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 ;)
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.
7/18-29, 8 PM the International Keyboard Festival features a whole slew of top-tier piano talent playing classical repertoire from standard to obscure at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave at 68th St. Most concerts are $20/$10 stud/srs. Too many acts to mention, the full lineup is here.
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 July, 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 July, 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 July, 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 July 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 July 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.
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 July, 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 at 5 PM in July, the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – leads a series of groups at Barbes
Sundays in July, 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.
7/1, 2 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only African-American bluegrass and oldtimey string band – at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave
7/1, 2PM-ish punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
7/1, 4 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar
7/1, 5 PM all-female merengue tipica band Cocomama at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, C to 163rd St.
7/1, 5 PM intriguingly lyrical chamber-pop band Paper Citizen followed at 6 by cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey and then eventually at midnight by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at the small room at the Rockwood
7/1, 5 PM spellbinding vocal quartet Monteverdi & Bartók – Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjési, Marisa Michelson and Sara Serpa – join forces with a chamber ensemble and the Choral Society of the Hamptons to find unexpected connections between the two composers at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St., $10 adv tix rec
7/1, 6 PM Ben Goldberg on clarinet dueling it out with drummer Gerald Cleaver followed by the magically improvisational trio of Josh Sinton on baritone sax, Todd Neufeld on guitar and Giacomo Merega on bass at Downtown Music Gallery
7/1, 7 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
7/1, 8/9:30 PM an amazing duo collaboration: lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer with similarly brilliant trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at Mezzrow, $20. Then Keezer is with Steve Wilson on drums the following night, 7/2 and with Donny McCaslin on tenor on 7/5.
7/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis. She’s also at Bar Chord on 7/18 at 9.
7/1, 9 PM lush, hypnotic slowcore/postrockers Bing & Ruth at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec
7/1, 10 PM incendiary, politically fearless postrock-soulpunk-soundtrack band Algiers at Elsewhere, $20
7/1, 10:30 PM catchy soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls
7/2, 6 PM terse, hypnotic Indian classical acoustic guitarist Camila Celin at the Fat Cat
7/2, 7 PM Bodega – a female-fronted update on the Gang of 4 – at Rough Trade, free
7/2, 7 PM bassists Tom Shad and Jair-Rohm Parker Wells improvise with purposefully brilliant violinist Concetta Abbate), then Abbate plays solo at 8 followed at 9 by singers Lauren Lee and Andrea Wolper at Silvana
7/2, 7 PM novelist Simeon Marsalis and pianist Chris Pattishall explore grim themes of mortality at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade
7/2, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington. They’re also at Troost on 7/4at 9:30 and on 7/19 at 8:30 at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights
7/2, 8 PM adventurous, noir-inspired theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck with crooner Theo Bleckmann at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
7/3, 7:30 PM pianist Michael Reisman plays Philip Glass’ original score to a screening of the remake of Dracula at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
7/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes
7/3, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s
7/4, 7:30 PM the Mambo Legends Orchestra play the Tito Puente classics they played with him 40 years ago at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadelupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn. They’re at the Lincoln Center Atrium that same night at around 8.
7/5, 5ish powerhouse Malian chanteuse Oumou Sangare and band at Central Park Summerstage
7/5, 6 PM hot 20s swing from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the York St. subway and follow the sound
7/5, 7 PM mesmerizing Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park. 7/7, 3 PM they’re at Union Pool, free
7/5, 7 PM tastefully guitar-fueled Rocky Mountain badlands blues band Blue Moon Marquee at Terra Blues, $10
7/5, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman’s duo with drummer Brian Chase at Arete Gallery, $10
7/5, 8 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at at Barbes
7/5, 9 PM volcanically tuneful noise-punk band the Skull Practitioners – led by Jason Victor from Steve Wynn’s similarly incendiary band – at Coney Island Baby, $12
7/5, 9:15 PM epic female-fronted Indian carnatic gothic/slowcore band Sita Virgin at the big room at the Rockwood
7/5, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis
7/5, 10 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 7/10 at 7.
