The first August calendar update. There will be more.
The next Brooklyn Indie Fest, which was held last year over three days in September at Littlefield, has been postponed. Originally scheduled for this September, it has been pushed back to May, 2013, when the plans are for it to be held in an outdoor location. According to the organizers, the cause of the delay was getting all the permits necessary in place. In the meantime, Brooklyn Indie Fest will be hosting events over the next few months.
Recordings Coming Your Way: Julia Haltigan has an EP almost ready to go, perhaps in the next month or two. Her plan is to sell it at her shows. (is) boy, the newly renamed band which is led by Misty Boyce, will be issuing a single shortly. And Israel Nash Gripka, who left New York City not all that long ago, is gearing up to record the follow up to Barn Doors and Concrete Floors.
Spelling Matters: There are two different people with similar sounding names which are spelled differently playing The Rockwood Music Hall. Bryan Dunn has played The Rockwood for a while now and recently released the album Sweetheart of the Music Hall. Brian Dunne is a different person entirely, who played a couple of show there earlier this summer and who is new to me. Based on the music he’s posted on the web, Brian might be worth checking out, too.
It’s time once again for Now I’ve Heard Everything’s monthly music calendar. No show on the calendar costs more than $40 and most are either free or low cost. As always, the calendar is a work in progress and as new shows are announced during the month, I’ll add them here. If shows are canceled, I’ll note that too.
Aug. 8 – Old Soul Revival with Matthew Longo, Joe McGinty, Alex Levy, Scotty B (F-Units and Derailed), Mystie Chamberlain, Shira Goldberg, Nick Schupak, Paul Collins, Matt Keating, John Gallagher Jr. (Broadway’s Spring Awakening, HBO’s The Newsroom), Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Sukuki), Luke Rathborne, Ward White, Andrea Diaz, Neil Kumar (The Young Things), Joe Taylor and Diane Gentile – The Map Room at The Bowery Electric – 8pm
Aug. 9 – Chris Barron – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm
Aug. 10 – The 9 Songwriter Series with Justin Trawick, Jon Paul, Arlan Feiles, Margaret Glaspy, Carsie Blanton, Mike Errico, Ed Romanoff, Jennifer Logue and Milton – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm
Aug. 11 – The Triple Goddess Twilight Revue: Celebrating the Music Of Laura Nyro with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash; Desmond Child & Rouge; Melissa Manchester; and Kate Ferber – Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Park Bandshell – 6pm
Update: Aug. 27 – Courtney Lee Adams, Jr. – The Rock Shop – 8pm
Today: A Day-Night Doubleheader with Alejandro Escovedo in the Afternoon and The Loser’s Lounge and The Muppets at NightJuly 28, 2012
It’s an all outdoors doubleheader today. First up in the afternoon at Stuyvesant Town Oval is Alejandro Escovedo. Perhaps you’ve heard of Al, perhaps not, but his is a name that you should know. Over the years, Al has been involved in bands which run the gamut from punk through string quartets. But at base, Al is a rock n roller. He’s now touring behind his latest album Big Station. Al shines in live performance, and today you can get to see him in a very lovely setting in the middle of Stuy Town. Kat Edmonson opens the show at 3pm.
Moving from day to evening and from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn, the festival held each summer at the Prospect Park bandshell, is hosting The Muppet Movie Sing-A-Long. The show opens at 7:30pm with The Loser’s Lounge covering Muppet songs. The Loser’s Lounge is a long running affair lead by Joe McGinty during which any number of regulars and guests pay tribute to an artist, back by the house band, The Kustard Kings (you get extra NYC trivia points if you knew that the band takes its name from an early 1960s competitor of Mr. Softee). And after the Loser’s Lounge finishes, you’ll get to see the 1979 classic, The Muppets Movie.
Alejandro Escovedo (Kat Edmonson 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 transfer to the 14A or 14D bus), show 3pm, Free
The Muppet Movie Sing-A-Long with The Loser’s Lounge, Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell), entrances at 9th and 11th Streets and Prospect Park West (F or G Trains to 7th Avenue or 15th Street-Prospect Park), doors 6:30pm / show 7:30pm, Free (but a $3 contribution at the time of admission is highly recommended)
It’s another one of those night: a bunch of good shows opposite each other, and you get to choose just one. IF you decide to start off the night at 7:30 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, you’ll find Freedy Johnston playing songs from his upcoming album, Neon Repairman, lots of his other songs, plus some inspired covers.
At 8pm, two rivers away in Brooklyn, Park Slope to be exact, Union Hall will host a four band bill with Cobalt and The Hired Guns, a straight ahead rock band from Chicago, plus three other bands (Luff, Velah and Endless Wave).
Also in Brooklyn, but this time at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg at 9pm, Ursa Minor will take the stage to play their atmospheric indie rock.. You can expect to hear a mix of songs tonight including ones on their very good record released last year, Showface, plus some newer tunes that they have been working on lately.
Finally, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, also at 9pm, Julia Haltigan will lead her band through a show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. Julia’s material draws on rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian, except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.
Ursa Minor, The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn) between Havemeyer and N. 4th Streets (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), doors 6:30pm /show 7pm, Ursa Minor will appear at 9pm, $8-12
Julia Haltigan, The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2,196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)
Last week there was a show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 advertised as Chris Barron, Eric Schenkman, Mark White and Aaron Comess. Those four put together are the early 90s line up of The Spin Doctors. This video was shot in black and white (otherwise it would be red all over) by Val Barber at that show. The song is Jimmy Olsen’s Blues. Part of the lyrics of that song provides the name of the album it’s from, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.