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Lucinda Williams / Bettye LaVette @ Clearwater Fest 6/22/2014
Seeger began hosting "folk picnics" in the 1960s to pay for building a boat that would travel on the Hudson to highlight environmental issues. Seeger and his wife, Toshi, who died last July, lived in nearby Beacon, in a home with a spectacular view of a bend in the river.One of the most laid-back music festivals in the NY area, the environmentally themed Clearwater Festival happened over the weekend, the first since this death of founder Pete Seeger. The second day (Sunday, 6/22) featured music across seven stages, including Puss N Boots who pics are posted here. Sunday's lineup also included Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, Arc Iris, Toshi and Bernice Reagan, Martin Sexton, Houndmouth, and more. Pictures from day 2 of Clearwater Fest are in this post.
The informal fundraising concerts became the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 1978. In recent years it has settled in a park jutting into the river in this community 35 miles north of New York City and has modernized beyond its folkie roots. With the strong lineup, Seeger remembrances and sunny skies, organizers were expecting their biggest crowd ever. - [Daily Freeman]
Pictures from Clearwater day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Tickets are still available for tonight's Paul Simon tribute show at Carnegie Hall with Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Brett Dennen, Dan Wilson, Isobel Campbell & Andy Cabic, Joe Henry, Josh Ritter, Joy Williams, Judy Collins, L.P., John Doe, Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, Sam Moore, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Bob Forrest & Gibby Haynes (who mentioned the show on the Daily Show), Richard Marx, Antibalas, Mike Gordon, and more.
Last night (3/30), as usual on the night before a Michael Dorf event at Carnegie Hall, there was a rehearsal at Dorf's club City Winery with many of the performers doing the same Paul Simon songs. We have pictures from that one along with the setlist of songs they played (TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe did 'Think Too Much'). Check out the setlist and more pics below...
RIchard Thompson at Joe's Pub in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Clearwater Festival will return to Croton Point Park on June 21 & 22 in Croton, NY this year. Performers include Puss N Boots (feat. Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper), Rufus Wainwright, former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson (whose 2013 LP gave his career a bit of a re-boost), Josh Ritter, Tom Paxton, Houndmouth, David Amram, Spirit Family Reunion, Arc Iris and more. Tickets, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets, are on sale now.
The festival's founder Pete Seeger normally plays every year, but this will be the first one since the folk legend's passing earlier this year.
Full lineup below...
We're only days away from the 50th anniversary of the day The Beatles set foot in America, and as you may know that means tons of events, many of which are right here in NYC. Since we last spoke, more have been added, including that JFK Airport will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the band first landed at the airport, February 7. At 11:30 on that day at the TWA Flight Center, located in JFK's Central Terminal Area, adjacent to JetBlue's Terminal 5 (not that Terminal 5 of course), the tribute will take place and include an unveiling of the Beatles historical airport maker and a live band playing the band's hits.
Other events in NYC include "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles," which runs from February 6 - May 10 at the New York Public Library. The exhibition, created by the GRAMMY Museum, covers the band's 1964-66 period, and will have many pop culture artifacts, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, and more on display.
NYPL also hosts an interview with Mark Lewisohn, who wrote Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years on February 10 at 6 PM, and a screening of What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA on February 13 at 6 PM.
There will also be NYC Fab 50 tribute concerts, including one at The Apollo on 2/6 with Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Bettye LaVette, Lloyd Price, Melvin Van Peebles and Gary U.S. Bonds; followed by one with the Spin Doctors, NYC's Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and School of Rock, and international Beatles tribute bands on 2/7 at Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th St); then a closing concert at Town Hall on 2/8 with Tommy James, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider (of the B-52s), Al Jardine (of The Beach Boys), Gene Cornish (of The Rascals), Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), and many more. There's also a final party at The Bitter End on 2/9. More info and tickets (with proceeds going to Food Bank for New York City) for all four events HERE.
Concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who presented the Beatles' first NYC shows at Carnegie Hall, plus their Shea Stadium shows (and who passed away last year), will be honored with a memorial concert at The Cutting Room on February 12, the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall shows. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
If you missed them, check out the other Beatles' US 50th Anniversary events that we posted last week.
And lastly, Ringo Starr is also touring this year.
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Jay Z @ Barclays Center
While Jay Z no longer has any stake in Barclays Center, no doubt it will still feel like home for this first of two nights at the arena.
Chris & Cosey @ Radio Bushwick
When industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle shut down operations in 1981, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti kept working together, making icy, trance-like dance music with occasional forays into pop. Having just played sold-out shows as MoMA PS1 and Santos, Carter Tutti perform Chris & Cosey material tonight -- no advance tickets, $20 at the door.
Cloud Control, Avers, ARMS, Little Racer @ Brooklyn Bowl
Australia's Cloud Control play their second NYC show this weekend as part of the "It's A School Night series" which is free with RSVP.
globalFEST @ Webster Hall
This annual world music festival takes over Webster Hall once again. If you're going, don't miss Caribbean "tumbutronic" artist KiT. Full globalFEST schedule is below.
NYC Podfest @ Fontana's
Witness live recordings of some of the best podcast's on the web -- featuring the likes of Myq Caplan, Colin Quinn, Dave Hill and lots more. The talk starts at 3 PM and tickets are still available to many of the events.
Giles Corey, Planning For Burial, My Mountain, Whip Angels @ Cameo
Giles Corey and Planning for Burial share a similarly bleak vibe: Corey, one half of Have a Nice Life, works a melancholy brand of folk in solo mode; PfB bring droning, shoegaze-y minimalist songs with occasional hints of black and doom metal to the table. Prepare to revel in your mid-January SAD.
"How to Use Outboard Effects" workshop w/ El-P & Nick Hook @ Converse Rubber Tracks
It's the third weekend of free (if you registered) creative workshops at Converse Rubber Tracks. Tonight learn from rapper EL-P & producer Nick Hook. Mind you, if you're first question is "What are Outboard Effects" this workshop might not be for you.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Tonight's announced guests included Harris Stanton, Chris Cotton, Bridget Everett. Get there early.
Stanley Clarke Trio feat. The Harlem String Quartet + Bettye LaVette, The Walkervilles @ Highline Ballroom
This sounds kind of special: legendary jazz bassist Stanley Clarke playing with the Harlem String Quartet, plus the great Bettye LaVette.
Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe's Pub
Longtime anti-capitalist crusader Reverend Billy concludes his Sunday ministry/residency at Joe's Pub.
Arto Lindsay/Greg Saunier/Shahzad Ismaily/Ofir Ganon, PC Worship, Mr Transylvania @ Death by Audio
No wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others) joins Deerhoof's Greg Saunier plus Shahzad Ismaily and Ofir Ganon for a collaborative set which should get pretty intense.
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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
City Winery founder Michael Dorf has announced this year's tribute show at Carnegie Hall to benefit NYC music education programs. (Last year was Prince, and he's done The Who, R.E.M., and others in previous years.) 2014's will be a tribute to Paul Simon on March 31 and the New York Times reports that Bob Mould, Ben Sollee, The Civil Wars' Joy Williams, Bettye LaVette, Dan Wilson,, composer Allen Toussaint and Madeleine Peyroux & Jon Herington, will be among the performers. Tickets are on sale now.
Paul Simon may or may not show up for his own tribute but you can definitely see him in NYC early that same month when his tour with Sting hits Madison Square Garden for two shows. The March 4 show is sold out but you can still get tickets for the March 6 date.
Bettye LaVette also plays NYC much sooner at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (1/12) with Stanley Clarke Trio and The Harlem String Quartet. Tickets for that show are still available.
