Music Listings – 9/8 through 9/15/2014

1. Recommended Fall Festival: FIAF’s “Crossing the Line” from September 8 through October 20, 2014

2. BT3 (CD Release Party)

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Venue: The Village @ Gureje – Renate Albertsen-Marton Gallery (884-886 Pacific St, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $20
Genre: fusion rock

Burn It! LIVE captures the infectious grooves and adventurous virtuosity of the Brooklyn guitarist’s BT3 trio.”

Join Ben Tyree + special guests to celebrate the release of BT3: Burn It! LIVE. This will be a listening party including slideshows of Tyree’s visual art plus a Q&A/interview portion.

Please join us at The Village @ Gureje, a cultural and neighborhood institution who’s proprietor, Jimi Gureje has been a pivotal and supportive figure in the careers and lives of many NYC (specifically Prospect Heights, Brooklyn) artists and organizers.

Guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Valerie June, Elliott Sharp, and Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber.

Concert Review: BT3 Takes Spike Hill (NY)

3. Lera Lynn Record Release Show! with Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne and Adam Faucett

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: $12 – $15
Genre: Americana/singer-song writer/folk

Nashville-based, Georgia-bred singer-songwriter, Lera Lynn’s music may be hard to categorize, but that is likely why she appeals to so many. While the music business likes to wrap everything up in neat little packages, that isn’t always possible. Lera’s music has frequently been filed under “Americana”, “Folk” and “Country.” But those categorizations tell only part of the story. “I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” Lera says. “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter,’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”

4. Chicago Afrobeat Project Feat. Tony Allen with Underground System & EMEFE (DJ Set) with Laolu & the afromysterics

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: S.O.B.’s (204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Afro-beat/funk

This past summer, master drummer and afrobeat innovator Tony Allen and Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) finally collaborated after years of mutual respect and admiration. They performed to packed venues in cities across the Midwest U.S. and spent days at Chicago’s Fullerton Recording Studios creating new music non-stop.

Tony Allen has never before collaborated with an American afrobeat band on a full album. So the outcome of his collaboration with Chicago Afrobeat Project — an album with more than seven tracks — is set to make history. Slated for release later this year or early next, the album is a work of sheer artistic and rhythmic brilliance. It will change the way afrobeat is played in America. Each track is a beautifully crafted blend of cultures, politics, musical histories, interpretations of afrobeat, and individual artistic styles.

The Paris-based Allen – original and longtime drummer for Fela Kuti – is acclaimed for injecting the “beat” into afrobeat and has released more than five solo albums over his impressive career. Recently Allen teamed with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) on “Rocket, Juice and the Moon” (2012), a funky album exploration of groove sketches that features Erykah Badu, Fatoumata Diawara, M.anifest, and more.

As a relentless innovator, Allen continues to blaze his musical path forward. Brian Eno once called Tony “the greatest living drummer,” and Allen has also collaborated with Albarn on the studio project “The Good, the Bad and the Queen” (2007).

Chicago Afrobeat Project, a cornerstone of the North American afrobeat revitalization over the past decade has released three full-length studio albums to date including 2013’s “Nyash UP!” The album features afrobeat interpretations of rock hits by Radiohead, Talking Heads and Fugazi. The band continues to tour year-round across the United States and Canada.

About Underground System

Twitter: @USAfrobeat

Instagram: @UndergroundSystem






EMEFE is an indie dance band from New York City. To watch EMEFE perform is to be seized by sound and exalted with the energy and magnetism the band brings to the stage, the street, into the audience and into your body and mind. EMEFE’s show will shake you in and out of your comfort zone, lift you up with joy and give you a taste of what it feels like to be a part of music fueled by pure love and devotion. EMEFE’s DJ set is no different, presenting the influences and current favorites of the band’s leader, Miles Arntzen, in a fluently connected set of deeply rhythmic music. Let’s dance.




5.  AF THE NAYSAYER, Prism House, Slomile Swift with Skyes, Dan Dillinger, JB N

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 7pm – 12am
Venue: Spike Hill (184 & 186 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY)
Ticket: $8
Genre:  electronic and hip-hop music

An up-and-coming voice in the Southern electronic and hip-hop scenes, AF THE NAYSAYER blends a masterful postmodern electronic mixture of diverse influences. Fusing 80s R&B, 90s hip hop, and old-school Japanese video game soundtracks, AF synthesizes a soulful sound, simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. His collaborations in New Orleans have led to appearances supporting producer Jneiro Jarel’s Viberian Experience, as well as the creation of the showcase Dolo Jazz Suite, of which he is the host and founder. He currently lives in Lake Charles, LA and tours extensively. His most recent beat tape, ‘The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1’, will be available late Summer/early Fall of 2014 from Step Pepper Records.

Prism House is a Brooklyn-based audio/visual electronic duo focused on an aesthetic that feels uniquely a part of the internet age. The group performs regularly in and around New York City and has quickly gained a reputation for a live show that refreshingly combines immersive live visuals with found sound collage style musical compositions. The result is an experience that rides the line between dance and experimental music with a focus on controlled improvisation, and is an exciting take on electronic performance in an era dominated by pre-arranged performances and laptop DJ aesthetics.

Slomile Swift blending electronic dance music’s synthesizers and hip hop’s sample-laden production, Slomile Swift from Baton Rouge, La. has made a very strong debut in the local music scene with his abrasive, yet soulful; accessible, yet eclectic; brash, yet melodic production.

JB Nimble (CandleSpit) is an MC who was raised in Boston, but really began and progressed his musical career in the Bay Area, California with his label, Ear Peace Records

6. Tomas Doncker BAND

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Milk River (960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Tickets: $15
Genre: blues, funk, afro-beat

Milk River in association with True Groove Global SOUL presents a weekly Global Soul Celebration. Kicking off this collaboration will be the Tomas Doncker BAND in an evening of blues, funk, afro-beat featuring special guests. Tonight is the celebration of the release of Funky World a True Groove Club/Dub/Dance Compilation. NO COVER NO MINIMUM (but please support Milk River as you can)

7. Lauren Lee “Space Jazz” Trio

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 8pm to 11pm
Venue: Choga (145 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012
Tickets: $
Genre: jazz/improv

A midwestern transplant, Lauren Lee attributes her eclectic musical sensibilities to her rural roots and rapt fascination with harmony, rhythm, and “ear worms”. Her resume includes a diverse array of contemporary music. A graduate of NYU’s Graduate Program in Jazz Studies, she’s worked with some of the finest creative minds in the industry, including Gil Goldstein, Kenny Werner, Ralph Lalalma, Don Friedman, and Brian Lynch.

Lauren Lee/Vocals/Piano/Comp
Charley Sabatino/Bass
Andy O’Neill/Drums

Concert Review: Lauren Lee Jazz Project – a boundary-pushing ensemble led by Lauren Lee, a highly skilled and very imaginative pianist and singer

8. Shahid Parvez Khan & Anindo Chatterjee

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010)
Ticket:  $35 and $55
Genre: Indian classical music

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is one of the finest and most sought after sitar players of our time. His live performances have become stuff of legend, leaving audiences spellbound from New York to Kolkata. Ustadji is a 7th generation musician from the Etawa tradition and learned his craft from Ustad Aziz Khan. He is an equally gifted teacher, spreading his art from the SPK Academy of Music (

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee has attained the pinnacle in the art of tabla playing. Trained from his early childhood by Guru Padmabhusan Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Anindoji has developed a unique style. Both technically and artistically, he is a milestone for future generations to follow. He is equally regarded as a soloist and an accompanist and has shared the stage with all the great musicians of India.

9. Composers and the Voice: Six Scenes

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: South Oxford Space (138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Ticket:  $15 and $10 (student)
Genre: opera

AOP (American Opera Projects) presents excerpts of new operas at COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES 2014, the culmination of this season’s Composers & the Voice (C&V) opera training program. Audiences will see scenes by five emerging composers – Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz and one composer/librettist team, Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim, who were chosen by AOP to spend a year creating new works focusing on the operatic voice.

Sopranos: Deborah Lifton and Kristin Sampson
Mezzo: Blythe Gaissert
Tenor: Dominic Armstrong
Baritone: Jorell Williams
Bass-baritone: Matthew Burns
Piano: Music Directors Mila Henry, Kelly Horsted, and Charity Wicks.
Artistic Director and host: Steven Osgood

This year’s C&V fellows have benefitted from one-on-one mentoring from esteemed composers Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Tobias Picker, and Stephen Schwartz, as well as librettist Mark Campbell. Each of these distinguished artists reviews their fellows’ work, offers feedback, and participates in C&V discussions.

Performances: Friday, September 12 and Sunday, September 14 at 7:30pm

10. 9/11 Cultural Festival from September 11 through September 14, 2014

The 9/11 Cultural Festival will take place 9/11 – 9/14 in New York City at The Playroom Theater, Medicine Show Theatre, First Street Green Park and Bowery Poetry Club. There will be a Script in Hand Reading Series and an Occupy 911 Art Show as part of this event. The World Premiere of a new play Gaza Emergency Pageant by Bread and Puppet Theater Company will be the featured event.

9/11 – First Street Green Park,, 12pm – 6pm, Speakers Reverend Frank Morales, Paul DeRienzo, Occupy 911 Art Show, The 911 Plays consisting of David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & The Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner. Bread and Puppet Theater Company World Premiere of a new play “Gaza Emergency Pageant”. Free

9/12 – The Playroom Theater,, 2pm – 6pm, The 911 Plays consisting of David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & The Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner. $10 Suggested Donation
Medicine Show Theatre,
549 West 52 St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019 , 8pm, The 911 Plays consisting of David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & The Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner. $10 Suggested Donation

9/13 – First Street Green Park,, 1pm – 5pm, Occupy 911 Art Show, The 911 Plays, open mic, musicians, dance groups, variety performances. Free
Medicine Show Theatre,
549 West 52 St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, 8pm, The 911 Plays consisting of David’s Aliens, Naked Uncle Sam, 9/11 & The Youtube Tapes, Horrors of Cocaine and To Kill Eric Garner. $10 Suggested Donation

9/14 – First Street Green Park,, 1pm – 5pm, Occupy 911 Art Show, The 911 Plays, open mic, musicians, dance groups, variety performances. Free
Bowery Poetry Club, , 6pm – 9pm, Poetry Readings by Judith Malina, Lois Kagen – Minus, John Farris, Bob Holman, Carla Cubit, Exavier Wardlaw, Robert Hegger and Steve Canon plus Shadow and Constance and open mic.

We are open to any art and performance that may or may not be inspired by 9/11 and we will be encouraging dialogue about 9/11 at the Script in Hand Reading Series and throughout these events about peoples experiences from 9/11.
The 9/11 Cultural Festival is seeking artists with 9/11 tribute inspired artwork to display artwork and perform at The First Street Green Park, 9/11 – 9/14, New York City as part of the 9/11 Cultural Festival.
We are seeking artists, musicians and performers that send a message of hope, unity and healing.
The 9/11 Cultural Festival is a festival for peace in which an honest dialogue about 9/11 is encouraged through the arts, theatre, dance, music, poetry and the visual arts and crafts. Artists will be performing independent, original plays, music, dance, and poetry readings to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy.

11. Sean Noonan

Date: Saturday,  September 13, 2014
Time: 8:30pm & 10pm
Venue: IBeam Brooklyn (168 7th St., Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improve

Noonan describes himself as an ‘Irish griot,’ one who collects tales, legends, and life stories over the course of his journeys and transforms them into the raw material that informs not only his drumming, but the entirety of the music he creates; as if Samuel Beckettwere on drums.

Bruised by Noon CD solo release with guest improvisers (8:30 pm)
Special Guest – Alex Marcelo – Piano

New Noon Trio (10:00 pm)
Kirk Knuffke – Cornet
Ken Filiano – Bass
Sean Noonan – drums/compostions/vocals

12. Chris Cochrane w. Invisible Circle & Erin Durant

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: 2pm – 8pm
Venue: Union Pool (484 Union Avenue, corner of Union & Meeker, Brooklyn, NY, 718-609-0484)
Ticket: free
Genre: solo guitar/singer-song/rock/noise/improv

Chris Cochrane is one of the greatest and most inventive musicians in New York City’s long-running “Downtown” scene and was the second president of the Improviser’s Network (I.N.) which gave birth to the free improv journal the improvisor. Since moving to New York, Chris has performed regularly in bands- including the mighty Curlew- and improvised with hundreds of the scene’s leading players. He is considered to be one of the most brilliant, daring, and singular guitarists/songwriters out there. In addition to his rare solo recordings and work with a number of bands- including the legendary, groundbreaking experimental prog unit NO SAFETY, which he co-founded with harpist Zeena Parkins- he has played live and/or recorded with an astounding array of similarly great musicians (John Zorn, Bongwater, Fred Frith, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Ikue Mori, et. al.) visual artists, and choreographers. He has also worked with writer/poet/performance artist Dennis Cooper on the theater/dance piece “Them” (1985), directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones, and on the obscure and much despised and/or cultishly adored CD “Weird Little Boy” (feat. John Zorn, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance a.o.). – from Learn More