I came across this video and it was too good not to share. So I’m sharing it this morning. Crank it up!
Neil Young has teamed up with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of Willie Nelson) and recorded an album, The Monsanto Years. The album criticizes food industry giant Monsanto. Neil will be touring behind the album and Puss n Boots will be opening for Neil at four shows on the East Coast in July. I’ve listed the shows below. None are in New York City itself.
July 17 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – Bethel, NY
July 19 – Champlain Valley Expo – Essex Junction, VT
July 21 – Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
July 22 – Xfinity Center – Great Woods, MA
As Seen on TV: Congratulations to Misty Boyce. Misty has had two of her songs used in connection with TV shows: The Nest was used in last week’s episode of Finding Carter, and Broken Hearted Girl was the background music in an online promo for an episode of CSI: Cyber. Jess Klein, who played NYC last week, also has a song in a movie to be released later this year.
Tonight there are three shows worth your while which all begin at 9pm. Just remember that when faced with multiple good options, any choice you make will be a good one.
You’ll find Sasha Dobson playing a solo show at The Rockwood Music Hall. Last spring, Sasha recorded a new album titled Aquarius. Aquarius was released a few weeks ago and tonight Sasha will be be playing songs from it. After this show, Sasha will be playing Farm Aid and then opening for Willie Nelson on three dates in the Midwest.
Over at The Living Room, you’ll find Melanie Penn and Kelly Jones. The two singer-songwriters have been on a coast to coast house concert tour of the US over the past five weeks. Last night they played their house concert set at a suddenly announced show at The Rockwood Music Hall. Tonight they’ll be joined by a few other musicians and have two hours for their show. Both Melanie and Kelly have new records which have not yet been released, but which you’ll be able to buy from them tonight. Of course you’ll hear Melanie and Kelly perform some of that new material live as well.
A bit further uptown at The 11th Street Bar, Miss Tess and long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan kick off their August residency. Miss Tess will open with a set of her music made up of western swing, blues, country, and early rock ‘n’ roll. Then at 10pm, Julia and her band will play a set that draws on rock, r&b, latin rhythms, 40s and 50s pop and more.
Sasha Dobson, The 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)
Melanie Penn (9pm) and Kelly Jones (10pm), The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street at Stanton Street (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Miss Tess (9pm) and Julia Haltigan (10pm), 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), No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Singer-songwriter Vince Bell hasn’t appeared in New York City in a while, but tonight that changes, when he plays the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village at 6pm. If you haven’t heard of Vince before this quote by Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, will clue you in:
Vince Bell has been a stalwart of the Texas singer-songwriter scene since he emerged in Houston in the 1970s. He was a rising star until he was almost killed in a car wreck in 1982. A severe head injury effectively wiped out his career. For a while. His determined rehabilitation and subsequent comeback have culminated in a trifecta this year: an album, a one-man play, and a wonderful book that tells the tale… a fine book about Texas Music, the singer-songwriter tradition, and a personal journey that ends triumphant in the here and now.
Vince Bell (Paul Frazier and Dave Soldier open), Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street between West 4th and Bleecker Street (A, C, D, E or F Trains to West 4th Street or 1 Train to Christopher Street), doors 5:45pm /show 6pm, $8