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Mari Kalkun Sings a Rare Program of New and Ancient Estonian Music

Tuesday night at Scandinavia House, Mari Kalkun treated a packed auditorium to a very rare program of pensively bucolic, often hypnotic Estonian songs. But Kalkum is no ordinary folk singer: she writes her own material, often utilizing texts by both contemporary and historic Estonian poets. She sang in Estonian, Finnish and Voro a south Estonianl language that has only about seventy thousand remaining speakers, as she explained.

Her main axe is the kannel, a semi-oval-shaped stringed instrument that resembles a dulcimer but which she plucked like a harp slung around her shoulders. Since she uses traditional open tunings, the melodies didn’t move around much beyond the center,, further enhancing the dream state effect. Even when she switched to piano, she played similarly intricate, intertwining, subtly shifting upper-register voicings, anchored by an insistent, rhythmic lefthand. She did much the same on a Finnish box lute. The result was stately, often rapt and spacious: she let those starry plucks and chimes linger.

Engaging the audience at length between songs, she explained almost every one of them. Nature was a common theme, as was the ongoing population shift from rural areas to the cities;. Kalkun also sang a couple of love ballads that gave her a chance to air out a surprisingly powerufl low register, considering how airy and lilting most of the rest of the music on the bill was.

Her most energetic song was a sardonic post World War II tune about the Forest Brothers, the freedom fighters who’d managed to escape the Nazis by building underground bunkers deep in the woods – and then had to remain there to escape being captured by the next bunch of invaders, the Soviets. An impressive number of Estonian speakers in the crowd recognized the traditional numbers on the bill and sang along.

Toward the end of the show, Kalkun broke out her loop pedal and became a one-woman choir, interpolating an increasingly complex, rhythmically challenging series of layers. She sang the last of her encores a-cappella, walking through the auditorium and getting the audience to join her.

Kalkun’s next show, a duo set with Aleksandra Kremenetski, is back in her home country at the Writers House Festival in Talinn on May 25 at 9 PM. Scandinavia House, less than five blocks south of Grand Central on Park Avenue, has very diverse programming, with music, film and exhibits representing artists from across the Nordic countries. The next concert there is June 20 at 7:30 PM with Icelandic  jazz bassist Sigmar Matthíasson and Arora – cover is $15

A Rare City Park Show and a Mighty, Harrowing New Suite From Stephanie Chou

For the last couple of years, Barnard College has staged an amazingly eclectic, entertaining annual concert under the trees in the crabapple grove in Riverside Park just north of 91st Street. This years’s festival is this Satruday night, May 18, starting at 5 PM with one of New York’s most socially relevant and ambitious jazz talents, alto saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou. This time out she’ll be leading a trio with pianist Jason Yeager and drummer Ronen Itzik Other acts on the bill include the Bacchantae, Barnard College’s all-female a cappella group, ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black, and the Educadorian-flavored Luz Pinos Band

Chou’s latest larger-scale project is titled Comfort Girl. It’s a harrowing, phanstasmagorical song cycle based on the terrors faced by the over two hundred thousand women who were forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. Some of those women were raped thousands of times. To add insult to injury, when those who survived were able to return home after the Japanese retreat, many of them were shunned. Chou debuted it at Joe’s Pub at the end of March. What was most striking about the show was not only Chou’s ability to shift between musical styles, but her prowess as a lyricist.

A flurry from Kenny Wollesen’s drums signaled the intro to the jaunty march Manchurian Girl, a late 30s Chinese pop hit. The lyrics are innocuous: a young woman waiting for her boo to return home so she can tie the knot. Chou sang it with more than a hint of foreshadowing, the music rising to a shivery tightness, Andy Lin’s vibrato-tinged violin over his sister Kelly Lin’s emphatic piano.

Narrator Peregrine Heard continued the story; girl meets boy and everything seems rosy in the countryside, echoed by a sax-violin duet that began coyly and then took on a swirling, triumphantly pulsing tone which turned wary and enigmatic as the two diverged harmonically.

The violinist switched to the even more shivery, plaintive-toned erhu fiddle for a Chinese parlor-pop ballad of sorts, Forever I Will Sing Your Song, crooner Orville Mendoza’s anticipatory drama contasting with Chou’s more demure delivery. The music grew suddenly chaotic as Japanese soldiers crushed the wedding ceremony, knocking out the groom and tearing his bride away.

Surrealistic piano glimmer over Wollesen’s noir percussion ambience supplied the backdrop for Chou’s wounded vocals in Shattered. Mendoze sang the pretty straight-up, determined piano rock ballad after that, the groom determined to get his beloved back. Meanwhile, she’s being paraded through one of the Japanese rape camps – the euphemistically named “Jade Star Hotel” – along with a group of captives. The piece’s simple military chorus was as chilling as any moment through the show, as was the haunting, phamtasmagorical waltz after that; “No name,, no hope: No life”

The young woman was thrown into a a cell, got a new Japanese name, and with a portentous crescendo and diabolical flickers from the violin, the music became a horror film score, It would have been historically accurate for the music to remain a morass of atonalities and cruel slashes punctuated by brief, mournful stillness, but Chou went deeper, with an aptly aching, Chinese-language ballad, her narravor terrified that her husband-to-be will reject her after all she’s had to suffer.

A coldly circling interlude captured the soldiers in line waiting for their turn with the “military provisions,” as the women were called. “We can do whatever we want to do,” Mendoza’s narrator sniffeed. A haunting, Pink Floyd-tinged interlude depicted her fiance giving up his search, miles away; Chou’s heroine remained defiant through a vindictive, venomous English-language anthem.

A spare, bucolic folk song – the kind the women would sing to remind each other of home – was next on the bil, followed by an anxious but undeterred ballad sung by Mendoza. Kelly Lin’s plaintive Debussy-esque crescendos lit up the number after that.

Flourishes from violin and sax underscored the young woman’s determination to beat the odds and survive, via a variation on the earlier, soul-tnnged revenge anthem. Unlike most of her fellow captives, this woman was able to escape, the piano driving a deliciously redemptive theme. And although her future husband realizes at the end that as she makes is back to her old village, “There’s still someone in there,”most of these women were not so lucky. Good news: Chou plans to release the suite as a studio recording.

Bewitching Singer Na-rae Lee Reverses the Curse in an Iconic Pansori Epic at Lincoln Center

Ong-nyeo lost her first husband when she was fifteen.

That’s how the story goes, anyway. In the ancient Korean pansori epic Byeongangsoe-ga, she’s a cursed woman in a cautionary tale about hubris and its consequences. In the American premiere of Na-rae Lee’s withering remake Thursday night at Lincoln Center, Ong-nyeo was transformed into a tragic heroine whose bravery in defying patriarchal norms leads to a grisly fate. Exactly what that fate was, star pansori singer Lee left to the audience to figure out. But the message was clear: in a misogynistic society, the perils a woman faces when she gains power over men can be treacherous to the extreme.

Considering how male-centric pansori narratives typically are, Lee acknowledges that there’s considerable irony in her choice of career, especially given her advocacy for women’s rights. So she decided to reinvent the tale of Byeongangsoe from his long-suffering wife’s point of view.

Lee sang that role and several others in Korean with a feral intensity, meticulously modulating a torrential vibrato that took on more power the further down the scale she went. English supertitles helped immensely. She was backed by an excellent, eclectic band – Hwayoung Lee on gayageum zither, Gina Hwang on geomungo bass zither, and Simun Lee on acoustic guitar – who began the show with unexpectedly subtle variations on an ominous chromatic riff that they would eventually turn into slightly muted doom metal when the guitarist kicked in with a primitive distortion effect.

The traditional version of the fable casts Ong-nyeo as a tragic character cursed to watch a succession of husbands die, often very gruesomely, since she’s too beautful for her own good. Na-rae Lee has recast her as defiant and fearless as she goes through man after man, curse be damned. Likewise, the one dude she thinks will help her reverse the curse, Byeongangsoe, is traditionally cast as a cartoonish, Falstaffian type. Here, the bandleader tore off the clown mask to reveal him as a smalltime thug who beats up on his wife since he’s not very good at picking on anyone his own size.

Throughout the show, there seemed to be a great deal of improvisation, often hectic, sometimes frantic or sepulchrally sinister, the music matching the narrative. Pensive, bossa-tinged folk-pop set the stage for the meeting between the two lovers; the ensuing marathon sex scene (sans disrobing) got plenty of droll bed-shaking effects. A lament for what Ong-nyeo ‘s scrub of a husband could have been – after the gods’ verdict took its grisly toll on him – brought to mind the Grateful Dead at their most vampy, with a biting gayageum solo. Byeongangsoe’s main theme, unsurprisingly, turned out to be a loopy march.

In her bright red dress, the singer held the crowd rapt. From a plaintive, understated, wordless lament, to throaty, shamanistic interludes where she turned loose a wide vibrato that approached diesel engine power and rumble, Lee spanned a range that even pansori singers seldom tackle. As the drama grew more grisly and the bodies piled up – this is a horror story of Gogolian proportions – the lighting went completely red several times, Lee scurrying furtively, then horrified, from one end of the stage to the other. A last-gasp attempt at an exorcism backfired spectacularly as the band played quasi trip-hop and then finally a dejected waltz. The audience sat stunned as the group let the music die away.

The performance was co-sponsored by the tireless folks at the Korean Cultural Service, who bring some amazing talent to this country: if only the US government advocated for American artists with a fraction of the Koreans’ tenacity! The next performance at the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway just north of 62nd Street is tomorrow night, May 16 at 7:30 PM. an entertaining annual multimedia event featuring an allstar cast from film and tv reading provocative selections from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian Play a Historic Concert at CUNY

About half an hour before their show last night, Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian were chilling in the shade of a scaffold just north of 34th Street. Nobody seemed to recognize them. They may not be household names in this city, but they are elesewhere – and they should be

Kalhor is best known as this era’s great virtuoso of the kamancheh, the Iranian stringed instrument (he plays a custom-made model with the range of both a violin and a cello, called the Shah Kaman). He’s also one of the foremost composers of the past couple of decades. Whiile he also plays the setar lute, he’s very rarely played it onstage until recently. In fact, until yesterday evening’s engagement at CUNY’s Elebash Hall, he’d never played a full concert on the instrument in New York. A sold-out crowd gave him and his protege Tabassian a standing ovation before the show began – they knew they’d be witness to history.

Rather than a duel, the two setarists’ ninety or so uninterrupted minutes onstage turned out to be a clinic in how to build something transcendent. Although the show didn’t come across as a conversation between teacher and student, Tabassian’s ideas, in general, were more directly poignant, while Kalhor took his time.

The musicians’ individual styles complemented each other. For most of the show, Tabassian stuck to stinging, often heartbreakingly beautiful riffs which contrasted with rain-washed, lingering chords and deftly interpolated countermelodies: he has an amazing sense of harmony.Yet when he finally cut loose, toward the end of the show, he displayed blazing speed to match that poignancy

Kalhor’s atttack on the strings is more feathery than incisive, but that’s probably a good thing, considering how fast his fingers were flurrying on the strings. Consider: if you tried tremolo-picking a guitar, fingerstyle as these two were doing, your fingers would be a bloody mess in seconds flat.

Throughout the show, the duo exchanged riffs, often echoing each other, other times developing subtle variations on a slowly shifting series of themes. Each player gave the other plenty of room to raise the electricity or shift into more shadowy emotional terrain. Taking a brooding, initial downward theme in an Iranian dastgah mode approximating the western minor scale, the two embellisehd it with a groove that grew to just short of a gallop. They then backed away and for a little while, midway through, they edged into a more resonantly chordal, sunnier tableau.

But that didn’t last, and Tabassian was the first to reintroduce a subtle variation on the plaintive initial theme. Kalhor took a turn on the mic, singing a practically imploring couple of verses in his resonant baritone, at one point putting down his setar and letting Tabassian play the changes. Finally, Kalhor let an enigmatic open chord linger, then looked at Tabassian, as if to say, ‘What if we’re both wrong?” They gently made their way out of that enigma and ended the show with an unexpectedly muted if angst-fueled minimalism.

The Elebash Hall concert series – programmed by Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds – is more or less monthly and features a lot of music like this that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else, watch this space.

Bittersweetly Soulful, Eclectic Portuguese Ballads at This Year’s Fado Festival

Saturday night just north of Battery Park City, the Manhattan portion of this year’s annual fado festival closed with a performance by two very different singers, who in many ways represent both the music’s romantic past and newly reinvigorated future. For those who haven’t been drawn into it yet, fado is to Portugal what tango is to Argentina, or what reggae is to Jamaica. Like swing jazz in this country in recent decades, new generations have reclaimed fado’s emotionally fraught balladry for their own, partly as a source of Portuguese national pride, partly in response to English-language corporate musical imperialism.

The Spanish have duende; the Portuguese have suadade. They’re essentially the same thing: the soulful maturity that comes with having your heart ripped out at the roots. Although as singer Maria Emilia took care to explain, even though heartbreak is still the most common thene in fado, it’s hardly all sad songs. She and her fantastic all-acoustic band put that issue to rest with a lilting, bouncy singalong that energized the Portuguese speakers in the house.

Which relates to experiencing this music on only a surface level. The Portuguese take their lyrics very seriously, and fado often utilizes texts by famous poets. Throughout the show, the band were fantastic and the vocals were individualistic and often transcended linguistic limitatations.

André Dias played sharp cadenzas, triumphantly spiky flourishes and elegant broken chords on a small, ringing Portuguese guitar, which looks like a small mandola but sounds like an American Rickenbacker twelve-string acoustic model. Classical guitarist André Ramos showed off chops that drew equally on Romany swing, flamenco and straight-up four-on-the-floor rock: being a coastal nation, Portugal has always had sounds from all over the world coming in from across the waves. And Rodrigo Serrão, on acoustic bass guitar, was subtle but brilliant. Somehow he found space in between his steady, rhythmic accents to spice the music with all sorts of glissandos, some slow and dramatic, others coy and puckish, indulging in as many deft downward spirals as climbs to the far reaches of his axe’s G string.

Now in her mid-twenties, the Brazilian-born Maria Emília represents the new generation of fadistas, with a nuanced, subtly emotive delivery that looks back to iconic mid-20th century singer Amalia Rodrigues without being derivative. Sticking mostly in the lower midrange of her clear, expressive mezzo-soprano, she channeled lovestruck awe, righteous anger and wounded vulnerability along with a sense of humor that had the guys in the band cracking up from time to time.

While fado is traditionally sung by women, guys sing it too. Hélder Moutinho, the younger brother of famous fado crooner Camané, represented for the men. His vocals were more heavily ornamented, to the point where his melismas and throaty blue notes took on an Andalucian tinge, almost like a muezzin. He also took care to explain several of the numbers. Fado can be very self-referential, and several of his songs followed those themes: what makes a person sing fado, what the fado makes you do, even famous places where fado is or was made – even Lisbon has been infested with gentrifcation – figured in the narrative.

Impresario Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds gets credit for staging the festival, and has also done an impressively eclectic job booking CUNY’s Elebash Hall at 365 Fifth Ave. just north of 34th St., where the transcendent Kurdish kamancheh fiddle virtuoso and composer Kayhan Kalhor is playing a sold-out show tomorrow night.

The Minguet Quartet Play Beethoven and More with Vigor and Sensitivity at Lincoln Center

Thursday night, there was fundamental logic for the Minguet Quartet’s concert at Lincoln Center’s atrium space. The string quartet take their name from Pablo Minguet, an 18th century Spanish philosopher dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone. That’s the agenda at Lincoln Center’s “playground,” as Jordana Leigh, who’d booked this show in conjunction with the ongoing Great Performers series, calls it. Its raison d’etre is transparent: give the public a marathon slate of first-class programming from literally all over the map, and create a brand new supporter base in the process. Considering that these shows routinely sell out, it seems to be working.

The quartet opened with Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. They gathered steam slowly with the stately nocturnal intro to the first movement ; its cleverly shifting voicings brought to mind Vivaldi at quarterspeed. The group – violinists Ulrich Isfort and Annette Reisinger, violist Aroa Sorin and cellist Matthias Diener – dug in harder, but with a striking consistency, as the composer’s rhythm shifted and the exchanges grew more suited to a dancefloor at some European baron’s estate.

But this is a Rubik’s Cube of a piece: there’s symmetry, but it’s always changing. A hypnotically pulsing calm set in as the violins rose further up the scale, until Diener got to puncture it, gently. Beethoven doesn’t let an initial country dance theme cut loose, but he does with a second, which the group attacked with relish. There was puckish joy in fleeting pizzicato moments, but also sotto-voce suspense as the music dipped. And a cruel instant where Beethoven suddenly has the whole quartet shift to high harmonics for a couple of bars didn’t phase them in the least.

Sharp martial motives stood out alongside twilit lustre and dancing rivulets; the innumerable false endings were absolutely conspiratorial. Whoever might think the string quartet repertoire might be stodgy hasn’t heard this group play this piece.

The group closed with a stripped-down arrangement of Mahler’s song Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (I Am Lost to the World), a morosely defiant artist’s kiss-off to a cruel world.

There will also be several hours’ worth of free events to celebrate Lincoln Center’s fiftieth anniversary taking place all over campus today, May 4 starting at around quarter to eleven in the morning: a thunderous all-female troupe playing Brazilian samba reggae, and a couple of Haitian ensembles, kick off the festivities on the plaza

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for May and June 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. May is when most of the free outdoor summer concerts are announced, so this blog will be working extra hard all month long to get you info to plan your summer.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, 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 ;)

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 at 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish 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 8:30, 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

Fridays at 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in May, 6 PM eclectic Satie-inspired jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson leads a series of ensembles at Barbes. Choice pick: 5/25 with the premiere of his noir-infused Outer Space Caravan. with Stephanie Griffin – viola, Michael Attias-alto sax, Ken Filiano-bass

Sundays in May, 5 PM rapturous Afro-Peruvian/classical pianist/singer Chi-Chi Glass  at Barbes

Most Sundays at 5:15 PM, a free recital on the amazing, powerful, dynamic new organ at St. Thomas Church at 5th Ave and 53rd St. featuring some of the world’s greatest organists. The space is magnificent and the music usually is too. Right now the church fathers are programming pretty much everybody who used to work here and play the mighty old Aeolian-Skinner organ that finally had to be replaced. Check the concert calendar for details. 

