The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/2/13


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

Friday, 8/2:

Justin Bieber
Barclays Center
7pm, $45-$95
Come on, judgmental tabloid reader, you were 19 once, too, and you didn’t behave much differently than young Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star with more Twitter followers than the President of the United States. A year after its release, Believe, his latest LP, sounds as strong as ever: Where “All Around the World,” the newest single, surrounds the kid with trance synths and Ludacris raps, sleeper hit “Beauty and a Beat” is the perfect summer party track even before Nicki Minaj shows up to claim dibs. Catch him at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tonight, and read about where he goes after in the New York Post.

Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat+Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
7pm, free
In the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, maracatu groups fill the streets with up to a hundred drummers, call-and-response crowds, and fabulously dressed dancers. Carnival legend Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante (“Bright Star Maracatu Nation”) makes its US debut tonight in collaboration with Scott Kettner’s local Nation Beat ensemble. The latter adds a southern tinge to its maracatu, including the fabulous Mardi Gras Indian music of former Wild Magnolias member Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. — By Richard Gehr

‘Chris Speed Trio Fest’
Cornelia Street Cafe
Friday & Saturday, 9pm & 10:30pm daily, $20
The rapport between the intrepid Brooklyn tenor player and Bad Plus drummer Dave King was a thing of beauty at the recent Sound It Out festival. That duet dynamic turns into a trio attack with the arrival of bassist Chris Tordini, but expect the same poetic approach to squall and some truly badass rhythmic finesse as the action spills forward. — By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 8/3:

Floorplan + DJ Nature + Holly Herndon
10pm, $30/$40
“I’m a vessel, and I’m delivering God’s word through techno.” That’s Robert Hood, Christian minister and DJ who is internationally renowned for the sparse intensity and innate propulsion of his productions. Don’t think he’s haranguing you, though: Floorplan sets are as focused as the name suggests, with the kind of vocal joy rarely found in big-room techno. Also featuring anonymous dub techno tinkerer Shifted and DJ Nature of the local Golf Channel Records. — By Aaron Gonsher

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Banda Magda
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free-$3 donation
To pronounce Eddie Palmieri salsa’s greatest pianist sounds almost confining. His thundering chords, inventive claves, and cosmic harmonies suggest the kind of effects artist Jack Kirby might have achieved if he’d taken up the piano rather than the pencil. At 76, Palmieri remains a keyboard Galactus, a perfectionist with entire worlds at his fingertips. And though his recordings have become sporadic compared to the masterpieces he annually dropped on the Fania label during the late ’60 and early ’70s, his subsequent rearrangements of such classic tracks as “La Libertad Logica,” “Pa’ La Ocha Tambo,” and “Azucar Pa’ Ti” outdo the originals. Greek-born singer-composer Magda Giannikou’s Banda Magda open this Celebrate Brooklyn! concert with a Pink Martini-esque blend of samba, jazz manouche, cumbia, tango, and other styles sung in several different languages. — By Richard Gehr

Citizen Cope
City Winery
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $42
Plagued by unsavory label deals and a decade-long break between releases, it wasn’t until 2004’s The Clarence Greenwood Recordings that Citizen Cope really broke out, even if “Let the Drummer Kick” off his 2002 self-titled debut is likely his best song. A steady stream of three more albums, including 2012’s One Lovely Day have helped establish Greenwood as an important voice in the soul/rock/blues arenas. — By Caitlin White

Sunday, 8/4:

Barclays Center
Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $49.50-$254.50
Where better to see Beyoncé’s ongoing Mrs. Carter Show world tour than the arena of which Mr. Carter owns 1/15 of 1 percent? Call it a family affair, but tonight’s show is about the half of that relationship that continues to put out captivating music. While we await her fifth album, let’s reflect on how 2011’s 4 was even better than the first three, a top-to-bottom classic that–with respect to “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”–included her two best singles since “Crazy in Love”: the sweeping “Countdown” and “Love on Top,” whose rolling key changes never fail to impress. Finally, that album gets the arena show it deserves. — By Nick Murray

Prospect Park Bandshell
7pm, $50
It’s been amusing to watch Beck Hansen sidle out of the public eye, then grift back in, sideways, as though he wasn’t even trying anymore: cassette series collabos, sheet-music album, laudable producer credits, killer Philip Glass remix. Stockpiling sketches and notions in the interim between 2008’s Modern Guilt and now, the Californian pop alchemist is stepping out with synthesizer-infused oddities that suggest Animal Collective B-sides. As comebacks go, this one is so far quietly thrilling–and that’s enough, for now. — By Raymond Cummings

Sue-Yeon Park and Sounds of Korea|Ensemble Sinawi|New York Korean Traditional Marching Band
Lincoln Center Performing Arts
1pm, free
You can hear the shamanistic roots of traditional Korean music in the otherworldly music of dancer-director Sue-Yeon Park’s Sounds of Korea, which features the great pansori vocalist Jung Hee Oh. Ensemble Sinawi plays a semi-improvised, shamanically sourced music, augmented by acrobatics, that is at times oddly reminiscent of light jazz. And the youthful New York Korean Traditional Marching Band will blow your mind with its frenetic daechwita (“great blowing and hitting”) prowess. — By Richard Gehr

Raheem DeVaughn + Lyfe Jennings
Central Park
3pm, free
DeVaughn’s self-christened nicknames tend to fall flat, but he did strike gold when he began to call himself “Radio Raheem” on his Blis.FM online radio show. For one, a borrowed name jives well with the nature of his music, which is little more than a pastiche of Curtis, Marvin, Kells and Prince, with some hip-hop beats and bravado thrown on top. What’s more, the Radio Raheem name confirms his status as an r&b everyman, a persona drawn with bold, brassy lines whose lack of subtlety–“Customer,” anyone?–makes him a wonderful voice and gatekeeper for his contemporary r&b peers. He’s great over the air, and onstage he is the sort of artist you might want to kick it with when the only polish you need is some elbow grease. — By Winston Groman

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