Entries tagged with: Jefferson Starship
by Andrew Sacher
The Grateful Dead aren't the only San Francisco Sound band celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. Jefferson Airplane turn 50 too, and to celebrate that, founding guitarist, backup and sometimes-lead vocalist Paul Kantner's band Jefferson Starship are playing full Airplane sets on tour. The current lineup has Paul joined by longtime member David Freiberg, also of the great San Francisco band Quicksilver Messenger Service and a brief Airplane member in the early '70s, as well as Cathy Richardson, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith and Jude Gold.
The tour hits NYC on March 22 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
It may not be as exciting as if the full band got back together, but seeing Paul Kantner do a full set of Jefferson Airplane songs (especially with Freiberg on board) is still something to look forward to. Plus, as long as Grace Slick remains retired, a full reunion is out of the question. And according to former bandmate Jorma Kaukonen, she is. He recently re-confirmed to JTA, "Grace doesn't sing anymore, so that means that's really out of the question." But as for the rest of the members: "We'd like to do something. We don't know what that is, whether it's just wandering around and yakking on talk shows or something like that. Maybe having some acoustic guitars and playing some songs and talking."
Jorma's last appearance in NYC was actually Airplane-related too. Hot Tuna, his duo with JA bassist Jack Casady, played a special Beacon Theatre show in December for Jack's 70th birthday that had Jefferson Airplane co-lead singer Marty Balin fronting the band for "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "Plastic Fantastic Lover" and "Volunteers." They also of course did the Grace Slick-fronted "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," but with Tuna live member Teresa Williams singing lead, and covered The Dead's "Sugaree." Check out a video of Marty with Tuna from that show, below.
Jorma also takes part in the upcoming Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland, which all four current Dead members are playing. Jorma's other upcoming shows include SXSW, and nothing in NYC, but a couple nearby shows in NJ. All dates are listed below.
Marty Balin also has upcoming shows, including returns to NYC on April 4 at The Cutting Room (tickets) and July 31 at Iridium (tickets). He'll probably play a ton of Airplane too (check out the setlist of his most recent NYC show). All of his dates are listed below.
Watch a few classic Jefferson Airplane videos, plus that recent Beacon Theatre video, and the lists of tour dates, below...
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue BEMF continues tonight with Booka Shade and more at MHOW; Allesandro Cortini, Bitchin Bajas and more at Villain (early); Universal Cell Unlock and more at Villain (late); DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist playing from Afrika Bambaataa's collection at Verboten (early); The Gaslamp Killer and special guests at Verboten (late); Pinch and more at Glasslands; Lindsay Lowend and more at Baby's; and Route 94 and Todd Edwards at Output.
Waxahatchee, Allison Crutchfield, Radiator Hospital @ Asbury Lanes
Katie Crutchfield's band Waxahatchee should have a new album in 2015 and you can get an early taste as they're trying out new songs on this currently tour. Support comes from Swearin's Allison Crutchfield (Katie's twin sister) and Radiator Hospital (the project of former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott).
Dean Wareham, Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox @ BAM
Presented by The Andy Warhol Museum (which turns 20 this year) and Dean Wareham, this three-day event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1968 on his original 16mm Bolex camera, scored (and performed live) by Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Martin Rev, Tom Verlaine and Wareham.
The Menzingers, Spraynard, Captain We're Sinking, Pale Angels, DJ Gravves @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This is the first night of a stacked punk weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all around killer lineup. Headliners The Menzingers had a pretty big boost in their career this year thanks to their '90s alt-rock-inspired new album, Spraynard returned after a 2 year absence this year and have been playing non-stop since, Captain We're Sinking is fronted by the brother of one of the Menzingers singers and have a similar take on punk rock songwriting, and Pale Angels (who do or once did have Mikey Erg on drums) make ripping garage punk.
PUP, Chumped, Typefighter @ Mercury Lounge
A show that's in pretty tough competition with the BK Bazaar show goes down at Mercury Lounge. This one's got Canada's anthemic PUP, Brooklyn real-deal pop punks, and DC's folky and punky (but not folk punk) Typefighter. This one's got a 10:30 start, with BK Bazaar going from 9-1 maybe it's possible to catch some of both?
Excepter, Music Blues, The Dreebs, Running, Dog @ Death By Audio
Tonight's full of experimental sounds, headlined by longrunning Brooklyn outfit Excepter, shoegazy trio Dreebs, Music Blues (members of Harvey Milk, Uniform, UOA), and grimy Chicago punks Running.
