as rap, country, hollerin’, soul, gospel, and cowboy ballads” at the Abrons Arts Ctr. on Grand St. on the LES, $20
6/12, 8 PM drummer Joe Hertenstein‘s tight, focused improvising trio HNH feat. Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Thomas Heberer on trumpet at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, $15/$12 stud/srs
6/12-14, 8:30 PM bassist Michael Formanek leads a trio with Kris Davis, piano; Ches Smith , drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/12, 9 PM torchy, darkly pensive Cat Power-inspired Wisconsin chamber pop/Americana chanteuse Anna Vogelzang at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/12, 9ish intense postrock/metal/noir surf instrumentalists Dark City at Bowery Electric .
6/12, 9:30/11 PM timelessly clever downtown swing tunesmiths the Microscopic Septet play the album release show for their lush, dare we say romantic new one Manhattan Moonrise at Smalls.
6/12, 11 PM acidic, hypnotically swirling shoegaze/dreampop band Lazyeyes at Radio Bushwick, $7
6/12, 10 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – at the Jalopy, $10
6/12, 10ish perennially relevant hip-hop lyricist Talib Kweli and band at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec.
6/12, 10:30 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Union Hall. 6/18 he’s at the Way Station, 9 PM
6/12, 10:30ish high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown at Rodeo Bar.
6/13, 5:15 PM smart dark Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum.
6/13, 7 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar
6/13, 7 PM Orion Weiss, piano; Anna Polonsky, piano play Faure – Dolly Suite, Op. 56; Schubert – Fantasie in F minor for piano four-hands, D. 940; Haydn – Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6; Debussy- L’isle joyeuse, Masques; Dvorak – Selection of Slavonic Dances from Op. 46 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
6/13, 8 PM ecstatic Israeli Middle Eastern dance-funk orchestra Yemen Blues at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req.
6/13, 8 PM Lea Bertucci (solo amplified bass clarinet, yum), and Bhob Rainey (solo soprano sax) improvise at Jack, $10
6/13, 8 PM LA band the Battlefield – who do a more energetic take on Little Big Town-style 70s country-pop at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/13, 9 PM dark baritone Nashville gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack City Ramblers at Bar Chord.
6/13, 9ish explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
6/13, 9:30 PM soulful country chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St in Inwood, free
6/13, 10 PM ferocious original Balkan horn jamband Raya Brass Band at Barbes.
6/13, 10 PM ska jazz sax legend Dave Hillyard leads his band at Sunny’s in Red Hook
6/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion at Barbes.
6/14, 4 PM torchy cult favorite jazz chanteuse (and former Douce Gimlet collaborator) Audrey Bernstein at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/14, 7 PM a killer piano jazz bill at Roulette: tuneful, perennially individualistic pianist Satoko Fujii‘s new quartet at 7, the similarly inclined Matthew Shipp’s trio at 8:15, Orrin Evans’ amazing Tarbaby project at 9:15, $30/$20 stud/srs
6/14, 7 PM, repeating 6/15 at 4 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Alexander Mishnaevsky, viola; Robert DeMaine, cello; Alexander Peskanov, piano play Mozart – Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K. 423; Beethoven – String Trio in G Major, Op. 9 No. 1; Brahms – Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
6/14, 7:30 PM 86 year-old Armenian duduk virtuoso Jivan Gasparyan collaborates with the king of the Persian fiddle, Kayhan Kalhor at the World Financial Center atrium, early arrival a must.
6/14, 9 PM the Midnight Moan – who are a dead ringer for the Stones circa 1971 – celebrate the release of their new album at Arlene’s
6/14, 9 PM legendary obscure Oakland retro soul chanteuse Sugar Pie DeSanto backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band at Littlefield, $15 adv tix rec.
6/14, 9 PM pianist David Holzman plays music of Rouders, Sessions, Boquiren and others at Spectrum, $15.
6/14, 10:30 PM bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station
6/14, 11:30 PM wry retro 60s psychedelic pop band Gringo Star at the Mercury, $10
6/14, half past midnight versatile oldschool/newschool soul avatar and saxophone powerhouse Lakecia Benjamin at the Blue Note, $15
6/15, 11:30 AM-ish brilliant, intense all-female klezmer jam band Isle of Klezbos play the klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under free – this band plays well early in the day, believe it or not.
6/15, 2 PM noted early music vocal ensemble Schola Antiqua of Chicago make their NYC debut singing French renaissance motets at the Morgan Library, $35.
6/15, 2:30 PM Quintet of the Americas play works by Edward MacDowell, Duke Ellington and contemporary composers at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, 7 train to Main St. and then take the Main St. bus, free w/garden admission
6/15, 5 PM subtly intense, smart, eclectic art-rock pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman celebrates his birthday with a doublebill with the incomparable, deviously funny country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Something Jazz Club, $10. Who wouldn’t want an Amy Allison show for their bday?
6/15, 7 PM a wild bellydance party with music by oudist Scott Wilson and his Turko-Amerabic Orchestra with Souren Baronian, Rami ElAasser and others at Jebon Noodle, 15 St. Mark’s Pl., $10, early arrival advised
6/15, 7 PM one of most original and entertaining of the many NYC urban country songwriters, Alex Battles solo at the small room at the Rockwood
6/15, 8 PM Moroccan horn band legends the Master Musicians of Jajouka feat. their longtime bandleader Bachir Attar plus drummer Billy Martin, guitar god Marc Ribot and his bassist pal Shahzad Ismaily at le Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec
6/15, 9 PM Ethiopian roots reggae band Zvuloon Dub System at SOB’s, $15.
