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Dalava Hauntingly Reinvent Grim, Timelessly Relevant Slovak and Czech Folk Songs

Dalava reinvent dark, often grim, centuries-old Slovak and Czech folk tunes as intense, dynamically shifting psychedelic rock. Guitarist Aram Bajakian is arguably the greatest lead player ever to pass through Lou Reed’s band: only the late Robert Quine and Mick Ronson compare. Bajakian also plays with numerous other outfits including lavish Hungarian folk/art-rock band the Glass House Ensemble.

His wife, singer Julia Ulehla, is the scion of an important Moravian musicological legacy. Her great-grandfather Vladimir, a colleague of Leos Janacek, was a major player in that discipline and as she tells it, a pretty amazing guy. His exhaustive fieldwork and research would make a good movie all by themselves. You can read a lot more about that in the extensive liner notes to the latest album The Book of Transfigurations, streaming at Bandcamp.

Bajakian isn’t coming through town this month to play this amazing, haunting music, but he will be at the Stone on both August 19 and 20 at 8:30 PM with John Zorn’s quasi-horror-surf band, Abraxas; cover is $20.

Like the duo’s 2015 debut album, this latest one radically reimagines a series of picturesque tunes from the family collection.Its central theme is change: as Ulehla puts it, “Girl into speckled bird, girl into married woman, boy into soldier, girl into mother, mother into widow, boy into ghost, vibrantly strong soldier into wounded corpse, and man into murderer.”

The album is bookended by mid-century field recordings of her grandfather Jiri singing with spare cimbalom accompaniment by Antoš Frolka. The senior Ulehla’s voice is raw, strong and impassioned as he sings of departure and no return: a soldier off to war, possibly. The band – Bajakian on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello, Tyson Naylor on multi-keys, Colin Cowan on bass and Dylan van der Schyff on drums – then make relentlessly prowling Velvets rock out of it.

The album’s second song, Grass, offers delicate, airy contrast, a vignette that captures the literally crushing poverty faced by peasants across Europe for thousands of years. Bajakian plays jagged minor-key slashes over a careening, bolero-ish beat behind Ulehla’s accusatory wail in The Rocks Began to Crumble, a soldier sent off to war bitterly telling his true love that she might as well marry somebody else.

Lee’s cello builds distantly claustrophobic ambience in Iron Bars, Iron Lock, illustrating an age-old mother-daughter conflict: mom wants to keep her kid away from the guys. The Bloody Wall allusively recounts a murder victim haunting the scene of the crime over lushly crescendoing, anthemic art-rock. It’s one of the album’s most gorgeous melodies, the strings matching the intricate Czech ornamentation of Ulehla’s voice.

That narrative is echoed with a more spare, atmospherically crescendoing approach in You Used to Look Like a Lion, a gruesome lament for a dying soldier. Then the band laps into Red Violet, a stormy, syncopated 1-chord jam in 7/8 time. Bajakian and Ulehla slip back into the shadows for Souling, a love song set to an uneasy fingerpicked acoustic backdrop.

The album’s starkest, most riveting song is War, Ulehla’s wounded melismas soaring over Bajakian’s sparse, lingering minor-key broken chords and Lee’s washes of cello: it’s another vivid soldier-going-off-to-war scenario. Then Lee and Ulehla flicker through the anguished medieval magic realism of Mother Gave Away Her Daughter,

He’s Bringing Something For Me, a veiled account of love and abandonment, has an even more sepulchral atmosphere that winds out with an ominous rumble. The terse murder ballad Carnival is awash in creepy wind-chime ripples and Ulehla’s phantasmic vocals. The album’s closing cut, Sell Us Your Shirt mashes up the vocals of grandfather and granddaughter Ulehla over the cimbalom, a cruel encounter with thieves who’ll literally steal the shirt off an unlucky peasant’s back. How little things have changed over the centuries: this magical, mysterious, imagistic album will entrance anybody who likes dark, brooding music: you don’t have to speak Czech to appreciate it, although that helps.

Acoustic Guitarslinger R.D. King Brings His Richly Intertwining, Melodic Instrumentals to NYC

First there was B.B. Then there was Albert, then Freddie. And now there’s R.D., the latest in a line of first-class guitar-playing Kings. Difference is that R.D. King plays acoustic, and that his style is not blues but his own intricate, meticulous instrumental material that could be called pastoral psychedelia or cinematic folk. Either way, it’s a hell of a lot more energetic and epic than most music for the acoustic guitar.

King is bound to get comparisons to a whole slew of fingerstyle players who use unorthodox or open tunings – John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Adrian Legg, Leo Kottke and John Fahey are all in the mix – but if there’s any current-day artist he brings to mind, it’s David Grubbs, who’s more of a Strat guy. This particular King’s album RD King vs. Self  is streaming at Soundcloud, and for anybody who wants to see his fingers fly up and down the fretboard, he’s playing the small room at the Rockwood on August 19 at 6 PM. Then the following night he’s at Pine Box Rock Shop at 9:30.

His technique is spectacular, employing all kinds of harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs, flurrying upper-register clusters and contrastingly terse, precise basslines – and as many notes as this guy plays, he doesn’t waste them. The album’s first track is Lightness of Being, set to a rapidfire triplet rhythm. With its web of overdubs and subtly shifting center, it’s as if Fahey and Renbourn conspired to write their own Twin Peaks theme, but closer to waterfalling folk than noir cinematics. The Precipice is a stormy blend of flamenco and a 60s hotrod theme, while the pensive, propulsively waltzing, attractively summery title track hints at acoustic Pink Floyd, 60s American folk and Scottish highland balladry.

Heartstring, a gorgeously wistful song without words, brings to mind what Richard Thompson could do turbocharging a sad Jimmy Webb ballad. There Are No Young Forests comes across as a verdant, enigmatic counterpart to Grubbs’ vast electric deep-space tableaux. The uneasy Vertigo continues on a long, subtly crescendoing tangent, sparkling with harmonics, followed by the tight, emphatic variations of Luminescence.

The album winds up with the tidally shifting vamps of Twilight, rising to a bristling peak, and then the sparkly, cascading An End to Wandering. If you play guitar and feel stuck in a rut, listening to this guy will get you unstuck in a hurry.

A Spicy Midsummer Taste of Golden Fest at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

It’s a fair bet that rustic Carpathian acoustic music-and-dance ensemble the Cheres Folk Orchestra, Malika Kalontarova’s otherworldly tar lute-driven Tajik group, explosive Georgian crew the Dancing Crane Ensemble, and exhilarating Albanian music stars Merita Halili & the Raif Hyseni Orchestra have played Golden Fest, the nation’s most electrifying Balkan music festival, which takes place every January in Brooklyn. So it’s no surprise that these four acts’ show Sunday afternoon turned out to be the highlight of this year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival so far.

The Tirana-born Halili has a wide-angle vibrato that she engages like a high-speed guitar tremolo for a spine-tingling effect that sparkles with microtones along the sharpest edges. Hyseni, who hails from Kosovo, played the entire show with a big smile on his face: if you had his speed on the accordion, you’d be smiling too. He saved his two most supersonic, almost menacingly chromatic flights for one tantalizingly brief solo, and an intro anchored by Halili’s stark vocalese,\ where the rest of the band looked at each other, amazed and mystified about where they were expected to leap in.

When the moment came, they were ready, every bit as adrenalizing as the vocals and accordion. Their reedman doubled on clarinet and alto sax, often playing each during parts of the same song with a relentlessly volleying, microtonal, melismatic attack. Their Albanian bassist and guitarist held the center throughout the tricky changes, propelled by a jazz drummer with a playfully uneasy, boomy thump on his toms. They opened with a brisk ba-bump number that edged from blithely major-key to bracingly minor, then later bounced their way through a dance tune that had a happy-go-lucky Mexican feel. But the best numbers were the wild ones in 7/8 time, the whole band stampeding furiously as if to get out of the way of the Soviet tanks that drove this music underground for so long.

Turbocharged Albanian folk has made a big comeback since the fall of the Iron Curtain, but many indigenous musicians steeped in dancer/bandleader Malika Kalontarova’s spare, hypnotically insistent Tajik Jewish repertoire have emigrated to Israel. This group is one of the few in this country to play this magical material. The group’s three tar lute players would often triple the lines of an allusively modal melody line over similarly stark drumbeats that varied from a straight-up thump to more intricate metrics. The effect was as exotic as it was antique: tar music from Iran and Kurdistan are reference points, but both of those cultures use scales closer to Arabic modes. It was easy to get lost in.

Both Cheres and the Dancing Crane Ensemble often took a seat when their dancers cavorted across the stage to recorded music; considering how fast this show was pulled together, there may not have been enough time to rehearse all the material. When the two groups played, drums and accordions figured heavily through a mix of spare mountain melodies and more straight-ahead minor-key material that edged toward the Balkans in places. The Ukrainians put rippling, incisive cimbalom front and center. The Georgians, in particular, took advantage of their time onstage to showcase the allusive tonalities of their brooding choral music, and the high-voltage moves of their dancers, guys in quasi-military getup with bullet embroidery, women floating and fluttering across the stage in a series of colorful long dresses.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors continues tomorrow, August 12 with afternoon performances on the plaza: picturesque Americana songwriter/fiddler Amanda Shires at 2 is the highlight. Then out back in Damrosch Park popular, lustrously harmony-driven Americana rock veterans the Jayhawks hit the stage at about 8. Avoid the atrocious 6 PM opening act – the worst band ever to get booked for a Lincoln Center show – at all costs, even if that means you don’t get a seat.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how awful the trains have been lately.

Constant updates. Considering how Trump’s minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at 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 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in August, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in August, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in August, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Tuesdays in August, 10:30 PM oldschool Texas-style fingerstyle acoustic blues with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha and Cliff Schmitt on bass at Pete’s. They’re also at Barbes on 8/13 at 7. 

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Owl, $15

Wednesdays in August, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in August at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/1, 8 PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff –  at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. (the old Douglass St. collective), free

8/1, 8/9:30 PM the ageless Gene Bertoncini on guitar with bassist Josh Marcum at Mezzrow, $20

8/1, 8 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble  play works by emerging composers Mayu Hirano, Hunjoo Jung, Chaya Czernowin, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Martin Rane Bauck, Steven Kazuo Takasuga at the DiMenna Center, $20. 8/2 and 8/5, same time, the composers on the bill are Sam Salem, Christine Burke, Weston Olencki, Jeffery Shivers, Hans Tutschku

8/1, 9ish haunting string soundscapes and noir Americana from all-female harmony band Little Mazarn at Troost 

8/1, 9:30 PM a rare reunion of intense, brilliantly lyrical Jagged Leaves frontman Dan Penta’s haunting chamber rock group Heath at Sidewalk. Penta’s also here solo on 8/8 at 10:30

8/2, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 6:30 PM Sonido Costeno mash up merengue, reggae and cuban son on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/2, 7 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth at the long meadow in Prospect Park, closest train is actually the F/G to 15th St. 

8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7:30 PM Ibibio Sound Machine play EDM with hints of Afrobeat followed by Angelique Kidjo and band covering a crappy Talking Heads album at Damrosch Park

8/2, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

8/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

8/2, 8:30 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – with vibraphonist Tom Beckham, bassist Andrew Hall and drummer Diego Voglino at Bar Lunatico

8/2. 9;30ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

8/2, 9:30 PM twisted 80s style goth/postpunk band Midnight Crisis followed by stoner boogie band Ten Ton Mojo at the Delancey, $10 

8/2, 10 PM postbop trumpet star Jeremy Pelt leads a quartet at an especially intimate show at 55 Bar

8/3, 5 PM lBay Area latin soul legends Tower of Power at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/3, 7 PM catchy, intricate art-folk instrumental acoustic guitar/bass duo Endless Field followed by Awakening Orchestra playing their lush, angst-fueled post-election suite I Can See My Country From Here at Shapshifter Lab, $tba

8/3, 7:30 PM newschool cabaret agitator Nellie McKay followed by perennially fun, psychedelic banjo jamband leader Bela Fleck at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.

