Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2018
Daily updates – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.
If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.
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.
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.
If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)
Beginning on 8/15, 5:30 PM and continuing on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier, this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival is as amazing as it was last year. Scroll down for individual show lineups
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, beverages and lively conversation included!
Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35, through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4. Click the link above for dates which continue through 9/2.
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 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, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
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
Thursdays at 8 in August 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 Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!
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
Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM in August at Bargemusic; usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in August, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Barbes. He’s not doing it for the money (he wrote the theme to NPR’s Fresh Air). He’s doing this for fun and you can be part of it. He’s also leading a quartet at Bar Lunatico on 8/26 at 8:30
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; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.
Sundays in August, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
8/1, noon hauntingly kinetic Peruvian psychedelic folk band Inti & the Moon at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/1, 5:30 PM trippy tropicalia jamband Locos Por Juana at Bryant Park
8/1, 6 PM an Afro-Cuban dance party with Los Habaneros at Madison Square Park
8/1, 6:30 PM this era’s foremost swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library
8/1, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Church Square Park, Park Ave & 4th St., Hoboken
8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel play work inspired by Adrienne Rich’s vision of love without exploitation at the Jazz Gallery
8/1-2, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, $25
8/1, 8 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the Bitter End. They’re also at Sidewalk on 8/26 at 8 for free
8/1-5, 8:30/10:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30
8/1, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar
8/2, 5 PM Bahian percussion powerhouse Dende and band followed by iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Chambers Plaza in Newark
8/2, 7 PM the NYChillharmonic – arguably NYC’s most individualistic large ensemble, with art-rock grandeur, jazz instrumentation and a powerful frontwoman on the mic – at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. They SLAYED at Littlefield back in May.
8/2, 7 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio– like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park
8/2, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her s leads her quintet followed at 10:30 PM by bassist Matt Pavolka’s wry, incisively rhythmic, drummerless Horns Band at Smalls
8/2, 7:30/9:30 PM strange and potentially smoldering improvisations and maybe some hip-hop with Kassa Overall – drums; Vijay Iyer – piano ;Ravi Coltrane – saxophone; Evan Flory-Barnes – bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25
8/2, 7:30 PM three bass-led improvisational situations: Brandon Lopez solo, the Jozwiak/Swanson/Zenkoff Trio and the Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Weasel Walter Trio at Arete Gallery, $10
8/2, 8 PM Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you weren’t aware) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes
8/2, 9 PM noirish crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his four-piece band at 11th St Bar
8/2, 9 PM popular 90s-style alt-country with Rusty Truck at Hill Country
8/2, 9:30 PM sardonic C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop
8/2, 10 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his sextet at the Fat Cat
8/3, 7:30/9:30 PM a first-class big band plays new large-ensemble work by jazz composers Matt Holman, Brian Krock and Anna Webber at the Jazz Gallery, $25
8/3, 8 PM Dromeno play fiery Greek and Balkan dance music at the Jalopy, $10
8/3, 8 PM all-female vocal chamber group Quince Ensemble sing works by Kate Soper, Amy Beth Kirsten, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, Gilda Lyons, Pascal Dusapin, and more followed by catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes
8/3, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at the Parkside
8/3-4, 8/10 PM Mike LeDonne takes a relatively rare turn on piano with Peter Washington on bass at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
8/3, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/23,
8/3, 8:30 PM the Asian Cultural Symphony of the U.S.A play classical Chinese repertoire at Bryant Park
8/3, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord
8/3, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat
8/4, 3ish 60s-style bossa-influenced psych-pop band the Jay Vons outdoors at Union Pool, free
8/4, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes
8/4, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues
8/4, 8 PM three loud metal-influenced bands open for female-fronted new wavers: instrumental sludgecore band Apollo’s Ghost, serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors, metalpunks the US Americans and the New Tarot at Bowery Ballroom, $12 adv tix avail at the Mercury
8/4, 8 PM Lone Piñon and Tepeyolotli play New Mexican border folk sounds at the Jalopy, $10
8/4, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman with Nick Dunston on bass at Scholes St. Studios
8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 10 gloomy surfed-up Russian prison songs with the Vivisectors, at 11 majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC and at midnight the possibly very well-named, metalish Tiki Torture
8/4, 9 PM the deliciously jangly, melancholy Pale Lights – like the Church at their poppiest – and eternally popular, similarly catchy psych-pop road warriors the Essex Green at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec
8/4, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis. She’s also there on 8/28.
