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Mystical, Dynamic Rainy-Day Korean Sonic Exploration with Kim So Ra at Lincoln Center

Last night Lincoln Center partnered with the Korean Cultural Center to bring janggu drummer and innovator Kim So Ra and her band to make their debut here. She’s one of the great innovators in Korean sounds, having founded the country’s first all-female traditional percussion ensemble, Norikkot, as well as cinematic art-rock instrumentalists nuMori. She was clearly psyched to be at “One of the finest musical theatres in the world,” as she put it. “Cool! I brought some rain from Korea for this perfect day,” she grinned, alluding to the stormy, watery themes on her latest album A Sign of Rain. The result was as psychedelic a storm as you can possibly imagine.

There’s a tradition in janggu drumming that’s feral and shamanic, but the duo of Kim and fellow percussionist Hyun Seung Hun,opened the night with otherworldly, mysical ambience, blending delicate gongs and a singing bowl punctuated by spare, resonant beats and rainlike washes. Then the bandleader kicked into a brisk, syncopated 10/8 beat that was no less hypnotic for being a lot louder.

The two made disorientingly clipped variations out of a distantly majestic processional before really picking up with a staggered gallop. Piri player Lee Hye Joong blew white noise and then increasingly animated, quavering calls through her little wooden oboe over a steady janggu riff; gayageum player Lim Ji Hye joining quietly underneath.

The irresistibly warptoned gayageum (a fretless zither that sounds like a low-register hybrid of the Egyptian oud and the Indian surbahar, minus the reverberating strings) took centerstage, ripping and leaping over percussive flurries, long, surprisingly low, sax-like sutained lines from the piri and an eventual return to a stately, swaying rhythm. Meanwhile, deep-space photography drifted across the screen behind the stage. Somebody give this band a residency at the Hayden Planetarium: they’d pack the place!

A janggu solo meant to depict a heartbeat came across as a pretty strenuous expedition, drama giving way to a hypnotic groove and back, with some serious sprinting involved as well. Then the two percussionists brought the thunder and eventually some dancefloor thud, entreating the crowd for some boisterous call-and-response. The full quartet closed with a mighty, swaying theme punctuated by wailing piri and spiky, rippling volleys of upper-register gayageum, and encored with an even more turbulent piece.

The next concert at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St is tomorrow night at 7:30 PM with latin jazz drummer and bandleader Bobby Sanabria leading a mighty 21-piece unit paying tribute to the great Palladium-era salsa bands. Get there early if you’re going: it’s going to be a dance party.

Kiko Villamizar Puts on a Furious, Funny, Politically Woke Dance Party at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez introduced firebrand singer Kiko Villamizar as an artist dedicated to the cause of keeping families together. Although his eclectic, psychedelic tropical dance music addresses other pressing issues, he didn’t waste any time confirming that particular one. The burly, bushy-bearded Colombian-American singer and his slinky five-piece band opened their debut show here this past evening with wih Hasta Que Se Fue, its rumbling chalupa beat underpinning an allusivey harrowing lyric about immigrant families being ripped apart in US concentration camps.

Villamizar blends ancient Afro-Colombian coastal gaita flute music with undulating chicha guitar music along with other styles he grew up with after his family moved from Florida to Colombia. “You don’t have to more your hands like “We Are the World,” but c’mon up here!” he told the crowd, who had been pretty sleepy on this rainy night so far. And suddenly everybody was up on their feet for as the guitarist played echoey, ominous spaghetti western licks over an irresistible cumbia groove. But this was a party for the right to fight: Villamizar’s big anthem addressed the lethal consequences of oil pipelines, which lave contaminated large parts of the world south of the equator.

Villmamizar is also an impresario: he books the annual Wepa cumbia festival in Austin, his home base these days. But it isn’t limited to cumbia, as he reminded with the scampering, skanking El Arbolito, a tribute both to his roots and our endangered forests, a long gaita solo floaitng over the rumbing beat from the bass, drums and traditional tambor alegre.

He dedicated the souful, trickily rhythmic minor-key ballad after that to “the most important person in the universe: her name is Natalie – where are you?” he wanted to know, then imperceptibly shifted the beat into cumbia and then reggae. Villamizar’s sardonic sense of humor is relentless: he explained that an as-yet-unreleased, punchy, syncopated cumbia addressing the South American refugee crisis and the xenophobic Trump response was about “family values.”

From there the band hit a punchy, swinging quasi-ska beat it was like witnesing Peruvian chicha legends Juaneco y Su Combo, but with an otherworldly, swirly edge fueled by the gaita. Villamizar returned  to catchy cautionary tales with Aguas Frias, a swaying eco-disaster parable, then blended Santana-esque psychedelic with hard funk.

After blending what sounded like a traditional call-and-response cumbia with a classic 70s American disco shuffle and a spacerock guitar solo, Villaizar got the crowd singing along with a couple of centuries-old Colombian  trance-dance chants. By now, everybody except the old people and bloggers were up their feet.

“The word ‘ceremony’ doesn’t exist in most of those languages down there, it’s just the way you’re supposed to live your life,” Villamizar explained, then invited up members of the NYC Gaita Club to validate that with another ecstatic processional tune. His Austin buddy Victor Cruz joined them for a thunderous invocation of the spirits and then a communal circle dance by Colombian bullerengue legend Emilsen Pacheco .

The next free show at the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is on Sept 19 at 7:30 PM with Korean janggu drummer Kim So Ra and her thunderous percussion troupe. Get there early if you want a seat.

Guitarslinger Phil Gammage Goes Back to His Dark Blues Roots Again

Phil Gammage may be best known as the lead guitarist in legendary CB’s era postpunk band Certain General, but he also has a substantial body of work as a bandleader. Over the years, he’s done everything from dark Americana to electric blues. With his latest album, It’s All Real Good – streaming at Spotify – the guitarslinger/crooner revisits the spare acoustic sound of his Live at Little Water Radio ep from a couple of years ago. He’s playing the release show tomorrow night, Sept 5 at 9 PM at 11th St. Bar. Then on the 9th he’s at Shrine at 9, and on the 30th he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse in the South Street Seaport at 7.

The album’s opening track, Naked in the Rain is a stripped down acoustic bossa, Kenny Margolis’ accordion and Michele Butler’s backing vocals filtering through a song that’s kind of low-key considering that it’s about dancing around nude.

With David Fleming’s chuffing, reverbtone blues harp, the title track is a sarcastic, bawdy blues that draws a straight line back to Sonny Boy Williamson – or even further. Likewise, Dancing on Top of the World is a sardonic, Waits-ish barhopping narrative. Luck Don’t Pass Us By comes across as an acoustic take on the apocalyptic gutter blues of 80s bands like the Gun Club.

Fueled by Margolis’ darkly bluesy spirals, Hellcat Magpie is a colorfully creepy circus-rock waltz. Then skinny Elvis meets Jimmy Reed in the muted, crepuscular Second Time Around.

Wandering Stars has a slow southwestern gothic sway, while Give Away is slow, spare and Orbisonesque. Gammage closes the album with Let Love Begin, his counterintuitive chords over Tony Mann’s shuffling drums. Gammage’s voice has grown a little flintier over the years, and the music here is quieter than most of his back catalog, but he can still conjure up as much distant menace as ever.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for September and October 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. 

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for service cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you discovered here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

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, beverages and lively conversation included! sug don, email for details/address

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 tropical 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.

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically woke, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the third floor bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

Tuesdays at 9 PM, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

Three Saturdays in September: 9/7, 9/14 and 9/28 at 4 PM free concerts at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Three Sundays in September: 9/1, 9/15 and 9/29 Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico at 1 PM for brunch. He’s also at Columbus Park – Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St in downtown Brooklyn – at noon on 9/27

Sundays at 5 PM in September at Barbes,  multistylistic, lyrical, improvisational cellist Rufus Cappodocia leads a series of ensembles

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

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

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

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free. 9/14 at 2 PM they’re at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

9/1, 6 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

9/1,  7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

9/1, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

9/1, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

9/2, 7 PM raucous oldtimey swing street band Tuba Skinny at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 8 PM sly hokum blues/jugband Ellis Dyson & the Shambles at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec 

9/2, 9 PM  rapturousy subtle tropicalia drummer/singer (and former Chicha Libre timbalera) Karina Colis leads a piano jazz quartet at Bar Lunatico. They’re also at the Fat Cat at 7 on 9/21

9/2, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

9/3, 7 PM Trio Kirovski: Ljubisa Kirovski- violin and viola; Maja Sutevska Kirovska-piano; Aleksandra Kirovska -guitar play works by Fazil Say, Viilla-Lobos and Piazzolla at Klavierhaus, 790 11th Ave (corner of 54th St)

9/3, 7 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

9/3, 7 PM bass-baritone John Taylor Ward “ventures into rare worlds of medieval and folk music with Cantata Profana‘s artistic director Jacob Ashworth on violins and vielles, and special guests Nina Stern on every kind of recorder and wind instrument you can imagine, and Paul Morton on lutes, guitars, and banjo” at Joe’s Pub, $15

9/3, 7:30 PM an interesting duo: Geoffrey Keezer on piano and Joe Locke on vibes at Mezzrow, $20. 9/4 Keezer is here with Ben Williams on bass

9/3, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic bass vet Rufus Reid leads a trio bolstered by the stark microtonal  Sirius Quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

 9/3, 7:30 PM an avant garde vocal summit: Charmaine Lee with powerhouse pianist Conrad Tao, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Australian soprano Jane Sheldon at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 8 PM the lavish, wickedly catchy Petey & the True Mongrel Hearts with their darkly defiant vintage Springsteenian rock and soaring four-part harmonies at the Bitter End

9/3, 8 PM a tribute to influential trumpeter Laurie Frink with Chloe Rowlands and Zen Demon Snaps with fellow trumpeters Jesse Neuman ,Nadje Noordhuis , Dave Ballou , Rich Johnson , Jeff Davis on drums, $10 followed by Rowlands leading her quartet with Roberto Giaquinto on drums, Myles Sloniker on bass, Michael Mayo on vocals at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Gowanus 

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/3-8, 8:30/10 PM wildly popular classic jazz pianist Bill Charlap leads his trio at the Vanguard, $35. Then they’re back again 9/10-15. He’s also doing a very rare free show with veteran singer Sandy Stewart at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex on 9/4 at 1 PM

9/3, 9ish wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem at Union Pool, free!

