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Paraguayan Harpist Silvio Solis Leads a Classy Multi-Stringed Ensemble in His Lincoln Center Debut

Paraguyan-born harpist Silvio Solis made his Lincoln Center debut this past evening leading an acoustic guitar ensemble and playing his own innovative take on traditional music from his home turf…on the harp that he’d built for himself. Lincoln Center impresario Viviana Benitez grinned and told the crowd that it they ever needed one custom-made, he’s the man to talk to, “A master of his instrument in every way, shape and form.” She wasn’t kidding.

The music brought to mind the drama of mariachi, and the sweep of Mexican rancheras, but in this group’s hands both the songs and instrumentals in their set came across as more low-key. Solis opened with a gracefully cascading waltz, a duo with guitarist Dani Cortaza, whose harmonics and slides on the fretboard complemented the bandleader’s snazzy glissandos. A bittersweetly gorgeous, bouncy dance number followed, awash in spiky textures: the intricacy of Solis’ two-handed chords was as breathtaking as it was subtle.

Then Solis took a seat as guitarist Federico Tottil joined Cortaza for an understated, shapeshifting Paraguayan ranchera balad lit up with flamenco tinges flyiing from Cortaza’s fingers. Solis functioned essentially as both bassist and lead player on the scampering folk dance after that.

The number of strings onstage kept growing as they switched out Tottil for Paraguayan guitarists Duo Los Maqueda and a dramatically waltzing love song: the orchestral effect generated a clapalong throughout the crowd. Cortaza switched to bass for a stately shout-out to the musicians’ home country, then the guitar trio brought down the lights with a brooding ballad spiced with Cortaza’s chromatics.

The permutations of the group kept shifting, to harp, two guitars and bass, singer Fatima Burgos delivering a spacious ballad with a disarming, low-key directness, underscoring the longing in the lyrics. A couple of propulsive Paraguayan polkas contrasted with a brooding solo ballad sung by Tottil. As the trajectory of the set moved upward, the sparks generated by the strings grew even as the tunes grew simpler and more hard-hitting. The night ended ecstatically with the full sextet.

The programming at Lincoln Center’s atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd Street has been amazing this year. Next up: a dance party tomorrow night, Sept. 22 at 7:30 PM with vintage Nuyorican salsa crew Charanga America.

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There’s Nothing Jorge Glem Can’t Play on the Cuatro

Last night before the show at Joe’s Pub, the trippy sounds of cumbia icons Chicha Libre’s Canibalismo album wafted through the PA, a very good omen. Like Chicha Libre’s Olivier Conan, Venezuelan wizard Jorge Glem plays the cuatro, the shortscale Pan-American four-stringed instrument. The C4 Trio co-founder explained that he wants to bring that spiky little axe into every style of music around the world…and if there’s anybody who has the chops to do that, it’s Glem. You can watch the whole show at youtube.

He drew plenty of laughs for his account of how he came to play it. As a small child, he wanted to be a percussionist, but his mom wouldn’t let him use the family pots and pans. But there was a cuatro hanging on the wall of his home in Cumaná, a common sight in a neighborhood where it was more kitschy decor than anything else. With a big grin, he vigorously delivered the very first sounds he was able to get out of it: mimicking the beats of a conga by banging on the instrument’s body while muting the strings, first at the sound hole and then right at the headstock for highs and lows. Throughout the show, he also made it sound like a banjo, a mandolin, a flamenco guitar, a pandeiro, many different drums, a mosquito and a jet engine among other things.

Guest clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera also related a funny anecdote about Blues for Sonny, a Sonny Rollins tribute by Toots Thielemans that D’Rivera had recorded with the late jazz harmonica player. Michel Camilo heard it and said to D’Rivera, “That’s a Venezuelan tune! What does Sonny Rollins have to do with Venezuela?” So it would make sense for D’Rivera to play that warmly bouncing number with Glem. The two followed with A Night in Tunisia, which D’Rivera had first thrown at Glem at an impromptu performance at the National Arts Club…and was amazed to find that Glem knew it. That was a showcase for Glem’s postbop phrasing, but then again, so was Glem’s opening solo improvisation.

Joined by accordionist Sam Reider, Glem mashed up what sounded like an Irish reel, a high lonesome Applachian dance, vallenato and champeta, maybe, throwing in a boisterous improvisation midway through. Likewise, guitarist Yotam Silberstein playfully jousted with Glem throughout a shapeshifting blend of Caribbean coastal folk, postbop and some of the most fluidly legato Django Reinhardt ever played.

The final guest was singer Claudia Acuña, who held the crowd in the palm of her hand with her bittersweetly nuanced low register throughout a couple of ballads in both English and Spanish. Glem encored with a final, chord-chopping solo piece that quoted liberally from Bach and Beethoven, and maybe Yomo Toro and Dick Dale too. How Glem managed to get through that one without breaking either strings or his fingers is a mystery that has yet to be solved. No wonder there’s a documentary film being made about his crazy cuatro cross-pollinations here in New York. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in October, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free

Mondays in October, 8:30 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Pete’s

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

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

Also Mondays in September, 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.

Three Mondays in September at midnight: 9/4, 9/18 and 9/25 gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

Tuesdays in September, 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 September, 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.

Wednesdays in September, 6 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Shrine

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/11, 1018 and 10/25 ,9 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at Bowery Electric, $10

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

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

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

Saturdays in September, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl is at Barbes for a series of intimate duo shows

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 September, 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 at 5 PM in September,  iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson at Barbes

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

 9/1-2, 8:30 PM John Zorn improv night with special guests – lots to choose from – at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/1, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

9/1, 10 PM Sekouba & Baloumba play West African roots reggae at Shrine

9/1, 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at  Sunny’s

9/1, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

9/1, 11 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance/dance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/2, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

9/2, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed eventually at 8 by prosaic but tuneful folkie Jeremy Aaron and then at 8:30 by clever, playful swing/oldtimey accordionist-singer Erica Mancini at Caffe Vivaldi 

9/2, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

9/2, 8 PM post-Stooges riff-rock stoners the Greasy Hearts at Alphaville $10

 9/2, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

9/2, 9 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov  at Sidewalk. 9/24 at 7 PM she’s at the small room at the Rockwood

9/2. 8 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies f at the Way Station

9/2, 9 PM the monthly surf shindig at Otto’s is a short one this time, with Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers followed by guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave at Otto’s

9/2, 9 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Bar Chord

9/2, 10 PM popular fourth-wave garage rockers the Othermen at Union Pool, $10

 9/2, 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Arlene’s $10

9/3, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/3, 5 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed by boisterous, erudite oldtimey jazz trombonist J. Walter Hawkes and band at LIC Bar

9/3, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Cleopatra’s Needle

9/3, 7 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Reider is also here on 9/19

9/3, 9 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his quintet at 55 Bar

9/4, 1 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Jacob Riis Beach in the Rockaways, take the Rockaway ferry for the cost of a subway ride from Sunset Park or Wall Street/Pier 11. From there, a free shuttle will take you right to Jacob Riis Park. Take the shuttle heading west to get to the beach, and east to get back to the NYC ferry.

