I’m recommending three shows tonight. They are arranged temporally and chronologically so that you can catch them all.
First up is an outdoor show at the 7th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, which is held in the parking lot behind City Winery. There, on the loading dock that doubles as a stage will be New York City institution Willie Nile. He rocks and has been doing so for a while now: his first record came out in 1980! Willie will bring his band with him and raise the volume and energy in Greenwich Village with their brand of straight ahead rock. Doors open at 5pm and The Hoochie Coochie Men will open at around 5:20 or so. Willie will most likely hit the stage around 6pm.
After Willie wraps up, head east and south to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. You’ll find Jeff Litman there at 8pm. Jeff’s stock in trade is melodic rock and power pop, and he’ll be joined tonight by his band, Matt Basile, Andrea Longato, Dave Burnett, and another Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, Andi Rae Healy on backing vocals. This is the release show for Jeff’s new EP, Primetime. I’ve had a chance to hear it, and it’s a good one. So this show is one to catch.
When Jeff is finished, you can make your way across the East River to Freddy’s Bar over on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Heights. There, at 10 pm, to cap off you evening, Bryan Dunn will play a show with his band The Humdrums. Bryan and The Humdrums play early rock and roll with wit and verve. You’ll hear songs from 1960 and before, some well known and some more obscure.
Willie Nile (The Hoochie Coochie Men open), 7th Annual Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival (in the parking lot behind City Winery), 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 5pm / show 5:20pm, Free
Jeff Litman, Rockwood Stage 2, 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)