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Celebrating This City’s Multicultural Richness and Getting Lost in Feral Colombian Sounds at Lincoln Center

Over the past year, there’s been plenty of pretty feral South American music at Lincoln Center. In their debut there last night, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto continued that tradition as much as their own, which goes back to the 1950s when they were one of the very first to take their ecstatic native trance-dance music beyond their Colombian coastal stomping ground. Lincoln Center’s Jordana Leigh, who booked the night, said with relish that the band reflect the “Diversity and beauty of our international city.” Xenophobia has no place here – and the sold-out crowd loudly agreed.

The seven-piece band – five percussionists delivering both boom and clatter on instruments of various sizes, plus two playing the gaita, the otherworldly, hair-raising, overtone-generating reed flute – opened with a vampy party anthem. From there they didn’t waste time getting relevant with a defiant salute to freedom fighters, the gaitas keening and veering in and out of the western scale. The call-and-response of the hypnotically shuffling dance number after that underscored the African origins of this music, but if they’d switched out those wild, rustic gaitas for European accordions, they would have been playing vallenato. These roots run deep.

From there the band took the same kind of chant and made slinky cumbia out of it, peaking ot with thundering bass drum. But as much as the percussion was front and center, it was always the quaver of the gaitas that kept the intensity at razor’s edge, always pushing the sound beyond a simple, undulatingly hypnotic groove.

These guys have more experience working a dancefloor than pretty much any other band on the planet. So it was no surprise to see the lightning of the gaitas and the thunder of the drums rise as the show went on, in a defiant celebration of Colombian pride. They brought up their newest member, Yeison Landero – whose grandfather played in the group in the 1960s – to play accordion, creating a surreal mashup of ancient Africa and 1960s Caribbean beachfront bar sounds. 

From a musical point of view, it was awfully cool to hear how the accordion was basically playing gaita voicings, but in straight-up minor-key. As the dancers swayed and clapped along, it became harder and harder to focus on the details and resist the urge to just let the body take over from the brain. Which is part of the deal with this band: let the cumbia take over and your mind will follow.

The next free concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is on July 26 at 7:30 PM with Argentine dancehall rapper Alika. Get there early if you’re going.

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Whirlwind Improvisation and Smashing Tunefulness from Jane Ira Bloom at NYU

This past week, NYU held a little jazz festival of their own, featuring some top-tier talent. Saxophonist Tom Scott and the Rich Shemaria Big Band recorded a live album at the cozy Provincetown Playhouse amphitheatre on Saturday night. Pianist Shemaria’s colorful, hefty new charts brought some welcome gravitas to some of Scott’s biggest solo and LA Express hits, notably a rather torchy take of the love theme from Taxi Driver and a bustling, surprisingly un-dixielandish reinvention of the Paul McCartney single Listen to What the Man Says. Among his many wry between-song anecdotes, Scott revealed that McCartney had summoned him to an afternoon session, on no notice, to play soprano on that one – and that the scratch track, which Scott had no idea was being recorded, was what eventually ended up in the song. You’ll be able to hear all of that and more sooner than later.

Much as it would have been fun to catch another individualist saxophonist, Dave Pietro and his group in that same space later in the week, soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom turned in a spectacular, whirlwind set a couple of days beween those shows, leading a trio with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte. It was a great way to cap off a week of listening on loop to that newly discovered 1963 John Coltrane session that everybody’s been talking about.

While it wouldn’t be accurate to make any close comparison between this rhythm section and Coltrane’s, there were similarities between how both Helias and Jimmy Garrison would hold the center as Previte or Elvin Jones chewed the scenery. The three veterans onstage sandwiched volley after volley of inspired camaraderie and conversation between Bloom’s signature, fiercely tuneful, acerbic riffs. Helias started a game of whiffle ball, Previte flicking back his responses harder and harder until he hit on an altered clave. Likewise, the bassist’s looming, low-register bowing gave Previte a comfortable launching pad for his pummeling toms and pinballing romps along his hardware.

