Tonight: Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at Hi-Fi and The After Party at Rockwood Stage 2

January 18, 2016

Choices Large

Here’s an early-late combination of shows.  At 8pm at Hi-Fi Bar, in the East Village on Avenue and 11th Street, 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.

Later, on the Lower East Side, the latest installment of The After Party will commence at 11pm on Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2The 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 year.  Rumor has it that tonight’s year is 1996.  The After Party is scheduled to go late.  Yes, I know that even though today is a holiday, it’s a school night.  But if you are lucky enough to be able to stay out late, The After Party is always fun and surprising.

Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Hi-Fi Bar, 69 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 musician is highly recommended)

The After Party, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Vicki Christina Barcelona at Barbes

December 1, 2015

Vicki Christina Barcelona Band

Vicki Kristina Barcelona  is a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. They are all have their own careers as musicians and songwriters, and over the years they have worked with Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Sufjan Stevens, Jackson Brown, Jack Bruce, Jane Siberry, Laurie Anderson, Dan Penn, Quincy Jones and Trisha Yearwood.  When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  Lately, they’ve also added a few of their own songs as well to the mix.  VCB play guitar and some surprising musical instruments as well.  Tonight, you’ll find Vicki Kristina Barcelona in Park Slope, playing the 7pm show at Barbes.  The music room at Barbes is small, so it will be like seeing the band in your living room.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: A Full Night on The Lower East Side

October 26, 2015

Karla Rose 2015

There’s a whole night of music in store for your tonight a block or two off Houston Street in either direction.  If you’re up for it, you can start early and stay late.

At 8pm at the new club Berlin, which is in the basement of 2A, you’ll find Karla Rose and The Thorns.  That’s the new name for Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Karla Moheno.  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.  If you have yet to hear Karla’s music, today’s show should be the perfect introduction to it and her.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona Band

Move a few blocks south and east at 9pm.  That puts you in The Rockwood Music Hall just in time to see Vicki Kristina Barcelona, a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  And that’s what they are still doing.

The After Party 9-14-15 1

Then stick around until 11pm for The After Party, a new, monthly, late night show at The Rockwood Stage 2.  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.  The musicians this time around are scheduled to include Akie Bermiss, who will also act as MC, Rebecca Haviland, Paul Maddison, Oscar BautistaBryan DunnJosh Dion, Wes Hutchinson, Caleb Hawley, Kevin Johnston and more.

Karla Rose and The Thorns, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 8pm, $5

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Rockwood Music Hall, 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)

The After Party, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Xavier Cardriche at The Rockwood Music Hall, So Are We and Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at Hi-Fi and Bucky Hayes at Rockwood Stage 2

October 21, 2015

Choices Large

Here are three shows for you to choose from tonight.  First up, at 6pm at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall, is Xavier Cardriche.  Xavier’s music is Americana and alt country.  This very early show is great for those of you who would like to see some music but still be home in time to see the Mets take on the Cubs.

There is also a fine double bill starting at 8pm at Hi-Fi Bar, up on Avenue and 11th Street.  Opening will be 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.  Later, So Are We, a duo version of the science of the brain based band The Amygdaloids will play as well.

Finally, Bucky Hayes and The Commonwealth  will play at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 starting at 9:30pm.  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.

Xavier Cardriche, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 6pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

So Are We, Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Hi-Fi Bar, 69 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 musician is highly recommended)

Bucky Hayes and The CommonwealthRockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Great Shows, But You Have to Pick and Choose

October 1, 2015

Choices Large

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.

The recap:

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 WhyteBowery 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

 


Tonight: Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at The Rock Shop

September 3, 2015

Courtney Lee Adams Jr Treehouse 3-22-15

It’s almost the Labor Day weekend, which means it’s almost the end of the summer.  So why not celebrate that at The Rock Shop in Park Slope tonight. Courtney Lee Adams Jr. will play there at 9pm.  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.The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) between Carroll and President Streets (R Train to Union Street), 9pm, $10


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

July 19, 2015

Courtney Lee Adams Jr Treehouse 3-22-15

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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