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photo: Mercury Rev at at LPR in October (more by Greg Cristman)
Mercury Rev

Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9's third-annual Gotham Holiday Swing event is going down once again on December 18 at Town Hall, celebrating "the holiday season with a swingin' program of New York and New Orleans tunes old and new."

New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is hosting in his Buster Poindexter guise, and there's quite the eccentric lineup. Soul vet Lee Fields and back-in-action psych rockers Mercury Rev join a bill of Madeleine Peyroux, Hal Willner, Terry Reid, Raul Midon, Carole Buffard and Basya Schechter. Tickets are available.

The show will also feature a food drive at the town hall in partnership with City Harvest, so bring a canned good or two!

Check out a video from last year's event below...

Continue reading "Mercury Rev, Lee Fields, Buster Poindexter & more playing 'Gotham Holiday Swing' this weekend"

by Bill Pearis


Santigold will soon be back with a new album titled 99¢, her first since 2012's Master of My Make-Believe. It's out January 22 via Atlantic. New single "Can't Get Enough Of Myself" premiered today on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. Produced by Patrik Berger (whose credits include Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" and Icona Pop "I Love It") it's a very likeable, reggae-tinged bit of upbeat dancepop and you can stream it, along with her Zane Lowe interview, below.

Of the album's title, Santi told Lowe, "Everything is a product these days, including people, relationships...it's all about marketing products. Also everything's undervalued, you know? I'm a product too. So 99¢ seemed like a good price for me and my life and all my hard work." You can watch a satirical ad for the album below. In addition to Berger, production work on LP was done by a variety of producers, including Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Hit-Boy, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Justin Raisen, Sam Dew, John Hill, and Doc McKinney.

Santigold just played the rainy second (final) day of New Orleans' Voodoo Fest and you can check out pictures here. She'll be the special guest at Antibalas' show at Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, along with Superhuman Happiness. That's part of Antibalas' monthlong BB Wednesdays residency that began last week and continues tonight (11/4) with special guest Saul Williams and EMEFE. That wraps up November 18 with special guests Lee Fields & Will Holland (Quantic) and also Raja Kassis's HUMANBEING. Tickets to all three Antibalas Brooklyn Bowl residency shows are on sale now.

Continue reading "Santigold readies new LP '99¢' & shares single "Can't Get Enough of Myself," playing Antibalas Brooklyn Bowl residency"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones' cancer sadly returned but she's still fighting and touring soon. When we last posted, her schedule included a couple shows just outside of NYC (Newark and Tarrytown) and now it's got one happening in the city.

Sharon and the Dap-Kings play this year's WFUV Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 4 with Brandi Carlile & Friends and Dawes. They'll be playing songs off their upcoming holiday album, due 10/30 via Daptone. Tickets for that show are on WFUV, local and Chase preasles now (password = SOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (10/23) at 10 AM. All dates are listed, with a stream of the Dap-Kings' recently released single "Thunderclap," below.

Also as discussed, the US premiere of her new documentary Miss Sharon Jones! happens in NYC on November 12 at SVA Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

In other Daptone news, NYC afrobeat band The Budos Band have announced a hometown show for December 12 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. Their only other date we're currently aware of is in San Francisco this November.

As you may know, fellow NYC Daptone afrobeat band Antibalas have an upcoming hometown residency happening October 28, November 4, 11, and 18 at Brooklyn Bowl with different guest each night. Since we last spoke, soul singer (and Daptone associate) Lee Fields was revealed as the guest for the final night. The other guests are The Funk Ark (10/28), EMEFE (11/4) and Superhuman Happiness (11/11). Tickets for all four are still available.

And lastly, another soul singer, Daptone artist and Budos Band collaborator, Charles Bradley, also has some shows coming up. One is in the NYC-area, opening for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on December 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He's also got some shows with Grace Potter, and he plays New Year's Eve in DC. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones playing WFUV holiday show with Brandi Carlile & Dawes +++ Budos Band, Lee Field & Charles Bradley shows"

photos: Ariel Pink @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Turn To Crime, Dinowalrus, Banana Kiss @ Cake Shop
Detroit's Turn to Crime make soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times.

Dan Deacon, Eaters @ Rough Trade
Dan Deacon's new album Gliss Riffer is out today and he'll celebrate tonight with what's a fairly small show for him. Expect a lot of audience participation. If you're going, get there early for Brooklyn duo Eaters who are worth seeing.

