New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for March and April 2016
Daily updates. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these events 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 Sundays, 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. Next up: March is all about Mozart, 3/10 at 7 PM, 3/13 at 4 . Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays in March, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke
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 at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood
Also Mondays in March, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 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. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in March, 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 March, 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.
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.
Three Thursdays in March – 3/3, 3/10/, 3/17 – spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with luminous pianist Matt Kanelos at Joe’s Pub
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary mateiral at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays in March,at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in March 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.
Saturdays in March at 6 PM adventurous multi-reedman Matt Darriau – whose styles range from klezmer to jazz improvisation to Balkan and Middle Eastern music – plays saxes and maybe bagpipes if we’re lucky, with a variety of ensembles, 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
undays in April, 7 PM elegant, coyly wittty cabaret chanteuse Celia Berk sings smartly New York-centric songs from her new album, Manhattan Serenade at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St
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 March, 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.
3/1, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6,Either/Or Ensemble play a rare composer portrait featuring the work of Iancu Dumitrescu.at the Miller Theatre, free. They’re also here on 3/3, same time, same deal, playing Chamber Music of Ana-Maria Avram
3/1, 7:30 PM the NY Phil with violnist Baiba Skride play works by Dvorak and Bartok at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail
3/1, 7:30 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Pablo Menares on bass at Mezzrow, $20
3/1, 8 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the Knitting Factory, $10
3/1-6 Dave Douglas’ lyrical piano guy Matt Mitchell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests including Mary Halvorson, Travis Laplante, Ches Smith, Dan Weiss, Ben Gerstein, Kate Gentile, Kim Cass and others, sets 8/10 PM, $15
3/1, 8 PM singer Dafna Naphtali’s eerily dystopic Robotica – an evening-length electroacoustic solo show inspired by the work of Al-Jazari, the 13th century Mesopotamian inventor and author of the “Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices” – at Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, $15
3/1-6, 8:30/10:30 PM vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford leads her wryly titled Debt ensemble with Ron Miles (trumpet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) at the Vanguard, $30
3/1, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall. They’re back here on 3/24
3/2, 3:30 PM a rare free daytime show by edgy, intense Romany/circus rock/noir cabaret band Yula and the Extended Family at Merkin Concert Hall
3/2, 6 PM Bosnian jazz drummer/composer Ivan Srdjanovic and band at Shrine
3/2, 7 PM improvisations in celebration of women’s history month with Cheryl Pyle- flute/Jamie Baum- flute /Nora McCarthy -voice/ Claire Daly– baritone sax/Shayna Dulberger-bass at Muchmore’s, $10
3/2, 7:30 PM swirling avant garde ensemble Dither Guitar Quartet with Sonic Youth Lee Ranaldo at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
3/2, 7:30 PM tuneful pianist and Fred Hersch protege Vadim Neselovskyi leads his quartet feat. singer Sara Serpa at Club Bonafide, $15
3/2, 8 PM legendary klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolin wizard – and undercover surf rocker –Andy Statman and band at Barbes
3/2, 8/10 PM hip-hop lyricist par excellence Talib Kweli does his hip-hop jazz thing at the Blue Note, $20 standing roon avail.
3/2, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.
3/3, 1 PM Chamber Orchestra Kremlin play a Russian-themed program TBA at Trinity Church, free
3/3, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Joe’s Pub, $16. She’s also here on 3/10 and 3/17.
3/3, 7 PM cutting-edge indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play new music by French composers Gérard Buquet, Carlos Grätzer, Patrick Marcland, François Paris at La Maison Française at NYU, (16 Washington Mews) off University Place, free
3/3, 7:30 PM a rare free show by noisy noir jazz guitar icon Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos at the Lincoln Center Atrium, get there early
3/3, 7:30/9:30 PM awesome Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Ambessa Orchestra, f.k.a. Lions at Ginny’s Supper Club. 3/26, 10 PM they’re at Barbes for the tip jar
3/3 and 3/8, 7:30 PM, repeating on 3/4-5 at 8, the NY Philharmonic with the New York Choral Artists play Brahms’ German Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail
3/3, 7:30 PM cellist Beiliang Zhu performs Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs
3/3-5, 7:30/9:30 PM intense Cuban third-stream/latin jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez leads his trio with guest chanteuse Ganavya Doraiswamy.at the Jazz Standard, $30
3/3, 8 PM intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at 10 by charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at Barbes. The following night, 3/4 Eva and Peter are at the American Folk Art Museum at 5:30 PM
3/3, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with Suzanne Farrin play new pieces for ondes Martenot (a variant of the theremin) and chamber ensemble by Alvin Lucie and Ashley Fure, with its centerpiece the original version of Olivier Messiaen’s “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus” from the Quartet for the End of Time at the Abrons Arts Center, free
3/3, 8 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Nirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Leftfield
3/3, 8:30 OMG what an amazingan all-star klazmer lineup with Steve Weintraub, the All-Star Fidl Kapelye featuring Alicia Svigals, Deborah Strauss, Jake Shulman-Ment, Amy Zakar, Lily Henley, Keryn Kleiman, Pete Rushefsky, Brian Glassman kicking off the debut Jalopy performance of the NY klezmer series at their new Jalopy digs, $15
3/3, 9 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free
3/3, 9:30 PM high-voltage female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10
3/3, 9:30 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi
3/3, 9:30 PM Cuban pianist Ivan Melon Lewis with his quartet and special guest singer Magos Herrera at National Sawdust, $25
3/3, 10ish fascinating, kinetic electroacoustic sound sculptures with Sontag Shogun – who do very cool things with water sounds, among other textures – playing their “tour sendoff” show at Trans-Pecos
3/3, 10ish catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights at the Cobra Club in Bushwick. 3/31 they’re at Freddy’s at 8
3/3, 10:30 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers – whose album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun –at Hank’s
3/4, 6 PM noir chamber jazz chanteuse Rebecca Sullivan and her quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/4, 7 PM drummer Tim Kuhl’s fascinatingly enveloping, trippy, cinematic soundtrack band St. Helena at Leftfield
3/4, 7:30 PM a great acoustic roots triplebill, in reverse order: purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg oldtimey blues guitarist Eli Smit and the duo of accordionist Ali Dineen & flutist/singer Eleonore Weill – at the Owl, 487 Rogers Ave at Midwood St. in Lefferts Gardens, 2/5 to Sterling St.
