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Edgy Retro Soul Band Brandi & the Alexanders Return With a Simmering New Album

Oldschool soul music was all over New York for the past fifteen years or more, and then it tragically died with the 2020 lockdown. But there’s good news! Brandi & the Alexanders, one of the more popular and original soul bands who worked the stretch from the Lower East Side to Park Slope and back have returned with a brand new album, Reflection, streaming at Bandcamp and a release show on Sept 23 at 9:30 PM at the big room at the Rockwood for $10.

“Feeling cold and empty as a steel drum in winter,” frontwoman Brandi Thompson intones in the first track, Where You Belong, as the band reach from a tense chicken-scratch guitar intro to an icy 80s disco drive: “I pick up the phone to find a friendly voice, but there’s not a soul to dial,” Thompson relates. It speaks for anyone feeling the divide-and-conquer since March of 2020.

Track two is Fire, Thompson rising from a defiantly swaying chain gang groove to a tiptoeing retro 60s pulse and then a crushing trip-hop chorus. Once again, Thompson is wise to divide-and-conquer tactics and she’s not going to stand for it: “Watch me go boom,” damn right!

Mama Told Me is a Amy Winehouse-style hip-hop strut and a launching pad for Thompson’s righteously vengeful vocals. The band elevate to a chilly chorus box-driven 80s pulse in Watch You Dance, Thompson working the eerie Vegas noir chromatics from sultry to anguished: it’s the best song on the record. The final cut is Amen, inspiring proof that you can make soaring, triumphant gospel music out of Garageband keyboard patches and vocal overdubs. The band will no doubt take that to the next level at the Rockwood show.

A Lurid, Simmering New Single From Satirist and Journalist Sage Hana

Sage Hana is arguably the best example of the explosion of first-class satire and investigative journalism that exploded across the web in response to the 2020 plandemic. More than anything, she’s hilarious. Her Boeing-24 parable is probably the most savagely funny piece she’s written – and she’s written many.

Not much is known about the inscrutable, pseudonymous Sage. She comes out of a film and tv background (she knows her acting and screenwriting…and crossfit training). Her Substack page, in its early days, was mostly focused on media criticism. But over the last six months, she’s become one of the most important and wide-ranging voices covering the ongoing global genocide. A couple of high-profile boosts from Mark Crispin Miller and Margaret Anna Alice helped vault this self-styled “guppy” with a devastating, deadpan sense of humor into a role she probably never anticipated, and she’s run with it.

You may have seen some of her slyly edited videos on the singles pages here over the last few months. And now she has a band…sort of. A few days ago she released the debut video for the surf noir single A Pox on Your Horse (Paste), by “Dendrite & the Prions.” The joke is too good to spoil – just watch it.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For September 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7 PM singer Artemisia LeFay’s Ghosts of Weimar Past celebrates the music of Jewish composers Spoliansky, Weill, Hollaender, Jary saluting the spirit of cabaret and vaudeville from the birth to the death of Weimar Berlin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 6 PM not a music event but politically important: an anti-discrimination protest outside Trinity School, 139 W 91st St. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas will be reporting on the scene.

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/6, 8 PM hypnotic loopmusic vocalist Stephanie Lamprea at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM not a music event but a roundtable meeting of important voices: hero attorney hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox,, John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network and legal researcher Greg Fisher discuss how we stop Kathy Hochul’s nanny state atttempts to set up concentration camps and forcibly inject our kids, at Havurat Israel, 106-20 70th Ave Forest Hills, $5

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park\

9/8, 8 PM free jazz legend and pianist Marilyn Crispell leads a trio with Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8 PM saxophonist Vinny Golia’s improvisational Large Ensemble at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC outdoors in the back garden at Pioneer Works, free

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/15, 8 PM chamber ensemble Bearthoven, chamber ensemble Desdemona, pianist Isabelle O’Connell and percussionist Adam Holmes play a composer portrait of Cassie Wieland at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/16, 6 PM the fiery, violin-driven Sedi Donka Balkan Band at a house concert at 328 Marlborough Rd., (Cortelyou/Beverley), Crown Heights, Q to C

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, noon this weekend’s freedom rally to overturn the totalitarian lethal injection and social credit score schemes in NYC, at the south end of Hunters Point Park in Long Island City, 7 train to Hunters Point Ave

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 4 PM seven-year-old fiddle sensation Isla Gray Ross and her dad Clay Ross from Ranky Tanky at a house concert at 225 Argyle Rd just off Beverley, Crown Heights, a benefit for Operation Gig, Q to Beverley Road

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 710 E 5th St.

9/18, 4 PM latin jazz pianist Bennett Paster‘s Understated Trio at a house concert at 171 Westminster Rd (Beverley/Albemarle), Q to Beverley Road

9/18, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 9 PM darkly cinematic, ornate surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.at Otto’s

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 5 PM the S.E.M. Ensemble stage a very rare performance of Petr Kotík’s epic six-hour 1978 Gertrude Stein-themed choral work Many Many Women to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday. at Willow Place Auditorium, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights. 9/29 at 6 PM they’re staging it at Roulette, $20 gen adm. Come and go as you like!

