Programs

BAMcafé Live 2012—13

 
 
 
 
 
 
BACK
 
BACK

Free live music on select Friday and Saturday nights, featuring rock, jazz, R&B, world music, pop, and more from Brooklyn and beyond.

Read more about the history of BAMcafé Live.


 
PAST EVENTS
Music
pILLOW tHEORY
 

pILLOW tHEORY turns up the distortion with a sound imbued with symphonic, alt-rock urgency.

Sat, Nov 17, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live All-Stars: Eisa Davis
 

Eisa Davis brings her mellow acoustic originals to BAMcafé Live. 

Fri, Sep 28, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Leon Ware accompanied by The MuthaWit Orchestra
 

Soul legend Leon Ware is joined by The MuthaWit Orchestra at BAMcafé Live. 

Sat, Sep 29, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live All-Stars: Arturo O'Farrill, The Family Sextet
 

Arturo O’Farrill comes to Fort Greene for an intimate set at BAMcafé.

Fri, Oct 5, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Jay Rodriguez
 

Jay Rodriguez brings his versatile, impeccably seasoned saxophone playing to BAMcafé Live.

Sat, Oct 6, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Dr. Israel
 

Brooklyn-based performer Dr. Israel brings his signature dub-reggae blend to BAMcafé Live. 

Fri, Oct 12, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Heloise & The Savoir Faire
 

Heloise & The Savoir Faire bring high-energy disco-laced electro-punk to BAMcafé Live. 

Sat, Oct 13, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Nikki Jean
 

Nikki Jean is a formidable singer-songwriter with a sound inspired by Motown and Philly soul.

Fri, Oct 19, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
First Class
 

First Class is an immensely gifted hip-hop outfit with R&B leanings. 

Sat, Oct 20, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra
 

Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra evokes the jazz orchestras of 1920s and 30s. 

Fri, Oct 26, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
 

Soul Cycle specializes in tightly performed funk and soul grooves with a retro bent. 

Sat, Oct 27, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live All-Stars: Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra
 

Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra puts an unhinged big-band spin on the music of Björk.

Sat, Nov 3, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Melanie
 

Melanie Safka is a songwriting icon best known for the song “Brand New Key.” 

Fri, Nov 9, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
In One Wind
 

Brooklyn-based band In One Wind crafts chamber-folk simplicity to haunting effect.

Sat, Nov 10, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Akim Funk Buddha’s Hip-Hop Holiday
 

Akim Funk Buddha brings another Hip-Hop Holiday weekend at BAMcafé Live. 

Nov 23—Nov 24, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Red Hot + Cuba: Jose Conde
 

Red Hot + Cuba brings singer-songwriter Jose Conde and his ensemble to BAMcafe Live. 

Fri, Nov 30, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Red Hot + Cuba: Aruán Ortiz Camerata Urbana Ensemble
 

The Camerata Urbana Ensemble plays the musical styles of Santiago de Cuba.

Sat, Dec 1, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
 
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber experiments with soul, jazz, and hip-hop.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Urbnergy
 

Urbnergy finesses its way through a wealth of original tunes in the post-bop mold.

Sat, Dec 8, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Candice Anitra
 

Candice Anitra uses her commanding alto voice in the service of a versatile soul sound.

Fri, Dec 14, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
DILEMASTRONAUTA
 

DILEMASTRONAUTA is dedicated to adapting the music of Colombia into more modern fare.

Sat, Dec 15, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Jorge Sylvester’s ACE Collective
 

Jorge Sylvester’s ACE Collective is a fearless originator of cross-cultural music.

Fri, Dec 21, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Jen Chapin Band
 

Jen Chapin combines tender vocals, spare arrangements, and a love of city life.

Sat, Dec 22, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Lee
 

A singer, poet, storyteller, and MC, Lee’s music sits between old-school soul and hip-hop.

Fri, Dec 28, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Charanga Soleil
 

Charanga Soleil is a pan-Caribbean dance band extraordinaire.

Sat, Dec 29, 2012
 
 
Free
Music
Joshua Van Ness & MOR
 

Joshua Van Ness and his band MOR play catchy, soulful rock.

Fri, Jan 4, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
BT3 (Ben Tyree Trio)
 

Led by imaginative guitarist Ben Tyree, BT3 plays what it calls “sci-fi jazz funk fusion.”

Sat, Jan 5, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Rebecca Jordan
 

Rebecca Jordan is a quiet gem among New York singer-songwriters.

Fri, Jan 11, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Beat Kaestli
 

Beat Kaestli is a fascinating hybrid of American and European musical sensibilities.

Sat, Jan 12, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Black Rock Coalition Orchestra Salutes Richie Havens
 

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra presents a two-night salute to Richie Havens.

Jan 18—Jan 19, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
The Fay Victor Ensemble
 

Fay Victor combines jazz, rock, and free improvisation into acts of musical expression.

Fri, Jan 25, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Crown Heights Affair
 

Crown Heights Affair is a Brooklyn original with an endearing iconic sound.

Sat, Jan 26, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
VITAL
 

VITAL’s songs speak to the restlessness of human aspiration.

Fri, Feb 1, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Firey String Sistas!
 

This band of female string players is dedicated to promoting the work of female composers.

Sat, Feb 2, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Will Calhoun’s Native Lands Trio
 

The Trio infuses jazz ensemble playing with hip-hop, dance music, and other styles.

