Entries tagged with: Michael Leonhart
Muse w/ The Dap-Kings horns & Michael Leonhart backstage (via)
Muse came to NYC this weekend to play Saturday Night Live, and during their set they were joined by The Dap-Kings' horn section and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart. They performed "Madness" and "Panic Station" off Muse's new album, The 2nd Law (available at iTunes). You can watch videos of those performances below.
As mentioned, Muse will return to the NYC area when their 2013 tour hits MSG (4/15) and Izod Center (4/19). That tour also just grew bigger. All dates, and on sale times, are listed under the videos below...
FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There's a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)
May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more...
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca
Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.
Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue "Night of the Living DIY" on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).
Yuka Honda at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Chris La Putt)
If you still need something to do tonight (1/21), tickets are still available for an If By Yes (Petra Haden, Yuka Honda, Shimmy & Yuko) show at Living Room at 8PM tonight. Plus, Petra Haden announced that, "Yuka C. Honda and I will be performing with Trevor Dunn, Courtney Kaiser, Michael Leonhart, Billy Dobrow, Doug Wieselman".
Can't make it tonight? You can check out If By Yes at Mercury Lounge on March 25th instead. Tickets just went on sale. No word on who, if anyone, will join the band at Mercury.
Yuka recently played with Doug Wieselman, and Nels Cline & Mike Watt, as Floored by Four at LPR. Mike Watt also has shows coming with the Missingmen up at Maxwell's on 4/3 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on 4/4 (tickets).
The Missingmen also recently toured as Lou Barlow's band, and now Lou Barlow is back with Sebadoh as his band, who have upcoming shows scheduled too.
Michael Leonhart (who plays Living Room tonight with If By Yes) and The Avramina 7 are scheduled to make a free appearance at David Rubenstein Atrium on Feb 3rd as part of a series of free events at the venue.
Video of If By Yes performing at the Stone, below...
David Rubenstein Atrium
Catch Gordon Voidwell for free tonight (1/20) at Lincoln Center. A full list of other free "Target Free Thursdays" and other free shows at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets) is below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
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...
Sharon Jones & friend @ Best Buy Theater on New Year's Eve (Dara Weinberg)
"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.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.
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]
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...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Sharon Jones (and fan) & the Dap Kings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Brooklyn venue Southpaw has two Daptone Records-related shows in its future. Lee Fields & The Expressions, whose new album actually came out on Truth & Soul, will return to the club on December 18th for a show with their T&S labelmates Michael Leonhart & The Avramina. Tickets are on sale. The Budos Band play Southpaw on January 16th. Tickets are on sale for that too.
Lee Fields and The Budos Band shared a not-actually-CMJ bill with their Daptone labelmates Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and The Menehan Street Band at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on October 23rd. It was a private show that the Brooklyn label set up to showcase its artists while CMJ was in town.
"The headliner, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings along with guitarist Binky Griptite, was truly the anticipation of the night. This frantically dancing and singing queen wasn't afraid to bring the audience on stage or get down and dirty with her sassy self. Bereft of the glitz and glamor of the previous act, Jones was perfectly quaint in her dark jean jacket and slacks. Her voice had more power than anyone that night, and it's no surprise that she is Daptone Records' star. Outrageously genius, Jones and Griptite ripped the stage apart and threw it at the audience with a grin. Good thing this was the kind of audience who knew how to throw it right back." [Performer Blog]The pictures in this post are from that Brooklyn show.
Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens (aka the Gospel Queens of Brooklyn) play every Friday night at Fat Cat.
She and the Dap Kings will also be appearing on television TONIGHT (11/24). If you've been near the Bedford L in Brooklyn lately, you may have noticed the mural. Dinner With The Band, "A new series from IFC with tasty meals and rocking tunes", is on IFC every Tuesday at 11pm (starting tonight). Set your DVR.
"Dinner With the Band" started as an online show conceived by Darin and Greg Bresnitz, brothers who were both passionate about music and food. (Mr. Mason is still devising ways to get musicians more involved in the kitchen. "I wanted to help, but he didn't let me," said Kid Sister, a Chicago rapper who appears on a coming episode. "He was real in-control.") When the brothers asked Mr. Mason to host in 2006, they "didn't really know who he was," Darin Bresnitz recalled.You also know series creators Darin and Greg by their DJ duo name: Finger on the Pulse. The prolific twins seem to be everywhere - that includes their stint as contributors to this very blog. Appropriately enough, one of their posts here included nine remixes of Daptone songs (4 Sharon Jones tracks included), and you can still download every one of them.
Mr. Mason added, "No joke: they Googled 'tattooed hipster chef', and I came up." [NY Times]
The artists that appear on the IFC show play music in addition to cooking. Check out two clips from tonight's Sharon Jones episode, along with more pictures from Knitting Factory, below...