6/15, 9 PM Jade Conlee plays piano works by Murail, Carter, Scriabin, Schoenberg at Spectrum, $15
6/16, 8 PM high-voltage original klezmer/jazz band Klezmerson at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $12.
6/16, 8 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers play works by Webern, David Lang, Philip Glass, Suzanne Farrin & David Froom at the Miller Theatre, $20/$10 stud/srs
6/16, 8:30 PM intense, fearlessly satirical, percussion-driven Ukranian folk-punk/art-rock band DakhaBrakha at the World Financial Center atrium, free.
6/16, 8:30 PM contrabass trombonist King James Rogers’ Harlem-based Shrine Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
6/16, 10 PM pyrotechnic ragtime/stride pianist-songwriter Jack Spann and his trio at the Way Station
6/16, 10ish hypnotic, intense Syrian composer/bandleader Omar Souleyman at Glasslands, $13.
6/16, midnight St. Helena – reliably surprising jazz drummer/composer Tim Kuhl’s dark art-rock band with Rick Parker, Grey McMurray, Ryan Ferreira, Josh Valleau at at the small room at the Rockwood
6/17 & 6/24 Cuban diva Melvis Santa, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
6/17, 7:30 PM drummer Aaron Alexander’s hard-hitting klezmer-jazz Klez Messengers – an apt band name, considering Alexander’s Art Blakey-like rumble – at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15
6/17-18 the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
6/17, 8:30 PM wild, kick-ass British folk-punk band Skinny Lister – sort of the British equivalent of the Pogues – at the Knitting Factory, $15.
6/17, 9 PM soaring Nashville gothic chanteuse Kelley Swindall – whose murder ballads are to die for – at Spike Hill
6/17, 9 PM powerhouse lyricist, nimble guitarist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper at Sidewalk.
6/17, 9:30 PM haunting Finnish folk/Romany sister act Rajamailla at Drom.
6/17, 10 PM vibraphonist Matt Moran‘s trio with Gary Versace, organ; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/17, 10:30 PM NYC’s best, most nocturnal, darkly cinematic pastoral jazz outfit, Bryan & the Aardvarks feat. Chris Dingman on vibraphone at Korzo
6/17, 10:30ish Jack Grace’s hysterically funny country Van Halen/cheesemetal cover band Van Hayride at Rodeo Bar.
6/18, 6:30 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s one and only black bluegrass band – on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6/18, 7 PM noir Americana chanteuse Nicole Atkins at Madison Square Park, free – her latest album goes in a more mainstream new wave direction, with a Pulp-like tongue-in-cheek vibe.
6/18, 7:30 PM oldschool soul/funk band Empire Beats fronted by sultry chanteuse Camille Atkinson at Hill Country Brooklyn.
6/18 and 19 at 7:30 PM plus 6/20 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/18, 8 PM vintage 20s/30s Greek revolution songs and hash smoking music with Que Vlo-Ve at Barbes
6/18, 8 PM polymath guitarist Marc Ribot plays a tribute to his first guitar teacher, the father of Haitian classical guitar, Frantz Casséus along with two other disciples of Casseus, Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca and Marc Mathelier, plus Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring – trombone, Ben Holmes – trumpet, flugelhorn, Marcus Rojas – tuba), vocalists Melanie Charles and Barbara Perlow Simon (who sung on Casseus’ 1969 Haitiana album, at Issue Project Room, $25.
6/18, 8 PM bassist Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic convenes a first-class band – John O’Gallagher, Bobby Avey and Tyshawn Sorey – to perform his New York Suite at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, $15/$12 stud/srs
6/18, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom, $25.
6/18, 10 PM the Brooklyn Gypsies play wild Romany sounds at Louie & Chan, 303 Broome St. in Soho. 6/26 they’re at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St. at 10.
6/19, half past noon the Levitt Legacy Klezmer Band outdoors at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., free
6/19-22 Christian McBride’s vibraphonist pal Warren Wolf & the Wolfpack with Jaleel Shaw on alto and Jake Sherman on organ, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend.
6/19, 8 PM klezmerite/Americanist Andy Statman– who’s just as exhilarating on mandolin as he is on clarinet – followed at 10 by awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco – with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums – at Barbes
6/19, 8 PM brilliant, cinematic steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s
6/19, 8:30 PM a bunch of A-list adventurous jazz types play Sten Hosfalt‘s microtonal Dimensional States for jazz orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
6/19, 8:30 PM drummer Rob Garcia leads a quartet with Noah Preminger, tenor sax; Dan Tepfer, piano; Joe Martin, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/19, 9 PM a killer Balkan doublebill with fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita playing the album release show for their long-awaited debut and then the equally intense Tipsy Oxcart at the Jalopy, $10
6/19, 9 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk
6/19, 9ish dark country/Nashvillle gothic outfit Karen & the Sorrows play the album release show for their new one at Branded Saloon, $5 – plus there will be cookies!
6/20-22, 3 PM – 2 AM Slackfest in Bushwick features seemingly every dreampop/shoegaze band in town plus a handful of postpunkers, new wavers and some of the expected trust-funded posers. Show is at 94 Evergreen Ave (J/M to Myrtle; L to Morgan Ave.), $10 per night or $20 for a three-day pass. Too many bands to list; the hilarious, satirical ONWE headline the Friday show; the messier Turnip King on Saturday night; Sunday’s headliner is lame, but the openers, Afrobeat-flavored groove band Gypsy Wig, sound like they’re a lot of fun live.
6/20, 5:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone at the American Folk Art Museum
6/20, 7 PM arguably the most popular avant garde composer ever, Terry Riley and his atmospheric guitarist kid Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People’s Chorus play Riley works at Federal Hall, 26 Wall St. in the financial district, free, early arrival a must.
