If you are around this weekend, here are a bunch off additional shows on Sunday night.
Freddie Stevenson was a regular on the New York music scene for years, usually playing at The Rockwood Music Hall and The 11th Street Bar. That changed about 18 months ago when he hit the road with the legendary Waterboys and then stuck around his native Edinborough. Freddie is back in New York City, and tonight he’s playing The Rockwood Music Hall, this time at the cozy, seated Stage 3.
Freddie’s original music has a little bit of everything in it including folk and English music hall, and he’s an engaging performer. At this show, Freddie will be joined by Jessie Kilguss on harmonium and backing vocals.
Tonight is the night to get yourself to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 early and stay there late. Julia Haltigan starts the evening off. If you don’t know Julia or her music, all you need to know is that she sings, plays guitar and her material draws on 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. This will be a full band show,
There’s an hour between Julia’s finish and the time, 9pm, that Jim Keller hits the stage. Back in the early 80s, Jim wrote the still ubiquitous 867-5309/Jenny and was part of the band that recorded it, Tommy Tutone. That band broke up shortly after that and Jim kept working as musician. After a few years, he put his guitar away and ended up working for the music company of composer Philip Glass, licensing Glass’s music. Some years ago, Jim dug his guitar out of the back of the closet and started writing and performing again. Jim has released three albums over the past five years including Heaven Can Wait, which was issued in 2014. Tonight Jim will play with his full band and additional musicians will sit in for a couple of songs as well. This entire amalgam is Jim Keller’s Revolving Door.
Then stick around until 11:30pm for the latest installment of The After Party. The After Party is the latest in a line of shows at The Rockwood in which a large number of musicians get together and cover songs belonging to a given topic. As usual, Akie Bermiss will be the host for the evening, which is scheduled to go until 2am.
Julia Haltigan (7pm), Jim Keller (9pm), The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss (11:30pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 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 at each show is highly recommended)
Mieka Pauley‘s show at The Rockwood Music Hall scheduled for tonight has been canceled. But the reason is a good one: yesterday morning, Mieka gave birth to a boy and a girl. Yes, twins! Congratulations!!!
This week, The Del-Lords reported to Cowboy Technical Services in Williamsburg and began recording the follow up to their last record, 2013’s Elvis Club. This is wonderful news in and of itself, but it also means that drummer Frank Funaro‘s arm, guitarist Scott Kempner‘s shoulder and guitarist Eric Ambel‘s leg have all healed enough so that this long planned session could finally go forward.
It was 15 years ago that Laura Cantrell‘s first album, Not the Tremblin’ Kind, was released. In celebration of that, the album is going to be reissued sometime in 2016. This time around there will also be a vinyl pressing of it.
Here are two shows down the block and around the corner from each other. Perhaps they will time out so that you can see both of them. At least I hope that it works that way.
Update: Someplace along the way, Joe’s show got moved to 8pm, so these shows are now directly opposite each other. Rats!!
Up first is Aaron Lee Tasjan. Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player. He’s been on the road lately, not only playing with The Mastersons but also with such guitar greats as Chuck Prophet and Steve Wynn. Aaron is in town to play the CD release show for his first full length solo record, In the Blazes. If you’ve seen Aaron before, you know that he offers up Americana with a blend of keen insight, humor and word play. NPR has recently featured one of Aaron’s songs. Tonight’s show is with a full band and it gets going at 8pm.
Then at 9pm Also at 8pm, Joe Whyte will hit the stage at The Rockwood Music Hall. Joe plays alt country and Americana and his last record, When the Day Breaks, sounds good to me. Tonight, as has been the case lately, Joe will playing with a full band. Since it’s been a few months since Joe last played in NYC, I would not be surprised if he has a few new songs up his sleeve too.
Aaron Lee Tasjan (CD release show), The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St – entrance on Stanton Street between Orchard and Allen Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), doors 7pm / show 8pm, $15
Joe Whyte, The Rockwood Music Hall,196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8
9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
At the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall tonight, at 10pm, you’ll find Mieka Pauley. Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist. Whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by Mieka’s performance. So whether you’ve seen Mieka before or she is new to you, this is the show to see.
Mieka Pauley, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Here are updates to two upcoming shows: additional musicians for this Sunday’s Radigan Roundup, and a bigger stage for Jim Keller later this month.