8/3, 7:30 PM Fleur Seule play swing dance tunes from the 1940s on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, about a 15-block walk from the Ditmars Blvd N station

8/3, 8 PM the Jack Quartet play the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/3, 8 PM hard-charging trumpeter Jim Rotondi with David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) at Mezzrow, $20

8/3. 9 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band  – followed by ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock equivalent of the Clash –  at Union Pool, $12

8/3, 9:30 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/3, 10 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

8/4, 5:30 PM Americana harmony band Triboro at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/4, 6 PM a tribute to third-stream luminary Billy Childs tribute with pianist Manuel Valera, the Triton Brass Quintet, the City of Tomorrow chamber ensemble, and Billy Childs’ own Quartet at Bryant Park, free

8/4, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Church Square Park, Park Ave at 4th St., Hoboken

8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park

8/4, 8 PM Quatuor Bozzini play works by Jürg Frey – Unhörbare Zeit (2004-06) and String Quartet 3 (2010-2014) – at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/4, 8ish violinist Dina Maccabee followed by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet with Maccabee, Robby Kraft (viola), Sarah Bernstein(violin) plus guest Nick Podgursky on synth at the Owl

8/4, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk.

8/4-5, 8/10:30 PM legendary bassist Rufus Reid with Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

8/4, 8 PM De Lautaros play cumbia and salsa at Guadalupe Inn

8/4-5, 8:30 PM Trigger play John Zorn Apparitions  (enigmata/valentines day) with Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums) at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $20

8/4, 9:30 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  and stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10. The Mad Doctors are also at the Gutter on 8/10 at 10ish for half that.

8/4. 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

8/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes. 8/12, 8:30 PM they’re at Bar Lunatico 

8/4. 10:30 PMcutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

8/5, 2 PM indie classical types Ashley Jackson, Helen Sung, Luciana Souza, Manhattan Chamber Players, Derek Bermel and Nate Smith, and Metropolis Ensemble play music by Bermel at Bryant Park, free

8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 7 PM the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Brooklyn Bazaar, $17

8/5, 7 PM the CCB Reggae All-Stars at 96th St. Tennis Courts in Riverside Park. Bun de chalice, mon! 

8/5, 7:30 PM brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

8/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

8/5, 7:30 PM second-wave surf rock icons Los Straitjackets and British roots-rock maven Nick Lowe at Damrosch Park

8/5, 8 PMpianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed  at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

8/5, 8 PM a killer triplebill: Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows, first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Union Hall, $10

8/5, 8 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her  leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/5, 8:30 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Lucky 13 Saloon, $8

8/5, 8:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones  at the Gutter, $5

8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the X-Wrays (guess who they cover), the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 10, tunefully jangly Strange but Surf  at 11 and Blondie cover band SundayGirl at midnight 

8/5, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band   at the Way Station

8/6, 1 PM Albanian superstar vocal/accordion duo Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni and the Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/6, 2 PM the surviving members of Reuben Wilson’s quartet play his distinctive B3 organ jazz at the Discovery Center (inside Central Park at 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves)

8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St. 

8/6, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

8/6, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $20

8/7, 7:30 PM drummer/composer Rob Garcia  leads his trioplaying his fearlessly political, tuneful, relevant compositions at Smalls. Chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet later at midnight

8/7, 8 PM wryly funny honkytonk steel guitar genius/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

8/7, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note. He’s back on the 28th.

8/7, 9ish magically luminescent pastoral jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $15

8/7, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

8/8, 7 PM youngish hotshot bluegrass duo Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

 8/8, 7 PM Lincoln Center impresario Meera Dugal – one of this era’s small handful of genuine visionaries in NYC music programming  – and National Sawdust sound engineer Sascha von Oertzen lead a free roundtable discussion of the challenges of live sound, and being a woman in that field, at Pioneer Works

8/8-13, 7:30 PM Bill Frisell plays solo at the Stone, $20. OMFG, arguably the best jazz guitarist of the past 40 years, get there early. 

8/8. 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

8/8, 9 PM blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities  at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

8/8,  9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

8/9, 1 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at  at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/9, 6:30 PM darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/9, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio   at Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St (between 7th Ave & Broadway), free

8/9, 7:30 PM theatrical, energetic Korean disco band Ssing Ssing at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/9, 7:30 PM spectacular, fiery Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castanedafollowed by the swinging salsa dura sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Damrosch Park

8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free

8/9, 9ish wickedly lyrical, allusively menacing noir songstress Karla Rose – the missing link between Dorothy Parker and Neko Case – witih gonzo pianist Guyora Kats (who did a cameo on her cult classic debut album) at 11th St. Bar

8/9, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

 8/9, 9:30 PM innovative alto saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi leads his quartet with Leornard Thompson, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

8/10, 7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

8/10, 7  PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park, free. 8/23, 7/10 PM they’re at National Sawdust, $18 adv tix rec for those who prefer airconditioned shows

8/10, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn United Marching Band followed by jazz piano star Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the film Selma at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 7:30 PM meat-and-potatoes rock anthem bandleader DB Rielly – the Midwestern Willie Nile – on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, N to Ditmars Blvd. and a 15-block walk more or less

8/10, 7:30.9:30 PM purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

8/10, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall. She’s also there an hour earlier on 8/15.

8/10, 9 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10

 8/10, 10 PM agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

8/10, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/10, 11:30 PM ferociously lyrical, politically spot-on acoustic blues/swing guitar genius Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk

8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez,  El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park

8/11, 6:30 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at the American Folk Art Museum

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Manuel Valera premieres his suite The Planets with his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/11. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes.

8/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at  Pete’s. 8/29, 9 PM he’s at the Way Station

8/11, 8 PM Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin & Elettrodomestico do their wry retro 80s new wave thing at Iridium,  $25 

8/11, 8:30 PM fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

8/11-12, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio  at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

 8/11, 9 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Sidewalk

8/11, 9;30ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

8/11, 9:30 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall

 8/11, 10 PM somber, cinematic postrock soundscapes with the End of the Oceanat Alphaville, $10 

8/12, 10:30 AM (yup) the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York in Flushing Meadows Park to kick off the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

8/12, 1/3  PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays music by Ian Gottlieb, Emma O’Halloran and Finnegan Shanahan in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

8/12, 2 PM vivid, subtly lyrical Americana fiddler and songwriter Amanda Shires solo on the plaza ar Lincoln Center

8/12, 2 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  at Union Pool, free

8/12, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 PM by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

8/12, 8 PM iconic 90s Americana janglerockers the Jayhawks at Damrosch Park. What’s this gonna be? The soaring, angst-fueled, harmony-driven post-Big Star anthems of late in the decade, or the more C&W ish stuff from their early days? 

8/12, 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies  at the Way Station

8/12, 8 PM pianist Simona Premazzi leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/12, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanta, $10

8/12, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea– like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith –  at the small room at the Rockwood.Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar next door at the big room, same time . Miss Velvet and pal are also here on 8/24.

8/13, 3 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones  at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

8/13. 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  at LIC Bar outside

8/13, 7 PM Bonnie Raitt at Damrosch Park. Yeah, she never figured out how to write a song, but she’s still reputedly a hell of a blues guitarist. 

8/14, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet f at the Fat Cat

8/14, 7 PMtuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

8/14, 8 PM a rare, free Brooklyn appearance by charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leading her trio at Radegast Hall. She’s also there on 8/21

8/14, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

8/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

8/15, 7 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist and kora player Brandon Terzic leads his group followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

8/15, 7 PM two generations of free newschool and oldschool postbop jazz: the Eric Person Band and Houston Person at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

8/15, 8 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  at St. Vitus, $8

8/15, 9 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

8/15, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

8/16, noon, Colombian sounds with Parranda Vallenata followed by feral sax/drums duo Receta Secreta at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway 

8/16, 1 PM the intense, Middle Eastern-tinged, cinematic Eyal Vilner Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagabonds at Madison Square Park, free

8/17, 5 PM 90s hardcore Brooklyn hip-hop nostalgia: Black Sheep and Das EFX  at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/17, :30/9:30 PM bassist Ricky Rodriguez leads a killer quintet with John Ellis – tenor saxophone & bass clarinet ; Luis Perdomo – piano; Lage Lund – guitar ; Obed Calvaire – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

8/17, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

8/17, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – at Sidewalk. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

8/17, 8:30 PM psychedelic stoner boogie band the Dead Daisies at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

8/17, 9 PM Nina Diaz – of Girl in a Coma notoriety – does her angst-fueled noir soul thing at Rough Trade, $10 av tix re

8/17, 10 PM lyrical, Indian-influenced alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads his Quintet with a rare NYC appearance by Chicago trumpeter Brad Goode at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/17, 10 pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at Barbes 

8/18, 6 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at  at the small room at the Rockwood

8/18, 6 PM Los Hijos Del Agobio play 70s style Spanish-style art-rock and psychedelia at Shrine. 8/21 at 8:30 they’re at Pete’s  

8/18,  8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

8/18, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by Lynchian Americana duo the Whiskey Charmers at the Way Station

8/18, 8 PM popular bluegrass road warriors Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

8/18, 8:30 PM El edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Freddy’s

8/18, 8:30 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier  leads a pretty wild quintet with Ken Vandermark on tenor sax and Nate Wooley on trumpet at the  Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

8/18. 10 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  at Otto’s

8/18, 10:40 PM (not 10:40, mind you) Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show play their creepy circus punk and arena rock followed by popular NYC folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie  at Sidewalk

8/19, 6 PM Skye Steele leads composers in the round with fellow innovative violinists Christina Courtin and Lily Henley and Christopher Hoffman, followed at 8 PM yaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice –  followed by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

8/19, 6 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at the small room at the Rockwood

8/19, 7 PM Los Hermons Cintron play flamenco at the 96th Street Tennis Courts (n Riverside Park

8/19, 7:30 PM a killer female-fronted quadruplebill: trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran,,well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine, electric Americana chanteuse Diane Gentile and fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Bowery Electric, $15

8/19, 7:30/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro‘ plays solo at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/19, 8 PMaccordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – followed at 10 by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

8/19, 8/10:30 PM a rare duo set by two jazz icons: pianist Kenny Barron with bassist Ray Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

8/19, 8:30 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalppy, $20

8/19, 8:30 PM avant garde monster surf jamband Abraxas with Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)play John Zorn’s  Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19 at the Stone, $20. 8/20 the material is Zorn’s Psychomagia

8/19, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Otto’s

8/19, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats  at the Way Station

8/19, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

8/20, 3 (three) PM fearlessly political janglerock songwriter Fred Gillen Jr  with the similarly fearless, even more lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at  at the small room at the Rockwood. A couple of doors down quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean  plays the third stage at 7 for $10

8/20, 5 PM  in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage

8/20, 7 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing –followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/20, 7 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his quartet at Shapeshifter Lab

8/20, 7:30 PM the Queensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra play their new arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Ann’s Church, 58-02 146th St. (at 58th Ave.), Flushing,,  7 train to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable ten-minute walk, or take the Q44 or Q20 bus

8/20, 10 PM menacing noir rock band Des Roar – the missing link between the Dead Boys and Jesus & Mary Chain – at Union Pool, $10

8/21, 7 PM intense, cinematic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor and probably some of his Brain Cloud western swing bandmates, followed at 9:30ish bypsychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/21, 7:15 PM sarod virtuoso Aashish Khan at Dixon Place: part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place, $25 tix avail

8/21, 8:30 PM highly regarded soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome leads a quintet with special guest violinist Meg Okura at Bar Lunatico

 8/21-27 the amazing Drive East Festival of classical Indian music and dance moves into Dixon Place. Too many amazing acts to list – the whole lineup is here

8/22, 6 PM a fantastic Indian music twinbill: Hindustani singer Indrani Khare, $15, followed by rising star sitar player Kinnar Seen at Dixon Place, $20 separate adm – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music, $25 tix avail

8/22, 7:30/9:30 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $25

8/22, 6 PM the Weekly Readers Village with Tom Beckham, vibes;  Janet Grice, bassoon;  Carlos Cuevas, melodica/piano;  Lee Tomboulian, accordion;  Dave Silllman, percussion;  Cliff Schmitt, bass play the album release show for their new one at Cornelia St. Cafe $10 + $10 mi. Followed at 9:30 by fearless avant garde singer Anaïs Maviel leading a trio with Alexis Marcelo, piano, keyboards;  Leonid Galaganov, drums, separate adm. 