Julia Holter, Alex Temple, Spektral Quartet @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
Experimental pop great Julia Holter teams up with Chicago chamber ensemble Spektral Quartet for the world premiere of Alex Temple's "Behind the Wallpaper" and a set of arrangements of her own songs as well.

Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, The So So Glos @ Saint Vitus
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics. They play their first of two NYC shows tonight.

Ariel Pink, Jack Name @ Terminal 5
Ariel Pink is capable of sublime pop and novelty rock, as heard on last year's pom pom (sometimes within the same song). Likewise, his shows can be brilliant or a big mess...but they're rarely boring.

Kayo Dot, Enablers, Insect Ark, Center Divider @ Mercury Lounge
Metal boundary pushers Kayo Dot headline this excellent bill with experimental rock collective Enablers, Michael Gira collaborator Insect Ark (aka Dana Schecter), and another relatively likeminded local band, Center Divider.

Kurt Braunohler @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler is touring in support of his new Comedy Central web series Roustabout that had him jet skiing from Chicago to New Orleans for charity. Will he be jet skiing to this show? The Gowanus is nearby.

Kate Pierson @ City Winery
The bouffanted B-52's singer just released her first-ever solo album, Guitars and Microphones, and will be celebrating tonight at this show. The LP is riddled with guest appearances, so who knows who might show up.

Lauryn Hill @ Blue Note
Lauryn Hill's currently in the midst of a nine-show NYC run on her intimate acoustic tour. She plays twice tonight, early and late shows.

Pile, Solids, Leapling, Radiator King @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a solid indie rock bill tonight with Boston's post-hardcore-leaning Pile, Canada fuzz rock duo Solids, Brooklyn's poppy Leapling and Boston's folky Radiator King.

Dropdead, Creeping Dose, Narcoleptics, Grudges @ Acheron
Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been going strong for over two decades, and even their newest material (they put out an EP last year) continues to rip.

Irma Thomas, Lee Fields, Eric Krasno, Alecia Chakour, The Dynamites @ BB King'
Two classic soul veterans, Irma Thomas and Lee Fields, come together for this 'Blues at The Crossroads' show that also includes Soulive/Lettuce's Eric Krasno, Warren Haynes Band's Alecia Chakour and The Dynamites.

Todd Barry, Myq Kaplan, Micah Sherman, The Enemy, Professional Strong-Man Chris "Wonder" Schoeck, Atomic Showgirls, Brian & Edy, + more!
"No Feelings Presents" is a monthly variety show featuring "the best improv teams, stand-up comics, and unique variety acts in New York." Todd Barry and Myq Kaplan highlight tonight's guests.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

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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The 2015 edition of Arts & Crafts' Field Trip Festival happens June 6 & 7 in downtown Toronto. This year's lineup features Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, The War on Drugs, De La Soul, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Temples, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Marina & the Diamonds, Apostle of Hustle, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/6) at 10 AM EST.

Full lineup is listed below...

Continue reading "Toronto's Field Trip Festival announces 2015 lineup"

Pier 97

The new NYC outdoor concert venue JBL Live at Pier 97 had its first show last week (The Fray, 7/9) and there have been a few notable additions since we lasted posted. Lee Fields & The Expressions will open the August 15 Thievery Corporation show (tickets), and Bob Weird & Ratdog play on August 18 (tickets).

Other shows include Robyn & Royksopp on 8/20 (tickets), Phantogram and Action Bronson on 9/13 (tickets), and Lorde and Magical Cloudz on 9/14 (tickets).

Full Pier 97 schedule and a time-lapse video from The Fray show below...

Continue reading "JBL Live at Pier 97 underway; Lee Fields & The Expressions added to Thievery Corp"

Lee Fields

Soul legend Lee Fields stays very active with his band The Expressions, and he'll continue to do so with plans for a new album and tour dates this year. The new record, Emma Jean, comes out on June 3 via Truth & Soul and features a song written by Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. The first single is a cover of JJ Cale's "Magnolia," which you can listen to below.

Lee will be previewing the new material at SXSW this year, and he's also got plans for a European tour, an appearance at Sasquatch, and a record release show in NYC happening on May 29 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (3/5) at noon.