Sundays in June, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of groups at the Bar Next Door

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

5/1-2, noon nuanced, politically savvy Portuguese fado-jazz singer Sofia Ribeiro at the World Financial Center, free

5/1, 6 PM Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/1, 7 PM the New School Studio Orchestra play Vanguard Jazz Orchestra compositions at the New School ground floor auditorium at 67 5th Ave, free

5/1, 7 PM African-American string band polymath Rhiannon Giddens plays a super-rare intimate show at the Greene Space, $25

5/1, 7:30 PM the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago  –  at La Nacional, 239 W 14th St, $20/$16 stud/srs

5/1, 8 PM acerbic, enigmatic postrock band Marateck play their guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers’ compositions; peripatetic pianist Miki Sawada also plays his solo worksat Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/1, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/1-2, 8 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara with a typically brilliant edgy lineup: Nick Dunston – bass; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Patricia Brennan – vibraphone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/1-4, 8:30 PM arguably the foremost piano improviser alive (and a hell of a composer too), Satoko Fujii leads a series of groups at the Stone at the New School, Choice pick: opening duo night, reprising her two magical duo albums with bassist Joe Fonda

5/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

5/1, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Otto’s

5/2, 730 PM, repeating 5/4 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Bruch’s double concerto and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, $31 tix avail

5/2, 7:30/9:30 PM tthe mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Minton’s, $20

5/2, 7:30 PM the Minguett String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/2, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

5/2, 8 PM brilliant blues guitarist, above-average bassist, strongly tuneful blues songwriter and badass singer Celisse Henderson at Greenwich House Music School, $15, beer/wine included

5/2-5, 8/10:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell with the Sexmob rhythm section – Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen  – at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

5/2, 8 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/2 , 8 PM Pauline Kim Harris, Vicky Chow, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Roger Kleier play Annie Gosfield;s “real and imagined sounds for instruments and electronics:” plus Edmund Campion’s new work for triangles and electronics played by Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, Russel Greenberg and Bill Solomon at Roulette, $20 gen adm

5/2, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays boisterous works by Scott Joplin, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Weber, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and many others at Scandinavia House, $25

5/2, 8:30 PM a haunting klezmer-inspired twinbill: tMarianna Rosett’s harrowing Auschwitz family tale The Ghost Brothers, plus KIez Dispensers violinist Amy Zakar & band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

5/3, 1 PM Austrian organist Stefan Donner plays Austrian music of the 20th and 21st centuries including pieces by Johann Nepomuk David and Wolfgang Sauseng amongst others at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 308 W 46th St, free. He’s also at he Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St, the same day at 6:30 playing works by Louis Vierne and Felix Mendelssohn

5/3, 4 PM violinist Monica Huggett & Byron Schenkman salute composers Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St, $10 tix avail

5/3,7 PM purist pianist/bandleader Benjamin Appel debuts his big band Do You Love with an absolutely killer lineup at the fifth floor auditorium at the New School, Room I531, Arnhold Hall55 W 13th St , free

5/3, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado stars Camané and Ana Sofia Varela with an all-star band: André Dias (Portuguese guitar), André Ramos (classical guitar) and Rodrigo Serrão (acoustic bass guitar) at the World Financial Center, free

5/3, 7:30/9:30 PM elegantly eclectic, tuneful pianist Angelica Sanchez at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/3. 8 PM trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha group followed at 10 by horn band Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you missed it) playing Little Rascals theme music at Barbes

5/3, 9 PM one of the year’s best lineups: creepy art-metal band Black Road, crescendoing, psychedelic doom metal band Clouds Taste Satanic, eclectic heavy psych/stoner boogie band Grandpa Jack and kinetic heavy psych band the Stone Eye at Footlight Bar, $10

5/3, 9 PM the Vivisectors – who make macabre surf rock out of old Soviet prison songs – at Otto’s

5/3-5, 9 PM Hoboken janglerock legends the Feelies, with their twin drummers and three guitars at Rough Trade, $25 gen adm

5/3, 10 PM Brooklyn’s hilarious counterpart to Spinal Tap, stoner metal parodists Mighty High at Hank’s, $10

5/3, 9 PM deliciously brass-heavy retro 60 soul band Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $12

5/3, 10:30 catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

5/3, midnight unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project  at the big room at the Rockwood

5/4, 10 AM – 2:30 PM a free block party with music, dance and more to celebrate 60 years of Lincoln Center on the plaza there, an eclectic lineup includes hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at 1 PM plus some indoor classical shows, free tix distributed at 10 AM.

5/4, 7:30 PM fado stars Hélder Moutinho and Maria Emília with an all-star band: André Dias (Portuguese guitar), André Ramos (classical guitar) and Rodrigo Serrão (acoustic bass guitar) at the World Financial Center, free

5/4, 7:30 PM pianist Richard Goode plays works by Mozart, Beethoven, Janacek, Chopin and others at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

5/4, 7:30/9:30 PM trombonist Kalia Vandever plays solo, trio and quartet works to celebrate the releae of her debut atlbum at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/4. 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes at Barbes

5/4, 8 PM ghostly avant-garde trumpeter Jaimie Branch presents new works with her drum-trumpet duo Anteloper and quartet Fly or Die at Roulette $18 adv tix req

5/4, 8 PM surrealist avant garde free jazz collective thingNY present the premieres of Skylighght by Erin Rogers & Gelsey Bell, a duet for voice and saxophone “that explores that larger space as well as the space within their instruments, and You Must Read a Lot of Jung by Dave Ruder, a slow-moving melodic sextet that seem to keep turning over the same questions,” plus Stevie May’s Softboarding multimedia project at Artefix, 38-02 61st St, Woodside, Queens (7 train to 61st St), $10

5/4, 8 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

5/4, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita  play the album release show for their new one at Elsewhere, $17

5/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the eclectic, had-hitting Aquatudes, at 10 the spooky organ-fueled Renegade Lounge, the Dick Dale-ish Killers from Space at 11 and around midnight : NY horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers

5/4, 9 PM lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi with a fantastic string quintet playing compositions and improvisations at the Cell Theatre, $15

5/4, 9ish eclectic, acerbic Americana/klezmer violinist Lily Henley leads her band at the Owl

5/4, 9 PM eclectic, tuneful, seriously woke Americana guitarist/accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at Pete’s

5/4, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”atat Bar Chord

5/4, 10 PM the latest edition of 90s alt-country favorites Son Volt at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

5/5, 2:30 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken plays works by Scott Joplin and Charles Ives at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/5, 3 PM violinist Joshua Bell. pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis play piano trios by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff’s harrowing Trio Elegiaque at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

5/5, 3 PM St. George’s Choral Society sing Milhaud’s rarely staged Sacred Service with Paolo Bordignon on the organ at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave at 35th St, $30

5/5. 3 PM the epic Chinese Music Ensemble NY play lush tradiional themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

5/5, 4 PM acoustic folk vet Bev Grant and her songwriter colleagues, janglerocke Steve Mayone, Americana rock siren and ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist  Carolann Solebello & Lindsey Wilson at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/5, 4 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with pianist Jean Schneider, piano play a classical program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/5, 5 PM the Brooklyn chapter of the American Guild of Organists show off their chops: Aaron Comins, Stephen Danziger, Phillip Lamb, Nick Martellacci, Maria Rayzvasser, Thomas Hobson Williams, John A. Wolfe, and Ellen Wright play what is sure to be an eclectic program at the San Damiano Mission,, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, free, closest train is actually the G (which is running) to Nassau St.

5/5, 5 PM rapturous Afro-Peruvian/classical pianist/singer Chi-Chi Glass followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/5, 5:30 PM clarinetist Jeff Perlman,with brilliant klezmer accordionist Shoko Nagai at Bar Thalia next to Symphony Space

5/5, 6 PM colorful, cinematic big band sounds: Migiwa Miyajima & her Miggy Augmented Orchestra at Birdland, $30

5/5. 7 PM Guinean band Kakande and the amazing, phantasmagorical klezmer band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/5, 8 PM jamming out the lows: tuba player Jesse Dulman, baritone sax maven Dave Sewelson and multi-instrumentailst Leonid Galaganov at Downtown Music Gallery

5/5, 8:30 ish ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi, jangly Laurel Canyon psych-folk songwriter Rebecca Turner and fiery, populist Pete Cedenedella – frontman of vintage Springsteenian rockers the Tru Mongrel Hearts – at the Treehouse at 2A

5/5, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

5/6, 7:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with perennially adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play works by Azmeh, Kayhan Kahor, Beethoven, premieres by Caroline Shaw and Colin Jacobsen at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

5/6, 8 PM the Korea Fantasy Orchestra back a series of singers celebrating Korean independence at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

5/6, 8:30 PM the best 80s British songwriter not named Elvis Costello: the perennially relevant, cynical Graham Parker at City Winery $25 standing room avail

5/6, 9:30 PM the eclectic, electrifying Los Mochuelos play classic Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Barbes

