Music Video: Eric Ambel – Hey Mr. DJ

June 19, 2016

Eric Ambel Hey Mr DJ

Eric Ambel recently released a new album.  The record is titled Lakeside, in tribute to The Lakeside Lounge, Eric’s bar and music venue that closed four years ago.  Eric’s resume includes stints with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Steve Earle and The Del-Lords (Eric remains an essential part of that band).  Lakeside is a mix of Eric’s originals and covers and everything on it rocks.  This song, Hey Mr. DJ was written by Jimbo Mathis, who produced Lakeside.


Tonight: Eric Ambel and Spanking Charlene at Berlin

April 29, 2016

Eric Roscoe Ambel Walk Away Renee

Tonight there’s a double bill at Berlin that is liable to rock your sock off.  Eric Ambel just released a new album and this is the release show for it.  The record is titled Lakeside, in tribute to The Lakeside Lounge, Eric’s bar and music venue that closed four years ago almost to the day.  Eric’s resume includes stints with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Steve Earle and The Del-Lords (Eric remains an essential part of that band).  Lakeside is a mix of Eric’s originals and covers and everything on it rocks.  So you know what to expect when Eric and his band take the stage first in this show at 8:30pm.

After Eric, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Spanking Charlene will close the show.  That band has been declared The Underground Garage’s Best Unsigned Band and their album Where Are The Freaks? was Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2012. When you put Charlene McPherson on vocals, Mo Goldner on guitar, David Leatherwood on bass, Eric Seftel on drums and add Mario Viele on guitar, you get a combination of rock and punk reminiscent of The RamonesSpanking Charlene will supply 100% of your minimum daily requirement of rock n roll.

Eric Ambel and Spanking Charlene, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 8:30pm, $10


Tonight: Milton at Rockwood Stage 2 and Heap, Spanking Charlene and Eric Ambel at Fontana’s

March 12, 2016

Milton (2)

Tonight promises a night full of great music.  It starts early and goes late, and you can see each and every band I’m highlighting if you wish to do so.  Up first, Milton will play at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  A long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, the music of Milton (the name of the band as well as its leader) is a combination of Americana,  country, and folk-rock.  The songs of Milton keenly observe life and love, particularly life in New York City.  Full band shows from Milton do not happen as much as I wish they would, so take advantage of tonight’s show.

Heap Spank Ambel

Once Milton finishes, head downtown to Fontana’s on Eldridge and Grand Streets.  That bar will be closing shortly, yet another victim of the New York City Real Estate Monster.  But there are still a few shows left until that happens, and tonight’s show is one to see.  Opening the bill will be Heap.  The band is lead by Tim Heap and has been playing in NYC for a while now.  Heap is the answer to the question “where can I find  no fuss, straight ahead rock n roll?”  Heap will take the stage at 9pm.

Immediately following Heap at 10pm will be Spanking Charlene.  That band has been declared The Underground Garage’s Best Unsigned Band and their album Where Are The Freaks? was Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2012. When you put Charlene McPherson on vocals, Mo Goldner on guitar, David Leatherwood on bass, Eric Seftel on drums and add Eric Ambel on guitar, you get a combination of rock and punk reminiscent of The RamonesSpanking Charlene will supply 100% of your minimum daily requirement of rock n roll.

Finally, at 11pm, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel will take over the stage.  Eric has long been part of the music scene, having played with Joan Jett, Steve Earle, and of course, The Del-Lords.  Tonight, Eric will be featuring the music of his forthcoming record, Lakeside.  The music on Lakeside is rock, while the title is taken from the bar that Eric once owned, The Lakeside Lounge.

Milton, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $15

Heap (9pm), Spanking Charlene (10pm), Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (11pm), Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street between Grand and Broome Streets (B or D Trains to Grand Street), Tickets at the door


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