Live at the Gantries

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

Tonight’s performance of Gerardo Contino Y Los Habaneros has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 20 2013 at 7:00 PM


“A joyful, gyratory salsa celebration.” – Time Out New York

Gerardo Contino, is a Cuban singer and songwriter who has been a part of a number of renowned Cuban bands in Havana since his youth. Before leaving Cuba in 2009, Gerardo was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized Cuban Salsa and Jazz orchestras in Cuba.

Since 2009, Gerardo has lead “Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros” in New York City, with Axel Tosca Laugart, Luisito Quintero, and John Benitez. He has toured internationally With NG La Banda and his other bands. In New York City, Gerardo Contino has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, and the Bronx Museum, among others.

For more information about Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros please visit

John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument

Concert Date July 9, 2013

Owing to his versatility as a trombonist, composer, and arranger, John Yao has enjoyed
a steady rise on the New York City jazz scene since arriving from his native Chicago in
2005. As a trombonist, he has worked extensively as a sideman for Grammy Award winning ensembles such as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument features some of New York City’s finest musicians. Their compositions draw from the tradition of contemporary big band jazz and use serial and twelve-tone techniques to create a fresh and unique sound. All About Jazz describes Yao’s music as “teeming with danger and uncertainty.”

For more information about John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument please visit

Brasil Live

Concert Date July 16, 2013

Brasil Live brings their brand of Brazilian pop music vocal greatness along with an all-star rhythm section to Live at the Gantries on July 16th. Brasil Live was chosen as a Time Out NY “Critics’s Pick” and features some of the most experienced and talented Brazilian musicians in the US including Marcos Vigio, Daumielle Caldeira, Itaiguara Brandão and Gil Oliveira. The band’s repertoire is drawn mainly from legendary Brazilian dance floor masters such as Tim Maia, Jorge Ben, Djavan, Seu Jorge and Gilberto Gil.

For more information about Brasil Live please visit

Jonny Meyers & The Trio

Concert Date July 23, 2013

Song by song, Jonny Meyers is catching up with the traditions left quietly behind in his native Forest Hills – the small hub of Queens, which provided the breeding grounds for legendary songwriters like Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, and the founding members of The Ramones. Meyers’s catalogue to date is a careful blend of romance and consciousness that reflects the lyrical, topical, and raw emotional traces of his musical predecessors.

Jonny formed his electric trio in 2008, just after coming back to New York from a nine year stint based in Austin, Texas while touring nationally and internationally with his ska group The Stingers ATX. Jonny & the Trio plays original music that is rooted in Blues, Soul, Country and Rock-n-Roll. They are currently working on their debut album, which is set to be released in late 2013. Band members include Seth Goldberg (drums), Dan Jeselsohn (Bass) and Billy Villano (pedal steel).

For more information about Jonny Meyers & The Trio please visit

Tony Demarco and Christel Rice with Siobhan Butler

Concert Date July 30, 2013

Christel Rice brings a sensational and unique style to traditional Irish flute playing. Having great-grandparents who emigrated from Ireland, one of them a local mandolin maker, she has stayed true to her roots. Christel studied with the late Michael Rafferty of Ballinakill, Ireland where she has cut her teeth in the regional style of flute playing. Tony DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than 30 years, and is now one of leading living exponents of the New York/Sligo fiddle style. Joined by Siobhan Butler, an internationally recognized percussive dancer that has performed with acts such as Cherish the Ladies, Celtic Crossroads, Nic Gareiss, this trio promises a fun-filled night filled with Irish music and dance.

For more information about Tony Demarco and Christel Rice with Siobhan Butler, please visit

Dahdoo Middle Eastern Ensemble: A Journey From Morocco to the Arabian Gulf

Concert Date August 6, 2013

Dahdoo Middle Eastern Ensemble presents Music of the Middle East: A Journey from Morocco to the Arabian Gulf. In the current incarnation of this band of versatile performers, Raed Rabadi on Vocals and Oud (Pictured above right), Eslam Farouk on Vocals (Pictured above left), Nabil Bekalli on Keyboards, and Richard Khuzami on Percussion perform traditional Middle Eastern music in order to promote understanding of different ethnicities through cultural and artistic exchange.

Raed Rabadi: Oud and Vocals

Raed Rabadi is world renowned for his talented oud playing, singing and songwriting capabilities, especially in music from the Levant. His musical talent began at the age of 8, with his first radio debut at the age of 14. He has performed for the biggest names in politics, including the president of Egypt and the King of Jordan, all over the Middle East and United States concert halls, including the Lincoln Center in New York City. Voted Artist of the Year in Jordan, Raed Rabadi has composed hits such as Ya Gumer Aly, Suda La Euoon, Ala Kefak and multitude of other hits. He has recently been featured in a live interview on Jordanian television via satellite that was broadcasted around the world.

Eslam Farouk: Vocals

Eslam Farouk started singing in Egypt 1992 and came to America 1997. He currently lives in NYC, and has established himself as the finest interpreter of popular Egyptian music in the United States. In 2007 he recorded his CD “Ya Aamohom”( including music videos). Eslam today performs extensively throughout the United States, for both private and public functions.

Richard Khuzami: Percussion

Richard Khuzami, a Lebanese American percussionist specializing in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African music, has been performing for over 45 years. He also produces and promotes music from this part of the world through Dahdoo Productions. Instruments include, Dumbek, Tabbel, Riq, and Bendir. Mr. Khuzami has collaborated (as Performer and/or Producer) with artists such as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Philip Glass, Micky Hart, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, and Yousef Kassab, amongst many others. He also composed, produced and performed original music on his cd “Fused”, a melding of mid east and western music. Mr. Khuzami’s goal is to promote understanding between different ethnicities through cultural and artistic exchange.

Nabil Bekkali: Keyboards, Vocals

Nabil Bekkali was a child prodigy in Morocco, performing at age 7 on accordion on TV. His career has taken him all over the world, highlighted by many years of performing in Dubai. Nabil is a master keyboardist on all forms of Arabic Music, but is especially known for Moroccan and Khaliji (Arabian Gulf) music.

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