5/6, 10:30 PM O Kwarterto play string quartet arrangements of samba, forro, choro and other Brazilian folk styles at Pete’s

5/7, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Big Dog Little Dog – Jessie Montgomery, violin; Eleonore Oppenheim, bass – improvise duets at the Miller Theatre, free

5/7, 7 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble perform Nordic noir compositions by Ejnar Kanding and My Beautiful Decay 1973 (alias Carsten Bo Eriksen) at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/7-8, 7:30/9:30 PM vocal jazz supergroup Duchess -Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Sthrisianou- at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/7-12, 8:30/10:30 PM drummer Antonio Sanchez leads an unorthodox, enticing quartet with Chris Potter and Donny McCaslin on saxes and Scott Colley on bass at the Vanguard

5/7-11, 10:30 PM tuneful postbop pianist Matthew Shipp leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20 Choice pick: 5/11 leading a trio wih vMichael Bisio (bass) Newman Taylor Baker (drums

5/7, 8 PM the Hypercube quartet (sax, electric guitar, piano, perc) play he US premiere of Eric Wubbels’ Voided Cross + works by Erin Rogers, Nick Deyoe at the DiMenna Center, $10

5/8, 7 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play “an evening of new music, including Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s Danza de mediodia, Brazilian-American composer Ricardo Romaneiro’s minimalist piece Ventos, Xinyan Li’s Mo Suo’s Burial Ceremony, Valerie Coleman’s Tzigane and Owl City’s Fireflies (!?!). at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Ave, 7th Fl, $20/$10 stud

5/8, 8 PM indie powerpop maven and once-and-future Silos bandleader Walter Salas-Humara at an unlikely venue, Barbes

5/8, 8 PM Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laksa’s assaultive dub industrial I.U.D. project followed by the NYC debut of Japanese noise quartet SAICOBAB at issue Project Room, $15

5/8, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

5/9, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM the Danish Clarinet Trio play works by Brahms, Gade, Nieslen and Clara Schumann at Scandinavia House, $15

5/9, 7:30/930 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads an unorthodox tuneful trio with Matt Mitchell on piano and Dan Weiss on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/9, 7:30 PM pansori singer Lee Narae reinvents the classic Korean epic Byeongangseo-ga from the point of view of its anti-heroine at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/9-10.,8 PM allstar violinist and drummer Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf  at Barbes, $10, followed at 10 by the unlikely awesome the Burnt Ends – Kyle Wilson – tenor sax, Kenny Warren – trumpet, Charlotte Greve – alto sax, Chris Parker – guitar, Danny Fox – piano, Noah Garabedian – bass, Sean Mullins – drums.- play horn arrangements of classic honkytonk tunes.

5/9, 8 PM the Oratorio Society of NY perform Verdi’s Requiem at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/9-12, 730/930 PM trumpet powerhouse Jeremy Pelt l leads a septet at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/9, 9ish oldtimey Appalachian duo Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves at the Owl

5/9, 9:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads followed by eclectic, pensive, purposeful original acoustic Americana songwriter Ruby Landen at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/9, 11 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara, corner of 7th and Ave A, upstairs

5/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at 55 Bar

5/10, 6ish darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at the American Folk Art Museum. Gemini is also at Branded Saloon on 5/22 at 8.

5/10, 7:30 PM the Verona Quintet play a classical program tba at the Cell Theatre, $20

5/10, 7:30/9:30 PM vibraphonist Nikara Warren leads a septet playing her Black Wall Street suite, examining the massacre of black residents of Norman Oklahoma in 1921 at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/10, 8 PM nuanced, fearlessly populist Malagasy chanteuse Razia Said at Club Bonafide, $20

5/10, 8ish horn-fueled 90s ska-punk nostalgia with Mephiskapheles at the Kingsland, $10

5/10, 8 PM the New York Virtuoso Singers perform Three Masses by Renaissance Composer William Byrd at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 225 W. 99th St., enter on Amsterdam Ave. between 99th and 100th, $25/$20 stud/srs

5/10, 8 PM, repeating on 5/11 at 3 and 8 PM Periapsis Music & Dance presents four collaborations, including three world premieres, by resident choreographers Erin Dillon and Hannah Weber, and guest choreographers Norbert De La Cruz III and Annalee Traylor, backed by a live score by composers Jonathan Howard Katz, Hilary Purrington and Harry Stafylakis, at the LIU Kumble Theatre, corner of Dekalb and Flatbush, downtown Brooklyn, $15 tickets with code ORACLE19

5/10, 9 PM colorful vintage Springsteenian highway rockers the Felice Bros. at the Bell House, $20

5/10, 9 PM pianist Orion Weiss plays Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Shostakovich’s  Piano Sonata No. 2 and three of the Brahms Choral Preludes at the 92nd St. Y, $25

5/10 10 PM Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw and band followed by brilliant Americana rock guitarist Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at Hank’s, $10

5/11, 7 PM electric microtonal improvisation with the Take Off Collective – Marko Djordjevic: drums; Ole Mathisen: saxophone; Matthew Garrison: bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/11, 7:30 PM Quatuor Daniel play Shostakovich’s haunting String Quartet No. 6 plus quartets by Beethoven and Weinberg at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

5/11, 8 PM purposefully atmospheric  indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley followed by  Super Yamba playing their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

5/11, 7:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlanderr solo followed by flutist Michel Gentile’s Works trio with Daniel Kelly – piano and Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/11, 8 PM the circus rock band that started the whole thing – World Inferno – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 gen adm

5/11, 8 PM jangly Merseybeat garage rockers Ghost King, soul/funksters Native Sun and retro psych road warriors Night Beats at the Knitting Factory, $15

5/11, 8 PM instrument inventor/electronic composer Daniel Fishkin plays a “concert that may or may not include solar sound, pre-synthesizer electronic music, craft in America, radical lutherie and wood attached or unattached to the ground,”  at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req, reception to follow

5/11, 9ish jangly, catchy sad-sack acoustic songwriter Field Medic at Alphaville

5/11, 8:30 PM hilarious, savagely cynical, fearlessly political C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/11, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

5/11, 10 PM swirly fuzz/dreampop band Mantismass, epic, cinematic postrock/metal instrumentalists Lighteater and the thundering, Mastodon-inspired Somnuri at Footlight Bar, $10

5/12, 11 AM NY original klezmer icons Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery, $28

5/12, 3 PM first-wave punk rock chronicler Vivien Goldman reads from her new book Revenge of the She-Punks  at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, 5/24 at 7 she’s at Rough Trade reading and performing a couple of her songs with pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith

5/12, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho with pianist Elliott Roth at Freddy’s

5/12, 4 PM the Daedalus Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/12,, 7 PM PM guitarist Loïc Da Silva leads the Fado-Manouche Trio playing Portuguese/French Romanhy mashups followed at 9:30 by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/12, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara  at the Fat Cat

5/12, 7 PM a good triplebill at Coney Island Baby: catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights,  wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers and guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass  $8

5/12, 7 PM singer Arta Jēkabsone leads a lush octet making string jazz out of ancient Latvian themes at the fifth-floor New School auditorium at 55 W 13th St., free

5/12, 7:30 PM wildfire Macedonian trumpet virtuoso Džambo Agušev and his equally ferocious, brassy orchestra at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St (1/2 Aves), $20

5/12, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $25

5/12, 8 PM Karla Bonoff – NYC’s answer to Linda Ronstadt back in the 70s and 80s – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

5/12, 9 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Treehouse at 2A

5/13, 7 PM funny female-fronted powerpop/indie band Bad Bad Hats at the Mercury, $12

5/13, 8 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, free

5/13, 8 PM Tigue Percussion play an eco-disaster themed program of 2 NYC premieres of works by Paula Matthusen and Elori Kramer with a recent batch of Tigue’s original music at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/13, 10:30 PM Cameron Mizell – the best pastoral jazz guitarist not named Bill Frisell – at Pete’s

5/14, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 So Percussion’s Jason Treuting leads a quintet playing his new works at the Miller Theatre, free

5/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

5/14, 7:30 PM Estonian folk singer/multi-instrumentalist Mari Kalkun plays a rare program of ancient tunes at Scandinavia House, free, early arrival advised

5/14, 7:30 PM Scott Ballantyne, cello and Hiroko Sasaki, piano play the 3 Beethoven cello sonatas at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

5/14, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/14, 8 PM epically shapeshifting Middle Eastern/Greek jamband Atlas Maior at Sisters Brooklyn, $10

5/14. 8 PM intrepid bassist Shayna Dulberger plays duo sets with keyboardist Chris Welcome, then a dancer, then leads a sax-bass-drums trio at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/14, 8 ish the world’s loudest quasi-reggae band, Dub Trio at St. Vitus, $15

5/14, 8/10:30 PM saxophonist Ben Wendel leads his Seasons quintet with Aaron Parks on piano at the Vangurad

5/14, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

5/14, 9 PM awful segue, decent twinbill: kinetic dreampoppers the Mattson 2 and noir-tinged retro soul songwriter Nick Waterhouse at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv ti rec

5/14, 10 PM powerhouse singer Shara Nova’s kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond at Rough Trade, $22 adv tix rec

