It’s a pretty active Sunday night, with three terrific shows in store. However, the timings of two conflict, so you can go to one or two of them, but not all three.
First up, at 7pm at Joe’s Pub is longtime Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan. Julia will lead her band through a set of her original music (plus a cover or two) that draw upon rock, r&b, Latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom. Opening for Julia tonight will be Arum Rae, who I’m sure will draw upon her latest record, Warrented Queen, which is a move away from rock and blues and towards a more electronic sound for her.
Meanwhile, down on the Lower East Side, at the The Rockwood Music Hall, Jim Keller will take the stage with his band at 8pm. These guys know how to rock. Jim’s album, Soul Candy, was on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums list a few years back. And Jim has a soon to be released album, Heaven Can Wait, which I know will be a good one. Even though Sunday is a school night, this show starts early and you’ll be able to get home before it gets too late.
Finally, up in Chelsea, Sasha Dobson will begin curating a series of Sunday night shows in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Tonight Ursa Minor will open. This show will have Ursa Minor as a duo, with Tony Scherr and Michelle Casillas providing crunchy guitars and Michelle supplying her unique jazz-like vocals. Sasha and her band will follow and will no doubt feature selections from Sasha’s latest EP, Into the Trees, which covered a number of different genres. Things get going here at 9:30pm.
Julia Haltigan, Arum Rae, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place), 7pm, $14
The Jim Keller Band, Rockwood Music Hall, 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)
Ursa Minor (9:30pm), Sasha Dobson (10:15pm), Ace Hotel (Lobby), 20 West 29th Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway (R Trains to 28th Street, D, F, N or R Trains to 34th Street), No Cover