Tonight: Laura Cantrell at Union Hall and Ulysses S. Grant at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

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Tonight there are two shows worth your while. I’m not sure whether or not you can get from the first to the second in time, but depending on when the first gets out and on the traffic and subway deities, it is at least theoretically possible to do so.

Laura Cantrell was born and raised in Nashville, but came to New York City for college and never left.  She’s not only a singer and songwriter but a musicologist as well, having served as the proprietress as The Radio Thrift Shop on WFMU.  Laura plays traditional country, alt-country and folk-rock as well.  The title song from her debut album, Not The Trembling Kind, was written by Jersey rocker George Usher.  She’s also covered Gordon Lightfoot‘s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Tonight is the third show of Laura’s four week Tuesday night residency at Union Hall.  Opening the show will be The Human Hearts featuring Franklin Bruno.

Ulysses S. Grant is the name of a traditional country covers band with an all star cast: Pete Harper and J Blynn of Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn), Jim Campilongo, Chris Morrissey and Dan Reiser. Why the name Ulysses S. Grant? According to the band, it’s because USG was a great general and they are generally great.  The set get going at  The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 10:30pm.

Laura CantrellUnion Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 7:30pm /show 8pm, $10

Ulysses S. Grant, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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