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 6 PM lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Otto’s

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 8 PM Afghan rubab lute virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi with sitarist Josh Feinberg at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1 PM a retro latin music dance party with two of the city’s best: slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly and oldschool salsa dura band Avenida B  at Park 52, (St. John/Leggett Aves) in the Bronx, 2/5 to Prospect Ave

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25, 3 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Sunday Social, 17 Frost St off Lorimer in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St

9/25, 4 PM irrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg plays a rare solo show of original and traditional solo Japanese themes at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, free w/museum adm, N/W to Broadway and about a 10 minute walk, free w/museum adm.

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/27, 6:30 PM guitarist Dustin Carlson and saxophonist Michael Attias improvise. followed at 7:30 by savagely incisive violinist Sana Nagano, guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and drummer Kevin Shea at Downtown Music Gallery

9/27, 8 PM intriguing free jazz saxophonist Zoh Amba plays the album release show for her new one with Marc Edwards, Matt Hollenberg, Micah Thomas, thomas Morgan at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/28, noon eclectic jazz/tropical/psychedelic violinist Skye Steele at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

9/28, 7 PM cutting-edge Indian music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive at Branded Saloon

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/28, 8 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander with Satoshi Takeishi, percussion and Mark Helias, bass at Zurcher Gallery, $20

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

9/30, starting at 6 PM a benefit for Ukraine at Otto’s, sug don. to benefit Razom For Ukraine. Artists on the bill include songwriter and visual artist Kassaye Selassie, Granite to Glass, Americana harmony duo Raising Daughters, the reliably ferocious Giftshop at 8, edgy powerpop songwriter Abbie Roper, country-folk two-piece Plane Station, sardonic powerpopstress Carissa Johnson and others

9/30, 8 PM snidely satirical new wave/80s rock spoofers Office Culture at C’Mon Everybody, $13

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at the stage near 556 Atlantic Ave (3rd/4th Aves) at the Atlantic Antic street fair. 10/7, 7 PM they’re playing an acoustic set at Oliver’s Astoria, 3719 Broadway @ 38th St. in Astoria

10/3, 7:30 PM hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at City Winery

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/15, 3 PM  Burnt Sugar play lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at 300 Ashland Pl. just down the block from BAM

10/16, 6 PM a fascinating Japanese-American instrumental ensemble: Lish Lindsey, ryuteki ; Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki; Masayo Ishigure, koto, Daniel Hass, cello, Tengku Irfan, piano play works by Masatora Goya, Seth Boustead; Gilbert Galindo and Beata Moon at Martha Graham Studio One, 55 Bethune St in the West Village, $25/$10 stud/srs

10/25 hilariously lyrical protest songwriter/pianist Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

Soulful Vintage-Style Gospel in Williamsburg on the First of September

More about that killer twinbill this Sept 1 at 7 PM at Baby’s All Right on the south side of Williamsburg where psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba share an evening with the retro 60s-inspired Harlem Gospel Travelers. No idea of who’s headlining, but it really doesn’t matter: both bands get everybody on their feet. Cover is $15.

The Harlem Gospel Travelers – main songwriter Ifedayo (Thomas) Gatling, singers George Marage and Dennis Keith Bailey III – write vintage soul songs with messages of praise and uplift. Their latest vinyl record Look Up is scheduled to hit their Bandcamp page toward the end of next month. The energy is infectious and the hooks come at you nonstop: although the message is Christian, the music transcends any particular denomination or lack thereof.

They open with the title track, Gatling’s vocals swooping up to falsetto-land in a tale of making a big comeback from spiritual estrangement. Considering how atomized people in this city have become over the last thirty months, it’s inspiring, to say the least.

The band shift from a tricky intro to a bouncy 6/8 beat in Hold On (Joy Is Coming). Bailey takes over lead vocals on God’s In Control, a fervently bristling clapalong propelled by guitarist Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s biting, purist, reverbtoned minor-key riffage.

The group stay in the same swaying groove for Help Me to Understand: reduced to lowest terms, it’s a twinkling love ballad. They hit a breezy take on a classic, stomping Four Tops sound in Nothing But His Love, pushed along by Jesse Barnes’ bass and Noah Rubin’s drums.

Gatling builds to a big optimistic peak over Colin Brown’s keening organ, then the band hit an undulating psychedelic soul groove in Fight On!, an indomitable protest song: “Get your knee off my neck, get your bullet off my chest!”

Reed hits his fuzzbox for Hold Your Head Up – a cheery call-and-response original, not the interminably cheesy 70s pop hit. The band keep the upbeat sway going through That’s the Reason, a vampy early 70s-style soul-jazz tune and follow with Let Me Tell You, Kendall “Youngblood” Kent on the mic and airing out his low register .

The group rise from a gentle, dusky ambience toward jubilation in God Will Take Care of You. Pastor Cynthia McCants guests on the brisk, propulsive final cut, I’m Grateful (Gatling), the whole crew joining voices in a big singalong designed to get the whole congregation involved. How serendipitous it is that we can congregate for music like this again without fear of reprisal – for the moment, anyway.