3/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk
3/4, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble cellists Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Katinka Kleijn, and Michael Nicolas play works by Wuoreinen, Saariaho, Diaz De Leon and others at the Abrons Arts Center, free
3/4, 8 PM indie classical and dangerously fun improvisation: a duo set by Iktus Percussion, Ashcan Orchestra and Pretty Monsters with Mike Pride – drums, Erica Dicker – violin, Owen Stewart-Robertson – guitar, Katherine Young – bassoon at Jack in Ft. Greene, $12
3/4, 8 PM the mystical, otherworldly operatic improvisations of Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans at the Firehouse Space, $10
3/4, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists.
3/4, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec
3/4 9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny, sarcastic country/bluegrass covers of cheesy 80s pop hits – at the Way Station
3/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
3/4, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band preceded by the purist, surprisingly low-key Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at the Fat Cat.
3/4, 11 PM brooding, velvet-voiced noir/southwestern gothic bandleader Raquel Vidal & the Monday Men at the West End Lounge, 855 West End Ave just south of 102nd
3/5, 4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 6 by Balkan/klezmer multi-reedman Matt Darriau and one of his many projects, at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvania jazz and at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos and their amazing arrangements, $10
3/5,7 PM the world premiere of composer/singer Randy Gibson’s epic four-hour immersive drone-a-thon Apparitions of The Four Pillars in the Midwinter for low-register sextet and vocals at Wild Project, 195 E 3rd St, $15
3/5, 8 PM subversive hip-hop crew the Peace Poets and political street band The Filthy Rotten System at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”
3/5, 8 PM literate Tom-Waits-ish alt country band Fist of Kindness at Desmond’s
3/5, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a “composer portrait” of legendary/obscure Romanian spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu at the Miller Theatre, $30
3/5, 8 PM Tom Shaner – brilliant tunesmith and lyricist whose eclectic catalog spans from haunting southwestern gothic rock to Americana, rockabilly, Celtic balladry and psychedelia – at Bowery Electric, $10
3/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with B11, Killers from Space at 10, the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf at 11 and Brad & the Bombers sometime around midnight.
3/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s roots regge/dubsoul/groove band Faith at BAM Cafe
3/5, 9.10:30 PM hauntingly cinematic Mediterranean/Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis and his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/5, 11ish honkytonk/highway rock chanteuse Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at Hank’s. They’re at Freddy’s on 3/25 at 11
3/5, 11 PM guitar-and-horn-driven groove jazz explorers Alpha Band at Club Bonafide, They’re also here on 3/19.
3/6, 5 PM cinematic, eclectic Balkan- and latin-tinged string band Ljova & the Kontraband featuring sizzling Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro at National Sawdust, $25, kids under 12 free
3/6, 7 PM one of this era’s most exhilarating Balkan multi-reedmen, Raya Brass Band and Sherita bandleader and alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Circle at Barbes
3/6, 8 PM flamenco guitar hero Vicente Amigo at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $17 tix avail
3/6 noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers – with Hubble guitarist Ben Greenberg – at Palisades
3/7, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door
3/7, 7 PM tersely poignant, straitghtforward acoustic tunesmith Amy Bezunartea followed by similarly intense, smart, tuneful janglerock guitarist Jennifer O’Connor playing the album release show for her new one at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
3/7, 7:30 PM the NY Phil’s Contact avant garde chamber ensemble play Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir and plus Messiaen-influened works by Pierre Bouez, George Benhjamin and Oliver Knussen at National Sawdust, $25
/7, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet and Dorian Wind Quintet with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Aaron Wunsch, piano play miniatures by Dvorak, Ligeti, Kurtag, Prokofiev, Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Frank Bridge and John Adams at Advent Church, 93rd and Broadway, free
3/7, 8 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Brooklyn Bowl, $8
3/7, 9:30 PM insightful, colorful, captivatingly theatrical chanteuse Gay Marshall performs Piaf classics – in the original French and in her own English translations, with an unusual mix of the iconic (La Vie en Rose and L’Accordeoniste) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with accompaniment by Ross Patterson at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, $25
3/7, 10 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 3/19 at 9 they’re doing the record release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood
3/8-13, 8/10 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays the Stone with a whole bunch of different lineups and composers, $15. Choice pick: 3/10, 8 PM with Pauline Oliveros, accordion, and Jennifer Curtis, violin
3/8. 8 PM fiery, eclectic klezmer jazz jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/8, 8 PM torchy oldtimey swing with Heather Holloway and the Heebie Jeebies at Radegast Hall
3/8-20, 8:30/10:30 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell does a long stand at the Vanguard, first as a duo with bassist Thomas Morgan, then starting on the 15th leading a vocal quartet, $30
3/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
3/9, 7:30 PM slinky, haunting, jaunty mostly-female klezmer/latin jamband Isle of Klezbos at Pangea, $15
3/9-10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at Smalls,wow, get there early. Similarly tuneful, more retro-inclined postbop tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and his group play afterward at 10:30 on 3/10
3/9, 7:30 PM pianist Eric Huebner plays works by Messiaen including Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu, from Préludes plus works by Dukas, Tristan Murail, George Benjamin and others at Faith-Good Shepherd Church out back of Lincoln Center, $25
3/9, 8 PM darkly edgy Las Rubias Del Norte guitarist Giancarlo Vulcano’s My Funny Detective cinematic instrumental project at Barbes
3/9, 8 PM New Zealand’s theatrical Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
