It’s one of those nights when there are multiple good shows which are timed so that you can only see one of them. But remember that when confronted with multiple good choices, whatever you pick will be a good choice.
Joe Whyte starts the evening off at 8pm at The Rockwood Music Hall. 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.
Robbie Fulks has made his way from Chicago to Park Slope, where he will set up shop tonight at Union Hall. Call Robbie country, alt country or whatever. He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs. He’s playing tonight with Redd Volkaert. Redd has played in Merle Haggard‘s band and is known as a guitar slinger’s guitar slinger. Robbie and Redd will be playing two sets a duo. This all gets started at 8:30pm.
If you go further west, into downtown Brooklyn, you’ll find Hank’s Saloon, the only bar I know with flames painted on its side. Hank’s will be hosting two Brooklyn based musicians this evening. Up at 9pm will be Karla Moheno. Karla plays rock, blues and ballads. Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music. This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways. Then, at 10pm, Jessie Kilguss will follow. Jessie plays rock with strong vocals and intelligent lyrics. Although she was an actor, Jessie decided that music was more to her liking.
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)
Karla Moheno (9pm), Jessie Kilguss (10pm), Hank’s Saloon, 46 Third Avenue (enter on Atlantic Avenue) Brooklyn (2, 3, 4, B, D, N, Q or R Trains to Atlantic Avenue), No Cover (but contributions for the musicians is highly recommended)