Streaming: The Basement Band – July

July 26, 2013

Basement Band Living Room July 2013

Last night, after not playing together for about 18 months, The Basement Band took the stage of The Living Room, with eight of the nine people who had played in the band at one time or another all on stage.  It was a wonderful show, with the band going through songs from its two albums.  The Living Room staff even let the band play a bit past its allotted time and close with a spirited cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s The Chain.

Last night’s players included  Jeff Malinowski (rhythm guitar and vocals), Amal Bouhabib (vocals and tambourine), John Durgee  (drums and vocals), James Preston (bass and vocals), Patrick Hay (guitar) and Phil Sterk (pedal steel guitar); unfortunately, I’ve left out the folks on piano and on the B3 organ. That’s Patrick, James Jaff and Amal in the photo above.

So here’s July, the band’s last EP, released two years ago, for you to stream today.  Just click the player below.


News and Notes

July 25, 2013

Bar 4

Venue News:

  • The small venue in the basement of The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (on Orchard Street directly behind Rockwood Stage 2) is just about ready to open.  The new stage was tested recently by James MaddockMy original report had it opening by the middle of next week; we’ll have to wait to see if that projected date still holds.  The new venue will be known simply as Rockwood Stage 3.

The neighborhood has changed, and so have we. But as one era gives way to another we must face the financial realities that have confronted so many other good, hardworking Brooklynites.


Advance Planning: July 2013 Music Calendar Update (Added 7/24)

July 24, 2013

My face is red.  I had the wrong date for the Radio Free Song.  That show is tonight!

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


Tonight: Freddie Stevenson at The Rockwood Music Hall

July 24, 2013

Originally from Edinborough, Freddie Stevenson has been playing regularly at The Rockwood Music Hall for quite some time. That is about to change as Freddie gets ready to hit the road with The Waterboys shortly, and after that tour is over, will travel the country, perhaps the world, spreading his music beyond the Lower East Side of New York City.  In other words, this show may be your last chance to see Freddie for a while.

Freddie’s original music has a little bit of everything in it including folk and English music hall, and he’s an engaging performer. The picture above shows Freddie with his band. I’m not sure what format tonight’s show is, but Freddie has played solo, with a band, with James Maddock, and with Teddy Kumpel during his tenure at The Rockwood Music Hall.  If you’d like a taste of what’s in store for you just check out this video of Baby I Own This Town from a Rockwood show.

Freddie Stevenson, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Music Video: Health and Happiness Show – Drunk Eyed Waltz

July 23, 2013

Health and Happiness Maxwells

Maxwell’s in Hoboken is closing next week.  Most of the final shows there are already sold out, as is tomorrow’s.  That show will include The Health and Happiness Show, the band formed by James Mastro and Vincent DeNunzio in the early 90s.  Although that band broke up about a dozen years ago, it came back together two years ago for a show at Maxwell’s.  From that 2011 reunion show, here’s a video of a  great song, Drunk Eyed Waltz.  The line up for this performance was James Mastro, Tony Shanahan, Vincent DeNunzio, Dave DeCastro, Claudia Chopek and Boo Reiners.


Advance Planning: July 2013 Music Calendar Update (Added 7/22)

July 22, 2013

Here’s a late addition and subtraction to this week’s shows.

July 25 – 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

Canceled! July 28 – Aly TadrosThe Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm


Tonight: Richard Julian at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

July 22, 2013

Richard Julian brings his blend of folk and jazz to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 tonight.  Richard’s songs observe the world around him and range from brand globalization to construction in Brooklyn and beyond.  Joining Richard tonight will be Tim Luntzel on bass, Dan Rieser on drums and Dred Scott on keys.

Richard Julian, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street near Houston Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover  (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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