The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/28/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Cecile McLorin Salvant // Credit: JP Dodel Photography
Cecile Salvant will be sharing her magical talent at Jazz at Lincoln Center this Friday and Saturday evenings
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 2/28:

Cecile McLorin Salvant
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $40-$125
The Grammy-nominated 24-year-old breakout singer opens for the multi-generational Spring Quartet all-star group after a banner year following the Mack Avenue release of WomanChild, a bracing debut that blends the plaintive blues of Bessie Smith with the brio of Abbey Lincoln and Salvant's own Haitian flair. Wynton Marsalis has embraced the 2010 Monk Competition winner as a leading jazz vocalist, citing her respect for tradition tempered by a brash timbre and range. Salvant plumbs the depths of the jazz canon, exploring the French chanson and performing lesser-known standards, including Ella Fitzgerald's "There's a Lull in My Life" and Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz." -- By Aidan Levy

Howler + Designer
Baby's All Right
7:00 p.m., $10
The little Minneapolis band that could, Howler was picked up by U.K. indie stronghold Rough Trade after their debut EP found its way into the hands of label founder Geoff Travis, who famously had a hand in breaking the Smiths and the Strokes. Howler's jangly garage-pop fit right in his wheelhouse, and three years after that chance encounter the foursome is all grown up and gearing up to release their sophomore LP of sophisticated skuzz, World of Joy, later this March. -- By Harley Oliver Brown

White Denim + The Districts
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $20
This lightning-hot Austin quartet combines crunch, virtuosity, and X-factor in equal parts. One of the more exciting live bands to come down the pike in recent years, Denim seems to have embraced Wilco's successful post-jamband strategy of dishing out copious classic rock with an avant-garde tinge. Their most recent album tips its fedora to Steely Dan, Dukes of Stratosphear, and Paul McCartney. With two guitar pyrotechnicians on hand, they spark, smolder, and explode onstage. -- By Richard Gehr

Casey Donahew Band + Reckless Kelly + Kevin Fowler
Terminal 5
8:00 p.m., $20-$25
Texas country artists are notoriously parochial, fiercely repping their home state's slightly rougher variation on the Nashville sound. But, this weekend, some of the best come to New York to celebrate their home state's "Independence Day" with a few Yankee fans and Southern transplants. 
Tonight, three of the state's biggest acts -- Casey Donahew Band, Reckless Kelly, and Kevin Fowler -- arrive to play the hits ("Small Town Love," "Every Step of the Way," "How Country Are Ya?," respectively) that you'd otherwise have to purchase a plane ticket to hear. Splurge for a two-day pass and you can return tomorrow for Randy Rogers, best known these days for an early duet with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves, and Wade Bowen, an artist whose last two hits, "Saturday Night" and "Songs About Trucks," were both more contemplative than their titles suggest. -- By Nick Murray

'The Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash' w/ Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion
The Bell House
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $15/$20
Consider this "Ring of Fire" candles on a birthday cake. Johnny Cash, the most recognizable baritone out of Arkansas and somberest guy to ever darken country music's doorway, would have been 82 this year. For as many refurbished railroad songs he chugged along with, Cash was rock 'n' roll through and through, his politically minded prison performances and funereal dress signifiers of a smoldering rebellion. Come celebrate the undisputed forefather of alt-country along with the rest of Brooklyn at the Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash, the Bell House's weekend-long hoedown that has packed the venue every year since the inaugural party in 2005. Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion provide the covers all night, supplemented by film clips from archivist Clinton McClung. Have a rollicking good time and a slice of cake for the Cash man, or better yet, a glass of bourbon. Go with the bourbon. -- By Heather Baysa

Location Info


Jazz at Lincoln Center

33 W. 60th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Bell House

149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., Bronx, NY

Category: General


85 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Music

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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