7/6, 7 PM Jerry Drake and the Front Page Big Band play classic 30s swing at the Knockdown Center, $10
7/6, 7:30 PM Naomi & Her Handsome Devils play the devil’s music, a.k.a. hot 20s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/6, 8 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
7/6, 8ish tersely imagistic folk noir and rainy-day 4AD sounds with Jaye Bartell at Wonders of Nature, $10
7/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle followed by horn-driven psychedelic band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes. Los Cumples (we can call them that, right?) are also there on 7/9 at 9:30ish
7/6, 8 PM accordionist TC Costello plays “mafia punk” followed at 9 by reputedly high-energy Americana string band the Psychobillys at the Way Station
7/6, 8/9:30 PM the smoky, torchy Harry Allen (tenor sax), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass) at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
7/6-7, 8:30 PM fiery Middle Eastern guitarist Eyal Maoz at the Stone at the New School
7/6, 9 PM edgy, glam-inflected girlpunk band Damsel at Pete’s
7/6, 9 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owlsat FM Jersey City $7
7/6, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Otto’s
7/6, 9ish haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina with whirlwind accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl
7/6, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his inventive nonet with powerful belter Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar
7/6, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat
7/6, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at at the small room at the Rockwood
7/7, 1/3 PM avant garde guitar quartet Dither play works of Eve Beglarian, Josh Lopes, Lisa Renée Coons, Gyan Riley, James Moore & Taylor Levine at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free
7/7, 1 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways. 7/14 at 10 they’re at Sidewalk
7/7, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s
7/7, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD at Springfield Park, 147th and Springfield Blvds at the far edge of Queens
7/7, 7:30 PM Heybale play honkytonk and western swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/7, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and similarly dark guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu play the album release show for their stormy, hauntingly nebulous new war-themed album Dictatorial at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.
7/7, 7/9 PM tenor saxophonist Tom Scott and the Rich Shemaria Big Band at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free
7/7, 8 PM Iranian pianist, violinist and singer Saman Samadi’s Apām Napāt trio with clarinetist and saxophonist Blaise Siwula, and buchla player Hans Tammen at Scholes St. Studios
7/7, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk
7/7, 8 PM the Duchess vocal trio – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – salute the great 30s swing girl groups at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk
7/7 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with mysterious Connecticut band Renegade Lounge, at 10 guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave, at 11 jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones and at midnight metalish Providence band the Infra-Men
7/7, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at the Owl
7/7, 10 PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at C’Mon Everybody, $13
7/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar
7/8, 6ish in reverse order: newschool lovers rock crooner Kabaka Pyramid, the surprisingly vital version of what’s left of popular 70s roots reggae band Third World and ubiquitous loverman Barrington Levy at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates since this is a corporate venue
7/8, 7 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Pier One on the upper west
7/8, 7 PM pianist Jose Menor plays Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards” in its entirety at Spectrum
7/8, 7 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein plays Ornette Coleman works solo at Downtown Music Gallery
7/8, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls
7/8, 8 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play works by Shin-ichirō Ikebe, Philip Cashian, and James Primrosch in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm
7/8, 8ish haunting, purposeful viola improvisations with Jessica Pavone at Troost
7/8, 9 PM 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
7/7, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at Bowery Electric, $10
7/9, 7 PM soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom with Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free
7/9, 9 PM the Trump Beatles – who do hilarious political satire set to classic Fab Four tunes – deep in Republican Bushwick at Pine Box Rock Shop
7/10, 7 PM the extraordinary Ahreum Han plays a program TBA on the organ at Riverside Church, $20/$15 stud/srs
7/10, 7 PM the Dave Pietro Group with Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Gary Versace, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free, wow
7/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar
7/10, 7:30 PM wild newschool Puerto Rican salsa dura big band Orquesta El Macabeo at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/10, 7:30 PM A Far Cry play Divertimento in F – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Symphony No. 3 – Philip Glass; Divertimento for String Orchestra – Bartók at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.
