The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/21/14

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Courtesy of Press Here // Credit: James Minchin III
Richie Sambora honors Les Paul on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at Iridium
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 7/21:

'An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger'
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
6:00 p.m., free
The five-day, multi-venue Seeger Fest commemorating the full and inspiring lives of Pete Seeger, who died last year at age 94, and wife Toshi Seeger, who died earlier in 2013, culminates in "New Songs of Justice," a free four-hour hootenanny featuring politically engaged rock, folk, and hip-hop artists. Singers and strummers predominate, not unexpectedly, and include Steve Earle, Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki, the Chapin Sisters, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Aurora Barnes, James Maddock, and Mike & Ruthy. A solo performance by the irrepressible Amanda Palmer, an acoustic set by civil-rights and union activists Anti-Flag, and hip-hop hell raising by Rebel Diaz and State Department-sponsored hip-hop ambassador Toni Blackman should also rouse the rabble. Another folk-culture original, hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc, mans the wheels of steel. -- By Richard Gehr

Ted Nugent
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $35-$60
Ted Nugent may be a conservative gun-toting Republican womanizer who has impressively managed to create an outdoor sports and hunting empire for himself--while still finding the time to lambaste animal rights activists and drug and alcohol users--but that doesn't mean the Motor City Madman doesn't still put on a good show. We're talking about the same multi-platinum guitar icon with the one-time Tarzan persona who recorded "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Jailbait," as well as "Wango Tango" and "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" back in the sleazy '70s and '80s. He's still the same old Nuge, just hiding behind a grizzled beard and a mossy camo cowboy hat with overly curved side brims. Even exceptionally vocal, politically insensitive celebrities can still churn out ultra high-energy, pure Motor City rhythm and blues and rock'n'roll, it's just a question of whether or not a new generation of listeners has the stones to hammer down and head into the danger zone. And no, we're not talking about a PETA conference filled with animal rights freaks with their lies and scams! We're talkin' a gen-u-ine star spangled, whammy barred, NRA-approved, Fox News coverage-worthy, Whackmaster camo rock'n'roll show. Gitcha some beef jerky and a crossbow by July 21, and you're officially ready to get Nugentized. -- By Erin Manning

Tuesday, 7/22:

Juicy J
Terminal 5
7:00 p.m., $30
As a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, it is a marvel that Juicy J's real fame and recognition has come as a solo artist. Juicy J has stayed true to his syncopal, rhythmic flow while being unafraid to answer the public's call for more electronic beats. Playing alongside older brother and Mafia co-founder Project Pat, Juicy J's show will likely be a satisfying mix of old and new, all while maintaining that same simple yet engaging, rapid-fire tone J has so fluidly mastered. Trippy as always, Juicy J has managed to master the fusion-genre of hip-hop with trap and pop and keeps both his rap game and his double cup filled to the brim. -- By Eleanor Lambert

Jaojoby + Razia Said + Charles Kelly
Joe's Pub
9:30 p.m., $30
Jaojoby headlines a reprise of "Wake Up Madagascar," a terrific package that played here a couple of years ago. The reigning king of salegy, whose tikita-tikita rhythm underlies the island's most popular musical style, is joined by the environmentally conscious singer Razia Said and a remarkable acoustic guitarist, Charles Kelly, who combines the piano-derived ba gasy style of Madagascar's highlands with classical technique. Also: Saramba. -- By Richard Gehr

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
7:00 p.m., $10
There's something easy-breezy about the sound of a town like Barbaroo, WI, so it's only fitting that whimsical folk-pop sextet PHOX hails from the town they've fondly described as a circus hamlet. Their first single, "Slow Motion," layers clarinets over R&B grooves as laid-back and mellow as the cartoon Wind in the Willows movie. (Does anyone remember that?) Partisan Records issued PHOX's eponymous debut LP earlier this year, showcasing a fragrant bouquet of psych-scented art-rock and sweetly soulful pop. Check out the new single and music video released last week for "Kingfisher"--a swooning, sun-shiney mid-tempo track whose moody music vid was directed by band guitarist / banjo player / film school graduate Zach Johnston--and everything will make sense. -- By Erin Manning

Location Info


Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Prospect Park Bandshell

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

Category: Music

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General


1650 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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