All dates, including his SXSW schedule, are listed below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields releasing a new album, playing SXSW, LP release show in NYC & more (dates & stream)"

Cold Cave @ Station to Station Arizona (more by Lucas Hodge)
Cold Cave

The Red Bull Sound Select series of NYC shows continues this month with an East Village Radio curated show at Tammany Hall on November 20. Cold Cave will headline the show which will also features sets from local-ish acts Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys (who we've profiled), and Nothing (who played one of CMJ-week parties last month). Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3, but they're now requiring RSVP (or else it's $10). Keep your eye on RBSS's site for the RSVP link to appear. Check out the flyer below.

The next Red Bull Sound Select show anywhere, is in Austin Saturday as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest and Lee Fields is headlining that one. Jesse Ware does LA on 11/19 (Small Black recently did Dallas) (Debbie wasn't available).

Cold Cave, who've been trickling out songs over the last few months, last played NYC in September when they were at Glasslands. If you haven't heard Bad Girlfriend, the garagey quartet are currently working on their debut LP with Rewards' Aaron Pfenning at the controls and you can stream a few tracks below. Nothing will be touring with Weekend in January.

The last BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show was last month at MHOW with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem, The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako and Nude Becah. Our next one is in January. Stay tuned for more info on that.

East Village Radio is also the home of the Invisible Oranges radio show. Head to IO for this week's playlist and a link to the stream.

Bad Girlfriend streams and RBSS NYC flyer below...

Continue reading "Cold Cave playing Red Bull Sound Select NYC show w/ Nothing & Bad Girlfriend; Lee Fields doing Austin; Jessie Ware in LA"

Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse will be in NYC next week for CMJ, opening for Lee Fields & the Expressions at Webster Hall on October 18. It's an early show, Nick's on at 6:30 PM and tickets are still available. The day before that (10/17) he'll be at the MOSCOT store on the Lower East Side for a solo set. He's on at 7 PM and it's free but you do need to RSVP.

After the Lee Fields show, Nick is sticking around NYC for a special CMJ edition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off party at Brooklyn Bowl on October 19. Nick will be the Guest Selector for the evening, and guest judges include Simon Raymonde (Bella Union/Cocteau Twins), Jacco Gardner, Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult), Christian Peslak (Saint Rich), Maria Juur (Maria Minerva), and Sandra Vu (SISU/Dum Dum Girls). Tickets are on sale now and you can also get in with your CMJ badge.

Lee Fields at Austin City Limits, Oct 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Lee Fields

Lee Fields & The Expressions just returned from a stint in the EU and is gearing up to head southbound for a tour on that side of the Mason-Dixon line at the tail end of this week (kicking off 11/30). After a New Year's Eve show in Boston, and a scattered few other shows along the way, look for an NYC date at Bowery Ballroom on February 15. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

All tour dates are listed below, along with recent live video.

Continue reading "Lee Fields & The Expressions touring, playing Boston on New Year's Eve, NYC in February (dates)"

St. Vincent

In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...

Hope to see you at Pianos tonight, unless of course you're celebrating Yom Kippur which started at sundown (or under 21).

It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?

That photo is actually part of a series orchestrated by HeadCount where over 200 celebrities, including Jeff Tweedy, were photographed with "Register to Vote" clipboards. You can see them all here.

Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.

Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.

Prince took a 40 minute encore break last night in Chicago.

Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.

Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.

Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.

Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.

Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.

You can also check out Thee Oh Sees' side of the new Famous Class' "LAMC" 7" series which they were selling last night at their very sweaty Death by Audio show. It's streaming below.

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle talks (vegetarian) food - including pizza, popcorn and, yes, hummus over at FoodRepublic. He and the band will be in NYC next month.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Register to Vote Day; Neil Young on Twitter; Free Bowie Tribute LP; new Converge, Cat Power's band & more"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Wilco at Prospect Park - 7/23/12

Wilco brought their tour, three NYC shows included, to Prospect Park last night (7/23). It was their first of two at the outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn venue and with their first of two Lees (Lee Fields and the Expressions opened last night, Lee Ranaldo Band opens tonight).

It was pouring rain and there were a few moments of big lightning above and behind the stage, but the show went on and Wilco played for over two hours. They opened their show with "Dawned on Me," one of the standouts on their 2011 (comeback?) record, The Whole Love. The band then continued with a solid mix of new ones and old favorites (and a good deal of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). The set also included, "California Stars," one of the songs from the 1998 Mermaid Avenue album with Billy Bragg, which saw Wilco and Bragg putting unheard Woody Guthrie lyrics to original music. They play that one a lot but nonetheless, it was an appropriate time to honor the folk legend who would have turned 100 earlier this month.