Another Protest Soul Masterpiece From Van Morrison

Van Morrison is on the greatest creative tear of his life. Now in his mid-70s, the inventor and greatest exponent of Celtic soul has reinvented himself as arguably the world’s foremost protest songwriter.

His latest album What’s It Gonna Take – streaming at youtube – isn’t quite as lavish as his landmark, sardonically titled previous release, Latest Record Project No. 1, from last year. But it’s every bit as catchy, and anthemic, and redemptive: if that one was his Sandinista, this is his London Calling. Morrison has never written more strongly, he’s never sung more affectingly, and that’s from a guy who easily could have coasted on his epic back catalog for the rest of his career if he felt like it.

The opening track is Dangerous. As far as the plandemic is concerned, Morrison is over the target and he’s drawing flak, and he’s cool with that, vamping along as guitarist Dave Keary flings jagged shards of chords into the mix. Throughout the album, Richard Dunn’s lush, swirling Hammond organ is Morrison’s not-so-secret weapon. The bandleader handles electric guitar as well as sax on a handful of tracks this time out, backed by the low-key, purist rhythm section of bassist Pete Hurley and drummer Colin Griffin.

Morrison picks up the pace with the title cut. Throughout the album, there’s a frequent Jamaican rocksteady influence, and this brass-infused wakeup call is a prime example: “Government doesn’t represent us at all,” Morrison reminds us, “Big Tech’s gonna take it all.”

“Fighting back is essential, gotta stop sitting on the fence,” he insists in Fighting Back Is the New Normal, an upbeat, optimistic blues shuffle. Morrison keeps the upbeat energy going with the ska-tinged, organ-fueled Fodder for the Masses: “You don’t accept their drift, call you a conspiracy theorist…you really don’t exist, you don’t play any role for those who seek control.”

Can’t Go on This Way is a steady, swaying soul groove, Morrison cataloguing the normal things we used to enjoy but aren’t allowed to anymore since “Klaus is the wizard, Gates is playing God..don’t know what to do with a common cold in the head.”

“How do you like the New Normal? Did you overcome the restrictions? Is this something we’ll live to regret?” Morrison taunts as he picks up the pace again in Sometimes It’s Just Blah Blah Blah. “Sometimes chickens come home to roost…sometimes it’s mind control amnesia…sometimes you don’t know where you are, then they tell you it’s about the weather,” he smirks.

He and the band reach for a psychedelic Creedence vibe in Money From America, a cynical, aphoristic look at the perils of not biting the hand that feeds. “We’re staring at the Gates from hell!”

Morrison isn’t done telling the fence-riders to cease and desist, as he reminds in Not Seeking Approval, a Motown-flavored tune. “Watch the psychos on parade, they just want to enslave the population…”

Dunn’s incisive barrelhouse piano propels the next track, Damage and Recovery: “How long can this go on this time, guess they tried it on for size….is freedom just a memory?” Morrison wants to know.

He introduces the instruments Sly Stone-style in Nervous Breakdown, a scampering, pulsing go-go-flavored tune: “To be told you’re nonessential is a crime against humanity,” he reminds.

Teena Lyle’s congas drive the darkly latin-tinged gospel anthem Absolutely Positively the Most, a defiant call for unity with an explosive organ crescendo. The band hit a jaunty skiffle rhythm in I Ain’t No Celebrity, which comes across as a humblebrag.

Morrison contemplates the advantages of going incognito in Stage Name, arguably the album’s catchiest (and maybe funniest) track. The best song title here is Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas, a devious parody of Rat Pack crooner pop.

The final cut is Pretending, a gorgeous, bittersweet portrait of lockdown-era dissociation. “Pretending I’m not depressed…pretending that it’s not real…pretending I’m someone else, pretending I’m in the present tense, I’m really miles away in a trance.” And as troubled as the song is, Morrison hasn’t lost his sense of humor: the ending is too good to give away. For the second time in eight months, Morrison has jumped to the top of of the shortlist for best album of the year. And the album cover is a meme in itself.

Nikara Warren’s Black Wall Street Band Make a Trip to the Charlie Parker Festival

Vibraphonist Nikara Warren is iconic jazz pianist Kenny Barron‘s granddaughter. She and her Black Wall Street project are arguably the most cutting-edge attraction on opening night of this year’s Charlie Parker Festival at Marcus Garvey Park on August 27 at around 4 PM. Veteran postbop bassist Buster Willliams and his band, and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet follow on the bill.

The Black Wall Street album – streaming at Bandcamp – is yet another project that would have been completed much earlier if not for the 2020 totalitarian takeover. The bandname doesn’t seem to reference the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma racist massacre.

On the first track, Heather Grey (BK gritty), Warren looks back to the slinky sounds of 70s Roy Ayers, but brassier and crunchier, her chugging solo handing off to a matching forward drive from her grandfather’s piano.

She moves to the mic for Run Ricky, a scampering, syncopated, cinematic hip-hop-jazz narrative about the murder of a innocent man. After a towering brass break. Warren’s vibes mingle with Corey Sanchez’s guitar as the storm rises from drummer David Frazier, Jr.’s drums.

