A time change and some additional shows tomorrow (Sunday).
Here are photos from four shows I saw this past weekend.
Jahn Xavier takes a turn on lead vocals at the tribute to Squeezing Out Sparks, the classic album from Graham Parker and The Rumour at The Mercury Lounge last night. Not shown in this photo is surprise guest Steve Goulding of The Rumour who joined in on drums on the last song.
The Choices sign is up which means that today offers many good music alternatives. There are early and late shows, Brooklyn and Manhattan shows and diverse musical styles to fit whatever mood you are in.
Today starts with an early show, at 5pm. Laura Cantrell will be playing her alt country and Americana music this afternoon at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg. Laura’s great blend of old country and her own songs and her amazingly good voice make Laura’s shows hard to beat.
Later on tonight at 9:30, Sasha Dobson will step away from Puss n Boots to play a set with her own band at BAMCafe Live. Sasha’s song can run the gamut from rock to Americana to jazz. The BAMCafe can fill up, so get there early for the best seating opportunities.
Across the river on the Lower East Side, The Rockwood Music Hall will present (on their original stage) a pretty good double bill starting at 10pm. Up first will be Mieka Pauley who will bring her frank and fun songs to another weekend show at that club. Following her at 11pm will be long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, Bryan Dunn, with a band introducing one brand new song, plus playing lots of his Americana and rock as well.
Laura Cantrell, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
Sasha Dobson, BAMCafe Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Street and St. Felix Place, Brooklyn (2,3,4,5, B or Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue, D, N or R Trains to Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street, C Train to Lafayette Street or G Train to Fulton Street), 9:30pm, No Cover
Mieka Pauley (10pm), Bryan Dunn (11pm), The 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 encouraged)
Tonight: Joe Whyte at Rockwood Music Hall, Julia Haltigan at Mercury Lounge or Willie Nile at Rough TradeMarch 19, 2015
Tonight there are three shows well worth your attention. First up is Joe Whyte at The Rockwood Music Hall at 8pm. 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 which includes Rob Heath on drums, John Kengla on guitar and Catherine Popper on bass. 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.
Then over at The Mercury Lounge at 9pm, Julia Haltigan and her band will play a set. Long a favorite here at Now I’ve Heard Everything, Julia recently moved to a classic four piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) and a more rocking sound. I’ve called Julia brassy, and even without a horn section, I still think that description holds. This show is being presented by The Miss-Fires, Julia’s motorcycle gang (that’s how she describes them).
Finally, what can you say about that New York City institution known as Willie Nile? Just that he rocks and has been doing so for a while now: his first record came out in 1980! Willie will bring his band to Williamsburg and raise the volume and energy at Rough Trade tonight with Willie’s brand of straight ahead rock.
Joe Whyte, The Rockwood Music Hall,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)
Julia Haltigan, 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), 9pm, $12
Some recently and just announced show in April and May. Some tickets may not yet be on sale.
Tonight, over at The Rockwood Music Hall,you’ll find two fun back to back shows to start the week. At 8pm, Julia Haltigan continues a series of duo shows with Emmet Haltigan. If you are a regular reader of Now I’ve Heard Everything, you are already familiar with the wide range of her her music: rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Emmet Haltigan plays mandolin and harmonica and happens to be Julia’s dad. Until recently, they played together in Julia’s band, which Julia has cut down and reconfigured recently. These shows bring these two wonderful musicians back together.
Then stay right where you are, because at 9pm David Luther and The Free Alternatives will take the stage. David’s main instrument is the saxophone (as you may note in the photo above), which he has called rock n roll’s original lead guitar. I would expect originals, old soul and funky stuff at tonight’s show. Joining David in the band tonight will be Al Street (guitar), Teddy Kumpel (guitar), Andy Hess (bass) and Rob Heath (drums).
Julia and Emmet Haltigan (8pm), David Luther and The Free Alternatives (9pm), The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street near Houston Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Here are a large number of updates from this week through mid-April.
Mar. 23 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10pm
Mar. 30 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
April and Beyond
Apr. 6 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Apr. 13 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm