Two more March shows, including one tomorrow!
Tonight, Secret Someones are back in New York City for the night and they will hit the stage at Irving Plaza at 7pm. Hannah Winkler, Bess Rogers, Zach Jones and Lelia Broussard (in that order in the photo above) rock. The three women in the band contribute songs, take turns on lead vocals and sing backup. Instrumentally, it’s Bess on electric guitar, Lelia on bass, Hannah on keys, acoustic guitar and tambourine and Zach on drums. There are harmonies and power chords galore and even a bit of an influence from The Cars.
It’s almost March and therefore time for the March Music Calendar. The usual ground rules apply: listings on the calendar are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile. All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less. I’ve tried to list the set time for each band. If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it. As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.
Latest Update: Feb. 28
Mar. 9 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Mar. 11 – New Ponies – Living Room – 9pm
Mar. 11 – David Bowie Tribute Night with Keith Hartel, C. P. Roth, T.Y. Tuschen, Kevin Hyland, Craig Hoek, Ray Kubian, Richard Feridun, Boo Reiners, Mary Lee Kortes, Monica Passin, Nate Schweber, Jahn Xavier, Charles Roth, Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Liza Colby, Mary Knapp, Stella Rose St. Clair, Crystal, Pete Cenedella, Dave Foster and more – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
Mar. 16 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Mar. 22 – Album Tribute: Shoot Out The Lights / Squeezing Out Sparks with Pete Cenedella, Joanna Choy, Lisa Maree Dowling, Lizzie Edwards, Richard Feridun, Mike Fornatale, Dave Foster, Blythe Gruda, Matt Keating, Reggie Mental, C.P. Roth, Chris Schultz, Tom Shad, Tim Simmonds, Erica Smith, Jahn Xavier – Mercury Lounge – 6:30pm
Mar. 31 – Leave a Lasting Mark presents Rumours – The Bitter End – 7pm
April and Beyond
Apr. 12 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
Yesterday was George Harrison‘s birthday and among the things online celebrating that event was this clip, which I had never seen. It’s clearly from the early 70s and although the person posting it to YouTube thought it was from Monty Python, it’s actually from Rutland Weekend Television, a parody of London Weekend Television. In any event, I can’t see this not bringing a smile to you this morning.
There’s a lot going on tonight. Whether it’s Manhattan or Brooklyn, early or late, there’s something worthwhile to check out.
How about an early show? Over at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 7pm, you’ll find Aly Tadros. Aly plays Americana, folk rock and folk, and blends them together with classical music as well. Aly is originally from Texas, and spent some time in Austin before deciding to move here and make New York City her home. Although her mother was from Texas, her dad was from Egypt, which adds some Middle Eastern influences to her music as well.
Then at 9pm, we have three dueling residencies. Teddy Thompson is playing his second Wednesday show, this one solo, at The Rockwood Music Hall. Teddy plays NYC often, but usually as a part of the early rock and rockabilly trio Poundcake and lately, a series of shows with the rest of the Thompson family. But tonight, Teddy brings his music front and center. You’ll hear some old favorites and some new material as well.
Meanwhile, over in Williamsburg, Milton completes a four week residency at The Living Room. The music of Milton (the name of the band as well as its leader) is a combination of Americana, country, and folk-rock. During the years, Milton has played a four week residency at The Living Room every February.
Skinny Dennis is just down the block from The Living Room. There you’ll find North of Amarillo, a band with Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Kelli Scarr on lead vocals. Inspired by the music of Emmylou Harris, North of Amarillo pays tribute to her classic songs and arrangements along with a mix of originals and other country favorites. The band will play several sets from 9pm going until midnight.
Finally, at 11pm, you can celebrate the music of George Harrison at the 5th Annual George Harrison Birthday Celebration which is being held at Rockwood Stage 2. The band tonight will consist of Adam Minkoff, Nick Oddy, Scott Chasolen, Jordan Scannella, Rich Pagano, Dan Brantigan and Michael Eaton.
Aly Tadros (7pm), 5th Annual George Harrison Birthday Celebration (11pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Teddy Thompson, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
North of Amarillo, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended), 9pm – Midnight
There was a lot of good music this past Sunday night. But the shows conflicted with each other, so I had to choose which of four shows I would go to. The winner was Michaela Anne at Skinny Dennis. And once Michaela Anne and her band started their set, everything just clicked into place. The sound system at Skinny Dennis was clear and crisp, Michaela and the band were at the top of their game and they just crushed their song, Lift Me Up, one of my favorites.
So here’s a video of that song from a show at The Rockwood Music Hall about a year ago. I’ve presented it here before, but after Sunday night, it deserves a listen, even if you’ve heard it before. Thanks for capturing this video go to Krista Fogle.
If you are a musician in New York City, you’ve definitely heard of Tony Scherr, and probably, at one time or another, played with him. The list of people who Tony has played with includes Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Jones, and Ana Egge. Tony is also a member of the band Ursa Minor.
But tonight, like he has on so many Monday nights before, Tony will set up at The Rockwood Music Hall and play guitar for an hour with Rob Jost on bass and Anton Fier on drums. You can expect to hear crunchy guitar parts, slide work and extended jams. But there can be more introspective numbers too: I’ve even seen Tony unplugged his electric guitar for a quiet song.
After Tony and his trio finish their set, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well. Joining Jim tonight, will be Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums. These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will. Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.
Update: Hagar Ben Ari is in and Chris Morrissey is out on bass with Jim tonight.
Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion (10pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)