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BAMcafé Live

 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM's Lepercq Space, a bar and lounge space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Started in 1999, BAMcafé Live, currently curated by Darrell M. McNeill, has served as a career launchpad for many new artists and an intimate performance home for established artists.

Pair the performance with food and drinks from BAMcafé. Happy hour on select weekends from 6 to 8pm. BAM members receive a 10% discount.


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PAST EVENTS
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BRC30: BRC Orchestra Celebrates Band of Gypsys
 

The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra presents a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s seminal 1970 album.

Sep 18—Sep 19, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Kendra Foster
 

This former member of Parliament-Funkadelic makes jazz-funk with a colorful sonic palette.

Fri, Sep 25, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Eco-Music Big Band: Sun Ra Opera and Celebration
 

The dynamic jazz ensemble presents the world premiere of an opera by Fred Ho.

Sat, Sep 26, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
White Prism
 

Songstress Johanna Cranitch layers breathy vocals over dreamy synthpop soundscapes.

Fri, Oct 2, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Rob Reddy- Bechet: Our Contemporary
 

Saxophonist Rob Reddy offers a fresh take on the music of jazz icon Sidney Bechet.

Sat, Oct 3, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Raye 6
 

The soulful electro-pop of this vocalist combines lush production and dance floor-ready beats.

Fri, Oct 9, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Narcissus & Song with Eleanor Friedberger
 

The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger channels retro-cool 70s-style pop classicism.

Sat, Oct 10, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Deborah Bond
 

Deborah Bond puts a sleek, contemporary spin on psychedelic soul.

Fri, Oct 16, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Brazilian Samba Jazz Ensemble
 

This Brazilian singer-songwriter strums summery, jazz-inflected samba tunes.

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
LEE
 

This Buenos Aires-based singer-songwriter creates lush old-school soul.

Fri, Oct 30, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
MILITIA VOX
 

This self-described “metal goddess” unleashes dark-tinged rock anthems with attitude.

Sat, Oct 31, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Audra Isadora
 

Audra Isadora combines outré glam eccentricity with irresistible pop hooks.

Fri, Nov 6, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Tammy Scheffer Sextet
 

Tammy Scheffer’s crystalline voice draws listeners into her thrilling jazz experiments.

Sat, Nov 7, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
God’s Unruly Friends
 

This adventurous, sitar-based ensemble combines classical raga with jazz improvisation.

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
REBELLUM – Burnt Sugar Arkestra’s Avant Splinter Cell
 

This Burnt Sugar Arkestra offshoot is boundary-pushing jazz-funk at its most enlightened.

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ Set)
 

The blogger behind Awesome Tapes From Africa spins rare gems from across the continent.

Fri, Nov 20, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Gato Loco
 

Gato Loco fuses Latin mambo and modern rock firepower for a bold, exuberant sound.

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Akim Funk Buddha’s Hip-Hop Holiday
 

Dancer and MC Akim Funk Buddha fuses hip-hop, martial arts, throat singing, and more.

Nov 27—Nov 28, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio
 

Intoxicating Balkan rhythms meet thrilling jazz improvisation.

Fri, Dec 4, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
AMERICAN CANDY
 

This Brooklyn-based sketch comedy troupe skewers the absurd side of American pop culture.

Sat, Dec 5, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Antoinette Montague
 

This old-school chanteuse breathes new life into jazz standards and slow-burn blues numbers.

Fri, Dec 11, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
The GrooveBarbers’ Acapella Holiday Show
 

This powerhouse vocal quartet brings the yuletide cheer to BAMcafé.

Sat, Dec 12, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Beat Kaestli
 

This Swiss-American jazz vocalist reinterprets 80s rock classics with a smooth R&B sound.

Fri, Dec 18, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
Anu~Sun
 

This Grammy-nominated drummer and producer brings his jazzy, neo-soul grooves to BAMcafe.

Sat, Dec 19, 2015
 
 
Free
Music
‘Nuf Said
 

This funk septet balances ultra-tight musicianship with off-the-cuff improvisation.

Fri, Jan 8, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Clifton Anderson
 

Trombone virtuoso and longtime Sonny Rollins collaborator brings his hard-bop style to BAM.