8/22, 7 PM the So Wrong It’s Right trombone quartet with Dave Taylor, Kalun Leung, David Whitwell, Felix Del Tredici – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

8/22-9/3, 8:10/10 PM postbop guitar master Kurt Rosenwinkel leads his trio and starting on the 29th, his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

8/22-27, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Erik Friedlander (cello) Yuka C Honda (electronics, keys) Ikue Mori (laptop) Nels Cline (electric guitar)

 8/22, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

8/22, 9 PM sick noiserock fun with the Sediment Club at Alphaville, $10

8/22. 9 PM what’s left of 70s Jamaican roots reggae harmony band Culture with Joseph Hill’s son Kenyatta fronting the band, celebrating the 40th annniversary of the band’s roots reggae classic Two Sevens Clash at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec

8/22, 9:30 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s 

8/23, noon the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/23, 7:30 PM a Mannes College of Music ensemble with soloist Dave Glasser taking the role of Charlie Parker plays “Bird With Strings” in its entirety at Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 W12th St, free

8/23, 8 PM lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Vadim Neselovskyi with lustrous vocalese specialiast Aubrey Johnson, Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums, percussionat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. ollowed at 9:30 (separate adm) by haunting Hungarian folk-jazz chanteuse Júlia Karosi with Yago Vázquez, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Peter Kronreif, drums

8/23, 8:30 carnatic singer Shankar Ramani – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $20 tix avail

8/24, 5 PM conscious hip-hop icon Talib Kweli at NJPAC in Newark, free

 8/24, 6 PM plaintive songstress Jan Bell – who makes the connection between bluegrass and ancient English folk tunes – and her all-female band the Maybelles at Miraflores Community Garden, 900 Broadway in Bushwick, just a block from the Myrtle Ave. J/M station

8/24, 7 PM rambunctious oldtimey swing/Americana harmony band the Bumper Jacksons at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

8/24, 7:30 PM a rare twinbill of hypnotic, otherworldly, intense Colombian bullerengue  with singer and tambolero Emilsen Pacheco Blanco followed by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece vocal/percussion choir Bulla en el Barrio at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. 8/28 at 10ish BEEB are at Barbes

8/24, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

8/24-27, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter and his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/24, 8:30 PM carnatic vocal star Ananya Ashok – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $20 tix avail

8/24, 8:30 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

8/24, 10 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Pete’s

8/24, 10 PM noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar

8/24, 11 PM high-voltage Venezuelan jazz singer/bandleader Eliana Cuevas at Shrine. 8/28 at 8 she’s at Silvana

 8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 7 PM 70s cult favorites the Shirts’ ageless, soaring, theatrical singer, Annie Golden at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/25, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10  by Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

8/25. 8 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood

8/25-26, 8:30 PM darkly incisive Middle Eastern-infused saxophonist Uri Gurvich and his Quartet  play the album release show for their new one at the  Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

8/25, 10 PM irrepressibly funny, guitarishly erudite all-star Americana four-piece the Yayhoos – the Del-Lords’ Eric Ambel, the Georgia Satellites’ Dan Baird, bassist Keith Christopher and drummer/singer Terry Anderson – at Hill Country, $20

8/25, 10 PM 60s janglerock/psych-pop legends the Flamin Groovies at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

8/25, 10 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Otto’s

8/25-26, 10:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quintet at Smalls

8/25, 10:30 PM anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta  at Pine Box Rock Shop

8/25, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at the Well

8/26, 2:30 PM young Hindustani crooner Shankhadip Chakraborty ($15) followed at 3:30 by Carnatic Power playing innovative Indian guitar music ($15 separate adm)- part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place

8/26, 3 PM in reverse order:  cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 6 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn  & guitarist Kyle Sanna do their Irish thing at Pete’s

8/26, 6 PM pianist Jesse Cook plays works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Faure at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/26, 7 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster provide musical interludes for a cemetery stroll commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn, with18th century food and maybe a ghost or two at Green-Wood Cemetery, $25

8/26,  7:30 PM Syrian bandleader Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble play lushly orchestrated Middle Eastern classics by Umm Kulthumm, Hafez and Mohammed Abdel Wahab at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail.

8/26, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

8/26, 8:30 PM a rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by the brilliant Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico

8/26, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/26, midnight ferociously catchy. fearlessly populist ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

8/27, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble  at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free

8/27, 2 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir outside of India – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient themes  – part of this years’s Drive East Festival of Indian music at Dixon Place – $25 tix avail

 8/27, 3 PM Cantata Profana perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park

8/27, 4 PM New Asia Chamber Music Society play music of Patrick Zimmerli and Max Bruch at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

8/27, 7 PM French violinist Eleonore Biezunski leads her Yerushe ensemble singing womens’ Yiddish folk songs followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/27, 8 PM Silencio play Twin Peaks themes and originals in a similar creepy vein  at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

8/27, 8:30-/10 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

8/28. 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays Olivier Messiaen’s birdcall-themed Catalogue d’Oiseaux at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/28, 8 PM dark, swirly lo-fi surf/garage band the Shivas – gotta love that name – at Alphaville, $10 

8/28, 9 PM trippy improvised sounds in reverse order: guitarist Chris Cochrane’s Collapsible Shoulder, haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet, Booker Stardrum & vibraphonist/composer Sam Sowyrda at Secret Project Robot: 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusio St., $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

8/29-30, 5 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks co-founder) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane in the courtyard out back of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 455 Madison Ave., free

8/29, 7 PM perennially interesting, irrepressible Brooklyn Raga Massive honcho/drummer Sameer Gupta plays his Indian jazz project A Circle Has No Beginning  first with a violin/flute/percussion trio, then leading what’s basically the Massive itself at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

8/29, 7 PM a rare reunion of hilarious metal spoofers Satanicide – NYC’s answer to Spinal Tap – at the Mercury, $10

8/29, 7 PM Inkarayku play Peruvian psychedelic folk at Gantry Plaza State Park

8/30, noon a really good twinbill: dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia band Karikatura and chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/30, 7 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and adventurous  jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire premiere new duo pieces at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

8/30, 8/10:30 PM gonzo postbop piano with the Dred Scott Trio  at Mezzrow, $20

8/30, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Bar Lunatico

8/30, 8:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/30, 9 PM oldschool-style Texas honkytonk crooner Dale Watson  at Hill Country, $20

8/30, 9 PM flamenco guitarist Mariano Manzella at Freddy’s

8/31, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

8/31, 7 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart followed by creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Bowery Electric, $10

8/31, 7:30 PMa very rare US appearance by the feral, improvisational Munich-based Jazzrausch Bigband at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/31, 8:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Freddy’s

8/31, 10 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

8/31, 10 PM Chicago psychedelic cumbia band Dos Santos and Austin’s Money Chicha – maybe the heaviest cumbia band on the planet – at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

8/31, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

9/1, if you’re going to the stadium to see the Yankees get their asses kicked by the Red Sox, get there early because the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile is playing at 5:45 for no extra charge.

9/26, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper – make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix rec

Acerbic, Catchy LA Folk-Punks Las Cafeteras Headline This Thursday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Sometimes Las Cafeteras come across as sort of the Mexican Pogues – with an infinitely better singer. Other times they could be a more rock-oriented version of New York son jarocho folk-punks Radio Jarocho. The bilingual Los Angeles band’s punchy acoustic sound has a fearless political relevance to go along with a spiky catchiness. Their latest album, Tastes Like LA is streaming at Bandcamp, and they’re headlining an excellent pan-latin bill at Lincoln Center Out of Doors this Thursday, July 27 at around 10. Fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos opens the night at 7, followed by trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro and then our own fearlessly lyrical Hurray For the Riff Raff. It won’t hurt to get to Damrosch Park as early as you can; gates open at 6.

The album opens with the catchy Tiempos De Amor, its bouncy, anthemic tune in contrast to frontwoman Leah Rose Gallegos’ biting delivery, an anthem for anyone who would dare create a better world in a time when it’s never been more imperiled, for immigrants or anyone else. The band revisits that theme with the snide lyrical volleys of Señor Presidente a little later on.

Vamos to the Beach – how’s that for Spanglish? – is more carefree, with its shuffling acoustic textures (that’s Hector Paul Flores on jarana tercera, Daniel Joel Jesus French on jarana segunda and Jorge Mijangos on requinto), tinkling glockenspiel and peppy brass. Paletero, a salute to refreshing treats from the guy with the cart full of ices, has a bittersweet, reggae-tinged groove and a chirpy vocal. At one point, if the band switched out the thicket of acoustic instrumentation and keening organ for a more electric arrangement, it would be a dead ringer for a big Cure hit from the early 80s.

Las Cafeteras’ remake of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land is definitely the wildest anybody’s ever done with this song, an apt direction to take in this era of deportations and Boris Yeltsin-like demagoguery about border walls. The optimistic anthem Apache is a Mexican take on late 90s trip-hop, while the harmonies of La Morena, a shout-out to a Mexican earth mother archetype, bring to mind New York’s all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

If I Was President features defiantly optimistic rap cameos, matching Gallegos’  resolutely assertive vocals. Likewise, the loping Feo Mas Bello is a joyous look forward to as-yet-unrealized romantic bliss…and possibly a long-overdue reunion with a loved one from south of the border. The album winds up with the unexpectedly C&W flavored Two More Days, tackling that same theme much less opaquely. Crank this up and let’s party for our right to fight.

Maria Pomianowska Brings Her Magically Shapeshifting Polish String Sounds to the Lincoln Center Festival

Maria Pomianowska‘s axe is the Biłgoraj suka, a medieval Polish forerunner of today’s violin, which she’s responsible for literally reconstructing and rescuing from obscurity. Leading her chamber ensemble, she’s playing her own hauntingly eclectic, classical and folk-influenced repertoire for the instrument this Tuesday, July 25 at 8 PM at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center as part of this year’s the Lincoln Center Festival. Tix are steep – $35 – but this is a rare chance to see this magical Polish artist.

Pomianowska’s’s latest album – streaming at Bandcamp – is The Voice of Suka, an aptly titled series of pastoral themes. It’s sort of a wider-angle, more panoramic take on what Vivaldi did with the Four Seasons, although there’s surprisingly less wintriness here than in the chilly coda to the Italian composer’s suite. Maybe it’s natural for a Polish composer to wish for summer, and for an Italian to crave a little frost.

Pomianowska’s  Biłgoraj suka (named for its city of origin) has a ripe resonance enhanced by the natural reverb of the room where the album was recorded. The core of her period-instrument ensemble comprises Aleksandra Kauf on vocals, Bilgoraj suka and mielec suka; Iwona Rapacz on bass suka, and Patrycja Napierała on percussion. The album’s title track, Step has a steady pulse that also proves true to its title, a deceptively simple series of echo phrases from the strings over syncopated clip-clop percussion, with a windswept Nordic flavor. Wind, a breezy, lilting, baroque-tinged dance, is grounded by long, sustained, drony bass suka lines.

