Tonight: Alana Amram, Karen Collins, Kelli Scarr and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin at The Treehouse at 2A

June 30, 2013

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The last Sunday of the month at The Treehouse at 2A is programmed by Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The series is called the Field of Stars.  It was originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s.  Tonight’s show consists of four singer-songwriters, Karen Collins (who is new to me) and Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Alana Amram, Kelli Scarr and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin (of course) sitting around singing at the comfortable, homey Treehouse (the upstairs at 2A).  This may be the last appearance of Alana for a while, as her move to the West Coast is imminent.

Alana Amram, Karen Collins, Kelli Scarr and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Advance Planning: July 2013 Music Calendar

June 29, 2013

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Here’s the July 2013 Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar, perhaps a little later in the month than usual.  Most events on the calendar are free or low cost and no shows which have tickets which start at more than $40 are listed.  The calendar is always a work in progress and as additional shows are announced during the month they will be noted in a separate post and also added here.

Latest Update: July 29

July 1 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

July 1 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

July 2 – The Pietasters – 5th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery) – 5 -7:30pm

July 2 – Kelli ScarrMercury Lounge – 6:30pm

July 2 – Aaron Lee Tasjan  w/ Anton Fier and Chris MorrisseyRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

July 3 – Old Soul Revival “American Graffiti” – with over 20 performers and open bar from 9-10pm – Bowery Electric Map Room – 7pm

July 6 – Bryan Dunn – The Living Room – 9pm

July 6 – Benjamin CartelRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

July 6 – David LutherThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

July 8 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

July 9 – Eilen Jewell w/ The End of America – 5th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery) – 5 -7:30pm

July 9 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 9pm

July 10 – B.B. King, James Hunter Six Brookfield Place Plaza (formerly World Financial Center Plaza) – 6pm

July 10 – Matt KeatingThe Living Room – 8pm

July 10 – Freddie Stevenson –  The Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Sold Out! July 10 – Heartless BastardsMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

July 10 – Jeremiah BirnbaumLiving Room – 10pm

July 11 – Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lonely Boys, Los LobosBrookfield Place Plaza (formerly World Financial Center Plaza) – 6pm

July 11 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club, The Glorious Veins, Dead Stars, Taurus and Luke Wesely – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 6pm / show 7pm

July 11 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

July 12 – My Pet DragonThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Sold Out! July 12 – Steve Forbert (full band show) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

July 12 – Mike ViolaJoe’s Pub – 9pm

July 12 – Sasha DobsonBrooklyn Rod and Gun – 9pm

July 12 – Jim GreeneThe Way Station – 9pm

July 12 – Lydia LovelessHill Country – 10:30pm

July 12 – Jeremiah Birnbaum  and The Chris Kelly Band  play the songs of 1965 with Bryan Dunn, Jeff Litman, Jerry Cherry, Craig Greenberg, Andy Mac, Rob Ward, Seth Ondracek  – The Rockwood Music Hall – 1am

July 13 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 2 (Jason Victor and Dave DeCastro) – Maxwell’s – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

July 13 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsTwo Boots Brooklyn – 10pm

July 14 – David O’Neal (record release show) – The Rockwood Music Hall – 6pm

July 14 – Ursa Minor –  The Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

July 15 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

July 16 – Charlene Kaye (solo) –  The Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

July 16 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 9pm

July 17 – Kelly Jones –  The Rockwood Music Hall – 6pm

July 17 – Deni BonetThe Living Room – 8pm

July 17- Guy ForsythHill Country – 10pm

July 17 – Jeremiah BirnbaumLiving Room – 10pm

July 18 – Megan ReillyUnion Hall – 8pm

July 18 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

July 19 – The WaterboysCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – gates 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

July 19 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Two Boots Brooklyn – 10pm

July 19 – Sasha DobsonPete’s Candy Store – 10pm

July 19 – David LutherThe Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

July 22 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

July 22 – Richard JulianRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

July 22 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Alan Hampton and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

July 23 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 9pm

July 23 – Rich Hinman  –  The Rockwood Music Hall – midnight

Corrected Date! July 24 – Radio Free Song Club with special guests Chris Stamey and Lydia Kavanagh and new songs performed live by Freedy Johnston, Laura Cantrell, Don Piper, Jody Harris, Kate Jacobs, Amy Allison and Dave Schramm – The Living Room – 6-8pm

Sold Out! July 24 – Freedy Johnston, Chris Stamey, & The Health and Happiness Show – Maxwell’s – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm

July 24 – Freddie Stevenson –  The Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

July 24 – The LemonheadsKnitting Factory – doors 7:30 / show8:30

July 24 – Jeremiah BirnbaumLiving Room – 10pm

July 25 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

July 25 – The Basement BandLiving Room – 10pm

July 27 – Benjamin CartelLiving Room – 8pm

July 27 – Jay StolarMercury Lounge – 8:30pm

July 27 – David LutherThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

July 29 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

July 29 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

Corrected Date: July 30 – Mancie (Video release show) – The Delancey – show 8pm

July 30 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 9pm

July 31 – Erin McKeown and Lake Street DiveMadison Square Park – 7pm

July 31 – Secret Someones (Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, Hannah Winkler and Zach Jones) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

July 31 – Thomas Bryan Eaton with Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 10pm

