Tonight is one of those nights where there are multiple good shows that don’t conflict. Things start early at 5:30pm, in the parking lot behind City Winery. It’s a CD release show byJohn Doe for John’s latest record, The Best of John Doe So Far, a career retrospective.
John came to prominence in the 80s LA-based band X, and has been an active musician for more than 30 years now. Both a gifted writer and singer, John recent work has been firmly in the Americana vein even though he started out in punk rock.
This is a free show, with beer wine and some food available. John doesn’t come to town much (although he will be here again in August), so take this opportunity to see him in this outdoor setting.
Once John finishes, around 7:30 or so, you’ll have about 90 minutes to go east over to The Parkside Lounge on Houston Street and the corner of Attorney Street. There, at 9pm, you’ll find Bucky Hayes. You name it, Bucky can do it, and if you name a local musician, it’s likely that Bucky has played with him or her. Bucky’s stock in trade is Americana and he’s a very good songwriter and an engaging performer.
When Bucky finishes his set, go west on Houston Street to Orchard Street turn left and make your way to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. There at 10pm, Elizabeth and The Catapult will play. You can expect keyboard based idiosyncratic classical tinged pop and songs from the this year’s Elizabeth and The Catapult album, Like It Never Happened. You may also hear a cover or two and whatever else Elizabeth has up her sleeve.
John Doe, 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), 5:30pm, Free