News and Notes

March 2, 2016

Brian Dunne and Bryan Dunn

It’s Finally Done: There have been two musicians playing New York City with similarly spelled, identically sounding names for a while now.  But at Monday’s edition of The After Party, they took the stage and played a song together.  In the above photo, taken at that show, you’ll see Brian Dunne on the left and Bryan Dunn directly to Brian’s right.

Harper Blynn Final Shot

Harper Blynn Returns, Sort of: The long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite band, Harper Blynn (a/k/a Mosco Rosco) announced their break up last year.  But as the fates would have it, that band will be getting back together to be play behind Damnwells front man Alex Dezen, who has a new solo album out and who will play a four week residency at Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe beginning March 30th.

The Magic Shop

The Magic Shop Closes: Steve Rosenthal was not only one of the owners of The Living Room, he also owned a recording studio, The Magic Shop.  When The Living Room closed a few months ago, I noted that The Magic Shop was in jeopardy because of real estate issues.  A few days ago, Steve Rosenthal announced that those issues had forced The Magic Shop to close, and that the studio’s last day would be March 16th.

 


Tonight: The Last Show at The Living Room and The After Party at Rockwood Stage 2

December 21, 2015

Tonight there are two shows which I can recommend. Both have casts of dozens and both are one of a kind.

Living Room Last Show

It’s the end of an era.  The Living Room opened in 1998, and will close its doors for the very last time tonight.  The final show at the club’s latest incarnation in Williamsburg has been given the title of The Last Whoorah!  Playing that show will be Elena Skye and Boo Reiners of Demolition String Band, Cole Quest and The City Pickers, Jesse Harris, Freedy Johnston, Fiona McBain with Liz Tormes, Stephan Said, Queen Esther, Jen Larson, Jack Grace, Jimi Zhivago, Douglas Jay Goldstein, John Brodeur, The Locksmiths, Jocelyn Arem, and more.  Things get going at 9pm and are scheduled to conclude at midnight.

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Over the river, on the Lower East Side, the latest installment of The After Party will commence at 11pm on Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2The After Party is the latest in a line of shows at The Rockwood in which a large number of musicians get together and cover songs belonging to a given year.  Rumor has it that tonight’s year is 1957.  As usual, Akie Bermiss, who is pictured above, will be the host for the evening.  The After Party is scheduled to go late.

 


Advance Planning: December 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 12/16)

December 16, 2015

Two holiday shows on Sunday and the last show at The Living Room on Monday.

Dec. 20 – Holiday Party with Leslie Mendelson and her all star Christmas Band – 11th Street Bar – 6pm

Dec. 20 – Radigan Roundup Holiday Extravaganza with Chris Erickson, Lara Ewen, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel, Jack Grace, Greg D, John Manion, Jessie Kilguss, Andy Mac, Shaky Dave, Adam Bernstein, Heather Eatman, Steve Mayone – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Dec. 21 – The Last Whoorah with Cole Quest and The City Pickers, Freedy Johnston, Fiona McBain, Stephan Said, Queen Esther, Jimi Zhivago and more – Living Room – 9pm- Midnight


Breaking: The Last Show at The Living Room, Monday, December 21st

December 16, 2015

Living Room Last Show

I had heard that The Living Room would be doing something to mark the end of that club, but I did not previously have any details.  I now have the barest of details.  As shown above, The Living Room‘s Last Whoorah! will be held at the club on Monday, December 21st from 9pm to midnight.  Elena Skye and Boo Reiners are involved in putting this together, as are several others.  I have no names to announce, and it seems that this is still being fleshed out.  Like you, I’m waiting to see who will be playing that night.

Update: Here’s some more information on the show provided by Boo Reiners

Cole Quest and The City Pickers will be the host/house band. We have lots of great folks planning to come including Freedy Johnston, Fiona McBain, Stephan Said, Queen Esther, Jimi Zhivago and many others. And there night starts at 8pm with Jason Loughlin and his String Gliders in a holiday tribute to The Ventures!


Advance Planning: December 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 12/14)

December 14, 2015

Some more updates, including two updates for tomorrow.

Dec. 15 – The Sirens of Brooklyn Choir with Joy Askew, Elizabeth Ziman, Lauren Balthrop, Kelli Scarr and many more – Plymouth Church – 7:30pm

Dec. 15 – Karla Rose and The ThornsThe Grand Victory – 9:30pm

Dec. 18 – Matthew RyanThe Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 22 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

 


News and Notes: The Living Room to Close at the End of December

December 9, 2015

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The Living Room will be closing at the end of December. The club opened at its current Williamsburg location just a bit more than a year ago.  The Living Room first opened on the Lower East Side on the corner of Allen and Stanton Streets in 1998, moved to a bigger location on Ludlow and Stanton Streets in 2003, where it remained until late 2013.

The following statement was posted on the club’s Facebook page late yesterday afternoon from Jennifer Gilson and Steve Rosenthal, the club’s owners:

I have sad news. The Living Room is closing at the end of December.

