New York City Live Music Calendar for August and September 2015
Daily updates, and a brand-new calendar for September and October coming 9/1: you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone
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. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. 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 salon 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 works from across the centuries. Up next: 8/13, 7 PM, repeating on 8/16, 4 PM “Romantic Favorites: Yours and Mine” with works by Grieg, Dvorak, Brahms and Schubert. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays at 6 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at the rooftop bar at Hotel Hugo, 525 Greenwich St (Vandan/Spring), free for happy hour, no minimum
Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.
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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free
Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about the weekly residency by torchy songbird Angela McCluskey and cinematic pianist Paul Cantelon – the brain trust of popular 90s act the Wild Colonials – at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.
Also Mondays in August Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in August, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
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 in August, 6-8 PM a large percentage of NYC’s top accordionists descend on Bryant Park, playing their own stuff at various points throughout the space. Look out for Gregorio Uribe doing cumbias on 8/5, just for starters.
Wednesdays in August, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays in August (movieg back to Sundays in September), 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised, including the amazing Rachelle Garniez on the 9th and 20th, M. Lamar on 8/27; Flotilla DeBarge on 9/3; Kim David Smith on 9/27; and on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Pavel Cingl, wow!.
Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
Fridays in August at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg
Saturdays in August at 4 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.
Three Saturdays in August: 8/15, 8/22 and 8/29, 6 PM legendary Mexican son jarocho bandleader. jarana player and archivist Zenen Zeferino teams up with NYC’s psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia project Bulla En El Barrio 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 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in August, 8:30 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.
8/1, 1 PM Bulgarian songstress Vlada Tomova‘s haunting, enchanting, otherworodly Bulgarian Voices Trio on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/1, 1/3 PM the Imani Winds play works by their own Valerie Coleman plus Rimsky-Korsakov, Piazzolla and a pair of klezmer dances on Governor’s Island, free
8/1, 4 PM the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John at Central Park Summerstage: get there when the doors open at 3.
8/1 third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers play the Rocks Off Concerrt Cruise aboard the Nautical Express, boarding at 6 PM, sailing at 7 PM from Pier 36 – 299 South St, $30 adv tix avail. at the Rocks Off office out behind the heliport at 23r d St. and the East River or the Highline Ballroom box ofc.
8/1-2 state-of-the-art jazz violinist Regina Carter‘s Southern Comfort at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15
8/1, 9 PM searing Radio Birdman/OBNIIIs garage-punk soundalikes the Mess Around – good to see they’re still messing around – at the Gutter, $5
8/1, 9 PM Raunch Hands cofounder Mike Edison‘s Trainwreck or whatever the irrepressible troublemaker. ganja advocate and Bongcaster inventor’s latest band is, at Hank’s
8/1, 10 PM legendary early 80s dark Cali punk band Symbol Six at Grand Victory, $10. Followed at midnight (separate $7 admission – weird, huh?) by scorching, dark heavy rock band Briana Layon & the Boys, fronted by one of the most powerful singers around
8/1, 11 PM darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec
8/2, 1 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/2, 1 PM cleverly erudite, historically informed, nimble newschool country blues guitar maven/songwriter Lenny Molotov at East Village Social on St. Marks (1st and A), free
8/2, 3:30ish kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat‘s Carnival Caravan featuring Cha Wa and Nação Zumbi at Central Park Summerstage
8/2, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes followed at 9 by paradigm-shifting Romany guitarist Stephane Wrembel
8/2, 8 PM iconic, enigmatic noir countrypolitan/torch jazz songwriter/bandleader Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $10
8/2, 8 PM intricately arranged, psychedelic funk with the MK Groove Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, $5
8/3, 7/9 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties play a rare acoustic gig at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 519 Hudson St (W 10th/Charles)
8/3, 9:30 PM hard-hitting minor-key Afrobeat dancefloor grooves with the Funk Ark at Brooklyn Bowl, $7
8/3. 11 PM a rare US appearance by popular Belgian ska/rocksteady band Freddy Loco at Shrine
8/4, 7 PM NYCs original and maybe only original, oldschool Veracruz-style Mexican son jarocho dance band, Radio Jarocho at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/4, 7 PM 80s salsa romantica nostalgia with Tito Nieves at East River Park
8/4 – 8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, the Christian McBride Trio with Christian Sands – piano ; Ulysses Owens Jr. – drums, $30
8/4, 7:30 PM the amazing East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Biber, Francesco Geminiani and Tschaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free, early arrival advised
8/4, 7:30 PM 80s hip-hop nostalgia with Kool Moe Dee (Kool J’s nemesis – remember?), Rob Base, Biz Markie and Dr. Roxanne Shante at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back for the po-po.