9/4, 4 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers  followed eventually at 7 bythe uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at LIC Bar

9/4, 7 PM excellent oldschool blues guitarist Aaron Frazer (of the fiery, dirty Charley Patton’s War) leads a two-violin band followed by charming oldtimey swing brass band Tuba Skinny a at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, C to Myrtle-Willoughby (G train not running). Tuba Skinny are at the Jalopy the following night, 9/5 at 9 for $12. 

9/4, 7:30 PM magical Balkan singer Corinna Snyder’s haunting Macedonian duo Glas followed by wild Bulgarian wedding band Kabile at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

9/4, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at the Fat Cat. 9/12, 7:30 PM they’re at Smalls

9/4, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbit play space cumbia at Barbes

9/4, 10:30 PM this era’s hardest-hitting, most purposeful, some might say darkest tenor saxophonist/composer JD Allen leads his quartet at Smalls

9/5, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis  and Ensemble Elektra with microtonal sax powerhouse Lefteris Bournias and bassist Brad Jones at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 9/19, 7:30 PM they’re at  Symphony Space, $27/$15 stud/srs

9/5-9 irrepressible drum icon Jeff “Tain” Watts leads an Elvin Jones alumni band including Ravi Coltrane and Dave Liebman on altos at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM eclectic Venezuelan cuatro star Jorge Glem leads a kinetic, first-class pan-Latin band band with special guests saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and accordionist Sam Reider at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/5, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with avant crooner Theo Bleckmann , Irish singer Jennifer Walshe and bass-baritone Davóne Tines at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/5, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

9/5-17, 8/10 PM perennially popular, lyrical pianist Bill Charlap leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

9/5. 8 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini  at the Way Station

9/5. 8 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 clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

9/5, 8 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch ’s Pocket Orchestra with vocalist Jo Lawry, trumpetist Mike Rodriguez and percussionist Rogerio Boccato at Mezzrow, $25

9/5, 9 PM popular 90s/zeros post-Velvets psychedelic band Brian Jonestown Massacre at Brooklyn Steel $28 adv tix rec

9/5. 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar. He’s also here on 9/12

9/6, 1 PM the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play works by Haydn, Keith Livengood, Garth Knox at the at Greene Space, free, res req 

 9/6, 7 PM pianist Minji Kim leads her lustrous, cinematic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM Venezuela in Motion: Carmela Ramirez, fiery guitarslinger Juancho Herrera, pianist Gabriel Chakarji and Edward Ramirez at Club Bonafide, $10

9/6, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with Hai-Ting Chinn’s vocal trio, iconic, ageless singer/composer Joan La Barbara, and Odeya Nini solo at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

9/6, 8ish singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald does double duty, with her lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic and then with whirlwind Munich techno orchestra the Jazzrausch Bigband at the Good Room, $10. They’re also at the Sheen Center on Bleecker just off Bowery at 7:30 on 9/8 with a dadrock band for twice that. 

9/6 ,8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with pianist Pablo Vergara & bassist Pablo Menares at Mezzrow, $20

9/6, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

9/6, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems and hash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30sat Troost

9/6, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

9/6, 10 PM psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/7, 7;30 PM terse, purposeful sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar at the Lincoln Centra Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/7, 7:30 PM singer Fran Pado’s dark comedy Floodpants “featuring pothead dads, the evil Green Hook Man [legendary NJ serial killer boogieman from the 70s], blue-collar N.J. in the ’70s, and a 9yr. old girl  who must save the world from space aliens,” with music by her similarly haunting psychedelic art-rock band Goddess at Dixon Place, free

9/7, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Resonant Bodies festival of new vocal music with indie opera soprano Mary Bonhag and headliner Kayleigh Butcher performing new music by 21st century composers, and in the middle spectacular chanteuse Kamala Sankaram and her wild cumbia/psychedelic Bollywood band Bombay Rickey – the loudest act ever to play this venue – at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. leads an unorthodox trio with Joel Ross on vibes and Ruben Rogers on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

9/7, 8 PM pianist Marc Peloquin plays new solo works by David Del Tredici at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

9/7, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at the Owl

9/7, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

9/7, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

9/7, 8:30 PM mostly-female pan-latin rockers Ladama, – who mash up cumbia, maracatu, onda nueva and joropa with jaunty acoustic rock – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

9/7, 8:30 /10 PM conscious hip-hop lyricist Talib Kweli with his band at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

 9/7, 9 PM intense, haunting Americana/honkytonk singer Ruby Rae at Hank’s

9/7, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 9/12 at 7

9/7, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

9/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

9/8, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

9/8, 7:30 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar leads a rapturously improvisational ensemble: Firas Zreik, qanun; Naseem Alatrash, cello; Arun Ramamurthy, violin Abhik Mukherjee, sitar; Jay Gandhi, bansuri; Shiva Ghoshal, tabla mashing up Iraqi and Indian themes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

9/8, 7:30 PM  brooding Hungarian folk-influenced saxophonist Mihály Dresch leads a quartet with Chris Potter on sax, Joe Martin on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/8, 7:30 PM pianist Nicole Bancato, trumpeter Gregory Hammontree and soprano saxophonist Barry Hartglass play multimeida works by pieces by Clara Schumann, Terry Riley and Charlie Parker at Scholes St. Studios

9/8, 8 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

9/8, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at the Knockdown Center, free

 9/8, 8 PM Mediterranean chanteuse Zana plays “gypsy pop” at Shrine 

9/8-9, 8:30 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads his group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/8, 10 PM hard-hitting psychedelic/blues guitarslinger Debra Devi  plays the album release show for her new one Wild Little Girl followed by similarly guitarishly brilliant surf rockers the Black Flamingos at Maxwell’s, $10

9/8, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Finnegan’s, 908 Willow Ave at 8th St. in Hoboken

9/8, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band  at the Way Station

 9/8-9, 10:30 PMe clectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his quartet at Smalls

9/9, noon-4 PM the haunting Bukharan Shashmaqam Ensemble, otherworldly Georgian Dancing Crane Ensemble and wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakuson the boardwalk at Coney Island  in front of the gazebo at Brighton 4th St. You can also register to vote here.

