Sure, it's fun to have a beach house, or a place up in the mountains. But, for those of us stuck here in the city, there are plenty of musical diversions to keep you occupied on these hot summer nights. Just check out this Feast of things I plan to check out over the next few days:
- Tonight through Saturday, the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival takes over the World Financial Center Plaza, with headliners Taj Mahal (Thurs), James "Blood" Ulmer and Vernon Reid (Fri.) and Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra (Sat.) Admission is free.
- Tonight, Celebrate Brooklyn has the Mark Morris Dance Group performing with the newly-revived Brooklyn Philharmonic under their new music director, Alan Pierson (of Alarm Will Sound). Friday has Malian star Oumou Sangare while Saturday brings Dr. John, Chuck Brown and Red Baraat to the park. Admission is free for all (but give 'em $3 at the gate.)
- In the classical realm, Poul Rouders' Selma Jezková will receive its U.S. premeiere at the Rose Theater Friday night, part of the ongoing Lincoln Center Festival. The opera, based on Lars Von Trier's 2000 film Dancer in the Dark, will be performed by the Royal Danish Opera and Orchestra under Michael Schønwandt. Tickets available online.
- Also tomorrow night, the excellent EELS (led by Mark Oliver Everett, or "E") are headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets available online.
- On Saturday, Bruar Falls hosts a "Rock and Roil Crab Boil" with McDonalds, Bells, and others. $13 gets you music and a plate: mmm.
- Also on Saturday is the ongoing Warm Up series at P.S.1, which this week has Prince Language, Das Racist (DJ Set), Vockah Redu, Holy Other, and xxxy. $15.
- Also on Saturday is the second annual Mad Decent Block Party at the South Street Seaport, with Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, The Hood Internet, and others. Free.
- On Sunday, I'm headed out to Rockaway for sun, surf and a free show by JEFF The Brotherhood, Kingdom, and Friends. Show's on the boardwalk at 96th St (take the A train to 98th St.)
- Finally, Dan Deacon and So Percussion return to LPR on Monday, along with students from So's Summer Institute (SOSI) to perform Dan's new piece for 27 percussionists. (Presumably, this will be similar to their collaboration at the Ecstatic Music Fest back in January.) Tickets are $15, available online.
Is that enough for y'all?
P.S. I forgot the Ponderosa Stomp happening at Damrosch Park on Saturday, with Ronnie Spector, Lesley Gore, Lala Brooks and more. Free, of course.