Stage right, Bloom was a spring-loaded presence, weaving and pouncing, whipping her horn in a semicircle for a flange effect, spiraling through achingly intense, rapidfire trills and Coltrane-esque glissandos. The winner of the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll for soprano sax aired out a lot of recent material from her trio album, Early Americans, with these guys. Several of the numbers looked to Emily Dickinson’s work for inspiration: Bloom seems committed to helping rescue the poet from the posthumous branding which cast her as a wallflower when in fact she was puckish and engaging.

Was the best song of the set Dangerous Times, Helias’ brooding bowing giving way to the bandleader’s uneasy bustle and eventually a turbulently thrashing coda? Maybe. Previte’s coy pointillisms and then a pretty successful attempt at getting a simple triangle to evoke epic majesty were some of the night’s funniest moments, as Singing the Triangle got underway. And Bloom painted a Van Gogh wheatfield of sound in Cornets of Paradise, a more triumphantly crescendoing tableau.

The NYU festival may be over, and Bloom doesn’t seem to have any other gigs coming up at the moment, but there is a brass festival with a program TBA at the Provincetown Playhouse – on Washington Square South west of W 3rd St – at 7 PM on July 27.

A Far Cry Play a Demanding, Witheringly Relevant Program in Withering Heat in Central Park

It’s already an achievement when all eighteen members of a string orchestra can be on the same page and get everything right in the comfortable confines of a concert hall. It’s another thing entirely to do that in ninety-plus degree heat, facing a Manhattan sunset. Tuesday night at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, A Far Cry really worked up a sweat doing a whole lot more in a brilliantly programmed mix of mostly dark works with potent resonance for the pre-impeachment Trump era. 

The highlight could have been Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3, from 1994. Managing to negotiate the thicket of hypnotic, often ominous circular riffage that foreshadowed Glass’ Dracula soundtrack from five years later was impressive enough. Yet the group dug in for both the jokes – the trick ending at the end of the first movement and the “who, me?” exchanges of pizzicato in the final one – – along with relentless macabre understatement. From the muted, wounded whispers of the introduction, dynamics were ripe to rise with a pulse just short of bloodcurdling. Much as the second movement is on the slow side, it’s also very percussive, and the ensemble were on that as well, bassists Erik Higgins and Karl Doty exchanging fanged serpentine phrases beneath circling cloudbanks of melody.

It’s one of Glass’ most Lynchian works, and it set the stage lusciously well for an even more dynamically bristling interpretation of Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra. WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, the night’s emcee, explained that the composer had written it in 1939 before escaping the encroaching fascism in his native Hungary. The ensemble kept their cards close to the vest through the straightforwardly strutting phony pageantry that opens the triptych but then got their claws out for the anguished, jaggedly slashing danse macabre afterward. Likewise, the contrast between the sense of depletion and loss in the second movement and the defiantly jaunty coda was breathtaking. As a musical hail-Mary pass (and raised middle finger at the Nazis and their enablers), it’s akin to Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel cheating the hangman.  

The group closed with Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae, rising from stillness to aching, Glass-ine echo effects and then an elegaic processional, a brooding conclusion to an often haunting evening.

The warmup piece – in every sense of the word – was Mozart’s Divertimento in F, K.138, a prescient student work written when he was 15 that lacks the colorful voicings he’d develop just a few years later, but its coy hooks still pop up in movies and on NPR all the time. As one of the band members mused to the crowd, who knew that this piece would ever be played in such a major city, let alone to a full house. Mozart would no doubt be plenty proud of himself.

And a special shout-out to the pretty blonde woman in the black sundress who shared an entire bag of walnut-banana crunch  – a high-class take on Fiddle Faddle – with the hungry blog proprietor seated behind her. If you see this, be in touch – reciprocity is due. 

A Far Cry’s next performance is a program including Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus a Jessica Meyer world premiere and works by Bernstein and Respighi at 3 PM on September 8 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The next concert at the Naumburg Bandshell is this coming Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 PM with popular indie classical orchestra the Knights playing works by Anna Clyne along with Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and works by Armenian icon Komitas Vardapet. Get there early if you want a seat. 

Two Great Psychedelic Bands, One Free Brooklyn Concert Series

Two Saturdays ago, Sadies guitarist Dallas Good thrashed and flailed and spun the headstock of his vintage hollowbody Gretsch, building a howling vortex of sound while his brother Travis stood more or less motionless as he kept a river of jangle and clang running from his Telecaster. In the middle of the stage, bassist Sean Dean held down a steady pulse while drummer Mike Belitsky kept a nimble shuffle beat.

