Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene, and play a low key acoustic set. They call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn. An SBB show is not just any set of music, but a set of some of the saddest songs that Charlene and Mo know.
Not that long ago, under the watchful eye of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Charlene and Mo recorded 12 songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton. Don’t think that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One is a downer, because it definitely is not. What it is, in fact, is mesmerizing. Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.
Tonight The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn will play at at the cozy and inviting Treehouse at 2A in the East Village, one of my favorite places to see a band. Seats are limited so getting there early is a good idea.
Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)