Tonight: One Out of Three to Start the Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2016

Choices Large

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)


Tonight: Vicki Christina Barcelona at Barbes

May 3, 2016

Vicki Christina Barcelona 2016

Vicki Kristina Barcelona  is a trio consisting of Terry Radigan, Amanda Homi and new member Rachelle Garniez, who has taken over for Joy Askew. They are all have their own careers as musicians and songwriters, and over the years they have worked with Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Sufjan Stevens, Jackson Brown, Jack Bruce, Jane Siberry, Laurie Anderson, Dan Penn, Quincy Jones and Trisha Yearwood.  When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  Lately, they’ve also added a few of their own songs as well to the mix.  VCB play guitar and some surprising musical instruments as well.  Tonight, you’ll find Vicki Kristina Barcelona in Park Slope, playing the 7pm show at Barbes.  The music room at Barbes is small, so it will be like seeing the band in your living room.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Julia Haltigan at The 11th Street Bar

February 23, 2016

 

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Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan will be playing at the 11th Street Bar at 9pm.  In years past, Tuesday nights at 11th Street was a regular gig for her.  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. Tonight is a full band show, and The 11th Street Bar will put you up close to the music.  What more could you ask?

Julia Haltigan, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9PM, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)


Tonight: Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at Hi-Fi and The After Party at Rockwood Stage 2

January 18, 2016

Choices Large

Here’s an early-late combination of shows.  At 8pm at Hi-Fi Bar, in the East Village on Avenue and 11th Street, you’ll find Courtney Lee Adams Jr.  Courtney’s songs are world weary and wise.  I think that the music of Tom Waits might be a good comparison.  But Courtney is less jarring, more tuneful and just more fun than Tom.

Later, 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 1996.  The After Party is scheduled to go late.  Yes, I know that even though today is a holiday, it’s a school night.  But if you are lucky enough to be able to stay out late, The After Party is always fun and surprising.

Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Hi-Fi Bar, 69 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)

The After Party, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Vicki Christina Barcelona at Barbes

December 1, 2015

Vicki Christina Barcelona Band

Vicki Kristina Barcelona  is a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. They are all have their own careers as musicians and songwriters, and over the years they have worked with Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Sufjan Stevens, Jackson Brown, Jack Bruce, Jane Siberry, Laurie Anderson, Dan Penn, Quincy Jones and Trisha Yearwood.  When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  Lately, they’ve also added a few of their own songs as well to the mix.  VCB play guitar and some surprising musical instruments as well.  Tonight, you’ll find Vicki Kristina Barcelona in Park Slope, playing the 7pm show at Barbes.  The music room at Barbes is small, so it will be like seeing the band in your living room.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: A Full Night on The Lower East Side

October 26, 2015

Karla Rose 2015

There’s a whole night of music in store for your tonight a block or two off Houston Street in either direction.  If you’re up for it, you can start early and stay late.

At 8pm at the new club Berlin, which is in the basement of 2A, you’ll find Karla Rose and The Thorns.  That’s the new name for Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Karla Moheno.  Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music.  This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways.  If you have yet to hear Karla’s music, today’s show should be the perfect introduction to it and her.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona Band

Move a few blocks south and east at 9pm.  That puts you in The Rockwood Music Hall just in time to see Vicki Kristina Barcelona, a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  And that’s what they are still doing.

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Then stick around until 11pm for The After Party, a new, monthly, late night show at The Rockwood Stage 2.  The 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 topic.  The musicians this time around are scheduled to include Akie Bermiss, who will also act as MC, Rebecca Haviland, Paul Maddison, Oscar BautistaBryan DunnJosh Dion, Wes Hutchinson, Caleb Hawley, Kevin Johnston and more.

Karla Rose and The Thorns, 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), 8pm, $5

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

The After Party, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Xavier Cardriche at The Rockwood Music Hall, So Are We and Courtney Lee Adams Jr. at Hi-Fi and Bucky Hayes at Rockwood Stage 2

October 21, 2015

Choices Large

Here are three shows for you to choose from tonight.  First up, at 6pm at the original stage of The Rockwood Music Hall, is Xavier Cardriche.  Xavier’s music is Americana and alt country.  This very early show is great for those of you who would like to see some music but still be home in time to see the Mets take on the Cubs.

There is also a fine double bill starting at 8pm at Hi-Fi Bar, up on Avenue and 11th Street.  Opening will be Courtney Lee Adams Jr.  Courtney’s songs are world weary and wise.  I think that the music of Tom Waits might be a good comparison.  But Courtney is less jarring, more tuneful and just more fun than Tom.  Later, So Are We, a duo version of the science of the brain based band The Amygdaloids will play as well.

Finally, Bucky Hayes and The Commonwealth  will play at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 starting at 9:30pm.  You name it, Bucky can do it, and if you name a local musician, it’s likely that Bucky has played with him or her.  Bucky’s stock in trade is Americana with a dash of soul thrown into the mix.  Bucky’s a very good songwriter and an engaging performer.

Xavier Cardriche, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 6pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

So Are We, Courtney Lee Adams Jr., Hi-Fi Bar, 69 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)

Bucky Hayes and The CommonwealthRockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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