bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

There are no immediate upcoming shows for this week’s guest, bassist Alex Blake, but rest assured that he’ll have area gigs in the future and we’ll collect them and pass the info on to you when we hear about them.

This week’s listings are lighter than usual, reflecting the unpredictable late winter weather. There are still a few choice events for you to catch, however, if you’re willing to brave the cold and slush.

Organist Akiko Tsuruga has a regular Monday night gig at Manhattan’s Kotobuki Restaurant. She’ll be there on February 3rd and 10th.

There are two tributes this week for late poet and activist Amiri Baraka. On Tuesday February 4th from 6-8 PM, there’s an event at NYU honoring both Baraka and the late poet Jayne Cortez. The NYU event is at 238 Thompson St, 5th floor and admission is free, but reserve a spot at 212-988-4222. On Saturday, February 8th the 7:30 PM tribute at the Schomburg will feature poet Sonia Sanchez and pianist Randy Weston. Tickets are required for the Schomburg event. Call (888) 718-4253 or reserve tickets online. It’s a good idea to reserve tickets very early.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI, is back next week, and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online here with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.