Tonight: Bucky Hayes at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

August 1, 2015

Bucky Hayes Parkside

Welcome to August.  As is more often than not the case, it’s hot and most people who can have fled the city (which means there is actually parking in my neighborhood).  But if you are still hanging around NYC, here’s tonight’s suggestion: head on down to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 tonight, where you’ll find Bucky Hayes.  Bucky and his band The Commonwealth, take the stage there at 10pm.  You name it, Bucky can do it, and if you name a local musician, it’s likely that Bucky has played with him or her.  Bucky’s stock in trade is Americana with a dash of soul thrown into the mix.  Bucky’s a very good songwriter and an engaging performer.  Last time Bucky played, a string broken on the piano, which just goes to show that when Bucky plays, you can expect anything to happen.

Bucky Hayes, Rockwood Stage 2, 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 musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Ann Bond and Luther and The Missing Lynx at Rockwood Stage 3

July 31, 2015

 

Ann Bond Poster

Tonight at 11:30pm, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan will once again play a show as Ann Bond.  Here’s what Julia has to say about it:

I’m very excited to share with you a fun side project I’ve been working on as my alter ego, Ann Bond! Some of you may know that I’ve been singing in the off broadway hit, Sleep No More. Crooning jazz standards is a ball and I’ve been inspired to develop the fun further bringing it back to prohibition era all the way through the late 50’s early 60’s. Performing as Ann Bond feat. Luther & The Missing Lynx, should inspire you to dust off your Henry Mancini records, order a dirty martini, bang the bongos and cha cha cha til you drop. Slip into something slinky, release your inner party animal and come misbehave with us in the basement of Rockwood Music Hall

Ann Bond featuring Luther & The Missing Lynx, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum


Tonight: Karla Moheno and Freddie Stevenson at The 11th Street Bar

July 29, 2015

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Yeah, there’s a big free concert outdoor show with The Mavericks up at Lincoln Center tonight.  But the weather outside has been forecast to be someplace between beastly and brutal.  So if you’re the type who likes to suffer for art, sure, you can go there.  But there is a wonderful, indoor, air conditioned show in the East Village that I hardily recommend.  It will take place at The 11th Street Bar just a few buildings down from the corner of Avenue A.  In the back of the bar at 9pm, you’ll find Karla Moheno.  Karla plays rock, blues and ballads.  Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music.  This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways.

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Following Karla at 10pm will be Freddie Stevenson.  Freddie was a regular on the New York music scene for years, playing mostly here and The Rockwood Music Hall.  That changed about 18 months ago when he hit the road with The Waterboys and then stuck around his native Edinborough.  Freddie’s back in New York now for a while.

Freddie’s original music has a little bit of everything in it including folk and English music hall, and he’s an engaging performer.  Tonight, Freddie will be joined by Jessie Kilguss on harmonium.  This is Freddie’s last scheduled show until September.

Karla Moheno (9pm), Freddie Stevenson (10pm), 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A & B (any train to 14th Street, F Train to Delancey Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Advance Planning: August 2015 Music Calendar

July 28, 2015

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The heat and humidity are here and August will be here in just a few days.  So here is the August Music Calendar. Of note during the month is The Brooklyn Country Music Festival being held at The Bell House on August 20th through the 23rd.

As for 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: July 30

Aug. 1 – Echoes of Etta – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Aug. 1 – Bucky HayesRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Update: Aug. 2 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Teddy KumpelAna EggeWarren Malone, Mike Ferrio, Rony Corcos, Benjamin Cartel 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Aug. 3 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Aug. 3 – Milton Plays Randy NewmanPete’s Candy Store – 9:30pm

Aug. 3 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 4 – Shanghai Noodle Factory Presents: The Music of TrafficRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Aug. 5 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 6 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 10pm

Aug. 7 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

Aug. 8 – Kasey Chambers – Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Hearst Plaza – show 2pm

Aug. 8 – Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited performed in its entirety by the Watkins Family Hour house band, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Pokey LaFarge, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, Fiona Apple and more (Justin Townes Earle opens)  – Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park – 7pm

Aug. 8 – Drina SeayHank’s Saloon – 9pm

Aug. 8 – Buenos DiazRockwood Music Hall – 1am

Aug. 9 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 4pm

Aug. 9 – Nevermind OrchestraThe Way Station – 6pm

Aug. 9 – Lyle Lovett and his Large BandLincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park – 7pm

