Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2017
Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how awful the trains have been lately.
Constant updates. Considering how Trump’s minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!
If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues 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 published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Wednesdays 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. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
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 August, 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 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 August, 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 in August, 10:30 PM oldschool Texas-style fingerstyle acoustic blues with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha and Cliff Schmitt on bass at Pete’s. They’re also at Barbes on 8/13 at 7.
Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Owl, $15
Wednesdays in August, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free
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.
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata
Saturdays 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 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 in August at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!
8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
8/1, 8 PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff – at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. (the old Douglass St. collective), free
8/1, 8/9:30 PM the ageless Gene Bertoncini on guitar with bassist Josh Marcum at Mezzrow, $20
8/1, 8 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble play works by emerging composers Mayu Hirano, Hunjoo Jung, Chaya Czernowin, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Martin Rane Bauck, Steven Kazuo Takasuga at the DiMenna Center, $20. 8/2 and 8/5, same time, the composers on the bill are Sam Salem, Christine Burke, Weston Olencki, Jeffery Shivers, Hans Tutschku
8/1, 9ish haunting string soundscapes and noir Americana from all-female harmony band Little Mazarn at Troost
8/1, 9:30 PM a rare reunion of intense, brilliantly lyrical Jagged Leaves frontman Dan Penta’s haunting chamber rock group Heath at Sidewalk. Penta’s also here solo on 8/8 at 10:30
8/2, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free
8/2, 6:30 PM Sonido Costeno mash up merengue, reggae and cuban son on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library
8/2, 7 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth at the long meadow in Prospect Park, closest train is actually the F/G to 15th St.
8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free
8/2, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
8/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord
8/2, 8:30 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – with vibraphonist Tom Beckham, bassist Andrew Hall and drummer Diego Voglino at Bar Lunatico
8/2, 10 PM postbop trumpet star Jeremy Pelt leads a quartet at an especially intimate show at 55 Bar
8/3, 5 PM lBay Area latin soul legends Tower of Power at NJPAC in Newark, free
8/3, 7 PM catchy, intricate art-folk instrumental acoustic guitar/bass duo Endless Field followed by Awakening Orchestra playing their lush, angst-fueled post-election suite I Can See My Country From Here at Shapshifter Lab, $tba
8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.
8/3, 7:30 PM Fleur Seule play swing dance tunes from the 1940s on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, about a 15-block walk from the Ditmars Blvd N station
8/3, 8 PM the Jack Quartet play the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises at the DiMenna Center, $20
8/3, 8 PM hard-charging trumpeter Jim Rotondi with David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) at Mezzrow, $20
8/3. 9 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – followed by ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock equivalent of the Clash – at Union Pool, $12
8/3, 9:30 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/3, 10 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes
8/4, 5:30 PM Americana harmony band Triboro at the American Folk Art Museum
8/4, 6 PM a tribute to third-stream luminary Billy Childs tribute with pianist Manuel Valera, the Triton Brass Quintet, the City of Tomorrow chamber ensemble, and Billy Childs’ own Quartet at Bryant Park, free
8/4, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Church Square Park, Park Ave at 4th St., Hoboken
8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park
8/4, 8 PM Quatuor Bozzini play works by Jürg Frey – Unhörbare Zeit (2004-06) and String Quartet 3 (2010-2014) – at the DiMenna Center, $20
8/4, 8ish violinist Dina Maccabee followed by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet with Maccabee, Robby Kraft (viola), Sarah Bernstein(violin) plus guest Nick Podgursky on synth at the Owl
8/4, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk.
8/4-5, 8/10:30 PM legendary bassist Rufus Reid with Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20
8/4, 8 PM De Lautaros play cumbia and salsa at Guadalupe Inn
8/4-5, 8:30 PM Trigger play John Zorn Apparitions (enigmata/valentines day) with Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums) at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $20
8/4, 9:30 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors and stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10. The Mad Doctors are also at the Gutter on 8/10 at 10ish for half that.
