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Highline Ballroom Announces July 2012 Line-Up

June 6
8:23 PM 2012


Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue) has just announced its July 2012 line-up. See full details below. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketweb, online at or at the Highline Box Office from noon until doors close at 866-468-7619.

Highline Ballroom is a full-scale restaurant with a full bar. A $10 food and/or beverage minimum is standard for table seating during shows.

Unless otherwise noted, all shows are suitable for all ages and offer general admission seating. Seating for all shows is first come, first seated; the Highline does not take advance table reservations, except where noted as a condition of a VIP ticket. The Ballroom cannot seat incomplete parties. Standing room for all shows is available at our bar.

For further show information, directions to the venue and for the latest updates visit or call 212-414-4314. All events are subject to change.


July 1, 2012
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir
Tickets $12
Concert starts @ 1:00PM, Doors open @ 12:00PM

A strange faith is brewing for these apocalyptic times. Post-fundamentalist and happy-crazy with a 35-voice choir and worshippers throughout the world, The Church of Earthalujah began in New York City in 2009. The church has cast the global warming devils from the cash machines of JP Morgan Chase and UBS – the Swiss bank that invests in the Koch brothers and climate change skepticism. These churchgoers believe that natural disasters are messages from a living thing and that we should be teaching each other to listen and pray. Earthalujah!

July 5, 2012
CBGB Festival Presents
The Dirty Pearls
With Bebe Buell, The Killing Floor, The Noise, and Ingrid & The Defectors
Tickets $15.00
Concert starts @7:30PM, Doors open @ 6:30PM

Straight from Rivington Street in the Lower East Side, The Dirty Pearls tell their stories about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. They deliver rock anthems with sharp hooks, witty lyrics, and a seedy '70s-esque swagger that will make you roll down your car window, turn the stereo all the way up, and just drive!

July 11, 2012
Live Wire x BreyKing Productions Presents
The SoundCheck Live Concert Series
Tickets $15 ADV., $20 DOS
Concert starts @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

Tonight's SoundCheck Live event will be hosted by Mobrown Suga with sounds by DJ Gully. The show will feature Astronomical Kid, Live Wire, Maad Moiselle, Rob Fresh, Olivia K, Jake Primmerman, Ginette Claudette, Clef (High School Band), and a short film presented by Stacey Muhammad for Wildseed Films.

July 12, 2012
Chris Smither & The Motivators
Opening Act(s): Andy Friedman
Tickets $22.00 ADV, $25.00 DOS
Concert starts @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

Having distilled his own Signature Sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, he continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers to create his music. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most distinctive acoustic performers, Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound.

July 12 2012
Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival Presents
The 1st Annual Ladies Battle!
Tickets $20.00
Concert starts @ 12:00AM, Doors open @ 11:30PM

Categories (Judges):

• 2-on-2 House (Linda LaNaija)

• 2-on-2 Hip-Hop (Tweetboogie)

• Popping (Marie Poppins)

• Flexin' (Deidra "Danty" Braz)

• Waacking (Princess Lockeroo)

$200 cash prize per category(Must have 12 participants in a category for prizes to be awarded) / For more information, email

Ladies Battle! is a dance battle hosted by the annual Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival (LofHHF). The mission of LofHHF is to develop and provide women and girls with positive roles that are present and represented within the hip-hop culture. Traditionally, men have dominated all facets of the hip-hop scene, but this festival changes that tradition and puts women center-stage for the entire event. Each year an elite group of female artists from around the world are selected to exhibit work, teach, and perform as part of the festival. Through education, performance, and community exchanges, this annual hip-hop festival focuses on women and their relationship with hip-hop culture.

July 13, 2012
Greensky Bluegrass
Opening Act(s): Union Street Preservation Society
Tickets $17.50 ADV., $20.00 DOS
Concerts start @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock 'n' roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey-soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

July 14, 2012
Her & Kings County
Tickets $12.00 ADV., $15 DOS
Concert starts @ 7:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

They've been called "the most dangerous band in country music." They've been called "a fresh, hot, wildly entertaining group that brings a party wherever they go." They've been called "the next big thing in country music." They just call themselves Her & Kings County. Formed in New York City, this six-piece is no overnight sensation. Over their many years together, they have written their own music, including their new single, "White Trash (Country Boy)," and they've literally played hundreds of shows all across America and Europe. From clubs to arenas, the group has opened up for such acts as Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, and Kellie Pickler, to name a few.

July 15, 2012
The Kinsey Sicks
Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks for President
Tickets $25.00 ADV., $30 DOS
Concert starts @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

The Kinsey Sicks are a sensation! With a phenomenal performance record that includes an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films, seven albums, and appearances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia, the Kinsey Sicks hardly need an introduction. For almost 20 years, America's favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet has been serving up a feast of music and comedy to audiences at performing arts centers, music venues, and comedy festivals in every kind of town you can imagine, in over 40 states! Their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire, and over-the-top drag have earned the Kinsey Sicks a diverse and devoted following.

July 17, 2012
The Moth GrandSLAM XXV
Hosted by Dan Kennedy
Tickets $20
Concert starts @ 7:30PM. Doors open @ 6:00PM

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM XXV, a battle of wits and words – fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking, and all points between. The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. With its StorySLAM shows, The Moth seeks to accommodate all the people who ask, "When can I tell my story?" and to encourage those people who doubted they had a story worth telling. StorySLAM provides a stage and a microphone, a theme to inspire and shape the evening, a lively and supportive audience, and a host to guide the festivities. Stories are limited to five minutes, and ten stories are heard. In tonight's GrandSLAM, using words as weapons, winners of previous StorySLAMs battle it out to become The Moth's GrandSLAM Story Champion.