Theatre Within's 33rd annual NYC John Lennon tribute goes down at Symphony Space on December 6, two days before the anniversary of Lennon's death. This year's lineup includes Steve Earle, Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs (who played "Sexy Sadie" in Across the Universe), Joan Osborne, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano (of Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of Steve Earle, he'll be doing some solo acoustic dates in 2014, including a Long Island show on February 8 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon.
All Steve Earle dates, including two in CT, are listed below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pere Ubu, Gagarin @ Bowery Ballroom
Pere Ubu may have been forced to make a few adjustments to their lineup, but it's still a treat to catch these art punk legends while you still can. And their newest album, this year's Lady From Shanghai, ain't too shabby for a band over three decades into their career.
Spirit of Danger, Paper Fleet, The Planes, Casual Friday, @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn's Spirit of Danger have a sound that hearkens back to the heavy psychedelia and swagger rock that would retroactively be coined proto-punk or proto-metal. Tonight they headline a bill with three other local rock bands at Cake Shop.
Violent Femmes @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
This legendary band is down one Violent Femme and up one Dresden Doll, so it might not be exactly the same band you could have seen in 1983 (or at this year's Coachella), but it's still a night of classic tunes played by two of the three guys who wrote/recorded them.
Cuntz, Pop. 1280, Black Black Black, Cyanide Tooth @ Death By Audio
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week, and if you're going, be sure to catch Brooklyn goths Pop. 1280 as well.
Houses, Jamaican Queens, Candide @ Glasslands
Two indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their first of two NYC shows together at Glasslands. Mercury Lounge tomorrow.
Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult @ Irving Plaza
Montreal's pop violinist Kishi Bashi, still touring off last year's 151a, hits Irving Plaza tonight for a dose of his folky, baroque, very catchy music.
Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Cian Nugent @ Issue Project Room
Experimental guitarist Marc Ribot plays the ongoing IPR tenth anniversary tonight joined by avant-jazz saxist Matana Roberts and Irish folk guitarist Cian Nugent.
The Rosebuds, Dark Rooms @ Mercury Lounge
Did you know The Rosebuds covered Sade's Love Deluxe in its entirety? They did and you can stream it below. You can also go see them perform it live tonight. Tickets are still available.
Kastle, Sweater Beats, Druid Cloak, Jaw Jam, Lindsay Lowend @ Output
Kastle makes a kind of dancey future bass not too far removed from fast-rising producer XXYYXX, so if dancing and staying up late is your thing, you might wanna head to Ouput for their weekly INPUT party tonight.
Mike Servito, Honey Dijon, Nicolas Matar, Anthony Parasole, Wrecked @ The Panther Room
While that Kastle show is going down in Output's main room, The Bunker's Mike Servito does this other party in the venue's Panther Room.
The KDMS, Arthur's Landing, Darshan Jesrani, Metro Area, Artur8 (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Though Arthur Russell died in 1992 you can hear his dance-oriented songs recreated live via tribute act Arthur's Landing. Tonight's show also features UK/Polish duo The KDMS, Morgan Geist's Metro Area and more.
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hard Skin, La Misma, Vanity @ Acheron
Featuring the profanely articulate talents of frontman Fat Bob (who is a longtime employee of London's Rough Trade record store), tongue-in-cheek UK oi band Hard Skin bring the party anthems. You don't wanna miss.
O'Brother, Native, Daylight @ Santos Party House
Fans of heavy rock might enjoy this whole show, but we're most excited to see Native, whose mix of post-hardcore and math rock is great on record, but begging to be seen in a live show environment.
Shovels and Rope, Shakey Graves @ Webster Hall
Country folk duo Shovels and Rope released their second album, O' Be Joyful, and continue to grow in popularity. Tonight they play with Shakey Graves, who should appeal to fans of The Tallest Man on Earth.
Twin Sister, DJ Soul @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight is a party for new FOX sitcom Brooklyn Nine Nine (starring Andy Samberg) and you can catch an early screening of the first episode which debuts next week. Then stick around for a performance from Twin Sister. It's free, you just need to RSVP (which is still open)
Taking Back Sunday, Bad Rabbits @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.
