The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/30/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of RCA Records Press
The Strokes play an intimate show at the Capitol Theatre a week before their Gov Ball "reunion"
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 5/30:

Jamie Cullum
Howard Gilman Opera House
7:30 p.m., $69.50
Jamie Cullum tickles the ivories with Jerry Lee Lewis pyrotechnics and a jazz-pop aesthetic equally influenced by Thelonious Monk and Cole Porter. The latter's salacious subtext reverberates on a synth-heavy cover of "Love for Sale," featuring British rapper Roots Manuva on the fresh-faced crooner's latest release, Momentum, a streamlined mix of springy originals that favor radio-friendly pop over jazz standard fare. Cullum exercises subtle restraint on "Pure Imagination," channeling the impish chicanery of Willy Wonka with a saturnine Britpop edge, but otherwise, the analogue dream of the '90s is alive and well; Cullum employed second-hand keyboards and cassette recorders for a vintage bubblegum backdrop. -- By Aidan Levy

'cOver the Pink: 20 Years of Tori Amos' Under the Pink Live'
The Glasslands Gallery
11:30 p.m., $5
There's been a recent flurry of Tori Amos re-appreciation thanks to this year's excellent Unrepentant Geraldines, but surprisingly little attention given to the album celebrating its 20th anniversary, Under the Pink. The album itself is among Amos' most sedate, but the Glasslands tribute promises curiously buzzy takes on Under the Pink tracks and a few of the singer-songwriter's numerous B-sides. The lineup includes goth duo Azar Swan, Michael Graye, Prima Primo and Germans, organizer/performer Russ Marshalek (under his alias, a place both wonderful and strange) and bandleader Will Hanza. In keeping with previous Amos-themed events, all proceeds from the show will go to RAINN, the anti-sexual assault organization Amos has worked with since its founding. -- By Katherine St. Asaph

Megan Hilty
Cafe Carlyle
Friday & Saturday, 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m. daily, $50-$120
When they were getting Bombshell ready for Broadway on the two seasons of NBC's Smash, wasn't the idea that an actual production would ultimately show up on the actual Broadway? If so, mightn't this in-the-flesh bombshell, who played Ivy Lynn, be the one impersonating Marilyn Monroe? Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, but here's the consolation prize. At her first outing in this swanky uptown boite, she'll sing some of the series songs, most of them written by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, as well as other hot numbers. -- By David Finkle

Location Info


Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Cafe Carlyle

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

Category: General

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Capitol Theatre

149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY

Category: Music

Town Hall

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

Category: General

The Gutter

200 N. 14th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General


168 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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