Constant updates. May is when most of the free summer concerts are announced – the Prospect Park Bandshell series is looking better than it has in years, while Central Park Summerstage is pretty much dead in the water. Considering how Trump and his minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!
If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: May 17, June 21, and Sundays at 4: May 21, June 25.
Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Mondays in June, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free
Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood
Also Mondays in May Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.
Mondays in May at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood.
Tuesdays in May , 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in May, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays in June, 9 PM Niko Kerilo’s psychedelic latin soul/bomba/plena jamband at Salzy Bar (the old Fifth Estate) in south Park Slope, free
Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.
Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata
Saturdays in June, 11:30 AM (in the morning) til 3, individualistic guitarist Assaf Kehati plays jazz and bossa nova with a series of bassists: Steve LaSpina, Harvie S, Dave Baron, Rick Rosato, Michael O’Brien and maybe more at Il Gattopardo, 13-15 W 54th St, free. He’s got some funk, some surf and lots of classic postbop in him.
Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in June at Barbes, 6 PM guitarist Sean Cronin“raised on country, trained in classical, steeped in punk, and brought to maturity as a jazz musician, leads the band Very Good which is actually quite good.” No joke. Expect reinvented Leonard Cohen, menacing offcenter downtown skronk, cello jazz maybe. Something to really look forward to.
Saturdays in July, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – “take inspiration from the intersection of the sacred and the radical to create hit songs from the depths of American psalmody, Yiddish folklore, and international Jewish liturgical traditions” at Barbes. i.e. sacred and possibly profane.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands
Sundays in May at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!
Sundays in May 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
5/1, 7 PM Finnish murder ballad singer Pekko Käppi leads his haunting, austere folk trio at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud
5/1, 7 PM vibraphonist Chris Graham & pianist Taka Kigawa play music of John Luther Adams at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
5/1, 8 PM this era’s most erudite, exhilarating purist swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri with Seth Cronin on bass at the Jalopy Tavern, free. He’s also here on 6/12
5/1. 8 PM inventive oldtime Americana/swing/New England folk songwriter Caroline Cotter at the small room at the Rockwood
5/1, 10 PM “an hour-long exploration of protest songs from a variety of cultures. With sopranos Chelsea Shephard and Mikaela Bennett; mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms; tenor Joshua Blue, baritones Dimitri Katotakis and Jacob Scharfman; and bass Andrew Munn, with instrumentalists Chris Reynolds and Jack Gulielmetti, and Steven Blier as pianist” at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $20
5/1, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform an edgy Italian-themed program of works by Berio, Sciarrino, Biscardi, Rakowskii, Zallman and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $20
5/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek revolutionary anthems andhash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30s at Sisters Restaurant, 900 Fulton St. (near Washington Ave.), C to Clinton-Washington. 5/2 they’re at Troost in Greenpoint, same time.
5/1, 9 PM fun, assaultive Little Rock noiserock band Junkbomb – who are surprisingly tuneful and evoke early PiL sometimes – at the Silent Barn, $8
5/1, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse at St. Vitus, free. They’re at he Silent Barn on 5/17 at 11 for $8
5/2, 7 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell play their new, creepily cinematic Conqueror Worm Suite (based on the Edgar Allen Poe tale) with animations by Natalie C. Sousa followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
5/2-7, 8/10:30 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter celebrates his 80th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. Choice pick: 5/6 with Javon Jackson and Roy Hargrove on trumpets, Donald Vega on piano and Lewis Nash on drums
5/2-7, 8;30/10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist David Murray & Class Struggle with Hugh Ragin (trumpet Fri & Sat only) Craig Harris (trombone Fri & Sat) ; Mingus Murray (guitar) D. D. Jackson (piano) Rashaan Carter (bass) Russell Carter (drums) at the Vanguard , $30
5/2, 9 PM popular post-Velvets slowcore/psych band the Black Angels at Brooklyn Steel, $25
5/2, 10:30 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s. 5/13 at 8 they’re at Caffe Vivaldi
5/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
5/3, 8 PM pianist Michael Brown plays works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven at the 92nd St. Y, $25
5/3, 8/9:30 PM bassist Javier Moreno leads a quartet with Tony Malaby, saxophones; Ernesto Jodos, piano;,Gerald Cleaver, drums playing individualistic jazz inspired by Mompou, Granados and Mediterranean sounds at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
5/3, midnight, fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Sunnyvale, $10
5/4, 1 PM cleverly acerbic, charismatic avant garde singer/pianist/atmospheric sound artist Bora Yoon revels in the spacious sonics at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free
5/4, 6 PM one of the year’s best triplebills features sounds from across the Middle East: the hauntingly rustic, eclectic NY Andalus Ensemble, 1950s-60s Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat and enigmatic Iranian folk-rockers Vatan at Brooklyn Music School; 126 Saint Felix St, $15/$10 stud
5/4, 7 PM a rare reunion of Raquel Bell’s tunefully enigmatic psychedelic/indie band Mesiko at Olly Oxen Free Vintage (137 Montrose Ave, Bushwick), L to Montrose Ave 5/6, 4 PM they’re at the People’s Garden,at the People’s Garden, 1221 Broadway at Greene Ave in Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St., and then at the Gateway across the street at 11.
5/4, 7 PM an Annie Gosfield retrospective performed by Duo Cortona (singer Rachel Calloway, violinist Ari Streisfeld), guitarist Roger Kleier, percussionist Brian Chase, pianist Kathleen Supové, and Gosfield herself on keyboard, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th, $15/$10 stud/srs. The program explores immigration, LES artistic milieux and possibly spy themes.
5/4, 7 PM Japan’s Safari Chamber Orchestra play works ranging from Beethoven to Dvorak, concluding with a contemporary piece by Yasushi Akutagawa at the DiMenna Center, free, reception to follow
5/4, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi
5/4, 7:30 PM soulful, erudite jazz pianist Marc Cary does his electric piano funkmeister thing at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
5/4, 7:30 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock,Edward Rogers and his killer band open for 70s art-rocker Terry Reid & the Cosmic American Derelicts at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec
5/4, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty, lyrically ferocious keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
5/4, 8 PM fiery fun violinist Chloe Swantner leads a Roger Miller cover night with a whole bunch of Americana peeps at a house concert at 169 Spencer at Willoughby, free
5/4, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads an unorthodox trio with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Erik Friedlander, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/4, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony with violin soloist Stephanie Chase play a rare all Neils Gade program featuring the Echoes of Ossian Overture, Symphony no. 2 and the Violin Concerto at Symphony Space, $25
5/4, 8:30 PM the wild, wickedly tuneful Avi Fox-Rosen Electric Klezmer Trio with Zoe Guigeno on bass and Dave Licht on drums at the Jalopy, $15. Imagine Jim Campilongo playing classic klezmer tunes – this guy is amazing.
5/4, 8:30 PM artsy goth/art-rock/metal band Tempest City at the Delancey, $10
5/4, 9 PM inimitable, distantly ominous Japanese psychedelic folk/art-rock band Kikagaku Moyo at Rough Trade, $15
5/4, 9 PM 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall
5/4, 9:30 PM the darkly kinetic Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet at Club Bonafide, $20 adv tix rec
5/4, 10 PMfiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Trans-Pecos
5/4, 10;30 PM fiery state-of-the-art postbox alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads his quartet at Smalls
5/5, 5:30 PM charming all-female klezmer group Freydele at the American Folk Art Museum, free
5/5, 7 PM baroque harpsichordist Catalina Vicens plays a program TBA at Spectrum, $15
5/5, 7 PM lapsteel visionary Myk Freedman (of Sandcatchers) plays the album release show for his new one at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery
5/7, 7 PM a free performance of traditional Colombian dance and folk tunes with dance leader Karla Flórez, Rafael Leal, Johanna Castaneda, Nestor Gomez Jr. at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, free, early arrival advised
5/5, 7 PM eclectic Honduran-born jazz singer Eva Cortes leads a septet including Marvin Sewell on guitar and Luques Curtis on bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $13
5/5, 7:30/9;30 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson‘s Sicilian Defense with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/5, 7:30 PM a “multi-disciplinary performance fusing music, dance, video, and documentary, Mind Crossing tells the story of one family’s heartbreaking loss and struggle to emigrate during the Holocaust. Based on a collection of letters which saxophonist Tal Gur‘s grandfather wrote after World War II, the piece features Hebrew songs translated to English, alongside free improvisation and progressive jazz,” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15
5/5, 8 PMunfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his quintet at the Django, $10
5/5, 8 PM an adventurous improvisational twinbill with adventurious singer Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones, and the Ras Unit at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
5/5, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. Viva’s also here on 5/27 at 8.
