The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/2/13

Categories: Weekend

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Never Say Never about attending this Friday's Justin Bieber concert at Barclays
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Friday, 8/2:

Justin Bieber
Barclays Center
7pm, $45-$95
Come on, judgmental tabloid reader, you were 19 once, too, and you didn't behave much differently than young Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star with more Twitter followers than the President of the United States. A year after its release, Believe, his latest LP, sounds as strong as ever: Where "All Around the World," the newest single, surrounds the kid with trance synths and Ludacris raps, sleeper hit "Beauty and a Beat" is the perfect summer party track even before Nicki Minaj shows up to claim dibs. Catch him at Brooklyn's Barclays Center tonight, and read about where he goes after in the New York Post.

Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat+Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
7pm, free
In the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, maracatu groups fill the streets with up to a hundred drummers, call-and-response crowds, and fabulously dressed dancers. Carnival legend Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante ("Bright Star Maracatu Nation") makes its US debut tonight in collaboration with Scott Kettner's local Nation Beat ensemble. The latter adds a southern tinge to its maracatu, including the fabulous Mardi Gras Indian music of former Wild Magnolias member Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. -- By Richard Gehr

'Chris Speed Trio Fest'
Cornelia Street Cafe
Friday & Saturday, 9pm & 10:30pm daily, $20
The rapport between the intrepid Brooklyn tenor player and Bad Plus drummer Dave King was a thing of beauty at the recent Sound It Out festival. That duet dynamic turns into a trio attack with the arrival of bassist Chris Tordini, but expect the same poetic approach to squall and some truly badass rhythmic finesse as the action spills forward. -- By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 8/3:

Floorplan + DJ Nature + Holly Herndon
10pm, $30/$40
"I'm a vessel, and I'm delivering God's word through techno." That's Robert Hood, Christian minister and DJ who is internationally renowned for the sparse intensity and innate propulsion of his productions. Don't think he's haranguing you, though: Floorplan sets are as focused as the name suggests, with the kind of vocal joy rarely found in big-room techno. Also featuring anonymous dub techno tinkerer Shifted and DJ Nature of the local Golf Channel Records. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Banda Magda
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free-$3 donation
To pronounce Eddie Palmieri salsa's greatest pianist sounds almost confining. His thundering chords, inventive claves, and cosmic harmonies suggest the kind of effects artist Jack Kirby might have achieved if he'd taken up the piano rather than the pencil. At 76, Palmieri remains a keyboard Galactus, a perfectionist with entire worlds at his fingertips. And though his recordings have become sporadic compared to the masterpieces he annually dropped on the Fania label during the late '60 and early '70s, his subsequent rearrangements of such classic tracks as "La Libertad Logica," "Pa' La Ocha Tambo," and "Azucar Pa' Ti" outdo the originals. Greek-born singer-composer Magda Giannikou's Banda Magda open this Celebrate Brooklyn! concert with a Pink Martini-esque blend of samba, jazz manouche, cumbia, tango, and other styles sung in several different languages. -- By Richard Gehr

Citizen Cope
City Winery
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $42
Plagued by unsavory label deals and a decade-long break between releases, it wasn't until 2004's The Clarence Greenwood Recordings that Citizen Cope really broke out, even if "Let the Drummer Kick" off his 2002 self-titled debut is likely his best song. A steady stream of three more albums, including 2012's One Lovely Day have helped establish Greenwood as an important voice in the soul/rock/blues arenas. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell

62nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th St. & Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Lincoln Center-Performing Arts

20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Central Park

72nd St. Mid Park, New York, NY

Category: General

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