3/9, 8:30 PM a great tuneful, sardonically lyrical twinbill: ex-White Hassle frontman Marcellus Hall and then his longtime guitarist pal Chris Maxwell playing the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar, free
3/9, 8:30 PM disarmingly intimate, breathtaking chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her mighty 13-piece, latin-inflected big band at Smalls, $25
3/9, 10:30 PM electric, lyrically-fueled folk noir band Leland Sundries at Rock Shop, $10
3/10, 1 PM Jeffrey Zeigler, cello (ex-Kronos Quartet) and Pedja Muzijevic, piano play works by Ginastera, Beethoven, and Richard Wilson at Trinity Church, free
3/10-11, 7 PM haunting Andalucian/Middle Eastern guitarist Ayman Fanous plays three sets each night with a slew of great collaborators. the Ayman Fanous/Denman Maroney Duo plus guests, then at 8 the Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/Ned Rothenberg/Daniel Levin Quartet and at 9:30 the Ayman Fanous/Ikue Mori Duo plus guests at the Firehouse Space, $10
3/10, 8 PM state-of-the-art big band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their rarely performed suite Tensile Curves, inspired by Ellington’s Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue at National Sawdust, $28
3/10. 8 PM a rare duo performance between irrepressible, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek and soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
3/10, 8 PM in reverse order at Palisades: newschool garage rockers the Mystery Lights, fuzztone noisemakers Surfbort, trippy lo-fi soundtrack/surf/blue-eyed soul band Shark Week and resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arneson and her boisterous blues band,
3/10, 8 PM an Alvin Singleton retropective with works performed by the Momenta Quartet, as well as three of Singleton’s works for solo piano: “Baked In The Cake”, “Argoru I”, & “In My Own Skin”, performed by pianist Joseph Kubera, and “Be Natural”, for three string players, with Meaghan Burke, Stephanie Griffin, and James Ilgenfritz. at Roulettte, $25
3/10, 8:30 PM hard-hitting Eastern Bloc Jewish drinking music with Binyomin Ginzberg & the Breslov Bar Band at the Jalopy, $15
3/10, 9 PM socially conscious, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free
3/10, 9ish fiery, swirling soundtrack composer/guitar monster Sarah Lipstate a.ka. Noveller and the similar Ben Greenberg a.k.a. Hubble at Trans-Pecos
3/11, 8 PM Honor Finnegan – brilliantly eclectic folk/jazz/parlor pop tunesmith whose songs can be quirky and hilarious, or brooding and haunting – at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park W, any train to Grand Army Plaza, $10
3/11, 8 PM a good female-fronted rock triplebill: sassy saloon blues band Pepperwine, Versus-like, hard-hitting, bristlingly guitar-fueled 90s-style indie powerpop band Above the Moon and searingly brilliant lead guitarist Debra Devi in a rare solo set at the Citizen, 332 2nd St in Jersey City
3/11, 8 PM a chamber sextet ensembled by Chicago’s Sounds of Silent Film Festival plays a new score to Teshigahara’s rarely screened art documentary Gaudi with music by Lawrence Axelrod, Ryan Ingebritsen, Patricia Morehead and L.J. White at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud/srs
3/11, 8 PM, repeating on 3/12 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 plus the Strauss Horn Concerto and Dohnányi’s Concertino for Harp and Orchestra at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
3/11, 8:30 PM playful impovising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
3/11, 9 PM haphazardly edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Yonatan Gat and band at at the basement space at Webster Hall, $10
3/11, 9ish popular 90s dark ska band Mephiskapheles at Grand Victory, $20
3/11, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
3/11, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station
3/11 terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Julian Lage with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen at the big room at the Rockwood
3/12, 2 PM the American Chamber Ensemble trio plays Andre Previn, Ravel, Saint Saens, Joaquin Rodrigo, De Falla and Jonathan Russ performed by flutist Tia Roper, soprano Donna Balson and pianist/ACE co-director Marilyn Lehman at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave., $20
3/12, 5 PM pianists José Menor, Vanessa Perez and Adam Kent perform music by Enrique Granados at the DiMenna Center, $5
3/12, 7:30 PM cult favorite Irish art-rock crooner Pierce Turner and band debut their new album Love Can’t Always Be Articulate, making use of the pipe organ at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 155 E 22nd St. @3rd Ave $10 sugg don
3/12, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra with violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton play works by Ravel and Khachaturian plus Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 at Plymouth Church,75 Hicks St , downtown Brooklyn, $18/$12 stud.srs
3/12, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Pete’s. They absolutely slayed here last month, haha, no joke.
3/12, 8 PM Kuwaiti guitarist/songwriter Yousif Yaseen with Argentinian composer/guitarist/bassist Tomas Latorre, Chilean composer/pianist Benjamin Furman, and German composer/percussionist Clemens Grassmann. at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
3/12, 8 PM smartly lyrical, brilliantly torchy chanteuse Hilary Downes with her new chamber pop band Secrets of Birds at Barbes
3/12, 8 PM the NY Festival Orchestra plays a 3/11 memorial concert featuring a program of “Musical Prayers” on the 5th Anniversary after Japan’s Fukushima disaster with music by Barber, Dvorak, Grieg, Hirai, and Sisler at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Chelsea), 346 W 20th, $20
3/12, 8 PM the Apollo Chamber Players perform string quartets by Smetana, Arthur Hernandez and Julia Smith at Symphony Space, $30
3/12, 8 PM Cantori New York perform the U.S. Premiere of La remontée des cendres, a tender and haunting piece for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble based on the eponymous French poem by Tahar Ben Jelloun, which puts into stark relief the destruction and despair wrought by the Persian Gulf War. The program also includes the U.S. premiere of the exquisite Tre nuovi madrigali by the Italian composer Bruno Bettinelli, and the imposing At the Edge of the Earth, a 21st-century work by Latvian composer Maija Einfelde on the story of Prometheus, in its New York premiere. at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25
3/12, 8 PM perennially vital 60s folk cult heroine Carolyn Hester, with her daughters Amy & Karla Blume at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”
3/12, 9 PM singer Katie Curley’s wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Leftfield. They’re at the small room at the Rockwood on 4/9 at 6.