5/14, 10 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/15, 7 PM enigmatic, sharply literary jazz songwriter and singer/bandleader Allegra Levy at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/15, 8 PM fiery oldschool soul and hard funk with Bruce Mack & the Nubian Messengers at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/15, 8 PM psychedelic powerpop guitar god Pete Galub followed by surf rockers Crazy Pills and then quirky, jangly psych-pop band Rancho Cowabunga at Footlight Bar, $10

5/15, 8 PM allstar Americana jammers the Honky-Tonk Heroes,, featuring Springsteen pianist Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Trip Henderson, Tim Kiah and some surprise guests (including a fantastic mandolin and clarinet player, hmm) at Barbes

5/15, 9 PM veteran Irish crooner Pierce Turner – who at his best comes across as a mashup of the Pogues and the Moody Blues – in a very rare intimate pub show at 11th St. Bar, get there early

5/16, 7 PM darkly colorful, perennially interesting bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quartet bolstered by a string quartet playing the album release show for her new one at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/16, 7:30 PM high-voltage alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and her band at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave (at 135th St, free rsvp req  

5/16, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/18 at 8  the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture plus works by Bach, Weber, and Mackey at NJPAC in Newark, $20 ti avail

5/16, 7:30 PM  the Israeli Chamber Projectt play works by Karl Goldmark, Aaron Copland, Bernard Herrmann. Shulamit Ran and other Jewish composers at Weill Hall at Canegie Hall, $30 tix avail

5/16, 7l30/9:30 PM singer Arta Jēkabsone leads a lush octet making string jazz out of ancient Latvian themes at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/16. 7;30 PM quirk-pop cult fave Nellie McKay hosts a subversive multimedia night with comedy by Nancy Giles, Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, author Meghan Daum, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey,  bassist Jay Leonhart leading the 1-Train Band, and other acts at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

5/16, 7:30 PM  Anthony Arnove – Howard Zinn’s collaborator for the Voices of a People’s History of the United States anthology emcees a night of Zinn-inspired readings and music tba at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/16, 8 PM Bubble  leader Dave Foster’s retro jazz song project the Gershwin Bros. at Barbes

5/16, 8 PM exceptionally adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En play works by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen at Scandinavia House, $15

5/16, 9:30 PM fiery, dark art-rock/avant garde violinist Natalia Steinbach does double duty, playing the album release show for her new WaterLynx album, then teams up with her bandmates in the supergroup Feeding Goats with Michael Hafftka on guitar, Yonat Hafftka on theremin, Cameron Mizell on guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/16-17, 10 PM Steve Wynn’s legendary, ageless, searing guitar duel band the Dream Syndicate at the Mercury (a place they’ve never played before), $25. 80s guitarslinger cult hero Stephen McCarthy (ex-True West) opens both shows at around 8

5/16, 9 PM punchy, sardonic postpunk band Big Bliss at Alphaville, $12

5/16, 9:30 PM newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/17-18, 7/9 PM a rare solo performance by Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 seats avail

5/17-18, 8 PM perennnially edgy, darkly tuneful, fearlessly noisy guitarist Mary Halvorson with Gabriel Seymour (bass); Henry Mermer (drums) at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/17, 8 PM crazy segue, but two good bands: sax-and-organ grooves with Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith and baroque specialists the Beijing Guitar Duo at Flushing Town Hall, $12

5/17, 8:30 PM sepulchral, otherworldly Cairo singer/multi-instrumentalist Nadah El Shazly – who puts an eerie improvisational spin on classical Arabic song –  followed by a series of short films about “neighborhood celebrities, the rebels of Chinese trap music, animated bungee dives, and conga lines on the high seas,” then party amid the tombstones in Green-Wood Cemetery, $16 

5/17, 10 PM increasingly electric, psychedeic cumbia band Cumbiagra at Barbes

5/17, 10 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/17, 7 PM newschool jazz singer Gretchen Parlato leads her quartet at the big room at the Rockwood

5/18, 4 PM  the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at El Museo del Barrio, free

5/18, 5 PM the Make Some Noise festival in Riverside Park just north of 91st St with Bacchantae, Barnard College’s all-female a cappella group, ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black, the Educadorian-flavred Luz Pinos Band and eventually genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou and her band at the crabapple grove in Riverside Park, enter at 91st or 95th St. and follow the noise

5/18, 7 PM indie classical ensemble ensemble Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical at Littlefield $10

5/18, 7:30 PM pipa-driven Chinese traditional pastorales with Zhou Yi and Ban Ban Chinese Music Society at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/18, 8 PM  intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet at Barbes

5/18-19 9 PM ageless third-wave ska/soul band the Slackers at the Kingsland, $20. 5/18 punk-popsters the Hempsteadys and Big Tuens open at 7; 5/19 it’s ska band Westbound Train and Love & Wra; 5/19 the opening acts are roots reggae group the Far East and goth band Deep Cuts

5/18, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony wind up their socially aware season with Courtney Bryan — Sanctum; Dvořák — Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53 featuring soloist Bryn Digney; Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5 in D Minor at the DiMenna Center, $20 sug don. The program repeats 5/19 at 2 PM, switching out the Dvorak for Eric Ewazen’s Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra; with bass trombone soloist Owen Caprell

5/18, 8 PM riveting Japanese shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe at Branded Saloon

5/18, 9 PM trumpet icon Frank London and percussion maven Deep Singh’s Bagels & Bhangra, and klezmer reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue at City Winery, $15

5/18. 10 PM energetic fifth-wave garage rockers the Lord Calverts at Hank’s, $10

5/18. 10 PM fuzztone-fueled retro 60s psychedelic rockers the Mystery Lights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec

5/18, 10 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

5/19, starting at around noon the annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, acts TBA starting at Washington St and 7th St. ; feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi is the highlight at 2. A former New York pierrot repreises his popular 80s faux latin lounge lizard act at around 6.

5/19, 2 PM slashing, careening, irrepressible former Friggs guitarslinger Palmyra Delran and band followed by sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Mulligan’s Pub, 159 1st St. close to the Path train in Hoboken

5/19, 7 PM the Fair Trade Trio play the world premiere of Alon Nechushtan‘s Fractured Fairy Tales along with Beethoven’s String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1. and join forces with pianist Taisiya Pushkar for Schumann’s Piano Quartet at the Dimenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/19, 7:30 PM Miriam Phyro reinterprets Edith Piaf at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/19, 9ish NYC Americana vet Samoa Wilson, newschool boleros with Yva Las Vegas and quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs  at Starr Bar

5/19, 8 PM one of the world’s most brilliant and individualistic slide guitarists:  Debashish Bhattacharya, who’s equally thrilling with Indian ragas and Hawaiian nightscapes, at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/20, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic pianist/composer Kelly Moran plays two sets, accompanied by videos at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/21-22, 8/10:30 PM the new generation’s most eclectic jazz harpist, Brandee Younger leads her band with Ravi Coltrane on alto at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

5/20, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

5/21, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM Travis Laplante & erennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play their ecologically-themed, hypnotic suite Inner Garden at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/21, 9 PM fiery political rock en Espanol/ska punk band Outernational at Coney Island Baby, $8

5/22, 7 PM klezmer jazz band Hevreh Ensemble play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. Followed at 9 ($10 separate adv tix admission) by the album release show by Cuban-style charanga La Banda Ramirez

5/22, 7:30 PM crescendoing, psychedelic doom metal band Clouds Taste Satanic, followed by doomy postrockers Seasick Gladiator and then Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager at Arlene’s, $10

5/22-23 and 5/28, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/25 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, $34 tix avail

5/22, 8 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Barbes

5/22, 8 PM brilliantly eclectic vibraphonist Joel Ross leads a quartet, then a massive octet at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/22-23, 8/10 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her eclectic oldschool soul/jazz/psychedelic funk band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

5/22-25, 8:30/11 PM funky jazz organ icon Dr. Lonnie Smith with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw at Birdland, $30 seats avail

5/22, 9 PM cinematic rock band Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes and songs from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at LIC Bar

5/22, 9 PM 80s Irish punk-pop/powerpop legends the Undertones at the Poisson Rouge, $26 adv tix rec. Maybe they’re getting their Middle Aged Kicks right about now

5/22 midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

5/23-26, 7:30/930 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana  leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/23, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Chausson and Franck at the Baruch College Auditorium, $21

5/23. 7:30 PM pianist Todd Crow plays works by Mendelssohn , Schumann, Debussy, Bartok and Dutilleux at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/23, 7:30 PM salsa dura flutist Karen Joseph leads her own band, MamboCha at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/23, 8 PM playful avant garde vocal icon Meredith Mon (performing on voice and keyboard) offers one of her more rare, intimate concerts in her premiere at the Jewish Museum, with members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger (voice) and Allison Sniffin (voice, violin and keyboard).  $20. Check out the Leonard Cohen exhibit while you’re there

5/23, 8 PM the original creepy cello rockers, Rasputina at Baby’s All Right, $20

5/23, 10 PM “the Slippery Fish pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. With Ari Folman-Cohen – bass and John Echelay – pedal steel,” at Barbes

