New York City Live Music Calendar for July and August 2014
The August/September calendar is here.
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 July (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 July, 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 July 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 July clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNoteon vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in July, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in July 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 July, 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 July at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in July at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in August, 6 PM spectacularly eclectic violinist Sarah Alden – who can do Balkan as well as she does bluegrass – & her band the Red Hot Rubies at Barbes
Saturdays in July (except for 7/19), 9ish high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown (named for a Red Sox-killing Yankee pitcher many decades ago) at Beast of Bourbon
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays at 4 PM fun, hellraising booze-fueled acoustic Americana band Jumbo Brown at Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Ave. (next to Nitehawk Cinema), Williamsburg.
Sundays at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in July, 8:30/11 PM the mighty, politically astute, symphonically majestic Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 seats avail
Sundays in July, 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 July 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.
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 avant jazz chanteuse Janine Nichols’ Semi-Free with guitarist Brandon Ross and violinist Charlie Burnham at Barbes followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes
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.
7/1, 8:30 PM bassist Lauren Falls leads a septet with Seamus Blake, tenor sax; Lage Lund, guitar; Can Olgun, piano; Jon Challoner, trumpet; Caleigh Drane, cello; Trevor Falls, drums; playing the album release show for her new one The Quiet Fight at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/2, 7 PM eclectic, sometimes explosive trumpet improviser Thomas Heberer leads two trios with sets at 7 and 8 at Barbes
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, 8 PM a screening of Mojtaba Mirtahmasb‘s 2004 documentary film Back Vocal, examining the effects of the ban against female singers performing solo or fronting bands or orchestras in Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles. Also showing: Mirtahmasb’s 2008 doc Lady of the Roses, the true story of a woman who helped an entire region in Iran transition away from narcoagriculture. At Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. downtown, 4th floor, $10/$5 stud/srs.
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, 10 PM People (guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Kevin Shea, multi-instrumentalist Kyle Forester) at Death by Audio. Their new album has horns and vocals, wild and amazing and frequently hilarious stuff.
7/2, 10ish dark Kim Lenz-ish rockabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Rodeo Bar.
7/3, 6 PM the pensive, hypnotic acoustic guitar-driven instrumental Threefifty Duo at the small room at the Rockwood.
7/3, 7 PM violinist Ben Sutin‘s Stringency quartet feat. dark, intense cellist Isabel Castellvi at Something Jazz Club, $12
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, 8:30 PM the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Hill Country Brooklyn.
7/3, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also here on 7/31.
7/3, 9/11 PM alto saxophone powerhouse Miguel Zenon leads a quartet with Mario Castro – tenor saxophone; Ricky Rodriguez – bass; Henry Cole – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15. They’re also here on 7/17.
7/3, 11 PM shambling, high-energy punk gospel/soul/hippie rock band the Harmonica Lewinskies (who are mostly guys, actually) at the Knitting Factory, $12.
7/4, 6 PM Pem Roach’s perennially fun C&W/hillbilly band the Brandywine Creek Boys at LIC Bar
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.
7/4 how do you bring a crowd out to your club on the 4th of July? Book a couple of acts that aren’t American. At 8 at Barbes there’s Namgar, who sings Buryatian and Mongolian-influenced original tunes, followed at 10 by Colombian funk band Curupira.
7/5, 3ish Mauritanian duskcore chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Central Park Summerstage. 7/29 she’s at Joe’s Pub.
7/5, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.
7/5, 7 PM darkly sardonic art-rock pianist Eve Lesov and her band at the small room at the Rockwood. She’s also at Sidewalk on 7/17 at 9.
7/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with cinematic instrumentalists Commercial Interruption followed at 10 by the Del Rios, Mexican band Greengo at 11 and then a Dick Dale tribute
7/5, 9 PM slinky El Jezel bassist Jessica Flanagan and Brian Ray Stearns of dreampop band the Autumns in a rare duo show at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/5, 11 PM the torchy female-fronted Carte Blanche Jazz Band plays French, latin and American standards from the swing era at the big room at the Rockwood
7/5, 11:30 PM trumpeter/chanteuse Bria Skonberg leads an oldtimey hot jazz band at Drom, $10.
7/6, 4 PM Canadian piano luminary Stewart Goodyear continues his series of concerts comprising all 32 Beethoven sonatas at Bargemusic; the next in the series is 7/27, same time, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
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 Peruvian roots reggae/psychedelic rock band Laguna Pai at the big room at the Rockwood
7/7, 6:30 PM Orbisonesque nuevo noir Nashville pop band Nightmare & the Cat at Central Park Summerstage.
7/7, 8:30 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop with Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood
7/7, 8:30 PM the adventurous Cecilia Coleman Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
7/7, 9:30 PM a rare acoustic show by Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Pete’s
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 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas trumpeter Stan Killian leads a small group at 55 Bar.
7/8 Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group – followed by Brooklyn Bowl, 8 PM, get there before 7 and get in free
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, 8:30 PM Sifter: Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Matt Wilson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/8, 9 PM newschool oldtimey music maven Andrew Bird at Central Park Summerstage, doing stuff off his new album of Handsome Family covers. Everybody’s going to this, get there early.
7/8, 9:30 PM a female-fronted Gatsby jazz twinbill: charming oldtimey uke swing band the Ladybugs followed at around 11 by the horn-fueled Carte Blanche Ensemble at Drom, $10. Carte Blanche are back here on 7/22, same deal.