3/12, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine
3/13, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play music of Purcell, Glass, Haas at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave. at 50th St.,, $25/$15 stud/srs
3/13, 3 PM pianist Kate Liu plays a program TBA at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St. free
3/13, 4 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with RighteousGIRLS ( flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi), Kimura/Lytle/Supové Trio (piano, violin, and bass clarinet improvisational trio), Resonant Bodies Festival (contemporary vocal music), Mantra Youth Percussion, Lunar Ensemble (flexible chamber group), Threefifty (guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick’s folk- and baroque-inspired instrumental band) at Roulette, absurdly cheap at $10 plus all kinds of yummy treats available.
3/13, 7:30 PM Americana chamber pop band Goldfeather (fronted by violinist Sarah Goldfeather) plus indie classical crew Exceptet (who take their instrumentaiton from Stravinsky’s L’Historie Du Soldat) playing premieres by Fay Wang and Brendon Randall-Myers and recent works by Paul Kerekes and Brooks Frederickson at Merkin Concert Hall, $25`
3/13, 8ish in reverse order at Bowery Electric: LES drum legend Dee Pop’s birthday bash with NYC’s original jagged female-fronted postpunkers the Bush Tetras, deep roots reggae/dub/soul grooves with Faith, legendary airy chanteuse, Floor Kiss frontwoman and John Cale collaborator Deerfrance, Dennis Discoll and others, $10
3/13, 8 PM intense, sardonic, smart art-rock/avant garde pianist/chanteuse Nicole Zaray leads a trio with Tom Swirly and Damien Olsen at the Firehouse Space, $10
3/13, 8 PM blue-eyed soul loopmusic guy Adam Schatz of Landlady leads an Allen Toussaint tribute night with spectacular singer Abena Koomson and others at Manhattan Inn
3/14, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat
3/14, 7 PM brilliant Balkan/classical accordionist Ksenija Sidorova at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
3/14, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy play the album release show for their exhilarating new soul/chamber-pop/art-rock album at Joe’s Pub
3/14, 8 PM strikingly eclectic violinist/composer/parlor pop songwritger Concetta Abbate at Shades of Green Pub, 125 E 15th St
3/14, 8:30 PM the best twinbill of the year wth two intense, grimly funny, virtuosic noir soundtrack outfits: the savage, macabre,cinematic Beninghove’s Hangmen and guitar icon Steve Ulrich’s noir twang instrumental trio, Big Lazy at Manhattan Inn
3/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes
3/15, 4 PM Irish ensemble the Maynooth University Chamber Choir with organist John O’Keefe perform music by Choral works and arrangements by Eric Whitacre, Sydney, Guillame, Javier Busto, Felix Mendelssohn, Jonathan Dove, Samuel Barber, and Percy Grainger at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free
3/15, 8 PM wild, lickety-split Serbian Romany trumpet jams with the Boban Markovic Orkestra at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix req
3/15, 8 PM irrepressible impresario and spine-tingling singer Elisa Flynn books another multi-act evening: this time out, artists play a cover song about or mentioning a musician and write a new one. Performers include Chris Q. Murphy, Elisa Flynn, Maharajah Sweets, George Hakkila, Mary Spencer Knapp, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, Dan Cullinan, Charming Disaster at the Way Station. 3/19 at 8 Flynn is doing a solo set at 8 at Matchless
3/15, 8 PM devious all-female honkytonk cover band Your Ex-Girlfriends at the big room at the Rockwood
3/15, 8 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet with Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Roman Filiu, alto sax; Rick Rosato, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/15, 8 PM the North/South Consonance Ensemble play chamber works by composers from Spain and the Americas:Benet Casablancas, Christopher Ha Chun, David Colson, Max Lifchitz & Carlos Rodriguez at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, free
3/16, 7 PM under the direction of conductor K. Scott Warren, the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola join wiht sensational New York soprano Tami Petty for Frank Ferko’s intense Stabat Mater for unaccompanied mixed chorus and soprano solo; plus harpist Victoria Drake joins the choir for the NYC premiere of William Culverhouse’s poignant Requiem, at St. Ignatius Church, Park Ave/84 St. $25 seats avail
3/16, 7 PM avant garde Korean chamber folk ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25
3/16, 8 PM guitarist Tom Csatari – whose new big band album is rapturously good and tuneful – leads his Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes
3/16, 8 PM hypnotically spiky Mauritanian folk music reinventors 75 Dollar Bill and long-running postrock pioneers Tortoise at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
3/16, 8 PM crystalline, ethereal singer/composer Aubrey Johnson leads her quintet with Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/16, 8 PM Joshua Bell, violinist and conductor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (the Violin Concerto) at NJPAC in Newark, $25 tix avail
3/16, 10ish exuberant, New Orleans-tinged soul/gospel/jazz crew Sammy Miller and the Congregation and the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Littlefield, $10
3/17, 1 PM indie classsical ensemble Novus NY play works by Ginastera and Stravinsky. at Trinity Church, free
3/17, 7:30 PM plus 3/18-19 at 8 the New York Philharmonic premiere Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane featuring the New York Choral Artists, plus Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, with Leonidas Kavakos as soloist; and Shostakovich’s Suite from The Age of Gold at Avery Fisher Hall ,$33 tix avail
3/17, 7:30 PM a festival of works by women composers works by Kaija Saariaho, Cindi Hsu, Bettina Sheppard, Veronika Krausas, Shelley Washington, Emanuela Ballio, Inna Buganina, Maggi Payne, Kezia Yap, Elizabeth Adams, Syrlane Albuquerque, and Jennifer Merkowitz performed by pianists Sara Bong and Markus Kaitila, flutists Angela Collier-Reynolds and Emily Voye, sopranos Carla Wesby and Melissa Wozniak, alto Shelley Washington, tenor Mario Gullo, and baritone Brendan Littleton. Plus a fiteen new one-minute piano pieces by even more current NYC artists, at the Firehouse Space, $10
3/17, 7:30 PM Astoria performs French love songs by Busnoys, Binchois, Dufay and others; at the Kosciusko Foundation, $25/$20 stud/srs
3/17, 8:30 PM high-voltage tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky and band jam out klezme classics from Russia and the Ukraine at the Jalopy, $15
3/17, 9 PM Jef Brown and Zeb Visini (aka the Spy From Cairo) play psychedelic Middle Eastern dub grooves at Troost
3/17, 9:30 PM if you must go out and get trashed on St. Paddy’s, this is your best and funniest bet – savagely sardonic, politically-fueled faux-French rockers Les Sans Culottes – followed by metal parodists/comedy-rock legends Satanicide – NYC’s version of Spinal Tap -at the Mercury, $10 gen adm
3/17, 9 PM haunting Dutch noir art-rock/chamber pop band Chabliz at Freddy’s
3/17, 10 PM Marc Ribot (guitar), Greg Lewis (B3 organ), drums tba at Sunny’s in Red Hook, wow!
