Every so often there is a day when it seems that everyone is in town and playing at exactly at the same time. Today is one of those days.
Over in the East Village, Amy Rigby will not be playing music. But she will be participating in the program Prose Pro Reading at The Sidewalk Cafe starting at 6:30pm. Amy’s songs can be insightful, laugh out loud funny or poignant. She’s has been using those same skills in writing the long running Diary of Amy Rigby and, I am sure, her forthcoming book as well. Also taking part in this is Mike DeCapite, who is new to me.
Now for the music portion of the evening. Joe Whyte plays wonderfully vibrant Americana music. He’ll be playing a solo show at – The Bowery Electric in the Map Room at 7:30pm.
At 8pm, also in The East Village, at The Hi-Fi Bar, you’ll find Courtney Lee Adams Jr. 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.
Over in Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, at the cozy Bar LunAtico, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Julia Haltigan and Leslie Mendelson will be playing solo sets. The fun gets going at 8:30pm.
Back in Manhattan, two wonderful shows shows will happen opposite each other at 9:30. At The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, Secret Someones will play the CD Release Show for their brand new record, smartly titled Secret Someones. And everyone who buys a ticket gets a copy of the CD, a couple of hours before it is officially released tomorrow.
At exactly the same time over on the Bowery, Steve Wynn will play a duo show with long time accompanist Jason Victor downstairs at The Bowery Electric. This show is the warm up for Steve’s solo electric tour of Europe. He’ll most likely have copies of his recent solo electric album for sale as well, and this album has only been available at Steve’s shows.
Reading by Amy Rigby and Mike DeCapite, 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) 6:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the authors is highly recommended)
Joe Whyte – Bowery Electric (Map Room), 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), 7:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Hi-Fi Bar, 169 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Julia Haltigan, Leslie Mendelson, Bar LunAtico, 486 Halsey Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues (B26 Bus to Lewis Avenue; by subway, A or C Trains to Utica Avenue and walk to Lewis Avenue and Halsey Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Secret Someones, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $10
Steve Wynn (duo with Jason Victor), Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), 9:30pm, $12