7/8, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
7/9, 6 PM French/Chileanhip-hop/pop singer Ana Tijoux 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, 9 PM intense, brilliantly original alto saxophonist/composer Sarah Manning and band at Caffe Vivaldi
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.
7/9, 10 PM Stonesy stoner rock/punk blues band 7horse at Bowery Electric, $12.
7/10, 5:30 PM the amazing, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s one and only black bluegrass band – at Hill Country Brooklyn
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.
7/10, 9ish guitarist Danny Weiss’ and singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool country harmony crew Reckon So at Beast of Bourbon.
7/10, 9:30 PM wild, intense newgrass/punkgrass band the Brothers Comatose at the Bell House, $10
7/10, 10 PM diverse, female-fronted Romany/Balkan/noir jazz outfit Dodo Orchestra at Drom, $10.
7/10, 10:30 PM edgy, noir-inclined saxophonist Nick Hempton leads his quartet at Smalls.
7/10, 11 PM the Brighton Beat jam out psychedelic jazzy Afrobeat grooves at the big room at the Rockwood
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, 6 PM purist jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter – who has a meticulously nuanced, noirish new album out – with her group at 55 Bar.
7/11, 7 PM the Bohemian Trio: Yosvany Terry, saxophone & chékere;Yves Dharamraj, cello; Orlando Alonso, piano play their inimitable mashup of standard classical, tango, jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
7/11, 7 PM Absinthe Heroes, “A one-man steampunk musical by Jeff Mach; music by Psyche Corporation, musical adaptation by Robare James Pruyn-Bush. A satirical tale of an airship race, mad science, and a chocolatier gone bad,” at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
7/11, 7:30 PM haunting, soaring ghazal chanteuse Falu and band with special guest Chris Washburne on trombone at the Rubin Museum of Art, $22.50 adv tix rec.
7/11, 8 PM the first of two killer Americana nights at Union Hall: the banjo-fueled Alex Mallett Band, harmony-driven acoustic Nashville gothic haunters Bobtown, deviously oldtimey swing jazz crew Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band and high-energy oldtime country blues/hillbilly band Jumbo Brown (named for the guy who was a proto-Mariano Rivera many decades ago) headlining at around 11, $10
7/11, 8 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop, $10.
7/11, 9 PM smart, tunefully anthemic, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the big room at the Rockwood.
7/11, 9/11 PM edgy, tuneful guitarist Mike Moreno leads a quartet with Jon Cowherd – piano; Matt Brewer – bass; Adam Cruz – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
7/11, 10 PM oud-driven Middle Eastern band Baharat at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/11, 10 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Littlefield, $8.
7/11, 10 PM fiery southwestern gothic/paisley underground psychedelic band Girl to Gorilla at the Delancey, $8.
7/11, 10:30 PM eclectic, fun, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Organ Quintet at the Fat Cat.
7/11-12, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a killer quintet with David Kikoski on piano and Lage Lund on guitar followed on the 11th at one in the morning by trombonist Dave Gibson‘s oldschool soul-jazz band at Smalls.
7/11, 11 PM brilliantly lyrical, dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Pete’s.
7/12, 1 PM wild, eclectic, jam-oriented female-fronted worldbeat/klezmer band Metropolitan Klezmer at Pier 42, along the East River between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, enter at Montgomery St or through Corlears Hook Park at Cherry St
7/12, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet- Anders Nilsson – guitar; David Ambrosio – bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums and Tim Keiper – percussion followed at 6 by Sway Machinery leader Jeremiah Lockwood and then at 8 by Colombian chanteuse Lucia Pulido at Barbes.
7/12, 5ish dark mostly-female, reverbtoned country/garage/surf band Those Darlins amidst a brain-deadening mix of boring indie bands at South St. Seaport, free.
7/12, 7 PM Mark Peskanov, violin; Evan Drachman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano play Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69; Sonata for violin and piano No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96; Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, D. 929, Op. 100 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15
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 the second of two killer Americana nights at Union Hall: edgy, sometimes haunting original Americana chanteuse Jan Bell & the all-female Maybelles, the oldtimey Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade and then bluegrass fiddle star Melody Allegra and band headlining at around 11, $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, 8:30 PM pianist Rema Hasumi and her Trio + theatrical. elegant, pan-Asian composer/singer Jen Shyu (voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum) & violist Mat Maneri at I-Beam, $!0.
7/12, 9 PM the trippy, Afrobeat-inclined CSC Funk Band at the Gutter, $10
7/12, 9 PM the Lyres – no idea how much the second-wave garage rock legends have left in the tank if at all – at Grand Victory, $12
7/12, 11 PM wildly guitar-driven psychedelic female-fronted power trio Devi at the Lamp Post, 382 2nd St (b/w Brunswick & Monmouth), Jersey City, free, just a 10-minute walk from the Grove St. Path station.
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 adm.
7/13, 4 PM pianist Jeffrey Swann plays Ives Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord Mass;”Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15.
7/13, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar
7/13, 7 PM Orquesta SSC play oldschool salsa dura at Pier 1 on the upper west, free.
7/13, 8 PM torchy oldtimey jazz chanteuse Carsie Blanton and band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 min.
7/13, 8 PM Lea Bertucci (solo amplified bass clarinet, yum), and Bhob Rainey (solo soprano sax) improvise at Jack, $10.
7/14, 6 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimer/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at 55 Bar.