8/5, 1 PM 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 Jefferson Market Garden out back of the playground behind the BMCC campus on Chambers St. 8/10 at 4 (four) PM they’re at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.
8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.
8/5, 1 PM wild live techno band Bombrasstico at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/5, 2 PM Pistolette play Afrobeat at Coney Island Baby, free
8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/5, 7 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and band reinvent Strayhorn tunes followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Bernard is also at the small room at the Rockwood on 8/13 at 11 PM
8/5, 8 PM majestic noir cabaret/tango/Mediterranean band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail
8/5, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A
8/5, 9ish sludgy but tuneful metal band Earnest Gallows at the Cobra Club, $tba
8/6, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita playing space cumbia
8/6, 7 PM lively, relatively rocking indie classical string band Founders at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/6, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost followed by similarly fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – at Pete’s
8/7, 7 PM potential trainwreck, potential transcendence: BEACHFACE. Highly spontaneous collective compositions from an adventurous ensemble of Brooklyn improvisers. John Carlson (trumpet) and Shawn McGloin (bass) from Free Range Rat, Tim Vaughn (trombone) from Gato Loco and Chris Stromquist (drums) from Slavic Soul Party! followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party
8/7, 7 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan with a dance ensemble at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
8/7, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 8/14
8/7, 7:0 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a quintet at Smalls
8/7, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Johnathan Blake on drums recording a live album at the Jazz Gallery $15
8/7, 8 PM Moppa Elliott‘s Unspeakable Garbage – a potentially LMFAO Mostly Other People Do the Killing facsimile with Bryan Murray – sax, Nick Millevoi – guitar, Ron Stabinsky – piano, Moppa Elliott – bass, Dan Monaghan – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
8/7, 8 PM edgy, historically-inspired newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood
8/7, 8:30 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift at Bar Lunatico
8/7-13, 8:30;10:30 PM purist postbop guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel leads a trio at the Vanguard. Then he’s here with a quartet through the 19th.
8/7. 9:30 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Bar Chord
8/8, noon charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
8/8, 5:30 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane at Bryant Park
8/8, 6:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library
8/8, 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.
8/8, 7:30/9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Minton’s, $10
8/8, 8 PM irrepressible klezmer violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Titi Parisienne ensemble playing French songs of displacement with her trio featuring ex-Chicha Libre keyboardist Josh Camp on accordion at Barbes
8/8, 8 PM improvisationally-inclined Madrid-based pan-latin jazz chanteuse Aurora Arteaga and band at Club Bonafide, $15
8/8, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
8/8. 10 PM Savak – who rehash Wire as well as anybody else ever has – at Coney Island Baby, $10
8/9, 5 PM Maceo Parker of the JBs at Chambers Plaza in Newark
8/9, 6:30 PM powerhouse tropicalia chanteuse Xenia Rubinos in the sculpture garden at MOMA, free w/museum adm
8/9, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – plays “a very special [spectacularly surreal, snarky] show of reinterpretations of songs by the Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins” – what, no Eagles? at Pangea
8/9, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Fat Cat. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.
8/9, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart play whispery music on instruments like of glass bowls at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
8/9, 8 PM a short set by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed by a screening of Maxim Pozdorovkin’s hilarious/terrifying documentary Our New President, “a vodka-soaked, fever-dream documentary of Donald Drumpf’s rise to power as told by Russian propaganda” on the roof of the American Can Factory, 232 3rd St north of 3rd Ave., Gowanus, F/R to 9th St., $16, free booze to follow
8/9, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by theatrical avant-garde drummer Sean Noonan leading his band playing the album release show for his new one Aqua Diva at Barbes (note $10 cover for the headliners)
8/10, 5:30 PM weird segues, enticing triplebill: plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell, avant garde jazz chanteuse May Cheung and brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot & the Stray Dogs at the American Folk Art Museum
8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/10, 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/10, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical, pensive jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes
8/10, 8 PM feral, hypnotic Afro-Colombian trance-dance band Tribu Baharu at Bryant Park
8/10, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen and fiery oldtime string band guitarist Jackson Lynch at the Owl
8/10-12, 8 PM this summer’s Latino punk festival at Brooklyn Bazaar, short sets by too many bands to name, heavy on the hardcore, the festival link is here, $tba
8/10, 9 PM Austin bluegrass guitarist/singer Talia Bryce followed at 10 by fellow Texan oldtimey band the Troll Smashers and 11 by fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s. Lizzie’s also at the small room at the Rockwood at 11 on 8/24.