9/3, 9:30 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

9/4, 7 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown – who are just as wildly fun with western swing as they are at Django-style Romany guitar jazz – at the big room at the Rockwood, $25

9/4, 7:30 PM the Mannes Wind Orchestra play works by Mozart, Richard Srauss, Prokofiev, Frank Zappa and others at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

9/4, 7:30/9:30 PM a Booker Little tribute with trumpeters Charles Tolliver, Dave Douglas , Riley Mulherkar, Greg Tardy on tenor, Natalie Cressman on trombone Frank Kimbrough on piano, James Genus on bass, Clarence Penn on drums, $30

9/4, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit, night two: terse, enigmatic singer/percussionist Anais Maviel, indie classical star Kate Soper, politically woke composer/vocalist Ted Hearne at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/4, 8 PM the Three Thirds, i.e. two thirds of the Andy Statman Trio with one third of western swing band Brain Cloud. With Larry Eagle – drums; Jim Whitney – bass; Raphael McGregor – lap steel and Grant Gordy – guitar at Barbes

9/4, 8:30 Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

9/4, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

9/4, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer group at Skinny Dennis

9/4, 9 PM ferocious, politically smart punk en Espanol band Miedo at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

9/4, 10 PM haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at LIC Bar. 9/14 at 9 PM she’s at Pete’s 

 9/5, 6 PM epic drone-psych/postrock band Cosmic Monster at Holo, free 

9/5, 7 PM fearlessly political, scruffy punk band Jack and the Me Offs at Arlene’s, $10 

 9/5, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical, erudite, blues-infused tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger plays the album release show for his new one Preminger Plays Preminger, inspired by the films of his uncle Otto, with a killer quartet including Jason Moran on piano at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM deviously fun, mind-warpingly multistylistic keyboardist Aaron Whitby‘s Cousin From Another Planet psychedelic funk project at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/5, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse reedwoman Anna Webber  leads a septet featuring Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/5, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit, night three: opera star Stephanie Blythe, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist Arooj Aftab with Vijay Iyer on piano & Shahzad Ismaily on bass, and vocalese composer/improviser Erin Gee at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez. followed at 10 by  purposefully atmospheric  indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley at Barbes. She’s also at Pangea on 9/22 at 7 for $25

9/5, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith  acoustic at the small room at the Rockwood

9/5, 8:30 PM Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar), Harsh Shah (tanpura) and Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla) play Indian classical ragas at the Jalopy, $15

9/5-7, 8:30 PM Pulitzer-winning avant garde vocal icon Du Yun plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: closing night with Du Yun + Ok Miss: Aakash Mittal (winds) Nich Olas Farrell (guitar, bass) Grey McMurray (guitar) Shayna Dunkleman (drums)

9/5, 9 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at Pete’s

9/5, 9 PM Soul Gnawa – the new psychedelic/downtempo project from Innov Gnawa‘s Samir Langus and guitarist Daniel Freedman – at Bar Lunatico

 9/5, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band play the album release show for their new one at 11th St. Bar. 9/7 he’s at Shrine at 9 andat Cowgirl Seahorse in the South St. Seaport at 7 on 9/30

9/5, 9 PM enigmatic indie classical composer/performer Paula Matthusen at Spectrum, $15

9/6, 7 PM a mass improvisation workshop/concert with the Hugh Ragin Creative Orchestra at the New School, Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 West 13th St, $15, free for students

9/6, 7:30 PM Ensemble Ipse perform a workshop version of Max Giteck Duykers’ new opera Both Eyes Open, about the aftereffects of WWII imprisonment on Japanese-Americans. “Seen through the eyes of a Japanese-American farmer’s wife’s ghost, and his resurrected, once buried, zen Buddhist daruma doll, the farmer returns alone after the war to his darkened fields having lost his family and livelihood, struggling to find his path again. Singers Kelvin Chan, Kalean Ung, and John Duykers star in this piece that revisits and illuminates this pivotal period of U.S. history and its divergent perspectives, and sheds light on the current state of xenophobia and polarizing socio-political beliefs,” at Shapeshifter Lab, $20/$10 stud/srs

 9/6-7, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet followed by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leading his with Chris Potter on tenor at Smalls

9/6-7, 8 PM irrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman on violin and Mat Manieri on viola at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/6-7, 8:30 PM ($15), repeating 9/8, 4 PM, 9/11-14 and 9/17-21 at 8:30 PM ($25) Kamala Sankaram’s new experimental opera Looking at You, “driven by a score for three saxophones, piano, and electronics, a story of high-tech espionage and romance fusing Edward Snowden and Casablanca. Reflecting the audience’s online identity in real time, Looking at You raises urgent questions surrounding online communication, privacy, and the reinvention of capitalism in the age of public data,” at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. south of Spring, past the park on the west side of the street

9/6, 8 PM dark cabaret legend Sanda Weigl and her trio followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes 

9/6, 9ish haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

9/6, 9 PM  jangly Laurel Canyon psych-folk songwriter Rebecca Turner followed by folk noir/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Pete’s

9/6, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord. 9/9 they’re at the Ear Inn at midnight

9/6, 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s. 9/28 at 9 PM they’re at the Jalopy Tavern

9/6, 10 PM real Jamaican roots reggae with Royal Khaoz at Shrine

9/6, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plus original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/7, 1:30 PM Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano; 2:30 Sheila Maldonado – poetry // Danny Shot – poetry; 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass / Ryan Sawyer – drums at 6BC Garden, 630 E 6th St between Ave B and C

9/7, 2 PM avant vocalist Jessika Kenney at the James Cohan Gallery 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

9/7, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 8 by poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/7, 7 PM pianist Alexis Marcelo solo, clarinetist Francois Houle solo and drummer Andrew Drury solo with percussion, photography, video at Soup & Sound, 292 Lefferts Ave, Crown Heights, 2 to Sterling St., sug don

9/7, 7 PM political noisepunks Junta, ambient noisemakers PrieSTusSSY and Kelsey Pyro, noisy new wave/punk soul band Turqiouz Noiz, and others on a multi-band immigrant music bill at Abrons Arts Center, $5 

9/7, 7 PM music for brass and electronics by Sarah Belle Reid, with special guests Nate Wooley & the Mannes brass studio at the New School, Stiefel Hall, 4th Floor, 55 West 13th St, $15, free for students

9/7, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic singer Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik with harmonium and tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/7, 7:30 PM new sounds from a modern string band, featuring Alexi Kenney, violin, Ayane Kozasa, viola, Gabriel Cabezas, cello, and Paul Wiancko, cello with styles ranging from the French baroque, traditional Swedish folk tunes, and new works and arrangements by Paul Wiancko and Gabriella Smith at 1 Rivington St., 2nd floor, $20/$10 stud, reception to follow

9/7, 8 PM quietly enveloping, ecologically-focused Malagasy singer Razia Said at Club Bonafide, $20

9/7, 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/8 at 8 PM he’s at 11th St Bar 

9/7, 9ish psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $12

9/7. 10 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, $10

9/7, 10 PM second wave heavy psych/doom legends Nebula at St. Vitus, $15

9/7, 11 PM Indian raga pianist Utsav Lal at the Owl

9/8, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 9/22

9/8, 1:30 PM Steve Swell – trombone / Frode Gjerstad – clarinet, alto sax / William Parker – bass; 3:30 Sarah Bernstein Veer Quartet: Sarah Bernstein – violin, composition / Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcon – viola / Nick Jozwiak – cello; 4:30 Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums at 6BC Garden, 630 E 6th St between Ave B and C

9/8. 2 PM cinematic indie classical group Ashcan Orchestra, sound art duo Skakkun & Spadine and Gamelan Gender Wayang on Governors Island

9/8. 3 PM ish eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli and fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Washington Square Park. 9/9 at 9 she’s at Troost

9/8, 3:30 PM a rare NYC performance by Japanese trio Jaquwa – koto, shakuhachi and bass – at the Tenri Institute, $tba

9/8, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

9/8, 5 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

9/8, 5 PM, repeating 9/11 at 7 irrepressible classical pianist and impresario Yelena Grinberg  plays an all-Clara Schumann program at her Upper West Side salon, $35 includes reception and lively banter afterward

9/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

9/8, 7 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and other trippy tropicalia and eerily twinkly psychedelic band La Chamba at Baby’s All Right, $12 

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/8, 7:30 PM Big Lazy noir guitar mastermind Steve Ulrich in a rare duo show with bassist /Michael Bates at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27 St, free, look for the littel red light

9/9, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodesl at55 Bar

9/9, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpeter Samantha Boshnack’s awesome string-driven Seismic Belt septet followed by fellow brass guy John Raymond‘s quintet with Julian Shore on keys at the Jazz Gallery, $20

9/9, 9 PM adventurous bassist Eivind Opsvik leads a killer quintet with Jacob Sacks on piano at Bar Lunatico

9/9, 9:30 PM “the Slippery Fish pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound.,” at Barbes

9/10. 6 PM Renee Neufville & ipanist Sullivan Fortner play a Roy Hargrove tribute in conjunction with the new photo exhibit at the Jazz Gallery, free, get there on time

9/10, 6 PM pianist Stephen Gosling plays an all John Zorn program at the Miller Theatre, free

9/10, 6 PM wryly funny Colorado newgrass band the Stillhouse Junkies at the small room at the Rockwood 

9/10, 7 PM crazy Slavic Soul Party spinoff Free Range Rat – trumpeter John Carlson, saxist Eric Hipp, bassist Shawn McGloin, and drummer Mike Sarin – followed by SSP themselves at Barbes, $10

 9/10 and 9/17, 7 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin at the Fat Cat

9/10, 7 PM Slovenian saxophonist Jan Kus’ Slavo Rican Assembly at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

9/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

9/10. 8 PM Lebanese oudist George Abud and band at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

9/10, 8 PM satirical Russian Romany folk-punk band Paperny Tam at Drom, $30

9/10-14, 8:30 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: Friday the 13th with the MZM Trio: Myra Melford (piano); Miya Masaoka (koto)

9/10, 10 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

 9/10, 11 PM Spanish punk band La Urss at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

9/11, 8:45 AM (in the morning)choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Table of Silence tribute to 9/11, led by Buglisi Dance Theatre joined by 150+ dancers and chamber ensemble, ending precisely at 8:46 AM to commemorate when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. Audiences are invited to join the dancers at that time in lifting their arms upward for one minute, on the plaza at Lincoln Center 

9/11, 6:30 PM haunting classical Iraqi crooner Hamid Al-Saadi with iconic trumpeter/santoorist Amir Elsaffar at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

9/11, 6:30 PM an eclectic lineup including Asako Tamura, soprano; Yurika Mihara, piano; the HaraHara vocal quartet; Japan Choral Harmony and Circle Wind Chamber Orchestra, playing a Fukushima memorial concert featuring works by Mozart, Faure, Tomas Luis de Victoria and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

 9/11, 7 PM purposeful postbop jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco plays the album release show for her new klezmer jazz album at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/11, 7 and 8:30 PM a 9/11 memorial concert with works by Bach, Barber, Bottoms, Chopin, and others played by Mark Peskanov, violin, Rita Sloan, piano; David Bottoms, piano and others at Bargemusic, free, early arrival a must

 9/11, 7/10 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera and his quartet play an Ernesto Lecuuona tribute at Birdland, $20 at the bar

9/11, 7:30/9:30 PM whirlwind jazz drummer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/11, 8 PM otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Barbes

9/11, 8 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz followed eventually at 11 by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Muchmore’s

9/12, 6 PM not a music event but very cool: “Over a period of 6 years beginning in 2011, Jon Crispin photographed over 400 suitcases that were brought to the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY by patients who were being admitted to the facility. Many of the owners of the cases lived at Willard most of their adult lives, and are buried in the cemetery across the road from the institution. The collection is housed at The New York State Museum and dates from between 1910 and 1965, is completely unique and is an amazing reflection of the lives of the patients. Jon’s presentation will cover his previous documentation of abandoned 19th Century New York State Asylums as well as his work with the suitcases,” at the New School 12th floor skyroom at w W 13th St.

9/12, 7 PM anthemic, evocative, allusive parlor-soul songwriter Treya Lam at the Museum of Chinese in America, $15 includes a drink and museum adm 

9/12, 7 PM  soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

9/12, 7 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea, $20. She’s also there on 9/19 and 9/25

9/12, 7:30 PM Texas-Colombian bandleader Kiko Villamizar plays oldschool 60s Colombian gangsta cumbia plus psychedelic cumbia grooves at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 9/12-15, 7:30/9:30 PM soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon  plays material from his fantastic new album with a killer quartet including Luis Perdomo on piano at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/12, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood

9/12, 8 PM two intriguing trumpet-led bands: Gileno Santana and trio followed by Linda Briceño with Jorge Glem (cuatro), David Alastre (keys), Endea Owens (basss), Daniel Prim (drums), at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

9/12, 8 PM magical Indian percussionist Rajna Swaminathan leads her jazz quartet with Maria Grand on sax and Miles Okazaki on guitar at Roulette, $18 adv tix rc

 9/12, 8:30 PM the New Thread Saxophone Quartet play the album release for their debut record featuring works by James Ilgenfritz, Len Tetta, Jude Thomas, and Amy Beth Kirsten at the Tenri Institute, $10 for the show, $20 for show and cd 

 9/12, 8:30 PM transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabagon  with Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

9/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at 55 Bar

 9/13, 7 PM pianist Lara Downes plays the album release show for her new new one featuring women composers Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Meredith Monk, Nina Simone, Paola Prestini, Joni Mitchell, and more with a stellar cast – Bridget Kibbey, harp; Magos Herrera, vocals; Simone Dinnerstein, piano – at National Sawdust, $35 in advance includes a cd, or $25 without one

9/13. 7 PM Indian classical singers Sanjoy Banerjee and Namami Karmakar sing night ragas with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla and Anirban Chakrabarty on harmonium at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

9/13, 8 PM perennially entertaning Irish party band Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s, $tba

9/13, 8 PM hilarious, satirical faux cabaret chanteuse Cat Cohen followed by scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunk/psychedelic band Sharkmuffin at Trans-Pecos, $12 

9/13 at 8 PM, repeating 9/14 at 7:30 pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play Wolfgang Rihm’s ethereal score to Miro Magloire‘s new dance piece at City Center Studio 5, 130 W 56 St, $33/$20 stud/srs

9/13, 8:30 PM surf rock night, in reverse order at the Gutter: the Vivisectors – who make macabre surf rock out of old Soviet prison songs –  60s mod Britrock band the Skates, the eclectically cinematic Cameramen, and the similarly cinematic, more dramatic TarantinosNYC. $7

9/13, 9 PM lively oldtimey swing road warriors the Bumper Jacksons play the album release show for their new live one at the Jalopy, $15

9/13, 10 PM unpredictably fun, funny, occasionally Lubowski-esque psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Silvana

9/13, 11 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: savage, theatrical Romany punk band Bad Buka – like a louder, more Balkan Gogol Bordelllo – and slinky metal cumbia/skaragga band Escarioka at Drom, $10

9/14, 1:30 Rob Brown – alto sax / Juan Pablo Carletti – drums; 3:30 Val Jeanty – percussion / Patricia Nicholson – dance; 4:30 Michael Wimberly – drums / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / Larry Roland – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

9/!4. 4 PM sharply amusing, wickedly lyrical, politically woke lit-rock singer/pianist Dawn Oberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/14, 4:30 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed at 5:30 by Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at LIC ,Bar. Gordon is also leading a Dead cover band there on 9/25 at 9; might be worth taking a chance on that too.

9/14, 7 PM piano/cello/violin trio Ensemble in Process play works by Messiaen, Satie, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Gordon, Meredith Monk and others at Spectrum, $15

 9/14, 7:30 PM guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio play their twisted spaghetti western jazz at Greenwich House Music School, $15

9/14, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio followed at 10 byfollowed by live dub band Combo Lulo at Barbes

9/14, 8 PM majestic, slinky cumbia accordionist/bandleader Gregorio Uribe at SOB’s, $15

 9/14, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee leads an ensemble tba at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/14, 8 PM sincere, politically aware oldschool-style hippie folk guy/girl duo Jaeger & Reid plus the harmony-fueled Lizzie Hershon & the Living Room Singers at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

9/14. 8:15 PM the Jaded Babies play their theatrical, quirky, comedic mashups of punk and art-rock at Bowery Electric , $tba

9/14, 8:30 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys at Freddy’s

9/14, 9 PM deliciously brass-heavy retro 60 soul band Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns at the big room at the Rockwood

 9/14, 10 PM legendary 80s NYC goth band Night Gallery play their final show at the Mercury, $10

9/15, 1:30 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Bill Payne – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass; Michael Wimberly – percussion; 3:30 Karen Borca Trio – Karen Borca – bassoon / Jackson Krall – drums / Hilliard Greene – bass; 4:30 We Feel ­­Quartet: Luke Stewart – bass / Daniel Carter – multi instruments / No Land – poetry Miriam Parker – dance at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

9/15, 3 PM clarinetist Graeme Johnson leads a wind and horn sextet playing works by Weber, Mozart, Crusell and Beethoven at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/15, 5 PM new music for the medieval viola d’amore by Reena Esmail, Conor Abbott Brown, Jake Heggie, Garth Knox and a premiere from Eric Sawyer, featuring violist Matthew Dane, cellist Greg Beaver, and flutist Christina Jennings at 1 Rivington St., upstairs, $15/$10 stud

9/15, 7 PM a trio of intense solo improvisers: pianist Cat Toren, Jessica Pavone (solo viola) , Catherine Sikora (solo saxophone) at El Barrio Art Space, 215 E. 99th St (ground floor), $20

9/15, 7 PM intriguing, Bartokian flute/violin/bass ensemble the Bateira Trio followed by cinematic, lyrical postbop jazz with the Mark Wade Trio at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave, 7th Fl, $20. Wade is also at Flushing Town Hall on 9/21 at 2:30 PM for $10 

9/15, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea

9/15, 7 PM pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein‘s excellent Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcón – viola; Nick Jozwiak – cello  at Spectrum $15

9/15, 8 PM psychedelic funksters Here Come the Mummies at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

 9/15, 8:30 PM Treesearch – bassist Kyle Motl and violinist Keir GoGwilt – play new instrumentals from their forthcoming record at Spectrum, $15

9/15, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his combo at Smalls

9/15, 11 PM acerbic, sharp original jazz pianist Julia Chen with her trio at the small room at the Rockwood 

9/16, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Gaya Feldheim Schorr on vocals and Keiko Matsuro on guitar at the Bar Next Door, free

9/16, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Brahms and Dvořák at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

9/16, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble play works by Jennifer Higdon, Eve Beglarian, Mari Esabel Valverde and others at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

 9/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – with his quartet at the Fat Cat

9/16, 10 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

9/17, 7 PM ferocious Chicago-style electric blues guitarslinger Ana Popovic at the Cutting Room, $25 gen adm

9/17, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Ravel, Saint-Saens and Faure at the Baruch College Auditorium, $21/free for students

 9/17, 8 PM Cape Verde morna ballad singer Lucibela and band in a rare NYC performance at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/17-21 8:30 PM adventurous pianist Matt Mitchell  plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 9/20 wth Snark Horse 1 with Kate Gentile (drums, compositions) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Kim Cass (bass) Davy Lazar (trumpet) Matt Nelson (tenor sax)

 9/17. 9:30 PM legendary 80s psychedelic Americana pioneers the Long Ryders at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

9/18, 6:30 PM haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

9/18, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play works by Eisler, Barber and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

9/18, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/18, 8 PM elegant jazz singer Karen Tennison and band at LIC Bar 

 9/18, 9 PM jangly, psychedelic 90s Hoboken legends Speed the Plough at Bowery Electric, $10

9/18. 9:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at 11th St. Bar

 9/18, 9:30 PM composer Audrey Harrer -with processed harp and melodic vocal loops – plus special guest cellistKristen Drymala from the band Quarterly. at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

 9/19,, 7:30.9:30 PM rapturous Indian improvisation with pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan, Arun Ramamurthy –violin; Sriram Raman –mridangam at the Jazz Gallery, $15

 9/19 7:30 PM lyrical, latin-tinged pianist Helen Sung  & the (re)Conception Project with John Ellis on tenor sax and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet at Smalls

9/19, 7:30 PM Korean janggu drummer Kim So Ra leads a thunderous percussion troupe at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/19,, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell on the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, free followed by the documentary film American Factory

9/20. 7:15 ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. 

9/20, 7:30 PM  latin drum maven and West Side Story soundtrack reinventor Bobby Sanabria and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/20 7:30 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie Rauh & Cameron Mizell followed by Middle Eastern-inspired guitarist Harvey Valdes solo at Greenwich House Music School, $15 

9/20-21. 7:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and his quartet at Smalls

 9/20. 8 PM Spain and NYC represent with political hardcore and punk: Irreal, Porvenir Oscuro, Pobreza MentalMiedo, at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

 9/20, 8 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –at Arlene’s, $10

9/20, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –at Barbes

9/20, 8 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara with a typically brilliant edgy lineup: Patricia Brennan on vibraphone, and Tomeka Reid on cello playing the release show for their new suite at Roulette, $18 av tix rec

 9/20, 8 PM no wave laptop percussion legend Ikue Mori remixes Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) live at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery ,$20

9/20, 8:30 PM bassist/singer Georgia Weber & the Sleeved Hearts play the album release show for her restless, alternately sparkling and acidic blend of jazz and abstract guitar rock at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12 

9/20, 10 PM bossa-tinged sunshine pop band the Letter Yellow at Pete’s

9/20-21 the Allah-Las at Union Pool are sold out. Duh, wtf were they thinking?

9/21, 1:30 Mara Rosenbloom – synth / Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Andrew Drury – drums; 3:30 Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Anders Nilsson – guitar / TA Thompson – drums; 4:30 Amirtha Kidambi – voice / Mazz Swift – violin at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

 9/21, 2 PM the annual Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park with accordion/guitar duo the Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Irish folk noir innovator Leila Jane, Aussie Kellie Cain, at 5 PM Americana songstress Megan Palmer, at 6 Spirit Family Reunion‘s Maggie Carson, New Orleans blues singer Sabine McCalla and at 7 eclectic newschool Americana harmony trio Underhill Rose 

9/21, 2 PM mysterious Indian-influenced singer Louise Landes Levi at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, 2nd St. and the canal (past Bond, two blocks south of Smith), free

9/21, 6 PM  amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – followed at 6 by accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project and then at 10  by Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays – Rachel Housle on drums, Sean Cronin on bass, Kyle Morgan on vocals and lead guitar, and Frankie Sunswept on vocals, guitar and piano playing psychedelic soul and surf music at Barbes.Sandcatchers are also here on 9/28 at 6 also.