7/14, 7:30 PM the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players perform works by Joseph Martin Kraus – the “Swedish Mozart” – plus Viennese baroque composer Joachim Nikolas Eggert and Schubert at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, $10 tix avail.
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.
7/14, 8:30 PM Kyle Saulnier’s lush, shapeshifting, fascinating Awakening Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
7/14, 9:30 PM Tatiana Eva-Marie and the Avalon Jazz Band‘s pretty self-explanatory Bastille Day Swing show at Joe’s Pub, $14
7/14, 10:15 PM diverse, catchy, tersely lyrical acoustic rock/oldtime/jazz-influenced songwriter Shannon Pelcher at the Delancey
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).
7/15-20 lyrical piano jazz luminary Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
7/15, 8:30 PM Jack Grace’s sick, hilarious Van Halen country cover band Van Hayride followed by slyly sultry C&W/torchsong trio Puss N Boots – Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and bassist Catherine Popper – at the Bell House, $25 adv tix a must. Van Hayride are also at Rodeo Bar the next night, 7/16 at around 10:30.
7/15-19, 8:30/11 PM bassist Ben Allison and Group with Ted Nash, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Cardenas, Rudy Royston at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
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.
7/15, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at the small room at the Rockwood.
7/16, 7 PM jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson and group at Madison Square Park, free.
7/16, 8 PM Icelandic glamrocker Ívar Páll Jónsson and band at the big room at the Rockwood
7/16, 7 PM brilliant Americana guitarist/singer Ann Klein plays the album release for her excellent new one Tumbleweed Symphony followed eventually at 9 by wild, intense newgrass/punkgrass band the Brothers Comatose ($10 cover) at the big room at the Rockwood.
7/16, 7 PM theatrical oldschool torch/jazz/soul personality Queen Esther and the Hot 5 on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library.
7/16, 8 PM pyrotechnic Middle Eastern-inspired electric violinist Elektra Kurtis and band at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix rec.
7/16, 9 PM wickedly lyrical Americana songwriter Marcellus Hall (ex-Railroad Jerk and White Hassle) at the Knitting Factory, $12
7/16, 9 PM eclectic, soaring alt-country siren/songwriter Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $8
7/17, noon oldschool reggae/soul/pop legends Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn, free.
7/17, noon Hammond B3 jazz organist Gary Schaeffer and his combo at South St. Seaport
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, 6 PM Dandy Wellington & His Band play oldtimey swing at South St. Seaport
7/17, 7 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $!0
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, 7:30 PM Japanese Romany/Balkan/psychedelic circus rock band the Dolomites at Drom, $6 adv tix rec
7/17-20 trumpeter Sean Jones leads a killer quartet playing material from his excellent new 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.
add7/17, 9 PM intense, historically-inspired, fearlessly political folk noir songwriter/banjoist Curtis Eller at Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave., Astoria
7/17, 9 PM 90s Brooklyn hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Mobb Deep at Highbridge Park in Queens.
7/17, 10 PM purist oldschool Chicago-style blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at Terra Blues.
7/18, 7:20 PM the Cassatt String Quartet with guest Meta Weiss on cello performs Daniel S. Godfrey’s cello quintet, “To Mourn, To Dance” plus Dvorak’s “American” string quartet, and Borodin’s “Nocturne” at Bryant Park, free.
7/17, 8 PM brilliant steel guitar player Raphael McGregor leads his eclectic band at at Freddy’s.
7/17, 9:30 PM fiery lyrical third-stream soul-jazz chanteuse/pianist Nicole Zuraitis at Caffe Vivaldi.
7/18, 6 PM sly saloon blues band the Undigables: Ollie Boy Lester on vocals; Tony Ormond on guitar, Jan Kjaer on keys, Ray France on bass, Nat Seeley on drums at 55 Bar.
7/18, 7:30 harmony-driven oldtimey/Americana string band road warriors the Hackensaw Boys at the Bell House, $15.
7/18, 8 PM art-rock keyboardist/songwriter Matt Kanelos – whose edgy, hypnotic new album is excellent – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 min.
7/18-20, 8:30 PM/10 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell leads a series of groups at I-Beam, $!0
7/18, 9 PM explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at the Jalopy, $10.
7/18, 9 PM explosively funky, percussive bhangra funk orchestra Red Baraat at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
7/18, 9/10:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads a trio with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ingrid Laubrock on sax at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
7/18, 9:45 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal bandMillstead 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.
7/18, 10:30ish a rare reunion of hellraising, politically astute Americana rockers the Hangdogs (who were sort of the Dead Kennedys of highway rock) at Rodeo Bar.
7/18, 11 PM intense dark rocker Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk. She and her Canadian gothic band ripped the roof off this place the last time they played here.
7/18, 11:30 PM psychedelic, Middle Eastern-tinged ex-Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at Baby’s All Right, free.
7/19, 1 PM pyrotechnic avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supove plays works by Jacob TV, Missy Mazzoli, Carolyn Yarnell, Randall Woolf and Neil Rolnick at Mannes College concert hall, 150 W 85th St, between Amsterdam and Columbus, free
7/19, 4 PM dark Syd Barrett/Stooges-influenced neo garage rockers Obits at Union Pool, free, get there early, this will get crowded fast.
7/19, 7 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues.
7/19, 7 PM, repeating on 7/20 at 4 PM, Mark Peskanov, violin; Sam Magill, cello; Beth Levin, piano play Haydn Piano Trio in E- flat minor, Hob. XV: 31, Jacob’s Dream; Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Florent Schmitt Chant Élégiaque, Op. 24; Brahms Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15.