Rainbow begins as a lush. graceful waltz and then Pomianowska picks up the pace; it ends cold. By contrast, Ocean has a dancing bass suka vamp holding down a deeper, darker pulse, a bouncy one-chord groove with Pomianowska’s bouncy eighth notes and rustic melismas overhead. Valley is even darker, a melancholy, starkly memorable Slavic pavane for choir and strings, Pomianowska deftly building it to a baroque swirl. She echoes that later on in River, with its stern choral arrangement.

The album’s most intense, shapeshifting track, Island, bridges the gap between Middle Eastern and Celtic modes, from a steady Nordic pulse to a brooding waltz out. Pomianowska goes in the opposite direction with Fjord. its hazy summer ambience punctuated by incisively flickering suka lines, up to a somber stroll in the same vein as her earlier valley theme. Forest is more shady and shadowy than verdant as the ensemble waltzes resolutely with uneasy Balkan tinges.

Desert, the most mysterious track here, has an enigmatically catchy, Balkan-tinged melody and variations anchored by a dark, distantly boomy Middle Eastern daf drumbeat, up to a breathtaking trick ending. It makes a good good segue, and an even better parallel, with the slowly crescendoing, epic Monsoon, slowly rising with Indian tabla rhythm and similarly uneasy modal variations. The album closers somberly with a wistful song without words, Sluzytem Ja Tobie (I Brought This to You). This music will resonate with a lot of people: fans of classical and Hardanger fiddle music and also the moody folk sounds of the Balkans and further east.

An Insider Look at This Year’s Amazing Accordion Festival at Bryant Park

The annual accordion festival at Bryant Park continues with a couple of amazing shows tomorrow, July 19 at 6 PM and then the grand finale, which starts at 5 on Friday the 21st with the haunting Lebanese sounds of the Bil Afrah Project ,with Gregorio Uribe headlining and leading a wild celebration of Colombian Independence Day at 9 PM.

If you’ve spent any time at the festival over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a tall blonde woman calmly making her way across the park, taking lots of pictures and getting lots of hugs from accordionists. She always seems to have a Mona Lisa smile on her face. Then again, you’d be smiling too, if you ran an accordion festival.

That irrepressible impresario is Ariana Hellerman, who’s also the publisher of the indispensable Ariana’s List of free summer concerts and events all over New York. Backstage Sunday night at the Innov Gnawa show on the Upper West Side, Hellerman shared some history and some secrets:

New York Music Daily: First, I just want to say thanks for finding so much sonic bliss, and sharing it with us. I think your festival should be a yearlong event. Any hope for making it longer this year?

Ariana Hellerman: I have ideas, but nothing is set in stone – yet. Stay tuned!

But in general, my work is around making arts accessible to people and I get most pleasure from producing in public space – parks, plazas, etcetera. Because of winter weather, it becomes more difficult to work in these places. I’m beginning to think about public spaces that exist indoors. If anyone has ideas, I’m always open.

NYMD: How do you find these people? Other than googling “accordionist NYC”?

AH: I have a few sources. Before I was invited to help design this series, Bryant Park had lone accordionists strolling around the park once a week. The Park had about fifteen people on their roster. When I came on board with the “Accordions Around the World” idea – and with the hopes of making the series more of a destination for the park -, I brainstormed all the local accordionists I knew in New York. Because my interest is mainly music from around the world, I tried to think of all the bands I knew who had accordion – and there were quite a few. In addition, I racked the brains of others and scanned the webpages of some of my favorite venues and festivals – Barbes in Brooklyn and the annual Balkan music festival, Golden Fest were amongst the lot.

In 2013, the first year of this incarnation of the series, I was able to find thirty additional accordionists. I continue to do this type of research regularly so that we can be more inclusive of new styles and musicians. But because the series is becoming more of a destination, many people have begun to reach out to me. Over the last five editions, my list has grown to 470 accordionists!

NYMD: Does you own personal taste in accordion music include tango, cumbia, klezmer, Middle Eastern, tarantella, Celtic, cajun and jazz?

AH: Yes. While I like some genres more than others, my priority is sharing culture. Even if my ears don’t agree with the sound, I continue to be inclusive because this is “Accordions Around the World” and we want as many styles of music represented in the series.

NYMD: I always find myself having to explain to people why I think the accordion is one of the three coolest instruments in the world – the oud and the church organ being the other two. Do you find yourself having to do the same sort of thing? What do you tell people?

AH: When I tell people I curate an accordion festival, I’m usually met with a “Really????,” followed by a surprised or disgusted look, and then a sheepish giggle. My usual spiel in response is: “You know, when Americans usually think of the accordion, they think of polka, Lawrence Welk, and yesteryear kitsch. But, in many parts of the world, it’s one of the most important instruments to convey the sound of the region. And in New York, we are lucky to have access to many of these cultures.” And then I outline the cultures.

I also think the accordion is cool because it’s an instrument of immigration, migration, and connections. You can hear similar sounds in Cajun music – which traveled from Quebec to Louisiana with obvious French influence prior – and forró from the northeast of Brazil. Many immigrants from all over Europe – Italian, German, Jewish, Polish, etcetera – came to the US in the late 19th/early 20th century and brought their music forms with them. This continues today with more recent immigrant communities such as Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Accordion usually sparks conversation and each week in the park, I almost always hear “You know, my grandfather/grandmother/father/mother/aunt/uncle played the accordion.” I like that many people of very different backgrounds have a personal connection to the instrument.

NYMD: Can you give us a capsule history of the Bryant Park Accordion Festival? How did it start? You’ve been doing it for four years now….

AH: Dan Biederman, the president of Bryant Park, took a trip to France and stumbled upon an accordionist in a park and was enchanted. Since Bryant Park has Parisian elements, the experience made him want to create a similar, serendipitous experience. For a few summers, a accordionist would stroll around for a few hours. It was nice, but people weren’t coming to chase after the lone musician.

I have a blog, arianaslist.com, where I share free cultural events in New York. Many people in the field read the blog since I write about their events and because I provide ideas on how to make the arts more accessible to audiences. In spring of 2013, Ethan Lercher, the executive producer of Bryant Park Presents, their cultural arm, contacted me. He had read one of my blog posts that described my experience at the Festival Vallenato in Valledupar, Colombia. I had just come back from living in Colombia and had attended a festival of Vallenato music, a Colombian genre that focuses on the accordion. He asked, “what do you know about accordion?” He wanted to make the accordion more prominent in the Park’s programming. My response was, “I don’t know that much but what fascinates me about the instrument is how it’s played in so many cultures.” From there, we began to explore the idea of “Accordions Around the World.”

NYMD: Are you happy with how the festival has gone this year, with rescheduling and all?

AH: It’s been wonderful. This is the first season that we’ve had our “Accordion Picnic” format for the entirety of the series. In the past, the audience and passer-bys were invited to stroll around to see accordionists play two-hour sets in different pockets of the park. This year, the accordionists come to the audiences: each accordionist plays a 15 minute set before another comes in. This way, if an audience member sets up shop in one location, they will hear eight styles of music over the two hour span. There are also six stations around the park so people can “chase” the music or artist they would like to hear.

Since we’re eager to provide a good experience for audience members, Bryant Park provides blankets to borrow, encourages picnics, and even sells alcoholic beverages that can be consumed on the lawn. It’s lovely and we’ve noticed an uptick in attendance.

NYMD: Yeah, I should say. Another thing I want to mention is that there’s no sonic competition with shrieking alarms on city buses. And it’s also a lot easier now that you don’t have to chase the accordionist.

AH: With this format, the artists are also able to engage with the other accordionists, and see other styles of music on the accordion. My secret hope is that I’m sparking relationships between accordionists ,and new, exciting projects will come from this!

NYMD: What highlights do you have to share? I’ve seen so many great acts – Rachelle Garniez, Simon Moushabeck ,Guillermo Vaisman,,Melissa Elledge , so many others. Who have you seen that really floored you this year?

AH: We have incredible artists in the series. I can’t choose one! They’re all near and dear to my heart. In this moment, the Brazilian artists in this series really stand out: I love Felipe Hostins who is from Santa Catarina, Brazil. He grew up playing polkas, which was the main accordion music in his hometown in the south of Brazil. Today he is helping to lead the forró movement in New York. Vitor Gonçalves has been playing choro, an instrumental genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro, his hometown. As a trained jazz musician, he also incorporates a lot jazz into his sets. Eduardo de Carvalho lives in Newark and has mainly played restaurant gigs to date. He is ready for a bigger stage with his incredibly strong sertanejo and forro. Rob Curto grew up in a Sicilian family but spent many years living in Brazil. Today he shares his blend of bluegrass and forró with us. These four players are so incredibly strong. But again, we have so many incredible artists in these series. If we had time, I would tell you about each and every one!

NYMD: Can I ask you, you’re a pianist. Why aren’t you an accordionist, you obviously love the instrument so much…and it’s a lot easier to take an accordion with you when you move. I realize also that this isn’t a fair question, you could ask me the same thing and I wouldn’t have a really good answer for you…

AH: Accordion never even seemed to be an option while I was studying classical piano. And now I’m a music appreciator more than a musician. Though because I know so many accordionists, it has crossed my mind to take up lessons and to become (or more likely, fail at becoming) the singer-songwriter-rockstar I am in my dreams. 

NYMD: You lived in Colombia and Argentina. To what degree did that influence your accordion fixation?

AH: Obviously living in Colombia became the inspiration for this series, as you know. And while I knew tango and the bandoneón – the free reed instrument played for tango – before living in Argentina, I was introduced to chamamé, a folk music genre from northeast Argentina, while living there. It is a fusion of Guaraní  – the indigenous population from this part of the world –  Spanish, German, Polish, and Ukrainian music. There were a lot of Eastern European immigrants to this region in the early 20th century. I’m thrilled that we have our first chamamé artist, Guillermo Vaisman in the series this season.

NYMD: Do you have a desert island accordion song? Or album? Or accordion song you’d want somebody to play at your wedding?

AH: No. Though I just stumbled upon a short clip I recorded of Felipe Hostins from last week’s edition and I’ve been listening to it on loop. He says its his original composition called “Minh’alma” (My Soul) and it’s chamamé – our artists are obviously inspired by all forms of music! It’s so good.

While I love accordion and I can identify when the music is really good, for me, this is about sharing culture with the people of New York. My work is all about creating live performance opportunities for artists and audiences alike. I get joy from seeing these connections made and the joy it brings others.

NYMD: What’s your alltime favorite accordion concert?

AH: Our Accordions Around the World Festival is always a highlight, obviously. But outside of the performances I curate… I always love Lila Downs and we’re lucky to have her accordionist, George Saenz in our series!

NYMD: Just saw her at Prospect Park at the end of last month. Amazing. Nice work getting him!

AH: Another experience that comes to mind – when I was in Argentina, one of my colleagues connected me to Chango Spasiuk, who is one of the most famous musicians down there, who is known for chamamé. He picked me up in a limo, along with his bandmates, and I got to watch his whole show from backstage. The experience was pretty cool!

NYMD: Tell me about closing night on the 21st, this Friday.Is this a bunch of debuts? Has the Bil Afrah project ever played anywhere elase before? How about Peter Stan’s new band? It’s gonna be amazing!

AH: The Bil Afrah Project has performed before but not in a setting that can yield this large of an audience – in past years, we’ve had about four thousand people. It’s very exciting. We’ve put the word out to the Lebanese and Arab community and we hope they will come out. Ziad Rahbani is one of the most important and known composers from the Arab World, son of the famous Fairuz.

Peter Stan’s Zlatni Balkan Zvuk is brand new and will be debuting at the Festival. In talking with Peter – of Slavic Soul Party fame – I asked him if he ever played traditional Serbian music since SSP is more of a jazz/funk Balkan brass group. He told me he didn’t think there would be a market for it. After he shared more information and shared examples of Balkan wedding music, I chose to disagree! All of the musicians in this group are from the Balkans  – including Peter’s son who is also an accordionist! – and have been rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing. I’m really excited to welcome them, and was happy to provide the opportunity to Peter to be a bandleader for the first time. Given how amazing Peter is, I know this is just the beginning for them. 