5/5, 8 PM pianist Don Militello plays solo improvisations and jazz classics at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs, reception to follow
5/5, 8:30 PM Penguin Cafe play music of legendary kitchen-sink jazz/cinematic ensemble the Penguin Cafe Orchestra at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec
5/5, 10 PM ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock – at Hank’s
5/5, 10 PM guitarist Demir Demirkan‘s Anatolian Knights throw a wild live Turkish psychedelic rock party at Drom, $25 adv tix rec
5/5, 10 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at Sunny’s
5/6, 3 PM Italian tarantella rock composer/pianist Emanuele Tozzi at Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Boadway (25/26) near Madison Square Park, free
5/6, 5 PM the Bang on a Can Marathon of indie classical and esoterica returns at the Brooklyn Museum, free: the highlight is at 8 PM with Amir ElSaffar’s 2 Rivers Ensemble doing their lush, haunting largescale Middle Eastern jazz soundscapes. Get there close to 5 or you may miss it.
5/6, 7 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at at Silvana. 5/7 she’s at LIC Bar at 5
5/6, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables
5/6, 7:30 PM Ba Ban Chinese Music Society play rarely heard, jazzy 1930s Shanghai film music themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16, kids 13-19 free w/id
5/6, 8 PM John Zorn’s Cobra and Xu Feng Game Pieces performed by a dozen-piece ensemble including guitarist Eyal Maoz, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, drummer Kenny Wollesen and more at Roulette, $25 adv tix avail
5/6, 8 PM psychedelic hard funk band Afroskull at the Parkside
5/6, 8:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
5/6, 8:30 PM rising star pianists Florian Noack, Benedek Horváth and Klara Min with cellist Borislav Strulev and violinist Eric Silberger play concertos by Richard Strauss, Beethoven (the Triple Concerto) and Liszt with orchestral backing at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail
5/6, 9/10:30 PM fiery free jazz tenor sax icon George Garzone’s Boston Collecdtive with Phil Grenadier, trumpet; John Lockwood, bass; Luther Grey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
5/6. 9 PM jazz violinist Lucine Yeghiazaryan and her group at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, frees
5/6, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 8 by jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at 10 at Barbes
5/6, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0
5/6, 9 PM pianist Kelly Green leads her sextet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs
5/6, 10 PM witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at Mehanata, $10
5/6, 10:30 PM erudite, purist, torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 “swing into spring” at the Django, $10
5/7, 11 AM pianist Dénes Várjon plays works by Beethoven, Bartok and Liszt at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow
5/7. 2 PM the Dover String Quartet with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 plus works by Brahms and Haydn at the Town Hall, $15
5/7, 3 PM a Cinco de Mayo celebration with songs and music from Mexico and the Americas by Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Manuel Enríquez, Marta García-Renart,Alberto Ginastera, Max Lifchitz, William Ortiz, Manuel M. Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas & Lilia Vázquez-Kuntze at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, free
5/7, 4 PM a-cappella ensemble the Johnson Girls sing old-time harmony and seafaring songs at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
5/7, 4:30 PM electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer outside the Abrons Arts Center, free
5/7, 5 PM Triple Paste play hot 20s jazz and parse the Lennie Tristano’s songbook, featuring Eric Pakula, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Rafe D’Lugoff, Arthur Kell and Vinnie Sperazza followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Triple Paste are also here at 5 on 5/14
5/7, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall
5/7, 7 PM pianist Meral Guneyman explores the music of jazz legends Billie Holiday, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington—at Symphony Space, $15
5/7, 7 PM Marie Incontrera’s Eco-Music Big Band play their reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale plus works by David Taylor and Louis Andriessen at National Sawdust, $29 adv tix rec
5/7, 7 PM edgy guitarist Ava Mendoza plays solo opening for the album release show by bassist Stuart Popejoy with a killer lineup – Kenny Wollesen, Steve Swell, Avram Fefer and Sarah Bernstein at the Knockdown Center, $15
5/7, 7;30 PM crystalline Americana rock singer Rebecca Turner and her lushly jangly band at Hifi Bar
5/7, 9 PM Chartwell Dutiro plays Zimbabwean mbira music at Troost. He’s also playing the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar at 8ish on 5/16 and then at Shrine on 5/18 at 9.
5/7, 10 PM hauntingly kinetic loopmusic violinist Frederika Krier at Silvana
5/8, 6 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist/singer Laila Biali leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Followed at 8:30 PM (separate $10 admission) by tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch & Featery with Russ Lossing, piano; Cameron Brown, bass; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
5/8, 7:30 PM the Verona Quartet play works by Shostakovich, Mozart, and Beethoven at Alice Tully Hall, $20
5/8, 8 PM Courtney Marie Andrews – who’s gone in a refreshingly purist Melba Montgomery-ish 70s C&W/soul direction – at the Mercury, $10
5/8, 8 PM the NYU Symphony play Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” plus new works by Kyle Tieman-Strauss and Shelley Washington at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free
5/8, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes
5/8, 10:30 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Club Bonafide, $10
5/9, half past noon organist Thomas Fielding plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free .
5/9, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project with harp soloist Sivan Magen play music by Schumann, Ibert, Martinu, Mozart and more at Merkin Concert Hall $30
5/9, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls
5/9, 8 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at the Way Station
5/9, 8 PM Carolyn Leonhart with Christian Sands – lush jazz chanteuse with simpatico pianist – at Mezzrow, $20
5/9, 8:30/1030 PM arguably the most individualistic, compelling pianist in jazz right now, Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30
5/9, 9 PM vivid, well-liked Boston folk noir songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $10
5/9, 9 PM ageless stoner dub inventor Lee Scratch Perry at SOB’s, $25 adv tix rec
5/9. 10 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Nico Turner at C’Mon Everybody, $10
5/9, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
5/10, 7 PM the hauntingly kinetic NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble featuring violin powerhouse Nariman Asanov with sensational accordionist Patrick Farrell and percussionist Lennur Mamudov at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), $10
5/10, 7:30 PM in reverse order at the Owl: eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg and Eleonore Weil & Jake Shulman-Ment presumably playing sizzling klezmer string music, $10
5/10, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads his band at Smalls
5/10, 8 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP at Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15
5/10, 8 PM kotoist/singer Miya Masaoka performs her new noh chamber opera piece A Line Becomes a Circle, based on the work of her ancestor, the poet Shiki Masaoka at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
5/10, 8 PM Karla Bonoff – the blue-eyed soul singer who was NYC’s counterpart to Linda Ronstadt back in the day – at City winery, $28 standing room avail
5/10, 8 PM a free screening of Purple Rain at Brooklyn Bazaar, rsvp reqd
5/10. 8 PM tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff, leads an improvisational trio with Mark Helias, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
5/10, 9 MP tooo funny – boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic crooner Jack Grace at the small room at the Rockwood followed by a, um, act who would like to be him. Grace is also at at the Jalopy Tavern on 5/14 at 9 and on 5/20 at 10 at 68 Jay St. Bar
5/10, 9:30 PM a killer female-fronted jazz twinbill: charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs followed by the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Joe’s Pub, $15
5/11, 6 PM Racquel Borromeo, piano; David Bridges, clarinet; Rina Haruki, soprano; Dominique Donnarumma, soprano play works by Piazzolla, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Weill “and many surprises” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Followed at 8.9:30 PM by guitarist Lage Lund playing a rare solo show, separate $10 adm
5/11, 7 PM eclectic New Orleans soul/C&W/noir Americana songwriter Shannon McNally at the big room at the Rockwood, $18
5/11, 7 PM first-call indie classical pianist Lisa Moore plays works by John Luther Adams, David Mahler, Michael Byron and other s at Symphony Space, $15
5/11, 8 PM hauntingly jangly Canadian gothic Americana rockers the Sadies at Webster Hall, $25. Be aware that there are opening and headlining acts and that the Sadies may not get as much time onstage as they need
5/11, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized playing John Fahey tunes. Their careening set of Chico Hamilton numbers last time here was pretty amazing.
