Tonight: Alana Amram, Steve Espinola, Gene Casey and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin at The Treehouse at 2A

January 31, 2016

Field of Stars Jan 31 2016

On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs  The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).

Tonight’s show consists of four singer-songwriters: Alana Amram, Steve EspinolaGene Casey and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin (of course) sitting around singing at the comfortable, homey Treehouse (the upstairs at 2A).

Alana Amram, Steve EspinolaGene Casey and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J Train to Essex Street), 8:45pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Advance Planning: January 2016 Music Calendar Update (Added 1/29)

January 29, 2016

More changes for this weekend.

Jan. 30 – Dina Regine (solo) – Sidewalk Cafe – 8:30pm

Jan. 31 – Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Alana Amram, Steve EspinolaGene CaseyTreehouse at 2A – 9pm


Advance Planning: January 2016 Music Calendar (Added 1/25)

January 25, 2016

A few more shows this week.

Jan. 27 – Freddie Stevenson and James Maddock11th Street Bar – 9pm

Jan. 31 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Jessie Kilguss, John LaDeau, John Kengla – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:45pm

Jan. 31 – Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Alana Amram, Steve Espinola, Michael SmothermanTreehouse at 2A – 9pm


Advance Planning: January 2016 Music Calendar

January 1, 2016

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Welcome to 2016. Here is the January Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar.  The usual ground rules apply: listings 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 always, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month, both in a separate post and with updates on this calendar.

Latest Update: January 29

Jan. 1 – Spanking Charlene, HeapBowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Jan. 1 – They Might Be Giants (Flood Show) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Jan. 2 – They Might Be Giants (Hornabration with the Tricerachops Horn Section) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Jan. 3 – Sasha DobsonFreddy’s Bar – 4pm

Jan. 3 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Jan. 3 – Julia Joseph, Milton, Jacob Silver, Robin Macmillan and Martin Kearton play the songs of  George Harrison, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Christine McVie, Nick Lowe, Randy Newman and more – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Jan. 4 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Josh Dion, Tony ScherrRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Jan. 6 – Leave a Lasting Mark presents 90s One Hit Wonders benefit for MILE with John Brodeur, Bryan Dunn, Andi Rae Healy, Hey Monea, Chris Kelly, John Laprade, Jeff Litman, Andy Mac, Andrea Nardello, Janna Pelle, Mark Radcliffe, Sonny Ratcliff, Gerry Rosenthal, Kimberly Schwab, Jason Spiewak, Scott Stein, Jenn Summers, Paul Tabachneck, Rich Wisneski and Laura Mae Baker and more – Bitter End – 7pm

Jan. 6 – Syd StrawHi-Fi Bar – 7:30pm

Jan. 6 – Spoonful of Lovin’ (Songs of The Lovin’ Spoonful) with Charly Roth, Tom Clark, Dennis Diken – Bowery Electric – 8pm

Jan. 6 – Karla Rose11th Street Bar – 10pm

Jan. 8 – Benjamin CartelAmerican Folk Art Museum – 5:30pm

Jan. 9 – Bryan Dunn and the HumdrumsRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Jan. 9 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jan. 10 – Demolition String BandBrooklyn Bowl – 1:30pm

Jan. 10 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Pete Lanctot and The Stray Dogs, Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, and Micheal Smotherman – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Jan. 11 – Lelia Broussard, Tommy Siegel, Billy LibbyRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Jan. 11 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Jan. 13 – Syrian Refugee Resettlement Benefit Show with Dear Georgiana, Your Ex-Girlfriends, and  Cariad HarmonRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Jan. 13 – The Del-LordsBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

