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Saturday May 1st, May Day
Barbès Celebrates Thirteen Years of Labor.

With Eastern Blokhedz, Warblng Plebs and Sonido Martines.


 

Every Friday, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, our special cocktail hour set.
THE CROOKED TRIO
plays straight and skewed standards with Oscar Noriega - drums; Brian Drye - piano; Matt Pavolka - bass and a rotating cast of special guests.

5:00pm
April


Wed 04/29

MR WAU-WA. Mr Wau Wa plays the songs of Bertolt Brecht. The band was inspired by a photo of Brecht from the ‘20s, performing with some clowns including the famed Karl Valentin and his partner Liesl Karlstadt. Brecht is standing in a cart playing the flageolette, behind a roll-down cartoon drawing of a strong-man being run over by a car full of revellers, with the inscription “Mr. Wau Wa”. The band is dedicated to performing the songs of Bertolt Brecht as set by his collaborators Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau, as well as some contemporary settings by David Hidalgo (from Los Lobos). Formed with four members of Kamikaze Ground Crew, plus the internationally renowned performance artist Rinde Eckert With Gina Leishman, vox, accordion, pump organ; Rinde Eckert, vox, accordion, pump organ; Doug Wieselman, clarinet, sax, guitar Marcus Rojas, tuba and Kenny Wollesen, drums. $10

8:00pm

Wed 04/29

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm

Thu 04/30

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS (on Thursdays).Terry Dame presents an ongoing monthly music series dedicated to instrument inventors and players of found objects and other musical oddities. Dame is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder and leader of the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan. Terry Dame's WeirdWednesdays did start on a Wednesday, but to make it weirder, it will be now happen every last Thursday of the month…because Thursday is the weirdest Wednesday of all. This month, with special guest Kenny Wollesen.

7:30pm

Thu 04/30

LIONS. Lions is a seven piece group based in NYC that plays arrangements of Ethiopian funk tunes from the 60's-70's as well as original music with Ethiopian influence. Featuring Wayne Tucker- Trumpet; Eyal Vilner- Alto Sax; Eden Bareket- Baritone Sax; Nadav Peled- Guitar, compositions, arrangements; Dor Heled- Keyboards; Tamir Shmerling- Bass and Eran Fink- Drums

10:00pm

Fri 05/01

MAY DAY!
BARBES CELEBRATES ITS 13TH ANNIVERSARY - AND LABOR.
With songs of Labor from the Americas and Olde Europe, a tribute to late 1960's Soviet Pop and an all vinyl cumbia set by DJ Sonido Martines.

8:00pm

Fri 05/01

THE WARBLING PLEBS sing Ballads & Rants from the Sinistral Hemisphere. On topics of Solidarity, Complaint, Mockery & Desire. In Accents English, Scottish, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish, Etruscan & Guttural. Featuring Red Diaper Babies, Horn Players, Proponents of Communal Living, Accordionist and other curious creatures. With Brian Dolphin - Guitar; Ali Dineen - Accordion & Washboard; Sam Harmet - Banjolin & Clarinet; Quince Marcum - Percussion, Bass, Baritone horn.
Also. The rumored debut of the Yiddisher Power Punk trio singing songs of hard work and hard living.
And possibly secret guests.
8:00pm
Fri 05/01

SVETLANA and the EASTERN BLOKHEDZ. The Blokhedz pay tribute to the vintage Soviet sounds of Ordjonikidze guitars, Topaz electric organs and Electron 110 amplifiers. The group started as an homage to Edita Piejkha, a French-born Polish singer who became immensely popular in the Soviet Union in the late 60’s. Edita PIekha and her band Druzhba embraced a sound that was heavily influenced by the western pop of the time, with nods to chansons and Russian songs. With Svetlana Shmulyian (vocal), Alllyssa Lamb (keyboards), Izaak Mills (organ, sax, vocal, sound effects), Quince Marcum (vocal, horn, tympani), Wade Ripka (guitar, vocal), Nick Cudahy (bass), Russ Meissner(drums).

10:00pm

Fri 05/01

SONIDO MARTINES. Originally from La Paz Argentina, the wandering DJ, collector and Secret Musical Investigator is now based in La Paz, Bolivia but spends a good part of his time hunting for records and musical histories across the Americas.
Sonido Martines was very influential in the early Argentinean digital cumbia scene and is one of the people responsible for disseminating all manners of South American tropical music of the past forty years. He will be passing through NY for a few days and help us celebrate with an all vinyl set of Pan-Latin tropical gems you’ve most probably never heard before.

Midnight

Sat 05/02

SONGS FOR UNUSUAL CREATURES. Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardegrade, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family! Featuring: Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Allyssa Lamb, Kristin Mueller, and Jonti Siman.

4:00pm

Sat 05/02

QUE VLO-VE & FRIENDs is CANCELLED TODAY due to Illness.
But they will be here next week with the BARBES BAGLAMA ORCHESTRA

6:00pm

Sat 05/02

PERCY JONES AND MJ-12. An improvisational trio that takes various starting points of jazz/rock fusion, psychedelia and ambient noise and develop them in unpredictable directions. With Percy Jones (Brand X, Eno) fretless bass, Stephen Moses (Alice Donut) drums; Chris Bacas - sax and David Phelps - guitar.

8:00pm

Sat 05/02

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS - New York's best Mexican Banda.
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. $10

10:00pm

Sat 05/02

MIDNIGHT DJ SET. Every saturday at midnight, mostly vinyl sets of tropcal music from around the world.
VIK SOHONIE of Ostinato Records spins rare records of Cuban Son, Cape Verdean Coladiera, Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican Dub, Dominican Merengue, Haitian Kompa, Antillean Biguine, Guinea-Bissau Gumbe, and Afro-Latin fare.
VIk is a DJ, Journalist, researcher and collector. He has worked as a researcher for label Analog Africa and his knowledge of Afro Tropical music from both sides of the Atlantic is unmatched. And, he will make you dance.

Midnight

Sun 05/03

KAREN WALTUCH. Every Sunday in May. Karen Waltuch is a viola player, singer, and probably also a secret agent. She has played with more people that we care to list. If you've heard a viola lately, chances are she was the one playing it. She will be be here every Sunday this month, with some of her musical family. This Week:
Classical piano quartets with Karen Waltuch, viola; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Eleanor Norton, cello; Arlene Hajinlian, piano

5:00pm

Sun 05/03

JASON LOUGHLIN & THE STRING GLIDERS. Jason Loughlin’s guitar playing has been defining the Brooklyn country scene. Downbeat Magazine calls him “an instrumentalist of great range, taste and joy”. His debut record Peach Crate was received with high praise and went to number one in both the western swing and rockabilly charts. Vintage Guitar Magazine called it “A great “guitar” record that can easily sit alongside those of his inspirations”. His band The String Gliders will be performing all original country jazz with twin guitars and steel

7:00pm

Sun 05/03

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 05/04

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 05/04

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.
The GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION features record selectors from Names You Can Trust and live music from El Combo Chimbita (NYCT / M.A.K.U Soundsystem) - Afro latin grooves, cumbia and more.

9:30pm

Tue 05/05

LENI STERN. Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Leni Stern brings her African music ensemble to Barbés. The music juxtaposes Stern's trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Featuring Leni Stern on n'goni, electric guitar, vocals, and calabash/Alioune Faye on sabar and djembe/Mamadou Ba on electric bass.

7:00pm

Tue 05/05

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 05/06

TONGUES IN TREES. Every wednesday in May. Inspired by ragas, mantras and forces of nature, Tongues in Trees is the project of vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme). Drawing from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages, the trio blurs the line between East and West, traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. Each a lauded composer in their own right, longtime collaborators Sinha and Jain bring their distinctive musical voices as Indian-Americans alongside McMurray’s avant new music textures. File as: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance.

8:00pm

Wed 05/06

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 05/07

LUZ PINOS. The Ecuadorian singer and composer studied at St Petersburg's Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and then at the New School in NY. Her music is steeped in various Latin American forms, from , Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. With Antonio Mazzei - Piano; Bam Bam Rodriguez - Bass; Nezih Antakli - Percussion and Joy Morales- Background Vocals.

8:00pm

Thu 05/07

ANDY STATMAN. A truly extraordinary artist, Andy Statman began his career in the 70’s as a virtuoso Mandolinist who studied and performed David Grisman, went on to study clarinet the legendary Dave Tarras and became one of the main architect of a Klezmer revival which started out 30 years ago and has since informed and influenced folk, Jazz and improvised music forms. Andy draws equally from hassidic melodies, folk tunes from new and old worlds alike and Albert Ayler-influenced free-improv. The result reads like a very personal search for the sacred based both on traditions and introspection. $10

10:00pm

Fri 05/08

ROB REICH QUNTET. Album release show for Shadowbox. Rob seems to be the Bay Area's most in demand accordion player, he dplays with TIn Hat, Todd Sickafoose, Tamar Korn and Gaucho - as well as his own project. He will be on the East Coast, celebrating the release of his new album. With Rob Reich - accordion & piano; Mike McGinnis - clarinet; Jamie Fox - guitar; Matt Pavolka - bass; Brian Chase - drums.
"Rob's music wears a bowler hat and a pair of Chuck Taylors." - Carla Kihlstedt

8:00pm

Fri 05/08

PEOPLE'S CHAMPS. Led by trombonist Alex Asher and fronted by vocalist Cole Williams, People’s Champs mash 1980s electro-accordion riffs, neo-soul vocals, and gritty drum grooves. The music is rooted in popular dance music from around the world, and the lush arrangements never lose track of the dance floor. The band mixes jazz, hip-hop, rock, and soul from the United States, Latin America, and Africa, and the result is a passionate new brand of soul music that is equal parts Gorillaz, Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti, and Ornette Coleman. Among many high-profile collaborations, its horn section, under the name Superpower Horns, collaborated with Beyoncé Knowles on her latest album

10:00pm

Sat 05/09

THE ERIK SATIE QUARTET The Erik Satie Quartet is a wind group whose focus of repertoire starts with ErikSatie, his times, and beyond. The four lithe and muscular voices present music that is unique and strange for the uninitiated, yet with warmth and humanity at its core. With Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax).

4:00pm

Sat 05/09

QUE VLO-VE & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in May. Wade Ripka, Quince Marcum and their various accolytes tackle the Rebetika songbook: classic songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the 1920's Greece.
This week: Mavrothi Kontanis leads the
BARBES BAGLAMA ORCHESTRA.
Of Turkish origin, the Baglama is a small instrument that fits in the pocket of a hashish-smoking Greek thug in 1930's Pireus. Put a dozen baglama together, and you have a giant chorusing machine directed by the ghost of a Greek gangster. Yet again, expect tunes of heartbreak, addiction an sketchy career choices.

6:00pm

Sat 05/09

BOPPING AT THE HOP. Inspired by the New Orleans Rock and Roll legend Lee Allen, Bopping At The Hop is a musical tonic led by Petr Cancura and Brian Drye. Both aficionados of crossing roots music and jazz, Drye’s and Cancura’s Bopping At The Hop is a hybrid of jazz and early Rock and Roll… a modern soundtrack remix of instrumental rockabilly. Cancura, known for projects such as Down Home (a mix of Mississippi and Jazz) has played with the likes of Danilo Perez, The Ghost Train Orchestra and Joe Morris. Brian Drye is known for many projects including The Bizingas, The Four Bags. Bopping At The Hop features Brian Drye on trombone & piano, Petr Cancura on saxophone, Brad Shepik on guitar, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums and Rob Jost on bass.

8:00pm

Sat 05/09

LAS RUBIAS DEL NORTE. Their sound is a re-invention, a nostalgic throwback to a time and place mostly imagined where Peruvian waltzes, Andean huaynos and Cuban Guajiras mix with French opera, Cowboy tunes and Bollywood classics. The result plays like a dreamy soundtrack with classical harmonies set to a Latin beat. Their last album, Ziguala was an attempt to imagine what a pop record would sound like had the global Latin influence which was so prevalent until the early 60's had continued its course without interruption -with forays into Bollywood, Sicilian songs, Kurt Weill and Yéyé.

10:00pm
Sat 05/09

MIDNIGHT DJ SET. Every saturday at midnight, mostly vinyl sets of tropcal music from around the world.
SONDIO CHICHADELICO The Peruvian DJ and record colletor (and chef...) spins Cumbia, Chicha, guaguanco, salsa and boogaloo for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Midnight

Sun 05/10

KAREN WALTUCH. Every Sunday in May. Karen Waltuch is a viola player, singer, and probably also a secret agent. She has played with more people that we care to list. If you've heard a viola lately, chances are she was the one playing it. She will be be here every Sunday this month, with some of her musical family. This Week:
MARGARET & THE MARIGOLDS. Meg Reichardt (voice and guitar) and Karen Waltuch (viola) of Les Chauds Lapins and The Roulette Sisters will perform jazz repertoire of the 1920s & 30s along with Ray Parker (upright bass). This freshly germinated acoustic trio draws inspiration from romantic crooners, popular vocal groups and dance bands of the era who lit up the airwaves with swinging highly melodic tunes.

5:00pm

Sun 05/10

SHANKAR. Brian Adler’s "Shankar" is a rhythm ensemble that merges vedantic themes with modern urban sensibilities. Forging new grounds, they create a surreal landscape out of beautiful melodies and ethnic rhythms. With pieces that take on a zen-like architecture, the music is both subtle and complex stretching between technological and shamanistic worlds. Featuring: Matt Moran (vibes), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Julian Pollack (keys), Rob Jost (bass) and Brian Adler (drums).

7:00pm

Sun 05/10

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 05/11

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 05/11

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This Week:
CUMBIAGRA. Since their creation in the summer of 2008, Cumbiagra has been hosting legendary dance parties throughout New York’s Lower East Side, Brooklyn, Mexico and beyond. Though Cumbiagra is largely inspired by the Colombian cumbia, their music has developed into a synthesis of styles, drawing on the diversity of its members and the rich musical environment of the New York Metro area. With Rafael Gomez- bass and vocals; George saenz- accordion, trombone and vocals; Nestor Gomez- percussion and vocals; ;Alejo zuleta- keys and vocals and Brian Lazarus- guitar.

9:30pm

Tue 05/12

THE RAMSHACKLE - Looseyana style zydeco, cajun and roots roc, the group digs deep into repertoire of Clifton Chenier, Professor Longhair, Sleepy John Estes and Reverend Gary Davis as well as performing their own original material with Kenny Margolis - accordion, keys, vox, John von Kruth - mandolin, mandocello, banjo, harmonica, vox, Boris Kinberg - drums, rub board, Chris Morrow - brass

7:00pm

Tue 05/12

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 05/13

TONGUES IN TREES. Every wednesday in May. Inspired by ragas, mantras and forces of nature, Tongues in Trees is the project of vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme). Drawing from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages, the trio blurs the line between East and West, traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. Each a lauded composer in their own right, longtime collaborators Sinha and Jain bring their distinctive musical voices as Indian-Americans alongside McMurray’s avant new music textures. File as: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance.

8:00pm

Wed 05/13

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 05/14

HUEI LIN. Huei is a New York City-raised, Montreal-based saxophonist. His solo project, H U E I, is an unorthodox take on the instrument- exploring the sonic possibilities created by singing and playing simultaneously, in a nod toward such preeminent saxophonists as Colin Stetson and John Zorn. The result is a melancholy, driving wall of sound that rocks and wrenches wherever it is heard. As such, H U E I is as much a part of the Montreal indie scene as it is rooted in classical and contemporary traditions. H U E I 's debut EP, "Punk Cabaret", is due out in late May 2015."

8:00pm

Thu 05/14

THE PRE-WAR PONIES. 20s, 30s and 40s forgotten gems by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. With Daria Grace - vocals & baritone ukulele, J. Walter Hawkes - trombone, ukulele & vocals, Jim Whitney - bass, and Russ Meissner - drums.

10:00pm

Fri 05/15

JEN CHAPIN. Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). She’ll be performing songs from her new album Reckoning -- “smart, wise, powerful, and rich in story detail” (popmatters) -- with Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and “unflappable melodist” (New York Times) Jamie Fox.

8:00pm

Fri 05/15

BIG LAZY. Big Lazy is an instrumental trio from New York City. 'The Big Apple's Creme de la Creme' according to the Village Voice. "The elegantly gritty trio plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from trucker's romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Hermann", says the New Yorker. References have been made to noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarentino soundtracks, crime jazz and burlesque but Big Lazy's organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category. "Dont Cross Myrtle", their first album in over six years, just came out. If you remember how, go buy it.

10:00pm

Sat 05/16

A LIVE BROADCAST OF WFMU'S TRANSPACIFIC SOUNDS PARADISE, hosted by Rob Weisberg and Irene Trudel. Live from Barbès.
Featuring Kane Mathis and Moto Fukushima; Karavika; Tipsy Oxcart and special guests.

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sat 05/16

SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE . Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance.

10:00pm

Sat 05/16

MIDNIGHT DJ SET. Every saturday at midnight, mostly vinyl sets of tropcal music from around the world.
VIK SOHONIE of Ostinato Records spins rare records of Cuban Son, Cape Verdean Coladiera, Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican Dub, Dominican Merengue, Haitian Kompa, Antillean Biguine, Guinea-Bissau Gumbe, and Afro-Latin fare.
VIk is a DJ, Journalist, researcher and collector. He has worked as a researcher for label Analog Africa and his knowledge of Afro Tropical music from both sides of the Atlantic is unmatched. And, he will make you dance.

Midnight

Sun 05/16

BOB JONES/JON SHOLLE DUO. Bob Jones started his career as singer in his father's church choir. He was Andy Statman's guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers, with the Danny Kalb Trio and with many Old Timey and Bluegrass musicians in the city.
Jon Sholle is a guitarist who has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, and Bela Fleck. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder Records.

7:00pm
Sun 05/17

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 05/18

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 05/18

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 05/19

Concert Artist Guild presents:
SUSAN MANDEL & MIKAEL DARMANIE. Susan Mandel, cello and Mikael Darmanie, piano.

7:00pm

Tue 05/19

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 05/20

TONGUES IN TREES. Every wednesday in May. Inspired by ragas, mantras and forces of nature, Tongues in Trees is the project of vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme). Drawing from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages, the trio blurs the line between East and West, traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. Each a lauded composer in their own right, longtime collaborators Sinha and Jain bring their distinctive musical voices as Indian-Americans alongside McMurray’s avant new music textures. File as: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance.

8:00pm

Wed 05/20

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 05/21

BAD REPUTATION. Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens. From the 50’s through the late 70’s, George Brassens redefined French Chanson. He was an anarchist bard whose songs were sometimes raunchy, sometimes polemic, often poignant, and always steeped in classic French poetry. He went on to become one the most emblematic French singer of the 20th century. His songs, unlike those of his friend Jacque Brel, never became known outside of France, mostly because of the literary aspect of his lyrics.
Franco-American singer and composer Pierre de Gaillande has translated a number of Brassenssongs. He has stuck to the rhyming scheme and verse length of the original songs, thus matching the melodies perfectly. He has re-arranged the music with a cinematic sensibility, using a combination of guitars, clarinets, lapsteel and Charango. Best way to describe the record would be to compare it to a perfect movie adaptation of a book classic. Think Stanley Kubrick or Raoul Ruiz. Check out the Barbès Records release and the NPR Story.

8:00pm

Thu 05/21

BOSS TENOR. Country and Jazz standards with Oscar noriega (drums), Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax, clarinet), Matt Pavolka (bass). Nate Radley (Guitar) and Jesse Quarrto (voice).

10:00pm

Fri 05/22

REGIONAL DE NY. Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. TheRegional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. Personnel: Hadar Noiberg - flute; Vitor Gonçalves - accordion; Kahil Nayton - cavquinho; Cesar Garabini - 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani - pandeiro.

8:00pm

Fri 05/22

MATUTO. Living up to their reputation for bringing a "Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains", Matuto will commingle Traditional Northeastern Brazilian Forró tunes with Appalachian fiddle tunes into an all night dance party. Featuring Clay Ross on guitar, Rob Curto on accordion, Mike LaValle on bass, Richie Barshay on drums and Zé Mauricio on percussion.

10:00pm

Sat 05/23

QUE VLO-VE & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in May. Wade Ripka, Quince Marcum and their various accolytes tackle the Rebetika songbook: classic songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the 1920's Greece.
This week:GREEK JUDAS! Where que Vlo-Ve, inspired by a certain infamous Newport incident, goes totally electric. Loud saturated guitars, guttural singing, Greek noise. It will all be there. Bring an axe.

6:00pm

Sat 05/23

ALEJANDRO ZULETA VALLENATO COLLECTIVE. For the past few years, the colombian pianist hasexplored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result is an exciting journey into Colombian folklore, in the spirit of a true Parranda. Alejandro was born in Bogotá, heir to a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians and son of Emiro Zuleta one of the most prolific vallenato songwriters of his generation.

8:00pm

Sat 05/23

CHIA'S DANCE PARTY. Martin Vejarano, leader of La Cumbiamba EneYe, has concocted a new project based on the sounds of traditional Colombian marching bands, but with enough of urban bastardization and personal idiosyncrasies to please a squadron of ethnomusicologists. The music is fun, driven and adventurous. It's very deeply rooted in Colombian music but not quaint, folkloric or exotic in anyway. With Ben Stapp - tuba; Alex Terrier - soprano saxophone; Justin Wood - alto sax and flute; Rafi Malkiel - Bombardino and Martín Vejarano - drums & compositions.

10:00pm

Sat 05/23

MIDNIGHT DJ SET. Every saturday at midnight, mostly vinyl sets of tropcal music from around the world.
DJ REAGANOMICS. Originally from Detroit, DJ Reagonomics is a producer, remixer and collector who mixes Kuduro, Cumbia, Salsa, Batucada, Baile Funk and more. He has shared bills with DJ Spooky, Dj Olive, Douster and appeared at parties and festivals around the world.

Midnight

Sun 05/24

KAREN WALTUCH. Every Sunday in May. Karen Waltuch is a viola player, singer, and probably also a secret agent. She has played with more people that we care to list. If you've heard a viola lately, chances are she was the one playing it. She will be be here every Sunday this month, with some of her musical family. This Week:
CCBWALKW QUARTET with Che Chen, Barry Weisblat, Andrew Lafkas and Karen Waltuch

5:00pm

Sun 05/24

JIM CAMPILONGO AND HONEYFINGERS. Jim is a virtuoso country-jazz guitarist who has been called "An American treasure" by Billboard Magazine. He has teamed up with pedal steel player Jonny Lam and his group Honeyfingers, and together they have taken on a repertoire of country-jazz inspired by the likes of Jimmy Bryant.

7:00pm

Sun 05/24

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 05/25

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar) , Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 05/25

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
BULLA EN EL BARRIO. Led by Barranquilla native Carolina Oliveros, Bulla en el Barrio explores Bailes Cantados. Carolina belongs to a younger generation of cantadoras who are deeply connected to tradition but also strongly influenced by classical music, jazz and rock. The group will be paying homage to lesser known cantadoras and cantadores from Uraba - region of Colombia located between Antioquia, Choco and Cordoba. Featuring songs by Eustiquia Amaranto (Turbo), Darlina Saenz (Necocli), Ana Garces (Necocli), Eloisa Garces (Necocli), Eulalia Gonzales (Maria La Baja), Pabla Florez (Maria La Baja), and Sabina Escudero (Unguia).

9:30pm

Tue 05/26

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 05/27

TONGUES IN TREES. Every wednesday in May. Inspired by ragas, mantras and forces of nature, Tongues in Trees is the project of vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme). Drawing from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages, the trio blurs the line between East and West, traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. Each a lauded composer in their own right, longtime collaborators Sinha and Jain bring their distinctive musical voices as Indian-Americans alongside McMurray’s avant new music textures. File as: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance.

8:00pm

Wed 05/27

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm

Thu 05/28

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS (on Thursdays).Terry Dame presents an ongoing monthly music series dedicated to instrument inventors and players of found objects and other musical oddities. Dame is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder and leader of the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan. Terry Dame's WeirdWednesdays did start on a Wednesday, but to make it weirder, it will be now happen every last Thursday of the month…because Thursday is the weirdest Wednesday of all. This month, with special guest Kenny Wollesen.

7:30pm
Thu 05/28

ZENEN ZEFERINO & FRIENDS. The Mexican jarana player and poet has been a pioneering force in Son Jarocho music for the last thirty years. Born in Jáltipan de Morelos, Veracruz, he was a founding member of the legendary Son Jarocho groups Chuchumbéand Quemayama, and currently plays as Zenen Zeferino y el Sonoro Sueño. He will be joined by percussionist and dancer Esther Cruz Maranto and a selection of veteran New York-based Son Jarocho musicians, hailing from Radio Jarocho (Juan Carlos Marin, Julia Palacios) and Jarana Beat (Sinuhé Padilla Isunza, Juan Lucero, Felipe Fournier).

10:00pm

Fri 05/29

JACK GRACE. The Martini Cowboy brings us his urban take on Country music. "One of the city's most personable and skilled country stars" Time Out NY. “He’s like that Cash kid, but good.” — Jerry Lee Lewis on hearing Jack live

8:00pm

Fri 05/29

BILL CARNEY'S JUG ADDICTS. Sans-Culottes founder and frontman Bill Carney has been leading various jugbands for over 25 years. His latest incarnation, the Brooklyn-based JugAddicts, has earned a reputation for exciting live shows. Often a large formation, the JugAddicts are characterized by their powerful, raucous approach to itsjug band, old time, tin pan alley, early jazz and blues repertoire.

10:00pm

Sat 05/30

QUE VLO-VE & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in May. Wade Ripka, Quince Marcum and their various accolytes tackle the Rebetika songbook: classic songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the 1920's Greece.
This week:GREEK JUDAS! Where que Vlo-Ve, inspired by a certain infamous Newport incident, goes totally electric. Loud saturated guitars, guttural singing, Greek noise. It will all be there. Bring an axe.

6:00pm

Sat 05/30

LEO SIDRAN. Multi instrumentalist, producer, composer Sidran got his start writing songs professionally as a teenager when the Steve Miller Band recorded four of his tunes. Years later, Sidran would co-produce the Academy Award winning song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. As a drummer and record maker, he has worked with artists ranging from Mark Murphy to Massive Attack. Here he presents his new solo album "Mucho Leo" - the material unites his jazz, latin, soul and songwriter influences into one unusual blend.

8:00pm

Sat 05/30

CYRO BAPTISTA & SERGIO KRAKOWSKI. The duo formed by these two NY-based Brazilian percussion players turn away from conventional stereotypes to present an innovative expression both in musical and technological terms.Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the world’s premier percussionists since arriving in the US from in 1980. He has performed luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Caetano Veloso, and many others, as well as his own Beat the Donkey project. Sergio Krakowski is considered a master of the Pandeiro. In twenty years of career, he has shared the stage with artist such as Anat Cohen, Edmar Castañeda, Maria Bethânia and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Krakowski also uses his knowledge as a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogues between percussionist and computer. This innovative technology blends perfectly well with the talent and charisma of Baptista, to create a free percussive narrative that engages the audience through sound and image.

10:00pm

Sat 05/02

MIDNIGHT DJ SET. Every saturday at midnight, mostly vinyl sets of tropcal music from around the world.

Midnight

Sun 05/31

KAREN WALTUCH. Every Sunday in May. Karen Waltuch is a viola player, singer, and probably also a secret agent. She has played with more people that we care to list. If you've heard a viola lately, chances are she was the one playing it. She will be be here every Sunday this month, with some of her musical family. This Week:
ZEKE & KAREN. Karen's longstanding duo with Ezekiel Healy

5:00pm

Sun 05/31

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 06/01

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 06/01

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 06/02

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 06/03

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 06/07

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 06/08

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 06/08

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 06/09

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 06/10

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 06/14

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 06/15

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 06/15

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 06/16

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 06/17

SKLAMBERG & THE SHEPERDS. Sklamberg & the Shepherds brings together three renowned performers of traditional Eastern European Jewish music: Lorin Sklamberg, cofounder and lead singer of the Klezmatics; clarinetist/composer Merlin Shepherd, a uniquely innovative force in the klezmer renaissance; and Polina Shepherd, a virtuosic vocalist/pianist/composer originally from Siberia. This fresh collaboration blends traditional and newly composed Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.

8:00pm

Wed 06/17

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 06/21

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 06/22

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 06/22

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 06/23

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 06/24

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 06/28

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 06/29

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 06/29

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 06/30

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 07/01

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 07/05

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 07/06

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 07/06

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. Every Monday, Tropical Vortex showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on Tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 07/07

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 07/08

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
 


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