5/11, 8 PM guitar god Kurt Neumann’s version of iconic anthemic Milwaukee rockers the BoDeans at City Winery, $32 standing room avail, yikes
5/11, 8 PM irrepressible accordion innovator Guy Klucevsek leads an accordion orchestra playing a Pauline Oliveros tribute at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
5/11, 8 PM “for her Issue Project Room debut, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ka Baird presents Espylacopa (A Reversal In Three Acts), an interdisciplinary collaborative work that incorporates organic and processed sounds, human voice, projected and ambient lighting with performance art, sculpture and movement. Espylacopa, the reverse of apocalypse, takes the form of a ritual contextualized as a performance conjured to reverse current, unwanted processes or trends to flow in an intended direction,” $15/$12 stud/srs
5/11, 8:30 PM wild klezmer/Balkan tunes with the Jim Guttman Bessarabian Breakdown at the Jalopy, $15
5/11, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
5/11. 9:30 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke plays the album release show for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $16
5/11, 9:30 PM catchy, anthemic New Orleans blues guitar jamband the Delta Saints at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec
5/11, 10 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band play awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Sunny’s
/12, 10:30 AM Wynton Marsalis joins a marching band of hundreds of high school students from across the country to protest cuts to education and music programs. The procession marches from Columbus Circle Park to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall
5/12, 6 PM baroque chamber ensemble Quicksilver play works from Moravia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and beyond TBA at the King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, Queens, $15/$10 stud/srs
5/12, 6:30 PM haunting folk noir duo the Whispering Tree at the American Folk Art Museum, free
5/12, 7 PM intense, politically fearless, frequently hilarious gothic Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour at the Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Ave. in Cobble Hill, any train to Atlantic Ave; 5/13 she’s at Caffe Vivaldi at 8.
5/12, 7 PM fearless indie classical chamber ensemble Exceptet play premieres by Scott Wollschleger and Finola Merivale, plus recent works by Fay Wang, Brooks Fredrickson, and Brian Petuch at the Metropolis Space , 1 Rivington St / 2nd floor (buzzer #1), $15/$5 stud
5/12, 7:30 PM sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan (son of the great Vilayat Khan) with tabla player Samir Chaterjee at the Miller Theatre, $15 tix avail
5/12. 8 PM awesomely cool duos at Alwan for the Arts: singer Merita Halili and accordionist Raif Hyseni put their exhilarating spin on Albanian sounds followed by singer Arooj Aftab and sax player Charlotte Greve reworking classical Pakistani and North Indian themes, $20/$15 stud/srs
5/12, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes. Anbessa Orchestra are also at the small room at the Rockwood at 10 on 5/22.
5/12, 8 PM ferociously lyrical new wave band Lazy Lions – the closest thing to classic early Elvis Costello or Graham Parker that NYC has right now – at C’Mon Everybody, $10
5/12, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana
5/12, 8 PM Cantata Profana perform indie classical works by Daniel Tacke, Jody Rockmaker, Sunbin Kim, Matthew Welch, Junyi Chow, Doug Harbin at the DiMenna Center, $10
5/12, 8 PM pianist Jason Hardink plauys Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus” at Spectrum, $!5
5/12-13, 8 PM lyrical jazz pianist Kenny Werner with Billy Drewes on alto sax at Mezzrow, $20
5/12, 8:30 PM eclectic lit-rock songwriters’ collective the Bushwick Book Club play new songs inspired by Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at City Winery, $10
5/12, 9 PM the jazzy NYC Ska Orchestra followed by dark 90s ska-punk favorites Mephiskapheles at the Bell House ,$15
5/12, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. 5/20 at 10 they’re at Mehanata, electric, for $10
5/12, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost
5/12. 10 PM Access Contemporary Music play their annual Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring new soundtracks to rare films by Martin Scorsese and others – animation, shorts, documentaries – at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec
5/12, 10ish hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High at t Hank’s
5/12, 10 PM Delsonido’s trippy tropical jazz/downtempo grooves at Shrine
5/12, 11 PM Rebet Asker play classic 1920s and 1930s Greek resistance, gangster and drug underworld songs at Drom, free
5/12, midnight intense, brilliant conscious hip-hop lyricist Decora and his psychedelic funk band at the Blue Note, $10 standing room avail
5/13-14 Midnight Oil at Webster Hall is sold out
5/13, 3:30ish lustrous, hypnotically atmospheric vibraphonist/composer Sam Sowyrda plays the album release show for his aptly titled, new Luminous Horizons followed by wild avant garde marching band Ashcan Orchestra and then eventually a closing set by Sowyrda at around 5:30 at Trans-Pecos, $10
5/13, 6 PM short sets bynew, exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion, the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. and singer Michela Musolino‘s Sicilian band Rosa Tatuata at Barbes
5/13, 6 PM edgy, lyrical, darkly kaleidoscopic original jazz pianist/singer/composer Alina Engibaryan at Shrine
5/13, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 5/27
5/13, 7 PM in reverse order:trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran, CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC, the more powerpop-oriented Vicky & the Vengents and ferocious garage-punk-psychedelic Radio Birdman soundalikes the Electric Mess, at Bowery Electric, $10
5/13, 7:30 PM Jeeyoung Kim and Janine Joseph’s new chamber opera From My Mother’s Mother “deals with love and reconciliation through one mother providing something to help her daughter, only to face rejection,” in English with Korean and English subtitles at Flushing Town Hall, $10, moms and kids free
5/13, 7:30 PM classical chamber ensemble Counter)Induction play new music by Ross Bauer, Barbara Jazwinski, Elizabeth Bell, Matthew Greenbaum, Martin Boykan, and Robert Carl at Symphony Space, $10
5/13, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Jt Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec
5/13, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform the 6 Bach Motets at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave at 87th St, $25/$20 stud/srs, 1 to 86th St.. They’re also here on 5/21, 3 PM
5/13, 8 PM iconic largescale free jazz pianist Karl Berger leads an improvisational string quintet with flute at Greenwich House Music School, $20
5/13, 8 PM the Delphi Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Haydn and André Grétry’s Overture to Le Huron at the DiMenna Center, $20
5/13, 9 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands – play the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $12
5/13, 9 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Spectrum, $15
5/13. 9/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio with Jacob Sacks, piano; Ben Street, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum
5/13, 9 PM Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
5/13, 10 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10
5/13, 10 PM cellist Joshua Roman leads a quartet playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at National Sawdust, $29 adv tix rec
5/13, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s
5/14, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – plays a mother of a Mother’s Day show at Joe’s Pub, $15
5/14, 3 PM Alan Pierson conducts new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound in the NY premiere of John Luther Adams’ avian-inspired symphonic work Ten Thousand Birds in Morningside Park, free, follow the sound
5/14, 4 PM the Ritz Chamber Players perform a program of works by African-American composers TBA at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec.
