Here are two worthwhile shows playing opposite each other four blocks apart. Both performances are centered around a duo.
George Usher may not be a household name. But he has been playing in bands, writing songs and producing other musicians since he hit the New York area more than 30 years ago. He’s worked with The Decoys, Beat Rodeo, Richard Barone, Kate Jacobs, The Schramms and Edward Rogers. Tonight, George is joined by Lisa Burns, and this is the CD release show for their new one, The Last Day of Winter. The new record is a about hope, friendship and defiance in the face of crippling illness and potentially, the loss of a life. This will be a full band show.
Over at The Rockwood Music Hall, Julia Haltigan opens a series of duo shows with Emmet Haltigan. If you are a regular reader of Now I’ve Heard Everything, you are already familiar with the wide range of her her music: rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Emmet Haltigan plays mandolin and harmonica and happens to be Julia’s dad. Until recently, they played together in Julia’s band, which Julia has cut down and reconfigured recently. These shows bring these two wonderful musicians back together.
George Usher and Lisa Burns, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J Train to Essex Street), 8pm, $12
Julia and Emmet Haltigan, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street near Houston Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)