Blick Bassy, Cameroonian Connoisseur of Americana, Brings His Spare, Surreal Songs to Lincoln Center

Spare, mournful cello rises in the background, awash in reverb, over a stark, muted minor-key acoustic guitar riff. It’s the blues, straight from Africa but refracted back through the relentless heat of the Mississippi Delta. There’s longing in the catchy vocal hook that Blick Bassy sings in one of many of his native Cameroonian vernaculars. That’s the title track on his album Ako, streaming at Spotify. Bassy cites the otherworldly Skip James as a major influence, but that’s hardly the only one.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call Bassy a connoisseur of Americana in general. He’s bringing his eclectically dynamic, individualistic sound to the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway just north of 62nd St. tomorrow night, July 13 at 7:30 PM. The show is free; getting there early is a good idea because a good crowd always shows up for these events.

Bassy switches to banjo, joined by the looming harmonies of Clément Petit’s cello and Johan Blanc’s trombone on the album’s second track, a jaunty hot 20s swing tune, sung with contrasting restraint. In the next song he takes that sound forward half a century for a surreal mashup of what sounds like Acadian folk and Nick Drake. Throughout the album, cello and trombone are frequently overdubbed for a lush, orchestral effect.

From there, rhythms vary from a balmy sway to the circling gait of Saharan Tuareg folk. Imagine a Malian guitar griot like Boubacar Traore, for example, scaling back his songs to two and a half minutes. Stylistically, the album runs the gamut from the bittersweetness of  Scots-American folk tunes,, to bouncy Appalachian string band music, to maybe Bill Monroe. Petit is similarly eclectic, sometimes a one-man orchestra, sometimes a bass player, sometimes adding spiky lower-register kora phrases

Screaming wifi isn’t exactly easy to find in Cameroon. Either Bassy was lucky enough to have internet access from a young age, or he was able to get his hands on a fantastic record collection. The Lincoln Center atrium is programmed with seemingly every culture base in the world’s most storied melting pot in mind; it’ll be interesting to see who turns out for this one.

A Ferocious Brooklyn Celebration of Diverse Mexican Sounds

Thursday night at Prospect Park Bandshell, Lila Downs and her lavish twelve-piece band put on a show that was as American as America gets these days. Early in the set, the intense, impassioned singer and bandleader explained that Mexican music is a joint celebration of three cultures, African, Spanish and Native American. Then, addressing the Mexican contingent in Spanish, she made it clear that this was in defiance of the demagogue in the Oval Office. Even the non-Spanish speakers figured that one out – and roared their approval.

The red-flare trumpet cadenza that her Mexico City-based trumpeter fired off to open a duel with his American jazz counterpart, Josh Deutsch? Spanish flamenco, but with the biting chromatics of North Africa and the Middle East hovering in the distance. But then Deutsch took it straight into volleys of African-American jazz.

The insistent, off-kilter metrics of a couple of mariachi songs drew a dotted line across the water to Africa, while their bouncy melodies were pure, native Mexican. And the overtone-rich jangle of the Rickenbacker guitar – when it could be heard ringing through an awful sound mix – was pure heartland America, or Liverpool, if you go back a little further.

Downs’ latest album Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo goes deeply into the mariachi tradition, but as the show went on, she also took on the role of angst-ridden ranchera diva, cumbia siren and wounded Mexican film ingenue. Over the keening strings and frequently spine-tingling flights of a trio of members of New York’s own all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache, she belted with characteristic raw power in her low register, and took a couple of dramatic flights up to the very top where she held on for dear life – and held the crowd breathless with how long she managed to stay up there.

There are many cultures in Mexico, but one common quality is resilience: the Mexican people have been through a lot, especially lately, and Downs’ songs reflect that. It would be an overstatement to say that love under an occupation is one of her themes, but any Spanish-speaking American can relate to her irony-infused narratives of trying to keep things together on a personal level while embattled from all sides. Minor keys soared and pulsed, guitars and cuatros  rippled and strummed amidst blazing brass and undulating, eclectic grooves. Downs hadn’t been here in awhile, was psyched to be back and everybody was glad to have her here.

Another band who’re taking Mexican music to new places, Orkesta Mendoza, opened, cursed with an even worse sound mix. Yet while they were also missing their usual secret weapons – baritone saxophonist Marco Rosano and lapsteel player Joe Novelli – their songs proved to be so strong, and catchy, that they stood alone with just a guitar-bass-drums setup frequently spiced with trumpet, clarinet or creepily carnivalesque roller-rink organ. Like Downs, they played a bunch of slinky cumbias; at one point, leader Sergio Mendoza tried to get the sleepy early early-evening crowd to count down a number, James Brown style, but they weren’t having it. Charismatic baritone singer Salvador Duran worked up a sweat punching out the beat with his shakers while Mendoza switched back and forth between acoustic guitar and organ and their multi-instrumentalist played just about everything else And bassist Adam Rogers sang a number that was part latin soul, part Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Which makes sense: the Elevators were a Texas band.

The afterparty was at Barbes, and was even wilder. With their biting, chiming, punchy acoustic guitars and singer/dancer Julia del Palacio firing off machinegunning beats with her tap shoes, Radio Jarocho celebrated the pan-latin sounds that have steamed into Veracruz over the past many decades. With their colleagues Mariachi  Flor de Toloache in the house, New York’s only original son jarocho band sprinted through a mix of funny, often smutty, wryly aphoristic songs about drinking, chasing women and smoking weed. Yet just when it seemed the party had reached its peak, they completely flipped the script with the best song of the night, a gorgeously stark, bolero-ish minor-key lament. This is what Trump wants to keep out of the country with his wall? Put a wall around this, wigface. Happy Fourth of July, everybody.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2017

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how awful the trains have been lately.

Constant updates. Considering how Trump’s minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Mozart and fascinating improvisations. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at 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 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in June Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

Mondays in July at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood.

Tuesdays in July, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

Tuesdays in  July, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Tuesdays in August, 10:30 PM oldschool Texas-style fingerstyle acoustic blues with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha and Cliff Schmitt on bass at Pete’s 

Wednesdays at 6 PM a wild tribe of accordionists take over Bryant Park, performers scattered throughout the space, booked by the brilliant Ariana Hellerman of Ariana’s List. Too many amazing players to list. Choice pick: the July 5 lineup with Melissa ElledgeShoko Nagai and Sam Reider, wow!

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Owl, $15

Wednesdays in  July, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Fridays in July, 9 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in July, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – “take inspiration from the intersection of the sacred and the radical to create hit songs from the depths of American psalmody, Yiddish folklore, and international Jewish liturgical traditions” at Barbes. i.e. sacred and possibly profane.

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in  July at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

7/1, noon the Reggay Lords at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways, get to the beach and follow the sound Take the ferry straight to the beach for $2.75 

7/1, 3ish boogaloo legend Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free. 7/7 at 7:30 he and the band are at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/1, 5 PM in reverse order: NYC’s arguably finest oldtime swing band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the charming, female-fronted cosmopolitan swing crew Avalon Jazz Band and 20s jazz chanteuse Aurora Nealand at Central Park Summerstage

7/1, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes. The Jug Addicts are at Bar Chord at 10 on 7/7

7/1, 7:30 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra – the late, great Sharon Jones’ backing band – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/1, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, $15

7/1, 8 PM Iranian art-rock/avant garde violinist Parnaz Partovi and Electric Monks at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/1, 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies followed at 9 PM by Divining Rod – who work the furthest open-tuned corners of 70s Britfolk – and then at 11 PM by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station. Empire Beats are also here on 7/7 at 10

7/1, 8 PM classic 30s swing with the Rob Stoneback Big Band with vocalists Kathy Jenkins & Rob Kevlin at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/1, 8 PM oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25. He’s finally playing for the tourists now.

7/1, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

7/1, 8:30 PM perennially fresh jazz trumpet star Dave Douglas and his quartet play the album release show for his new one Riverside: A New National Anthem at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/1, 8:30 PM darkly growling jazz guitarist Joe Morris with lustrously lyrical pianist Sylvie Courvoisier. At 9:30 he plays a duo set with haunting violinis Mark Feldman, $15

7/1, 8:30 PM popular 90s chamber pop/Americana songsmith David Poe at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

7/1, 9 PM sweeping, kinetic, Mediterranean and Andalucian string sounds with the Maureen Choi Quartet at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens, $10

7/1, 9 PM haunting, cinematic noir guitar soundscaper/loopmusic songwriter Ben Von Wildenhaus with his “professional band” at Bellocq Tea Atelier, 104 West St in Greenpoint. 7/6 they’re at the McKittrick Hotel at 10, 7/8 at 10 at Troost and on 7/12 back in Greenpoint again at 9ish at a semi-private show at the luncheonette at Nassau Ave and Russell

7/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, Link Wray covers by the Wraycyclers and at midnight by majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  

7/1, 9/10:30 PM state-of-the-art melodic postbop trumpet: Russ Johnson leads a quartet with  Aruan Ortiz, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/1, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at Smalls. 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.

7/1, 11 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange  at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2, noon jangly New York surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways, get to the beach and follow the sound Take the ferry straight to the beach for $2.75 

7/2, 8 PM bassist Andrew Sheron and Tuvan folk ensemble Alash mash up otherworldly, stark Central Asian and bluegrass sounds at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/2, 9 PM Romany jazz guitar powerhouse Olli Soikkeli pinch-hits for Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. He’s also here on 7/9

7/2, 10:30 PM keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic organ sounds at Pete’s

7/2, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his  quintet at Smalls

7/3, 8 PM minimalistic postrock/thrash instrumentalists the Austerity Program followed by retro 80s goths and Fields of the Nephilim soundalikes Fotocrime at St. Vitus, free   

7/3, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

7/3, 8 PM indie classical guitarist Dan Lippel plays a program TBA at Branded Saloon of all places

7/3, 9 PM Lowpines play their low-key Elliott Smith soundalike psych-pop at Pete’s 

7/3, 9:30 PM El Imperio play Afrobeat at Barbes

7/4, 2 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  open an allday bill, with Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita – who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles – and then finally careening noise/psych/doom band Stuyedeyed headlining at around 10 at Sunnyvale, $10 

7/4, 3 PM perennially fiery, relevant guitarist Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance Project – Civil Rights, WWII European partisan resistance songs, plus originals, with vocalist Fay Victor, James Brandon Lewis (sax), Gintas Janusonis (drums), Josh Werner (bass) and Davi Viera (perc) to create “something that encourages people to engage in resistance” followed by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at the Knockdown Center, $15

7/4, 6:45 PM catchy, funky hip-hop brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at South St. Seaport

7/4, 7 PM torchy singer Aurora Nealand ’s New Orleans swing band the Royal Roses followed by careening ten-piece Balkan brass band Veveritse – a more trad  Slavic Soul Party – followed at 11 by that group’s multi-saxman Peter Hess and drummer Matt Moran wailing on Balkan themes at Barbes

7/4, this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  plays the most confrontationally cool 4th of July show anywhere in town, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/4, 7:30 PM David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong repertory big band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/4, 9:30 PM the first of three very rare NYC shows by haunting psychedelic bandleader and Nick Cave soundalike Weinf, who brings to mind the Doors, Blue Oyster Cult and maybe the Frank Flight Band, at Sidewalk. He’s back there on 7/6 at 10 and then plays a house concert on 7/7 at 8, email for info/location 

7/4, 10:30 PM snarling female-fronted Nashville gutter blues band Thelma & the Sleaze at Baby’s All Right, $10. They’re at the Mercury the following night, 7/12 at 10 for the same price 

7/5, 1 PM jazz pianist Eugene Marlow’s lush, darkly eclectic, latin-tinged Heritage Ensemble at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

7/5, 6 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her septet at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

7/5 inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis play the album release show for their incendiary, politically-fueled new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/5, 7:30 PM a rare, killer B3 organ twinbill:Jared Gold with his trio followed by Brian Charette with his quartet at Smalls. Charette’s also here on 7/6, same time

7/5, 7:30 PM the Isaac Delgado Orchestra play their mighty Afro-Cuban salsa at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

7/5, 8 PM a free screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall at Brooklyn Bazaar, rsvp reqd 

 7/5, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

7/6. 6:30 PM cellist Nioka Workman’s intense Firey String Sistas chamber jazz project at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Blvd in Long Island City, G to 21st St.