5/23, 11 PM hilarious, ageless hair metal parody band Satanicide at the Mercury $10

5/24, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

5/24, 8 PM  amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/24, 8 PM elegant folk noir songwriter Jean Rohe at the Owl

5/24,, 8 PM adventurous choir Khorikos sing Josquin des Prez’s under-recorded motet cycle “Vultum Tuum Deprecabuntur,” plus material from their lavish triple album Joy and Grief and Rest at the DiMenna Center, $20

5/24, 8 PM crystalline-voiced, vivid, Tom Waits-influenced acoustic storyteller Lara Ewen and darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at the Way Station

5/24, 8 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays solo, duo and trio pieces at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/24, 8 PM Shilpa Ray – who lately has been doing a decent Patti Smith impression – followed by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Cmon Everybody, $10

5/24, 8:30 PM psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at Espresso 77. 5/31 at midnight they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

5/24, 8:15 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play leader Charley Girard’s Obamalogues t Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/24, 9 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions – at the Jalopy, $10

5/25, 4 PM a Joseph Jarman memorial concert at Roulette, lineup TBA, probably plenty of AACM talent, free w/rsvp

5/25, 4 PM oldschool bomba and plena sounds with Tito Matos and La Maquina Insular at Poe Park in the Bronx

5/25, 7 PM excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist klezmer/art-rock band Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/25, 7 PM eclectic, pensive, purposeful original acoustic Americana songwriter Ruby Landen at Arlene’s, $10

5/25, 9:30 dark, Crampsy garage-punk band the So So Glos at the Mercury, $16 adv ti rec

5/26, 5 PM pianist Andrea Lam performs Bach, Schumann and Stravinsky at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

5/26, 7:30/9:30 PM starry, mesmerizing, pointillistically sweeping space-jazz band Bryan & the Aardvarks at the Jazz Gallery, $15s

5/26, 8 PM Peruvian psychedelic cumbia legends Los Mirlos – whose version of the national anthem or cumbia, Sonido Amazonico, remains the best-known – make their American debut at Brooklyn Bazaar, outrageously expensive, $35, but this might be your only chance to see the on this continent

5/26, 8:30 PM blowtorch singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many and colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at the Merrcury, $10

5/26, 10 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his combo at Smalls

5/27, 6 PM the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

5/27, 7 PM the NY Philharmonic play Bruckner’s big, blustery Symphony No. 8 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, you should get in line by 4 at the latest if you’re going.

5/27, 10ish  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

5/28, 6 PM kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca leads an octet playing his new suite about Cuban freedom fighter Florentina Zulueta battling slave traders and conquistadors, at Barretto Point Park (a former slave burial ground) in the Bronx, free

5/28 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Alexa Tarantino plays the album release show for her new one with pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at Dizzy’s Club, expensive $35, but she’s really something

5/28, 8 PM edgy, purposeful, improvisational tenor saxophonist María Grand leads two duos – one wiht a dancer – and a quartet at Roulette, $18 qdv ix rec

5/28-6/2, 8/10:30 PM drummer Mark Guiliana leads a killer quatet with Jason Rigby on tenor and Shai Maestro on piano at the Vanguard

5/28-6/1, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Caine leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 5/31 leading a tango band with strings and accordion!

5/28, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

5/29, 6 PM Colombian-style cumbia with LaMar at Bryant Park

5/29-31, 7/9 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/29, 7:30 PM mystical belltones: pianist Anthony McDonald plays a rare all-Mompou program at Scholes St. Studio

5/29. 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars w/allstar oudist Ara Dinkjian at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

5/29, 8 PM legendary Bob Marley bassist Family Man Barrett’s version of the Wailers at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

5/30, 730/930 PM bassist Shawn Lovato leads a quintet with Oscar Noriega -alto saxophone; Brad Shepik -guitar’ Santiago Leibson -piano; Chris Carroll -drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/30. 7:30/9 PM noir-tinged pianist Frank Kimbrough with Jay Anderson on bass & Jeff Hirshfield on drums at Mezzrow, $20

5/30, 7:30 PM, repeating 6/1 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 plus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, $34 tix aail

5/30, 7:30 PM powerhouse retro 60s soul singer Meah Pace and her killer band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/30, 7:30 riveting, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays fiery works by De Falla, Liszt and Kachturian at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hell, $20 seats avail

5/30, 8 PM scruffy indie gutter blues duo Eleanor followed by  edgy lefty latin soul guitarist Damian Quinones acoustic at Freddy’s

5/30 830 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and  punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels  at Coney Island Baby, $10

5/30, 8:30 PM original klezmer songwriter Josh Waletzky & band with the charismatic Ilya Shneyveys on vocals at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

5/30-6/2, 8/10:30 PM perennially edgy, tuneful alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

5/30, 10 PM catchy, politically fearless soulstress Alice Lee – Nina Simone meets Fiona Apple, equally psychedelic and torchy – at Pete’s

5/30, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

5/31, 7 PM an eclectic slate of guitarists – pensive, thoughtful Caribbean/Canadian banjoist/songwriter Kaia Kater, hypnotic soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia and ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic banjo player Amythyst Kiah.– salute 20s blues pioneer Memphis Minnie at the Greene Space, $25

5/31, 7:30 PM cutting-edge string jazz with drmmer Kendrick Scott‘s Oracle and the Attacca Quartet at Aaron Davis Hal, free, rsvp req 

5/31, reception at 7:30, show at 8:30, mystical courtly themes and edgy improvisation with Korean piri flutist Gamin with Minkyung Park (haegeum fiddle);Sangmi Kang (gayageum zither) at the Center for Remembering & Sharing, 123 4th Ave FL 2 (between 12th & 13th str $25 adv tix rec

5/31, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare duo show with pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Ches Smith at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/31, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s Rosamunde suite, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto at Symphony Space, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/31, 8 PM probably the best twinbill ever to play Silvana: careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse followed by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project 

5/31-6/1, 8 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists/parodists Tredici Bacci at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/31, 9 PM cinematic, kaleidoscopic jazz composer/singer Annie Chen leads her quintet at the old Nublu

5/31, 9:30 PM oldschool 60s Muscle Shoals style soul duo Dwight & Nicole at Bower Electric, $10 dv tix rec

6/1, 1/3 PM up-and-coming chamber group Ensemble Connect play Ives’ Symphony No. 3 plus other works on Governors Island, free

6/1, 5 PM ecketic, fiery jazz improv guitarist Ryan Ferreira followed at 6 by atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and band, at 8 by purist front-porch folk banjo player/singer Stephanie Jenkins and eventually at 11 by creepy 80s goth/folk noir group Ghost Harbor at Pete’s

6/1, 7:30ish oldschool 60s style soul crooner/guitarist Durand Jones & the Indications followed by Americana soulstress Emily King at Central Park Summerstage. To get in, you may have to stand through a set by a putrid opening act that starts about a half hour earlier

6/1, 10 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

6/2 2 PM the Scandia String Quartet with flutist Lisa Hansen play works by Friedrich Kuhlau, Lard-Erik Larsson, Jean Sibelius, Edward Grieg, and Frank Foerster on the Billings Lawn  on th4 downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/2, 830 PM skittish, oldschool 70s style powerpop band the Penultimate followed at 10;30 by quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs  at Pete’s

6/4 drinks at 5:30, show at 6 the Bent Duo -David Friend, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion – play works by Hannah Lash, Sarah Hennies and Mayke Nas at the Miller Theatre, free

6/4, 8 PM 70s disco nostalgia with Patti LaBelle at Prospect Park Bandshell – this will be a mobscene, try watching from behind the back fence if you’re going

6/4, 10 PM the Belle Curves – who have an achingly gorgeous new janglerock single out – at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/6, 6:30 PM postbop drum vet Winard Harper leads hisvtypicaly excellet  band at Marcus Garvey Park

6//6, 7:30 PM, repeating 6/7-8 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play David Lang’s new opera Prisoner of the State – inspired by Beethoven’s Fidelio, it chronicles the rise and fall of a tyrant, what a coincidence in 2019! $34 tix avail

6/7, 5:30 PM rousing spiritual/soul singer Vienna Carroll at the American Folk Art Museum

6/7, 6:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez leads his salsa jazz Quartet at Sunset Park Recreation Center in Sunset Park, 43rd Street at 7th Ave

6/7-8, 7 PM the annual steel guitar Unconvention at the Jalopy, $25. Friday nghts lineup begins with pedal steel and cello duets from Bob Hoffnar and Christopher Hoffman – wow – followed at 8 by the: Dime Store Romeos featuring Raphael McGregor at 9 Dave Easley, at 10 Atlanta sacred steel band: Kashiah Hunter and the Sacred Sounds. Saturday nght’s lineup starts at 7 with latin steel sounds from John Eichleay, at 8 Hazmat Modine’s fierce Michaela Gomez, at 9 Anupam Shobhakar playing Indian sarod and at 10 pm Murnel Babineaux on Cajun steel guitar

6/7, 8ish long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Shrine

6/7, 10 PM the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra at the Cutting Room,, $30 adv tix rec

6/7, 11 PM Athan Hilaki and his band play classic Greek rebetiko rock and pop hits at Drom $15 standing room avail

6/8, 1 PMchanteuse/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 Ruppert Park, Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.

