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The Very Best of NYC Music
by Gena Hymowech
February 6, 2013

Five-time Grammy award winner Dionne Warwick will perform her unique brand of smooth jazz, R&B and soul at BB King’s Bar and Grill on Mar 7. The singer of such blockbuster hit songs as “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “That’s What Friends Are For” is celebrating over half a century in the music biz. Her voice is a national treasure, so don’t “walk on by” this rare chance to see a legend!

Alt-rock singer-songwriter Jill Sobule plays Brooklyn’s Union Hall Feb 15. Before Katy Perry kissed a girl, Sobule did the same in a 1995 song that some would say was more authentic than Perry’s bi-curious version. At this intimate performance, hear the sweet sound that took Sobule to the top of the charts, and find out what she’s been up to since Clinton left office. There will also be a special surprise guest.

One of Scotland’s most talented treasures, Lulu comes to BB King’s Bar and Grill on Feb 16, along with a backup band that includes Late Night with David Letterman’s Paul Schaffer and Conan’s Jimmy Vivino. The singer and actress has been wowing fans since she appeared in the 1968 film To Sir with Love, alongside Sidney Poitier. From that point on, she’s enjoyed a career that’s had many highlights including singing the theme to the Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun; covering David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World;” guest starring on Absolutely Fabulous and American Idol; and appearing on the London stage. Lulu’s soaring vocals will enthrall and mesmerize all who attend this intimate show.

Pop superstar P!nk will definitely get the party started when she appears at Madison Square Garden on Mar 22. The edgy singer brings tons of ‘tude and truckloads of talent to all her shows, keeping the crowd on their feet with songs like “Raise Your Glass” and “There You Go.” And no doubt she will add new hits to her live show repertoire like the bittersweet “(Blow Me) One Last Kiss” off her latest CD, The Trouble with Love.

Catch singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick when she performs in a special post-Valentine’s Day show at City Winery on Feb 19. Ferrick, who famously bucked the confining restraints of the mainstream music biz to start her own Right On Records, is now on the road promoting her latest album, Still Right Here. At this show you can expect to hear the heartfelt lyrics and intricate guitar work that have attracted an army of loyal fans for over a decade.

Appearing at Dizzy’s Club Feb 18 is Nellie McKay, a singer who expertly straddles rock, disco, jazz and reggae. A true original, McKay specializes in the unexpected—she’s done everything from release a Doris Day tribute album to appear alongside Cyndi Lauper in the Threepenny Opera—so expect surprises at this live performance. Joining her will be another multi-genre act, the talented Mexican folk band The Amigos.

Get ready to put your paws up, little monsters, because Lady Gaga is coming to New York City! The outrageous dance music superstar/fierce queer activist will take her Born This Way tour to Brooklyn’s most celebrated new concert venue, The Barclays Center, on Mar 6. Skeleton costumes, singing “Highway to Love” atop a mechanical horse, sitting on a meat couch—pretty much anything goes when Lady Gaga’s in town, so anticipate a wild night.

Brandi Carlile hits the Beacon Theatre Mar 22 with songs from her latest CD Bear Creek. The folk and alt-country powerhouse—and recent newlywed—has been entertaining folks since her self-titled debut was released in 2005. Her music is a showcase of her diverse influences—which range from Elton John to Patsy Cline—as well as a reflection of her own passions. If you’re tired of the same-old same-old, Carlile provides a refreshing taste of something different.


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