3/17, 10;30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls
3/18, 5:30 PM purposeful, wickedly tuneful, crystalinne-voiced literate songstress Sharon Goldman at the American Folk Art Museum
3/18, 8 PM Coeur de Pirate – pianist/singer Beatrice Martin’s torchy chamber pop/art-rock project – at Highline Ballroom $18 adv tix rec
3/18, 9 PM guitarslinger/edgy bandleader Mallory Feuer leads her power trio the Grasping Straws at Pine Box Rock Shop
3/18, 9 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at e followed at 11 by rapidfire, fun newgrass/oldtimey jamband the Howlin Bros. at Hill Country. Underhill Rose are at the Brooklyn branch of the overpriced bbq spot on 3/29 at 8
3/18, 11 PM Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie plays a high-octane set with her band the Demons at Sidewalk
3/19, 5 PM pianist Mirian Conti plays music by Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Nathaniel Dett, Zez Confrey, Duke Ellington, Manuel Halffter at the DiMenna Center, $5 http://www.mirianconti.com
3/19, 7 PM intense, fearlessly political Tunisian-American art-rock/Middle Eastern singer Emel Mathlouthi and her band at National Sawdust, $25
3/19, 7 PM Kankaba Kanuteh and Badenya play jali folk music from Sierra Leone, Gambia and Mali at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx, 2 to Freeman St, free
3/19, 8 PM brilliantly torchy parlor pop/Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner assembles a talented cast for a night of Elvis Costello covers at Freddy’s. Among others on the bill: David Benjoya, Bill Carney, Pierre de Gaillande, Charming Disaster, Larry Cook, Katie Down, Rima Fand, Pete Galub, Phil Jacob Glauberzon, Susan Hwang, Jacob Jiles, Dan Kilian, Shannon McArdle, Jennifer Sirey & Kevin Bailey, Gavin Smith, Bob Van Pelt and more. Her Tom Waits cover night last year was off the hook.
3/19, 8 PM acclaimed, hypnotic Pakistani sufi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30
3/19, 8 PM edgy Romany/flamenco guitar jazz trio Ameranouche followed eventually at 10 by Arki playing Ethiopian grooves at Silvana
3/19, 8 PM intense, roaring avant-jazz/bluesmetal guitarist Joe Morris’ Arcade with Joe Moffett trumpet;; Henry Fraser – bass at I-Beam, $15
3/19, 9 PM Richard X. Heyman plays his cult favorite 1990 powerpop album Hey Man all the way through with his band at Arlene’s, free cd with paid admission
3/20, 4 PM wickedly literate, psychedelic songwriter Ember Schrag leading a band playing Buffy Sainte-Marie’s psych-folk cult favorite Illuminations album. It’s Ember’s bday show – two other March babies, Nick and Alex Curtin cover new wave faves The Only Ones and Subway Sect after. Ember is bringing homemade cake!!
3/20, 4 PM the Choir of Corpus Christi Church sing a sixteeth-century celebration of Lent including two works by the innovative composer Jacob Handl plus Renaissance composers Byrd, Josquin, Morley, Palestrina, Lassus, and Victoria at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
3/21, 7 PM the Choir of Grace Church sings selections from Handel’s Messiah at Grace Church, Bwy/12th St.