Sat, Jan 9, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Onaje Allan Gumbs
 

The veteran jazz pianist plays with a beautifully reflective, lyrical touch.

Jan 15—Jan 16, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Mariami
 

Soul chanteuse Mariami melds the Eastern European liturgical music of her native country Georgia with R&B.

Fri, Jan 22, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Dina Regine
 

Dina Regine offers a fresh take on the rootsy, vintage sounds of ‘70s rock and soul.

Sat, Jan 23, 2016
 
 
Canceled
 
Free
Music
As Lolas
 

This all-female five-piece channels the psych-rock of 1970s Brazilian Tropicália.

Fri, Jan 29, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Akie Bermiss
 

This soulful singer and keyboardist is a staple of Brooklyn’s neo-soul scene.

Sat, Jan 30, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
TAYE JOHNSON
 

This up-and-comer blends old school soul influences with a modern pop sheen.

Fri, Feb 5, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Sugartone Brass Band
 

This New Orleans-style brass band channels the rambunctious energy of the Big Easy.   

Sat, Feb 6, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Tulivu and Seasoned Elegance
 

This acclaimed jazz singer possesses a rich, hauntingly beautiful voice.

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Gordon Chambers
 

This Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter delivers silky smooth soul ballads.

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
SUGA BUSH
 

Frontwoman Danni Gee and her band unleash a ferocious blend of hard rock and electrified funk.

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Def Stories
 

A unique cross-section of New Yorkers share stranger-than-fiction true tales.

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
The VeeVees
 

These Brooklyn-based rock ‘n’ roll revivalists unleash a raw, soul-shaking sound.

Fri, Mar 4, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Faith
 

This veteran reggae rock trio pushes the classic roots sound in bold new directions.

Sat, Mar 5, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live curated by Terrance McKnight: PUBLIQuartet
 

This forward-thinking string quartet showcases daring new works by emerging composers.

Fri, Mar 11, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live curated by Terrance McKnight: Addi & Jacq
 

This vocalist-harpist duo fuses classical music with an irresistible pop sensibility.

Sat, Mar 12, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Elisa Coia
 

This R&B chanteuse’s soaring vocals and lush sound is both retro-cool and dreamlike.

Fri, Mar 18, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Maritri & Soulfolk Experience
 

This trio of veteran performers specializes in sultry, mellow acoustic soul.

Sat, Mar 19, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Morning Bound
 

This boundary-pushing electroacoustic jazz trio creates resonant sound sculptures.

Fri, Mar 25, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Jessica Carvo
 

This classically trained soloist sings ballads that merge indie-folk with jazz sophistication.

Sat, Mar 26, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Grey Season
 

This five-piece outfit crafts moody, bluegrass-tinged folk pop with anthemic choruses.

Fri, Apr 1, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Mimi Goese and Ben Neill
 

This duo blends ambient textures, sensual lyricism, and technology.

Sat, Apr 2, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Marcus Machado
 

This electric guitar virtuoso blends jazz, funk, and rock with jaw-dropping finesse.

Fri, Apr 8, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
The New Cookers
 

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

Fri, Apr 15, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
The Frank Foster Project
 

The New Orleans-style big band Kenyatta Beasley Septet pays tribute to saxophonist Frank Foster.

Fri, Apr 22, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings
 

Rhythmically innovative jazz drummer E.J. Strickland leads this adventurous new project.

Sat, Apr 23, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Jarana Beat
 

This 11-piece band blends Mexican folk and Afro-Amerindian musical traditions.

Sat, Apr 30, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
The Academy Blues Project
 

This powerhouse R&B quartet combines funk grooves with offbeat storytelling.

Fri, May 6, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Simi Stone
 

This indie-folk singer-songwriter makes sunny, soulful pop with a touch of Motown.

Sat, May 7, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Ripe
 

Classic funk gets a pop update in the dance-floor-ready jams of this seven-piece outfit.

Fri, May 13, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Matt Parker Trio
 

The thrillingly original jazz saxophonist unleashes his one-of-a-kind, swinging sound.

Sat, May 14, 2016
 
 
Free
Galas & Events
Late Night Dance Party with Tony Humphries
 

Keep the DanceAfrica celebrations going after hours with legendary DJ Tony Humphries.

Sat, May 28, 2016
 
 
Free