The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/14/14


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Friday, 3/14:

The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. daily, sold out
The Brothers don’t always play in New York, but when they do, they play at the Beacon. This year marks the band’s 45th anniversary, and their 25th anniversary residency at the 2,800-seat venue, totaling 222 utterly unique, mind-bending midnight rides to the brink of Southern rock, featuring eclectic surprise guests from Clapton to Donald Fagen. With an old-school psychedelic light show, endless jams on “Whipping Post,” “Soulshine,” or “Melissa,” and, well, Gregg Allman, there’s a reason these shows fetch upwards of $400 a ticket. As per usual, the 14-night run has already sold out, but scalpers are easy to find outside the venue. — By Aidan Levy

Reeds Ramble
Smalls Jazz Club
9:30 p.m., $20
It only takes a spin or two to hear that this two-tenor romp from Chris Cheek and Seamus Blake is all about panache. On their new Criss Cross album, the saxophonists ping off each other, and with every move their rhythm section has ’em covered with the kind of pliable mainstream swing that’s fully focused on nuance. It’s certainly an unusual jazz outfit that turns to the hymn of the Beach Boys’ “‘Til I Die,” but this one is cagey enough to plop it adjacent to “I Surrender Dear.” Breadth is everything. — By Jim Macnie

‘Soul Jazz Festival’
92nd Street Y
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. daily, $25
The inaugural two-day festival honors the rich interplay between soul and jazz, often called nu-jazz, showcasing the inventive sampling of DJ Logic, Hammond-B3 grease monkey Joey DeFrancesco, multi-reedist Brian Landrus, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. A bandleader is only as good as his sidemen, and in this case, their respective groups are rounded out by consummate players, among them drummer Billy Hart, saxophonist George Garzone, keyboardists Leo Genovese and Ray Angry, vocalist Nadia Washington and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Spalding closes out the festival with music from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album, replete with soul covers, standards, and her earthen tones in the upper and lower registers. — By Aidan Levy

Saturday, 3/15:

DJ Rashad + Ikonika + Doctor Jeep
Cameo Gallery
11:59 p.m., $15/$20
Sara Abdel-Hamid’s bass music as Ikonika is a bubbly contrast to the chaotic footwork embraced lately by her Hyperdub cohorts Kode9 and DJ Rashad, but that pleasing pop attitude made the British producer’s Aerotropolis a stand-out LP of 2013. There are plentiful tectonic subwoofer shifts, but a cheeky melodicism elevates these tunes from standard to sizzling. Ikonika will be DJing at Cameo alongside an unannounced special guest as part of her expansive North American tour. — By Aaron Gonsher


Sunday, 3/16:

Mister Sunday
Silent Barn
3:00 p.m., $15
For the past few summers, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter’s Mister Sunday has gone down at the Gowanus Grove, a once verdant patch of land that is now being developed into residential buildings. Last week, the pair’s main gig, Mister Saturday Night, happened at the Bell House while their usual home, 12-Turn-13, “worked out a few kinks.” Today, Mister Sunday comes to Bushwick’s Silent Barn, a suitable substitute until they can find a proper venue for the summer. 
Expect cheap drinks, great house music, and good company. — By Nick Murray

Joe’s Pub
7:30 p.m., $20
Formed 30 years ago in France’s Loire Valley, Lo’jo began as a collaboration of singer-keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist-kora player Richard Bourreau. The six-piece group fuses whatever captures their collective imaginations into a sneaky amalgam of rock and Romanany, Arab and Andalousian, dub and desert blues, Wassoulou and (Tom) Waits — you get the picture. It’s French cabaret as charming as it gets. — By Richard Gehr

Ambrose Akinmusire
Jazz Standard
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $20
The music on the wily trumpeter’s new the imagined savior is far easier to paint sounds familiar but acts unique. That makes for a seductive tension. You feel like you know where you are — graceful percussion rattles, soaring horn, bluesy mischief — but you’ve often got one foot planted in parts unknown. From art songs by Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckman to Ecclesiastes references regarding destiny, Akinmusire’s opus aims for the head while sating the body. Be prepare to be swept away this week. — By Jim Macnie

Michael Nesmith
City Winery
8:00 p.m., $55-$70
Hey hey, he was the prickliest Monkee. A film producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Nesmith also recorded a dozen-plus solo albums ranging from country rock with the First National Band to 2006’s Rays, a heady musical travelogue through the south. He returned to touring in 2012 with what he calls “movies of the mind,” a show that combines an intriguing catalog, performed by a crack band, with anecdotes aplenty. — By Richard Gehr

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