The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, in large part thanks to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any calendar in the past 16 months. Here is some strong points shows coming this month, as well as photographs of some of the most active venues in July.
Irving Place will have concerts by Lil Tracy, Limp Bizkit, Madball, Ashley McBride, Young Nudy, Turnstile and Noah Cyrus in August.
Webster Room will feature debut shows by Pvris and Violet Chachki and late night dance parties with Marauda, Disciple Takeover and Flosstradamus.
The Bowery Ballroom will host performances by Circles around the Sun, Back Seat Lovers, Blonde Otter, Owen and JR JR.
City Winery NYC will feature Bettye LaVette, Steve Forbert, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Colin Hay (from Men at Work), Nick Waterhouse, Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur, Willie Nile, Ann Wilson (from Heart), John Mayall and many more others.
Mercure lounge will have two different admission concerts almost every night in August. Highlights include wholesale appearances from Lion Babe, Jake Huffman (of the McLovins), Elizabeth Cook and Zopa (with Michael Imperioli of the Sopranos).
The bitter end relaunched Richie Cannata’s Monday Night Jam, and other nights will feature Edwin Vazquez, Vice (with Living Color’s Cory Glover) and Oz Noy among its headliners.
The blue note will host extended engagements of Al Di Meola, Eddie Palmieri, Digable Planets, the Bernie Williams collective and GZA with Talib Kweli.
Drom will have Mike Stern, Ravi Coltrane, Stéphane Wrembel, Pedrito Martinez and Xentrifuge on his stage.
The Electric Bowery will headline HR (from Bad Brains), as well as many popular local bands, including the Cynz and Hipp Pipps.
The little jazz club will present three shows each night, and Benny Benack. Stacy Dillard, Murray Wall and Jeremy Pelt will be among the musicians leading the quartets.
Rockwood Music Hall will host many local favorites, including Jeff Kazee (of the Asbury Jukes). the Michael Daves Quartet, Diane & the Gentle Men, Elizabeth & the Catapult, Huntertones, Mary-Elaine Jenkins and Shlomo Franklin.
Terra blues has booked touring blues artists as well as his local team of Jr. Mack, SaRon Crenshaw, Clarence Spady, Michael Hill, Bobby Bryan, the Pioneers and the T Blues Band.