 9/21, 7 PM lustrously eclectic jazz chanteuse Svetlana (of Svetlana & the Delancey 5) sings the album release show for her cinematic new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

9/21, 7:30 PM Sanghamitra Chatterjee – vocal; Dibyarka Chatterjee – tabla; Xander Naylor – guitar at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

9/21, 8 PM Music From China with pianist Zhang Fang play works by Bright Sheng, Jian Wantong, Gao Ping, Yao Chen and An-Lun Huang at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/21, 8 PM improvisations to potentially get lost in: guitarist Ryan Ferreira & cellist Clarice Jensen at the Owl

9/21, 8 PM wry, Mose Allison-inspired folksinger Mike Glick followed by Scott Cook – who shifts from traditional front-porch fare to populist originals – at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away

9/21, 9ish punchy noiserockers Big Bliss and

9/21, 9ish punchy noiserockers Big Bliss and Monograms – who do as good a mid-80s Cure impression as any band alive – at the Broadway, the old Gateway space at 1272 Broadway in Bushwick, J to Gates Ave, $tba

9/21, 10 PM the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –at Barbes

 9/21, 11 PM bluegrass/newgrass string band phenoms the Kitchen Dwellers at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec 

9/22, 1:30 Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / William Parker – bass Steve Swell – trombone / Marvin Bugalu Smith – drums; 3:30 Sam Newsome Trio with  Hilliard Greene – bass; Reggie Nicholson – drums; 4:30 Michael Bisio – bass / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/22, 2 PM fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon, sunshiney soul band Mojo and the Mayhem, psych soul-funk band Cosmonaut Radio and the gritty catchy, anthemic, female-fronted Grayhunter at Marcus Garvey Park 

9/22, 2 PM the annual Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park with young banjo hotshot Nora Brown & Stephanie Coleman, at 3 soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther,at 5 red dirt folk band Carli Ray and the Shaky Legs at 6 our own Samoa Wilson with sizzling blues guitarist Michaela Gomez

9/22, 5 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet playing classic salsa grooves  at LIC Bar

9/22, 7:30 PM Elmira Darvarova, violin; Howard Wall, horn; Thomas Weaver, piano play an all-Piazzolla program at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

9/22, 7:30 PM  erudite baritone saxophonist Claire Daly leads her quartet followed by tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leading his quintet at Smalls

9/22, 8 PM sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee & tabla player Ojas Adhiya at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

9/22. 9 PM 90s indie luminaries: Metal Mountains’ Samara Lubelski, abstract rock guitar pioneer Bill Nace and ex-Come and Steve Wynn guitar monster Chris Brokaw at Union Pool, $12

9/22, 9 PM two generations of scruffy, jangly Asian women-fronted bands: Straw Pipes and Shonen Knife at the Knitting Factory, $17 

9/22, 10 PM powerhouse soul belter/bassist Tina & the Balance at the small room at the Rockwood 

 9/22, midnight, haunting, atmospheric noir rock chanteuse Laura Carbone at Baby’s All Right, $15

 9/23, 7:30/9:30 PM playful improviser and ambitous composer/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock leads a septet with Mazz Swift on violin and Brandon Seabrook on guitar at the Jazz Gallery, $20

9/23, 8 PM dub-inspired psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band Combo Lula open for Peruvian Amazon psychedelic cumbia legends Los Wembler’s de Iquitos playing the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec 

9/23, 10 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

9/24, 7 PM brilliant acoustic guitarist and sardonic alt-country songwriting pioneer Robbie Fulks – of Fuck This Town infamy – at the Mercury, $15

9/24, 7 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s new psychedelic tropicalia project CAMPOS followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

9/24, 7 PM improvised performances by clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, bassist Ksawery Wójciński, pianist Aga Derlak, along with keyboardist Cat Toren and other special guests at Soup & Sound, 292 Lefferts Ave in Brooklyn

9/24, 7:15 PM Aranyakkord – a funny Romany rock/janglerock spinoff of popular Hungarian band Quimby – at Drom, free

9/24 8 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteus Julia Patinella with mesmerizing oudist  Brian Prunka at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington

9/24, 8 PM whirlwind, cleverly picturesque alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer & the Robber Crabs at Scholes St. Studios, $10

 9/24, 8ish Mongolian metal band the Hu at Warsaw, $25 gen adm 

 9/24 9 PM Mongolian psychedelic rockers Hanggai at Littlefield, $20

9/24, 9 PM classic 70s style doom band (some would say Sabbath ripoff) High Reeper at St. Vitus, $10 

9/24, 11:30 PM hilarious, cartoonish London instrumentalists the Proletarians at the big room at the Rockwood 

9/25, 6:30 PM intense alto sax improviser Makoto Kawashima at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free 

9/25, 7:30 PM pianist Gaspard Dehaen plays works by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30

9/25, 8 PM charismatic oldtime hokum blues crooner/guitarist C.W. Stoneking at the Bell House, $15

9/25, 8 PM the Jack Quartet and indie classical chamber group Either/Or perform Anthony Braxton works at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

9/25, 9:30 PM catchy post-Velvets psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream at Our Wicked Lady, $!0

 9/26, 5 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

9/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 9/27-28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play concert versions of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, $35 tix avail

9/26, 7:30 PM paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern/jazz/classical trumpeter Amir ElSaffar joined by an all-Polish band: Ksawery Wójcinski, Waclaw Zimpel, and the Lutoslawski Quartet at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/26, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s

9/26, 8 PM fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier with Mary Halvorson on guitar at at the Owl

9/26, 8 PM Sly Horizon – Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics) – play the album release show for their new one at Arete Gallery, $15

 9/26, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Projectt play music of Central Europe: Dvořák, Martinů, Kurtág, Bruch and Bartók at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

 9/26, 8 PM  deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

 9/26, 8:30 PM riveting, intense singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many at Sunnyvale, $10

9/26, 8:30 PM Aravind- vocals; Raghul- violin; Vijay Ganesh- mridangam; Chandrasekara Sharma- ghatam play lustrous Indian carnatic themes at the Jalopy, $15

 9/26, 8:30 PM klezmer ripples and pings: flutist Adrianne Greenbaum with nimble tsimblist Pete Rushefsky at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

9/26, 9 PM cleverly eclectic New Orleans-flavored pianist/crooner Nat Osborn at the big room at the Rockwood , $12

 9/26, 11:30 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies at the Gutter, $7

9/27 2:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play excerpts from Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and then Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 at the auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

 9/27, 6:30ish surprisingly eclectic, pensive parlor pop/acoustic pop songwriter Yaniza Dore at the American Folk Art Museum 

9/27, 7 PM the North American debut of the Gurdjieff Ensemble, an eleven-piece ensemble who play authentic arrangements of music by Gurdjieff and Komitas on Armenian traditional instruments, joined by pianist Lusine Grigoryan at Symphony Space, $35

9/27, 7 PM ambient guitarist and Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard a.k.a. Spooky Ghost at the basement room at the Rockwood $15

 9/27-28 7:30/9:30 PM the wildly shapeshifting  Brooklyn Raga Massive – with Marcus Strickland -reeds; Abhik Mukherjee -sitar play Coltrane classics at the Jazz Gallery, $25

9/27, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform works by Beethoven & Bartok at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp

 9/27, 8 PM veteran bluegrass hotshots James Reams & the Barnstormers at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $15

9/27 8 PM indie classical chamber goup Talea Ensemble play Alvin Lucier’s Music for Cello and Amplified Glass Vases plus works by Catherine Lamb at the Tenri Institute, $tba

9/27, 9ish ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco at the Owl

9/27, 10 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

 9/27, 10 PM tight doom metal band Eternal Black and the even slower, slightly more psychedelic Vessel of Light at Lucky 13 Saloon 

9/27. 10:15 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black on the roof at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, close to the Morgan Ave L stop

9/28, 11 AM the annual chile pepper festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, most likely with bands throughout the day and  New Orleans artists including Walter Wolfman Washington and Irma Thomas starting at 5 PM, $30/$25 stud/srs

9/28, 1:30 Matt Lavelle – trumpet   Daniel Carter – woodwinds / Tom Cabrera – drums;; 3:30 Michael TA Thompson Quartet: TA Thompson – drums / Christopher Dean Sullivan – bassBill Pernice – piano / Lee Odom – clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax; 4:30 Whit Dickey – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass / Rob Brown – alto sax at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/28, 2 PM jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell and band at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

9/28, 2 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play jazz standards at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens

9/28, 6 PM a bluegrass extravaganza with the Fabulous Fienberg Brothers * The Wretched Remnants (from the Wretched Refuse) * Tribute to Citizen Kafka * Bob Jones Celebration * Alan Kaufman * Kenny Kosek * Andy Statman * Lonely Street * The Legendary Billy Parker & Bruno Bruzzese * David Howard * Powerhouse Ron Fienberg * Terry McGill * Peter Elegant * The Amazing Harry Bolick & The Mississippi Travelers * Brian Slattery *Charlie Shaw * Jacques DeCroce * Bill Christophersen * Stephanie Coleman * Marty Cutler * ALan Podbar * at Middle School 51 Auditorium, 4th St & 5th Ave – just across the street from the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $15

 9/28, 7 PM Middle Eastern oudist Tom Chess and percussionist Dan Kurfirst back a sufi dance performance led by Lâle Sayoko at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix rec 

 9/28, 8 PM Syrian crooner Wajde Ayub & Ensemble play soulful Syrian wasla ballads at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

9/28, 9 PM Andrew Vladeck – whose lyrically-driven songs careen from stark oldtimey tunes to epic, cinematic anthems – at Pete’s

9/29, starting at around noon the Atlantic Antic street fair on Atlantic Ave from Hicks St. all the way to 4th Ave. with many bands playing various spots. At noon the NY Arabic Orchestra plays close to Sahadi’s;

9/29, 1:30 Charles Downs – drums / Will Greene – tenor sax; Jonah Rosenberg – keyboard / Henry Fraser – bass; 2:30 L.I.P. – K.J. Holmes – dance / Matt Lavelle – trumpet / Jeremy Carlstedt – drums; 3:30 Jaimie Branch Trio with Luke Stewart – bass / Mike Pride – drums; 4:30 For Roy: “Circulation of Celestial Triangles Leaving Imhotep Facing the East Lewis Barnes – trumpet / Jaimie Branch – trumpet / Ryan Fraiser – trumpet Matt Lavelle – trumpet / Kirk Knuffke – trumpet / Dave Hofstra – tuba Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / TA Thompson – drums / Michael Wimberly – percussion William Parker – composition, bass at First St Green, 33 E. 1st St

9/29, 4 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at Shaeshifter Lab, free

9/29, 4 PM Richard Mazda – the legendary 80s new wave producer and guitarist – & Local Zeroes at LIC Bar

9/29, 7:30 PM 70s obscene British punk legends the Pork Dukes reunite with their original lineup for their final show at Bowery Electric, $15

9/29, 8 PM Armenian duduk master Harutyun Chkolyan makes his NYC solo debut at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

 9/29, 9 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws  and stately, ominous female-fronted tropically-tinged psychedelic/artrock band Camp St. Helene playing the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $10 

9/30, 10ish  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

9/30, 10 PM hilarious, snack-fixated Quebecois rapper Cheeto Dust at LIC Bar 

10/2,  6:30 PM veteran Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata w/ Darin Gray at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

10/3, 7:30 PM wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/5, 1:30 The Rasslers- Mark Ehrhardt – drums / Chet Mazur – vocals / Tim Mullins – guitar; Nick Romanenko – bass; 3:30 Ava Mendoza – guitar / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax; Shayna Dulberger – bass / Daniel Carter – woodwinds; 4:30 Welf Dorr Unit – Welf Dorr – alto sax / Keisuke Matsuno – guitar / Dmitry Ishenko – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

10/7. 6 PM not music-related but scary/important: the opening of photographer Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl at the Americas Society. “The artist developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986. Though gamma radiation continues to be present and to cause health problems and deaths in the area, it is invisible to the naked eye and to traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the region’s ruins. Miceli made this contamination visible via direct contact between the radiation and film, which was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months at a time.”