3/21, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play works by Haydn, Chausson, Respighi and Brahms joined by two up-and-coing sopranos at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free
3/21, 8 PM it’s Murder Ballad Night at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene, arguably NYC’s funnest and creepiest monthly concert. Hosted by luridly charismatic chamber-pop duo Charming Disaster with a killer lineup including the haunting, hisorically-informed Elisa Flynn and others TBA
3/21, 8 PM hauntingly oldschool front-porch folk singer Jo Williamson at LIC Bar
3/21, 8:30 irrepressible, erudite jazz parodists Mostly Other People Do the Killing have fun making fun of hot 20s sounds with an expanded lineup: Thomas Heberer, sax; Jon Irabagon, piano; Dave Taylor, bass; Brandon Seabrook, drums; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
3/21, 8:30 PM violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner play Beethoven violin sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $25
3/22, 7 PM enchanting Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni with her mystical Daughters of Cybele project at the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, 3/26 at around 9:30 she’s at Mehanata with her fiery tarantella rock band
3/22-26, 8/10 PM intense avant/classical violinist Mark Feldman leads a series of groups at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: the late set Friday night with his longtime collaborator, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, playing from John Zorn’s Book of Angels
3/22 and 3/24, 11 PM upbeat, keyboard-spiced psychedelic/art-rock bandJukebox the Ghost at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec
3/23, 7:30 PM pianist Ian Hobson plays Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli plus works by Chopin, Debussy and Yehudi Wyner at Merkin Concert Hall, $20
3/23, 8 PM innovative, terse delta blues-inspired jazz guitarist Ross Hammond with tabla playe Sameer Gupta at Barbes
3/23, 8 PM String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs recent works for strings by Michael Harrison and Alex Mincek, alongside a newly commissioned work by Alexandra Gardner for strings and electronics, and a new concerto by Taylor Brook at Roulette, $20
3/24, 7 PM colorful, compelling, dynamic avant jazz chanteuse Lauren Lee and her combo at Cleopatra’s Needle
3/24, 7:30 PM the MSM Symphony Orchestra play Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free
3/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her guitar-piano quintet at Club Bonafide, $10
3/24, 8 PM the Jalopy takes over the West Village: oldtime country blues guitarist Eli Smith with special guests incl. Americana songwriters Feral Foster and Wyndham Baird, John Cohen of the New Los City Ramblers, badass resonator guitarist/bluesmama Mamie Minch, Walter Shepard, charming front-porch songwriter Joanna Sternberg, playing relevant and historically-informed classics and new material at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!
3/24, 8 PM indie classical/Americana violinist Sarah Goldfeather performs works by Kate Soper, Julia Wolfe and Alex Weiser, joined by soprano Justine Aronson and others for the New York premiere of Chris Cerrone‘s The Pieces That Fall to Earth at Roulette, $20
3/24, 8 PM Spanish pianist José Menor plays an all-Granados program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
3/24, 8ish, in reverse order hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters, edgy 70s style punk-pop band the Up Up Ups, funny ska-punks Inrod and searing, Radio Birdman-esque garage punks the Brimstones – who don’t have a bass but don’t need one at Grand Victory, $10
/24, 9ish vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor – at Shea Stadium, $8
3/25, 7 PM bassist Marcos Varela plays the album release show for his new one San Ygnacio with his quartet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
3/25, 8 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Brooklyn Bowl, $8
3/25, 8 PM sharply lyrical, historically aware, harmony-fueled Americana/chamber pop/soul band Sweet Soubrette at the Hive in Bushwick
3/25, 8 PM one of this era’s most erudite, fascinating jazz guitar mavens, Matt Munisteri at Sunny’s
3/25, 8 PM Dada Paradox – the catchy psychedelic new wave project from the Larch’s Ian and Liza – at Freddy’s
3/25, 8 PM irrepressible cutting-edge chamber goup Ensemblle Mise-En plays new works by women composers Tawnie Olson, Whitney George, Frances White and Kala Pierson at the Mise-En place, 678 Hart St #1B, in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave
3/25, 8:30 PM southwestern gothic and oldschool C&W bandleader Jack Grace does double duty, first with his band and then with a rare reunion of his legendary 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s, note $10 cover
3/25, 10 PM ferociously funny, lyrical, jangly Americana anthem band Fireships at Union Hall, $10
3/26, 4 PM the Columbia University Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble play classical Japanese works by Etenraku and Goshōraku (for jo & kyū), contemporary works and traditional fare at the Miller Theatre, free
3/26, 5 PM Laura Cantrell – charismatic, hilarious bandleader and this era’s greatest Americana singer – pays a rare solo show at Pete’s
3/26, 6:30 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at the Astor Room, 3412 36th St, Astoria, free. 3/31 she’s at Cornelia St. Cafe with the addition of oboeist Tom Christensen for just a $10 min, no cover
3/26, 7 PM sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk playing his favorite 12 songs from his massive 24 in 2015 solo album.
3/26, 7 PM the Zodiac Trio play haunting new Iranian, Jewish and playful astrological-themed works for strings and piano by Richard Danielpour, Andrew List and John Mackey at Spectrum, $15
3/26, 7:30 PM fronted by the young chanteuse considered widely to be the best in all of Indian music, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16
3/26, 8 PM in reverse order Niger’s desert rock guitar powerhouse Bombino, Ghanian crooner Jojo Abot, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones and Zimbabwian jamband Mokoomba at the Apollo Theatre, $25 tix avail
3/26, 9:30ish intense percussionist Alessandra Belloni’s tartantella rock band at Mehanata
3/27, 8 PM keyboardist Richard Sussman’s The Evolution Suite for jazz quintet and string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $tba
3/27, 8 PM dark, poliitcally fearless Dominican art-rock/tropical punk rockers Jobo at Silvana
3/27, 9 PM southwestern gothic rock and boisterously funny oldschool C&W with Jack Grace at Skinny Dennis
3/27, 11 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec
3/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse play works by David Broom and others at the Miller Theatre
3/29, 6 PM sharp, Haitian vodou songs by Taina Ligonde & her band and dancer Erzuli Guillaume at the Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd at Flatbush, free. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged!
3/29, 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.
3/29, 7 PM oudist Brian Prunka‘s Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion.jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes at Barbes
3/29, 7 PM high-voltage oldschool 60s JBs style Texas funk band Roxy Roca at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. The kinetic-yet0haunting female-fronted Americana jamband the Sometime Boys follow at 8.
3/29-4/3, 8/10 PM cutting edge pan-Asian jazz violinist Meg Okura plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: both sets on 3/30, where shes playing with slinky nuevo-Middle Eastern song crew Pharaoh’s Daughter.