7/19, 7:30/9:30 PM explosive, wickedly tuneful trumpeter Pete Rodriguez leads his sensational latin jazz band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $25.
7/19, 7:30 PM explosive 70+ member all-female samba reggae drum troupe BatalaNYC outdoors at the Bronx Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd , 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street or the Bx19 bus.
7/19, 8 PM Greek oud virtuoso (and dark psychedelic rocker) Mavrothi Kontanis and band at Barbes
7/19, 8 PM a killer Bastille Day triplebill at the Jalopy: torchy sultry literate historically-informed chanteuse/songwriter Robin Aigner & Parlour Game, the similarly sultry retro Franco-American chamber pop band les Chauds Lapins and then Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics, $10
7/19, 8 PM creepy noir Americana/ghoulabilly band the Goddamn Gallows at the Knitting Factory, $12.
7/19-20, 8/10 PM jazz drum icon Jeff “Tain” Watts leads his latest band at Iridium, $25
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.
7/19, 10 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/19, 10 PM ornate 80s-influenced anthemic chamber-pop band Overlord at the Delancey, $8.
7/19, 10 PM anthemic, socially aware, Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood.
7/20, noon, accordion-fueled Colombian folk music stars Las Alegres Ambulancias plus the FolkColumbia Allstars in Corona Park out back of the Queens Museum, near what’s left of the Globosphere, free
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, 7 PM haunting southwestern gothic rock from former Industrial Tepee frontman Tom Shaner and band at LIC Bar
7/20, 8 PM fun, purist, oldtimey bluegrass/string band Tumbling Bones at the Jalopy.
7/20, 9 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W. 27th St (between 10th and 11th Ave). 7/31 they’re at Barbes at 10 on a heavenly chamber-pop doublebill with brilliant cellist/bandleader Serena Jost starting the evening at 8.
7/20, 9 PM noir, lurid, historically rich, lyrically intense Americana: powerhouse songwriter/banjoist Curtis Eller at Branded Saloon
7/20, 10ish captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz plays the album release show for her new one at Glasslands, $10.
7/20, 10 PM the Milkman’s Union’s Jeff Beam brings his mostly acoustic lo-fi psychedelia to Pete’s.
7/21 Brandi & the Alexanders play torchy oldschool soul at Bowery Electric
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.
7/21, 8 PM gently intense, deviously psychedelic, amazingly eclectic Austin-based Americana/jazz chanteuse/guitarist Jenifer Jackson and band at the small room at the Rockwood; the ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache make an unlikely but good segue across the hall at the big room at 9.
7/21, 8:30 PM the peak-era Ellington-inspired Neal Kirkwood Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
7/21, 8:30 PM avant garde violin viper Ana Milosaljevic and ensemble at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
7/21, 9 PM edgy, surfy Brazilian psychedelic cumbia band Saulo Duarte e a Unidade at Barbes
7/21, 10 PM Heroes of Toolik play deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves at the Silent Barn.
7/22, noon surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun, at at South St. Seaport. They’re also at Otto’s at 9 on 7/23.
7/22, 7 PM Moris Cañate and accordion-fueled Colombian folk music stars Las Alegres Ambulancias play a free show at El Taller Latino Americano, 2710 Broadway, 3rd Floor (@104th St
7/22, 7 PM Dakha Band play Balkan/Mediterranean/Romany sounds at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, free. They’re at Joe’s Pub on 7/27 at 9:30 for $14
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, 8 PM diverse, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the small room at the Rockwood
7/22-27 extrovert jazz drum genius Rudy Royston‘s 303 Sextet with Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on sax, Sam Harris on piano, Nir Felder on guitar, Mimi Jones on bass at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
7/22, 9/11 PM drummer Ted Poor leads a quartet with Bill McHenry – saxophone; Josh Roseman – trombone; Ben Street – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15
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 PM guitarist Marcos Vigio’s nocturnal Brazilian band Forroteria on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library
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.
7/23, 8 PM powerhouse New Orleans gospel trombonist/crooner/shouter Glen David Andrews at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
7/23, 9 PM tuneful, edgy Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache and her trio at Something Jazz Club, $10.
7/23, 9 PM the Jazz Passengers‘ sardonic alto sax sage Roy Nathanson and band at Seeds in Bed-Stuy.
7/23, 10:30 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Sidewalk.
7/23, 11 PM trombonist/crooner Dave Smith’s sly boudoir soul group Smoota at Union Pool, $8
7/24, half past noon the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan outdoors at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., free.
7/24, 7 PM the Debutante Hour‘s deviously literate, sardonic Susan Hwang presents songs from her work in progress “Let Her Suffer – My mother’s lipstick and other lies” at Barbes.
7/24, 8 PM smartly intense, hypnotic, groove-oriented, politically-fueled, Middle Eastern-tinged Malagasy singer Razia Said and band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20.
7/24, 9/11 PM guitarist Miles Okazaki leads a quartet with Donny McCaslin – saxophone; Francois Moutin – bass; Dan Weiss – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22
7/24, 9:30 PM ageless 80s punk-pop/powerpopmeisters Teenage Fanclub at Pier 84 at 12th Ave/43rd St.
7/24, 10 PM intrepid, wryly humorous oldschool acoustic folk-punk songwriter Donna Susan at Desmond’s
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.
7/24, 10 PM a rare low-key, stripped down acoustic show by darkly lyrical art-rock songwriter Paul Megna of the Oxygen Ponies at Pete’s.
