Tonight: Three Shows

June 17, 2016

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There are three shows tonight which I can recommend.  It might be possible to see the two shows at the two different Rockwood stages, but that will require really paying heed to the clock.

Over in Brooklyn, Megan Reilly  will play Union Hall.  Her last record, The Well, is flat out wonderful.  Originally from Memphis, Megan has lived in both New York City and Philadelphia before settling in suburban New Jersey.  Of course none of that tell you about Megan’s music.  Call it rock with a psychedelic tinge and Megan’s ethereal vocals.  Real rock, no acoustic guitars or stand up basses here.  And Megan’s band is made up of top notch area musicians: James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums.  It appears that Megan will be the second act to play in a show that starts at 8pm.  Call the club if you need an exact time here.

Back in Manhattan on the Lower East Side at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall, at 9pm, you’ll find Mieka Pauley.  Mieka had taken some time off from performing over the last few months, but she’s back at The Rockwood every Friday this month.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist, and  whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by her performance.  So whether you’ve seen Mieka before or she is new to you, this is a great show to see.

Then, at 10pm around the block at Rockwood Stage 3, the debut of The Allie, Bess and Hannah Harmony Extravaganza.  Former Secret Someones Hannah Winker and Bess Rogers will be joined by long time musical associate Allie Moss.  The group promises “an entire night of harmonies harmonies and more harmonies. We’ll be doing some originals and some covers, all in 3 part harmony bliss!”  You might want to get your tickets in advance for this one as it has a chance of selling out.

Megan Reilly, Union Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 7:30pm /show 8pm, $10

Mieka Pauley, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

The Allie, Bess and Hannah Harmony Extravaganza, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, $10, with a two drink minimum


Advance Planning: June 2016 Music Calendar Update (Added 6/16)

June 16, 2016

Here’s a whole bunch of updates.

June 19 – The Radigan Roundup with Terry Radigan, Cliff Westfall, Chris Erikson, Barbara Endes, Mike Ferrio – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

June 21 – Heaven was a Drink of Wine: A Tribute to the Music of Merle Haggard with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jim Campilongo, Laura Cantrell, Petter Ericson Stakee (of Alberta Cross) and more – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

July and Beyond

July 3 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 9 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 10 – The LookingRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

July 13 – Eva LinRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 21 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

July 28 – Israel NashKnitting Factory – 8pm

July 30 – LeE HARVeY OsMONDRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm


Tonight: The Karyn Kuhl Band at Sinatra Park in Hoboken

June 16, 2016

Karen Kuhl

Here’s all you need to know about Karyn Kuhl: she’s a force of nature, both on the guitar and on vocals.  She leads her band through original songs which blend blues, garage rock and mid 60s pop.  Bracing is a word that comes to mind for a set from Karen and the band.

Just last week, Karyn released a new EP, The Stars Will Take You Home.  Those six songs include five original songs and one very surprising cover.  That EP contains the best new collection of psychedelic rock you will hear this year.

PATH trains will take you to Hoboken.  It’s not all that far from the PATH station to Sinatra Park.  Although there is some rain in the forecast for today, it should be over long before the show there begins with The Christine Santelli Band at 7pm.

Karyn Kuhl Band (Christine Santelli Band opens),  Sinatra Park Hoboken (PATH Train to Hoboken), show 7pm, Free


Tonight: The Karyn Kuhl Band at Sinatra Park in Hoboken

June 16, 2016

Karen Kuhl

Here’s all you need to know about Karyn Kuhl: she’s a force of nature, both on the guitar and on vocals.  She leads her band through original songs which blend blues, garage rock and mid 60s pop.  Bracing is a word that comes to mind for a set from Karen and the band.

Just last week, Karyn released a new EP, The Stars Will Take You Home.  Those six songs include five original songs and one very surprising cover.  That EP contains the best new collection of psychedelic rock you will hear this year.

PATH trains will take you to Hoboken.  It’s not all that far from the PATH station to Sinatra Park.  Although there is some rain in the forecast for today, it should be over long before the show there begins with The Christine Santelli Band at 7pm.

Karyn Kuhl Band (Christine Santelli Band opens),  Sinatra Park Hoboken (PATH Train to Hoboken), show 7pm, Free


Tonight: A Tribute to Squeeze at The Hi-Fi Bar

June 15, 2016

Squeeze Squabs

If you were near a radio back in the late 70s and early 80s, you are probably familiar with the band Squeeze.  Because they were English, melodic and pretty close to ubiquitous, the group’s two songwriters, Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, got called things like “the Lennon and McCartney of the 70s.”  That was probably a bit of a stretch, but there’s no denying that they were very good.  Tonight, a group of musicians, namely Rembert Block, Tom Shad, Dave Derby, Mike Fornatale, Charly Roth, Lizzie Edwards, Erica Smith, Beth Wawerna, Tommy Devito, John Merjave, Dave Foster, Mike Messer, Karlee Devito, John Brodeur , Chadbourne Oliver, Alexis Thomason, Lane Steinberg, Verena Wiesendanger, Dave Derby, and Tom Clark,  will pay tribute to Squeeze by playing their songs at The Hi-Fi Bar in the East Village beginning at 8pm.  It’s probably the most tuneful place you can be this Wednesday night.

Still not sold?  Then check out this video which contains eight hits from Squeeze in less than five minutes.

A Tribute to Squeeze, Hi-Fi Bar, 69 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), show 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)


Tonight: The Jayhawks at The Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 14, 2016

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The Jayhawks are a band from Minneapolis formed in the mid-1980s.  Members Gary Louris and Mark Olson formed the core of the band until Mark left the band in the mid-90s. Gary continues to write and tour with Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O’Reagan (although Mark briefly rejoined the band a few years back).  Their new album, Paging Mr. Proust, was produced with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.  Americana? Alt Country? Rock with harmonies? The Jayhawks are the band you want to hear.  Since the other Jayhawks show in NYC (at The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night) is sold out, this is your chance to see the band this time around.

The Jayhawks (Folk Uke opens), The Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street between Wythe and Kent Avenues (L Train to Bedford Avenue), show 9pm, $35


Tonight: The Radigan Roundup at The 12th Street Bar and Grill

June 12, 2016

12th Street Bar

It’s Sunday, so it’s time once again for The Radigan Roundup.  This show is run by Terry Radigan on Sundays at Park Slope’s 12th Street Bar and Grill.  Tonight’s show will feature Don Schlitz.   You may not recognize Don’s name, but he wrote Kenny Rogers‘ hit, The Gambler, and a whole bunch of other country hits as well.  Don is up from Nashville and this will be his first appearance in Brooklyn.  Opening tonight will be Terry and Alex Battles.  Things will get going tonight at 7:30pm, but getting to The 12th Street Bar and Grill early for a seat (the place is on the small size) is not a bad idea.

The Radigan Roundup with  Terry RadiganAlex Battles, Don Schlitz, 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Avenue – enter on 12th Street, Park Slope (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), 7:30pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


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