Music listings – 8/9 through 8/15

1. Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid

Date: Monday, August 9, 2010
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Avenue C, East Village, New York, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz?Funk

Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid is playing his original compositions, with improvisations by some of NYC’s most creative groove players. The music has a variety of influences, including Ornette Coleman’s Primetime, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Moroccan Gnawa music, and Stanley Turrentine. The members are: Avram Fefer (sax), Aaron Whitbey (key), Dave Phelps (gui) and  Chris Eddleton (dr).


Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Time: 11pm
Nublu (62 Avenue C, East Village, New York, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World/Senegalese M’Balax

TERANGA is NYC’s premier Senegalese M’Balax Band, playing music direct from the streets of Dakar, Senegal the way it is supposed to be played…”Pur et Dur” (Pure and Tuff!). Led by singing sensation Backa Niang and backed by an all-star group of M’Balax music veterans, TERANGA has been taking NYC by storm, playing to enthusiastic packed houses until the early morning hours. Always a party with many sensational guests on sabar and guest dancers which can only be believed by seeing!

Line up:

Backa Niang (lead vocals)
Mahanta Faye (drums)
Raja Kassis (lead guitar)
Morcoumba Gueye (sabar percussions, animation)
Riche Faye (sabar, animation)
Patrice Blanchard (bass)
Arona N’Diaye (marimba keyboards)
Moha Seck (sabar percussions 
Maguette Fall (talking drum)
Cheick Niang (dancer)
***with VERY special guest master dancers at any given time.

3. JACK BRUCE OF CREAM Featuring: Special guests JOEY MOLLAND of BADFINGER + The Funky Knights

Date: Tuesday August 10, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $50
Genre: Rock/Blues

Jack Bruce is a Scottish musician, composer and singer. He is known as an electric bass guitarist, and has been referred to as a, “World-class pioneer in his main instrument; a composer of some of the most endurable and recognisable rock songs of our time; an accomplished classical, jazz and Latin musician and one of popular music’s most distinctive and evocative voices.” He was famous as the vocalist, main composer and bass guitarist for the 1960s rock band Cream.


Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Time: 9:30pm, 11pm and 1am
Venue: Zink Bar (82 West 3rd St., NY, 212-477-9462)
Ticket: $10

A mix of straight-ahead and Brazilian sensibilities reflects Helio Alves’ personal tastes and his musical complexity. “I love jazz, and I love Brazilian music, and I always…

The line up: Helio Alves – piano, Vic Juris – guitar, Nilson Matta- bass and Duduka Da Fonseca – drums

5. Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves w/ April Smith & the Great Picture Show

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Rhythm & Blues/Soul

“It’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure,” admits Eli “Paperboy” Reed, looking back at the incredible journey that took the boyish-looking yet preternaturally mature soul belter from a Boston high school band room to a Mississippi Delta juke joint, from Sunday morning gigs behind the organ at a tiny South Side Chicago church to headlining the coolest clubs in Brooklyn with his red-hot band, and now, signed to Capitol Records.

6. John Mayall

Date: Friday, August13, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10:30pm
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Blues

Throughout the ’60s, John Mayall’s band, the Bluesbreakers, acted as a finishing school for the leading British blues-rock musicians of the era. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor joined his band in a remarkable succession in the mid-’60s, honing their chops with Mayall before going on to join Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones, respectively. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark also played and recorded with Mayall for varying lengths of times in the ’60s.

7. Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane w/ Eric Mingus, Dave Hofstra and Don McKenzie

Date: Sunday, August 15, 2010
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Nu Blues

TERRAPLANE is more than just a vehicle for Elliott Sharp. It is a New York all-star band. Alex Harding (Roy Hargrove, Aretha Franklin, Sun Ra All-Star Project) plays baritone saxophone, and Sharp himself takes over the tenor sax. Rounding off the horn arrangements is Curtis Fowlkes (Lounge Lizards, Jazz Passengers) on trombone. Tony Lewis is on drums. Bass is played by the avant-garde legend, Dave Hofstra, known from such bands as The President and the Microscopic Septet. Behind the microphone is Charlie Mingus’ heavyweight son, Eric Mingus, one of the greatest blues singers of our day. Sharp allows his fellow musicians every bit of freedom to move their own ways within the songs without breaking out of the context of the band. The spectrum reaches from minimalist soli to explosive Electro-Blues

The line up: Elliott Sharp – guitars, tenor sax / Eric Mingus – vocals / Curtis Fowlkes – trombone / Alex Harding – baritone sax / David Hofstra – bass / Tony Lewis – drums

8. Public Enemy, Blitz The Ambassador & DJ Kool Herc

Date: Sunday, August, 2010
Time: 3pm
Venue: Central Park/Mainstage (NY)
Ticket: free, but $3 donation
Genre: Hip Hop

The most influential and controversial rap group of the 80s performs on the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Fear of a Black Planet, with two rising and equally political new comers.

Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap groups of all time. Public Enemy pioneered a variation of rap that was revolutionary. With his powerful, authoritative baritone, co-founder Chuck D rhymed about all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing the Black community, often condoning revolutionary tactics and social activism.

Ghanaian hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador uses rousing horns and clever beats that make him impossible to take lightly. Alongside his band, The Embassy Ensemble, Blitz tests the limits of hip-hop with live instruments and heavily complex, cross-cultural musical exploration.

DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the first hip-hop DJ. In the early stages of hip-hop music, DJ Kool Herc brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx and began playing the brief rhythmic sections of records which would become known as “breaks.” Using the two turntable set-up of the disco DJs, Kool Herc’s style led to the use of two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using hard funk, rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of hip-hop music. DJ Kool Herc’s music along with his announcements to his dancers, called b-boys and b-girls, helped pave the way to what everyone now knows as rapping.