5/14, 6 PM Lee Feldman leads a 4-piece band playing his deadpan desperate lyrical chamber pop at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/14, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar
5/14, 7 PM saxophonist Niko Siebold’s 17-piece big band at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
5/14, 7:30 PM trumpeter Kate Amrine and her group premiere over 20 short works for brass; plus duos by Ronen Shai, Josh Oxford, Sam Reiling and Jake Elkin at Scholes St. Studios, $10
5/14, 8 PM eclectic acoustic Afro-Cuban punk band the Battle of Santiago at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, free
5/14, 8 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood
5/14, 8 PM cinematic postrock/psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Ora Coogan with her band at Union Pool
5/14. 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls
5/15, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal celebrate the music of Philip Glass at the Miller Theatre, free
5/15, 7 PM Jurij Fedynskyj and the Ukrainian Village Voices sing striking polyphonic songs of freedom and defiance from the remote village of Kryachkivka at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, White Box Room, 3rd floor, 440 Lafayette St. (bet. Astor Pl. & E 4th St.$15/$10 stud/srs
5/15, 8:30 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at Pete’s
5/15, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10.
5/15, 9 PM cellist Malcolm Parson plays pieces by Bach, Lucio Amanti, Eugene Friesen, Erik Friedlander, and original compositions for solo cello at Pine Box Rock Shop
5/15, 9 PM Swiss improvisers Trio Elgar: Florian Stoffner – guitar, Hans Koch – baritone saxophone, Lionel Freidl – drums, + guest Leila Bordreuil – cello, followed at 10 by trumpeter Stephanie Richards‘ Trio with Stomu Takeshi- bass, Kenny Wollesen- drums at 65 Fenimore St, at Flatbush, Lefferts Gardens, B/Q to Prospect Park
5/15, 9:30 PM Yotoco play psychedelic cumbias at Barbes
5/15, 10 PM menacing punk-Americana legends the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
5/15, 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar
5/16, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall
5/16, 8;30 PM pianist Charles Nedich and a string section play works by Bassi, Weber and Mendelssohn at the Tenri Institute,43A W 13th St, $25/$15 stud/srs, reception to follow
5/16-21, 8:30/1030 PM progressive jazz icons Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Vanguard, $30
5/16-21, 8:30 PM eclectic percussionist Satoshi Takeishi plays with a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, a duo with oudist Gordon Grdina
5/16, 9 PM saxophonist Kazemde George leads his quartet at Parkside Pizza, 705 Flatbush Ave (Parkside/Winthrop), Q to Parkside Ave.
5/16, 11 PM cheery Northampton girlpunks Dump Him at the Silent Barn, $8
5/17, 1 PM tuneful, witty trombonist/pianist Art Baron leads his group at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex
5/17, 7:30 PM violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu leads a chamber sextet performing Sirota: My Yiddishe Momme; Chen: The Silent Flame; Esmail: Piano Quintet; Brahms: Piano Quintets at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don
5/17, 7:30 PM star cellist Clarice Jensen plays a program of entrancing loopmusic including her collaboration with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, plus Michael Harrison’s Cello Constellations for multitracked cello and sine tones, plus creepy projections by Jonathan Turner at the Kitchen, $15
5/17, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at the Bushwick Public House
5/17, 8/9:30 PM the Istmo Trio with haunting, nuanced Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera, plus Vitor Gonçalves, accordion; Rogerio Boccato, percussion; Gilal Hekselman, guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. 5/21 at 2 (two) PM they’re at the Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St(at 41st Av), close to the 7 train at Main St/Flushing, for free
5/17, 8 PM the Aaron Burnett Quartet play their postbop sounds at Westbury Inn, 673 Flatbush Ave at Winthrop, Lefferts Gardens, Q to Parkside Ave.
5/17, 8:30 PM iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson plays a bday bash at Bar Lunatico
5/17, 9 PM20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall.
5/17, 9ish well-loved noiserock guitar shredder Ty Segall at Warsaw is sold out. But there are still tix for rthe 5/18 and 5/19 shows available at the Knitting Factory box ofc, $25
5/17, 9:30ish haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, all ages, $12
5/17, 9:30 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – followed at 11ish by Joe Jack Talcum of 80s punk-pop faves the Dead Milkmen at Hank’s
5/17, 10 PM creepy, swirly, jangly Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Union Pool, $15
5/18, 1 PM Novus NY play John Luther Adams: Become Ocean; Luna Pearl Woolf: After the Wave; and a Jessica Meyer world premiere at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free
5/18, 7 PM classical guitar luminary Sharon Isbin, and three of her protégés, who collectively represent three continents: Alberta Khoury from Australia, Tengyue Zhang from China, and America’s Colin Davin at the Greene Space, $15
5/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Regina Carter reinvents Ella Firzgerald for the jazz violin with a killer quintet: Xavier Davis – piano; Marvin Sewell – guitar; Chris Lightcap – bass; Alvester Garnett – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30
5/18, 7:30 PM exhilarating North Indian sarod virtuoso Rajeev Taranath at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
5/18, 8 PM opening night of this year’s Look & Listen Festival with word/sound artist Ione from the late, great Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Institute, violinist Miranda Cuckson, indie classical septet yMusic, and kinetically hypnotic tenor sax quartet Battle Trance at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 Wt 14th St, 2nd fl, free, rsvp reqd
5/18, 8 PM a cool twinbill at Brooklyn Bazaar – careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and her band and eventually tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at around 10, $15
5/18, 8 PM sensational rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads his group at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St.
5/18, 8:30 PM haunting early Jewish music ensemble Asefa Music’s multi-instrumentalist maven Samuel Thomas & pianist Alon Nechushtan‘s duo explore radically different, similarly interesting Jewish diasporic sounds at the Jalopy, $15
5/18, 9/10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
5/18, 9 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s
5/18, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes
5/18, 11 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream at the small room at the Rockwood
5/18 creepy, cinematic twin-guitar pastoral jazz trio the Royal Arctic Institute at Pine Box Rock Shop
5/19, 8 AM (in the morning) ragas all day at the Worl;d Financial Center, free, starting with slide guitar genius Debashish Bhattacharya & tabla player Samir Chatterjee playing a morning raga at 8 sharp. They’ll return at 7 PM, presumably after a nap. At noon Anupam Shobhakar plays the sarod; at 5 PM it’s guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, & drummer Dan Weiss. At 8:30 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi and his Quartet play a live score to the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India.
