The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/14/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors // Credit: Denis Dailleux
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Friday, 3/14:

The Allman Brothers Band
Beacon Theatre
Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. daily, sold out
The Brothers don't always play in New York, but when they do, they play at the Beacon. This year marks the band's 45th anniversary, and their 25th anniversary residency at the 2,800-seat venue, totaling 222 utterly unique, mind-bending midnight rides to the brink of Southern rock, featuring eclectic surprise guests from Clapton to Donald Fagen. With an old-school psychedelic light show, endless jams on "Whipping Post," "Soulshine," or "Melissa," and, well, Gregg Allman, there's a reason these shows fetch upwards of $400 a ticket. As per usual, the 14-night run has already sold out, but scalpers are easy to find outside the venue. -- By Aidan Levy

Reeds Ramble
Smalls Jazz Club
9:30 p.m., $20
It only takes a spin or two to hear that this two-tenor romp from Chris Cheek and Seamus Blake is all about panache. On their new Criss Cross album, the saxophonists ping off each other, and with every move their rhythm section has 'em covered with the kind of pliable mainstream swing that's fully focused on nuance. It's certainly an unusual jazz outfit that turns to the hymn of the Beach Boys' "'Til I Die," but this one is cagey enough to plop it adjacent to "I Surrender Dear." Breadth is everything. -- By Jim Macnie

'Soul Jazz Festival'
92nd Street Y
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. daily, $25
The inaugural two-day festival honors the rich interplay between soul and jazz, often called nu-jazz, showcasing the inventive sampling of DJ Logic, Hammond-B3 grease monkey Joey DeFrancesco, multi-reedist Brian Landrus, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. A bandleader is only as good as his sidemen, and in this case, their respective groups are rounded out by consummate players, among them drummer Billy Hart, saxophonist George Garzone, keyboardists Leo Genovese and Ray Angry, vocalist Nadia Washington and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Spalding closes out the festival with music from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album, replete with soul covers, standards, and her earthen tones in the upper and lower registers. -- By Aidan Levy

Saturday, 3/15:

DJ Rashad + Ikonika + Doctor Jeep
Cameo Gallery
11:59 p.m., $15/$20
Sara Abdel-Hamid's bass music as Ikonika is a bubbly contrast to the chaotic footwork embraced lately by her Hyperdub cohorts Kode9 and DJ Rashad, but that pleasing pop attitude made the British producer's Aerotropolis a stand-out LP of 2013. There are plentiful tectonic subwoofer shifts, but a cheeky melodicism elevates these tunes from standard to sizzling. Ikonika will be DJing at Cameo alongside an unannounced special guest as part of her expansive North American tour. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Location Info


Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Smalls Jazz Club

183 W. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Silent Barn

603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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