Since the closing of LES spot Tonic in 2007, The Stone has been one of the venues that's attempted to fill the void left by the experimental-music-friendly space.

Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.

Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.

Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.

Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.

Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.

Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...

June 2009 at the Stone (Ave C & 2nd St)

curated by Melissa Caruso Scott (June 2nd-14th) & Michael Dorf (June 16th-30th)

6/2 Tuesday
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori & Special Guests
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Ches Smith ( drums) Devin Hoff (bass)

10 pm
John Hollenbeck
Skuli Sverrison (electric bass) Hakon Kornstad (saxophone) John Hollenbeck (percussion)
A free improv debut for this powerful trio.

6/3 Wednesday
8 pm
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Sexmob has been a band for 13 years....they have just released their 7th cd .."Sexmob meets Medeski- live in Willisau"...the follow up to the grammy nominated "Sexotica".

10 pm
Yuka Honda
Yuka Honda (keyboards) Michael Leonhart (trumpet) Shahzad Ismailey, Jeff Hill

6/4 Thursday
8 pm
Briggan Krauss (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Black (drums)

10 pm
Jordan McLean (trumpet) Amir ziV (drums) Adam Holzman (synthesizers & Fender Rhodes) Chris Jordan (visuals)
Droid pushes the envelope of improvised music, mixing elements from breakbeat / electronica to live rock and jazz. With Jordan McLean (Antibalas) Amir ziV (Cyro Baptista's Beat The Donkey) Adam Holzman (Miles Davis) and Chris Jordan.

6/5 Friday
8 pm
Elysian Fields
Jennifer Charles (voice) Oren Bloedow (bass, guitar)
Legendary cult heroes Elysian Fields have always travelled in mysterious waters. Led by the enigmatic New York co-composers Jennifer Charles (vocals) and Oren Bloedow (guitar), the music born of their collaboration is not easy to categorize. They carry a torch for nature, sex, love, the cycle of death and rebirth, and the sounds of folk and jazz ballads, no wave and classical music, seamlessly interwoven into a style that is at once languorously romantic and tough.

10 pm
Charlie Hunter
Charlie Hunter (guitar)

6/6 Saturday
8 pm
Joan as Police Woman Solo
Joan Wasser (piano, guitar, voice)
Playing new and old compositions from my life of fighting crime. Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
Jonathan Kane's February
Jonathan Kane (drums) Peg Simone (guitar) Jon Crider (guitar) David Bicknell (guitar) Adam Wills (bass)
Jonathan Kane and his band February play songs from their brand new Table of the Elements/Radium release "Jet Ear Party".

6/7 Sunday
8 pm
Stephanie Stone
8pm Stephanie Stone (piano) Greg Cohen (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

10 pm
Steve Gorn
Steve Gorn (flute) Greg Cohen (bass) Adam Rudolph (percussion)

rare monday night concert!
curated by melissa scott

6/8 Monday
8 pm
Mat Maneri
Mat Maneri (violin) Craig Taborn (piano)
Garth Stevenson (bass) Randy Peterson (drums)

10 pm
Benefit Band
Oscar Noriega, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed

6/9 Tuesday
8 pm
Eric Vloeimans & Florian Weber duo
Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) Florian Weber (piano)
Go with the flow! Europe's finest take you merrily merrily down the musical is but a dream...

10 pm
Suphala with Special Guests
Suphala (tabla)
Tabla Artist, Composer, and Producer, Suphala, has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Timbaland, Norah Jones, and Yoko Ono. A student of Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala has combined her knowledge of Indian classical music with a wide range of western styles which is reflected in her compositions. more info at:

6/10 Wednesday
8 pm
Jamie Saft--Burning Genitals
Jamie Saft (guitar, keyboards) Jamie Saft (guitar, bass, keys, vocals) Mike Pride (drums) Bobby Previte (drums)
Burning Genitals will feature music from the upcoming Veal Records release "Crabz." First NY live performance!

10 pm
Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid (guitar)

6/11 Thursday
8 pm
Marco Benevento Solo
Marco Benevento (piano)
Marco Benevento first came to national attention as one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo, the acclaimed instrumental post rock experimentalists, who've earned a legion of fans performing at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Fuji Rock Festival. Holding court behind a Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer, vintage keyboards, toy pianos, pedals, samplers and circuit bent toys, the Brooklyn-based artist quickly established himself as a visionary young keyboardist. A Berklee graduate who has studied under Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Werner and Brad Mehldau, Benevento recently turned his attention back to his first love, the acoustic piano. On his latest album, "Me Not Me," he features interpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Beck and My Morning Jacket among others. His appearance at The Stone will be a rare solo piano performance. Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
White Out with C. Spencer Yeh
Lin Culbertson (analog synth, autoharp)
Tom Surgal (drums, bells, etc.) C. Spencer Yeh (violin)
Free sound advocates White Out reunite with versatile string man C. Spencer Yeh with whom they tore it up at last year's No Fun Fest.

