The Five Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/9/12
Here, in no particular order, are five shows this weekend you should make it out to.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday & Saturday, $35
Why hold a festival at one venue when you can hold it at six? And why hold it across the city when there are six perfectly good venues only blocks apart? Such are the questions posed by the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, which, for its fifth anniversary, takes over Williamsburg's North 6th Street to bring two nights of the best dance parties you'll find anywhere. Tonight, you might want to catch Nadastrom bringing their dembow-based Moombhaton Massive party up from D.C.. Then, tomorrow, head to Public Assembly to see local bass enthusiasts Jubilee, Dre Skull, and Dubbel Dutch holding down the back room with help from Poirier and Toddla T. Held at various venues around North 6th Street between Kent and Berry avenues in Brooklyn. -- By Nick Murray
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'Jazz Composers Collective Festival'
Ends Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm daily, $30
Pooling ideas around shared interests worked wonderfully for a clique of young improvisers a couple of decades ago. Now this extended family, which stretches from bassist Ben Allison to pianist Frank Kimbrough and saxophonist Michael Blake, reunites mainly to celebrate anniversaries. This week's program is enticing enough to warrant a visit each night, but I'd make sure to be there for Ron Horton's Sextet (which utilizes all the group's mainstays), as well as the JCC's forays into the songbooks of Jim Hall and Herbie Nichols. -- By Jim Macnie
Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain
Sunday, 7pm, $20-$25
Forget about Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell. Persia meets the blues in the unlikely duet of Mahsa Vahdat, a Tehran-born singer steeped in the highly ornamented traditions of Iranian music, and Sam McLain, a Louisiana-raised gospel and r&b shouter. The duo simultaneously sings convincingly in English and Farsi on their convincing second album, A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations. -- By Richard Gehr