7/10, 8 PM oldschool Cuban mambo jazz with Orquesta Akokán at National Sawdust, $20 adv tid rec
7/10-14, 8:30 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School,$20
7/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Russell Malone leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30
7/10, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls
7/11, 5 PM the mighty all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides at Elsewhere, $15
7/11, 6 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuño play the album release show for their new one at the Argentinian Consulate, 12 W 56th St, free, reception to follow. Their most recent show at Barbes was gorgeously spare and lyrical.
7/11, 6 PM flamenco duo Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández on Bwy betw 42/43
7/11, 7 PM abrasively tasty, growling postrock crew Grex – who do a twisted, iconoclastically noisy version of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme – at Holo, $10. 7/12 at 10:30 PM they’re at Pine Box Rock Shop followed by imaginative bassist Shayna Dunkelman leading a trio with Lim Yan and Grey McMurray
7/11, 7:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/11, 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at St Vitus, $10
7/11, 8:30ish golden age hip-hop meets the new school: the album release show for 38 SPESH & Kool G Rap’s new one “Son of G Rap” featuring guest appearances from NORE, Anthony Hamilton, Cormega, AZ, and many more at Drom, $20. It’s 38 Spesh’s NYC debut show too.
7/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also there on 7/29 at 7.
7/12, 6 PM a rare return gig by upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the York St. subway and follow the sound
7/12, 6:30 PM feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Queens, free
7/12, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7, brooding Finnish jazz pianist and composer Anni Koski at Scandinavia House, $15
7/12, 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 – covers Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins at Pangea. What’s missing from this list? THE EAGLES. No joke. Ok, it’s a joke but you have to hear her Hotel California.
7/12, 7 PM oldschool-style, accordion-fueled vallenato punks Very Be Careful and alternately rustic and techy tropicalians Systema Solar at Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave and Vernon Blvd in Queens, F to 21st St. and walk to the water
7/12, 7 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers at Joe’s Pub, $15
7/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis salutes a hundred years of women songwriters at 55 Bar
7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer JK Kim leads a smoldering quartet including Chris McCarthy – piano and Noah Preminger – tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery, $15
7/12, 7:30 PM the 12-piece oldschool Afro-Cuban salsa group Orquesta Akokán at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/12, 8 PM intense bassist Brandon Lopez is joined by saxophonist Steve Baczkowski in a duet that ostensibly “tests the limits of the musicians’ endurance” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec
7/13, 6 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum
7/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar
7/13, 7 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane’s Caparundi – envisioning a magical and colorful place where Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean blend together – at National Sawdust, $20
7/13, 7:30 PM edgy, punk-inspired female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix at Coney Island Baby, $12
7/13, 8:30 PM terse, anthemic dark folk/Americana songwriter Lara Taubman at Sidewalk
7/13, 8 PM Renee Goust – best known for her sarcastic feminist anthem “La Cumbia Feminazi” followed at 9:30 by similarly edgy oldschool-style cumbia band Elena & Los Fulanos and then at 11 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes
7/13, 8 PM electroacoustic composer Julia Santoli’s premieres her new project Burning Body of Love with bassist Zach Rowden, staged within a sculptural landscape at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don
7/13. 8;30 PM Innov Gnawa‘s irrepressible Samir Langus leads his psychedelic gnawa-rock band at Bar Lunatico
7/13, 9ish edgy, playful improvisation with Jessica Pavone (viola) and Nick Podgurski (synthesizer) at the Owl
7/13, 10 PM early zeros Lower East Side folk-rock icons the Kennedys at the Jalopy, $10
7/13. 10:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke
]7/13, 11 PM scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12
7/14, 2ish lo-fi British female-fronted janglerock band Girl Ray at Union Pool, free
7/14, 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 6 by surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J, at 8 by Gato Loco’s Stefan Zeniuk’s Green Mambo band and at 10 by wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta at Barbes
7/14, 5ish pensively lyrical, politically fearless Uruguayan folk-jazz singer Jorge Drexler at Central Park Summerstage
7/14, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra play their 14th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec
7/14, 7:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his tango-inspired Big Band at the Jazz Gallery $25
7/14, 8 PM wildly eclectic, female-fronted, politically fearless Mexican dance-rock band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $25
7/14, 8 PM Professor Cunningham & His Old School play New Orleans sounds at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk
7/14, 8:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group at Bar Lunatico
7/14, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord. 7/27-28 at 8 he’s at 68 Jay St. Bar and 7/29 at 9 PM he’s at Skinny Dennis
7/14, 11 PM antifascist oi punks Permanent Revolution at the Cobra Club, $tba
7/15, starting at 10 AM the annual Smith St. Provence Festival, bands TBA on Smith St. going south from Atlantic Ave in Cobble Hill
7/15 noon-5 PM the annual Bastille Day festival on 60th St between Lexington and 5th Ave. Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band march from the Park Ave stage a little before 3; at 3 sharp, fiery, angst-fueled French art-rockers La Jarry – dead ringers for Noir Desir – play the Park Ave. stage
7/15 2 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
7/15, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Ephemeral Birds play “songs of the passing time” with Ilya Shneyveys, accordion + guests followed at 7 PM by Los Aliens playing spacious cumbia-influenced keyboard-based jazz followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
7/15, 7 PM fearlessly political latin Caribbean rock band Galipote at Pier One on the upper west
7/15, 8 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco at the Gallow Green bar on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St.
7/15, 8 PM trumpeter James Rodriguez leads his quintet in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm
7/15, 8:30 PM hauntingly smoky noir cabaret chanteuse Little Annie with this era’s most brilliant rock pianist and organist, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch at Pangea $15. They’re also here on 7/19
7/16, 8 PM violin quartet the Modern Violin Ensemble play politically-charged works by Jordan Nelson, Evan Chambers, Daniel Wohl, and Jessica Meyer at Arete Gallery, $20 includes wine
7/16, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes
7/16, midnight torchy, clever retro Americana singer/guitarist Emily Julia Kresky at the small room at the Rockwood
7/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea
7/17, 7 PM popular bluegrass touring band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
7/17, 7 PM the Mead Mountain Resonators play oldschool bluegrass at the small room at the Rockwood
7/17-18. 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30
7/17, 7:30 PM Plinth with the magical, microtonal Sarah Bernstein on violin, the similarly acerbic Sean Moran on guitar and Brian Adler on drums at Wonders of Nature, $10
7/17, 7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play Within Her Arms – Anna Clyne; Armenian Folk Songs – Komitas; Idyll – Janáček and Hungarian Dances – Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat
7/17, 8 PM bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at the Bell House, $20 gen adm
7/17-22, 8:30/10 PM the acidically delicious Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek at the Vanguard
7/17, 10:30 PM pensive, thoughtful Caribbean/Canadian banjoist/songwriter Kaia Kater at Pete’s. Last time she was at Lincoln Center. What happened?
