The month of March is a mind-blowing treasure trove of concerts running the schizophrenic gamut from drone metal, to big-band jazz, to techno dub, to noise-rock to goth-folk. But there’s even more intrepid sounds to feast upon.
Three festivals will take over New York City over the course of March, kicking off with the month-long Spring Revolution on March 1 held at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust. Highlighted by Philip Glass, plus an overarching female empowerment and cultural dialogue theme, which fittingly includes the world premiere of a music-theater piece based on the story of Russian activist-punks Pussy Riot, this one’s a surefire hit.
Next there’s guitarist Joel Harrison’s long-running Alternative Guitar Summit, which features a trio of star-powered events: “Celebrating Pat Metheny” at (le) Poisson Rouge on March 10 with Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman and Rez Abbasi and more, “Solo Voices & Communal Raptures” at Nublu with Cline and Adam Rudolph on March 11, and “Guitars of Heaven, Guitars of Hell” at National Sawdust on March 15 with Dither Guitar Quartet playing Fred Frith and The debut of The Resophonic Guitar Orchestra led by Joel Harrison, with Elliott Sharp, Brandon Ross, Dither, Dave Tronzo and more.
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As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the seventh annual Ecstatic Music Festival going down at Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday, March 4 starring Vijay Iyer.