8/4. 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25
8/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes. 8/12, 8:30 PM they’re at Bar Lunatico
8/4. 10:30 PMcutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat
8/5, 2 PM indie classical types Ashley Jackson, Helen Sung, Luciana Souza, Manhattan Chamber Players, Derek Bermel and Nate Smith, and Metropolis Ensemble play music by Bermel at Bryant Park, free
8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/5, 7 PM the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Brooklyn Bazaar, $17
8/5, 7 PM the CCB Reggae All-Stars at 96th St. Tennis Courts in Riverside Park. Bun de chalice, mon!
8/5, 7:30 PM brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
8/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls
8/5, 8 PM a killer triplebill: Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows, first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Union Hall, $10
8/5, 8 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15
8/5, 8:30 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Lucky 13 Saloon, $8
8/5, 8:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at the Gutter, $5
8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the X-Wrays (guess who they cover), the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at 10, tunefully jangly Strange but Surf at 11 and Blondie cover band SundayGirl at midnight
8/5, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station
8/6, 2 PM the surviving members of Reuben Wilson’s quartet play his distinctive B3 organ jazz at the Discovery Center (inside Central Park at 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves)
8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St.
8/6, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood
8/6, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar
8/6, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $20
8/7, 8 PM wryly funny honkytonk steel guitar genius/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.
8/7, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note. He’s back on the 28th.
8/7, 9ish magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $15
8/7, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec
8/8, 7 PM youngish hotshot bluegrass duo Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
8/8, 7 PM Lincoln Center impresario Meera Dugal – one of this era’s small handful of genuine visionaries in NYC music programming – and National Sawdust sound engineer Sascha von Oertzen lead a free roundtable discussion of the challenges of live sound, and being a woman in that field, at Pioneer Works
8/8-13, 7:30 PM Bill Frisell plays solo at the Stone, $20. OMFG, arguably the best jazz guitarist of the past 40 years, get there early.
8/8. 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls
8/8, 9 PM blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec
8/9, 1 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/9, 6:30 PM darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library
8/9, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St (between 7th Ave & Broadway), free
8/9, 7:30 PM theatrical, energetic Korean disco band Ssing Ssing at Joe’s Pub, $20
8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free
8/9, 9ish wickedly lyrical, allusively menacing noir songstress Karla Rose – the missing link between Dorothy Parker and Neko Case – witih gonzo pianist Guyora Kats (who did a cameo on her cult classic debut album) at 11th St. Bar
8/9, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord
8/9, 9:30 PM innovative alto saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi leads his quartet with Leornard Thompson, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
8/10, 7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar
8/10, 7 PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park, free. 8/23, 7/10 PM they’re at National Sawdust, $18 adv tix rec for those who prefer airconditioned shows
8/10, 7:30 PM meat-and-potatoes rock anthem bandleader DB Rielly – the Midwestern Willie Nile – on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, N to Ditmars Blvd. and a 15-block walk more or less
8/10, 7:30.9:30 PM purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15
8/10, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Union Pool, $15
8/10, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall. She’s also there an hour earlier on 8/15.
8/10, 9 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10
8/10, 10 PM agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes
8/10, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
8/10, 11:30 PM ferociously lyrical, politically spot-on acoustic blues/swing guitar genius Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk
8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez, El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park
8/11, 6:30 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at the American Folk Art Museum
8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Manuel Valera premieres his suite The Planets with his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/11. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes.
8/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Pete’s. 8/29, 9 PM he’s at the Way Station
8/11, 8 PM Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin & Elettrodomestico do their wry retro 80s new wave thing at Iridium, $25
8/11, 8:30 PM fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10
8/11-12, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20
8/11, 9 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Sidewalk
8/11, 9;30ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost
8/11, 9:30 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall
8/11, 10 PM somber, cinematic postrock soundscapes with the End of the Oceanat Alphaville, $10
8/12, 10:30 AM (yup) the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York in Flushing Meadows Park to kick off the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
8/12, 1/3 PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays music by Ian Gottlieb, Emma O’Halloran and Finnegan Shanahan in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free
8/12, 2 PM vivid, subtly lyrical Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires solo on the plaza ar Lincoln Center
8/12, 2 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Union Pool, free
8/12, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 PM by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes
8/12, 8 PM iconic 90s Americana janglerockers the Jayhawks at Damrosch Park. What’s this gonna be? The soaring, angst-fueled, harmony-driven post-Big Star anthems of late in the decade, or the more C&W ish stuff from their early days?