5/19, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM New York Polyphony “illuminate Bach and Luther’s German roots” at the Miller Theatre, free
5/19, 7 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25
5/19, 7 PM kitchen-sink band the Four Bags take a detour toward Persian music and death metal followed by Anti-Social Music playing new works for accordion ensemble by Max Duykers, David Durst, Nathan Koci, Andrea La Rose, Dan Lasaga, and Pat Muchmore. Featuring: Hubert Chen, Domenica Fossati, Will Holshouser, Jeff Hudgins, Paul Kerekes, Nate Koci, Pat Muchmore, Franz Nicolay, Theresa Rosas, Kamala Sankaram, and Hannah Temple at Shapeshifter Lab, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $10 admission) by the Noah Kaplan Quartet playing the album release show for their new microtonally-infused release Cluster Swerve with Joe Morris (guitar), Giacomo Merega (electric bass), Jason Nazary (drums & electronics)
5/19, 7:30 PM darkly atmospheric, eclectic Hungarian jazz singer Nikolett Pankovits performs her haunting Sad But True Hungarian folk project featuring literary excerpts and poems performed by actor Ádám Boncz at Club Bonafide, $15
5/19, 7:30 PM oldschool Cuban style salasa band Charansalsa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
5/19, 7:30 PM Olabelle keyboard maven Glenn Patscha with drummer Ben Perowsky and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10
5/19, 8 PM the year’s best triplebill so far: explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas, ; epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band; and the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Matchless, $10
5/19-20, 8 PM Novus NY play Philip Glass’ Indian-influenced Symphony No. 5 at Trinity Church, free
5/19, 8 PM four of NYC’s funnest indie classical bands, in reverse order: percussion group Yarn/Wire, their colleaagues Sō Percussion, hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu and Ensemble Échappé at Bric Arts, free, rsvp reqd
5/19, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical guitarist/singer Camila Meza followed at 9 by tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leading a trio at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St. 5/30, 7:30/9:30 PM Meza leads her Nectar Orchestra, comprising keys, string quartet and rhythm section at the Jazz Gallery, $15
5/19. 8 PM artsy, unpredictable, funky jamband the Pimps of Joytime at South House in Jersey City
5/19, 8 PM a potentially phenomenal night of Middle Eastern-inspired improvisations: Kuwaiti singer/guitarist Yousif Yaseen, on vocals and guitar plusethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor and soprano saxophone; Erik Friedlander, cello at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
5/19-20, 8 PM Repast Baroque plays rarely heard works by Rafael Antonio Castellanos (1725–1791); Sebastián Durón (1660–1716), Jose de Orejón y Aparicio (1706–1765), Francisco Manalt and Scarlatti’s Fandango for solo harpsichord at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights. The 5/20 show is at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., $30/$20 stud/srs
5/19. 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord
5/19, 9:30 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s
5/19, 10 PM oldschool danceable Colombian tunes with Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes
5/19, 10 PM cellist Mariel Roberts plays new solo works by Davi∂ Brynjar Franzson, Cenk Ergün, George Lewis, and Eric Wubbels (who guests on piano) at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec
5/19, 10 PM the Robin Electric play their catchy, deliciously Rickenbacker-fueled powerpop and glamrock followed by wickedly tuneful, jangly 60s style psychedelic band Otherworldly Things at Littlefield, $ 10
5/19, 10:30 PM Box of Birds – who veer between energetic highway rock and more enigmatic indie sounds – at Pine Box Rock Shop
5/19, 11:30 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudettes at Joe’s Pub, $15
5/19, 1 AM (technically morning of 5/20) the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, free
5/20, 2 PM trumpeter Rachel Therrien‘s Latin Jazz Quartet at Parkside Plaza, Parkside and Ocean Aves., Lefferts Gardens, free, Q to Parkside Ave.
5/20, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play a world premiere by Music Director Chris Whittaker and close with Mendelssohn’s exuberant “Italian” Symphony, at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st St.,free, reception to follow
5/20, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell’s Phalanx Trio with Kim Cass on bass and Kate Gentile on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22
5/20, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes
5/20, 8 PM in the absence of leader Liberté-Anne Lymberiou – kicked out of the US by Trump’s Migra -drummer Zack O’Farrill leads the 17-piece Liberté Big Band at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St.
5/20, 8 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform world premiere commissions by recent ASCAP Young Composer Award winners Anahita Abbasi, Emily Bear, David Biedenbender, Will Cooper, Elizabeth Kelly, Emily Koh, Michael Lee, Alexander Liebermann, Jared Miller & Eric Nathan at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave at 87th St, 1 to 86th St., $25/$20 stud/srs
5/20. 8:30 PM Electric Diamond – Stuart Diamond and Don Slepian – play their wild multimedia version of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at Spectrum, $15
5/20, 8:30 PM Brooklyn jamband legends Plastic Beef and their many spinoffs/side projects – who hasn’t been a member of Plastic Beef at some point? – at Freddy’s
5/20, 8:30ish brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn ‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at at the Owl, $10
5/20, 9 PM mighty, massive thirty-piece original gospel rock band Jesus on the Mainline at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec
5/20, 9 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec. Good to see a band this good get big enough to fill this space.
5/20, 10 PM the Thurston Moore Group at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec. You know him, right?
5/21, 11 AM Esther Yoo, violin and pianist Robert Koenig play works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Tschaikovsky and Glazunov at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow
5/21, 2 PM composer Tidtaya Sinutoke’s Hart Island Requiem, “an experimental, immersive, investigative theater piece that highlights stories of those who have died and are buried in Hart Island,” NYC’s longtime potter’s field, at Flushing Town Hall, free
5/21, 2 PM Leon Botstein and the Orchestra Now play Charles Ives’s Three Places in New England, celebrating the art of Marsden Hartley at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $30 tix avail
5/21, 3 PM this year’s Look & Listen Festival concludes with trombonist Craig Harris and the Saints and Aint’s Brass Choir along with Carman Moore’s Skymusic Ensemble performing several of his own works, including the gospel themed Think in a New Way at the Studio Museum in Harlem,144 W 125th St east of ACP Blvd., free
5/21, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s
5/21, 4 PM the Desoff Choirs sing The New Amorous World (2014), the utopian cantata by Estonian-American Fourierist composer Lembit Beecher, a Sufi work by Shireen Abu-Khader, Hebrew songs arranged by Ellen Broad-Ginsberg and other multicultural works at Holy Trinity Church, 3 W 65th St, $15 tix avail
5/21, 8 PM jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky’s haunting, cinematic, deviously clever thirteen-piece Sketchy Orkestra with the soul vocals of Emily Braden plus Rahj Mason’s hip-hop beats alongside an eight-piece chamber string section at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
5/22, 7 PM Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s intense folk noir band Whitehorse at the Mercury ,$15 adv tix rec
5/21, 8/9:30 PM lyrical pianist Ben Rosenblum leads a trio with Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums at Mezzrow, $20
5/21, 10 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by wry 70s style kraurtock disco band Automaatio at Sunnyvale. 5/25 at 11:30 Lusterlit are at Sidewalk, preceded at 9:30 by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster. Avoid the fey fop act playing in between those two bands at all costs
5/22, 8 PM music for strings and piano from across the Americas by Edmund Cionek, Julian Fueyo,Max Lifchitz, Ivan Enrique Rodriguez & Hilary Tann performed by the North/South Trio: Lifchitz on piano with Claudia Schaer, violin Marisol Espada, celloat Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St,,free
5/22, 8:30 PM powerful soul belter Sarah Wise (of explosive gospel-rock ensemble Lizzie & the Sinners) at Pete’s
5/23, 6 PM pianist Michael Lewin plays music by Beethoven, Liszt, Lecuona, Nazareth, Villa-lobos and Ginastera at the Yamaha Piano Salon, $6
5/23, 7 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski and Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulciimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s darkly rustic klezmer band the Klezmographers with special guest, haunting chanteuse Zhenya Lopatnik, followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
5/23, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs plays the album release show for his new one, Cimbalom Unlimited with drummer Eric Harland & bassist Harish Raghavan at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
5/23, 7:30/9:30 PM Mingus Band pianist David Kikoski leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25
5/23, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, , $20
5/23-28, 8:30 PMcleverly tuneful, understatedly haunting composer and piano improviser Anthony Coleman leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, a trio set with Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Kim Cass (bass)
5/23, 8:30 PM bassist Bruno Råberg’s Triloka string quintet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
5/23-28, 8:30/10:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30
5/23, 9 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NYC underground, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays a rare solo show featuring songs off his new powerpop album Bodega Rock at Bar Chord
5/23, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
5/24. 7 PM violinist Mari Kimura is the soloist in a new Tania Leon electroacoustic work; a wind/string chamber ensemble plays new works by Richard Brooks’, Hubert Howe, José Beviá’, David Mecionis, Robert S. Cohen’ and Raoul Pleskow, Dana Dimitri Richardson’ at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don
5/24, 8 PM captivating Afro-Peruvian singer/pianist Chi-Chi Glass at Barbes
5/24, 8 PM Joan LaBarbara leads a vocal quartet plus chamber sextet including harpist Shelley Burgon and Miguel Frasconi on glass bells, playing a Joseph Cornell-inspired program at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
5/24, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble (including mesmerizing vocalist Melissa Fogarty), plus clips from bandleader Eve Sicular’s cinema history project, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. $25 adv tix req
5/24, 8 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at Hifi Bar
5/24, 9 PM soaring, purist, darkly lyrical Americana songstress Karen Hudson at Silvana
5/24, 9 PM 90s dancehall reggae nostalgia with Capleton at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec
5/24, 10:30 PM trombonist Jimmy O’Connell leads his colorful, kick-ass sextet at Smalls
5/25, 6 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at at the small room at the Rockwood
5/25, 7:30 PM hauntingly epic, eclectic oudist/composer Rahim AlHaj with Iranian santour virtuoso Sourena Sefati, and Palestinian-American percussionist Issa Malluf. at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival very strongly advised
5/25, 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/27 at 8 the NY Phil with violin soloist Augustin Hadelich play Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Slavonic Dances plus Janacek’s Taras Bulba at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tiix avail
5/25-28, 7:30/9:30 PM Gil Evans scholar/archivist/conductor Ryan Truesdell leads the Gil Evans Project celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Gil/Miles classic Miles Ahead at the Jazz Standard, $35 but worth it.