7/24, 10:30ish soaring, intense original all-female Americana band Jan Bell & the Maybelles at Rodeo Bar
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 quirky, punk-inspired, lyrical female-fronted Persian psychedelic band Abjeez at Drom, $10 adv.
7/25, 7:30 PM lush, dreamy yet kinetic Hawaiian/Mauian folk band Hapa at Subculture, $30 adv tix rec.
7/25, 7:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored, female-fronted Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country Brooklyn.
7/26, 7:30 PM cello jazz with the Akua Dixon Quartet followed at 8:30 PM by a screening of Adam Kahan’s Rahsaan Roland Kirk biopic The Case of the Three Sided Dream on the water out back of the World Financial Center, free, early arrival advised
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 8 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties -who’re going in a harder-rocking direction lately- at Coco 66
7/25, 9 PM the Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist Mamie Minch and Brain Cloud’s frontwoman Tamar Korn sing a duo show followed by the raucous 19th century-style oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers doing the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $10
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.
7/25, 10 PM dark female-fronted soul band Shenandoah & the Night at Pete’s.
7/26, 4 PM Ethiopian jazz pioneer Mahmoud Ahmed at Pioneer Works, 159 Conover St in Red Hook, $20
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, 7:30 PM the haunting, charismatic, blues-infused king of noir New York rock songwriting, LJ Murphy and his band the Accomplices at Sidewalk.
7/26, 8:30 PM smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at the Flat, 308 Hooper St. in South Williamsburg, J/M to Hewes St.
7/26, 9 PM John Sharples (aka Reggie Mental of the Spunk Lads) hosts his typically excellent, eclectic Saturday night at Freddy’s with psychededelic,Beatlesque janglerockers Love Camp 7 doing a rare acoustic show followed at 10 by crystalline-voiced Americana singer, Rebecca Turner, oldtimey, historically-obsessed, cleverly amusing chanteuse Robin Aigner and Noah Harley (from Tik Tok) at 11 and at midnight, Beefheart cover band Admiral Porkbrain.
7/26, 9 PM ten-piece country/circus/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy.
7/26, 9 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
7/26, 9ish carnivalesque Romany punk band the Butcher Knives at the Mercury.
7/26, 9 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Tammany Hall, $10
7/26, 9/11 PM saxophonist Matana Roberts leads a quartet with Liberty Ellman – guitar; Kevin Tkacz – bass; Ches Smith – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22.
7/26, 10 PM the Roulette Sisters’ badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes.
7/26, 10 PM Certain General lead guitarist Phil Gammage’s darker, more blues-infused band the Rebel Factory at the Ding Dong Lounge at 106th and Columbus Ave., free
7/27, 1 PM the Vox Novus chamber ensemble plays works by up-and-coming composers including Benjamin Boone, Kenneth Froelich, Joshua Marquez, Rain Worthington, Octavio Vazquez, Anna Aidinian, and Joseph Bohigian at Jan Hus Church
351 E 74th St, free
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, 6 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun, at Sidewalk
7/27, 7:30 PM first-wave reggae-punk legends the Subhumans at le Poisson Rouge, $15.
7/27, 11:30 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy worldbeat/punk/funk at the big room at the Rockwood.
7/28, 8:30 PM the trombone-fueled, colorful David White Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
7/28, 9ish golden age hip-hop legends Onyx at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $15.
7/28, 9 PM spot-on purist Australian bluegrass band Mustered Courage at Hill Country
7/28, 9:30 PM irresistibly fun Peruvian-style psychedelic cumbia band Moneco sub for Chicha Libre at Barbes.
7/28, 11 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damien Quinones y Su Conjunto at the Way Station.
7/29, noon cellist Eric Cooper and violinist Sean Cunningham at South St. Seaport
7/29, 3 PM moody, 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, 6 PM pianist Moira LoBianco plays music of Erik Satie – the ragtime and the scary stuff – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
7/29, 7 PM ska trombone star Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
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.
7/29, 8 PM pianist Polly Ferman and GlamourTango at Queens Theatre in the Park, $30.
7/29-8/3 Henry Threadgill‘s Zooid at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25. Whoah – has this AACM-era titan ever played there before? Could be especially wild.
7/30, 6:30 PM amazingly cool Houston gospel/funk/soul band the Jones Family Singers at Damrosch Park, free.
7/30, 7 PM smart, eclectic, subtly powerful songwriter Kjersti Kveli – who’s just as interesting with ancient Nordic folk as she is with elegant chamber pop – at LIC Bar
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.
7/30, 8 PM well-loved, irrepressible Canadian grasscore/Americana string band the Duhks at Subculture, $17 adv tix rec.
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. 8/6, 7 PM he’s at East River Park at 7.
7/31, 7 PM Essence of Nostalgia feat. pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. and some excellent harmony singers transcend the oldies category with soulful takes on classic Motown and soul at the Triad, 158 W 72nd St. (Broadway/Amsterdam), $20 + 2-drink min.
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 PM unpredictable, quirky art-rock/avant garde pianist/songwriter Karen Mantler plays the album release show for her new one Business is Bad at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec.
7/31, 9 PM violinist Carla Kihlstedt’s creepy art-rock band Rabbit Rabbit at Union Hall, $6.
7/31, 9 PM intense chanteuse Michelle Casillas’ long-running powerpop band Ursa Minor at Bowery Electric, $10.
