New York City World and Urban Music Events | January 2011


Arts Presenters conference
Friday 1/7 – Tues. 1/11
Over 5,000 arts professionals will be in New York City for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference from January 7-11. This marketplace for the performing arts is the largest in the world and the destination for experiencing first-hand what’s next in the performing arts.

Here Comes Trouble
Friday 1/7; 7PM; $15
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St.
Six acts in one evening. Tradition can make plenty of trouble, as this year’s artists prove. Forward-thinking San Francisco agency Trouble Worldwide and the worldly New York label Barbès Records have teamed up for the third annual Here Comes Trouble showcase to present six groups that leap borders and continents with a single musical bound at 92YTribeca. A Bhangra dance party closes the night.

Winter jazzfest
Friday 1/7 – Sat. 1/8; Various venues
Jazz invades the West Village when the NYC Winter Jazzfest stages more than 60 performances showcasing the most ground breaking jazz and experimental music. Five venues will host events: Poisson Rouge, Zinc Bar, Kenny’s Castaway, The Bitter End and Sullivan Hall.

globalFEST 2011
Sunday 1/9; 7PM; $40
Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St.
globalFEST throws one of the year’s best international music parties while expanding the horizons of musicians and audiences alike. 13 Artists from around the world converge on Webster Hall for this global sampler.  Artists performing include Bogotá’s La-33, Senegal’s Yoro Ndiaye and the string duo of Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal.

Ecstatic Music Festival
January 17 – March 28
More than 150 composers, songwriters and performers re-defining contemporary music come together for collaborations exploring the fertile terrain between classical and popular music. The 14-concert festival kicks off with a FREE 7-hour marathon on Monday, January 17, 2011 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) from 2-9 pm.


Love Trio w/Fernando Otero’s Electric Tango
Saturday 1/8; 11PM; $10
Nublu, 62 Ave. C

Toubab Krewe
Sunday 1/9; 8PM; $25.00 (1/2 price if you have proof that you’re unemployed)
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St.
Toubab Krewe fuses the music of Mali with American musical styles (particularly those of the Southern United States). The group’s instrumentation includes kora (21-string harp-lute), kamelengoni, soku, two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set, and African percussion.  The English Beat need no introduction.

MLK Tribute with Questlove & MC Yameen Allworld
Sunday 1/16; 8PM; $15
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street
Giant Step’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration turns to Questlove of the Roots with MC Yameen Allworld, for their inaugural set at this annual tradition. Inspired by MLK and freedom, they will bring us a very special set at the event.

Thursday 1/20; $17 advance / $20 day of
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street
Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano has sung for  Koop and José González. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden the band creates organically soulful pop sounds. Their 2009 sophomore album “Machine Dreams” finds Little Dragon moving towards a more electronic sound without losing any of their soulfulness.

Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz
Wed 1/26; 6PM; $17
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St.
Electronic fusion great and tabla beat master Karsh Kale brings together a star cast of musicians including fellow Indian fusionists MIDIval Punditz to perform music from his upcoming release Cinema.

Thurs. 1/13 – Sun. 1/16
The Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St.
Tomasz Stanko’s latest ECM release, Dark Eyes, came in at Number Eight in the 2010 DownBeat Critics Poll. Appearing at the head of an all–star New York band featuring the incendiary tenor saxophonist Chris Potter.


Turmix & Ol’ Stark present a new monthly residence: LET ‘S BOOGALOO @ NUBLU

Dj Turmix  &  DJ Ol’ Stark present a new night:
Every SECOND FRIDAY of the month: one live band ( soul/ funk / jazz / boogaloo ) +  a two-DJ allnighter!
LET’S BOOGALOO celebrates the best sounds in Boogaloo/Soul/ Funk /Jazz /Salsa-Bossa, from the 60s-70s to the latest boogaloo bands from the 4 continents, such as The Budos Band, Big Boss Man, Para, Sugarman 3 & many more…
*Launch party: FRIDAY JANUARY 14th 2011 –  9pm – 4am
Where: Nublu-62 Ave. C (bet 4th/5th Sts)
Entrance: CONCERT + DJ ALLNIGHTER : $ 10/+21 with I.D

Ben Watt
Thurs. 1/20; 6PM; $15
Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street
After a nine-month break from clubland the renowned DJ, and of course the other half of Everything But The Girl returns to New York for a special one-night-stand.

I Love Vinyl
Sat. 1/29; 10PM; $5 before 12
Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Wax Poetics magazine, with Halcyon, and Fusicology, present I Love Vinyl, a jumping monthly all-vinyl oasis, featuring a dream team of resident romantics. Expect sonic sparks to fly. The sounds are mind-wide, foot-friendly, and snap crackle popping. No laptops allowed.  I Love Vinyl


Yann Tiersen
Fri. 2/18 + Sat. 2.19; 9PM; $25 advance
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St.
Yann Tiersen has become revered as one of Europe’s most pioneering and original artists. The Brittany, France based multi-instrumentalist and composer’s latest CD, “Dust Lane” was produced with Ken Thomas of Sigur Rós.

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