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The latest news in New York City music. From The Beacon to Madison Square Garden, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

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Roger Daltrey Rocks Out with the New York Pops in The Who’s ‘Tommy’ in Forest Hills

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 Growing up, I didn’t always listen to the “coolest” music of the day. With parents who were into 80s New Wave (and wished the 70s disco era hadn’t existed), but kind of accepted classic rock, it was a strange musical household. And it ...

Review: NY Pops Celebrates a Birthday and Brings Out the Stars to Honor Alan Menken

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, May 2, 2018 On Monday, April 30th, The New York Pops celebrated a milestone with its 35th Birthday Gala which also honored the composer most closely associated with the Disney franchise — Alan Menken.  To say that it was an unforgetable night is not really ...

Review: The New York Pops Goes to the Movies (Popcorn Not Included)

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 12, 2018 When we think about great movies from the past or present, we invariably think of all the musical soundtracks that accompany them. Seizing on this connection, last Friday night The New York Pops presented their own tribute entitled: The Best of ...

Be More Chill

Review: Could ‘Be More Chill’ Be More Shrill?

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2018 The musical Be More Chill was already a bit of a sensation even before it recently opened Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The show had its world premiere in Redbank, NJ in 2015 at the Two River Theater, ...

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Life In Focus: José James in Concert at Lincoln Center ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, August 15, 2018   [caption id="attachment_59953" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Kori Whithers (vocals) and José James (guitar, vocals); photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_59954" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Kori Whithers; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_59959" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] ...

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Review: Mark Morris Dance Group Excels in Various Chamber Music ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 15, 2018 The Mark Morris Dance Group, which has a long association with the Mostly Mozart Festival, presented a World Premiere for this year’s season at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center. The company danced to the popular chamber music ...

Getting the Band Back Together

Review: The Amiable Schlock of 'Gettin' the Band Back Together'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even played its first preview, the theaterati start taking bets on when it will close, and polishing off their “What ...

Moulin Rouge

Review: 'Moulin Rouge' Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such tryouts have changed drastically, as has the standard model for developing new plays and musicals, and Boston’...

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Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just ...

Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2018 This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct in his statement ...

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Review: A Young Woman's Quest for Love and Passion in ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2018 Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show Beloved, starring Ellinor DiLorenzo and directed by Kathy Curtiss. The play begins with the character Katarina rummaging around her grandmother’s cottage, putting things ...

Before We're Gone

Review: 'Before We're Gone' Tackles Big Themes at 13th Street ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Before We're Gone ended it's run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre on August 5 with hopes of moving uptown and, with caveats, it deserves another chance to be seen. It is a small play, made for a small stage in ...

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Review: A Mozart-less Evening Turns to ICE with 'Grand Pianola ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 The Mostly Mozart Festival's recent presentation of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College was a welcome respite from the summer's punishing mugginess. Entitled "Grand Pianola Music," after the John Adams piece ...

Review: Ruthie Foster Brings Her Commanding Presence To an Eclectically Southern-Rooted Set at Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2018 What can I tell you about Ruthie Foster that won’t make me sound like a crazy-man? That she commands a stage as completely as Judy Garland or Janis Joplin did, but with unfailing grace and good cheer? That she weights and colors ...

Review: NY Pops Hosts an R&B Dance Party With Their ‘Heart and Soul’ Concert

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, February 6, 2018 There was a palpable excitement in Carnegie Hall on Friday evening February 2 prior to The New York Pops’ Heart and Soul concert conducted by Steven Reineke. Even before the conductor’s first downbeat, the audience seated around me ...

Review: New York Pops Brings Holiday Magic to Carnegie

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, December 19, 2017 I knew the night had the potential to be magical as the snow began to steadily fall last Friday afternoon. Making for a slushy and wet walk to Carnegie Hall, it didn’t dampen my excitement and expectations for the evening to come. Walking ...

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 oratorio. But this year as we approach the hallelujah ...

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 recently renovated 1920s ...

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 of the equation with its concert ...

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, traveling troubadour, political protester, ...

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 concertgoers sat wide eyed, taking in ...

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 all things Brazilian.  From music to films, and ...

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 right—FREE) runs July 26 through August ...

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 best public spaces. A 7,000 foot covered area (that’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 better than the popular music of the ...

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 Saturday, March 11. Just like the Jewish ...

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 celebrate! Leading artists from all ...

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 and cheeky Twin Peaks TV project on ...

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 attendance. On July 22, I had the immense ...

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 issued for any of the events, so seating ...

The Governors Ball Music Festival—not a complete rainout

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Randall's Island Park

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 city—it’s an island located in the East River between ...

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 during the constant tour dates and ...

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 produces a unique sound to align with his soulful voice. Sewell exposes his brilliance and has shown that this ...

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 released in over three years. The band has been in relative obscurity since ...

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 Auerbach side project may, in fact, be a full-force ...

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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 Terminal 5 in support of their first record, ...

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 seemingly stacked ...

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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 songs like You Oughta Know give off ...

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 after touring extensively with Foo Fighters, and making key ...

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 LP, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Clark Jr., the guitar hero from ...

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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 tour. Opening was Erik Hassle, the Swedish electro-pop vocalist and performer, who ...

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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 you’ve listened to Tove Lo. The Swedish pop artist is a rising star ...

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 titled Picking Up the Pieces, a ...

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 band” took the stage in Rockwood’s smaller room, for an audience of perhaps 25 ...

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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 Nashville, Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, The Rough & Tumble, ...

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