10/8, 11 AM (in the morning) catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/9, 6:30 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/10, 7:30 PM Cuban chanteuse Melvis Santa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/12, 2 PM free jazz brass and reed legend Joe McPhee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free 

10/17, 7:30 PM the annual celebration of A People’s History of the United States, performers tba, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical allstar quintet Counterinduction –  (Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano) play music of Jessica Meyer at the Miller Theatre, free

11/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, TAK Ensemble play works by Ashkan Behzadi ,Erin Gee, Taylor Brook , Tyshawn Sorey and David Bird at the Miller Theatre, free

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

12/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey plays works by Bach, Gershwin, Albeniz and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Believe it or not, some of this year’s free summer concert series schedules are still being tweaked – you’ll see the good stuff on this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

August 5 through 11 the annual Drive East Festival of Indian music and classical arts at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, features both iconic artists seldom heard outside India as well as cutting-edge new talent. Individual concert listings are in the calendar below; tickets are relatively cheap (no more than $30, often less), and the level of talent is breathtaking. Very highly recommended.

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! sug donemail for details/address

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 tropical 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.

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically woke, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

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

Saturdays in August at 6 PM mesmerizing oudist  Brian Prunka plays with a series of Middle Eastern groups at Barbes

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

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 5 PM ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/1, 6:30 PM tuneful purist postbop player Jocelyn Gould on guitar with Louie Leager on bass and Sarah Gooch on drums at the Bar Next Door

8/1, 7:30 PM summery Brazilian samba chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/1, 7:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads an organ quartet with Kyle Kohler on the B3 at Smalls – interesting change of pace

8/1, 8 PM dark, savagely brilliant guitarist Ava Mendoza in a rare solo show at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket,  She says the punk band on after her are fun too

8/1, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

8/1, 8 PM ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi at FM Jersey City, $10

8/1, 8 PM oldschool style jazz chanteuse Yuka Mito leads her quartet at Club Bonafide, $20

8/1, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano ico Anthony Coleman leads a trio Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. He’s there the following night solo, same deal

8/1-4, 8/10:30 PM shadowy, cinematic bassist Avishai Cohen leads a trio with Shai Maestro on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/1, 9 PM catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Niagara, Ave. A and 7th st.

8/1, 9 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang’s quartet with Oscar Noriega on reeds at Bar Lunatico. Counterintuitive, thoughtful, unpredictably interesting.

8/1-4, 11:30 PM charming/badass eclectic jazz vocal trio the Ladybugs at Dizzy’s Club, $5. Their Disney covers from across the decades have surprising bite.

8/1 menacingly orchestral metal band Doomstress at Lucky 13 Saloon

8/2. 6 PM classical ensemble the Harlem Quartet play a program TBA at Bryant Park

8/2, 6 PM propulsive coastal Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Collective plus a dance troupe at Crotona Park

8/2, 7 PM a rare program of Japanese music for koto and reeds with clarinet wizard Thomas Piercy and ensemble at Spectrum, $15

8/2-3, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/2-3,7:30 PM low-key oldschool postbop rapture: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, ageless pianist George Cables & bassist Ugonna Okegwo at Mezzrow, $25

8/2, 8 PM a live performance of new Christopher Cerrone song cycles by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and a chamber choir, accompanied by Wild Up under Christopher Rountree at Arete Gallery, $20 includes copy of the new cd

8/2. 9 PM quirky, whirling, string-driven chamber pop/art-rock band Gadadu at Pete’s

8/2, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

8/2, 9:30 PM, repeating 8/4 at 7 the Ryoma Quartet put a high voltage spin on traditional Japanese sounds wih tsugaru-shamisen, shinobue flute, tsuzumi drum, and a violin at Joe’s Pub, $20

8/2, 9:45 PM perennially entertaining first wave-style punks the Car Bomb Parade play the album release show for their new one, followed by female-fronted screamers Sister Munch and the evern louder, food-fixated But, Pyrite at the Gutter, $10

8/2, 10 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

8/2, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

8/2-3, 10:30 PM sizzling postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads a killer quartet with Brian Charette on piano at Smalls. Expect more thrills than subtlety.

8/3, 2 PM ish brass band madness, outdoors: the L Train Brass Band (which apparently IS running this weekend, unlike its namesake), Brass Queens, Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, and eclectic quartet Trumpet Marmalade at Good Life Garden, 50 Goodwin Pl, (off Grove; J to Gates Ave) in Bushwick, sug don. “The garden festivities will conclude with a NOLA-flavored second line processional to Queens Brewery for the official afterparty.”

8/3, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka followed at 8 by torchy, slyly lyrical, historically-fixated retro Americana songwriter Robin Aigner & Parlour Game and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

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

8/3, 6 PM 70s soul nostalgia with what’s left of the Stylistics, the Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes (minus the late great Philly soul bandleader) at the Amphitheatre at Coney Island, free, be aware that this is a corporate venue and security is extremely hostile

8/3, 7 PM rising star sitarist Abhik Mukherjee with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $16

8/3. 7 PM the Post-Haste Reed Duo play the album release show for their playful, charming new one at Spectrum,

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

8/3, 8ish  legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek’s E followed by ageless mostly-female CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras playing the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $15

8/3, 8:30 PM Rachel Koblyakov “sets out to explore the various polyphonic and lyrical possibilities of the solo violin. The works chosen are with disregard to the composers’ era or the general categorization of their music, yet each piece favors either a polyphonic or lyrical form.” with works by J.S. Bach, Alfred Schnittke, Marc-André Dalbavie, Orlando Bass, Michael Finnissy, Dai Fujikura, and Matthias Pintscher.at Spectrum, $15

8/3, 9 PM surf rock night at Otto’s: swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf, darkly cinematic instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.  and Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers

8/3, 9 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play Dai Fujikura’s: Shamisen Concerto plus works by Nathan Davis, Ann Cleare, György Kurtág, Kate Soper and Anahita Abbasi: at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

8/3, 10 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

8/3, 11 PM slinky downtempo/cumbia/psychedelic salsa dura band La Mecanica Popular at the old Nublu

8/4, 1 PM organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on 8/18

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

8/4, 7 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at  at LIC Bar

8/4, 7 PM Sean Ali plays solo bass at Downtown Music Gallery. He’s a tuneful guy, this could be of interest beyond the fellowship of the four strings.

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

8/4, 10 PM searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at the old Nublu, $10

8/5, 8 PM irrepressibly sardonic, fun faux-psychedelia and punk jazz with Grex at the old Nublu

8/5, 8:40 PM sitarist Hidayat Khan – heir to the legacy of the great Vilayat Khan – with Enayat Hossain on tabla at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/5, 9 PM darkly psychedelic/new wave circus punks Yula & the Extended Family – which could be just frontwoman/bassist Yula Beeri and her loop pedals – at LIC Bar

8/5, 9 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at the Fat Cat

8/5, 9:30 PM the Slippery Fish “pay tribute to master Tõno Quirazco who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of jamaican ska music with country twang, to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. Witman-Cohen – bass ; Myk Freedman – pedal steel; Phillip Mayer – drums; Stefan Zeniuk – sax; Maria Eisien – saxvocals; Jackie Coleman – trumpet and Chris Parker -guitar,” at Barbes

8/6, 6 PM dancers Rasika Kumar, Sahasra Sambamoorthi and Nadhi Thekkek perform their new piece Unfiltered, inspired by the Bharatanatyam tradition, which “explore the everyday moments that eventually lead to the boiling points that cascade into change” with a live score by pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/6, 7 PM haunting, cinematic lapsteel genius Myk Freedman with JP Shlegelmilch-piano; Jason Nazary-drums; Ari Folman-Cohen-bass and surprise guests. followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

8/6. 7 PM whirlwind klezmer violin icon Alicia Svigals plays her soundtrack to the cult classic 1920s silent film The Ancient Law, with pianist Donald Sosin at the Manhattan JCC, $15

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

8/6, 7:30 PM Deepak Ram on bansuri flute with Enayat Hossain (tabla) and guest Kanoa Mendenhall (double bass) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6-7, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Joshua Bell play Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/6, 7 PM  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin followed at 9 by brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet playing classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat

8’6, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss in a rare duo show with pianist Mike King at Mezzrow, $20 Ries

8/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Tim Ries leads his band (the second night with Bernard Fowler, playing songs from Ries’ other band, the Rolling Stones) at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/6-11, 8/10;30 PM boisterous soul-jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton leads his group at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/6-18, 8:30/10 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell eads his trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard, $35. Saxophonist Greg Tardy joins the festivities starting on 8/13. Then Frisell is there through the 25th as part of drummer Andrew Cyrille’s quartet

8/6-7, 8:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade sings the Betty Carter songbook with her band at Dizzy’s Club, $35

8/6-10, 8:30 PM playful improviser and ambitous composer/tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock,  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 8/7 with the “Grammy Season Sextet” – Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Tom Rainey (drums) Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello)

8/6, 8:40 PM dancer/vocalist Vidhya Subramanian performs a Bharatanatyam concert at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $30

8/7, noon metal band the Beautiful Distrortion – loudest act ever to play outdoors at the triangle at 72nd St. and Broadway at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/7, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with the deviously lyrical Susan Hwang, playful Nordic group Smorgasbandet, the latin and Mddle Eastern-tinged Ismael Butera, hypnotic harmonium player Mindra Sahadeo and others around the park

8/7, 6 PM Rohan Krishnamurthy and Nitin Mitta’s North and South Indian Percussion Duo with harmonium player Rohan Prabhudesai at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/7, 6 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads her chamber jazz septet Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

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

8/7-10, 7/10 PM diverse bassist Nicki Parrott leads her group at Birdland, $20. Strong singer too.

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

8/7, 8 PM Du.O – Aimée Niemann and Charlotte Munn-Wood playing “old, new, and improvised music on our violins (and sometimes non-violins)”- at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/7, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

8/7, 8:40 PM Bala Skandan and friends play a Carnatic-nspired percussion program at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/7, 9 PM psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

8/7, 10:30 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

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

8/8, 6 PM wildly popular Indian singer Binay Pathak performs a program of ghazals and Hindustani songs with Rabi Sanjar Bhattacharjee at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

8/8, 7:20 PM Prasant Radhakrishnan plays a rare US program of Carnatic saxophone with Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

8/8, 8 PM starkly atmospheric jazz violinist/singer Zosha Warpeha followed by cellist Hank Roberts ‘ edgy sextet at the Owl

8/8, 9 PM the aptly named ghoulabilly/noir Americana  Legendary Shack Shakers at the Knitting Factory, $15

8/8. 7 PM incisive lead guitarist Cecilia Eljuri plays from her new reggae record at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/8, 730 PM charismatic, theatrical, anthemic rock-soul songwriter DB Rielly at Astoria Park Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

8/8. 7:30 PM newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/8, 8 PM folk noir/parlor pop song stylist Marah Vanbeekom at Bar Chord.