7/18, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
7/18, 5:30 PM Brave Combo – the world’s most paradigm-shifting polka band – at Bryant Park
7/18, 6 PM cellist Gjilberta Lucaj’s Piazzolla Trio play nuevo tango classics on Bwy betw 42/43
7/18, 7 PM live music from CASYM Steel Orchestra, Radamiz, and Chris Wattz followed by Khalik Allah’s populist new documentary about working class women in Jamaica, Black Mother, at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, N/W to Broadway, free
7/18, 7 PM “the entire history of Yiddish theater, from the sublime to the appalling, in 83 New York minutes… you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing, you’ll get nauseous,” with Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, and Steve Sterner, who describe themselves as being “of the younger generation of Yiddish theater veterans, i.e., under eighty.” at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15
7/18, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Drom: explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas playing the album release show for their new one, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco & the phenomenal Mavrothi Kontanis on oud, $10 adv tix rec. Greek Judas are also at Hank’s on 7/26 at around 9
7/18-19, 7 PM Lesley Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth’s bio-concert That’s Not Tango—Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music at Subculture, Bleecker at Lafayette, $25 adv tix rec
7/18, 8 PM catchy psychedelic pop band the Magic Numbers at the Mercury, $20. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by melancholy Americana harmony band the Cut Worms
7/18, 11 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse at Trans-Pecos, $10
7/18, midnight the Electric Mud play their anthemic mix of bluesy psychedelia, stadium rock and 60s Dylan at the small room at the Rockwood
7/19, noon trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwessat Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn
7/19, half past noon the self-explanatory, elegant Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St
7/19, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD for free at Chambers Plaza in Newark
7/19, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7 flugelhornist Oskar Stenmark and his Quartet improvise on the ancient, desolate Swedish sounds at Scandinavia House $15
7/19, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo‘s Trio followed by the Quartetto Tommasini playing their edgy string tango jazz at the Mercury, $12. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by post-Stooges garage-psych band Acid Dad
7/19, 7:30 PM otherworldly, kinetic Afro-Colombian legends Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
7/19, 7:30 PM scruffy, tuneful girlpunks Sharkmuffin play a short set before a free screening of the film Donnnie Darko in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, screen and stage are off Bedford Ave around N 12th/13th Sts.
7/19, boarding at 7:30 PM at the heliport at the FDR and 23rd St, sailing at 8 lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Lucile, $30 adv tix rec
7/19, 8 PM savagely relevant, smart political hip-hop with stoner support: Slum Village & Dead Prez w/ special guests Kool Keith & Prince Paul at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec
7/19, 8 PM eclectic Romany and Indian-inspired jazz accordionist Will Holshouser at Barbes
7/19, 8 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at Coney Island Baby, $12
7/20, 5:30 PM brilliant fingerstyle guitarist/dark Americana songwriter Shawna Caspi at the American Folk Art Museum
7/20-21, 6 PM surviving members of legendary avant garde collective the Sonic Arts Union and its founding members: David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma – with their acolytes at Issue Project Room, $25/$15 stud/srs
7/20, 7 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk at Bowery Electric, $10
7/20, 7 PM luminous singer Deborah Karpel’s bittersweetly triumphant klezmer-influenced one-woman show The Midwood Miracle traces her career from a jaded Eastern Seaboard adolescence to her triumphant discovery of her grandfather’s Brooklyn klezmer music at Pangea, $20
7/20, 8 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12
7/20, 8 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe leads an all-star Colombian expat band celebrating his home country’s independence day at Drom, $20 adv tix rec
7/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost
7/20, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret group Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s best power trio – at Arlene’s, $10
7/20. 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – followed by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws at Sidewalk
7/21, 3 PM legendary 60s Britfolk singer Bridget St. John and her band outdoors at Union Pool, free
7/21, 5ish high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem followed by fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway between Markham Rd. and Wayne St., Staten Island
7/21, 5 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the small room at the Rockwood
7/21, 5 PM short sets by moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly followed by edgy, carnivalesque Americana/gutter blues band Fife & Drom at the American Folk Art Museum, free
7/21, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J playing Piedmont blues followed at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet at Barbes
7/21, 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
7/21, 7:30 PM theremin-fronted, cinematic Mexican psychedelic band Sonido Gallo Negro followed by Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the Mexican fireworks festival documentary Brimstone & Glory at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/21. 8 PM trumpeter Jumaane Smith plays Louis Jordan-style jump blues at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk
7/21, 8:30 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico
7/21, 10 PM Hawaiian band the Lambsbread blend dub and dancehall into their newschool roots reggae sound at Shrine
7/21, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station
7/21, midnight what’s left of cult favorite 70s roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds at the Mercury, $20. This might actually sell out
7/22, 2 PM upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave
7/22, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music followed at 7 PM by wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook leading a typically combustible trio with Daniel Levin, cello; Henry Fraser, bass and then at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
7/22, 5 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar. 7/26 at 10 they’re at the Bitter End for those who don’t want to/can’t make it out to Queens.