It seems like we just opened a minute ago.

Thanks so much to all the great bands that played here and gave us many memorable nights.

There’s still time for you to stop by and see a show in this gorgeous room and visit our always awesome staff.

We wish you all the best and I hope our paths cross again!

Please keep supporting live music at your local venues.

Jennifer & Steve

While I don’t know the exact reasons that precipitated The Living Room‘s closing now, there are certainly a number of factors that seem to have played a part in it:

The continued implosion of Williamsburg as a music center.  Since The Living Room came to Williamsburg, a number of clubs have shut their doors.  These include Spike Hill, The Trash Bar, Death By Audio, Glasslands, Public Assembly and just a few weeks ago, Cameo Gallery.

The Living Room never ramped up to a full evening of music.  Back on the Lower East Side, the club booked a band an hour from 7pm through midnight (sometimes more, sometimes less) seven nights a week.  In the current location, there were usually one or two bands a night, and not every night at that.

The front bar did not seem to be a draw.  Back on Ludlow Street, bar in the front of The Living Room did a brisk business no matter who was playing in the music room.  The business at the front bar in the club’s current incarnation was always sparse when I was there.

The audience wasn’t there.  It may be that the bands booked into The Living Room did not draw the locals, who were a different mix than the folks who frequented the club while it was on the Lower East Side.  In addition, the Lower East Side crowd might not have been drawn to the new location in Williamsburg.

Steve Rosenthal’s other business.  Steve also owned The Magic Shop, a recording studio in Soho.  According to The New York Times, that other business currently has issues which may force it to close.  While it has never been clear to me what, if any relationship existed between The Magic Shop and The Living Room, having two businesses under stress might have a impact on this closing.


Advance Planning: December 2015 Music Calendar

November 30, 2015

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Tomorrow is December, so here is the December Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar.  The usual ground rules apply: listings are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile.  All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less (but I’ll include some higher priced New Year’s Eve Shows as well). I’ve tried to list the set time for each band.  If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it.  As always, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month, both in a separate post and with updates on this calendar.

Latest Updates: December 23

Dec. 1 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaBarbes – 7pm

Dec. 1 – Sasha Dobson11th Street Bar – 9pm

Dec. 2 – Freddie Stevenson, James Maddock and Irwin Thomas11th Street Bar – 9pm

Dec. 3 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 3 – Brooklyn Sugar CompanyRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Dec. 4 – American Folk Art Museum CD Release with Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne, Pete Lanctot, Matthew Brookshire, Sweet Soubrette, Jo Kroger, EW Harris, Abby Ahmad, Kate Vargas, Richard McGraw, Tuelo and her Cousins – American Folk Art Museum – 5-8pm

Dec. 4 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Dec. 4 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 5 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 1pm

Dec. 5 – NYC Holiday Benefit for Toys for Tots with The Spring Standards, STOLAR, Drew Yowell, and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 3:30pm (bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation, minimum value $10)

Dec. 5 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Dec. 5 – Rubber Soul 50 (Various Bands) – The Way Station – 8pm

Dec. 5 – The Losers Lounge presents the Brill Building SongbookJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 5 – Cariad HarmonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 6 – Sasha DobsonFreddy’s Bar – 4pm

Dec. 6 – JBXL to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with John Brodeur and members of Colwell, Dead Heavens, The Divebombers, Dumptruck, Fever High, Craig Greenberg Band, The Humdrums, Le Boum, Jeff Litman Band, Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders, Mission Drift, The Morning After Girls, Nightmare River Band, Pavelle, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, She’s From Texas, Shy Child, The Thang, Tits of Clay, Wheatus, The Woes, Wyatt, and more – Living Room – 7-11pm

Dec. 6 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Warren Malone, Reid Paley, Chris Foley, Paul Fairall and Rony Corcos – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Dec. 6 – Freddie StevensonThe Scratcher – 8:15pm

Dec. 7 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Josh Dion, Tony ScherrRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 7 – Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra with Shawn Pelton and Zev KatzRockwood Music Hall – midnight

Dec. 8 – Fieldhouse Presents: A Holiday Benefit with Anna Rose, Jared Mahone, Jamie Rae, Bess Rogers, Ryan Doyle, Shira Elias, Mike Grubbs, Chris Ayer, B-Ski, Bryan Dunn, Jay Stolar, Brandi Thompson, Caleb Hawley, Andi Rae Healy, Wes Hutchinson, Sam Bisbee, Justin Bohr, Brooklyn Sugar Company, Sicily Knight, Toby Lightman, Jeff Litman, Bluebirds of Paradise, John SchmittRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 8 – A Night To Remember Curated By Sasha Dobson with Pat Irwin, DJ Nappy G, Corn Mo, Todd Carter, The Tall Pines, Dred Scott, Neal Miner, Tom Beckham, J. Walter Hawkes, Danielle Schultz, Kyle Paas, Joel Hamilton, Mauro Refosco, So Brown, Chris Bergson, The Slim Kings, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Chris Cubeta, Van Hayride, Minnie Tonka, The Pre-War Ponies and more – The Bell House – 8:30pm