July 18, 2012
The Cataracs
With special guest Shwayze
Opening Act(s): The Melker Project
Tickets $15.00 ADV., $20 DOS
Concert starts @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

You could describe the sound of The Cataracs using the familiar terms: "cutting edge," "universal," or "beyond category." And you wouldn't be lying. But save those clichés for a group who needs them. The Cataracs' music and buzz speaks for itself. This songwriting duo and production team of David Singer-Vine, (aka Campa) and Niles Hollowell-Dhar (aka Cyrano) has developed an electro pop sound that combines the dancefloor sensibilities of electronic music with pop melodies, a risqué edge, and Bay Area swagger. These divergent sounds converge effectively when brought together by The Cataracs' energy, sense of humor, and undeniably entertaining chemistry.

July 19, 2012
Gotham Rocks Presents
The August Infinity
With special guests The Amatory Murder, Face the King, Chasing Thrill, Craving Strange & Four Nights Gone
Tickets $15 ADV., $18 DOS
Concert starts @ 7:15PM, Doors open @ 7:00PM

The August Infinity is an American four-piece rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. The genesis of group came when drummer Ian Pierce unearthed raw charisma in the most unexpected of places, discovering singer Joshua Hawksley at the 42nd Street subway stop. It was there that Hawksley first made an impression on New York City as a one-man subway performer. The band has since honed a catchy hard rock sound playing off the added talents of bassist Chris Moss and guitarist Peter Strzelecki.

July 20, 2012
The Dangerous Summer
With New Empire & From IndIan Lakes
Tickets $12.00 ADV., $15 DOS
Concert starts @ 7:00PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

Straightforward, earnest rock music seems to be a contradiction from the direction popular music has strayed as of late. The need for genuine lyrics, purposeful direction, and accessible melodies has been long overdue. Hailing from Ellicott City, MD, alternative rock foursome The Dangerous Summer specializes in crafting throwbacks to the days when music was charged with hope and contained a much-needed brand of sincerity. The band, which takes its moniker from the Hemingway novel of the same name, remembers its humble beginnings, among them its first NYC show, which took place in a basement and included an audience of five. However, that low attendance record soon became a thing of the past once Hopeless Records came calling, finding the band's quintessential rock pleasers just as inviting and impressive as did those few basement patrons.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Certified Guitar Player
Tommy EmmaNUEL
Showtime @ 8:00PM, Doors Open @ 7:00PM
Tickets $35-$75

This show will take place at The Town Hall, located at 123 West 43rd Street / For more information, please call The Town Hall Box Office at (212) 840-2824 or visit

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist boasts a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unique style, which he simply calls "finger style," is akin to playing the guitar the way a pianist plays a piano, using all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all that - and more - on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "fingerpicker" style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

July 26, 2012
Jeffrey Gaines
Opening Act(s): jENNiNGS
Tickets $15.00 Adv. $17.00 DOS
Concert starts @ 8:00PM, Doors open @ 6:30PM

Heralded by Rolling Stone as "an ethereal soul ... insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge ... the voice of a new generation," singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines grew up in Harrisburg, PA. Raised by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their son's room, a teenage Gaines began playing guitar in several local garage bands covering The Who, The Kinks, and The Jam. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal in 1992, releasing his self-titled debut that same year. The album featured the hit single "Hero in Me" and garnered four stars from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Somewhat Slightly Dazed (1994) and Galore (1998) followed suit in the ensuing years, prompting Interview Magazine to call Gaines's music "soul-searching" and "refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment, or cliché."

July 26, 2012
The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow

A night of sideshow, aerial acrobatics, magic, and burlesque featuring Jelly Boy the Clown, Matterz Squidling, Betty Bloomerz, The Illustrated Penguin, Albert Cadabra, and many more freaks and curiosities

Tickets $10.00 Adv., $15.00 DOS.
Concerts start @ 10:30PM, Doors open @ 10:00PM

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for a dare-devilish and dutifully demented demonstration! The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow and International Freakshow of sword swallowers, daredevils, and comic clowns will take you on a wild ride. You'll feel desirably defiled and delightfully delirious as these dedicated demonic deviants deftly deliver their dexterous deeds. But have no delusions! Deceit and deception play no part in this show! Everything you see is definitely 100% devoid of dishonesty! All real! All live! This is a night of thrills, chills, and laughs that will stay with you the rest of your life!

July 25, 2012
Jonah Smith
With special guests
Tickets $15.00
Concert starts @ 7:30PM, Doors open @ 6:00PM

Jonah Smith has been operating as a musical iconoclast for years and is well known in New York as a top-flight songwriter and a powerful, expressive singer. He has dipped his toes into the waters of many scenes and is equally as comfortable performing on a festival stage as he is at a house concert. After getting his start on the Burlington, VT, music scene in the mid-'90s, the soul pop singer-songwriter relocated to Brooklyn around the turn of the millennium. Steadily building up a following with his band (which included bassist Ben Rubin, Bob Reynolds on saxophone, David Soler on guitar, and Marko Djordjevic on drums), he released his first independent albums early in the new decade – Industry Rule (2001) and Beneath the Underdog (2003). The discs garnered glowing feedback but failed to generate a major splash for the aspiring singer-songwriter.

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