9/9, noon, fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed by oldschool Cuban son band Conjunto Guantanamo at Rufus King Manor,150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica Queens, free, rsvp reqd, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons 

9/9, noon-10 PM the inaugural Hudson West Folk Festival at Cathedral Hall, 380 Montgomery St. in Jersey City, just a couple of blocks from the Grove St. Path train, $30. In reverse order: newgrass harmony band the Mammals, fiddler Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Red Molly’s jazzy dobro player Abbie Gardner, wishful drinker Matt Nakoa, mandolin-driven string band Sleeping Bee, purist front-porch folksinger Diana Jones, the sardonic, relentlessly relevant Paul Sachs, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band, incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown and Tim Erbach

9/9, 2 PM jazz improvisation outdoors: the William Parker / Cooper-Moore duo followed at 3 by the Microscopic Septet’s baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra with special guest Bobby Kapp and then at 4 trombone wizard Steve Swell with William Parker and TA Thompson at the community garden at Stanton and Norfolk

9/9, 3 PM the first annual Ft. Greene Jazz Festival in Ft Greene Park featuring latin jazz with a big cast of singers, players and Maraku Watanabe on keys

9/9, 3 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues at the small room at the Rockwood

9/9, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl in a special intimate duo show with Shoko Nagai on piano followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban  and saxophonist Abraham Burton’s own duo project, Blacksalt and then Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

9/9, 7:30 PM songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh and band make kinetic rock out of ancient Taiwanese themes at Flushing Town Hall, $10

9/9, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

 9/9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads his frequently electrifying trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/9, 8 PM perennially dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins at the Mercury, $15, get there early.

9/9, 8 PM hot 20s and 30s swing with Naama Gherber and the Misbehavin’ Seven at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud.srs. Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adm) by dynamic jazz chanteuse Lady Cantrese and her purist oldschool quartet.

9/9, 8 PM intense, soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen followed eventually at 10 by the even more ferocious, angst-fueled Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at Salzy Bar

9/9, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice play the record release show for their new one followed by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, at Halyards in Gowanus

 9/9, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas  with fellow brass peeps  Stephanie Richards, Jeremy Pelt, Nate Wooley, and David Adewumi with Brad Jones on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/9, 9 PM the Transylvanian Üsztürü Band with Marianna Nyitrai (vocal), Levente Fazakas (violin), and Mihály Dresch (flute) play a wild Hungarian dance party at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free. There’s also an allday street fair on 82nd where there’s a good chance they’ll be doing a set sometime in the day as well.

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

9/9, 9 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

9/9,10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

9/10, 3 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, about 12 blocks from the Exchange Place Path station, free

9/10, 3 PM brilliant, dynamic Indian violinists Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy of Karavika at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd,, Long Island City,  N to Broadway and about a 15-block walk, free w/museum adm

9/10. 6 PM OMFG a double bass doubleheader! Bass duo Thomas Helton and Michael Bisio followed by two bass clarinet/bass/drums quartet Dou B: Lisa Mezzacappa, Josh Sinton, Aaron Novik and Jason Levis at Downtown Music Gallery, free

 9/10, 7 PM guitarists Jason Loughlin and John Shannon play Chet Atkins tunes followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes at Barbes

9/10, 7 PM pianist Éva Polgár plays works by Franz Liszt and Zoltán Kodály at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

9/10, 7 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the small room at the Rockwood

9/10, 8 PM pianist Jorn Swart’s darkly edgy Malnota Trio with the Turtle Island Quartet’s Benni von Gutzeit on viola and Lucas Pino on bass clarinet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/10, 10 PM ferocious Americana rock guitarist and acerbically hilarious songwriter Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at the Treehouse at 2A

9/11, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

9/11,  8:30 PM amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Bar Lunatico

9/11, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

9/12. drinks at 5:30 PM, music at 6, the up-and-coming Argus String Quartet play music of Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman and others at the Miller Theatre, free

9/12, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

9/12, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed by the ageless, catchy, Beatlesque Bubble at Union Hall, $8

9/12. 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at the Way Station

9/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/12, 9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Logan Strosahl leads his quintet with Jessica Pavone, viola;  Aquiles Navarro, trumpet;  Lim Yang, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/12-16, 11:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band at Dizzy’s Club, $10/$5 stud

9/13, 6 PM the opening reception for Meriem Bennani’s dynamic video installation Siham and Hafida, exploring female roles in Moroccan culture: an intimate view into the intergenerational experiences of two women in Moroccan shikha music and dance, at the Kitchen, free

9/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Oskar Stenmark Quartet – Oskar Stenmark (lugelhorn), Billy Test (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), Robin Baytas (drums) followed at 8:15 by Signal ProblemsDanny Gouker (trumpet), Eric Trudel (tenor sax), Adam Hopkins (bass), Nathan Ellman-bell (drums) and at 9:30 the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jonathan Finlayson, $10

9/13, 7 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes – reputedly they are amazing

9/13, 7:30 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins and Thomas Dunn at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/13, 8 PM Tris McCall – New Jersey’s version of Elvis Costello, hard at work on his 50-song cycle, each set in a US state – at Sidewalk

9/13, 8/9:30 PM  the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, – down to just a trio this time, with Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/13. 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn hosts one of her reliably entertaining multi-act theme nights

9/13, 8 PM haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell & Night Shop at Berlin, $10. 9/18 at 9ish they’re at Troost for the tip jar

9/13, 8 PM cellist Peggy Lee leads her improvisational septet at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 9 PM trippy, epic, enveloping art-rock/spacerock band Debris of Titan at the Delancey, $10 

9/13-14, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop ensemble Banda Magda play a two-night album release stand for their new one Tigre at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

9/13, 11 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at Otto’s

9/14, 7 PM night two of this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music at Shapeshifter Lab with the Allison Philips Trio/; Allison Philips (rumpetp), Gal Shaya (bass), Connor Parks (drums), at 8:15 the  Jason Palmer Quintet with Noah Preminger (tenor sax), Max Light (guitar), Simòn Willson (bass), Lee Fish (drums) and at 9:30- the fourteen-piece Wing Walker Orchestra feat. Jason Palmer, $10

9/14,  7 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

9/14, 7:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/14, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbe

9/14, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, populist trumpet visionary/improviser Matana Roberts leads a killer sextet  with Jaimie Branch – trumpet; Peter Evans – trumpet; Gabriel Guerrero – piano; Henry Grimes – bass; Mike Pride – Drums playing her new suite, Breathe, about the dangerous rise of militarized police in the US at Roulette $20 adv tix rec

9/14,  8:30 PM a rare,starkly intimate, haunting klezmer duo show with singer Polina Shepherd and Klezmatics frontman/accordionist Lorin Sklamberg at the Jalopy, $15

9/14, 8:30 PM legendary 80s paisley underground psychedelic rocker Russ Tolman – Steve Wynn collaborator and mastermind behind the immortal True West – at Pete’s

9/14, 9 PMsmart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

9/14, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. 9/16 at 2 PM they’re in the park outside Ikea in Red Hook, free

9/14, 11 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted at Berlin $10

9/15, 6:15 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society sing at a bourbon tasting at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton in downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, free

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, hit the link for cheap tix

9/15, 7:30 PM repeating on 9/16 at 8:30 the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Tim Kiah — Endangered Song (world premiere); Ralph Vaughan Williams — Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor with Phil Rashkin as soloist; Claude Debussy — La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre at the DiMenna Center, $20 sug don. Saturday’s show switches out the Vaughan Williams for Sally Beamish’s Viola Concerto No. 2

9/15, 8 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at C’Mon Everybody, $12

9/15, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10by amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

9/15, 8 PM Stillness in Queens –  pianist/composer JunYi Chow and video artist, Karen Y. Chan‘s enveloping video and sound art piece exploring the beauty and quietude of NYC’s most authentic oldschool borough, Queens, at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud

9/15, 8 PM early music ensemble Collectio Musicorum plays works from the Reformation by Luther, Zwingli, William Child, Claude Goudimel, Eustachio Romano, and Conrad Rein at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/15-16, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo  with Drew Gress & Billy Drummond at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

9/15-16, 8:30 PM enigmatically witty klezmer-influenced pianist Uri Caine and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/15, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – at Sunny’s

9/16, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman‘s historically-infused, all-female, all-encompassing tango ensemble  Glamourtango at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

9/16, 7 PM Elena Sartori plays classical organ works at James Chapel at Columbia, 3041 Broadway at 121st St., free

9/16, 7 PM catchy, anthemic Americana rock with the Cornell Bros. at the small room at the Rockwood. Later roots reggae group Royal Khaoz play at 11. Run em in, run em out.

