March 10, 2014
It’s SXSW 2014 time and as you read this I am making my way to Austin, where I will attend and report on this year’s festivities. Although when one is down there, it feels like every band in the world and most of their audiences are there too, that is hardly the case.
Certainly this year there is no lack of bands or shows back here in NYC. This stacks up as a pretty decent week, period. So here’s what’s happening this week in the greatest city in the world:
Monday – March 10
Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm
Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Tuesday – March 11
Bucky Hayes – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm
Michaela Anne – Hill Country Brooklyn – 8pm
Wednesday – March 12
North of Amarillo – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
Thursday – March 13
The Looking – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Freedy Johnston with James Mastro and Steve Goulding – Beast of Bourbon – 9pm
The Amygdaloids – Bowery Electric – 9:45pm
Friday – March 14
Chris Cubeta – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Li’l Mo and The Monicats – Sunny’s – 10pm
Fife & Drom (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm
Saturday – March 15
Dirty Water Dogs – Radegast Hall – 3pm
Houndmouth – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm
Nick Africano – Rockwood Stage 3 – 10pm
Sunday – March 16
Dan Bern – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s Choice – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
March 9, 2014
Jim Campilongo joins the band Honeyfingers to play some country for a few hours. Jim is no stranger to country music; you may remember Jim playing lead guitar with the country band Ulysses S. Grant a few years back. In addition to Jim, tonight Honeyfingers includes Jonny Lam on steel guitar, Luca Benedetti on guitar, David Speranza on bass, and Russ Meissner on drums. All this happens early, from 6-9pm at 55 Bar in Greenwich Village.
Later, over in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at Skinny Dennis, you can catch Michaela Anne at 9pm. Michaela’s music lies someplace between country, blues, Americana and folk. She has a great voice and interesting songs and is currently working on a new record.
Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers, 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street between 7th Avenue South and Waverly Place (1 Train to Christopher Street or A, C, D, E or F Trains to West 4th Street), 6-8pm
Michaela Anne, 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
March 8, 2014
Alana Amram and The Rough Gems have long been a favorite around here. Although Alana left NYC for Los Angeles last year, she recorded a wonderful album here, Spring River, which has just been released. From that record, here is the first official video. The song, a ballad, is titled Should I Go Now. Alana and her band will be back in NYC for a show at The Knitting Factory on March 25th.
March 7, 2014
Take iconic songs from The Rolling Stones, add a cast of some of the best New York City based musicians out there, add lots of top notch BBQ, 40 different tap beers and as many varieties of bourbon and set it all along side of the G Train. That’s the formula for tonight’s Exile on Myrtle Avenue, A Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Join hosts Elena and Boo of The Demolition String Band, Phil Cimino on drums, Michael Santoro on bass, Craig Dreyer on keyboards, Stringbean Blues, Eric Ambel, Nate Schweber, Mark McKay, Mary Lee Kortes, Lianne Smith, Charlene McPherson, Courtney Lee Adams Jr. Elio Schiavo, Keith Hartel and more tonight at Beast of Bourbon. The fun starts at 9pm.
Exile on Myrtle Avenue, A Tribute to the Rolling Stones, Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9-11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
March 6, 2014
Here’s a nice twofer at the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall. First, at 9:30pm, Sonya Kitchell will take over the cozy, seated subterranean Rockwood Stage 3. Sonya is playing tonight solo and promises to bring some new material with her for this show. Sonya will be followed at Rockwood Stage 3 by singer-songwriter Alan Hampton.
Once you are finished at Rockwood Stage 3, make your way upstairs and next door on Allen Street to the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall. There, at the stroke of midnight, Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends will play what has been billed as Jeremiah’s birthday show. Jeremiah can and does play everything from acoustic folk to electric blues and rock, from originals to inspired covers. Expect anything and everything.
Sonya Kitchell (with Alan Hampton on the same admission), Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
Jeremiah Birnbaum and Friends, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Midnight, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
March 5, 2014
The United States Postal Service will be issuing a stamp to honor Jimi Hendrix next week. The stamp is part of the USPS’s Music Icons series of stamps which so far has included Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza. The Hendrix stamp will be issued in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2014 on March 13th, and will be available there and at post offices nationwide on that day as well.
Originally, the design of the stamp was to be kept secret until its first day of issue. But the good folks at Linn’s Stamp News were able to find a photo of the stamps, and thanks to them, it is now available to for you to see as well.
It seems that Rough Trade, the combination record store and music venue that opened this past December in Williamsburg, is still having a rough time. After a few shows at the venue in December, shows booked there were either moved or canceled so that additional soundproofing could be installed.
The work on the venue is obviously taking longer than expected, as the sold out Damnwells show scheduled for Rough Trade on March 15 has been moved to Baby’s All Right, where many of the shows originally booked at Rough Trade have been moving. All Rough Trade tickets will be honored.
The next show still scheduled for Rough Trade is on March 21. Time will tell if the venue is finally ready then.