This is a very busy week with something worth your while every night. Tonight, George Usher performs his 2009 album, To Have and Not Have in its entirety over at The Lakeside Lounge. To Have and Not Have is a song cycle which follows a relationship from its optimistic beginnings until its break up conclusion.
George may not be a household name. But he has been playing in bands, writing songs producing other musicians since he hit the New York area more than 30 years ago, including the Decoys, Beat Rodeo, Richard Barone, Kate Jacobs, The Schramms and Edward Rogers. George’s songs work well no matter how they are arranged or rearranged: Laura Cantrell chose George’s song Not The Tremblin’ Kind to be the title cut of her debut alt country record.
George Usher, Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B near 10th Street (A, C, E, F, N, R, V, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue; then transfer to 14 A or 14D bus to 11th Street and walk to Avenue B), 9:30pm, No Cover.
Now here’s a peak at what’s happening the rest of the week:
Tuesday 1/19: Maura Kennedy CD Release Show: The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street near Stanton Street, 8:00pm, No Cover
Wednesday 1/20: First Haitian Benefit Concert at City Winery, details here (and check NIHE for updates), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Van Dam Streets, 8:00pm, $75/$200
Thursday 1/21: Second Haitian Benefit Concert at City Winery, details here (and check NIHE for updates), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Van Dam Streets, 8:00pm, $50/$200
Also on Thursday:
Poundcake, 7:00pm; Amber Rubarth, 8:00-10:00pm; Coby Brown, 10:00pm; Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, 11:00pm-1:00am
The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets, No Cover
Friday 1/22: The Disclaimers, Spike Hill, 184-186 Bedford Avenue near N. 7th Street, Williamsburg, 10:00pm, No Cover
Saturday 1/23: Demolition String Band, The Rodeo Bar, 375 3 Avenue at 27th Street, 10:00pm, No Cover
Sunday 1/24: Carrie Rodriguez, Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington Street (enter on 11th Street), Hoboken, 8:00pm, $15