Advance Planning: August 2014 Music Calendar

July 28, 2014


Since Friday is August, here is the monthly music calendar for August 2014.  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.

Aug. 1 – Dirty Water DogsBar Chord – 9pm

Aug. 2 -  The Baseball ProjectRough Trade – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Aug. 2 – Benjamin CartelUnion Hall – show 8:30pm

Aug. 2 - Secret SomeonesBrooklyn Night Bazaar – 10pm

Aug. 3 – James Maddock (Solo)Rockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Aug. 6 – Marshall Crenshaw (Requests Show) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Aug. 6 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsMadison Square Park – 7pm

Aug. 6 – Emmylou Harris and Rodney CrowellLincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park Bandshell  – show 7:30pm

Aug. 6 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 6 – Rony’s InsomniaArlene’s Grocery – 9pm

Aug. 6 – Amy Black BandHill Country NY – 10:30pm

Aug. 6 – Buenos DiazRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Aug. 7 – Buenos DiazCameo – show 8pm

Aug. 7 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Aug. 9 – John Fullbright -Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Hearst Plaza  – 1:30pm

Aug. 9 – Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller and Jim LauderdaleLincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park Bandshell  – show 6pm

Aug.  9 – PoundcakeBeast of Bourbon -  9pm

Aug. 9 – Kevin GordonHill Country NY – 10:30pm

Aug. 10 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 8pm

Aug. 11 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Aug. 11 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben Ari, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 12 - Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Aaron Lee Tasjan – 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery) – 5pm

Aug. 13 – Teddy ThompsonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Aug. 13 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 13 – Richard JulianRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 14 – Jonatha BrookeSubCulture - 8pm

Aug. 14 – Jay StolarRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 15 – Red Wanting BlueBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Aug. 16 – Dirty Water DogsRadegast Hall – 3pm

Aug. 17 – Ed Rogers (CD Release Show) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Aug. 17 – Drina SeayTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Aug. 18 – Jill Sobule and Friends (A Live Album Recording​) – City Winery – doors 6pm show 8pm

Aug. 18 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Aug. 18 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 18 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight – 3am

Aug. 20 – Caroline RoseJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Aug. 20 – The Bushwick Book Club playing songs inspired by My Life as a Dog by Reidar Jönsson

- City Winery – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm

Aug. 20 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 21 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Aug. 21 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

Aug. 22 – My Pet DragonRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Aug. 22 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Aug. 27 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 29 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

September and Beyond

Sept. 3 – Misty Boyce (CD Release Show)  – Rockwood  Music Hall – Stage and Time TBD

Sept. 3 – Blackie and The Rodeo KingsCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 6 -Ian Hunter and The Rant Band and Wreckless Eric and Amy RigbyThe Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Sept. 6 – Ana Egge String BandHill Country Brooklyn – 8:30pm

Sept. 8 – Jim KellerRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Sept. 10 - Secret SomeonesStage 48 – 7pm

Sept. 10 – James Maddock (All-Request Show) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Sept. 18 – Peter Case, Amy SpeaceRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Sept. 20 – The MastersonsRough Trade – 8pm

Sept. 22 – John FullbrightBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Sept. 23 – The MastersonsCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 23 – John FullbrightMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 9pm

Sept. 28 – Lydia LovelessThe Studio at Webster Hall – 7:30pm

Sept. 30 - PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 30 - Madi DiazRough Trade – 9pm

Oct. 7 -  Mary Lee Kortes plays the Songs of Beulah Rowley – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Oct. 10 – The Kennedys 20th Anniversary ShowRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Oct. 12 - Arum RaeMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Oct. 25 – Eddie and The Hot RodsThe Bowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Nov. 18 – Jess Klein w/ Jessie TorrisiRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm


Music Video: Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes

July 27, 2014

Word Crimes

Weird Al Yankovic has the number one album in the country this week.  This song from it, Word Crimes is here not because of the music but because of the lyrics.  We all know someone who needs to see this short form grammar lesson.

Music Video: Puss n Boots – Joey (Live at The Bell House)

July 26, 2014

Puss n Boots Bell House 7-15-14 4

Here’s a live video of Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) covering Joey, the Concrete Blonde song.  Cat takes the lead vocal on this one and does a fabulous job on it.  A tip of the hat to Tahcofan, who was at The Bell House last week to capture this for posterity.

News and Notes: The Ding Dong Lounge Closes Next Week and Music on the Last Night of The Rodeo Bar

July 25, 2014

Ding Dong Lounge

Another music venue is biting the dust. The Ding Dong Lounge, the dive bar on Columbus Avenue near 105th Street, is closing on July 31st.  The cause is once again a landlord demanding an increase in rent which makes continuing the business impossible.

After The Lakeside Lounge closed in April, 2012, The Ding Dong Lounge picked up some of the bands who played or would have played The Lakeside.  While The Ding Dong was a bit off the beaten track for music venues (that is, not downtown and not Brooklyn), it was divey in a comfortable and inviting way.

The owners of The Ding Dong Lounge say they will reopen in another location by September.  But there’s no other way to sum this up other than this just plain sucks.

Rodeo Bar Last Night with Dirty Water Dogs

Update, 5pm Friday July 25: I have just been informed that this show will not take place.


Just as the poster above shows, the music at The Rodeo Bar has been extended one more day.  This Sunday, July 27th, which corresponds to the last day of  The Rodeo Bar, will now also be the last day of music there.  The Dirty Water Dogs will play and they have promised many special guests will be joining them as well.  The festivities start at 9pm, but I would suggest getting there as early as possible because it is likely to be crowded.


Advance Planning: July 2014 Calendar Update (Added 7/24)

July 24, 2014

This may, or may not, be the last update of the July calendar.  Time will tell on that one.

July 25 - Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

July 25 – Anything Mose! The music of Mose Allison feat. Richard Julian w/ The John Chin QuartetRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

July 28 – The Big BrightSubCulture - 8pm

July 31 – PalefaceHill Country Brooklyn – 8:30pm

News and Notes: Janis Joplin Arrives at Your Post Office on August 8th and May Have Some Company Later On

July 24, 2014

Janis Joplin Stamp 2014

The Janis Joplin Music Icons stamp (previously reported about by Now I’ve Heard Everything) will be arriving at your local post office on August 8th.  The first day of issue ceremony will take place that day at 1:30pm at the Panhandle Stage of the Outside Lands festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  If you are going to be in San Francisco that day and wish to attend that ceremony, you must respond by July 28th.  Either call 866-268-3243, or  send an e-mail to with “JJ RSVP_Stamp Collector” as the subject line.

According to articles in The Washington Post and Linn’s Stamp News, there may be more Music Icon stamps to come.  Musicians reportedly under consideration for inclusion in the series are  Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley (it would be his second appearance on a United States stamp), James Brown, Roy Orbison, John Lennon, Bill Monroe, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, Fats Waller, Freddie Fender, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon.  Stamps previously issued in the series honored Jimi HendrixJohnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.

Advance Planning: July 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 7/23)

July 23, 2014

Two additions and one subtraction over the next week or so.

July 24 - The Jacks of Kings CountyThe Way Station – 10pm

July 25 - Jeff LitmanBowery Electric (Map Room) – 8pm

Canceled! July 31 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 8pm


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