Tonight: Willie Nile at Joe’s Pub, Jim Boggia at The Rockwood Music Hall or Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds at The Knitting Factory

July 6, 2012

Tonight is another night of choices, with three recommended shows timed so that you can only see one of them.  First up at 7pm at Joe’s Pub is the straight ahead, New York City centric rock of Willie Nile and his band.  At 8pm, you can check out Jim Boggia playing his songs (and possibly covering any song written since 1964) during his first Friday of the month slot at The Rockwood Music Hall.  But if you want to see a nine piece soul/rock/funk/reggae band, then The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn is where you want to be, so you can catch Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds at 9pm.

Willie NileCBGB Festival, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place, B, D, F or M Trains to Broadway-Lafayette), 7pm, $25

Jim Boggia, Rockwood Music Hall, 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 band is strongly encouraged)

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, CBGB FestivalKnitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue (Brooklyn) between Havemeyer and N. 4th Streets (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), doors 7pm /show 7:30pm, Sister Sparrow will appear at 9pm, $15

Tonight: The CBGB Festival Gets Started With an Amazing Number of Choices

July 5, 2012

The CBGB Festival gets started tonight and there are five shows I want to bring to your attention.  The first, at The Bowery Electric is mainly made up of bands who played at CBGB back in the day, that being the mid-1970s.  Over at Joe’s Pub, iconic NYC rocker Willie Nile will play the first of two shows there (the second one being tomorrow, also at Joe’s Pub).  Ursa Minor will be playing on a bill with several other bands at Le Poisson Rouge in The Village.  A bit further downtown, a bill contain a solo Craig Finn and The Baseball Project will set up shop at City Winery.  And finally, over in Brooklyn on the border between Gowanus and Park Slope, rockers My Pet Dragon will be playing at Littlefield.

Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), She Wolves (Psycle Sluts), The Waldos (Cheetah Chrome), The Bullys,  The Rattlers, Tuff Darts, Bear 54 (formerly Arthur’s Landing), The Miamis, Certain General, Walter Steding, The Indecent, Jean Caffeine, Eric Ambel, James Wynbrandt, Lauren Agnelli & Dave Rave, Deerfrance, Faith, Sic F*cks, Tommy Ramone, Jahn Xavier, Andy Shernoff, Tom Wynbrandt, Steve Almaas, Deborah Frost, Guest DJ’s La La Linda & Howie Pyro, MC – Russell Wolinsky & Friends,  The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), show 7pm, $15

Willie Nile, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place, B, D, F or M Trains to Broadway-Lafayette), 7pm, $25

Ursa Minor, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street between Thompson and Sullivan Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), 7pm $22

Craig Finn and The Baseball Project, 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 6pm / show 7:30pm, $25-35

My Pet DragonLittlefield, 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (R Train to Union Street or B, D, N, R, Q, 2,3 or 4 Trains to Atlantic Avenue), doors 7pm/ show 8pm, $10

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