8/10, 9:30 PM darkly sizzling original surf rock band the Black Flamingos play surf at the Gutter, $5
8/10, 10 PM pyrotechnic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans with homemade instrument builder/percussionist Levy Lorenzo followed by the prosaically branded but mesmerizing Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel at Wonders of Nature
8/10-11, 10:30 PM hard-charging alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads his quartet at Smalls
8/10, 10:30 PM Max’s era-style punks the NY Junk play the album release show for their new one at Coney Island Baby, $10
8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses – which could include you – sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park
8/11, 3 PM ish swirling, feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita outdoors at Union Pool, free
8/11, 4ish the lavish Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of the Wonder Wheel
8/11, 5 PM an extremely rare solo show by the crystalline-voiced, savagely lyrical Mary Lee Kortes at Pete’s
8/11, 6 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester f – who’s doing a barrellhous take on hypnotic Philip Glass-ine composition lately – followed at 8 by chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s kinetic French-Caribbean band Blue Dahlia and at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately- at Barbes
8/11, 7 PM sizzling, haunting, psychedelic Turkish string band Neotolia at Joe’s Pub, $15
8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s thundering, tidally shifting two-guitar/two-drum Triple Double at the Jazz Gallery, $25
8/11, 7 PM Markus Reuter (Berlin), Mark Wingfield (London), Tim Motzer (Philadelphia), and Doug Hirlinger (NYC/Philadelphia) in a guitar trio plus drums. The late set starting at 9 is a talent-packed quadruple bill with Ikue Mori solo, Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado, Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk at Arete Gallery, free
8/11, 8 PM masterful improvisational camaraderie with Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray – Matthew Shipp, Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, Kevin Ray – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
8/11, 8 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs
8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/11, 9 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord
8/11, 10 PM the Muslim & a Mexican play classic psychedelic Farsi funk from the 60s and 70s at the old Nublu, $10
8/12, 1 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/12, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 8/26
8/12, 3 PM acerbic indie classical duo String Noise at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City, N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm
8/12, 4 PM amazingly psychedelic, cross-pollinated Indian sounds with the Women’s Raga Massive at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, Flushing, free w/garden adm
8/12, 6 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and cornetist Kirk Knuffke duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery
8/12, 7:30 PM a haunting Tunisian/Palestinian twinbill: singer Sonia M’barek & oudist/violinist Simon Shaheen with his funky Qantara group at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
8/12, 7:30 PM a short set by irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk
8/13, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent at Mezzrow, $15 at the bar
8/13, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides, plus appearances by Valerie June, Jojo Abot, Ayo, Deva Mahal, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Annabella Sciorra, Abby Dobson, Shakina Nayfack, Indya Moore and others at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, free, early arrival advised (doors at 7:30
8/13, 8:30 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Bar Lunatico
8/13-16, 8/10:30 PM a rare summit meeting between trumpeter Roy Hargrove and soulful reedman Paquito D’Rivera at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. Hargrove is back leading his quintet here 8/28-31.
