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NYC events in April 2017

Ahh, with all the great NYC events in April, how could you not enjoy spring in the city? Here are our picks this month.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Let spring sweep you up in its lovely embrace by partaking in some of the best NYC events in April. Celebrate Easter in New York by enjoying a meal at one of the best brunch spots followed by picking up some sweets at one of the city’s most mouth-watering chocolate shops. Take advantage of checking out the best NYC parks, while all the flowers and trees are blooming. Speaking of greenery, there’s even something for outdoorsy Earth-lovers—Earth Day, duh!

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Featured events in April 2017

Easter events in New York

Easter Sunday: The day of pastels, egg rolling, and rabbity propaganda doesn’t seem very “cool New York” at first blush, but as with all things to do in spring, they’re as entertaining as you make them. You can gawk at the Easter Parade, seek out the best brunch NYC serves or use this as an excuse for some leisurely day-drinking at an outdoor bar.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro and co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers. We’ve got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to this year’s festival: our personal must-see picks, showtimes, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and oh-so-much more.

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By: Joshua Rothkopf

The Black Party in NYC

Polish your leather and hit the gym: It’s almost time for the Black Party, that annual celebration of all things kinky, which draws some 5,000 revelers from the city and beyond.

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By: Ethan LaCroix

The Orchid Show in NYC

Not to be confused with the season’s other stupendous garden party, the Macy’s Flower Show, the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show NYC exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids. Learn about the “Orchid Delirium” of the 19th century and view movie screenings and performances while enjoying the lush scents and sights of one of the best gardens in NYC.

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By: Jennifer Picht

The Macy’s Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show is an annual presentation of flower arrangements, bouquets and gardens in Macy’s Herald Square. This year’s theme is America the Beautiful, and the show will display native flora found across the country.

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By: Jillian Anthony

The Brooklyn Folk Festival

The Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has inhabited Kings County live-music venues like the Jalopy Theater and the Bell House in past years, returns to St. Ann’s Church for its ninth-annual iteration. With its cavernous ceilings, the capacious church nave of the historic Brooklyn Heights venue is a great place to hear acoustic music of any genre. Don’t be fooled by the fest’s name: The gathering brings together acts that deal in Americana and blues as well as global sounds from places like the Middle East and Guinea.

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By: Ro Samarth

Earth Day in NYC

Earth Day—it’s a bit like Mother’s Day, but for Mother Nature, although you don’t have to buy her a card. Celebrate and get outdoors at NYC parks, turn off the lights in your apartment, unplug your gadgets, and hit up these fun Earth Day events in New York City.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Music events in April 2017

Stanley Clarke

What hasn't Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He's proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: first, he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (March 28 through April 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new CD (April 4 to April 9). He hasn't released much info on the record, but we expect an extension of his funky 2014 effort, Up, which skewed toward fusion while plumbing a range of genre impulses.

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Blue Note , Greenwich Village Until Sunday April 9 2017

Lionel Richie + Mariah Carey

“Tam bo li de say de moi ya!” Do you know what that means? Of course not! (Because it is actually gibberish.) Will that stop you from singing along and following up with a joyous “Hey, Jambo Jumbo!” in the middle-eight section of "All Night Long"? Oh, hell no! The Commodores singer with the voice as smooth as an eel in oil comes to town for a stadium gig with megawatt singer Carey.

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Prudential Center Friday August 18 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017

Stevie Nicks + The Pretenders

Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac's gold-dust woman herself, plays a massive arena gig in support of her 2014 solo album, 24 Karat Gold. (Not to fear, Mac fans; recent gigs haven't been stingy with the hits.) Formative punk–new-wave crossovers, The Pretenders, warm things up in the opening slot.

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Prudential Center Sunday April 2 2017 - Thursday April 6 2017

Xiu Xiu + Dreamcrusher

You don’t have to listen to much more than a minute of a Xiu Xiu song to understand that Jamie Stewart is upset. Indeed, nearly everything in the Durham, NC, singer’s catalog represents a shot across the bow of calmness: his vocal histrionics, the ping-ponging of intense imagery and emo straightforwardness and the wailing electronics that cut through otherwise pleasant melodies. Luwayne Glass peddles simiarly erratic mayhem in the opening set as Dreamcrusher, doling out glitchy synth anarchy, blown-out speaker textures and sinister screeches behind pupil-debilitating strobes.

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar , Greenpoint Thursday April 6 2017

Benjamin Clementine

British songman Benjamin Clementine, best known as the Paris-street-performer-turned-international-phenom, brings his captivating voice and emotive piano playing to NYC behind his 2015 Mercury-Prize-winning debut, At Least For Now.

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Carnegie Hall , Midtown West Thursday April 13 2017

New Order

Here's a treat: New Order, the seminal English postpunk outfit spawned from Joy Division, plays Radio City in support of its latest album, Music Complete. Ranging from wistful airs to thumping disco, the record's polished songcraft proves that despite the unceremonious departure of bassist Peter Hook—he called frontman Bernard Sumner a "twatto" and sued the band for millions—the guys have still got it. Fingers crossed that they'll offer up some classics like "Ceremony" alongside the new material.

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Radio City Music Hall , Midtown West Thursday April 13 2017

Modern English

Mid-'80s British postpunk veterans Modern English—the band that brought you "I'll Melt with You"—made a comeback in 2010 with Soundtrack, its first new album in 14 years. Expect to hear from last year's follow-up, Take Me to the Trees, tonight.

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Rough Trade NYC , Williamsburg Friday April 14 2017

The Decemberists

Portland, Oregon's Decemberists attract a nerdily passionate following thanks to their knowing (and, to some, pretentious) indie antiquarianism. There's no certain plans on new material this time around, though the band did just release a tenth-anniversary edition of its ambitious concept album, The Crane Wife, an expansive five-record set that includes outtakes, demos and bonus tracks. The band will, however, be ringing in the opening of Williamsburg's brand-spanking new venue Brooklyn Steel over the course of three nights.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Monday April 17 2017 - Wednesday April 19 2017

PJ Harvey

Alt-rock icon PJ Harvey’s latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is another singular statement. The record balances weighty tone and musical simplicity, as when Harvey builds tracks like “The Ministry of Defence” and “The Words That Maketh Murder” around ominously bellowing horns and eerie chanting. As ever, it’s unclear just what makes Harvey tick creatively, The Hope Six Demolition Project being just the latest example of her penchant for dark, compelling songwriting rooted in odd moods. Nevertheless, her output is always arresting. Her gig is one of the best excuses to check out Williamsburg’s new, long-awaited cavernous concert digs, Brooklyn Steel, a 20,000-square-foot, 1,800-person-capacity converted warehouse run by Bowery Presents, the folks behind venues such as Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Thursday April 20 2017

Surfer Blood

These Floridians play catchy indie rock lined with light reverb, hooky guitars and, yes, surf stylings. The band just released a new album, Snowdonia, but despite its frosty title and cover art, the tunes meander through all the same summery stylings.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Thursday April 20 2017
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Brian J
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I want April 2017, where can I find those dates?

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the sold-out, all request, rock n roll party continues into its 6th year!

SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL Dueling Pianos - 

singalong, dance along, laugh along, drink along, ALL NIGHT LONG!

The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007

http://www.ShakeRattleRollPianos.com for tickets and info