Warren’s younger sister, soul singer Be.Be takes over the vocals on Mona Lisa, a darkly carnivalesque soul waltz that comes across as a more psychedelic take on Amy Winehouse. Warren builds a low-key, suspenseful solo before the horns burst into Womb Woes, tenor saxophonist Hailey Niswanger reaching an unhinged wail. Sanchez choose his spots against another brassy wall , Frazier tumbling elegantly on the way out.

Trumpeter Stephen “Khemestry” Fowler harmonizes and trades off warmly with Niswanger as the next number, Persistence shuffles along – but damn, those breaks for whistling will get your earbuds out in a hurry. At least Sanchez’s simmering, resonant solo will make you forget that. “The most righteous thing you can do is shake the table,” Warren intones at the end.

Barron returns to the piano for Thick Girls, an altered latin groove with Fowler channeling a lurid intensity out front, Barron’s prowling, stiletto solo contrasting with Parker McAllister’s tersely looming bass. They bring it down to a lingering duo from Warren’s vibes and Paul Wilson’s electric piano at the end.

The suspense-film intro to Ms. Mimi’s Fried Chicken is a false start: it’s a rapidfire DC-style go-go groove: Niswanger’s smoky, chromatic descent out of a blazing sunset is arguably the high point of the record. The group wind it up with an alternate, mistier take of Mona Lisa with Melanie JB Charles on vocals.

The Zoo Berries Bring Their Slinky, Imaginative Funk and Soul Grooves to Long Island City

Have you noticed how suspiciously much the word “lab” is trending, not just when connected with things that escape or are released from labs, but in everything from rehearsal studios, to bands, to music venues? Especially the places with free shows? What’s that all about?

One of those venues, surprise surprise, is a new one, Culture Lab in Long Island City. Even so, there have been a ton of good acts playing on the back of the flatbed trailer in the parking lot there this summer. One of them is the Zoo Berries, who are there on August 26 at 8 PM.

Back in 2018, their bandleader and bassist Ayal Tsubery – also of sizzling Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart – sent over some files. Since everybody in the band had plenty of other projects going on, this group didn’t play that many shows, so those files just sat, and sat, and sat on the hard drive here. But the band’s lone studio release is good!. If imaginative soul and funk sounds are your thing, give it a spin at Bandcamp.

The first number is Back In Time, which the band build from a spare intro, to an easygoing slow jam, then guitarist Nadav Peled (also of ferocious Ethiopiques band Anbessa Orchestra) takes a machinegunning solo, and the energy goes through the roof. Soprano saxophonist Hailey Niswanger’s solo after that is just about as incendiary.

The second track is Brother, a warmly swaying 6/8 oldschool soul groove, Niswanger harmonizing exuberantly with tenor player Arnan Raz before the two diverge and go blasting through the stratosphere as pianist Daniel Meron and drummer Peter Kronrief kick in harder. They follow the same trajectory in Final Decision, an update on a classic, slinky Booker T sound, Peled’s icepick guitar anchoring the groove to where Meron unexpectedly takes it into hard-hitting jazz.

He pulls back to a moody ripple in Shir LeShabbat, a traditional Jewish melody: finally, the bandleader takes a serpentine solo, climbing and then taking the long way down from the top of the fretboard with his nimble hammer-on riffs. The final tune is Acceptance, a real change of pace with its rainy-day intro. But then spoken-word artist Kéren Or Tayar gets on the mic, and Niswanger plays gentle, sustained lines and a few curlicues, and the sun bursts from behind the clouds.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

8/1, 7 PM loopy art-rock instrumentalists Thee Reps followed by uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/1, 7:30 PM lyrical, cinematic pianist  Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/1, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis.

8/1, 10:30 PM expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 8/15

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn. He’s also at Smalls on 8/13 and 8/27 at 10:30 PM for $25

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/2, 7:30 PM cellist Ismail Ali, tenor saxophonist Will Greene and drummer Raf Vertessen kick out the jams at Downtown Music Gallery

8/2, 7:30 PM powerhouse postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s quartet at Smalls, $25. 8/4 he’s at the Django at 7:30 followed by guitarist Mark Whitfield at 10:30 for the same price.

8/2, 8 PM Rocky Mountain jamband legends Leftover Salmon – still trippy after all these years – at City Winery, $30 adm avail

8/2, 8:30 PM intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/2, 9 PM  Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

8/2, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25. They’re back here on the 23rd

8/3, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 8/17

8/3, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood. Downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp leads a trio at the downstairs room for $20 at 10:30 PM

8/3, 7:30 PM hard-hitting tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/4, 5 PM thunderous all-female Brazilian drumline Fogo Azul at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/4, 7 PM thoughtful, dynamic pianist Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express outdoors at Terraza 7, $15

8/4, 7:30 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/4. 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. He leads a nonet on 8/20 at 10:30 PM at the Django, same deal

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7:30 PM purist oldschool swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 10:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads New Orleans-flavored band at the Django, $25

8/5, midnight guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers take a break from their Central Park busking at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/6, 7:30 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Damrosch Park

8/6, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 8 PM with the Reverb Kings, at 9:30 the darkly haphazard Monomatics and at 11 Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers,

