The weather has turned warm and Memorial Day weekend is upon us. If you are sticking around New York City, there’s still live music to be heard. Tonight, there are three wonderful shows at times and at places which means you can only catch one of them. But whichever of these shows you pick to see, you will have made a good choice.
Starting at 10pm over in Red Hook, at Sunny’s Bar, Monica Passin, better known as Li’l Mo, will lead her band, The Monicats, through country, rockabilly, blues, 60s pop and whatever else she and they may play. And I’ll add that not only are Li’l Mo and The Monicats terrific musically, they are just plain fun to watch. I’m sure you’ll hear songs from the last album from Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Whole Lotta Lovin’ and you’ll have the opportunity to pick up a copy as well.
Back on the Lower East Side at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, you’ll find long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan playing at 10pm. Julia has a fine new EP called Hot Tears. You’ll hear songs from it and Julia’s past albums as well. Julia recently moved to a classic four piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) and a more rocking sound. I’ve called Julia brassy, and even without a horn section, I still think that description holds. Some of Julia’s songs could be called Tom Waitsian except for the fact that they are way too cheerful for Tom.
Freddy’s Bar stands in Brooklyn in Greenwood Heights, sometimes called the South Slope when a real estate type wants to justify the rent. On stage at Freddy’s at 11pm, will be Andi Rae and The Back River Bullies. Andi Rae and the band play their original Americana and folk rock with verve and energy. They have a good new CD, titled If You Want to Be My Man, and I’m sure they will be playing songs from it, and stuff from their catalog as well.
Li’l Mo and The Monicats, Sunny’s Bar, 253 Conover Street between Beard and Reed Streets (F or G Trains to Smith-9th Street, transfer to the B61 bus to Van Dyke and Van Brunt Streets and walk two blocks to Sunny’s), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Julia Haltigan, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Andi Rae and The Back River Bullies, Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Ave between 17th and 18th Streets, Brooklyn (R Train to Prospect Avenue), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)