7/22, 6 PM the Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts presents a two segment production highlighting Bengali songs and diasporic dances at the LIU Kumble Theatre, 1 University Plaza, downtown Brooklyn, $10/$5 stud/sr
7/22, 8 PM the Ansonia Quartet play new music for string quartet by John Woolrich, Lei Liang, Paul Desenne and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm
7/22, 8 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio at Pier One on the upper west
7/22, 8 PM wryly lyrical new wave legend Ken Butler followed eventually at 10 by percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $10
7/22, 9ish ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band at the Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave in Astoria, N/W to Astoria Blvd. opening for psychedelic no wave legends The Scene Is Now.
7/22, 10 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm
7/22, 9 PM first-wave Vancouver punk legends DOA play their NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour at Brooklyn Bazaar, $20
7/22, 9 PM dadaesque German krautrock legends Faust at Murmur Ballroom, the old synagogue at 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, 4 to Brooklyn Museum, $20
7/22, 10 PM captivatingly enigmatic newschool soul singer Maya Sharpe at the big room at the Rockwood
7/23, 7 PM sharply lyrical, relevant, twangy Americana rock songwriter Kevin Gordon at the third stage at the Rockwood $15
7/23, 7 PM Seung-Min Lee’s “performance takes on the conflicted symbolic power of milk: As the once–booming dairy industry in New York state suffers with the steady decline of milk consumption, a new generation of Neo-Nazis takes pride in lactose tolerance, instrumentalizing the optical purity of milk as a emblem of white supremacy,” at the Kitchen, free
7/23, 8ish multidisciplinary artists Frank Malloy IV, Inaya Day, spellbinding violinist Anjna Swaminathan and Ryan Daniel Beck provide a soundtrack for the world-class choreographers and dancers of Wise Fruit in a celebration of female divinity at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St., $20
7/24, 7:30 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA leads an ensemble in an epic re-score of the 1978 martial arts flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there very early
7/24, 8:30 PM haunting Britfolk songstress Amanda Thorpe reunites with her old Bedsit Poets bandmate Edward Rogers at Pangea
7/24-28, 8:30 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 7/27 show with her string orchestra
7/24-29, 8:30/10 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30
7/24, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at at Pete’s
7/24, 9:15 PM popular North Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain at the big room at the Rockwood, $
7/24, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
7/25, noon the all-female Calliope Brass and the Williamsburg street sounds of the L Train Brass Band at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway
7/25, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Decoda play Ennio Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso film score, a new arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango at Bryant Park
7/25, 6 PM brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her band at Madison Square Park
7/25. 6 PM the lush, cinematic postbop Jonathan Parker Octet with Chris Pattishall on piano at Muchmore’s
7/25, 6 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan on Bwy betw 42/43
7/25, 6:30 PM Orlando Marin, “the Last Mambo King” and his salsa combo on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library
7/25, 7 PM Kami Thompson’s fiery, jangly Britfolk band the Rails at the Mercury, $20
7/25, 7:30/9:30 PM the Posi-Tone New Faces band with trumpeter Josh Lawrence, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, saxophonist Roxy Coss, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at the Jazz Standard, $25
7/25, 9 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Coney island Baby, $12
7/25, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
7/25, 9 PM eclectically scampering oldtimey swing band the Bumper Jacksons at Hill Country
7/25, 9ish broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Hank’s
7/26, noon trumpeter Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn
7/26, half past noon vibraphonist Mike Freeman’s ZonaVibe latin jazz project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St
7/26, 6 PM the band who started the NPR Tiny Desk Concert meme, Tank & the Bangas at Chambers Plaza in Newark, free
7/26, 7 PM Alynda Segarra’s edgy political-folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park
7/26, 7 PM intriguing, kinetic postrock instrumentalists Hollow Engine at the Delancey
7/26, 7:30 PM Argentine dancehall rapper Alika at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
7/26-28, 7:30/9:30 PM incisive, perennially popular jazz violinist Regina Carter leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30
7/26, 8 PM darkly cinematic postrock band Somnuri, Kings Destroy – who blend sludge and post-Sabbath doom – and crushing doom-metal instrumentalists Bongripper playing their new album in its entirety at St. Vitus, $15. Be aware that the 7/25 show is sold out
7/26, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega at Barbes
7/26, 8 PM pianist Patrick Moraz – the only musician ever to play with both Bunny Brains and the Moody Blues – at Iridium, $27.50
7/26, 8ish sharply lyrical Great Plains gothic folk/gospel/janglerock mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear at Public Arts, 215 Chrystie St. south of Houston, $15
7/27, 7 PM Honeyfingers play their Chinese-influenced “country jazz and western swing,” at National Sawdust, $20
7/27, 7:30 PM classic Fellini film scores live with Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