6/20, 7 PM the L’PLV2 Festival has all kinds of challenging stuff: jazz improv,avant noise, ambient sounds, drones, darkwave, weird electronics, you name it. Acts include Trinitron, the awe-inspiring John 3:16, the Use, Gasm, Din Strange Dresses, Azrail Noir, Fire Maidens from Outer Space. At the Index Art Center, 237 Washington St. (Campbell/Market), Newark, light rail train to Washington St., sugg. don.
6/20, 7 PM the Dorian Wind Quintet play Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
6/20, 7 PM one of the most compelling, nuanced singers in acoustic music, Jes Hudak at the small room at the Rockwood
6/20, 7 PM the New York New Music Collective feat. pianists Michael Rose and Beth Levin, violist Jocelin Pan and others play two sets of new chamber music by Tom Cipullo, Nina Young, Hayk Arsenyan and many others at Spectrum, $15
6/20, 7:30 PM well-loved, state-of-the-art female-fronted oldschool soul revivalists Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/20, 8 PM amusingly assaultive post-Iggy garage/punk/blues band Sex Scheme at Hank’s
6/20, 8 PM Mike Baggetta – guitar; Jerome Harris – bass; Billy Mintz – drums followed by a rare duo acoustic show by Nels Cline & Julian Lage at 9:30 PM at Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th St., Astoria , $10 includes a beer!
6/20, 9 PM the Debutante Hour’s deviously amusing, literarily-inclined Susan Hwang and the Realastics and then haunting, intense Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Red Hook Bait and Tackle.
6/20, 9 PM bluegrass stars James Reams and the Barnstormers at the Jalopy, $10.
6/20, 10ish intense, theatrical, psychedelic noir/southwestern gothic band Jail Weddings at Cake Shop. They’re at Baby’s All Right on 6/21 at 8.
6/20, 10 PM slyly sultry C&W/torchsong trio Puss N Boots – Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and bassist Catherine Popper – at Sunny’s in Red Hook
6/20, 10 PM Haley Bowery & the Manimals play their sardonic, hard-hitting, amusing nuevo-glamrock at Spike Hill.
6/20, 10 PM Greg Smith & the Broken English – who’re sort of a more down-to-earth Deer Tick – at Union Hall, $8
6/20, 11 PM Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie and her phenomenal, ferocious band at Sidewalk.
6/20, midnight the eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Horns at Nublu.
Make Music NY is Saturday the 21st. Lots of free shows scheduled all over the five boroughs. Since it’s the weekend, this should be a good one but be aware that lots of acts will reserve a space for the afternoon and then play hours later after it cools off. Never mind the threat of rain. Here’s a partial list of the best stuff from this year’s schedule:
11 AM the all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Big Road in Chelsea, 235 W 23rd St. They move to the UN plaza at 1 PM.
11 AM atmospheric indie classical/postrock percussion group Ensemble Et Al at the Indonesian Consulate, 5 E. 68th St followed at noon by Gamelan Kusuma Laras
Noon resonator guitarist/lo-fi blues artist Breanna Arneson at the oval at Central Park and 104th St;
Noon satirical, politically-fueled acoustic songwriter Dave Lippman at 116th/Riverside Dr.
1 PM-ish bagpipe rockers Scottish Octopus at the Dana Discovery Center, 116th/Central Park North
1 PM Elliott Sharp, John King, Jed Distler, Eleonor Sandresky, Patrick Grant, Lisa Maree Dowling, Adam Cuthbert, Brad Balliett, David Borden and Vasko Dukovski team up to play Terry Riley’s In C outside Cornelia St. Cafe.
1:30 PM Alexandra Kalinowski’s intense piano-and-strings-fueled chamber pop band AK in front of the mural at Bowery and Houston; at 2:30 they’re at the FDR memorial on Roosevelt Island
2 PM indie classical group Antisocial Music at Riverside and 116th
2 PM dark psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the mural at Bowery and Houston mural
2 PM haunting female-fronted Turkish/Balkan ensemble Dolunay at the garden at 350 E. 4th St (C/D). They move to Big Road in Chelsea at 6.
2 PM the NY Gong Ensemble ?!?! on the Dairy Lawn, mid-park in Central Park; use the east side 66th St entrance
2:30 PM eclectic dark Central Asian jazz pianist Alon Nechushtan‘s Talat Group at the Jazz Museum in Harlem, 126th and Lex.
2:45 PM a free concert at Bargemusic, early arrival advised: performances by the Dorian Wind Quintet, pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya, the Velveteen String Quartet, and the Bohemian Trio playing originals plus works by Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and others.
3 PM haunting Middle Eastern psychedelic rockers Mild Mannered Rebel at the Chelsea Triangle, 14th St/9th Ave.
3:30 Americana rockers Greg Smith & the Broken English at Montero’s, 73 Atlantic Ave. at Hicks, Brooklyn heights
4 PM Gamelan Dharma Swara at the South St. Seaport museum
4 PM diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys, female-fronted psychedelic popsters the Tara Lynne Band , hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes and others outside Freddy’s in Brooklyn.
4-8 PM Bronx hip-hop group Rebel Diaz plus dj sets by hip-hop originators Grandmaster Caz and a Jamaican jam spun by DJ Kool Herc at the block party on Louis Niñé Blvd. from Southern Blvd. to Jennings St. in the Bronx
4:30 PM Colombian metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Grand Army Plaza, where a whole lot of other bands will be throughout the day, ten-piece brass band Slavic Soul Party also supposedly playing at the same time (hopefully in a different space – these two battling to drown out each other would be ridiculous).