5/25, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa – the original drum-and-bass – at Bric Arts, free
5/25, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers perform a Sheree Clement world premiere, a NY premiere by Fred Lerdahl and works by Lisa Bielawa and Arvo Pärt at the Milller Theatre, $25/$15 stud/srs
5/25, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s
5/25, 8ish the All-Stars of Exotica with Ismail Butera on accordion, George Stathos on clarinet, Scott Wilson on oud, George Sempepos on guitar and vocals and more play haunting, hypnotic, classic Greek gangster tunes from the 20s and 30s at Aiyos, 2 St. Marks Place off Bowery, free
5/25, 8 PM darkly tuneful bassist Pedro Giraudo leads his tango quartet at Barbes
5/25, 8 PM “Antenes opens her 2017 residency at Issue Project Room with new work incorporating research on the unique audio terrain of early, analog telephone pioneers and hackers. The performance features found field recordings threaded into the electro-acoustic qualities and electronic signals from her handmade switchboard synths, made from repurposed, vintage/obsolete equipment,” $10 sugg don
5/25, 8 PM hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at at Shrine
5/25, 8 PM the Fair Trade Trio and pianist Taisiya Pushkar play Molly Herron’s “Nelson,” Ernő Dohnanyi’s Serenade for string trio, and Johannes Brahms’ first piano quartet. at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs
5/25-27, 8/10:30 PM salsa dura piano icon Larry Harlow & the Latin Legends at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
5/25, 9 PM Alice Lee – the missing link between Fiona Apple and Nina Simone -at Pete’s. Her new album is unbelievably good.
5/25, 9 PM jazz singer Kate Chaston sings material from her Pedro Project -songs from (and inspired by) Pedro Almodóvar films at Bar Thalia, free
5/25, 10 PM a great kick-ass lyrical rock twinbill: hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes followed by grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Hank’s
5/25, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls
5/26, 7 PM epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Great Circles, haunting oud/clarinet band Dunham Shoe Factory, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes and exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at the Jalopy, $10
5/26, 7/9 PM celebrate World Lindy Hop Day and the birthday of the godfather of lindy hop, Frankie Manning, with David Berger‘s mighty retro Sultans of Swing big band featuring Australian vocal sensation Hetty Kate in a rare US appearance at Drom, $20
5/26, 8:30 PM Directors feat. Jordan McLean and Amir Ziv play these two film composers’ more kinetic works at Bar Lunatico
5/26, 9/10:30 PM by powerful, erudite, elegantly tuneful tenor saxman/composer Noah Preminger makes yet another live album, this time leading a trio with Kim Cass, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Your voice can be on a piece of history!
5/26, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many – this blog’s current favorite group -at the Way Station
5/26, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End
5/26-27, 10:30 PM lyrical trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls
5/27, 3:30 PM Chai Found Music Workshop play enveloping, richly tuneful Taiwanese chamber music at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6
5/27, 9 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Espresso 77 in Queens
5/27, 9ish brilliant pastoral jazz violinist Skye Steele leads his More Light Band + Strings playing the album release show for his new one at C’Mon Everybody
5/27, 9:30 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country
5/27, 10 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana
5/27, 11 PM River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at the Cobra Club, $10
5/28, 7 PM artsy, ornate, Iron Maiden-influenced doom metal with Imminent Sonic Destruction at Drom, $13 adv tix rec
5/28, 7:30 PM rising star Yiddish songbird Nikitov sings material from across the Jewish diaspora at Joe’s Pub, $20
5/28, 7:30 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra perform Bruckner’s “Te Deum” , in the debut of the Queensboro Symphonic Choir, plus Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” featuring violin soloist Kae Nakano, and also cinematic composer-in-residence Paul Joseph’s “Cry of a Butterfly” and “First Tears of Spring” at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing,7 train to Flushing-Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q65 bus which stops 2 blocks away
5/28, 9 PM haunting, witchy art-rock songwriter/pianist Lorrie Doriza at Footlight Bar
5/29, 8 PM alto saxophonist and Bach scholar Jon DeLucia leads his octet playing fugues by Dave Van Kriedt, for the Brubeck Octet, along with new arrangements from De Lucia, Bill Holman, and Alec Wilder at Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. Park Slope, R to Union St. and walk uphill
5/29, 8 PM Matkot play their torchy Mediterranean vocal jazz at Silvana. 5/30, same time they’re at Shrine
5/30, 7 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Terra Blues
5/30-31, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail
5/30, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls
5/30, 7:30/9?30 PM lyrical, lyrically-driven rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung’s Sung with Words with Ingrid Jensen – trumpet; John Ellis – tenor sax; Boris Kozlov – bass; Kendrick Scott – drums; Samuel Torres – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $25
5/30, 8 PM goth/industrial/art-rock legend JG Thirlwell presents Cholera Nocebo, a 50 minute electro-acoustic surround sound immersive cinematic tour de force at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.
5/30, 8 PM the Dover Quartet play selections from Daniel Schlosberg’s Twin Peak Fantasy – a mashup of Angelo Badalamenti’s score plus David Ludwig’s interstellar Pale Blue Dot, Caroline Shaw’s Plan & Elevation, and music from Angelo Badalamenti’s original score to Twin Peaks at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv rtix rec
5/31, 1 PM the hard-hitting, vivid Cecilia Coleman Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex
5/31. 6 PM sensational Indian classical violinist/improviser Arun Ramamurthy with Bala Skandan on mridangam at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
5/31, 7 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quintet at Smalls
5/31, 7:30/9:30 PM adventurous pianist Glenn Zaleski leads his postbop trio at the Jazz Standard, $25
5/31, 8 PM rare Meredith Monk works performed by a vocal/piano/cello octet including singer Emily Eagen and cellist Clarice Jensen at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
5/31, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play newschool Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico
6/1, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band with irrepressible trombonist Curtis Hasselbring at Barbes
6/1, 10ish trippy downtempo/Balkan-tinged groove instrumentalists Filtron M play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151 (presumably reopened by that time)
6/1, 11 PM keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic organ sounds at Pete’s
6/1 the LA Percussion Quartet play Andrew McIntosh’s epic 40-minute I Hold the Lion’s Paw, and Anna Thorsvaldsdottir’s earthy/unearthly Aura. They’ll also be premiering a virtual reality video from Chris Cerrone’s Memory Palace, at National Sawdust
6/2, 5:30 PM 19th century string band maven (and Four O’Clock Flower) Eli Smith at the American Folk Art Museum
6/2, 8 PM two of the individualistic voices from John Zorn’s Mycale vocal ensemble: the rapturous Sara Serpa and the playfully soaring Sofia Rei in a rare duo show at the Neighborhood Church, 269 Bleecker St. at Morton St., free
6/2, 9:30 PM a trancey triplebill with Tigue Percussion followed b ytrippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa , then a second Tigue set and finally Afrobeat band Underground System at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec
6/2, 11 PM Certain General’s noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at Otto’s
6/3, 6 PM guitarist Sean Cronin“s edgy, bracing Very Good project followed at 8 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes
6/3, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play “Ms. Rubinstein’s Beauty,” a world premiere by Seth Bedford; plus Michael Blancaflor performs Frank Picarazzi’s Vibraphone Concertina; Melissa Kritzer performs Fernade Breilh Decruck’s Scherzo for bassoon; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Vocalise for orchestra at the DiMenna Center, $25. There’s another performance on 2/4 at 2 PM featuring Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet along with the Rachmaninoff.