8/6, 9 PM  deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

8/6, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25. He’s back on 8/20

8/6, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  at LIC Bar

8/7, 1 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at the Blue Note, $20

8/7, 3 PM Dominican stars in reverse order; bachatero El Rey Supremo” Luis Vargas / El Gran Alcover / and merengue group Max Banda at Rumsey Playfield south of the Summerstage shell in Central Park

8/7, 4 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave) in Crown Heights, B/Q to Church Ave, sug don

8/7; 6:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard play their “porch concert” set at Downtown Music Gallery

8/7, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at Culture Lab

8/7, 7:30/9 PM purist vocal jazz stylist Melissa Stylianou leads an intimate trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/7, 8 PM dynamically shifting postrock band Hiroe at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/7, 10 PM garage-punk band the Trash Bags at Our Wicked Lady, free

8/9, 7:30 PM art-rock singer and former October Project frontwoman Mary Fahl at City Winery, $22 adm avail

8/10, 7:30/9 PM ambitiously tuneful jazz pianist Steven Feifke leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/11, 5 PM not music-related but important: a rally to fight Attorney General Letitia James’ appeal of Kathy Hochul’s overturned concentration camp order at the Harlem Summer Stage, 163 W 125th St at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. sponsored by Teachers For Choice. If you miss this one, there’s another on 8/14, time/location tba

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7:30/9 PM cinematic Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/11, 9 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom $25 adv tix rec, $25 adv tix rec

8/12, 6 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at a house concert at 284 Stratford Rd at Slocum Pl in Ditmas Park, Q to Cortelyou Rd.

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/12, 7 PM Lucia Pulido leads a killer bolero band with Sebastian Cruz on guitar at Terraza 7, $15

8/12, 7:30 PM trombonist Conrad Herwig leads his latin-flavored Mingus project followed at 10:30 by trombonoist Mariel Bildstein leading her bandat the Django, $25

8/12, 8ish thrash metal band Lies Beneath, stormy cinematic black metal band Body & Blood and melodic underground metal legends Lost Legacy at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/13, 1 PM a blues and blues-adjacent bill in reverse order: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, powerhouse guitarist Jackie Venson, elegant New Orleans legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Bette Smith and Don Bryant at Pier 76, 408 12th Ave north of 34th St.

8/13, 3 PM 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Ja Rule and the Lox at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens Merrick Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard

8/13, 7 PM psychedelic pan-latin jamband Festejation with Juancho Herrera on guitar at Culture Lab

8/13, 7:30 PM expressive carnatic singer Anirban Bhattacharya with Chandrachur Bhattacharya on sitar, Utpal Ghosal on tabla and Naba Kumar Pal on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

8/14, 1 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the Blue Note, $20

8/14, 5 PM jazz pianist Hyuna Park leads her lyrical trio at Culture Lab

8/15-19, half past noon classical pianist Victor Lin at Bryant Park

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/16, 7:30 PM trumpeter Dave Scott with microtonal violin sorceress Sarah Bernstein, bassist Hillyard Greene and drummer Billy Mintz at Downtown Music Gallery

8/16-21, 8/10:30 PM bassist Avishai Cohen with pianist Elchin Shirinov & drummer Roni Kaspi at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/16, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 8/31

8/16, 8:30 PM resonator guitarist Jackson & the Janks play New Orleans rock with bass sax at 11th St Bar

8/17, 1 PM not a music event but important: Children’s Health Defense & CHD NY lead a rally in front of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office at the State Office Building,, 163 W 125th St to let her and Governor Hochul know that New Yorkers say NO to the unconstitutional quarantine and isolation measures they are trying to get reinstated after they were overturned in court. The regulation allowed for a massive expansion of powers to force isolate and quarantine New Yorkers with no due process or evidence of illness. Even though Hochul lost in court, she is appealing the decision..

8/17, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/18, 8ish a surf rock triplebill at the Sovereign in reverse order: opaque, surrealistically creepy Russian stars Messer Chups, the darkly cinematic Wiped Out, the edgy, more lo-fi Jagaloons, $20

8/18, 9:30 PM wildly charismatic, menacing gutter blues band the Reid Paley Trio behind the “worn door” at the Main Drag Community Center at 50 S 1st St. in Williamsburg, about equidistant from the Bedford Ave. L and the J/M to Marcy

8/18, 10:30 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/18-19, 7:30 PM the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra with Anna Fedorova on piano play works by Valentin Silvestrov, Beethoven, Chopin. Dvorak and Brahms at Damrosch Park

8/20, 4 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels  followed by the NYC Ska Orchestra at Culture Lab

8/20, 4 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

8/20, 7 PM haunting, lyrical, noir-tinged songwriter Nina Nastasia at Union Pool, $20

8/20, 8 ish Burnt Sugar celebrate 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 5 PM carnivalesque Balkan punk monstrosity Funkrust Brass Band outdoors at Newkirk Ave & E 17th St in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Q to Newkirk Ave

8/21. 7:30/9 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover leads a chordless trio at Smalls, $25