Aug. 10 – Leave a Lasting Mark presents Goonies Never Say Die: The Hits of ’85 to benefit MDS Foundation with John Brodeur, Mya Byrne, Bryan Dunn, TK France,  Bucky Hayes, Tommy Lombardozzi, Abby Payne, Janne Pelle, Gerianne Perez, Amy Rivard, Andrew Rosario, Jason Spiewak, Jenn Summers, Dani Tersini, Scott Tofte, Maddy Wyatt, and more – The Bitter End – 7pm

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

Aug. 11 – Mya ByrneRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Aug. 12 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Update: Aug. 13 – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn (opening for Patty Rothberg) – Cutting Room – 7:30pm

Aug. 14 – Cariad Harmon Birthday ShowRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Update: Aug. 15 – Dirty Water DogsRadegast Hall – 3pm

Aug. 15 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Update: Aug. 15 – Dirty Water DogsAn Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

Aug. 16 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Aug. 16 – Karlie BruceRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Aug. 17 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Aug. 17 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 17 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Update: Aug. 17 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight-3am

Aug. 18 – Willie Nile – 7th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery) – 5:30pm

Aug. 18 – Jeff Litman (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Aug. 19 – James Maddock and FriendsRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Aug. 19 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 20 – Brooklyn Country Music Festival (Day 1) – Jack Grace Band, The Brain Cloud, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Andrew Sovine, The Paisley Fields, North Of Amarillo – The Bell House – doors 5pm / show 6pm

Aug. 21 – Brooklyn Country Music Festival (Day 2) – Gangstagrass, Andy Friedman & The Other Failures, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Susquehanna Tool & Industrial Die Co., Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, Julia Haltigan – The Bell House – doors 5pm / show 6pm

Aug. 21 – Drina SeaySidewalk Cafe – 10pm

Aug. 22 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 4pm

Aug. 22 – Brooklyn Country Music Festival (Day 3) -The Defibulators, The Western Caravan Featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & The 18 Wheelers, Lil’ Mo & The Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, Lindy Loo & Her Lucky Fellers, The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree – The Bell House – doors 5pm / show 6pm

Aug. 23 – Brooklyn Country Music Festival (Day 4) – Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mamie Minch, Jan Bell & the Maybelles, The Third Wheel Band, Abby Hollander Band, Demolition String Band, Sheriff & The Goodtimers – The Bell House – doors 5pm / show 6pm

Aug. 23 – Karlie BruceRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Aug. 26 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 26 – Rony’s InsomniaRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Aug. 27 – The JacksThe Way Station – 9pm

Aug. 28 – Arum RaeMercury Lounge – Midnight

Aug. 29 – The Commander Cody BandJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Aug. 29 – James Maddock and FriendsRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Aug. 29 – Mieka PauleySidewalk Cafe – 8:30pm

Aug. 29 – Fife & DromArlene’s Grocery – 10pm

Update: Aug. 30 –The Field of Stars presents Homeboy Steve, Monica Passin, Drina Seay, Eddie Kunze, Eric Seftel – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

September and Beyond

Sept. 3 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.The Rock Shop – 7:30pm

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

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

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

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

Sept. 19 – Kristin DiableMadison Square Park – 3pm

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

Update: Sept. 20 – Kristin DiableKnitting Factory – show 8pm

Oct. 1 – The Del-Lords, Spanking CharleneBowery Electric – 9pm

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


Tonight: Five Shows, You Choose

July 25, 2015

Choices Large

Today is one of the busiest musical Saturdays in a while.  There are indoor shows, outdoor shows,  the well known and not so well known, spread out over Brooklyn and Manhattan.  As usual, I’ll list them in starting time order.

Celebrating Red Hook is a day long festival highlighting the artisans located in the neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn.  It’s located in Erie Basin Park just behind Ikea. There’s music all day long as well, but I want to recommend two of the bands playing.  Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers will be providing the country and alt country starting at 6pm.  Then at 7pm, Andi Rae Healy and The Back River Bullies will bring their rocking Americana to the stage.  The music at Celebrating Red Hook is free.

Back on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Lincoln Center Out of Doors continues with singer-songwriter (and film scorer) Randy Newman playing a free show at Damroch Park.  Also on the bill are trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars and Memphis jooker Lil Buck.  This show starts at 7pm, but there is sure to be a long line to get in forming in the afternoon.

