It’s the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, so you think that even musicians would be out of town and things would be quiet. But that’s not the case tonight. There’s much going on with shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Manhattan I can recommend.
First up at the back room in Barbes over in Park Slope, Vicki Kristina Barcelona – the trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi – will once again blend their voices on the songs of Tom Waits. The show here will start at 7pm.
Later, at 8:30pm, on the Lower East Side, Kevin Gordon will arrive from Nashville with his band and play a set of Americana at the subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. Rolling Stone says he‘s “a juke-joint professor emeritus” and long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Charlie Faye praises him.
Just a few blocks to the east, you’ll find Tom Clark’s Treehouse at 2A. Lenny Kaye will play a set there at 9pm. Lenny has been the guitarist for Patti Smith since the early 1970s, and has written, recorded and produced so much music as well as written several books over many decades. He’s plainly one of a kind.
Finally, way up in The Bronx, at An Beal Bocht Cafe, Texas-born, New York based Kelli King will play a show to mark the release of her brand new CD, Loser’s Ball. You’ll hear Americana and alt country from Kelli beginning at 9pm.
Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Kevin Gordon, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit; note that F Trains are only running through the Lower East Side going northbound), 8:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
Lenny Kaye, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit; note that F Trains are only running through the Lower East Side going northbound; or J Train to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
Kelli King (CD Release Show), An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St, The Bronx, between Greystone and Waldo Avenues (1 Train to 238th St.), 9pm, No Cover