Here we are at the final February Residency Wednesday. Two are on the Lower East Side, one at 8pm and one at 9pm, and one is in Williamsburg at 10pm. And tonight will be the night I will test whether you can get from the Lower East Side to Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg by cab in 10 minutes. Tonight’s selections:
Milton is both the name of this band and its leader (he’s sitting at the right of the picture to the left). You’ll find that Milton’s songs are well-crafted and lyrically strong. Milton hasn’t played New York City all that much in the past few months, and has been working on a new record. Unlike the previous shows, tonight’s show starts at 8pm and will be an extra length show. As usually, the venue is the The Living Room, the band’s NYC home. Also appearing with Milton and the band tonight will be fiddler Kari Denis. There’s also the possibility of an appearance by Frank Campbell, who previously played piano with the band.
Aaron Lee Tasjan plays in four bands that I can think of right now, and he will appear as a sideman for a plethora of disparate New York-based musicians. Tonight Aaron gets a show billed in just his name. He’s a great songwriter and guitar player, and seems to know and to play with nearly every musician in New York City, so the “and friends” part of Aaron’s show can be practically anyone. No matter what Aaron has up his sleeve, this 9pm show at The Rockwood Music Hall should be well worth your while.
Serena Jean plays a blend of music which is mostly rock with a bit of alt country thrown into the mix. Originally from Canada, she certainly shows that the saying that no one plays American music better than Canadians is correct in her case. And guitarist Thomas Bryan Eaton not only rocks, he knows how to shred when the situation calls for it. Tonight’s show at Pete’s Candy Store will feature a full band and starts at 10pm.
Milton, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets, (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Aaron Lee Tasjan and Friends, The 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 band is highly recommended)
Serena Jean, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St Williamsburg (L Train to Lorimer Street or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)