Tonight is the night to get yourself to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 early and stay there late. Julia Haltigan starts the evening off. If you don’t know Julia or her music, all you need to know is that she sings, plays guitar and her material draws on rock, r&b, Latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom. This will be a full band show,
There’s an hour between Julia’s finish and the time, 9pm, that Jim Keller hits the stage. Back in the early 80s, Jim wrote the still ubiquitous 867-5309/Jenny and was part of the band that recorded it, Tommy Tutone. That band broke up shortly after that and Jim kept working as musician. After a few years, he put his guitar away and ended up working for the music company of composer Philip Glass, licensing Glass’s music. Some years ago, Jim dug his guitar out of the back of the closet and started writing and performing again. Jim has released three albums over the past five years including Heaven Can Wait, which was issued in 2014. Tonight Jim will play with his full band and additional musicians will sit in for a couple of songs as well. This entire amalgam is Jim Keller’s Revolving Door.
Then stick around until 11:30pm for the latest installment of The After Party. The After Party is the latest in a line of shows at The Rockwood in which a large number of musicians get together and cover songs belonging to a given topic. As usual, Akie Bermiss will be the host for the evening, which is scheduled to go until 2am.
Julia Haltigan (7pm), Jim Keller (9pm), The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss (11:30pm), Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians at each show is highly recommended)