Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (08/24)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, AUG 24, 2013.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out:
“Notable Events-August”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

The offerings of a couple of the city’s barbecue joints add an aromatic dimension to the music floating in the air at this 14th annual gathering. The performers include the young guitar virtuosa KAKI KING; the powerful blues veteran TRACY NELSON, once the lead singer of Mother Earth; the rootsy, funky HERITAGE BLUES ORCHESTRA; the retro-rockin’ singer NIKKI HILL; and the guitarist, organist, and vocalist LUCKY PETERSON, who played on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show” as a five-year old, toured in Etta James’s and Otis Rush’s bands, and has been a leader of his own group for more than twenty years.
HUDSON RIVER PARK, Pier 84, W. 44th St. at the Hudson River
begins 2PM /

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Kenny Garrett / Cécile McLorin Salvant / Kim Thompson / Jaleel Shaw
This year’s ace uptown-downtown affair jumps off in Harlem on Aug. 23 with “Bird Is the Word,” a premiere by saxophone legend Jimmy Heath and his big band. Stellar sax man Kenny Garrett and fascinating vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant top the bill on Aug. 24.

“Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.

Cecile McLorin Salvant’s unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions have helped her win the coveted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish.

World-renowned drummer Kim Thompson has taught and performed in over 33 countries, in addition to playing locally in many New York City’s most prestigious jazz clubs. With many music credits to her name, including being a part of Beyoncé’s all female band; Thompson has become the CEO of her own music production company, KT Music Productions.

Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw has quickly risen to become one of the premiere Jazz musicians today. The New York Times says Mr.Shaw’s music showcases his “stout, self-assured alto saxophone playing and his smartly conceived original compositions, without the taint of commercial pressure.”
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
subway: #2/3 to 125th St. Enter park at at Madison Ave at 124th St.
at 3PM / FREE

George Coleman Quartet 
George Coleman, a tenor saxophonist with a brusque but soulful style, advances his vision of hard bop with a band that includes Harold Mabern on piano. (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St.
At 7 and 9 p.m. / $38 cover
(212) 864-6662,

“This lean and feisty foursome combines the powerful synergy of the trumpeter Wendholt and the saxophonist Kolker, along with the joined-at-the-hip rhythm team of VICTOR LEWIS, on drums, and UGONNA OKEGWO, on bass.” (NewYorker mag)
SMALLS, 183 W. 10th St.
At 10:30PM / $20
212-252-5091 /

The accordionist and singer JEFFERY BROUSSARD, following in the footsteps of his father, Delton, leads the Creole Cowboys and delivers classic zydeco with contemporary gusto. This will attract zydeco fans from all over the metro area.
, 121 W. 45th St. (btw 6th / b’way)
Dance lesson 7PM; Music 8:30PM / $24
212-685-7597 /

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Upper West Side

Dinosaur /  700 w125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th st. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

No food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip to Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in an old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of all those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The Mississippi blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long. The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some humongous waits at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table, underneath what’s left of the elevated W. Side Hwy., all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very early or late for dinner.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:00pm
Subway: #1 to 125th st
Walk 2 blk W on 125th to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, cocktail lounges, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.
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