Music Video: Norah Jones and Wes Hutchinson – Straight to Hell (Live)

October 29, 2015

Norah Jones Wes Hutchinson Straight to Hell

Norah Jones is on a short tour these days.  The closest that she’ll get to New York City is the burbs (Port Chester, NY).  But here’s a video from that tour taken a few days ago.  Norah is joined by Rockwood Music Hall regular Wes Hutchinson on this cover of Going to Hell, originally from Drivin’ n Cryin’.  The audio for this is just a bit more boomy than it should be, but it is still well worthwhile.


Music Video: Ruby Amanfu – For the Turnstiles (Live at Neil Fest)

September 17, 2015

Ruby Amanfu Neil Fest 9-15

Check out this video recorded at Neil Fest at The Bowery Ballroom this past Monday.  Nashville based Ruby Amanfu takes her turn with For the Turnstiles.  The song is from Neil’s 1974 release On the Beach, and was originally performed by him solo with only a banjo as accompaniment.  In Ruby’s hands, this becomes a barn burner.  I see that Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson were singing back up on this one.  A big thanks to xxsusannycxx who recorded this video.

Like this video?  Ruby is playing a show tonight at Rockwood Stage 2 at 8:30pm.


Advance Planning: September 2015 Music Calendar

September 1, 2015

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It’s September, but a quirk in the calendar gives us a full week before Labor Day.  So the summer season has one more week than usual to run.

I’ve broken one of the usual rules to list a show that is priced above the $40 ticket price cutoff.  That show is Neil Fest, which has a bunch of big names singing the songs of Neil Young.  At $50-55 a ticket, it’s pricey, but it’s being done for charity.

As for the rest of the 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.

Latest Update: Sept. 27

Sept. 1 – Matt KeatingHi-Fi Bar – 8:30pm

Sept. 2 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 3 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.The Rock Shop – 9pm

Sept. 3 – Drina Seay with Homeboy SteveSilvana – 8pm

Sept. 5 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sept. 6 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaBarbes – 7pm

Sept. 6 – Kevin Gordon TrioRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Sept. 6 – Kelli King (CD Release Show) – An Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

Sept. 6 – Lenny KayeTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Sept. 8 – Freddie Stevenson (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Sept. 8 – To Live is to Fly: A celebration of the music of Townes Van Zandt with Collin Couvillion, Marc Delgado, Joe Redding and more – The Way Station – 9pm

Sept. 10 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 10pm

Sept. 10 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Sept. 11 – A September Concert to benefit Friends of Firefighters with Andi Rae Healy, Andy Mac, Bryan Dunn, Chris Michael, Ellia Bisker, Ginger Dolden, Jeff Litman, Jennie Muoio, Jo Kroger, Katherine Eitzel, Lara Ewen, Matthew Brookshire, Meg Massalone, Pete Lanctot, Richard McGraw, Ryan Morgan, Sean Lee, Shaky Dave Pollack, Terry Radigan, Those Sensible Shoes, and more – Cafe Vivaldi – 7pm

Sept. 11 – Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders with special guests Ted Allen, Stacey D’erasmo, Dave Hill, Sally Timms (The Mekons), Dar Williams, and Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 12 – Bryan DunnRockwood Music Hall – 10pm (new time)

Sept. 12 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 10pm

Sept. 13 – Marshall Crenshaw, Garland Jeffreys & Jonathan Edwards In-The-Round – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 13 – Neil Fest, A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young with The Cabin Down Below Band, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt, Nick Zinner, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel and David Gibson and more – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 14 – Heartless BastardsMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 9pm

Sept. 14 – Neil Fest, A Night To Celebrate The Music of Neil Young with The Cabin Down Below Band, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Body/Head, Patrick Carney, Ruby Amanfu, Jakob Dylan, Brian Fallon, Butch Walker, Matt Hitt, Nick Zinner, Valerie June, Charles Bradley, Sharon Van Etten, Adam Green, Ryan Miller, Elvis Perkins, Summer Moon, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michelle Branch, Donald Cumming, Sammy James Jr., Steve Schiltz, Nicole Atkins, Sasha Dobson, Jade Castrinos, Caveman, Danny Clinch, Johnny T, Chase Cohl, Daniel and David Gibson and more – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 17 – Elliott MurphyRockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Sept. 18 – Matt KeatingLiving Room – 7pm

Sept. 18 – Dirty Water DogsBar Chord – 9pm

Sept. 18 – Bucky HayesHank’s Saloon – 9pm

Sept. 18 – Andi Rae and The Back River BulliesHank’s Saloon – 10pm

Sept. 18 – The HumdrumsHank’s Saloon – 11:30pm

Sept. 19 – Elena Skye and Boo ReinersPleasant Village Community Garden – 2pm

Sept. 19 – Kristin DiableMadison Square Park – 3pm

Sept. 19 – Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve and Monica PassinPleasant Village Community Garden – 3:15pm

Sept. 19 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Sept. 19 – Rebecca Loebe, BettysooRockwood Stage 3 – 6:30pm

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

Sept. 20 – Kristin DiableKnitting Factory – 6pm

Sept. 20 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Xavier Cardriche, Warren Malone, Benjamin Cartel, Jeff Litman and Joy Askew – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Sept. 21 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Sept. 21 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight-3am

Sept. 23 – Kelli King (CD Release Show) – The Bitter End – 7pm

Sept. 23 – Joy AskewRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Sept. 23 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 23 – Ann Bond featuring Luther & The Missing Lynx – Berlin – 10pm (info and tickets here)