6/3, 9 PM a killer, cheap triplebill at Bowery Electric: female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk, followed by careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – and Television lead guitar legend Richard Lloyd, $10. No Ice are also playing the annual Northside Festival on June 9 at Main Drag Music and on the 10th at the Gutter; both of those shows at 11.
6/3, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0
6/3, 10 PM New York’s only Farsi funk group,haunting, psychedelic retro 60s/70s Iranian revivalists Mitra Sumara at Pete’s
6/4, 11:30 AM/1:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 play a Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebration tribute with special guest vocalist Charles Turner at the Blue Note for brunch, $35 prix fixe
6/4, the allday Mafrika Festival at Marcus Garvey Park
6/4, 3 PM the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York play mighty arrangements of ancient themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
6/4, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea
6/4, 7 PM individualistic, John Fahey-esque acoustic guitar instrumentalist David Rogers plays a mix of “Spanish, flamenco, uptempo Latin, Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones, Tim Buckley, Roxy Music, Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions” at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
6/5, 9:30 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles at Barbes
6/6, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM indie classical globetrotters International Contemporary Ensemble play animal behavior-inspired works at the Miller Theatre, free
6/6, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and Ellia Bisker, of parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
6/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
6/7, 9:30 PM creepy, jangly, swirly retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelia with the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $14 adv tix rec
6/7, 10 PM haunting, epic, tunefully individualistic pianist/composer Fabian Almazan performs his latest work, Alcanza (“Reach”), a nine movement suite written for his Rhizome large ensemble (voice, guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and electronics) at National Sawdust
6/8, noon Ramsey Lewis – the now-octogenarian pianist who basically invented soul jazz all by himself at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn
6/8, 7 PM pianist Klara Min performs preludes by Scriabin and Chopin alongside Sean Hickey’s meditative Birds of Barclay Street, dedicated to the memory of those murdered on September 11, 2001, at Symphony Space, $15
6/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized playing Zappa tunes. Their Chico Hamilton tribute was out of character (tunewise anyway) but off the hook nonetheless. Missed them doing John Fahey, which is closer to home for them. How they’ll do this is a mystery.
6/8, 8 PM night one of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: Evan Mazunik and Zaha followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and then at 10 by iconic klezmer trumpeter Frank London & Co.
6/8, 8:30 PM ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at at Pete’s
6/8, 8 :30 PM haunting tsimbl (Ukraininan Jewish zither) player Zev Feldman and band at the Jalopy, $15
6/8, 9:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook and his large ensemble play the album release show for his new one Die Trommel Fatale at Joe’s Pub, $15
6/8, 10 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – at Hank’s
6/9, 6 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum
6/9, 7 PM a benefit at Drom for Brooklyn’s best venue, Barbes featuring an unbeatable lineup including mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa, allstar brass pickup group Fanfare Barbès, (with members of Red Baraat, Slavic Soul Party and Banda de los Muertos), elegantly menacing film noir instrumental icons Big Lazy, Colombian folk reinventors Bulla en el Barrio and torrential Bahian drum orchestra Maracatu NY; advance tix a bargain at $20.
6/9, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes.
6/9, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at by by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra celebrating their 10 year anniversary playing rare noir jazz and cinematic themes at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix available at the venue
6/9, 8ish the New Students play their fun, lyrically amusing, newschool trad brlugrass at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook. 6/25 they’re playing the album release show for their excellent new one at the big room at the Rockwood
6/9-10, 8 PM iconic avant garde composer Meredith Monk sings works in progress with her vocal ensemble including Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, Jo Stewart at Queenslab, 1618 Decatur St, Ridgewood, L to Halsey St
6/9, 8 PM night two of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15:: Mob Job and Walter Thompson followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses (Extended Unit) with Gil Selinger
6/9, 8:30 PM epically tuneful, anthemic, sometimes pastorally -inclined jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads his quartet playing the album release show for his new one Fractured Pop at I-Beam, $15
6/9, 10 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover
6/10, 3 PM violinist Marshall Coid, clarinetist Justin Vance and pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe play trios by Milhaud and Kachaturian plus Stravinsky’s L’Histoire Du Soldat at St Marks Church, 10th St/2nd Ave, $15 sugg don
6/10, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra play works by Mozart, Bach, Sibelius, Grieg, and premieres by Hampson Sisler and Takeichiro Hirai with gradeschool prodigy violinist sisters Fiona and Hina Khuong-Huu at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church,152 W 66 St,$10
6/10, 8 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream followed at 9 by wryly surreal prozac rock duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s . The Dream Eaters are also here on 6/16 at 9.