Jan. 14 – Freddie Stevenson, Jessie KilgussThe Rock Shop – show 7pm

Jan. 14 – Julia Haltigan, Kendra MorrisMercury Lounge – show 7pm

Jan. 14 – Jared RabinThe Bitter End – 8pm

Jan. 14 –A Tribute to Allen Toussaint with Brian Mitchell, Rosita Kèss, Fatboy Kanootch, Jared Samuel, Richard Julian, Jon Cowherd, Danny Fox, Gabe Gordon, Tony Scherr and more – Bar LunAtico – 8:30pm

Jan. 16 – Laura CantrellMonty Hall (Jersey City) –  show 8pm

Jan. 17 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Jan. 17 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Fife & Drom, Jessi Robertson, Rony Corcos, Tom Shaner – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Jan. 18 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Hi-Fi Bar (Back Room) – 7:30pm

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

Jan. 18 – The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Jan. 21 – Alejandro Escovedo: The Lou Reed Influence – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 22 – Alejandro Escovedo: The Leonard Cohen Influence – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 22 – Sonya KitchellMercury Lounge – 9pm

Jan. 23 – Alejandro Escovedo: Experience Retrospective – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Dina RegineBAM Cafe – 9pm

Jan. 24 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Bryan Dunn, Andy Mac, Craig Greenberg, Mathew Brookshire – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Jan. 24 – Cariad HarmonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Jan. 24 – The Bastards of Fine Arts (Matt Keating, Steve Mayone, Jason Mercer, Greg Wieczorek) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Jan. 25 – Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle RocketsCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 25 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Jan. 27 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Jan. 28 – Martin RivasRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jan. 28 – LuanRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Jan. 29 – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn (Record Release Show) – Sidewalk Cafe – 8pm

Jan. 29 – Jeff Litman, Andi Rae and The Back River BulliesHank’s Saloon – show 9pm

Update: Jan. 30 – Dina Regine (solo) – Sidewalk Cafe – 8:30pm

Jan. 30 – Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 10pm

Jan. 30 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Jan. 31 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Jessie Kilguss, John LaDeau, John Kengla – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:45pm

Update: Jan. 31 – Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Alana Amram, Steve EspinolaGene CaseyTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

February and Beyond

Feb. 1 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Feb. 1 – Blackstardust – A Tribute to the Music of David BowieRockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

Feb. 4 – Jim KellerRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Feb. 6 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Feb. 6 – Fife & DromRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Feb. 7 – Sasha DobsonFreddy’s Bar – 4pm

Feb. 8 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Feb. 12 – The WestiesRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Feb. 15 –David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Sold Out! Feb. 25 – Jason IsbellBeacon Theater – show 8pm

Sold Out! Feb. 26 – Jason IsbellBeacon Theater – show 8pm

Mar. 8 – Nada SurfBowery Ballroom – show 9pm


Tonight: Laura Cantrell at Berlin or Alana Amram at Union Poll

November 12, 2015

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It’s one of those nights with two wonderful shows scheduled at the same time.  You’ll find Laura Cantrell playing Berlin, a new club which is located in the basement of the bar 2A.  Laura was born and raised in Nashville, but came to New York City for college and never left.  She’s not only a singer and songwriter but a musicologist as well, having served as the proprietress as The Radio Thrift Shop on WFMURolling Stone has called Laura “A modern woman with an old-timey heart, with a voice pitched somewhere between the bluesy realism of Lucinda Williams and the vintage femininity of Kitty Wells.”

Laura plays traditional country, alt-country and folk-rock as well.  The title song from her debut album, Not The Trembling Kind, was written by Jersey rocker George Usher.  She’s also covered Gordon Lightfoot‘s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Laura has opened for Elvis Costello and also for country music legend Charlie Louvin.

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When I first met her a few years back, Alana Amram was playing Union Hall and Union Pool and she joked that she would only play clubs with Union in their name.  And sure enough, she is back playing at Union Pool tonight.

Alana is a powerfully voiced singer who started out with country music but who has veered into music that combines elements of country with elements from other genres into a sound that is both wonderful and beyond just a simple description.  Alana hasn’t been playing New York City much recently, so this appearance by her and her band, The Rough Gems is certainly a show to anticipate.