Eve, Dyme-A-Duzin, Camille Safiya @ Gramercy Theatre
Eve is back in action this year, and tonight she plays Gramercy Theatre (rescheduled from August's cancelled Irving Plaza date). If you're going, it's worth getting there early to catch Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL).
Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn @ The Town Hall
This Globochem-sponsored tour features Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and Brian Posehn and play two shows tonight. The 7:30 show is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 10:30. By the way, did you hear AMC is moving forward with Odenkirk's Saul Goodman show?
Remembering John Lennon w/ Bettye LaVette & Special Guests Bob Gruen, Jack Douglas and Dennis Elsas @ City Winery
Tonight is being billed as "an evening of memories and music with those who knew and worked with John Lennon," including singer Bettye LaVette, photographer Bob Gruen and Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas.
Common, Yahzarah @ Galapagos Art Space
Conscious rap veteran Common plays The ALT Scholarship Foundation's annual summer fundraiser, which benefits the foundation's scholarship program. It's mostly sold out but the $75 option still has a few tickets available.
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by Fred Pessaro // BBG
D'Angelo / Elvis Costello + Princess / Chris Rock & more @ Carnegie Hall
Amidst a snowy midtown backdrop, Carnegie Hall generated a little heat when the Michael Dorf-produced Prince Tribute opened last night (3/7). Stacked with performers giving props to the man in purple and paisley, the lineup featured some of the same names from the previous evening's "rehearsal" at City Winery, as well as surprise appearances from names like Chris Rock and more. Backed by The Roots with guitarist Wendy Melvion (of Prince's backing band The Revolution), D'Angelo show-closing numbers "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" / "1999" were the clear highlights of the evening, with performances from Bilal (doing "Sister" and channeling Keith Sweat circa 1990s), Bettye LaVette ("Kiss"), Sandra Bernhard ('Little Red Corvette") and Fdeluxe ("High Fashion/Mutiny") also causing impromptu aisle dances. Fun night, and it was great to see people up and out of their seats, wilding out in a buttoned-up place like Carnegie Hall.
More pics from last night including the setlist, The Waterboys, The Roots, Eric Leeds, Diane Birch, the Cardigans' Nina Perrson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, Kat Edmonson, Blind Boys of Alabama, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Talib Kweli, Princess (Gretchen Lieberum & Maya Rudolph) and all iterations there within, are below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Bettye LaVette at Joe's Pub - 1/12/13
Soul legend Bettye LaVette, whose first single came out 50 years ago, came to NYC for two shows this past weekend, including one at City Winery on Friday (1/11) and another at Joe's Pub on Saturday (1/12). Pictures from the Joe's Pub show are in this post. Included is a shot of the written setlist, though she didn't play everything on it, and added in a cover of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me."
A list of all remaining dates and more pictures from Joe's Pub below...
Dr. John at BAM in April (more by David Andrako)
Dr. John and the Lower 911 are playing Town Hall on March 16 with Allen Toussaint. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.
Billy Bragg is playing Town Hall on April 27. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Bettye LaVette & the Blind Boys of Alabama play Town Hall on May 17. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM.
Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom, May 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette, who is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a musician, is in the Midwest now and about to play two shows at the new City Winery Chicago, but after a stint across the pond, the soul singer will retire from the road for the year in middle December. The downtime won't last too terribly long though; Bettye LaVette will play a pair of NYC shows in early January: 1/11 at City Winery (tickets) and 1/12 at Joe's Pub (tickets).
All tour dates are listed, along with video of an entire live show, below...
Bettye LaVette at Highline Ballroom in 2010 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bettye LaVette is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her music career this year with a new album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, due out Septemnber 25 via Anti-, and an autobiography co-written with David Ritz (whose written biographies of Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and others) titled A Woman Like Me, due out September 27 via Blue Rider Press/Penguin. Thankful N' Thoughtful was produced by Craig Street and features tracks written and/or performed by The Black Keys, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patty Griffin, Gnarls Barkley, The Pogues, Savoy Brown, Sly Stone, and others. The tracklist, an album trailer, and a lyric video of her take on The Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" are below.
Bettye will support the album with a tour beginning in October, but before that kicks off, she'll preview some of the new material in NYC at Highline Ballroom on September 28 and will do a Q&A and book signing one day earlier (9/27) at Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Tickets for the Highline show are on sale now.
A list of all dates, videos and album tracklist are below..
Tift Merritt in Madison Square Park 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The free 2012 Oval Lawn Series launches in NYC's Madison Square Park (between 5th and Madison Ave and 23rd and 26th St.) tonight (6/20) at 7PM with James Maddock and His Band and will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 8.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of free shows in Madison Square Park (where the Big Apple BBQ also happens). The full schedule with showtimes is listed below...
The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots and "special surprise guests" will celebrate the holdays at their 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, which goes down at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/15), followed by the usual Questlove DJ stint shortly thereafter. The show is private, but you (and a guest) can win a special invite by signing up for the Okayplayer newsletter. Further details are at the Okayplayer site.
The Roots will also celebrate legendary delta blues musician Robert Johnson's 100th birthday at the Apollo on March 6th, joining a lineup that includes Shemika Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and the show will double as a benefit for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
The Roots recently celebrated the release of their new LP Undun and inddirectly called Michelle Bachmann a "Lyin' Ass Bitch" (and will no longer have carte blanche on the songs they play as a result).
Video of Questlove and Black Thought from Power 105 this morning discussing the Michelle Bachmann incident, as well as the concept behind Undun is below...
Speaking of shows the Shins are playing...
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Tickets are on sale now for only $189.95 for all three days, all stages and in/out privileges."
Bettye Lavette at Highline Ballroom (more by Jacob Blickenstaff )
A quick reminder that one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, Neil Young, will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall in two days (2/10) as part of a benefit for music & arts programs of underpriviledged youth. The bill is beyond diverse, featuring The Roots, Nada Surf, Glen Hansard, DeVotchka, J Mascis and Bettye Lavette just to name a few of the twenty+ that are on board. "100% of the net proceeds from this event" will benefit charities like Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art, The Pinwheel Project, Music Unites, The American Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences New York, so pick up your tickets with a clear conscious!
Meanwhile, quite a few of the Neil Young-tribute artists have recently been or will be very active. Glen Hansard recently played City Winery and the Doveman show at LPR. Patti Smith & Jesse Smith are scheduled to play the Tibet benefit at Carnegie Hall in March. When Questlove of The Roots isnt going to see Prince or spinning at Brooklyn Bowl, he can be found on Jimmy Fallon. Nada Surf recently played Mercury Lounge and Rock Shop. DeVotchKa will play Highline in March with El Mariachi Bronx. Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando were just at Maxwell's and the Bell House. J Mascis has his upcoming tour with shows at Mercury Lounge and MHoW.
Ben Ottewell of Gomez plays the Neil Young event and an early solo show at Mercury Lounge the next day.
And last, but certainly not least, Bettye Lavette, besides paying tribute to the great rock'n roll patriarch from the North, also has quite a NYC residency in the spring when she'll set up shop at Cafe Carlyle from 5/24 - 6/3 (no shows on 5/29, 5/30). Ticketing info is forthcoming, but all tour dates, the full Neil Young Tribute lineup and some videos are below...
After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.
In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.
The gradual return of Levon Helm to singing and performing since undergoing throat cancer surgery in 1998 had a tremendous payoff Sunday night (8/15) at the Greek Theater, where the Band's drummer and Southern spirit responded to an admiring crowd with a dazzling two-hour concert.The above review comes from a Levon Helm Band appearance in LA in August (not long after Levon played Radio City Music Hall with Willie Nelson). The former member of The Band will return to NYC for two dates sectioned at Beacon Theater in November. They'll be joined by special guests Steve Earle (on 11/26) and Bettye Lavette (on 11/27). Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend shows are currently on AMEX presale (11/26 here and 11/27 here), and go on regular sale at noon on Friday (9/17).
Helm's presence -- at 70, he's still a ferocious drummer -- was cheered as much as the top-notch music-making; this show was a celebration of a creative life, of multiple strains of American music and of one man's determined will to soldier through adversity.
Sunday's show at the Greek [in Los Angeles] is the farthest west Helm and his 10-piece band band, led by guitarist Larry Campbell, have traveled since Helm returned to performing a little more than six years ago. In early 2004, he converted his Woodstock, NY, barn into a concert venue for the so-called "Midnight Ramble," asking, essentially, for fans to come to him, where they would be treated to an informal musical gathering with his band and esteemed guests. -[Soundspike]
Those in the mood for a road trip can head to Woodstock to check out Levon Helm at one of his Midnight Ramble sessions. Taking place fairly often (sometimes weekly), the space will also host Steve Earle (10/9, 10/23) and My Morning Jacket (10/16, before they play Terminal Five x5) in the coming months.
Full tour dates and some vids of the man at Midnight Ramble are below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
""How good was that!" an enthusiastic audience member yelled after the ever-soulful Bettye LaVette wrapped up her heartfelt version of George Harrison's "Isn't it a Pity" on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Highline Ballroom. The petite Detroit native was in top form, putting on a show that was, truthfully, too powerful for the venue. The Highline is an intimate venue with great seating, but it seemed most of the crowd was unprepared for the singing chops that Ms. LaVette had to offer. They don't make song stylists like her anymore, so most of the audience members had to appreciate how lucky they were to witness her rich, artful performance." [Examiner]Bettye performed her entire new covers album at the show.
"Peter Wolf took the stage at 10 P.M. and launched into a rocking set, that at this point in the evening, was most needed. The set included songs from his fantastic new record, mixed with older solo stuff and of course, some J. Geils gems. His band, with Duke Levine on guitars and the absolute monster Marty Richards on drums, turned this night into the houseparty the crowd was hoping for." [Burning Wood]Peter Wolf continues his tour in support of his new album TONIGHT (5/28) at The Bell House in Brooklyn (no Bettye on that show). More pictures and a bunch of videos from Highline Ballroom below...
DOWNLOAD: Bettye Lavette - Salt of the Earth (MP3)
"Wolf was born in the Bronx, New York. He planned a career as an artist, but he got a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on then-cutting edge Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and rhythm and blues music, giving himself the nickname "the Wolfa Goofa", sometimes expanded to "the Wolfa Goofa with the Green Teeth" (as mentioned in the intro to "Must of Got Lost" on the Blow Your Face Out album). Later as solo artist he called himself Woofa Goofa Mama Toofa. He formed a group called the Hallucinations who performed with The Velvet Underground, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, and Sun Ra. He then saw the J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. Wolf was known for his charismatic stage antics of fast-talking quips and "pole-vaulting" with the miorophone stand. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the songwriting. Creative differences followed their Freeze-Frame album, causing the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf to part ways in 1983." [Wikipedia]As mentioned in today's What's Going On post, J Geils Band singer Peter Wolf was added at some point to the Bettye LaVette show tonight at Highline Ballroom (no more advance tickets obviously, but they venue writes that standing room tickets will be available at the door). At the gig, Bettye will perform songs from her new CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, out now (get the Stones cover above). Peter Wolf co-headlines and will play second.
If you miss it, Peter has another NYC gig happening this Friday, May 28th at the Bell House with Kenny White. Tickets are still on sale. Both shows are part of a tour he's been on for most of May and which ends May 30th in Virginia.
Peter Wolf (not to be confused with Peter Wolf Crier) is touring because he has a new album, Midnight Souvenirs, which came out in April on Verve/UMe and has guest spots by Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case.
"Kicking off with the hook-heavy "Tragedy", Wolf and Lynne trade vocals that plant one foot in the soul firmament and the other in country, crafting a catchy tune that cleverly melds the two styles. Case elicits chills when her beautiful, expressive voice transforms "The Green Fields of Summer" from a slow, fiddle-driven ballad featuring Wolf to what sounds like a long-lost folk classic featuring a lush string arrangement." [PopMatters]Wolf will perform with the J. Geils Band again, at a show with Aerosmith at Fenway this August. Videos of Wolf with the band and solo, and all tour dates, are below...
DOWNLOAD: Bettye Lavette - Salt of the Earth (MP3)
Soul singer Bettye LaVette covers 13 classic rock songs on her new CD, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, which comes out May 25th on Anti- Records. The sources include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Who and the Rolling Stones, whose "Salt of the Earth" you can download above.
On May 26th (one day after the record's release) Bettye will perform the entire album for the first time live at the Highline Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. Her other tour dates are scattered around the world (including the UK naturally). Those, a pair of videos, and the full tracklist are below...
Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche will be one of the many acts at the now-sold-out Bell House Haiti Benefit tonight (1/27). Sondre goes on tour after that with opener JBM. JBM is NYC songwriter Jesse Marchant, who's now signed to Partisan Records. The label will release his debut Not Even in July on April 13th. For some JBM right now, check out his recently-posted Daytrotter Session.
Sondre is also scheduled to be at the Michael Dorf-produced Music of the Who show at Carnegie Hall on March 2nd. That show includes a lot of big names and City Winery regulars. They include Living Colour, Robyn Hitchcock, Matt Nathanson, Sondre Lerche, Postelles, Bettye LaVette, Mose Allison, The Smithereens, Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü), Fab Faux, Asaf Avidan, Willie Nile, Vanessa Carlton, Rich Pagano, Nicole Atkins and Steven Bernstein & The Music Unites Choir. Tickets are on sale.
Finally, Sondre Lerche plays NYC's City Winery on Tuesday, March 23rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...
Richie Havens and Bettye LaVette (Photo: Kevin Kiley)
Richie Havens played a free, but wet show in Castle Clinton last night (7/23). Bettye LaVette (now labelmates with Alec Ounsworth) plays a free and hopefully-dry show tonight (7/24) at Central Park Summerstage (with the Budos Band). Her most recent release came out in June.
Having conquered the ghosts of a hard-luck past on her GRAMMY-nominated CD The Scene of the Crime, BETTYE LAVETTE shines a new light on that past with her latest, A CHANGE IS GONNA COME SESSIONS. The digital-only EP for Anti- Records, available exclusively through iTunes starting June 16, revisits BETTYE's forgotten post-Atlantic Records years as a nightclub singer, Broadway performer, and touring cast member opposite Cab Calloway in "Bubbling Brown Sugar."All dates below....
The EP opens with a stirring solo version of Sam Cooke's posthumous Civil Rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come," a song which BETTYE sang with Jon Bon Jovi in January as part of the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" concert.
Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Savannah Music Fest '09 (Savannah Grandfather)
Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009 season schedule of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage. Internationally acclaimed for presenting world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and New York City's own backyard, the Central Park SummerStage season promises to be as electrifying as ever with a calendar chock-full of culturally diverse programs in multiple disciplines including music, dance, word, film, and comedy.Central Park Summerstage will host 31 free programs this summer. Musical highlights include M Ward, Josh Ritter, Juana Molina, Q-Tip, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Bettye Lavette, Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabaté. The whole schedule is below...
The 2009 Central Park SummerStage season is marked by innovative collaborations and will open on Friday, June 12 at 8:00 PM with a performance by the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and his band for the evening, The New York Pops.
City Parks Foundation also welcomes The Metropolitan Opera for the first time ever to Central Park SummerStage as The Met launches its free Summer Recital Series of outdoor concerts in neighborhood parks on Monday, July 13 at 8:00 PM with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).