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No Cover Live Music in NYC This Week - May 20-May 27

May 20, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Say no to cover charges the next time you're in New York City and looking for live music. From bars to clubs to museum shows, you can catch all kinds of great music without having to pay for a ticket. City Guide's calendar has all the no cover live music in NYC this week rounded up below.

Jazz for Kids Brunch - Jazz Standard
May 20, 2018 - Chelsea

Celebrating its 16th season, Jazz Standard hosts its popular JAZZ FOR KIDS brunch every Sunday during the school year. The weekly session is packed with family and friends grooving to music by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) and eating finger-licking good ribs from Blue Smoke, too!

Music in the Garden: Quintet of the Americas - Queens Bontanical Garden
May 20, 2018 - Flushing

QBG welcomes back the Quintet of the Americas for their seventh annual concert at the Garden. Their 2018 performance, "Americans in Paris and Back Again" will feature selections from American composers, including George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Quincy Jones.

Song Sparrow - Jazz / Folk / World - Silvana
May 20, 2018 - New York

Song Sparrow is a project lead by Miyoko. The band plays unique style of music combination of Japanese folk song and modern/free jazz.

Decoster -Indie Rock / Soul - Silvana
May 20, 2018 - New York

DECOSTER is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Paul DeCoster. Paul has been on the music scene for a number of years as a guitarist and background vocalist for other acts including Bobby Stewart and the Contraires. Drawing inspiration from the sounds of artists like Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Tom P...

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
May 20, 2018 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

Blues Brunch: Adam Falcon - Daryl's House Club
May 20, 2018 - Pawling

Adam Falcon has worked and/or shared the stage with Roberta Flack, Sophie B. Hawkins, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Palmer, Peter Gabriel, and Nona Hendryx. He's opened for James Cotton Blues Band, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, The Wailers, Jim Lauderdale and Tower of Power. Writing songs for George Benson and having songs on national television got Falcon noticed by The Song Writers Hall of Fame, which honored him with the Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Songwriting. For his composition, Woke Up Cryin', Falcon became an International Songwriters Competition, semi-finalist and more recently the song landed him a nomination for the 15th Independent Music Awards.

Aida - Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Auditorium
Through May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Regina Opera Company, Brooklyn's premier opera company, will end its 48th Season with a fully-staged production of Verdi's "Aida". There will be 4 ticketed performances, May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 3PM with 35-piece orchestra. This is the first time that Regina Opera has presented this opera.

Biossance’s No Compromise Beauty - Brookfield Place
Through May 20, 2018 - New York City

Biossance’s No Compromise Beauty Trailer will stop in Brookfield Place on May 17th & 18th and Union Square on May 19th & 20th. This pop-up event invites consumers to view an interactive brand experience that will include an infinity mirror, photo booth and product sampling lab. Biossance will be promoting an exclusive giveaway to the first 100 visitors in each city. Drawing on the brand’s rich history of science and sustainability, Biossance has created skincare products that are good for you and good for the planet. They formulate with a No Compromise™ approach, setting the bar higher for both safety and performance. The brand currently blacklists over 2,000+ potentially harmful chemicals, all products are EWG VERIFIED™ and all packaging is tree-free and recyclable.

Vijay Iyer Sextet - Village Vanguard
Through May 20, 2018 - New York

Graham Haynes (cornet & trumpet) Mark Shim (tenor saxophone) Steve Lehman (alto saxophone) Vijay Iyer (piano) Stephan Crump (bass) Jeremy Dutton (drums Tues-Fri) Tyshawn Sorey (drums Sat-Sun)

Big Ed's Blues Jam - The Red Lion
May 21, 2018 - New York

Grace Gotham's 'Peel Me A Glove' - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 22, 2018 - New York

Expect the unexpected cabaret set – ranging from Cole Porter and The Sex Pistols to Grace originals – at this show where whimsy and sophistication collide and elegance mingles with naughty. Starring (and produced by) your host for the evening, burlesque artist and chanteuse Grace Gotham, this monthly show at Sid Gold's Request Room brings back the banter to burlesque a la Gypsy Rose Lee, Sophie Tucker, and Fannie Brice — with a little Lucille Ball and Grace Kelly mixed in. Always the gracious host, Grace emcees the evening accompanied by pianist Chris Johnson and treats you to two top-drawer burlesque guest stars each month. And – golly gee – it's only 10 Clams ($10) at the door for a pearl of a show! After the show, hang out with the performers, sip expertly-made cocktails, and indulge in the fabulous live piano karaoke where any and all are welcome to take a turn or two at the mic. Grace Gotham is an Upper East Sider and NYC-based burlesque performer, producer, and chanteuse who is currently featued in the new Dove beauty campaign, "My Beauty My Say." She has performed internationally and stars in her own monthly cabaret and burlesque show, "Peel Me a Glove," at Sid Gold's Re... (read more)

2018 OPEN STAGE: Korean Traditional Music Festival 2018 in Philadelphia - Harold L. Zellerbach Theatre
May 22, 2018 - Philadelphia