7/27-28, 8/9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo solo at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar
7/27, 8:30 PM rising Spanish stars Flamenco Joven y Jondo (Young and Deep Flamenco) at City Winery, $20 standing room avail
7/27, 10 PM ferocious heavy psychedelic cumbia band Money Chicha at Barbes
7/28, 2 PM starkly psychedelic Malian duskcore guitarist/singer Mamadou Kelly outdoors at Union Pool, free
7/28, 2 PM low-key classic roots and rocksteady sounds with the Reggay Lordsat the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
7/28, 3 PM Video Music Box icon Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon of rising star hip-hop at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,, free
7/28, 4 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Saint Mary’s Park, St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St. in the Bronx,2/5 to 149th St. and go south
7/28, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J followed at 8 by brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan and at 10 by accordionist/sitarist/singer Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes
7/28, 7 PM a very rare Iranian rock triplebill in reverse order: crooner Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini, underground legends KIOSK and Brooklyn expat band Habibi at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
7/28, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk
7/28, 9 PM thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian at Pete’s
7/28, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis
7/28, 10:30 PM lyrical trumpeter Tim Hagans leads a trio with Leo Genovese on piano at Smalls
7/29, 2 PM guitar/drums improvisers Elkhorn, messy lo-fi psychedelic band Garcia Peoples and psych-folk bandleader Hans Chew at Union Pool, $12, all proceeds to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation
7/29, 4 PM Gran Combo bandleader Charlie Aponte and his latest salsa dura project at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx
7/29, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – followed at 7 by Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music and at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
7/29, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Pier One on the upper west
7/29, 8 PM tuneful postbop pianist Matthew Shipp leads his trio in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm
7/29, 10 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at Union Pool, $10
7/30, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Quartet plays Coltrane at Dizzy’s Club, $30
7/30-31, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
7/30, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar
7/30, 10ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes
7/31-8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, neoromantically-tinged latin jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25
7/31, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and violinist Krista Bennion Feeney play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Concerto for Strings in C Major and In Furore lustissimae Irae at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.
7/31-8/5, 8:30/10 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30
7/31, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord
7/31, 10 PM broodingly lyrica, bitingly eclectic Americana violinist/songwriter Amanda Shires at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm
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, 6:30 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
8/2, 5 PM 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, 8ish the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center
8/4, 3ish 60s-style bossa-influenced psych-pop band the Jay Vons outdoors at Union Pool, free
8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell
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.
8/5, 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, 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. 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
8/6, 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 sitarist Shafaat Khan with a dance ensemble at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
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.
8/9, 5 PM Maceo Parker of the JBs at Chambers Plaza in Newark
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
8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses 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, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/12. 1 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival, a dozen accordionists playing music from around the world, positioned throughout the park so there’s no sonic interference between them. Lineup tba; the festival continues on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier. Last year’s lineup was to die for.
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
8/19, 1 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways
8/22, 1 PM a NYC bluegrass band twinbill with Bluegrass Collusion and Sheriff & the Deputy at the triangle at 66th and Broadway
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
8/25, 3 PM the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free
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, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at Central Park Summerstage
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.
8/30, 5:30 PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Schubert, Debussy and others at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound
9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free
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
9/20 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
9/29 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