For today at CMJ, I have three shows plus an event going on throughout the evening event with a cast of dozens to recommend. First up, in mid afternoon, is long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan, just back from a road trip. It’s hard to describe Julia’s music in just a few words, but bluesy, retro, Latin and Waitsian should be among the words in that description. She’ll be playing at The Rockwood Music Hall at 2:30pm.
Later, next door at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 7:15pm, Jonatha Brooke will be playing her first show in a while. This one will be a full band show and Jonatha promises to “rock it up a little, break your heart a little, and have some fun. I Might even try my new favorite song out.” Later, at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Eytan & The Embassy will be playing their keyboard-based pop and rock at Spike Hill at 9:15pm.
Finally, The Bowery Electric holds its CMJ edition of its weekly Old Soul Revival. Tonight’s OSR gets going in The Map Room on the first floor at 8pm, and will have a one hour open bar from 9 to 10pm. As always, there will be a large number of musicians playing fairly short sets. Special guests tonight include rockabilly legend Robert Gordon, Patti Smith guitarist, author and producer Lenny Kaye and indie rocker Michelle Casillas (from Ursa Minor). They’ll go on sometime after 10pm.
Julia Haltigan, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 2:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Jonatha Brooke, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Old Soul Revival with Robert Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Michelle Casillas and many others, The Bowery Electric (Map Room), 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), 8pm, Free
Eytan & The Embassy, Spike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 9:15pm, $7