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The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder for the Holidays at Carnegie Hall

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017

As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah ...

Review: Arlo Guthrie Acknowledges The Past And Looks Toward The Future With His ‘Re:Generation Tour’

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, November 21, 2017

There was a very warm welcome awaiting Arlo Guthrie and his family when they took the stage at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA last Friday evening. While the atmosphere of the small, intimate setting of the ...

Review: Female-Centric Programming Takes Center Stage with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017

Women have always been huge contributors to the arts, from celebrated costume designers, to award-winning writers, directors and producers. This past Friday the New York Pops chose to honor the musical side ...

Review: Violinist Janine Jansen's 'Perspectives' Proves Exciting and Enlightening at ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is 'Electrifying' In Its Holiday Residency at ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening's performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. [caption id="attachment_48201" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 'Memoria;' photo: Steve Wilson.[/caption] The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In 'Superb Form' Under Nézet-Sé...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra's latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's newly expanded Suite from Powder Her Face, an orchestral suite appropriating music from ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he's aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in 'Mary Frank Pilgrimage' at DC ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated ...

Review: 'Pirates' At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites' summery version of The Pirates of Penzance. The audience ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017 As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah oratorio. But this year as we approach ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) introducing its first line-up of productions ...

There's A New 'Elf' In Town and You're Going To ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2017 The holiday season is upon us, and this year Madison Square Garden will be dazzling audiences with a new stage adaptation of Elf the Musical. Based on the wildly popular film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, this holiday favorite now ...

Review: 'Describe the Night' Bites Off Too Much To Chew?

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 6, 2017 Rajiv Joseph's last play at the Atlantic Theater, Guards at the Taj, featured so much blood that the two women in front of me walked out. I don’t mean that as a criticism of Joseph. I mean it ...

Arlo Guthrie Continues His Family’s Legacy With His Re:Generation Tour

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, November 9, 2017

Anyone familiar with the roots of American folk music, would instantly recognize the opening lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” (1944) by Woody Guthrie – the father of folk music and singer, writer, ...

Review: New York Pops Begins Their Season On A High Note at Carnegie Hall

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, October 31, 2017

Walking into Carnegie Hall last Friday there was a feeling in the air that only new beginnings bring. Chatter filled the hall as people took their seats, old friends found each other in the crowds, and new ...

Brasil Summerfest Takes Over New York

ZEALnyc, August 3, 2017

If you’re looking to have a real South American experience, but your schedule doesn’t allow for travel right now, you’re in luck because Brasil Summerfest is about to begin a nine-day festival celebrating ...

Lincoln Center Goes ‘Out of Doors’ With a Big Free For All

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 21, 2017

Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival is bringing an other-worldly level of performers for an “only in New York” kind of experience. The festival’s free performances (that’s ...

The Arts Converge at ‘Live at the Archway’ in DUMBO

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 31, 2017

Start your summer weekends on Thursdays with Live at the Archway in DUMBO!

Located in Brooklyn, on Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place, The Archway is one of New York City’s ...

Review: The New York Pops Bridges the Generation Gap

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017

As the older generation always says “I don’t understand what those kids are listening to these days.” I grew up in a household where I thought my parents’ music wasn’t only good, but probably ...

Review: Preeminent Songbird Regina Spektor Shines for an Adoring Sold-Out Radio City Crowd

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, March 14, 2017

Talk about a pre-Purim bliss. Pop songbird Regina Spektor received a standing ovation from her adoring fans just for walking onstage at the onset of her nearly two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall on ...

Top Artists Band Together To Benefit God’s Love We Deliver at the Beacon

ZEALnyc, February 20, 2017

God’s Love We Deliver, New York City’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses has been offering their services for 31 years, and now it’s time to ...

Pop Notes: Singer/Songwriter Chrysta Bell Delivers an Intimate Lynchian Performance at Top of the Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 14, 2017

The connection for singer/songwriter/ingénue Chrysta Bell’s burgeoning career is her sometime collaborator and muse, director David Lynch. With Lynch revisiting his mysterious, unsettling, supernatural ...

Review: ‘One Africa Music Fest’—The First of Its Kind and Hopefully More To Follow

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, July 30, 2016

Keeping true to my fanaticism for Afrobeats music, when I heard that an Afrobeats concert series was coming to New York with some of the biggest recording artists in the genre, I knew I would be in ...

Lincoln Center is ‘Out of Doors’ Again This Year—And All For FREE!

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 15, 2016

Lincoln Center will open its doors to the public for three weeks of free concerts and performances beginning on July 20 through August 13 for its annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. No tickets are ...

The Governors Ball Music Festival—not a complete rainout

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By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2016

This year’s sixth annual Governors Ball Music Festival was held June 2-4, 2016 at Randall’s Island Park. Randall’s Island is located literally in the middle of the ...