4:45 theatrical glam/indie rock band Gladshot at East River Park; funk/punk band SisterMonk are there at 6:15
5 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
5 PM bhangra funk orchestra Red Baraat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
6 PM accordion-fueled New Orleans/groove band Velvet Jubilee at Oasis Community Park, 505 W. 52nd St & 10th Ave
6 PM dark, historically-obsessed lyrical chanteuse/guitarist Elisa Flynn at the wine store, 489 Myrtle Ave ft greene
6 PM the Downward Dogs‘ southwestern gothic frontman, Joe Yoga at Sara Roosevelt Park on the LES
7 PM bassist Tony Maimone’s ominous postrock band No Grave Like the Sea at Gilbert Ramirez Park, right at the Morgan Ave L stop in Bushwick
7 PM retro soul band Brandi & the Alexanders at Jimmy’s, 92 Calyer St. in Greenpoint
7 PM smart female-fronted new wave/janglerock band Delusions of Grand Street at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th St, Astoria
7 PM eclectic glamrock/arenarock/Americana band the Hollows at the theatre at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St (10th/11th Ave).
7:30 PM ageless reggae/groove band Faith at Green Oasis Garden, 368 E 8th St. between Ave C and D
6/21, 5 PM the third night of the the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival features the Momenta Quartet at the Taipei Cultural Center, 1 E 42nd St.
6/21, 7:30/10 PM eclectic blues/hip-hop songwriter Chris Thomas King – co-star of O Brother Where Art Thou – at Lucille’s, $20 adv tix rec.
6/21, 7:30 PM flutist Claire Chase and Bulgarian percussionist Svet Stoyanov play “Alone,” composer Marcos Balter’s site-specific, Edgar Allen Poe-inspired duet plus a new arrangement of Terry Riley’s Tread on the Trail for multiple flutes at Federal Hall, 26 Wall St, free
6/21, 8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by haunting harmony-driven pan-latin Las Rubias Del Norte – who have more than a bit of chicha in them since they share members with Chicha Libre – at Barbes
6/21, 8 PM a composer portrait concert of the work of Bent Sørensen performed by Ensemble Mise-En at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave.
6/21, 9 PM dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Prospect Park Bandshell.
6/21, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Loren Stillman leads a quartet with Shane Endsley, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Mark Ferber, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum.
6/21, 9ish punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
6/21, 10 PM Dylan keyboardist Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter– a devious new-music/surf/funk band – at Spectrum, $15.
6/21, half past midnight (actually wee hours of 6/22) psychedelic jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland‘s Twi-Life at the Blue Note, $15
6/22, 2 PM this year’s free avant garde/indie classical Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center atrium features Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth, and So Percussion and many others.
6/22, 2 PM the NY Scandia String Quartet play works by Grieg, Sibelius and Foerster plus Swedish folk tunes on the Billings Lawn at Ft. Tryon Park (go left and down the hill after you pass the snack bar), free
6/22, 4 PM the indie classical the Mise-En Music Festival winds up with a marathon performance by Ensemble Mise-En, the Momenta Quartet and Ensemble Paramirabo at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St.
6/22, 4 PM Canadian piano luminary Stewart Goodyear performs the first of his four concerts comprising all 32 Beethoven sonatas; the next in the series are 6/29, 7/6 & 7/27, same time, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
6/22, 7 PM clarinetist Michael Winograd and accordionist Patrick Farrell conjure up some wild klezmer jams at the Cool Pony, 773 Franklin Ave. (between Sterling & Park), Crown Heights, $10
6/22, 8 PM richly lyrical jazz with the occasional Middle Eastern flourish: Avishai Cohen(bass & vocals) with his trio Nitai Hershkovits (piano) and Daniel Dor (drums) at Highline Ballroom, $30
6/22, 8:30 PM wild post-Waits Americana with JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers at the Knitting Factory, $12.
6/22, 8:30 PM Turkish jazz chanteuse Defne Sahin leads a quartet with Fabian Almazan, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Henry Cole, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/22, 9 PM powerpop guitar genius Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express (playing “Temple Beautiful” with a string section) at Bowery Ballroom, $22 gen adm.
6/23, 6 PM bassist Andrew Lafkas leads a all-star improvisational 14-piece ensemble, plus many intriguing solo acts TBA, to celebrate the final blowout at Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St. before they move to their new location. Suggest you make it a picnic, bring a blanket or beach towel, drinks provided!
6/23 electric violin maven and former Turtle Island Quartet violinist Tracy Silverman plays the album release show for his new one Between the Kiss and the Chaos with special guests feat. works by John Adams, Terry Riley, Kenji Bunch, Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th & 9th Aves)
6/23, 7 PM at Pier 15 at South St. Seaport, Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and ex-Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler play their brooding new piece Aokigahara, inspired by the popular Japanese suicide spot.
6/23-24, 8/10:30 PM lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Michel Camilo plays a rare series of solo shows at the Blue Note.
6/23, 8:30 PM Craig Bailey, Tim Armacost, and Brooklyn Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
6/24, 5 PM X’s John Doe plays the album release show for his new one in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
6/24-26 at 7:30 PM plus 6/27-28 at 8, pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the NY Phil playing Beethoven’s Emperor and Triple Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.
6/24, 7:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights with pianist Timo Andres play works by Boccherini, Ives, Andrew Norman and Andres himself at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat
6/24, 7:30 PM eclectic retro jazz chanteuse Cécile McLorin Salvant with brilliant oldtime swing band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/24, 8 PM a rare performance of Tan Dun‘s Ghost Opera for string quartet and pipa feat. the Momenta Quartet, pipa virtuoso/singer Min Xiao-Fen, guitarist Gyan Riley and percussionist David Cossin at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs.