6/9, 2 PM the Scandia Brass Quintet on the Billings Lawn  on the downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/9, 3-11 PM an allday free Wall to Wall John Coltrane marathon at Symphony Space,, lineup tba includes Lakecia Benjamin, the Brooklyn Raga Massive and others

6/9 3 PM roots and dancehall reeggae with British Dependency, Mr. Kool, and Paul Brown.at St. Albans Park in Queens

6/9,  7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea

6/9, 7 PM Bobtown – NYC’s most allusingly lurid folk noir harmony band – play the album release show for their slightly less creepy new one at the big room at the Rockwood

6/9, 8:30 PM quirky, whirling, string-driven chamber pop/art-rock band Gadadu at Pete’s

6/10, 6 PM the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

6/11, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Ensemble Échappé play works by Selim Göncü, Katherine Balch, Nina C. Young and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/11, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 plus other stuff at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/12 in Central Park, 6/13 in Cunningham Park, at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike in Queens, 6/14 in Prospect Park. The orchestra’s brass and percussion also play a free concert on 6/16 at 4 at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island

6/12, 7 PM a cantorial music showdown with Azi Schwartz, Yanky Lemmer and Netanel Hershtik backed by an all-star band led by trumpet legend Frank London at Central Park Summerstage

6/13, half past noon polymath latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill leads a small group at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/13, 7:30 PM  fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers and folk noir duo the Tall Pines playing the album release show for their new one at Coney Island Baby, $12

6/13, 10 PM a rare reunion gig by pioneering salsacore/Puerto Rican punk band Ricanstruction at Shrine

6/14, 5:30 PM a fearsome lineup of acoustic and Americana talent celebrate irrepressible impresario and songwriter Lara Ewen‘s bday at the American Folk Art Museum

6/14, 6 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry and band at J Hood Wright Park W. 173 St. bet. Haven Ave. and Ft. Washington Ave. uptown

6/14, 8 PM Lost Dog New Music Ensemble play the the world premiere of new orchestrations of Leonard Bernstein’s haunting Dybbuk and his much more carefree early suite Fancy Free.at the DiMenna Center, 420

6/14, 8:30 PM surf rock night at Freddy’s: Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others and  the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC.

6/14, 9 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Connolly’s, 121 W 45th St., $10

6/15, 5 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra  at Marcus Garvey Park

6/15, 7 PM drummer Jack DeJohnette leads a Coltrane tribute trio with Ravi Coltrane on alto and Matt Garrison on bass at Central Park Summerstage

6/15, 7 PM Orquesta Afinke play oldschool salsa dura at Gorman Playground 30 Ave., 25 Ave. bet. 84 St. and 85 St. in Queens

6/16, 2 PM the Scandia String Orchestra  perform  Nordic works by Frank Foerster, Niels W. Gade, Johan Helmich Roman, and Svend S. Schultz. on the Billings Lawn  on the downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/16, 3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

6/16, 5 PM cellist Angela Lee, with pianist Evelyne Luest play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Janáček at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

6/18, 7 PM popular, eclectic, edgy orchestra the Knights play works by Mendelssohn, Britten and Lisa Bielawa at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/19, 10:30 PM cscampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunk/psychedelic band Sharkmuffin at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/20, noon ageless soul-jazz pioneer and Blaxpolitation film soundtrack icon Roy Ayers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/20, 7:30 PM bluesy funk followed by gullah-influenced soul: organist  Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles and Tank & the Bangas at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/20, 8 PM 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Pharaoh Monche at Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave in Bed-Stuy

6/20, 9 PM scruffy punkish jamband Jeff the Brotherhood at Industry City Courtyard, 238 36th St, Sunset Park, $15 adv tix avail at the Bell House

6/21, 6 PM a rare uptown appearance by Brooklyn folk noir icon Liz Tormes at the American Folk Art Musem

6/21, 7:30 PM psychedelic blues singer/bandleader Aida Victoria followed by desert rock/southwestern gothic legends Calexico fronted by that Iron & Wine dude at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/21, 8 PM careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Shrine

6/21, 8 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and composer-pianist Gu Wei play an evening of contemporary music for toy and “real” piano featuring pieces by Phyllis Chen, Jun An Chew, Daniel Despins, Chris Parrello, Yuting Tan, and Gu Wei. at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/22, 10 AM the annual free Punk Island allday concert on Governors Island, dozens of bands from all styles of punk. Houston folk-punk faves Days N Daze on the bill with dozens of others. Keep in mind that security to get on the ferry is FEROCIOUS, no alcohol alllowed, you will be searched.

6/22, 8:30 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes and sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/22, 8:30 PM psychedelic Chicago postrock/downtempo legends Tortoise at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/23, 3 PM ish  electroacoustic film composer/performer Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux at Union Pool, free

6/23, 10 PM edgy lefty latin soul guitarist Damian Quinones acoustic at Freddy’s

6/25, 7:30 PM Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band that pretty much singlehandedly springboarded the oldtimey swing revival in NYC, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

6/25, 9:30 PM Russian quirk-rock, ska punk and freak-folk with Vezhlivy Otkaz – Russian for “polite refusal” –  “one of the most original and erratic rock bands in Russia” at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

6/25, 10 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony at Shrine

6/26, 7:30 PM latin jazz drum maven Dafnis Prieto‘s Si o Si Quartet and Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/26, 8 PM this era’s most fearlessly relevant, hard-hitting tenor saxophonist, JD Allen unveils his brand-new trio and plays the album release show for his latest one, Barracoon at Bar Bayeaux, 1066 Nostrand Ave in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, free, 2 to Sterling St. omfg

6/27, half past noon playfully eclectic trombonist Art Baron and band at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/27, 7 PM golden-age hip-hop vets Smif & Wessun and Black Moon at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn

6/27, 7:30 PM Jamaican dancehall night with conscious singer Jah9 and her rootsy band followed by Protoje at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/28, 5:30 PM one of New York’ most acerbic, distinctive voices in front-porch folk,  Jo Williamson,  star Pakistani crooner Ali Aslam, and richly lyrical noir soul band Sweet Soubrette at the American Folk Art Museum

6/28, 7:30 PM Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta play their fiery Afrobeat jams followed by singer/accordionis Celso Piña – the psychedelic Mexican “Rebelde del Acordion” – at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/29, 7ish psychedelic, minimalist Cameroonian crooner/guitarist Blick Bassy at Central Park Summerstage

6/29, 7:30 PM well-loved, riff-rocking Boston fourth-wave garage rockers Muck & the Mires at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/29, 7:30 PM rustic Cuban country music band Los Hacheros play ancient island grooves at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

6/30, half past noon amazing, mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/30, 3 PM ish  irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at Union Pool, free

6/30, 3 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play a program TBA at  the bandshell in Forest Park on Woodhaven Boulevard

7/3, 7;30 PM the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Catherine Russell  on vocals plus Camille Thurman,saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone;Endea Owens,bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton,piano; and Molly Ryan guitar celebrate the legacy of the legendary all-female 30s swing band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/4, 7:30 PM El Rey del Bajo, Bobby Valentín leads his Orchestra playing 70s Fania classics at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7 PM the Casym Steel Orchestra and soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow – see if he cancels again this time – at Springfield Park in Queens

7/5, 7:30 PM trumpeter Joe Battaglia &The New York Big Band play 30s/40s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 8:30ish conscious hip-hop artist Leikeli47 followed by Chicago hardcore mc Mick Jenkins – who had the sense to nick a Gil Scott-Heron song for the title of his latest album – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/6, 7 PM epic, woke, Middle Eastern rap night with Narcy, wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul and Oddissee at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/7, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

7/7, 3 PM Christina Conroy plays the Irish harp at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village. She’s also here at 10 AM (in the morning) on 7/21

7/9, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Brazilian jungle song chanteuse Elba Ramalho ,“The Queen of Forró,” at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/10, 7 PM the Venice Baroque Orchestra make a rare outdoor NYC appearance playing works by Handel, Vivaldi and others at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/10, 7:30 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with special guest Brianna Thomas burning down the house on vocals at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Analía Goldberg’s tango Sextet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 8 PM female-fronted Colombian rock en Espanol vets Aterciopelados at Queensbridge Park

7/12, 7:30 PM Maria Muldaur  – yeah, her, Midnight at the Oasis – sings the songs of Blue Lu Barker and more at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/12, 8 PM veteran Argentine folksinger Leon Gieco at Queensbridge Park

7/13, 7:30 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing their 15th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/18, noon the thunderous hip-hop influenced Brooklyn United Drumline and seriously woke psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/18, half past noon the self-explanatory, reliably adrenalizing, surprisingly dynamic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th

7/18, 7 PM A Far Cry play works by Muffat, Caroline Shaw, Beecher and Tschaikovsky at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free, rsvp req

7/18, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Darlingside and acoustic Americana supergroup I’m with Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/20, 5 PM psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