During the show, Jeff Tweedy made a comment that we (Brooklyn) smelled like bacon, calling us the most bacon smelling show that he'd ever experienced. A commenter on a Wilco message board also noted that "at one point between songs he started singing a song called 'Bacon Rain.' He also made sure the rain wasn't causing anybody to chafe, and asked if anybody needed gold bond in the crowd." We're pretty sure he was smelling the fries being cooked stage right at The Farm on Adderley concession stand.

The tour continues in Prospect Park tonight (7/24). Last night, Jeff mentioned that for the people who are coming back for a second night, they'll be mixing up the setlist a bit, only playing repeats of certain songs (though it's hard to know exactly how serious he was being). After that, they'll play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (7/25) with Cibo Matto.

More pictures and the setlist from last night's show are below...

Continue reading "Wilco and Lee Fields played Prospect Park (pics, setlist)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fort Greene Park 7/10/2012
Lee Fields & The Expressions

It was right around the time that DJ Akalepse threw on a Roy Ayers classic followed by "The Planet" by Gang Starr (with its chorus "out in B-R-double-O-K-lyn the planet") that I realized just how "Brooklyn" the entire thing was. I rode my bike to the show. I was debating a quinoa falafel. I was waiting for a 60s throwback soul band in a park while sitting on a blanket. I just saw a band playing music from Sierra Leone and was now listing to a guy spinning 45s.

The subject of the beautiful evening was Lee Fields & The Expressions, the retro-soul crew featuring a sixty-year-old crooner as a frontman, who headlined a show at Fort Greene Park last night (7/10) featuring support from Janka Nabay. The opener practiced in Bubu music, a bouncy style that was perfect for the atmosphere, though nothing I would ever personally sink my teeth into.

I am a sucker for old soul, James Brown, The JB's, and anything associated with the People label of the 70s, so naturally I enjoyed the Lee Fields. The Expressions are tight and Fields is enigmatic on stage; he handles the crowd well by encouraging audience participation, engaging with individual ladies from the crowd, and gliding across the stage like his shoes were slathered in butter. Though I don't usually sit down and listen to Daptone-and-related records, their live shows are always interesting and fun to watch.

The next Fort Greene Park show goes down on July 24th and features Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction.

More pictures from Fort Greene Park last night are below.

Continue reading "Lee Fields & The Expressions and Janka Nabay played Fort Greene Park (pics, review)"

Lee Fields at MHOW in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Lee Fields

Speaking of free shows in Fort Greene Park, Lee Fields and the Expressions will play one at the outdoor Brooklyn venue on July 10 with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang and DJ Akalepse. That show happens two weeks before Lee opens for Wilco at Prospect Park (7/23) (tickets).

Meanwhile, you can catch Janka Nabay in NYC TONIGHT (6/12) at Zebulon with Nass Gnawa and The Oracle DJ's. Janka's tour dates also list The Avant Garde Diaries on June 19 at a TBA address.

A list of all dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields & the Expressions playing free show at Fort Greene Park w/ Janka Nabay, who plays Zebulon tonight (dates)"


After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Austin City Limits Festival -- 2012 lineup "

Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Zeigler)

"Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing."- Jeff Tweedy
RIP Levon.

Wilco, missing Levon like the rest of us, have announced even more tour dates including two Celebrate Brooklyn shows at the Prospect Park Bandshell which happen right between the previously announced Camden and Rhode Island shows. The Brooklyn dates and openers are July 23 with Lee Fields & The Expressions and July 24 with Lee Ranaldo Band (of Sonic Youth). Tickets will go on pre-sale on May 2nd at 10AM EDT and regular sale on Friday at 10AM EDT.

Lee Ranaldo Band are doing a other few dates on the Wilco tour too and touring with M.Ward (who they play a sold out Webster Hall with). M. Ward also plays Prospect Park this summer, but with Yo La Tengo.

All tour dates for Lee Fields, Lee Ranaldo and Wilco are below, along with a recent video of Ranaldo interviewed/performing at his record release.