8/4, 8 PM popular, smoky-voiced Americana chanteuse Lindi Ortega and her band at the Mercury, $12
8/4, 9:30 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free
8/4, 11 PM Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city
8/5, 5 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s string section plays a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free
8/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
8/5, 8 PM briliant, eclectic indie classical/jazz/klezmer cellist Noah Hoffeld plays the album release show for his new one at Bowery Electric, $10
8/5, 8:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with guitariists Mark Steward and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, plus Yo La Tengo, plus possibly lots of jamming and cross-pollination at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/5, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” aat Troost in Greenpoint. 8/20 they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St, Jackson Hts, at 8:30
8/5, 11 PM oldschool female-fronted soul/groove band Empire Beats at Shrine
8/6, 6:30 PM a performance by cellist Hamilton Berry and a new work by artist Elizabeth Waggett celebrate the release of cinematic, meticulously textural composer Jane Antonia Cornish’s new album Continuum at Chambers Fine Art, 522 W 19th St.
8/6, 7 PM 60s latin soul legends Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guests powerhouse trumpeter Pete Rodriguez plus Richie Ray and Joe Bataan – with special guests of his own – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/6, dusk-10 PM videos by Danielle de Picciotto (New York/Berlin); Helga Griffiths (Darmstadt); Thomas Lüer (Frankfurt); Robert Seidel (Berlin); Caspar Stracke (Helsinki) projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge with a soundtrack by art-rocker Alexander Hacke at Anchorage Place and Pearl St. in Dumbo
8/6, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
8/6, 9 PM new jack roots reggae band New Kingston followed by golden age legends Steel Pulse at B.B. King’s, $32.50 adv tix highly rec., this will sell out even if the band doesn’t have all the original members
8/6, 10 PM the Thurston Moore band at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix req
8/6, 10 PM 8/6, 10 PM Single Red Cent– who mix sharp, socially aware punk with a more atonal Gang of Four/Neighborhoods vibe – at Leftfield on the LES
8/6, 11 PM Deerhoof – who are to Bushwick now what Wire was to Camden Town in 1979 – at the Bell House, $18 gen adm
8/7, 5:30 PM the Jalopy’s main man, Feral Foster brings his smart, purist, gloomy Americana to the American Folk Art Museum
8/7, 6 PM chamber pop pianist Zach Phillips plays solo, then joins guitarist Tom Csatari‘s band for a performance of Chico Hamilton tunes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $9 incl a driink, this could be really good. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by Mary Halvorson and Sylvie Courvoisie dueling and duetting it out on guitar and piano for $10 plus a $10 min. at Cornelia St. Cafe
8/7, 7 PM sardonically funny, lyrically brilliant Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
8/7, 7 PM rising star indie classical ensemble RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/7, 7 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at El Taller Latino Americano, 225 W. 99th St at Broadway, 2/3 to 96th St.
8/7, 8:30 PM recently resurgent 70s roots reggae vets Third World at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/7, 8:30 PM Daniel Brevil and Markus Schwartz–traditional Haitian percussion; Matt Mitchell–piano; Ches Smith–drums and percussion at I-Beam, free. They’re also here the following night, 8/8 at midnight
8/7, 9 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at at Matchless, $8
8/7, 9:30 PM dark female-fronted paisley underground/postpunk/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec
8/7, 10 PM this eras’s creepiest, most menacing cinematic guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
8/7, 10 PM a rare appearance by tight, tuneful, kinda-creepy Bogota punk rockers Lupus at the Acheron, $10
8/7, 10 PM gorgeously cinematic surf/soundtrack/twang instrumental band the TarantinosNYC at Otto’s
8/7, 10ish popular up-and-coming Brazilian carimbo chanteuse Lia Sophia and her band at Meridian 23
8/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque trombone-fueled soul jazz with the David Gibson band at the Fat Cat
8/7 catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin play the album release show for their new one at Shea Stadium
8/8, 2 and 4 PM gorgeously slinky, period-perfect 1950s-style Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat at Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
8/8, 3 PM the Quebe Sisters play their harmony-driven Americana on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/8, 7:30 PM the all-star Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, Aimee Mann, Pokey LaFarge, and special guests play am acoustic version of Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in its entirety at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/8, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta jazzes up Patsy Cline songs with Jeremy Stratton on bassand Jeff Hirshfield on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
8/8, 8 PM subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Barbes