6/10, 8 PM Romany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel airs out material from his wildly eclectic, psychedelic new double album The Django Experiment at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. At 11 (separate $15 adv tix adm) Brooklyn Balkan brass faves Slavic Soul Party featuring sensational Serbian trumpeter Demirhan Cerimovic, first-prize winner at the prestigious Guca Trumpet Festival
6/10, 8 PM night three of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: cornetist Kirk Knuffke‘s “For Butch”followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by iconic drummer Kenny Wollesen & the Stone Clouds
6/10, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s
6/10, 10 PM Random Test bring their roots reggae back to their home base, Shrine
6/11, 7 PM funk legend and golden age hip-hop: Main Source and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, hosted by the realest of all Roxannes, Roxanne Shante at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. in Queens
6/12, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes
6/13, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM the Mivos Quartet play a program TBA at the Miller Theatre, free
6/13, 7 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads his trio followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
6/13, 7:30 PM cantors Ida Rae Cahana, Elizabeth Shammash, Raphael Frieder, and Alberto Mizrahi backed by pianist Yehudi Wyner sing popular and obscure Yiddish works from both western and eastern Europe by Mordecai Gebirtig – inventor of the crime rhyme – plus elegant art songs by Lazar Weiner, theatre music by Moses Milner, the brooding Solomon Rosowsky,the fiery Janot Roskin, plus songs by Solomon Golub, Mikhl Gelbart, Joel Engel, and Maurice Rauch at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15
6/13, 7:30 PM the Havana Lyceum Orchestra with pianist Simone Dinnerstein play works by Mozart and Carlos Fariñas at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
6/13, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s New World Symphony, selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, free, enter the park from Broadway, near W 251st St, concert site is north of the baseball fields. The program repeats on 6/15 at 8 in Cunningham Park in Queens
6/13, 8:30 PM popular newschool blue-eyed soul/Motown/swing band Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell
6/14, 7 PM in reverse order: klezmer icons the Klezmatics, Hasidic ngunim soul band Zusha, wry a-cappella ensemble the Maccabeats with special guest cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer at Central Park Summerstage
6/14, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and New World Symphony plus works by Ravel, Masssenet, and Saint-Saens at the great lawn in Central Park, free, enter at 72nd St. and Central Park West. The program repeats on 6/16 at 8 at Prospect Park
6/15, 8:30 PM edgy, funny Russian-French klezmer band Dobranotch at the Jalopy, $15
6/15, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s
6/16, 5:30 PM
6/16, 6 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound orchestra plays the album release show for their new stormy, darkly relevant new one, Not Two, on the Plaza at 28 Liberty St. (William/Broad) in the financial district, free
6/16, 6 PM sardonic acoustic punks Norwood at the American Folk Art Museum
6/16, 8 PM night one of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Zong Li Lu playing ethereal, hypnotic Chinese monochord fook, at 9 haunting flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella, at 10 high-voltage son jarocho folk-punks Radio Jarocho and at 10 Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastern themes, $20
6/17, 7 PM night two of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Sangita Mukhiya Chhochoon with Nhuchhe Fangol on tabla & Bimal Dangi on harmonium playing Nepali songs, followed at 8 by Zikrayat playing cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song, at 9 by Bomba y Plena with Jorge Vazquez -doing bouncy Puerto Rican grooves, at 10 African dance band Akoko Nante and at 11 wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, $20
6/18, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s
6/18, 4 PM Angel Lam’s moody, mysterious musical theatre piece Lost in Shanghai, with a score spanning from classical to Chinese to art-rock at Flushing Town Hall, $10
6/18. 10 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine
6/20, noon New Orleans’ darkly shuffling, explosively funky Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn
6/20, 8 PM Red Gretchen play their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Shrine
6/21, 3:15 PM hilarious, fearlessly political performance artist/satirist/loopmusic singer Killy Dwyer followed at 6 by funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – and eventually at 8 by smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes outdoors at Freddy’s
6/21, 6 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free
6/21, 7 PM charming psychedelic 90s hip-hop nostalgia: Digable Planets at Coffey Park, Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook
6/21, 8 PM one of the year’s hottest jazz lineups: the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on sax, leading a quintet with Randy Brecker, the great Chano Dominguez on piano, with James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums, for real, at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.
6/22, noon Gulf Coast soul band the Suffers play their horn-infused sounds at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn
6/22, 8 PM stark, banjo-fueled North Carolina noir Americana string band the Resonant Rogues at Shrine
6/23, 5:30 PM charming oldtime C&W/front-porch folk harmony band Holler at the American Folk Art Museum
6/23, 7:30 PM 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 a John Coltrane tribute followed by tenor sax legend Pharaoh Sanders and his group at Prospect Park Bandshell
6/24, 9 PM hip-hop brass: New Orleans ensemble the Soul Rebels with special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Kirk Knight at Prospect Park Bandshell
6/25, 4 PM the guy who built the Temple of Hip-Hop, KRS-1 at at Coffey Park Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook
6/25, 6 PM in reverse order: a site-specific performance by the epically stygian Eli Keszler, cumulo-nimbus vocal experimentalist Stine Motland, enigmatically ambient reedwoman Lea Bertucci, the reliably fun Tilt Brass and avant garde marching band Ashcan Orchestra at the Knockdown Center, $15
6/25, 8:30 PM an excellent Americana twinbill album release show: purist retro rock and C&W bandleader Monica Passin and her rockabilly outfit, Li’l Mo and the Monicats, followed by haunting DC songwriter Mary Battista & Little Pink at the Treehouse at 2A
6/25, 9:30 PM Navin Chettri‘s band makes jazz out of rarely heard Nepali themes at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
6/26, 5 PM riveting, theatrical, amazingly eclectic Korean psychedelic folk band Coreyah, theatrical, high-voltage Korean disco band Ssing Ssing and Korean rappers Year of the Ox at Central Park Summerstage
6/26, 8:30 PM thoughtful, often riveting violinist Sarah Bernstein leads her microtonal improvising quartet – Ron Stabinsky – piano; Stuart Popejoy – electric bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
6/26, 8:30 PM eclectic Celtic/baroque pop harpist/singer Kristin Rebecca at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
6/27, noon Cuban son legends Septeto Santiaguero at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn
6/27, 7:30 PM violinist Lara St. John leads a chamber ensemble performing works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Jessie Montgomery at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
6/27. 9:30 PM Indian-inspired, ex-Sharon Jones organist Colin Brown leads his trio at Freddy’s
6/28, 5 PM Yotoco play psychedelic cumbia and boleros at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free
6/30, 7 PM St Lenox play their insightfully lyrical, fearlessly populist soul and parlor pop at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson
6/30, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine
6/30, 11 PM edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Hank’s
7/1, 5 PM in reverse order: NYC’s arguably finest oldtime swing band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the charming, female-fronted cosmopolitan swing crew Avalon Jazz Band and 20s jazz chanteuse Aurora Nealand at Central Park Summerstage
7/7, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/8, 5 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens, Queens
7/9, 5 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by 70s disco hitmakers the Ohio Players at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens, Queens
7/9, 7 PM Lyla Cante play their fiery, kinetic blend of flamenco and Sephardic sounds at Pier One on the upper west side
7/11, 7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Mozart (Symphony No. 40), Purcell and John Adams at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
7/14-15, 8 PM Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars play her new Chinese mythology-themed art-rock suite Cloud River Mountain at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St,, $25 seats avail
7/16, 7 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Pier One on the upper west side
7/17, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Bach Brandenburg Concertos at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
7/17, 8ish 90s noiserock/janglerock icons Yo La Tengo – as vital as ever – at Central Park Summerstage
7/21, 6 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and ageless boogaloo bandleader Joe Bataan at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island
7/21, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa open for intense, psychedelic Malian microtonal guitar-and-vocal band Amadou & Mariam at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/22, 5 PM trippy Afrobeat group Budos Band on their home tuft at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island
7/23, 5 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island
7/23, 7 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Pier One on the upper west side
7/26, noon high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at Madison Square Park, free
7/26, 7 PM intoxicatingly fun, bouncy Colombian coastal dance grooves with Tribu Baharu at Madison Square Park, free
7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras, our own Alynda Segarra aka Hurray For the Riff Raff,, trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro and fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos
7/27, 7:30 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – followed bytrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob playing a live score to the 1926 silent film Maciste All’Inferno at Prospect Park Bandshell
7/28, 6 PM popular salsa songstress La India at St. Mary’s Park, St Mary’s St bet. St Ann’s Ave and Jackson Ave in the Bronx, 2/5 to Jackson Ave
7/28, 7 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson
7/28, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays Pauline Oliveros’ Applebox Double, Heart of Tones and One Hundred Meeting Places on the plaza at Lincoln Center
7/28, 7:30 PM charming oldtime swing harmony trio Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing Andrews Sisters tunes to accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park
7/29, 6 PM Taiwanese bands in reverse order: catchy pop-punks Fire Ex, low-key folksinger Dadado Huang + Berry j and Sangpuy at Central Park Summerstage
7/29, 7:30 PM would you sit (or, more likely, snooze) through a set by a British pop moppet at Damrosch Park just to see Dionne Warwick play a handful of songs? Maybe we should call the psychic hotline and find out!
7/29, 8 PM harrowing Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran play the US premiere of their elegaic suite of settings of Mahmoud Darwish poems on themes of exile and resistance at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St, $30 seats avail
7/30, 5ish pioneering golden-age female hip-hop star MC Lyte at Central Park Summerstage
7/30, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Pier One on the upper west side
8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free
8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free
8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free
8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.
8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park
8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center
8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell
8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St.
8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free
8/10, 7 PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park
8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez, El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park
8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagagonds at Madison Square Park, free
8/20, 5 PM in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage
8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park
8/26, 3 PM in reverse order: cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor – Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park
8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park