8/12, 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies at the Way Station
8/12, 8 PM pianist Simona Premazzi leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Cell Theatre, $15
8/12, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanta, $10
8/12, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea– like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the small room at the Rockwood.Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar next door at the big room, same time . Miss Velvet and pal are also here on 8/24.
8/13, 3 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City, N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm
8/13. 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar outside
8/13, 7 PM Bonnie Raitt at Damrosch Park. Yeah, she never figured out how to write a song, but she’s still reputedly a hell of a blues guitarist.
8/14, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet f at the Fat Cat
8/14, 7 PMtuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar
8/14, 8 PM a rare, free Brooklyn appearance by charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor Champian Fulton leading her trio at Radegast Hall. She’s also there on 8/21
8/14, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
8/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes
8/15, 7 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist and kora player Brandon Terzic leads his group followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
8/15, 7 PM two generations of free newschool and oldschool postbop jazz: the Eric Person Band and Houston Person at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
8/15, 8 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at St. Vitus, $8
8/15, 9 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station
8/15, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
8/16, noon, Colombian sounds with Parranda Vallenata followed by feral sax/drums duo Receta Secreta at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/16, 1 PM the intense, Middle Eastern-tinged, cinematic Eyal Vilner Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex
8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagabonds at Madison Square Park, free
8/17, 5 PM 90s hardcore Brooklyn hip-hop nostalgia: Black Sheep and Das EFX at NJPAC in Newark, free
8/17, :30/9:30 PM bassist Ricky Rodriguez leads a killer quintet with John Ellis – tenor saxophone & bass clarinet ; Luis Perdomo – piano; Lage Lund – guitar ; Obed Calvaire – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15
8/17, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
8/17, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – at Sidewalk. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar?
8/17, 8:30 PM psychedelic stoner boogie band the Dead Daisies at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec
8/17, 9 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at Rough Trade, $10 av tix re
8/17, 10 PM lyrical, Indian-influenced alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads his Quintet with a rare NYC appearance by Chicago trumpeter Brad Goode at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
8/17, 10 pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at Barbes
8/18, 6 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at at the small room at the Rockwood
8/18, 6 PM Los Hijos Del Agobio play 70s style Spanish-style art-rock and psychedelia at Shrine. 8/21 at 8:30 they’re at Pete’s
8/18, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes
8/18, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by Lynchian Americana duo the Whiskey Charmers at the Way Station
8/18, 8 PM popular bluegrass road warriors Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the big room at the Rockwood, $12
8/18, 8:30 PM El edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Freddy’s
8/18, 8:30 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier leads a pretty wild quintet with Ken Vandermark on tenor sax and Nate Wooley on trumpet at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20
8/18. 10 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Otto’s
8/19, 6 PM Skye Steele leads composers in the round with fellow innovative violinists Christina Courtin and Lily Henley and Christopher Hoffman, followed at 8 PM yaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – followed by amazingly psychedelic, mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes
8/19, 6 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at the small room at the Rockwood
8/19, 7 PM Los Hermons Cintron play flamenco at the 96th Street Tennis Courts (n Riverside Park
8/19, 7:30 PM a killer female-fronted quadruplebill: trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran,,well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine, electric Americana chanteuse Diane Gentile and fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $15
8/19, 7:30/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful pianist Shai Maestro‘ plays solo at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8/19, 8 PMaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – followed at 10 by amazingly psychedelic, mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes
8/19, 8/10:30 PM a rare duo set by two jazz icons: pianist Kenny Barron with bassist Ray Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
8/19, 8:30 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalppy, $20
8/19, 8:30 PM avant garde monster surf jamband Abraxas with Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)play John Zorn’s Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19 at the Stone, $20. 8/20 the material is Zorn’s Psychomagia
8/19, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Otto’s
