Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal to the Undead Music Festival, presented by BOOM Collective. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a ticket to the Marathon Night and Tonic Reunion Show on Wednesday, May 9, starting at 6 p.m. (up to a $30 value). This event takes place at three venues in Greenwich Village: Sullivan Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Kenny's Castaways.
- For $30, you get a four-day pass to the entire festival (up to a $61.88 value, including all fees). The festival takes place at numerous venues across New York from Wednesday, May 9, to Saturday, May 12.
Undead Music Festival celebrates the eternal pioneers of New York's instrumental and jazz scene with four nights of artist-oriented concerts and events. The jubilee of jams kicks off with Wednesday night's marathon of concerts at Le Poisson Rouge. Audience members migrate as freely as birds with jetpacks between the three neighboring venues. Playing Le Poisson Rouge that night are Elysian Fields, where Jennifer Charles's sultry vocals breeze over dark instrumentals, and Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder, whose vocals infuse the bare, layered trip-hop with a subdued intensity. Sullivan Hall features Stabbing Eastward, with Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio notoriety, and the Chicago Underground Duo grace Kenny's Castaways with a mature sound, rooted in jazz fusion.
On Thursday, the party moves to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple where avant-garde jazz-funk legends Medeski Martin & Wood take the stage with the help of guest stars. The trio plays a set, then swaps out one member at a time for another set, followed by a final set with special guests Marcus Rojas and So Percussion sitting in. At artists' spaces across the city on Friday, the Night of the Living DIY promotes self-made musicians in their natural habitats. A festival pass gets you in the door, but a donation grants a free Sixpoint beer and a warm, fuzzy feeling to prevent brain freeze from too many cool, jazz-musician vibes. The carnival concludes on Saturday, when widely diverse musicians conduct experiments of sound in improvised round-robin duets. A still-growing list of pianists, cellists, drummers, and many more take turns jamming two-by-two, building a collaborative sound for which no one player can take credit.