7/6, 7 PM ageless Mexican folk-rock jamband Los Lobos at Wagner Park just north of Battery Park on the water

7/6, 7:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/6, 7:30 PM the Peekaboos – a large allstar NYC cast including but not limited to guitarist Oren Bloedow, singer Michelle Casillas and saxophonist Briggan Krauss – play rocksteady classics at the Owl

7/6, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things followed at 10 by epic, cinematic guitar soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at Barbes

7/6, 8 PM confrontational Iranian singer/violinist Sadaf H. Nava collaborates with artist Evan Caminiti and filmmaker Paul Clipson in a multimedia exploration of the general toxicity of urban areas at Issue Project Room, $15

7/6, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Hifi Bar

7/6, 8 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat and long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

7/6, 8/9:30 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro and guitarist Olli Soikkeli lead their quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/6, 9 PM Quantum Peruvian – who blend jangly Plan 9 psychedelia, GBV scruffiness and a little glam – at the Delancey 

7/6, 8:30 PM the lyrical Caroline Davis on saxophone with Pablo Menares on bass and Kenneth Salters on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/6, 9ish noir-tinged crooner/guitarslinger  Phil Gammage leads his four-piece band at the Parkside

7/6, 9 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Pete’s. 7/25 at 9 she’s solo at Lovecraft Bar on the LES; 7/21 at 11 she’s at Sidewalk with her fiery Americana band the Demons.

7/6, 10 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

7/6, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/6, 10 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at Bowery Electric, $12

7/7, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/7, 8 PM the Ulysses Quartet play works by Schubert, Golijov, Turina and Janacek’s harrowing String Quartet No. 2 at Scholes St. Studios

7/7, 8:30 PM the fifteen-piece Makrokosmos Orchestra with jazz singer Christine Correa play compositions by Tim O’Dell and Richard Nelson at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

7/7, 9:30 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

7/7, 9:30 PM violinist Dana Lyn’s shapeshifting, powerfully relevant, cinematic-jazz improvisers Mother Octopus at I-Beam, $15

7/7, 10 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at at Bar Chord, free. They’re at Mehanata the following night, 7/8 at 9 for $10

7/7, 10 PM noir soul and groove themes with the Ghost Funk Orchestra at the Gutter, $10 

7/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

7/7, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/7, 10 PM bizarre segue, good twinbill: guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators  followed at 11 by ska-punks the Horsewater Skanks at Sidewalk  

7/7, 11 PM haunting, psychedelic doom metal band Matte Black at Hank’s, $8

7/7, midnight ferociously noisy punk power trio Metorana at the Bitter End 

7/7, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 7/8), psychedelic downtempo jazz quartet Mute the Commercials at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/8, 1/3 PM pioneering downtown avant garde vocalist Pamela Z in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

7/8, 5 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/8, 6 PM Book of J –Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – followed at 8 by charismatic, fearlessly political, lurid noir Americana songwriter and banjoist Curtis Eller and at 9 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

7/8, 6 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache and legendary Colombian Caribbean singer Totó La Momposina at Central Park Summerstage

7/8, 6 PM Adam Klipple‘s Organ Soul Explosion with Al Street on guitar and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone at 55 Bar

7/8, 7 PM spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench followed by Jamaican dancehall hitmaker Chronixx at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/8, 8 PM trombone man Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/8, 8 PM eclectic, richly pensive chamber works by Michal Raymond Massoud performed by an ensemble TBA at Scholes st. Studios 

7/8, 8:30 PM violin/accordion band the Ghosts of Indecision play a wild mix of Balkan and klezmer sounds at the Owl

7/8, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his band at Bar Lunatico

7/8, 9 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

7/8, 9/10:30 PM bassist Peter Brendler leads his postbop quartet with Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, piano;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/8, 10 PM darkwave and carnivalesque art-rock with Children Having Children at the Cobra Club, $tba   

7/8, 10 PM jangly female-fronted latin lounge/80s chime pop band Parrot Dream at Footlight Bar, $10

7/8, 11PM Haakon’s Fault – who mash up stoner boogie, ornate keyboard-driven art-rock and a litle psych-funk – at the Bitter End 

 7/9, 5 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by 70s disco hitmakers the Ohio Players at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace  in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/9, 7 PM Lyla Cante play their fiery, kinetic blend of flamenco and Sephardic sounds at Pier One on the upper west side 

7/9, 7:30 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually by excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Union Hall, $12

7/9, 8 PM a killer duo project: fiery, eclectic, torchy Nicole Zuraitis  on vocals and Helen Sung on piano at Mezzrow, $20

7/9, 8:30 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/soul belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 10:30 PM by edgy, broodingly tuneful, jangly female-fronted trio Shadow Monsters at Pine Box Rock Shop 

7/10, 8:30 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/10, 9 PM 90s West Coast hip-hop nostalgia: the fearlessly political Rass Kassand the always hilarious, surprisingly lucid Alkaholiks at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec

7/10, 10 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at  at the Mercury, $10

7//10, 7 PM charming, irrepressible oldtimey swing maven Tamar Korn’s Kornucopia followed at 10 by Maku Soundsystem and Combo Chimbita spinoff Dilemasronauta y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos playing psychedelic cumbias and tropicalia at Barbes 

7/10, 11 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves  at the small room at the Rockwood. They’re also at the Way Station on 7/29 at 9

7/11, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and Ellia Bisker of parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

7/11, 7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Mozart (Symphony No. 40), Purcell and John Adams at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/11, 7:30 PM conguero Eddie Montalvo and his salsa band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/11, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Simon Barker leads an intriguing quartet with Jen Shyu – vocals; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Marc Hannaford – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15/$10 stud

7/11, 8 PM purposeful, pensive Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the Way Station

7/11, 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey followed by anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta at Shrine. Eliza and crew are also here on 7/18 at 9

7/11, 9 PM purist oldschool guitarist Dap King Joe, “the Staten Island Soul Junkie” (aka Joe Crispiano of the Dap Kings) and band at Freddy’s

7/11, 9:30 PM lyrical, cinematic pianist Julian Shore leads his quartet with Dayna Stephens, tenor sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/12, 5 PM the charming, female-fronted cosmopolitan swing crew Avalon Jazz Band  outdoors on the river behind the World Financial Center

7/12, 6:30 PM ace drummer Art Lillard’s Blue Heaven Swing Sextet on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza

7/12, 7:30 PM Michael Gentile & the Rhythm Serenaders play hot 20s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

 7/12, 7:309:30 PM pianist Jacob Sacks’ excellent 40420 Quartet with Jacob Garchik on trombone at the Jazz Gallery, $15/$10 stud

7/12-13, 7:30 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at Joe’s Pub, $27

7/12, 8 PM popular psych-folk band the Cave Singers at the Mercury, $15. Purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms are also there that night at 11, $12 separate adv tix rec

7/12. 8 PM dynamic, fearlessly populist soul belter Stephanie Rooker at the Way Station

7/12, 8 PM a rare reunion of trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s long-running cinematic jazz group the New Mellow Edwards (who aren’t that mellow) at Barbes

7/12, 9 PM saxophonist Danny Lipsitz & His Brass Tacks play hot 20s inspired swing at LIC Bar

7/12, 8:30 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Hifi Bar

7/12, 8:30 PM savage stoner boogie/doom/NWOBHM metal band Horseburnerat St. Vitus, $8 

7/12, 9:30 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/12, 10 PM oldschool dub and hip-hop influenced roots reggae with horns with the Merry Rockers at Silvana 

7/12, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager  followed by stoner boogie band Dead Things at Alphaville, $10 

7/12, 10 PM Waits-ish noir Americana songwriter Pokey LaFarge at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. 7/13 at 10 he’s at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, same deal

7/13, 7:30 PM Astoria Tango Orchestra’s ace bassist Pablo Aslan’s Aces of Rhythm pays tribute to the innovative style of legendary Argentinian bandleader Juan D’Arienzo – “El Rey del Compás” – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/13, 7:30 PM Blick Bassy – Cameroonian crooner/songwriter who adds nifty bluegrass touches to his wildly eclectic but subtle acoustic songs – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 7/13, 8 PM the scuffily catchy, jangly, all-male Britanys at Baby’s All Right, $12. Avoid the sucky poser-rock band afterward

7/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by cinematic, brilliantly guitar-fueled Colombian art-rock band Los Crema Paraiso at Barbes

7/13, 8 PM a rare, excellent quadruplebill: garage punks QWAM, explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse , the Lounge Act – who veer between dark 60s psych-pop and slicker 80s new wave – and then reverb guitar-driven janglerockers Color Tongue at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

7/13, 8 PM tuneful, purposeful, edgy guitarist Amanda Monaco plays the album release show for her new one at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum.Followed at 9:30 by tenor saxophonist Aaron Burnett & the Big Machine: Peter Evans, trumpet;  Carlos Homs, piano;  Nick Jozwiak, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums; separate adm and min.

 7/13, 8:30 PM ornate, theatrical metal band Cave of Swimmers at Gold Sounds, $12

7/13, 8:30 PM tuneful, cutting-edge, subtly Indian classical-influenced alto sax jazz with  Aakash Mittal‘s quartet featuring trumpeter Aaron Shraggeat i-Beam, $15

7/13, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

7/13, 11 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beat at American Beauty, $10

7/13, midnight exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station. They’re also at Troost the following night, 7/14 at 9

7/14, 7:30 PM a Texas honkytonk twinbill with Asleep at the Wheel‘s Ray Benson and Dale Watson at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM elegant pianist Aaron Parks leads a quintet with Maria Grand – saxophone; Chris Dingman – vibraphone; Matt Penman – bass; Anwar Marshall – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/14, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

7/14-15, 8 PM Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars play her new Chinese mythology-themed art-song suite Cloud River Mountain at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St,, $25 seats avail

7/14-15, 8 PM suave, smoky tenor saxophonist Harry Allen leads a trio with Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass)at Mezzrow, $20

7/14, 8:30 PM progressive jazz sax legend Steve Coleman at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/14, 9 PM Cleveland metal band and Iron Maiden soundalikes Sunless Sky at St. Vitus, $15

7/14, 10 PM powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines – NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at the Park Tavern, 725 West Side Ave. in Jersey City, free

7/14, 10 PM the Revolutionary Council Afrobeat Sextet at Bar Chord

7/14, 10 PM wryly surreal prozac rock  duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

7/14, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

7/15, 1 PM Uncle Ralph McDaniels hosts the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with acts in reverse order: DMX, The Lox, Stretch & Bobbito, Mack Wilds, Oshun, DJ Rob Swift, and more at Brooklyn Bridge Park

7/15, 2 PM in reverse order: popular 80s Argentine janglerockers Los Pericos, LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman and La Vida Bohéme at Central Park Summerstage 

7/15, 7 PM sax-fueled psychedelic cumbia band Consumata Sonidera at Starlight Park South Entrance, 1480 Sheridan Expressway, the Bronx, 2/5 to Freeman St and go east

7/15, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17

7/15, 7:30 PM eclectic postbop drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads her quartet at Smalls

7/15, 8 PM captivating, wildly eclectic Afro-Peruvian/classical/art-rock singer/pianist Chi-Chi Glass at Barbes 