8/19, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station
8/19, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s
8/20, 3 (three) PM fearlessly political janglerock songwriter Fred Gillen Jr with the similarly fearless, even more lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at at the small room at the Rockwood. A couple of doors down quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean plays the third stage at 7 for $10
8/20, 5 PM in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage
8/20, 7 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing –followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
8/20, 7 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his quartet at Shapeshifter Lab
8/20, 7:30 PM the Queensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra play their new arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Ann’s Church, 58-02 146th St. (at 58th Ave.), Flushing,, 7 train to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable ten-minute walk, or take the Q44 or Q20 bus
8/20, 10 PM menacing noir rock band Des Roar – the missing link between the Dead Boys and Jesus & Mary Chain – at Union Pool, $10
8/21, 7:15 PM sarod virtuoso Aashish Khan at Dixon Place: part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place, $25 tix avail
8/21, 8:30 PM highly regarded soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome leads a quintet with special guest violinist Meg Okura at Bar Lunatico
8/22, 6 PM a fantastic Indian music twinbill: Hindustani singer Indrani Khare, $15, followed by rising star sitar player Kinnar Seen at Dixon Place, $20 separate adm – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music, $25 tix avail
8/22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/22, 6 PM the Weekly Readers Village with Tom Beckham, vibes; Janet Grice, bassoon; Carlos Cuevas, melodica/piano; Lee Tomboulian, accordion; Dave Silllman, percussion; Cliff Schmitt, bass play the album release show for their new one at Cornelia St. Cafe $10 + $10 mi. Followed at 9:30 by fearless avant garde singer Anaïs Maviel leading a trio with Alexis Marcelo, piano, keyboards; Leonid Galaganov, drums, separate adm.
8/22, 7 PM the So Wrong It’s Right trombone quartet with Dave Taylor, Kalun Leung, David Whitwell, Felix Del Tredici – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
8/22-9/3, 8:10/10 PM postbop guitar master Kurt Rosenwinkel leads his trio and starting on the 29th, his quintet at the Vanguard, $30
8/22-27, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Erik Friedlander (cello) Yuka C Honda (electronics, keys) Ikue Mori (laptop) Nels Cline (electric guitar)
8/22, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
8/22, 9 PM sick noiserock fun with the Sediment Club at Alphaville, $10
8/22. 9 PM what’s left of 70s Jamaican roots reggae harmony band Culture with Joseph Hill’s son Kenyatta fronting the band, celebrating the 40th annniversary of the band’s roots reggae classic Two Sevens Clash at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec
8/22, 9:30 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s
8/23, noon the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/23, 7:30 PM a Mannes College of Music ensemble with soloist Dave Glasser taking the role of Charlie Parker plays “Bird With Strings” in its entirety at Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 W12th St, free
8/23, 8 PM lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Vadim Neselovskyi with lustrous vocalese specialiast Aubrey Johnson, Dan Loomis, bass; Ronen Itzik, drums, percussionat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. ollowed at 9:30 (separate adm) by haunting Hungarian folk-jazz chanteuse Júlia Karosi with Yago Vázquez, piano; Ike Sturm, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums
8/24, 5 PM conscious hip-hop icon Talib Kweli at NJPAC in Newark, free
8/24, 6 PM plaintive songstress Jan Bell – who makes the connection between bluegrass and ancient English folk tunes – and her all-female band the Maybelles at Miraflores Community Garden, 900 Broadway in Bushwick, just a block from the Myrtle Ave. J/M station
8/24, 7 PM rambunctious oldtimey swing/Americana harmony band the Bumper Jacksons at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
8/24, 7:30 PM a rare twinbill of hypnotic, otherworldly, intense Colombian bullerengue with singer and tambolero Emilsen Pacheco Blanco followed by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece vocal/percussion choir Bulla en el Barrio at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. 8/28 at 10ish BEEB are at Barbes
8/24, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes
8/24-27, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter and his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail
8/24, 8:30 PM carnatic vocal star Ananya Ashok – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $20 tix avail
8/24, 8:30 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12
8/24, 10 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Pete’s
8/24, 10 PM noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar
8/24, 11 PM high-voltage Venezuelan jazz singer/bandleader Eliana Cuevas at Shrine. 8/28 at 8 she’s at Silvana
8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park
8/25, 7 PM 70s cult favorites the Shirts’ ageless, soaring, theatrical singer, Annie Golden at Joe’s Pub, $20
8/25. 8 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood
8/25-26, 8:30 PM darkly incisive Middle Eastern-infused saxophonist Uri Gurvich and his Quartet play the album release show for their new one at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20