9/16, 7 PM a screening of bassist Mimi Jones’ new documentary about octogenarian postbop pianist Bertha Hope, plus a set by by the Mimi Jones Band & the Black Madonna Project at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

9/16, 7:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with harpist Zeena Parkins and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/16, 8 PM 60s folk legend Carolyn Hester celebrates her 80th birthday with her daughters, Amy and Karla Blume at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

9/16, 8:30 PM irrepressible noir keyboardist/crooner Tom Warnick joins forces with high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s  A brilliant collaboration.

9/16, 10 PM Hayes Carll – who’s taken his brooding, purist, lyrical Americana to the next level recently – at Bowery Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec

9/17, 2 PM a panel discussion on the evolution of salsa in New York followed by a performance by oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca  and a reception afterward at the Museum of the City of New York, $25/$20 stud/srs

9/17, 3 PM Martha Cargo, flute;Benjamin Larsen, cello play works by Esmail, Andersen, George and Ding at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

9/17, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet perform music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Ives at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

9/17, reception at 5:30, show at 6, a rare NYC concert by Japanese classical flutist Nobutaka Shimizu with Mayumi Shimizu, piano playing works by Debussy, Widor, Dutilleux, Raymond Guiot, Gary Schocker, Kazuo Fukushima and Ryohei Hirose at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance on E. 25th St),  $25/$15 stud/srs

9/17, 6 PM ferocious, anthemic, lyrical post-mod band Wormburner – the American counterpart to the Jam – at LIC Bar

9/17, 7 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wiliamsburg Music Center at the big room at the Rockwood

9/17, 7:30 PM eclectic jazz multi-keyboardist Brian Marsella at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, $20

9/17, 8 PM weird segues, good bands: skronky Chicago guitar improvisers Tacoma Narrows,  cinematic newgrass jamband the Jon Stickley Trio and Minneapolis newgrassers the Last Revel at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec,   

9/17, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at the Treehouse at 2A 

9/17, 10 PM ageless Rocket from the Tombs/Dead Boys lead guitar legend Cheetah Chrome leads what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix req, this will sell out

9/17, 10 PM the album release show for Ancient Ocean’s enveloping, slowly tectonic ambient instrumental debut album Titan’s Island at Union Pool, $10 

9/18, 6 PM  party for our right to fight:  volcanic brass street band Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Ras Moshe Burnett, The Black Lives Matter Band and open jam session, and speakers from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and #WhoisUncleTom followed by discussion at the Living Gallery Outpost, 246  E 4th St

9/18, 7 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz –  and her group followed by guitarist Pravin Thompson’s tuneful, sometimes sardonic quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

9/18, 8 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at  Radegast Hall. She’s also here on 9/25.

9/18, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform music by up-and-coming composers abroad including Will Healy, Scott Lee, Tonia Ko, Hannah Lash, Mario Diaz, Anthony Cheung, Mike Bono and Christian Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

9/18, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

9/18, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

9/19, 6 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine. 9/26, same time they’re at Silvana

9/19, 6 PM not a music event but worth knowing about: economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case discuss their recent work, Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century, which identifies a shocking trend known as “deaths of despair.” “While racial minorities in the U.S. have seen improvements in lifespan over the last two decades, more white middle-aged Americans have been dying younger, especially those with a high school education or less. Widespread addiction, suicide, alcoholic liver disease and heart disease, coupled with long-term stagnant economic opportunities, have shaped shorter lives characterized by more pain and anguish…The ability to translate pain into death is accelerated” At the Lang Community Center, room I-202 at the New School, 55 W 13th, free

9/19, 7 PM pianist Polly Ferman plays a multimedia show encompassing about a century worth of tango up to the present day, including works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Isaac Albeniz, Luis C. Mortet, Luis Mattos Rodriguez, Ernesto Nazareth, Alberto Ginastera, Pintin Castellanos, Anibal Troilo, Astor Piazzolla and Daniel Binelli at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave., $20 

9/19, 8 PM a rare guitar/bass duo show by tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and bassist Noam Wiesenberg, at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/19, 8 PM pianist Ana Cervantes plays works by Faye-Ellen Silverman, Hilary Tann, Rain Worthington, and Joelle Wallach as well as music of Alba Potes (Colombia) and Georgina Derbez, Marcela Rodríguez, and Gabriela Ortiz of Mexico at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., $15/$10 stud/srs

9/19, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/19, 11 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime  at  at Alphaville, $10

9/19-20, 11:30 PM pianist Miki Yamanaka leads her Quartet at Dizzy’s Club, $5. She plays organ, leading a trio on 9/21-23

9/20-21, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with his trio at Smalls. 9/20 a similarly terse but far more eclectic guitarist, Will Bernard follows with his quartet at 10:30. 9/25, 11 PM Bernard and group are at the small room at the Rockwood

9/20, 6:30 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at  a ACLU benefit at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/20, 7 PM Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir followed by popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

9/20. 7:30 PM popular late 90s jangle/art-rock vets Elk City at Bowery Electric, $8 adv tix rec

9/20, 8 PM pointilllistic, Bjork-esque electro-psych act Toska, Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical art/punk band Ohmslice  and at 11 creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost at Footlight Bar 

9/20, 8 PM ageless, perennially fun rockabilly/oldschool soul/C&W band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Union Pool, $10

9/21, 7 PM sintirst Hassan Hakmoun leads his psychedelic gnawa rock band at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 by slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones ($15 separate adm)

9/21, 7:30 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Hyungjin Choi, piano play the Prokofiev Cello Sonata plus originals and jazz at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

9/21-23, 7:30/9:30 PM “the king of nouveau swing,” saxophonist Donald Harrison leads a quintet with special guest Brian Lynch on tenor at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/21, 7:30 PM Paraguayan harpist Silvio Solis accompanied by Argentinian guitarist Dani Cortaza and popular Paraguayan band Grupo Americanta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/21, 8 PM darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and brilliant, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson create new elements and improvise at the Owl, $20

9/21, 8 PM the Radamés Gnattali Quartet performs works by Villa-Lobos at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

9/21, 8 PM pensive apocalyptic piano pop with the Mynabirds  – Amanda Palmer minus the drama – at Sunnyvale, $14