This past Saturday, Songhoy Blues guitarist Aliou Touré did pretty much the same thing, building a screaming Chicago blues-infused solo, his fellow axeman Garba Touré running a loping Malian duskcore pattern off to the side, bassist Oumar Touré playing a serpentine, circular riff over drummer Nathanael Dembélé’s counterintuiitive flourishes.

On one hand, the Canadian and Malian bands couldn’t have less in common. On the other, both are as psychedelic as you could possibly want. And that seems to be the theme at this year’s free outdoor concert series at Union Pool. They’ve been doing free shows in the back courtyard there for the past couple of years, but this year’s series is better than ever.

There are a lot of acts more popular than you’d expect to see in at this comfortable, comparatively small space. This year, that started with the Sadies. The last time they played New York, it was at Webster Hall (if there ever was a New York venue that deserved to be turned into a luxury condo or a Whole Foods, it was that despicable stain on the East Village). The last time this blog was in the house at a Sadies show, it was May of 2014 at Bowery Ballroom and they were playing with the late Gord Downie.

This show didn’t feature any of their brilliantly ominous songs with the late Tragically Hip crooner, but they touched on every style they’ve ever played. Dallas Good broke out his violin for a lickety-split punkgrass romp about midway through the set, and also for the encores. He also delivered some seamlessly expert acoustic flatpicking on a couple of country numbers.

Travis Good seemed to be in charge of the more epic, tectonic solos, particularly during a mini-suite of surf songs, propelled expertly by Belitsky. They went back into the waves a little later with another instrumental that came across as a more bittersweet, southwestern gothic take on the Ventures’ Apache. But it was the brooding, uneasily clanging midtempo anthems that were the high point of the show. Afterward, Dallas Good took care to thank the crowd for coming out – for a free show, no less.

Songhoy Blues are probably the loudest and most eclectic of the Malian duskcore bands to make it to the US so far. They only played a couple of the loping Saharan grooves popularized by first-wave bands like Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa. They opened with a briskly stomping, only slightly Malian-flavored garage rock tune with a searing guitar solo from Garba Touré. Throughout the set, he and the frontman took turns with their solos – a lightning-fast, Blue Oyster Cult-ish run in one of the long, hypnotic numbers midway through was the high point.

After that, they slowed down for a moody minor-key blues ballad that wouldn’t have been out of place in the Otis Rush songbook save for the lyrics. “I know that 99% of you don’t understand a word I’m saying,” Aliou Touré told the crowd: the subtext was that the band’s lyrics are potently political. Then he settled for reminding everybody that music is a universal language. After a couple of numbers that shifted between looming desert rock and frenetically bopping, metrically challenging soukous-flavored rhythms, they closed with a mighty, rising and falling anthem and encored with their lone song in English, Together, a prayer for peace from a part of the world that really needs it.

And a shout-out to the sound guy: this may be an outdoor series, but the sonics in the backyard – a completely uninsulated space with highs potentially bouncing all over the place – were pristine. Few venues sounds as good indoors as at Union Pool outdoors the past couple of Saturdays. That’s a real achievement. The Union Pool free concert series continues this Saturday, July 14 at around 3 with jangly British “power trio” Girl Ray.

Hard-Hitting, Historically Rich Guadeloupe/New Orleans Mashups with Delgres at Lincoln Center

Last night at Lincoln Center, Delgrès guitarist Pascal Danaë opened the trio’s headlining set with a hypnotic slide guitar boogie riff as sousaphone player Rafgee played a fat, bubbly, almost subsonic groove and drummer Baptiste Brondy – who played with Danaë in French-Brazilian band Rivière Noire – thumped along with a punchy New Orleans second-line beat. Then without missing a step, the band segued into a brisk, roughhewn, major-key blues that evoked Mississippi hill country as much as it did Chicago wildman Hound Dog Taylor. Except that Danaë was singing in the creole dialect of his native Guadeloupe.

The band take their name from Louis Delgrès, the late 18th century Guadeloupian freedom fighter who is remembered as a Nathan Hale-like martyr who chose execution rather than concede to the French invaders. Since a lot of Guadeloupian refugees ended up in New Orleans, the group’s propulsive blend of growling American blues, Crescent City rhythms and circling island folk themes makes more sense than might be apparent.

