Probably only the tip of the iceberg in terms of options, but I will probably check out at least two of these.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 @ Joe’s Pub
And back across the river in Manhattan: This is the new proejct from Vernon Reid, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Calvin Weston. Their album, Urban Mythology Volume 1 just dropped on Tuesday, February 12, and is available on Amazon and iTunes (sorry no link for this one). These self-described "students of the harmolodic philosophies of Ornette Coleman, who might almost be considered a phantom member of the group" hit at 9:30 tonight. It’s a $20 cover with a $12 or two-drink minimum. Call Joe’s Pub at 212 539 8778 .
Free Form Funky Freqs on MySpace
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 @ The Brooklyn Museum
After being urged (admonished?) by fellow traveller Audiologo (sorry, Audiologo, but I was slow to get religion) to see this group, I’m glad I haven’t missed yet another show of theirs. Looking forward to the "guitar pyrotechnics and elusive rhythm collisions". Got a chance to check out their MySpace page, and am very pleased at what there is to hear. But, then again, why wouldn’t I be? As artists their individual credits are ridiculous. For example: Brandon Ross has lent his enthralling guitar sounds to Cassandra Wilson, Arto Lindsay, and the Lounge Lizards, to name only a few. Melvin Gibbs is somethin’ like a phenomenon on bass: Just ask Henry Rollins, dead prez, Marisa Monte and Defunkt. I’m less familiar with JT Lewis, but his credits include drum duties for Lou Reed, Tina Turner, recent Grammy winner Herbie Hancock, and Butch Morris. From 3-5PM in the Museum’s Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavillion.
Show is free, BUT there is a suggested contribution to the museum: $8 adults; Students with Valid ID: $4; Adults 62 and over: $4; Members: Free; Children under 12: Free.