If you weren’t a winner of one of the big prizes in last night’s Power Ball drawing, you can still hit the musical jackpot with one of these four shows tonight.
Singer-songwriter Freddie Stevenson will bring his original music to the stage of The Rock Shop. Freddie’s songs have a little bit of everything in them including folk and English music hall. Freddie is an engaging performer, and at this show, Freddie will be joined by Jessie Kilguss on harmonium and backing vocals. Jessie will also play a set with her full band. Jessie’s recent album, Devastate Me, contained rock with strong vocals and intelligent lyrics. Also on the bill at The Rock Shop tonight are Sweet Soubrette and Casey Holford. Showtime is at 7pm.
First up is Kendra Morris. Kendra plays 21st century pop. She released an album of original songs, Banshee, a few years back and has a new album coming out this year Kendra is also a visual artist.
Then at 8pm, Julia Haltigan will take the stage. 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.
At 8pm in Greenwich Village, Chicago based musician Jared Rabin will play a set at The Bitter End. Jared is new to me, but I recently had a chance to listen to his new album, Something Left To Say, and was impressed. That record hearkens back to the two Dan Fogelberg albums produced by Joe Walsh back in the 70s.
Finally, Bar LunAtico in Bed-Stuy is presenting a tribute to Allen Toussaint. Joining in this musical salute will be Brian Mitchell, Rosita Kèss, Fatboy Kanootch, Jared Samuel, Richard Julian, Jon Cowherd, Danny Fox, Gabe Gordon, Tony Scherr and more. This all gets going around 8:30pm.
Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris, 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 J or M Trains to Essex Street), 7pm, $10
A Tribute to Allen Toussaint with Brian Mitchell, Rosita Kèss, Fatboy Kanootch, Jared Samuel, Richard Julian, Jon Cowherd, Danny Fox, Gabe Gordon, Tony Scherr and more, 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)