By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
July 16 Koffi Olomide, La Guardia Concert Hall
July 19 Youssou N'Dour, Avery Fisher Hall: At the Lincoln Center Festival, the world's greatest pop vocalist can be expected to do his bourgie world-music set rather than his homeboy taxi-driver set, and who exactly he'll bring alongN'Dour vies with Juan Formell as world's greatest bandleader, but which backup singer or tama drummer he's leading makes a differencewon't be clear till show time. He has long since earned both superlatives, however. Missing him never makes sense. (Christgau)
LINCOLN CENTER OUT-OF-DOORS FESTIVAL
Various venues, 875-5108, www.lincolncenter.org, free
August 7 'Middle Eastern Magic': A suave smoothy with a voice like a fist wrapped in velvet, Al-Saher, who performs in the Damrosch Park Bandshell with his band Qantara, is the Arab world's most popular entertainer, albeit one on touchy terms with his native Iraq's government. Also: Narmin al-Rawai and Yusri Sharif Dance Company (Josie Robertson Plaza) and Naji Youssef (North Plaza). (Gehr)
August 18 'The Roots of American Music,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Sid Selvidge, Border Radio with Nevada Slim, Sourdough Slim, and Larry Johnson, and Long Island Voices.
August 19 'The Roots of American Music,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Tom Winslow, Wood's Tea Company, a "Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis" featuring Larry Johnson, "Under American Skies" with Tom Paxton and Anne Hills, Solas, Odetta, and Great Big Sea.
August 23 'Canada,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Barra MacNeils, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Maia Dance Theater.
August 26 'Brazilfest 2001,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Performers TBA.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING FESTIVAL
Josie Robertson Plaza, 875-5766, www.lincolncenter.org
June 28 Un Traje Nuevo+Ozomatli
June 29 Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones+Tim Gillis Band
July 6 ¡Cubanismo!
July 10 Fantastic Shakers+Marcia Ball
July 11 Rick Trevino
July 12 Billy Lee Riley+Sam Butera & the Wildest
July 13 Milly Quezada
July 17 Grupo Caribe+Salsa Celtica
July 18 'Jumpin' Johnny' Sansone+Chris Gaffney with Bill Kerchin & Too Much Fun
July 20 Richard Augustin with Emeline Michel+Marce et Tumpak
July 21 Gafieira Dance Brasil: Featuring Paulo Moura and Cliff Korman.
July 24 Danú: With guests J.P. Cormier and James Keane.
July 25 Los Embajadores Vallenatos
July 26 Charivari with Michael Doucet+Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
July 27 Papa Wemba: Leading an integrated, synthy bass/synth-guitar-traps-percussion synth two-femme singer-dancer band at Central Park in 1998, the pushing-50 sapeur's voice was undiminished, but did I mention the synths? There's no reason to expect an Afro-Congolese hero who's still juicing crowds and adding to his legend in the studio to stick to a soukous that was old for him a decade ago. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you wouldn't like the music better if he did. (Christgau)
MUSIC AT CASTLE CLINTON
Battery Park, 835-2789, www.DowntownNY.com, free
July 5 Marc Cohn
July 12 David Johansen & the Harry Smiths
July 19 Crash Test Dummies
July 26 The Holmes Brothers+The Blind Boys of Alabama: While the Holmes Brothers take a more "urban" (and urbane) approach to jubilee-style gospel singing, they respect this rigorous vocal tradition just as much as seminal southern practitioners like the Blind Boys of Alabama. But which act will lay more people out in the aisles with Pentecostal fever? The Holmes Brothers show off a new album of inspirational material, including work penned by Ben Harper and Bob Dylan; Clarence Fountain, cofounder and lead-vocalist for the Blind Boys, tours behind a new one too, featuring a stellar group of support musicians and Fountain's refurbished vocal lineup. (Cooper)
August 2 John Scofield
MUSIC IN THE ANCHORAGE 2001
Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Cadman Plaza West at Hicks and Old Front streets, Brooklyn, 206-6674, www.creativetime.org
June 7 Thomas Brinkmann, Jorg Burker (a/k/a the Modernist) & Zip
June 14 Phill Niblock
June 21 Hexstatic
June 28 Porter Ricks+Kid 606 +Panacea+SND: Presented by Force Inc. and Mille Plateaux.
VISA PRESENTS EVENING STARS
World Trade Center Plaza, 435-6600, free
June 13 Glenn Branca: "Hallucination City"
June 16 India
June 20 The X-ecutioners
June 23 El Gran Combo
WARM UP 2001
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 718-784-2084, www.ps1.org
Dates TBA: DJ lineup TBA.
WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Southeast quadrant, Washington Square, free
July 31 Johnny Colon & His Orchestra