Tonight: Leslie Mendelson at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

August 31, 2015

Leslie Mendelson 2

Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Leslie Mendelson has been on the west coast recently and has not graced her long time home, The Rockwood Music Hall, for a while.  But Leslie will play Rockwood’s Stage 3 tonight.  Joining Leslie for this show will be ace guitarist Scott Metzger and a special guest or two.

If you haven’t heard or heard of Leslie, she plays piano, guitar, ukelele and sings, has a great pop sensibility, and as Vin Scelsa of WFUV once said, “nobody can write a sweet song like Leslie.”  Famed producer Jac Holzman has even compared Leslie to Carol King.  Leslie performed Elvis Costello‘s Everyday I Write the Book with Steve Nieve at City Winery, and has played with Bob Weir as well.

Leslie Mendelson, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum

Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews, used with permission of Leslie Mendelson

Tonight: Homeboy Steve, Drina Seay and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin at The Treehouse at 2A

August 30, 2015

Field of Stars Logo

On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs  The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).  It happens at at the comfortable, homey Treehouse (the upstairs at 2A).

Tonight’s show consists of  a set by Homeboy Steve, with Drina Seay singing harmonies, then a set by Drina Seay and her band with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin and Homeboy Steve, and finally, a set with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin on bass and lead vocals, with Eddie Kunze on guitar, with guest shots from Drina Seay and Homeboy Steve.

Homeboy Steve, Drina Seay and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (A, C or F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

News and Notes: New Records Still to Come in 2015; Kathleen Edwards’ Guitar Stolen

August 29, 2015

Secret Someones Album

Back in the old days, lots of albums were released in September and October.  The theory behind this was that those albums would end up as Christmas gifts.  Big releases during that time period seem to have gone by the boards in recent years.  Even so there are some records still to be released in early October which have some special promise.  These include South Broadway Athletic Club, the latest album from The Bottle Rockets, which was produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, and the self-titled premier release from Secret Someones.  Both of those records will be released on October 2nd.  The following week, on October 9th, Aaron Lee Tasjan will unveil his first full length album, In the Blazes.

Kathleen Edwards Guitar

Kathleen Edwards took to Facebook earlier this week to report the theft of her guitar.  She said:

This one hurts. Bad.
My 1957 Les Paul junior was stolen from my home in Stittsville, Ontario. I can only guess that someone came in through the back door when it was unlocked, picked it up, without a case, and walked out.

The picture of Kathleen above shows the guitar in question.  If you know anything about that stolen guitar, contact Kathleen on Facebook or Twitter.

Tonight: Mieka Pauley at The Rockwood Music Hall and Arum Rae at The Mercury Lounge

August 28, 2015

Mieka Pauley Rockwood 3-21-15

Tonight, there’s a late night Lower East Side doubleheader on tap.  It starts at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall tonight, at 9pm.  There you’ll find Mieka Pauley playing her monthly Rockwood show.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist.  Whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by Mieka’s performance.  So take this opportunity to see her.

Arum Rae

Once Mieka’s show has finished, walk three blocks east on Houston Street.  There, just a few feet from the corner of Essex Street is The Mercury Lounge, where Arum Rae will play a set at the stroke of midnight.  Arum is a singer and songwriter (she has cowritten material with The Civil WarsJohn Paul White and Steve McEwan of Melody Kills).  I’ve seen Arum play several shows over the years and in those shows her songs have run the gamut between indie rock and blues. In any event, Arum will grab your attention.

Mieka Pauley, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Arum Rae, 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), Midnight, $10

Advance Planning: August 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 8/27)

August 27, 2015

Mieka Pauley‘s show on Saturday was canceled, but she’ still playing on Friday and Sunday this week.
Canceled! Aug. 29 – Mieka PauleySidewalk Cafe – 8:30pm

Music Video: Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write the Book (Live)

August 27, 2015

Elvis Costello Ron Sexsmith Everyday

Here’s a wonderful clip of Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello playing and trading vocals on Elvis’s Everyday I Write the Book.  The clip starts with Elvis explaining how he “fell out of love ” with the song until Ron saved it for him.  The performance is from Elvis Costello’s Spectacle, a TV show from about six years ago.  Also on stage are Jesse Winchester, Neko Case and Sheryl Crow.

Tonight: Shadows and Light- Celebrating Joni Mitchell at C’mon Everybody

August 26, 2015

Shadows Joni Cmon Ebody

There’s a wonderful show over at Clinton Hill’s new venue, C’mon Everybody, tonight.  It’s a night full of songs from Joni Mitchell as performed by a small army of NYC musicians.  Host Maddy Wyatt explains:

As Joni Mitchell, the iconic songstress, poet, and painter, recovers from a recent brain aneurysm in her home in Canada, we are sending a musical get-well card her way from NYC. Artists who have been influenced by her work are coming together to celebrate our lady of the canyon, featuring the seminal album “Blue” in its entirety, and the best of the rest of her incredible canon.

Joining Maddy will be Scott Davis, the musical director for this enterprise, and these musicians: Shaleah Adkisson, Angelica Allen, Phil Pickens, Alfonso Velez, Halle Petro and The Jilt, Akie Bermiss, Starr Busby, Emily Kron, John Brodeur, Bryan Dunn, David Paarlberg, Abby Ahmad, Bridget Barkan, Amy Rivard, Sean Cronin, Molly Mastrangelo, Jeff Litman, Julian Fleischer, Dillon Kondor, and, of course, more.  Things get started at C’mon Everybody at 8pm.

Shadows and Light, Celebrating Joni Mitchell, C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue (G Train to Classon Avenue), 8pm, $12

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