9/21, 8:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her ferocious trio followed by her bassist Sean Conly leading his at I-Beam, $15

 9/21, 9 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at at Pete’s

9/21, 10 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, playing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Barbes

9/22, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade at the New School auditorium at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free

9/22, 6 PM Argentine Americana songwriter Rodrigo Aranjuelo and folk noir duo Thoughtdream at the American Folk Art Museum

9/22, 7 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana  followed at 8 by gritty Mississippi hill country style blues guitarist Will Scott and at 9 by fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers  under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, follow the sound toward the water

9/22, 7 PM intense blue-eyed soul singer and Dr. John collaborator Shannon McNally at the big room at the Rockwood, $18. Later at 11 jaunty female-fronted retro rocksteady band Big Takeover plays for the tip jar

9/22, 7 PM bassist Abby Hollander and her eclectic Americana band at Pete’s

9/22, 7:30 PM Bronx Nuyorican salsa legends Charanga America at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/22, 7:30/9:30 PM the album release show for drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double album – Brandon Seabrook and Mary Halvorson on guitars,wow – at the Jazz Gallery, $22

9/22, 7:30 PM piano duo of feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom and Cooper-Moore followed by the ensemble of Cooper-Moore, Mara Rosenbloom, cellist Nioka Workman and vocalist/percussionist Anais Maviel (second set) at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$15 stud/rs

 9/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

9/22, 8 PM oldschool 70s style Cuban psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at Flushing Town Hall, $16

9/22, 8 PM pianists Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi and Betty Wishart play colorful instrumental suites by Wishart at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free

9/22, 8 PM in reverse order at the Owl: Brandon Lopez, the sax/drum duo of Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey; thoughtful, often riveting microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein and her Quartet, $10

9/22-23, 8:30 PM multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg and band at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/22-23, 8:30/10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone with John Lockwood, bass;  Francesco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/22, 10  PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $10

9/22, 10 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Sunny’s

9/23, 3 PM, hauntingly harmony-driven folk noir supergroup Bobtown under the Manhattan Bridge arch in Dumbo, free

9/23, 3 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – in the community Garden on E 8th St. between Ave B and C. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

9/23, 3 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents a free multimedia chamber concert focusing on trailblazing composer Florence Price at Flushing Town Hall

9/23, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl followed at 8 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – and then at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that.

9/23, 6 PM an oldschool swing jazz dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Marcus Garvey Park

9/23, guessing at around 7 Stevie Wonder plays on the great lawn at Central Park after a whole bunch of tedious corporate acts. The show isn’t free and will undoubtedly be fenced off – it’s being staged by a ostensibly leftwing organization that tracks you on your phone and could make big bucks selling your data to Trump. This is the kind of situation where if you have some free time in the evening, it might be interesting to hang on the perimeter, maybe use your tree-climbing skills and see what’s happening.

9/23, 7:30 PM indie classical cello/percussion duo New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) play the album release show for their new one at the DiMenna Center, $10 cover includes beverages and “specialty snacks!”

9/23-24, 7 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper sings heartbroken narratives by Bukowski, Coehlo, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits at Joe’s Pub, $30

9/23, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia followed by sardonic, socially aware blues/folk singer Jan Luby at the People’s Voice Cafe; sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

9/23, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play works by Weber, Nanpa Hong, Stephen Foster, Elgar, and Prokofiev at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

9/23. 8 PM identities corrode and economies collapse in Steven Warwick’s apocalyptic interactive electronic work Elevator to Mezzanine, “that offers observations of millennial placelessness, an inescapably fearful media climate, the emotional disaffection and degradation of the pressures of wage labor, contemporary uncertainty and urban isolation. It suggests collapse in lieu of the obligation to offer answers, which in itself opens up a space where bodies are still amongst each other and together.” At Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, (Larayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St., $$15/12 stud/srs

9/23, 10:30 PM brooding rainy-day Celtic-tinged songs of desperation and intrigue from Adam Masterson at Bowery Electric, $10 adv tix rec

9/24, 1-6 PM Abraham Brody’s The Violinist Is Present – “violinist Abraham Brody invites members of the public to sit in front of him, one at a time, and he will create musical improvisations based on what he sees in their eyes.” at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery. The harder the stare, the more intense the jam?

9/24, 1:30 PM jazz improv in the garden: saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey, then at Miriam Parker and William Parker, at 3:30 Melanie Dyer / Jason Kao Hwang / Brandon Lopez / Michael Wimberly and 4:30pm – Henry Fraser / Dan Pencer / Connor Baker at the First Street Garden, 33 E 1st St

 9/24 the Brooklyn Americana Festival at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the south of the bridge, on the manmade peninsula starts at 2 with purist, harmony-driven “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters3:00 PM banjo player/singer Hilary Hawke & the Wild Goats; 4:00 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers ; 5:00 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band and eventually at 7 brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs

9/24, 7 PM haunting acoustic juke-joint folk/blues songwriter Tyrone Cotton at Sunny’s 

9/24, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air at Barbes. Be aware that the Bill Frisell/Jenny Scheinman show afterward is sold out. Big surprise.

9/24, 7 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith in the community garden on 8th St. betw. Aves C/D

9/24, 8 PM bassist Jeonglim Yang leads her ELV Trio with Elias Stemeseder, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums: “an aspiring new piano trio formed to create ‘straight ahead’ jazz into their whimsical interpretation,” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/25, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio  at Barbes

9/26, 7:30 PM indie classical group Wet Ink Ensemble play the release show for leader Alex Mincek’s new Torrent album with special guests trumpeter Nate Wooley and String Noise at Scholes St. Studios, $10/students get in free

9/26, 9:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

9/26-30, 11:30 PM up-and-coming postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his combo at Dizzy’s Club, $5  

9/27, 6 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen  leads her quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/27, 7 PM jazz pianist Rory Cowal premieres eight through-composed pieces for the Vernal Equinox, Followed by perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis and her quintet from Capricorn Climber plus special guest Michael Nicolas play new material at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix req

9/27, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $10

9/27, 8 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock followed by brooding, morose pianist/singer Sara Donnellan – man, does she have a franchise on clinical depression –  at Silvana 

9/27, 8 PM  brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

9/27, 8 PM Tom Blancarte plays his new work for solo bass followed by the auspicious debut of trumpet monster Peter Evans’ new group with Joel Ross on vibraphone, Jordan Morton on bass and Max Jaffe on drums at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

9/27, 9 PM Australian psychedelic/art-rock legends the Church – minus 12-string guitar icon Marty Willson-Piper –at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req. 9/28 at 9 they make their Brooklyn debut at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req

9/27, 9 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at  Sunnyvale, $10

9/27, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria  at Bowery Ballroom, $20

9/28, 7:30 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at the Lincoln Center Atrium

9/28, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn plus a Kati Ogocs NY premiere at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

9/28, 8 PM the elegant but fiery Austin Piazzolla Quintet  play classic nuevo tango and originals followed at 10 by the  deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at Barbes