8/13, 8:30 PM the Vitamin String Quartet play faux-classical covers of all your favorite cheeseball radio hits at City Winery, $20 gen adm
8/13, 9:30ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes
8/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM golden-age large-ensemble postbop sounds with the Lee Konitz Nonet at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/14. 8 PM bassist Adam Minkoff leads a nine-piece rock band with horns playing his original arrangements of Stravinsky works at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
8/14-15, 8:30 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine leads a trio at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
8/14, 9ish tuneful, smartly lyrical songwriter and slashing guitarist Jennifer O’Connor and her band at Wonders of Nature
8/14, 9 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Coney Island Baby, $12
8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Phil Passantino (Cajun + Zydeco), Maestro Tito Castro (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Foncho Castellar (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Gregory Grene (Irish Rock), Eduardo de Carvalho (Brazilian Forró), Christina Crowder (Klezmer & Moldavian Folk), Jenny Luna (amazing Balkan + Turkish), Susan Hwang (wryly literary Blues + Soul), Jody Kruskal (Concertina: Old Americana), Dmitry Sokolovsky (Retro, Samba, Musette + Jazz), Nathan Koci (American and English Folk Tunes), and Barry Adler (German + Austrian)
8/15, 6 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Madison Square Park
8/15, 6 PM sitar player Abhik Mukherjee at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
8/15, 9 PM haunting all-acoustic symphonic art-rock band the Arcane Insignia at the Delancey, $10
8/16, 7:15 PM this year’s sublime Drive East Festival of Indian music continues with the epic, mesmerizing Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir in this hemisphere – at LaMama, 66 E 4th St, $22 tix avail
8/16, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
8/16, 8ish an amazing original roots music triplebill: badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, oldtimey Americana duo the Hawkins Brothers and wildly hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don
8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM reedman Brian Krock’s titanic 20-piece jazz orchestra Big Heart Machine – conducted by Miho Hazama and featuring the spectacular Arcoiris Sandoval on piano – at the Jazz Gallery, $15
8/16-19, 7:30/9:30 PM high-voltage vibraphonist Warren Wolf and his Quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/16, 8 PM eclectic, vivid Colombian pianist Ricardo Gallo with Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Sam Kulik: trombone; Satoshi Takeishi: drums followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites careening through classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes
8/16, 8:30 PM riveting, incisive oudist Brandon Terzic with 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 – at the Jalopy, $15. Terzic is also at Barbes on 8/29 at 8.
8/16, 9 PM indie powepop icons Guided By Voices at Industry City Courtyard, 274 36th St, Sunset Park, D/R to 36th St., $25 tix avail at the Bell House box ofc
8/17, 5:30 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the American Folk Art Museum
8/17, 6 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Bryant Park
8/17, 10 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band at the Jalopy, $10
8/17, 8 PM a collaboration between wildly eclectic bluegrass/Taiwanese folk guitaris/songwriter Chalaw Basiwali and Malagasy griot Kilema at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, under 18 free w.ID
8/17, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes
8/17, 7:30 PM baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian leads her killer LSQ quartet with Helen Sung on piano at Smalls
8/11, 8 PM jazz violinist Frederika Krier & her quartet Molecular Vibrations at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs
8/17, 8 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost
8/17, 8:30 PM future hall of famers the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Mary Halvorson – guitar at I-Beam, $15
8/17, midnight, this era’s most intensely powerful tenor sax guy, JD Allen runs the jam session at Smalls. Hell, he could sleep here afterward
8/18, 1 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/18, 1/3 PM the Collaborative Arts Ensemble play southern US-inspired works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Johnny Cash,Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancin at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free
8/18, 6 PM trippy downtempo/postrock band Droneship followed at 7 by rockabilly band the Lexingtons at the Delancey
8/18, 7:30 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts solo on tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery. At 9:30 she plays a duo set with drummer Gerald Cleaver, $25
8/18, 7:30/9:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor – Charenee Wade leads her group at Minton’s, $10
8/18, 8:30 PM Unheard Of Ensemble play works by Christopher Stark, Margaret Shedel, Reiko Füting, Erin Rogers and Tonia Ko at Spectrum
8/18, 9ish crunchy Italian stoner doom metal band Megatherium at the Cobra Club, $tba
8/18, 10 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beatat Shrine
8/18. 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis
8/18. 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station
8/18, 9:30 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Freddy’s
8/19, 1 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/19, 7 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at the Mercury, $10
8/19, 7:30 PM Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux plays a live ensemble soundtrack to the 1923 silent film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play Salomé. at National Sawdust, $17 adv tix rec
8/19, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay plays her bday show at the Treehouse at 2A
8/19, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic, windswept lapsteel soundscapes with Rainer Maria guitarslinger Kaia Fischer and freak-folk eeriness with Uke of Spaces at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don
8/20, 7:30 PM a rare U.S. appearance by legendary Russian folk singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Sergei Starostin with his Virtual Village Ensemble playing medieval sounds at the Fridman Gallery, $20
8/20-22, 8/10:30 PM trumpeter Christian Scott and band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail
8/20, 9 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
8/20, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat
8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her Quintet: electric on the 21st and acoustic on the 22nd at the Jazz Standard
8/21, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall
8/21-25, 8:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell leads a series of duos with various drummers at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: how to decide? 8/22 with Kenny Wollesen or 8/24 with Johnathan Blake? 8/29 at 7 PM Frisesll plays a rare duo show with Ikue Mori on percussion at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec. He’s also at Russ & Daughters – smallest venue he’s ever played – on 8/30 for FREE. Get there early
8/21, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
8/21, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
8/22, 1 PM a NYC bluegrass band twinbill with Bluegrass Collusion and Sheriff & the Deputy at the triangle at 66th and Broadway
8/22, 5:30 PM night two of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes John Sherman (Cajun, Appalachian + Blues), Tinta Roja (Argentine Bandoneón + Guitar), El Toro de la Sierra (Mexican Norteño), Dan Gurney (Traditional Irish), Felipe Hostins (Northeast Brazilian), Mary Spencer Knapp (French, Pop + Soul), Nathan Rivera (Gypsy Blues), The Bumper Crop Boys (Blues and Country), Yuri Lemeshev (World, Classical + Jazz), Sam Reider (American Roots), Erica Mancini (Jazz, Blues + Country), and Mario Tacca (French Musette + Waltz).
