The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/15/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Emily Tan
Blood Orange headlines a free show in Central Park this Saturday
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Friday, 8/15:

Thievery Corporation
JBL Live at Pier 97
6:00 p.m., $45
If you're one of those people who has only heard of the Thievery Corporation from the Garden State soundtrack then shame on you, because, put simply, Thievery Corporation is world music at its finest. This DC-based group is one of the most eclectic artist and DJ collectives around, spanning a wide variety of genres, including dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical and bossa nova. The group's members also speak a crazy number of languages; besides the requisite English, we've got Hindi, Persian, Romanian, Portuguese and Italian in the mix. They've released a steady stream of albums since their 1995 birth, their latest album Saudade embracing the collective's bossa nova roots. -- By Tara Mahadevan

Earl Klugh
Blue Note
Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $20-$35
Stamped early on with the smooth jazz genre marker, it didn't take long to clue people into the fact that Earl Klugh embodies a more holistic jazz tradition on acoustic guitar. Like legendary guitarist Joe Pass, the 60-year-old veteran opts for an earthy nylon sound conducive to a versatile fingerstyle technique. On his most recent album, Hand Picked, Klugh bridges the gap between avant-garde master Bill Frisell and Pure Prairie League frontman Vince Gill, featuring duets with both, but otherwise mostly plays solo standards and originals. It's an enlightened fusion, with simple yet sumptuous renderings of "Hotel California," "If I Fell," and "'Round Midnight." -- By Aidan Levy

Keith Urban
PNC Bank Arts Center
7:00 p.m., $30-$63.25
Though overshadowed shadowed by several awful incidents at a recent Massachusetts concert, Keith Urban is still clocking dates for his Raise 'Em Up Tour. The Australian country powerhouse and American Idol judge is on the road in support of his latest No. 1 album, Fuse, an effort that finds Urban straying, successfully, outside the lines of traditional country. While Urban's likely to play it a little safe on the remainder of his tour, fans can still expect a rowdy good time alongside hits like "Somebody Like You" and "Cop Car." -- By Jill Menze

Location Info


JBL Live at Pier 97

Hudson River Park at W 55th St, New York, NY

Category: Music

Blue Note

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

Category: Music

PNC Bank Arts Center

Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

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

Category: General

Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

MetLife Stadium

102 MetLife Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ

Category: General

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

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