Music

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 14 albums to date, with seven of them certified Platinum, and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In an industry known for a constantly revolving door of artists, he has easily established himself with an enviable record of chart consistency, toured successfully for over a decade, and collaborated with performers across every genre, including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G.


Ring in the Year of the Dragon with songs! Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project presents an afternoon of Chinese children’s songs with a modern twist in celebration of the Year of the Dragon and the release of his new CD, Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children's Songs, featuring the Yip’s Canada Children’s Choir. Click here for a sneak peek.


Join us on February 1st for the first New York performance by emerging young talent, Borys Ostapienko. In 2013, this 19-year-old engineering student from Toronto traveled to Ukraine where he won first place in the most prestigious bandura competition. His playing combines impressive technical mastery of the instrument with nuanced musicianship and creative, idiomatic arrangements. The concert is organized as part of the Bandura Downtown series curated by Julian Kytasty, who will introduce the gifted young musician.


The Beatles' music changed pop culture and the course of history, and, today their music lives on.  Now fans have a rare opportunity to relive the music and experience the most celebrated band ever.  One of the most loved and celebrated tributes of it's kind, Beatlemania is for true fans only...  


As a citizen of the world, Emiko's music reflects her international heritage - half Japanese, half Jewish-American - as she brings to life her journeys through music. Whether it's through the pulsing march of a lone drum on her son "The Great North Road" or the romantic nostalgia of "6am" (both from her upcoming album to be distributed through Universal Music Group), Emiko finds herself crossing musical genres as often as she crosses international borders these days. She performs on Tuesday, October 18, at 8 PM.


Check out The Zombies at City Winery, September 26th at 8pm. The Zombies were the second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America.  "She's Not There" became a pop sensation that still permeate the airways today, engaging a whole new audience.  It's a performance not to be missed.


“For me, the lyrics are more important than the melody. I write almost all my own words. I also perform the classics of Malian tradition. I draw a lot of inspiration from what happens in society. As soon as I see or feel something, I write it down. I say what I want, and what I think, because I am a free woman. I believe that my music has had an impact on the life of African women.” 


Blues superstars Taj Mahal and James Blood Ulmer share the stage with the next generation of blues heroes like The Growlers, Amy LaVere, The Beauties and Mike Farris in the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at the World Financial Center July 28-30.


Do you know whole passages of The Bridges of Madison County by heart? Or have a secret Grisham obsession? Got a great Berendt impression? Introducing your new favorite monthly series, inspired by your favorite guilty Friday night activity. Think you've got literary chops? You've got three minutes to prove it by reading a passage from a book that will surprise and delight the crowd. Our theme for this month is Greatest Hits of the 90s, so you'll need to come prepped to read your favorite three minutes from a book published between 1990 and 1999.


More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Abrons to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.”


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