6/24-29, 8 PM composer Aaron Meicht‘s futuristic Orwellian multimedia drama Ozet with music performed by Daniel Baker, Brendan Dougherty, Paula Matthusen, Matt Mitchell and others at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St.
6/24-29, 8/10 PM pianist Kris Davis – as consistently tuneful an improviser as exists anywhere in the 88-key world right now – plays a stand at the Stone featuring a whole slew of ensembles, $10. Choice pick: the 6/29, 10 PM set with her Capricorn Climber band: Mat Maneri (viola); Ingrid Laubrock (sax); Eivind Opsvik (bass); Tom Rainey (drums)
6/24, 8:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel at Cornelia St. Cafe.
6/24, 9:30 PM the torchy female-fronted Carte Blanche Jazz Band plays French, latin and American standards from the swing era at Drom, $5.
6/25, 6 PM edgy, funky Israeli Ethiopiques/Afrobeat/soul singer Ester Rada and band at Madison Square Park, free
6/25, 6:30 PM punk-era legend/storyteller/janglerocker Wreckless Eric at the Mercury, $12 gen adm.
6/25, 7 PMish hip-hop originators including the legendary Chuck Chillout, DJ Hollywood and Busy Bee celebrate 40 years of the Zulu Nation at Crotona Park in Queens
6/25, 7ish tuneful post-Replacements Staten Island punk band Tatterhood at Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island.
6/25, 7 PM here’s a surreal one: the Bushwick Book Club plays new songs inspired by Julia Child’s Art of French Cooking at Barbes. Performers include Zane Van Dusen (of Mind Troll), Susan Hwang from the Debutante Hour, Leslie Graves, Jessie Kilguss, Pierre de Gaillande (of the Snow) and Shannon Pelcher.
6/25 guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza and her quartet with Fabian Almazan on piano, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
6/25, 8 PM original and classic Sephardic sounds with Sofie Salonika -Jessica Lurie on sax flute, accordion, and voice. Katie Down on flute, ukulele, voice, and percussion. Arthur Kell on bass. Christ Stromquist on percussion – at Barbes.
6/25-28, 8 PM, also 6/26 at 2:30 PM Ruth Margraff’s relevant new opera Three Graces – a modern-day parable of freedom fighters battling oppression in the Mediterranean and Arab world – feat. music by Nikos Brisco’s intense, often haunting Cafe Antarsia Ensemble at the Little Theatre at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, G/7 to Court Square, $10
6/25, 8 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken and a cast including Augustus Arnone, piano; Patricia Spencer, flute; Madeleine Shapiro, cello; Lou Bunk, electronics and invented instruments play new spectral music at Roulette, $20/$15
6/25, 8:30 PM intense, ethereal, cutting-edge jazz singer/pianist Sara Serpa leads her quartet with André Matos, guitar; Matt Brewer, bass; Richie Barshay, drum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
6/25, 9 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, sultry downtempo/trip-hop/neosoul band SLV at Shrine.
6/26, half past noon baritone saxophonist Claire Daly leads her quartet outdoors at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., free
6/26-29 gospel-tinged pianist Cyrus Chestnut leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
6/26, 9 PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
6/27, 6:15ish Bobtown guitarist Karen Dahlstrom – whose haunting solo album Gem State, a collection of original oldtime style folk songs set in historic Idaho, is one of the coolest Americana records of recent years – at the American Folk Art Museum
6/27, 7 PM torchy, eclectic North Carolina country chanteuse Jeanne Jolly at the first-floor space at Webster Hall, $12.
6/27, 7 PM the Greene Space’s non-exploitative battle of the bands continues with the finals from the five boroughs’ top contestants, still to be determined. For the past three years, somebody good has always won. $15 incl. a glass of wine, $30 will get you open bar?!?
6/27, 7:30 PM punk legend and ex-Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Highline Ballroom, $17 adv tix rec.
6/27, 7:30 PM the sultry, swinging, female-fronted Francophile Hot Sardines at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/27, 8 PM Mingus Dynasty plays a live score to Manfred Kirchheimer’s legendary 1981 DIY NYC subway documentary film Stations of the Elevated at BAM Harvey Theater.
6/27, 8:30 PM sprawling oldtime band Jesus on the Mainline at the Mercury, $12
6/27, 9ish oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Beast of Bourbon.
6/27, 9 PM haunting, quiet, atmospheric, lyrical cellist/songwriter/chanteuse Meaner Pencil at Goodbye Blue Monday
6/27, 9ish legendary Jamaican one-hit wonder Junior Marvin and band playing a Bob Marley tribute at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
6/27, 11 PM dark Kim Lenz-ish rockabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Arlene’s, free
6/27, 11 PM Sabor & the Afro-Latineers play an intoxicating, psychedelic mix of latin big band jazz, funk, Afrobeat and salsa at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
6/28, 7:30 PM hilariously satirical oldtimey/newgrass hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Joe’s Pub, $15
6/28, 7:30 PM cajun all-stars the Band Courtbouillon featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy making their New York debut at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
6/28, 8 PM irrepressible drummer/impresario/bandleader John Sharples hosts an evening of NYC rock luminaries and Beefstock veterans, lineup TBA, at Freddy’s
6/28, 8ish bouncy, rustic Colombian folklorica band Curupira at South St. Seaport.
6/28, 8:30 PM four-octave chanteuse Carol Lipnik and pianist Matt Kanelos‘ haunting Ghosts in the Ocean art-rock project followed at 10:30 by hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimber/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at the third stage at the Rockwood (enter on Orchard St.), $10 + $10 min.