8//9, 6 PM| spellbinding violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy‘s Carnatic-inspired Nakshatra Quartet Indian chamber ensemble at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9, 6 PM oldtimey danceable bluegrass sounds with Megan Downes & the City Stompers at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park), Queens

8/9,,7 PM rousing, anthemic janglerock/Americana band the Hawthorns at the small room at the Rockwood

8/9, 7PM ish celtic fiddle star Eileen Ivers and band at Bryant Park

8/9-10, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Steven Osborne play Haydn’s Overture in D, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Schittke’s Mozarr a la Haydn and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/9, 8:40 PM Hindustani Kirana Gharana singer and sarodist Sanhita Nandi with Nitin Mitta (tabla) and Ravi Mishra (harmonium) at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera‘s New Cuban Express Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

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

8/9, 8 PM New Bojaira play the album release show for their new flamenco jazz record at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

8/9, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

8/9, 9 PM eclectic Korean pianist/performance artist Hyo Jee Kang plays Fly in Water: A Multimedia Concert at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix recs

8/9, 8 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels followed by ex-Stray Cats bassist Slim Jim Phantom and his trio at Brooklyn Bazaar, $16

8/9, 9ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and other trippy tropicalia at C’Mon Everybody, $10

8/10, 1/3 PM improvisational jazz big band Go: Organic Orchestra & 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 material from their upcoming triple vinyl album in the park on Governors Island. Included on the bill is their new composition In D, a sequel to the Terry Riley classic.

8/10, 4 PM Japanese koto/shamisen virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in a rare US performance at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

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

8/10, 7 PM lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost in a rare solo show, on a killer triplebill with haunting, fearsomely powerful soul belter and noir Americana songstress Karen Dahlstrom – and Pete Cenedella, frontman of mighty, anthemic, vintage Springsteenian rockers the Tru Mongrel Hearts at Freddy’s

8/10, 7 PM bright, shiny crystalline voiced oldschool-style soul singer Tameca Jones and her excellent band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

8/10,,7 PM Ensemble Nikel play works by Klaus Lang and other contemporary composers at Wagner Park north of Battery Park. 8/14 at 8 they’re at the DiMenna Center playing works by Simon Løffler, Steven Takasugi, Clara Iannotta, Mirela Ivičević and Julien Malaussena for $20/$10 stud/srs

8/10, 7:20 PM Sruti Sarathy plays classical Indian violin at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20. She has serious chops, expect lots of thrills.

8/10, 7:30 PM tuneful, hard-hitting alto saxophonist Alex Lore with Martin Nevin on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums at the Bar Nex tDoor, $12

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

8/10, 6 PM mesmerizing oudist Brian Prunka followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

8/19, 9ish the math-iest doom metal band ever, Skryptor, monster guitarist Ava Mendoza’s epic noisemetal power trio Unnatural Ways and shapeshiftingly surrealistic Chicago art-rockers Cheer Accident at Ceremony, 224 Manhattan Ave. (off Maujer), Williamsburg, $t ba

8/10, 9ish acerbic drummer/composer Kate Gentile with saxophonist and clarinetist Jeremy Viner, pianist Matt Mitchell, and bassist Kim Cass at the Owl

8/10, 9 PM high-voltage Americana jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Union Pool, $15

8/10, 9 PM uneasy, catchy psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream play the album releae show fortheir new one at Littlefield, $10

8/10, 10 PM alternately boisterous and plaintive oldschool honkytonk band the Shootouts at Skinny Dennis

8/10, 10 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the Way Station

8/11, 11:30 AM| kathak dancer Seibi Lee performs with a live classical Indian score at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $20

8/11, 1 PM not a music event per se but very cool: Jiva Dance Company perform their apocalyptic Bharatanatyam suite The Four Horsemen: “The stories – a woman shackled to the life of a courtesan (conquest), a woman reminiscing the night she spent with her lover who is at war (war), a mother searching for nourishment for her child in the midst a sandstorm (famine), and finally a woman at the end of her life recalling memories that span youthful joy to hardship and loss (death) – are touchingly timely,” at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

8/11, 2:30 PM the rapturous, mighty Navatman Music Collective – this continent’s only Indian carnatic choir, and one of only three in the world – sing their new suite Bridges of Joy at the Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, $25

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

8/11, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

8/11, 5 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin and boisterous swing/ska trombonist J. Walter Hawkes followed by Richard Mazda – the legendary 80s new wave producer and guitarist – at LIC Bar

8/11, 5 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro leads his group at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/11, 5 PM an ACLU benefit for immigrant rights with solo performances by thoughtful pianists Aaron Parks and Shai Maestro plus drummer Antonio Sanchez and postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leading their own bands at Shapeshifter Lab, $25

8/11, 6 PM ish anthemic melodic metal band Liliac at Blackthorn 51, $15

8/11, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/11, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

8/11, 7:30 PM noir Americana siren and Hadestown creator Anais Mitchell opens for a ex-crackhead hanger-on from the 60s who was once in a pioneering janglerock band, at Damrosch Park, get there early because all the old hippies will take the seats

8/11, 7:30 PM chill, purposeful oldschool jazz trio: Evan Arntzen (tenor sax), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Mathis Picard (piano) at Mezzrow, $20

8/11, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at East River Park. If you want to see him indoors he’s at at the Blue Note  8/20-25 at 8/10:30 PM, $30 standing room avail

8/11, 8 PM elegant bop-era guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at the Bar Next Door

8/11, 830 PM pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith followed by eclectic guitarist Monica Passin of rockabilly/soul band Lil Mo & the Monicats with amazing vocalist/Americana song stylist Drina Seay at the Treehouse at 2A

8/12 7/10 PM articulate, lyrical third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Birdland, $20 seats avail

8/12, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

8/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

8/12,  10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

8/13, 7 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/13, 7 PM music and conversation with Asian American female parlor pop stylists Jay Miners, Yify Zhang, the more “R&B” influenced ÊMIA, and pensive acoustic songwriter Sarah Kang at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $20 includes a drink

8/13, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/13-17, 8:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 8/15 octet gig with Ches Smith (xylophone) Kenny Wollesen, Will Shore (vibraphone) Allison Miller (drums, percussion) Kirk Knuffke (cornet) Ryan Ferreira (electric guitar) Andrew Conklin (electric guitar)

8/14, noon: :hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play latin-tinged funk followed by mystery band Hasta La Zeta at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/14, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival with New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez. forro shredder Felipe Hostins, torchy cumbia/swing singer Erica Mancini and others around the park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatonesat Madison Square Park. 8/15, 6:30 PM they’re under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/14, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Caine with Mark Heliias on bass at Mezzrow, $20

8/14, 730/9:30 PM  the mighty, colorful, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Minton’s, $20 + 2 drink min. they’re also here on 8/21

8/14, 8 PM intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza solo, and improvisational  viola sorceress Jessica Pavone‘s string ensemble at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

8/14, 8 PM fuzztone-fueled retro 60s psychedelic rockers the Mystery Lights at Berlin, $15

8/14, 9 PM Elliott Smith-esque chamber-pop band the Morning Sea  at the big room at the Rockwood

8/14, 9 PM wildfire Hazmat Modine lead guitarist Michaela Gomez leads her band at Bar Lunatico

8/15, 5 PM newschool gospel with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/15, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Leadlights play selections by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City

8/15, 7:30 PM newschool Mississippi hill country blues with Cedric Burnside at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/15, 8 PM ghostly ambient artist Olivia Block and politically woke multimedia artist Raven Chacon at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/15 8 PM ambitious, perennially tuneful saxophonist Mike McGinnis leads his quartet with Jacob Sacks on piano followed by alto player Jonathan Crompton doing the album release show for his new one with Ingrid Laubrock and Patrick Breiner on tenor sax, plus bassist Adam Hopkins and drummer Kate Gentile at the Owl

8/15. 8:30 PM veteran downtown avant-garde vocals/sax duo A Dream in Red – Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester – at Arete Gallery, $15

8/15, 9 PM dynamic, lyrically smart newgrass band Cricket Tell the Weather at the small room at the Rockwood

8/16, 5 PM the grand finale of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival with Toot Sweet‘s twisted theatrical glam rock, Argentine tango band the Aces of Rhythm, underground Russian rocker Fedor Chistyakov, Tex-Mex conjunto Los Texmaniacs and wild Venezuelan shredder El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica

8/16. 5;30 PM sharply lyrical folk noir songwriter Lizzie No at the American Folk Art Museum

8/16, 7:30 PM ambitious postbop with a sense of humor: Kyle Nasser on saxophones with Rick Rosato on bass and Vinnie Sperazza on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

8/16, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s nine-tet with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomeka Reid on cello, Ingrid Laugrock on tenor sax and others at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/16, 8 PM hypnotic electric santoorist/singer Azam Ali plays the album release show for her hypnotic, ambient new one at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

8/16, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian rainforest guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

8/16, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee with Ches Smith, drums; Ganavya Doraiswamy and Sara Serpa, voices; Maeve Gilchrist, harp at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/16, 9 PM psychedelic band Annabelle Chairlegs – like a slightly faster Black Angels with a chirpy girl singer out front – followed by ferocious punk blues guitarslinger Black Joe Lewis at the Bell House, $22

8/16, 9 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico. they’re also here on 8/30

8/16, 1AM ish (wee hours of 8/17) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen at Smalls. In his element, to be sure.

8/17, 3 PM potentially scary piano/bass/guitar improv: Ron Stabinsky/Shayna Dunkelman/Ava Mendoza at Arete Gallery, $15

8/17, 3:30 PM dancer Azumi Oe with drumer Carlo Costa & bassist Sean Ali, eclectic, globally-inspired violinist Dina Maccabee, and dancer Oxana Chi with performance artist Layla Zami & pianist Mara Rosenbloom at Luisa Muhr’s monthly Women Between Arts show – NYC’s only multidisciplinary series focusing exclusively on woman performers at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St, $20, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

8/17, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka followed at 8 by  eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

8/17, 7 PM ish honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

8/17, 7:30 PM sizzling, melodic, dynamically epic latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo with Rufus Reid on bass, wow at Mezzrow, $25

8/17, 7:30/9:30 PM tunes to match eclectic ambition: trombonist Kalia Vandever leads a quintet playing the album release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20

8/17, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts with International Contemporary Ensemble at the DiMenna Center, $20. Then 8/20-24, 8:30 PM she leads a series of duos at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: closing night with Vijay Iyer WOW

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

8/17, 9 PM Summer Cannibals – like a good, concise, more political take on late-period Sleater-Kinney – at Elsewhere, $12

8/17, midnigh unpredictably fun, funny, occasionally Lubowski-esque psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the small room at the Rockwood

8/18, 3 PM ish majestic, darkly cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/18, 5 PM the NY Jazzharmonic play a program of music associated with the early women in jazz at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/18, 5:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

8/18, 6 PM ferocious singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many at the Nest, 504 Flatbush Ave, B/Q to Prospect Park, $tba. Noiserock trio George Puke, who play after, are fun too.