Danaë dedicated the next tune, Mo Jodi – meaning “die today” – to both the band’s namesake and “everyone fighting for freedom around the world.” Brondy’s heavy, rat-a-tat tom-tons anchored the sousaphone’s catchy riffs as Rafgee slunk upward, Danaë’s chords and jangly fragments punching through the mix.

They bought it down a little after that with a simmering, syncopated minor-key sway, Danaë singing with more of a drawl, just guitar and drums for the first verse. Name another band where the sousaphone plays the big hooks so much of the time!

Their next tune, Mr. President had a defiantly emphatic drive and a refrain of “Leave, leave, leave,” that went unnoticed with the English speakers in the crowd but resonated deliciously with those who knew a little French. Maybe sensing the lack of reaction, Danaë switched to English for a driving, rhythmic breakup anthem, then took a detour into a spare, elegaic lament for a fallen hero that eventually picked up steam with a terse slide guitar solo.

They followed with a slow, quasi trip-hop ballad, winding up with a moody trumpet solo from Rafgee, then a romping R.L. Burnside-style number: “We are no different,” Danaë reminded a diverse crowd. Their creole Led Zep medley got everybody howling, but he got serious immediately afterward with an insistent antiwar anthem, the most rock-oriented of the band’s originals. 

What was most impressive about this set was that Delgres had already played a two-hour set earlier in the day – outdoors in downtown Brooklyn, as the scorching sun reached its midday peak. Basking in the Lincoln Center air conditioning, they were still sweating hard by the show’s third song. Delgres’ tour continues with shows at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 7 and 8, then they’re off to Europe. And the next free show at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is  July 19 at 7:30 PM with Afro-Colombian legends Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. Get there early if you’re going.

Haunting Harmonies and Fierce Relevance From Bobtown at the American Folk Art Museum

When you have three multi-instrumentalists as diversely talented as Jen McDearman, Katherine Etzel and Karen Dahlstrom, who needs more people in the band? Friday night at the American Folk Art Museum, in a rare trio performance, the three core members of folk noir group Bobtown reaffirmed their status as one of the best bands in New York. Which they’re been for the past ten years.

They haven’t been playing out a lot lately since they’re in the process of making a new album.  “For those of you who know us, we’re a pretty dark band,” Dahlstrom admitted. “The new record is…more of a charcoal grey.” Which was pretty accurate: the new songs in their tantalizingly brief, headlining set were less macabre than much of the band’s back catalog, if they weren’t exactly carefree.

The band’s closing number, No Man’s Land – as in, “I am no man’s land” – brought the house down. Dahlstrom couldn’t resist telling the crowd how much more resonance this fearlessly feminist, oldtime gospel-flavored broadside has taken on in the few weeks since she’d written it. The women’s three-part harmonies spoke truth to power throughout this ferocious reclamation of women’s rights, and dreams, a slap upside the head of trumpie patriarchy.

Getting to that point was just as redemptive. The trio opened with another brand-new number, In My Bones, pulsing with vocal counterpoint. You wouldn’t expect Etzel, whose upper register has razorwire power, to hang out in the lows, but she was there a lot of the time. Likewise, Dahlstrom – best known for her mighty, gospel-infused alto – soared up in the highs. McDearman, who channels the most high-lonesome Appalachian sound of anyone in the group and usually takes the highest harmonies of all, found herself somewhere in the middle for most of it.

The rest of the new material, including the bittersweet kiss-off anthem Let You Go, had a more wry sensibility than the band’s usual ghostly chronicles. Rumble Seat, a sardonic chronicle of smalltown anomie that could just as easily be set in luxury condo-era Brooklyn as somewhere in the Midwest, was even funnier, especially when the trio reached the eye-rolling yodels on the final choruses.

The band joined voices for a 19th century field holler-style intro and then some loomingly ominous harmonies in Battle Creek, Dahlstrom’s chilling, gospel-infused chronicle of an 18th century Michigan millworker’s descent into the abyss. Throughout the evening, McDearman switched from eerily twinkling glockenspiel to atmospheric keyboards and also cowbell. Etzel, who typically handles percussion, played tenor guitar; Dahlstrom played both guitar and banjo, the latter a relatively new addition to her arsenal.

The Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum is off this week for the holiday but resumes on July 13 at around 6 PM with a typically excellent lineup including elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes, followed by soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther.

And several other artists who’ve played the museum in recent months – especially when sticking around for the whole night wasn’t an option – deserve a shout. Dave Hudson treated the crowd to a catchy, anthemic set of solo acoustic janglerock. Heather Eatman played a rare mix of similarly catchy, 80s-inspired acoustic songs she’d written back then as a teenager. Jon LaDeau flexed his purist country blues guitar chops, Joanna Sternberg alternated between LOL-funny and poignant original Americana, and Miwa Gemini and her accordionist mashed up uneasy southwestern gothic and Mediterranean balladry. And as far as vocals are concerned, along with this show, the most exhilarating sets here so far this year have been by Balkan singer Eva Salina and her pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, along with a rare solo show by Dahlstrom and a deliciously venomous farewell New York performance by blue-eyed soul powerhouse Jessi Robertson.

Svetlana & the Delancey Five Reinvent Classic Swing at the Blue Note

The difference between Svetlana & the Delancey Five and virtually every other female-fronted vocal jazz act out there is that they’re not just a singer and a backing band. There’s more interplay and musical conversation in this group than there is in practically any other similar lineup. Case in point: the take of Lady Be Good at their Blue Note show on Saturday. “Here’s one from when we used to be a dance band,” frontwoman Svetlana Shmulyian told the crowd as the ensemble launched into a lickety-split version peppered with counterpoint and call-and-response between both singer and instrumentalists, along with a striking handful of sudden syncopated shifts.

Of the original band’s original lineup, only the bandleader, and trumpeter Charlie Caranicas remain  – if you buy the argument that there was an original one. Like another New York institution, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, this band have always had a semi-rotating cast: Shmulyian’s address book is as deep as her collection of edgy original charts.

Throughout the rest of the set, the animated jousting between bandmates was nonstop. Tenor saxophonist Christopher McBride exchanged clusters and bursts with Caranicas, whose effortlessly rapidfire descent through a biting series of chromatics during an epically shapeshifting Nothing But Blue Skies was one of the show’s high points.

Bassist Endea Owens – most recently witnessed propelling the mighty all-female Sisterhood of Swing big band at Lincoln Center – voiced terse piano lines and horn lines, and then went into some lowdown funk in a radical remake of Remember Me, from the animated film Coco. Pianist Willerm Delisfort, who’d switched to a resonant, organlike Fender Rhodes setting for that one, tossed off an especially smoochy boudoir soul riff that drew an eye-rolling “I can’t believe you just did that” from the bassist. From the side seats, it wasn’t possible to see Delisfort’s reaction, but it was probably, “There’s more where that came from.”

Drummer Henry Conerway III turned his predecessor Rob Garcia’s arrangement of the Beatles’ Because into a New Orleans funeral theme – in 6/8 time, most of the way through. Likewise, he and the bandleader pounced through more than one jaunty drum-and-vocal duet.

Shmulyian – whose interpretations depend on whatever exchanges are going on with the group – was characteristically dynamic on the mic. Her signature delivery is as clear as a bell, but this time she added an unexpectedly welcome grit to A Tisket, a Tasket, her opening number. It may have been a throwaway for Ella Fitzgerald, but Shmulyian took a carefree playground rhyme and made a fierce double-dutch anthem out of it. Contrastingly, she turned the ballad Sooner or Later – from the Madonna film Dick Tracy – into swoony wee-hours saloon blues.