9/28, 9:30 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Pete’s

9/28, 10 PM lustrous, harmony-driven, alternately haunting and badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters atthe big room at the Rockwood, $14

9/28, 10 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff –  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s, free

9/29, 6:30 PM dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum

9/29, 7:30 PM amazingly psychedelic,  mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa followed by a rare US performance by legendary, cinematic Moroccan art-rockers Group Doueh at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/29, 8 PM the NY Classical Players with pianist Haesun Paik as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on a bill that also includes works by Shostakovich, a Renaissance-inspired premiere by Eric Nathan and Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

9/29, 8 PM the premiere of For Trumpet Player by Christian Wolff, a performance of Ashley Fure’s Piece for Percussion and Dynamic Subwoofers and Annea Lockwood’s Bayou-Borne, for Pauline, and a debut duo performance by Michael Pisaro and Christian Wolff at Issue Project  Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

 9/29-30, 8 PM Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, of experimental piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire perform Adjacencies, the only surviving score by pioneering ambient electroacoustic composer Maryanne Amacher at the Kitchen, $20

9/29-30, 8:30 PM intense, poignantly cutting-edge guitarist Mary Halvorson and her group at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

9/29, 8:30 PM eight-piece bluegrass band the Toomtown Hellraiasers at Caffe Vivaldi

9/29, 8:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

9/29, 9 PM popular Tuareg duskcore road warriors Songhoy Blues at Bowery Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

9/29, 10 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

9/30, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban play Kurt Weill followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

9/30, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

9/30, 8 PM wild accordion-driven Chilean psychedelic sounds with Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna making their US debut at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/30, 8 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries  at Hank’s, $7

9/30, 11 PM Rebet Asker play classic 1920s and 1930s Greek resistance, gangster and drug underworld songs at Drom, free

10/1, 2 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights  play Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony; special guest tenor Nicholas Phan joins them for Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations at Bric Arts, $12 adv tix rec. There’s also a 10/5, 8 PM show there for six bucks more in advance. 

10/1, 3 PM the New York Classical Players plus pianist HaeSun Paik play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a premiere of Eric Nathan’s “Omaggio a Gesualdo” plus works by Shostakovich and Saint-Saens at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp 

10/1, 5 PM forward-looking indie classical piano trio Longleash play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge

10/1, 7 PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet with Elizabeth Brown, theremin play works by Biber, Schoenberg, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Small, Elizabeth Brown at Dixon Place, free

10/1, 7:30 PM wryly playful, hauntingly atmospheric, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

10/2, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Vicky Chow, piano, and Hilliard Greene,bass play a liberation-themed program of works by Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton, Agustín Fernández and a violin/bass improvisation at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

10/2, 8 PM the NYU01 Ensemble play Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

10/3, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and ​Marcy Rosen​, cello play works by Britten, Tschaikovsky and Claude Baker at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free

10/4, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet  with Nana Shi, pianist play works by Milhaud, Per Norgard’s awesome String Quartet No. 8, Hiroya Miura and João Pedro Oliveira at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St at Amsterdam

10/5, 6:30 PM not a music event but an important one: a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson plus Josmar Trujillo of the Coalition to End Broken Windows, Alyssa Aguilera of VOCAL-NY, Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, free

10/6, 7 PM the Art Ensemble of Chicago, legends of avant garde jazz, make their first NYC stop in decades. Lineup this time out is Roscoe Mitchell, flutes, saxophones; Famoudou Don Moye, drums, percussion; Hugh Ragin, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Junius Paul, double bass; Joseph Jarman, spoken word, at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts , 615 W 129th St, $25/$15 stud

10/6, 7 PM pianists Brent Funderburk and Miori Sugiyama back the Brooklyn Art Song Society in works by Ravel and Debussy at the Brooklyn Historical Society,  128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, $25

10/6, 8 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 Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec. You want psychedelic?

10/6, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld, “filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity” at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud/srs

10/8, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/8, 5 PM flutist Joseph Piscitelli, cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Helene Jeanney play; music by Haydn, Weber and Damase at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

10/8, 7:30 PM the intrepid Queensboro Symphony Orchestra  plays Fabrizio Ferraro’s guitar concerto Hachiko with the composer as soloist; also on the program iare Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Hanako Miyajima and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, sugg don, 7 to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q27 or Q65 bus

10/13, 7 PM pianist Monica Verona plays fugues by Bach, Beethoven and Barber – who knew? – at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W108th St, free

10/14, 8 PM Rohab Ensemble featuring members of legendary Iranian group Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Said Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle) and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum) – with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute) and entrancing vocalist Sepideh Raissad at at Roulette, $32

10/22, 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nicolas Namoradze perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

 10/29, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet perform an eclectic program of consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, canons of the 16th century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

10/30, 6 PM Oscar Wilde’s kid sister was the “pet of the house;” she died at nine of a brain aneurysm. Kari Swenson Riely stars in Isola, with text by Oscar and his mom and a live score by pensive, atmospheric soprano saxophonist David Aaron. Followed by a brief set with his quartet Flip City at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/7, 8 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl

11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta Join New York’s Best Psychedelic Tropicalia Bill this August 31

New York’s best psychedelic cumbia show of the year so far is happening this August 31 at the Bell House at 10 PM, where Chicago’s Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta and Austin’s Money Chicha are playing a twinbill. Advance tix are a ridiculously good $12 and still available at the venue as of today. It’s not clear who’s playing first, but that doesn’t matter because both bands are reputedly amazing live.

Money Chicha’s wildly trippy debut album got a feverish thumbs-up here recently. Dos Santos’ latest album, Fonografic –  streaming at Spotify – is a party in a box.  The opening cut, playfully titled Epilogue, begins as a boomy, dub-inflected, staggered waltz fueled by woozy low-register wah guitar, then the twangy chicha melody comes in and gets spun through a funhouse mirror of effects. All of a sudden, Alex Chavez’s blippy organ hits a brisk, minor-key cumbia shuffle!

The tropicalia funk of El Puerto de Animas echoes their tourmates’ heavy cumbia sound, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo’s drums and Jaime Garza’s bass building to a dizzying, polyrhythmic slink, the twin wah guitars of Chavez and Nathan Karagianis echoing in the mix, Peter Vale’s congas anchoring the otherworldly groove. By contrast, Cafeteando! puts a brass-spiced update on vampy, salsa-influenced late 60s/early 70s jungle cumbia, in the same vein as Juaneco Y Su Combo.

The bittersweet exchange of wah-wah and guitar clang in Santa Clara will remind chicha purists of Los Destellos at their most expansive, classic early 70s best, with a long jaunty trombone solo that takes the song into psychedelic salsa territory. Then the ominously galloping Camino Infernal/Phantom Weight mashes up spaghetti western, surf rock, chicha and Led Zep. 

The band save the best and most straightforward chicha track, Red, for last. Built around a gleefully creepy organ riff, it could be a vintage Los Mirlos number, at least until the band make psychedelic Chicano Batman soul out of it. If a wild, brain-altering dance party is your thing, get your ass to the Bell House on the last day of the month.