7/31, 9 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop singer Grace McLean & Them Apples at the small room at the Rockwood.
7/31, 11 PM hilarious, deviously subversive punk comedienne/agitator/personality/songwriter Killer Killy Dwyer with her stiletto wit and loop pedal at Sidewalk.
7/31, 11 PM the Far East play dub reggae jams at Shrine.
8/1-3 state-of-the-art piano jazz: the Kenny Barron Quartet featuring Stefon Harris on vibes at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
8/1, 7:30 PM pianist/composer and Astor Piazzolla collaborator Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble play their new dance score at Damrosch Park, free.
8/1, 8 PM wild, humungous (we’re talking 40-piece) Balkan/circus rock band Mucca Pazza at Brooklyn Bowl, $12.
8/1-3, 8:30 PM it’s Mary Halvorson Fest at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Choice pick: the 8/3 duo sets with the singularly brilliant, intense guitarist dueling it out with a similarly witty, assaultive sparring partner, saxophonist Jon Irabagon.
8/1, 8:45 PM intense cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at Spectrum, $15.
8/1, 9 PM a tribute to Memphis Minnie & Mississippi John Hurt feat. Jan Bell, Rashad Brown, Dylan Charles, Karen Dahlstrom, Queen Esther, Feral Foster, Tamar Korn, Stephanie Leyton, Eli Smith and other usual suspects at the Jalopy, $10
8/1, 10:30 PM amazing Israeli Ethopian roots reggae jamband Zvuloon Dub System play their farewell NYC show at Meridian 23
8/2, 2 PM the Deno’s Wonder Wheel Music Marathon at Coney Island on the boardwalk in front of the Wonder Wheel featuring lots of surf bands. There’s another on 8/16, same time, lineup TBA
8/2, 5ish the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage.
8/2, 7:30 PM Bay area Romany jazz guitar band Gaucho with special guest pianist Gordon Webster at Joe’s Pub, $23
8/2, 9 PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20.
8/2, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s has creepy horror surf band the Chillers followed by twangy purists the Brigantines at 10, at 11 PM the amazing Middle Eastern/Greek psychedelic sounds of the Byzan-Tones and all-purpose instrumentalists Band of Tribes sometime around midnight.
8/2, 9 PM the guy who made Quentin Tarantino famous, Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
8/2, 1 AM mandolinist/composer Vivian Li and the Pickled Campers (well technically it’s Sun 8/3 early in the morning) at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re playing the album release show for their eclectic, exciting, sophisticated new Americana album at GSI studios in Chelsea on 8/16.
8/3, 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.
8/3, 9 PM powerhouse lyricist, nimble guitarist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper – who’s gone in a dark Americana direction lately – at 2A.
8/4, 5ish a killer Americana/punkgrass jamband twinbill: Spirit Family Reunion followed by the Old Crow Medicine Show (whose latest album is typically excellent) at Central Park Summerstage, early arrival (3 PM) a must
8/4, 7:30 PM oldschool hip-hop nostalgia: Kool Moe Dee, Rob Base, Biz Markie and Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights. KMD still battling with Kool J? Roxanne still wondering why UTFO had to write a song about her? Will the Biz try to sing or just spin records?
8/4-9, 8 PM the New York Concert Opera with intense German-American baritone Ulrich Hartung and a chamber ensemble led by Stefan Kozinski present a new, insightful politically-charged interpretation of the iconic Schubert Winterreise song cycle in a multimedia performance at the Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East, $10/$5 stud/srs.
8/4, 9 PM tuneful pan-Latin pianist Leo Genovese with Dan Blake on saxophones and Nat Mugavero on drums at Spectrum, $15
8/4, 9:30 PM devious all-female indie classical bassoon quartet the Breaking Winds at Pete’s. 8/8, 7 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub
8/5 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 lyrical progressive jazz balladry: Becca Stevens – voice, guitar; Liam Robinson – accordion and keyboards; Chris Tordini – bass; Jordan Perlson – drums and percussion at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
8/5, 7:30 PM piano duo Christina & Michelle Naughton play works by Ravel, Milhaud, John Adams and their new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
8/5, 7:30 PM pianist Burton Greene plays an album release show with trombonist Reut Regev’s R*time quartet at Spectrum, $15
8/5, 8 PM psychedelic salsa legends Tipica ’73 at East River Park.
8/6, 1 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy worldbeat/punk/funk at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/6, 7 PM psychedelic funkmeisters (and meistress) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Madison Square Park, free.
8/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic electric blues guitarist/bandleader Ana Popovic at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. She can shred but she’s got soul.
8/6, 8:30 PM Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Damrosch Park, free.
8/6, 10ish Syrian crooner Omar Souleyman and his Middle Eastern dancefloor grooves at Glasslands, $16
8/7, 7 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of ageless shredder Marshall Allen at Wagner Park
8/7, 7:30 PM Tift Merritt plays a rare intimate duo show with guitar/pedal steel genius Eric Heywood at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free.
8/7-10 the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands around, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend
8/7, 7:30 PM wild Indian-influenced saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and ensemble play their new ballet soundtrack at Damrosch Park, free.
8/8, 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 New Orleans legends the Funky Meters at Brooklyn Bowl, $20.
8/8, 8 PM intense, virtuoso Bearthoven pianist Karl Larson plays piano music of up-and-coming composers Alex Weiser and Scott Wollschleger at Scholes Street Studio, 46 Scholes St. in Williamsburg, $15.
8/8, midnight brilliantly tuneful, anthemic, lyrical Kansas City Americana/Nashville gothic band the Grisly Hand (you should hear their tune about Phineas Gage, who survived a railroad spike through his head) at the Rockwood
8/9, 1 and 3 PM pianist Pam Goldberg leads an ensemble with Esther Noh, Caitlin Sullivan and Allison Charney playing American and Argentian sounds on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
8/9, 2 PM Lush, slinky vintage-era Middle Eastern film music ensemble Zikrayat at Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave at Macon St, Brooklyn, free, C to Kingston-Throop Ave. On 8/12 at 7 they’re at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, 7 to Court Square.
8/9, 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 PM the New Languages nonet improvises with strings, reeds and woodwinds and concludes their show with Sufi music at Spectrum, $15
8/9, 8 PM pianist Matt Mitchell debuts his new trio with Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at Greenwich House Music School, $12
8/9, 8:30 PM wildly popular art-rock guitarist/bandleader St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell.
8/10, time TBA the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
8/10, 1 PM the Composers Voice chamber ensemble plays choreographed ballet works by up-and-coming composers: David Bohn, Remigio Coco, Marco De Boni, Jay Anthony Gach, Leonard Mark Lewis, David Charles Meckler, Alon Nechushtan, Norberto Oldrini, and Gisela Alejandra Paterno at Jan Hus Church, 351 E 74th St, free
8/10, 3 PM the adventurious indie classical Jack Quartet at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, free with Museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 stud/srs).
8/10, 5 PM the Music Maker Blues Revue with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Ironing Board Sam, southern soul cult figure Bobby Patterson, Alabama soul/gospel group St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Damrosch Park, free.
8/10, 8 PM bewitching torch song stylist Bliss Blood & noir guitarist Al Street at Epistrophy Cafe, 200 Mott St.
8/10 smart, politically-charged, assaultively creepy chromatic punk/metal band Millsted at Grand Victory.
8/11, 8 PM Buffalo Stack – fiddler Tania Stack from the Avett Bros. with her brother Andy – playing decently tuneful soul/gospel-influenced 70s hippie rock at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
8/12, noon surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun, at South St. Seaport. They’re also at the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island on 8/16 at 2
8/12, 5:30 PM alt-country guitarist/songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan outside in the parking lot behind City Winery, free
8/12 the George Burton Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/12 darkly glimmering, moody third-stream jazz pianist Yelena Eckemoff leads a quartet with Donny McCaslin – tenor saxophone; George Mraz – bass; Eric McPherson – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
8/12, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays works by Haydn, Weber and Paul Schoenfeld at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival a must if you want a seat.
8/12, 8 PM Malian guitar monster Vieux Farka Toure – who’s even faster and a lot more adrenalizing than his legendary dad Ali – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix highly rec.
8/12-17 8/10 PM cutting-edge, eclectic indie classical composer/singer Lisa Bielawa has a weekly residency at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the 8/14, 8 PM set with violinist Colin Jacobsen, cellist Eric Jacobsen and pianist Bruce Levingston.
8/12, 8:30 PM violinist Elektra Kurtis leads a string quartet plus percusssion in a program of Middle Eastern, Balkan and classical jams at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
8/13, noon the ostensibly aphrodisiac Mariachi Flor de Toloache -NYC’s only all-female mariachi orchestra – followed by edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/13, 5 PM the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (near W. 19th St)
8/13 Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum: Ohad Talmor – tenor saxophone; Steve Swallow – bass; Adam Nussbaum – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
8/13, 8:30 PM catchy, edgy, tuneful soul/rock/Americana band Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Rock Shop $10.
8/13, 10ish fearlessly political soul/reggae/latin rockers Outernational at Bowery Electric
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.
8/14, 11:30 PM brilliant jazz violinist Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort with Marvin Sewell – guitar; Will Holshouser – accordion; Chris Lightcap – bass ; Alvester Garnett – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20
8/15, 7 PM period-perfect 1966-style psychedelic pop/Carnaby St. Britpop songwriter Jacco Gardner at South St. Seaport
8/15, 8 PM oldschool western swing and Romany jazz with the Hot Club of Cowtownat Subculture, $20 adv tix rec.
8/15, 10 PM sultry singer Erica Ramos’ exhilarating retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes
8/16, 3 PM amazingly psychedelic, hauntingly intense Balkan rock jamband Choban Elektrik at Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison Street, Ridgewood, Queens, M to Forest Ave.
8/16, 6 PM a screening of the Hector Lavoe biopic El Cantante with a Q&A with Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón and José Mangual followed by a concert by salseros Ensalada de Pulpo at 8 at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd in the Bronx
8/16, 9 PM Ten Foot Ganja Plant – who do dub reggae better and more psychedelically than just about anybody – at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
8/16, 10 PM one of NYC’s original urban country bandleaders, Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion followed by increasingly creepy southwestern gothic/western swing crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Rock Shop, $10.
8/17, 5 PM pianist Beth Levin plays music of Schumann (the Kreisleriana suite), Schubert and Eliasson at Spectrum, $15
8/17, 7 PM brilliant Britrock tunesmith/crooner Edward Rogers plays the album release show for his new Kevin Ayers-inspired album, Kaye, with a killer band – Don Piper and James Mastro on guitars; Sal Maida on bass; Dennis Diken on drums; Joe McGinty on keyboards; Tish & Snooky, backing vocals at Joe’s Pub.
8/17, 9 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – upstairs at 2A.