7/15, 8 PM aphoristic, catchy, smart Nashville folk-rock songwriter Ali Sperry at Pete’s 

7/15, 8 PM roots reggae band the Far East open for one of the several incarnation of Bob Marley’s backing band the Wailers – this one with bassist Family Man Barrett, fronted by Junior Marvin – at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix vec

7/15. 8 PM New Orleans-flavored swing with Dan Levinson’s Gotham Sophisticats featuring vocalist Molly Ryan at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/15, 9/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his tuneful postbop trio with Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/15, 11:30 PM Cleveland punk cult hero Frank Secich (the Dead Boys’ Stiv Bators’ lead guitarist) followed by fuzztone garage rockers Room Full of Strangers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec /album/bad-vacation-lp

7/15, midnight the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache  at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/16, 4ish in reverse order: cinematic vibraphone soul legend Roy Ayers, Afrobeat dance band Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Brooklyn’s Underground System at Central Park Summerstage

7/16, 7 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at Pier One on the upper west side

7/16, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed at 9:30isy by Romany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/16, 7 PM pianist Zack Clarke’s Communer with Charlotte Greve, sax; Chris Irvine, cello ; Evan Crane, bass; Leonid Galaganov, drums followed by playful improvising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

7/16, 8:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

7/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

7/17, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Bach Brandenburg Concertos at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/17, 8ish 90s noiserock/janglerock icons Yo La Tengo – as vital as ever – at Central Park Summerstage

7/17, 8 PM the Ed Palermo Big Band – whose jazz reinventions of 60s and 70s British psychedelic rock can be hilariously fun – at Iridium, $25

7/17, 8 PM the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

7/17, 8:30 PM golden age Argentine tango with

7/17, 8:30 PM golden age Argentine tango with Malena Dayen, vocals;  David Rosenmeyer, piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/17, 9:30 ish Yotoco play psychedelic cumbia and boleros at Barbes

7/17, 10 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar

7/17, 11 PM strange but excellent segue:  tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his trio followed by gonzo noir postbop pianist Dred Scott leading his at the small room at the Rockwood

7/18, 7 PM Triple Paste play hot 20s jazz and parse the Lennie Tristano’s songbook, featuring Eric Pakula, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Rafe D’Lugoff, Arthur Kell and Vinnie Sperazza followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

 7/18, 7:30 PM badass, purposeful electric blues guitarist and compelling, eclectic singer Christina Apostolopoulos at Pete’s

7/19, 7:30 PM rising star postbop trumpeter Ryan Kisor leads his quintet at Smalls

7/18-19, 7:30/9:30 PM Ravi Coltrane leads a quintet with Brandee Younger – harp; David Virelles – Wurlitzer organ; Rashaan Carter – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums celebrating the work of his mom Alice Coltrane at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/19, 8 PM Tredici Bacci play original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

7/18-23, 8:30/10:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson – arguably this era’s best six-string player not named Bill Frisell – and her lush, rapturously good octet at the Vanguard, $30

7/19, 6 PM innovative pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen plays electroacoustic pieces at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

7/19, 9:30 PM smartly eclectic pastoral jazz songsmiths Max Hatt & Edda Glass at Bar Lunatico

7/19 Count Vaseline play their undulating post-Velvets spacerock at Harefield Road, 769 Metropolitan Ave (Humboldt/Graham) in Williamsburg 

7/20, noon New Orleans’ darkly shuffling, explosively funky Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 5 PM first-wave hip-hop: Kurtis Blow and Universal Hip-Hop Museum at NJPAC in Newark, free

7/20, 8 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard  & the BK Strays followed by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

7/20, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/20, 8:30  PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30s at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

7/20, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord

7/20, 11 PM the Nuclears – who veer between galloping stoner boogie and slower doomier 70s metal – at the Gutter 

7/21, 5 PM a wild night of accordionists and accordion bands hosted by New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez featuring the iconic Middle Eastern Bil Afrah Project, the haunting sounds of Zlatni Balkan Zvuk, Brazilian rainforest group Osnelda, cumbia crooner Gregorio Uribe, and special guests at Bryant Park, free

7/21, 6 PM incisive, fearlessly populist, catchy Irish chamber-pop songwriter August Wells at the American Folk Art Museum 

7/21, 6 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and ageless boogaloo bandleader Joe Bataan at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/21, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa  open for intense, psychedelic Malian microtonal guitar-and-vocal band Amadou & Mariam at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic Indian classical singer Roopa Mahadevan leads a trio with violinist Anjna Swaminathan and percussionist Abhinav Seetharaman at the Jazz Gallery, $22

7/21. 8 PM a rare appearance by poignantly sweeping Syrian orchestra Yousef Shamoun & the Tarab Ensemble at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/21, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog –  at Barbes

7/21, 8 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed eventually at 10 by wild oldschool Houston soul brass band the Nightowls at Union Hall, $10

7/21, 9 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and garage/Merseybeat rockers the Above  at the Gutter

7/21, 9 PM noiserock guitar icon Thurston Moore and group at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. Why isn’t this guy playing Madison Square Garden, he’s popular enough…

7/21, 10:30 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae followed by similarly intense,more  blues-oriented Americana songstress Alice & the Underground at Pine Box Rock Shop 

7/22, 5 PM trippy Afrobeat group Budos Band on their  home tuft at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/22, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – followed at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by Felipe Fournier’s Tito Puente vibraphone tribute at Barbes

7/22, 6 PM the album release show from multimedia improvisers Irrevery plus sets by dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg and Flower Girl at City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave across from the Knitting Factory, Williamsburg, $10

7/22, 7:30 PM psychedelic, relentlessly kinetic piano-driven dancefloor postrockers Dawn of Midi followed by Beirut Middle Eastern/postrock band Mashrou’ Leila at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/22, 8 PM playful, improvisationally-inclined swing band Swingadelic at Kingsborough Colllege Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (atOxford), Manhattan Beach, B/Q to Brighton Beach, free

7/22, 8 PM pianist Oliver Hagen leads a quintet playing music of Schubert, Bartok and Mozart at the DiMenna Center, $10, refreshments included

7/22, 9 PM the noisy, herky-jerky mid-80 Sonic Youth-ish Dead Tenants followed by guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at the Gutter 

7/22, 9/10:30 PM the Chopin Poject with Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Kim Cass, bass;  Rob Garcia, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. They’ve done Bartok so this should be a walk in the park!

7/22, 9 PM eclectic psychedelic riff-rockers Lemon Sky – who mix stoner boogie, a little flamenco and twisted Britfolk into the mix – at Arlene’s, $10 

7/22, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Lantern Hall, 52 Harrison Pl, (Grattan/Ingraham) in Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave. 

7/22, 10 PM ferocious, politically fearless soul-punk/new wave/postrock band Algiers at Baby’s All Right is SOLD OUT – no sruprise

7/23, 2 PM oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at at the Central Park Discovery Center, 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves

7/23, 5 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at LIC Bar

7/23, 5 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/23, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman with special guest, Americana icon Amy Allison at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed at 8 by quartet Anouman playing Django guitar jazz, separate cover and min.

7/23, 6 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  leads his quintet at Silvana. Will anybody actually shut up and listen there? 

7/23, 7 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister followed by banjo player Stephanie Jenkins from the charming, oldtimey Pearly Snaps at Corkscrew Wines, 489 Myrtle Ave in Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

7/23, 7 PM killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

7/23, 7 PM lustrous, Lynchian swing chanteuse Heather Holloway & the Heebie-Jeebies at Radegast Hall

7/23, 7 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Pier One on the upper west side

7/23, 8 PM the Verona Quartet play US premieres by Teizō Matsumura, Alejandro Cardona and Elżbieta Sikora at MOMA Summergarden, enter on 54th St., free, early arrival encouraged

7/23, 8:30ish fiery New York-centric purist janglerock/folk harmony duo the Kennedys at the Treehouse at 2A

7/25, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

7/25, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

7/25-30, 8:30/10:30 lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

7/25, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at the Way Station

7/25, 9:30 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s 

 7/25, 11:30 PM hard-hitting garage-punks the Falling Birds – like a minor-league Radio Birdman or OBNIIIs – at the Knitting Factory, $12 

7/26, noon high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at Madison Square Park, free

7/26, 7 PM popular jazz-folk chanteuse Rickie Lee Jones and her band play her 1981 Pirates album all the way through at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Reputedy rehearsals have been fantastic.

7/26, 7 PM intoxicatingly fun, bouncy Colombian coastal dance grooves with Tribu Baharu at Madison Square Park, free

7/26, 7:30 PM tersely incendiary Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker  at B.B. King’s, $15

7/26 irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon  leads an organ trio with Gary Versace on B3 and Nasheet Waits on drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/26, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

7/26, 8:30 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina  at Bar Lunatico

7/26, 9 PM charmingly catchy, new wave-tinged female-fronted Minneapolis band Bad Bad Hats at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $12

7/26, 9:30 PM Renata Zeiguer’s trippy, creepy Prozac rock project Cantina followed by dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Footlight Bar, $10

7/26, 9:30 PM lustrous, darkly enigmatic singer/composer Song Yi Jeon leads her quintet with Kenji Herbert, guitar;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jongkuk Kim, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

7/27, 5 PM a rare appearance by Cuban son legends Septeto Santiaguero at NJPAC in Newark, free

7/27, 6 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at the Bed-Stuy Community Garden, 95 Malcolm X Boulevard (Greene/Lexington), J/M to Kosciusko St. Then they jump in a cab and rush over to play at Barbes at 10. 

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras, our own Alynda Segarra aka Hurray For the Riff Raff,, trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro and fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos

7/27, 7 PM baritone sax goddess Moist Paula does double duty, first with her electroacoustic project Bliss Station and then with powerhouse Aussie hokum blues songwriter/revivalist CW Stoneking – who schools a lot of the Americans mining the genre –at the Mercury, $15

7/27, 7:30 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – followed bytrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob playing a live score to the 1926 silent film Maciste All’Inferno at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/27, 7:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

7/27 lyrical jazz pianist Christian Sands leads his trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/27 , 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

7/27, 8 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a trio with Vitor Gonçalves on piano and accordion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed at 9:30 by violinist Tomoko Omura and her quintet, separate cover and min.

7/27, 9:30 PM singer Sofia Tosello’s magically shapeshiftting, kinetic pan-latin folk project Chuno at Terraza 7, $10 

7/27, 9 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Pete’s

7/27, 9 PM darkly intense bassist Dana Schechter’s hauntingly cinematic slowcore/art-rock project Insect Ark at Matchless, $10

7/27, 10ish a rare duo collaboration between dark ex-Dimestore Dance Band guitarist Jack Martin – the missing link between Erik Satie and Django Reinhardt – and legendary free jazz drummer Dee Pop at the Cobra Club, $10

7/27, 10 PM powerpop cult heroes Dany Laj & the Looks at Hank’s, $8

7/28, 5:30 PM elegant, jazz-tinged acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh followed eventually at 6:30 by brilliant accordionist/raconteuse/urbane lyrical eclecticist Rachelle Garniez  at the American Folk Art Museum 

7/28, 6 PM pianist Dongfeng Liu leads his trio through a mix of Chinese and latin-tinged originals  at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum. Followed by the Bryan Landrus Orchestra playing the album release show for their new lush, resonant new one, separate adm and min. Landrus is also here on 7/29

7/28, 6 PM popular salsa songstress La India at St. Mary’s Park, St Mary’s St bet. St Ann’s Ave and Jackson Ave in the Bronx, 2/5 to Jackson Ave

7/28, 7 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson

7/28, 7 PM darkly intense ex-Band of Susans guitarist/songwriter Anne Husicksolo followed by noir-tinged crooner/guitarslinger  Phil Gammage leading his four-piece band at Sidewalk

7/28, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays Pauline Oliveros’ Applebox Double, Heart of Tones and One Hundred Meeting Places  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7:30 PM popular jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding and band followed by chamber pop/lit-rock icon Andrew Bird at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/28, 7:30 PM charming oldtime swing harmony trio Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing Andrews Sisters tunes to accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park

7/28, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare appearance by Cuban son legends Septeto Santiagueroat Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

7/28, 8ish irresistibly named, darkly sizzling psychedelic garage punk rockers Anderson Council  at  Hank’s

7/28, 8:30 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark leads his group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

7/28, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many – this blog’s current favorite group – at the Way Station

7/29, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – with special guest guitarist Steve Ulrich from noir soundtrack icons Big Lazy followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed and at 10 by awesome Austin psychedelic cumbia band Money Chicha at Barbes

7/29, 6 PM Taiwanese bands in reverse order: catchy pop-punks Fire Ex, low-key folksinger Dadado Huang + Berry j and Sangpuy at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 7 PM Efendi with Scott Wilson, playing his unique “\baglama hydra”—a combination oud, saz, and bouzouki—with sounds from Turkey, Armenia, Israel, and Greece at the 96th Street Tennis Courts in Riverside Park

7/29, 7:30 PM would you sit (or, more likely, snooze) through a set by a British pop moppet at Damrosch Park just to see Dionne Warwick play a handful of songs? Maybe we should call the psychic hotline and find out!

