It’s going to be extremely hot out today, but if you can get over to the Oval at Stuyvesant Town and stand to be outside in the heat in the middle of this afternoon, there’s a wonderful show in store for you with Garland Jeffreys and his band. Garland is a musician whose work crosses the lines. You’ll find rock, folk, folk-rock, blues, reggae, disco, soul and a number of other musical genres in his more than three decade long catalog of songs. He’s also quite kinetic on stage. Garland’s latest album is titled The King of In Between. It was Now I’ve Heard Everything’s top album of 2011 and you’ll find the full review of it here. The show starts at 3pm with Shemika Copeland opening.
Then rest up for the first New York City appearance of Spanking Charlene since they played their April show at the now departed Lakeside Lounge tonight. Tonight, instead of the East Village, you’ll find Charlene, Mo, Eric and new bassist David along with Eric Ambel on power assist on the Upper West Side at The Ding Dong Lounge as part of the event Beach Blanket Blitz. The admission is just $5 and includes two more bands, Stupidity and The Electric Mess, and DJ La La Linda spinning between and after the sets. The party starts at 9pm with Spanking Charlene playing at 10pm.
Garland Jeffreys (Shemika Copeland opens), Stuyvesant Town Oval, enter at 16th Street and 1st Avenue or 14th Street and Avenue A (L Train to 1st Avenue, or any train to 14th Street and trnasfer to the 14A or 14D bus), show 3pm, Free
Spanking Charlene, Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets (B, C, or 1 Trains to 103rd Street), 10pm, $5