Sometimes the universe conspires to place an astonishing number of top notch musicians playing on or close to the same time on a single night. Tonight is one of those nights. Here are six wonderful choices for you to mix and match.
Over at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall you can go early and stay late. The Lascivious Biddies, take the stage there at 7pm. Time Out New York describes them as having “angelic vocal harmonies, wordy humor, jazz chops & pop moxie.” That sounds as good a description as you can find of them. Next, long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan will play a duo show with mandolin and harmonica player Emmet Haltigan, her dad. Julia is a wonderfully eclectic songwriter with a powerful voice. The duo will get going at 8pm. Then, at 9pm, the Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost will play another show in their long-running Monday night residence. You can expect to hear crunchy guitar parts, slide work and extended jams. But there can be more introspective numbers too: I’ve even seen Tony unplugged his electric guitar for a quiet song.
Now let’s turn to the cozy and subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, whose entrance is on Orchard Street. At 7pm you find enough songwriters there to field a baseball team. That’s when the latest installment of The 9 Songwriter Series will start. Tonight’s participants are Jes Hudak, Abby Ahmad, Joel Streeter, Bryan Dunn, Justin Trawick, Ina May Wool, Andy Mac, Markeisha Ensley, and Jacqueline Pie Francis.
Back on Allen Street, at Rockwood Stage 2, Jim Keller will bring his band and the accumulation of additional musicians that are now know as Jim Keller’s Revolving Door at 8pm. Jim plays soul-tinged rock. This year he released a fine new album, Heaven Can Wait. He was also in the band Tommy Tutone back in the 80s, and yes, you’ll likely hear 867-5309/Jenny tonight.
The Lascivious Biddies (7pm), Julia Haltigan and Emmet Haltigan (8pm), Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)
The 9 Songwriter Series featuring Jes Hudak, Abby Ahmad, Joel Streeter, Bryan Dunn, Justin Trawick, Ina May Wool, Andy Mac, Markeisha Ensley, Jacqueline Pie Francis, Rockwood Stage 3 , 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
Jim Keller’s Revolving Door, Rockwood Stage 2, 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)
Milton and friends play a tribute to George Harrison, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)