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Husker Du's Bob Mould & X's John Doe rehearsing Paul Simon @ City Winery
Paul Simon tribute
Paul Simon tribute

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...

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Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Paul Simon

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 WhoR.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.

And as discussed, Allen Toussaint also teams with Blind Boys of Alabama for a NYC show this week at BB King's on Friday (1/10) (tickets).

prince

City Winery founder Michael Dorf, who is known for presenting tribute shows at Carnegie Hall, like the ones he's done for The Who, R.E.M., and many others, will do his next one at Carnegie Hall on March 7 as a tribute to Prince.

"Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection," says Dorf, "and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music. In re-listening to his repertoire I realized how relevant, amazing, and danceable his work is. Carnegie Hall is going to party!"
The lineup will feature over twenty TBA guests and proceeds will be donated to music education programs for underprivileged youth. Tickets (including a number of different seating levels and three VIP options) for the concert are on sale now.

Speaking of Prince tributes, Amanda Palmer is playing Prince's "Purple Rain" in its entirety at her NYC show on New Year's Eve at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann

Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)
Bloomberg

Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)
SummerStage

Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.

How did the new speakers at Central Park sound? The SummerStage series continues through August. Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off TONIGHT (6/9).

No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...

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Sondre Lerche @ MHOW in September (more by Tim Griffin)
Sondre Lerche

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.

The pair travel the US for all of February - they'll play a NY-area show at Maxwell's on Saturday, March 6th. Tickets are on sale

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...

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photos by Tim Griffin

City Winery - Haiti Benefit
City Winery - Haiti Benefit

City Winery's series of Haiti benefit concerts kicked off last night (1/20) with an all-star lineup that included Patti Smith, The Swell Season (they headlined Radio City Music Hall one night earlier), The Antlers, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People's Chorus of New York City, Tiempo Libre and Joshua Bell. Everyone played short sets, especially the unannounced guest Michael Stipe who actually only read something and introduced his friend Patti Smith.

Tonight's City Winery show (1/21) features Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw, and David Johansen. More pictures adn some videos from last night, below...

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Tonic

Since the closing of LES spot Tonic in 2007, The Stone has been one of the venues that's attempted to fill the void left by the experimental-music-friendly space.

Like Tonic did, The Stone frequently brings on guest curators (not coincidentally Stone founder John Zorn was one of Tonic's most regular hosts and played at Tonic's final show). Now, with guitarist Grey Gersten's monthlong May curatorial run ending Sunday, May 31st, former Tonic co-owner Melissa Caruso Scott comes out of booking retirement to take the reigns in programing the first two weeks of June at The Stone.

Speaking about her choices Scott said, "These artists played some of my favorite Tonic shows and I can't wait to see them again." Her picks include Japanese musician Yuka Honda, who's also playing a Summerstage show with Mike Watt, guitarist Charlie Hunter, Elysian Fields, Vernon Reid, Joan as Polcewoman, cellist Erik Friedlander, and more. Her full schedule is posted below.

Speaking of Friendlander, he plays on Yoko Ono's new DON'T STOP ME! EP (out June 9th Via iTunes Exclusive Digital Download), and you can also catch him live on June 5th along with saxophone player Colin Stetson at the Abrons Art Space Recital Hall. The show is presented by The Manhattan New Music Project, and tickets are on sale.

Before the time of both Tonic and The Stone, the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street featured an ecclectic mix of avant and experimental music (frequently with Zorn and others). The co-founder of that venue, show promoter and current owner of City Winery Michael Dorf, will curate the second half of the June at The Stone.

Acts on his schedule include Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers (who have completed their Pianos residency and are also playing Citysol), Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) with saxist Tim Berne, and Marc Ribot, the guitarist who's had considerable presence at each of the aforementioned venues -- gigging regularly at the Knit on Houston St, getting arrested for protesting the closure of Tonic, and hosting several nights of his 55th-birthday retrospective at The Stone in mid-May.

Check out the full June schedule for The Stone, below...

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photos by Fresh Bread

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer played one of the first shows at the newly-opened City Winery in NYC on Thursday night (1/8). It wasn't just any show though. It was a "pairing"...

"Pairings is a unique 'blend' at City Winery: an intimate concert series served with fine wine that will take place on City Winery's main stage every Thursday evening, starting in January 2009. Each concert will be preceded by an optional tasting or private dinner, followed by personal performances from some of today's most respected musicians."
Suzanne Vega and Lenny Kaye play the next Paring on January 15th. Then Mike Doughty & Tony Scherr Trio, and then Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney.

Venue owner Michael Dorf (of Knitting Factory fame) made an introduction, and then Steve Earle's set kicked off with "Christmas In Washington" which included a multiple minute story about Obama and the upcoming inauguration followed by "My Old Friend the Blues." The rest of his 90-or-so minute set was spattered with old ("Copperhead Road", "Jerusalem", "Guitar Town") and new ("Down Here Below", "Tennessee Blues", "Days Aren't Hard Enough").

Allison Moorer opened and then later joined her husband Steve on stage for some songs. Her set ended with a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" which had everyone cheering, when she said during the intro, "It is nice to have a new president that can...talk."

Earle also mentioned his next CD will be an album of all covers by his friend Townes Van Zandt (RIP) who his oldest son, Justin Townes Earle (also a musician), is named after.

More pictures of the performers and the venue below...

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photo inside City Winery (Michael Dorf on stage) (from Eater)
City Winery

In addition to a functioning winery and 21,000 square foot restaurant/event space, City Winery is also equipped with a full stage, state-of-the-art sound system and in-house A/V-making it one of the most interesting venues to ever hit Manhattan. Whether you are planning a private party, a public concert or an intimate evening of music and/or the spoken word, City Winery's stage and staff can accommodate a variety of live performances and cultural activities that will appeal to sophisticated New Yorkers, and wine connoisseurs, alike.
Unfortunately, "to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming shows or classes, you must first become a Vinofile member." I don't think you need to be a member to always go there - for instance you could just be a VIP at the upcoming REM Carnegie Hall event, but I don't know. I also doubt you'll need to be a member to go to the Blackoutsabbath Rufus Wainwright show happening there on March 4th (no tickets for that yet) (for now Rufus is focused on the upcoming McGarrigle Christmas Hour show).

All known upcoming City Winery events are listed below...

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The Music of REM

Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...

Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!
Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).

Patti Smith also just added a 3rd show at Bowery Ballroom. Tix are now on sale..

Tickets are still on sale for Kimya Dawson's upcoming show at Bowery Ballroom.

Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.

Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...

Continue reading "Music of R.E.M. @ Carnegie Hall w/ Patti Smith, Kimya Dawson, Calexico, Bob Mould & others (by Michael Dorf)"

Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ Judson Church (more by Chris La Putt)
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer

Will City Winery be a hit? The idea that music events and high-end private parties could generate additional revenue convinced Matthew Sperling, managing director of equity capital markets at Jefferies & Co., to become one of the winery's first investors. It was a decision he says he came to ``over many bottles of wine.'' And, of course, he's making his own barrel.

Dorf admits that ``the credit crunch is affecting my nerves.'' One investor has pulled out, and the $15,000 premier barrel category hasn't had any traction in the past three weeks. Still, a third of the barrels have been sold to a diverse group of New Yorkers, from group president of JP Morgan Mutual Funds George Gatch to supermodel Petra and artist Chuck Close.

Dorf is taking no chances. This week he's launching a ``community barrel'' category (about $1,500) for those willing to share with five like-minded strangers. (Think of it as the latest singles opportunity.)

He's also revamping next year's music plans.

``My idea of having Sting appear at a $1,000-ticket concert would have worked six months ago, but the game has changed in the past five or six days,'' he says. Thursday night ``pairing'' events start in January, with Grammy Award-winning Steve Earle and his wife, Allison Moorer, followed by singer-songwriters Suzanne Vega and Marc Cohn. [Bloomberg]

Philip Glass is playing there in March. A video feature NBC did on the venue below...

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Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass & WNYC @ Prospect Park, 7/25/08 (heartonastick)
Philip Glass

Designed as an elegant restaurant with a wine cellar, it will have a two-tier membership program offering private concerts and other events. (At the upper level members can also make their own barrels of wine.)

It will open this fall, Mr. Dorf said, adding that he wanted to have singer-songwriters and jazz performers one or two nights a week. "I really think that all those people who were coming to the Knitting Factory in 1988 and 1991 are going to appreciate how we're developing this space to really enjoy performance and culture," Mr. Dorf said. The first confirmed booking is Philip Glass, who will play four nights in March. [NY Times]

City Winery"Michael Dorf is a builder. He has founded several different businesses and non-profit organizations including the highly popular Knitting Factory in New York and Los Angeles, The Digital Club Network, Tribeca Hebrew, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Oyhoo Music Festival, and the much anticipated City Winery." [Michael Dorf]

"City Winery blends both a wine bar/event space with a fully operational winery in New York City - the first in a major urban cosmopolitan environment. High quality grapes will be sourced from a variety of vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Chile, and Argentina. The facility will open in Fall 2008." [City Winery]