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.
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 Ramones. Spanking 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