The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/23/13

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Courtesy of Legacy Publicity // Credit: Julie Soefer
Steve Tyrell will be singing standards all week long at Cafe Carlyle
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 12/23:

Mack Wilds
9:00 p.m., $10
After growing up on Staten Island and attending the borough's Michael J. Petrides School, Tristan Wilds quickly went from being Cold Case and Law & Order bit player to student in Ryan Gosling's Half Nelson schoolroom to netting a regular role as Michael Lee in HBO's The Wire. These days, the 24-year-old is best known -- at least in his hometown -- for the r&b he performs as Mack Wilds. Over the summer, his "Own It" got play on local institutions like Hot 97 and Video Music Box, and in September, New York: A Love Story, his '90s-indebted, alaam Remi-produced debut LP, exceeded the hype around it. Last week, it picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and tonight, Wilds celebrates at S.O.B.'s. -- By Nick Murray

Tuesday, 12/24:

Dudu Aharon
Town Hall
8:30 p.m., $70-$100
For an alternative to the Matzo Ball, the annual Christmas Eve diversion for the Jews, Dudu Aharon is the Israeli Josh Groban, and he'll be bringing his peace-loving Jewish pop to Town Hall, with honeyed Hebrew vocals that range from loving his father and mother to finding his Beshert. Does Israeli pop perhaps have a sunnier disposition than one might expect? Of course, and it's all the more reason to channel Aharon's escapist idealism and seek refuge from the winter doldrums when everyone knows that the only other solace resides in Chinese food, which is never a good idea two nights in a row. -- By Aidan Levy

Michael Feinstein
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $75-$200
Homeless since his Loews Regency room on Park Avenue shuttered and now operating out of new San Francisco base, Feinstein has here found a temporary perch for the yearly warbling of seasonal standards including Tom Lehrer's "Chanukah in Santa Monica." For those wondering whether he'll put down permanent roots here, rumor has it there'll be a new base come November 2014 and that it may be Birdland-affiliated. Until then, catch him jazzing under these holly branches with pianist Tedd Firth, trumpeter Warren Vaché, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Sean Smith, and drummer Mark McLean. -- By David Finkle

Steve Tyrell
Cafe Carlyle
Tuesday through Friday, 8:45 p.m.; Friday, 10:45 p.m., $65-$185
As an A&R man he's overseen Rod Stewart, but perhaps he has taken a step back since becoming a gritty crooner in his own right. Always remember, though, that Tyrell did sing with his Texas rock band back in the day. Now he's into standards exclusively and will saunter through venerable tunesmiths like Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Michel Legrand, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. -- By David Finkle

Location Info



204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General


315 W. 44th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Cafe Carlyle

35 E. 76th St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

165 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

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