6/28, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play torchy oldschool soul at the small room at the Rockwood.
6/28, 9:30ish edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Mehanata.
6/28, 10ish intense 70s style psychedelic salsa band Bio Ritmo playing new material off their forthcoming album Puerta del Sur at Radio Bushwick, rsvp to email@example.com for reduced $10 adm.
6/29, 3:30 PM mighty brass-fueled psychedelic southwestern gothic art-rockers Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta at South St. Seaport.
6/29, 5 PM twisted Pogues-influenced circus rock/noir acoustic band Thee Shambels followed at 7 by luminous, intense, inscrutable art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at the small room at the Rockwood
6/29 phenomenally fun, intense, noir-tinged oldschool soul siren Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes play the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $25 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc
6/29, 7 PM wickedly catchy hip-hop brass grooves with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Central Park Summerstage.
6/29, 9:30 PM powerfully lyrical trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis leads her group at 55 Bar.
6/30, 7 PM the annual Isle of Klezbos East Village garden show in the garden on 12th Street between Aves A/B – wild jams on classic and original themes from across the Jewish diaspora, free, get there early, it’s a cozy, very verdant place.
6/30, 7:30 PM eclectic violin jazz star Jenny Scheinman – whose forthcoming album goes back to the plaintive C&W-flavored lyrical songwriting she was doing about seven years ago – at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
6/30, 8 PM a fascinating evening of Central Asian themes with the Kazakh National Kurmangazy Orchestra with Baikadamov Choir and soloists at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $
6/30, 8 PM guitarist Nadav Lev plus the Mivos Quartet, mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, soprano Lianne Aharony and composer/sound artist Guy Barash premiere new works by Israeli composersYair Klartag, Guy Barash, Gilad Cohen, Ronnie Reshef, Yonatan Canaan and Nadav himself at the 14th St. Y Theatre, 344 E 14th St (1st/2nd Aves), $15
6/30, 8:30 PM Darcy James Argue trombonist Mike Fahie‘s similarly adventurous Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/1, 5 PM popular oldtimey Americana road warriors the Howlin Brothers in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
7/1, 7 PM moody, intense Irish chamber pop chanteuse Sabrina Piggott at the Path Cafe
7/1 wild, percussion-driven oldschool Afro-Cuban jazz oufit Francisco Mora-Catlett & AfroHORN, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
7/1-6, 8/10 PM pianist Geri Allen – who’s hit a darkly majestic peak lately – plays a stand at the Stone featuring a whole slew of ensembles, $10. Choice pick: 7/6 at 8 with Laurie Anderson ?!??!
7/1, 8 PM legendary Dominican merengue chanteuse Milly Quezada at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/2-3 and 7/5-6, ex-Muddy Waters blues harp legend James Cotton and Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35
7/2 People (guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Kevin Shea, multi-instrumentalist Kyle Forester) at Death by Audio. Their upcoming album has horns and vocals, wild and amazing stuff!
7/2, 9 PM a doublebill of Greek hash-smoking music: Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos and Que Vlo-ve at Branded Saloon. Dervisi are at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave) in Jackson Heights on 7/17 at 8:30
7/2, 10ish dark Kim Lenz-ish rockabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Rodeo Bar
7/3, 7:30 PM intense, soulful guitar-fueled electric blues/jazz with the Marvin Sewell Group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.
7/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
7/3, 10 PM shambling, high-energy punk gospel/soul/hippie rock band the Harmonica Lewinskies (who are mostly guys, actually) at the Knitting Factory
7/4, 7:30 PM Willie Rosario y Su Orquesta play oldschool salsa at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/5,3ish Mauritanian duskcore chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Central Park Summerstage. 7/29 she’s at Joe’s Pub.
7/6, 7 PM Mary C & the Stellars play high-voltage retro 60s soul at Pier 1 on the upper west, free– if you like Adele’s voice but find her songs trite and cliched, Mary C will hook you up.
7/7, 3 PM Orbisonesque nuevo noir Nashville pop band Nightmare & the Cat at Central Park Summerstage.
7/8 the Emilio Valdes Quartet with special guest guitarist Mark Whitfield, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
7/8, 7:30 PM Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks do their Boardwalk Empire soundtrack with Margot Bingham (playing torch singer Daughter Maitland) and her co-star Stephen DeRosa, singing Eddie Cantor songs, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/8 wildly popular, exhilararting, Balkan-influenced big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – who put out the arguably most relevant album of any NYC band in any style last year – 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
7/8, 9 PM newschool oldtimey music maven Andrew Bird at Central Park Summerstage.
7/9, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken, free
7/9, 7:30 PM Cuban son band Cojunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas make their US debut at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/9 lyrical incisive guitarist Nir Felder leads a quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
7/9, 8 PM the NY Phil plays Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel, and Don Juan; Smetana – Vysehrad; and Tschaikovsky – Romeo & Juliet at Prospect Park, free, early arrival advised; closest entry point is the 9th St. entrance. The show repeats on 7/10 at 8 in Cunningham Park in Queens and then 7/11 at 8 on the lawn in Central Park
7/9, 10ish the Felice Bros. – the thinking/breathing person’s alternative to the Mumfords, et al. at Webster Hall, $25 tix avail. at the Mercury box ofc M-F 5-7 PM.