3/29, 8 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at Hill Country Brooklyn
3/29, 9 PM in reverse order at Trans-Pecos: DUO Premier with Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and hammer of the gods drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) w/ special guests, iconically soulful klezmer trumpeter Frank London and band, and downtown guitar hero Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, $12, proceeds to benefit Ishtar Women & Family Center in Kurdistan
3/29, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
3/30, 8 PM in reverse order: quirky accordion-driven parlor pop band Toot Sweet, shambling Americana rock crew the Harmonica Lewinskies and the slinky, self-explanatory Cumbia River Band at the Knitting Factory, $10
3/30, 8 PM kinetically tuneful, smartly pensive chamber pop songwriter Erika Lloyd at LIC Bar
3/30, 9 PM multi-instrumentalist Wendy Griffiths’ lyrically intense, swirlingly lush two-keyboard art-rock/new wave band Changing Modes at Arlene’s, $8
3/30, 9 PM a ”troubled songwriters’ circle” with haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell, intense art-rock pianist Laura Loriga a.k.a. Mimes of Wine and Dylan Angel (don’t bother googling) at Troost
3/30-31, 9ish state-of-the-art jamgrass with the Infamous Stringdusters at with Hicki Bluhm at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec
3/30, 10:30 PM purist jazz guitarist and former DIzzy Gillespie sideman Ed Cherry and his group at Smalls
3/31, 1 PM the avant garde world’s go-to cellist, Ashley Bathgate plays solo works by Britten and Ginastera at Trinity Church, free
3/31, 7:30 PM amazing triplebill: enigmatically dark improvisations from Sandcatchers with Big Lazy guitarist Steve Ulrich, sizzling psychedelic Balkan rock band Choban Elektrik and explosive remembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Rock Shop, $10
3/31, 7:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus at the Jalopy, $15
3/31, 7:30 PM pianist Alexei Tartakovsky plays works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
3/31, 8 PM the Minetti Quartet play the Schubet Quartettsatz, Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 and a Kurtag piece at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
3/31 8 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s
3/31, 8 PM Sexmob’s perennially charismatic trumpeter Steven Bernstein in a rare performance with guitar quartet including Steve Cardenas, Dave ronzo and surprise guests at Green wich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!
3/31, 8 PM unstoppable art-rock cellist/iimpresario Valerie Kuehne’s latest extemporareous musical/performance art Trauma Salon includes performances by Robert Pepper, Rebecca Patek, Birdorgan, David Jan Griess, Vengiko, violinist Natalia Steinbach, Alex Cohen and maybe more at the PPL space in Bushwick
3/31, 9:30 PM hot oldtimey swing band Svetltna & the Delancey Five at Club Bonafide, $15
4/1, 9 PM sizzling twin-guitar paisley underground/psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass at Rock Shop, $10
4/1-2, 9 PM hypnotic danceable Ethiopian-inspired sounds with Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
4/1, 10 PM pensive chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Basia Bulat and band at Bowery Ballroom $15 adv tix rec
4/1, 7 PM sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan – who is a far more kinetic, fascinating performer to watch than her hypnotic work suggests – plays the album release show for her mesmerizing, labyrinthine new one, Hedera plus performances by C Spencer Yeh, Maria Chavez, and Nick Hallett + Daisy Press at National Sawdust
4/2, 5 PM Falu – widely considered the foremost interpeter of Hindustani classical vocalas in the US – and her band at the Brooklyn Museum, free w/museum adm.
4/2, 6 PM songwriter Miwa Gemini – who’s just as adept at creepy southwestern gothic as she is at moody continental waltzes and paisley underground psychedelia – at the small room at the Rockwood
4/2, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Jon Graboff on lead guitar and Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!
4/2, 7;30 PM Elisabeth Marshall, soprano; Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano; Brandon Snook, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Michael Brofman, Jocelyn Dueck, Miori Sugiyama, piano perform music of Brahms, Schumann, Virgil Thomson, Judith Wweir, Scott Wheeler and Ben Gunn at the Tenri Institute, $20/$15 stud srs
4/2, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10
4/2, 8 PM two of Galicia’s leading musicians, guitar/vox duo Uxia & Narf at Roulette, $25
4/2, 9 PM legendary third-wave ska/soul/reggae/blues band the Slackers at the Bell House, $20
4/2, 9:30 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi
4/3,11 AM (i.e. before noon) Roman Rabinovich, piano plays works by Haydn, Schumann and Michael Brown at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $22 tix avail
4/3. 4 PM Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron teams with the wind band Dark Horse Consort in a program of Spanish music from Seville’s 16th-century Golden Age at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
4/3, 4 PM dramatic British art-ballad/chamber pop chanteuse Tina Mali – Marianne Faithfull meets Kate Bush – at the small room ar the Rockwood
4/3, 8 PM violinist Michelle Painter leads a quartet playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Firehouse Space, $10
4/3, 8 PM haunting Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular and Makam NY play dark, hypnotic Middle Eastern jams at Merkin Concert Hall, $28/$15s tud/srs
4/3, midnight, brilliantly jangly paisley underground guitarist Dave Miller leads his band playing psychedelic instrumentals at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/6 he’s at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint at 10.
4/3 high-energy oldschool soul/groove band the California Honeydrops at the Knitting Factory
4/4, 7:30 PM pianist Bruce Levingston premieres new socially conscious works including James Matheson’s Windows and Nolan Gasser’s An American Citizen and Repast: An Oratorio in Honor of Mr. Booker Wright at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
4/4, 8 PM a benefit concert for P-Funk keyboard legend Bernie Worrell at Webster Hall with Bootsy Collins and filmmaker Jonathan Demme plus performances by George Clinton, Living Colour, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Nona Hendryx, Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield (the one and only!), Bill Laswell with The Last Poets (Abiodun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde & special guests), Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band, Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, $50, expensive, but all proceeds go to the Wizard of Woo in his battle to stay alive.