Grifters, Turn To Crime @ Glasslands
Not unlike Guided by Voices, Memphis indie rock greats mixed a love of '60s pop with low-fi aesthetics to make some of the great records of the Clinton era. The band reformed last after 17 years off, and NYC's getting two shows, this being the first.
Peter Hook & The Light @ Irving Plaza
While we'd just as soon Hook and the rest of New Order (perfect) kiss and make up, tonight the low-slung bassist is here with his band performing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full, plus a few Joy Division songs. Fans of those LP's deep cuts like Low-Life's "Sunrise" or "Sooner Than You Think" or the first side of Brotherhood, might wanna go just to hear these played live. Maybe?
New York Comedy Festival
Laughter invades NYC the day we might need it post (post midterm elections), with a host of big-league talent and venues all over the city. Friday offers up Kevin Barnett, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Aparna Nacheria, an edition of The Corrigan Show, and more. Check the NYCF schedule for ticket availability.
James McMurtry, Jonny Burke @ Mercury Lounge
Discovered by John Mellencamp in the '80s, McMurty is as much a storyteller as a songwriter, but he's got a way with a hook too. His talky delivery has aged well.
Young Ejecta, Eaves, Tele/visions, Best Friend, Nirvanus @ Palisades
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- same synthpop sound and Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures.
Cold Specks, Eddi Front, Sun Nectar @ Rough Trade
Canadian goth-inflected soul songwriter Cold Specks released her new album Neuroplasticity back in August which on August 25, including two songs that feature Swans Michael Gira. Her live show is where she really shines.
Benjamin Booker, Blank Range @ Baby's All Right
Benjamin Booker makes soulful blues/garage rock and tonight concludes a two-night stand in NYC on his tour with Blank Range.
Weedeater, Lazer/Wulf, Full of Hell @ Saint Vitus
The crushing triple-billed tour of stoner doomers Weedeater, hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf hits Saint Vitus tonight. Metallic hardcore locals Tiger Flowers will add excellent support.
Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Nate Young (Regression Nightmare), Vanessa Rossetto @ Union Pool
This is a great double bill of noise rock with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's experimental guitar-led duo Body/Head and Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's band Regression Nightmare. The second of two nights at Union Pool.
Trentemoller @ Webster Hall
Danish producer Trentemoller released a new remix album, Lost Reworks (remixes of tracks from his 2013 LP Lost), in September and is back for a second tour of North America this year.
Jefferson Starship @ The Paramount
The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band on this tour. Go for '70s style prog rock -- if you're looking to get knee deep in the hoopla, you're gonna be disappointed.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Rockwood Music Hall is open again.
Power is back to most of Manhattan following four days of blackout in half the borough, with ConEd promising to have everywhere in the city back on by tonight and things are starting to get back to normal, though the Subways aren't quite there yet -- though the 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines are up and running. Current subway outage map is here.
Tomorrow's NYC Marathon is cancelled, though, as you probably have heard.
Here's our list of things happening or not happening in NYC on Saturday (11/3).
The Lower East Side early Friday evening and Cake Shop is open and tonight's free show with Montreal's The Luyas is on. Making it even more Canadian is Vancouver's Peace. The show is FREE and starts early (Luyas are at 8 PM) and there will be a donation box that goes to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund.
Later that night at Cake Shop (and not free) it's Home Blitz, and Watery Love.
As previously announced, Peace are also playing Pianos tonight at 10 PM and that's a free show too. on a diverse bill that also features Jennifer Stuart & the Design, Myra Flynn, and Randall Shreve & the Sideshow. (Peace play again at Death By Audio on Monday).
Next door, The Living Room is also back in business with James van Cuylenburg (of The Tealeaves), Chris Riffle, Deni Bonet and New Ponies.
The same goes for East Village club The Stone that will hold a Hurrican Relief benefit tonight at 8 PM, featuring John Zorn (sax) Joel Rubin (clarinet) James Moore (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Brian Chase (drums) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Tim Keiper (drums) Jon Madof (guitar) James Ilgenfritz (bass) and many special guests. Then at 10 PM, it's Anthony Coleman.
It looked like Santos was going to be open for tonight Shiny Toy Guns, Colourmusic and MNDR show, but the venue just tweeted, "Due to complications in the wake of Sandy, we regret to announce that our events for this wknd are canceled. Refer to site for more info." Show has been moved to Monday, November 5.
Mercury Lounge is open but tonight's Anaka show has been postponed till December 2. The early show with Gangstagrass and The Newton Gang is still on.
Bowery Ballroom is back tonight with their first post-Sandy/blackout show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Ava Luna.
Sunshine Cinema on Houston is open for business but the BV-presented screenings of Miami Connection have been rescheduled for next weekend (11/9, 11/10).
Bowery Electric is now actually electric again, but tonight's David Johansen show with Romans and Kay Kasperhausen has been postponed.
Joe's Pub is back in business and tonight they have Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth.
Le Poisson Rouge's power is back on and tonight's FIXED show is happening with The Magician. This past Tuesday's cancelled Kitsune event with The Twelves and Yuksek has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 4th at LPR (New Moods are no longer on the bill).
Peter Wolf's shows at City Winery tonight and tomorrow are cancelled.
Webster Hall has power and though there's no show in the main space tonight, The Studio will be open with Gallows, Barn Burner, For Sleeping or Jumping, and DeathThrob.
The Jefferson Starship show that was to happen at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture is being postponed to a later date TBA.
Metropolitan Talent reports:
Due to Hurricane Sandy related logistical challenges, the following concerts in New York City are postponed:Sunday's Little Feat & Leon Russell show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester is also postponed.
Thursday, Nov. 1 Rickie Lee Jones - rescheduled for 11/14
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Friday, Nov. 2 Blackmore's Night - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Saturday, Nov. 3 Jefferson Starship - new date tba
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Friday, Nov 9 Little Feat & Leon Russell - new date tba
Citizen Cope at Beacon Theatre has been postponed, date still TBD.
The Dethklok / All That Remains / Machine Head / The Black Dahlia Murder that was to happen tonight at Roseland has bee postponed till Dec. 14. TIckets will be honored. This is the 2nd Dethklok show in a row at Roseland cancelled or postponed.
Matisyahu at Starland Ballroom, like the two Social Distortion shows before it, is cancelled.
Henry Rollins appears to still be appearing in Trenton, NJ tonight.
George Lopez's gig at Wellmont Theater on Saturday is postponed to 2/23/2013, and his Capitol Theater show will instead happen 2/22.
Maxwell's in Hoboken is still closed.
Teebs and Reggie Watts play a party in Long Island City.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, most venues are up and running.
The Rock Shop is open.
Littlefield is hosting a Stache Bash.
Savoir Adore and Slowdance play the Brooklyn Museum with Jarana Beat. It's a free show that begins at 5 PM.
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is open and free.
Union Pool has Wolvhammer, Kreig, Doomsday, part of their BV-presented tour.
Knitting Factory is having a benefit for the Rockaways with Vast Aire, The Kominas and more.
Fagettes, Baroque Punk, and Dirty Virgins play Death By Audio
285 Kent will be pumping tonight to the sounds of Zomby, DJ Rashad, Massacooramaan, and J-Cush
Around the corner at Glasslands, it's Lazyeyes, The Doorbells, and The Midnight Hollow.
S. 5th St loft space Dead Herring plays host to Dead Stars, Little Radar, Anchorline, and Elliot & the Ghost. More info here.
At Cameo tonight, they have Eyes Lips Eyes, Leverage Models, and Beast Patrol early, and then at midnight it's indipop dance party Mondo! NYC.
Landlady and Marble Fawn are at Pine Box Rock Shop
At Le Loft (252 Norman in Greenpoint), it's Pretty & Nice, MiniBoone, Grooms, and Earthquake Party. More info here.
Shea Stadium has Sidekicks, Glocca Morra, Radiator Hospital and Brick Mower. More info here.
Over at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, it's Celestial Shore, Grass Is Green, Baked, Highway Gimps.
Paper Diamond are at Brooklyn Bowl.
Zebulon is open and wants you to dance. DJ Tropical Jeremy provides the music.
Barbes in Park Slope is open with Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica and Banda Sinaloense De Los Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.
The Nets play their postponed first game of the season tonight at Barclays Center.
"Veterans of the original Woodstock festival, including Levon Helm, Paul Kantner and Country Joe McDonald, have organized a scheduled flashback of sorts: they and several other musicians who performed at that 1969 concert will play a new show on Aug. 15 to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary, The Associated Press reported. The new concert, whose lineup also includes the Woodstock alumni Big Brother and the Holding Company, Ten Years After, Canned Heat and Mountain, will be held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in upstate New York, where the first Woodstock festival took place. Mr. Helm, who played at Woodstock as a member of the Band, will be appearing with his Levon Helm Band, and Mr. Kantner, who performed at Woodstock with Jefferson Airplane, will appear at the anniversary concert with the upgraded Jefferson Starship." [NY Times]No word still on the big NYC (possibly in Prospect Park) concert. Castle Clinton is hosting four tribute shows though.