The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/23/12

Categories: Weekend


Hoodie Allen
Irving Plaza
Saturday, 6pm, $23
For the past few years, 23-year-old Steve Markowitz, otherwise known as Hoodie Allen (photo above), has become the rap game's most unexpected rising star. With a strong internet following, deliciously catchy hooks, and the slick feel of his pop rap brand, his name will most certainly be on the tips of every Top 40 fan's lips. Catch this All American boy in action and find out why everyone is running to join the Hoodie Mob. -- By Brittany Spanos

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Jazz Standard

Ends Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $35

The visionary bandleader-composer arrives for her group's annual Thanksgiving run here having recently recorded her fan-funded "Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories" with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and soprano Dawn Upshaw. Schneider specializes in buoyant big-band music with classical aspirations, and she's ably aided and abetted by the likes of Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), and Ron Oswanski (accordion). -- By Richard Gehr 

Sandy Steward & Bill Charlap
Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm, $40-$60
Cabaret's best (and only?) son-mother act clock in for their annual stay. She sings the standards with not a single trick up her sleeve, and he accompanies her with utmost taste. That's until she lets him go to town, which he does covering all possible jazz boroughs. Hear for yourself, and leave knowing you couldn't have asked for anything more in this Great American Songbook vein. -- By David Finkle

Sebastian Bach + Sweet Fix
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Saturday, 7pm, $32.50/$37
With Skid Row, Broadway, that weird VH1 show Supergroup, and a stint as a country singer behind him, Sebastian Bach has been making the most of his solo career -- with the most recent release being 2011's Kicking & Screaming, which featured Bach in the midst of some wickedly metal scenery on the album's cover art. It's never a bad idea to catch the rock 'n' roll Renaissance man belt out his signature wail all while admiring his luscious head of hair. -- By Brittany Spanos

Henry Threadgill + ZOOID

Roulette Brooklyn

Friday, 8pm, $25

The constantly surprising, boundary-eluding composer and instrumentalist (flutes and alto sax) augments his regular quartet ZOOID--Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums), and Zachary Lober (bass)--with a four-piece horn section for the world premiere of the promisingly titled "Dimples." Expect beautifully idiosyncratic sounds hinting at steadfast forms while elusively melting into a never-ending moment. -- By Richard Gehr
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