7/10, 7 PM Roosevelt Dime play tongue-in-cheek oldtimey Americana and retro soul originals on a boat at the Brooklyn Waterfront Museum at 290 Conover Street (at Pier 44), Red Hook, $20
7/10, 7;30 PM theh Bang on a Can All-Stars‘ Vicky Chow and David Cossin with Dither Quartet’s Taylor Levine and James Moore play works by Louis Andriessen and Philip Glass at the Jewish Museum, $18/$12 stud/srs
7/10 perennially powerful, tuneful, lyrically relevant Irish rockers Black 47 play their very last Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Jewel, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from behind the heliport at 23rd St. & the FDR, $30 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc
7/10, 7:30 PM funky, twangy, danceable New Orleans/Brazilian/surf rock band Nation Beat at the Lincoln Center Atrium
7/10, 7:30 PM the Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/10, 8 PM bluegrass/newgrass fiddler Kate MacLeod and band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15 + drink min.
7/10, 8 PM deviously paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette w/ Yotam Silberstein and Jochen Rueckert at Classon Social Club, 807 Classon Ave, Bed-Stuy, 4 to Eastern Parkway. 7/11 Charette is at the Fat Cat at 10:30 with Brandon Lewis and Avi Rothbard
7/11 the Core Trio: Thomas Helton, bass, and Seth Paynter, saxophone, play a CD release concert with Joe Hertenstein on drums and guest artist Matthew Shipp, piano at Shapeshifter Lab
7/11, 8 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10.
7/12, 7:30 PM brilliant Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel and band at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/12, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra with special guest James Carter play an Illinois Jacquet tribute at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 tix avail at the Avery Fisher Hall box ofc.
7/12, 8 PM a killer south-of-the-border lineup put together by the Barbes folks: all-female, ostensibly aphrodisiac Mexican folk orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache, metal cumbia monsters MAKU Soundsystem, psychedelically bouncy Peruvian/French/Brooklyn surf band Chicha Libre and eclectic pan-latin Los Amigos Invisibles side project Los Crema Paraiso at Drom, $10.
7/12, 8 PM a rare small-room gig by wildly popular progressive jazz heroes Kneebody at Subculture, $20, adv tix highly rec.
7/12, 8ish the Lyres – no idea how much the second-wave garage rock legends have left in the tank if at all – at Grand Victory
7/13 torchy oldtimey jazz chanteuse Carsie Blanton and band at the third stage at the Rockwood
7/13, 3 PM avant garde pickup group “Bang on Ja-pan” at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum.
7/13, 7 PM Orquesta SSC play oldschool salsa dura at Pier 1 on the upper west, free
7/14, 8 PM the NY Phil with Joshua Bell, violin play Nielsen – Maskrade Overture; Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1; Grieg – selections from Pier Gynt; Liszt – Les Preludes, on the lawn in Central Park. The concert repeats 7/15 at 8 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
7/15 Roman Diaz & El Gallo Mistico, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
7/15, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Beethoven works including Symphony No. 1 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
7/15-16 guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio with Scott Colley on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
7/15-20, 8/10 PM dark surfy Israeli guitar monster Eyal Maoz has a residency at the Stone with a wild series of groups, $15. Choice pick: the 7/15 10 PM show with his “crazy slavic band” with Frank London, Briggan Krauss and others, and the 7/19 show with John Zorn’s Abraxas (whose latest album is off the hook).
7/15 slyly sultry C&W/torchsong trio Puss N Boots – Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and bassist Catherine Popper – at the Bell House
7/15, 9 PM this era’s most poignant voice in country and Americana, Laura Cantrell at le Poisson Rouge, $25. She’s at the the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 7/16, same time, same price.
7/16, 7 PM jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson and group at Madison Square Park, free
7/16, 9 PM wild, intense newgrass/punkgrass band the Brothers Comatose at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
7/16 Americana guitar goddess Ann Klein plays the album release show for her killer new one Tumbleweed Symphony at the Rockwood
7/17, 6 PM the James Carter Organ Trio followed eventually at 8 by well-loved oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist/soul singer Robert Cray on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free.
7/17, 7 and 9 PM sharp, the world premiere of the documentary film Sound & Chaos – The Story of BC Studio, chronicling producer Martin Bisi‘s legendary Brooklyn digs, which churned out a gazillion legendary/obscure albums, at Anthology Film Archives.
7/17, 7 PM oldtimey acoustic country/blues hellraisers the Wiyos (whose latest, Wizard of Oz-inspired psychedelic rock album is improbably amazing) at Wagner Park
7/17-20 trumpeter Sean Jones leads a killer quartet playing material from his forthcoming album with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
7/17 intriguing, atmospheric, intense singer Emilie Weibel plays her bday show at Shapeshifter Lab.
7/17, 9 PM 90s Brooklyn hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Mobb Deep at Highbridge Park in Queens.
7/18, 9:45 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millstead plays the album release for their new one, Harlem, at Bowery Electric
7/18, 10:30 PM one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Mercury, $10
7/19, 8 PM creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at the Knitting Factory, $12.
7/19, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy female-fronted powerpop/new wave band Changing Modes – one of NYC’s best bands – play the album release show for their new new wave album at Bowery Electric
7/20, 4 PM Judy Collins and a bunch of people from the folk circuit playing a Pete Seeger tribute at Damrosch Park
7/20, 6ish the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Queensbridge Park.
7/20, 10ish captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriterMelaena Cadiz plays the album release show for her new one at Glasslands, $10
7/21, 7 PM a Pete Seeger tribute at Central Park Summerstage with Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle, Anti-Flag (acoustic?!?) and a whole slew of singer-songwriters.
7/21, 7:30 PM eclectic lead guitar monster/powerpop/Americana tunesmith Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays the album release show for his new one at the Parkside
7/22 trumpeter Brian Lynch & Spheres of Influence, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
7/22, 7:30 PM well-loved indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Ljova, Ligeti, Bartok and Stravinsky (plus a stinker from the indie rock catalog) at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
7/22, 7:30 PM popular, raspy-voiced alt-country/highway rock bandleader Mary McBride at Joe’s Pub, $25. You could see her for free at Lakeside ten years ago.