8/25, 10 PM irrepressibly funny, guitarishly erudite all-star Americana four-piece the Yayhoos – the Del-Lords’ Eric Ambel, the Georgia Satellites’ Dan Baird, bassist Keith Christopher and drummer/singer Terry Anderson – at Hill Country, $20
8/25, 10 PM 60s janglerock/psych-pop legends the Flamin Groovies at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec
8/25, 10 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Otto’s
8/25-26, 10:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quintet at Smalls
8/25, 10:30 PM anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta at Pine Box Rock Shop
8/25, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at the Well
8/26, 2:30 PM young Hindustani crooner Shankhadip Chakraborty ($15) followed at 3:30 by Carnatic Power playing innovative Indian guitar music ($15 separate adm)- part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place
8/26, 3 PM in reverse order: cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor – Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park
8/26, 6 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna do their Irish thing at Pete’s
8/26, 6 PM pianist Jesse Cook plays works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Faure at the DiMenna Center, $20
8/26, 7 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster provide musical interludes for a cemetery stroll commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn, with18th century food and maybe a ghost or two at Green-Wood Cemetery, $25
8/26, 7:30 PM Syrian bandleader Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble play lushly orchestrated Middle Eastern classics by Umm Kulthumm, Hafez and Mohammed Abdel Wahab at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail.
8/26, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes
8/26, 8:30 PM a rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by the brilliant Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico
8/26, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15
8/26, midnight ferociously catchy. fearlessly populist ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
8/27, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free
8/27, 2 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir outside of India – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient themes – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $25 tix avail
8/27, 3 PM Cantata Profana perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don
8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park
8/27, 4 PM New Asia Chamber Music Society play music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec
8/27, 7 PM French violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Yerushe ensemble singing womens’ Yiddish folk songs followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
8/27, 8 PM Silencio play Twin Peaks themes and originals in a similar creepy vein at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec
8/27, 8:30-/10 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
8/28. 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays Olivier Messiaen’s birdcall-themed Catalogue d’Oiseaux at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
8/28, 8 PM dark, swirly lo-fi surf/garage band the Shivas – gotta love that name – at Alphaville, $10
8/28, 9 PM trippy improvised sounds in reverse order: guitarist Chris Cochrane’s Collapsible Shoulder, haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet, Booker Stardrum & vibraphonist/composer Sam Sowyrda at Secret Project Robot: 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusio St., $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc
8/29-30, 5 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks co-founder) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane in the courtyard out back of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 455 Madison Ave., free
8/29, 7 PM perennially interesting, irrepressible Brooklyn Raga Massive honcho/drummer Sameer Gupta plays his Indian jazz project A Circle Has No Beginning first with a violin/flute/percussion trio, then leading what’s basically the Massive itself at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
8/29, 7 PM a rare reunion of hilarious metal spoofers Satanicide – NYC’s answer to Spinal Tap – at the Mercury, $10
8/29, 7 PM Inkarayku play Peruvian psychedelic folk at Gantry Plaza State Park
8/30, noon a really good twinbill: dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia band Karikatura and chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/30, 7 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and adventurous jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire premiere new duo pieces at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec
8/30, 8/10:30 PM gonzo postbop piano with the Dred Scott Trio at Mezzrow, $20
8/30, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Bar Lunatico
8/30, 8:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
8/30, 9 PM oldschool-style Texas honkytonk crooner Dale Watson at Hill Country, $20
8/30, 9 PM flamenco guitarist Mariano Manzella at Freddy’s
8/31, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum
8/31, 7:30 PMa very rare US appearance by the feral, improvisational Munich-based Jazzrausch Bigband at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
8/31, 8:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Freddy’s
8/31, 10 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes
8/31, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls
9/1, if you’re going to the stadium to see the Yankees get their asses kicked by the Red Sox, get there early because the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile is playing at 5:45 for no extra charge.
9/26, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper – make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec