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Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

After spending the last couple of years weathering a legal snafu with tax evasion, hip-hop crooner queen Lauryn Hill seems ready to bounce right back with a busy tour schedule. Hard to believe it’s already been a decade and a half since the Fugee alum's universally revered neo-soulster debut

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Mon Jul 28
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The Brain Cloud

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory. A mainstay at Barbès and several other local haunts, the Cloud is one of the city's most dependably charming retro acts.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Excellent, imaginative West Coast songstress Thao plays with her regular crew, the Get Down Stay Down, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 28, and plays a solo set at MoMA on July 24.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Buckwheat Zydeco

  • Price band: 4/4
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Multi-instrumentalist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. leads his exuberant, eclectic Louisiana-style groove outfit.

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch

  • Price band: 4/4
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Thrillingly larger than life, LuPone transports audiences to a world where drama is the norm. Having taken her rightful place as the reigning Broadway diva of her generation, her style is stamped with an implicit credo: all guts, all glory. In her latest return to 54 Below, she relights a

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sat Aug 2
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Mingus Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The city’s hardest-working big band holds forth in Gramercy, serving up Charles Mingus’s unique combination of lofty ambition and bluesy Holy Roller soul.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Broadway Sings Its Heart Out

  • Price band: 4/4
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Ascendant theater stars Bryce Pinkham and Lucas Caleb Rooney host an evening to benefit Zara Aina, their charity to benefit children in Madagascar. Among the many guest singers are Laura Osnes, Adriane Lenox, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Pinkham's Gentleman's Guide love interests Lisa O'Hare and Lauren

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The charming and super-voiced Lindsay Mendez (the current star of Wicked, and formerly notable in Dogfight and Godspell) joins pianist Marco Paguia, performing jazzed-up versions of pop tunes in an evening of musical revisionism (including some from their new CD, This Time.)

  1. Birdland 315 W 44th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Margo Seibert: Busy Being Free

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The underrated costar of the underrated Broadway musical Rocky, who has a lovely voice and a soulful stage presence, uses her night off from the show to share personal favorites in an intimate set.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Mon Jul 28
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