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

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

8/18, 7 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

8/18, 7 PM eclectic, sardonically lyrical parlor pop band Orly Bendavid and the Mona Dahls at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/18, 8 PM indie classical with the Bent Duo -David Friend, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion –  followed by popular quirky indie rock band Deerhoof playing 80s covers wtf at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/19-23, half past noon haunting, eclectic Armenian jazz composer Armen Donelian rocks the electric piano at Bryant Park

8/19, 8 PM eclectic, potentially combustible guitarist Ryan Ferreira in a rare solo show followed by  noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg n a rare duo show with tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laugrock at Arete Gallery, $15

8/19, 9:30ish ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

8/20 7 PM cinematic, lyrical, fiercely relevant genre-smashing saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou leads her quartet at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $20 includes a drink

8/20, 8 PM indie classical chamber goup Talea Ensemble play works by Volokovic, Biro and Leroux at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 1 PM the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-American string band – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM terse piano/guitar interplay: Kris Davis and Julian Lage at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/21, 8 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble and perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Vivier, Boulane, Oesterle, Linda Caitlin Smith and others at the DiMenna Center, $20

8/21, 9 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet at Bar Lunatico

8/21. 9 PM violinist Marissa Licata – who does colorful, energetic versions of covers from Despacito to Jethro Tull – at the Delancey, $10

8/22, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Rachel Therrien on trumpet and Dayeon Aaron Edgcomb on drums at the Bar Next Door, free

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/22, 7 PM Alice Coltraine-inspired multi-keyboardist Rema Hasumi at Arete Gallery, $15

8/22, 7:30 PM whirlwind tropical accordion star El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/22, 8:30 PM Wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass followed by a kinda whiny Americana act, then deviously fun no wave/post-Velvets rockers Shadow Year and then the similar but more punkish Dares at Union Pool, $12

8/22, 9 PM creepy, wickedly lyrical, harmony-driven noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Joe’s Pub, $15

8/22, 9 PM flashy, catchy, eclectic Americana fingerstyle guitarist Dougmore at Sunny’s

8/22, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

8/22. 11 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan  at the Sultan Room, $12

8/23. 5:30 PM Americana rock songstresss Stephanie Manns at the American Folk Art Museum

8/23, 6 PM reverbtoned 70s style psychedelic soul band the Muckers at Bryant Park

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, South African croone Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/23, 7:30 PM flashy highway rock guitar dude Ryan Scott, haunting art-rock cinematic instrumentalists Morricone Youth and eclectic, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto at the Sultan Room, $10

8/23, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at  Gold Sounds, $8

8/23. 9 PM wild psycho mambo/psychedelic cumbia band La Misa Negra at SOB’s, $15

8/23, 9 PM  first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his kick-ass group at Skinny Dennis

8/23, 9 PM wild live techno with sax-and-drums monsters Moon Hooch at Rough Trade, $22 gen adm. The next night, 8/24 they’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 11, for two bucks less. Go figure.

8/23, 10 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane, chanteuse Quiana Lynell, the all-star all-femael trio Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 6 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka  followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and at 10 by and at 10 by epic, psychedelic, noir-drenched psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

8/24, 7 PM slinky, darkly psychedelic instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra followed at 9 by uneasily eclectic tropically-influenced singer Renata Zeigeur and band at Bryant Park. Avoid the singsongey, cliched 8 PM singer-songwriter act in between them

 8/24, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic music with singer Samarth Nagarkar, tabla player Meghashyam Keshav and Rohan Prabhudesai on harmoniun at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music $16

 8/24, 8ish legendary 90s Brooklyn psychedelic funk unit Groove Collective reunite at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

8/24. 9 PM one of NY’s most versatile, ferocious guitarists, ex-Sharon Jones lead player Binky Griptite and band at Bar Lunatico

8/24, 10 PM wild, colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals play a pro-choice benefit at Union Pool, $12

8/24, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 8/25 feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt leads the jam at Smalls. Could be off the hook

8/25, 3 PM the Emerson Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, cello; Beth Levin, piano play works by Clara & Robert Schuman and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: drum eminence grise Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, tenor man George Coleman’s Trio,  lyrical pianist Fred Hersch and eclectic altoist Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 5 PM Remy Taghavi, bassoon and Yelena Grinberg, piano play works for this unusual pairing by Vivaldi, Tellemann, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Dutilleux and Boutry at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

8/25, 7 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies with crooner Theo Bleckmann and the majestic, titanically kinetic NYChillharmonic – a mighty art-rock band with jazz instrumentation – at Joe’s Pub, $tba

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

8/26, 7 PM trumpeter Dominick Faranacci leads a nonet bolstered by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra saluting great events and places in Harlem jazz at the HSA Theater, 649 St. Nicholas Ave north of 141st St., A/C/B to 145th St., free

8/26, 7 PM Taka Kigawa plays late Beethoven piano sonatas at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

8/26, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace solo at Bar Chord

8/26, 9 PM subtle, dynamic jazz singer Yoon Sun Choi with the perennially lyrical Jacob Sacks on piano at Bar Lunatico

8/27, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  and brilliant Danish klezmer jazz ensemble Mames Babagenush at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec

8/27-28, 7:30/9:30 PM monster drummer Johnathan Blake leads a killer quartet wih Immanuel Wilkins -alto saxophone; Joel Ross -vibraphone; Dezron Douglas -bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25

8/27-28, 730/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $30

8/27, 8:30 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi’s Abysm at Arete Gallery, $15

8/27-9/1, 8;30/10 PM ferocious postbop tenor sax with Chris Potter’s Underground quartet at the Vanguard, $35

8/27, 9 PM singer Kami Thompson and guitar monster James Walbourne’s fiery, fearless Britfolk/psych-folk band the Rails at Joe’s Pub, $tba

8/28, 7 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes  with klezmer clarinet and mandolin wizard Andy Statman at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 gen adm

8/28 8 PM self-explanatory, popular 90s jamband the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble at Iridium, $25

8/29, 5 PM 90s Dirty Jerz hip-hop supertrio Lords of the Underground outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/29, 7 PM slinky noir/retro rock bassist/songwriter Amy LaVere plays the album release show for her excellent new one at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

8/29, 7 PM Nancy Garniez, piano with Gregor Kitzis, violin; Artie Dibble, viola; Dave Eggar, cello play the Mozart G minor Piano Quartet; Brahms C minor Piano Quartet, Brahms C major Trio at Garniez’s upper West Side salon,  sug don $20, refreshments, lively and iconoclastic conversation includedemail for details/address

8/29-31, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads his trio augmented by guest Kevin Eubanks on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30. Forget the sub gig for Iverson; Evans is a throwback to smoking, hard-hitting 50s postbop glory.

8/29, 730 PM the Haitian funk band that started it all, Boukman Eksperyans at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/29, 8 PM 7 PM the Underground Spiritual Ground, a new supergroup and Anbessa Orchestra spinoff exploring the connection between African-American spirituals, Ethiopian and Caribbean music followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf, who do playfully improvisational versions of hot jazz classics and Little Rascals theme music with a rock rhythm section at Barbes

8/29, 10 PM creepily relevant, provocative performance artist Jelly Boy the Clown, torchy noirish sardonically funny cabaret dude Phat Man Dee and similarly funny, smart, politically woke feminist folk-punk duo Dolltits (Therina Bella and Magie Serpica) at ConeyIslandUSA, 1208 Surf Ave (corner W.12th St), Cnney Island, $20

8/30, 9 PM the eclectic, electrifying accordion-driven Los Mochuelos play classic gangsta Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Bar Chord

8/30, 10 PM Nando Griffiths & Kingston play roots reggae at Shrine

8/30-31 ,10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw leads his quartet at Smalls. You want adrenaline?

8/30, 11 PM enigmatic, compelling third-stream jazz pianist/singer Alina Engibaryan at Littlefield, $10

8/30, 11 PM allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s

8/31, 3 PM ish ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/31, 6 PM  mesmerizing, intricate, anthemic oudist  Brian Prunka and band followed at 8 by accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project and at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

8/31, 9 PM haunting traditional Persian sounds with Koubeh at the old Nublu, $15

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plys original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/13 at 8 PM, repeating 9/14 at 7:30 pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na play Wolfgang Rihm’s ethereal score to Miro Magloire‘s new dance piece at City Center Studio 5, 130 W 56 St, $33/$20 stud/srs

9/!4. 4 PM sharply amusing, wickedly lyrical, politically woke lit-rock singer/pianist Dawn Oberg at the small room at the Rockwood

9/15, 7 PM pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein‘s excellent Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcón – viola; Nick Jozwiak – cello  at Spectrum $15

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

9/23 ageless Peruvian psychedelic cumbia jamband legends Los Wembler’s de Iquitos at the Poisson Rouge

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

Accordions From Literally Everywhere Around the World in Bryant Park This Week and Next

Last week’s kickoff of the annual Bryant Park accordion festival was a chance to revisit some favorites and make some new discoveries. Organizer Ariana Hellerman, who for years published the extremely useful summer concert and events calendar Ariana’s List, has booked every conceivable style of music that uses accordion (and ringers like the bandoneon, concertina and harmonium) into the series. With the rainout this week, next week’s installment begins on August 7 at 5:30 with a series of acts rotating around the park’s four corners and also the Sixth Avenue terrace. The lineup includes but is not limited to klezmer/Mediterranean shredder Ismail Butera, the wryly lyrical Susan Hwang, Mindra Sahadeo (the ringer here) on Indian harmonium and the bouncy, effervescent Nordic Smorgasbandet.

Last week’s lineup was typically eclectic. The irrepressible, timeless Phoebe Legere can still hit those operatic high notes, and engaged the crowd with her quirky sense of humor. She spent most of her show playing to various audience members, encouraging random people to ring the dinner bell on her accordion, and at one point, trailing a cop who was making his way through the crowd. Her funniest number made fun of the OKCupid dating service and had a spot-on punchline.

Romany song maven Eva Salina didn’t let being pregnant with her first child phase her a bit: “Gotta work til I can’t,” she grinned. Her first set of the evening was a little more low-key than usual, full of angst and longing for home and alienated anomie. Singing mostly in Romanes, relying on a forceful low register, she covered both older traditional tunes from Serbia and the Romany diaspora as well as a couple of numbers from the catalog of tragic heroine Vida Pavlovic. Eva’s longtime accordionist Peter Stan supplied his usual chromatic fireworks with lightning trills, uneasy close harmonies and turbulent rivers of minor-key arpeggios.

Foncho Castellar drew the biggest dancing crowd, no great surprise since the Colombian expat played so many oldschool cumbias. His two-man percussion section, on guiro and conga, kept a tightly swinging beat going as Castellar began with a brightly pulsing vallenato number. Then he kicked out the cumbia jams, and picked up the pace even further with some merengue toward the end.

In two hours at the park, you can either catch full half-hour sets from as many as four acts, or wander around and sample everybody. From this perspective, the evening’s coda – one of the most sublime sets by anyone who’s ever played this festival – was a slinky, rapturously microtonal set of bellydance themes by the Egyptian-born Nabawy. Rocking a formidable, sleek black quartertone model, he started out with a stark chromatic dance in the western minor scale and then brought in the Arabic tonalities. For a drum, he plugged his phone into the PA and ran a couple of loops of traditional beats. A concertgoer went up to him to thank him for playing: the fast-fingered guy wasn’t satisfied with the electroacoustic element. “I’ve got to get some kind of drum,” he mused, shaking his head. It was hard to argue with thirty nonstop minutes of the otherworldly torrents he’d fired off; then again, he has a long background playing for dancers. Let’s hope he comes back.