8/8, 9 PM one of the year’s best Americana triplebills: torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay, Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows and 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s
8/8, 9 PM this could be really cool: M Shanghai String Band leave the originals at home and play two sets of Neil Young tunes at the Jalopy, $10
8/8, 10 PM Bern & the Brights – who started out as a stark chamber pop band before moving to catchy ska and reggae-influenced grooves – at Maxwell’s, $10
8/8, 9/10:30 PM reliably tuneful piano improviser Kris Davis leads an especially solid trio with John Hebert on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
8/8, 9 PM sharp a screening of Ulrike Franke’s documentary Divine Location, a comical portrait of a small German town undergoing huge renovations (like building luxury condos on a deadly brownfield site), on the roof of The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St in Gowanus, Brooklyn, $15 open vodka bar afterward
8/9, 3 PM popular Americana/gospel artist Iris DeMent on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/9, 4 PM groovemistress/cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at East River Park
8/9,. 6 PM noir guitar icon Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar
8/9, 3 sets starting at 6 PM up-and-coming jazz harpist Brandee Younger at Minton’s
8/9, 7 PM popular countrypolitan songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/9 drummer E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings featuring powerful gospel singer Alicia Olatuja and bassist John Benitez, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/9, 8 PM pianist Matt Mitchell debuts his auspicious new trio with Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss at Greenwich House Music School, $10
8/9, 8:30 PM tuneful third-stream pianist Michel Reis leads his trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
8/9, 9ish eclectic blues/Americana/highway rock songwriter Jon LaDeau at Moto in south Williamsburg
8/9, 10 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello at the Mercury, $10
8/10, 7 PM lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickles the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar
8/10, 8 PM soaring ex-Aquanettas frontwoman and dreampop maven Debby Schwartz with the Sharp Things’ Jim Santo at Hifi Bar
8/10, 8:30 PM bassist Michael Blanco leads a killer quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums, thrashing out some new material before they go into the studio, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
8/11, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar
8/11 – 8/12 fiery Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda’s eleven-piece World Ensemble play the cd rrelease shows for his new one 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/11, 7:30 PM reggae lite and dancehall hits with Maxi Priest and Gyptian at Wingate Field in Crown Heights, watch your back
8/11,. 8/10 PM bassist Chris Tordini leads a solid quintet with Jeremy Viner – tenor sax/clarinetl Kris Davis – piano; Bobby Avey – keyboards; Dan Weiss – drums at the Jazz Gallery, first set $15, second $10
8/11, 8 PM “Ora Clementi play with subtleties of sensory perception, invoking a dreamlike context that hovers between musical performance and pure abstraction. Vito Ricci combines his recordings with live sound, performing on computer, modular, and “wrench guitar” with special guests Lise Vachon and Steve Dalachinsky” at the Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Tribeca, $15
8/11, 9 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith at Arlene’s, $8
8/11, 10 PM countrypolitan maven and fearlessly funny oldschool honkytonk outlaw Dale Watson at Skinny Dennis
8/11, 10 PM new school psych-pop/chamber pop bandleader Sam Kogon at Palisades
8/12, 4 PM St Cyprian’s Singers of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate (London, England) with Julian Collings, director sing works by Sheppard, Tallis, MacMillan, Tippett, Martin, Whitacre and Holst at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free
8/12, 8 PM clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Dinuk Wijeratine collaborate on Middle Eastern and south Asian themes at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud/ Expensive, but this is paradigm-shifting, exciting stuff.
8/12, 8 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced latin rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes
8/12, 9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s. From the Blu Lounge, to the Grape & Grain, to Brooklyn Rod & Gun and now here. These guys have too much fun to quit.
8/13, 5 PM salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario” and band at NJPAC’s Theater Square, One Center St,, Newark, free, 5 minutes from the Path station
8/13 – 8/16 charming French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and her tropicaly-tinged two-guitar combo, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/13, 8:30 PM African roots reggae crooner Rocky Dawuni at SOB’s. 8/14 he’s at the Lincoln Center Atrium
8/13, 9 PM Brother Joscephus‘ mighty New Orleans soul-funk orchestra at Rough Trade, $12
8/13, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
8/13, 9 PM eclectic jazz-inspired front-porch folk/Americana songwriter Shannon Pelcher at Pete’s
8/13, 9:30 PM interesting duo show at Mezzrow with Aaron Parks on piano and Ben Wendel on tenor sax. Purist tunefulness and way outside dichotomies, $20.