Dec. 9 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 10 – The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair and very special guests – Town Hall – 8pm

Dec. 10 – Echoes of Etta – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 11 – Dina RegineAmerican Folk Art Museum – 6pm

Dec. 11 – Third Annual Andy Mac and Friends Holiday BenefitCaffe Vivaldi – 6-11pm

Dec. 11 – Elizabeth and The CatapultThe Owl – 8pm

Dec. 11 – Rony’s InsomniaPianos – 9pm

Dec. 12 – Eli “Paperboy” Reed Union Pool – 7pm

Dec. 13 –  The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Chris Erikson, Barbara Endes, Jason Mercer, Jack Grace – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Dec. 13 – Shadows & Light: Celebrating Joni Mitchell with Maddy Wyatt, Scott Davis, and more – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Dec. 13 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 14 – Billy Libby, Lelia Broussard and Tommy SiegelPete’s Candy Store – 8pm

Dec. 14 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Josh Dion, Tony ScherrRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 14 – Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra with Tom Curiano and Bob StanderRockwood Music Hall – midnight

Dec. 15 – The Sirens of Brooklyn Choir with Joy Askew, Elizabeth Ziman, Lauren Balthrop, Kelli Scarr and many more – Plymouth Church – 7:30pm

Dec. 15 – Jeff LitmanRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Dec. 15 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 15 – Karla Rose and The ThornsThe Grand Victory – 9:30pm

Dec. 15 – Julia HaltiganManderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel – 10:15pm

Dec. 17 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Dec. 17 – Andi Rae and The Bare Bones BulliesStrong Place – 9:30pm

Dec. 18 – Matthew RyanThe Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 19 – John KenglaRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Dec. 20 – Holiday Party with Leslie Mendelson and her all star Christmas Band – 11th Street Bar – 6pm

Dec. 20 – Radigan Roundup Holiday Extravaganza with Chris Erickson, Lara Ewen, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel, Jack Grace, Greg D, John Manion, Jessie Kilguss, Andy Mac, Shaky Dave, Adam Bernstein, Heather Eatman, Steve Mayone – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Dec. 21 – The Last Whoorah with Cole Quest and The City Pickers, Freedy Johnston, Fiona McBain, Stephan Said, Queen Esther, Jimi Zhivago and more – Living Room – 9pm- Midnight

Dec. 21 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 21 – Zach JonesRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm

Dec. 21 – The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Dec. 21 – Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra with Chris Morrissey, Nate WoodRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 22 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Dec. 22 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Dec. 23 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Canceled! Dec. 23 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Dec. 23 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Update: Dec. 27 – The Radigan Roundup with Terry Radigan, Freedy Johnston, Scott Klass and Dan Miller – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 8pm

Update: Dec. 27- The Field of Stars presents the Happy Musical Family Show with Monica Passin, Drina Seay Emily Duff, Scott Aldrich and Homeboy Steve – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Dec. 28 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 29 – Jesse MalinBowery Ballroom – show 9pm

Dec. 29 – Bryan DunnRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Update: Dec. 30 – Karla Rose11th Street Bar – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Update: Dec. 30 – Scott SteinRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Dec. 31 – Garland JeffreysJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Dec. 31 – The Damnwells and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Sold Out! Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve with James Maddock and Friends  – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 31 – The Damnwells and Julian VelardRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Dec. 31 – MiltonFreddy’s Bar – 10pm

Dec. 31 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahRough Trade – 10pm

Dec. 31 – They Might Be GiantsMusic Hall of Williamsburg – 11pm

2016!!!

Jan. 1 – Spanking Charlene, HeapBowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Jan. 1 – They Might Be Giants (Flood Show) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Jan. 2 – They Might Be Giants (special theme to be announced) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – 8pm

Jan. 3 – Sasha DobsonFreddy’s Bar – 4pm

Jan. 6 – Syd StrawHi-Fi Bar – 7:30pm

Jan. 6 – Men of the Spoonful with Charly Roth, Tom Clark, Dennis Diken – Bowery Electric – 8pm

Jan. 10 – Demolition String BandBrooklyn Bowl – 1:30pm

Jan. 17 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Jan. 21 – Alejandro Escovedo: The Lou Reed Influence – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 22 – Alejandro Escovedo: The Leonard Cohen Influence – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 22 – Sonya KitchellMercury Lounge – 9pm

Jan. 23 – Alejandro Escovedo: Experience Retrospective – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Dina RegineBAM Cafe – 9pm

Jan. 25 – Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle RocketsCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 25 – Jason IsbellBeacon Theater – show 8pm

Feb. 26 – Jason IsbellBeacon Theater – show 8pm


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