4/4, 9:30 PM insightful, colorful, captivatingly theatrical chanteuse Gay Marshall performs Piaf classics – in the original French and in her own English translations, with an unusual mix of the iconic (La Vie en Rose and L’Accordeoniste) and the rare (Avec Ce Soleil and The Lady From Pigalle) with accompaniment by Ross Patterson at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St, $25
4/5, 7:30 PM pianist Sahan Arzruni plays an all-Armenian program with works by Arno Babadjian Alan Hovhaness, Aram Kachaturian, Komitas Vardapet and Kara-Mourza at Merkin Concert Hall, $35 but worth it
4/5-6, 8 PM Peter Evans/Levy Lorenzo/Jennifer Curtis/Tyshawn Sorey improvise electroacoustically at the Abrons Arts Center, free
4/6, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.They’re at Espresso 21m at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts on 4/21 at 8:30
4/6 violinist Francesca dePasquale performs works from her self-titled debut album alongside pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, including the New York premiere of Oceanic Fantasy by Paola Prestini.at National Sawdust
4/6 soaring cult favorite 90s chanteuse Heather Nova plays the album release show for her new one at the Cuttitng Room
4/7, coffee and dessert at 7:30 PM, show at 8,sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman and her band at First Acoustics House Concerts in Ditmas Park, $25, advance registration required
4/7, 9:30 PM, and 4/8 at 7, klezme clarinet powerhouse David Krakauer plays the album release shows for his new one Ancestral Groove with his electric band at National Sawdust
4/8, 7 PM hilarious faux-French rockers les Sans Culottes – whose new album Les Dieux Ont Soif is both great fun and potently relevant – open forPenelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must
4/8, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at Sidewalk
4/8, 8 PM the Dover Quartet play the first of Beethoven’s three Razumovsky quartets with Berg’s sole quartet and Dvorák’s “American,” in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
4/8, 9ish well-regarded Americana rock and heather Maloney collaborators Darlingside at Rough Trade
4/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Mozart: Adagio and Rondo; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow
4/10, 4 PM chamber choir Kinnara Ensemble make its New York City debut with music by Gabrieli,Frank Martin, Schutz, Thompson, Elgar and Brahms at Christ Church United Methodist, 524 Park Ave, $25
4/10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art, intense, witty, politicallyh fearless indie classical composer Mohammed Fairouz conducts the Mimesis Ensemble with Rachel Barton Pine in the New York premiere of his “Violin Concerto: Al-Andalus,” and “Pax Universalis” at NYU’s Skirball Center
4/10, 8ish British oi-punk legends Peter & the Test Tube Babies – maybe best known for their hilarious album of cheesy 80s Stock/Aitken/Waterman covers, The Shit Factory – at Grand Victory, $20 adv tix a must
4/11, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony celebrates the Alberto Ginastera centennial with works by Ginastera and Stavreva with special guest harpiest Melanie Genin at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th/Broadway, free
4/12-13, 9 PM psychedelic janglerock cult favorites the Dandy Warhols at Bowery Ballroom, $30 adv tix rec
4/14, 8 PM romping female-fronted continental swing band the Hot Sardines at Union Hall, $15
4/14, 10 PM ex-Crooked Still frontwoman and soaring Americana bandleader Aoife O’Donovan at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec
4/16, noon, the annual Queens Overground Jazz Festival with ten hours of free music, performers TBA at Flushing Town Hall
4/16, 8 PM Hossein Alizadeh and Pejman Hadadi play centuries’ worth of mystical Persian sounds at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it
4/17, 6 PM pensively intense violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her quartet with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
4/17,8 PM dynamic honkytonk/newschool C&W band Holy Ghost Tent Revival at Union Hall, $10
4/18, 8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster headline their monthly, wickedly fun Murder Ballad Monday series at Branded Saloon, special guests include wih historically-inspired, richly tuneful, erudite singer/guitarist Elisa Flynn, , intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and keyboardist/shortwave radio operator Steve Espinola
4/20, 9ish tersely tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari’s hauntingly cinematic, lushly sweeping Uncivilized large ensemble at Aviv
4/21, 8 PM eclectic, funky jazz/soul violinist Mazz Swift‘s Mazzmuse Breakdown feat. James Shipp at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!
4/21, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a rare “composer portrait” of Francesca Verunelli at Miller Theatre $25 seats avail
4/21, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at Union Hall ,$12
4/22, 7:30 PM the Vaya! 63: Mambo Legends Orchestra at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, gegt there early
4/22, 11 PM LA gutter blues band the Record Company at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
4/23, 8 PM slinky, otherworldly oud/percussion duo Tareq Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Dinat Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
4/26, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle present a concert of new music featuring five world premieres with unorthodox instrumentation, by Scott D. Miller, Jacob E. Goodman, Kevin McCarter, David Picton and Eugene Marlow plus works by Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Frank Retzel, Jennifer Griffith and others; violinist Miranda Cuckson stars in the ensemble. At St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, reception to follow, $20 sugg don.
4/27 well-liked oldtimey Americana string band the Hackensaw Boys at Brooklyn Bowl
4/28, 8 PM auntingly atmospheric, hypnotic Korean-American composer/performer Bora Yoon and Andrew Nemr at Greenwich House Music School, $15 incl. open bar!
4/28 Summer Cannibals – who mix sunbaked 70s proto-stoner vibe with punk and abrasive Sleater Kinney-ness – at the Market Hotel in Bushwick
4/29, 5 PM indie classical chamber group Ensemble Mise-En play a rare program of works by by Edison Denisov, one of the pioneers of the Russian avant-garde at the Bobst Library a.k.a. Suicide Central at NYU, free
4/29, 8 PM the kinetic, high-energy, rustic Saied Shanbehzadeh Ensemble play acoustic Persian Gulf trance music at Roulette, expensive, $35, but worth it