6/12 Friday
8 pm
Miho Hatori
Miho Hatori (voice) Shoko Nagai (yeyboard, accordion)

10 pm
Dougie Bowne
Dougie Bowne (drums)

6/13 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Social Registry

6/14 Sunday
8 pm
Alan Licht
Alan Licht (organ) Connie Burg (bass clarinet) Melissa Weaver (piano)
"Gerry Miles:Alan Licht, Connie Burg (of Mars) and Melissa Weaver".

10 pm
Block Ice & Propane--Taking Trips to America: Stories & Images
Erik Friedlander (cello) Bill Morrison (films) Photos by Lee Friedlander & Maria Friedlander.
Cellist Erik Friedlander's haunting and passionate "Block Ice & Propane" is inspired by Erik's experiences as a child traveling across the United States with his family during the 1960's and '70s. Directed by film-maker Bill Morrison.


Dorf stuff starts here...

6/16 Tuesday
8 pm
Michael Blake Trio
Michael Blake (sax) Ben Allison (bass) Hamid Drake (drums)

10 pm
Michael Bates Quartet
Michael Bates (bass) Jeff Davis (drums) Russ Johnson (trumpet)

6/17 Wednesday
8 pm
Elliott Sharp
Elliott Sharp (guitar)
Octal is a series of etudes with improvisation for the Koll 8-string electroacoustic guitarbass. In this set, E# previews Book 2, which will be recorded for Cleanfeed Records.

10 pm
Mostly Other People do the Killing
Peter Evans (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (saxophone) Moppa Elliott (bass and compositions) Kevin Shea (drums)
New York's Terrorist Be-Bop Uber-Jass Quartet.

6/18 Thursday
8 pm
Jamie Saft--Black Shabbis
Jamie Saft (guitar, keyboards) Mike Pride (drums)

10 pm
Ziv Ravitz Trio
ZIv Ravitz (drums) Omer Klein (piano) Avishai Cohen (trumpet)

6/19 Friday
8 pm
Peter Gordon with Indra Chowdhury
Peter Gordon (sax)

10 pm
Don Byron's Swift Boat
Don Byron (clarinet, tenor sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Kermit Driscoll (bass) Ben Wittman (drums)

6/20 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests

6/21 Sunday
8 pm
Ned Rothenberg
Ned Rothenberg (sax)

10 pm
Matt Darriau
Matt Darriau (sax)

6/23 Tuesday
8 pm
Ray Anderson/Marty Ehrlich Quartet
Ray Anderson (trombone) Marty Ehrlich (sax)

10 pm
Roy Nathanson and Sotto Voce
Roy Nathanson (alto sax, voice) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Sam Bardfeld (violin) Tim Kiah (bass) Napoleon Maddox (voice)

6/24 Wednesday
8 pm
Basya's Schecter's Heschel Project
Basya Schecter (oud, guitar, voice) Uri Sharlin (piano, accordion) Megan Weeder (violin) Yoed Nir (cello) Rich Stein (percussion) Frank London (trumpet)
Yiddish poetry of Abraham Joshua Heschel set to music.

10 pm
Tony Scher
Tony Scher (bass, guitar)

6/25 Thursday
8 pm
Kermit Driscoll Quartet
Brooke Sofferman (drums) Terrence McManus (guitar) Kris Davis (piano) Kermit Driscoll (bass)

10 pm
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers

6/26 Friday
8 pm
Pyeng Threadgill
Pyeng Threadgill (voice)

10 pm
Ethan Iverson & Tim Berne
Ethan Iverson (piano) Tim Berne (sax)

6/27 Saturday
8 pm
Cyro Baptista Solo
Cyro Baptista (percussion)

10 pm
Ben Perowsky Quartet
Ben Perowsky (drums) Chris Speed (sax) Ted Reichman (accordion) Trevor Dunn (bass)
A CD pre-release party!

6/28 Sunday (NYYT)
8 pm
Odeya Nini

10 pm
Olivia de Prato (violin) Eileen Mack (clarinet) Missy Mazzoli (keyboards) compositions) Lorna Krier (keyboards) Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass)

6/30 Tuesday
8 pm
Marc Ribot Solo
Marc Ribot (guitar)

10 pm
Diwon & Dugans: Dreams in Static


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