Ace Frehley Teaches a Master Class in Rock and Roll History

Michael Scapp, Contributing Writer, April 24th, 2016

Legendary guitarist Ace Frehley seems to be on a mission to prove to the world that his sobriety is for real. For the past decade he has even outpaced his former band KISS as far as album releases and all ...

Conrad Sewell Turns Heads with All I Know – EP Review

Amber Williams, Contributing Writer, January 21, 2016

The London-born, Australia-raised singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell turns heads with his new EP All I Know, as he ...

iii from Miike Snow Slated for Release in March – Pre-order Availabe on iTunes

Gerald Allen, Contributing Writer, January 10, 2016

Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow is set to release their third studio album entitled iii later on in March. This is the first project that the Stockholm-based trio has ...

The Arcs at Terminal 5

The Arcs at Terminal 5 / Afterword

by David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, December 10, 2015

The Arcs cannot be stopped. Last night they played an exceptional thirteen-song set for a sold out Terminal 5 and suggested that what I may have errantly dubbed a Dan ...

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Foreword / The Arcs at Terminal 5

by David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword /Afterword, December 9, 2015

Dan Auerbach will probably prove to be the greatest pop musician of my lifetime. And most likely yours, my friend. And tonight, The Arcs, Auerbach’s latest undertaking, play ...

QUEEN – A Night at the Odeon

QUEEN – A Night at the Odeon. Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Bohemian Rhapsody? : REVIEW

The legendary British rock band Queen has been inexplicably busy these past few years despite losing their incomparable or unmatched front man Freddie Mercury to AIDS almost 25 years ago.  Queen’s debut album was released in mid-1973, and despite all of the outside elements ...

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Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill celebrates 20 Years with new commemorative release

At the onset of the Summer of 1995, the reimagined Alanis Morissette had emerged from her previous candy-coated TV star image as she embraced the Alternative genre full-throttle with the Emmy-Award winning Jagged Little Pill. Her controversially frank lyrics from ...

Gary Clark Jr. Terminal 5

Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5 / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 29, 2015

Gary Clark Jr. is a man of the people. Add that to the guitar hero’s long list of accolades. Last night he played to a sold out house at Terminal 5.  Road ready ...

Foreword / Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5

Foreword / Gary Clark Jr. at Terminal 5

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 27, 2015

This week you’re well advised to make another trip to Terminal 5. Grammy-award winner Gary Clark Jr., is playing Wednesday night in support of his second ...

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Tove Lo at Terminal 5 / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 22,2015

Tove Lo is awesome. She performed Wednesday night at for a sold out Terminal 5, the last show of the American leg of her Queen of the Clouds ...

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Foreword / Tove Lo at Terminal 5

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 21,2015

Great news this week, boys and girls: Tove Lo is playing Terminal 5 on Wednesday, October 21. If you’ve listened to pop music in the last two years, then ...

Jewel Picking up The Pieces

Jewel – Picking Up the Pieces – album review

Jewel Kilcher not only allows but invites her fans and public to enter into her own life’s new phase.  She has just released her new book Never Broken which is oddly not the first biography on this singer/poet as well as a brand new album which is cleverly ...

The Rough and Tumble

The Rough & Tumble at Rockwood Music Hall / Afterword

By David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 24, 2015

 

The Rough & Tumble played Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage One Wednesday night. The self-proclaimed “teeny tiny travelling folk ...

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Foreword / The Rough & Tumble at Rockwood Music Hall

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 23, 2015

The Rough & Tumble are playing Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side Wednesday night at 9pm and I’m going to see what’s what. Once based in ...

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CeeLo Williams new single ROBIN WILLIAMS – too soon? – Single Review

By Michael Scapp, Contributing Writer,  September 23, 2015

 

While on the surface, it may seem that CeeLo’s new solo single is a direct tribute to the ...

John McCauley (of Deer Tick) at City Winery / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 10, 2015

Last night, September 8, John McCauley played to a seated and well-behaved audience at City Winery. From the get-go, everything was ...

Foreword / John McCauley (of Deer Tick) at City Winery

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, September 8, 2015

Deer Tick front man John McCauley is back at City Winery for a second night tonight. On ...

Alberta Cross Announce New Record Ahead of Upcoming Tour

Alberta Cross played an unannounced tune-up show last night at the 11th Street Bar in the East Village. The short set included numerous new songs, and a guest appearance by icon Lenny Kaye. The Brooklyn-based band will ...

Kevin Burke Releases His Debut EP, Waiting Season– Album Review​

After my initial personal listening party for Kevin Burke’s debut EP, the music felt solitary and personal.It came as no surprise to me then to find out that he had written and performed all of the five songs himself. It feels very much like a solo project, in the same way ...

Father John Misty at SummerStage / Afterword

David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, August 6, 2015

Father John Misty played Central Park’s SummerStage this past Wednesday night at Rumsey Playfield for a crowd of roughly two thousand. The space, designated ...