The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/19/13


For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Friday, 7/19:

Justin Timberlake + Jay-Z
Yankee Stadium
8pm, $49-$279.50
Choose a show, and choose wisely: As summer picks up, perhaps the two biggest stadium hip-hop shows of the season fall on the same night, with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake taking their “Suit and Tie,” grown-but-still-getting-it spectacular to the Bronx’s Yankee Stadium, while Lil Wayne, T.I., and 2 Chainz bring the streets to the suburbs, playing Jones Beach’s beautiful waterfront amphitheater. Our suggestion? Start your night on Long Island, then head to the 40/40 Club for what will likely be a more intimate after-party. Who knows? Maybe your Samsung will help you skip the line. Either way you’re in for a spectacular night! — By Nick Murray

[Jay and J also perform Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.]

Music Hall of Williamsburg
8pm, $20
Pioneers of New York hardcore, Cro-Mags threw the genre’s fast-paced thrash riffs and chaotic drumming into a heavy metal template to produce thrash tunes that are as as badass as they sounds. With Cro-Mags, melodic punk meets machine gun-paced riffing to create songs that sound as though the instruments are at war. Although last year Harley Flanagan was arrested for stabbing and biting a couple dudes backstage at Webster Hall, we’re hoping this year the tough, almost-martial attitude of the rockers restricts itself to an intense show onstage. — By Sarah Madges

Saturday, 7/20:

Odd Future + Meek Mill + Schoolboy Q
Williamsburg Park
7pm, $42
California’s Odd Future might be the closest thing modern hip-hop has to a collective in semi-continual ascendence. All cratered vulgarity and gross-out comedy, this crew is quietly domesticating its anarchy as it gear shifts from late teen mania to twenty something idols. Those turning out to Peter Rosenberg’s birthday bash are likely stoked to catch hyper-literate breakout member Earl Sweatshirt, but more conventional up and comers Meek Mill and Schoolboy Q are on the bill too. — By Raymond Cummings

Jonas Brothers
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7pm, $15-$89.50
Having combined every path to tween stardom, the Jonas Brothers were at the top of the highly competitive and inherently young game until things began to fizzle around 2010, at which the bros began to pursue some more solitary projects. Between solo albums, tabloid drama, acting gigs, and a reality show, Nick, Joe, and Kevin, may have realized how much better they were at maintaining a steady buzz when they worked together, because they’re back on tour, prepping their fifth album as a group (and first since ’09), and encouraging everyone to get their “Pom Poms” out in celebration of their blissfully poppy reunion. — By Brittany Spanos

New Museum’s Block Party
New Museum of Contemporary Art
12pm, free
Summer is in full swing and in New York, which means it’s block party season. Today, art-lovers can rejoice at the New Museum’s Block Party. Anyone enthusiastic about art can look forward to a family-friendly afternoon of workshops, exhibition tours, and numerous interactive projects and performances inspired by the museum’s current exhibits. You can take a swing at creating trading cards featuring underwater sea creatures (inspired by “Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me”), create kinetic sculptures à la Erika Vogt’s “Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll,” or make postcards with your own vision of the American ideal like artist Llyn Foulkes. At noon, at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome streets) and the New Museum. — By Alyana Alfaro

The Lone Bellows + The Low Anthem + Joe Purdy
Prospect Park Bandshell
7pm, free
An important part of the the folksy resurgence that’s taking place even amid metropolitan centers, the Lone Bellow are a country group that hails from the South but now live in Brooklyn. Ergo: the trio’s debut self-titled album is awash with real country bliss but contains enough city slick to keep it interesting. — By Caitlin White

Sunday, 7/21:

The Bad Plus
Village Vanguard
Friday through Sunday, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30
After all these years it kinda comes down to thrust. One of the reasons the mainstream press deems the King-Anderson-Iverson triumvirate a “power trio” is because of the bedrock oomph that defines their maneuvers. The pianist’s poignant gusto, the drummer’s natural swag, and the bassist’s stately projection–each is crucial to the chemistry of volition at the heart of their work. No wonder their most gripping sets feel like a piece of theater. — By Jim Macnie

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits + Fatoumata Diawara + Krar Collective
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
3pm, free
The raspy-voiced Zimbabwean star known simply as “Tuku” plays a tight blend of mbira-inspired chimurenga, South African mbaqanga, Zimbabwean jit pop, and his Kore Kore tribe’s traditional kateke drumming. Mali-born, Paris-based Fatoumata Diawara, who sings in the Wassoulou tradition, is a gorgeous young performer who rocks out a little more than countrywomen Oumou Sangare, whom she has backed, and Rokia Traore, whom she resembles on acoustic guitar. London-based Krar Collective rocks an electric version of the traditional Ethiopian krar lyre to near-Hendrixian extremes. — By Richard Gehr

Sound It Out
Greenwich House Music School
Friday through Sunday, 7pm, $20
For the past year, Bradley Bambarger’s insightful curation of the Sound It Out series at Greenwich House has made a parade of usual suspects from the local jazz scene tilt toward the extraordinary. From celebrations of Ornette’s Soapsuds, Soapsuds to string-choir nods to Paul Motian, variety rules. Same goes for its four-night, multi-artist first anniversary fundraiser. Each double bill has something singular and enticing, whether it’s the allure of new quartet featuring Dave King, Russ Lossing, Chris Speed, and John Hébert, or the mystery behind the pairing of pianists Craig Taborn and Gust Burns. Guitar trios featuring Rez Abassi and Jonathan Goldberger also make nice bookends. Tongues and eyes get tickled as well as ears: Bring an appetite for whiskey-tastings and Steve Byram’s visual art. — By Jim Macnie

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