Tonight is one of those nights where there are too many good choices. The way I figure it, you can see one or two of these shows. Here’s the rundown.
Willie Nile is playing a CD release show for his new album, American Ride. Special guests are promised and this will be another in a long line of high energy shows for Willie and his band. Doors open at 6pm and things get going at The Highline Ballroom in Chelsea at 8pm. At the same time, Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin will play a solo acoustic set of her country and Americana songs in Greenwich Village at The Path Cafe.
Over in Brooklyn, Kelli Scarr will play her atmospheric alt country tunes at the only bar in NYC with a Tardis, The Way Station at 9pm. After that set, Kelli will get herself to Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg, where she’ll sing lead vocal with North of Amarillo. That set is scheduled for 10, but I think it may start a bit later than that.
Back on the Lower East Side, Jeremiah Birnbaum continues his Wednesday night residency at The Living Room with a band and guests at 10pm. Finally, Nick Africano hits The Rockwood Music Hall stage at midnight. Nick has recently recorded a new album and is just back from London where he worked on a production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
Willie Nile, The Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street, between 9th and 10th Ave (A, C or E Trains to 14th Street), doors 6pm / show 8pm, $25
Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Path Cafe, 131 Christopher Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets (1 Train to Christopher Street – Sheridan Square or PATH to Christopher Street), 8pm
Kelli Scarr, The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)
North of Amarillo, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Jeremiah Birnbaum, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Nick Africano, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Midnight, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)