Sharon Jones Faces Cancer; Record and Tour Postponed

June 3, 2013

IMG_1778This morning the news broke that Brooklyn’s soul dynamo, Sharon Jones, has cancer.  Her website reports:

Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer, which has fortunately been discovered early and has not spread. It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence.

The news release continued:

plans to tour and release their upcoming album in 2013 have been postponed.  Give The People What They Want will NOT be released on Aug 6, 2013 as previously scheduled.

Now I’ve Heard Everything wishes Sharon a speedy and complete recovery.  Sharon and The Dap Kings played Celebrate Brooklyn back in 2010.  To see photos from that show, just click here.


Tonight: Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings at Celebrate Brooklyn

August 7, 2010

This is the next to the last show at Celebrate Brooklyn for 2010. The last one is a family show tomorrow afternoon, so for many of us, this is effectively the last show, and this one is a doozy.  Here’s what Celebrate Brooklyn has to say about it:

The Bushwick label Daptone Records, long committed to bringing you the finest soul, funk, gospel and afrobeat sounds to be found on analog tape, trots out the family. With the unstoppable Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings headlining. Backed by the Bushwick Phil, which started as a growing string section that recorded on all of the SJDK albums and was only a Duo on Dap-Dippin, a Trio on Naturally, a Quartet on 100 Days and a Sextet on I Learned the Hard Way. For this epochal moment in the great Brooklyn soul revival, the line-up will expand to include Timpani, Vibes, the String Quartet and Victor Axelrod (Ticklah, Antibalas) on Piano. This show will also serve as the record release party for the hard-hitting Budos Band, who will be release their new album (Budos Band III) right after the show.

We have also been promised special guests for this show and Celebrate Brooklyn has already announced that Lee Fields will be joining Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings on at least one number.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, entrances on Prospect Park West and 9th and 11th Streets (F or G Trains to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), gates 6pm /show 7pm, Free (but $3 contribution at the gate is requested)


Photo Recap: The Low Anthem at Celebrate Brooklyn

July 31, 2010

I made it over to Celebrate Brooklyn last night and got these shots of The Low Anthem, who opened the show.


Photo Recap: Saturday in the Parks

June 13, 2010

The summer outdoor concert season is upon us and yesterday found me at two different shows.  In mid afternoon, I went to Madison Square Park for the Big Apple BBQ Block Party, skipped the food and caught Carolyn Wonderland.  Carolyn is a Houston native and a longtime Austin resident.  She plays electric blues, singing in a voice somewhat reminiscent of Janis Joplin and plays guitar in a style like that of Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Carolyn is well known in Texas and has played with Los Lobos and Robert Earl Keen and jammed with Bob Dylan and mentor Ray Benson, the Asleep at the Wheel leader who also produced and released Miss Understood, the latest of her seven CDs.  Yesterday she led her trio through an hours worth of original and covers and played guitar, electric mandolin and trumpet.

Later, I made it over to the Prospect Park Bandshell for the Celebrate Brooklyn show pair Allen Toussaint and Davell Crawford.  Davell opened playing solo for about 30 minutes, and came back with a ful band after Allen’s set.

After Devell, Allen Toussaint came out and also played solo.  Allen has a career including writing and producing going back to the 50s.  He played mostly his stuff with a few covers thrown in.  His pick of Paul Simon’s  American Tune seemed to me to be quite fitting for someone who is from New Orleans and has been through the twin disasters of Katrina and BP.  Allen was both entertaining and charming.


Tonight: Norah Jones Opens Celebrate Brooklyn

June 9, 2010

UPDATE at 4:30pm:  This show is rain or shine.  As of this writing it is still on!

Tonight Norah Jones and her band opens of the 2010 season for Celebrate Brooklyn, the music/film/spoken word (which this year is comedy) festival held in the bandshell in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.  This is kind of a homecoming for Norah, who recently bought a house in Brooklyn, but as far as I know hasn’t yet moved there.

If you haven’t seen Norah’s show in a while or haven’t heard her recent album, The Fall, be prepared for some changes.  Yes, Norah will play piano on a few songs, but will spend much more time playing a Wurlitzer keyboard and a candy apple red Fender Mustang electric guitar.  And the songs from The Fall are more upbeat than some of Norah’s previous stuff.

Joining Norah in her band are Brooklyn’s Smokey Hormel on guitar, drummer Joey Waronker, keyboard player John Kirby, bassist Gus Seyffert, and multi-instrumentalist Sasha Dobson (an NIHE fave and Norah’s close friend) on guitar, percussion and backing vocals.

Here are some tips about getting into the show tonight:

Transportation: Take the subway!! You can use either the F or G trains and get off either at 7th Avenue or 15th Street. If you have to drive, there will be extremely limited street parking. Look on the side streets which have alternate side of the street parking on Thursday. That’s probably your best bet for finding a spot.

Entrance: For this show the only entrance will be the one at Prospect Park West and 11th Street.

Lines: It’s going to be crowded and there’s going to be a line, so get there early. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

Give $3: That’s the contribution that Celebrate Brooklyn asks and they put on great shows every year. This year a bunch of their corporate sponsors didn’t pony up, so you should. $3 for Norah? That’s more than a bargain.

Seats: There are about 2000 seats (with the front section roped off for the folks who paid $325 each to attend a pre-show fundraiser). The earlier you get on line, the more likely it is you’ll get a seat.  But if you want to make a picnic out of this, bring a blanket and sit on the grass hill in the back of the bandshell area.

Food: No cans, bottles, coolers or alcoholic beverages can be brought in. Everything else (foodwise) is OK. Two Boots sells pretty decent stuff to eat in the bandshell area. There are any number of places in the neighborhood before you get to Prospect Park where you could buy stuff if you’d like to do that. You can buy beer and wine inside the bandshell area.

Norah goes on at 8pm; there’s no opening act announced.


Advance Planning: Music for June

May 31, 2010

Tomorrow is June and therefore it’s time for the monthly calendar.  Not only does June kick off the summer festival season, but this month seems to have more than the usual number of worthwhile shows. Of course I’ll add my usual warming: the further you go into the month, the more likely it is that things may change.

June 1 – Sasha DobsonJalopy – 10pm

June 2 – JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys –  Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 2 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

June 3 – Sydney WayserUnion Hall – 7:30pm

June 3 – Marah/Madison Square Gardeners/Carla RhodesThe Bowery Electric – 8pm

June 4 –  Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby/McGinty & White - The Bowery Electric – 8:30pm

June 4- Chris Masterson and Eleanor WhitmorePete’s Candy Store – 9pm

June 4 – Winterpills- 92Y Tribeca – 9:30pm

June 4 – Van GhostRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 4 – MiltonJalopy -9:30pm

June 4 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 10:30pm

June 5 – Dave RaveAce of Clubs – doors 7pm

June 6  – Camera ObscuraThe Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place (downstairs in the vault) – 2pm

June 6 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

June 7 – Amy Speace and Sid SelvidgeThe Living Room – 8pm

June 7 – Folk City at 50 (about 40 performers confirmed as of this posting) – Village Underground – doors 6pm – show 7pm

June 8 – KaiserCartelJoe’s Pub – 7pm

June 9 – Norah JonesCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 8pm

June 9- Second DanRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

June 10 – Charlie FayeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

June 10 - James Maddock with Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

June 11 – Will Sexton and Friends (opening for Robert Gordon) – The Bowery Electric – 8pm

June 11 – Freedy JohnstonRodeo Bar – 10:30pm

June 12 – Allen Toussaint / Davell Crawford- Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 12 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsRockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm

June 15 – Mark OlsonRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

June 15 – Maura Kennedy – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 8:30pm

June 15 – Fred EaglesmithRodeo Bar – 9pm

June 16 – Emily ZuzikRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

June 19 – Dan BernCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 7pm

June 19 – The Morning Benders / Freelance Whales – Governors Island – doors 6pm / show 8pm

June 19 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

June 20 – James MaddockRockwood Music Hall – 1am (birthday show)

June 21 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

June 23 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsSullivan Hall – 9pm

June 24 – Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with Omara Portuondo / Nelida TiradoCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 25 – L’il Mo and The MonicatsPublic Assembly – 10pm

June 25 – Madison Square GardenersRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

June 25 – Harper BlynnRockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

June 26 – Texas Tornados / Red Clay RamblersCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – doors 6:30pm – show 7:30pm

June 29  – Al Kooper Rockabilly Trio – Hudson Square Backyard BBQ – 5-7pm

June 29 & 30 – Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive BoysCity Winery -7pm (6/29); 8pm (6/30)

June 30 – Adam LevyRockwood Stage2 – 8:30pm

Updated June 2, June 3


Celebrate Brooklyn 2010 Schedule

May 4, 2010

The schedule for Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell has just been released and here it is:

June 9
Norah Jones

8:00PM/gates 6:30PM

June 12
Allen Toussaint
Davell Crawford

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 17
Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 18
JG Thirwell’s Steroid Maximus
Dr. Lonnie Smith

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 19
Bitches Brew Revisited with Graham Haynes, James Blood Ulmer, DJ Logic and more!

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 24
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®
featuring Omara Portuondo / Nelida Tirado

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 25
Kid Koala: Short Attention Span Theater vs. The Slew / Hess Is More

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

June 26
Texas Tornados
Red Clay Ramblers

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

July 1
Zoom: Zvidance
Son Lux with Lottdance

8:00PM/gates 7:00PM

July 2
Fab 5
Uzalo

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

July 8
Itutu: Armitage Gone! Dance featuring Burkina Electric

8:00PM/gates 7:00PM

July 9
Ozomatli
Fidel Nadal / Toy Selectah

8:00PM/gates 6:30PM

July 11
OkayAfrica with The Roots, Talib Kweli and more!

4:00PM/gates 3:00PM

July 17
African Festival
with Konono No. 1, Omar Pene, Super Diamono and more!

2–9:00PM/gates 1:00PM

July 22
The Chaplin Mutuals: Carl Davis / The Two Man Gentlemen Band

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

July 23
Bomba Estereo
La Secta Allstar / Rita Indiana

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

July 24
Field of Dreams (Un Mundo Nuevo): Andres Levin & The Bruce High Quality Foundation

4:00PM/gates 3:00PM

July 29
MI21: Mother India 21st Century Remix with DJ Tigerstyle / Falu

8:00PM/gates 7:00PM

July 30
The Swell Season
The Low Anthem

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

July 31
Sonic Youth
Grass Widow / Talk Normal

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

August 5
Metric
Joan as Police Woman / Holly Miranda

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

August 6
House of Usher: Marco Benevento
White Magic

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

August 7
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Budos Band and more!

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

August 8
Brady Rymer
Elizabeth Mitchell

4:00PM/gates 3:00PM

Benefit Concerts (tickets required)

June 29
Passion Pit (sold out)

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

July 20
Rufus Wainwright

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

July 27
The National (sold out)

7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

August 3
The Dead Weather

7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

Updated May 8 (benefit concerts included)


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