Advance Planning: August 205 Music Calendar Update (Added 8/22)

August 22, 2015

Two show changes for Monday.

Canceled! Aug. 24 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 24 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 10pm


Today and Tonight: The Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House, The Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis or Bryan Dunn at Rockwood Stage 2

August 22, 2015

Choices Large

The choice sign is up again and that means there are a lot of choices out there.  They include music in the afternoon as well as during the evening.

Over in Gowanus at The Bell House, The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival continues.  Things get going early, at 3pm today.  Here’s the line up:

The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree (Frontier Room) – 3pm
Bob Jones and Jon Sholle – 5pm
Terry Radigan – 6pm
Li’l Mo and The Monicats – 7pm
Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers – 8pm
Lindy Loo and Her Lucky Fellers (Frontier Room) – 8:30pm
The Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave – 9pm
The Defibulators – 10pm
Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers (Frontier Room) – 11:30pm

The music also starts in the afternoon, 4pm to be exact, and run through to 7pm at Skinny Dennis, the best Texas honky tonk in Brooklyn. When any band has string band in its name, you expect old-timey country.  Well, you are just not going to get that from The Demolition String Band.  There’s twang and alt country, but the DSB rocks hard as well.  The band is led by front woman Elena Skye and ace guitarist Boo Reiners.  Whatever they are playing, your ears will definitely be pleased.

Finally, at 9pm tonight, Bryan Dunn will bring his folk rock and Americana to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  Bryan’s songs run the gamut from literate to humorous to poignant and frequently can be described as literature with a guitar.  You can also sing along to many of them.  Bryan will be playing solo tonight, but will be joined by Andi Rae Healy for a few songs as well.

The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), 3pm, $20

The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended), 4-7pm

Bryan Dunn, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House, Drina Seay at Sidewalk Cafe or Elizabeth and The Catapult at Rockwood Stage 3

August 21, 2015

Choices Large

As the sign indicates, tonight offers choices.  Over in Gowanus at The Bell House, The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival continues on this, its second night.  Playing there this evening will be Julia Haltigan, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, Andy Friedman and The Other Failures, Gangstagrass and Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. The evening kicks off at 7pm and will continue through midnight.

On the other side of the East River, Drina Seay with the help of Homeboy Steve will play The Sidewalk Cafe at 10pm.  This is a belated double birthday show (both Drina and Steve celebrated them last week) and there will be lots of Americana and alt country in the air.

Finally, at 11:30pm, Elizabeth and The Catapult will light up The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3.  Elizabeth is in the midst of recording a new record over in Los Angeles and is back in town for just a bit.  You’ll hear her classical tinged indie pop tonight, and maybe a new song or two will show up in the mix.

The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), doors 6pm / show 7pm, $15

Drina Seay, Sidewalk Cafe,  94 Avenue A at 6th Street (any train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Elizabeth and The Catapult, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum


News and Notes: WFUV Cuts Alternate Side and Shuffles Schedule; Jeff Litman Shines at CD Release Show

August 20, 2015

WFUV LogoLate yesterday afternoon, radio station WFUV announced a series of programming changes and cutbacks which will begin this Saturday (August 22).  These changes include, on the minus side, the end of  The Alternate Side, WFUV‘s alternate music channel, which was broadcast over WNYE (91.5 FM) and streamed via the WFUV website, and the end of WFUV‘s broadcasting the syndicated program Mountain Stage.  On the plus side, WFUV will now carry its usual music programming on Saturday from 6am through 1pm.  Additional changes include adding Alicia Ali, who formerly ram The Alternate Side, as the weekday 6-10pm DJ, moving Darren DeVivo to 10pm-2am and moving John Platt’s folk and Americana show from Sunday morning to Sunday late afternoon.  You can see the full announcement from the station here.

Jeff Litman Rockwood 8-18-15

Jeff Litman and his band played The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on Tuesday night.  It was the show to celebrate the release of Jeff’s new EP, Primetime.  Even though I’ve seen Jeff play many time previously and had already heard the new CD, this show took everything to the next level.  The playing was crisp, there was no slack time between the songs and guitarist John Kengla was absolutely on fire.  If you have a chance to see Jeff anytime soon, you should do so.  And in any event, pick up Primetime, which is available at Jeff’s website and the other usual places on the web.  It is a wonderful bunch of rock and power pop songs you’ll enjoy.

 


Tonight: Willie Nile at City Winery (Parking Lot), Jeff Litman at Rockwood Stage 2 and The Humdrums at Freddy’s Bar

August 18, 2015

Choices Large

I’m recommending three shows tonight.  They are arranged temporally and chronologically so that you can catch them all.

First up is an outdoor show at the 7th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, which is held in the parking lot behind City Winery.  There, on the loading dock that doubles as a stage will be New York City institution Willie Nile.  He rocks and has been doing so for a while now: his first record came out in 1980!  Willie will bring his band with him and raise the volume and energy in Greenwich Village with their brand of straight ahead rock.  Doors open at 5pm and The Hoochie Coochie Men will open at around 5:20 or so.  Willie will most likely hit the stage around 6pm.

After Willie wraps up, head east and south to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  You’ll find Jeff Litman there at 8pm.  Jeff’s stock in trade is melodic rock and power pop, and he’ll be joined tonight by his band, Matt Basile, Andrea Longato, Dave Burnett, and another Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, Andi Rae Healy on backing vocals. This is the release show for Jeff’s new EP, Primetime.  I’ve had a chance to hear it, and it’s a good one.  So this show is one to catch.

When Jeff is finished, you can make your way across the East River to Freddy’s Bar over on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Heights.  There, at 10 pm, to cap off you evening, Bryan Dunn will play a show with his band The Humdrums.  Bryan and The Humdrums play early rock and roll with wit and verve.  You’ll hear songs from 1960 and before, some well known and some more obscure.

Willie Nile (The Hoochie Coochie Men open), 7th Annual Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 5pm / show 5:20pm, Free

Jeff LitmanRockwood Stage 2, 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)

The Humdrums, Freddy’s Bar,  627 5th Ave between 17th and 18th Streets, Brooklyn (R Train to Prospect Avenue), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Advance Planning: August 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 8/17)

August 17, 2015

Some newly announced shows this fall.

Sept. 14 – Interrobang (with Zach Jones, Chris Kuffner, Martin Rivas)Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Sept. 23 – Joy AskewRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Sept. 30 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Oct. 22 – Israel NashMercury Lounge – 8pm


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)


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