LMB NYC: This Week’s Concert Calendar (Nov. 28 – Dec. 4)

John Scofield | photo by Mike Swanson

This week in NYC the live music scene calms down a bit, with much slimmer pickings than the last few weeks. But there’s still some good stuff to sink your teeth into, including a few more two- and three-night runs (playing off of last week’s theme). Check it:

John Scofield sets up shop at the Blue Note for a multi-night NYC run. Not sure if these shows will feature his funky stuff or his more traditional jazz stylings, but he’s sure to put on a good show and bust out that signature “Sco” guitar tone.

Taking a break from their standing gig as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots will hit the Highline Ballroom for two nights on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The String Cheese Incident makes their triumphant NYC return with a two-night stand way uptown at the United Palace Theater.

If those two- and three-night runs don’t do it for you, here are some other interesting one-offs that are catching my eye.

Two-thirds of MMW — John Medeski and Billy Martin — are once again teaming up as MAGO for some more fun and funk down at LPR.

Avey Tare (of Animal Collective) is doing a rare solo slot at the Knitting Factory on Friday night, which should definitely be interesting, if not totally out-there and psychedelic.

Charles Bradley — another gem from the retro-soul powerhouse that is Daptone Records — will bring his soul-stirring vocals to the Bowery Ballroom on Friday.

Those are my top picks for this week, but there are still plenty of other options to dig into, so read on for the full listings…

Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:

Monday, 11/28
The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, 11/29
Hall & Oates @ The Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
John Scofield Band @ The Blue Note
The Roots @ Highline Ballroom

Wednesday, 11/30
The Heavy Pets and Moon Taxi @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
Tiësto @ Pacha

Thursday, 12/01
J Roddy Walston & the Business, Gringo Star and Gunfight! @ Mercury Lounge
John Scofield Band @ The Blue Note
The London Souls, Jennah Bell Zongo Junction and DJ Raydar Ellis @ Southpaw
MAGO, feat Billy Martin John Medeski @ Le Poisson Rouge
?uestlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tiësto @ Lavo

Friday, 12/02
Avey Tare, Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick @ The Knitting Factory
Baths, Ki:Theory, Dinosaur Feathers @ Bowery Ballroom
John Scofield Band @ The Blue Note
Sondre Lerche w. Okkervil River @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
The String Cheese Incident @ United Palace Theatre
Tori Amos, Peyton Tochterman, Ellis Paul @ Beacon Theatre

Saturday, 12/03
Black Star, Mos Def, Talib Kweli @ Best Buy Theater
Charles Bradley @ Bowery Ballroom
Gene Ween & Dave Dreiwitz @ Brooklyn Bowl
The String Cheese Incident @ United Palace Theatre
Tori Amos @ Beacon Theatre
YACHT @ Santos Party House

Sunday, 12/04
Erykah Badu @ Best Buy Theater
John Scofield Band @ The Blue Note