Laura Cantrell, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, $15

Alana Amram, Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue at Meeker Street (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), show 8pm, $10


Advance Planning: November 2015 Music Calendar

November 1, 2015

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It’s November, so here is the Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar for this month.  Here are the usual ground rules: listings 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 (but I’ll include some higher priced New Year’s Eve Shows as well). 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 always, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: November 28

Nov. 2 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 2 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 3 – The Kennedys (CD Release Show)Bowery Electric – doors 6:30pm / show 7pm

Nov. 4 – Ana EggeLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 4 – Peter CaseRockwood Stage 3 – 10:30pm

Nov. 5 – Charlene KayePianos – 10pm

Nov. 6 – Bushwick Book ClubLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 6 – Emily Duff BandThe Rock Shop – show 8pm

Nov. 7 – Dirty Water DogsThe Strand Smokehouse – 8pm

Nov. 7 – Echoes of Etta – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Nov. 7 – Spanking Charlene (Big Ass Birthday Bash) – Beast of Bourbon – 10pm

Nov. 8 – Kevin JohnstonLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 8 – Scott SteinLiving Room – 8pm

Nov. 8 – Fife and DromLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 9 – Mya ByrneRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 9 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Nov. 9 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 10 – Benjamin Cartel, Jessie KilgussHi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Nov. 11 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 12 – Alana AmramUnion Pool – show 8pm

Nov. 12 – Laura Cantrell – Berlin (basement of 2A) – 9pm

Nov. 12 – Ladies Sing Tom Petty – Sunny’s – 10pm

Nov. 13 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 14 – Phil SterkPete’s Candy Store – 4pm

Nov. 14 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 4pm

Nov. 14 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 10pm

Nov. 15 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Nov. 15 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Andi Rae Healy, Jeff LitmanBenjamin Cartel, Jessie Kilguss, and Kevin James Doyle – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Nov. 15 – Wild Honey at The Treehouse with Tom Shad, Dave Foster, Dennis Diken, Mike Fornatale, Lane Steinberg, Charles Roth, and Mary Spencer Knapp – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 16 – Sonya KitchellRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 16 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight

Nov. 17 – Karla Rose and The ThornsMercury Lounge – 7pm

Nov. 18 – Dear GeorgianaRough Trade – 8pm

Nov. 19 – Aaron Lee TasjanThe Slipper Room – 8pm

Nov. 19 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 20 – Dawn LandesJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Nov. 21 – Julia Haltigan (solo) – Le Poisson Rouge – 7pm

Nov. 21 – Ana EggeLiving Room – 8pm

Nov. 21 – Andi Rae and The Back River BulliesFreddy’s Bar – 10pm

Nov. 21 – Alex Battles and The Whisky Rebellion Freddy’s Bar – 11pm

Nov. 21 – The Flamin’ GrooviesMonty Hall – show 9pm

Nov. 22 – The Flamin’ GrooviesBaby’s All Right – 8pm

Nov. 22 – Steve Forbert, Leslie MendelsonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 22 – Amanda Thorpe , Debby Schwartz , Mary Lee Kortes , Lianne Smith Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Nov. 23 –  Leave a Lasting Mark presents the 5th annual LALM Last Waltz tribute – to benefit Food For Life at Tompkins Square Park with Jeremy Bass, Patrick Brennan, Casey Buckley, Todd Carey, Dave Curry, Rex Eclipse, Seth Faulk, Craig Greenberg, Bucky Hayes, Steven Himmelstein, Josh Jacobson, Chris Kelly, David Kantor, Andrew Kurman, Robbie LaFalce, Jeff Litman, Tommy Lombardozzi, Ryan Montbleau, Sonny Curtis Page Ratcliff, Andrew Rosario , Hayley Rose, Jason Spiewak, Maddy Wyatt, and more – The Bitter End – 7pm

