This Week: Shows in NYC

March 14, 2016

Choices Large

It’s SXSW 2016 time and as you read this I am making my way to Austin, where I will attend and report on this year’s festivities.  Although when one is down there, it feels like every band in the world and most of their audiences are there too, that is hardly the case.

This year it seems to me that SXSW may have affected the number of shows here in NYC.  Still, this week stacks up as a pretty decent week, period.  So here’s what’s happening this week in the five boroughs.

Monday  – Mar. 14

Tribute to Bob Dylan with Kendra Morris, Ari Hest, Mike Errico, Johnny Lewis, Jeff Litman, Chrissi Poland, David Paarlberg, Phil Pickens, Gabe Berezin, Danielle Grubb, Alfonso Velez, Abby Ahmad, Bryan Dunn, Paul Wyatt, Maddy Wyatt, Gillian Visco, Dillon Kondor, hosted by Maddy Wyatt and music direction by Scott Davis – C’mon Everybody – 8pm

Jim Keller with Tony Scherr, Shawn Pelton, Todd Caldwell, and Andy HessRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Tuesday – Mar. 15

Gina Leishman and Joy Askew as The Wapping Sisters – Barbes – 7pm

Wednesday – Mar. 16

Ethan Eubanks Presents: “Bill, Still,” the music of Bill Withers, with Irving Louis Lattin, Ethan Eubanks, Al Street, Bennett Paster and Andy Hess – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Thursday – Mar. 17

Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionPianos – 11:15pm

Saturday – Mar. 19

Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Review with Cait O’Riordan, Laura Cantrell, MaryLee Kortes, Ellen Foley, Shannon Conley, Pierce Turner, Garland Jeffreys, Carlton J Smith, Alphie McCourt, Sherryl Marshall, Don Fleming, Lianne Smith, Edward Rogers, Joe Hurley, Tony Zakowski, Mike Fornatale, Al Landess, Gary Thomas and more – Highline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 7pm

Accidents Will Happen: The songs of Elvis Costello, curated by Robin Aigner with David Benjoya, Bill Carney, Pierre de Gaillande, Charming Disaster, Larry Cook, Katie Down, Rima Fand, Pete Galub, Phil Jacob Glauberzon, Susan Hwang, Jacob Jiles, Dan Kilian, Shannon McArdle, Terry Radigan, Jennifer Sirey and Kevin Bailey, Gavin Smith, Bob Van Pelt, Tom Pope, Terry Radigan, and more – Freddy’s Bar – 8pm

Brandi and the AlexandersRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

 


Tonight: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison at Joe’s Pub

June 8, 2014

Kelly Willis Bruce Robison

I’ve been a fan of Kelly Willis since I came across her album What I Deserve back in 1998.  Over the past few years, she has formed a band with Bruce Robison.  When I saw them play at SXSW in 2013, I said this:

Kelly Willis’s voice has long been able to directly overload my nervous system. There is nothing quite like it. She’s teamed with her husband, Bruce Robison, who is a go to country songwriter. Their show is top notch country and a hit.

Kelly Willis and Bruce RobisonJoe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place),  9:30pm, $25


This Week: Lots of Great Shows in NYC

March 10, 2014

Choices Large

It’s SXSW 2014 time and as you read this I am making my way to Austin, where I will attend and report on this year’s festivities.  Although when one is down there, it feels like every band in the world and most of their audiences are there too, that is hardly the case.

Certainly this year there is no lack of bands or shows back here in NYC.  This stacks up as a pretty decent week, period.  So here’s what’s happening this week in the greatest city in the world:

Monday – March 10

Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Tuesday – March 11

Bucky HayesRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Michaela AnneHill Country Brooklyn – 8pm

Wednesday – March 12

North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Thursday – March 13

The LookingRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Freedy Johnston with James Mastro and Steve GouldingBeast of Bourbon – 9pm

The AmygdaloidsBowery Electric – 9:45pm

Friday – March 14

Chris CubetaRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Li’l Mo and The MonicatsSunny’s – 10pm

Fife & Drom (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Saturday – March 15

Dirty Water DogsRadegast Hall – 3pm

HoundmouthMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

Sunday – March 16

Dan BernRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm


Tonight: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison at City Winery

June 7, 2013

Kelly Willis Bruce Robison

I’ve been a fan of Kelly Willis since I came across her album What I Deserve back in 1998.  Over the past few years, she has formed a band with Bruce Robison.  When I saw them play at SXSW this past March, I said this:

 Kelly Willis’s voice has long been able to directly overload my nervous system. There is nothing quite like it. She’s teamed with her husband, Bruce Robison, who is a go to country songwriter. Their show is top notch country and a hit.

It’s a dreary rainy day.  I can’t think of a better way to chase the gloom away than to make your way down to City Winery and see this show tonight.

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, 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 8pm, $22-32


Music Video: Jess Klein – Behind a Veil

April 17, 2013

Jess Klein - Behind A Veil

I got to see Austin-based musician Jess Klein for the first time at SXSW this year.  Here’s a video of Jess playing the title track of her CD released last year, Behind a Veil.


Music Video: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison – 9,999,999 Tears

April 10, 2013

One of my highlights of SXSW 2013 was the set by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.  Together this husband-wife duo represent everything that’s right in country music.  This song is from their recently released album, Cheaters Game.


Tonight: Caitlin Rose at Union Hall

March 30, 2013

Caitlin Rose -The Stand-In

Tonight Caitlin Rose plays the first of two NYC shows (the other one is Monday at The Mercury Lounge).  I just can’t say enough good things about Caitlin.  Her new album, The Stand-In was released about a month ago and I have no doubt that it will end up on my best of 2013 list at the end of the year.  It’s a fine mix of country and rock.  You can check out a live video of Caitlin and her band playing Only A Clown, a song from The Stand-In she co-wrote with Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks), here.

I’ve already seen Caitlin on her current tour (at SXSW). I can tell you that she and her seven piece band really rock.  This show comes highly recommended.

Caitlin Rose,  Union Hall, 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue (R Train to Union Street), doors 8pm, $12


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