The child prodigy Michael Penniman, a/k/a Mika, began his singing career at the Royal Opera House in London, which may explain how the Lebanese-born soprano, who officially transformed himself into a flamboyant disco sensation in 2006, wound up recording a cheese-pop anthem called “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).” He’s at (le) poisson rouge.
Diana Krall, also a one-time classical wunderkind, has jazz’s most easily digested contralto. The Lexus spokeswoman gets to Carnegie Hall.
The minimalist compositions of Build are like the Bad Plus stripped of any hard improvisational leanings. What’s left is elegant, if somewhat callous, recalling the soundtrack to a Charlie Kaufman picture. The quintet is joined by Greta Gertler at Joe’s Pub.
The Old 97’s, an alt-country bar band from Dallas, sold out two nights last weekend, but tickets are still available for their second pair tonight and Wednesday at Maxwell’s in Hoboken.