2018 OPEN STAGE: Korean Traditional Music Festival 2018 in Philadelphia Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 8:00PM Harold L. Zellerbach Theatre at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Tickets: $29 - $100 Korean Traditional Music Festival 2018 in Philadelphia is co-presented by the NY Korean Traditional Marching Band, Korean School of Southern New Jersey, and the Korean Cultural Center New York as part of KCCNY's Open Stage: Samulnori. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of samulnori, Korean Traditional Music Festival presents the Spirit of Korea, a Korean traditional music and dance festival featuring Kim Duk Soo and Samulnori Hanullim, who performed at the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and other renowned artists including Chunseung Lee (drummer), Eunjoo Kang (Korean traditional dancer) and Gamin (Korean traditional wind instrument musician). For more information, please visit:

Live Piano Karaoke with Julian Velard - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 23, 2018 - New York

With a style The Sunday Times calls "catchy but complicated; a surprisingly rare combination," Julian Velard is piano-pop tunesmith recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents. With 4 albums of original material under his belt, he's toured internationally alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Amy Macdonald. His quirky, native new york, piano-man sound has found its largest audience in Holland, where he headlined Amsterdam's legendary venue, Paradiso. His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another.

Jazz+Wednesdays - American Folk Art Museum
May 23, 2018 - New York

Each Wednesday, from 2 to 3 pm, the Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. Limited seating. Info: Read the Q&A with Bill Wurtzel in the New York Times.

Beats by Brussels Featuring Young M.A - Irving Plaza
May 23, 2018 - New York, New York

The exciting finale of the Brussels Days in New York is an exclusive concert at Irving Plaza. Showcasing the vibrant hip hop nightlife scene in Brussels, the Beats by Brussels concert will feature three Brussels hip-hop artists – Veence Hanao, Blu Samu and STIKSTOF as well as a special guest appearance by 3x platinum American Rapper, Young M.A, performing tracks such as “Ooouuu” and her most recent singles, “Walk,” and “Praktice,” which will be featured on her debut album, ‘Herstory In The Making' out Summer 2018. 21+ Must present valid ID and RSVP upon entry

Join Our Vision: A Fundraiser for the Eye Foundation of America - Joe's Pub
May 23, 2018 - New York

The Eye Foundation of America has worked towards eliminating avoidable blindness for 40 years, especially among children. Alongside our international partners, we're bringing eye care to those in the greatest need in an affordable, accessible manner. That's why we need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $500,000. Event proceeds will support several programs, including: eye screening for premature babies, providing glasses for school children, and developing a new children's eye hospital that will provide state of the art care for all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Our musical guest, Prasanna, is a world-renowned guitarist whose repertoire includes Indian carnatic music, jazz, metal, and more. An acclaimed composer for Oscar-winning films like "Smile Pinki," Prasanna is a longtime co-collaborator with A.R. Rahman on films such as "Lagaan," continues to record solo and collaborative studio albums, and serves as educator and founder of the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. Join Our Vision on May 23, 2018 for this memorable evening at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003. Tickets $300. Early Bird $250 through April... (read more)

Happy Hour Karaoke with John Khoury! - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 24, 2018 - New York

Singer/Musician/Author John Khoury brings his extensive song book to Sid Gold's. Influenced by the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and his father, who sang in a local Doo Wop group, The Deans, John has been performing around the tri-state area for years. A native New Yorker, John authored and published "Go Sit on Your Own Stoop!", a collection of stories about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970's. He has the unique ability to tell a story and connect people both on the page and on the stage. When he's not performing or writing, John can be found at his day job at AMC Networks, rooting for the Mets, and expanding on his knowledge of useless trivia.

Happy Hour Piano Karaoke with Mark Piro - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 25, 2018 - New York

Sid Gold's Request Room now features Happy Hour Piano Karaoke on Fridays! Start your weekend off with a song! With Mark Piro at the keys! Check out Mark's song list!

Live Piano Karaoke with Leslie Goshko! - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 26, 2018 - New York

Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post Comedy) is the host and creator of the monthly storytelling series, Sideshow Goshko, which has been hailed as a Time Out New York and New York Times "Critics' Pick", and also noted as "a well-programmed night" by the New York Times.Sideshow Goshko has been featured on TruTV'sImpractical Jokers, NPR'sSnap Judgment, and inThe New Yorker.Her cabaret show "An Old-Fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko" is heralded as a Time Out New York "Critic's Pick" and she served as the musical director for NY1 anchors Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter's live show at 92Y, "Pat and Jamie's NY." And thanks to the support of many Internet voters, she performed with the cast of Hairspray on Broadway.

Tina Baptist-Church Presents 'Tina Tributes' - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 27, 2018 - New York

The 4th Sunday every month, Tina Baptist-Church presents Tina Tributes, an ongoing tribute series of female artists.

Live Piano Karaoke with Julian Vela - Sid Gold's Request Room
Through May 30, 2018 - New York

With a style The Sunday Times calls "catchy but complicated; a surprisingly rare combination," Julian Velard is piano-pop tunesmith recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents. With 4 albums of original material under his belt, he's toured internationally alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Amy Macdonald. His quirky, native new york, piano-man sound has found its largest audience in Holland, where he headlined Amsterdam's legendary venue, Paradiso. His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR's Ask Me Another.

Symphonie Fantastique - HERE
Through June 17, 2018 - New York

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz's 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE's 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by the virtuosic pianist Christopher O'Riley playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

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