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
 

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble does funk the flamboyant way.

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Aziza and Friends: “Music From My DNA”
 

Aziza delivers velvety R&B and funky soul at BAMcafé Live. 

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Saul Williams
 

Eminent poet, actor, and musician Saul Williams comes to BAMcafé Live. 

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
The 13th Amendment
 

This jazz-rooted collective is dedicated to spreading equality and freedom through music.

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Soul Understated ft. Mavis 'SWAN' Poole
 

Soul Understated puts forth a big, brassy sound and an all-cards-on-the-table swagger.

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Mieka Pauley
 

Singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley’s bluesy confessionals pack a punch.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
My Midnight Heart
 

My Midnight Heart crafts otherworldly soundscapes awash in synths and reverb.

Sat, Mar 2, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Krissy Krissy
 

Bushwick native Krissy Krissy sings inspiring, positive pop anthems.

Fri, Mar 8, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Renegade Sufi
 

Renegade Sufi plays a hypnotic, groove-heavy blend of sitar-based electronic jazz.

Sat, Mar 9, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Emily King
 

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King delivers smooth soul tunes.

Fri, Mar 15, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe
 

A brash soul-funk outfit fronted by the fierce stage presence of Shelley Nicole.

Sat, Mar 16, 2013
 
 
Free
Dance
TamarRaqs Spring Equinox Hafla
 

Belly dancer Tamar marks the spring equinox with her annual show at BAMcafé Live.

Fri, Mar 22, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
TECLA
 

Genre-bending artist TECLA fuses hip-hop, reggae, and tropicalia.

Sat, Mar 23, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Sophia Ramos
 

Rock diva Sophia Ramos debuts soulful covers of Latin American classics.

Fri, Mar 29, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours
 

Grammy-nominated trombonist Papo Vazquez fuses jazz with Caribbean rhythms.

Sat, Mar 30, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
The New Cookers
 

This Brooklyn-based outfit plays hard-bop jazz with a subtle hip-hop influence.

Fri, Apr 5, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Onaje Allan Gumbs and New Vintage
 

Jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs brings together top musicians, poets, and dancers.

Sat, Apr 6, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
The Flail
 

This New York jazz quintet plays ultra-melodic compositions with a dash of experimentation.

Fri, Apr 12, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
SEFIRA
 

The three diverse vocalists of SEFIRA create hypnotic, groove-heavy music.

Sat, Apr 13, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Wires Under Tension
 

This instrumental duo creates sample-heavy post-rock soundscapes.

Fri, Apr 19, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
 

Darcy James Argue’s Grammy-nominated ensemble reinvents the big band.

Sat, Apr 20, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music
 

This alt-classical ensemble features some of NYC’s most gifted young musicians.

Fri, May 3, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
ABIAH
 

This soul-jazz balladeer possesses a soaring, expressive voice.

Sat, May 4, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Harborlore Festival Salutes Irving Burgie
 

This evening of calypso pays tribute to Caribbean music legend Irving Burgie. 

Fri, May 10, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
The Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet
 

This conga virtuoso’s ensemble delivers rhythmically infectious Afro-Cuban jazz.

Sat, May 11, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Grand Baton
 

Grand Baton melds the gwo ka drum rhythms of its native Guadeloupe with prog-rock.

Fri, May 17, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Earthman Experience
 

Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat meets tribal house jams in this nine-piece funk ensemble.

Sat, May 18, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Abdou Mboup and Waakaw
 

Kora virtuoso Abdou Mboup marries jazz and traditional Senegalese dance music.

Fri, May 24, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Late Night Dance Party w/ Ralph McDaniels & the Video Music Box
 

Pioneering hip-hop tastemaker Ralph McDaniels takes over the turntables at BAMcafé.

Sat, May 25, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Buyu Ambroise & The Blues in Red Band
 

Saxophonist Buyu Ambroise marries Haitian polyrhythms and freewheeling jazz.

Fri, May 31, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Endangered Speeches
 

This multinational ensemble creates forward-thinking hip-hop anthems.

Sat, Jun 1, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
John Forté and Friends
 

This Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is acclaimed for his eclectic, innovative sound.

Fri, Jun 7, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
WYATT
 

Maddy Wyatt crafts sunny folk-pop tunes with lush, inventive instrumentation.

Sat, Jun 8, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
ELLIOTT SHARP’S TERRAPLANE
 

Raw and rootsy blues from fearless avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp.

Fri, Jun 14, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Kamara Thomas & The Ghost Gamblers
 

Kamara Thomas spins rootsy folk paeans to America’s mythic past.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Kim Taylor
 

Raspy-voiced chanteuse Kim Taylor creates intimate, emotionally resonant songs.

Fri, Jun 21, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
PEGASUS WARNING
 

PEGASUS WARNING creates otherworldly electronica with day-glo soul melodies.

Sat, Jun 22, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Alfonso Velez
 

Alfonso Velez writes sweeping ballads bolstered by blistering rock and smart lyrics.

Fri, Jun 28, 2013
 
 
Free
Music
Sandra St. Victor’s “Oya Grooves”
 

The powerhouse diva delivers a soul-shaking blend of R&B, gospel, rock, and jazz. 

Sat, Jun 29, 2013
 
 
Free