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BAMcafé Live 2016-2017

 
 
Sep 1, 2016—May 19, 2017
 

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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UPCOMING EVENTS
Music
House of Waters
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
 
House of Waters
Fri, Apr 28, 2017
 

Comprised of Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and percussionist Ignacio Rivas Bixio, this trio incorporates elements of West African, jazz, indie rock, classical, and world music into an utterly unique sound.

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Free
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Blak Emoji
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 
Blak Emoji
Sat, Apr 29, 2017
 

Kelsey Warren crafts alt-rock-inspired electropop with the help of bass/synth player Bryan Percivall, drummer Max Tholenaar-Maples, and keyboardist Sylvana Joyce.

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Free
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Santana Redux w/ The BRC Orchestra
Fri, May 5, 2017
 
Santana Redux w/ The BRC Orchestra
Fri, May 5, 2017
 

The radical all-stars of Black Rock Coalition, a united front of black musicians led by Vernon Reid, honor guitar legend Carlos Santana for a half-century of transcending genres, cultures, and generations.

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Free
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Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed
Fri, May 19, 2017
 
Rabasi Joss with Soul Inscribed
Fri, May 19, 2017
 

The beloved funk/hip-hop/soul band returns to BAM with Brooklyn-based, Grammy-nominated music producer Jocelyn Arem in support of her latest project, an album of original songs under the name Rabasi Joss.

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Once You're Here
Dining at BAMcafé
 
Dining at BAMcafé
 

BAMcafé is the place to go for dinner and drinks before performances and films, and for free live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Biography
Executive Chef Tsering Nyima
 
Executive Chef Tsering Nyima
 

Tsering Nyima joined Great Performances as BAMcafé’s executive chef in 2010.

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PAST EVENTS
Music
Jeffrey Gaines
 

Guitarist and vocalist Jeffrey Gaines growls captivating soul-folk-rock tunes with a pop sensibility.

Fri, Sep 9, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Dina Regine
 

Dina Regine sang backup for Jimmy Cliff before going solo with style.

Sat, Sep 10, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Sophia Ramos
 

Sophia Ramos is a rock veteran whose collaborators range from Paul Simon to Mary J. Blige.

Fri, Sep 16, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Model Decoy
 

Doron Monk Flake and Ari Sadowitz occupy a sonic space between Stevie Wonder and Soundgarden.

Sat, Sep 17, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Addi & Jacq
 

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

Fri, Sep 23, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
The BRC Salutes Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On
 

Acclaimed BRC Orchestra presents a fresh spin on this sparse, militant classic.

Sat, Sep 24, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
SOURCE360: Salute to Old School
 

Hip-hop icons meet emerging talent in this evening with the BRC Orchestra.

Fri, Sep 30, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
SOURCE360: BRC Orchestra A Tribe Called Quest Retrospective
 

The BRC Orchestra honors one of the greatest hip-hop collectives of all time.

Sat, Oct 1, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Aabaraki
 

This simple four-piece group serves delicious alt-soul sound with a modern edge.

Fri, Oct 7, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
David Ryan Harris
 

The former guitarist and singer in John Mayer’s band brings his solo act to BAM.

Sat, Oct 8, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Melvis Santa & Ashedí
 

Havana-born artist Melvis Santa blurs the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music and jazz with her new project Ashedí.

Fri, Oct 14, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Jay Rodriguez: Pambelé
 

The three-time Grammy nominee has worked with icons like Elvis Costello and Celia Cruz.

Sat, Oct 15, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet
 

The Harlem-born percussionist known for his work with Luther Vandross plays Latin jazz.

Fri, Oct 21, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Eric Wyatt
 

This exuberant saxophonist delivers high-energy hard bop in the classic Blue Note tradition.

Fri, Oct 28, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Laraaji
 

Laraaji began playing music on the streets of NYC, improvising music on a modified zither/autoharp.

Sat, Oct 29, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Katreese Barnes & ChamberFusic
 

Two-time Emmy award-winner Katreese Barnes plays from her new EP, Something To Consider.

Fri, Nov 11, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Firey String Sistas!
 

This strings-based sisterhood is a refreshing alternative to the traditional jazz quintet.

Sat, Nov 12, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Akim Funk Buddha Hip Hop Holiday: Gold School
 

Hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha returns for two genre-busting evenings.

Fri, Nov 25, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Akim Funk Buddha Hip Hop Holiday: Urban Orchestra
 

Hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha returns for two genre-busting evenings.

Sat, Nov 26, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Jhevere
 

This riveting indie-soul artist merges confessional songwriting with contemporary urban rhythms.

Fri, Dec 2, 2016
 
 
Free
Music
Soul Science Lab
 

The Brooklyn-based music and multimedia duo brings its neo-griot sound to BAM.

Jan 13—Jan 14, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful
 

A genre-bending 10-piece outfit blending big-band jazz and funk rhythms.

Fri, Jan 20, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
The Everly Set: Sean Altman & Jack Skuller
 

The founder of Rockapella teams up with a newbie to sing the hits in two-part harmony.

Sat, Jan 21, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Sublime Frequencies: Alan Bishop DJ Set
 

Alan Bishop’s sets feature retro pop, folk, and traditional styles from around the globe.

Fri, Feb 3, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Fusilier
 

Blake Fusilier blends classical and moody rock string styles into his own unique sound.

Sat, Feb 4, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live curated by Terrance McKnight: Braxton Cook
 

Braxton Cook’s smooth alto saxophone sound blends soul, R&B, and jazz.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
BAMcafé Live curated by Terrance McKnight: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
 

This hip-shaking salsa group was selected by WNYC as the Best Band in Manhattan in 2015.

Sat, Feb 11, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
BlakShel
 

Sonnyboy (legal: Sheldon Shel Riser) mixes rock and soul with some good old funk.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
The Ed Stoute Experience
 

Born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Ed Stoute has been playing jazz for over 60 years.

Sat, Feb 18, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Anie & Riva
 

A Haitian-American duo performing powerhouse soul, jazz, and Creole music.

Fri, Mar 3, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Joanna Teters
 

Forward-thinking soul from a Brooklyn local and Berklee College of Music alumnus.

Sat, Mar 4, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Joan Belgrave
 

Jazz vocalist Belgrave sings smooth standards and R&B hits.

Fri, Mar 10, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Kim Clarke
 

A veteran jazz bassist, Clarke has worked with greats like Joe Henderson and Yusef Lateef.

Sat, Mar 11, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Viva DeConcini
 

Rock-and-roll guitarist Viva DeConcini brings a unique theatricality to her solo act.

Sat, Mar 25, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Graham Haynes
 

A professional cornetist for more than 35 years, Haynes has played with The Roots and Steve Coleman, among others.

Fri, Mar 31, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Rhythm Tolee, Aziz Peerzada & Saboor Aziz
 

An evening of Punjabi music from award-winning New York City-based artists.

Fri, Apr 7, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Baraji
 

This ensemble blends elements from various styles of traditional Korean dance and music.

Sat, Apr 8, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
The New Cookers
 

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

Fri, Apr 14, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Alvin Flythe
 

This Queens-born saxophonist has shared the stage with Ellington, Gillespie, and other greats.

Sat, Apr 15, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Tongues in Trees
 

Psychedelic art-rock/Indian folk from Samita Sinha, Sunny Jain, and Grey Mcmurray.

Fri, Apr 21, 2017
 
 
Free
Music
Arthur Russell Concert
 

New York-based artists and collaborators honor the late artist in this evening-length concert.

Sat, Apr 22, 2017
 
 
Free