8/14, 6PMish sharply lyrical, historically aware, harmony-fueled Americana/chamber pop band Sweet Soubrette at the American Folk Art Museum
8/14, 730 PM state-of-the-art noir rockers Silencio performs music inspired by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec
8/14, 8 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed by exhilarating, brass-driven retro 60s latin soul revivalists Spanglish Fly at Barbes. Spanglish Fly are also at the BMHC Lab,1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx. on 8/15 at 8, free
8/14, 8/10 PM lyrical pianist David Virelles leads a complex mix of improvising personalities – Brandon Ross – guitar; Roman Filiú – saxophone; Thomas Morgan – bass; Eric McPherson – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/14, 8:30 PM smart, original, lyrically-fueled, intricate newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum strictly enforced
8/14, 9 PM a rare US appearance by Anguillla roots reggae band British Dependency at Shrine
8/14, 9:30 PM a rare duo show with iconically tuneful pianist Bill Mays and his bassist pal Todd Cookman at Mezrow, $20
8/14, 10 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud – arguably the closest thing to the Clash we have in NYC right now – at Nublu. Pan-tropical/cumbia band Yotoco follows at midnight.
8/14, 11 PM assaultively fun Nashville glam-punk/metal band Modoc at the small room at the Rockwood
8/15, 2 and 4 PM, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse/accordionist Eva Salina airs out her repertoire of haunting, otherworldly Romany and Jewish folk songs at Queens Library of Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave, Forest Hills
8/15, 3-9 PM a celebration of the 1791 slave uprising that kicked off the Haitian Revolution featuring Neg Gran Bwa Drummers, led by Oungan Asogwe (High Priest) Deenps “Gran Bwa” Bazile at Prospect Park, enter at the Parkside Ave. stop (Q train)
8/15, 7:30 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Junghyun Kim, piano play music of Bach, Beethoven and Finckel at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Pl, Park Slope, free, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza
8/15, 9 PM neon-riffing stoner garage tunes with Sun Voyager at Don Pedro’s, $7
8/15, 7 PM eclectically tuneful oldschool soul/janglerock band Tuelo & Her Cousins at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec
8/15, 9 PM deviously smart, historically-inspired literate songwriter and brilliant chanteuse Elisa Flynn puts on one of her frequent theme nights. This time out it’s religious songs, “Participating artists play a cover of a song dealing with religion in any way – devotion to blasphemy, pure love to pure hate, Buddha to the Lord of Light. Then they play an original. Musicians include Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Thee Shambels’ Neville Elder, Jim Knable, Maharajah Sweets, Sean Cahill, John LaPolla, the Sterling Electric, George Hakkila,” at the Way Station
8/15, 9:30 PM hilarious, savagely funny top 40 parodists the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22
8/15, 11 PM catchy hip-hop brass crew the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec
8/16, 11 AM exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for brunch, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under get in free
8/16, 3 sets starting at 6 PM diverse, purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Minton’s
8/16 mighty, purist swing tunes from the Ron Carter Big Band at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
8/16, 9 PM noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 2A
8/16, 10 PM darkly anthemic Russian/Romany stadium rock sounds with Newborn at Arlene’s, $10
8/17, 8 PM intense, inscrutable, wickedly literate janglerock tunesmith/crooner Ward White and others TBA at Hifi Bar
8/17, 8 PM everybody’s favorite downtown NYC soundtrack band, Morricone Youth live scores Saul Bass’ 1974 killer ant sci-fi debut Phase IV at the Poisson Rouge, $5 adv tix rec
8/17, 6 PM a rare small club (ok, poolhall) performance by the Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat
8/17, 8 PM this era’s most erudite, tuneful NYC tunesmith, Ward White and others TBA – probably a killer lineup like he put together here a couple of months ago – at Hifi Bar
8/18, 6:30 PM the king of the literate, surrealist downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
8/18, 6:30 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free. She’s a strong singer too.
8/18, 7 PM American Folk Art Museum impresario and luminous, smartly Tom Waits-influeenced Americana songstress Lara Ewen followed eventually at 9 by dark chamber pop/Americana band Sweet Soubrette at the Delancey, $10
8/18 – 8/23 the mighty, purist Ron Carter Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35
8/18, 8:30 PM jazz chanteuse Allegra Levy – a welcome rarity in that she writes her own enigmatic, original songs – leading a killer trio with Julian Shore on piano and Sean Pentland on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
8/19, 7 PM dynamic bluegrass-inspired acoustic highway rockes Mike Mizwinski a.k.a. MiZ and his new band Till the Cows Come Home – strongly evocative of the BoDeans -at the small room at the Rockwood
8/19, 8 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is the closest thing to the Clash, lyrically speaking, that’s been released in this city lately – at Barbes. Where else, right?