Sept. 24 – The JacksThe Way Station – 9pm

Sept. 25 – The Kennedys: A Tale of Two CitiesRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Sept. 25 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaBar LunAtico – 8:30pm

Sept. 26 – Dina Regine (acoustic set) –  The Garden at Avenue B and 6th Street – 8pm

Sept. 27 – Nicole AtkinsHoboken Arts and Music Festival (Observer Highway Stage) – 2:50pm

Sept. 27 – Willie Nile – Hoboken Arts and Music Festival (Observer Highway Stage) – 4:30pm

Sold Out! Sept. 27 – Aly TadrosRockwood Stage 3 – 6pm

Sept. 27 – Karlie BruceRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Sept. 28 – Syd StrawHi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Sept. 28 – Mieka PauleyLiving Room – 9pm

Sept. 28 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Sept. 30 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sept. 30 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

October and Beyond – For the latest updates, check the October 2015 Music Calendar here

Oct. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Hi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Oct. 1 – Secret SomeonesRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Oct. 1 – Steve Wynn (duo with Jason Victor) – Bowery Electric – 9:30pm

Oct. 3 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Oct. 3 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 3 – Richard LloydThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 7 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Oct. 9 – Bottle Rockets, Mark OlsonBowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Oct. 10 – MiltonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Oct. 12 – Chuck Prophet, Robbie FulksCity Winery – doors 6pm/ show 8pm

Oct. 14 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Oct. 15 – Jill AndrewsRockwood Stage 3 – 1pm (CMJ)

Oct. 15 – Frances ConeRockwood Stage 3 – 3pm (CMJ)

Oct. 15 – Jon Dee GrahamHill Country NY – 11pm

Oct. 16 – Sonya KitchellRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – Kevn KinneyHill Country NY – 11pm

Oct. 18 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Oct. 22 – Israel NashMercury Lounge – 8pm

Oct. 24 – John Doe and The SadiesHill Country NY – doors 9:30pm / show 10pm

Oct. 25 – PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Oct. 30 – Richard LloydThe Bowery Electric – show 8pm

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

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

Nov. 24 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 3 – 9pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm


Tonight: A Tripleheader at The Rockwood Music Hall

August 17, 2015

RockwoodIt’s a good night to hang out at the original stage at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Hitting the stage at 8pm will be long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Sasha Dobson.  For this show she is stepping away from Puss n Boots, the band she is in with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper.  Sasha will be playing her own songs, including those from her most recent album, Aquarius, released about two years ago, and I suspect some new material as well.

Later, at 10pm, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well.  Joining Jim tonight, will be Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums.  These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will.  Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.

Immediately following Jim, David Luther take over.  David will not be playing his usual set tonight; here’s what he says will be happening:

This time, I’ll be trying something new: a set of atmospheric instrumental tunes, inspired by old rhythm n’ blues, surf rock, spaghetti westerns, classic James Bond underscore, and such ilk. Screaming sax, spring reverb in abundance, a variety of delectable grooves.

As usual, David will be on sax and tonight will be joined by Mark Marshall on guitar, Adam Minkoff on bass and Rob Heath on drums.

Sasha Dobson (8pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion (10pm), and David Luther (11pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit – note that the F Train is only running uptown into the Lower East Side), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Music Video: Puss n Boots – Same Old Bullshit (Live)

July 24, 2015

Pussn Boots Same Old

Puss n BootsNorah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper – have just completed a four show stint where they opened for Neil Young.  This video was shot at their show at the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds in Essex Junction, Vermont.  This song, Same Old Bullshit, is a new one, and as far as I know it’s the first time that Norah plays drums for the band.  A big tip of the hat to Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, know as  nnmvt on YouTube, who recorded this.

 

 


Tonight: Sasha Dobson and The Looking at SubCulture

May 29, 2015

Sasha Dobson Make It Alright Bell House

There’s a very interesting double bill over in Noho at SubCulture tonight.  Headlining will be long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Sasha Dobson.  For this show she is stepping away from Puss n Boots, the band she is in with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper and which is getting ready to go on tour to open for Neil Young.  Sasha will be playing her own songs, including those from her most recent album, Aquarius, released about two years ago.

Opening the show will be The Looking, which is a project of musician Todd Carter.  Todd has taken traditional and folk songs such as All the Pretty Little Horses and 900 Miles, and recorded them with full bodied rock arrangements.

Sasha Dobson and The Looking, SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street between Lafayette and Mott Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or B, D, F or M Trains to Broadway-Lafayette), 8pm, $15


Tonight: Tony Scherr and Jim Campilongo at The Rockwood Music Hall

February 23, 2015

Tony Scherr

If you are a musician in New York City, you’ve definitely heard of Tony Scherr, and probably, at one time or another, played with him.  The list of people who Tony has played with includes Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Jones, and Ana Egge.  Tony is also a member of the band Ursa Minor.

But tonight, like he has on so many Monday nights before, Tony will set up at The Rockwood Music Hall and play guitar for an hour with Rob Jost on bass and Anton Fier on drums.  You can expect to hear crunchy guitar parts, slide work and extended jams.  But there can be more introspective numbers too: I’ve even seen Tony unplugged his electric guitar for a quiet song.

 

Campilongo cutdown

After Tony and his trio finish their set, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well.  Joining Jim tonight, will be Chris Morrissey on bass and Josh Dion on drums.  These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will.  Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.

Update: Hagar Ben Ari is in and Chris Morrissey is out on bass with Jim tonight.

Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion (10pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

 

 


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