Nov. 23 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 23 – Jim KellerRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Nov. 23 – The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

Nov. 24 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 3 – 9pm

Nov. 25 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 28 – Spanking CharleneBowery Electric – 10pm

Nov. 28 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Nov. 28 – WyattRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 29 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Anna Kaye, Irakli Gabriel, Freddie Stevenson, James Maddock and Aaron Lee Tasjan – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Nov. 29 – Aly TadrosRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 29 – Jellycake and Dina RegineTreehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Nov. 29 – NEWMAN! Leslie Mendelson, Jon Graboff, Keith Christopher and Tony Leone play the songs of Randy Newman11th Street Bar – 9pm

Update: Nov. 30 – Kevn KinneyFindlay Brown, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lydia Lunch – Berlin under 2A – 9pm – RSVP to shaynirae@hotmail.com

Nov. 30 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Tony Scherr, Josh DionRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

December and Beyond

Dec. 3 – Brooklyn Sugar CompanyRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Dec. 5 – NYC Holiday Benefit for Toys for Tots with The Spring Standards, STOLAR, Drew Yowell, and Surprise Artist – Rockwood Stage 2 – 3:30pm (bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation, minimum value $10)

Dec. 5 – Chris Cubeta and the Liars ClubRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Dec. 6 – Sasha DobsonFreddy’s Bar – 4pm

Dec. 13 – Shadows & Light: Celebrating Joni Mitchell with Maddy Wyatt, Scott Davis, and more – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 13 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 17 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Dec. 20 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Dec. 29 – Jesse MalinBowery Ballroom – show 9pm

Dec. 29 – Bryan DunnRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Dec. 31 – Garland JeffreysJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Dec. 31 – The Damnwells and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Dec. 31 – The Damnwells and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Jan. 23 – Dina RegineBAM Cafe – 9pm


Tonight: Five Shows, Pick One

June 15, 2015

Choices Large

It’s one of those nights.  Good shows abound, yet they conflict with each other.  But remember, when faced with multiple good choices, whatever you choose is a good choice.

Over at Webster Hall, the Austin-based hard rocking Heartless Bastards pull into town on their nationwide tour behind their new record, Restless Ones (to be released tomorrow).  Opening the show will be Craig Finn who steps away from The Hold Steady for this tour.  The show starts here at 8pm.

Alana Amram drops in for a visit from Los Angeles bringing her atmospheric alt country songs with her.  Since Alana’s band, The Rough Gems is not mentioned in the various notices about this show, it’s most likely that Alana is playing solo.  But that should not dissuade you from see this wonderfully singular musician.  Also on the bill at The Living Room tonight are The Chapin Sisters, with Alana hitting the stage at 8pm.

Down on the Lower East Side, there are three shows to choose from at The Rockwood Music Hall.  On Stage 2 at 8pm, Xavier Cardriche will be playing his original songs with his band. Xavier is new to me, but I’ve recently sampled some of his music and it fits right in with the rock, Anericana and alt country that Now I’ve Heard Everything covers.

Although Freddie Stevenson has been back in New York City for the past few weeks, tonight is his first time playing The Rockwood, this time Stage 3 at 8:30pm, since he left NYC about 18 months ago.  Freddie’s been writing songs and recording a new record with Mike Scott.  I’m sure we’ll hear all about it, and new songs from it as well.

Finally at 10pm at the original stage of the Rockwood Music Hall, you’ll find The Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion playing their Monday night residency.  You’ll find these musicians approaching rock with a jazz-like mind.  And don’t forget that Jim is a master of the Telecaster.

The recap:

Heartless Bastards with Craig Finn opening, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (N, Q, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 3rd Avenue), doors 7pm / show 8pm, $23

Alana Amram (also on the bill, The Chapin Sisters), The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Xavier Cardriche, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Freddie Stevenson, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, $12, with a $10 drink minimum

Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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