8/19, 9 PM a rare Ditmas Park show by B3 organ entertainer/paradigm-shifter Brian Charette’s Mighty Grinders at Bar Chord
8/20, 5 PM imaginative, colorful guitarist/reedman Art Baron leads his combo at FDR Park on Roosevelt Island, free
8/20, 6 PM day one of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day has – probably in reverse order -the alternately boisterous, retro 60s honkytonk and ominous southwestern gothic Jack Grace Band, Dennis Lichtman’s perennially popular western swing band Brain Cloud, the retro 60s soul-fueled Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine (Red’s grandkid- he’s good), the Paisley Fields and North Of Amarillo at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/20, 7 PM high-spirited Louisiana zydeco/cajun/swamprock band the Revelers at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
8/20, 7:30 PM funky marching band sounds with Pitchblak Brass Band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
8/20, 8 PM accordionist Victor Prieto leads his trio followed by the haunting Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – playing rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground at Barbes
8/20, 8 PM oldschool female-fronted soul/groove band Empire Beats at Silvana
8/20, 9 PM the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s.
8/21, 3 (three)PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Vasily Kalinnikov and Leroy Anderson at Merkin Concert Hall, free
8/21, 5:30 PM diverse front-porch folk/French chanson/hot jazz songwriter Caroline Cotter and haunting, stark, lyrically brilliant gothic Americana duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at the American Folk Art Museum
8/21, 6 PM day two of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – all-female honkytonkers Your Ex-Girlfriends, the hilariously satirical early R&R/rockabilly Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and the magically intense, southwestern gothic-inspired Julia Haltigan at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/21, 7 PM an awesome triplebill of jazz-inspired Indian string music: the sitar-driven Neel Murgai Ensemble, Karavika and the Arun Ramamurthy Trio at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover St) in Red Hook, $10, F to Carroll St. and a 20-minute walk, or pick up the B61 bus down the block from Sahadi’s on Atlantic Ave., it stops just 2 blocks from the venue.
8/21, 8:30 PM the New York Chillharmonic – vocalist/composer Sara McDonald’s lush, third-stream 17-piece big band with string quartet – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
8/21, 9ish the Oliver Lake Big Band at Marcus Garvey Park
8/21, 9 PM ageless, unstoppable surf guitar icon Dick Dale at Brooklyn Bowl, $25 adv tix rec
8/21, 9:30 PM conscious roots reggae faves Taj Weekes & Adowa at Joe’s Pub, $14
8/21, 10 PM eclectic, charming, theatrical, acordion-fueled chamber pop band Toot Sweet w/Mary Knapp at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec
8/21, 10 PM high-energy oldtimey hot jazz crew Baby Soda at Barbes
8/21, 10 PM Love Moon play their sludge psych at the Acheron, $10
8/22, 3 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order – Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & the 18 Wheelers, eclectically guitarslinging rockabilly kitten Lil’ Mo & the Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, the always evolving and entertaining (and creepy) Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, and the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec
8/22, 4 PM whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band,at Skinny Dennis
8/22, 8 PM Ameranouche – who distinguish themselves from the legions of Django imitators by sticking closer to the American/bluesy side of guitar jazz – at Silvana
8/22, 9 PM guitarist/singer/bassist Joanna Sternberg plays a marathon birthday tripleheader at the Jalopy, $10. On the bill: 10:00pm – Scott Joplin ragtime with Adam Korsunsky, then klezmer with Litvakus bandleader Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and then Sternberg herself at 11
8/22, 10 PM Crucial Bridge & the Inity Band play roots reggae at Shrine
8/22, 11 PM wild monster surf band the Mad Doctors at Don Pedro’s, $5
8/22, 11 PM excellent, spaciously cinematic doom/art-rock/black metal band Forn at the Acheron, $12
8/23, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Niirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves -at Otto’s
8/23, 3 PM the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with retro crooner Michael Mwenso, luminously lyrical pianist Myra Melford and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Tompkins Square Park
8/23, 4 PM the Jack Grace Band play their boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic at Skinny Dennis.