7/20, 9 PM Alloy Orchestra play a live score to the 1925 German silent film Varieté. at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/25, noon ecsatic Mardi Gras funk band Cha Wa at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/25, half past noon accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/25, 7 PM eclectic, politically fearless tropical rock band La Santa Cecilia at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM magically spiky tropical psychedelic band Inti & the Moon on the water at 125th Street and Marginal Street at the West Harlem Piers

7/26, 7 PM individualistic Belgian cello rocker/improviser Helen Gillet followed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM salsa romantica with Los Hermanos Moreno and crooner Lalo Rodriguez at Soundview Park in the Bronx

7/27,7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: ubiquitous pan-latin psychedelic guitar god Adrian Quesada leads a Texas soul band with vocalists Jonny Benavidez, Eric Burton, Kam Franklin, Johnny Hernandez, Ruben Ramos, and Paul Schaldal James Brown contemporaries Lee Fields & the Expressions and darkly psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas

7/28, 3 PM ish  pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, and psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: salsa dura bands Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra featuring Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez (daughter of the great El Conde) & Su Banda, and allstar percussionist Carlitos Padron & Su Banda

7/30. 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play works by anna Clyne, Florence Pryce, Samuel Barber and otehs at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free rsvp req

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica with Edgar Joel and Ray de la Paz at Crotona Park

7/31, 7:30 PM jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads a bewilderingly eclectic all-star all-female band including Rhiannon Giddens, Xiomara Laugart, Ledisi, Amina Claudine Myers, Cleo Reed, Valerie Simpson, Charenée Wade, and Lizz Wright of at Damrosch Park

7/31, 8 PM a theatrical Afrobeat tribute with FELA! The Concert at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and you’lll need to get there early to get in

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn http://www.ruthiefoster.com/

8/2, 7ish hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at Crotona Park

8/3, 6 PM legendry hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 7ish PM politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvim Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and youlll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin/ at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; Ravi Coltrane, Quiana Lynel, Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, the George Coleman Trio,  Fred Hersch and Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

Up Close at Legendary Cuban Singer Omara Portuondo’s Farewelll Tour

At this point in her career, Omara Portunondo can do whatever she wants. The legendary Buena Vista Social Club singer has roots in Afro-Cuban music as deep as pretty much anyone ever has. Being Cuban, she hasn’t had the chance to spend as much time playing in this country as other artists of similar stature from elsewhere around the globe. That’s downright tragic, especially since her current tour is billed as a farewell.

But she doesn’t sing like she’s on her way out. Sure, she’s in her eighties now  and there’s more flint in her voice than there was ten years or so ago. And she gets an escort onstage, sits when she sings and takes a break midway through the show. But she still has power in the lows and brightness in the highs.

Portuondo distinguished herself as one of the most elegant singers to come out of latin music, and salsa in particular, a long time ago. Her delivery is as articulate and nuanced as ever: even if Spanish is not your first language, she’s very easy to understand. If you manage to catch her on this “Ultimo Beso” tour,, there will be people in the crowd singing along: if you don’t know the words, just wait for the chorus, you’ll get it.

If Friday night’s show at a swanky, semi-new sub-basement boite in the Times Square area is the blueprint, expect pianist Roberto Fonseca to open the show and then lead the band – Andres Coayo on percussion, Ruly Herrera on drums and Yandy Martinez  on bass- through what could be a long, very eclectic ,mostly instrumental interlude midway through. These guys are equally skilled at guajira, rhumba, cha-cha and boleros, and  like their leader can shift effortlessly between those styles.

Although she stays in her seat for most of the set, Portuondo may practically do the limbo from her chair when she’s not setting off singalongs with the audience. Beyond what the band are playing, the musical backdrop may include synthy orchestration and samples emanating from a loop pedal or a sequencer in Fonseca’s collection of keyboards. Martinez will switch between electric and acoustic bass and really dig in on the lows when he bows. Coayo will be as subtle as the singer, since most of the material is on the slow and melancholy side, as he switches from bongos to chekere, but he’ll really energize the crowd and draw them into a fiery timbale solo.

Portuondo will engage the crowd more if she senses that most of them know the material. Friday evening, the bttersweet Adios Felicidad was a highlight: holler for it if the band doesn’t play it early on. They don’t make singers like Portuondo anymore: this is a fleeting chance to be glad that the two of you are alive at the same time when she can sing your disappointments away.

A Rare South Slope Gig By One of This Era’s Great Soul Songwriters

You wouldn’t expect one of this era’s great soul singers to play Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground on a dobro. But that’s what Alice Lee did at Pete’s Candy Store late last month. She’d picked up the old 1930s model in Alaska last year and decided to put it to use, if not the way anybody would expect her to. Not to say that Stevie Wonder did a bad job with the original, but she gave it extra bite, and extra 21st century flavor: we’ve really got to keep on reaching now, even more than we did in the 70s.

Other than the occasional Nina Simone tune, Lee isn’t even known for playing covers, but she did another to close the set. “If I ever start a cover band, we’re going to do Sade,” she grinned, then sang an energetically plaintive version of King of Sorrow that brought to mind the Nigerian-British chanteuse’s live energy a lot more than the misty boudoir soul she made in the studio. Lee played that one on her big hollow-body electric rather than the dobro. And she did a stark take of Love Is a Thief straight out of Twin Peaks.

But her own songs hit the hardest. The best was Last Night on Earth. The version on her Lovers and Losers album is a hypnotic, starry, lushly arranged nocturne: this one was much more stark and hauntingly apocalyptic. Likewise, Letter to No One was a lot more strikingly direct and alienated than the bittersweetly, seductively bouncing album version.

Your Blues, a slinky, catchy, defiant shuffle from her latest album The Wheel, was another really good one: “An unrevised history in an unsteady world…can’t look me in the eye as you take your shot, the blood on your hands will come out in the wash,” she railed. Not bad for someone nursing a sore ribcage, having played for hours the previous night. “Never bring an accordion to a bluegrasss jam,” she cautioned the crowd.

She also did a bunch of new material, no surprise since she’s back here, at least for a time, after spending the last few years in Guatemala. In the few years since she first left New York, the singer-songwriter scene has evaporated along with the venues that supported it. Lee can play the oldtimey stuff if she wants, but her own music is too much in the here and now for the Jalopy scene. And it’s way too edgy for the corporate bland-fest that the Rockwood has slowly morphed into. But you can catch her this Sunday night, April 28 at 9 PM at Freddy’s, where she’ll be leading a band with the great Tony Maimone from Pere Ubu, a frequent collaborator, on bass. Just be aware that because there is no R train to Prospect Ave, the closest station, you’ll have to take the F to 7th Ave and walk.

Darkly Catchy, Intense Kreyol Psychedelic Rock at Moonlight Benjamin’s US Debut at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center impresario Jordana Leigh saw Moonlight Benjamin a couple of months ago and was “completely blown away.” So she teamed up teamed up with the World Music Institute to stage the Haitian-born “voodoo blues” singer’s sold-oud American debut this past evening.

Totally gothed out in a slinky black-and-amber lace outfit, Benjamin belted in a powerful, vibrato-infused alto voice, first over a minimalist gutter blues stomp from guitarist Matthis Pascaud – of acerbic postrock band Square One – and drummer Bertrand Noel. The rest of the band then joined them for an eclectic, hard-hitting mix of songs that transcended any kind of blues or Haitian label. If anything, the closest comparison was the early Patti Smith band, at their most psychedelic. This show was at least as much about the guitars as the vocals, maybe more.

Benjamin punctuated a few numbers with a handful of otherworldly whoops, so high that for a second it seemed that the PA was feeding back. With both guitarists playing Fender Jaguar models, using plenty of reverb, they blended eerie, tone-bending spaghetti western sonics with brooding French stadium rock on one of the earlier numbers. Then they went from a pounding hard-funk groove to a scampering outro with more than a hint of Malian duskcore. the petite, muscular Benjamin running in place onstage behind the twin axemen when the guys went down into the crowd.

Her insistent, defiant deliery contrasted with Pascaud’s lingering, sunbaked slide work throughout a long intro that the band finally picked up with a menacing gallop. The guitar duel afterward was like ZZ Top underwater: a surf boogie, maybe

As th show went on, guitar synth effects paired off with lingering, Lynchian clang over a punchy, circling bass riff. Benjamin;s voice took on a fierce, imploring tone as the slow, garagey riff-rock tune afterward built to a guitar inferno. She often takes her Kreyol lyrics from Haitian poetry and literature, known for its allusiveness: when the censors can shut down a lot more than just your career, sometimes you need to signify

She sent most of the band away for a slow, spacy, emotive guitar-and-vocal duet with Pascaud, then Noel enegized the crowd with a surf drum solo. From there they took a pouncing minor-key detour toward Marc Ribot Cubanos Postizos latin-punk territory, A minimalist take on Misssissippi hill country blues was followed by the most lyrically torrential, Patti Smith-like anthem of the night. They clanged and stomped their way out as anthemically as they came in and encored with a diptych that began with slow, Brian Jonestown Massacre-like psychedelia and then picked up with a French Caribbean bonce.

The next free concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St is on May 2 at 7:30 PM with the Minguett String Quartet playing Beethoven. The classical concerts here are very popular with a neighborhood crowd, as much if not more than the rock shows, so if you’re going, get there early