For upstate fans, they’re at the Falcon,1348 Rt. 9 W in Marlboro, NY on July 29 at 8 PM. They also have a new album, Night at the Movies, in the can, whose reinvented songs from films across the ages are reputedly as eclectic as the setlist as this gig.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 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 ;)

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 at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

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, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J  followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

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, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Lyutbshe sing women’s Yiddish folksongs with Lauren Brody, accordion followed at 9 by the Gonzalo Bergara Trio playing Romany guitar swing at Barbes 

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, 8 PM excellent, rippling John Fahey-esque fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Marisa Anderson followed by darkly vivid acoustic rock songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $15 

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 tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes followed at 10 by intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan’s trio at 55 Bar

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 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic followed by dark art-rocker and ex-Nanuchka bandleader/bassist Yula & the Extended Family at Hank’s

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 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis and her band at Birdland, free w/rsvp 

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 intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

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, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita and iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

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

7/12, 10 PM a twinbill of two of Brooklyn’s best, most enigmatically tuneful, psychedelically abstract rock bands, Gold Dime and Parlor Walls at Union Pool, $12

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, 7:30ish cumbia rapper Ana Tijoux‘s Roja y Negro and Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez at Prospect Park Bandshell

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 Malian griots Trio Da Kali and new music icons Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

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 charismatic No Ice soul-rock frontman Jamie Frey and hilarious acoustic punk Mickey PG & the Overshare doing their first NYC show in seven years at Freddy’s

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, 10:30 PM CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC  followed by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

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

7/15, 9 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers followed by paint-peeling noise group Crazy Doberman at Secret Project Robot 

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, 7:30 PM kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond and cutting-edge sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/20, 8 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

7/20. 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

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 haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Trans-Pecos, $12

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

7/23, 10:30 PM a good darkly theatrical parlor pop twinbill: Brenda Carsey and Miwa Gemini at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/24, 7 PM ferocious, psychedelic Sandcatchers lapsteel wizard Myk Freedman  followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes

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, 8 PM a killer jangly rock twinbill: wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  and first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall at Union Hall, $10

 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 SomnuriKings 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 Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate and the world’s most popular duskcore band,Tinariwen at Prospect Park Bandshell

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, 4 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess and Afrobeat legacy band Femi Kuti & Positive Force at Central Park Summerstage

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, 3 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess followed by politically fearless Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti at Central Park Summerstage

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, 7 PM newschool gutter blues chanteuse Lucy Dacus followed by Roger Waters guitarist Jonathan Wilson at Damrosch Park out behind Lincoln Center

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 no-bs doom metal/heavy psych band High Reeper, catchy heavy 80s style NWOBHM band Sanhedrin and ornate doom metal band Witch Mountainat St. Vitus, $15

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

8/1, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”

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, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holandamandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

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, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass BandPreservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

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, 7 PM 5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

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, 7 PM dark Americana lit-rock cult hero Joe Henry and soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples – good twinbill, hilariously bad segue – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

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

8/12, 7 PM twangy Crazy Horse-ish Americana jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real followed by newschool Americana soul chanteuse Margo Price at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/12, 11 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg followed at midnight by Helsinki girlpunk band the Shrieks at Littlefield, $10 

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

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

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

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

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

Jamming Like a Refugee Camp at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s Jordana Leigh, who’d booked last night’s New York debut by pan-global folk group Translucent Borders, explained that the NYU-sponsored ensemble had pulled a set together after only playing together for four days. NYU’s Andy Teirstein explained that the project grew out of the refugee camps on the islane of Lesbos in 2016. The group he’d assembled to play for the refugees there had the expected impact: it became a magnet for like-minded players and dancers from throughout the camp, and unexpected connections were made. “Musicians like crossing borders,” he observed dryly.

Palestinian singer Amal Murkus gave the show an all-too-brief coda with a trio of songs in Arabic. Modulating meticulous microtones and mining her midrange for every bit of angst she could evoke, she intoned an impassioned exile ballad over Firas Zreik‘s pointillistically haunting kanun. A considerably darker, more atmospheric, poignant tone poem of sorts was next, Zreik brushing the strings of his instrument for a surreal autoharp-like effect. Murkus wound up the concert with a warm Palestinian lullaby that she introduced by reminding the crowd how utterly surreal it was. She didn’t namecheck Gaza, but the message had mighty resonance. Then she led the group – also comprising cellist Mariel Roberts and conguero Francisco Mora-Catlett – on a long, bittersweet upward path interrupted by a surreal conga break.