Going indoors, you’ll find Aaron Lee Tasjan and Lilly Hiatt at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player and has lots of stories to tell.  Lilly is new to me, but I’ve been hearing some good things about her.  The show will be opened by Bjorn and The Sun and will start at 7pm.

Finally, over in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Bowl, Dear Georgiana will play at 8pm. Call their music atmospheric folk-rock that’s melodic with very nice vocals.  Dear Georgiana is led by Lauren Balthrop, who also plays in Elizabeth and The Catapult.

Sean Kershaw and The New Jack Ramblers (6pm), Andi Rae Healy and The Back River Bullies (7pm), Celebrating Red Hook, Erie Basin Park, 1 Beard Street behind Ikea (F or G Trains to Smith-9th Street, transfer to the B61 bus to Ikea), Free

Randy Newman (Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars and Lil Buck open), Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues (A, C, D or 1 Trains to 59th Street), show 7pm, Free

Aaron Lee Tasjan with Lilly Hiatt 9 (Bjorn and The Sun open),  Rockwood Stage 2 Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, $12

Dear Georgiana, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th & 12th Streets, Williamsburg (G Train to Nassau Avenue or L Train to Bedford Avenue), 8pm, $15


Tonight: Four Shows, Pick One

July 22, 2015

Choices Large

It’s one of those nights when there’s too much good stuff, with most of those shows bumping up against each other.  So take your pick, because whatever you pick will be well worth it.

Up on the Upper West Side at  Lincoln Center Out of Doors you’ll find The Muscle Shoals All-Stars with special guests Patterson Hood, Bettye LaVette, Sam Moore and Dan Penn.  If you are unfamiliar with these names, check out their bio here:

The Muscle Shoals All-Stars—Jimmy Johnson and David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as the Swampers), a four-piece horn section, and a host of others—are the architects of some of the most iconic music this country has ever produced. Backing artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, and Percy Sledge, and “creating licks and riffs that take no more than five notes to name” (Allmusic.com), this rhythm section developed a distinct Muscle Shoals sound. Making a rare trip together outside the studio, the Muscle Shoals All-Stars will perform the songs that helped propel them deep into the canon of American popular music with an appearance by their old friend Spooner Oldham.

If you can’t make it to this show, it will be streamed live; see it by clicking here.

At 8pm, at The Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side, Hayes Carll will play the last of his three July shows in New York City.  I first saw Hayes Carll a few years ago when he opened for The Court Yard Hounds at South by Southwest.  He sounded like a country Todd Snider or John Prine to me.  Since then, he’s released an album titled KMAG YOYO, which is military speak for kiss my ass guys, you’re on your own, and Hayes has played New York a few times.  He’s a great deal of fun.

Over in Williamsburg at Skinny Dennis, North of Amarillo will take over the music chores from 9pm to midnight as they do most Wednesday nights.  North of Amarillo is inspired by the music of Emmylou Harris.The band pays tribute to her classic songs and arrangements along with a mix of originals and other country favorites, with vocals handled by the amazingly voiced Kelli Scarr.

Finally, back on the Lower East Side, Elizabeth and The Catapult will take over the cozy, subterranean Rockwood Stage 3 at 10pm.   You can expect keyboard based idiosyncratic classical tinged pop and songs from the band’s three albums (including the recent Like It Never Happened, one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Top Albums of 2014).  You’ll probably hear some new stuff as well as Elizabeth is currently working on a new album.  Elizabeth also likes to throw in some inspired covers as well.  I never leave one of Elizabeth’s shows without having being uplifted by the music.

The Muscle Shoals All-Stars with special guests Patterson Hood, Bettye LaVette, Sam Moore and Dan Penn, Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park, 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues (A, B, C, D or 1 Trains to 59th Street),- show 7:30pm

Hayes Carll, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or M or J Trains to Essex Street), 8pm, $20

North of Amarillo, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended), 9pm

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


Tonight: Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at The Rockwood Music Hall

July 19, 2015

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Yeah, I know.  Not only is this a school night, but the F Train is only running into the Lower East Side going uptown and not downtown.  Still, The Rockwood Music Hall is the place to head to tonight. Courtney Lee Adams Jr. will play there at 8pm.  Courtney will be playing with her full band (Tommy DeVito, Tom Shad, Buford O’Sullivan, Richard Feridun and Mickey Finn).

Courtney’s songs are world weary and wise.  I think that the music of Tom Waits might be a good comparison.  But Courtney is less jarring, more tuneful and just more fun than Tom.

Courtney Lee Adams Jr., 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), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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