7/22, 10 PM oldschool skronk central: DNA guitar legend Arto Lindsay w/ Melvin Gibbs on bass, Paul Wilson on keyboards, and Kassa Overall on drums at le Poisson Rouge, $15
7/23, 7:30 PM Michael Stuart y Su Tremendo followed by a performance of latin jazz maven Larry Harlow’s Hommy: A Latin Opera (first NYC staging in 30 years) with a full symphony orchestra and choir at Damrosch Park, free.
7/23 up-and-coming third-stream pianist Pascal LeBoeuf leads a sextet with Donny McCaslin and Miguel Zenon plus Linda Oh on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
7/24, half past noon the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan outdoors at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., free
7/24, 9:30 PM ageless 80s punk-pop/powerpopmeisters Teenage Fanclub at Pier 84 at 12th Ave/43rd St.
7/24 dark lo-fi psych/noise band the Wytches at the Mercury, $12; 7/25 they’re at Glasslands at 9ish for the same price.
7/25, 6 PM, repeating on 7/26, 2 PM members of Contemporaneous, the Crossing, Face the Music, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, JACK Quartet and other groups premiere John Luther Adams’ new dance soundtrack Sila: The Breath of the World on the plaza at Lincoln Center, free.
7/25, 7:30 PM indie classical night at Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Eighth Blackbird play works by Andy Akiho, Gyorgi Ligeti and David Lang followed by FLUX Quartet doing parts of Annie Gosfield’s The Spectators and then violinist Pauline Kim Harris playing John Zorn’s Passagen, plus dancers, at Damrosch Park, free.
7/25, 9 PM smart, guitarishly excellent, historically-inspired rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Picasso Machinery, 35 Broadway, South Williamsburg, J/M to Marcy Ave.
7/26, 7 PM eclectic chanteuse Mavis Swan Poole’s oldschool psychedelic soul/funk band Soul Understated play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood
7/26, 9ish carnivalesque Romany punk band the Butcher Knives at the Mercury
7/27, 1 PM a free screening of the Serbian brass band documentary Brasslands plus films TBD at the Bunim amphitheatre (across the street from the Walter Reade Theatre) at Lincoln Center.
7/27, 3ish the Zulu Nation‘s legendary first-wave hip-hop Rock Steady Crew at Central Park Summerstage
7/27, 5 PM haunting, intense Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at the small room at the Rockwood
7/27, 7:30 PM first-wave reggae-punk legends the Subhumans at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
7/28, 9ish golden age hip-hop legends Onyx at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $15.
7/29, 3 PMmoody, intense Irish chamber pop chanteuse Sabrina Piggott at the small room at the Rockwood.
7/29, 5 PM Fela cover band Chop & Quench in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
7/29 Cuban diva Melvis Santa, 7/9 PM at Minton’s 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table
7/30, 6:30 PM amazingly cool Houston gospel/funk/soul band the Jones Family Singers at Damrosch Park, free.
7/30, 7 PM the Plumbers featuring Hoboken legend Gene Turonis play “Tex-Mex-Calypso-billy” at Church Square Park, Park Ave. & 4th St., Hoboken, free.
7/31 7 PM legendary soul siren Bettye LaVette – whose reinventions of Beatles classics are amazing – at Wagner Park
7/31, 7 PM 60s latin soul legend Joe Bataan at Clove Lakes Park, Forest Ave. and Victory Blvd on Staten Island.
7/31, 7:30 PM eclectic, smart, haunting, politically-fueled pan-latin rock songwriter Ani Cordero (once of Bee & Flower and Cordero) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.
7/31-8/3 postbop piano legend Kenny Barron leads a quartet featuring Stefon Harris on vibes and marimba 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
7/31, 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, amusing Erin & Her Cello play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $14
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 wild, humungous (we’re talking 40-piece) Balkan/circus rock band Mucca Pazza at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
8/2, 5ish the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage.
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 the guy who made Quentin Tarantino famous, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
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 legend Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez at Damrosch Park, free.
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 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, 8 PM psychedelic salsa legends Tipica ’73 at East River Park.
8/6, 7 PM psychedelic funkmeisters (and meistress) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Madison Square Park, free
8/6, 8:30 PM Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Damrosch Park, free.
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, 7:30 PM wild Indian-influenced saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and ensemble play their new ballet soundtrack at Damrosch Park, free.
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
8/8-9, 8 PM the Funky Meters at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
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, 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, 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, 6 PM C&W legends Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Brooklyn Americana newcomers the Lone Bellow and Rosanne Cash at Damrosch Park, free.
8/9, 8:30 PM wildly popular art-rock guitarist/bandleader St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell
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, 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.
8/12, 5:30 PM alt-country guitarist/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan outside in the parking lot behind City Winery, free
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, 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.
8/14 the Junior Brown show at City Winery is not open to the public and tix are not being sold.
8/14, 9 PM somberly catchy, anthemic Canadian art-rock chanteuse Agnes Obel at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/15, 8 PM oldschool western swing and Romany jazz with the Hot Club of Cowtown at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
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
8/19, 6ish badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
8/19 jangly retro 60s psych-pop band Spider Bags at Union Pool
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
8/24, 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, 10 PM what’s left of the Fania All-Stars at Central Park Summerstage.
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.
8/29, 9 PM a killer dark rock doublebill with psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriterRichard 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
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).
9/7, 8 PM the latest desert blues guitar sensation, Bombino at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
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.
9/12 ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick.
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.
10/31, 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.
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