August and Beyond

Aug. 1 – Jeff Litman, Paul Maddison, Bryan DunnThe Rock Shop – 7:30pm

Aug. 1 – Spanking CharleneFontana’s – 8pm

Aug. 1 – James MaddockThe Cutting Room – doors 6:30pm / show 8pm

Aug. 1 – The New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 1 – Chip TaylorHill Country – doors 9:30pm / show 10pm

Aug. 1 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

Aug. 3 – Li’l Mo and The Monicats (brunch set before Coal Miner’s Daughter) – Nitehawk Cinema – 11:30am

Aug. 4 – Li’l Mo and The Monicats (brunch set before Coal Miner’s Daughter) – Nitehawk Cinema – 11:30am

Aug. 5 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

Aug. 6 – Kelly JonesLiving Room – 9pm

Aug. 8 – Aaron Lee TasjanThe Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Aug. 9 – Aaron Lee TasjanThe Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Aug. 9 – Chuck Prophet and MiltonThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Aug. 10 –  They Might Be GiantsCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – gates 6:30pm / show 7:30pm

Aug. 11 – Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin’Mercury Lounge – 8pm

Aug. 14 – Freedy JohnstonJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Aug. 15 – Bucky HayesThe Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Aug. 16 – Mike FarrisMercury Lounge – 8:30pm

Aug. 19 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

Aug. 21 – Charlie Faye (Record Release Show) – The Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Aug. 21 – PoundcakeSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Aug. 22 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Aug. 22 – Bonnie WhitmoreThe Rock Shop – show 7:30pm

Aug. 23 – Black KidsMercury Lounge – 8:30pm

Aug. 24 – Black KidsGlasslands – 8:30pm

Aug. 25 – Dan BernCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Aug. 26 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionThe Living Room – 10pm

August 27 – Carolyn Wonderland and Sasha Dobson – 5th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery) – 5 -7:30pm

Sept. 5 – World PartyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 6 – World PartyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 7 – Glen TilbrookCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 8 – Glen TilbrookCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 12 – Keren AnnLittlefield – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 17 – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny IrionMercury Lounge – 10:30pm

Sept. 23 – Garland JeffreysRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Oct. 2 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm /show 9pm

Oct. 2 – Mary  GauthierHill Country – 9:30pm

Oct. 4 – Harper BlynnKnitting Factory – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 11 – Misty Boyce (opening for Morgan Karr) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Oct. 25 – The Waterboys and Freddie StevensonBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm /show 9pm


Advance Planning: June 2013 Music Calendar Update (Added 6/28)

June 28, 2013

The last update of the June calendar? Maybe…

June 30 – Aly TadrosRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

June 30 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm


Freebie: Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club – None of This Makes Any Sense

June 28, 2013

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This track from Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club rocks.  You may not have heard that name before, but lots of New York City musicians have.  Chris is a go-to producer as well as the guy who runs Galuminum Foil Studios in Greenpoint.  Every so often, Chris sneaks away from producing and hits the stage with The Liars Club.  Rock like this results.  If you like this track, Chris Cubeta and The Liars Club have a show coming up at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 11th.

To listen to this song, just click the red button on the player below to hear it.  Then click download to get your own copy of it.


Tonight: The Del-Lords and Spanking Charlene at The Bowery Electric

June 27, 2013

Del-Lords Rock Shop 12-11-12I’ve rarely seen a night so crammed full of excellent shows as tonight.  Normally, I’d just list them all and not play favorites.  Not tonight.  Take The Del-Lords, playing their first official NYC show in 23 years, add Spanking Charlene, favorites at the closed and lamented Lakeside Lounge, and you have a one two combo punch of pure unadulterated New York City rock n roll that will be in the running for the best show of 2013.

Let me flesh that out just a drop.  The Del-Lords were formed in New York City back in 1982.  They were a rock n roll guitar band starting out during a time when synthesizers briefly held the pop public’s attention.  The Del-Lords put out four records.  But at the beginning of the 90s, the band broke up. A few years ago three of the four members of the band (Scott Kempner, Eric Ambel and Frank Funaro) got back together.  In fits and starts they recorded Elvis Club, the Del-Lords’ newly issued album.  Joining the band tonight on bass will be Steve Almaas.

Spanking Charlene consists of lead singer Charlene McPherson, guitarist Mo Goldner, bassist David Leatherwood and drummer Eric Seftel.  Spanking Charlene combines power chords and intelligent lyrics into a loud and powerful sound.  Their last record, Where Are the Freaks, was the Now I’ve Heard Everything 2012 Album of the Year.

Sure there are other good choices for music tonight.  But you won’t find me anywhere else other than here.

The Del-Lords and Spanking Charlene, The 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), $20 doors 7:30pm / show 8pm


Tonight: Six Shows; Choose One or Two

June 26, 2013

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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 ScarrThe 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 AfricanoRockwood 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)


Photo Recap: Dawes and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

June 25, 2013

Last night, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho hosted an acoustic evening with Dawes.  Perhaps  three quarters of Dawes is more accurate as Taylor Goldsmith, Griffin Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn showed up and Wylie Gelber did not.  Taylor explained that Wylie did not sing, and when some people in the audience said that they had seen him sing on stage during a Dawes show, Taylor joked that “we turn off his microphone; don’t tell him.”  So Taylor played guitar and sang with Griffin and Tay adding harmonies for about 70 minutes.

Opening the show were Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.  Sarah Lee and Johnny fronted a new band and songs from a new record, Wassaic Way, which was produced by Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone.

Here are some photos from the show.

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More photos after the jump.

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