Continue reading "Wilco adds two Prospect Park shows, one at Hollywood Bowl & more tour dates"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Lee Fields & the Expressions @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lee Fields and the Expressions

""I consider myself a true soul man," declares Lee Fields with a confident laugh.
It's hard to argue with the North Carolina native. He's been on the grind since cutting his first single in 1969, an aching cover of James Brown's "Bewildered" that helped earn him the nicknames Little J.B. and Soul Brother No. 2. He's been at it ever since, in a journeyman's career full of hills and valleys.
"Oh man, more downs than ups, but the ups have been so beautiful," he says." [Austin Chronicle]
After a trip to Austin which included a Carson Daly showcase at Red 7 (where Carson played drums with Thee Oh Sees and Cults also played), Lee Fields & the Expressions returned to NYC in time to headline a Saturday night show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The Jay Vons opened for the soulful friend of Sharon Jones. Here are some pictures from the NYC show. More of them, setlist included, below...

Continue reading "after SXSW, Lee Fields & The Expressions played MHOW w/ The Jay Vons (pics & setlist)"

Lee Fields @ Summerstage (more by Bryan Kremkau)
Lee Fields

While the Budos Band (and special guest TBA) are ringing in the new year in Williamsburg, Dig Deeper will be presenting Lee Fields & the Expressions along with Sugar Pie Desanto over at the Bell House for a soul party closer to Park Slope. Tickets are on sale.

Meanwhile, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be helping Daptone Records celebrate 10 years with a run of special NY shows that include 2 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall. The NYC gigs are now all sold out, but in case you were wondering, here's who they have as openers so far:

12/6 @ Music Hall: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
12/7 @ Music Hall: The Sugarman 3
12/13 @ Bowery: The Sugarman 3
12/14 @ Bowery: Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
Rodriguez will open for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires on Saturday, December 3rd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale for that. More dates for these artists are listed HERE.

The Budos Band in Prospect Park (more by David Andrako)

Lee Fields & The Expressions are headlining a benefit show at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night (9/26). Tickets can be had for as low as $15 and as much as $100. Proceeds support NYC's non-religious suicide hotline run by Samaritans of NY. Corey Glover (Living Colour), Danielia Cotton, and The Smyrk are also on the bill. It's one of only three upcoming shows right now for Lee. The other two are in Chicago and Michigan and are listed below.

Other upcoming Daptone-related shows include the previously-mentioned Charles Bradley show at Bowery Ballroom in December (tickets), and the not-yet mentioned Budos Band show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on New Year's Eve (with "very special guests to be announced"). Tickets are on sale.

One thing I can assure you is that the MHOW NYE special guest is not Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings who are due to announce another NYC show of their own soon. Meanwhile they have scattered tour dates scheduled, some with My Morning Jacket. All dates for all of them, below...

Continue reading "Lee Fields playing a benefit @ Brooklyn Bowl, Budos Band & special guests playing NYE @ Music Hall (and other dates)"

photos by Bryan Kremkau

Lee Fields & the Expressions
Lee Fields

Fitz & the Tantrums
Fitz & The Tantrums

"This weekend was truly a triumph for the state of New York's Gay Community and made my musically enlightened weekend that much sweeter! Friday night's passage of the legalization of same-sex marriage seemed to spark a fire of love and celebration in the city. It couldn't have made for a better day to head to Central Park for one of their summer series concerts.

I knew that the concert had a lot in store for me as the soulful Fitz & the Tantrums, easily one of my favorite new bands, would be performing! Also on the program was soul and funk legend, Lee Fields, who proved that even after a few decades, he's certainly got the moves!

Haling from Los Angeles, California, Fitz & the Tantrum's indie soul sound had the crowd dancing from start to finish... [and] I was happy to find that they sounded even better live, as most of the greatest bands do.

Playing hits from the album such as "Pickin' Up the Pieces" and "Rich Girls" , the group enchanted the audience... finishing their set with one of their biggest hits " MoneyGrabber", they left me wanting more and I feared it would be the last time I'd ever get to see them for free!

Feeding my hungry retro-soul, Lee Fields put on a magnificent performance that salutes the saying "you're as young as you feel.""
[The Vogue Vibes]

Fitz & the Tantrums and Lee Fields & The Expressions played a free show in Central Park at Summerstage on Saturday (6/25). The show, as described above, was one of Fitz & the Tantrums' many shows this summer, which also include Lollapalooza, Music to Know Fest, and ACL.