7/29, 8 PM harrowing Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran play the US premiere of their elegaic suite of settings of Mahmoud Darwish poems on themes of exile and resistance at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St, $30 seats avail

7/29, 9 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls followed by deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game at the Jalopy, $10

7/29, 9 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at Pete’s. Last time he was there he had Ambrosia Parsley on harmonies, a great band, and he slayed. 

7/29, 9:30 PM catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

7/29, 10 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Bar Chord

7/29, 10ish fearless punk classical cellist Valerie Kuehne at Spectrum, $15

7/29, 11 PM A Place to Bury Strangers play their hypnotic, sprawling psychedelic gutter garage blues at Poineer Works, $20 

7/30, 2 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his dark rock Quartet followed by an intimate duo show by torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at Hank’s

7/30, 5ish pioneering golden-age female hip-hop star MC Lyte at Central Park Summerstage

7/30, 7 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band outdoors at LIC Bar

7/30, 7 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at Barbes followed by Romany jazz guitar and psychedelic powerhouse Stephane Wrembel at around 9:30 

7/30, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Pier One on the upper west side

7/30, 8 PM a rare reunion of Ljova and Inna Barmash’s wild Russian/Romany party band Romashka at Drom, $15 adv tix very higlhly rec

7/30, 9 PM bad segue, good jazz twinbill at an unexpected venue: purposeful, pensive Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova  followed by trumpet powerhouse Wayne Tucker & the Bad Mothers at the small room at the Rockwood. A couple doors down quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean plays the third stage at 10 for $10

7/31, 8 PM bass clarinetist Madison Greenstone plays new solo works by Rebecca Saunders, Martin Bauck and Lauri Supponen at Scholes st. Studios 

7/31, 10 PM haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes 

7/30, 11ish edgy, funny postpunks Single Red Cent at the Cobra Club

8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/1, 8 PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff –  at Tiny Montgomery, 333 Douglass St. (the old Douglass St. collective), free

8/1, 8/9:30 PM the ageless Gene Bertoncini on guitar with bassist Josh Marcum at Mezzrow, $20

8/1, 8 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble  play works by emerging composers Mayu Hirano, Hunjoo Jung, Chaya Czernowin, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Martin Rane Bauck, Steven Kazuo Takasuga at the DiMenna Center, $20. 8/2 and 8/5, same time, the composers on the bill are Sam Salem, Christine Burke, Weston Olencki, Jeffery Shivers, Hans Tutschku

8/1, 9ish haunting string soundscapes and noir Americana from all-female harmony band Little Mazarn at Troost 

8/1, 9:30 PM a rare reunion of intense, brilliantly lyrical Jagged Leaves frontman Dan Penta’s haunting chamber rock group Heath at Sidewalk. Penta’s also here solo on 8/8 at 10:30

8/2, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 6:30 PM Sonido Costeno mash up merengue, reggae and cuban son on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/2, 7 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth at the long meadow in Prospect Park, closest train is actually the F/G to 15th St. 

8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7:30 PM Ibibio Sound Machine play EDM with hints of Afrobeat followed by Angelique Kidjo and band covering a crappy Talking Heads album at Damrosch Park

8/2, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

8/2, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

8/2, 8:30 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – with vibraphonist Tom Beckham, bassist Andrew Hall and drummer Diego Voglino at Bar Lunatico

8/2. 9;30ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

8/2, 9:30 PM twisted 80s style goth/postpunk band Midnight Crisis followed by stoner boogie band Ten Ton Mojo at the Delancey, $10 

8/2, 10 PM postbop trumpet star Jeremy Pelt leads a quartet at an especially intimate show at 55 Bar

8/3, 5 PM lBay Area latin soul legends Tower of Power at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/3, 7 PM catchy, intricate art-folk instrumental acoustic guitar/bass duo Endless Field followed by Awakening Orchestra playing their lush, angst-fueled post-election suite I Can See My Country From Here at Shapshifter Lab, $tba

8/3, 7:30 PM newschool cabaret agitator Nellie McKay followed by perennially fun, psychedelic banjo jamband leader Bela Fleck at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.

8/3, 7:30 PM Fleur Seule play swing dance tunes from the 1940s on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, about a 15-block walk from the Ditmars Blvd N station

8/3, 8 PM the Jack Quartet play the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/3, 8 PM hard-charging trumpeter Jim Rotondi with David Hazeltine (piano), John Webber (bass) at Mezzrow, $20

8/3. 9 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band  – followed by ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock equivalent of the Clash –  at Union Pool, $12

8/3, 9:30 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/3, 10 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

8/4, 5:30 PM Americana harmony band Triboro at the American Folk Art Museum 

8/4, 6 PM a tribute to third-stream luminary Billy Childs tribute with pianist Manuel Valera, the Triton Brass Quintet, the City of Tomorrow chamber ensemble, and Billy Childs’ own Quartet at Bryant Park, free

8/4, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Church Square Park, Park Ave at 4th St., Hoboken

8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park

8/4, 8 PM Quatuor Bozzini play works by Jürg Frey – Unhörbare Zeit (2004-06) and String Quartet 3 (2010-2014) – at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/4, 8ish violinist Dina Maccabee followed by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s improvisational string quartet with Maccabee, Robby Kraft (viola), Sarah Bernstein(violin) plus guest Nick Podgursky on synth at the Owl

8/4, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk.

8/4-5, 8/10:30 PM legendary bassist Rufus Reid with Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

8/4, 8 PM De Lautaros play cumbia and salsa at Guadalupe Inn

8/4-5, 8:30 PM Trigger play John Zorn Apparitions  (enigmata/valentines day) with Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums) at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $20

8/4, 9:30 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors  and stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10. The Mad Doctors are also at the Gutter on 8/10 at 10ish for half that.

8/4. 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

8/4, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes. 8/12, 8:30 PM they’re at Bar Lunatico 

8/4. 10:30 PMcutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

8/5, 2 PM indie classical types Ashley Jackson, Helen Sung, Luciana Souza, Manhattan Chamber Players, Derek Bermel and Nate Smith, and Metropolis Ensemble play music by Bermel at Bryant Park, free

8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 7 PM the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Brooklyn Bazaar, $17

8/5, 7 PM the CCB Reggae All-Stars at 96th St. Tennis Courts in Riverside Park. Bun de chalice, mon! 

8/5, 7:30 PM brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

8/5, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

8/5, 7:30 PM second-wave surf rock icons Los Straitjackets and British roots-rock maven Nick Lowe at Damrosch Park

8/5, 8 PMpianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed  at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

8/5, 8 PM a killer triplebill: Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows, first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Union Hall, $10

8/5, 8 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her  leads her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

8/5, 8:30 PM ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at Lucky 13 Saloon, $8

8/5, 8:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones  at the Gutter, $5

8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the X-Wrays (guess who they cover), the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 10, tunefully jangly Strange but Surf  at 11 and Blondie cover band SundayGirl at midnight 

8/5, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band   at the Way Station

8/6, 1 PM Albanian superstar vocal/accordion duo Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni and the Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/6, 2 PM the surviving members of Reuben Wilson’s quartet play his distinctive B3 organ jazz at the Discovery Center (inside Central Park at 110th St between Lenox and Fifth Aves)

8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St. 

8/6, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

8/6, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $20

8/7, 7:30 PM drummer/composer Rob Garcia  leads his trioplaying his fearlessly political, tuneful, relevant compositions at Smalls. Chanteuse Tammy Scheffer leads her sextet later at midnight

8/7, 8 PM wryly funny honkytonk steel guitar genius/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

8/7, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note. He’s back on the 28th.

8/7, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

8/8, 7 PM youngish hotshot bluegrass duo Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

 8/8, 7 PM Lincoln Center impresario Meera Dugal – one of this era’s small handful of genuine visionaries in NYC music programming  – and National Sawdust sound engineer Sascha von Oertzen lead a free roundtable discussion of the challenges of live sound, and being a woman in that field, at Pioneer Works

8/8-13, 7:30 PM Bill Frisell plays solo at the Stone, $20. OMFG, arguably the best jazz guitarist of the past 40 years, get there early. 

8/8. 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

8/8, 9 PM blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities  at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

8/8,  9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

8/9, 1 PM high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at  at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/9, 6:30 PM darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/9, 7:30 PM theatrical, energetic Korean disco band Ssing Ssing at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/9, 7:30 PM spectacular, fiery Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castanedafollowed by the swinging salsa dura sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Damrosch Park

8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free

8/9, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

 8/9, 9:30 PM innovative alto saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi leads his quartet with Leornard Thompson, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

8/10, 7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

8/10, 7  PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park

8/10, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn United Marching Band followed by jazz piano star Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the film Selma at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 7:30 PM meat-and-potatoes rock anthem bandleader DB Rielly – the Midwestern Willie Nile – on the water at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, N to Ditmars Blvd. and a 15-block walk more or less

8/10, 7:30.9:30 PM purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

8/10, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall. She’s also there an hour earlier on 8/15.

8/10, 9 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10

 8/10, 10 PM agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

8/10, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/10, 11:30 PM ferociously lyrical, politically spot-on acoustic blues/swing guitar genius Lenny Molotov at Sidewalk

8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez,  El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park

8/11, 6:30 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at the American Folk Art Museum

8/11, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Manuel Valera premieres his suite The Planets with his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $22

8/11. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes.

8/11, 8 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at  Pete’s. 8/29, 9 PM he’s at the Way Station

8/11, 8 PM Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin & Elettrodomestico do their wry retro 80s new wave thing at Iridium,  $25 

8/11, 8:30 PM fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

8/11-12, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio  at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St., $20

 8/11, 9 PM Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Sidewalk

8/11, 9;30ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

8/11, 9:30 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall

 8/11, 10 PM somber, cinematic postrock soundscapes with the End of the Ocean at Alphaville, $10 

8/12, 1/3  PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays music by Ian Gottlieb, Emma O’Halloran and Finnegan Shanahan in Nolan Park in the middle of Governors Island, free

8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagabonds at Madison Square Park, free

8/17, 5 PM 90s hardcore Brooklyn hip-hop nostalgia:  Black Sheep and Das EFX  at NJPAC in Newark, free

8/19, 6 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at the small room at the Rockwood

8/20, 5 PM  in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage

8/24, 5 PM conscious hip-hop icon Talib Kweli at NJPAC in Newark, free

 8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 10 PM 60s janglerock/psych-pop legends the Flamin Groovies at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, 3 PM in reverse order:  cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park

8/29, 7 PM Inkarayku play Peruvian psychedelic folk at Gantry Plaza State Park