8/23, 8 PM catchy, playful, fun garage-soul sounds with Larry & the Babes at Palisades
8/23, 9ish acidic groove/noiserockers Escape by Ostrich, legendary, phantasmagorical psychedelic Balkan rocker Alec K Redfearn with the savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her equally amazing psychedelic band at Trans-Pecos. Schrag also joins Redfearn’s band to play creepy Farfisa organ!
8/24, 6 PM day three of the Brooklyn Country Music Festival has – probably in reverse order -60s folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, mesmerizingly badass resonator guitarist/singer Mamie Minch, the hauntingly original all-female Jan Bell & the Maybelles, honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band, and Abby Hollander Band, whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band, and longtime NYC bluegrass faves Sheriff & the Goodtimers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
8/24, 7 PM 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Pangea on 2nd Ave
8/24, 7 PM hypnotic, psychedelically funky hammered dulcimer instrumentals with House of Waters at 55 Bar
8/24, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En performs new works from across the world by Daniel Fishkin; Eun Young Lee; Pascal Le Boeuf; Hakan Ulus; Rafael Amaral; and Sang Song at the Cell Theatre on 23rd St in Chelsea, $15/$10 stud/srs
8/24, 8:30 PM Melody Fader brings you a lovely evening of solo piano music by Schumann, Chopin, Mozart, and Satie.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
8/24, 9:30 PM Yotoco – “the spunky incarnation of a musical love triangle between Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra” – plays a mix of tropical psychedelic sounds at Barbes
8/24, 10 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – at Rock Shop, $10
8/24, 10 PM tuneful, anthemic postpunk band Publicist UK play the album release show for their new one at St. Vitus, $12
8/25, 5:30 PM eclectic Nashville western swing/jazz/surf instrumentalists Steelism in the parking lot out back of City Winery, free
8/25, 8 PM eclectic, edgy original blues/acoustic rock songstress/guitarist Lola Johnson followed at 8 by John Hodel – the Bukowski of Lower East Side acoustic music – at Sidewalk. Johnson is also at 11th Street Bar at 9 on 8/26.
8/25, 7:30 PM rustic, occasionally otherwordly Hungarian traditional group Fenyes Band provide the backdrop for Hungarian troupe Nograd Dance Ensemble at Hungarian House| 213 E 82nd St, $15/$10 stud/srs, kids under 10 free
8/25 – 8/30 popular up-and-coming traditionalists, chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio play an album release stand for their new collaboration 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35
8/25, 8 PM the fiery, noisy, enveloping organ-and-guitar-driven Parlor Walls (a Eula spinoff) followed by Quaaludes – who are probably a violent, amphetamine-driven speedmetal band – at Palisades
8/25, 8:30 PM Lucas Pino on reeds with Or Bareket on bass and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums at the Bar Next Door
8/25, 11 PM ferocious, intense, fearlessly lyrical art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at Bowery Electric, $8
8/26, 1 PM a rare jazz trio performance by legendary pianist Lincoln Mayorga at St. Peter’s Church, 54 th and Lex, $10
8/26, 6 PM Anjana Roy (sitar) + Polash Gomes (tabla) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
8/26, 6:30 PM charming, quirky all-female chamber pop trio the Debutante Hour at Barbes
8/26-30, 8/10:30 PM the New Kenny Werner Quintet with Chris Potter – saxophone; Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; John Pattitucci – bass; Marcus Gilmore – Drums at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail
8/26, 8:30 PM global jazz chanteuse Gracie Terzian – whose axe is the harp ukulele – plays her chaming low-key originals and classics at Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St, $10
8/26, 9 PM playful, politically aware avant/jazz/blues songwriter Miss Elie Sorbsel at Bar Chord
8/28, 7 PM the psychedelic Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars play Terry Riley’s In C at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 and worth it
8/27, 8 PM cult favorite NYC artists join forces to play cult favorite postpunk/no wave legends Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth album in its entirety at Hifi Bar, free; performers including but not limited to Renee Lobue (elk city); Kali Holloway (easy lover); toni baumgartner (speed the plough); John Baumgartner (speed the plough); Mary Knapp (toot sweet); Erica Smith; Matt Davis ( a thousand pities ); Sam Weisberg (calotype); Mike Fornatale, Tom Shad
8/27, 8 PM legendary Milwaukee highway rockers the BoDeans – now led by lead guitarist Kurt Neumann – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
8/27, 8 PM the haunting Greek Judas – formerly known as Que Vlo-Ve – playing rembetiko classics from the 1920s and 30s Greek gangster underground followed by exhilarating Ethiopian/Israeli groove band Lions at Barbes
8/27, 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s
8/28, 7:30 PM psychedelic guitar/powerpop maven Pete Galub with Tom Gavin at Branded Saloon
8/28, 8 PM adventurous, fun, quirky female-fronted psychedelic pop duo Robin’s Egg Blue at the small room at the Rockwood
8/28, 9 PM hypnotic, kinetic Haitian funk magic with Gisela Tangui & the Voodoo Cabaret at Shrine
8/28, 9ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.