Big Lazy at the Peak of Their Darkly Cinematic Power in Brooklyn This Saturday Night

Friday night at Barbes the room was packed and the girls in the front row were dancing up a storm through two slinky sets by Big Lazy. Less than 24 hours later, seeing Los Straitjackets – a similarly twangy, virtuosic guitar instrumental band who go far deeper into the surf than Big Lazy but are nowhere near as picturesque – raised the question of how many other bands are actually better now than they were twenty years ago.

The New York Philharmonic, maybe?

Big Lazy had already earned iconic status in noir music circles before the end of the 90s, and continued that streak with a reverb-drenched series of albums that combined elements of crime jazz, macabre boleros, Bernard Herrmann Hitchcock themes, horror surf, ghoulabilly and bittersweet big-sky tableaux. But this current edition of the band is their classic lineup. If you were around when they were playing Friday nights at midnight at Tonic during the early to mid-zeros, and you haven’t seen the band since, you’re missing out  on the best part of their career.And you have a rare chance to see a very intimate show when they play this August 12 at 8:30 PM at Bar Lunatico in Bed-Stuy.

Drummer Yuval Lion can be combustible, but Friday night he was in misterioso mode. These guys haven’t had someone so colorful, who can build suspense with every part of the kit as subtly as this guy does, since Willie Martinez left the original lineup when his latin music career got in the way. Bassist Andrew Hall co-founded the Moonlighters and plays with western swing band Brain Cloud, so he swings, hard. And he’s also the funniest bass player this band’s had. He’ll sometimes fake a charge into the crowd, or do a wry faux-rockabilly slap thing, and he likes glissandos and swoops and dives. He always seems to be at the center of the eye-rolling “gotcha” moments.

Guitarist/bandleader Steve Ulrich can also be hilarious, notwithstanding how bleak most of the band’s music can be. But they never play the same thing remotely the same way twice. This time out the recurrent, unexpecr\ted quotes he’d randomly slip in were from My Funny Valentine and It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To. A couple of months before, it was Mission Impossible. And just when it seemed he’d go off on a couple of long, savage scenery-chewing chord-chopping interludes, he stopped both cold, in midstream: he spars with the crowd as much as he does with his bandmates.

This was one of the band’s best setlists ever: top ten, by this blog’s standards, and this blog and Big Lazy go back to the very beginning. The lingering chromatics and morose washes were balanced by a droll go-go strut, lickety-split artful-dodger escapades and matter-of-factly perambulating but increasingly grey western sky pastorales. As much jagged menace as they brought to Skinless Boneless, one of their signature songs, the two best songs in the evening’s two full sets were both brand new. The first was awash in distant longing and echoes of sad Orbison noir pop, the second a bloodstained bolero and a platform for both some nimbly creepy tumbles from Lion, and sniper-in-the-shadows fire from Ulrich. Because the Bar Lunatico gig is happening so fresh on the heels of this one, you’re likely to hear all this and more this Saturday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays in September, 6 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Shrine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in September, 6 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl is at Barbes for a series of intimate duo shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/22, 7:30 PM Tango Buenos Aires perform a music-and-dance tribute to early 20th century pioneer Carlos Gardel at NJPAC in Newark, $30 seats avail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/26, 8:30 PM a rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by the brilliant Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico. 8/28 at 7 they’re at 55 Bar. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/27, 6 PM take a break from the Charlie Parker Festival with Guillermo Gregorio, Mat Maneri and Nicholas Jozwiak debuting a new clarinet/viola/cello trio at Downtown Music Gallery, free

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

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

8/27, 8:30 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp – who brings to mind Rachelle Garniez early in her career – followed by rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo and then fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Treehouse at 2A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/31, 7 PM expansively lyrical, Americana-inspired lit-rock songwriter/crooner Nathaniel Bellows at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austin’s Best Band Comes to Brooklyn’s Best Venue This Saturday Night

Is Money Chicha’s album Echo en Mexico the heaviest cumbia ever made? Decide for yourself – it’s streaming at Soundcloud.  Just listen, for example, to the string-torturing axe-murderer guitar solo at the end of their version of Juaneco Y Su Combo’s classic, wordless elegy for a plane crash,  Lamento En La Selva, which opens the album. If psychedelic music, the magically trebly, trippy sounds of 1970s Peru, or the idea of dancing your ass off are your thing, get that ass down to Barbes this Saturday night, July 30 at 10 PM where this Austin band – a Grupo Fantasma spinoff – are headlining. A near-capacity crowd crammed into the place last night to see Locobeach – another spinoff of a famous band, in this case cumbia icons Chicha Libre – and they were playing mostly covers. So you’d better get there early.

What’s coolest about this band is how they cycle through just about every kind of psychedelic cumbia ever made: the brisk vamps of Juaneco’s cumbia selvetica; the allusive menace of Lima bands like Los Mirlos; the eclectic sparkle of Los Destellos and the outside-the-box surrealism of Chicha Libre, probably the band they ultimately resemble the most.

The album’s  second track, Level One Sound’s Quieren Efectos, has everything you could want from a classic cumbia jam: catchy minor-key tune, woozy wah guitar, a slinky groove, bright rat-tail organ riffs, trippy dub echoes and a suspenseful timbale beat that threatens to break completely loose but never does.

The title cut shuffles along briskly toward the graveyard, awash in reverb, haunted roller-rink organ and evil flangey guitar. The majestic, metallic guitar solo midway through reminds that the core of this band also play in Black Sabbath reinventors Brownout. Then they completely flip the script with the playful, cartoonish Animalitos: tiny elephants made from sweet crunchy dough = gourmet stoner munchies, no?

Cosa Verde, built around a simple, emphatic riff, looks back to the harder-rocking, classic Lima bands of the late 60s and early 70s like Los Diablo Rojos: the warpy tremoloing guitars really nail that era’s tinny studio sonics, beefed up with fat current-era low end and an unexpectedly dark bridge.

Cumbia Familiar is a very thinly disguised remake of a famous island tv theme first surfed out by the Ventures; this one has all kinds of spacy dub touches wafting through the mix. The album’s best track, Chicha Negra is also is darkest, simmering and swooshing with evil chromatics, serpentine organ and warptone guitar. Its mirror image is the Chicha Libre classic Papageno Electrico, a picture that completes itself when the organ joins the guitar duel at the end.

Yo No Soy Turku is a mashup of the blippy Mediterranean psychedelia of bands like Annabouboula and the macabre Turkish surf rock of Beninghove’s Hangmen. Likewise, the tricky, constantly shifting metrics and horror movie organ of 3 Balls continue the sinister tangent through a strange, dubby outro.