More pictures from the Central Park show below...

Continue reading "Fitz & the Tantrums played Central Park Summerstage w/ Lee Fields & the Expressions (pics)"

by BBG

Lee Fields at Bowery Ballroom (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Lee Fields

Think you can wail like the great Lee Fields? Give it a shot with his the My World instrumentals LP, out now via Truth & Soul Records. If you're feeling really studious, then follow-up your LP purchase with a visit to Central Park Summerstage on June 25th for some more intense scrutiny, as Lee Fields & The Expressions will perform at the venue with Fitz & The Tantrums. The FREE summer show kicks off at 3PM.

Lee Fields will also make an appearance at Southpaw on 5/21 (tickets), as a special guest at a headlining date for The Sweet Divines. The Sweet Divines will also play The Bell House on 6/24 supporting Syl Johnson (tickets). All other Lee Fields dates, and some video is below.

Fitz & the Tantrums are meanwhile touring like crazy, and all their dates are also listed below...

Continue reading "Fitz & the Tantrums playing Summerstage w/ Lee Fields (and other tour dates) "

Syl Johnson supporting Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Syl Johnson

Deep Groove soul singer Syl Johnson will return to the NYC stage to play a headlining date at The Bell House on June 24th. Tickets are on sale. There he'll be supported by The Sweet Divines who are also scheduled to play a show with soul frontman Lee Fields at Southpaw on May 21st. Tickets are on sale for that too, as is the recently-released "My World" instrumentals on vinyl.

Lee's last show was another sold out affair on Friday, April 1st at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band...

"Bradley left everything he had out on the stage in about 45 minutes and was promptly relieved by headliner Fields, with the Menahan Street Band staying put and subbing for Fields' usual backing group, the Expressions. Looking like a pint-sized Lou Rawls, veteran singer Fields ably continued the retro-exploration into Daptone's dictionary of journeyman soul. As with Bradley, Fields is an older fellow influenced by the torchy, balladic nature of artists like James Brown and Bobby Womack as well as Al Green and the Hi Records crew." [Magnet]
Charles Bradley heads out on tour later this month with instrumental group the Budos Band, who don't have any NYC-area shows scheduled, but who are on the bill of the (gulp) "Dave Matthews Band Caravan" festival taking place in Atlantic City from June 24-26 with The Flaming Lips, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog and many more.

On a somewhat related note, the funky saxophone great and member of The JB's, Maceo Parker, will play SOB's on May 18th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of two scheduled for Parker in NYC. He'll also play a FREE show at One Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 12th with DJ Spinna.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Maceo "Funk Dance Party" is the first in a 3-part series of free 'Celebrate Brooklyn' dance parties at the location. May 19th's "Tropical Dance Party" will feature La Excelencia & Que Bajo?!, and May 26th's "Bhangra Dance Party" will feature Red Baraat & DJ Rekha. They promise "Sweeping views, great lawn, dance lessons, beer garden, bike valet & it's free! Three spring evenings featuring some of the coolest dance bands on the planet, the funkiest DJs under the stars, and the greatest view in the world!"

More tour dates and some videos, below...

Continue reading "new Syl Johnson & Lee Fields shows, Budos Band & Maceo Parker dates ++ free dance parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park"

Steve Arrington & Dam Funk
Steve Arrington & Dam Funk

After a record release show at Southpaw, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band have spent the better part of the last two weeks on the road in celebration of his new LP No Time For Dreaming. Later this month Charles heads to Europe for a string of dates with Lee Fields & The Expressions who he will also play with again on April 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on AMEX presale Wed 2/16 at noon and go on regular sale 48 hours later. The two sold out the same venue in November.

Outside of the Brooklyn date, Lee Fields & The Expressions have only one other US show scheduled that we know about: August 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon as part of Pickathon 2011. There, the funk-soul crooner will be joined by Mavis Staples, Bill Callahan, Califone, and many others. Full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale.

This week presents some great funky live shows: Kings Go Forth play two shows in the next week, Fitz & The Tantrums play MHoW on Wed (2/16, tickets), and Slave vocalist Steve Arrington at Southpaw on Friday (2/18, tickets). Arrington, who recently collaborated with Dam Funk on some new material, will be backed by Chin Chin and joined by Little Shalimar (mems TV on the Radio, Antibalas), DJ Spinna and Chances With Wolves. Arrington can also be found spinning records at The Commodore the day before (2/17). Flyer for that is below.

Last but not least, Southpaw will host another upcoming funk show on Feb 26th featuring Willie West> with The Sweet Divines + The Sweet Divine Rhythm Band. Tickets are on sale.

For four decades, deep soul man Willie West has been one of New Orleans' best kept secrets.. Originally from the New Orleans area, Willie first broke into the business in 1958 with his band The Sharks. Members of that band later joined up with Joe Tex and Fats Domino. In the early 60's he and the band signed to Rusttone Records. They had a regional hit titled 'Did You Have Fun?' Which lead to gigs with Jimmy Reed and Solomon Burke. In 1966 Willie signed to Allen Toussaint's Deesu Records and together they record several incredible singles. Willie sang the title track 'The Greatest Love' to the movie Black Sampson and had two single released by Warner Brothers. The early 70's saw Willie join one of the most beloved New Orleans acts, The Electric Soul Train. Later in the 70's Willie joined the legendary band, The Meters for whom he sang lead vocals until they dis-banded in 1980.
The show will be Willie West's first-ever NYC show, and no, he is not currently part of The Funky Meters (who are on tour and play Brooklyn Bowl this spring).

All tour dates and some videos below.

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Lee Fields & the Expressions
Lee Fields & The Expressions

Throughout the 1970s, North Carolina's Lee Fields was better known as "Little JB," owing to his considerable debt to James Brown's indomitable presence both onstage and on record. Sporting a similar coif and husky singing voice as Mr. Dynamite (as well as some of his fancy footwork), Mr. Fields failed to make much of a dent outside of the South, cutting one album in the 1970s and bouncing around through the next two decades. But with the soul revival at the end of the 20th century (see his tourmate, Sharon Jones), Mr. Fields has stepped outside the shadows of obscurity. On such albums as "Let's Get a Groove On" and 2009's "My World," he reveals himself as having quite the range: handling drum-fueled soul cries, tender ballads and slinky funk expertly.-[Wall Street Journal]
One night before Sharon Van Etten filled the room, Lee Fields & The Expressions linked up with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 for a soulful show at Bowery Ballroom. The Friday night (1/7) show was a one off show for both bands. Pictures from it, with both setlists, below...

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Sharon Jones & friend @ Best Buy Theater on New Year's Eve (Dara Weinberg)
Sharon Jones

"The disarming warmth of the Dap Kings' homegrown sound translated well in the 2,100-capacity venue. Against the usual Dap Kings backdrop of bright horns and funky percussion, Jones sustained her boundless energy level for much of the two-hour performance. At one point, she even kicked off her high heels and summoned African ancestors for a shamanistic dance medley.

The band was fully synchronized from the opening number, the slinky ballad "If You Call" to a propulsive rhythmic buildup for an encore rendition of "100, Days, 100 Nights." Some of the night's finer moments, of course, alluded to economic hardships. The horn stabs of "Money" and "No Chimmeys in the Projects" carried a raw sense of urgency, while Jones cracked, "Ain't nothin' evil about money because we neeeeed that money." After a suitably cool take on "Auld Lang Syne," Jones pushed herself vocally to wring a double meaning from "Better Things."

"I've got better things to do than remember you," Jones sang. Puffs of fog machine smoke framed her band as balloons and confetti filled the room.

Warming up for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings was New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint.

"There's no place I'd rather be tonight. I really mean it," Mr. Toussaint said." [Soul Train]

Hopefully you've fully recovered from New Year's Eve because the Lee Fields & The Expressions soulful throwdown hits Bowery Ballroom TONIGHT (1/7) with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7. Tickets are still available, or you can roll the dice and try and win one of the pairs of tickets that we have to give away. Details are at the bottom of this post.

As previously discussed, fellow Daptone-r Charles Bradley (who shared a bill with Lee Fields in Brooklyn recently) will celebrate the release of his new album No Time For Dreaming at Southpaw on January 25th. Tickets are still available. The date comes right in the middle of a tour Charles is going on with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (who played 12/30 & 12/31 at Best Buy Theater). A review from the 12/31 show is quoted above.

Bradley's new video for new-album song "The World (is Going Up In Flames)", contest details and all dates below...

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