8/18 half past noon Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca plays a rare solo show outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free.
8/19, half past noon Cubam pianist Manuel Valera outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free
8/19, 6ish badass female-fronted oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free.
8/19-20 anthemic, cinematic, darkly tuneful third-stream jazz with the Amina Figarova Sextet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20
8/19 jangly retro 60s psych-pop band Spider Bags at Union Pool.
8/19, 8 PM roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix highly rec.
8/19, 9 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester plays a typically witty solo show at Spectrum, $15
8/20, half past noon lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi outdoors on the plaza at Liberty St. and Broadway, free
8/20, 1 PM the high-energy, oldschool New Orleans style Lucky Chops Brass Band at Lincoln Square Park, Broadway at 66th St.
8/21-24, rising star pianist Gerald Clayton (who’s got an excellent, swinging duo album out with his bassist dad John Clayton) leads a series of quartets at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20. Choice pick: 8/23 with Lage Lund on guitar.
8/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.
8/22, 11 PM literate Tom Waits-ish alt-country rockers Fist of Kindness at Connolly’s.
8/23, 4 PM day one of the Charlie Parker Festival at Marcus Garvey Park has pretty slim pickings: intense up-and-coming saxophonist Melissa Aldana and group followed by guitarist Lionel Louke, bookended by nerd-jazz and a blaring postbop band
8/23 third-wave ska/soul/blues legends the Slackers play the Circle Line boat, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from Pier 83 – 42nd St and the West Side Highway, $30 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/23, 7:30 PM 3k3 – an improvising trio playing the music of seven musicians, featuring Mick Rossi (Philip Glass / Big Lazy), David Crowell (Philip Glass), and Red Wierenga (Claudia Quintet) at Spectrum, $15 followed at 9:30 by intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky female-fronted two-keyboard art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes (separate $15 adm)
8/23, 8:30 PM hilarious, satirical 80s comedy-rock legends Blotto – who never met a style they couldn’t make fun of – at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec.
8/24 International Strange Music Day, time and lineup tbd, at Spectrum, $15
8/24, 2 PM dark, catchy Caribbean jams with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble outdoors in the garden at Flushing Town Hall, free
8/24, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park with piano titan Kenny Barron, drummer/bandleader Cindy Blackmon Santana, saxophonist Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith and powerhouse chanteuse Brianne Thomas.
8/26 brilliant, tuneful alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry leads his latin jazz Quintet, 7/9 PM at Minton’s, 206 W. 118th St, Harlem, music charge $10 at the bar and $20 at a table.
8/26-31 who says bass in a large ensemble is a thankless task? the Ron Carter Big Band at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30/$35 on the weekend
8/26, 9 PM edgy, kinetic 90s indie/dance legends Rubblebucket at the Mercury, $20. They’re at Rough Trade the next night, 8/27 at 10 for the same price.
8/28, 9 PM high-voltage klezmer and Balkan jazz with Klaz Ma Tazz at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
8/29, 9 PM a killer dark rock doublebill with psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner followed by folk noir cult favorites the Handsome Family at Rough Trade, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Mercury the following night at 7:30 PM for the same price.
8/30 smart, anthemic, golden age-style roots reggae songwriter/bandleader Taj Weekes at the Knitting Factory.
9/2 UK darkwave/chamber pop sirens the Smoke Fairies at the Rockwood
9/6, 1 PM monster multiple-piano ensemble Grand Band plays six-piano music by Steve Reich, Kate Moore, Philip Glass, and two New York premieres by Michael Gordon on Governors Island, free (go right at the top of the hill past the ferry and follow the road around the corner).
9/6, 2 PM cello-driven psychedelic art-rock, worldbeat and reggae with Deoro at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza
9/10, 10 PM 90s sci-fi/surf instrumental masked men Man or Astroman at Brooklyn Bowl, $15. They’re also at the Mercury the following night, 9/11 at 10:30 for the same price.
9/11, 10 PM iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome playing solo acoustic ?!!?!? at Niagara Bar (corner of E 7th/Ave. A), free. Then he’s doing an electric band show at 10 at Bowery Electric on 9/12
9/12 ageless, charmingly jangly lo-fi Japanese rocker women Shonen Knife at the Wick.
9/14 brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Baby’s All Right
9/19-20, 9 PM darkly jangly retro 60s band the Dandy Warhols at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25.
9/25, 9 PM luminous singer Shara Worden’s kinetic, string-driven art-rock band My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
9/26, 8:30 PM ferocious, anthemic, literate rockers Wormburner play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
9/28, 8 PM Milwaukee highway rock legends the BoDeans – who’re going in an increasingly lush, Americana-fueled direction – at B.B. King’s, $28.50 adv tix rec.
9/29-30 dark Danish garage rock with the Raveonettes at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
10/7, 7 PM intense Americana/chamber pop songwriter Mary Lee Kortes plays her Songs of Beulah Rowley project at the big room at the Rockwood. Kortes channels Rowley, a brilliant, obscure, multistylistic midwestern songwriter from the 30s and 40s who wrote swing, edgy pop, saloon jazz and country among other styles.
10/12, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Han play music of Haydn, Schumann and Dvorák at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, $20; Charter bus service available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal arcade on 41st St between 8th and 9th Aves, $10 per person, roundtrip; bus reservations at 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.
10/16-18 indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird perform Murder Ballades at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with L.A. Dance Project and choreography by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck at BAM
10/22-25, 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