Tonight there are three shows well worth your attention. First up is Joe Whyte at The Rockwood Music Hall at 8pm. Joe plays alt country and Americana and his last record, When the Day Breaks, sounds good to me. Tonight, as has been the case lately, Joe will playing with a full band which includes Rob Heath on drums, John Kengla on guitar and Catherine Popper on bass. Since it’s been a few months since Joe last played in NYC, I would not be surprised if he has a few new songs up his sleeve too.
Then over at The Mercury Lounge at 9pm, Julia Haltigan and her band will play a set. Long a favorite here at Now I’ve Heard Everything, Julia recently moved to a classic four piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) and a more rocking sound. I’ve called Julia brassy, and even without a horn section, I still think that description holds. This show is being presented by The Miss-Fires, Julia’s motorcycle gang (that’s how she describes them).
Finally, what can you say about that New York City institution known as Willie Nile? Just that he rocks and has been doing so for a while now: his first record came out in 1980! Willie will bring his band to Williamsburg and raise the volume and energy at Rough Trade tonight with Willie’s brand of straight ahead rock.
Joe Whyte, The 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)
Julia Haltigan, 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 M or J Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, $12