8/22, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood
8/23, 5 PM oldschool Dirty Jerz hip-hop with pioneering female rapper Rah Digga at Chambers Plaza in Newark
8/23, 5:30 PM string ensemble Leadlights play works by Kyle Werner, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound
8/23, 6 PM oldschool salsa dura with Los Habaneros under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the York St. subway and follow the sound
8/23, 6:30 PM Tom Csatari & Uncivilized Orchestra at Pioneer Works, free. Brooklyn’s most interesting jazz guitarist survives a brush with death and reemerges with his careening nine-ish piece band – an event not to miss
8/23, 7:30/9 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a quartet with David Virelles on piano at Minton’s, $10
8/23, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega followed at 10 by allstar violinist and drummer Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Barbes
8/23, 8:30 PM bassist Ben Allison teams up with noir-inspired pianist Frank Kimbrough & guitarist Steve Cardenas at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
8/23, 10 PM twangy oldschool C&W band Girls Guns & Glory – who actually don’t embarrass themselves with their Hank Williams covers – at Hill Country
8/23, 10 PMtrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob at the old Nublu, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc
8/24, 5:30 PM blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – and vivacious, badass all-female oldtimey string band the Dead Sea Sisters at the American Folk Art Museum
8/24-25, 10:30 PM innovative, erudite jazz organist Jared Gold leads his quartet at Smalls
8/25, 3 PM the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free
8/25, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Castle Clinton in Battery Park
8/25, 7 PM the intricately polyrhythmic eight-piece Chhandayan Tabla Ensemble followed by Sougata Roy Chowdhury on sarod with Monir Hossain on tabla at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20
8/25, 7 PM pianist David Greilsammer “takes a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth in a solo recital that spans musical eras,” with a centerpiece of Leoš Janáček’s darkly cinematic suite “On An Overgrown Path” at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec
8/25, 10 PM sludgy, ornate Detroit metal band Acid Witch at St. Vitus, $12
8/25. 10 PM Danaya Band play Malian and Afrobeat sounds at Silvana
8/26, 3 PM the trio of Adam O’Farrill, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross, Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park
8/26, 4 PM Music Against Mass Incarceration at Secret Project Robot with lo-fi janglerock/C&W songwriter Colin Langenus, Americana songstress Erin Durant, first-class lo-fi stoner jamband Rhyton, that guy from the former Pleasure Unit, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers and no-wave funksters Guerilla Toss, all proceeds to benefit Just Leadership USA and the fight to shut down Rikers Island $15
8/26, 7 PM Perspectives Ensemble play works by Manuel de Falla at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St south of Houston, free
8/26, 7 PM Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at Central Park Summerstage
8/26, 10 PM stampeding, merciless Savannah metal band Black Tusk at St. Vitus, $18
8/26, 10 PM swirly, dancey/dreamy, vaguely 80s inflected stadium rock band Mars Motel at the Delancey, $12
8/27, 8ish irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Troost
8/27, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
8/27, 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes
8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.
8/28, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord
8/29, 5:30 PM night three of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Kenny Margolis (Zydeco + Blues), David Hodges (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Harold Rodriguez (Colombian Vallenato), Annmarie Acosta (Williams Traditional Irish), Rob Curto (Brazilian Bluegrass), Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band (Eastern European Klezmer), Melissa Elledge (Rock + Pop), George Saenz (Music from Texas-Mexico Border), Smörgåsbandet (Scandinavian), Earl Accordionist (Polka, French + Tango), Mindra Sahadeo (Harmonium: South Asian), and Rachelle Garniez (arguably this era’s greatest and most colorful, magnetic songwriter)
8/29, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society at the Jazz Standard, $30
8/29, 8:30 PM epically prolific, fearless, monumentally tuneful pianist Satoko Fujii leads her trio at i-Beam, $15, get there early
8/29, 10:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood
8/30, 5:30 PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Schubert, Debussy and others at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound
8/30-9/2, 7:30/9:30 PM purist pianist Cyrus Chestnut and Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White at the Jazz Standard
8/30, 8:30 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano at City Winery, $15
8/30, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes
8/31, 6 PM 80s style goth/dreampop band Shadow Age at Elsewhere, $12
8/31, 7:30 PM the glimmering, noir-inspired Tom Beckham on vibes with Peter Slavov on bass and George Schuller on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12
8/31, 8 PM klezmer-jazz icon Anthony Coleman on piano and organ with Doug Wieselman – clarinets and Brad Jones – bass; Chris Cochrane – guitar and Brian Chase – drums followed by a rare club show by busker legends the Xylopholks at Barbes. Let’s see how far they get in those sweaty animal onesies and masks!
8/31, 8 PM Yoon-Ji Lee’s “Sunday Supper”“Sunday Supper” (Korean title: “저녁식사”), “an experimental chamber opera loosely inspired by the 2007 novel “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang” with electroacoustic Korean music and instrumental backing, plus a dance work in progress by Adrianne Aguilar at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix red
9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free
9/5, 5:30 PM night four of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Laren Droll (Cajun + Zydeco), Laura Vilche (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Nain de los M-1 Sangre de Reyes (Norteño Music from Mexico), Patty Furlong (Traditional Irish Music), Cordeone (Portuguese Fado), Ilya Shneyveys (Traditional + Original Klezmer), Eva Salina and Peter Stan (Vintage Balkan Roma Ballads), Mira Stroika (Pop Cabaret), Albert Behar (French Musette + Gypsy Jazz), Alan Morrow (Waltzes, Tango + Blues), Papa Bavarian (German Oktoberfest), and Burlap Don Simons (American Swing).
9/6, 6 PM singer Jessy Carolina’s torchy cabaret band Shanghai Mermaid under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the York St. subway and follow the sound
9/7, 6 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the American Folk Art Museum
9/12, 5:30 PM night five of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, short sets by musicians scattered across the park lawn to prevent any sonic interference. Lineup includes Julie Winterbottom (Cajun Music from Louisiana), Javier Sánchez (Bandoneón: Argentine Tango), Sadys Rodrigo Espitia (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato), Ellen Lindstrom “The Swedish Meatball” (Scandinavian Music), Vitor Gonçalves (Brazilian Choro + Forró), Shoko Nagai (Japanese + Jewish), Maestro (Electronic Balkan Music), Papa Joe De Clemente (Italian + American Standards), Will Holshouser (Jazz + Folk), Ismail Butera (Ancient Mediterranean), Ryan O’Donnell + Friends (Ukrainian), and Guillermo Vaisman (Coastal Argentine Chamamé).
9/14, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s amazing Bryant Park Accordion Festival with full sets by Shashmaqam (hauntin Bukharan Jewish music and and Central Asian dance), João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Batuko and Funaná from Cape Verde), a lame Patti Smith wannabe on harmonium, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (sizzling Pugliese folk dances), and Rimel (Norteño music from Mexico).
9/20 Red Baraat guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, Hearing Things organist JP Schlegelmilch and Alasnoaxis drummer Jim Black bought a vintage Yamaha organ and play the release show for their killer, psychedelic new trio album Visitors at Nublu 151
9/21, 8 PM sizzling oudist Mohamed Abozekry and Karade play haunting, serpentine Egyptian music from across the centuries at Roulette, $25/$20 stud/srs
9/29 lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time/price tba
10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park