8/28, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at the big room at the Rockwood
8/28, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art third-stream vibraphonist Chris Dingman‘s lushly enveloping Subliminal Trio with Fabian Almazan and Ryan Ferreira at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
8/29-30, 11:30 AM a screening of Hans Richter’s cult favorite avant garde film Dreams that Money Can Buy plus the short films Ghosts Before Breakfast (Hans Richter, 1927) and Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggleing, 1924). witha live score by darkly kinetic organ/guitar/drums psychedelic noiserockers Parlor Walls at Nitehawk Cinemas in Williamsburg, $15
8/29, 11:30 AM (that’s before noon) oldtimey hot jazz maven Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra at Prof. Hemlock’s Mansion, 2 E 63rd St., $35 – a creepy interactive theatrical performance akin to Sleep No More, but without the Shakespeare
8/29, 7 PM oldschool 70s hippie alt-country and boogie-woogie with ageless piano guy Commander Cody at Joe’s Pub, $18
8/29, 8 PM Kyungso – contemporary virtuoso of the magical, tone-bending, otherworldly Korean gaegeum lute – at Barbes
8/29, 8:30 PM Rhode Island jangle/garage/surf/ band Ravi Shavi at Don Pedro’s
8/29, 9 PM hilarious female-fronted faux honky-tonk band Trailer Radio at Bar Chord
8/29, 9 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele and band at Pete’s
8/29, 10 PM sly, devious female-fronted horror punk/surf/darkwave band the Long Losts followed by cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC at Otto’s
8/29, 10 PM inscrutable avant-artrock entourage Thrillington at Freddy’s
8/29, 10 PM high voltage, rustic oldtimey 19th century blues crew Fife & Drom at Arlene’s, $10
8/29, midnight King Raam – the Iranian Nick Cave – at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
8/30, 4:30 PM the innovatively arranged retro George Gee Swing Orchestra squeeze themselves into Smalls
8/30, 7 PM the Mekaal Hasan Band play fiery Middle Eastern and south Asian art-rock at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec
8/30, 7 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood
8/30. 7 PM catchy oldschool blue-eyed soul and more Americana-influenced flavors with songwriter Janet LaBelle at the Mercury, $8
8/30, 7:30 PM a rare NYC performance of NASA’s global warming-themed multimedia extravaganza Bella Gaia with music by director-composer Kenji Williams, featuring spellbinding singer Kristin Hoffmann at Brooklyn Bowl
8/30, 8:15 PM pyrotechnic pianist/’songwriter/blues and ragtime maven Jack Spann at Sidewalk
8/31, eclectic Chilean third-stream jazz/Middle Eastern/klezmer-influenced pianist Benjamin Furman and his combo do a Dives of New York tour starting at Silvana at 8. 9/2 they’re at Shrine at 8; 9/5 they’re at the third stage at the Rockwood for $10 plus that $10 minimum; 9/8 they’re at Shapeshifter Lab at 9:30 PM for $10
9/1, 6 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos in the community garden next door to 520 E 12th St.
9/1, 8 PM catchy, hard-hitting guitar/drums garage-punk girlband Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
9/1, 9 PM cult favorite Balkan/klezmer hotshots the West Philadelphia Orchestra at Barbes
9/1, 10 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with Chris Mulligan – at at Shea Stadium, $10
9/1, 10:30 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
9/2, 7 PM this era’s state-of-the-art retro soul band, Lake Street Dive at Central Park Summerstage
9/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes
9/2, 8:30 PM Klazz-ma-tazz: : Benjamin Sutin, saxophones; Elijah Shiffer, alto sax, clarinet; Grant Goldstein, guitar; Ben Rosenblum, piano; Mat Muntz, bass; Tim Rachbach, drums play their wild klezmer jazz mashups at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus a $10 min
9/2, 9:30 PM cinematic, eclectic jazz bassist Antar Goodwin & the Prisoner’s Dilemma iat Club Bonarifide (in the old Something Jazz Club space) at 212 E 52nd St. free
9/6, 7 PM theatrical darkwave/metal mashups with Betty Black at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec
9/8, 7 PM join courageous journalist Jeremy Scahill for the release of his new book The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire at the Bell House. Via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange will join Scahill in conversation, followed by a q&a. Plus you get a free copy of The WikiLeaks Files with paid admission, $10.
9/8, 7:30 PM dark, sweeping cinematic electroacoustic composer/performer Sven Helbig at le Poission Rouge, $15 adv ti rec
9/8, 8 PM Irish songwriter/guitarist/fiddler Clare Sands – who mashes up snarling electric Americana with vivid, lyrical Wexford folk sounds – at Caffe Vivaldi
9/8, 9:30 PM Mailian desert rock legends Terakaft – a Tinariwen spinoff – at Joe’s Pub, $22
9/11, 7 PM True Concord Voices and Orchestra perform Mozart’s Requiem along with the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Prayers and Remembrances, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.at Alice Tully Hall, $20 toix avail, use discount code DCINY20 for an additional 20% off!
9/11, 8 PM 9/11 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays a rare program of works by Korean composers Joo Won Park, Song Sang and Eun Young Lee at a house concert at 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave
9/11 legendary psychedelic postpunks Certain General at Bowery Electric
9/12, 7 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices Sidewalk
9/12, 8 PM Puerto Rican salsa legends Gran Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $36 tix avail.
9/12 menacing retro 70s stoner doom band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats at Webster Hall
9/12, 2 sets starting at noon, chamber pop/jazz mastermind Lee Feldman’s Night Owls instrumental piano trio – in the tradition of Vince Guaraldi (Peanuts), Ramsey Lewis (The In Crowd) and Horace Silver at Pangea, $10 + $10 min, special deal $25 for family of 4
9/13, 8 PM Sumari – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet) Jack DeSalvo (mandola, cello, guitars) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) – at Shapeshifter Lab
9/14, 7 PM charming, low-key, rustic oldtime Americana banjo/cello duo the Littlest Birds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink min. very strictly enforced
9/14, 9 PM LES legends the Mercenaries – sort of NYC’s counterpart to the Replacements – at Arlene’s, free
9/18, 7 PM fearless musicologist Jason Hamacher discusses his travels in war-torn Syria, tracking down and recording ancient Jewish and Armenian sounds, among others, in a conversation to celebrate the release of the new album and Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting from Aleppo commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the holocaust in Armenia at the Zohrab Center, 630 2nd Ave.(34/35), free
9/17 dubwise darkwave French keys/vox girl duo Brigitte at the Standard Hotel. On 9/18 they’re at le Poisson Rouge (duh, right?)
9/18, 8 PM a solid American reggae triplebill: the Brazilian-influenced, dubwise Kiwi followed by the more anthemic Treehouse and the rootsiest of the three, Boston’s High Hopes Band at Fontana’s, $10
9/18, 8:30 PM, repeating on 9/19 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play orchestral works by Brahms and others at St. Peter’s German Church in Chelsea
9/18, 8 PM hypnotic, intense Bollywood music/dance troupe Mystic India at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail
9/18 one of the best, most purposeful psychedelic metal acts of the last 20 years, Washington State power trio Mos Generator at Bowery Electric
9/19, 9 PM intense Romany/flamenco art-rock violin-guitar duo Kozm at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
9/20 3 PM organist Christopher Houlihan performs works by JS Bach and Saint-Saens, as well as Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 4 and the New York premiere of Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony, (inspired by metal sculptures from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts) at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill; 2/3 to Bergen St., free
9/26, 11 AM – 6 PM the SAE Institute holds their annual free allday mix of music tech demos, the latest production gizmos and panel discussions at the SAE Institute New York, 218 W 18th St, registration req
9/26, 3 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the Chile and Chocolate Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $20/$15 stud/srs, kids 12 and under free
9/27, 7 PM maestro Dong-hyun Kim conducts the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra – NYC’s hottest new classical ensemble – in the world premier of Paul Joseph’s symphonic fantasy The King of the Mask,a multidisciplinary extravaganza and the lifelong reflection of celebrated Cuban artist Roman Valdes. Also on the bill: James Cohn’s rarely heard Symphony #4. at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, just a short 10 minute walk from the Flushing Ave. stop on the 7 train, or take the Q27, Q65 bus
9/30 clever, torchy lo-fi original Americana banjo player/chanteuse Odetta Hartman at Elvis Guesthouse, 85 Avenue A.
10/9, 8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink