The irrepressible Deerhoof—the world’s premier art-pop band and one of the top pop bands around, period—teams with kinetic percussion trio Tigue to perform the band's acclaimed 2007 album, Friend Opportunity, for the Kaufman Music Center's yearly Ecstatic Music Festival series.
Maye’s stellar past includes a string of classy RCA albums in the ’60s and a nearly unequaled number of Tonight Show appearances, but this husky-voiced, earthy belter has never sounded better than she does now. Beyond her remarkable energy and musical acuity, the astonishing Maye has a bone-deep comfort that imbues familiar songs with fresh simplicity, truthfulness and power. Her Valentine's Day set centers on love songs from the Great American Songbook.
When avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra departed this planet in 1993, he left the funkiest, swingingest band in the Milky Way here on Earth. Captained now by saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Arkestra still plays the intergalactic, big-band free jazz favored by its founder (the sequined Afrofuturist costumes are also still a major part of the show).
Fashion designer, Project Runway: All Stars judge and media personality Mizrahi ventures back into singing with a collection of standards and pop songs (by Leonard Bernstein, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Webb, Cole Porter, James Taylor and more), accompanied by a jazz band led by Ben Waltzer. The ebullient storyteller promises to distribute hand-me-down swag from his party-going career to lucky audience members.
Broadway by the Year impresario Scott Siegel curates this monthly concert series, in which Broadway stars sing some of the Great White Way's best-loved tunes.
The handsome and polished Klena took to the F/54 stage five years ago opposite Lindsay Mendez, with whom he had shared two awkward girl–jerky guy musical-theater romances (first in Dogfight, then in Wicked). Now the star of Anastasia and the upcoming Jagged Little Pill—to say nothing of his turn as a dimwitted DJ on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—returns for a solo show that looks back on his California childhood, his reality-TV history and his backstage adventures.
He’s worked with Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and just about every downtown act in NYC. Now composer, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts his own wild night of singing, drinking and dancing, strip-teasing and bad behavior at the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming. Expect advanced show-tune geekery and appearances by Broadway stars looking to get down by the piano. Plan on sleeping in on Tuesday.
Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.
The master sound sculpter's last album, 2016's Love Streams, added manipulated vocals from the Icelandic Choir Ensemble to his textural palette—a reprisal of-sorts of his interest in the country's liturgical spaces as a creative source, having recorded all of 2010's haunting, ground-breaking Ravedeath, 1972 in a Reykjavik church. His newest LP Konoyo strays from Sacrament but retains a fascination with the stately, imposing and monumental, turning toward Gagaku—the music of the Japanese imperial courts. Working with Japanese ensemble Tokyo Gatkuso, Hecker crafts his characteristic magic: carving lush sounds from organic sources that bear little resemblence to the original material. But rather than dense tectonically-shifting atmospheres, here he employs a notably threadbare fabric of interweaving sirens. The emotional terrain of Hecker's soundscapes often escapes easy definition, but the sonic sparsity here more clearly evokes an elegiac melancholy. He continues to draw novel sonic worlds, but the geography is a touch more familiar—his penchant for the uncanny on its most resplendent display. The supporting tour for Love Streams decentered Hecker as a performer, shrouding the audience in a completely impenetrable, eyesight-disabling fog. At this Williamsburg gig, however, he plans to bring members of Tokyo Gatkuso with him—a far more "live" format than we're used to seeing from the producer. Whatever lies in wait, expect to be awe-struck. — Ro S
The high-spirited ex-countess Luann de Lesseps, of The Real Housewives of New York City fame, extends her empire into the world of nightclub entertainment in a cabaret show written and directed by Ben Rimalower, with musical direction by Billy Stritch. She is joined each night by special guests from showbiz.