Cumbia Del Tamborcito is the album’s most dubwise and epic track, veering from a staggering intro, back and forth through gritty guitar-fueled intensity and lushly enveloping, nebulously smoky sonics. The final cut is La Cordillera, a deliciously doomy flamenco-metal song in cumbia disguise. Is the coolest album of the last several months or what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYMD: What’s your alltime favorite accordion concert?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pokey LaFarge Brings His Ruggedly Individualistic Americana to Williamsburg Tonight

Last night in between sets at Bowery Ballroom the PA played Los Mirlos’ creepy, otherworldly version of Sonido Amazonico, which is both the national anthem of cumbia and sort of the Peruvian equivalent of Take Five. A little later, the song was Don Gibson’s 60s country-pop hit Sea of Heartbreak. Both perfectly foreshadowed a deliriously fun show by rugged Americana individualist Pokey LaFarge and his fantastic seven-piece band.

On one level, what LaFarge plays is retro to the extreme, a mashup of early 50s hillbilly boogie, western swing, hot 20s jazz, vintage New Orleans soul, honkytonk, Tom Waits, Tex-Mex, mambo and a little southwestern gothic and noir bolero for deliciously dark contrast. On the other hand, there’s no one in the world who sounds like LaFarge: he’s taking a bunch of well-worn, familiar styles and creating something brand spanking new.

His band is amazing. Drummer Matthew Meyer energized the crowd with a pummeling Wipeout interlude. Bassist Joey Glynn drew a lot of chuckles with a punchy solo that quoted both the Who and the Violent Femmes. Midway through the set, LaFarge explained that he’s hardly the only good songwriter in the band, then left the stage for a smoke break or something. So banjo player Ryan Koenig switched to electric guitar and played one of the night’s best numbers, a gorgeously rueful oldschool honkytonk song about smalltown anomie titled This Main Drag (or something close to that).

Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit switched from alto to smoky baritone, to maybe tenor – it was hard to see through the crowd. Trumpeter Luc Klein played all sorts of wry effects with his mute. And lead guitarist Adam Hoskins adrenalized the audience with axe-murderer volleys of tremolo-picking, masterfully precise bluegrass flatpicking and fiery blues.

The songs really ran the gamut. With his matter-of-fact baritone, LaFarge doesn’t overemote. He added a little twang on the country numbers, and took a few Roy Orbison slides upward in one of the sad ballads, but he doesn’t try to sound like anybody else. And he only took a couple of guitar solos, but he made those count. A lot of the material was from LaFarge’s latest album Manic Revelations, including the title track, an unapologetic populist anthem, and the more upbeat but even more savage Silent Movies, a jauntily swinging nonconformist manifesto for an age where the performer onstage is reduced to a pretext for the selfie clusterfuck on the floor. Just so you know, there was none of that at this show.

Something in the Water – a subtly gospel-infused portrait of a hoosier chick who “drinks malt liquor for lunch and dinner,” and Manic Revelations, the title track to LaFarge’s previous album – went over well with the crowd, a refreshingly muiti-generational, multicultural mix of typical 99-percenter New Yorkers.

The band did Actin’ a Fool closer to subterranean homesick Dylan than the oldtimey swing of the album version. One of the night’s high points was a slowly crescendoing, blue-flame take of the flamenco-infused waltz Goodbye Barcelona. After LaFarge brought the lights down with a muted solo fingerpicked version of the cautionary ballad Far Away. “They’’ll lure with their eyes, and trap you with their thighs,” LaFarge intoned. He wound up the set with a rapidfire take of the triumphantly scampering Drinking Whiskey.

The encores were just as energetic and businesslike: an Allen Toussaint/Lee Dorsey soul-shout, and a choogling cover of Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell. They’re doing this again tonight at around 10 at Rough Trade. If you want a rare asshole-free night out in that neighborhood, this is it. Tix are $25 at the door and worth it.

The Spellbinding Rachelle Garniez Tops the Bill at This Year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival

What’s the likelihood of being able to get what amounts to an intimate, personal show from the world’s greatest English-language songwriter? A handful of New Yorkers got to experience that at last night’s edition of the ongoing Bryant Park Accordion Festival, following Rachelle Garniez across the park to various stations for tantalizingly brief fifteen-minute mini-sets.

Even though there were two dozen other accordionists playing in the park’s four corners and next to the fountain on the Sixth Avenue side, it was impossible to resist taking in two sets from Garniez. What was most fascinating was to watch her mash up elements of latin, klezmer, zydeco, classical, punk rock and even a bit of opera, banging out one song after another without the hilariously surreal, politically-charged stream-of-consciousness intros and jams that have made her legendary among New York performers.

The best song of the night was Tourmaline, a bittersweet waltz that works on innumerable levels: ultimately, it’s about rugged individuality triumphing against all odds. Without any more fanfare, Garniez let the rest of her songs speak for themselves.

The funniest moment was during Jean-Claude Van Damme, a tongue-in-cheek shout-out to a pitchman for antidepressants. She got everybody laughing when she reached the part about certain personality traits that have to be brought under control – then hammered that word again, and again, until everybody within earshot got the message. The faux-operatic outro, where she took a flying leap to the very top of her formidable four-octave vocal range, was pretty funny too.

She also played the jaunty, cabaret-infused Just Because You Can (Doesn’t Mean You Should), whose corollary is “just because you should doesn’t mean you can,” along with the slyly strutting, seductive Medicine Man, packed with all kinds of coy double entendres. She’s emceeing the festival’s closing night a week from today on June 21 at 6 PM, which might be the single best concert of the year, a bill that includes the Bil Afrah Project, who recreate iconic Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani’s legendary 1975 Bil Afrah album; pyrotechnic Romany accordionist Peter Stan’s new band Zlatni Balkan Zvuk, Brazilian accordionist Felipe Hostins’ new forro group Osnelda; and cumbia accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe leading his slinky big band in celebration of Colombian Independence Day.

The festival’s only drawback is that it’s such a feast that there isn’t time to see everybody on the bill. It was awfully cool last night to watch accordionist Simon Moushabeck make his way through Arabic modes with all sorts of enigmatic passing tones, in two abbreviated duo sets with oudist Brian Prunka, mixing up steady, serpentine originals with a Fairouz cover or two.

Further to the west, Sadys Rodrigo Espitia played equally slinky, catchy cumbia and vallenato numbers. When he forgot the words to the hit Cumbia Del Oriente, a woman in the crowd sauntered over to the mic: and sang them with serious Colombian pride.

It was also cool to get to watch popular busker and Thee Shambels accordionist Melissa Elledge jam out cinematic themes and a Johnny Cash classic, then make noir blues out of Beethoven. Late one night a couple of years ago in the Second Avenue F train station, after a Bowery Ballroom show, Elledge played what had to be the most heartwrenchingly gorgeous version of Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 ever. So it was refreshing to be able to just chill on the grass and hear her think outside the box without the usual subway stresses. Garniez may be the world’s most brilliantly eclectic songwriter, but as an instrumentalist, Elledge is on the same page.

Before the big blowout on the 21st, there’s another night of mini-sets from another amazing cast of accordionists at Bryant Park on July 19 starting at 6 PM, with a lineup including avant garde and klezzmer player Shoko Nagai, pan-Mediterranean wizard Ismail Butera, jazz luminary Will Holshouser and Ed Goldberg & the Odessa Klezmer Band.