Lavish, Exhilarating New Klezmer Sounds and a Lincoln Center Gig From Clarinetist Michael Winograd

The cover of clarinetist Michael Winograd’s wildly adrenalizing new large-ensemble album Kosher Style – streaming at Bandcamp – captures him at Coney Island. It’’s winter. Facing north, just past the cantina, he raises his horn. The Thunderbolt and Parachute Jump loom in the background, sepia-toned. It’s retro, but look closely and it’s obviously in the here and now, just like the new vinyl record.

This album is all about thrills, and minor-key electicity, and sabretoothed chromatics, with all sorts of devious references that hardcore fans of the klezmer demimonde will get. Winograd worked up a lot of this material at a frequently spine-tingling weekly residency at Barbes a couple of years ago, and his bandmates sound like they’re jumping out of their shoes to play this stuff. His clarinet and Ben Holmes’ trumpet are the two main solo instruments, although the rest of the band blazes as well. Winograd is bringing this party to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, where he and the group will be playing on July 28 at 3 PM on the plaza in front of the Beaumont Theatre. Puerto Rican bomba crew Redobles de Cultura open the afternoon at 1; psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku close the show at around 4.

Winograd opens the record – and a lot of his live shows – with the title track, built around a rapidfire two-bar clarinet riff. If there was such a thing as Jewish dixieland, this would be it. Dave Licht’s drums tumble and rustle up a storm, Ken Maltz’s bass clarinet smokes and then Holmes takes over the big hook right before the end. All this in less than two and a half breathless minutes.

The Bar Mitzvah Bulgar has a steady, almost stern pulse: clearly, the adults are in charge at this particular simcha. Is that wistful trumpet solo a signal that they might not be so happy to see their little one pass into adulthood? Winograd’s crystalline, meticulously trilling solo after that lifts the mood and the party really starts to cook.

Scenes From a Kosher Restaurant is a moody hora of sorts, swaying along with Carmen Staaf’s stately piano and Jordan Sand’s bass, Sanne Möricke’s accordion in tandem with the clarinet as a famous Beethoven riff peeks out from the background. The International Hora has the whole ensemble pulsing tensely behind the bandleader’s edgily precise articulation. The sober syncopation is the same in Dinner in Bay Ridge, a gorgeously wistful, crescendoing number, Holmes eventually taking over from Winograd, the group weaving around the melody as it winds out.

The triumphantly incisive Wedding Sher is just as catchy, a long, six-minute launching pad for bracing solos from Winograd and Holmes. Online Polka seems suspiciously close to a boisterous Italian opera theme, while Brooklyn Pursuit – a popular encore at shows – has a frantic noir bustle and some of Winograd’s most thrilling lines here.

The album’s most dynamic number, Manhattan Beach Doina shifts through a brassy, Andalucian-tinged intro to a spare jazz piano piano-and-clarinet interlude and a series of false starts: just when you think it’s going to explode, it’s over. Theme From David and Goliath bristles with contrasts: Winograd’s impetuous clarinet fanning the flames of a lush, stately backdrop over waves of cymbals.

Soulful clarinet-trumpet harmonies fuel the brief Kiddish Club. It Pays to Buy the Best has an opulent, pulsing hora sway; Winograd winds up the album with a crashing, loose-limbed diptych, South Brooklyn Bulgars. The icons of the American klezmer movement of the 50s – guys like Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein, who brough their fearsome chops and improvisational flair to brooding melodies from the old country – would be proud of how far Winograd has taken the tradition. You’ll see this on the top ten albums of the year list here in December if Trump doesn’t blow us all up first.

Slashing Blues and Klezmer and Noir Sounds with Book of J at Barbes This Month

Saturday evening at Barbes, it was an awful lot of fun to witness the contrast in styles between guitarists Jeremiah Lockwood and Steve Ulrich. Lockwood, who’s one-half of Book of J and also leads the Sway Machinery, is a live wire, tremolo-picking sharply feathery flurries, plucking out jaggedly incisive phrases and plaintive blues licks on his vintage National Steel model. Ulrich, the film composer and Big Lazy leader was a predator waiting for his prey, cool and calm and distantly resonant, then in a flash going in for the kill with his Les Paul.

He was the special guest at Book of J’s weekly 6 PM Saturday residency at Barbes this month, which is no surprise considering that he and Lockwood have been conjuring up plenty of sinisterly spiky sounds in an on-and-off collaboration that dates back to the early zeros. Rocking a classic punk rock mohawk, Book of J frontwoman Jewlia Eisenberg joined them for one of several lesbian Jewish ballads – “There’s lots of them,” she grinned, singing with triumph and passion over Lockwood’s gritty, chromatically-fueled chords and Ulrich’s signature, lingering noir accents.

Classic Barbes moment. There aren’t many venues left in New York where you can see this kind of cross-pollination creating deliciously new musical hybrids, even if they only last for a few minutes.

The rest of the set was just as diverse. Watching Ulrich play spare, purposeful, purist oldschool Chicago blues was an unexpected treat; then again, the guy can play pretty much anything. Likewise, Lockwood moved methodically from hypnotically emphatic, Malian-inspired phrasing to a ripsnorting cadenza or three and gentle, poignant jangle. The two guitarists went into allusive noir with Mood Indigo, then took another stab at the Ellington catalog, edging their way into a take of Caravan that was more of a slow, wary procession through the desert, keeping an eye out for US drones and Soviet warplanes. Their version of an uneasy Big Lazy big-sky theme had the same menace just over the horizon.

Eisenberg and Lockwood’s most riveting number together was a gorgeous klezmer tune in the Middle Eastern freygish mode, written by a famous Argentine singer and member of what was for a long time the largest Yiddish-speaking community outside of Europe and later, Israel. Lockwood introduced a slower, more allusively rapturous number as being written by an early 20th century cantor who’d chosen his daughter as his successor. That move didn’t go over with the synagogue elders, so the cantor quit. “When somebody dies, where do you say kaddish?” a friend once asked the guy. “In my garden,” he replied.

Book of J return to Barbes tomorrow night, July 20 at 6 with special guest Brian Chase on drums, playing from a new song cycle based on the work of Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin. Big Lazy are back at Barbes as well on July 26 at 10; Singer/guitarist Pierre de Gaillande’s edgy parlor pop band Bad Reputation – who continue to build a rich catalog of English translations of songs by badass 1940s-70s French songwriter Georges Brassens – open the night at 8.

Get Lost in Susie Ibarra’s Chiming, Hypnotic Philippine Sounds on Governors Island

Percussionist Susie Ibarra, a mainstay of the downtown scene since the 90s, draws on her Filipina heritage to create an often mesmerizing blend of traditional bell ensemble sounds and jazz. She’s leading her aptly named DreamTime Ensemble this Saturday afternoon, July 13 at 3 PM, playing a free show outdoors in front of Building 10A in the park in the middle of Governors Island. Ferries leave from the old Staten Island Ferry terminal, and from the landing where Bergen Street meets the Brooklyn waterfront, on the half hour during the afternoon; a roundtrip ticket is $3. Ibarra is also at Issue Project Room on July 27 at 8 for $20/$15 stud/srs.

Ibarra’s five-part Song of the Bird King suite, with her slightly smaller Electric Kulintang quartet – streaming at Spotify – capsulizes the kind of dream state and flickering magic which have become her signature sound. From the first slides of Oz Noy’s acoustic guitar and Lefteris Bournias’ otherworldly, microtonal Balkan tenor sax over the bandleader’s ripples and pings, the effect is psychedelic to the extreme.

Her fellow percussionist Roberto Rodriguez drives the music forward – as well as round and round – with his drums and electronic loops. The suite’s epic first part, Of the Invisible rises and recedes, sometimes with majestic echoes of Pink Floyd, other times a mashup of ancient, fluttering and trilling Balkan sounds mingling with Ibarra’s steady pointillisms.

Part two, 21 Million Hectares (a reference to the Philippines’ forest acreage prior to global warming) comes across as a gamelanesque take on psychedelic cumbia, a shuffling, loopy thicket of beats underpinning Ibarra’s catchy riffage and Bournias’ achingly gorgeous, bagpipe-like phrasing. The third section, simply titled The Dream is more spare, echoey and evocative of loungey 90s trip-hop.

Spare bottleneck guitar and Bournias’ long, desolate birdcall sax echo over a martial, practically industrial beat in Indigo Banded Kingfisher. The concluding segment, Migratory has more of a swaying, strolling groove: until Bournias’ meticulously modulated microtones kick in, it sounds like a traditional Filipino ensemble taking a stab at Midnight Starr-style early 80s electro. To quote Jeff Lynne – another guy who knew something about early 80s electro – it’s strange magic.

A Sparkling, Verdant, Ecologically-Inspired Suite from Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna

Dana Lyn is one of New York’s most captivatingly protean violinists. She leaps between Irish music, classical and jazz and makes it seem effortless. She’s also one of the most relevant composers around. Her previous album Mother Octopus was a trippy, shapeshifting musical parable about oceanic eco-disaster. Guitarist-keyboardist Kyle Sanna is just as eclectic, moving from Irish and Middle Eastern music to indie classical, jazz and the artsier side of rock. The latest release by the two musicians’ duo project, is the Coral Suite, streaming at Bandcamp. It’s a more spare yet lingering and resonant exploration of the vanishing world of coral reefs. Catchy as it is, it’s hard to pin down: there’s baroque elegance and Celtic plaintiveness in Lyn’s alternately wistful and vibrantly lyrical phrasing, anchored by Sanna’s subtle, methodical acoustic work.

Lyn begins the first part of the suite solo with a bittersweet ballad theme, then Sanna makes his entrance and the the two build stately, pointillistic ambience. They shift to a punchy reel of sorts, which in turns morphs into a hypnotic waltz, violin flitting and then soaring over terse, enigmatic chordal guitar varations. The two reharmonize the first reel theme, which leads to another, the multitracks growing more lush. Sanna’s deep-space, delta blues-tinged slide work closes the first section.

The duo begin part the epic, 27-minute second half with slow, hazy, Debussy-esque wave motion, then develop an increasingly lively Irish open-road (or for that matter, open-sea) melody. Echoes of acoustic Fairport Convention – imagine a particularly bright Dave Swarbrick solo – eventually lead to another waltz, a joyous line dance and then more waves.

Sanna makes a gorgeous, poignant Renaissance theme out of that last waltz. From there, the music grows from a tightly strolling intertwine, goes flying through another reel, then recedes to a spare pizzicato interlude. The two take it out with a gently tidal wash of atmospherics.

Lyn’s next New York gig is on July 11 at around 9 PM at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, where she’s playing with pianist JP Schlegelmilch, a similarly diverse artist who may be best known as the not-so-secret weapon in Hearing Things – the missing link between the Doors and the Ventures – but has also released the only album of solo piano arrangements of Bill Frisell works. Rising star tenor saxophonist Anna Webber opens the night, leading a chordless trio at 8. Cover is $20.