The choice sign is up for tonight. The two shows I’m recommending are in different parts of the city, but both are being held in small, intimate, sit down venues.
Over on the Lower East Side, in the subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, you find The Kennedys. Pete and Maura Kennedy have been playing together since 1994. Usually, when they play live it’s just the two of them. Even so, with their two guitars, they still get a rather full sound. Having just passed their 20th anniversary as a band, Pete and Maura have not lifted their feet off the pedal. Separately and together, Pete and Maura released three new records this year. These include West, the latest Kennedys album, and Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D. Love, and Pete Kennedy’s Heart Of Gotham, a song cycle set in New York City. Tonight’s show is an all request show, so get ready to ask for your favorite Kennedys songs to be played.
Vicki Kristina Barcelona is a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits. And that’s what they are still doing. You’ll find VKB over in Bed-Stuy. They are playing Bar LunAtico, which is a cozy room which offers some imaginative small plates food wise and, of course, your favorite alcoholic beverages as well. The music starts here at 8:30pm.
Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Bar LunAtico, 486 Halsey Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues (B26 Bus to Lewis Avenue; by subway, A or C Trains to Utica Avenue and walk to Lewis Avenue and Halsey Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)