Entries tagged with: Jimmy Webb
photos by Greg Cristman
Darlene Love @ B.B. King's Blues Club 12/23/2015
Having sung with The Crystals (anonymously) and with many other Phil Spector wall-of-sound groups/productions, Darlene Love is one of the voices behind some of '60s pop's biggest hits. Believe it or not, she she hadn't released a new solo album since 1988...until this year's Introducing Darlene Love, that is. Produced by superfan Steven Van Zandt the album has an impressive cast behind the curtain, with songs written for her by Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Zandt, plus ones by Joan Jett, Linda Perry, Jimmy Webb, and more. You can stream the whole thing, via Spotify, below.
Darlene's powerful pipes are also, in a lot of ways, synonymous with the holidays as she was one of the featured performers on the classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. She also entertains NYC ever year with a holiday run at B.B. King's, and we caught the December 23 show where she played both holiday favorites and songs from the new album. Pictures are in this post.
You can catch the last of her "Love For The Holidays" show again at B.B. King's on Saturday (January 2). She's also playing BB King's on January 16 as part of the APAP Conference, and then again at the club on February 11. Tickets for all those BB King's shows are on sale. She'll also play play Brooklyn College's Walt Whitman Theatre on April 2 (tickets).
She's got a lot more tour dates coming up, including a few in NY & NJ and all are listed below.
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
While it may not have actually hit triple digits on Saturday (7/7), in the easy-bake oven of asphalt, concrete and steel that is Times Square, it felt like 110 -- especially at 1PM when I arrived there for CBGB Festival's all-day free show. The heat kept attendance on the low side (I should add there was also no line at Shake Shack either on Saturday) but everybody seemed to be having a good time, bands included, for what is the very rare occasion to see live bands in such an iconic NYC setting.
The festival had two stages set up on Saturday with one on 51st, and then one on 47th St right below the TKTS booth and bleachers -- which is where Duff McKagan's Loaded were already playing as I got out of the subway. I was never much of a Guns N' Roses fan and had never listened to Loaded band before but always thought of him as the "punk" member of GN'R. Definitely Loaded swing that way and their set was a mix of Foo Fighters-ish originals and choice covers, including The Damned's "New Rose" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the latter of which featured special guest Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols (who played his own CBGB Fest show at the Living Room with CBGB Fest keynote speaker Krist Novoselic in attendance).They also did GN'R's debut single "It's So Easy" which got some fists pumping.
With no downtime between bands, I hightailed it up Broadway which was closed to traffic and served as a merch area and food truck court. I got there right as Superchunk launched into their first song and new single "This Summer" which continues their hit streak since relaunching the band two years ago. (Not that they ever went away, really.) It was too hot for the crowd to do much beyond nod enthusiastically and sing along to the band's favorites-packed set, but it didn't stop Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance from pogoing through most of the set, and Mac got off a couple of his signature jumps which could be seen from a block away. (Even when a failed launch had him tumble off the drum riser, Mac kept playing. That's how it's done.) As I said, Superchunk loaded their set with classics, including "Hyper Enough," "Driveway to Driveway," and "Slack Motherfucker," the latter of which was a treat to hear loud in Disneyfied Times Square.
I didn't stick around for the later bands which included The Hold Steady and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who also played a secret show later that night at Cake Shop), nor did our photographer who headed up to Summerstage for Guided by Voices, but there are pictures of openers Upper West and Zulu Wave below along with more pictures of Superchunk (including setlist) and Duff McKagan's Loaded.
people watching Sonic Youth in Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
The 2010 River to River series of free summer shows in NYC is slowly being announced. As previously mentioned, Genesis member Steve Hackett is playing Rockefeller Park, the Bang on a Can Marathon returns to the World Financial Center in June, kids will be crowding into Battery Park on 4th of July, The Old 97s play South Street Seaport the same day, and other bands play South Street Seaport on other days. Rockfeller Park is located at the north end of Battery Park City, and will also host free shows by Beth Orton and Burning Spear this summer. Castle Clinton, also located in Battery Park, has so far announced Antibalas. Free movies on "The Elevated Acre" at 55 Water Street so far this year include "The Muppets Take Manhattan". Those and other free Battery Park events announced so far, below...