Reaching a transcendent ending was a work in progress, which was to be expected, given the lack of rehearsal time. Ghanian fiddler Meirigah Abubakari vamped and pounced. Nyckelharpa players Marco Ambrosini and his daughter duetted on a stately, baroque-tinged theme for the resonant Nordic fiddle before Roberts added a muted bassline and the theme morphed into a lively waltz or two. Israeli oudist Yair Dalal was joined by percussionist Muhammad Mugrabi and accordionist Neta Weiner of Israeli hip-hop band System Ali for a couple of spare, moody taqsims, a broodingly serpentine levantine theme and a multilingual mashup of klezmer and Wu-Tang hardcore rap.

Translucent Borders are at the NYU’s Crystal Theater at 111 Second Avenue between 6th & 7th streets tomorrow night, June 29 at 7:30; the show is free. And the mostly-weekly free Lincoln Center atrium concerts at the Broadway space north of 62nd St. continue on July 5 at 7:30 PM with Haitian Creole singer Melissa Laveaux and the amazing Guadeloupe/New Orleans duo Delgres, who blend duskcore guitar and second-line grooves.

Lincoln Center’s 2018 Midsummer Night Swing Series Opens With Potent Relevance and Breathtaking Musicianship

At the risk of getting into serious trouble saying this, there hasn’t been such a stunning display of jazz talent on any New York stage this year as there was last night at the kickoff of Lincoln Center’s annual Midsummer Night Swing festival. The inspiration for the mighty big band, the Sisterhood of Swing, was the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated, all-female swing group, who debuted eighty-one years ago. As bandleader, trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg took care to remind the audience who packed Damrosch Park, those women risked their lives playing music together.

The members of this group weren’t risking their lives, but arguably the majority of them were out of their element. And few among this allstar cast play regularly with large ensembles, fewer still with a group the size of this one. The majority are bandleaders who play their own material rather than bouncy 1930s swing. Yet everybody seemed to be pretty much jumping out of their shoes to be involved in this project.

In two lengthy, hard-swinging sets that spanned from standards to cult favorites and an obscure gem or two, the fourteen-piece ensemble offered tantalizing glimpses of pretty much each member’s personality, yet in a completely different context considering where they’re usually found.

The audience responded most explosively to tenor saxophonist and singer Camille Thurman’s serpentine climb to the vocal stratosphere in one of the night’s few ballads, quite a contrast with her rapidfire scatting in a Benny Goodman diptych during the first set. Another big hit was tapdancer Michela Lerman’s nimble solo over Savannah Harris’ irrepressibly boisterous, tropically-tinged tom-tom syncopation, mirroring the drummer’s rambunctious drive in the second set’s opening number, Lady Be Good.

At the piano, Champian Fulton delivered purist, masterfully spacious, blues-drenched lines that fit the material perfectly, especially when the band threw her what could have been the night’s longest solo. In her first turn on the mic, she projected with a surprisingly steely intensity, then a second time around worked knowingly triumphant, bluesy, Dinah Washington-inspired melismas.

Lead trumpeter Jami Dauber joined with her brassy bandmate Linda Briceño and Skonberg as well in a wildly crescendoing, tightly spinning exchange in the wryly titled Battle of the Bugles, one of a handful of numbers from the catalog of Sweethearts of Swing creators Kat Sherrell and Natalie Wilson. Bassist Endea Owens benefited from excellent amplification, giving her a forceful presence. Chloe Feoranzo stood out most noticeably with her gritty baritone sax work; trombonist and singer Emily Asher also got time in the spotlight to channel some goodnaturedly wry humor. Lead alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin played punchy soul alongside her fellow reedwomen Thurman and Sharel Cassity.

On clarinet, Anat Cohen spun silky arpeggios on the less breathlessly pulsing numbers and delivered joyously dancing dixieland when the pace picked up, notably alongside violinist Regina Carter in A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove, a deliriously frantic obscurity by 1930s vioinist Ginger Smock. The two worked more calmly and majestically in a new instrumental arrangement of My Baby Just Cares for Me. The group closed with a joyously edgy take of the klezmer-tinged romp Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown, made famous by Mildred Bailey with the Tommy Dorsey band. The crowd didn’t want to let the band go after discovering this new sensation.

This year’s Midsummer Night Swing series continues through July 14 with a more eclectic series of dance bands than ever. Tomorrow at 7:30 PM it’s salsa pioneer and “El Rey de la Pachanga” Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana. It’ll cost you $17 to get out on the dance floor, something an awful lot of people last night were doing.