8/22-26, half past noon eclectic jazz pianist Jon Weber at Bryant Park

8/22, 10 PM singer Kevin Harris with jazz organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette at the Ear Inn

8/23, 7 PM trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s playfully cinematic Curhestra at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/23, 8 PM Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  at the small room at the Rockwood

8/23-28, 8/10:30 PM jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

8/24, noon purist jazz pianist Mala Waldron at Dante Park, Broadway betw 63/64

8/24, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Luther S. Allison leads his group at the Django, $25

8/24, 9 PM darkly cinematic chanteuse Alice Cohen at Union Pool, $16

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/26, 8 PM psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Zoo Berries at Culture Lab

8/26, 8 PM a third-wave ska nostalgia quadruplebill with soundtrack instrumentalist Jo Mercado, Beat Stu. the End Times and then ska trombone legend Buford O’Sullivan and the Roosters at Otto’s

8/27, 4 PM all-female salsa band Lulada Club at a house concert at 121 Marlborough Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 7 PM oldschool soul grooves with Square Won at Culture Lab

8/27, 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonne with Vincent Herring on sax at the Django, $25

8/27, 10 PM sardonic all-female ghoulabilly/garage band the Black Widows at Otto’s

8/28. 1:30ish soul-folk songwriter Wyndham Baird, satirical tunesmith legend Erik Frandsen. Americana swing songwriter Katie Martucci and  eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at Washington Square Park /bio

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

8/28 legendary, playful ex-Ellington Band trombonist Art Baron and his group at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/28, 4 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, followed at 6 by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

8/28, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

8/28, 7 PM sizzling clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch leads his klezmer trio at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

8/28. 8:30 PM a rare solo show by intense, wickedly tuneful jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Downtown Music Gallery

8/28, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/29-9/2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

8/29, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

8/30, 6:30 PM guitarist Aron Namenwirth and keyboardist Eric Plaks improvise; guitarist Simon Hanes, cellist Aliya Ultan and drummer Kevin Murray do the same afterward at Downtown Music Gallery

8/31, 7:30 PM rising star jazz vibraphonist Sasha Berliner leads her group at the Django, $25

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 8 PM hilarious, lyrically devastating pianist and protest song maven Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15,, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16,, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

Memes and Singles of the Week For July 23

It’s been a crazy week. but the Great Awakening seems to be pushing the Great Reset off the cliff. Today’s playlist starts with some snarky visuals, then about 25 minutes worth of tunes and a shocking but cruelly funny bit of news. As always, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio and visuals – and make sure you use Brave or another browser with an ad blocker because some of the songs are at youtube.

Sometimes a video is worth a thousand words. This is so sweet. All the Dutch kids on their four-wheelers showing solidarity with the farmers protesting the World Economic Forum’s sick Agenda 2030! Thanks to the irreplaceable Tessa Lena for passing this along

Mathew Aldred shares the funniest social media gaffe of the week:

If masks worked, they would have been banned, just like hydroxichloroquine” via author Amy Sukwan.

Artist Anne Gibbonsmeme of the week is the Philanthropath of the Year Awards, inspired by Margaret Anna Alice’s must-read Substack. Let’s get the word “philanthropath” into the global urban dictionary!

Fran Leader, who for years has been tip of the spear among British activists sounding the alarm about the dangers of EMF exposure, has a great meme dump today: check out the “authoritarian virus” and the Matrix joke.

Now for some tunes! Satirist and documentarian Sage Hana has a characteristically spot-on video for a live, late-career version of Blondie’s One Way Or Another. Pay careful attention to the final frame

Jessie Kilguss wrote her janglerock anthem Great White Shark for a prison songwriting class….that she was teaching. The gist of this bittersweet gem is that maybe sharks aren’t so scary after all. Yikes!

Nina Diaz‘s Silly Situation turns mid-80s Cure inside out with a world-weary Marianne Faithfull angst.

Let’s take a dive into the deep end of the noir soul pool with a good segue from Lizzie No‘s Sweeter Than Strychnine into All Back, by Ali McGuirk

Lukas Lion‘s The Great Puppet Show, a creepy circus-rock hip-hop protest song, has gotten a lot of traction lately:

If we can make Hollywood movies, you think we can’t manipulate what the latest news is?
We’re the kings of illusion, we choose what the truth is.

Imagine a woman singing Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road and you get Kasey Waldon‘s Simple As Love

Let’s end this on a (very darkly) comedic note with the irreplaceable Dr. Pam Popper‘s commentary on the damning new memoir by the “scarf lady.” The founder of Make Americans Free Again unpacks the criminal Fauci’s co-conspirator Deborah Birx’s memoir in five minutes, letting her dig her own grave in admitting that she was the main proponent of the asymptomatic spread madness, and the testing madness of the early days of the plandemic. Birx even brags about how she subverted any attempt by the White House to return to normal. As Birx confesses, “They never managed to catch the subterfuge.” Start the video at about the two minute mark.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For July and August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions. Lots of listings being added, almost daily, like the good old days before March 2020!

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

7/13, 7/20 and 7/27, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet play music by 21sst century composers at Madison Square Park

7/1, 7 PM sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Bryant Park

7/1, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a two-guitar quartet with fellow axeman Mike Moreno at the Django, $25

7/1-2, 7:30/9 PM saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 7/2  feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band follow at 10:30 and returns on 7/9, same time

7/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

7/2, 7:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson at the Django, $25

7/2, 8 PM the monthly surf rock show has resumed with the eclectic Weisstronauts, surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption sand the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC. at Otto’s

7/3, half past noon/2:30 PM drummer Christian Finger leads his moody European jazz trio with the haunting Vadim Neselovskyi on piano at the Blue Note, $15

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

7/3, 5:30 PM art-rock chanteuse Andromeda Anarchia followed by Queens of the Stone Age soundalikes the Velvicks – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/3, 7:30/9 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a two-baritone quintet with Gary Smulyan at Smalls, $25

7/3, 9 PM first-class bluegrass bandleader/bassist Allison Kelly at Skinny Dennis

7/4, 9 PM one of the alltime most thrilling guitarists in Americana, Rosie Flores at Skinny Dennis. Note that there is a $5 cover

7/4, 10:30 PM  expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 7/11

7/5, 6:30 PM Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz improvises with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Tom Rainey followed at 7:30 by bassist Henry Fraser and violinist Cleek Schrey at Downtown Music Gallery

7/5, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

7/7, 6 PM Brain Cloud western swing mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St

7/7, 7 PM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz/art-rock songwriter Becca Stevens with intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20. It’s a good night there. She’s followed at 8:30 by steamboat soul crooner/pianist Nat Osborn. Downstairs irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays at 7 for $10

7/7, 7:30/9 PM trombonist Alan Ferber leads his immersively innovative, sometimes symphonic nonet at Smalls, $25

7/8, 7 PM  brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis in the park on the Hudson at 125th St.

7/8, 7:30 PM the NYChillharmonic – who play lushly intricate art-rock with big band jazz orchestration – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/8, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 10:30 PM an absurdly cheap triplebill of latin artists from Canada and Chile: Mexican folk guitarist Quique Escamilla, psychedelic latin rockers Battle of Santiago – the missing link between Willie Colon and Pink Floyd – and cumbia songwriter Ramon Chiccarron at Drom, $10

7/10, 5 PM Red Baraat trumpeter Sonny Singh plays funky bhangra psychedelia at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/10, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/8, 7 PM every kind of swing jazz you could imagine with the Baylor Project at Bryant Park

7/10, 7 PM oldschool salsa triplebill: Lower East Salsa, Domingo Quinones and Puerto Rican Power at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free

7/11-14, half past noon eclectic, often haunting Armenian jazz pianist Armen Donelian at Bryant Park

7/11, 8:30 PM satirical smooth-soul crooner Smoota and the Beast with Yusuke Yamamoto on synth, Ricky Quiñones on guitar, Tim Allen on bass and special guests Ryan Sawyer on drums and Moist Paula Henderson on bari sax at Bacaro (136 Division St.) just north of the East Broadway F station in Chinatown, free

7/12, 6:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard in a rare solo show at Downtown Music Gallery

7/12. 7 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. They’re at Radegast Hall on 7/30 at 1 PM

7/12, 7:30 PM  A Far Cry  play an innovative program of string arrangements of Bartok miniatures plus works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Dvorak, Beethoven and Karl Doty at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/12, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at the Django, $25

7/12, 7:30/9 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/12-17, 8/10:30 PM constantly shapeshifting hip-hop icon Talib Kweli & the Whiskey Boys at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

7/12. 9 PM noir Americana siren Eilen Jewell sings Loretta Lynn at Skinny Dennis, there is a cover charge $tba

7/13, noon  trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/13, 7:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at the Django, $25, He’s also at Smalls on 7/16 and 7/23 at 10:30

7/14, noon thunderous all-female Colombian coastal trance-dance ensemble La Manga at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/14, 7:30 PM imaginative indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth followed by a live interview with avant garde legends the Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/15, 7 PM the oldtimey band that started the whole revival back in the 90s, the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Bryant Park

7/15 7 PM psychedelic Afrobeat jammers the Brighton Beat at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/15, 7 PM powerful, lyrical classical piainist Mimoza Keka plays works by contemporary Macedonian composers Tomislav Zografski and Dimitrije Buzarovski .at Gallery MC

7/15, 7:30 PM lyrical pianist Rich Germanson leads a quartet at the Django, $25. Followd at 10:30 by New Orleans reedman Craig Handy & Second Line Smith

7/16, 5 PM slinky new wave bassist/bandleader Yula Beeri at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/16, 7:30 PM innovative, captivating carnatic singer Emmanuelle Martin with violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar and mridangam player Bala Skandan at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/16, 8:30 PM slinky soul-influenced psychedelic band Chicano Batman at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/16, 9 PM haunting, reverb guitar-driven noir cinematic instrumentalists Big Lazy at Room 31 at the Arlo Nomad hotel, 11 E 31st St, $15

7/17, 7 PM smoldering female-fronted Colombian psychedelic band Yotoco at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/17, 7 PM  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/18-22, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski plays solo at Bryant Park

7/19, 7 PM  mighty, sweeping ensemble Mariachi Real de Mexico at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/19, 7:30 PM high-voltage Ukrainian folk ensemble Cheres play a benefit for the citizens of Ukraine, proceeds to Razom for Ukraine at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

7/19, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quintet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/19, 8:30 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

7/20, noon saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

7/20, 8 PM wild Danish klezmer band Mames Babagenush at Drom $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish organ groovemeister Cory Henry at Central Park Summerstage

7/21, half past noon sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’ leads a sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/21, 7 PM bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/21, 7:30 PM erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quartet at the Django, $25

7/21, 7 PM charming oldtimey swing band Fleur Seule at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

7/21, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass – the American Sadies – at Mama Tried in Gowanus

7/22, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one at the Django, $25

7/22-23, 7:30/9 PM innovative alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at Smalls, $25

7/22, 110 PM the slinky, fiery Macedonian-flavorted Sedi Donka Balkan Band at St. Mazie’s

7/22, 11:30 PM  pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars with haunting Middle Eastern trumpeter Ibraham Maalouf at Drom, $30 adv tix rec

7/23, 11 AM the all-female Egalitarian Brass play new classical works to wake the neighborhood up at Washington Square Park

7/23, 3 PM lo-fi folk-punk songwriter Francesca LaMantia of A Multitude of Drops and all-female punk trio Left in the Attic outdoors BMH Plaza, 438 E. 163rd St just west of the Washington Ave intersection in the Bronx, B/D to 161st St/Yankee Stadium

7/23, 4ish bad segue, good twinbill: smart female-fronted gutter blues jamband Jane Lee Hooker followed at 5 by lyrical, thoughtful jazz pianist Eugenia Choe at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/23, 7 PM cutting-edge big band salsa jazz with drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band at Bryant Park

7/23, 7:30 PM santoor virtuoso Vinay Desai with tabla player Mir Naquibul Islam at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/24, 3 PM ish 80s reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/24, 7 PM saxophonist Joseph Herbst’s Ghost in the Mirror large ensemble jazz project with adventurous string ensemble Quartet Davis at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/24, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/24, 7 PM slinky piano-fueled soul band the Claudettes at the big room at the Rockwood $15

7/25-29, half past noon sly, cinematic, tuneful Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

7/25, 7:30 PM purist, purposeful jazz guitarist Russell Malone with pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Luke Sellick at Mezzrow, $25

7/25, 8 PM in reverse order: trumpeter Nate Wooley‘s acidically enveloping, atmospheric Columbia Icefield, slashing guitarslinger Ava Mendoza, bassist Trevor Dunn and ambient composer Cecilia Lopez at TV Eye, 1647 Weirfield St., Ridgewood, $10

7/25, 8 PM busy surf rock cover group Band of Others at Cowgirl Seahorse

7/26. 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/26, 7:30 PM edgy orchestra the Knights & Lara St. John, violin soloist play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony plus works by Avner Dorman at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/26, 7 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther, Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  and bassist Mali Obomsawin and her band at the basement room at the Rockwood, $15,

7/26, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

7/26, 8 PM intrepid improvisational violist Jessica Pavone solo, the similarly-inclined surrealist Dave Ruder leading a quartet and retro 60s surf/spy/soundtrack chanteuse Dodi (fka Transistor Ray at Rubulad, $10

7/27, noon irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse Tamar Korn at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia aat Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

7/27, 8 PM a Lee Konitz tribute with saxophonist Ohad Talmor, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller at Seeds

7/28, half past noon the self=explanatory Gipsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/28, 6 PM Cuban tres player Junniel Jiminez and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

7/28, 7 PM the Horne Electric Band play brassy funk at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/29, 7 PM one of the most haunting songwriters in folk noir, Emily Jane White opens for minimalist/darkwave chanteuse Eivor at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

7/29, 7 PM cosmopolitan retro Euro-swing band the Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay on vocals at Bryant Park

7/29, 7 PM the Hudson Horns play brass music from the Balkans to New Orleans at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30, 4:30 PM Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā, followed eventually at around 9 by feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/30, 5 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Corgi’s Distillery, 1 Distillery Drive, Building P, Jersey City for directions (201)448-4184

7/30, 6 PM eclectic Palestinian chanteuse Amal Murkus & the Firas Zreik Quintet followed by ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah  and  thunderous Ukrainian folk-punk stompers Dakhabrakha at Damrosch Park

7/30, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian funk singer/bandleader Araceli Poma at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30.,7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at the Django, $25 at the Django, $25

7/30, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

7/30, 10:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/31, 2 PM slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly at the Harlem Meer Boathouse in Central Park south of 110th St.

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/7, 3 PM a Dominican triplebill with merengue tipica band Grupo d’AhoraEl Gran Alcover and merengue star El Rey Supremo Luis Vargas at Central Park Summerstage

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/13, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/20, 7 ish the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and political broadsides, and Burnt Sugar celebrating 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/11, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes under the Dumbo archway

9/15-18, 7:30 PM this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet resumes, rescheduled from July with a program tba at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns: Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play a program tba at Bryant Park