The Weekend Shortlist August 15 to 17

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Friday August 15

Location: Financial District, NYC
Band: Dirty Projectors + White Williams
Show time: 7:00 PM FREE
Venue: South Street Seaport
Food: Burritoville
Drink: Jeremy’s Ale House
Miscellaneous: Century 21

The Dirty Projectors not only take three-part harmonies to another level, but the whole song form as well, sometimes sounding like they’ve shredded up a song and pieced it back together with care. Check out Rise Above, their re-imagining of Black Flag’s album Damaged. Don’t miss White Williams open with some great electronic pop. While most people buy hot dogs and grab a beer at expensive restaurants in the Seaport mall, you’ll be smart and head over to Burritoville for inexpensive and delicious California inspired burritos, all under $10. For drinks, Jeremy’s Ale House has a lively crowd and a beer list that will get you a pint for $5 and under. If you get down to the financial district early, check out Century 21. They won’t try to sell you some property, but they have some great designer clothing on the cheap, plus the place is huge to roam.

Friday August 15

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Band: Nailbiters
Show time: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM FREE
Venue: American Folk Art Museum
Food: Zip Burger
Drink: Subway Inn
Miscellaneous: Kinokuniya Bookstore

Indie-band the Nailbiters play melodic songs that are keyboard driven on record. Here, head biter, David Tucker is joined by Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers drummer Josh Fleischmann to make some sweet music together. At Zip Burger they offer farm-raised, organic, and grass-fed meat and poultry, letting you build your own burger with plenty of gourmet toppings. The first time I went to Subway Inn I thought it was completely strange that there was a dive bar off Lexington Avenue, especially in this neck of the woods, but somehow it works. Born in the 30s, this bar has somehow remained, and thank god, as it’s easily the cheapest place in the area for a drink. For fans of Japanese pop-culture, Kinokuniya Bookstore has a large selection of Japanese themed books, videos, CDs, magazines, comics, and stationary.

Saturday August 16

Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Band: Battles + Black Dice +Gang Gang Dance
Show time: 3:00 PM FREE
Venue: Central Park SummerStage
Food: Brother Jimmy’s Bait Shack
Drink: Cavatappo Wine Bar
Miscellaneous: Ship of Fools

Music geeks take notice, math-rock band Battles will be playing Central Park SummerStage along with Black Dice and Gang Gang Dance who both experiment with sounds combining plenty of electronics. Since it’s warm out, what better way to celebrate than with some BBQ. Jimmy’s Bait Shack is known for their BBQ’d meats, smoked in house. The menu is all Southern favorites like po boys, catfish, fried chicken, along with burgers. Though it’s small, Cavatappo Wine Bar packs a mighty punch, offering an amazing selection of wines from all over the world for under $10 a glass. With more than 40 TVs featuring sports, Ship of Fools also has darts, pool tables, and video games.

Saturday August 16

Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Band: Burn It Down with Melle Mel and the Planet Rock Crew
Show time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Southpaw
Food: Press 195
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: The Chocolate Room

This show, which is a benefit, will see all proceeds go to the House of Yes, a community art space that burned down. The show will feature Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash and members of the Furious Five, Os Crunc Tesla (members of Dragons Of Zynth), Che Grand, The Project, Nuclear Family, The Dugout, and Sankofa. Taking the pressed sandwich to the gourmet level, Press 195 offers 30 kinds of hot pressed sandwiches that make this place hard to get tired of. One of the more social bars in Park Slope, The Gate is a great bar with a wide selection of local beers on tap and an outdoor patio overlooking the park. A great little dessert and coffee shop, The Chocolate Room has a menu filled with everything made with some form of chocolate. Try the hot chocolate, you won’t regret it.

Sunday August 17

Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Band: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings + Menahan Street Band +
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
Show time: 3:00 PM FREE
Venue: Central Park SummerStage
Food: Jackson Hole
Drink: Metropolitan Museum of Art Balcony Bar and Roof Garden
Miscellaneous: Café Sabarsky

The queen of funk, Sharon Jones is no joke and seeing her with the Dap Kings always guarantees one of the best live shows around. Don’t miss this Daptone records show with label mates Menahan Street Band featuring several Dap members and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens who both bring the funk and loads of soul. If you like your burgers big, Jackson Hole is where you want to bring your appetite. Home of the 7oz. burger, you can get a beef, turkey, or the veggie kind prepared in a number of ways. Try the Eastside, a bacon cheeseburger topped with ham, mushrooms, tomato and fried onions ($12.50). For drinks on top of the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Balcony Bar and Roof Garden has an amazing view of the city and some delicious cocktails. Located in the Museum of German and Austrian Art, Café Sabarsky offers a menu of traditional Austrian delights like strudel and linzertorte while it’s design is straight out of Europe’s 1920’s.

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